Tue, 31 December 2013
CW 355: How Self-Directed IRA Ignorance Ruins Retirement Dreams with Jeff Desich CEO of Equity Trust
Famed liberal-turned-libertarian journalist, John Stossel, is Jason Hartman's guest on The Creating Wealth Show, Episode #356. The interview opens on the topic of Stossel's third book, "No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed." From there, Jason and John embark upon a no holds barred barred back and forth about a variety of current political topics
Tue, 24 December 2013
CW 355: How Self-Directed IRA Ignorance Ruins Retirement Dreams with Jeff Desich CEO of Equity Trust
Jason talks with Jeff Desich, who is the CEO of Equity Trust, about how to use your self-direct IRA. Jeff's company specializes in helping clients setup their self-direct IRA, as well as maintain it.
Wed, 18 December 2013
CW 354: Jason's Mom on the Importance of ‘Grit’ & Credit Re-Scoring Techniques with Steve Paige Credit Repair Expert
Join host Jason Hartman and, not one, but TWO special guests on episode #354 of The Creating Wealth Show. First up is Jason’s mom, who returns to the show for the third time (by popular demand) to discuss the idea of grit when it comes to life in general and income property investing in specific. The question they bat around is “What makes for a successful property investor and successful human being, and what does grit mean anyway?” You won’t want to miss her story about a recent eviction she undertook on a California property tenant, nor how her life’s passion of living in a mansion with columns came to pass.
Following his mom’s segment, Jason welcomes credit repair expert, Steve Paige, to the telephone. Steve has logged almost three decades in the trenches in helping consumers understand the fact, fiction, and misconceptions that abound in the credit report score industry. Steve is, by far, the nation's leading credit pathologist. He founded three of the nation's largest credit repair firms and, in the process, revolutionized the approach to consumer credit issues by focusing on re-scoring techniques rather than credit report manipulation and repair, the results of which produce far greater benefits— for less money.
Listen in as Steve explodes some of the myths that could be decimating your ability to obtain a loan right now.
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Wed, 11 December 2013
CW 353: NSA-Proof Internet Browsing with John McAfee Developer of the McAfee Antivirus Software & Founder of McAfee Associates
John McAfee is in the news, as he is trying to create an NSA-proof gadget used for private internet browsing, called "Decentral." [read more] McAfee, original creator of McAfee Antivirus software was born in the United Kingdom and raised in Salem, Virginia, United States.
McAfee was employed as a programmer by NASA's Institute for Space Studies in New York City from 1968 to 1970. From there he went to Univac as a software designer and later to Xerox. as an operating system architect. In 1978 he joined Computer Sciences Corporation as a software consultant. Later, while employed by Lockheed in the 1980s, McAfee received a copy of the Pakistani Brain computer virus and began developing software to combat viruses.
In 1987 McAfee founded McAfee Associates, a computer anti-virus company. He was the first to distribute anti-virus software using the shareware business model. In 1989, he quit Lockheed and began working full-time at McAfee Associates, which he initially operated from his home in Santa Clara, California.The company was incorporated in Delaware in 1992, and McAfee resigned from the company in 1994. Two years after McAfee Associates went public, McAfee sold his remaining stake in the company.
Network Associates was formed in 1997 as a merger of McAfee Associates and Network General. This company later became Network Associates, a name it retained for seven years until it was renamed McAfee. Now a subsidiary of Intel corporation, McAfee remains today as one of the largest anti-virus companies in the world.
Other business ventures that he founded included Tribal Voice, which developed one of the first instant messaging programs, PowWow. In 2000, John McAfee invested in and joined the board of directors of Zone Labs, makers of firewall software, prior to its acquisition by Check Point Software in 2003.
In August 2009, The New York Times reported that McAfee's personal fortune had declined to $4 million from a peak of $100 million, the effect of the global financial crisis and recession on his investments.
Beginning in February 2010, McAfee started a new venture in the field of bacterial quorum sensing. His company QuorumEx has its headquarters in Belize and is working towards producing commercial all natural antibiotics based on anti-quorum sensing technology. In 2013 McAfee started a new company, Future Tense Central, to produce a secure computer network device called the D-Central.
Fri, 6 December 2013
CW 352: Demographic Dangers with Harry Dent NY Times Bestselling Author of ‘The Great Depression Ahead’
Harry Dent is Editor of the FREE newsletter "Survive and Prosper." His most recent book entitled "The Great Depression Ahead" explains "The Perfect Storm" as peak oil prices collide with peaking generational spending trends by 2010. More importantly, he shows how the economy’s life cycle will affect life, business, and investment strategies throughout a person’s lifetime, including career opportunities and children’s educational costs.
Tue, 3 December 2013
CW 351: Investment Markets & Golf with Kevin Armstrong Formerly of ANZ Group’s Private Bank and Author of ‘Bulls, Birdies, Bogeys, & Bears’
Kevin Armstrong is the former Chairman of the ANZ Group's Regional Investment Committee and former chief investment officer for ANZ Group's private bank. He's the author of, "BULLS, BIRDIES, BOGEYS & BEARS: The Remarkable & Revealing Relationship Between Golf & Investment Markets."
Armstrong explains how the rises and falls in the fortunes of professional golfers, and the emergence and decline of major stars such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, reflected the ebb and flow of the stock market.
The answer provides a unique and powerful connection between golf and investment markets. The ‘pulses’ of two totally separate activities, golf and investing, have been so synchronized and connected, not just in modern times, but throughout history, and in a manner not found in any other sport?
Thu, 28 November 2013
CW 350: Innovative Leadership Models with Doug Conant Former CEO of Campbell Soup Company & Author of ‘Touch Points’
On this 10th show, Jason Hartman interviews author and leadership expert, Doug Conant on the topic of leadership models. In Doug’s book, Touch Points: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments, co-authored with Mette Norgaard, the small daily interactions that many view as interruptions are described as the greatest leadership opportunities in business, or touch points. These moments can be used as a method to promote the company’s values, purposes and agenda, while bringing about higher employee engagement and winning in the marketplace through improved growth. Touch points involve using the head, heart and hands to connect with and transform employees through listening, understanding and helping people advance their interactions in a significantly more effective way. Doug explains the “contribution profile,” which is asking, “How can I help?” Listen at: www.JasonHartman.com/podcast for details.
Practitioner Douglas R. Conant delivers a critical and transformative message for today’s times: Anyone, anywhere, can expand their influence and improve their results. Appointed President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company in 2001, he was the 11th leader in this iconic company’s 140-year history. Under Conant’s leadership, Campbell reversed a precipitous decline in market value and employee engagement — with much recognition since, including the prestigious 2010 Catalyst Award.
A key driver is Campbell’s success model: Winning in the workplace, winning in the marketplace, and winning in the community and doing it all with integrity. Conant joined the company with 25 years of experience with three of the world’s top food companies — General Mills, Kraft, and Nabisco. A native of Chicago, he earned his BA degree from Northwestern and his NBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Conant’s new book with co-author Mette Norgaard, available now, is TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments (Jossey-Bass). More on TouchPoints and leadership models can be found atwww.conantleadership.com.
Tue, 26 November 2013
CW 349: Professional Copywriting & Deceptive Hedge Fund Advertising with Everte Farnell President of 9 World’s Publishing
Everte Farnell is President at 9 World's Publishing, Inc. and a freelance copywriter. He joins the show to share some secrets to copywriting and whether success within the publishing industry is dependent solely on copywriting.
He also tells us about the hedge fund advertising regulations and whether hedge fund advertising makes it easier to defraud the public.
Find out more about Everte Farnell at www.evertefarnell.com.
Fri, 15 November 2013
CW 348: Entrepreneurship After the NBA with Jonathan Bender Retired Indiana Pacers & New York Knicks Basketball Player
Jonathan Bender is a former NBA player turned serial entrepreneur, having founded The Jonathan Bender Foundation. He joins the podcast to tell us about his different businesses and their models.
Bender also explains what got him interested in making money on his own through hard work, which required a different skill-set from sports. He describes how athletics can translate to power in business and how ordinary people can launch second careers.
Bender is one of the rare social entrepreneurs who makes money and does good at the same time. He explains this new practice and how it's a win-win situation for all.
Mon, 11 November 2013
CW 347: How Twitter Was Born with Nick Bilton NY Times Technology Columnist & Author of 'Hatching Twitter’
Nick Bilton is the New York Times technology and business columnist and lead reporter for the Bits Blog. He's the author of, "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and Betrayal."
Bilton tells us about the betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles as Twitter's four founders—Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass—went from everyday engineers to overnight celebrities.
He explains the zeitgeist and global influence of Twitter, which has been used to help overthrow governments in the Middle East and disrupt the very fabric of the way people communicate.
He also shares a story of Al Gore getting drunk and trying to buy Twitter in 2009.
