This is the first episode of my new Midas Touch podcast. My guest is Victoria Jackson. She is a 22 year old self published author, who makes a healthy six figures on Amazon. She shares her step by step strategy for going from zero sales to $7,000+ dollars per month writing short romance novels.
Victoria has instructed me not to reveal her pen names to avoid creating any competition within her niche. However she was kind enough to share some snapshots of her sales figures.
Her monthly sales (interview was recorded on the 16th of the month):
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Love him or not, I think Arnold's autobiography Total Recall should be mandatory reading for anyone who has their eye set on an extraordinary level of success.
As far as Arnold's success goes, I think it is very important to mention that Arnold DID NOT make his first million from acting or bodybuilding.
This is a little detail that most people gloss over and get completely wrong.
Before he was an established movie star, he was a champion bodybuilder at a time when the sport was so unknown and obscure that there wasn't any serious money to be made from it. Any cash winnings from his titles were a mere pittance compared to what they are to day.
So how did Arnold rake in all of that moolah?
1. Good Old Fashioned Hustlin'
Arnold's philosophy about making money is simple: take one dollar and make two. He proudly recalled saving all of the money from his job at Weider publishing, and also the profits from his 2-man construction company AND his growing bodybuilding mail order business…
…While all of his friends were saving up to buy a house, he bought his first 8 unit apartment building with a partner. Arnold kept reinvesting until he became a cash millionaire.
Most people scoff at success stories chalk all up to 'luck'. They love to say things like, "If I were a bodybuilding champion and Hollywood star, I'd be rich too." #luckysonofabitch.
…The fact that Arnold's first million came from good old fashioned elbow grease and a little bit of shrewd investing proves that he would have succeeded in spite of all the 'luck' he received. Even if he had never become a champion bodybuilder, or landed his first acting roles, or become the Governator, nothing would stop him from succeeding as an entrepreneur.
Here's another success tip from Arnold that is now cemented into my brain:
2. You'll Have Plenty Of Time To Sleep When You Are Dead!
In his bodybuilding prime, Arnold worked out 5 hours a day, took acting classes 4 hours a day, was a part time university student, and he worked at his construction business and mail order business for several hours daily.
How the hell did he find all of this time?
Well, for starters, Arnold only sleeps 6 hours a day. I've always shrivelled up at the idea of losing sleep on account of hustling — or anything else – but Arnold insists that 6 hours a day is optimal. I would have never believed this was healthy, (I thought it was 9 hours) but the greatest bodybuilding champion of all time pulled it off, and he looks great!
He also lives by an old bodybuild mantra: Reps, reps, reps!
…That is to say, the more reps you do, the better you become at a particular skill. Period. More than luck, or natural ability, constant practice paved the way to Arnold's continual success. He makes this clear in no uncertain terms.
3. Leave No Stone Unturned.
When Arnold gets a goal fixed in his mind, he sets out to gain every possible advantage so that he can achieve it. This means, firstly, that he should work really hard…and he also made a point to snatch up every possible competitive advantage. This is why he felt justified in using steriods. All of his competitors were using it, and at the time, nobody really knew anything about the side effects, so he didn't think twice about shooting up. (He also pointed out that many bodybuilders today consume more than 20x more steriods than he did in his prime, which suggests that he's not so much against the use of steriods…but the abuse of it.)
Arnold didn't shy away from pshcological warfare either. He ruthlessly teased his competitors in order to psych them out, or to make them slip up and make a mistake. He explained how he tricked his first Mr. Olympia competitor into showing up to the competition ten pounds heavier…I felt bad for the reigning champ Sergio Oliva when I read about his embarrassing defeat. Arnold did too…a little.
He even took ballet lessons to perfect his stage poses.
And the dude really gets a kick out of when people underestimate him he usually finds a way to crush his opponents because of it…
No stone unturned.
4. Sell, Sell, Sell…
Arnold recognized that good salesmanship and success go hand in hand no matter what the industry.
He lamented at all of the legendary artists artists who would curse the idea of selling, as if it were beneath them, and then go to a restaurant and do a painting from scratch for a free meal. Much of the book was devoted to Arnold's constant campaigning for his movies, charitable causes, and of course, for governor.
Not only would he travel from city to city to sell, he would come up with sensational ploys to attract attention from the media… He walked up and down the streets of Austria wearing nothing but his muscles and a speedo to promote the gym he worked for at the time. He famously claimed that pumping iron felt better than cumming. He didn't really mean it…but the journalists gobbled it up!
5. Unhealthy Optimism?
It's easy to think of Arnold as uber successful now…but when reading his book, you really got the sense that people thought he was a batshit crazy. Here was this guy who looked like a freak, who could barely speak english, yet he casually believed that he would become the highest paid man in Hollywood some day…
In the book, he talked about his goal setting and "visions" of success. Once he got an image fixed in his mind, he was hell bent on pursuing it and nothing else. For example, he would envision standing on stage on the first place platform at the Mr. Universe bodybuilding competition, with the runners' up on either side.
He said that Maria Shriver's unflinching faith in him was a big part of his attraction to her…
…But then again, in the chapter about his steamy encounter with his maid and subsequent lovechild, Arnold seemed eeriely confident that things would work out and Maria would ultimately reconcile with him. I could sense his sadness about the whole thing, but even he had to admit that his optimism about the situation might be a little delusional.
It was sad. But when talking about the aftermath of his martial transgressions, I almost got a hint of the dark side of Arnold's seemingly bullet proof optimism. While it may have led him to fame and fortune, he might have used this incredible attitude to create gaping blind spots in his personal flaws and weaknesses.Read more »