So you want to be an entrepreneur?
You feel it in your bones but you don't know how to get from A to B.
You always seem to end up going from A to A in a circle.
I know, I've been there.
First things first…
Treat yourself like a company
You must always present the best version of yourself if you want the best in life.
You're a salesman whether you like it or not and you have to treat yourself as such if you want your piece of the pie.
You are a salesman for your own company.
You, Inc. is the umbrella company for everything you do in your life.
It's your personal brand, your personal life mission, your reputation and your skills all rolled into one package…
And you can do one of three things with your company:
- Quit your business and let You, Inc. go bankrupt
- Bounce around from one idea to the other, living hand to mouth like all the other broke internet marketers
- Build a brand and make your mark
You already know the way to succeed. I don't need to tell you. But I will…
Build a brand. That's how you succeed. Turn yourself into your advertisement. Don't fake it 'til you make it – be it.
You're a walking billboard so drill that into your head. Be the real deal. If it's real it ain't faking, is it.
“Am I someone people can believe in?”
If you aren't, then fix it. Be the man you need to be and people will be begging you to take their money, not the other way around.
You have to believe you are special
To be a billboard, to be the CEO of a profitable You, Inc you have to know you have something special to offer.
I know you were taught that you aren't special. That's true for most people, the give-up artists and the bankrupt owners of worthless You, Incs – they aren't special.
But some of you possess traits, talents or characteristics that are special. I do, I always did, and I always knew it but I was afraid of – what, being immodest? – who knows. Afraid of success like most people.
When you believe with all your heart you are special other people will see it and believe it as well. Because it's real. Talent is palpable, everyone can see it.
Being modest or immodest about it is irrelevant as long as you believe it.
Paul Stanley from KISS was a one-eared freak with no friends, no confidence, no support from anybody. But he knew one thing: “I am going to be a rock star.”
You think anybody believed him?
Who cares what they believed. KISS became one of the biggest bands in the world and one of the biggest brands in the world.
You can gauge how important something is to you by how hard you are willing to work to get it. – Paul Stanley
Stop asking permission
I get a lot of emails from guys who act like they're in a life or death situation and need advice in a hurry.
“Victor! Please help!! I need advice for X situation and I need it now!!!”
I ignore these emails for a minimum of one week and then I give the same answer each time.
“You already know what you want to do.”
What these guys are looking for from me is not advice, they're looking for permission to do what they know they want to do. But permission is for children and dogs.
If you need permission you aren't going to succeed and your mission is destined for failure.
You'll succeed when you're a professional decision maker, not a professional beg artist.
If you aren't driven enough to go ahead without permission guess what you are…
A passenger. Passengers aren't in control, are they.
When you realize you are the decider, you make the choice, it's your life and you'll live it how you please, that's when you'll find success – that's when you'll get your treasure.
Victor Pride giving you permission will not get you what you desire.
I'm not the boss of your company because I'm not in the business of buying bankrupt You, Incs.
I only buy stock in up and coming You, Incs. And when I do I demand excellence.
I didn't always know how to make money
I never had a mentor, a teacher, an older brother, a coach or a parent that taught me anything of value.
I didn't know anything for a long time. That's the reality.
Everything valuable I ever learned was by using my own eyes, experiencing life's little lessons and putting the math together; 1+1=2.
Some people like to pretend 1+1=3.
Those people are the “play by the rules” types, even when it doesn't benefit them and actively hurts them.
It became clear to me, while I was pursuing that 9-5 life, that playing by the rules and going by the book was fruitless.
I didn't know anything valuable but I knew I wanted out. I didn't know how I would get out or what I would do.
…but I wanted out.
I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but I didn't know how. It seemed like an insurmountable problem.
“How do you make something from nothing?” I'd quiz myself.
“Where does money come from if you don't have a job”? I didn't know. I never even met an entrepreneur until my mid-twenties.
He was driving a black Cadillac Escalade.
I was driving a beat up Dodge Dakota. I said “What do you do?” He said “I flip houses.”
I had known people who had flipped houses for a nice payday, but as a career? I didn't even know that was possible.
Before that, I used to dream about disappearing and living in Antarctica or Alaska for a year and coming back a changed man.