Given Twitter's recent IPO, Bilton describes how effective Twitter really is in marketing, branding, and sales conversion.
Find out more about Nick Bilton at www.nickbilton.com.
Fri, 8 November 2013
On this show, Jason and Steve discuss property pricing, how to avoid bad areas, and a market update.
Tue, 5 November 2013
CW 345: Corruption at the World Bank with Karen Hudes Whistleblower and Former Attorney with the World Bank & Export Import Bank of the US
Karen Hudes studied law at Yale Law School and economics at the University of Amsterdam. She worked in the US Export Import Bank of the US from 1980-1985 and in the Legal Department of the World Bank from 1986-2007. She established the Non Governmental Organization Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Committee on Multilateralism and the Accountability of International Organizations of the American Branch of the International Law Association.
In 1999 Karen reported the corrupt take-over of the second largest bank in the Philippines. The Bank’s Country Director in the Philippines reassigned Karen when she asked him to sign a letter warning the Philippines’ government that the Bank could not disburse its loan. Two days after informing the Board’s Audit Committee of the cover-up in the Philippines, Karen was reprimanded and placed on probation. The Chair of the World Bank’s Audit Committee requested an inquiry into the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Department. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations followed up with three letters to the World Bank. The World Bank forged documents and fired Karen in contempt of Congress.
In 2007 Karen advised the US Treasury Department and US Congress that the US would lose its right to appoint the President of the World Bank if the current American President of the World Bank did not play by the rules. The 66 year old Gentlemen’s Agreement that Europe would appoint the Managing Director of the IMF and US would appoint the World Bank President ended in 2010.
Sat, 26 October 2013
CW 344: Educational Budgets in Academia with Benjamin Ginsberg Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University
Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University. The rising cost of education is largely due to the rising cost of college administrations. Employment of academic administrators has increased 60 percent from 1993 to 2009.
Ginsberg has proposed several ideas to curb education costs. He shares them on the podcast. Among his proposals: cutting tenure. He also explains how higher education plans differ from business or military strategies.
Benjamin Ginsberg is a libertarian political scientist and professor at Johns Hopkins University who is notable for his criticism of American politics in which citizens have become "marginalized as political actors" and political parties weakened while state power has grown. His assessment of the futility of voting along with his notion that the public has an illusion of control over government has caused controversy, and sometimes his explanations have been criticized.
Find out more about the Johns Hopkins political science department at www.politicalscience.jhu.edu.
Tue, 15 October 2013
CW 343 Home Improvements & Resale Value with Tom Kraeutler Co-Host of ‘The Money Pit’ America’s #1 Home Improvement Radio Program
Tom Kraeutler is the President of Money Pit Media and Co-host of "The Money Pit," the nation's largest nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. He is a home improvement expert.
In a rapidly improving housing market, Kraeutler discusses some home improvements we can make, which will pay for themselves in resale value. This would include upgrading home efficiency and performance.
Kraeutler also shares some energy and water-saving products that perform:
1) Indoor Environment Control – Customize your interior environment with innovative new filters that are built in to plumbing and HVAC systems.
2) New Solutions for the Home & Garden – New hose nozzle technology gives you the pressure of a power washer and the mist of a sprinkler with a twist of a knob.
3) Innovative “Dumpster” - Comes to your house in a tiny box and expands to 1000 times its original size. Once you are ready to use it, you pop it open and fill it up. When it is full, you call for pickup.
4) Color Changing Switches & Outlets – Switches and outlets can change color simply by swapping in a plastic plate without screws or touching wires. Now you can have a pink nursery and then an orange kid’s room and then a white office all without ever replacing the switches.
5) High Tech Painting – Solid walls are a thing of the past and so are streaks and dribbles. The newest painting technology makes drip free designs a snap.
Visit The Money Pit at www.moneypit.com.
Sun, 6 October 2013
CW 342: Gold, Retirement & Government Surveillance with Clem Chambers Author of ‘Letters To My Broker’
Clem Chambers is the CEO of ADVFN, Europe's leading stock and investment website. He's also author of, "Letters to my Broker: P.S. What do you think of the market." His new book combines the elements of satire, annotations and illustrations to dynamically depict the do's and don'ts of trading and investing.
Chambers comes out with multiple books every year. He explains going through traditional, mainstream publishers versus self-publishing and the publishing process.
Chambers also provides his analysis on current political and economic questions, including:
- What's going on with gold?
- How and why are governments lying about life expectancy?
- Is the government trying to steal your retirement?
- Are Europeans upset by US snooping?
Find out more about ADVFN at www.advfn.com.
Tue, 1 October 2013
Join Jason Hartman for this three-part episode covering several topics, including:
Tue, 24 September 2013
CW 340: Adapting to Change with Jared Diamond Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author of ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ & ‘The World Until Yesterday’
Renowned author, physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio geographer, Dr. Jared Diamond, joins Jason Hartman for a discussion of his newest book, The World Until Yesterday. Dr. Diamond’s unique background has shaped his integrated version of human history. He posits that success – and failure – depends on how well societies adapt to their changing environment.
Dr. Diamond is also a medical researcher and professor of physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. His book "Guns, Germs and Steel" won a Pulitzer Prize and "The Third Chimpanzee" was a best-selling award winner. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Professor Diamond is a MacArthur Fellow who has published over 200 articles in Discover, Natural History, Nature and Geo magazines.
In his books Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse (and the popular PBS and National Geographic documentaries they inspired), big-picture scholar Jared Diamond explores civilizations and why they all seem to fall. Now in his latest book, The World Until Yesterday, Diamond examines the traditional societies of New Guinea -- and discovers that modern civilization is only our latest solution to survival.
Wed, 18 September 2013
CW 339: Economic Trends & Income Property Investing with Karl Denninger Founder of ‘The Market Ticker’ Blog
Karl Denninger is an technology expert and businessman, finance blogger, political activist and is sometimes referred to as a founding member of the Tea Party movement. Denninger was also the founder and CEO of MCSNet in Chicago.
Denninger is a founding contributor to the libertarian-oriented finance blog The Market Ticker, found at http://market-ticker.org. He uses his blog to levy harsh criticism of the criminal element who are wrecking the global financial system. In the aftermath of the March 2008 collapse of Bear Stearns, he founded the website Fed Up USA. He came to national attention for the criticisms of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 which he posted on Fed Up USA in September that year. Of special concern to Denninger was the over-the-counter trading of credit default swaps, as well as the high leverage of financial institutions; his objections to the bailout plan stemmed from the fact that it did not address either of these issues. He has also spoken out against high-frequency trading, particularly in the aftermath of the 2010 Flash Crash.
As a publicly outspoken and early member of the Tea Party movement, Denninger is sometimes referred to as a founder. On January the day of President Obama's first inauguration, he published a blog post calling on readers to mail tea bags to the White House and Congress on February 1st, echoing a suggestion by a commenter on one of his earlier blog posts. However, Denninger later expressed concern with the Tea Party movement, specifically that establishment Republicans had hijacked it and perverted its original goals.
Fri, 13 September 2013
CW 338: Private Lending & Pooling Money with Kim Lisa Taylor Attorney & Bestselling Author of ‘Syndicate Anything’
Kim Lisa Taylor is a author, real estate investor, and nationally recognized speaker. She often writes articles on how to legally use OPM (other people’s money), and has been featured in many publications, most recently Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine. She is the author of the soon-to-be released book Syndicate Anything; How to Legally Find Private Investors to Fund Your Dreams While Helping Them Achieve Their Own.
Kim is frequently a guest speaker on several radio talk shows and has been the keynote speaker at multiple real estate investor events across America. She spends time teaching real estate investors topics such as the "Legal Aspects of Private Lending" and "Partnering and Pooling Money", through live workshops, home-study courses, and books. Kim is a California and Florida licensed attorney and partner in the Corporate Securities Law Firm of Trowbridge & Taylor LLP.
Fri, 6 September 2013
CW 337: The Collapse of Bear Stearns with Douglas Brunt Author of "Ghosts of Manhattan" & Former CEO of Authentium
Doug Brunt is the former CEO of Authentium and author of, "GHOSTS OF MANHATTAN." In his new book, he transports readers back to the extravagant times before Bear Stearns collapsed, exposing a culture with boundless bonuses, where the company expense account was routinely used for bar tabs, visits to strip clubs, and worse. He even throws in some comical stories and describes some of them. Brunt offers a withering view of life on Wall Street from the perspective of an unhappy insider, run-down by the corrosive lifestyle which is jeopardizing his marriage, who is too hooked on the money to find a way out.
Brunt is married to FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly, who has helped him with his books. Brunt describes their relationship and why he gave up a lucrative career as an Internet security entrepreneur.
Find out more about Doug Brunt at www.douglasbrunt.com.
