The Decline of Shared Prosperity Why You Need to Start a Business

The Decline of Shared Prosperity Why You Need to Start a Business

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Someone in the Mastermind Group put in a very interesting Google talk about the future of work. I listened to it while I was in the gym. Currently, we have a very compartmentalized economy. It’s “winner take all” meaning there are a select few who are getting most of the pie. It used to be that whatever you did, you shared your prosperity.

Now, you can get the whole pie. It’s a good thing and a bad thing. If you’re the guy making the pie, it’s great. It’s awesome. It’s over the top wonderful.

If you are in line for a piece of pie, it’s cataclysmic. I was listening to his talk and it reinforced some concepts that I have. This shit is going to get realer than real. We’re about to reach an apex. This thing isn’t just hitting the USA, it’s hitting the world.

When I was listening to this talk, I just started laughing because this guy in the audience asked this question. He asked, “If you have children, what would you tell them in light of what’s coming in the future?” The responses were very interesting.

Some people feel that a large percentage of doctors will be displaced. I’m going to explain that to you. When I was in the medical field, the floor used to operate like this. There were four wings. Each wing had four or five nurses and a “Tech.” Now what has happened is a floor will have six or seven “techs” and one nurse. Now what’s going to happen is that nurses are going to disappear and there’s going to be a computer to tell those techs what to do until we get to the point where we can have robots.

Doctors are never going to disappear but they are going to become centralized. There will be a doctor in the control station. They’ll be doing diagnostics on their iPad and stuff. They will not have to be there. It will be remote medicine. I mean, this is in our lifetime. You won’t have to go to the doctor. The doctor will come to you on your computer screen or your phone.

Automation is going to reduce the need for doctors. One doctor will probably be able to do the work of ten in the future because of the efficiencies of scale. What I am saying is that fields that you never thought would be displaced, will be displaced.

In this talk, they said the fields that will not be disrupted are fields with high levels of creativity and entrepreneurship. I was sitting there saying, “They are telling the truth.” I have wanted to be an entrepreneur since I was eleven years old. I was told I wasn’t smart enough or good enough. I heard, “I have a job and that’s good enough for me, so it should be good enough for you.”

I refused to accept those notions. I finally got myself into the position where I was an entrepreneur or self- employed hustling. I’ve never been happier in my life.

Since these were academic guys giving the talk, they couldn’t go too far out on a limb. They have reputations to worry about. But, I’m not an academic guy that has to worry about that. I will say that this thing’s going to kick off really, really hard in about five to seven years. It’s already happening and it’s impacting many people. But, it’s going to accelerate. It’s going to increase. It’s going to decimate many professions.

I know a lot of people who have been laid off. They asked me, “If you were me, what would you do?” I say, “I was you!” I went through that. You’re going to have to make some very hard decisions. You’re going to have to change your lifestyle.

There are no safety nets. There is no such thing as a sure job. It doesn’t exist anymore. There was this article I read about this doctor who got sick and she had to go on food stamps. Can you imagine? She never saw that coming.

I went from being a reseller and having to do a lot of physical work to the creative side. It just made sense to me even though I still don’t make as much money now as I did when I was in the storage auction business. A lot of people don’t understand why I left the storage auction business. They think it’s all about money.

Let me explain it to you. I have learned that I have great intuition. I instinctively knew that on July 17, 2009, that it was my last shot at being a writer. Something inside me said, it’s now or never. I traded money for the future. I made a value proposition loaded decision that I was going to be better off in the future as a creative person than a person that did a lot of manual labor.

If you’re in the storage auction business or you’re a reseller, you are doing a great deal of manual labor. You are trading your time and your body for dollars. That’s just a fact. I moved away from that because I know the power of being a creative person.

I made a choice and it’s looking to be a very good one. I can do what I’m doing now, forever. What I’m telling you is start where you have to start to get experience.

In the future, you will not ever be able to get comfortable with something that is successful. It will be removed because new stuff is always coming into the marketplace. I realize for me to continue to have this writer’s lifestyle that I have to continue to produce.

Studies show that people with more education make significantly more money. The guys on this talk broke down what they meant by education. They broke it down. They said education was life experiences and self-taught which is what I’ve been pushing for so long. For many people, they think education is a “degree.”

This might insult you and it should. If you see friends and family with a college degree are living in poverty and you are going to follow that path, you are an idiot. That means you don’t have something that’s critically important in any level of education. I’m talking about critical thinking skills.

I expanded the definition of education for myself in 1999. When I step into a room of people, I often find myself to be the most educated person in the room. It’s because I never stopped learning. Many people my age are done, and I’m 47. They don’t read books. They don’t try anything new. They’re done. You can’t be in a position of stasis and be safe.

If you don’t know what you want to do in life, do not go to school to try and figure it out. You’re wasting too much time and money playing around. Don’t go to school.

You are going to have to let go of things and ideas from the past that no longer work. Getting a college degree is no longer a guarantee for middle class prosperity like it was in past decades. Get over it.

For those of you who want to get into the world of business, you have to start and get over your fear. The changes that are coming will impact everyone. You have to start a business because you’re going to need it to survive and thrive in the future.

Don’t wait until you are in dire straits and lose your job. Do it today. Think about your future.

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How to Be Successful for Real – Are You Dreaming or Bullshitting Yourself – A Rant

How to Be Successful for Real – Are You Dreaming or Bullshitting Yourself – A Rant

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The right mindset is incredibly important in any endeavor you undertake. Many people go into many situations with the wrong mindset. They think, what if I fail. If you could do anything, anything in the world and money, time, age and gender wasn’t an issue and none of that stuff applied, what would you do with your life right now?

