Last weekend my daughter and I were leaving a store when we were approached by this older woman wearing faux black leather pants and a black sweater. She looked awkward, carrying this oversized black quilt-looking faux leather bag. She told me that my daughter was beautiful and if we had been invited to the "Disney auditions."
I'd heard this scam twice before, once in a Target and once in the mall. It's clear that these "talent scout" scammers troll parking lots, malls, and stores looking for cute boys and girls to try sucking them into some type of "audition" where it's probably some shim-shammy "talent agent" who will sell us on some service, thousands of dollars in head shots, acting lessons, and other crap that will result in no career for my daughter. So many parents fall for this because they want something so badly for their kids that they never got for themselves. And they're willing to turn a blind eye to the obvious scam because of the stars and dollar signs obstructing their view as they float around with gold glitter in their eyeballs.
I blew this lady off instantly. Stop wasting my time, hag. I can sniff a bullshitter from 10 miles away and you're one of them.
But I didn't blow this lady off because I knew she was part of a larger sham. I blew her off because I don't want my daughter to be a child actor. In fact, my daughter asked me, "Mom, why don't you want me to be in TV shows and stuff?" And I answered honestly, "Because about 90% of the child actors who grow up turn into drug addicts. They become very off-balanced because of how the movie business is and I don't want you to have to battle those types of issues. Just be a kid, okay?"
This made me remember this young girl in my daughter's kindergarten class who used to talk about how her mom dragged her from audition to audition after school and on the weekends to get acting and modeling parts. This is when my daughter started asking about this as being a career. She was only 5 at the time so she got a somewhat candy-coated answer that didn't involve bringing up drugs back then. But it was basically the same answer with a small addition: "It's a shame that your friend's mom feels that her daughter has to work doing acting and modeling to support their family but...I don't need to put my 5-year-old to work to pay the bills. I can pay the bills for the household so you don't have to worry about it right now. Plus I don't want to put you through the stress of taking you to auditions in all of your free time. I just want you to be a kid and grow up normal."
So many people in California (and many other areas) push their kids into acting and modeling, probably as some kind of sick and demented means of living their lost dreams through their young children while being able to brag at cocktail parties about how Little Mary had a walk-on roll in some stupid movie or TV show. Or how Little Sarah got some shitty plastic trophy because she won a cheer-dance competition. So f****** what?! At what price is this costing the child in psychological damage? All this pressure on being the best, the prettiest, the most athletic...their self-esteem suffers drastically. All to cater to some super shallow issues of the parent(s) that would be best addressed with heavy doses of head meds coupled with endless therapy on a shrink's couch.
What's the point in all this?
Everybody who hits this earth plane is here on their own journey. Living through somebody else, especially trying to live through your child...NOT GOOD! Let them select what their path is. Guide them the best you can, keep them safe, fed, and clothed. But let them guide their own way.
And for you...it's NEVER too late to do anything. Never! There's no reason you would ever need to live through someone else because you can live your own dreams, your own life. You can have everything you want and more. The problem, of course, is that many times we just talk ourselves out of the dream. "Too late for me." Or..."It's not feasible, doable, reasonable...whatever." Fill in the blank on any excuse you can think of and it's there. But it doesn't need to be.
I recently (as in the last week) found myself in the same predicament that I teach others how to avoid. I've had a lifelong goal to pursue a dream that I always just knew in my bones was a part of my spirit and why I'm here. But I've been throwing it on the back-burner...FOR DECADES. Why? Because I somehow convinced myself that it's just not feasible compared to the other business activities I've been doing for many years now. So why waste my time? My plate is full. I don't need to add more stuff to do.
But this nagging dream just keeps whispering into the back of my brain. "Do it. It's time."
Then I realized. All of my life has been preparing me for now. And because of my business and investing background, I am much more capable to deal with the competition in a world mostly for "artists" because I understand business, being commercial, and what customers want. I can use this as my very prominent competitive advantage rather than talking myself out of it because...too many years have gone by to dust off the dream. In fact, never before has there been a more perfect time.
