Monday, July 23, 2007


Well everyone was doing it so I figured Why Not...

As a blogger you want more then just your mom and sisters reading your blog so we have what you call link backs. Now that Google, the power house that it is (depsite missing Wall Streets mark last week), has just aquired feed burner we can utilize this great tool to increase our blog traffic.

If you own a blog..follow the steps below:

1st - Go t0 Feed burner and make sure you are a member and your blog is listed.

2nd - Copy the list of blogs below onto your blog. A simple copy and paste brings all of the html code with it. SWEET!

3rd - Add yourself and up to 5 other bloggers and their feeds to the end of the list before you publish it on your own site, hence creating link backs for your blogging friends and then click the RSS feed link to subscribe to all of them. Then you add yourself and up to 5 other bloggers and their feeds to the end of the list before you publish it on your own blog. That's it. Now you will be the most popular blogger around. If I see you've added me, I will do the same.

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowlings's seventh and final book about the boy wizard, sold an estimated 8.3 million copies within 24 hours of its release, its US publisher has said.

The publisher, Scholastic, said it printed a record 12 million copies in anticipation of the 12:01 am release on Saturday.

The book was magic for retailers, as well, chalking up records for bookshops in New York and other US cities.

Borders USA chief executive officer George Jones said it was the biggest day in Borders' history, with 1.2 million copies of the book sold worldwide on Saturday.

Each of the Potter releases has been a number-one best-seller in the United States, Britain and around the world.

Most recently, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince, released on July 16, 2005, sold a record 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours, from a press run of 10.8 million copies, Scholastic said in a statement.

With all the hoopla however, book stores are so compettive that they are selling the book just pennies over what they pay for it. They are just trying to build a loyal customer base. They are driving profits away from the mom and pop bookstores who can't afford to stock as many books, or sell as many so cheap. It's dog eat dog in the business world!

The only one really makin' a killin' is Harry and his Movie Cast, and of course our hustler of the Week - JK Rowling



Monday, July 16, 2007

A Cup of Epiphany

Inspiration comes to us from many and any different avenues. My latest epiphany came via a cup of coffee. I live, and thrive off of coffee, and caffeine. I average less then 4 hours of sleep per night, so me and coffee are like Rob and Big, best friends.

Well, last Wednesday at 3:10 PM, I go to the luxury coffee cafĂ© that’s located in one of the business suites at my prestigious job (translation: Sh@%tty little coffee room at work), and I am faced with the decision of trying the coffee that's in the pot, or making a new one, which no one would probably drink because it's after 3:00. Any other day, I would roll the dice and pour the coffee, add my cream and equal take a sip and go back to work. If the coffee was awful, “Oh Well” if it was good “JACKPOT!”.

Then I thought, this is simple. If I want a good cup of coffee I should make one. I deserve to have a good cup of coffee, I have been here working since 7:00 AM with no lunch and no break. I won't be leaving until 6:00 PM, why do I have to sacrifice my taste buds and my desires to save the company a half a pot of coffee that I might even drink or that would get wasted anyway. In that split second, a lot of what I do and will do would change. It was a defining moment. I grab the coffee, and dumped it in the sink. "SO THERE", then I pulled out the pack of Maxwell House, opened the packet and smelled the sweet aroma of my future, my success and aspirations. I brewed up a nice fresh pot of millionaire brew and poured a nice cup.

Then I sat at my desk and started to think about all of the things that I left up to chance...and why I left them up to chance. I have control over a lot more then I am willing to except. In the past, I would do work, and then let what ever happens happened. It just so happens that my little effort, is equal to other peoples good effort, and I have been successful / lucky.

I could be more successful if I took ownership. If you want to lose weight, STOP EATING & work out. Take responsibility and stop making the excuses. A lot of us don't do this because we feel, for some deep rooted reason that we don't deserve to be successful. That if good things happen then bad things are to follow. None of this is true, you deserve exactly what you are willing to work for.

Another reason why we don’t try is fear of failure. We don’t try hard in the beginning so that when and if we do fail, we can have a crutch to blame things one. That is loser mentality.

