25 Ways To Make a Trillion Dollars – part two

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[Note: Rewritten version of an earlier post. I rewrote because I think NOW is the time to get our share.]

I only just found out the other day they lied to us about the American Dream. When you have a gun to your head, with two kids, a mortgage, and your entire self-esteem at risk, you need PRACTICAL methods for moving forward. You can’t go to the bank and say, “I need my piece of the American Dream”. Even though they gave the banks a trillion dollars, the banks won’t budge. And if you pull out your favorite self-help book and say, “see, it says I just have to Think and Grow Rich” they won’t listen. “That is not a debit card,” they will say.

So I went to Wall Street last week. I decided to DIRECTLY ask the bankers and traders for my piece of the trillion dollar bailout.

(we deserve a little piece of this)

I held out my hand and stood outside the New York Stock Exchange. I was dressed in a nice button down shirt. Nice pants. I wanted to look neat if I was going to go begging.

I said to everyone who walked past: “Please sir, can I borrow just five dollars.” One time I was lying down and just had my hand out. Not a single person would give me money. People stepped over me. Well, I take that back. One person wanted to give me money. But I had to refuse it in this case.

The excellent folks at PBS are compiling the result into a video that I will post here probably next week. Suffice to say, I came away from the experience penniless. Even someone who knew me just walked past me and didn’t even say hello although I know he recognized me. So I couldn’t get my piece of the trillion dollars.

Begging doesn’t work. But what does? I’ve had the gun to my head. And it even fired. But I dodged the bullet because of the below.

Claudia recently wrote a similar article so I decided to rewrite hers with my own take on the topic.

1)     Find Your Passion.  This is very very hard. The first step is doing the Daily Practice I outlined a few posts ago. Why is this a starting point? Because you need to clear your head. People have been bringing you down. Or maybe you’ve been envious of people. Or maybe you’ve been sick. Or not motivated. Or maybe you’re too worried about the future.

First we have to clear your head and make you healthy. And the spritual side means practicing acceptance for where you are right now. Forgive your past. Stop worrying. Start practing this now. This step alone is enough to get your piece of the pie. All of the below are reflections of this.

2)      Trust. This is similar to “giving”. You need to share your ideas for free, trusting that the returns to you will be worth much more than if anyone steals your ideas. Ideas need to mate with other ideas to generate children. Its those children and their descendants that become the real ideas that drive the next generation of innovation. In order for your ideas to mate, you need to trust sharing them with others. More on how to get ideas to mate:

3)      Learn to Receive. When good things happen to you, there’s two ways people screw it up. One is, they blow it. They take their money and spray it around like a broken hose, like a drunken rock star. Someone told me the other day: “I know 50 different guys who made $100 million and all they do is blow it on hookers, divorce, and bad investments.” So when something good happens to you, don’t change your life. Be a good person. As simple as that sounds, it’s not so simple.

The second thing: You deserve it. Many people deep down don’t think they deserve it. Take every compliment. Cherish it. Look around. The world is trying to give to you RIGHT NOW but we often spend our time rejecting it because we obsessing on the past or anxious about the future. Worrying is the opposite of receiving. Look around today at what the world is giving you right now. Write it down later. What did the world give you today?

(learn to receive)

 

4)      Bless that which you want. This is Claudia’s polite way of saying, “Don’t be jealous”. I read a story as a kid: two people were walking by the executive dining room at their corporation. One guy said, “look at those jerks. Eating in their own lunchroom.” And the other guy said, “I’m fine with them eating there. I’m going to eat there one day.” Never be jealous of what you want. It puts a huge dividing line between you and THEM. Admiring the qualities you want to achieve instead of being jealous of them is the only way to achieve them. Catch yourself today anytime you are jealous of people who have more. Reverse it. Build that into your daily practice.