Tue, 3 September 2013
CW 336: Multi-Generational Wealth Preservation with Catherine McBreen Real Estate Investor & Author of ‘Get Rich, Stay Rich, Pass It On’
Catherine McBreen is the President of Millionaire Corner.
The U.S. is now seeing record numbers of millionaires. McBreen explains the effect stocks has had on this run-up.
She recently released a service called "Find an Advisor," and discusses how it helps people find the best financial advisor for them. She also analyzes investment newsletters in lieu of financial advisors.
McBreen finally talks about the effect money has on happiness and marriage relations.
Visit Millionaire Corner at www.millionairecorner.com.
Thu, 29 August 2013
CW 335: Financial Planing with Michael Kitces Publisher of ‘The Nerd's Eye View’ & Director of Research for the Pinnacle Advisory Group
Jason talks with Michael Kitces, who is a financial planner and runs the blog Nerds Eye View.
Mon, 26 August 2013
CW 334: Little Rock Arkansas Real Estate Investment Market Profile with Local Market Specialist Jeremy
Jason Hartman talks about rent increases exceeding inflation, Fed tapering off on mortgage backed securities buying and the possible end of the government's role in the secondary mortgage market (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). After a quick announcement about the Austin, Texas property tour http://www.jasonhartman.com/events/ Jason discusses Little Rock, Arkansas with our Local Market Specialist (LMS).
From Wikipedia: Little Rock is the capital and the largest city of the U.S. state ofArkansas. The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a population of 717,666 people in the 2012 census estimate. The MSA is included in the Little Rock−North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 893,610 in the 2012 census estimate. As of the 2010 US Census, Little Rock had a city proper population of 193,524. It is the county seat of Pulaski County.
Located near the geographic center of Arkansas, Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of theArkansas River called la Petite Roche (French: "the little rock"). The "little rock" was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing. The "little rock" is across the river from "big rock," a large bluff at the edge of the river, which was once used as a rock quarry. There have been two ships of the United States Navy named after the city, including USS Little Rock (LCS-9).
Sat, 24 August 2013
CW 333: Low-Income Apartment Investing with Al Goldstein Founder of AvantCredit and President of Pangea Properties
Al Goldstein is the President of Pangea Properties and founder of AvantCredit. He was recently given an award for reviving neighborhoods in inner city Chicago. In this interview, Goldstein discusses his real estate investment strategy and why he focuses so much on the low-income demographic.
Goldstein was also named as a Top 40 under 40 entrepreneur in Chicago. He gives his tips on how to become more entrepreneurial.
Growing up in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, Al Goldstein used to watch government-sponsored cartoons "teaching you to be a good little communist." But the message never rubbed off on Mr. Goldstein, the main character in a capitalist success story. By age 28, he had built and cashed out of his first entrepreneurial venture: CashNet USA, an online payday loan company he sold for $265 million, just two years after starting it. Now he's well on his way to building his second business, Pangea Properties, a real estate investment trust that owns 7,000 apartments in Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore. Pangea mainly buys properties in lower-income neighborhoods, catering to the same kind of customer whom CashNet targeted.
Sun, 11 August 2013
Jason talks with Les Leopold on his new book: "How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Financial Elites get away with siphoning off America's Wealth." In the interview, Les details just how hedge funds are making unthinkable amounts of money.
Les Leopold co-founded and currently directs two nonprofit organizations, the Labor Institute of New York and the Public Health Institute. He designs research and educational programs on occupational safety and health, the environment and economics. He also serves as a strategic consultant to the Blue-Green Alliance which brings together trade unions and environmental organizations. Leopold designs research and educational programs on occupational safety and health, the environment, and economics and helped form an alliance between the United Steel Workers Union and the Sierra Club. He is a proud graduate of Oberlin College and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (MPA 1975).
Leopold also authored several other books about "The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi," (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006.) If you'd like to read more by Les, you can take a look at his articles published by AlterNet at http://www.alternet.org/authors/les-leopold-0
Tue, 6 August 2013
CW 331: State of the States with Meredith Whitney Author of ‘Fate of The States: The New Geography of American Prosperity’
Meredith Whitney is the founder of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group and author of, "FATE OF THE STATES: The New Geography of American Prosperity."
Whitney believes "interior" states like North Dakota, Indiana and Texas are doing a lot better than "coastal" states like California, New York and Florida. She thinks the coastal states continue to struggle long after the recession, while the middle of the country will continue to thrive.
Keeping these in mind, she discusses the outlook for the following areas:
- Housing prices
- Quality of schools
She also shares her advice to help troubled municipal and state governments.
Visit the Meredith Whitney Advisory Group at www.meredithwhitneyllc.com.
Fri, 2 August 2013
CW 330: Power & Strategy with Robert Greene Best-Selling Author of ‘Mastery, Power & Seduction’ & ‘The 48 Laws of Power’
Robert Greene, best-selling author of such books as The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, The 50th Law (with rapper 50 Cent), and Mastery, joins Jason to talk about his wheelhouse topics – power and strategy.
· Jason’s take on the current state of European real estate investing – are there any likely prospects?
Best-selling author, Robert Greene, is known for a series of books powered by a broad range of research and sources, synthesized for the masses. His life has been a drastic departure from writers’ who never stray from the hallowed halls of academia. After attending UC Berkeley and graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Classical Studies, Greene worked his way through 80 different jobs before settling into his current writing career (by his recollection), some of which included construction worker, translator, magazine editor, and even a stint as a Hollywood screenwriter. Robert’s first book was 48 Laws of Power, which became a runaway hit and has sold more than 1.2 million copies. Numbered among its devotees are such celebrities as 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Chris Bosh, and Will Smith. Greene speaks five languages and is a student of Zen Buddhism, as well as an avid swimmer and mountain biker.
· [1:15] Jason’s monologue includes a reflection on his recent European trip. Has his opinion on investing there changed?
ANNOUNCER 1: Welcome to Creating Wealth with Jason Hartman! During this program, Jason is going to tell you some really exciting things that you probably haven’t thought of before and a new slant on investing. Fresh new approaches to America’s best investment that will enable you to create more wealth and happiness than you ever thought possible. Jason is a genuine self-made multimillionaire who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. He’s been a successful investor for 20 years and currently owns properties in 11 states and 17 cities. This program will help you follow in Jason’s footsteps on the road to financial freedom. You really can do it! And now, here’s your host, Jason Hartman, with the Complete Solution for Real Estate Investors. Jason’s Back from Europe and Hanging in Iceland
JASON HARTMAN: Welcome to the Creating Wealth show. This is your host, Jason Hartman. This is episode #330 and I am talking to you today from Reykjavik, Iceland. I’m in a quaint, little café, a little coffee shop here, so pardon the background noise. I think you probably hear a little bit of it, but the intro portion won’t be too long before we get to our 10th show guest. And today, that will be the very famous Robert Greene, author of many, many books on Power, Seduction, The 50th Law, The 48 Laws of Power, just a whole bunch of things. He’s got a lot of interesting stuff to share with us today and you know, on every 10th show, we go off the strict financial or real state investing topic and we talk about something that just relates to personal interest and personal success and more effective living.
Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about my European real estate tour here before we get to our guest today and I am in Reykjavik, Iceland now, as I mentioned. Iceland is a beautiful country, a small country and yesterday, I toured around, went to on what they call the Golden Circle tour and saw the geysers, waterfalls, and the tectonic plates where you can actually see rifts in the ground or big, very large cracks where the tectonic plates separated, and that’s quite interesting. Some people go diving in there and it’s just crazy to imagine that that’s literally where the earth has come apart [LAUGHING], creating totally different continents.
Anyway, I was in Spain before this. I toured and looked at quite a few properties. I was in Barcelona and then to the south of that, I was in Malaga and Marbella and, you know, I’ve been reading a lot in the past few years about Croatia, about Spain, in the real estate markets there based on their very different economic situations and Europe’s economic problems in general, and it’s just really inspired me to come out and take another look at some of the European properties. I was pleasantly impressed, actually very impressed, with Malaga and just what a high-end area it is and how much Middle Eastern money and really money from all over the world is flowing into that market. You see Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, a lot of Saudi money in that market, very high-end stores and shops, and expensive real estate even though Spain is in a tremendous crisis and unemployment is very high especially among the under 30-age group. I’m not sure, really, how the market will go here. I’m gonna continue to research it when I get back. We have a potential local market specialist here and we may actually have them on a future episode. If not on this show, I’ll do it on my JetSetter Show. So, we’ll see about that, but it has been an interesting trip.
Before Spain, I was in Croatia and I was very, very impressed on the last episode. I talked a little bit about Croatia. I went there and Montenegro as well and what a beautiful, beautiful coastline, really, really amazing. Yeah, it’s been an interesting tour. Before that, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and I’m on my way back home after Iceland here today.