Now is perfect. Now is the time to start moving forward on the things we've always wanted to do but never did for one reason or another. Those reasons...they're gone now. Time for a new life.
I have a very special seminar event coming up on March 3rd and 4th in Beverly Hills, California. The first day of this event will be groundbreaking. On this first day I'll be talking about how to finally get to that Total Transformation point to where you will dissolve ALL obstacles/barriers. This will include all of those fear points which can be the devil on your shoulder that talks you out of going after your dreams. We're killing the devil on Day One.
Then there's Day Two: The Money Funnel Event. I'll be showing you exactly what you can do to create a highly profitable online business so that you can quit that day job and pursue whatever you want because you'll only be working 20 hours a week, making anywhere from $1,000 a day (as a Money Funnel "failure") to upwards of $20,000 a day!
If you want to make those significant life-changing dreams come true, you're not going to miss this event. In fact, you'll find a way, starting with registering now by CLICKING HERE or calling my office to arrange a special payment plan at (661) 295-5050 right now! You can't miss this event. You can't keep putting your dreams on hold anymore. The time is now. Because the universe is whispering, "Do it. It's time."
We have a new office manager. Yes, I finally found someone kick-ass to replace Lea after all these months with an empty seat, empty desk...it's not full with a most awesome chick named Michelle. (Many of you have already talked to her if you've called the office in the past couple of weeks.)
So, yesterday, I had her "fire" her first Global Success customer. Yes, I did. Or you can say, "No, you didn't!" LOL! (Sorry. I'm in a rambunctious mood today!)
Many of you have heard me talking about a student of mine since 2009. Her name is June V. She's the foreigner real estate agent with the Madonna-eque "European" accent who lives in northern Cali...and does nothing but COMPLAIN about how awful the United States is. In fact, she complains about a lot of things. She's constantly calling my office, complaining to Rose about this or that, usually having to do with me or my courses or mentorships or seminars. Or something. May I say, in my defense, that this woman is a compulsive course/mentorship buyer yet she doesn't thoroughly go through the materials nor does she implement anything either. I guess that's somehow my fault too. Finally, I decided that I've had enough. I gave Michelle her first "tough" assignment and told her to call June V. and fire her as a customer. Yes, she called. She told her that she's permanently BLACKLISTED and she's no longer allowed to purchase anything from Global Success anymore.
And it took less than 60 seconds to fire this thorn-in-my-side customer.
I have a feeling that this is going to be happening MUCH MORE OFTEN as the months roll on here. Remember I said that there would be changes in 2016? Well, it's already started including introducing some kick-ass new stuff (The Money Funnel...and more to come) AND getting rid of the flack. That includes customers who are idiots, who never want to do anything, who are tire-kickers, and who want to waste my time...taking my valuable resources away from students who are really serious about making some big changes this year.
This is why I introduced Viper Wealth...which is doing VERY WELL. I have some super sharp people in the group and starting next month, I have some profitable partnership opportunities that we'll be starting up. If you're interested in Viper Wealth, CLICK HERE. Get signed up now.
But that's not the real reason I'm connecting with you right now. I'm reaching out because our Beverly Hills, California seminar event for March 3rd and 4th is getting full AND I'm about to raise the price. Again! In fact, this is the last weekend (coming up) where you'll be able to get it at this early-bird price before it goes up. And you really should think heavily about coming to this event, especially if you're finally ready to make some significant personal and financial changes.
You see, many of us talk about making changes year after year. And yet 5 years flies by...10 years, gone in the snap of a finger. Yet some of us are exactly where we were before. Dreaming big dreams. Talking a good game. But getting exactly nowhere.
Let's change that. Right now. The changes start with you. Nobody else can or will do it for you. And if you don't get off your ass to do something about it, it'll never happen.