That was the silly way I thought I could change my life.
I was working a job for mediocre pay and wondering what I could do to get out of that rat race.
I hated it and I told everyone I hated it. I complained but I didn't do anything to change my situation.
I never actually worked on something to get out, I just sulked.
I was waiting for a miracle to come and save me from my destiny as a 9-5 worker bee.
The miracle came when I started working hard. Funny that.
Looking back, the solution was so simple.
Instead of working fruitlessly at a job, I started working for myself.
I worked hard but smart on a complicated to explain but easy to execute method of flipping houses with no money and no credit.
The thing about hard work is that it's temporary, like pain. You do the hard work first and then you can live off of it later. I know this for a fact. I've done it with two businesses.
It took me a long time to even realize what was possible, though, and if I could get in a time machine and tell the young n' dumb Vic something I'd tell him…
Stop complaining and start doing
Complaining gets you nowhere but it adds to your unhappiness, exposes you as a whiner and drains the energy of the people you complain to.
Do what you're scared to do
You can't make a big change in your life if you don't do something big. Something big, something drastic, requires change and it's always scary to change. It's easy to stay the same.
I don't care if you're a grizzled war veteran, changing your life is frightening because you don't know what will happen until you try.
Make a commitment
I don't mean to sexy little Suzy, I mean make a commitment to better your life – to become the man you were born to be.
When I say I'm going to do something, especially something big, I do it. No matter how many doubts and second thoughts I have – I just do it.
Jump in the icy cold water, no matter how much you don't want to.
You'll never, ever, get anywhere quitting and re-starting.
Reject your paycheck
If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times…
You don't need a job to make money.
You can make money on the internet.
You don't need a job and that's not a big problem because:
- If you're American your jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries or to equal opportunity and job growth is a lie
- Jobs steal your time, your health and your soul – look at the dead eyes and fat bellies of employees for proof
- Life is better without a job
I didn't make my first money on the internet, I made my first money in offline business.
That gave me the tools, time and knowledge to understand entrepreneurship well enough to write about it.
Don't stop learning
College was a waste of time for me but the endless books, endless experiences and endless amount of self-study has proven invaluable.
For Bold and Determined I put in the time to learn how to treat a blog like a business, not just a hobby. The thing that started as a little idea in my head has now turned into an empire.
What's the difference between a guy with a guitar in his bedroom and a guy with a guitar on stage? His attitude about his business.
The guy onstage treats it like a business and the guy in his bedroom treats it like a hobby.
You think rockstars are born to rock? No. They might sing about it, but they worked like hell to get what they've got. Just like me.
Some fellow sent me an email the other day that said “I don't consider blogging a business.” I laughed so hard I spit coffee onto my keyboard.
Tell my inner winner circle blogging is not a business. They might question you: then where does his money come from and why does he make us work so hard?
Pictured: Chateau Pride and the Inner Winner Circle
Here's the cold, hard reality: I make 6 figures a year as a professional badass (100% online income) while most men of any age make jack shit working a job.
You don't have to blog to make money online. The options are limitless.
Working a job is limiting. I've been there, I've done it, I wouldn't wish that life on you.
Life is much better with financial freedom.
You know how I got it?
I put in the time and I worked for it. It's so simple to read but so hard to do. I was there before. Always reading and never doing.
You'll often hear me say how easy it is. And it is easy because I already did all the heavy lifting. I can cruise forever now.
But it wasn't easy 6 years ago when I started with nothing.
Don't bankrupt You, Inc.
You're the CEO of your own company, so make your own decisions and make a commitment to those decisions.
Give up too much or beg too much and You, Inc. will go bankrupt.
When You, Inc. goes bankrupt what do you do?
You get a day job.
Well, you call it your day job but what you've done is sold your soul, your brand, yourself.
Your day job is now the owner of You, Inc. You went bankrupt and sold out to the lowest bidder.
Now they own you and you're left with no bargaining power.
Employees are easily replaceable in any company except for one (You, Inc. – the one you sold to the lowest bidder).
When you sell your bankrupt company (You, Inc.) you become like the Dalits of India. Gone, forgotten, invisible and worthless.
Is there a way out?
Yeah, there are 3…
Until next time.
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