I asked myself that question five years ago. I’m doing it. I’m doing what I want to do. Frequently, people put obstacles, roadblocks and all of these things in their own way. They say things like, “I short. I’m black. I’m a woman.” Many people will come up with a movie of defeat before they take the first step towards success. That question for some of you has created a state of paralysis.  

Some people even say things like, “God didn’t want me to have that.” “God didn’t send that man into my life.” “God didn’t send that woman into my life.” I’m challenging that, because I call bullshit on that. As many of you know, I don’t really believe in a lot of religions because I’ve seen them harm people more than I’ve seen them help people. That’s just my opinion.

This is where I am. I think God gives you everything you need to be successful and your journey in life is to uncover, enhance and build those attributes. I don’t think it is about sitting on your ass and praying all the time, wishing for things to come through. That’s what many people do in my estimation.

So, I took this person who was all God this and God that and now he says “I” and he works his ass off. The dude worked his ass off. This was the bet. My normal rate is $450 per hour. I said if this is successful, you pay me $900 per hour. He went for it. I knew what was going to happen.

After doing this for a while now, I can see what will happen. I’ve turned people away because I don’t think I can help them. There are people I simply can’t help and I know it. There’s no point in them even spending their money. Now this is where the fight started. As we were going through the sessions, business was doing okay. Now the business is booming.

This is where the problem with the wife comes in. Now that he has more money coming in, she wants to quit her job following those God principles that a man provides and protects. I told him not to let her quit her job.

I said this is what you do. You’ve got more money coming in. This is not the time for her to stand down. This is the time for her as a woman to stand up. I gave him a plan. I said this is what you do with that money.

This is the fight he has. He’s got some dissension going on in his house because he’s making more money. He’s doing the good steward thing and he’s going to church and he’s making the money in the household and his wife is not listening to him.  

I told him to stand firm. He started implementing this stuff and the money started to stack up. I mean they saved more money in a manner of weeks because his business now supports the household and her money goes into a savings account. She wants to be what I call an adult child. She wants to spend her money how she wants to and he handles all the responsibilities. A real marriage or partnership does not fucking work that way.

 

Then it got really bad and he called me up. I said this is what you do. You go to your wife and you put this question to her. “What would you do with your life if I wasn’t here?” Then walk out of the room. Tell her to write it down and send it to you in an email. Make her use her mind.

So, he did it. She came down the stairs and she wanted to tell me and wanted to talk. I told him to remain firm in his manhood and not to engage her and fight with her. I told him to walk away. You can’t fight emotion with logic. I said if you have to get in your car and go hang out with your boys, then do that. I told him to stand firm on that. This shit went on for four weeks.

She finally did it. She had a dream of being a ballerina. He told me that. I said to tell her to go look for ballerina classes. They have then for adults. Tell her to take some and to take some time.

She did that and she found out she didn’t want to be a ballerina. It was just a whim. I had to finally talk to my consult’s wife to figure out what she really wanted to do. That’s when it came out that she wanted to be a wife. She never wanted to work and only did it because she had to. She resented her husband and when he got to that point where she could live that dream and he wasn’t with it, then she became mad.

So, I sat him down and I said, “Okay, what’s the deal?” They were a young couple. They don’t have any kids. I said, “What is this business of you staying at home when there are no kids to raise?” She said that she was his wife. I said, “Okay. What are your responsibilities as a wife?”

She got quiet. She got real quiet. I said, “This is common. You are so invested in his role that you don’t know what your role is.”

I think you need to go to your church and find one of those women that is 50 or 60 years old and ask them, what is your role as a wife. So, everybody talked and this is the kicker. She doesn’t want to have children and he does. He never knew that.

It gets real in the G-verse. She wants to stay at home. She doesn’t want to have children and she wants him to essentially be her Daddy, not her husband, but her Daddy.  

We talked some more and I gave her some G-love. She admitted she had no good role models in her family for this situation. So. She’s working on it.

This is a situation that is boiling. I know when a guy wants to have kids, he wants to have kids. If it’s not with her, he will find somebody.

This is why when I consult with people I asked them, what do you want to do with your life. Many people build a business and then try to build a life. You should build your life. You should know what you want to do. You should have your dreams and stuff. This guy’s business model is sweet.

This is why I ask you, what do you want to do. If there were no issues in your way like money, what do you want to do. The second part is for you to start doing that today. What so many people find out after they investigate a dream is that they don’t really want to do it. We tend to romanticize dreams.  You will never know what you want to do until you try it.

This is some food for thought.

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Fear

Fear

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Are you afraid of failure? Mindset is everything. We have access to so much technology and knowledge and apps. You can just tweet someone that you admire and the chances are if they aren’t too busy, they will tweet you back. I find it really interesting I can tweet or Facebook my favorite authors. This makes me wonder why so many people aren’t doing well. I’m beginning to think that information doesn’t mean anything to most people.

The information is out there. It’s available. There are so many things you can do. There are so many things you can build. I’ll just tell you, I give you 5% to 25%. I’m a map. I’ve got some things figured out. I’ve got some landmarks. I can dramatically cut your learning curve down on certain things.

It still requires that you put forth work. I’ve been having this conversation with a lot of people. There are those who think that people who are successful had advantages they did not have. My first day on YouTube, I had no views. Nobody knew I existed. I put up videos for days and weeks before I started getting much traffic. Now you have people who believe if they don’t have immediate success it’s because things are rigged.