I’ve got a helicopter tour and I’m actually gonna take a flying lesson here as well. I’m not a private pilot yet, but I’m pretty close to it. My mom said something very wise to me several years ago when I was about to finish and get my private pilot’s license. She said, “Jason, you don’t have enough time to get good at this.” [LAUGHING] And I thought, you know, those are probably some words of wisdom, so I listened to my mom and I really didn’t pursue getting my license, but I do take lessons here and there and I find it particularly interesting when you can take a lesson on a trip, maybe in a different state or in a foreign country and get some sightseeing at the same time, so pretty interesting.
That’s what I’m off to do now and then I’ll be back home and next week when I talk to you, we will be doing our more regular broadcasting, and I’ve got some of the investment counselors and local market specialists that I want to get on to talk about their markets, some different markets we’re looking at and some current events as well. So we will definitely do that and get back to more regular guests. Of course, this is a 10th show. We’re talking to Robert Greene today. So without further adieu, we will be back with Robert Greene in just a moment.
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Introducing Robert Greene, Best-Selling Author
JASON HARTMAN: It’s my pleasure to welcome Robert Greene to the show. He is a famous author on Power and Strategy. He’s the author of several books including his latest book entitled Master. The 48 Laws of Power is another great one, The Art of Seduction, The 50th Law, 33 Strategies of War, and he’s just got a prolific amount of work on the subject, and covers a lot of controversial areas that other authors just don’t really touch, and it’s great to have him here. Robert, welcome! How are you?
ROBERT GREENE: I’m fine. Thank you very much for having me on your show.
JASON HARTMAN: Well, the pleasure is all mine and I like to give my listeners a sense of geography. Are you located, by any chance, in Los Angeles today?
ROBERT GREENE: Good guess. Yes, I am. It’s where I was born and raised and that’s where I live right now, yeah.
JASON HARTMAN: Fantastic! Well, that’s where I grew up too, so we’re both Los Angelinos [LAUGHING].
ROBERT GREENE: Oh, cool. “Mastery” is His New Book
JASON HARTMAN: Well, yeah. So, tell us a little bit about your latest book, Mastery, and then I want to touch on some of the other books as well.
ROBERT GREENE: Well, Mastery is basically a book about what I consider to be the ultimate form of power that a person can have in this world. I think we’re in an environment that’s incredibly competitive and difficult. Very few people have any sort of job security anymore. The competition out there is globalized. It’s intense. It’s everyday. You can’t let up your guard ever and I noticed that in all my years of researching very powerful people, they reach this level of intelligence. It’s not an intellectual intelligence, it’s a practical intelligence. They reach this high level where they’ve mastered their field. Um, you can visualize it in a way where, let’s say, you’re professional with chess, it’s just a metaphor. But after 10, 15 years of playing chess, you’re now like a grandmaster and you’re no longer thinking about the chessboard. It’s internalized. You have a feel for it.
JASON HARTMAN: Right.
ROBERT GREENE: Being something in larger dimensions, what they call chunks, and I believe that happens in any profession and once you reach that point, you’re on a whole other plane. You’re so creative that nobody’s gonna replace you, that you’re able to see trends and answers to problems that just are invisible to others, and so you’re gonna be continually in demand. You’re like Steve Jobs or whoever it is. It’s not that you have to ignore being good at politics, being a social person is a component of mastery, but once you get to that point, you’ve got command and you’re in demand, and I wanted to show the reader that it’s not a matter of your brain size, what college you went to. It’s a matter of going through a process with a lot of effort and intensity and you will get there, and it’s an incredible feeling, and it’s in all professions. The book covers everything from science to sports, to working with your hands, to the arts. So, it encompasses everything.
JASON HARTMAN: Well, I think you laid out a few steps. Maybe there are four major steps if I’m remembering correctly in the book, find the thing that is your passion, your great area of interest. What are those if you’d go over with them?
The Process of Becoming a Master
ROBERT GREENE: Well, the first step is the most important. If you don’t follow the first step, you’ll never gonna get there and it’s not me just saying that, it’s the pattern of all highly successful people, and for this book I’ve researched a lot of very powerful figures in history and also interviewed nine contemporary masters to show that it’s a very modern thing. But in all of the stories, everybody starts out with step one and what I call it is discovering your calling or your life’s path and the idea is simple. You’re born with a unique set of DNA. Your brain is wired in a totally different way. There’s something unique about you and what separates very powerful successful people from others is that they are very clear early on in their life about that quality in them that makes them unique. It could be a subject that fascinates them, a problem, an activity, or whatever it is and that clarity carries on into their adolescence and then when it comes time for choosing their profession or career, they have much more clarity. There might be a bit of exploring trying to figure out exactly how to apply their interests but there is a higher degree of clarity than what most people have and because they’re so clear about it and they focus so intensely on something that is emotionally engaging to them, they learn much faster, more intensely than other people. That’s the key to everything in life.
JASON HARTMAN: Sure.
ROBERT GREENE: And so you need to be following that path and I show you very clearly in this chapter that you can discover what these inclinations are that you have and carve out a career path that will set you more in that direction than you might be going. A lot of people choose careers because there’s money involved or because their parents said this is what you should do and they do alright in their 20s because they’re young, etc. but then they hit a wall in their 30s because they’re not engaged emotionally, personally with what they’re doing and disaster ensues, and you’re not aware of where the disaster comes from. It is because you’re tuning out. You’re not fully engaged. And so this is such a critical step. I can’t emphasize it enough and I show you how at any point in your life, you can take this step. You can review and figure out what it is and head in that direction.
JASON HARTMAN: Okay. So, Robert I’ve got to ask you because I’m sure there are people listening that are thinking. That’s just never been clear to me. Some people—
ROBERT GREENE: Right.
JASON HARTMAN: You know, they knew as a kid what they wanted to do. Certainly, what you say makes absolute sense. We all know that the subjects we liked in school, we did well at those usually. Whether it’s, you know, liking the subject or even liking the teacher or professor because you relate to them better or relate to the subject matter better. So, you just pick it up naturally because it’s your area of interest, but just maybe one tip on how someone can discover what their main area is.
ROBERT GREENE: The point of mastery is to slow yourself down. There’s no short cut. There’s no one week suddenly or one year plan. It takes time and so discovering your life path also takes time and a lot of people are not very in tune with themselves. They’ve been listening for too long to what other people have to say. They’re not aware of what their actual interests are, of who they are. So, it’s going to take a couple of, for people like that, it’s gonna take a couple of months, but I’d say something for, a simple banal example will be when you open a newspaper or you check something out online, you’re surfing a site that you like, what is that subject that when you see in the headline, you go, “God! I have to read that. That just fascinates the hell out of me.” I know for myself if I’ve cracked open the New York Times and there’s an article about some discovery about our earliest ancestors, I can’t explain to you why but I am so excited by that. I will read every single article on that subject. Well, there’s something like that for you. There’s always something that lights up your eyes like when you were a kid where you wanna read about it. These are signs. I give you in the book many other signs, but this is a sign of something that excites you in a primal way, that probably dates back to your childhood and you should follow these indications. You should also follow things that you hate in your career path and you hate working for other people. You hate the politicking and all of the gamesmanship involved. Look at that sign. It’s a sign that you are probably an entrepreneur. You probably are meant to be working for yourself. You probably have that individual risk-taking cavalier spirit that is not comfortable working for other people. These are signs and you’ve got to start becoming aware of them.
JASON HARTMAN: Yeah, makes sense, makes sense. Talk to us a little bit more about the mastery subject and I love how, in your books, you tie in so much history and so many historical figures. Every person in business likes to quote and talk about power and talk about the Art of War. Some like to relate to Napoleon. Thoughts there on some of the historical tie-ins and maybe some examples?
Masters’ throughout History – Da Vinci and Darwin
ROBERT GREENE: Well, the icon of this book is Leonardo Da Vinci, you know, like my War book was Napoleon, the Power book was like Louis XIV, Seduction, Cleopatra, The 50th Law was 50 Cent. But here, Da Vinci is sort of the icon in that he is not as mythical as people make him out to be. He’s somebody who came from a rather disadvantaged background. He was an illegitimate son. He was kept out of all of the noble professions and so, the only really avenue for him was to pursue art which actually was something the he deeply, deeply loved and I show clearly in the book that what makes Da Vinci so absolutely astounding was an unbelievable work ethic. His motto was “ostinato rigore” which means obstinate rigor, persistent rigor. He said, “I’ll figure something out just by sheer persistence and work.” That’s a lot of love and I have all sorts of examples.
