Friday, December 2, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Years ago, I would walk down the streets of Manhattan and see women WAY "out of my league" (whatever THAT means) walk by me, and I wanted so much to be with these types of girls. I never was.
One day, about 10 years ago, I said, "DUDE, man up! The only way you are going to get a gorgeous girlfriend is by talking to gorgeous girls!" So, from that moment on, as soon as I saw a pretty girl, I approached. Without thinking. Even just to say, "Hi". Sometimes, it was really awkward. More often than not, she said hi back, smiled, and a conversation was off and running.
THE KEY: I never said hi with any expectation. My mission was just to approach and say hi--as soon as I saw her. And wow, it changed my life around, because my confidence in ALL AREAS of life have skyrocketed as a result of that.
You can apply this to all areas of your life. If you are scared to do something, make it a habit that as soon as you starting thinking, "Oh no, I can't do that," you FLIP THE SWITCH and automatically do that thing. At first, it's super hard, but honestly, once you get the hang of it, it becomes really easy.
Using this technique, I acted my way into the Cannes Film Festival; I had a one-on-one cocktail with Ed Norton at a party in Manhattan; I got CAA agent Jim Toth (Reese Witherspoon's husband) on the phone and talked to him for 20 minutes about Rachel Bilson and my wakeboarding film; and this list goes on and on.
Years ago I realized something. Confidence is not acting without fear. It is acting DESPITE your fear. So suck it up, put your shoulders back, put a smile on your face, and... APPROACH!
Hope this helps!
-Monroe Mann, Esq
Author, "Guerrilla Networking" (with JCL), "Time Zen", "The Theatrical Juggernaut", and the upcoming, "Romantic Suicide."
Check out my motivational album "Get Off Your Ass" on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby
Saturday, June 4, 2011
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR CREDIT CARD INTEREST RATES
by Monroe Mann, MBA
Guess what? You are probably needlessly paying more in credit card interest than you legally have to. And by simply reducing your interest rates, you will end up with more money in your pocket at the end of each month. Sounds great, right?
Well then, just follow these three simple steps, and voila, your interest rates should drop:
a) Take out one of your credit cards from your wallet/purse.
b) Call the customer service number on the back.
c) When someone answers the phone, say these words, "Hi, I am calling about lowering my interest rate. May I please speak to someone about that?"
If you do this with each of your credit cards, the odds are in your favor that they will have the authority to decrease your interest rates on the spot. How do I know this works? Because I have done it numerous times. In fact, I did this just today with my Capital One credit card, and had one of my interest rates reduced by over 5%. This is a significant amount if your balance is high. This is still a significant amount even if your balance is low--cause why should you pay for interest you don't have to pay?
Are there exceptions to this three-step system? Yes, of course. Sometimes I call up and they say, "I'm sorry, we don't have any interest rate reduction offers at this time." In that case, ask to speak with a supervisor. Often, the front-line customer service reps are not authorized to reduce your interest rate, but a supervisor can.
You might be wondering: "Why would they agree to reduce my interest rate?" The answer is simple: they want to keep you as a customer. By lowering your interest rate, they encourage you to pay off more of your credit card balance. The more of that balance that is paid off, the more likely you will again use that credit card to make purchases. The more often you use that credit card to make purchases, the more interest income the credit card companies will make. See--they are not lowering the rates just to be nice; they are lowering the rates in an effort to woo you as a customer. If you close the account due to a high interest rate, they will lose you as an interest paying customer. They would rather appease you in the short term than lose you in the long term, and that's just good business no matter what country you are from.
If after all your efforts, they still say no--do not give up. Just wait two months, and call them again, and ask the same question. I can virtually guarantee that eventually, you will receive an interest rate reduction if you keep asking.
Sometimes, the interest rate reduction is permanent. Sometimes it is only for a short period of time (three to seven months). If you receive a short-term reduction, be sure to mark in your calendar when the interest rate is scheduled to increase again--that's your cue to call them back again and--once again--ask for an interest rate reduction.
One other strategy: if you do receive a short-term reduction, work your butt off to pay off as much of that credit card balance as possible during that time. With the lower rate, your payments will have more bang for the buck, and when/if the rate jumps back up again, you will end up paying less overall because the balance is now much lower than it was when the rate originally was reduced.
I hope this is helpful!
by Monroe Mann
- PILLAR ONE IS BELIEF: You need someone who believes that you are the greatest thing on the planet and who supports you one-hundred and ten percent. Not a he’s pretty good type of belief but rather an I unequivocally believe in his greatness and that he is the next big thing! type of belief.
- PILLAR TWO IS CONNECTIONS: You next need someone who already has the first pillar who also has connections with people with influence and resources. You see, a lot of people have connections. The question is, “what type of connections does this person have?”
- PILLAR THREE IS INFLUENCE: You next need someone who has the first two pillars (belief and connections), but more importantly, influence. In other words, what good is a huge supporter who has powerful connections if that person has no influence over those powerful connections? You need someone who believes in you, who also knows powerful people, and who has the power to influence those powerful people.