So, ask yourself this: Do you really want the "same-old-same-old" you have now but in 5 years from now? What about 10 years from now? Two decades from now?
Yes, that would suck, wouldn't it? But it doesn't have to be that way. Maybe it's time that you fire yourself as the director of your own life and let me take a crack at it...at this event in March.
If you haven't registered for Beverly Hills yet, time to register now before the price goes up. You're worth this trip, this event, this seminar...because if you don't do it, the changes just won't happen. You know it and I know it too.
Register right now if you haven't already. It's time. Time to start living a new life...the one that you've been wanting for so long but never knew how to get. This event will change everything for you. I promise!
Also, if you need a special payment plan, call the office. We're here to work with you. Call after 9am Pacific Time tomorrow morning: 661-295-5050.
I don't know about you but lately I've been feeling out of sorts. I don't know if it's this crazy weather or all the things happening in this world. It's getting crazy, isn't it? I know. And I can't help but to realize that all of us are being affected by all the craziness everywhere since, as you know, energy travels and we feel it, baby.
How do you keep yourself balanced during these turbulent times that will only get crazier as time goes on? Because, let's face it. Times will never be like they were before. If you're waiting around for those innocent Norman Rockwell days to come back, keep dreaming. Because you'll never see those times in reality ever again.
So, what do you do?
Focus on your life, your family, and where you ultimately want to be. That's all you need to do. Focus on YOU and forget the rest of what's going on. If you don't, you'll most certainly go crazy, become depressed, or both.
During a couple of my last seminar presentations I've done, I mentioned a little tid-bit about how you only have to be 7% better than everyone else to be exceptionally successful in anything you want to do. It doesn't take much, folks. But it does require that you actually DO something and do it with persistence, focus, and belief in yourself. Most people don't do much of anything. They go to work, come home, and throw in the bare minimum in life effort in everything they do.
And on top of all that, it seems to be getting worse than ever. People are at the lowest in enthusiasm and motivation than any other time in our recent history. I think most people are overwhelmed with everything that's going on coupled with having had lost faith in themselves.
But this can't be you. It won't be you if you know what to do to prevent yourself from sinking into the abyss of The Nothing. That's right. The Nothing. Do you remember the movie The NeverEnding Story? It's one of my favorite movies because it's so mystical. The Nothing is this "thing" that really isn't anything but it's taking away this entire world piece by piece. Until there's...nothing. And I very much believe that's what's happening right now. There is this "nothing" that's starting to take away everything. But it only affects those who have lost their faith in life and in themselves.
I'll be honest. I sometimes feel like I'm sitting on the fence between wanting to change the world to not giving a shit about any of it anymore. As a Gemini, I'm two people: Monica and Monique. (Monica is the angel, Monique is the devil...or so I've been told.) So, every moment of every day is a struggle to figure out where I stand on this issue. Is it worth the good fight? Or do I throw in the towel, take a drink, sit on the beach, and just let whatever happen happen because who cares anymore? Even more interesting, both sides of the coin always seem extremely desirable at all times. It's ironic how life is, isn't it?
This is why it's required that you come up with some type of goal or dream that's bigger than you are. Making money isn't a goal. It's a requirement for survival. So, how can anyone drum up enough motivation, enthusiasm and drive for something as mundane as earning some cash to buy some bread and milk? BORING!! Making money for "financial freedom"? What the hell does THAT mean?? Time to amp up your dreams otherwise you're never going to make it to anywhere!
Each day I go to work I know I don't have to be there. I show up because I want to. That's financial freedom. Yet that doesn't excite me. Having tons of money in a bank account knowing that I can buy a lot of bread and milk in the next several years to come...who cares? Boring. Do you see where I'm going with all this?
Recently I've had to amp up my own goals because, well...I pretty much did everything I wanted to do and I finally got to that end of the road. I feel like I got to that end part of the train tracks that says DEAD END. So, when this happens -- and this has happened a few times in my life already -- it's time to find a different sent of tracks or an alternative method of transportation to get to where you want to go.
