Ok, I know I’m supposed to be a nice guy, but I’m not really. Sometimes being competitive gets the best of me. You see, since he’s Andy Andrew’s manager, and I’ve been one of Andy’s agents, I’ve been stealing ideas from Robert D. Smith for years. Whether it’s sales or marketing, creativity or book publishing, Robert pretty much knows everything, and I try to take whatever I can get from him. One time I was having lunch with him and asked him if he’d be a mentor. You would have thought I’d just stuck his hand in an electric outlet. “WHAT!?!? WHAT!?!!?” (For those of you who know Robert or have seen his videos, you know exactly how he would have sounded.) “You don’t ASK people to be mentors! That’s too much pressure! You just take stuff from them. You put them on your made up board of directors. You don’t ASK them.” And Robert’s been an unwilling mentor to me ever since, man, has it helped me be successful.
Learning from Robert is absolutely, positively a competitive advantage.
And then he has to go and take all that wisdom and put it down for anyone in his book, 20,000 Days And Counting. What’s up with that? It would be much better for my competitors at other companies to be able to allow themselves to be disorganized, overwhelmed, fearful of rejection, and all those other things that are better for me. But no- now like salvation, Star Wars and slices of pizza, this great thing is available to everyone.
So now I just have to hope that none of my competitors read this book, and actually apply it, because that would just make my life so much more difficult. We can only hope.