5)      Save a Life. Getting means also giving. When you create value for others, it comes back to you tenfold. Make this committment every morning when you wake up: I will save at least one life today.” Which has some arrogance in it (I pretend I’m a superhero) but the basic motive is the same – the first goal of the day is to help someone other than myself. Everyday I know I’ll be a superhero and save at least one life. But the key is to look for the opportunity. Keep your eyes open all day for that life you need to save. Else someone will die.

6)      Visualization. If you visualize you’re rich, you won’t necessary get rich. That might be BS self-help.

But if you constantly visualize you’re poor (through fear or anxiety about an unknown future), its certain you will have such an overwhelming feeling of scarcity that you won’t be able to overcome it. I have problems with a “scarcity complex”.  Its hard for me to step up and really say I deserve more.

One way to visualize is, of course, with a list. Make a list of the 10 things you want in your life by next year. Visualize how those things can happen.But the key is:  take one step forward today towards achieving those things. I try to do this every day and it works. Today I’m going to try and find one more high-traffic place to syndicate my columns. And today I’m going to connect two people who should meet. (when you create value for others, you create ten times the value for yourself). Or today I’m going to specify more features that would be good for tdp.me.

7)      Meditation. This goes hand in hand with visualization. And its important. Without getting into the specifics of meditation (I write about it here ) you want to clear your head of the non-stop chatter that gets in the way of your success. Clearing the head lets ideas from the subconscious get closer to the conscious mind. It helps the ideas from one part of your brain mate with ideas from the other part.

Its also good practice for getting your mind back into focus during the day when those inevitable “scarcity complex” moments come up where you feel undeserving of the riches you are destined to get. I often find myself in the “Why me” syndrome. Practice stopping those thoughts. That’s meditation. Not sitting under a tree waiting for enlightment. Then that’s “Mad Attention”.

8)      Studying a spiritual text. There’s been a million bands created since 1960. But only a handful of  bands have withstood the test of time so we still listen to them today. The Beatles. Pink Floyd. U2, etc. Similarly, there’s been millions of prophets, self-help gurus, advice columns, etc since 5000 BC but only a few have withstood the test of time. Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Jesus,, and a handful of others. Why did they withstand the test of time? Who knows. But that’s why they are worth reading. A little bit each day. Currently I am reading Karen Armstrong’s book “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”, which surveys many of the major philosophies.

9)      Trust, part II. Trust that if before, during, and after, every time you talk, think, act, you are not harming anyone, then nobody will harm you and only good things will happen. This is hard.

In 2009 I started a company, 140Labs. We were going to make twitter-related sites. For instance, we made 140love.com, a dating site for twitter. I had a first round of $500,000 raised and mostly wired in. The morning we were going to close the round I had an overwhelming feeling that this was not a good idea and not how I wanted to spend the next three years of my life. My body was physically shaking as I woke up. So I trusted that moment. I returned the money that had been sent in, canceled the raise, shut down the company, and moved on, at about $50,000 personal expense to myself. Trusting yourself and the cues your body and mind are telling you despite great grief it could cause (partners, investors, etc were disappointed in me, not to mention my bank account) is the best way to find success.

I ended up having a great year despite that loss of money and time. I would’ve had a miserable year if I hadn’t done the right thing.

10)   Giving. See Give and You Shall Receive

11)   Say Yes. In a prior article I mentioned I always say “No” to anything I don’t want to do. But, with an important caveat. I almost always say “Yes” to new experience, even to the point of throwing myself into that experience.

I want to live my life like an experiment. Like a work of art. Sometimes there’s an explosion. But if you say “yes” to the right things, often something beautiful is created.

That’s how stories are generated, that’s how real knowledge is generated so new ideas can be formed with your old ones. This is how life becomes interesting. I never wanted to go to India before in my life. I’ve gone twice now and it was well worth it. I always look forward to meeting new people. And I always look forward to the next surprise I say “Yes” to.

Don’t forget: for our whole lives everyone around us gave us great examples about what it looks like to be “unhappy”.