He’s a young man who doesn’t really know exactly where he sits in this world. He’s not good in school, his father thinks that he’s kind of a loser, he just likes to go hunting and observing things in nature and collecting specimens, and finally, he gets this chance to go on a voyage around the globe on the ship, the HMS Beagle. His father said, “You’re a fool to go on that. Why would you think of something like that? There’s no money. You have no training in it.” And he grabbed it. There’s something inside of him that tells him this is it, and in the process of going on this voyage, he transformed himself from the sort of naïve, inexperienced young man to someone who becomes the greatest observer of nature that we’ve ever had in history and transformed himself into a scientist. And I take this as a metaphor for the transformation that could happen to any person who goes through what I call a rigorous apprenticeship phase like Darwin went through. So these are some of the historical figures that I have in the book from all different fields and as I said, I have nine contemporary figures like great architect, Santiago Calatrava, or the scientist, Temple Grandin, or the great entrepreneur, Paul Graham who started the company, Y Combinator. So, there are lots of stories in it.
JASON HARTMAN: Well, how did you get into it? What is your background? I mean, were you a history professor or just a student of it [LAUGHING]?
ROBERT GREENE: No, I mean, the part of the reason why I’m able to do what I do is I don’t have any traditional background. So, if I were a history professor, I couldn’t write the kind of books that I write because academia kinda forces you into a certain mold.
JASON HARTMAN: Puts you in a box, yeah.
Screenwriter to Philosopher
ROBERT GREENE: Yeah, and my background was I studied, in college, Greek and Latin, Classics, very interested in History and Literature, and then I went out in the work world, and I worked in journalism, and I worked in film and Hollywood, and I had many different jobs, but I was always reading a lot of history and observing people very closely. And so, I like to write books that are incredibly practical because I’m a very practical person. I don’t like reading academic books on a subject that have no relationship to my life but on the other hand, I like to relate it to history and I like to make the readers think very deeply about their lives. So because I don’t fit into these categories, I’m able to kind of be my own self, so to speak.
JASON HARTMAN: Yeah, yeah, very interesting. So, manipulation, it’s a controversial subject, but there are many books and writings on how people can manipulate others to get the result they want out of them, you know, how to change people, how to get your kids to do what you want, how to [LAUGHING] get your dog to do want you want, how to get your spouse or significant other. Can people be manipulated? I think you’re going to say yes to that [LAUGHING] from knowing your work, but tell us uh, if so, how?
It’s all About Manipulation
ROBERT GREENE: Well, you know, you’re referring to my earlier books. It’s just sort of a subject uh, theme in all of them. It’s not so much a question. Manipulation is a loaded word. You can also use the word influence, persuasion. Can we convince other people? Can we get them to do what we want them to do or can we get them to do something that won’t hurt us? And of course we can. If not, we would be miserable, powerless creatures.
JASON HARTMAN: Well, and not only that, you know. I know it’s a loaded word and that’s why I used it but to inspire some or instill some controversy into the discussion but the old saying is nothing happens until somebody sells something and whether it’s selling an idea or a product, that’s where a lot of progress comes from.
ROBERT GREENE: Yeah and so, I’m trying to make you focus very deeply on the other person that you’re dealing with. The greatest problem that everybody faces in this realm of persuasion or manipulation is that they’re self-centered. The focus of their attention is inward so I need to sell this product. I need to make money for my family. This is what I like. The other person must like that as well. That said, are you projecting other than something from inside yourself and you’re not focused on the social environment, on what people are thinking, on their needs, etc. All of my books are simply a way to twist you like a yoga pose out of that constant self-centeredness and get you to focus so that you really, really, really understand where that other person is coming from. Once you have that understanding, you can begin to lower their defenses. You can begin to make them move in your direction whatever that might be. At the furthest extreme, you can manipulate them and I show in “The 48 Laws of Power” that extreme. I go into it and I show you that very powerful people are often, can be often very manipulative and here are some of the laws that they use in that realm. You can either take that knowledge to help defend yourself or if you really need to, you can use this. Uh, and that would be sort of the extreme but the tie that connects all of these stuff together is your ability to get out of yourself and focus deeply on the other person. Once you do that, a weird kind of magic can start happening. You can start figuring out other people. You’re never gonna totally understand that person you’re trying to sell to. There’s always an element of mystery. It’s a margin game. If you’re able to increase your margin of intelligence and knowing about them from 5% to 20%, suddenly a kind of magic happens where you’re able to align your interests and figure out what it is that’s gonna seal the deal or whatever it is you need and that’s, that’s really, really what my books are about.
Writin’ with 50 Cent
JASON HARTMAN: Robert, when you wrote about the, the book about “The 50th Law” you talked about 50 Cent, the rapper. What could 50 Cent teach us? [LAUGHING] you know, it’s uh -
ROBERT GREENE: Well actually it’s the book that is co-written with 50 Cent.
JASON HARTMAN: Oh, okay.
ROBERT GREENE: Uh, and basically that was an interesting process in which we spent about five or six months together and I interviewed him intensely and together we kind of shaped the book and so the uh, more or less collaborative process and it’s an amazing story. I’m not a celebrity person. I could really care less about Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m more interested in everyday people and how they get by in their lives but 50 is an amazing story, he’s a very real person. He doesn’t have all this celebrity crap around him and there are a couple of things that we can learn from him. First, the total American rags to riches story of someone who come from the absolute worst environment and how he’s then able to raise himself up from this bottom to be a very wealthy, very powerful individual. It’s an amazing story and it has incredible lessons.
The other element of it is I determined that there’s a quality about him, that is the source of his power and it’s what I call, what we call fearlessness but it’s not a fearlessness of taking, being ah, beating people up or being aggressive or for guns or anything. It’s a kind of philosophical fearlessness in front of anything that happens in life. He’s not afraid of failing. He’s not afraid of what other people think of him. He’s not afraid of being alone. He’s not afraid of being different and when you have that kind of fearless attitude, you are going to get somewhere in this world in whatever you do and so in this book, we have 10 chapters. Each chapter is about a kind of fear that you have. It’s very primal and very human and here’s how you confront that fear and how you overcome it, uh, it’s all of course illustrated. Each chapter begins with a story from his life illustrated and then we go into history about other great Americans and people around the world who have used uh, a, a similar idea and one of the chapters for instance, just to give you an example, is a fear that a person might have in business is a fear of other people. I know that sounds a little bit counterintuitive but a lot of people in business don’t really want to know too much about their customers, about their audience.
JASON HARTMAN: Very interesting, you know, with, with all of your books, it begs the question do you have a favorite?
Robert’s Favorite Book is…
ROBERT GREENE: Well, it’s, you know, they’re like children and it’s sort of hard –
JASON HARTMAN: [LAUGHING]
ROBERT GREENE: To choose –
JASON HARTMAN: You can’t pick a favorite, right?
ROBERT GREENE: Yeah. Well, you can, I mean, the 48 Laws of Power was my first one and it made me – it transformed me from an unhappy person writing in Hollywood to having this great life so it’s always a love of that. The Art of Seduction was my – it is the most fun to write as you can probably imagine by the title and then uh, the Mastery is the newest one so it’s closest to me so maybe right now, that’s my favorite child, but The 50th Law was a lot of fun to write. I can’t say that the Book on Warfare was not fun because it was a very tough subject but even that book, you know, had some closeness to my heart so it’s hard really to say.
JASON HARTMAN: Um-hum. Yeah. I, I knew that would be impossible to pick – like asking a parent to pick their favorite child.
ROBERT GREENE: Yeah.
JASON HARTMAN: But, interesting. Well, you mentioned about the, the Seduction book and –
ROBERT GREENE: Yeah.
JASON HARTMAN: I mean, wow, what an amazing compilation in the Art of Seduction of these different, these different personas that people can exhibit and, and you give examples of people throughout history that have done this. How about if you take a few of those and then, I would be remiss not mention that this isn’t just about seduction in a romantic or a sexual sense but at the end, you talk about self-seduction and how to sell anything to the masses.
And Along Came Seduction
ROBERT GREENE: Yeah, I mean, uh, I’m trying to write a book about the psychology of seduction which I say permeates us as human beings. We are continually vulnerable to being seduced so certainly, we think of sexual seduction and there’s a lot of that in this book but it is also social seduction, how you can charm and get people around you to like you. It’s also political seduction. John F. Kennedy seduced the Americans in 1960 and won an election. It’s clearly marketing and I go into, as you say, the soft sell. So, I’m interested in what ties all of that together.
What ties Cleopatra to John F. Kennedy or, or whomever and there are ties to it. It always involving the same seduction, the same psychology which is how do you lower people’s resistance so they do more or less what you would like them to do and in seduction, you’re creating a kind of pleasurable environment where it’s not about overt manipulation. It’s about what you’re getting people to do is something that they actually want to do or will like and I’m gonna show you how you can have that power.
