I read this post by Daegan Smith. I decided to share it with you because I thought it may inspire you as it did me.
Here is one of many!
In the shower this morning, I started thinking about that old saying ...
"Money can't buy happiness."
And I wondered ...
Why would anyone say or believe something like that? Now, I don't think that money itself
produces eternal joy or anything like that.
After all ...
Look at any of the countless tales of despair attached to winners of those mega millions lotteries over the years.
Littered amongst them you'll fine heightened levels of greed, gluttony,powerful jealousy, and colors of the
rainbow of sin, and they ALL tend to result in less than positive outcomes,
I do believe that you unequivocally CAN buy happiness.
Let me tell you why ...
I can remember one time, as a awkward and chunky kid sporting my fresh new high top fade, walking to assembly about
two months into the scholastic year.
The walk itself was hilly and probably a little shy of a half mile. We held our Monday morning assemblies in the school gym which was detached from our main school, so we walked.
Rain, sleet or snow ... we walked.
About half way through the walk where it started to get really hilly I could hear Rich, an eighth grader, behind me say...
"Daegan, why are your legs so skinny, but you have boobs like a girl?"
Having no answer to that question, I felt it's sting to my core. I simply put my head down and continued up the hill.
I had little kiddy man boobs which I carried with me until the age of ... I don't know, let's say 30.
As you can probably imagine I was always self conscious about taking my shirt off.
Having boobs and being a boy ain't all it's cracked up to be.
Now, by the age of about 25 I weight about 235 pounds, had a body fat percentage of about 7%, and could bench press 430 pounds for 3 sets of six, and guess what? I still had those pesky boobs.
So god knows I tried to get rid of those bad boys through discipline and sweat,
thats why ...
When I see all those eBooks claiming they "cure" man boobs I get pissed.
It's horse shit.
Gynecomastia is a medical condition that can only be solved by one thing.
Last year I bought myself a present. You guessed it ... A boob job.
And I can tell you flat out, it was THE best $8,000 I've ever spent.
I am happier.
You Can Buy Happiness Example #2:
I don't know ....
Call me crazy, but I love buying my Grandma stuff.
This Christmas I bought her a brand new big ass LED TV for her and my
Grandfather to enjoy.
It was delivered a few days ago, and just imagining them sitting there enjoying their new TV puts a big'ol
smile on my face.
Buying stuff for people I care about makes me happy.
Now, here's one more reason why I think you CAN and in fact SHOULD buy happiness.
Yesterday, I shared the story with you about how I got started online.
What I didn't tell you, is that as soon as I got home from that Holiday Inn, like a crack fiend, I scoured the internet for my second "fix" of how to make money online.
I came across a book called "Google Cash" written by a guy named Chris Carpenter, and I can remember reading
the sales letter like 11 times.
Even though all the ideas about posting links online and making $30,000 per month were incredibly seductive. I mean...
"Ohh my gosh, I'm on the verge of something HUGE " seductive.
Every time ...
I got to the part where it said "now give me $67" and I'll give you this book I couldn't do it. I don't know why.
Thinking back, I was SO naive back then. I couldn't get my head around spending
$67 on some eBook.
"The audacity of this guy Chris to ask me for that kind of money."
Somehow, I finally clinched my jaw, pulled out the credit card and did the deed.
Just like with heroin, it's NOT the first hit that gets you, it's the second.
An internet addict was born. Unlike a heroin addiction though ...
This addiction is about the ONLY purely positive addiction I can think of, but I
It get's better.
So, I'm out there buying everything I can get my hands on, making a dollar here, and a dollar there, but by no
means in profit, and then ...
I get invited my, now, best selling author of the "Unemployed Millionaire", Matt Morris to go to my first marketing
It was here in Washington DC. It was a buddy ticket, but still ...
It cost me $800 which I was teetering back and fourth on whether or not it was a smart of dumb use of my dough until I
Being there, changed my life for three reasons which I'll get to in a minute.
I remember I was SO nervous when I went to go pick up Matt at the hotel that first morning.
He flew in from Texas, and the least I could do was give him a ride to the big show being a townee and all, well ...
We valet the car, and I immediately start feeling shaky and cold.
"Who am I? I'm not making money, this Matt, he's a millionaire and all these people I'm seeing ... Wow they're the gurus I see online, but who am I? I don't deserve to be here."
We go out to dinner the first night, and I can remember sitting there at dinner with Tellman Knudson who had just cracked his first $800,000 year (I remember because ALL that he spoke about.), and ...
A few people down at the table, was my now buddy and college wresting comrade Russell Brunson (I guarantee he doesn't
remember that dinner at the Capital Grill, but I remember, I even remember he got a steak sandwich or something like that).
Although he hadn't made 8 figures in a year at that point, he was still A guy who was all over the internet, one year older than me, and making millions, and here I am ...
Because I bought an $800 ticket to an event eating dinner with them.
Here's what that did to me, and you'll find the same thing happen to you the
first event you go to ...
It made the idea of success real. These people I saw online all over the
place were now very real.
Not better than me, just slightly ahead of the curve on me.
If not for that event and these experiences at that event, my belief that I could do it myself would never
(BTW - shoot me a FB message and I'll let you know what events I'm headed to first quarter this year if you're curious)
Now, by the second day I'm having the time of my life.
Every single presenter was dropping marketing knowledge atomic bombs.
I'm sitting in the front row with Matt in the VIP section (because he's a VIP)
I couldn't take notes fast enough. I'm having the time of my life.
Then it happened.
A guy a little shorter than me from Texas that spoke kinda funny gets up on
stage and starts talking.
My ears perk up like I dog trying to hear something it can't see.
To this day ...
I still have the NOTES I took that day from that presentation on my desk right here beside me.
Of course, they're old and some of the pages are torn, but man ohh man are those notes a gold mine.
This guy who calls himself "The King Of Let'em Come to You!"
He starts his presentation off by explaining that he'd been a direct response marketer for many years, and...
Just 19 months ago he started a brand new information marketing business from
scratch with ...
Literally no money invested, no customers, no lists, no joint venture partners, no merchant account, no nothin, and in that time he developed that simple idea into a million dollar business.
I can remember vividly thinking to myself ...
"How awesome. What freedom he must feel to command such a power. What leverage. 19 months to $1 Million per year. Wow."
(Sidenote: I've since beaten that record in taking Maximum Leverage from $0 to $128,000 per month in just under 6 months)
Naturally, I paid very close attention to everything he said, and it didn't hurt that he started saying things that make a LOT of sense to me like ...
"Empower Network" href="http://www.workwithdaria.com/blogging-sensation-empower-network/" target="_blank">I'm in the business of getting and keeping money."
Then he shared that everything that he did to create that level of success in his business was preplanned before he ever sent a single email.
Next, he laid out a timeline that showed exactly where he started and brought us up to current.
May 23rd, 2004 - First email sent
June 10th, 2004 - First check $700.36
June 28th, 2004 - Second check $2,421.19
February 2006 - $87,945.28 in sales
Then he went on to show us exactly how he had created his ...
"Highly profitable, extremely predictable, completely stable, ultimate lifestyle business."
I bet your wondering what he shared ...
I'll give you a hint:
It had everything to do with what I'm doing right now with you.
He had me hook line and sinker. That presentation flat out changed my life. I went home and immediately double my
business. He offered a full day consultation at the end of his presentation for $10,000.
I'm so glad I had the courage to say yes.
That day at the La Quinta in Austin, spending time with someone FAR superior to me at what I wanted to and would
eventually master ...
"The Fine Art of Money Getting."
Cost me $10,000 but has made me millions.
He got the cheap end of the stick (even though I went back the next year and did it again.)
Paying for education has bought me a new and better life.
It's bought me freedom. Freedom has brought me happiness, now...
You tell me a way to get your man boobs removed without paying a surgeon to do it.
I mean ... You very well can't cut yourself open and rip those suckers out yourself.
And tell me you don't love buying gifts for your grandma and I tell you you're a liar.
You tell me how the heck you're gonna to learn to make millions online without paying for the privilege to be able to
dig into the brains and experience of someone who's already where you want to go.
These are all things I've purchased outright.
I bought them.
And, in the example of my education I'm ALWAYS buying.
I have no ego about it.
I love helping the economy by spending my cash money on my education because I learned a long time ago that ...
There is no better deal on earth, and...
For one more other reason that you'd don't see on the surface ...
When you spend large sums of legal tender to better yourself you're self affirming that you you're worth it, and you know what?
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