Financial Breakthroughs – Day 2

Financial Breakthroughs – Day 2

I’m documenting the journey of how I got back to my feet financially.

If you’d like to see how this all got started, as well as how you can support me, click here.

With that, here’s my update for April 12, 2024.

I Live Streamed

No one was there to watch, but they should have been!

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I read the introduction from the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook, and even answered five questions.

And I will be back with more…

I Sold My Ibanez 12-String

This put a couple hundred dollars in my pocket.

I was a little sad to see it go, but I wasn’t using it that much. So, it deserves to be in the hands of someone who will make good use of it.

Plus, while the Ibanez wasn’t bad, I’m looking for a 12-string that plays even smoother than that one.

I Made Over 20 Videos

I’ve got something going called Spark 90, and there are three of us (including me) committed to making 90 pieces of social media content in four weeks.

I’ll be sharing more about this in the first ever newsletter. It will be very interesting to see what comes of it.

Either way, I’ve got until next Thursday to put together 90 videos, and I’m almost a third done.

I found it fun, and if I wasn’t feeling a little under the weather, I probably would have made even more videos.

Financial Breakthroughs – Day 1

Financial Breakthroughs – Day 1

I am currently documenting the journey of how I got back on my feet financially.

If you’d like to see how this all got started, as well as how you can support me, click here.

With that, here’s my update for April 11, 2024.

I Sold My Nintendo 3DS & Game Collection

This was not a hard sale, especially at the price I was selling it at. This earned me a few hundred dollars.

I probably could have sold it for more piecemeal, but then there’s no telling how long it may have taken to get what each game was worth. Still, I learned something from that.

Either way, I was surprised to find how popular handheld consoles are right now. And people still pay a premium for the games.

Nintendo botched the eShop and basically admitted it by shutting it down, so it’s amazing to see that there are still so many loyalists.

But if there’s one thing they did right with their marketing, it’s scarcity. There is a secondary market for the games, but if you want to buy games brand new, you’re still talking about $40 a pop. DS games can go for a lot more, especially rare ones!

I Listed 10 Xbox 360 Games for Sale

None have sold yet, but they have generated a bit of interest already.

Compared to DS or 3DS, you can’t expect to charge much for Xbox 360 games, but I did find that some were worth more than others.

If, for whatever reason, you’d like to explore everything I’m selling, you can check out my Facebook Marketplace profile.

I Asked Someone Whether They Wanted Me to Ghostwrite Their Book

Of course, it may turn into a ghostwriting contract, so I can’t tell you who it is.

But one thing I know for sure is that I only need a few of these contracts per year to keep me warm at night (though no doubt they are a lot of work).

What in the World…

What in the World…

I’m going to say something very difficult for me to say:

I’m going through tough financial times, and I have been since January.

I know I’m not the only one. But as someone who laughed at recessions and chose not to participate, this feels like a swift kick in the pants.

To add insult to injury, my grandfather recently passed away, and that still falls under the category of fresh, open wounds.

It’s become unbearable, so I’m breaking the silence.

It’s not like I’ve given up. Every day I wake up to do something to better my situation. I’ve been reaching out to past collaborators and clients, applying to remote work, cold calling, app testing, micro work, publishing to Medium, setting up sales funnels, and putting things up for sale.

Maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world, but at this rate, I may end up selling most things I own, save for a couple of guitars.

I believe in giving, and I’ve even been giving of myself in every dimension – money, time, and energy.

But the dam is not breaking.

Though I’m choosing not to dwell on it, I’ve had the rug pulled out from under me more times than I can count this year.

Naturally, this has impacted my ability to continue with the podcast in the desired capacity, though I’ve been doing everything I can to secure a sponsor.

Friends, I will keep chiseling away at this boulder, but I don’t know what it’s going to take or for how long.

So, I’m doing something else that I rarely do (even though I should maybe do it more):

I’m asking for your help.

Ways You Can Support Me

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Things to Come

I’ve been working on a “Going Out Of Business Sale” over at Content Marketing Musician. It’s not ready yet, but once it’s available, you’ll be able to get ALL my music career resources for a very nominal fee.

I’m also working on making my future books available for pre-order ASAP.

What Else Can I Create for You?

Is there something else of interest to you that I can create that you would buy? Let me know what that is, and I’ll get right on it.

