From the desk of Victor Pride
Subj: The actual steps to making a million dollars starting with nothing
A million dollars would make you a rich man, wouldn't it?
A million dollars would make you a millionaire, just like me.
Many people cannot admit they love being a millionaire, but I can. I love it.
Not because of all of the nice things I can buy, but because it's all a game and money is how we keep score. Speaking of keeping score…
According to the secret book of ancient wisdom of the samurai, the Hagakure, a certain swordsman in his declining years said the following:
In ones life, there are levels in the pursuit of study. In the lowest level, a person studies but nothing comes of it, and he feels that both he and others are unskillful. At this point he is worthless.
In the middle level he is still useless but is aware of his own insufficiencies and can also see the insufficiencies of others.
In a higher level he has pride concerning his own ability, rejoices in praise from others, and laments the lack of ability in his fellows. This man has worth.
In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing.
These are the levels in general. But there is one transcending level, and this is the most excellent of all.
This person is aware of the endlessness of entering deeply into a certain Way and never thinks of himself as having finished.
He truly knows his own insufficiencies and never in his whole life thinks that he has succeeded. He has no thoughts of pride but with self-abasement knows the Way to the end.
It is also said that a certain swordsman in his declining years once remarked:
I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself.
The swordsman then added his final advice…
Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.
Then, a great wordsman in his prime chimed in to offer his humble advice…
The game doesn't end, so finish what you start. -Victor Pride
33 RULES ALL FUTURE MILLIONAIRES MUST FOLLOW
These are the 33 Rules of the Million Dollar Man.
Implement these rules and win. Dismiss them and lose.
Like the girls around these parts say, up to you.
1) FINISH WHAT YOU START.
Understand the vital importance of finishing what you start. Finish what you start or just don't start.
If you aren't going to go all the way you aren't going to get even a fraction of the rewards.
Rewards go to people who finish what they start, rewards never go to quitters.
2) STRATEGY IS KEY.
The why is the way. All of the steps mapped out for you mean nothing if you do not have an understanding of the principles of power that govern success.
Understand the principles and the steps to power and wealth are easy. Dismiss the principles and the steps to wealth become impossible to climb.
3) CULTIVATE PATIENCE.
If there's one quality you need more of in this game, it's patience.
Patience is percolation in this game and success comes when you're busy doing other things. It never comes when you're impatiently waiting for it.
Do the work, move on, repeat. Never look back to see if success is running after you – it never is unless you're too busy working to notice.
4) UNDERSTAND THE GAME NEVER ENDS.
If you get into the game with a dream of some golden day where you can quit and eat barbecued supple whole pig and be served by island girls forever you can forget it.
People die quickly after retirement for a reason – retirement deathly boring. The work is the only thing that is truly fulfilling and everything else feels like death if the work is gone.
Don't retire and don't even think about it. Work until the end. The game never ends so always finish what you start. Remember?
5) LEARN BEFORE YOU EARN.
The number one thing young guns lack is the concept of patience. You've got to learn before you can earn. Learning cannot be skipped.
You have no right to expect to make money without first doing intensive and intelligent preparation.
6) MAINTAIN YOUR CENTER-LINE.
Your center-line is your core values and character. Always maintain center-line, even if you veer left or right, always correct yourself and maintain center-line, your key message.
7) START AT THE START.
Start at the start sounds obvious but just because it's obvious does not mean it is understood.
Many want to start at the end, when they're already rich, and they want to skip all of the steps that make a man rich in the first place.
8) TAKE TIME TO DEVELOP CHARACTER.
Before you can maintain center-line, you must first understand your own character, core values and message. These things take time to develop.
Patience is percolation, remember? Give yourself the time you need to develop true character. It's the only way you will ever have a purpose and a message to give.
9) EXPECT NO REWARDS.
If you expect rewards you will not last in this game. The message is first. The need to spread your message is first.
Without it you have no center-line, you have no core values, you have no character, and lastly you'll have no money.
