10 of the funniest things you will hear about being an entrepreneur

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I’m a fan of good humor. So I was doing a little surfing when I came across these jokes about being an entrepreneur.

Having been down this rode myself I can say from first hand experience that these statement have an air if truth to them. But don’t take my word for it. Look at them yourself and see if any if them apply to you.

Top ten ways you can tell if you are an entrepreneur:

1. Your wife always knows where you are.

2. You are the only one in the company that fears and hates pay day.

3. You have more than 365 days of “comp time” accumulated.

4. You limit your fluid intake so you can stay at your desk longer.

5. Your rich friends wince every time you catch their eye.

6. Your grandmother has come to know your elevator pitch by heart.

7. The keys on your telephone have all the numbers worn off.

8. When watching “Star Wars” you identify with the Trade Federation

9. Your kids can tell how the business is doing by whether you Supersize your big mac.

10. The Grim Reaper stops by and you fast talk him into 10 more years for 20,000 shares.

(These jokes were provided by Mark W. Lund)

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What is marketing?

That’s a diabolical question isn’t it?

Why…

Because it seems like such a simple question to answer.

And yet it’s one of the most misunderstood questions that you will ever come across.

So before I give you the answer, I’ll first tell you what marketing is not.

– marketing is not buy one get one free
– marketing is not having a discount sale
– marketing is not having a Facebook page
– marketing is not having a website
– marketing is not about referring a friend
– marketing isn’t about selling anything at all

Kinda sucks doesn’t it..once you’ve found out that you’ve had the hood pulled over your eyes.

For so long..you’ve been duped into thinking that marketing included some of those things I mentioned.

Now..if those items I mentioned aren’t marketing, then what is marketing then oh wise one.

I’m glad you asked grasshopper.

To put it very simply…

Marketing is about creating an environment whereby people sell themselves”

Advertising sells.

Marketing tickles your fancy.

You don’t know when marketing hits you over the head when it’s done right.

Marketing is “hey, I just bought the new blue ray dvd for Thor, didn’t know that the wife bought one as well, here you can have it…it’s on the house”

Marketing is “I’m gonna stay in and catch some Sherlock Holmes, here are the keys to the bently, have a good time..my treat”

Marketing is when someone buys your book from amazon and you turn around and send them 2 of your audio recordings just because you wanted to.

Marketing is when someone has been a member of your subscription website and you send them a quick note that says no need to pay this month. It’s on me. Buy yourself a beer or grab a pizza for the kids.

Marketing is when you etch yourself so deep into the mind of a person so that they say to themselves, “hey this guy has himself together. I wonder how does he do it. Hey show me more of what you do.”

You see..

Marketing is about treating the people who buy products and services from you as if they are a close friend who is under your care.

You don’t put a dollar bounty on their heads.

Ever notice how apple iPhone and iPad commercials don’t sell their products.

They don’t you know.

They market both products and the apple store sells. The online catalog sells.

Apple markets. It creates an environment where you say you want to join in. Then you sell yourself on owning one of their devices.

Then bingo!

You’re off to Verizon to pick up one of their devices.

How smooth…

How noble of them

Strength and Honor

The Life Lesson You’ll Wish You Had Learned 30 Years Ago

Here’s another life lesson taken from deep in the trenches of Trenton New Jersey.

You’ve never heard what I’m gonna give you here.

And yet you’ll thank me afterwards..

Quick question..

Have you ever found yourself on a Friday afternoon surrounded by friends or family…or even your co-workers.

And one of them blurts out “TGIF, now I can go out for drinks later”

That’s short for thank god it’s Friday if you were held back in school.

Now, here’s the funny thing about that phrase and quite honestly the sad part.

For them..the 9-5 wage slaves.

Life begins and ends within the confines of Monday through Friday.

And they use the weekends to recharge and do it all over again.

Tsk tsk tsk..

Here’s what they never realize and what took me a while to truly get because of the programming I had received.

But first..another question for you.

If I asked you to give me $500 and in return I would give you $200..would you do it?

I’d put money in Vegas that you would think I’m crazy for asking you that.

That I must be high or something.

And yet you make deals like that every week.

When you sell off Monday – Friday in exchange for two days (Saturday and Sunday) you’ve done just that.

Sometimes it’s unknowingly (like I did)…

While other times..you do it knowing that it’s a bad deal.

Gosh that sucks..

Oh and wait I can hear you making the argument that how else are you supposed to survive right?

How are you supposed to support your family?

Geez..learn this.

The idea is to use that time in the 401k slave trade as a stepping stone to entrepreneurship.

It’s not meant for you to stay there forever whereby you sell off 40-50 years of your life in return for a gold plated watch and your walking papers to now be released into pasture.

And where you try to hide the fact that you now wear fashionable depends underwear.

Or you carry around belly bags to keep today’s set of pills you have to take.

It’s the reward for a deal that was never meant for you to win.

It’s the dirty little secret that no one ever told you about..

Until now..

Like I just did.