As a person who dropped out of college and a “Special Ed” kid with speech problems, I started with no advantages. Thanks to my grandmother who taught me how to read before I went to school, I never got behind. Even though I couldn’t speak correctly, I was in some ways ahead of my peers.

Back then if you had any learning problems or disabilities, you got tagged.  I would go to the trailers every day and work with the paraprofessionals and they would work with me using flash cards. This went on for six years. I think many people who have not faced such difficulties are not accustomed to the real face of success which is struggle.

Success is struggle. Your success isn’t when you’ve built the company and sold it and cashed out. Success happened at 2am in the morning and you were working on that presentation and you had no money in the bank. Shit was dire and you pressed forward. That’s when you became successful. If you can keep pushing forward and trying things over and over again and having failures, but continuing to try, that’s success.

Many people look at success as the end goal, but you can’t get to the end goal without the struggle. If you spend an hour of your time every morning it will make a big difference. That hour of your time is a cost because your time is the most valuable thing you have in life because you don’t get any more moments. You get to a certain age and you die. So, your time is finite. It ends.

Essentially, part of your success is realizing that everyone is not going with you. I don’t care how much you feel like you owe it to them. They’re mentally not prepared to move where you are. After a certain age, they are probably going to stay the way they are until they take the big dirt nap. Regardless of how much you love them, they are going to stay where they are. They like what they’re doing.

I’m going to say something else. The people with the most education make the most money. That’s 100% true. That brings us to the question about what is education. It’s not about college degrees. A lot of people with advanced degrees are working at Starbucks. Then there are people like me. I’ve never stopped learning. I love learning and meeting new people.

Another reason people fear failure is because they’re grown. They think they’re done learning. You can’t build anything with that perspective.

A lot of people aren’t brave enough to claim the life they could have. Instead, they take the life that is given to them or the life they are expected to have. That’s what happens.

When you duel or debate with people about things they know to be fact, they’re going to think you are an idiot. I’ve learned not to get into it. When someone tells me that you can’t make money on YouTube or using YouTube and that it’s only for kids, I know that’s not true. Then I’ll ask them who told them that, and I’ll get some crazy answers like, “My Uncle Robert told me. He said that internet isn’t nothing but some fuckery. It ain’t nothing but the devil and the devil is a liar.”

Another thing you must do is stop taking advice from people who don’t have shit. I’m talking about a mother fucker that doesn’t have anything, and I’m not talking money. You can meet someone with no worldly possessions, but he’s traveled all over the world.  You can meet someone who does not have money, but he has special talents. When you meet someone who has nothing and they aren’t remarkable in any way, but they have all this advice for you that doesn’t work for them, do not listen to them.

That’s like a broke person telling you how to get rich. I’ve never seen so many people who have no money or idea how money works give me advice about my business. It happens all the time.

Can I teach you how to be a billionaire? Nope, I’m not a billionaire. Can I teach you how to be time free? Yes I can. That’s how I live right now. I get to do what I want to do with my time. That’s how I want it. I think time is the greatest resource we have. For the last seven years, I just do what I want to do.

You’ve got to start looking at why you’re afraid of success. There’s a lot of work you have to do. You can never stop learning. Some people are good at acquiring knowledge but they don’t know how to apply it. You have got to push yourself past your fear if you want to succeed.

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The Psychology of Success – In The Beginning Success Is Often Stanky

The Psychology of Success - In The Beginning Success Is Often Stanky

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I’ve been working out for a while. I was looking in my workout journal and I realized I haven’t missed a workout in four and a half months. I’ve been consistently getting it in. That’s the reason I am calling the video, The Psychology of Success.

I looked at the process. When you are getting started in that building phase, that ugly rough and rugged period when things aren’t crisp and clean, that’s when many people give up. I looked at what happened when I got a pinched nerve in my shoulder and it seriously impacted the bench overhead press. I could do the overhead press, but it hurt. I’m telling you a pinched nerve is a trip.

So, I went ahead and rehabbed it and kept working it out. That shit hurts. Then one day I was pressing and there was no pain.

I looked at that beginning stage, and looked at the weight and the reps. What was really hard then is not even my warmup weight now. The deal with the psychology of success is you have to weather that ugly phase where the results aren’t coming fast enough and the money is not coming in. You have to stick with it. So many people do not have the lives they want because they do not work through that rough, rugged phase.

My success today is predicated on what happened five months ago. If what happened five months ago didn’t happen, I would not be doing what I’m doing today. There is a direct correlation between effort, strategy and discipline and future success.

One of the main factors that contributes to the psychology of success is mindset. I was having this conversation with a friend last night and we were talking about my first book and he asked me, “What made you think you could do it?” The answer was surprising. “I didn’t think I could. I just did it.” I came up with a goal and had a two-year plan. I just sat down and said, “I’m going to do it.” I didn’t think I could do it. I just did it.

When you become a process person and a person of action, you put more emphasis on doing. When I was miserable, broke and not doing well overall in life, I was a big talker. Even now I talk a lot, but now I’m 90% action. I used to be 90% talk and 10% action. The results reflected that based on my efforts. If I can tell you anything about the psychology of success, it is that you must become a process driven person.

To have a process, requires action. Action is the greatest truth there is. Action tells you so much; it tells you what people are thinking. Let me give you an example. Some people say their kids are the most important thing in the world to them and then they spend no time with them. Look at the action.

The reality is when you get to the point where you can accept the truth of what people think of you and what you think of yourself; and what the world thinks of you and go from there, then you can begin to grow. You have to be honest with yourself and be accountable for your actions.