10) CREATE THE GREATEST WORK YOU CAN CREATE.
Release the best possible work you can create, especially in the beginning, middle and end of your career. Quality always wins.
11) LET THEM FIND YOU.
Searching for an audience is fruitless. They're already searching for you.
The way you let them find you is by creating great work, not by wasting your time searching for an audience when your time could be better spent creating the work that creates the audience.
12) CREATE SCARCITY.
Create scarcity, increase respect, command a premium.
13) FOLLOW THE 3-ACT STRUCTURE OF HOLLYWOOD.
Every story is told in 3 acts. Master the understanding of the 3 acts and you will be able to tell effective stories.
Doesn't matter if it's writing, video or audio, all great stories follow this structure: Intro – middle – outro.
14) CREATE SOMETHING WHICH IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO SOMEONE ELSE.
Many people think only about how much money they might make when they set out to create a product. Wrong way to make money, right way to get nowhere.
To get somewhere, make a product that is vitally important to someone else.
Money is not the real story! It's the reward for doing the right thing in business. Not the right moral thing, the right thing that actually works.
15) DO IT PRO FROM THE GET-GO.
Save yourself some time and just be a professional from the very first day you start.
The only difference between a pro and an amateur is attitude.
An amateur is whatever, man. A pro has a plan, a structure, a center-line to maintain and he does not waver.
16) LEARN TO TELL THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.
Every great story is about the same exact thing…
The greatest story ever told: a man in a hole and how he got out of it or didn't.
Learn the story, tell it in the 3 act format and you've stopped being the audience and you've started being the entertainer.
17) CONQUER THE FEAR OF SUCCESS.
Nobody is out to get you more than you're out to get yourself. You are your own #1 enemy to success.
You must learn to let go of what you think are other people's opinions and you must move forward with your plans.
It is never other people who will stop you, it is your internal fear of what other people might think that will stop you.
Just don't listen because it isn't true, you cannot predict what other people are actually thinking.
All you can do is imagine what you think they might think. Waste of time. Do the work and move forward.
18) DEVELOP THE SKILL OF SUBTLE SELF-PROMOTION.
Self-promotion is a bad word, let me finish, when you have nothing to promote.
That's why losers get mad at self-promotion. It is not because you are promoting your own product, it is because they do not have a product to promote and they feel jealous.
Winners focus on winning, losers focus and complain about winners.
19) DO NOT BE REALISTIC.
Realistic goals are a waste of time. Success is unrealistic. It is completely unrealistic to think you can make 50k per month from a blog.
A “realistic” person would be happy with an extra $500 per month.
An unrealistic person would think 50k per month is too low and would make immediate plans for the 800k per month plan.
20) TENSE NEVER WINS, BE LOOSE OR YOU WILL QUIT.
You have to learn how to wait. Sorry, but you do.
The game of success is a lot like everything else in life. You have periods of ups and downs.
The down periods can seem boring, because they are. Embrace them as part of the game because they are.
You cannot have night without day.
21) FOCUS ON THE NOW.
Look at your clock as a way to predict what other people are going to be doing at that exact moment.
Don't look at the clock in an attempt to be lazy or in an attempt to feel rushed and stressed.
Time is time and you don't control it. You control what you do right now. And right now the time is now so put away the clock.
22) DO NOT WORRY ABOUT FUTURE ‘WHAT-IFS'.
The only thing that's real is right now. The past is an illusion and the future is determined by what you do right now.
Do the work right now and forget about future what ifs.
If all the work you could do right now is finished, that's when you can dream up future plans.
Do the work first, dream about the future second.
23) COMMAND ATTENTION DON'T DEMAND ATTENTION.
To make money you must command attention.
You must be able to hold the attention of a crowd, not by demanding they listen to you (they won't) but by being so interesting, intriguing and entertaining that they have no choice but to give you their attention.
That's how you command attention.
24) UNDERSTAND THE SUCCESS YO-YO.