Dan Kennedy’s Recommended Books

Dan Kennedy’s Recommended Books

If there’s one thing we know about grumpy no B.S. marketing legend Dan Kennedy, it’s that he’s a prolific reader.

Throughout his resources – books, presentations, audio recordings, courses, and more – Kennedy will often drop the names of books he suggests reading.

Here we’ve compiled Dan’s many book recommendations. This list, however, should not be considered comprehensive.

So, keep reading to find out what books influenced the guru himself.

Classic Personal Development Books

Dan says if you’ve got a motivated employee or a child who is finally willing to listen to you, you should turn them on to books like:

As well as some books referenced below, like Think and Grow Rich and Psycho-Cybernetics.

Classic Marketing Books

Dan was and is obsessed with marketing. It’s no wonder he recommends classic marketing books, like the following:

Robert Collier

Dan doesn’t reference specific Collier titles, suggesting he recommends reading all his works. Here are some of his titles:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

On the bookshelf of self-made millionaires, you will inevitably find a copy of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

What’s interesting about this selection, though, is that Kennedy thinks of it as a cautionary tale as much as a guide to attaining wealth.

Why? Read on to find out…

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone

Later in life, the impenetrable Napoleon Hill wound up penniless and was effectively rescued by W. Clement Stone who put him to work in sales.

Kennedy says Hill and Stone are philosophically aligned, with a few minor differences and one major one:

Namely, Stone had a system while Hill only had a philosophy (it’s right in the title – The Success System That Never Fails).

Meaning – if you want to succeed in business, you must choose a market where you have a reasonable opportunity to succeed and create a repeatable system.

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Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind by Napoleon Hill

Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind by Napoleon Hill

Dan makes a rather bold claim, that Napoleon Hill’s Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind is the best book Hill ever wrote.

If you’ve already made your way through Think and Grow Rich and Law of Success in 15 Lessons, Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind is well worth a look.

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

Some people are perhaps put off by the title. But Dan says Robert Ringer’s Winning Through Intimidation can help us avoid “rich uncle syndrome,” the tendency to think that the harder we work, the richer we get.

While I do think Winning Through Intimidation does a great job of dispelling the grind, Ringer isn’t exactly forthcoming on how to transition from working hard to working smart.

The problem is articulated clearly. The solution is for the reader to figure out.

Anything by Stuart Wilde

Stuart Wilde

When referring to British spiritual writer Stuart Wilde, Dan usually doesn’t specify which books to read. He simply says, “read Stuart Wilde.”

While Dan is quick to discard some of the more outlandish woo-woo facets of Wilde’s drunken writing, he says his business practices are spot on and well worth observing.

(And Dan, by his admission, still does some of that “woo-woo stuff.”)

What follows is a semi-comprehensive list of books Wilde wrote:

Thick Face, Black Heart by Ching Ning Chu

Thick Face, Black Heart by Ching Ning Chu

Dan references Ching Ning Chu’s Thick Face, Black Heart as an essential read in cultivating the right mindset – specifically in becoming immune to criticism.

It is a great read, and I would happily add it to my list of best books to read in your 40s.

I only have one piece of criticism, namely that the author sometimes offers illustrations that are more theoretical or imagined than practical and concrete.

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

I’m not familiar with the entire story of how Dan ended up purchasing personal development legend Maxwell Maltz’s intellectual property.

But since he did, it should not come as any surprise that Dan promoted Psycho-Cybernetics, quite heavily, at least for a time.

Dan also ushered forth The New Psycho-Cybernetics, though opinions are split on whether it was a worthwhile update.

Since Dan was contemplating the acquisition of Nightingale Conant at one point, it should not come as a surprise that he ended up the owner of some self-help-oriented intellectual property.

Sex Money Kiss by Gene Simmons

Sex Money Kiss by Gene Simmons

Dan references Gene Simmons’ Sex Money Kiss (a book that, for some reason, has gotten a little harder to find) in his meandering Speak To Sell.

More than anything, Dan emphasizes his philosophical alignment with Simmons.

I ended up quite pleased with the book recommendation. You can read my review of Sex Money Kiss here.

Closing Thoughts

What other books has Dan recommended? Have you read any of them? Which books made the biggest difference for you?

Let us know in the comments below.