L – O –S – E –R.

Take charge of your life right now. Let's turn it up a notch. We are winners and we win. I don’t care how corny it is, but in the morning look at yourself in the mirror and MAN-UP. Take responsibility for your day and make things happen. 9 times out of 10 things don’t happen or you fail to get things done because YOU don’t do it.



Monday, July 09, 2007

Hey there beautiful people. I'm back. I had to take some time out and get myself together. This usually means I have a new hustle...and guess what? I have a new hustle. (Details to be revealed as I get myself further in deeper)

When looking for inspiration I usually turn to TV or documentaries about real life people and what they have done and overcome to become successful. Like I always say, just because you do what they do doesn't mean you are going to be as successful, but doing what they do, working as hard as they do at least gives you a shot. Besides the King of Cars, Flip that House, and Unique Whips, another show that keeps me inspired is Making the Band 4.

Those not familiar with Making the band, it's a nationwide talent search, a-la American Idol where Puffy or Sean Combs puts the “would be” music artists through trials and tribulations on the road to making them a success. He keeps them up late at night, he puts them through physical training, mental training in attempts to have them feel what he felt during his struggles in acquiring his $315 million empire. These kids are given an opportunity of a life time and all they have to do is endure all Puffy has to shell out for 3 months and they will live their dream.

In the past contestants have quit or cried, complaining that the demands were to hard, or the regimen too strenuous. During season 2 Puffy sent the contestants walking to Brooklyn to buy him a slice of cheesecake from Junior's bakery – I would walk through all 5 boroughs of NY barefoot, butt naked in flip flops if it meant access to $1 million.

Imagine, that someone said you could only sleep 3 - 4 hrs per night, exercise everyday until you drop, and work 16 hour days and your wildest dream would be granted. Most of us would jump for joy, because those trying to live their dreams have probably been doing all that and more for as long as they can remember.

What's refreshing about this last recruit of Making the Band Contestants, is that the confessional commentary that you hear gives you the impression that they understand the chance that they have been given. (Yeah, at times the guys get a little feminine, but they are R&B singers so it’s to be expected.)

For instance one of only two "white" dudes on the episode is Dan. When Dan got the call back, they said that he was a little chunky. Dude went home, hired a personal trainer and dropped 16 lbs. That's wanting it....and if you thought "white" boys can't dance. Look at Dan during the second call backs, he is probably in the top 10 dancers. I don't know if Dan will make it to the end, but his drive and determination can not be doubted. He understands the meaning of "NO DO OVERS!" That is how life is. No Do Overs. He has one shot, and he is doing everything possible to make this one shot count.

Remember how you imagined your life would be when you were growing up? Remember what kind of car you would drive, house you would live in? Things you would do? It's all still possible if you work and strive. If you don’t work and strive then you are not even giving yourself a chance. How can you win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket? If you are content not fulfilling your own goals for yourself, then great, but if you want better, take stock of yourself, create a plan, and make it happen.

Even those who don’t watch MTV, or think these reality shows are silly. Look at one episode of Making the Band 4 and you will be inspired. Look at an episode of King of Cars, and you will see how hungry (sometimes borderline sleazy) salesmen hustle to feed their families. Look at Unique Whips and find out how many hours Will Castro works his crew to produce high end products.

Let this be an inspiration for you to get out and reach your goals whatever they might be.


Monday, July 02, 2007

What are we playing for.....

Wow, it's been quite awhile since I last posted. You can always tell how busy I am by the frequency of my posts. I have been trying to stay on top of my shzit but it's hard work.

I will say this, when I start getting paid, if you have been reading my blog, and have a business worthy idea, hit me with it so we can both get paid. It's hard work, I say it's hard "Damn" work trying to get a million these days. Especially when you are starting from negative $100,000.00.

With that being said, I look for inspiration where ever I can find it. Some one emailed me these pictures (shout out to Alex). This is what I dream about at night.
Enjoy the pics.......I will be back with some news worthy posts after the holiday. Happy Fourth.