We already covered this? Do not argue or back-talk the teacher. We cover this over and over because the down time is when people quit.
When you understand down time is part of the game you will know not to quit.
Success is a yo-yo. One day you're up, one day you're down and that's the way it is. Live with it and succeed or quit and live with that.
Law of Reversal: when the sun reaches the meridian, it falls. When the moon becomes full, it wanes.
25) MAKE THE MENTAL CHOICE TO NEVER QUIT.
Making a million dollars doesn't happen overnight.
It doesn't happen when you're waiting for it. It certainly doesn't happen after you quit.
It only happens when you make the mental choice to never quit and you continue your work, no matter what.
26) CONTROL YOUR YAWN.
Sneezes and yawns make you look very silly. -The Hagakuri
Yawning in front of people reveals a lack of self-control and character. Yawns must be controlled.
When you can control your yawn, you control yourself. You must always be aware of yourself from now on.
Not only are you a millionaire in training, you're a role-model in training. Act like it.
27) APPEARANCE IS EVERYTHING.
As a millionaire role-model in training you must be “on” at all times in public.
What people see, they believe. Start acting the part from day one.
Soon the acting will stop and you will simply be the part.
28) EDITING IS ALL.
Editing is everything. It is the difference between the pro and the amateur, the difference between making money and not making money.
What is editing? It is simply refining your message to make it appear in the best way it could possibly appear.
Editing is everything. Editing is all and never forget that.
29) UNDERSTAND THESE RULES AND WIN, DISMISS THEM AND LOSE.
These rules were developed after 10 years as a ronin entrepreneur, experiencing many ups and downs. These rules are the true way to a million.
“Make money tomorrow” sells well but it never materializes. Money comes along with understanding.
As a new millionaire in training you do not have an understanding. Understanding comes with time, not with reading a few words.
30) MAKE THE DECISION TO START BUILDING MOMENTUM.
The first rule is do not quit, but to even get to that point you have to make the decision to start.
When you decide to start you have to think about your work as building momentum.
Each new piece of work you release is another piece of the puzzle that is out there building momentum for you as you are busy doing other things (creating more work aka momentum).
31) UNDERSTAND WHEN SUCCESS ACTUALLY COMES.
Understand success comes after you've done the work and moved forward.
Success comes when you're busy doing other things. You must never fret, you must never worry.
“Those who do not know how to fight worry die young.” -Dale Carnegie
32) THE GAME NEVER ENDS SO LEAVE AN ETERNAL LEGACY.
You need patience because online success happens in the digital world. It comes after the work is done, when you're busy doing other things.
If you quit, it stops. If you never quit, it never stops, it just comes in waves.
The game never ends so stick with it all the way to the end and ensure your legacy.
If you understand others, you are astute.
If you understand yourself, you are insightful.
If you master others, you are uncommonly forceful.
If you master yourself, you have uncommon inner strength.
If you know when you have enough, you are wealthy.
If you carry your intentions to completion, you are resolute.
If you find your roots and nourish them, you will know longevity.
If you live a long creative life, you will leave an eternal legacy.”
-The Way and Its Power
33) USE THESE RULES AS GOSPEL.
These rules of the millionaire were developed by a millionaire to show the way for future millionaires.
These rules were developed by me because it's lonely at the top and I want effective accomplices. These rules last as long as you last. It is not a one and done, because success never is.
These rules have shown you the way, the philosophy behind the way and the steps you have to take if you want to make a million dollars as a blogger, vlogger or podcaster.
Follow the rules and learn the way to a million. And remember…
The game never ends, so always finish what you start. If you're going to start making a million dollars online, you really should not stop.
You can't be a millionaire if you quit trying to make a million dollars. All you could do, is go back to whatever it is you came from.
If that's what you want to do, well, up to you.
Personally, I'd choose to make a million. Am I really the only one who likes being a millionaire?
It really does seem that way sometimes.
Until next time.
Your Million Dollar Man,