The Secret is Fun

by | Dec 4, 2007 | Archives

The secret is to have fun with your work. Is your occupation fun? Here is a secret.

The is the real truth about the attractor factor.

This leads us to the seventh secret of self publishing success…surround yourself with good people and learn from them! In some instances the people you attract will know more than you. In every instance they will know something of value that you don’t!

I have had this happen again and again. Perhaps the first instance of this took place almost forty years ago. I moved to Hong Kong in the late 1960s to sell mutual funds. This was my first effort at writing. My goal was to find clients who would sell mutual funds for me. This business took me to Thailand where I met a Canadian who was selling US mutual funds as well.

We started working together. He moved to Hong Kong , worked with me and for a time we shared an apartment. He was bright, energetic and I learned a lot from him.

Then he moved back to Canada . Only decades later did I discover how his business had grown. Brian Tracy has since to become a best selling self help author of more than 40 books, many audio programs, coaching and training programs, and is known for his public speaking engagements on “how to sell” worldwide.

Imagine the lessons I have learned by living and working with Brian in his formative years!

A few years later a delegate at one of my seminars invited me to speak at one of his. We grew to know one another well and I again learned a great deal.

Doug Casey went on to become a world-renowned investor and author, whose book Crisis Investing was #1 on the New York Times best-seller list for 29 consecutive weeks. He has been a featured guest on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including David Letterman, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin, Maury Povich etc. the list goes on and on.

Again imagine the things we learn from being around people like this.

Another client of many years (who was probably referred by Doug Casey) was Bo Smith…aka Bo Keely or his real name…(I think) Steve Keely. Bo is one of the most interesting characters I ever met…first arriving at one of our seminars wearing his shirt on backwards and his pants inside out. He used to sit in the back of the seminar hall, reading books upside down. He stayed in touch with postcards that could only be read in a mirror.

Yet Bo-Steve was national racquetball champion featured in Sports Illustrated who wrote the “The Complete Book of Racquetball” that was published by Digest Books and sold over 130,000 copies (I have an autographed copy in my library). He read hundreds of books upside down and wrote in mirror-image to improve his left handed sports ability.

Having beaten every national racquetball champion, he walked away from professional racquetball to create a small publisher, Service Press Inc. so he could write and self-publish two books in one day. He decided to write about what interested him…hobos.

So he surrounded himself with…hobos. He lived and traveled as a hobo (the reason for his strange dress code). His first hobo ride was from Salt Lake to the Golden Spike in Ogden . Later, according to a website, Bo hopped a ride by boxcar from Grand Junction to Sacramento with Doug Casey and later from Grand Junction to Roseville with LinuxCare CEO Art Tyde and Doug Casey. Later trips included six months through Southeast Asia , Indonesia and Australia . A steam train ride through China and boat from Shanghai to Hong Kong .

He was even featured in the California Bay Areas “Best Sunday Magazine after a hobo ride-along with a reporter to Mt. Shasta . This went on for nine years catching about 250 freight trains. Then he did a decade of world travel. Bo worte that he “visited 95 countries, slept in 10,000 beds, survived 100 robberies, and visited the museums, libraries and zoos of 60% of the world’s major cities.” When twenty publishers rejected his unfinished manuscript he decided to self-publish.

What a story and this is just a tiny part of Bo’s adventures.

I learned so much…had so much fun watching and meeting people like this that the seventh secret has attracted to me though my focused self publishing.

More recently Adventurer Mark McMahon attended one of our self publishing workshops, then traveled to about 70 countries to write and self publish his book. More on this tomorrow.

Until then…may everything you do attract like minded souls you enjoy.


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