Maybe this is what you need too?
I have two (2) critical components in place to get me to where I want to be:
1) Aggressive Income - The Money Funnel
2) Passive Income - Apartment Building Investing
These components allow me to have, be, and do what I want. But here's the key: you have to have SOMETHING ELSE on the other side that this is all for.
Here's an example of what this WAS for...for me (and how it's recently changed): I lined up these money-making vehicles for a greater cause. My goal was to become a writer but I absolutely refused to be a starving writer. So, I used these Aggressive and Passive Income Strategies for my bigger plan which was a means of income before I'd "make it" as a writer. Of course, some of this has changed which is why I feel that I've reached that DEAD END part of the train track. The part that I had on the "other side" of the goal disappeared so all this became about making money (again, boring!) and nothing more.
So...what is my goal on the other side of just making money? I haven't fully refined it yet but it has to do with charity. It's critical to make this new purpose as meaningful as possible so that I don't find myself running up on another DEAD END track anymore. This is why what's on the other side of making money MUST be purposeful, exciting, and something that drives you through life with maximum enthusiasm.
What is your "larger than life" meaningful goal on the other side of just making money? If you don't have one, you're going to struggle with making your businesses successful. And even if you do realize success, you'll quickly feel this sense of emptiness like...what do I do now?
Now, back to what I really wanted to tell you. One of the greatest components of how and why I can follow through with the goal on the other side of the money is through Passive Income Strategies, namely apartment building investing. Yes, Aggressive Income Strategies are fantastic but it always requires us entrepreneurs to be at the helm of the ship, running everything, and never getting a break or time to do the stuff on the other side of the money goal. However, Passive Income Strategies DO allow us both the money AND the time to be able to pursue those more important things.
This is why it's critical that you get into the apartment building investing game as soon as possible before all the inventory is gone. The brand new Apartment Riches 2016 System has come out and it'll get you on your Passive Income money path right now. Just make sure that you have something on the other side of that money goal otherwise none of what you make will feel like it's been worth it.
Last year I got sucked into watching some ridiculous reality show called Preachers of Detroit. I think I started watching it because I missed visiting the city and hadn't been there in a little bit.
The show -- Preachers of Detroit -- was about 7 preachers in Detroit and all the drama that surrounded each of their lives. Many of you may know that reality shows are a put-on. Most of it isn't real. There are scripts and set-ups that don't reflect real life at all. Needless to say, I watched the entire season of this stupid show.
One of the preachers -- Pastor David Bullock -- had said in an earlier episode about how he thought Martin Luther King had failed in his dream for human rights. And that comment really bothered me at the time. In fact, it still does bother me.
For anything to change, awareness needs to take place. And awareness can't take place until people are directed to their wrongful thinking in the first place. And that NEVER happens unless somebody puts them on the path of understanding what is wrong with their thinking or why old values are outdated and inappropriate to carry on with.
Martin Luther King's role was to create that awareness or, as we call it now, "start the conversation" about what's wrong with the way things are. And why things need to change. In that regard, I believe he was successful.
Of course, what I think Pastor Bullock was suggesting is that, because we still experience prejudices today, maybe that's why he perceived Martin Luther King as having failed. I'm just guessing. I don't know. But some things don't change overnight. Rome wasn't built in a day. And we still have a long way to go on a great many issues that we're dealing with in today's day and age.
My thoughts on it: I have the utmost respect for anyone who takes a stand against the popular masses. It takes a lot of balls to rage against the machine, especially back then when not many had your back and NOBODY in the "organization" was on your side. There had to be many times when he wanted to give up or second-guessed what he was doing yet he forged ahead with the hopes that one day everyone would be equal.