Now you have to say “Yes” to happiness. Its hard because nobody taught us how to. They tried to tell us “college” or “a job” or “a house” or “a wife” would make us happy. But happiness like that is fleeting unless you constantly re-ignite the fire inside.

That’s why you have to say “Yes” to new experiences. Since each new thing might teach us that elusive happiness. .

12)   Learn the value of money. I think I express it best in the post, “How it Feels to be Rich”.

13)   Bless Money. You always hear, “money is the root of all evil”. Its actually not. Money creates jobs, creates products that improve the quality of life, money can be given to charity, money can be given to our children so they hopefully live better lives than we did. Money can be used to pay for healthcare for ourselves and our family. My biggest regret in life is during a low point, not having the money I felt was required to really help my dad recover from a stroke. I’m devastated by that still. Money doesn’t solve all of your problems, but it does solve your money problems.

14)   Be grateful. Exercise your idea muscle right now. Can you think of 32 things you are grateful for? Can you do that again every day? I find this to be a useful prayer.

15)   Do yoga. This is from Claudia’s post. At the very least, exercise is important for three important reasons:

  1. All evidence suggests that people who exercise live longer.
  2. You’ll be more confident and it will show
  3. When you exercise you often have to deal with short-term situations when your body is in extreme pain. You have to breathe through those situations (whether its yoga, lifting weights, doing 100 pushups, shooting baskets, etc). this is great practice for breathing through those difficult situations that often come up in life.

Here’s my take on how Yoga Completely Humiliated Me

16)   Dedication. Part of my prayer in the morning of “Save a life” is I dedicate my day to a “higher power”. I hate using that word. It sounds like a new age phrase. But whatever. Call it “The Force”. Its not so bad to try and imagine the Force working through you. Try it for a day or two. The way you can rationalize it: our brains are really just made for getting food and procreating. Trust that there are many mysteries we can’t possibly understand with our small brains. Dedicate your day to those mysteries.

17)   Add value to others. This is part of the “give” point above but deserves its own point. It’s a rule of the universe that you can only create value for yourself if you stridently attempt to create even more value for others. The only way I’ve ever made money was by creating something that had lasting value for others. Every other attempt at a shortcut failed miserably.

18)   Offer for free. I always want to be as honest as possible. If I’m offering something for free, there’s no bullshit. I don’t have to convince anyone of anything. Its free. Either take it or not. Then, if people take it, I learn from it, the ideas get better, the service improves, I get to know the audience better, word of mouth gets better, etc. Even in a consulting business, get your foot in the door with such good ideas that the door becomes wide open. Then you can charge. I once had a client that I visited once a month for over a year before I made a single dime off of him. Then, in one chunk, I made $750,000 from him. As the great Barry Ritholz has told me, “Never let a whale off the hook”.

19)   THEN Learn to charge for services. When I started a company building websites the hardest part was learning how to charge. I quickly found out I was charging about 1/100 of what my competitors were charging (Razorfish, Agency.com, etc) and was able to adjust accordingly. But it was hard. I’m a salesman. So my whole goal was to always close the deal and get the client to say “Yes”. The lower the price, the easier to get them to say “yes” (in most cases). Learning to balance this has been my life-long challenge.

20)   Promote yourself. This is easy advice but hard to follow. How do you promote yourself? One thing is by learning how to write. Most bloggers/businessmen out there don’t know how to write. I would say on a scale of 0 to 10 most people are a 1 at best. The first step in promoting yourself, believe it or not, is reading high quality writing. Read stories by Raymond Carver, essays by David Foster Wallace or Malcolm Gladwell. Read as much good writing as you can get your hands on. You need to be able to express yourself in order to promote yourself. In order to express yourself well you need to be a good writer and communicator. And don’t forget these important rules for good writing:

  1. After you are done with your post, take out the first paragraph and last paragraph. Almost certain that it will read better.
  2. Along those lines, try to take out every other sentence.
  3. Bleed a little in each post (i.e. a personal story that shows you’re human like the rest of us)
  4. Provide value. Make sure you aren’t regurgitating something written somewhere else on the entire World Wide Web. Really create something new. Else, don’t write. Never say anything that doesn’t add value. Else, you are wasting everyone’s time.

