Paulo Ribeiro is a Brazilian entrepreneur, writer and avid reader. I have know him for a little over a year. In that time, he has become one of the most well-connected Brazilian bloggers; especially within the English-speaking blogging community.
Many economists believe that, despite the worldwide recession, Brazil, the 5th most populated country in the world, is thriving.
American money has been pouring into the Brazilian E-Commerce Market:
-Quinstreet is a publicly traded educational lead company out of the US. They opened an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil
-Descomplica is Brazilan SAT type education provider that Peter Thiel invested in.
The first book club call (50th Law) went really well and we are going to continue.
The book for May is Hannibal and Me.
If you want to join, please let us know.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
"I was crushed. Here I was, forty-two years old, divorced, childless, having given up all normal human pursuits to chase the dream of being a writer; now I’ve finally got my name on a big-time Hollywood production starring Linda Hamilton, and what happens? I’m a loser, a phony; my life is worthless, and so am I.
My friend Tony Keppelman snapped me out of it by asking if I was gonna quit. Hell, no! “Then be happy. You’re where you wanted to be, aren’t you? So you’re taking a few blows. That’s the price for being in the arena and not on the sidelines. Stop complaining and be grateful.”
-Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
A short story excerpt from Hollywood Animal: A Memoir by Joe Eszterhas.
The Pool Man
Henry took care of our swimming pool at the Malibu Colony. He was sixty-nine years old and lived in the Valley: I knew all the big stars when I was about seventeen, eighteen. Cary Grant came into the house once and the first thing he said was, “It’s very nice to see you, Henry.”
He was really looking at me. I was a good-looking kid. They’d all come to the house to see my dad. He was at Paramount then. He’d been at RKO before then and later on went to Columbia. I went to Beverly Hills High School where I was a really shitty student.
I spent all my time in the pool at home and we also had a place out in Malibu so whenever I wasn’t in the pool I was out at the beach, riding the waves and getting a tan. Man, I had a great tan but that wasn’t what I really cared about.
The internet has broken down the long-standing hierarchy and allows us access to "famous" or "highly successful" people. We can usually find their Twitter page, Facebook page, company website, or blog and send them a message.
Of course, we aren't guaranteed a response. Many of them receive 100's or even thousands of messages a day. They are well-known authors/entrepreneurs/bloggers/personalities.
So how do we get through to them? As Tynan has shared, you need to offer them value, not to ask for anything, and hold your own.
Even with that strategy, it can be tough to offer them real value. And the very well-connected may get multiple emails per day from interested readers/fans offering them value.
Frequently, I take a different approach.
The following concepts are taken from The 50th Law, by 50 Cent and Robert Greene.
Many benefits come from practicing the 4 flow states: Mental, Emotional, Social, and Cultural. At the top of the list are increased momentum and fluidity which allow for more control and power over your life path.
The competence of those in your professional (and personal) network can oftentimes be validated by very simple tests. Consider the following.
I need to get a 2LB package sent from a small town in Peru to the capital, Lima.
I am not in Lima and need someone there that can receive the package and send it to me in a different country.
There are some crappy marketing/business consultants and there are some great ones. And there are some crappy product companies and some phenomenal ones.
I started out as a below-average consultant, got better, and now I am making a living importing/exporting physical products.
I recently had a call with a business relationship consultant. I would describe this person as sharp, intuitive, ethical, reliable, and emotionally intelligent. It was a 30 minute conversation. What did I learn?
A few little nuggets here and there. Overall, the advice was not very applicable to my situation. Perhaps my business is not large/mature enough to benefit. Maybe, just maybe, experience has taught me a few things over the years. We have also read a lot of the same books.
Most importantly, valid differences exist between marketing/business consultants and hard goods people. Before pointing out a valid exception, remember that these are not rules, but guidelines:
Having had the pleasure to host Tynan in Bogota, I learned a lot of things about health, primarily staying away from refined carbs and white grains. This was 2 years ago and it got me on a health kick.
Fast forward to 2012, and we just launched a product called Mama Camu. It is a spray-dried, powder extract of an Amazon Fruit called Camu Camu, which has the highest quantity of vit C of any food in the world.
Plus some other good anti-oxidant, amino acid, anti-inflammatory stuff.
Anyways, I know there are some members here who are interested in healthy lifestyle as well. The first 20 who message me will receive a free bag. US only. (On the about page of mamacamu.com there are links to 3rd party research).
I have noticed that, in a 5 day week, I will usually have:
(2) days that I feel really good about the direction of my projects(1) day where my self-confidence is low and I question if I can really make it happen(2) days of even-keel progress with maybe a few 15 min up and down swings
Overall, the situation is just about the same on any of these 5 days. But my perception isn't.
What can I learn from this?
1. Don't get too high, don't get too low. It is never as bad (or as good) as it seems.2. Reread some of the best stoic philosophers -- stoicism is a great tool for building mental toughness.3. When in doubt, get back to the basics4. Recovery time is necessary. If my projects are "in motion", maybe walking/reading time is the best move. Never underestimate recovery time.5. Use freedom to block off the internet. Web cleansing fasts.