In the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan is the Rosa Parks bus. I sat on the bus in the very seat that Rosa Parks sat in when she started her part of the revolution that would begin to change history. It was a powerful feeling to sit there in that seat and it was, quite possibly, the most amazing charge I felt go through my body; just to know that this woman made a decision on that bus that would cause so much strife toward change was amazing. She's amazing because I knew she was alone when she made that decision that day. No one supported her at that moment. It was just her. Her against the world.
I found myself in just a minuscule version of such a situation by standing up for something I knew to be true -- to be the voice for others who cannot speak -- and dealt with a lot of riff-raff because of it. And this was nowhere near what the REAL warriors of revolution went through. So, I can't imagine what it takes to be this type of hero and to know that you could lose it all when everything is said and done. It's like pushing all your chips on the poker table because you believe so much in your cause that it becomes all or nothing. You'd rather die than accept status quo. And that's a revolutionary warrior.
Anyone who stands up for what they believe in is someone who will always put me in a state of awe. Because there are so few of these people anymore. But what we do have is their accomplishments of yesterday and how they forced the hand of a revolution that would have never happened any other way.
And for that, they did NOT fail. It's just still a work in progress, just like every other aspect of life.
I've been interviewing people to potentially hire at GSS. And I absolutely HATE doing interviews. But I've been putting it off for too long, watching one employee leave while firing everyone else over time, never replacing anyone. Now I'm beyond short-staffed and I'm forced to hire someone like yesterday. Sometimes procrastination pays but, not in this case.
If you read my job posting, you'd laugh your ass off. It's probably one of the harshest job postings you've ever seen. I spell out what I expect from the new person I'm going to hire. I also clearly outline what I won't tolerate including, but not limited to, frequenting Facebook, texting friends all day -- and even threatening them by stating that I watch people like a hawk and lazy asses squandering company time would be lucky to last a week. The way I wrote the posting, I'm shocked that anyone applied at all.
Except I got quite a few applications. Not as many as when we were in a "down and out" economy but a healthy batch for sure.
The problem is, it's pretty clear that most people didn't read what I wrote. They just fire out applications without reading anything using their "buckshot" application process.
It's required that all applicants write me a short cover letter outlining their best requirements. About 80% of the applications did not do this. They were deleted. The other requirement was that they were somewhat local and I specified cities that I would not interview people from. This eliminated another 10% who also insisted that they not read the job posting.
Other people that were eliminated: Anyone writing in all lower case or, even worse, part of their name is in upper/lower case and the other part is in all lower case. I'm a stickler for that.
So...I ended up with about 7 resumes when everything was said and done.
I have a little strategy that I use. I post my job opening over the holidays or the summer because I figure that people who really want to work will apply. This has worked well for me over the years.
Out of 7, only 2 called back. The others apparently didn't need the job. Or want it. Good riddance to them.
One lady came in looking as pissed off as she could be and all she kept asking over and over again was, "What about the 'retirement package'?" and "What can I expect for 'retirement'?
How about nothing, lady, except the door hitting your big ass as you ideally exit my office rightnow?
She didn't ask a single thing about my company, what we do, what her expected job duties would be. NOTHING. She just kept talking about what I could give to her, like I owed her something. "I want to be paid the same that Disney paid me before I was laid off." And..."I want a retirement PACKAGE and medical and dental and I want sixty-thousand a year...and I want to work somewhere for at least the next 20 years."
Not here, you ain't! How about you get nothing. NOTHING from me, lady!
She should have stayed with Disney. Oh, wait. That's right. They let her go. She must've got too demanding with Mickey and he gave her ass the boot off the Disney Express.
It made me think about this: If only people realized that they can create their own "retirement package" by building their own wealth. Then they wouldn't be in my office demanding/begging for a job to give them those benefits/retirement packages. To me, it's much easier NOT to have to depend on someone else's hand to feed me. As I'd prefer to feed myself and depend on ME for all of my success.
