Notes from The 50th Law by Robert Greene and rapper 50 cent

These are my notes from the book The 50th Law by Robert Greene and rapper 50 cents. I think they are very good insights and I hope that if I can keep focused, it will help me achieve some breakthroughs. The book was awesome and although I don’t really like rap or his music I think that his story is pretty amazing. To come from where he was and to have that kind of beginning in life and to be where he is now, it’s very inspirational.

I didn’t expect that someone in that kind of career would have such deep insights to share and that it actually required that much mental preparation to get to where he is. I had expected that to be a musician or singer, you just had to be talented and lucky. Boy, was I wrong! You really should read his story. [Read more…]

Review and Notes from How to Make Millions without a Degree by Simon Dolan

These are my notes and my review of the book How to Make Millions without a Degree by Simon Dolan. I think Simon Dolan, a rich UK businessman wrote a great book and it was inspirational to read about his experiences. I feel like all the years I wasted was what he calls the “messing around phase” in your life where you’re experimenting and learning and trying to find the things you are passionate about and to refine your goals and what it is that you really want in life. Majority of the later 2/3 of the book are filled with short descriptions about other rich people and their businesses and stories and I thought that the beginning part of the book was a lot better.

I liked Simon Dolan’s tone and the first 1/3 part of the book really spoke to me. The later parts of the book just feels like I was reading newspaper clippings about other people. I do want to thank him for writing the book because I think this book and the one by Felix Dennis is awesome and is great pick me up type of material if you’re feeling depressed on your journey. [Read more…]

Advice and Tips from the Greatest Insurance Salesman in the World

My Experiences in Selling
The Greatest Insurance Salesman of His Day (and Almost Any Day)
By H. B. Rosen.

In 1918 H.B. Rosen was billed as the greatest insurance salesman in the world. His reputation was built on a foundation of sales that may still hold some world records. In 1917 his personal sales amounted to more than $12,000,000. (Remember what a dollar was worth way back during World War I?) In 1918, though ill and laid up from work for a month, Rosen engaged in drives for Liberty Bonds, war relief and charitable associations, and still found the energy and time to sell $4,000,000 worth of insurance in the months of January, February and March alone. The average at that time was $100,000 in a full year.

The following article by Mr. Rosen shares his secrets of success – secrets that are as relevant today as they were when he first shared them in 1918.

Several years ago, after a strenuous winter campaign, the doctors looked me over and declared that unless I went to Europe for an indefinite period of rest, they could not guarantee me any extended lease of life. [Read more…]

Learn to Be Relentless and Not Give Up

Be RELENTLESS, especially when you want to give up or quit. I had someone tell me today that Chet Holmes, one of America’s great sales coach/trainer/motivational speaker/author that it took him one year to set up and do a joint venture with Jay Abraham. But he didn’t give up and he closed it.

It took Chet Holmes twelve years to set up and do a joint venture with Tony Robbins but he didn’t give up and he closed it. Now we’re talking about a guy with the right looks, credentials, reputation, sales skills, and everything and it still took him that long to accomplish his goal. So if it was a no name, no reputation, no money type of person trying to create a joint venture deal or any kind of deal with a well known person or a big company it’s going to take some time and energy to accomplish. It doesn’t mean it won’t happen, it will just take a bit of time and effort. Keep at it! [Read more…]

Getting Back to Copywriting Basics and Studying Great Marketers for Inspiration

Humans tend to make things too complex and overthink things. I have to consciously remind myself of that and get back to copywriting and marketing basics when I keep tinkering with things and get too fancy. It still amazes me how old techniques and depression era type of copy still works so well today. It’s because human’s basic needs, wants, and desires don’t change that much over time.

Do you know what some copywriters do at 10:43pm at night until the wee hours of the morning? I don’t know about the others, but I’ve been spending time pouring over classic salesletters, ads, books by copywriting legends and brilliant marketers. The top of my table and bed is covered with printed pages and the dusty covers of old books and tapes.

John Carlton (one of the great copywriters) said in during one of his seminars or courses that teaching us how to write copy was better than handing us $100,000 cold hard cash in a briefcase. It seems hard to believe and doubtful at times when things get rough but I imagine for some of his students that diligently apply that knowledge that statement has proven to be true.

Frank Kern tells his students, with knowledge of Mass Control marketing and direct mail marketing techniques you guys/gals know more about marketing than 99% of the world’s population. Hmmm….sounds great. [Read more…]