I don’t think anyone is unfixable. I do believe some people do not have enough personal investment to make the change. That’s not saying you don’t have the capacity. You don’t have the will.

I see people who are trying to get to that next level in their life and they don’t have a process. They don’t want to weather that rough period when success is borne. People don’t seem to understand that without the process, there will be no results. The process is more important than the results.

Going back to my workouts. I keep a workout journal, because it is very easy to get lost in the gym. I see people all the time that are lifting the same weight; there is no progression. There is no plan, so there are no results.

Your body will adapt to stuff very quickly. Once it adapts, you can give the same effort or maybe a little bit more and not yield any results. But, if you’re not tracking your results and your process, you won’t get the results you desire.

You’ve got to look at your life in this way. You’ve got to start looking at planning, strategy and action. You have to really focus on the process. I have a friend that started a business. They kind of dicked around with it for four years. I consulted with them. I saw they were actually doing some stuff. I did some stuff and he listened. He got amazing benefit from talking to me for about three hours.

Success lives in the rough startup process. It does not live in the big house. It does not drive the nice car.

If you are really focusing on the process and knowing what success is and is not, it puts you in a better position to be successful. It’s a voyage, not a destination. The industrial school complex teaches us to rush ahead and get stuff done to move onto the next thing to get stuff done and it doesn’t give you the discipline or the insight to really be successful.

Remember the psychology of success is a process. Part of the process is very ugly. It’s very uncomfortable. When you’re in that space, you’re being successful.

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Hey Glendon Cameron What Is the Best Hustle

Hey Glendon Cameron What Is the Best Hustle

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What is the best thing to do? Is Craigslist still a good hustle? Is the storage auction business still a good hustle? Is eBay? Is Amazon? What should I do? Out of all of these things, what’s the best one? These are the questions I hear all the time.

There’s someone making a shitload of money doing all those things. It’s not the hustle, it’s the person behind the hustle that makes all the difference. You’ve got to wrap your head around your abilities and stop looking at what other people are doing.

When I got in the storage auction business, it was commonly believed that storage auctions were not the way to make a full-time living. A guy told me. “You seem to be doing pretty good there with those units, but don’t make this a full-time living thing because it will break your heart.” I said, “Thank you.” Then I went on to make it a full-time living.

The thing is if there are many people doing what you’re doing and they’re saying it’s hard and I can’t make enough money or I don’t have enough sales, I guarantee you if you look up under the skirt you’ll see some panties with holes in them. The infrastructure is too small. They don’t really buy the proper items. There are so many variables that go into why seller A is making money and seller B is losing his shirt. It goes back to experience, expectations and a belief in self.

I mean I was making more money per week on eBay than some people are making today per month busting their asses. If you are pushing your business, you will realize that at some point what you’re doing isn’t going to get you where you need to be. At that point, you’re either going to quit or you’re going to start implementing policies and procedures that will move you toward your desired destination.

I’ve only seen a handful of people really figure out that Amazon and eBay is not their business. I’ve seen so many people flip flop on this thing, and I’ve been consistent since I’ve been on YouTube. I went through it.

The real deal is you make your hustle shine. It’s up to you. I don’t care what it is. I have people in the writing community who think I am nuts because I am working on creating my own publishing empire that is beyond Amazon. People say, you know, they get great distribution. Which is true, if they know you’re there. If you’re not well known and you don’t have a following, being on all those sites is going to diffuse your success.

I know someone who is a writer who is doing very well and the only place they have their books is Kindle. They don’t have them anywhere else. But, this person listened to me. This person went to work and put out 25 books in the last two years. Now, every month the checks just come in because she built something.

One of the mistakes people make is going into something with no skin in the game Everybody tries to do this stuff with the least amount of money possible in case things go wrong. On the surface, it’s very smart. On the experience level, it’s very stupid, because you’re not going to get that experience. You can put your big toe in the water all day long testing the temperature, whereas the person who goes off the diving board and jumps in, they find out the real deal very quickly. They can make better decisions than you can.

I don’t understand why so many people want to follow someone else versus charting their own path. I think part of the problem starts with the education system which prepares you to work for someone instead of working for yourself. There are two phases where you get screwed. The first phase is when people tell children, “You can be anything you want to be. Dream large.” That goes on from kindergarten until about the sixth grade.

From the seventh to twelfth grade, things change drastically. You are told, “You’ve got to get a real job. You can’t be anything you want. You’ve got to be realistic.” Then you go to college and it gets worse. Sure, paying $80,000 for this philosophy degree is a good path.

The difference between a hustle and a business is that a business is something that makes money when you sleep and that you can sell later on because it is above and beyond you. If you have to go in and stoke the fires every day and you make no money when you go on vacation, then you have a hustle.

As long as you continue depend heavily on third party websites, you’re going to delay temporarily or permanently learning how to start your business from scratch. It’s hard. It’s very hard. I think it’s a worthwhile pursuit, because the skillsets you’re going to learn are going to be so valuable in so many areas of your life, it’s going to be ridiculous. So many people put if off.

Starting a business forces you to talk to people beyond your circle. It forces you to grow up. It forces you to get confidence. It forces you to become a person who can communicate with many different people wherever they are.

This country has a robust infrastructure for entrepreneurship. There is no other place like this in the world. You can turn this video off today and begin working on a business that will support you and your family in a year’s time. There are very few places in the world where you can do that. It’s something people take for granted.

