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THIS WEEK’S QUESTION(S):
Answer: I wish I had a sexy cool answer. The fact is that influence is just that. It is influencing others. People who try and draw any distinctions outside of ethical points are really blowing smoke. Thought control generally refers to mind control in physically controlled contexts and environments. The same is true for mind control, where persuasion and influence are generally more or less, less controlled, persuasion being a part of the field of influence.
Question: I heard a speaker say that Wallace Wattles helped get the United States out of the Great Depression. I can’t find anything about him in the history books, but I do see a lot of Internet references. Can you help? The reason I ask is the speaker mentioned him with the same fervor you sometimes talk about Napoleon Hill.
Answer: I read Wattle’s Science of Getting Rich, years ago. It’s a book that couldn’t even sell. It had a cool title. I doubt it sold 1000 copies 75 years ago. It certainly never sold more than a few copies in the ensuing 7 decades. Wattles was a pauper who had no influence on anything in the United States or as it relates to the depression. Someone is recreating history in the image of “The Secret”, methinks….The only reason the book was resurrected was because it was FREE. It became public domain so it was easy to publish and make a buck off, threading right into the Law of Attraction/”Secret” nonsense.
Question: I was in Philadelphia with you for Image Takeaway Weekend and you said there was going to be a wealth building event in October in Las Vegas. But you didn’t give out any information or a link on your website. It was just sort of hanging there. When exactly will it be, what will you give to the audience and how will it be different from everything else I’ve spent money on? (Sorry to be so direct, it was the first time I had met you and I did have a great time. Thank you!)
Answer: Yes, Las Vegas, October 16-18. The event will be a very unusual wealth event. I’ve been working on it for almost a year now and like everything I do, I don’t want it to be anything like what anyone else is doing. We’ll have a lot of detail in Coffee this summer about the event. It will be very cool, very workable, implementable and a great time, much like Boot Camp. More details will come as we finalize hotel and speakers. Check the following link for details as they emerge: www.kevinhogan.com/appearances.
Answer: You’re right. I’m not a financial planner and don’t give legal, investing or tax advice. I haven’t really changed much since the beginning of the year. I still like metals, commodities in general and oil in particular. I still have Chevron, gold stocks and emerging markets with some China thrown in for good measure. All that said, it is a very spooky market to me. The week Gold hit $1000 per ounce, I wrote in Coffee I expected it to correct down to 800 plus or minus. It did within a week, just that. It’s now sitting around 900. I have no idea where it will be next week but at the end of the year, it should be higher. Is something going to happen between now and Dec. 31 to make the world more stable? Call me when it happens and I’ll get out of the things that have consistently made money for the last several years and shift to those things that haven’t.
Answer: In 1986 I got barred from The Casino Royale in Las Vegas. I’m not sure whether the ownership is the same now as it was then. Probably not. A lot has happened in the last 21 years. You can no longer play single deck blackjack with the same rules and payouts as there was in the 70’s and 80’s. Things have changed. Blackjack is now a much more DIFFICULT game to win at.
I haven’t seen the movie. It is based on the MIT math whiz kids and the math was basic. When the game is in your favor, bet a lot. When it’s not, bet the minimum. They got killed sometimes and they cleaned up sometimes. Overall they did well. But the casino’s tightened the rules to create difficulties for card counters. All of that said, beating the casino’s at any time has been difficult if not impossible and I wouldn’t recommend trying to replicate anything that was attempted 20 years ago. The rules are different…it’s a different game and waaaaay more controlled. Go play, have fun, see a show. It’s a great city to have fun in. Do most of that fun away from the tables…
Answer: LOVE at The Mirage is wonderful. KA at the MGM is spectacular. Vegas has some of the most amazing entertainment on the planet all on a four mile stretch of road. All the Cirque shows are superb and if you can see David Copperfield do that. If not, go see Lance Burton. He’s superb. Restaurants. The Palm at Caesars in the Forum Shops is wonderful. (Bring a big credit card, last time I was there, the tip was $200. The TIP.) The Craft Steakhouse in the MGM is flat out incredible. Oh, bring a big credit card there, too….
Answer: I feel terrible because I get about 20 food invitations and eat three meals out of my room when I’m in town for a weekend. Never hurts to ask. Tell me why it will be great fun and I’ll e-mail you back. Never be offended by “no.” I can only eat so much food!
Question: Are you really supporting Wayne Root in the Presidential Election or are you in general supporting the Libertarian Party? Why support someone you know is going to lose? That doesn’t make sense, Kevin, what’s the point?
Answer: We find out next week if Wayne will be the Libertarian Nominee. If he’s not, I’ll probably lend my support to Ron Paul. Yes, there are things about Paul that I don’t like, but so what. He’s honest and he gets money. You don’t vote for the lesser of two evils, you vote for the person you think would do the best job.
Question: I listened to an interview where you talked about a coming “economic crisis.” Do you really believe something like that is coming? If it is what do you do to protect yourself from the kind of stuff you talked about?
Answer: Start a small business, like an Internet business where you have very little at risk with a high potential return. Buy gold and platinum coins by the ounce every month (dollar cost averaging) as an insurance policy. Gold isn’t an investment, per se; it’s more of a “living insurance” policy when paper money becomes worthless…and we’re there…
Question: I studied some of your work on persuasion and absolutely adore it. I am still in school and that’s why a lot of the examples of the principles of persuasion given by you couldn’t exactly apply to me. Today I applied for a program that I wanted to challenge myself educationally with, but couldn’t make it; although apparently it was unfair considering other people not as qualified got in. I was thinking about writing a letter to try to persuade the counsellor to give me a chance and was hoping to apply your ideas but don’t know how in a letter format and with circumstances such as mine, any advice appreciated.
Answer: Get used to being overqualified and not getting the job. The world is no longer based on value but on politics and that means you are better off in your own business than in someone else’s. Trying to get hired over quotas is tough.
Answer: Be amazing at your first interview. Show the lawyer what you can do for him. Tell them about the 12 hour days you will work and how you want to do that. Attorney’s don’t get on well with whiners and they don’t do favors for people. Establish clearly that you will work twice as hard and long as anyone else. Have them start you at next to nothing as long as it’s clear that if you overperform, it will be contractually agreed that you will be paid what you are worth the following year.
Question: A girl I am professionally involved and friendly with often plays with her hair when I talk to her. Specifically she lifts her hair off her neck revealing her neck and often exposes her arms/arm pits while doing this. Does this have an unconscious meaning? I understand that typically when a woman strokes her hair especially from her forehead along her face that this is normally flirtatious and a sign of interest but am not sure of the aforementioned. Thanks.
Question: Thank you very much for the help you have really rendered to millions of people all around the world in the field of wealth accumulation and in other fields…but I still have one question for you…I have read the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill where he said for success to come ones way he has to be ready to pay at least a PRICE for it…and I kept wondering what he meant by this price apart from hard work…please help me out.
Answer: Hill discovered that successful people work at what they are passionate about and they work *hard* and long hours at it. That is the price. Time and effort above and beyond what others will do.