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How to commie-proof your life and business

Let me make sure my tin foil hat is on tight. Haha. Seriously, though, it’s a wild time we live in. Sometimes, I feel like I live in an alternate reality from some people. We see the exact same things and have two very different interpretations. Take Gina Carano, for example. You probably saw she got fired from Disney for a supposedly “anti-Semitic” tweet she sent out. Have you read it? If not, you should. I have a hard time understanding how that can be considered anti-Semitic. Wrong. A stretch comparing it to today’s political environment. Conspiratorial? I can see

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Ward, you were a little hard on the Beaver

I may have been a bit harsh in my last post: These tech CEOs read a book on Steve Jobs and suddenly start prattling on about their vision as if they’re blessing you with some divine intervention from God himself… Haha. Maybe a touch harsh. Lezbehonest, though… it’s kinda true. Some of the guys have good ideas. Most don’t. Almost all of them, though, think their “vision” is all that matters and that the rest of us just “don’t see it” — and they’re “ordaining” us with their wisdom. Yeah okay. Maybe it’s cause I’ve worked with so many of

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Why I just left a 7-figure tech company

You’ll probably think I’m crazy. But, I just walked away from maybe one of the more lucrative gigs I’ve had… at least in terms of future potential. I won’t name names but a 7-figure tech company that was just getting started — and whose product was on the cutting edge of what I think is coming in terms of online education. Even worse… they wanted to me to play a big role in it all. I’d come in like a banshee. Made it clear what I was capable of. And, had them imagining all the ways they could use me.

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Total domination of your clients

She was terrified to f*** with me. Vulgar maybe, but that was just the truth of it. And, it wasn’t because I’m a big ogre of a man. It was because of my huge… audience. 😉 She was a client of mine several years back and we’d had a falling out. I’d caught her talkin’ sh** in an email. And, of course, the thing we were at odds over… she was wrong on. But, clients often think they know everything… or they can treat you like dog crap just because they’re paying you. I’ve always had a “burn the bridges”

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Use your competitors testimonials to sell YOUR services

It happened to by older brother a few years back. The cult of vegan got ahold of him… and suddenly he was an instant expert on all things food and health. :/ I could go on for days about the way they mislead people with outright lies and backwards logic… But, the most annoying one has to be “The China Study”. If you’re ever had a run-in with the cult of vegan you’ve no doubt heard this one. It’s a book by Dr. T. Colin Campbell that touts itself as “The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted..” What it

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3rd-ranked Upworker reveals his secret weapon

This was posted over on LinkedIn by a freelancer named Ahmad: === Got rejected multiple times on Upwork. After being rejected, I started to research freelancing and realized that I was not ready. So, I spent countless hours on YouTube and Skillshare to grasp the maximum knowledge of freelancing and how to dominate it. (Lex DeVille, Josh Burns, and John Morris — Thanks for sharing the valuable content) Today Alhamdulilah, I have completed my first year on Upwork and here are achievement highlights!! – Among Top 10% Mobile App Developers – Among Top 20% Web Developers – At 4th Place

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For PHP scrubs only

For one of my clients… We’re redoing an API and we came across this file, written by a no-longer-employed-with-us developer that was 12,000 lines of code! Now, I hope I don’t have to explain to you how insane that is. Even worse, it wasn’t organized top-to-bottom. So, to read it, you had to jump up and down in the file. Through 12,000 lines of code! I’ve done some dumb things in my coding career — we all do as we learn — but, not quite THAT dumb. In case, it’s things like this that are the “unadvertised bonuses” of my

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A “jedi mind trick”for getting positive reviews and referrals

My name is Johnny and I’m here to… PUMP… YOU UP! Okay really, I was just headed to the gym when I made this video, but whatevs… close enough. Anyhoo, I diiiiid just upload a new video to my fancy-pants mobile app. And, it’s about a little “trick” I use to get clients to give me positive reviews… And referrals. No, it can’t help you if you do a crap job. But, it’s about bringing both up in conversation with your clients in a way that isn’t awkward and douchey… AND creates a Imperial Walker-ton of “Jedi” mind pressure to

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The prostitute principle

This guy I know… Seriously, though… I once read about a technique used by veteran prostitutes to ensure they always get paid. (And before you fire off your angry email, I’m not commenting AT ALL on the industry, either way. Frankly, people can do what they want, in my opinion… but whatever.) It’s quite simple really. They demand payment upfront. Sounds simple enough, but apparently, it was a lesson that had to be learned — and patrons were far less likely to pay after the service than before. Makes sense, but I find a lot of freelancers ignore these words

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The mistake your kids will hate you for

September 5th, 1989. That day changed my life forever. Our little S-10 pickup was struck, on the passenger side, by an oncoming car at 65 mph. We flew 30 feet in air, spun 180 degrees and slammed into the a telephone pole… again, on the passenger side. Where I was sitting. With no seat belt. I was inches from dying both times. We slammed to the ground and my dad, my little brother and I were all thrown from the truck. Oddly enough, I was the least injured. My dad was the worst. He severed part of his spinal cord