And then, key, try to distribute/syndicate in as many places as possible. But only after you have followed the above rules. This will build the ability to promote yourself.

21)   Brush your teeth. Nobody wants to give money to people with bad breath. Its just a fact of life. The same goes for cleaning up your workspace. And try to dress as cleanly as possible. This is almost impossible for me. I tend to appear disheveled no matter what I do. But I try. Here’s a site I made a few years ago, crowd-sourcing an ad for Crest toothpaste. Just for fun. Crest had nothing to do with it.

22)   Ask. When I started my first business, Reset, I asked corporate customers what it is they wanted to achieve with a website. I listened as much as possible without talking. And then I would come back with ideas, hopefully enhancing even further the ideas they had about their own website presence. Asking, then listening, is the first steps towards creating value for someone else. Someone recently wrote me asking me for so-and-so’s email address. But in his letter to me he gave no reason why he wanted it, provided no value, and was clearly not concerned with why so-and-so would have any interest in talking to him. So I deleted the email.

23)   Ideas. I stress this in a billion other posts but specifically, find ten people you want to do business with, list them, then list ten ideas you think can improve their business. Realistically think about how they (or you) can execute on those ideas. They have to be easy to execute. List how they can execute each idea. Do this every day. Whittle down the lists. Send each list out to the people you want to help. Before you know it, you will have a business helping people. This is a guarantee. Helping people is also the fastest way to profits. Its also a guarantee that if you don’t exercise that idea muscle, it will atrophy. Quickly.

24)   Laughter. I give a lot of public talks. I try to follow the 50-50 rule. 50% real value, 50% laughter. Make sure people laugh. Most of the time they only remember what made them laugh. But every now and then real value slips in. How do you make people laugh if you aren’t funny? Learn how to be funny:

  1. Get a list of funny books and read them. Start with something smart and funny, like Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle”. Something more contemporary is anything by Nora Ephron or Ariel Leve. Or books by comedians, like Seinlanguage, Jim Norton’s books, etc.
  2. Watch on youtube funny standup. Anything. Richard Pryor is great. Seinfeld is great. Anything.
  3. Watch funny movies. My current favorite: “Superbad”. My current favorite funny sitcom: “Arrested Development”.
  4. There are actual books on how to be funny. “The Standup Bible” (or “Comedy Bible”) by Judy Carter is one.
  5. Watch “Jon Stewart”. He’s the best. Study how he pauses often. Even his silences are funny.

People will want to work with you, buy your company, give you money, etc, if you do the 50-50 rule. Provide value, and make them laugh. A lot of companies can provide value. But you stand out if you can also provide laughter.

25)   Surrender. You want something. BADLY!  But if all you do is think about it, you’ll never get it. Visualize exactly what it is that you want, and then give it up to the universe that you will get it. I know this again sounds corny, new-agey, but its on solid ground. If you obsess you’ll be too fixated on what you want to be able to change directions at a moment’s notice.

The above 25 methods are difficult. It’s a daily battle for me to follow them.  And don’t set yourself up for goals you can’t achieve. But a constant attempt to do ANY of the above will allow anyone to conquer the obstacles in the way. I don’t believe in self-help. But I certainly believe in helping myself. This is the way I do it.

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  • Saltaway

    The first thing I thought of was a paraphrase of an old Buffett quote: The easiest way to make a trillion dollars is to start with $2 Trillion dollars and buy an airline.

  • http://www.freemanlafleur.com Freeman LaFleur

    Excellent post to start the day with! I’m glad this was not just another “How To Get Rich $$$” post filled with half hearted bullshit… Especially loved how much you emphasized giving! 

