I’ve been scarred for life.
See, when I was fifteen or sixteen yrs old, we were poor. Very poor.
Actually, we had always been poor. But at that time we were even poorer. My dad lost his business, declared bankruptcy (his second one) and kinda abandoned us for a while.
It was awful. And I was horribly lost.
The fridge, cupboards were almost bare. White bread, peanut butter and bologna for my mom, me and my four sisters.
I have had some flashbacks recently to this time in my life largely due to the book I am reading by Dan Kennedy titled “Almost Alchemy: Make Any Business Of Any Size Produce More With Fewer And Less.”
First off, I highly recommend this book.
I’ve been a huge fan of Dan’s no nonsense, honest, real and practical wisdom. He is second to none.
I think somehow I am attracted to his truth because of my near death experiences with poverty.
I have a fear of repeating the past. Learning from the past is a good thing. Learning from people like Dan is also a good thing.
It’s why I read and study. I’ve been scarred.
I mentioned three other books I read this year, in last month’s Marketing Mastermind.
When I really, really like a book, I tend to go through it again, write out all the lines, highlights, wisdom and summarize the book into a PDF so I can refer to the juicy bits again, with ease.
The three books I mentioned, and included the summaries of same for all members, are: Jordan Peterson 12 Rules for Life, Grant Cardone’s Be Obsessed Or Be Average and Jim Rohn How To Take Charge of Your Life
My life has been changed by the books I’ve read.
And I am sharing these summaries as bonus for all members.
Life has been good. No more bologna. I have focus, discipline, nice things, great travel, best cameras and lenses, guitars, motorcycles, real estate and more. The cupboards are full.
But I worked for it all. And I’d do it all over again in a flash.
It still amazes me that I can pull in a six figure income, still, to this day, with my camera.
Well, camera and a marketing mindset.
I never want to take this for granted. Ever.
I’ve seen the days of struggle and bare cupboards. Not interested in living through that again. Ever.