Why Trump could be a good idea

trump1You know where I stand on electoral politics.

I don’t like ’em. I don’t participate in ’em.

But I have to share something I just got today from Jon McCulloch, a marketer in Ireland.

Jon’s talking my talk here, and I’m just gonna quote most of his email, with no fixing of typos or whatever.

I’ll be back in a minute or so.

Here’s Jon…

“I’m not much one to follow politics. Not only are politicians themselves dishonest, self-serving, and frequently corrupt but they’re largely unnecessary and work in jobs and in a profession entirely of their own invention.

“Remember early this year, when the election on the 26th February yielded no clear winner and Ireland had no government for several months?

“The country just kept on runnin’, because, like it or not, adult human beings don’t need others to tell them what to do or how to live their lives. Sure, I know loads of people feel they do, but they’re wrong. People, left alone, tend to do just fine. The only people who think otherwise are those who want something for nothing, and those who want to force others to live their lives according to their pet ideology.

“Here’s a Fundamental Truth for ya: the thing politicians, do-gooders, bleeding-hearts, and fucking Socialists all hate with a passion is self reliant people who don’t want or need their meddlesome ideas and invasive practices.

“What’s this got to do with anything?

“Well, right now on this side of the Pond we’re being treated to the truly awesome spectacle of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton battling it out to become President of the United States. It all seems very surreal, I know, but the fact is it’s almost certain one of those clowns is gonna become arguably the most powerful person in the world in just a few short months. I’m not going to get into Trump’s merits as a business owner here, but he’s definitely not qualified to run a country. Every time he opens his mouth he’s either lying, talking scientifically-illiterate nonsense, or proposing actions and laws clearly violating the Constitution.

“But, that said, I suspect Trump is a far better choice than Hilary.

“Why?

“Simply because he is such a clown.

“See, it’s entirely possible if Trump gets elected he’ll dive right on trying to enact unconstitutional laws and engaging in other illegal batshittery, meaning he and his administration will spend so much time being dragged through the courts and arguing about all this shit, they won’t have time to mess, meddle, and fiddle with the economy.

“And economies do best when they’re left alone (they’re complex adaptive systems, don’tchaknow?).

“I guess on this side of the Pond it’s all moot, although what happens in and to the US does affect the whole world to some extent.

“Whatever. There’s nothing you or I can do about it, so our best course of action is to put our noses to the grindstone and knuckle down to growing our businesses. Certainly, if we wait for things to magically get better or become more favourable we’re gonna be waiting a long time.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Ignore the political BS and stick to business.

But what if you don’t have a business to stick to?

I got an answer to that right here.

Simplify, simplify, simplify

beavan-in-woods_grandeHave you seen any of those “tiny house” TV shows?

Deb got me watching them, and I’ve gotta admit, it’s fun to see people struggle to downsize their households and squeeze themselves into as little as 200 square feet.

The trick is prioritizing and using space wisely.

Plus, you have to be really motivated to convert from big to tiny.

Or complex to simple.

It’s so easy to make things complicated.

Everytime Microsoft fugks around with an operating system that seems to work perfectly well, I wonder, why? Why make it more confusing?

And whenever a friend tells me she’s spent six months hammering out a “business plan” so she can leave her miserable job, I ask, “How come you’re making it so hard on yourself?”

Why not, as Thoreau suggested almost two centuries ago, simplify, simplify, simplify?

There are complex ways to build a business of your own, and there are plenty of “gurus” out there to detail it all for you.

On the other hand, there are very SIMPLE ways to do the same thing, much more quickly and effectively.

My tip for the day…

Always go simple.

You’ll be happier, healthier, and probably wealthier.

Kids say the darnedest things

grilld_1After a lot of years, this still makes me laugh my ass off…

My pal Zack’s four-year-old son Joel was getting ready for only his third day of preschool.

The kid looked up from tying his shoes.

“How long does this go on?” Joel asked his dad.

Perfect.

Joel’s innocent question is what many people ask themselves while they get ready for another grueling day of work.

But they just keep slogging on day after day, unsatisfied and unhappy.

Surveys show that most folks would never work at what they do if they didn’t get paid “good enough” money for it.

Most admit they’re sick of working for bosses.

Most claim they’d love to quit their employment and follow their dreams.

But the minute they’re thrown out of their job, these people usually update their resumes and pound the pavement for a new job, a new boss, and a new routine of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

How come?

There are lots of reasons. And if you’re among those who say they want off the 9-to-5 job treadmill but can’t seem to take the leap, ask yourself these admittedly hardnosed and difficult questions:

1) What do I fear most about leaving my job? Risk? Failure? Success? The unknown? Loss of “financial security”? Worrying or upsetting my family?

2) Do I believe I’m unworthy of finding success in my own business?

3) Do I think I’m too inexperienced to be in business for myself?

4) Do I think I’m too undercapitalized to move out of a job and into my own enterprise?

Maybe what you need is a formula for breaking free from the treadmill you’re on.

