“It’s too hard. You’ll never figure it out.” (What the first copywriter I ever met told me about writing ads.)
I’m going to tell you about two promises here.
The stories behind them may help you chart out the rest of your life… as they did mine.
The above quote (“It’s too hard. You’ll never figure it out.”) are the exact words that a professional copywriter said to me when I innocently asked for advice.
They are burned into my cerebral cortex, because it was one of the first times I had ever nurtured a small ember of actual hope about my future in business…
… and she crushed it like a bug.
All I’d wanted from her was a smidgen of advice. Maybe point me in the right direction. Or offer a small word of encouragement.
I was lost at the time. Trapped in the drudgery of a dead-end J.O.B. that sucked big-time.
And I was genuinely clueless about the process of writing anything for business. I’d never met a real copywriter before, and was very interested in finding out more.
I didn’t even know what the word “mentor” meant at the time… but I suppose I would have squirmed with joy if she had said, instead, something like “Let me help you learn how to do this.”
Still, she did me a HUGE favor by being such a miserable, hateful bitch.
As I stood at her desk, burning with shame for having asked for something and been so brutally refused…
… I promised myself that I would prove her wrong.
And I used that promise as motivation whenever I needed some extra oomph in the next year or so, as I figured out — on my own, without help from anyone — how to write killer sales messages.
So I owe her one. She did me a proper by igniting my until-then-dormant ability to Do It Myself. Literally with a vengeance.
I launched my solo career as a freelance writer entirely on my own. I took the Do It Yourself ethic and ran with it…
… and 25 years later, I don’t regret a single moment of the journey. Even though long stretches of it were soul-shaking scary while I hacked my way through the wilderness of Cluelessness into the light.
I made another promise to myself soon after that little episode with the Hateful Bitch.
When it became glaringly evident that I wasn’t going to get any kind of help from anyone in my quest for success…
… I stumbled onto the Big Damn Secret of how to do it all on my own.
Actually, it’s not much of a secret, but it remains under-utilized by folks who could be changing their lives with it.
The secret: I just got busy setting goals… and going after them like a bulldog chasing a squirrel.
I figured out how to sell stuff, and do it through writing, step by step.
And I took notes along the way.
Why did I take notes?
Because I’d made another promise: When (not “if”) I made it as a professional creator of ads that sold massive quantities of stuff…
… I would bend over backwards helping others to make it, too.
And I’d help them do it much more simply, and much easier, than I did.
Those notes I took during the Wilderness Years — when I was learning the ropes of advertising and salesmanship rung by rung — turned me into a flat-out great teacher.
Because I analyzed everything I learned. Dissected information… ran it through my internal Bullshit Detector… tested ideas and tactics in the real world…
… and worked like a madman to discover the techniques and tactics that actually persuaded prospects to take action and buy stuff.
So, when I started teaching others, I had a couple of decades worth of incredible notes to use as instructional material.
I can easily knock years off your quest to learn the inside secrets of advertising and marketing. I know all the dark alleys to avoid, and I know all the shortcuts around the tedious nonsense.
I take my promises very, very seriously.
Doing so brought me out of my prior existence as a Clueless Slacker, and launched me into a prime seat at The Feast Of Life (where happiness, fame and wealth await you).
If I have taught you anything over the 5 years of this blog… or if you have heard of my prowess as a teacher from anyone else…
… it’s because I walk the walk.
Here’s why this is so important to the Rest Of Your Life: During my journey, I used both the Do It Yourself method…
… and the Mentoring method.
I know that both work.
I always recommend mentoring first. If you have an opportunity to be taken in by someone with the chops you wish to learn… do so.
I worked for Jay Abraham for years, for free. In exchange for getting to hang around his offices, and learn from him.
I met Gary Halbert through Jay. And turned away from millions as an up-and-coming copywriter for the Big Mailers, in order to learn from the Master himself. Personally, one-on-one, over a couple of years of hard-core mentoring.
I “delayed” earning my fortune, because I intuitively suspected (correctly, it turned out) that — as moderately successful as I was when I met Gary — I still had much more to learn in my quest to get as good as possible.
So mentoring paid off for me.
As did the Do It Yourself method.
What’s this got to do with you?
Everything… if you’ve been paying attention to what I’ve been offering folks over the past week or so.
The Simple Writing System is built on the notes I took during my career. It’s everything I know about writing, and selling, and marketing at the highest level of efficiency and power.
For anyone who wants to learn how to write kick-ass sales messages… for ads, for websites, for email campaigns, for video scripts, for speeches, for anything and everything necessary to succeed in business…
… the Simple Writing System is your ticket.
Now, there are two ways to indulge here.
First: We’ve put together a faculty of pro writers to help me mentor students personally. One-on-one, personally customized, hands-on mentoring with a pro.
It’s the program I wish had been available back when I started out. I would have crawled through broken glass to get involved with this kind of coaching — from a proven professional, who watched my back as I learned.
… the mentoring program is now closed. All the available public spots have been snapped up. She’s full up.
Second: The Do It Yourself option is still available.
In fact, it’s the perfect option for anyone who prefers to do it themselves, without the time and cost of adding a mentor to the mix.
Again — I always recommend mentoring, when it’s possible.
However, the next-best-thing is to do it yourself.
The Simple Writing System, as I created it, is tailored for exactly this kind of learning. In this program, I teach you everything I know… in a way that has been proven (over decades of trial and error) to help people “get it” quickly.
It’s my pride and joy. I’m hanging my hat on this system, and I’ve lovingly and patiently molded it into a course that really can transform your ability to persuade, and sell, with writing.
So… if the time-boxed limitations or the cost of the mentoring option made you hesitate to get involved in the coaching program we created…
… or if you’re just a rebel at heart, and (like me when I started out) want to do it yourself…
… we’ve just released an option that suits you perfectly.
To get the details, go here:
I understand… better than almost anyone else you’re going to meet in your journey to find your own success… how doing it yourself and being mentored offer different paths to the same destination.
The key is to get moving.
If you dithered about getting into the now-closed mentoring program… or if you didn’t find out about it in time to grab a spot… you now have before you another option.
Which can effectively and quickly ignite your transformation into the Killer Marketer you need to become to reach your goals and attain your dreams.
The main thing is… choose to make today the day you begin your transformation.
Get moving. See what’s available.
You don’t have to choose the Simple Writing System. If you believe you have other options out there — either mentors to woo, or courses to dive into — then get after them.
I wasted half my life wondering how to even take the first step toward The Feast. (I was in my early thirties when I finally started my career.)
You know it’s time to choose when that hunger inside you starts burning. You cannot wait for magic. You cannot delay just because you’re scared. (Learning the first few steps to take, in fact, obliterates fear better than any other tactic you’ll ever find.)
You have no excuse, now, if you’ve been telling yourself you’re waiting for the “right opportunity”. I’ve just laid the most rational, easy, and affordable opportunity at your feet.
Just see what’s up:
And come back here next week. I’ve got a back-log of free advice and goodies to share with you.
It’ll all go excellently with your evolving transformation to Killer Marketer.
P.S. Yeah, that’s me in the photo.
Probably 18 months into my solo career… doing everything myself, from a cramped desk in a cramped bedroom in a cramped apartment near the beach in LA.
The mess on that desk (and taped to the wall) includes many of the early notes I was obsessively taking while learning how to write copy that brought in results.
Proof, here, that I was once not only young, but quite handsome, wouldn’t you say?
No? Well, I was young, at any rate…