This new system is fucking everybody including white males that had it great for a while. You need to have the ability to produce income without a job. It’s a skill you’re going to have to acquire.

When I look back on where I’ve been, I had marketable skills coming out of the military. A constant thought that plagued me was I remember always thinking I could do more. When I was told to stay in a job and work my way up the ladder, I thought, “Fuck that ladder. I don’t want to work my way up the ladder. I want to build a spaceship and build my own fucking galaxy.”

That’s where my mindset was. It creates problems. When you’re dealing with someone who lives a fear based life, you scare the shit out of them with talk like that. They think that’s crazy talk. People who live in fear always think about all the bad things that can happen if they try something new instead of all the good things that could happen if they win. Entrepreneurs scare the shit out of people.

Having a business saved my ass. By having a business, I had a place to go that was mine that I was able to control with a level of authority that you will not get anywhere else. I could bring people in or kick them out of my business with ease. I’m beginning to understand why people build compounds.

Having that pride of ownership and accomplishment that comes with owning a business is something everyone should experience.

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How to Stay Motivated When Things Go Bad

How to Stay Motivated When Things Go Bad

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I was sent a question from someone asking how to stay motivated when things were going bad. At first, they were doing really well, but things started happening. When you are in that spot, you are not unmotivated, you’re depressed. Unmotivated is, “I don’t really feel like doing anything. This bed feels so comfortable. That’s a good movie coming on.”

You’re not unmotivated when things go wrong. You’re frustrated. You’re pissed off. I do believe when you have the correct information, a lot of those feelings disappear.

When I started this channel, I didn’t really know how things were going to go. I was operating on a bunch of assumptions. On one side, it’s scary. On the other side, it is pretty cool because you don’t know how things are going to go. You don’t know what’s really good and bad yet.

The person’s business was a year old and the numbers looked good compared to most people’s. They were making money. They were where they were supposed to be. This is why.

Everybody that starts a business experiences unexpected consequences and things that will rock their world. That is typical. The question becomes about whether you will weather the storm or quit. If you had the right information, you wouldn’t feel this way. People in this situation are operating under the false assumptions they should be much farther along and that things should be easier.

When I started this business, I knew things would be hard. I knew it was going to be rough. I didn’t expect the racism. I didn’t expect the jealousy. I didn’t expect the outright slander. But, I was ready for it.

Anytime that you create a business, if at some point you are perceived to be doing better than certain people, the jealousy and hate can come your way. It is just the perception of your doing better gets people riled up. It hasn’t got anything to do with reality. Perception is everything.

The reason you are depressed and unmotivated is because you are living under a false narrative that you should be doing better than you are. If you started a business a year ago and you’re making a livable income, that’s really good. You are bound to have reversals though in any business at some point.

This business is really ahead of the curve if it is profitable and making money after only a year. There are just some wrinkles that need to be worked out. That’s the deal.

When you feel like you’re not motivated, is it a lack of motivation or is it frustration or is it broken expectations or is it a false narrative. You’ve got to dig deep inside to figure out what that stuff is.

I look at it like this. You’re making money. You started a business. You’re operating under your own power. You are just not boiling. You figured you should kick back like the other internet millionaires and be on the boat. If you believe that is how it works, you’ve been lied to.

Understand that a lot of people online who are talking about “getting rick quick” lifestyles are lying to you. I’m going to give you a template. I’ll give you some parameters. When someone is not talking to you about courses and stuff and they are showing you their lifestyle, that is a very effective selling technique. It pushes all of your buttons and emotional triggers and it appeals to your hindbrain.

You cannot look at all this stuff you see online and believe it. I’ve operated as a physical business and an online business. I will say this. Some people will think this is not significant. If you can create a business using your own creativity and within a year, you can live and pay your mortgage with money left over to reinvest into your business, you are a success. Many people can’t do that.

There are people who have PhDs that can’t do that. If you can do that, pat yourself on the back. If you want to get to the seven-figure mark, you’re probably eight to nine years out, which isn’t bad. Most people are never going to get to a seven-figure income.

Don’t feel unmotivated. Don’t get caught up in the doldrums. Understand, you have already won. As long as you keep fighting, you will continue to win.

If you compare yourself with the false images you hear about on the internet, you will go insane. For a YouTube channel, I don’t have a lot of views. For a business channel, I have a lot of views. Everything’s relative.

You have to be really objective about what you are doing. The big thing is to be thankful for the little stuff. I see this happening with a lot of people. They’re doing okay and then ungratefulness can creep in. If you start taking things for granted, you take your eye off the ball.

Be happy that you have your own business that makes enough to support you. It’s a struggle. It is important to remember that you are doing something many can’t do. Many people aren’t wired for it. Be grateful for the little wins.

Sit down and double your goals and start pushing as hard as you can. I can say this to you because you’ve already made the team. You’re in the game. You just have to increase your skill sets. You have to work harder.

If you are truly stressed out and you want to be motivated again, try picking up your office and working somewhere else. Sometimes a change in scenery will do wonders for you. It can be amazing.

It’s possible you’re not unmotivated, but you’re just tired. Being around family drama can do that. Sometimes you have to get away from other people and bad environments to do what you need to do.

How does one stay the course when things are going bad? You’ve got to have goals. They’re like roadmaps. Goals are mandatory.

If there’s any way you can offload mundane decisions to someone else, do it. That’s another thing you have to think about. You have a finite amount of energy in a day.

That’s just reality. If you can learn how to leverage your time by hiring people or putting things off, do it. Seriously, do it.