Years back, I got dumped out of my corporate job and hadda come up with a formula to move forward.

I’ve whipped that formula into an easy-to-read and easier-to-implement report. If you’re ready to cut yourself loose from the 9-to-5 — or if you’re looking for a road map after getting pushed out of a job — you should grab the report ASAP right here.

When’s the right time to call it quits?

quitter1-e1441787750751Some people just don’t know when to give up.

Like my neighbors who still have a faded and tattered Bernie Sanders sign planted in their front lawn.

Or the numbskulls who thought a third “Bridget Jones” movie — or even a “Blair Witch” reboot — was a smart idea.

There are definitely times to admit defeat. Call it quits. Move on to the next Big Thing.

On the other hand, some people give up too soon.

Worse yet, most of ’em never get started at all.

Like my pal Tod, who’s always talking about “retiring” and becoming his own boss.

He’s talked about it for years, but he grinds on and on unhappily at his corporate desk job.

He’s rattled off all the excuses to me.

“My family needs my company’s health bennies.”

“I’ve gotta get my kids through college first.”

“My wife says she’ll feel insecure if I don’t have a fulltime job.”

Yada, yada, yada.

What all the excuses really add up to is fear. And the biggest and most common source of fear is not having a plan.

Wanna jump off the ol’ 9-to-5 treadmill?

Wanna start your own business?

Don’t do anything until you have a plan.

Lucky for you, you can get hold of a terrific one real easy.

Download it from here…

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Slinging F-bombs for fun and profit

kristenstewarthandcoveringmouthacceptancespeech-825x496People sling around motivational quotes via social media so frequently that they tend to lose whatever impact they might have.

But here’s a great quote from the late author Marilyn Ferguson. It’s simple and really deserves your attention. Get ready…

“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every Fear is a Freedom.”

Fear and Freedom.

Two F-words — one bad, one good.

A great message: do what you fear and you’ll find liberation.

Ever notice that when you do something uncomfortable or scary, that’s when real magic happens?

Here’s a third F-word — another good one, I think:

Freelancing.

Freelancing is a means to a more flexible, free life. And here’s the neat thing…

Freelancers are just about anything they wanna be — writers, photographers, bookkeepers, tutors, chefs, landscapers, events planners, and massage therapists.

I know of others who are telemarketers, data processors, interior designers, and illustrators.

Whatever your skill, you can move out of the restrictive 9-to-5 job factory and into an adaptable freelance lifestyle.

Problem is, going out on your own can be scary.

But it doesn’t need to be.

I’ve hammered together a fast-and-furious report designed to help you create your own freedom as quickly as possible.

Full disclosure: It ain’t a get-rich-quick system or shortcut to success. But it offers a ton of great advice on how to size up your strengths and weaknesses and generate enough self-confidence to get rolling. But the work’ll all be done by you.

You’ll want to grab a copy of the report right here…

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So what’s keeping YOU from jumping off the ol’ treadmill?

Catching farts in a windsock

windsockLast week, the California Legislature approved regulations on cow flatulence and manure.

You know, you just can’t make up, uh, shit like this.

Anyway, the state of California says that cow farts and cow doody release greenhouse gases.

That’s a big no-no, cuz those gases have a HUGE influence on the climate. Or they might. Or whatever.

The bozo behind this piece of regulatory silliness is Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara. By the year 2030, he wants to reduce methane emissions from cows to 40 percent below 2013 levels.

How will this be done?

Not sure.

Maybe cow-gas can be cut back with oversized corks, inserted carefully [description redacted].

Or maybe cow emissions can be captured in giant windsocks and then, along with payloads of cow pies, be rocketed into outer space.

Or all that crap could be buried out near Bakersfield.

Hey, what a legacy Senator Lara’s gonna have — “Curtailer of Cowshit.”

But maybe you aspire to crafting a more worthy legacy for yourself.

Maybe you dream of building homes for the homeless.

Or doing missionary work overseas.

Or maybe your legacy will be a small business venture, created from your own brainpower and effort.

Whatever it is, please aim for something beyond manure maintenance.

This is bigger than Hillary’s health problems!

hillary-coughing-attacks-01Big revelation from the New York Times!

(And no, I’m not talking about Hillary’s health issues.)

The Times says that using the so-called “express” checkout line at the grocery store might be a pisspoor idea.

You see, the average shopper spends 41 seconds shooting the bull with the checker, debating paper or plastic, counting out change or charging their purchase, gathering up their stuff, blah, blah, blah.

The Times quotes a former math teacher as saying those 41 extra seconds per shopper could slow down an express line if there are more people waiting to pay for fewer items.

“Think of it this way,” reports the newspaper. “One person with 100 items to be rung up will take an average of almost six minutes to process. If you get in a line with four people who each have 20 items, it will take an average of nearly seven minutes.”

Something to think about, huh?

But there are, thank God, ways to cut down on the time you spend doing almost anything.

Even launching your own freelance business.