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I’m bawling like a baby

I’m watching Criminal Minds on Netflix. Season 7, Episode 10. Jimmy Hall. A Philadelphia boxer whose son is dying and he goes on a killing spree because he doesn’t know how to cope. There’s a scene after they catch him. His son is dying. And they let him in to see him. And, he tells his son it’s okay to let go. That letting go doesn’t make you a quitter. It just means, in that moment, you gave it your best — and it’s just time to let go and move on. And then as he tell his son he

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Bully your way into a client’s wallet

Another lesson learned in the windy sand dunes of Iraq. The day I arrived on base (I was about 30 days behind everyone else because I had to stay in Kuwait and load all our equipment on the convoys taking them to Iraq)… I had been there less than 5 minutes. And my platoon sergeant said… “Hey, glad you made it safe. So, here’s the deal… you’re now a squad leader. And, you’re also going to be our supply warehouse NCOIC (the guy in charge).” Uh… whaaaaat? I went from regular ol’ grunt to suddenly in charge of the most

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Let me talk dirty to you

Welcome to “JMO After Dark”… Just messin’. I was laying in bed, last night, and was thinking about you. Well, an experience I had with a client early in the day that I thought would make for a good lesson for you. Another simple thing to make clients love you. Want to put you on retainer. Tell their friends to hire you. And, pay you more to keep you around. But, it was like 1am and the fam was asleep, so I had to whisper and the video is well… pitch black. If that rustles your jimmies, this won’t be

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Shoot. Move. Get more clients

Got a quickie for you, today. No… not that kind, dirty mind. A little vid-yo I put together on a simple little freelance secret I learned back in my G.I. Joe days. A new client of mind reminded me of it and I wanted to share it with you. It’s one of those simple little secrets… That I’ve used for years to get (and keep) monthly retainer clients. Anyway, it’s waiting for you in the app. Link is here: https://learnistic.me/37PB. If you don’t have the app, yet… that link will walk you through installing it. Later, Good Johnny Idea Engine

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My sneaky scheme for 2021

I wrote a whole blog post about this awhile back… But, the idea is pretty simple. We all know 2020 being strapped to the front of a runaway roller coaster with no brakes. And, 2021 isn’t likely to be a whole lot better. Whiners will sit around and moan and complain. Winners will do something about it. My plan? You’ve probably heard a zillion times that, during tough times like this, there are always winners and losers. People who get wrecked and people profit wildly. Amazon, Nintendo, Clorox — they’ve all seen huge gains. Meanwhile, local businesses across the country

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Two Upwork jobs in one day after making these changes

Here’s another message I got… this one from Ani: === I took this course 5 days ago and created an Upwork profile and everything according to course instruction and today I got 2 projects all thanks to this course. === As I’ve said… I ain’t hummin’ Reveille with all this. But, let me give you a bit more on this. Something you can take with whether you want to take my Upwork course or not (because, frankly, it’s NOT for everyone). Because, the thing you should be wondering is… How? I’ve shown you examples of Upworkers who were dead in

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Ranked 2nd in Upwork search after just 3 jobs

Just got this message from Tessa: === I’ve been following your course on upwork doing the specialized profile. With a small portfolio and only 3 other jobs I’m 2nd on the search for Twitch, crazy! Thank you for the course. === I tell you all the time… I’m not whistling dixie on this stuff, chuckles. I’ve spent the better part of a decade scavenging for every ounce of information on “hacking” Upwork I can find. Testing that info myself… and then putting it out to over 27,000 other freelancers to test. This shyte works. The key to the whole thing

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The sneaky reason why goal-setting systems are DESIGNED to fail

It was the second conference I’d ever attended. I was with a client of mine and he knew the guy who was putting it on. So, about halfway through we got to go in the back and eat pizza with this guy and his staff. I honestly think he was trying to show off a bit. But, he started talking mad shyte. All the little things they were doing to manipulate the audience. Hitting all their hot buttons… Increasing their desire… Priming them to buy… Until the big finale where they’d pitch their expensive coaching program. I’m an entrepreneur through

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Why most developers are broke

I’ll tell ya this… it has nothing to do with talent. I recently had another fupastar send me one of their hysterical emails complaining about… “John, why for you talk about da munies”. I get these from time to time… any time I talk about the business side of web development. Well… heaven forbid! God forbid I talk about the thing all of us are not-so-secretly after — and help people to build a lucrative career around their web development skills. What a monster! Of course, this is the very thing that holds most developers back. Hell, most people. Because

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13 “hacks” to force clients to pay you more

Can we cut the BS? Seriously. I see a lot people posing. On their Instagram or Twitter, spouting a bunch of koombaya, “we’re all in this together” nonsense. The truth? We all want ours. I had a weird dichotomy growing up. I literally lived in a trailer home. And not one of these fancy, clean double-wides. An old, dirty, mice-infested single-wide. I wore clothes with holes in them. I was a poor, dirty river rat. Yet… I went to a private high school. With a bunch of kids who were, at a minimum, middle-class. Many came from the wealthiest families

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The simple secrets to high-paying freelance clients

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John is a fantastic and patient tutor, who is not just able to share knowledge and communicate it very effectively – but able to support one in applying it. However, I believe that John has a very rare ability to go further than just imparting knowledge and showing one how to apply it. He is able to innately provoke one’s curiosity when explaining and demonstrating concepts, to the extent that one can explore and unravel their own learning journey. Thanks very much John!

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