The beginning of the book, the first half, I, I identified nine types of seducers and you’re probably gonna have the, hopefully, at least one of these types and maybe a combination of two, possibly three and the idea is to be a seducer, you can’t just be reading a book and following certain strategies. You’re gonna seem cold-hearted, particularly, a woman will see right through you and you won’t get very far and it’s not fun. So, the trick is to discover what is naturally seductive about yourself as an individual. So, I identified these types and I make you more aware of what makes you a
The second half of the book I go into various strategies that people typically use in the seduction. Um, and, all of these chapters have application to marketing, to politics, to selling anything as well and, and in there, it’s clear when you read them. But the second half of the book, I kinda show you starting from the beginning, with knowing who it is that you’re trying to seduce, to the last strategy, which is sort of consummating the deal whatever that might be. And along the way, I give you stories from the greatest seducers who had ever lived in all of these different fields.
JASON HARTMAN: What book took you the longest to write?
The Art of War Revisited
ROBERT GREENE: Well, uh, the War book is sort of my version of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and in, for business people, it’s maybe in some ways, the most applicable, but it was a very difficult subject because first, there are so many books written on warfare. The subject is so big. And what I wanted to do is take all of the most classic strategies that exist in the history of warfare. And identify this and then show you the psychology behind them and how they’re applicable to everyday situations, to business, to dealing with people. Uh, and that is not easy. It’s not really been done before to show you on the pulley and the use of the flanking maneuver. It’s actually a strategy that has incredible application to running a business. So it took a lot of thinking on my part and a lot of work, a lot of hard work. So that book was the longest and hardest to produce.
JASON HARTMAN: I would agree that when you read The Art of War and try to relate it to modern times I don’t think that’s very easy to do. People talk about it, maybe [LAUGHING] in an attempt to sound intellectual or something but if you ask me, I didn’t find that much relation to business. Maybe I’m missing something but [LAUGHING] or my attention span is too short. I don’t know.
ROBERT GREENE: Well the Sun Tzu is an amazing book, I used it very much in my book on war, but you’re right. I understand exactly what you’re saying but let’s say a scene in Sun Tzu is all about not going to war unless you have to and using your resources, marshaling them to the best possible usage, so you’re not wasting life and you’re not just ruining your country in the process. Well, I created a chapter out of that which I called First Economy and that means using your resources, who you are, your business, your army to the absolute maximum economical usage. So you’re not wasting anything and basically the idea is your reliance on money or technology is making you probably less creative than you want to be. You can be incredibly creative with less actual material resources and do better in your business than you are if you’re so addicted to spending a lot of money and buying things that you think are gonna improve your productivity, etc. That’s an idea of Sun Tzu that you can take as metaphor and apply to sports, to business, to life in general, and that’s sort of what my approach was.
JASON HARTMAN: Yeah, very interesting. Well, of course your books are available at the bookstores and on Amazon.com and the web site is powerseductionandwar.com, all written out and anything else you’d like to people to know in closing Robert?
ROBERT GREENE: No. Yes, you say powerseductionandwar.com. There will be links there to Mastery, etc. Now, I guess it’s just that these are books that are meant, you know, they are longer. They’re not a simple read like a lot of self-help books but if you take the time, they’re all very practically oriented and reading them, you don’t have to read them [INDISCERNIBLE]. You can skip the chapters that seem more irrelevant but it kinda gets under your skin. I’m trying to alter your way of thinking, your life and about success. I’m trying, we discussed a little earlier about making you less self-centered. It’s a process and I’m trying to change how you think and I think reading the book in that spirit, it, it has incredible practical value if you give it a time. So that’s sort of the [INDISCERNIBLE]
JASON HARTMAN: Yeah, what I, what I love about your work is just all that historical ties and I, I feel like –
ROBERT GREENE: Yeah.
JASON HARTMAN: I learn so much about history, reading a book about power or seduction which I would never think you know, [LAUGHING] that would come out on that’s why your work is a just very interesting, very well thought out. I’ve got to ask you, do you have another book in your sights? The recent release of Mastery but what’s next?
ROBERT GREENE: Well, a lot of my books kinda come out of an idea in another book uh, in those that I’ve written and so with Mastery, I have a chapter on what I called Social Intelligence and the idea in that chapter is to say, it’s not just enough to master your field and be technically brilliant at it. You also have to be really good with people and intelligence, intellectual intelligence actually goes hand-and-hand with people intelligence, the social intelligence. I’m gonna write a book that expands that idea into something much larger. I’m gonna give you what I called a deep, deep understanding of the elements of human nature that go back thousands of years, that are embedded in each person. So that when you read this book, you’re gonna have a much better sense of what is motivating the people around you. You’re gonna be able to read them a lot better than just of kinda go operating blindly. And I’m gonna show you how you can develop this kind of reading ability and I’m gonna give you, as I said, this kind of encyclopedia about human nature so you’ll have a much better knowledge of what motivates people.
JASON HARTMAN: That sounds fascinating and I really, really look forward to that book. We will definitely have you back on to talk about –
ROBERT GREENE: Okay.
JASON HARTMAN: Social intelligence and Robert Greene, thank you so much for joining us today.
ROBERT GREENE: Oh well, thank you so much for having me. It was fun.
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Fri, 26 July 2013
CW 329: Hedge Fund and Wall Street Scams with James Altucher of ‘Altucher Confidential’ & Financial Times Contributor
James Altucher is the Managing Director of Formula Capital and Founder of Stockpickr. He writes the popular blog, "Altucher Confidential." He is also the author of the new, "Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream."
James first first went through big publishers to get your investing-related books out, but you now self-publish everything. James explains how viable self-publishing is and how he gets the word out for his books.
James frequently holds Twitter chats with his followers and has even written books based off these conversations. Now he is paying people to read his new. book. This strategy is already revolutionizing content marketing.
James is the first person to pre-sell a book on Bitcoin. He describes his outlook on this currency, and how will it affect gold's value.
Visit Altucher Confidential at www.jamesaltucher.com.
Fri, 19 July 2013
CW 328: Securing America’s Vulnerable Electricity Grid with Byron Dorgan Former US Senator (D-North Dakota) and Author of ‘Gridlock’
Byron Dorgan is the former Senator of North Dakota and author of, “Gridlock.” In this interview, Dorgan explains the very real threats to our highly vulnerable electrical system. Countries from Russia to China have ALREADY infected our electrical systems with a powerful virus that can’t be simply removed. There NO SUCH THING as a National Electrical Grid. Dorgan discusses what America has done to basically sabotage our alternative energy industry. He still believes there are some ways we can use coal as an effective energy source.
Wed, 17 July 2013
CW 327: How the Government Wants Your 401K with Dr. Jerome Corsi Co-Author of ‘Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Against John Kerry’
Dr. Jerome Corsi is Editor of the Red Alert newsletter. He recently authored, ""What Went Wrong: The Inside Story of the GOP Debacle of 2012 ... And How It Can be Avoided" Corsi discusses how Obama is trying to take control of people's 401k's to balance the budget. Dr. Jerome Corsi is a Senior Staff Reporter for World Net Daily where he works as an investigative reporter. In 2004, Dr. Corsi co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.
The success of Unfit for Command permitted Dr. Corsi to devote full time to writing. In the past 5 years, he has published 5 New York Times bestselling non-fiction books. In August 2008, he published The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller for a month and remained on the NYT bestseller list for 10 weeks. His most recent non-fiction book, America for Sale: Fighting the New World Order, Surviving a Global Depression, and Preserving USA Sovereignty debuted on the New York Times bestseller list on Nov. 1, 2009. For nearly 25 years, beginning in 1981, Dr. Corsi worked with banks throughout the United States and around the world to develop financial services marketing companies to assist banks in establishing broker/dealers and insurance subsidiaries to provide financial planning products and services to their retail customers.
He is a frequent guest on talk radio shows nationally and has made repeated television appearances on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN News and Fox Business News. Dr. Corsi lives with his family in New Jersey, where he is a full-time writer.
Visit the Red Alert newsletter at http://redalert.wnd.com/.
Sat, 6 July 2013
CW 326: Income Property Real Estate Investing Forecast & US Economic News with Jason Hartman and Investment Counselor Steve
Jason and Steve talk about world issues, and then Jason talks with a caller.
Fri, 28 June 2013
CW 325: Retirement Investing with Dennis Miller Author of ‘Retirement Reboot’ and RetireMentors Columnist for MarketWatch
Dennis Miller is the author of a book called Retirement Reboot and the only retired RetireMentor columnist on Marketwatch. Jason Hartman interviews Dennis about his experiences and research on retirees and investing. Dennis is also the author of the weekly newsletter Millers Money which has over 150,000 subscribers. Dennis surveyed his readers about how much inflation is a reality in their lives. Over 3,000 people responded and the results were staggering. The reality is that retirees living off a fixed income know EXACTLY how much the price of basic necessities have gone up. They can not only tell you exactly how much the price went up, they can tell you how much the packaging has downsized and how the quality has diminished. Dennis has tapped into the real fear faced by retirees. These three columns that came out of the results really sum up how the government inflation numbers are not a true reflection of how retirees live their lives which is why they seem to be feeling inflation to a greater extent.