055 – Breakthroughs in Confrontation

055 – Breakthroughs in Confrontation

Do you struggle with confrontation? How does it make you feel? Does it hold you back from expressing yourself?

In this episode of Creativity Excitement Emotion, David shares about the challenges he’s experienced in confronting others.



00:17 – Labels
01:17 – Sensitive-intuitive
02:16 – Avoiding confrontation
06:11 – You need to speak up


I’m not a very confrontational person and I have a feeling it’s one of those things that has held me back in my life.

My friend Maveen Kaura always said, “Don’t give yourself labels.” You might’ve heard a little bit of that kind of conversation on Using Your Power.

And I agree with him. I never labeled myself as something permanent. We’re not all fixed. We’re all changing. The only reason a label would stick is if you’re telling the story over and over.

Even as I say that I think I’m kind of realizing the insanity a little bit in what I’m saying, which is helping. I’m trying to identify or distinguish something in the way that I’ve been so that I can be freer. And I think that’s what today’s conversation is about.

Why I’m sharing this with you, is because of what I understand about being a sensitive-intuitive… I’m not saying that description fits me to a T or exactly. All I’m saying is there was a period in my life where that was something that I needed to hear and it helped me heal in a very difficult situation where I was feeling very depressed and I don’t use that word casually at all.

It was the summer of 2014, and my prayers were hitting the ceiling, and I didn’t feel like living anymore. So, I was in that state and that’s when I discovered “sensitive intuitive,” what that meant, and that made a difference for me. So that’s where the identification originally comes from.

Like I said, it doesn’t have to be set in stone and it doesn’t even have to be permanent. It’s just something that helped me through a period of my life.

But what I know about being sensitive-intuitive is we have trouble with confrontation. There is something physical that happens. When the need for confrontation arises, usually it’s in our gut. We feel pain when there’s something that needs to be said to another person.

Now, throughout my life and my personal development journey, I have gained a lot of ground in terms of self-expression. I’m more self-expressed than I’ve ever been.

But if there’s a part of me or there’s an aspect of myself that has held me back from being everything, I think I’m capable of being, and from being totally and completely free, it’s probably this – confrontation.

Now, when you hear “confrontation” you might immediately think to yourself, “Okay, so like yelling and shouting matches and that types of scenarios.”

And yes, that can apply, but it can be something as insignificant as “There’s something I need to tell someone,” but knowing that you have to go and tell them makes you feel nervous.

So, that’s the physical reaction that I’m talking about. It’s not just some minor butterflies in your stomach. You feel pain. That’s the kind of physical reaction that I’m talking about.

So, are there situations where I’ve stepped through pain, the butterflies, the fear to tell people things? Absolutely. That’s a deviation from the norm. That’s a deviation from how I’ve described myself. That’s why I say, “Labels are a moving target.”

So, at times, I have been able to be fully self-expressed in these scenarios, but there’ve been scenarios where I also wasn’t able to express myself in the way that I needed to.

I have tended to get away from those scenarios as quickly as possible. And there are situations where maybe I wasn’t fearing for my life, but a little bit. At least fearing for my possessions and my finances because of the people I met who are sociopaths, psychopaths, drunkards, and people with chemical imbalances, no doubt.

And I’m not judging by saying that. I think there are people close to me who’ve struggled with various conditions. So, I understand. I would consider myself very compassionate, or at the very least understanding of people with different conditions.

In situations where you feel as though you could be in harm’s way, getting away from the situation is the right reaction. You can confront crazy people if you wish, but it’s not always a great decision. You could put yourself in danger.

I also think I’m a pretty likable guy. Maybe because of that, some people hate me. I’ve sometimes been told, “You’re too smart for your good.” I’m like, “I have no idea what that means,” but people didn’t like me for those reasons.

Anything can come up. We can have any reason we want for not liking people. It doesn’t make it right. It just means that you’re going to feel what you’re going to feel.

But I think I’m beginning to realize there are situations in life where you do need to speak up for yourself. I think that’s what I’m working on. And, I know there’s nothing to work on because there’s only something to transform.

Transformation is instantaneous. Working on something suggests that it’s going to take time and effort, and we have to figure out what specific steps we’re going to take, and where transformation can come from discovery.

But this is what I’m out to discover for myself:

What do I do in situations where I need to confront? Is that something I can face up to? And what would I need to have distinguished in my life such that I’m free to express myself?