2 Entrepreneur Lifestyle Lessons I Learned From Jay – Z

Pop quiz..

What can you learn from famed rapper jay – z?

Answer..

1. You are your brand.

2. And it’s critical to your success.

Why?

Because the more your market can identify with you the more they will be willing to listen to what you have to say.

Understand this about money.

It’s everywhere.

It’s not just in the rich folks bank accounts.

It’s also in the guy who’s standing behind you in line at the grocery store with the 5 packs of Rahman noodles in his hands…it’s in his pocket as well.

But get this, he’s willing to give it to you if you can give him a legitimate reason to do so.

He wants you to answer the questions he has in his mind about you and your product or service.

Shucks…let me ask you…

What do you stand for in your business?

What are you communicating to your market?

Ask Samsung or blackberry about using a brand and understanding what you stand for in the mind of your market.

Blackberry’s brand once stood for something..now they don’t know what they stand for.

And guess what..

You know that they don’t stand for what their customers want them to stand for because their customers got together and voted with their wallets.

Message received..

Governor Christie..

He’s having a personal brand crisis.

How?

His brand was being a straight shooter..telling it like it is, even when you didn’t want to hear it.

And now…

He’s being re-branded.

As what?

A bully.

Tsk, tsk, tsk…

At the end of the day here’s something for you to put your mind on.

If it’s more money that you want for your business then learn this.

“Money is simply a response to mans thoughts about himself.”

Write that down..print it out even. Study it.

Hell, repeat it to yourself until you fully get it.

Why?

Because what you think you are, you become. And if what you become in this world aligns with other people’s beliefs about themselves then greenbacks will be exchanged as result.

Why I hate selling…

Selling sucks!

Lets just get that out if the way right quick.

I hate it.

Kinda makes you feel dirty.

“Hey here’s my new copywriting course, why don’t you buy it”

Or

“Build a list of email addresses that you can pitch your offers too, $29.95”

Yuk..

Here’s what I do instead..

I teach.
I expose people’s problems.

And when you read what I have to say you feel like a fly stuck on fly paper.

Why?

It’s because I know how people are wired.

When you see or read something that exposes a problem that you are having…I tap into your own anxiety.

And here’s the really cool part about what I do.

You see…

In order for you..the person with the problem…to get rid of that anxiety you have to read more of what I have to offer.

Why?

Because I’ve publicly acknowledged your pain and because of that you are hardwired to chase me down for the solution.

How cool is that?

Listen..what I do isn’t rocket science..nope not at all.

In fact I like to say that what I do is I market to people’s DNA.

Seems far fetched to some..and that’s fine because the truth never needs to seek sides….it just is.

Now here’s what you need to know.

If you want to raise your sales of your products and services then you need to learn how people are hardwired.

Become a reward for 10,000 people and watch how fast your bank account explodes.

Why You’ll Never Become Rich…

So let me start off by asking you a simple question.

You should be able to answer it really fast or if not, maybe you went to school on the special yellow bus for good kids only (wink wink)

Ok..so as not to waste anymore of my time on this..here is that question.

Why aren’t you rich?

Wait, I can hear you saying that you don’t want to be rich or that you’re doing ok..or whatever lame thoughts that might come to mind.

However the truth of the matter is that the reason that you aren’t rich is because..

You don’t want to be rich.

And here’s how I know.

It’s because nine times out of ten if you say you want to be rich..it’s a good thought. But and it’s a big but…you aren’t committed to becoming rich.

There is a difference.

Wanting to be rich is when you have all of those grand thoughts about eating caviar for snacks and having a big ass boat behind your house. Or how you piss off all of your friends because you can walk into any car dealership in America and pay cash for a card.

But the real truth is that you would never commit to making that happen.

Why?

Because the fat cats who operate the marketing machines have primed you to believe that being rich comes from staying up late at night a whipping out your credit card to purchase the latest foreclosed real estate program.

God bless you if you’ve ever bought anything from an infomercial and thought you’d be rich by the weekend.

Because what it really takes to be rich can’t be purchased in a 30 minute sales pitch.

So ok mr badass, “what does it take to be rich”

Hahaha…that question is the number one question I get asked most often.

And what’s even more funnier is my response and how it’s met with indifference.

It’s at the heart of anything you’ll ever do and if you want to be successful at whatever you choose to do, then you’d better have this or you’re simply wasting your time.

And what prey tell is this “it.”

It’s your mindset.

So take all of the frowns out of your face.

Because you see..rich people at their most fundamental level think differently then poor people.

Go study a few like I did and you will see how much that sticks out.

They don’t bitch and moan

They don’t blame their mommy’s or daddy’s

They don’t play oh poor me

Nope…in fact I’ve narrowed it down to three different things that they focus on to create crazy wealth in their lives and those who are lucky enough to be in their inner circle.

And if you want to find out I’d suggest you stay tuned and look out for some of my future posts where I will reveal my findings and how you can jump into the fast lane to wealth.

Or you can stay in your current lane where pinching pennies is part of everyday life.