I read all the books and tips on “How to succeed”. They work. But there’s a LOT of bullshit in that stuff. That’s all I’m pointing out. Out of 99 rags to riches stories, maybe only a dozen ever saw rags.

I read all the books and tips on “How to succeed”. They work.

But there’s a LOT of bullshit in that stuff. That’s all I’m pointing out.

Out of 99 rags to riches stories, maybe only a dozen ever saw rags.

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Always follow the $$.
My rules:

a) don’t blame someone under a certain income bracket for “Not trying hard enough”. There are actual barriers to success that wishful thinking or hard work do not overcome. Those barriers usually involve people and not laws but are sometimes codified in laws.

b) Above that income bracket, more doors automatically open. You can establish a credit line. Have bank accounts. Build a credit history. This opens many doors.

c) Above income bracket b) you can start to invest. Stock market, starting a real business (50 employees or over), real estate, patenting an idea.

As of 2019 that’s MINIMUM of $80,000/yr. ~$80,000 / yr is where MIDDLE CLASS begins.

It was about $55,000 in 1999 and that’s when I jumped from $17,500 to $60,000.

LOTS OF DOORS open up that you DON’T KNOW exist. You hear about them but they’re totally out of reach. But when you CROSS that threshold into MIDDLE CLASS INCOME – wow. It’s absolutely mindblowing what you can start doing.

I took advantage of all of it for that short 3 yr period. It was FUN being middle class.

d) Above that level (around $250,000-500,000 / yr) you’re in the TRUE middle class, as seen by politicians.

That’s what THEY mean when they say “Middle Class”.

e) Above $500,000 / yr is a world I know nothing about. I just see it on TV.

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If anything I said from a-e is wrong, correct me.

But I’ve been STUDYING success since I was 17 yrs old. I’m 47 now. Biggest push was Tony Robbins tapes in the early 90s. I can tell you what’s true and what’s a pack of wishful thinking and buzzwords.

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“If you want anything, ask. Ask specifically. Know who to ask and how to ask.” True.

“Will to succeed overcomes any obstacle”. Contingent.

“Do what you love and the money will follow”. Lie, unless you love sales.

I can go on.

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Yup. And it can be done with a smile and a pat on the back and “I’ll pay for lunch”.

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Eh, I don’t have any respect for him. Lots of reasons I could go into. Mostly that he’s basically my age range, took a lot of ideas that I like working with and twisted them around in a way that I find, well, wrong.

So, he’s basically competition.

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He’s got millions of megaphones that I trip over wherever I go and I end up having the same exact debates with each, all who read that book / follow his vids and stuff.

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Gotta be tough to be an immigrant. It’s why they always get my respect.

2nd gen immigrant family can get a bit annoying – but by 3rd gen I think respect comes back.

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It’s just my thing. His mischaracterization of postmodernism was a continuation of an early 90s mischaracterization which I thought had gone away and watching it come back with lots of minions repeating it was grating against me.

But it’s not as bad now. A few years ago though, I had many a night of “Oh no, not again”.

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