Why 1%ers Become 1%ers & The 99% argument is dumb!

Hey it’s Monday and I’m in Atlantic City for a Trade Show & Seminar

Today I thought I’d share a thought that I had yesterday as I was running 10 miles along the famous Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

Over the past few months you’ve sure heard a lot about the darn 1% that are earning all the money and paying no taxes (this tongue in cheek).

Then there are 5% doing very well, another 15% successful and then 80% of the folks in this country who are just getting by paycheck to paycheck.

Here’s what’s wrong with all of the bashing of the 1% and 5%…these %’s haven’t changed since 1929 during the depression, even with all of the changes in technology and the ease of communication with prospects now.

The way you become a 1% or a 5% is all in personal behavior.  It’s not because they have been blessed with easy money.  Yes there are some people that have been blessed with a trust fund, but the majority of 1%ers and 5%ers got there on their own.

Last year I recorded a video about the 1% debate so I thought I’d share it with you today

Here Was My Schedule Yesterday:

5:00 AM – 7:00 AM – Drive from Green Bay to Milwaukee in the Fog & Rain.  A miserable drive. Listened to 2 CD’s from newsletters that I subscribe to.
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Read 2 small books, started reading 2 newsletters I subscribe to
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Flight to Detroit – Read part of the E-Myth by Michael Gerber (I re-read this each year)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Flight to Philly – Kept reading the E-Myth
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Had driver take me to Atlantic City.  While he drove I worked.
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Run 10 Miles on Boardwalk
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Dinner at Revel
6:00 PM – 11: 45 PM – Worked in hotel room on 3 different projects while watching the Packers Vs. Texans

I’ll point out a few items:

1 – This was a LONG Day
2 – A lot of reading on planes instead of playing Farmville or watching movies
3 – Running vs. Playing Slot Machines
4 – Having a driver instead of a rental car.  Save time, frustration in traffic and allowed me to work.  An hour used much better.

We all have the same 24 hours in the day…It’s how we use these hours.

I wish success would be easier. It would be great if you could just sit in the office, send an email and then go party.  But to build a great business that is not what it takes.

I share this with you because I want you to be successful.  I want to challenge you to think differently.  I want to you to look at how you use your time each day.  In fact I’d even challenge you to write down what you do each day. Hour by hour.  Better yet every 15 minutes.  Put it on a yellow legal pad for a week and then look back at where you spent your time.  What was used to move your business forward.  What was wasted. Where did you have time stolen from you?

Have a great week,

Darin Spindler

PS… I thought you may enjoy this great view from my hotel room here at the Revel in Atlantic City.

This is a beautiful property, but I’m sure glad I’m not on the hook for the mortgage payments. I found an interesting article about the hotel & casino on Wikipedia this morning as Bruce Davis and I talked about this property at breakfast.

Check it out here and visit the “Financing” tab: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revel_Atlantic_City

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