- PILLAR FOUR IS RESOURCES: Finally, you next need someone who has the first three pillars (belief, connection, and influence), and also resources. In other words, what good is a huge supporter who has influence over powerful connections if ultimately those powerful connections do not have the resources to help promote, market, and ‘manufacture’ your platform for stardom?
Here are some examples:
Friday, April 22, 2011
If you ever feel lonely (particularly my fellow showbiz friends on the drive to the top), read this article (link below) about Angelina Jolie, & the fact that she doesn't have many close friends.
The saying goes, "It's lonely at the top." Well, folks, guess what: "It's also lonely on the way to the top."
The article ends: "... a dearth of friendships is often one of the costs that many high-achieving women pay for celebrity & success." The same applies to men. And the same can apply to romantic relationships too.
So, if you are single or without hundreds of friends on your drive to the top... take heart! This is just part of the burden your career path requires you carry.
But (I wouldn't leave you without a 'but'!), I want you to smile. Why? Cause it'll be worth it in the end. :)
Here's the article:
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
(c) 2011 by Monroe Mann
After losing a major (multi-millionaire) investor in 2004, I decided I would try to figure out WHY. I came up with this acronym:
T - Track Record
R - Rate of Return
U - Unique Investment Opportunity
S - Systems
T - Team
Now, of course, there are many other reasons why a deal can fall apart, but these five T.R.U.S.T.™ factors are all things that YOU can control. YOU can create a track record for yourself. YOU can create an investor prospectus that shows a high chance for a decent rate of return. YOU can create a unique investment opportunity. YOU can create systems in which investors will trust. And YOU can put together a rock-solid team that instills confidence in your potential investors.
I'll be writing more about this later, but for now, I suggest you make a two-columned list why you meet (or don't meet) each of these five factors. When you do, you will be well on your way to getting potential investors to T.R.U.S.T.™ you.
Oh, and as P.S., if you are raising money for an entertainment project, and you spout of fifty reasons why your investor will make lots of money, I wouldn't trust you. Tell them the truth, "You are probably going to lose all of your money, but if we do make money, we're going to make a lot of it. But... you are probably going to lose it. Do this because you love the project; not because you expect to ever see your money again."
[Legal notice: The acronym T.R.U.S.T. is a legal trademark of attorney Monroe Mann.]
by Monroe Mann
(c) 2011 by Monroe Mann
(Legal Notice: The term 'Media Ladder'™ is a trademark of Monroe Mann.)
Sunday, April 10, 2011
by Monroe Mann
(c) 2011 by Monroe Mann
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Part One - Introduction
by Monroe Mann
(c) 2011 by Monroe Mann
He sold out Madison Square Garden on August 31, 2010 (will no opening act) in 16 seconds, less than three years after officially starting his career, and based solely on his first album. Having achieved this amazing feat, whether you like it or not, he is now considered among the ranks of musician legends Michael Jackson, U2, Madonna, and the Rolling Stones.
His name? Justin Bieber.
Ozzy Ozbourne asks in the television commercial, “What is a Bieber?” The answer is not, “A random fluke success story.”
In this article, I aim to explain why Justin Bieber succeeded, and how anyone else (i.e. you too) can copy what he and his team did to try to reach similar results. While not everyone will have his level of success (and so quickly)… someone has to. As I like to say, “Someone has to be on the cover of the next People Magazine… and it may as well be you.”
Folks, contrary to popular belief, his story is not all about luck (which I do not believe in) and has nothing to do with his talent (there are more talented artists out there). It has to do with what I am calling:
The Science of Stardom.
I saw the movie Never Say Never about a month ago. Never Say Never is the totally inspiring documentary about Bieber and his rise to stardom. After I left the theater, two conflicting thoughts came to my head:
1) HOW INSPIRING. It was so eye opening to see what is possible in this world; to see that it is certainly not impossible to go from obscurity to stardom in just two years (and in Rebecca Black’s case, just two weeks). It really was wonderful to see that the underdog can succeed in the hardest business of them all.
Watching the movie, however, also brought this second thought to mind:
2) HOW DEPRESSING. I thought, “But it was so random. What does this say about my whole theory that there is no such think as luck? Did his success happen completely on a fluke? This can’t be!”
Well, fortunately, on this second point: that’s where I was wrong.
That night after the movie (when I should have been sleeping in prep for day 2 of the California bar exam, lol), all I was doing was tossing and turning, trying to reconcile these two conflicting thoughts in my head. It bothered me SO much that his success was a ‘fluke’. That someone just ‘discovered’ him on YouTube and off went his career. It bothered me so much because I don’t believe in luck; I wanted there to be some method to the madness that is Bieber Fever; I wanted there to be some science behind his stardom.
Well, the following night—after much tossing and turning in my bed—I figured it out. I figured out what exactly had happened.
Keep reading this blog and I’ll keep explaining. Part Two of The Science of Stardom is coming soon.