Too many people are looking at their progress from the wrong perspective. They’re feeling like they should be where someone else dictates they should be. That is really harmful and corrosive to your success.

My hat is off to anybody that can start a business and be supporting themselves within a year with that business. Bravo. f you’re doing that from your own energy, Bravo. You can scale it up once you get it established. The hardest part is getting that stuff established.

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The Best Reason Ever to Start a Business

The Best Reason Ever to Start a Business

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Let’s get into the rant before we get into the core subject matter because it is all related. I do not believe in clutter. Years and years ago, I used to be a storage auction buyer. I saw what happened to people with an accumulation of stuff with no purpose in their life. Whenever my house starts to get cluttered or I’m looking for space or thinking about buying more organizers, that’s a sign I need to get rid of some stuff.

Well. I actually sold some stuff on eBay. It was the first time in a long time since about 2006. It was high- end camera equipment. I spent about $2700 for all of this stuff new. It was a Canon camera and three lenses. I made a lot of videos. I sold it on eBay for $1700. So, I used it for three years and got $1700 back. That’s not a bad deal.

During the process, I had one fraudulent buyer and eBay got rid of that person. Then I had this person that bid and won, then decided to ask me a bunch of questions. The buyer said they wanted to make sure the item wasn’t damaged. I was like, “Look, there’s nothing wrong with the lens. You bought it. You need to pay.” I’m not going to kiss a buyer’s ass when they are insulting my character.

A lot of people don’t have a great deal of self-respect. They will submit themselves to punishment in the name of a dollar. I’m not one of them.

Then that same buyer asked me another question. I told the buyer, “Look, you need to pay within two hours or I’m going to sell it to someone else. Is that clear enough for you?” I was straight to the point. Thirty minutes later this fool paid. He said, “You need to be more professional.”  I didn’t care and I didn’t respond anymore. I just packaged it up and shipped it out because my goal was to get paid, not sit around and have all of these conversations with this person.

The best reason to start a business is to make yourself happy. You should build something that gives you joy. Doing the YouTube videos and writing and doing the courses is fun for me. Starting a business to make yourself happy is hard, because there are other things you can do. Let me be clear about that. You will not be happy every day or every moment.

You need to have more than one thing that makes you happy that can also make you money. You want to create happiness wealth streams. Find things that you can do long-term.

A lot of people don’t think long-term. They think in terms of the next 30 or 90 days. When you start talking about six-month planning or 12-month planning or 60-month planning, people look at you like an alien.

Right now, we have so much opportunity with the internet. Today, there is no reason for you to have only one source of income.

What is really sad is that many people live their lives predicated on what other people say they should do and have. I vigorously reject those notions. Being in a position to do what you want where money is not part of the equation is an awesome feeling. I want you to experience that. Before you can get there, you are going to have to go through some trials and tribulations. My success did not happen overnight.

When I talk to people and they see what I do, I have to remind them that this took years. People don’t want to hear that. They seem okay with it taking a few weeks or months or maybe a year, but they don’t want to consider doing something that takes years to build.

Here’s the truth for you. Most of the people in this country are close to broke. If you don’t radically alter how you’re doing stuff, the possibility for that to happen to you is so easy because you’re believing in false narratives.

Right now, people are excited about how well the stock market is doing. I am not in the stock market. The stock market is manipulated. People say I’m missing out.

In 2009, I started this publishing company with a $289 financial investment and sweat equity, and it’s yielded six million dollars. So, anybody who has invested $289 and has had that kind of return, please come tell me about it. Stocks do not excite me. For me, the best returns I have had were from my businesses.

If you want to start a business, think about what makes you happy. Invest time there. Do something. Don’t sit around and wait for someone to tell you what your dreams should be. That cracks me up.

If you’re in motion and your mentor is in motion and you meet, you’re going to either collide, not work together or you’re going to collide and go forward together or in opposite directions faster.

If you are busy building something, opportunity will run into you. If you’re just sitting there wishing and hoping, you’re not going to meet anybody. When I meet all these nice people, it’s always because I’m out there doing something. You have to be about something.

If you’re going to do a business, start one that will make you happy. Number two – Don’t start a business where you have to take crap from people just to stay in business.

Go out and find some of your fun today. Pick something. Be serious about it.

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What Is the Purpose of Your Business? #Hustlology

What Is the Purpose of Your Business? #Hustlology

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What is the purpose of your business? I had to ask myself that many years ago. Why am I doing this? What is the end game? I know a lot of people are going to say, “I’m making money, bitch.” Is that really the purpose of your business?

If your business is set up to make money, there’s nothing wrong with that. Where I am going with this is, are you clear why you really have a business and why you want a business? Do you know?

Typically, if you have a business and you’re just going for money with no other factors that come into play or no other goals and no other intrinsic value associated with that enterprise, I don’t think your business is going to be fun most of the time. It’s just going to be a grind. It’s going to be something that you may despise down the road.

I was on the phone with someone earlier. I felt like the person was unanchored. They didn’t have a firm foundation for what they were doing or why they were doing it. They were just making money. I thought about that. As much as I like to talk about money, when I started Conundrum Publishing, money was a secondary goal.

I wanted to fulfil a dream. I wanted to say I was a published author. There were many things more important than the money. But, if you live in this matrix, you have to have money. It’s unavoidable.

After talking to this guy for a while, the purpose of his business finally came out. He didn’t want to get a job. That’s why he created a business. That’s it. Then it made sense to me. When you’re just doing it for one reason, you don’t layer your business which makes you the bitch of your business.