In case you missed it, I’ve pulled together a quick-to-read, easy-to-follow report about how to hit the ground running if you want to “do your own moneymaking thing.”

Grab it right here…

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Why I think Star Trek is important

starA whole lotta hoopla is being raised because today marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

Some people probably think that’s silly.

But it really isn’t at all.

(Actually, today is a double-whammy for me. Fifty years ago, on the very same night and network as the original “Star Trek,” the Tarzan TV series starring Ron Ely debuted. Imagine, two classics in a single night!)

So why is Star Trek important?

For one thing, after a half-century, it’s still spawning successor shows. It launched a long-running movie franchise; the latest film, “Star Trek Beyond,” was released just this summer. And don’t forget all the toys, and books, and other stuff.

In the 1960s, “Star Trek” was groundbreaking. It featured a multi-ethnic cast, and using the tropes of popular science fiction novels, it told sophisticated stories and addressed moral and social issues like warfare, imperialism, and discrimination.

And “Star Trek” offered the positive message that we could survive and thrive among the stars.

What I love about Star Trek is that it’s always encouraging. It keeps reminding me that everything’s gonna be OK, and that I can “boldly go where no one has gone before.”

How about you?

Does Star Trek ever make you think that maybe you can step out of your comfortable surroundings and tackle things you’ve thought impossible?

Maybe pursue new dreams?

Maybe start a business of your own and take control of your life?

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Take a minute today to celebrate Star Trek.

The Jerry Seinfeld School of Success

Jerry Seinfeld performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 31, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida.When I was a kid, the first day of school always — ALWAYS — fell on today, the Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend.

Not anymore.

I know a lot of kids who started school three weeks ago. A few don’t begin until the end of September.

But no matter when schools start these days, I’ve always been a big critic of them. I think they’re state-run indoctrination centers.

You know, in my perfect world, most kids would skip government schools and attend the Jerry Seinfeld School of Success. They’d all come out happy and prosperous.

There’s no such school, of course, but there ought’a be.

This morning, I read a great article about comedian Seinfeld’s “keys to success.”

Jerry says the foundation of success is built on “work and thought and preparation,” and here are the three key elements…

1. Inspiration

“That’s the easiest step,” Seinfeld admits. “You get ideas. They just come to you. You can’t create them… you just wake up and your inbox has something in there and you go, Oh, look at that.”

2. Execution

“Execution is pretty obvious,” he says. “You have the idea, now you execute the idea. Is this what you wanted to do? Is this a good version of what that idea was?”

3. Detail

“The third piece of success is detail,” Seinfeld explains. “Obsessive detail.

“This happens to every comedian every night. I have bits, I have jokes, they work, they never miss, it’s a good joke, people like it, every time I say it in this way, it always works… but if I just have a slight catch in my throat in the middle of one word, just that little thing in the first syllable, it’s gone. It’s gone. The audience is like, ‘What happened? Did he get nervous? Or distracted? Something went wrong.’

“In comedy, jokes are extremely fragile things, because they have to be exactly right to work.”

In any business, details are important.

But they don’t have to be a pain in the ass and slow you down.

For example, check this out…

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How Labor Day became just another excuse for flag-waving, big sales, and BBQ’s

labor-day-grill-facebook-timeline-coverIt’s Labor Day weekend, and I’d bet if you asked a dozen people what the holiday celebrates, maybe one would have a vague idea.

I’m probably being too generous.

But just in case some smartass TV reporter tries to embarrass you on the street with that question, lemme clue you in…

Labor Day’s got nuttin’ to do with pregnant ladies.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, which also has nuttin’ to do with pregnant ladies, Labor Day “constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Of course, creation of a workers holiday in 1894 didn’t stop government goons from attacking 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado, 20 years later. Some two dozen people, including miners’ wives and children, were killed.

My point is, no matter how you slice it, Labor Day began degenerating from the start, turning from a celebration of workers to just another excuse for flag-waving, backyard barbecues, and end-of-summer sales.

Workers — your day-to-day employees — have never been able to really catch a break, right?

Maybe it’s better to just jump off the 9-to-5 treadmill — if you’re not unceremoniously kicked off — and “do your own thing.”

Scary thought. And there are oceans of books to wade through out there that may help you overcome fears, take the bull by the horns, and go it alone as a freelancer, or “solopreneur.”

Some of ’em might even give you a few down-and-dirty pointers on getting your money-making effort started. Or offer some ideas about actual operations and cash-flow.

But that’s a LOT of reading.

And that takes a lotta time before you even get started.

Wouldn’t it be more helpful if you had a simple, short report in hand that you could whip through in less than a half-hour and use as a quickie guide to start generating cash right away?

Well, I’ve got just the thing for you.

I’ve written a short report made up of bite-sized, easily followed chunks that include just about everything I know on getting started, hitting money goals rapidly, and staying profitable.

You can probably read it in 20 minutes.

And you can start making moola right away.

Grab a copy right here…

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Have a great Labor Day weekend.