And I'm sure as hell not going to be asking someone else for my retirement package, as I already have my own that I've created and developed over the years.
Maybe you need to start building your own retirement -- or at least a means of financial freedom -- starting right now.
Recently my book agent told me that I should lose the word "retirement" out of any book title I'm considering. He suggested that people -- mostly Americans -- hate the word "retirement" because it indicates something too many years away and only for old people.
So I stopped using the word "retirement" in most of my marketing and especially my book titles. People respond better to "financial freedom" and "wealth-building."
Whatever you want to call it, the end result is the same. You are building wealth for the purposes of replacing your current income so you don't have to work for anyone anymore (hopefully as quickly as possible) and you are building wealth for your long-term financial stability and security.
But you do this on your own for yourself without the aid of some employer assisting you in the process. And if you're NOT doing this on your own, you need to start right now.
Well, Happy New Year! Happy 2016! I finally said it, even though I'm a couple of days late.
I get so sick of writing lists and that includes New Year's Resolutions. Yes, I'm very list oriented by nature but I keep my goals very tight and project-specific. I no longer see the value in writing a bunch of goals that, I've recently discovered, really don't service me anymore. In fact, they're not really my goals at all!
What do I mean?
Let's take Oprah, for instance. I notice that she's doing Weight Watcher's commercials now.
Except Oprah looks fantastic just as she is. Yet somewhere along the line she's decided that she's not skinny enough, probably by being barraged by media and societal expectations of what the "right weight" should be.
So...she's still "struggling" with the weight, not taking into account that (a) she looks fabulous the way she is, (b) there's a good chance that her genetics won't allow for stuffing herself into a size 4 at any point in her life without taking drastic (and extremely unhealthy measures), and (c) maybe being happy in her own body will finally shake off this incessant need to look like everyone else.
I saw my doctor a couple of weeks ago. She told me that I need to lose exactly 20.5 lbs. I currently wear size 8 jeans and I feel great. I've been more than 20 lbs. lighter and, during that time, I felt unhealthy and I could feel the bones in my lower back. I felt sick, too skinny, and far from "healthy."
I looked at my recent New Year's Resolutions dating back the past 3 years. Like almost everyone else, weight loss has been on that list. I finally asked myself: Why? Why do I "need" to lose weight? To look like a skinny Cosmopolitan model? To feel bad about myself because, according to my doctor, I'm considered "overweight"?
I decided that weight loss WOULD NOT be a New Year's Resolution this year. Nor are any of my other typical goals including making more money, acquiring more stuff, buying more expensive things, and all the rest of the things we believe we need to fit into society. To look and be "normal" to our peers...whoever the hell they are!
Bottom line in all this "stuff" we all want to have, acquire, attain, gain access to, and get is to BE HAPPY. Right? Isn't that what we're all seeking? Yet somehow we equate happiness with getting all this stuff. Unfortunately, when we get it, it just makes us realize that we didn't become more happy so we up the ante with our goals and requirements for attainment.
We do this because society and the media says what we're supposed to have to be happy. So, we are acquiring, attaining, and gaining these things because savvy marketing geniuses made us believe in the deepest depths of our psychological being depends on us getting [FILL IN THE BLANK] to be happy/accepted/loved/appreciated/awesome!
And this vicious cycle goes on and on and on...maybe forever. Unless we put a stop to it. STOP THE MADNESS! Right now. TODAY!
So, as time ticked and we were moments off from ringing in the New Year, I scribbled down only ONE New Year's Resolution:
"To be happy to the deepest core of my being."
And that's it. My only goal. And I want nothing else.
But with this, I have a feeling that I'll get the rest of what I want "just 'cause" I'm happy and enjoying the journey. This is usually how the universe works, how the universe responds to us...by what we SEND OUT. Like a boomerang, it comes back.
If happiness is exuding from my being and is being sent out into the universe, I'm pretty sure I'll get happiness back in all of its earthly forms.