For many years, I have struggled to discover my true calling. I have a variety of interesting skills, that helped me to figure it out.
For instance, I happen to be an excellent artist. I draw mostly with pencil. But I draw mostly in my sketch books.
I have a real gift for sales. I have learned many great communication skills, becoming a story teller of sorts. I have found that making sales is really the skill of selling yourself. The product you’re selling is almost irrelevant if they like you.
I love to write, but this is not really a strong skill that I have. I have the feeling of stored energy inside that needs released so I just start writing. I go back and dot the i’s and cross the t’s later. For me, it’s just about getting the idea out.
I was a professional poker player for 10 years. Becoming good at this requires a deep understanding of human psychology – and detecting the “tells” of a lie. As a poker player, making snap financial decisions, I would gather the info that I had in-front of me, and act on it. If I made good decisions, I would win.
Experience in quickly assessing risk naturally led me to become an entrepreneur. I’ve always been fascinated with how to make money. It borders on obsession. From an early age I created businesses. From mowing lawns to selling avocados. Most of these makeshift businesses would profit on some level. I learned one thing early – that 90% of all ideas fail from just the simple lack of trying. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you they’ve had great ideas for making money. Everyone, it seems, has a good idea. There’s no shortage of the money making spirit alive in everyone. If you think about things on their most basic level, most of the ideas will work, if someone is willing to do it. Just because an idea is not a million dollar idea, doesn’t mean it is not a hundred thousand dollar idea or even worth five hundred bucks, for that matter. I was drawn in and captivated as a kid, by the prospect of becoming a wealthy business man. I was born to earn.
Somewhere along the way, I picked up the skill of fundraising. Business men are most noted as gifted financiers. In that, I have the ability of getting people excited about an idea – and reaching for their checkbook to get it rolling.
Above all the greatest gift that I have enjoyed in my life is creativity. I believe that life has no rules. As the same reckless abandonment that lead you into this world, at about the age of 18 you are again unleashed upon the world, only equipped with what moral judgment your parents gave you. What is a young person to do? If you are really looking to unlock untold amounts of wealth, be entertaining. Being boring should be a crime. Our society has placed a premium on the value of entertainment. We have baseball players with hundred million dollar contracts. Movie stars making 20 million a film. Why?… Because we say so with our wallets. We pay and pay and pay some more for entertainment. Are you not entertained?
How does someone like me get a regular job? I’m a lose cannon, I don’t work at a normal pace. I am swinging for the fences everyday. To harness me, you are going to have to catch me first.
So here’s my job title – Idea Man. The job description is this, I am responsible for using all of the gifts I’ve acquired over my years on this planet and wrap it all up in a neat little package – an idea – for whomever needs this service. It could by you reading this right now. Do you need help with an idea? I’m your Idea Man.
Need an idea? Tell me your problem, let me help you!