• Only 1.6% thought inflation was 1 – 2%
• 14.2% of readers thought inflation was 3 – 5% for them
• 34.9% thought inflation was 6 – 8% for them
• 25.7% thought inflation was 9 – 10% for them
• 23.6% thought inflation was over 11% for them
For more details, visit www.JasonHartman.com.
Wed, 26 June 2013
CW 324: Knowledge & Power: An Information Theory of Capitalism with George Gilder Author & Chairman of the Gilder Group
George Gilder is Publisher of the Gilder Technology Report, Chairman of the Gilder Group, co-founder and Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute, an original pillar of Supply Side economics, and author of, "KNOWLEDGE AND POWER: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World."
The information age is changing our country's economics. Gilder explains his new paradigm for kick-starting economic growth and how companies outside the tech sector can benefit from Silicon Valley-style information flow. Gilder believes the risks inherent in free enterprise relate to accumulation of knowledge.
Gilder also discusses the drivers that lead to poverty as well as the most efficient ways to eradicate poverty.
Tue, 25 June 2013
Jason Hartman opens with one of the investment counselors as they discuss current news, rental properties and the biggest obstacle to investor success. More at: http://www.jasonhartman.com/podcast/ With our guest for this episode, you'll hear opinions on some of the too-good-to-be-true advertising schemes out there. Jason and Doug will render opinion on, expose and debunk some advertising claims in this investigative report. This is just our opinion, as Dennis Miller says; we could be wrong - you decide. Here are a few very cleaver ad examples, targeted at investors, for your consideration:
"Stock Picks" newsletter:
"Five Words" to get real silver from banks:
"Buy $2 dollar silver" - really?:
Mon, 17 June 2013
CW 322: Sequestration & Furloughs with Frank Vernuccio Co-Host of ‘The Allison Report’ & President of COMACTA
The New York Analysis of Policy & Government provides practical reviews of key issues facing the United States on the federal, state and local levels. Vernuccio co-hosts the "And Nothing But the Truth" radio show on WVOX in Westchester, NY with Larry Allison. He has extensive experience as a legislative writer, columnist, and policy analyst, with a background in both Republican and Democrat administrations.
Tue, 11 June 2013
Mon, 3 June 2013
CW 320: The Science of Spectacular Living with Dr. Bob Wright Author of ‘Beyond Time Management: Business With A Purpose’
Wed, 29 May 2013
CW 319: Income Property Market Survey of Austin Texas & Real Estate Price Bubbles with Investment Counselor Steve
Next, Jason interviews the Austin, Texas Local Market Specialist (LMS) as they look at investor trends both in and out of the greater Austin MSA. More at: http://www.jasonhartman.com/properties/
Wed, 22 May 2013
CW 318: Resale Property Value Expectations & U.S. Real Estate Market Update with Anthony Lolli CEO of Rapid Realty
Fri, 10 May 2013
CW 317: Crowd Funding for Real Estate Investors with Chase Insogna Managing Partner of Insonga & Stewart
Jason Hartman starts this 317th episode along with Steve as they discuss real estate market conditions and economic factors creating investor urgency. Then it's a discussion of "Crowd Funding" - a potentially hot new opportunity that came out of the 'Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act' or JOBS Act, a law intended to encourage funding of United States small businesses by easing various securities regulations.
It passed with bipartisan support, and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012. To help with the discussion client, Chase Insogna, CPA outlines some of the issues. Chase is Managing Partner & Co-Owner of Insogna & Stewart, CPAs, PC, a licensed CPA firm focusing on delivering paperless & cloud-based technologies to provide professional accounting and tax services for small & medium-size businesses, including entertainment (film & music) and through crowdfunding platforms. To contact Chase, please visit www.iscpapc.com
Tue, 7 May 2013
CW 316: Analyzing Trends in the U.S. Real Estate Market with Jed Kolko Chief Economist & VP of Analytics at Trulia
Jason Hartman talks with Jed Kolko, chief economist of Trulia, about current trends in buying, selling, and new construction in real estate markets around the country. “We’re seeing the biggest increase in construction on the multi-family side,” Jed shares. He says this is definitely a recovery time in the housing markets, although there are some markets that are investor driven that may not last. One red flag still hovering is the upcoming large foreclosure wave in certain markets around the U.S. Jed also shares where consumers are looking hardest, such as the western part of the country and suburbs. There are some urban neighborhoods experiencing growth, but there is still more population growth and interest in suburban neighborhoods. Jed and Jason also discuss seasonal patterns of buying and selling. For more details, listen at: www.JasonHartman.com.
Wed, 1 May 2013
CW 315: Liberty is the Path to Prosperity with Doug Wead Senior Adviser in Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign
Wed, 24 April 2013
CW 314: Richard Branson's Necker Island, Bulk Foreclosure REO Purchases & Income Property Investing in Florida
Jason Hartman talks with Steve about his recent trip to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) including Necker Island owned by Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin group of companies.
Jason and Steve discuss the gold crash, goldbugs, the silver markets, Harry Dent's prediction of gold dropping to $750, Peter Schiff's incorrect prediction of gold at $5,000 by the end of Obama's first term. Is Gen Y deflationary? We'll see. Other talking points include; judicial foreclosures, streamlining the foreclosure process and price discovery, British Virgin Islands (BVI) asset protection and several other issues.
Sun, 14 April 2013
John Ulzheimer is a nationally recognized expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft. He is the President of Consumer Education at SmartCredit.com and the credit blogger for Mint.com. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry. He has served as a credit expert witness in more than 125 cases and has been qualified to testify in both Federal and State court on the topic of consumer credit. Download John’s CV here.
John has 21+ years of experience in the consumer credit industry including positions with Equifax Credit Information Services and Fair Isaac (inventors of the FICO® credit scoring system). He has authored the following educational materials including:
John has been quoted and published over 1,000 times since 2005 on the topic of consumer credit and has appeared numerous times on CNBC, FOX, CNN, CBS Evening News and Oprah’s “Oprah and Friends” XM Satellite Radio show. He has contributed to CNBC’s “On The Money” and “The Millionaire Inside”, Freddie Mac’s “Know Your Score” campaign, Oprah’s “Debt Diet” series and The Suze Orman Show. He is also a frequent commentator on credit-related issues in various outlets including CNBC, Associated Press, USA TODAY, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, CNN.com, Washington Post, American Banker, Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney.com, MONEY Magazine, Bankrate.com, ABC News Radio, CBS MoneyWatch, and other regional business and consumer media.
Since 2006 John has been a regular guest lecturer at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and the University of Georgia in Athens. He also volunteers his time to speak about consumer credit to the Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy and the Atlanta Union Mission. He has also taught courses at Emory University’s Center for Lifelong Learning and guest lectured at The Walker School, both in metro Atlanta.
Wed, 10 April 2013
CW 312: How Income Inequality Can Be Good for Society with Libertarian Legal Scholar Richard Epstein Professor at NYU School of Law
Professor Richard Epstein, pioneering Libertarian legal scholar, joins Jason Hartman to explain how income inequality is good for society, but is very dependent on the methods used to produce the best outcome. The current methods our government are attempting to use are causing job losses, it blocks gains in trade, the need for further public assistance increases, which in turn increases taxes, “yet another implicit drain on voluntary transactions,” Richard illustrates. He provides examples to demonstrate the consequences of equality by egalitarian efforts of our government versus voluntary redistribution. Listen for more details at: www.JasonHartman.com.
Richard A. Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. He has authored several books, including Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration and the Rule of Law, The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act, Supreme Neglect: How to Revive the Constitutional Protection of Property Rights, and many more. Richard has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects. He has taught courses in administrative law, antitrust law, civil procedure, communications, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, employment discrimination law, environmental law, food and drug law, health law and policy, legal history, labor law, property, real estate development and finance, jurisprudence, labor law; land use planning, patents, individual, estate and corporate taxation, Roman Law; torts, and workers' compensation.
He also writes a legal column, the Libertarian, found at http://www.hoover.org/
Wed, 3 April 2013
CW 311: National Debt & Grassroots Political Campaigns with Dean Clancy VP of Public Policy for FreedomWorks
Jason Hartman interviews Dean Clancy, the Vice President of Public Policy of a grassroots movement called FreedomWorks, to discuss many hot topics and issues that our country is facing. Dean talks about the fiscal cliff and the ramifications of the policies pushed through on New Year’s Eve, and the money being thrown at special interests in typical bloated government fashion. Dean stresses the importance of voter participation and discusses some radical options to turn around the debt crisis and decentralize the system. He states there is more incentive in government to do the wrong thing than what is actually best for our country and its citizens.
FreedomWorks’ aggressive, real-time campaigns activate a growing and permanent volunteer grassroots army to show up and demand policy change. They believe individual liberty and the freedom to compete increases consumer choices and provides individuals with the greatest control over what they own and earn. They lead the fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.
