Winners and not WHINERS.
So, in response to my Case Study post on Facebook the other day – I got a comment from someone who said this:
My response got a few people riled up.
And you know what?
I’m f*cking glad it did.
Because here’s the thing:
There are TWO types of people in the world:
1. People who make excuses.
2. People who make sh*t happen.
My point about McDonald’s is TRUE.
$500K before you see any sort of cash-flow.
10 YEARS to profitability.
So if $10K (technically about $5900 if you ACTUALLY do the math on our first 6 months revenue) is too much of an investment in yourself…
And if 6 months (not 10 f*cking years) is too LONG for you to see a 2:1 return on something that’s going to change your life forever…
Then I’ve got news for you:
You ain’t built for this whole entrepreneur / business owner thang.
Wanna know what it REALLY took for me to get going?
Let me tell you the story:
I quit my corporate job, moved into a 400 square foot apartment with my wife…
With my wife’s $500/month PhD stipend as our ONLY income initially.
We moved back to the US from Hong Kong with NOTHING but 2 suitcases of stuff, and our cat (a rescue from China).
When we landed in the US, we lived on my wife’s $40K/year salary as a Museum Curator.
We rented a cheapest, sh*ttiest apartment in one of the poorest (read: lowest cost of living) cities in the US – Brownsville, TX – by CHOICE. (hint: we avoided Manhattan and San Fransisco)
Our only furniture?
A $200 mattress to sleep on…
A desk we bought for $10 bucks.
And two folding lawn chairs we got for FREE when we opened our corporate bank account.
That was IT.
Cable TV? Nope.
Movie nights? Nope.
Sh*t we lived on a $50/week grocery budget – shopping ONLY at Wal-Mart so we could put EVERY SPARE PENNY into the business…
THAT’s what it took, my friend.
I didn’t “have the money” either.
Most people are too prissy, or whiny, or whatever you want to call it to just f*cking do what it takes to make it through those days.
One of my clients, Perry Marshall likes to call it “Your baloney sandwich and ramen noodle days…”
Everyone I know who’s REALLY successful…
I’m talking all my OTHER friends who ALSO have high-margin, seven figure businesses…
We’ve ALL gone through these days.
That’s the TRUTH, my friend.
It’s the reason why guys like Dan Meredith…
Who applied to be my copywriting apprentice (and DIDN’T GET THE JOB…) are on the path to being WILDLY successful.
Dan didn’t quit.
Dan is f*cking relentless.
Dan doesn’t make excuses.
Dan makes stuff happen.
And he INVESTS in himself.
Like, when he invested $7,500 he DIDN’T HAVE to come to my last Ocean’s Four event in Miami.
And from that?
Parlayed that trip into a position in MY company (as my “Client Concierge”)…
As WELL as a position with one of my CLIENTS (Agora Financial…)
And is now doing stuff with friend of mine and LEGEND in the Direct Response world, Brian Kurtz (EVP of Boardroom, Inc.)
And he’s just getting started.
The question is this:
Who do YOU want to surround yourself with?
Guys who go from baloney sandwiches to seven figures?
Or guys who make excuses.
Winners? Or Whiners?
Something to think about on this fine Tuesday morning…
Ryan “Laying the Smackdown” Levesque
P.S. – Speaking of surrounding yourself with WINNERS… So with the exception of my Oceans Four ELITE Mastermind…
I RARELY attend live events.
Mainly, because most are a waste of time.
AND I’m VERY selective in whom I hang out with…
In fact, aside from my upcoming O4 ELITE Mastermind on October 4-5th in Austin, TX…
And *potentially* a LIVE workshop / mastermind / training I might hold later this year…
There is only ONE live event I’m attending for the rest of 2014.
Any guesses what it is??
Go ahead – HIT REPLY and take a guess.
Seriously. Take a guess.
I’m CURIOUS to know what you think it might be.
HINT: It’s an event I’m NOT affiliated with at ALL. And one I am NOT getting paid to talk about it.
I’ll tell you what it is TOMORROW.
Because if you want to hang out with me (and a bunch of other ELITE winners in PERSON…)
Then you’re gonna want to hear about this.
As Sir Dan Meredith – winner from across the pond – likes to say: