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Movie Review: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 – A Big Middle Finger to Hollywood

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What if you were staring at Jesus as he is lifted onto his cross? Suffering and bleeding as the spikes go in, but he doesn’t turn the other cheek, he doesn’t ask God to forgive you because you know not what you’re doing. Instead Jesus spits blood in your face, gives you the finger, and smiles. Here’s the blood you wanted, now go fuck yourself and die you ignorant fools.

Unfortunately none of our ancestors ever wrote the Bible sequel “Jesus Strikes Back!”. Fortunately we have Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged.

Hollywood has come out with some worthy revenge flicks, like The Crow and Payback and some others that focus on retribution for a few violent thugs. It takes a lot of balls to create a revenge film that delivers retribution to pretty much all of society. You know, there’s a lot of shock jocks and non conformists out there trying to get a rise out of people. Silly amateurs. It is rare to see to see a movie that culminates into such an aggressive and cleverly well orchestrated middle finger. Atlas Shrugged Part 2 is that middle finger. Those greedy businessmen, how many times are they villains in Hollywood films? Well, in Atlas Shrugged Part 2 it’s the back room business deals that flagrantly violate the law that generate the fondest moments of empathy. It is the affair with a married man that is exalted, and the unloved wife who is the bitch.

Can this movie leave us anything holy without disgracing it? No.

The virtue in the concept of the public good? Fucking smashed!
Money is the root of all evil, right? I don’t think so!
Love your brother, I mean your actual biological brother? Pffft
Government must do something to help us in a time of crisis? HAHAHAHAHA

When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. – Francisco d’Anconia in Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

So yeah, I enjoy the attitude of this film. It holds true to Ayn Rand and her vision for the novel. It’s refreshing to see something so bold and intelligent. These are times of extreme political correctness, honesty is very offensive. This movie shows little concern for that. That’s cool :)

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 - Samantha Mathis - Dagny Taggart Flight - HustleBear.comAbout the quality of the movie… Part 2 is a HUGE improvement over Part 1 in many ways. First off, this doesn’t feel like a TV movie anymore, Part 2 is FAR more cinematic and feels more like a studio film. The cinematography, the sets, the action sequences, much better. Being the middle finger in the face of Hollywood that this film is…   Continue Reading >>   

Photos: Hong Kong – February 2012

Hong Kong - Hustlebear.comTo know me is to know that I’ve had a Sony NEX camera attached to my arm for the past 2 years. I get a million messages a day asking for photos, and I’ve come to realize I’ll simply never be able to physically get to all of them, I have many 10s of Thousands of photos waiting to be sorted through, individually edited, and organized into Facebook albums. Cranking out 2 facebook albums a week isn’t going to cut it, there’s too many. But I will definitely get around to the good stuff. I watermark each photo with HustleBear.com because I have absolutely no intention to ever make a professional career out of photography and figured I might as well bring eyeballs to my blog. I’m not a professional photographer, I’m a hobbyist, but I’m heartened to see so much enthusiasm from so many people over the photos. Judd Weiss - Hong Kong - Hustlebear.comIt’s insane, but I have over 1000 (!) Facebook profile photos out there among my friends. That’s pretty fucking cool man. Whenever I log in I see mostly my photos in my friends list. To date I’ve got 819 email notifications that someone used my shot as their profile pic, and much of the time I’m not notified, and never when it’s a cover photo. So yeah, that helps make it feel like a worthwhile hobby. Since the pics are watermarked to this site, and with all the activity my Facebook albums have been generating, people often ask me why I’m not posting these photos up on my blog.

I don’t have a good answer. It’s a good point.

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Sebastian Marshall - Hong Kong - Hustlebear.comSo here you go, I’m going to start posting some of my favorite sets of photos more regularly. I’ll start with my Hong Kong trip earlier this year. I was there for only about 3 days, but it’s an interesting story.   Continue Reading >>   

Your Boss Is Your Customer

Your Boss Is Your Customer

Your boss is your customer. Your interview is your sales pitch. Your time and skills are your product. Your signed employment contract is your completed sale.

Your boss is your customer. Your power with any customer comes from your value to him. Bring a lot to the table and he will continue to be your customer. Bring even more to the table and you will have even more customers available. Supply and demand works great for you when there is only one of you. That is, of course, only if there’s not an uncountable number of others just like you.

Your boss is your customer. Some bosses are shitty. Some customers are shitty. Some customers are just nasty and unhappy no matter what you do. Some customers are not worth your time. If you’re unable to find quality customers, are you going to blame your customers?

Your boss is your customer. He is purchasing service from you monthly. Customer Service that lacks motivation and enthusiasm is a quick way to give him buyer’s remorse. If better service is provided elsewhere, he should purchase elsewhere. If he does fire you, he is not the asshole, you’re the asshole. Until you realize that, it’s doubtful you’ll fix the problem. Never expect someone to pay you for inferior service. If he does fire you and you have kids to feed, don’t blame your boss for their hardship.

Your boss is your customer. You treat your customers with respect. If you try to show a customer who’s boss, most of the time your customer will be happy to show you.
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How Multi Level Marketing is a great way to piss off your friends and ALWAYS leave you poor

How Multi Level Marketing is a great way to piss off your friends and ALWAYS leave you poor

Who wants to have MILLIONS of dollars coming in EACH MONTH without having to do ANYTHING? Raise your hand! Who wants to retire at 32 and watch the money pile up while enjoying a 6 month vacation? Raise Your Hand! All you need to do is pay $499 and make just 20 sales, and find 3 other people to do the same and help them find 3 other people to do the same, and anyway who cares about the specifics, it’s not so hard and you can make more money than you can DREAM about! Now who’s feeling that? RAISE YOUR HAND! That’s right, can I get a hell yeah? Guys, we’re talking about MILLIONS of dollars. Louder. I said can I get a HELL YEAH!!

The nicest thing I can do for friends that try to recruit me into a Multi Level Marketing business is to destroy their motivation and tell them to get the fuck out.   Continue Reading >>   

If you believe government shouldn’t tax you and spend away your future then you must be a RACIST!!!

If you believe government shouldn't tax you and spend away your future then you must be a RACIST!!!

Today is Tax day. Here’s my special article to celebrate.
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It’s very likely that you know someone who is crushed under a huge debt he/she can’t get free of. Well that’s what happens when you spend much more than you make. You’ll have to pay for it at some point in the future. And when the future becomes due, life becomes hard. The extra financial burden and lack of new credit sucks.

Let’s say you’re in debt, but it wasn’t you who spent it. Let’s say a buddy started running your card and buying a bunch of things you don’t want for people you don’t know. He’s got an idea to help some people out, so that’s cool, right? That’s legit? But he didn’t buy a few hundred dollars worth of stuff. The dude ran your bill up to $78,000! WTF? That’s more than your yearly salary, it’ll take years to pay off. Besides, you thought your credit limit was like only $7000. Well that’s ok, your friend managed to raise your credit limit to infinity, so there’s no telling how much he’ll make you responsible for, plus compounding interest. And.. he’s.. only.. just.. getting.. started.

What!? You don’t like it? Too bad motherfucker! If you don’t like it, you’re a RACIST!!!

Now I’ve seen a lot of media smearing over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much smearing as what’s being done to the Tea Party.

This is vicious.   Continue Reading >>   

It’s Easier to Sell Something when You List the Faults

It's Easier to Sell Something when You List the Faults

Here’s a business paradox for you. Your sales will increase when you tell people what’s wrong with what you’ve got. Including if what you’re selling is you and your services.

WHAT???

This is mostly unheard of in the business world. Everyone in business is constantly fronting. This is a world full of mega-fucking-huge egos resting on inflated claims of grandeur. No way anybody’s gonna admit what they’ve got for sale is not perfect, especially if it one’s personal service.

But you see, your buyers, they’re sniffing. They’re constantly sniffing, looking for the catch. What’s the catch here? They simply can’t rest until they find it. Your buyers just won’t be ready to make a deal until they can figure out what the real drawback might be with what you’re offering.

So PUT THEIR MINDS TO REST. Tell them what could possibly be wrong for them with your deal. Lay out the faults and limitations of what you’re offering. This does a couple amazing things for you. It allows your customer to feel like he can truly evaluate the deal and be in a better position to make a decision. That’s huge. HUGE. But most importantly, it’s honest; and therefore it boosts your credibility considerably. And, it’s shocking. You have just separated and elevated yourself above the rest of the snake oil salesmen out there. You are a credible source of info in a world of bloodsuckers. Your business customers will cling to you for safety like a 4 year old clings to his blanket. It will no longer matter much what kind of claims your competitor promises, because your customers just don’t know that they can rely on those claims, but they know that they can rely on you. And that puts money in your pocket and stability to your career.

The truth does pay because the truth is valuable. Credibility is valuable. Even more so when there’s more money on the line.   Continue Reading >>   

We Are Not Pawns, We Are Not Pawns

We Are Not Pawns, We Are Not Pawns

Please help us. Oh great lords in Congress and the White House, please save us from ourselves. We know not what we do. We are helpless. Please give us jobs. Please give us money. Please give us healthcare. Please give us food. Please give us homes. Please give us green automobiles. Please give us cellphones. Please give us internet access…”

Have you heard anything like this before? Well you have. It was the 2008 US elections.

My friends, the root of our problems are not created by our government. Our government was elected voluntarily. Our problems today are created from weakness. Weakness screaming the words above. Look to those around you, the children in adult bodies, those citizens (and businesses) who give up and are looking for handouts. They don’t know who provides it, they don’t realize that it’s being taxed and taken from you, while you are out there struggling, and I doubt they care. It doesn’t matter what kind of constitution document we have in place, when people get weak, they’re going to reach for mommy. Those who want mommy to help them end up enslaving the rest of us in their demands to be spoon fed. It is weakness and short sightedness that’s leading to the growing government control of our lives, the growing government takeover of the economy, the growing government spending of our future, and the rapid decline in our control over how we live our own lives.

The weak want rulers.
It’s easier. If you’ve lost self control, might as well let someone else take the reigns. Weakness breeds government policy that supports and encourages more weakness. If it spreads further it elects more planners and rulers.

The path to turn this country around is to breed strength. People must discover what they’re capable of. That they can be valuable. That crutches are dead weight that they don’t need, when they’re each capable of flying.

The strong demand more freedom.
They don’t need handouts. They don’t need master planners. They’re capable. They’re productive.
Just imagine what kind of government and society we would have if we truly had a nation yelling:

“We Are Not Pawns. I’m not a fucking chess piece. Stop taxing us. Stop regulating us. Stop spending our future. Stop stimulating us. Stop supporting us. Stop taking care of us. Stop planning our lives. Just give us some space. And STOP. We Are Not Pawns.”