Dean Clancy is FreedomWorks’ Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy. He leads our efforts to reverse the government takeover of health care and adopt a patient-centered approach. Clancy has served as the top White House budget official on health care, Medicare, Social Security, and other major government spending programs; as executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics; and as a senior policy advisor to the congressional leadership. Clancy boasts an impressive resume a deep expertise on a broad range of domestic and fiscal policy subjects. Jokingly referring to himself as a "recovering Washington insider," Clancy works closely with Members of Congress, grassroots activists, and the public to defend and strengthen the world's best health care system and reduce government interference in the doctor-patient relationship.
Mon, 1 April 2013
CW 310: Journey to Success with Jack Canfield NY Times Bestselling Author of the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ Series
On this episode, Jason Hartman is joined by Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, to talk about Jack’s journey to success as founder and CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, founder and chairman of The Canfield Training Group, and his latest project, Bestseller Blueprint Training Program.
His proven formula for success reached global acclaim with his most recent National Bestseller, The Success Principles™: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Jack is a multiple New York Times bestselling author, including titles such as The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win, You’ve Got to Read This Book! and The Key to Living the Law of Attraction.
Thu, 28 March 2013
CW 309: A Personal Journey from the .COM Crash to the Real Estate Crash with Roger Salam Founder and CEO of Winners Circle
Join Jason Hartman as he talks with real estate investor and Winners Circle founder and CEO, Roger Salam about Roger’s journey from going bust in the dot com business to becoming a successful real estate investor until the housing bubble burst.
He shares his experiences of cleaning up the neighborhood, building relationships and putting together a team of other investors. He started investing in higher quality neighborhoods and began working with hard-money lenders. Roger’s venture grew until it became nationwide, but the housing bust led to him unraveling his portfolio. Jason and Roger talk about the bad deals created by the banks and the shift in real estate deals that have created better opportunities for investors. Roger’s experiences taught him a lot and led him to create The Winners Circle.
Mon, 25 March 2013
CW 308: Cyprus Bailout & The Race to Debase Currencies with John Rubino of TheStreet.com and DollarCollapse.com
Jason Hartman and John Rubino of DollarCollapse.com tackle the latest hot EU issue happening in Cyprus with the potential implosion of the Cyprian banking system. John discusses what is on the table to bail out Cyprus and the consequences of any deals reached. He also shares his outlook for Japan, the U.S. and other countries around the world, including the race to debase currencies and the run to gold.
Thu, 21 March 2013
CW 307: Gold Market Corrections & An Uncertain Future for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with Jim Rogers
Jason Hartman is joined by Jim Rogers, who is returning to the show a second time, to talk about Jim’s thoughts on several issues. Jim discusses the possibility of a major correction in the gold market, cautioning that it is not normal to have so many speculators rushing in right now. He gives his opinion on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, stating that eventually Congress may have to get rid of them and he doesn't see how they can continue to survive.
Fri, 15 March 2013
CW 306: Central American Real Estate Investment Markets with Jason Hartman Podcasting from San Pedro, Belize
Thu, 14 March 2013
CW 305: American & International Real Estate Investing plus Judicial vs Non-Judicial Foreclosures with Investment Counselor Steve
Jason Hartman covers several issues in this episode including; American vs. international real estate investing, keeping ROI score, maintaining emotional stability, judicial vs non-judicial foreclosures, and much more with investment counselor, Steve.
Wed, 6 March 2013
CW 304: Nominal Dollars vs Real Dollars & Understanding Investor Psychology with Investment Counselor Sara
Jason Hartman talks with investment counselor, Sara, about investor psychology, overcoming obstacles and getting out of our own way. The smoke-and-mirrors propaganda perpetuated by mainstream media (lamestream media as Sarah Palin says) in reporting the new high in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA).
Mon, 4 March 2013
CW 303: Visualizing Finance with Carl Richards Author of ‘The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things With Money’
It is possible to illustrate complex financial concepts and Jason Hartman interviews author/artist, Carl Richards, who developed a way to do this and led to his book, The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money. Carl creates simple sketches that help people understand financial concepts, which he refers to as Visualizing Finance. People are primarily visual learners and Carl found that as he made the concepts visual, it was easier to communicate them to others effectively.
He shares some of these visualizations, such as the market cycles, explaining the terms he uses and the psychology behind the buy/sell behaviors in the stock market. Using a Venn diagram, he is able to help people realize what they have control over and what they don’t, whether it’s investments or business, and enabling them to make better decisions and simplify their financial life.
Carl became an accidental artist with his simple sketches that make complex financial concepts easy to understand for thousands of people every week on The New York Times Bucks blog. Richards’ art had its first showing at the Kimball Art Center, in Park City, Utah. His commissioned work is on display in businesses and educational institutions across the country.
Mon, 25 February 2013
CW 302: Free Markets vs Big Government with Steve Forbes Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media and Author of ‘Freedom Manifesto’
Jason Hartman is joined on this episode by Steve Forbes, the editor in chief of Forbes Media, to propose and attempt to answer the question: Why does government get bigger and bigger when we know it doesn’t work well? Mr. Forbes states that history proves free markets work for the people, while big and over-reaching government is about meeting its own needs.
In his book, Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn’t, coauthored with Elizabeth Ames, the authors delve into historic events and statistics, showing that in every instance, big government promotes favoritism, stifles economic growth, dumbs down education, and creates an atmosphere of “rigidity and scarcity.” At the same time, it opens the door to corruption.
Mr. Forbes discusses the benefits of economic freedom, which promotes creativity and growth. Jason and Mr. Forbes also talk about current economic issues, including the bubbles that the Fed continues to create in the bond market and housing. “When government undermines money, bad things happen,” laments Mr. Forbes. “When government says it’s here to help, watch out!”
Thu, 21 February 2013
CW 301: Geopolitical Outlook & Income Property Investing with Bud Conrad Author and Chief Economist of Casey Research
Jason Hartman interviews Bud Conrad, Chief Economist of Casey Research, regarding the geopolitical focal points in our world, funneling these down to how it all affects the United States. Bud mentions the importance of looking at the big picture of what is happening in the world, particularly China becoming the new “mover” in the world, Japan’s apparent desire to destroy its currency, new technology, government overreach, who benefits from inflationary measures and monetary policy, and much more.
Thu, 14 February 2013
CW 300: Maximizing our Potential with Dr. Judith Wright Bestselling Author of ‘Soft Addiction Solutions'
Today we’re celebrating our 300th episode of The Creating Wealth Show and wish to thank our loyal listeners and all of our fantastic guests who have made this show a success!
Mon, 4 February 2013
CW 298: America's Economic Outlook with John Mauldin Author and Publisher of ‘Thoughts From the Frontline’
On this show, Jason Hartman talks with one of his investment counselors about current events, welcomes a guest caller and also brings to our listening audience the economic outlook from renowned financial expert, John Mauldin. Mauldin discusses “spending rearrangement”, a restructuring of our country’s spending problem and tax code, and how the election outcome influences the direction of that restructuring. The larger the government becomes, the smaller the private sector becomes – not an ideal situation for economic recovery in the U.S. Mauldin gives his insights and the possible scenarios and outcomes that could happen, depending on whether or not the deficit problem is truly solved, touching on investments, job creation, tax issues and trade deficits.
Tue, 29 January 2013
CW 297: Overseas Income Property Investing & IRS Audit Risks with Jason Hartman and Investment Counselor Steve
Join Jason Hartman and investment counselor, Steve, as they discuss a few news topics critical to your success as a real estate investor. Jason and Steve start by discussing a recent article by Kiplinger’s that discusses the top IRS audit red flags.
Sun, 27 January 2013
Join Jason Hartman as he discusses some good takeaways from attendees, speakers and panel discussions at Meet The Masters of Income Property.
Wed, 23 January 2013
CW 295: Finding & Keeping Great Tenants + Tips for Landlords & Property Managers with Real Estate Investor Barb Getty
Jason Hartman is joined by author and real estate investor, Barb Getty, as she talks about her journey into real estate investing, what it takes to be a good landlord or property manager, how to find and keep great tenants, and explains the eviction process.
Fri, 11 January 2013
CW 294: Privacy Rights & The TSA plus Obamacare Tax Provisions with Free Speech Attorney Jonathan Emord
Jason Hartman and prior guest, Jonathan Emord, get together once again to talk about current issues affecting our rights, beginning with the damaging and highly intrusive passing of the tax provision of Obama’s healthcare plan. This has created a fissure in the Constitution, a horrible outcome that opens a door to the government violating our civil liberties. Jonathan breaks down the consequences of the violations, such as our liberty to choose and right to privacy in the interest of a government mandate that only benefits the government. Moving on to TSA, Jonathan divulges the massive problems with this act.