The Cold Hard Facts
The Cold Hard Facts
By Matthew Shack
The rules of life are simple, but some of them you will have to find out the hard way.
What you have envisioned in your mind’s eye may not be your reality today, but things can turn for the better in an instant.
Once you begin to use simple game and apply it to your life, you can be sure that you will get what you've always wanted.
Rule 1) If You Aren’t Paying People, The Food Better Be Steak!
That is the main problem of most would-be hustlers and entrepreneurs; trying to get somebody to buy into your dreams with nothing to offer them in return.
Just because you think it's a great idea that will benefit you, doesn't mean that it's a great idea that will benefit others.
In other words, what's in it for them? That's what successful hustlers/entrepreneurs always think from Jump Street. What’s in it for the person that I am trying to get assistance from?
If you can answer that question consciously, and pass it on to the next person in the form of its benefits, you should be able to recieve that person's help.
But if you're not paying anybody, you better make sure they're eating well. Nobody wants to work for free on an empty stomach.
If I had a nickel for every time somebody wanted me to do something that would only benefit them, I'd have a hell of a lot of nickels to change into some real dollars.
Rule 2) Stop Paying Attention to Others.
Stop trying to keep up with the Kardashians, Joneses, Millers, and Johnsons.
Don't compare yourself to others because you don't know what they did, or had to do to get what they have. You never know, they could have killed someone.
Rule 2 ½) Believe Nothing That You Hear And Half Of What You See.
If you see a dude driving down the street in a Ferrari, don't assume that he's rich or that's his whip.
All you really see is a guy driving a Ferrari.
Until you engage that person or find out the facts, all you see is a guy driving a nice car. It could be his father’s, uncle, or boss’s convertible.
Maybe he's just gassing it up because he works for the Ferrari dealer, and the customer is getting ready to pick the car up.
How do you know what the real deal is? Stop speculating.
I made this mistake once by becoming involved with an older woman who let me drive her brand new Jaguar, A LOT!… But that’s ANOTHER talkshow for ANOTHER day.
Rule 3) You Can Have Anything You Want, But You Can’t Have Everything.
Stop coveting the next man's broad (see above), lifestyle and bank account.
You can have anything you want in life, but you still can't have everything you want.
What's really important to you? That's what you need to ask yourself.
The truth is you're not going to be able to be play in the NBA and be President of the United States at the damn same time. You need to make a choice.
It may seem like common sense, but common sense is not so common.
People have hazy misconceptions about life on the daily. Don’t be the adult who wants to be a fireman, an actor and an astronaut, simultaneously… you’re not in 3rd grade anymore, pimp juice.
Rule 4) Stay Out of Debt.
If you're in debt, get your ass out with the quickness.
When you're always chasing your own tail over C.R.E.A.M, you'll never see what’s ahead of you.
If you get desparate enough, it could mean your freedom or in some cases, your life.
You may have personal debt but there's a huge difference between owing yourself and owing somebody else.
If you’ve ever had bill collectors call your crib, you definitely understand what I'm talking about. They don’t want excuses; they want their money!
Don’t get it twisted, slavery is still legal.
Becoming a slave to your lenders, banks and credit card companies is financial slavery. When you work everyday just to pay your bills, you are not emancipated.
You are an indentured servant.
Rule 5) Stop Buying Shit You Don’t Need.
Stop spending all your money on crap that makes you feels good but brings no value to your life.
Outside of necessities, spend your money on things that truly adds value and enjoyment.
Keep the stupid shit to bare minimum and always spend more freely on the things that you need.
By doing so, you will be able to spend the cash on things that you really want to do later on, or as things progress.
Rule 6) Make Life a Priority.
I make it my focus to live well, eat well and love well.
Why? Because, I deserve it. Don't cheat yourself; treat yourself.
Stop thinking about all the things you want to do in life without having a plan for it to come to fruition.
You have to be aggressive and kick life square in the ass! Because if you don’t, life will do you in the worst way possible by letting others dictate and control your outcome.
The decisions in your life will be made with or without you.
Rule 7) Money Doesn’t Get To Vote.
Stop making money ‘the ultimate decision maker’ on whether you do something or not.
Unless you're independently wealthy, you will always think about how much money you have.
Never let a lack of paper stop you from doing what you want or need to do.
One thing I can say about my father is, by the time I was a teenager, I was a well-traveled and worldly kid.
As the top salesman at his company, he would win all types of sales recognition awards with trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other resorts.
But only two first-class tickets with airfare and hotel accommodations for himself and my mother were included with each winning prize.
My dad always made sure that my brother and I were present on every trip by cashing-in those first-class tickets to coach, paying the extra fare and booking additional rooms.
He wanted his sons to experience being out of the country and learning the lessons and leisure of travel, as he and our mother did.
When I asked him how we were able to do all that traveling without us being rich, he said, “If I waited to have the money to do things, I would never accomplish anything.”
Good answer, Pops!
These are The Cold Hard Facts… Keep it hustle!