February 5th, 2019 | By Tom Woods
This really happened.
And yes, I used this as the topic of “What I Did Over the Summer” in freshman English with Mr. Reynolds at North Andover High School in 1986.
Long story short:
I was a computer hacker (a pretty lame one) in my early teens.
I definitely did things I should not have done.
But the one time the Secret Service came to my house, I was actually innocent.
A deranged kid in high school had ordered something with a stolen credit card number and had it sent to my house. He was crazy — he’d shot his best friend with a BB gun — so I believed him when he said he’d do terrible things if I told anyone.
Later he told me the package wasn’t going to come, that he’d used a bad credit card number, and I shouldn’t worry.
So there I am, fast asleep one morning (it was summertime, after all), and my mother comes into my room.
“I think you’d better get up.”
I wasn’t in any hurry.
She added: “The Secret Service is here to see you.”
I bolted out of bed.
This isn’t good.
Which of the 100 things they could nab me on was this going to be?
None of them.
It was about the thing that kid had ordered.
All caution went out the window. I told them exactly who had done it, and I even told him how he’d gotten the number.
Back in those pre-Internet days we had BBSs, so I showed them my secret access, etc.
No way am I letting this degenerate ruin my life, I thought.
I told them I was afraid he would retaliate. They assured me they would pay him a visit.
They must have scared the life out of him, because he never came near me after that. But people would come up to me in school and say, “Hey, do you know Jeff M—–? He asked me to punch you.”
(No one actually did it.)
Moral of the story:
Crime doesn’t pay.
If you’re going to use the Internet, use it for something honorable that you can be proud of.
Oh, and don’t “make money online.”
Build a business.
P.S. I’m pulling this short video down tomorrow night, to add to the urgency and excitement. So go watch: https://www.happyearner.com/woodswhiteboard
February 2nd, 2019 | By Tom Woods
It’s getting nuttier by the minute.
Now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is telling us how privileged she is because she’s not transgender.
She and her friends want to get rid of fossil fuels, retrofit every single building for energy efficiency, and ban nuclear power — but they insist a huge emergency expenditure like this will actually make us rich.
(So if we didn’t have a planet-threatening emergency on our hands we’d be poorer? This makes no sense.)
The frenzied, hate-filled attack on “the rich” gets more low-IQ every day.
And people are banned and demonized for views that five years ago everyone on Earth took for granted.
At some level the crazies are just going to do their thing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
You focus on you.
As Steve Clayton prepares to close the doors on his new training (and when he closes the doors, they stay closed), he’s coming back for another session with us.
If you’re looking to build that business, a better idea for one isn’t likely to come along — at least from me — in 2019.
And the beauty of this one is that:
— you’re providing important services for local businesses who desperately need them;
— you don’t need a zillion customers to be very profitable;
— Steve’s folks will actually fulfill the services for you, so you don’t need to be a techie yourself; and
— you can be really proud of it.
In this second and final presentation Steve will walk you through:
— case studies of people doing precisely this, with each step broken down for you;
— 6 sales funnel strategies for turning leads into sales, again and again;
— a deep dive into a recent $25,900 sale and what we can learn from it;
— a lot more Q&A from you.
Ignore the crazies. Create your own freedom in an unfree world. Sign up to join us:
January 31st, 2019 | By Tom Woods
You may click the link below and say, “No way; this can’t be.”
But it sure can. Especially with Steve Clayton, who’s helped a boatload of my folks start from zero knowledge to running a business they love.
The key is this: if you’re unlikely ever to reach an audience of millions, sell goods or services that can make you a nice living even without a million sales. That’s what I do.
The kind of business Steve is describing has a huge number of further advantages — being newbie-friendly chief among them — as well as one unfair advantage: if you choose, you can partner with Steve and his company and his folks will perform the services for your customers. You don’t actually have to learn the skills. You just work on expanding the business, and the delivery of services is taken care of.
(It’s almost unfair that you know me, isn’t it?)