Many people are the bitch of their business. I’ve been there. When I was in the storage auction business, that was the case. When I had to be somewhere, I had to be there. I had to clean out those storage units. There was no way around it. It was a case of the tail wagging the dog.

Now understand. I would not go back and change a thing. It was a wonderful experience. That’s the reason I get to do what I do now, because I did the storage auction business for a long time. That’s the reason I get to talk to you people and do these videos and blogs.

Fundamentally, most people are going to set their businesses up to make money. I’m not being critical. We all need money. If that is your soul motivation, it’s not going to be fun.

If you’re doing your business strictly for money, then when the shit hits the fan, you’re going to bail. That’s just human nature. That’s why the guy called me. He wants to get out of his business and he needed to talk to me about that.

I have some clients and I didn’t really get to know them until the third consult. It takes some dialogue to get to know what’s going on. It’s interesting, but it never occurred to me to do another business. When things went crazy, I just doubled up my efforts. I rearranged some stuff. I’m in this for the long haul. This is my career. This is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life. I’m going to create content in various forms.

The reason I never thought about bailing or doing something else is because there are many layers to my business. I love what I do. Some of you, I would bitch slap if I saw you in person. Most of you I would hug and buy a cupcake or something like that.

It really hit me. This is it. Why am I a writer? Because I love writing. I love doing this shit.

If you only have one major reason to do what you’re doing, you’re going to be easily disconnected from what you’re doing. It will be very easy to push you off your path. It will be very easy for you to give up. That will happen, because you don’t have any skin in the game.

One client thanked me for making them respect their business more. There are a lot of really successful entrepreneurs that are bored. Their business runs on autopilot. They don’t have to do anything and they’re making a shitload of money. They are bored and need a new challenge.

A lot of entrepreneurs start multiple businesses, because they need that adrenaline rush. When you become successful, it is very easy to forget the journey and the path that got you there. Some people forget all those ugly days in the beginning.

One of my reasons for starting a business is I want to be immortal. I want people to be reading my stuff 200 or 300 years from now. That motivates me. It’s about legacy. It’s about creating something that is here long after I’m gone. As a content creator, you can do that.

Is the business you’re starting something you will stick with when things go sideways? You need to know the purpose of your business and put that on some paper or on your iPad, if you’re one of those people. Look at it and start thinking about it. Ask yourself those really important questions. That’s just something for you to chew on.

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The New Rules No Permission Required

The New Rules No Permission Required

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I read a lot of papers and watch a lot of documentaries and we are in one of the most innovative periods in history. It’s never been this good, yet it’s never been this bad. There are a lot of people that are ass out and losing hope by the day.

I sit back and wonder what makes me so optimistic compared to other people. It’s definitely the new deal. I’m not talking about FDR’s New Deal. I’m talking about the new deal that technology and the internet has ushered into the world.

The internet did not level the playing field. The internet is a new playing field. It’s a completely different playing field with a new set of opportunities. I know people who have made eight figures strictly online. There are groups and fan bases online that you don’t even know about that are creating people money.

Why aren’t people accessing information? Why aren’t more people as happy as I am about the future? I ask myself, do these people even know the right questions to ask. We live in a society that teaches people to be permission based opportunists which means someone must give you permission before you take advantage of an opportunity.

If you don’t have permission, you feel like maybe the opportunity’s not yours or it is somehow shady. We’re taught that value is something we must have permission to get. With this permission based society, many people are waiting on approval to be successful. If that approval does not come, then they won’t be successful. And the approval is not coming.

Working on the internet does not require approval, it requires initiative. It requires radical thinking. It requires hustle. It requires a different mindset. But it does not require approval. Many, many people are missing this.

I love watching young internet entrepreneurs. I’m talking about this kid that started putting up stuff on a website he created and bought himself a Ferrari at the age of 20 with the money he earned. The young people have leveraged doing stuff and thinking differently. They don’t know they must ask permission to be successful.

What I want you to understand is that these kids don’t have years of experience. I’ve literally seen people start companies from nothing and get to seven or eight figures in four years strictly using internet protocols. That’s crazy exciting.

The promise of the internet is this; every day something new is coming up. There are new technologies and new platforms. Many of these things are going to fail, and that’s cool. There will be some that will succeed.

There’s this guy who learned the “ins and outs” of LinkedIn and wrote a book about it. He gave webinars and talks. He created a seven-figure business in six or seven years. He did that from home.

You can take a platform and learn the “ins and outs” of it and become an expert or authority on that platform rapidly in a matter of weeks or months. That’s exciting. When I train people, I see a lot of people seeking approval and validation. That is 90% of their problem in terms of being successful.

It is eerie when I see this. There are times that I will do a consult with someone. I will talk to that person for forty-five minutes. In the last fifteen minutes are when the jewels will start dropping. That’s when the magic jellybeans start raining all over the place. What I am learning as a consultant is that I must ask better questions to get better answers.

Many people don’t realize they don’t know the right question to ask. That is functional ignorance. You’re not going to get there unless you ask a bunch of wrong questions.

In this new economy, you have to take advantage of the opportunity versus waiting for someone to say, “Hey there is an opportunity over there. It’s got your name on it.” That’s why so many people are disenfranchised. They are still looking for permission. They’re waiting for validation from friends and family.

Let me give you some advice. When you have a new product or service, go to strangers first and friends second. Learn to introduce yourself to strangers. Learn to pitch people.

You’ve got to learn how to pitch. When you are a guy and you see this gorgeous girl and you walk over there to her, you are pitching. When you are a girl and you see this girl and you want to part of her committee, you are pitching.

