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The specific verse of the Bible whose wisdom can help your financial future...
Many may not know... but a few years ago, Gordon wrote a quite "out there" report...
By "out there" I mean that it's not like any other report he's written...
There are some key components to this, however...
But if you are curious, you can find out more about it (and get yourself a copy) here...
It's called "How to Extract Gold from a Fish's Mouth"...
P.S. This is the link... https://sowpub.com/goldfish/
This remains one of my favorite works. Although, mostly hidden.
You are right Dien, I have several OUT THERE reports which I have either not marketed, or did so on a limited basis.
I actually have a whole series, including several Bible, Quran, Apocrypha, Ancient studies...all part of the Russell Thomas collectio, most of which have never been published...probably never will unless my kids do it when I'm gone.
But this is one my favorite bible/metaphsical works, on the law of manifestation as taught by both old and new testaments.In
Some call it law of attraction, although, I think manifestation is a better word for it.
In this work, we find Peter the fisherman, and he just "mouthed off" to the Tax Collectors (even back then you didn't mess with IRS or that version of it) and Jesus gave him a task to do, to PAY THE TAXES. The thing about the whole of manifestation, as seen on the SQ1, is the TIME between the idea and the idea made manifest.
What happens during that time period? Movement. From here to there.
What sort of movement?
SPIDOG movement, solving problems in the direction of goals.
Peter's goal was to pay the taxes, this work examines possible paths he could have taken.
Thanks for sharing this work, and if anyone buys it and wants to ask questions or make comments, well, I'm at the ready.
Manifest your gold, by following Peter's ACTION steps.
P.S. All esoteric, metaphysical, and out there studies, are not about the experiences, such as Will Smith has had on his many ayahuasca trips, which he claims gave him some enlightenment, that being said, I've never slapped anyone while they were performing on stage either...
So much for mystcial trips. Anyhow, my foundation of all such studies, both arcane, mainstream, out there, what have you...has been PRACTICAL application.
How can I USE and benefit from, in some way, from these studies?
I have never had a desire to surrender my mind to drugs, take trips, or religious fervor...but how can this help me in my journey here on Earth?
So, keep this in mind as you read these things, eh?
Last edited by GordonJ : August 7, 2022 at 03:49 PM.
A bit about market value.
In this work, I touch upon Market Value.
Today, I'll examine it in a different way. First, how do you value your time? I'm speaking of work/money making time. Approx 40 to 55 hours per week for an employee, and at least that much, in the beginning for a self employment person.
I set my work time at 100 dollars per hour. In that 40 hour week, if I do it, I expect a 4000 dollar gross from the time spent. Although, I can't remember the last time I worked that hard or that many hours...being a retired lazy old fart who would rather feed the squirrels than deal with people.
In the scores of people I have worked with over the years, what I've found is that most folk, UNDERvalue their time, and on the other side of that is: they spend too much time to build up to their value level.
If you are working 50 hours a week to set something up and it takes two months with minimum returns...then maybe you haven't planned things very well.
In addition to your TIME having a specific value (currency wise), your product or service has a VALUE in the marketplace too.
What is it? Well, market value is often perceived value, or whatever people are willing to pay for it...and it could be an average, where one person pays you 500 and several others only 250, so the perceived value also depends on your TARGET audience.
Take golf for example. I sold, at the time, expensive sets of clubs, near 1,000 bux (which today, isn't even on the high side) when most good sets of clubs were about 400 to 600 dollars.
Soon after this, DRIVERS became a hot item, with them selling for several hundred dollars. Today, a committed golfer may easily spend 1500 or more on a decent set of clubs.
However, at the Country Club level, especially those with older money...there is an ability to buy as often as you want, to upgrade to the latest and greatest thing. In my days, we kept our favorite set for decades, but today, especially with the wealthy/affluent, they flip clubs like cards in a poker game.
As most of you know, I'm goal or target oriented. In GOLDFISH, my name for it, Peter was given a goal, PAY THE TAX.
In the market, we can set FINANCIAL goals, or targets, and once we have those in sight, then we can PLAN on how to reach them, what is going to be our action and how many hours do we need to make it work or keep it going.
In addition to Market/Perceived value, we have concepts like STORED value, that is basically what the Original Chattel Report was about...and it is the concept behind craigslist, ebay, facebook marketplace, amazon..all ecom.
Our junk in the basement; those baseball cards, those 100 marketing books, those gizmos we had to buy when we joined that dang MLM...all that stuff, could be converted to cash so it has stored value.
I've taught that CIRCULATION beats storage every day of the week.
The more of ___________ whatever, you have circulating in the market, the more currency flows your way.
And this stored value, goes to SKILL, KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE too, and as I harp on and on, get it out of your brain, turn it into bits and bytes, and sell baby sell. Your life experiences have value, and rather than being potential energy, take action, and convert to kinetic energy...movement.
Move out of your mind and into the market.
If you don't want to sell the bits and bytes of your experience, maybe there are ATOMS, or real things which your market buys and you can either create or source and flip it to a ready to buy market.
Last edited by GordonJ : August 9, 2022 at 01:27 PM.
How to gain "confidence" in your own skills, knowledge, and experience?
I like how you think!
Definitely we need to get our STORED VALUE, whether physical stuff, skills, knowledge, and/or experience, into the marketplace...
I think where a lot of people have problems is regarding confidence... People don't feel confident that what they know is "worth" something...
I feel like that sometimes too! So that's a (purely psychological) hurdle some of us have to get over...
I just thought I'd share that thought...
How does one gain confidence regarding their own skills, experience, and knowledge?
I'm asking less for myself (though undoubtedly I'll benefit), but for the "everyday" man and woman...
Thanks for sharing your wisdom!
Last edited by Dien Rice : August 12, 2022 at 08:41 AM.
My can of worms might be a Glenn Osborn confetti canon...
I took the spaces out of your post, so I can see it all and not have to scroll, just FYI.
Let me start with an old mantra you've seen since day one here:
And like much of my work, maybe it will have more meaning now.
Doubt is a shadow of our fear.
Confidence is a reflection of our experience.
ACTION is the revelation of our faith.
I call it the TRIAD.
One thing about Stored Value, it can easily be mirrored in PURCHASES. Or as I prefer, transactions. One can find market value in the transactions already being made.
I'll come back to this in a minute.
The TRIAD. There are no shadows on a cloudy day. So, an appreciation of the sunshine, seen in our positive mindset, as gratitude...is a good place to go.
Once we do something, we gain confidence in our ability to do so, like riding a bike. Or going to West Africa to sell things.
I taught golf in an unusual way, my first lesson was HIT THE BALL...and here is an amazing thing, kids, will keep swinging and swinging until they do...adults don't like it, some even quit or yelled at me for not doing what other golf teachers do; tell them how to stand, hold the club, and how to swing it.
I said, HIT THE BALL. Kids did it, got positive feedback, do it again only not so fast and only try to hit the ball a few feet...and they could do it, and within minutes, NOT having any idea of how to hold, stand, or swing, little kids were knocking the ball, foot by foot, down the fairway.
Adults, who brought their doubt, insecurities, embarassments with them, had a hard time with this. But once I gave them TINY goals, like just try to hit the ball 5 yards, toward a ball I had thrown down range...they could do it. Then 10 yards, 15, etc. Each added distance meant they had to take the club back further and further, and once they hit the ball consistently, THEN, I introduced the stance and grip and all that.
So ACTION was my first lesson, not instruction or HOW TO. Hit the ball. And I actually had a student who absolutely refused to do it, and she created a stink and her powerful and influential husband had a chat with me...and the result was, she got free lessons...from my young PGA pro, but I told him in no uncertain terms, I would NEVER work with his wife again, although he thought he could MAKE ME. NOPE.
I tell you this true story, because, we clearly see this woman came with doubt, whereas little kids come with ENTHUSIASM, and they start with action, which gets corrected by what happens to the ball...instant feedback...they see the results of their actions.
So the country club woman, used to getting what she wanted by barking orders at her "servants", came with hideous clouds over her head, the kind used in Apocalyptic films, and the kid came with sunshine in his heart.
The confidence the kid got from hitting the ball was reinforced instantly, and with positive reinforcement. It came from his EXPERIENCE of hitting the ball.
OK, back to the Stored Value vs Market Value.
A few weeks back, I ran into a guy in a restaurant wearing a tensor ring, which I commented on and he INSTANTLY wanted to talk about it, I was the only person who knew what it was...and he had been wearing it for a couple of months...Instant Rapport.
He paid, like 150 dollars for his copper necklace, and a quick look at ebay today, one would find copper bracelets, necklaces, etc. selling for 50 to 100 dollars and I belong to a couple of FACEBOOK groups, one has 18k members and we routinely see 100 dollar works for sale. So, just by having some awareness of this whole TENSOR thingy, I can identify potential markets and niches (women vs men for one, in jewelry).
Cars. A big market. Remember Corey Rudl and his CAR SECRETS REVEALED? The guy practically started the IM digital products revolution. His work can still be bought on Amazon. And a Google/YouTube search on car buying tips will trigger an avalanche of other works you can buy.
So, a car mechanic, or even a used car salesman will have STORED VALUE of their knowledge and experience. And by using SEARCHES, we see there is market value in this knowledge, we can even identify HOW MUCH it is.
Now we revert to a Gordonesque Concept; THE PARADE OF LIFE. Are there people today, who weren't even toddlers when Corey Rudl was storming the Internet, who are entering the car buying market? And we see that this is EVERGREEN markets, with several niches. How to buy a used car for your teenager. Just for example.
One way, we can BORROW confidence is by researching current market transactions and see that there are people PAYING for the information we have stored in our heads, eh? Make sense?
Knowing there are transactions taking place gives first, a confidence in the Market...a sort of proof of concept built in...it exists. It is there. And then we have to turn TOWARD the sun, so as not to see our shadows of doubt, and draw upon or borrow experiences of success from other parts of our life, and use that.
A Ph.D. in physics, just for my giggles, can borrow upon the hard work and success he had obtaining that, to apply to a face to face sales situation, of say, selling tickets to a comedy club.
A mental trick taught through the ages, modernized in works like Maxwell Maltz' PSYCHO CYBERNETICS. We can draw from our experiences in other areas and apply them to our current situation...a way of turning from the long dark shadow, and into the Sun, where the doubt is ovecome by other experiences.
The TRIAD is my shorthand for explaining it, the how to gain confidence in the marketplace for your STORED VALUE.
Is Gordon making any more sense these days?
Last edited by GordonJ : August 12, 2022 at 11:15 AM.
Some have confidence bass-ackwards...
Thanks for sharing your "Hit the ball" story...
It reminded me... some teach that confidence comes from action...
The idea is - take ACTION first... (Like hitting the ball!)
Confidence then results from that...
Not the other way around...
Good food for thought!
Here's an article I found along those lines...
As a Psychotherapist, This Is the Biggest Mistake I See People Make When It Comes to Self-Confidence
Awesome story, Gordon, full of a lot of wisdom!
Last edited by Dien Rice : August 13, 2022 at 07:24 AM.
I found her to be Pablumatic.
Platitudes and pablum. Her advice:
Do something that proves your brain wrong. Do hard things. Try something new. Sharpen your skills.
Healthy self-confidence is built by mastering new things and overcoming things you once thought you couldn't.
When it comes to deciding what action you should take to build confidence, ask yourself, "What would I be doing if I had more self-confidence?" Then, go do those things.
It's as simple as that. Change your behavior first, and the way you think and feel will begin to shift.
Even the site had to say: The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.
I'm sorry, appreciate the effort, but that is nothing but psycho babble. Nonsense.
If we could simply do the things we lack confidence in doing, by doing them...then the snake wouldn't be eating its tail.
What action? In golf it was very specific. In sales, it is specific, did you take action on selling tickets to comedy clubs, did you take action on being a band manager, did you take action to go to Africa?
In IM, and let me stick with my wheelhouse, INFORMATION, I have laid out a very specific step by step Plan Of Action, based on small steps.
A four page expansion, or White Paper.
A short report with pics, graphics.
A longer report from feedback, Q and A and more detail.
From there, one can go to a course.
Or a limited time membership.
In ecom, even though I don't ebay, or Amazon...I do buy and sell using Internet, but the small action is going to a garage sale, just did that.