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Thanks Freeman. I find that everyone thinks “getting rich” is about getting a programmer, building something, selling to Google. The ONLY way anyone has truly created value for their families is by creating value for other families. This rule always holds true. Its an infinite chain dating back 5000 years of value. 

      • Saltaway

        Years ago, Earl Nightingale (Motivational Guru)  said that getting rich in America is simple……………Give people enough of what they need and want. ie services, food, manufactured items……………….

  • oliveremberton

    I have a request for an article, should you be in any shortage of ideas!

    You’re clearly been learning a lot socially as of late – I’ve noticed a big improvement in the clarity and format of your Facebook posts – and of course you’ve always been vociferous on Twitter. From what I can tell, it’s working for you.

    I was thinking perhaps you could pass on some of that wisdom in your refreshingly non-snake-oil-salesman way. Something like “How I got 56,000 people to Like me”?

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Funny, I am doing this article. But waiting to hit the 100,000 point. 

  • TheBlueTurtle

    I call this “home” “work”. And if people are not willing to do their “home” “work”, they generally don’t get to “pass the course” and move on to bigger and better things. I will add from my own personal experience, all of these exercises build and strengthen the muscles one needs to Actually Do what they might otherwise only dream about doing. But, the “home” “work”, the work you do with your “self”, at home, is absolutely “required” in order to “pass” from one “course”, the pattern of your life now, to the next. Thanks, James, for sharing all of this so freely. : )

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      I 100% agree. I’ve learned this the hard way that nobody is going to help me until I first: 
      – help myself be healthy in every way
      – help others. 

  • ClaudiaYoga

    This is amazing James

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Thanks! Well…you inspired me. 

  • mikeyhell

    James, it amazes me how you are able to split the kernel of an idea–TDP— into so many useful pieces. It’s like a pie that can be sliced down to quark-sized slices where are all the juicy bits live. Thanks for working your ass off for all of us out here.

  • SpecialK77

    The quote is actually “THE LOVE of money is the root of all evil”.  Even God does not think money is evil but the love of it.  Love meaning making it your idol.

    • John

      How would you know if GOD doesn’t think money is evil??

  • Jquick99

    Watch something funny?  If you have netflix streaming, check out The IT Crowd, a british comedy about the IT dept located in the basement of a large corp.  Hilarious.

    • http://www.ombailamos.com/ Souris

      Blazing Saddles, Noises Off, Sideways, Galaxy Quest.  To me the greatest comedy films are the ones with a very specific context, not just “bunch of goofballs goofing.”  IT Crowd sounds very promising.  :-)

      • kamalravikant

        Just watched Galaxy Quest based on your recommendation.  Thanks!

        • http://www.writervixen.com Deborah Hymes

          LOVE the Quest! Best spoof of Star Trek — evah!!

    • http://www.writervixen.com Deborah Hymes

      The IT crowd is one of my favorites Brit series! Only 2 seasons. Loved every episode. This reminds me that it’s been a while since I watched it. I like to visit it every so often. ;)

      • Kelly

        PSSST! There are four series of IT Crowd, all brilliant!

        • http://www.writervixen.com Deborah Hymes

          WHAT?!! I am behind on my Netflix streaming. Thank you!  =))

  • Mmmesq

    I try everyday to do the Daily Practice, what I find difficult is going into work every day with the feeling of these people make more money than me, are better at their jobs than me, have an easier life than me etc…  For some reason, I can’t shake that feeling in my commute to work and it starts the day off terribly.  Do you have any technique or words as to how to start the morning off better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tarung1793 Tarun Garg

    Will it be possible to have an iOS app for tdp.me?

  • http://courtreportinglife.typepad.com/ Lifer

    hmmmm…syndication…  Even if I was a better writer, which I’m working on, why would anyone else want to post anything that I have to say?  That just sounds crazy to me.  I don’t quite understand how all of that works.