Everyone needs to learn how to pitch. When I do a video and I put something in there or mention something, I am pitching. It’s a constant thing. You need to learn how to ingratiate yourself to people as fast as possible.

When you get past the permission and validation thing, you change people’s perception of you. There are many people on YouTube who can’t stand my black ass. Fuck you. That’s not going to stop me. It’s not going to stop me from pitching. There are a bunch of people who love my black ass. I’m crafting my message for those people.

You have to learn how to get past these words, validation, permission and approval. You approve your own damn self.

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Will You Ever Retire – Radical Thinking – Hustler Perspectives

Will You Ever Retire – Radical Thinking – Hustler Perspectives

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Today I was talking to a guy at the gym about retirement and he said in another ten years he’s just going to die because he doesn’t see himself ever retiring. I made a decision about ten years ago that I was never, ever going to retire. Now, I’ll get into that in just a minute. One of the reasons I’m never going to retire is I’m looking at the possibilities of the new economy.

Right now, we have the ability to create revenue streams that are independent of our time and effort. That’s what I mean by never retiring. This is something that happened when I got out of the storage auction business. There was a period of a year that was really rocky. My partner had died. I didn’t really do anything in terms of running my business. It was a struggle to put these videos up and my income grew.

I thought, this is interesting. I have a unique set of skill sets that are perpetual. I can do what I’m doing right now when I’m 90. I can still do it. It’s very, very exciting.

When people talk about retirement, they get very anxious and scared. It’s because they have bought into this narrative that there is only one way to retire. I look at people and they start doing the math about returns on investments. They still think you have to save X amount of money so they can retire and it will sustain them for an indefinite number of years.

I look at people and I say what if you create a company. I’m not talking about an internet giant. I’m not talking about this huge thing. I’m talking about a company that serves a group of people and it pays you a a very handsome sum for your efforts. It doesn’t take a lot out of you. You manage it. You can walk away from it and go to Europe if you want to, and you still have that asset producing cash.

I sit back and I hear all of this retirement talk. On Bloomberg, I heard this one story about this 67-year-old woman living in her father’s basement while he travels and enjoys life. Her father is in his eighties and retired with a pension. He was lucky enough to retire when retirement still meant something. There are so many stories where people do all the right things, and their only crime is living a long life and being healthy.

Maybe we should change the conversation of retirement from work, work, work real hard and accumulate, accumulate, accumulate and then kill over. Maybe you can create income using technology sources for the rest of your life.

This is something else. I live in a pretty good neighborhood. I run across a lot of active retired people. They’re always doing something. They’re always taking trips. They’re doing crosswords. They have iPads. They’re very, very active.

They get up every day because they have to do something versus I’m retired and I’m twiddling my thumbs. They’re very engaging. I talk to these people and I get a lot of information when I am around. I realized something. All of these people have something to do. They’re independent of having to be somewhere all the time.

There’s one guy and I thought he was odd. He’s a guy who got married again and he has young kids. He comes around with his daughter often. He’s retired from his first job and he has another job dealing with wine or something at one of the local shops. He is extremely interesting to talk to. I don’t know if he has to do it. I don’t get the sense that he has to do it. I get the sense he does it because he would just go crazy being at home.

If you’re stressed out about retirement, I want you to think about something. Let’s say you’re 50 now and you start a company. We’ll assume it takes ten years to get it really rolling. Then, you’re 60 and that company is kicking you a living wage.

Let’s talk about a living wage. If you manage your money right and you’re doing the proper things, you don’t have to make six figures. You can do very well between $70K and $90K. So, this business is giving you that kind of income or even less. Say the business gives you 60k. Since it is a business, you can amp it up or amp it down.

One day I sat down and thought that based on what I heard about retirement, it wasn’t really my bag. This is what I noticed when I worked in the hospital decades ago. People that have something to do stay mentally engaged. I’ve seen this a lot. I grew up in a neighborhood where so often the man would die and then a year later his wife would pass away. It was like she didn’t have any reason to be there, so then she was “out.” It was like they didn’t really have a reason to live.

I want you to really think about whether you will really retire. This is an important requirement for people who want to make a living without a job; you have to think differently. As technology goes forward, we’re going to have more ways to make money independently of being there than ever before.

Start thinking about how you can retire on your own terms. I do the things I do for freedom. Freedom of time and freedom of choice are important to me. So, essentially for five years, I’ve been kind of retired if you look at it from that perspective. I can always make my own schedule. Sometimes, it can be challenging when I launch a new initiative. But, doing that is also my choice.

You have to think about what you can build or contribute to the world that will make you money for a long, long time. You can’t look for instant gratification. If you do, you will be very dissatisfied. You can’t start a business on Tuesday and expect a paycheck that Friday.

What I see in the future is awesome. I’ll give you an example of a simple business that one of my friends is doing it. It’s cookies. Cookies are great. Even if you start small and make $1000 the first month. If you double that business every year, in ten years you’re making an impressive income.

You have to think of things differently. Businesses take time. It you can get to the point where you can manage your time on your terms, you have achieved half of what retirement is for most people. There are people who are 20 years old and 30 years old who have done that. Even if I got a ten-million-dollar influx of capital, I’m not going to stop doing what I’m doing, because I enjoy this. This is fun.

That’s another consideration when you start your business. Can you create a business and lifestyle that is fun? Instead of thinking, I’m going to work today. I think, I am going to have fun. My business is fun for me.

That’s just some food for you to chew on.

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