Selling one thing on Marketplace. Just did that.
Reinvesting into stored value.
These are very specific ACTION steps, not simplistic "do hard things" as the esteemed Psychotherapost would have you do...I mean, if we could simply do hard things, then there wouldn't be a lack of confidence.
Honestly, I appreciate you researching this, and of course, a Psychotherapist should be taken more seriously than ME.
Maybe that is why millions are in therapy to begin with, they just THINK they need that specialist help, when maybe what mommy and daddy told them when they were ten, would suffice.
Not to rant. Albeit, maybe I did...but whatever someone wants to do, there have been footprints in the sand, to follow, they haven't been washed away by the tides of time.
I think what I'm talking about may be akin to "imposter syndrome"...
"Imposter syndrome" can affect even those who are very accomplished!
Maybe it's a fault of thinking too much...
One well-known translation of the Tao Te Ching says...
"Stop thinking and end your problems"...
Maybe there's some truth to that!
It makes me also think of the fabled link between many famous writers and either nicotine, or alcohol, or both...
I'm pretty clean-living... I don't drink, smoke, or shoot up heroin... My main "vice" is the occasional cup of coffee...
But I wonder if - for some of these writers - nicotine or alcohol gives them some "Dutch courage" to overcome their own doubts...
Just thinking out loud...
P.S. Spirituality can bring many benefits... without (in my view) the downsides...
Last edited by Dien Rice : August 14, 2022 at 01:09 AM.
Confetti Cannon Idea SCARY so I HIDE IT Inside Flirt Tipping
Most People cannot Walk Up to Strangers to Talk.
Email or phone Strangers.
MUCH LESS send a Total Stranger a Thank You Case of Confetti Cannon. None of my Ezine List Used the idea Either.
So I had to fall back and PUNT.
Now I hide Moolah Making Ideas from Our "Billionaire Watching Club" inside
Flirt Tipping Stories.
CASE STUDY EXAMPLE:
THE BEHIND THE SCENES INFO to the Story -
There are Several Different SNEAKY Sales Psychology Ideas hidden in This PHOTO.
"Andrew Carnegie Competition - where You PIT People VS each other
"RAT REWARDS - B. F. Skinners Discovery that Creates BUYING Addiction in Rats and People both.
(ME - I was Reluctant to Test the RAT REWARDS Psychology on Wait Staff. But
Upon Questioning 100% of them were ALREADY Gambling addicts. And Gifting MY Tips to nearby Casinos.)
$-FAN STORY -
My Waiter was a low Paid School Teacher.
So After putting the "GREED-Moolah-Fan" on the Table I tipped him 4 LOTTO Tickets (One Each time he came to the table) and Said, "Thank You" DURING the meal.
He Won 2.00 bucks
3 Different Tickets.
Jumping around a bit. Talking Louder.
Which Got the Attention of a Mother-Daughter Couple at a nearby Table.
BOTH STARTED Talking to me Like Long Time Friends.
After Explaining that I BRIBE The Waiter to Bring Me MORE food. Because I order those TINY side Dishes of Veggies.
We all Chatted Away over 90 minutes.
And were Joined by a South American Dude sitting by himself. Who Shared that in his home country of Guyana - the New President.
Immediately ARRESTED everyone with a Gang Tattoo.
Which SHUT DOWN the Gossip the ladies were Sharing!
The THREE People sitting near us
TALKING like Old Friends.
3 Waitresses and The Wife of the owner Came over to Chat.
We Got Extra Veggies. (About 3x More than normal.)
And the Waiter Didn't charge me for Dessert.
P.S. - I Now Use The Above PHOTO and a STORY - Instead of Shipping A Case of Confetti Cannon to a Biz Owner to make an Appointment.
The PIC And a Funny Story about how we Make Extra Money By Holding "The Moolah-Fan" up at Drive Thru Cashiers and Food Stores - Creates CURIOSITY and RAPPORT...
So they email me back.
(Oh Yeah - I do Also Include an Email Page of 6 and 7 figure Ideas
SIMILAR to what they Already do in their Business. Mixed into the Lotto Ticket STORIES.)
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