Check it out soon; it is being taken down at midnight tonight (Friday, February 1).
Click here: https://www.happyearner.com/stevereplay
January 25th, 2019 | By Tom Woods
I can reach a decent number of people, but I’m no Oprah.
Chances are, the same is true of you.
Now: what should we conclude from this?
If, say, $20K per month in revenue is what you want, you could get that by selling a $10 product to 2000 people (not impossible, but hard work month in and month out), or a $2000 product to 10 people.
I’m an author, and I sell a lot of books. But if you knew how little per copy an author earns, you’d almost feel sorry for me. If I want to earn a fortune through books, I need to sell an absolute boatload.
Now I’ve been lucky: on some occasions I have managed precisely this. But it’s really, really hard, and few authors ever accomplish it.
What actually helped make my family financially comfortable was my decision to sell (not exclusively, but primarily) higher-ticket products.
I don’t need to make 40,000 sales in order to make a living. And that’s a good thing: selling to 40,000 people is hard.
And this is the point our friend and three-time Tom Woods Show guest Steve Clayton is making: for people like us, who won’t ever have Oprah-sized audiences, the math behind higher-ticket sales just makes sense.
But Woods, you say, I have nothing to sell.
Oh, but you do.
Come on and join us for Steve’s live workshop with me online and we’ll walk through the whole model.
As you know from episode 1018 of the Tom Woods show, quite a few Tom Woods Show listeners have learned from Steve, worked with him, and had their lives completely transformed. These are real people — people you can even find in my private group.
Guess who else’s life will be improved: Scott Horton’s.
For everyone who attends our online session and stays through the end, we’ll be donating $10 to the Scott Horton Show. If I can get hundreds of you to join us — and you will consider it time very well spent, I assure you — that means thousands of smackers for the deserving Scott.
Click on the link and sign up. Do not click on the link and not sign up. Click on this link with determination. Sign up, and join me as Steve, who’s done so well by my folks, lays out the awesomeness for you:
January 24th, 2019 | By Tom Woods
Best clueless line of all time:
“By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s.”
That was Paul Krugman in 1998.
Actually, the Internet has changed everything.
One of my favorite early Internet stories:
Steve Hogarth, of the band Marillion (which has sold in excess of 15 million albums), tried explaining to American audiences that they couldn’t afford to tour in the U.S. The books just didn’t balance. Their fan base was in Europe.
But on the fledgling Internet of the 1990s, Marillion fans banded together and raised $60,000 — and then pledged to buy tickets on top of that if Marillion came. Which they did.
Hogarth (whom I have interviewed on the Tom Woods Show) later noted that here he was the lead singer, and he had no idea this was even going on. Suddenly, they had this pile of money.
But he was a quick learner.
“Whatever this Internet thing is, we’d better get on it,” he said.
Other struggling bands, not wise to the benefits of the Internet, missed out on these advantages and opportunities.
The Internet has made things like this possible. It has also made possible the kind of lifestyle I myself enjoy: wherever there’s WiFi, I can work. No boss, no fixed schedule, no workplace politics, no physical inventory. Just doing what I love to do.
Even now, in 2019, most people are still missing out. They slave away at miserable jobs they hate, as if this were a fated existence and the Internet didn’t exist.
You have got to hear three-time Tom Woods Show guest Steve Clayton and his special presentation for us. You are going to thank me.
What should newbies looking for a soup-to-nuts side hustle — or full-time business — do? The precise thing Steve tells you.
And yes, Steve is for real: I devoted episode 1018 of my show to listeners who learned from him and had their lives changed. Bigly.
Plus: for everyone who shows up to this event (costs nothing, by the way) and stays through the end, I’m donating $10 to the Scott Horton Show. That should be thousands of dollars for the extremely deserving Scott.
Now you’re out of reasons not to be there with me.
They’re doing several sessions on Monday, but only the Tuesday one benefits Scott.
Register right now: https://www.happyearner.com/steve
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