    Also, I have a day job that I happen to love as much as blogging, but my day job is VERY time-consuming.  So I don’t even know what syndication means for someone like me.  Maybe some day when I can devote more time to my passion for writing I can figure all that out…I can focus more on trying to be heard.

    • Demian Farnworth

      I think James would say to make a decision sooner than later to do what you love. Time is an asset we withdraw everyday. And there is only so much in the bank account. 

  • http://twitter.com/C4MyOwnTerms Jared A. Chambers

    You write prolifically.  As such, you have some gems.  You also have some turds…  (Gotta keep it real, yo.) 

    But, this piece is your masterpiece.  It encompasses your philosophy, and it is easy to read.  And, if you’ve ever really lived, you’ll relate to at least some of these items.  And if you stay on track, you’ll be able to relate to more of them each day.  This is the kind of stuff that caused me to follow your blog in the first place (even if some of the turds kept me away at times here and there).

    I appreciate what you’ve done here.

    Jared A. Chambers

    • Demian Farnworth

      Turds come with the territory. You just got to know which ones to eat and which ones to flush. Sounds like you do. ;)

  • http://Dow100000.com/ Dow 100,000

    Great post, James! Reminded me of the Jim Carrey story about him writing himself a $10 million check. He was broke at the time. Less than 10 years later, he was getting paid $20 million per film. He believed he was worthy. We all are.

    One night in 1987, when the 25-year-old Carrey was a struggling Canadian comic trying to make his way through the show-biz jungle of Los Angeles, he drove his old Toyota up to Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood hills. Sitting there overlooking the City of Angels and dreaming of the future, Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million. He dated it Thanksgiving 1995 and added the notation, “for acting services rendered.”

  • Demian Farnworth

    yes, change the title but also refer back to the old one. Exchange links good. :)

  • Marnie

    I appreciate you so much James. Every day you give me value and make me laugh! You have really helped me with my perspective on life. Thank you for everything you do. 

  • http://iamthesupercommittee.wordpress.com/ Souris

    Thank you for emphasizing good writing.  The best idea in the world will be scoffed at if it is incompetently expressed.

    Re: “bless that which you want” – I have never understood how people can be so hostile to “elites.”  Intellectual “elites” and rich people “elites” especially.  The most hostile people are generally the people who most want to be rich.  How can you hate what you want to be? 

    Because richer people tend to be either better-educated or just naturally smart (you don’t get ahead in business, even in Hollywood, without having your wits about you), jealousy of the “rich” factor has, I think, washed over into jealousy of the intellectual.

    Intellectual, btw, doesn’t mean someone has two or three degrees.  It means that person *thinks.*

  • Roy

    Guess who else used a legal pad and a pen

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJvPD2u3YBI&feature=related 

  • 4thaugust1932

    Just print up your own money exclusively for your friends/family/community.
    “Give me control of a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws.” –Rothschild
    http://goo.gl/4DyZX

  • kamalravikant

    James, you have outdone yourself.  I’m going to return to this one often.  Thank you.

  • Anjanikumar

    Thank you! James! i believe your posts have had a positive effect on me. i have quit smoking easily about a week back( 21years+ of addiction),Hope to execute most of the well refined thoughts posted in your blog.Good Day! 

  • http://www.unmappedcountry.blogspot.com/ Hope

    Claudia sounds like a wise lady. I love that “Bless That Which You Want.”  
    Very meaty post, James. I’ve been writing about goal-setting.

  • http://planetoplano.blogspot.com/ Leonardo

    I think the feeling of having lived a meaningful life is worth a trillion. 
    So, I’m going to take your trillion dollars metaphorically, (although I wouldn’t mind a few millions in the bank).
    Thanks,
    L. 

    • ClaudiaYoga

      I think metaphorically is good also. The same 25 apply. 

  • http://twitter.com/edwardrooster edwardrooster

    in a word: YES 
    A great post, so useful. Prosperity in all its forms has its roots from within. A great update. Thank you very much James, it makes me happy that you took the time to revisit ways of continuing the “pursuit of happiness”. :)

  • Jonathan Tarr

    “Money can’t buy happiness, but at least you can choose your own type of misery” – Rodney Dangerfield
    “…If I’m going to be miserable, I’ll be miserable on my yacht!” – JT

  • http://736hundred.tumblr.com/ 736hundred

    Do you see where the constant pursuit of great wealth/success can be as unfulfilling and restricting as the “American Religion?”

    – just wondering out loud-

  • http://scaredyguen.wordpress.com/ scaredyguen

    Thanks for this article, James! I’m quietly reading it and taking it in. I tried blogging several times but couldn’t find my voice in those blogs because of all the chatter in my head. I’m starting with a private blog first and shall find my voice in time to come.  

  • Bunger830

    Excellent blog, James. Unfortunately, I’m stuck on the first one. Maybe I’ll re-read Napolean Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.”

  • Sabrina

    Thanks for this extremely useful post. I’ll have to read it a few times to get the most out of it. 

    I’m wondering if you can elaborate on #19: learning how to charge. There’s a trust issue involved when starting out with a new client. I’ve noticed some clients don’t like to signing contracts at the outset of the job. They don’t initiate it and/or they ignore the whole issue when it’s brought up. What do you think about that? Should those clients just be avoided or do you make a judgment call on a case by case basis as to which ones you can trust not to reneg on verbal agreements & payment? Have had this issue more than once… I’m a web developer/UX designer.

  • http://ashworthpartners.com/blog/ Giovanni Isaksen

    Thanks for the great post James! I’ve been recommending “I Was Blind But Now I See” to everyone with limited success but I’ll pass on this post as a great intro-

  • http://www.shoot-4-success.com/ Mike

    LOL. I can’t wait to see the video. Great stuff as usual James

  • http://www.writervixen.com Deborah Hymes

    Maybe this is obvious to everyone but me . . . but who *are* these people who supposedly say/think/act-as-if money (or the love of it) is the root of all evil? It’s a common saying that people toss off, but honestly, have you ever known anyone who truly believes that??

    Perhaps I live a far more sheltered life than I realize, but this truly mystifies me. I grew up middle-class and Episcopalian, and everyone I knew believed that money was a sign of God’s grace. It was one’s “duty” to help the less fortunate and also to recognize and give thanks for how incredibly blessed we were. The rich may be envied and emulated, but they were certainly never despised — everyone wanted to BE them!

    So who truly believes that wealth is evil??

    • BrianSWFC

      It’s not that wealth itself is inherently evil, but that the greed and selfishness that those seeking it often possess can lead to evil acts.

    • RichKid

      You obviously haven’t had loads and loads of money. I come from a rich family and indulge myself in marijuana and cocaine, sex and cars, and the like.

  • http://www.writervixen.com Deborah Hymes

    Instead of “part 2” you want to say “updated” — or “new & improved” if you’re really going for it!  ;)

  • Aureliavennyda

    I like to be join with you, how?????

  • 4thaugust1932

    There is only about ~900 billion paper and coin dollars.
    There is about ~14 trillion dollars worth of credit supplied by banks.
    There is about ~55 trillion dollars in total debt, again, supplied by banks.
    What backs the dollar is the faith that the 14 trillion dollars will some day pay the 55 trillion dollars off.

    Doesn’t it sound like Ponzi/Pyramid scam on global scale?
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/otto.othman Otto Othman

    Amazing! thank you so much for this.

  • John

    How do you get money like this? It just doesn’t make sense? I wish I got the whole thing..

  • Guest

    you r amazing

  • Jade Benz

    Thanks, I’m in love with you!!!! Please I need more routes like this.