I’ve been known to make some strange connections.
Does it get any weirder than this?
Boss Hog from the old school American TV show Dukes of Hazard, Why Guy and Motivational Guru Tony Robbins, and blogging? How do I connect the 3?
First, let’s learn about Boss Hog and how his story teaches you a blogging lesson.
Here in Savusavu, Fiji, we’re treated to 3 TV channels. Yes, 3 separate TV channels. Before you of 700 to 1,000 TV channel blessedness laugh or cackle at our puny 3 channels, they rock.
1 channel in particular shares some current and old school shows from the United States. Among these shows is the 80’s classic, The Dukes of Hazard.
The Dukes chronicled the story of 2 good old boys and their Daisy Duke wearing sister in the Southern US. The foil, or villain, or simply, the sometimes bad guy in the show was a corpulent, portly character named Boss Hog.
Blogging and the Boss
Boss Hog was a clown. He tried to catch the good guys, the Duke brothers, in the act, trying to frame them to send those good old boys to prison.
He never really succeeded but looked like a silly fool trying to do so.
The thing is, Boss Hog was a chubby fool, an idiot. He always mucked up in the end. He was the laughingstock, the buffoon, the loon, the comedic foil, the guy everybody laughed at.
At the show’s end he often pulled out a smorgasboard of food and ate like a fat pig. Roll credits. Fun laugh. See you next Friday for the next episode of the Dukes of Hazard.
The thing is, Boss Hog teaches you a most critical blogging lesson. Goodness knows he taught me a blogging lesson.
I hadn’t watched the show in 30 years. Really. Yeah I’m 39 years old. Anyway, I Googled “Boss Hog” and found out the actor who played this fool – who I always assumed was a light, B-type actor, and not much else – was an exceptionally intelligent, talented, driven, distinguished human being.
The man who played Boss Hog was a man by the name of Sorrell Booke. He was a counterintelligence agent during the Korean War. He was a classically-trained actor. He earned degrees from both Yale and Columbia.
Sorrell was fluent in 5 languages, including Japanese.
I was stunned. My jaw-dropped. I was flabberghasted. Guys, if you saw the fool that he played, or if you watched the show, you’d be shocked too.
I *assumed* I knew everything about the guy based on 1 dimension through which I knew a professional actor. Boy was I wrong. He was so, so much more than a funny laughingstock on a TV show.
He was a brilliant, gifted actor, who served his country in a pressurized, dangerous working environment, one which few people on earth can enter into, and leave alive.
Where’s the blogging lesson? Let’s dive in….
Assuming and Blogging
I recall seeing more than 1 successful blogger displaying their latest $50,000 check, or their latest and greatest trip to Tahiti – East of us here in Savusavu, Fiji – some 3 to 4 years ago.
I saw all the trappings of success. I assumed that this success came easy to said pro bloggers. I assumed they NEVER had to face the hardships I had to face. I mean, I had it worst, I thought, based on my totally baseless, stupid assumptions.
I saw 1 aspect, 1 element, 1 dimension of these bloggers – that being, successful living – and I made a snap judgment/assumption; these guys didn’t have to go through what I went through, so it’s natural that they found success much more easily, and it’s natural and normal for me to have struggled through years of failing blogging.
I made an assumption and I got punished by that assumption. Even if bloggers shared their struggles they couldn’t have had it worse than me. This was my blogging belief, and the more I held to it, the less responsibility I claimed for my failures, and the more I lent out my precious power.
It was easy for these other people because they were successes, and because I never got the facts, or tuned into the truth of their painfully difficult past. I also labeled the Boss Hog character as a total fool, and even though I didn’t see the actor as a fool I figured he was a B movie actor who accomplished little else in life.
When I learned how much these successful bloggers went through, and how they fought and clawed to succeed, I got to the truth of the matter. I no longer blamed my failures on the fact that my struggles were worse than theirs. In many cases, they were nowhere near as worse.
I owned my failures. I owned the fact that these wildly successful bloggers went through deeper failures (acquiring the truth, instead of making assumptions), and the minute I moved forward I succeeded more quickly because I reclaimed my power.
Just as I was shocked, and woke the frick up, when learning about the actor’s amazing prior life, and his brilliance, so was I shocked when learning the struggles of successful bloggers. My problems were darn small compared to theirs, the truth of the matter was, as I learned….”the rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey would say, or the truth.
The truth set me free. I could stop comparing, and start realizing that the massive problems of these pros helped build their success.
Assumptions suck. Assuming that other bloggers:
- Succeed because they’re more talented
- Succeed because they’re lucky
- Succeed because they have more money to invest in business-related stuff
….is a mistake with dis-empowers you….because you explain away your failures, due to the “fact” that you’re not talented, or lucky, nor do you have the cash to invest in your blogging business.
Once you stop assuming and discern the truth about pro bloggers, by learning your past, you’ll learn that they worked intelligently and persistently to get past obstacles, and that you need to do the same.
Thanks Boss Hog, for teaching me a lesson in making stupid assumptions.
Learn about blogging pros. See what they went through to arrive. Stop assuming they always had it easy. Then, you can no longer explain away your failures as legit, because you “have it so much worse” than other bloggers…..and you’re free to own your failures, and to succeed.
Tony Robbins: The Why Guy and Blogging
Last week I spoke to my neighbor here in Fiji. His name is Raja. Raja explained how he did the tech work for Tony Robbin’s world-renowned Namale resort in Savusavu, Fiji, a hop skip and jump from the crib.
Robbins asked Raja if he could complete the task of wiring his hotel conference/meeting room for feeds from around the world, as TR often does live talks in California but beams the feed to his devotees who’d rather watch the speech here in paradise, in Fiji.
Raja was up to the task. Tony noted he’d love to pay Raja because he was so grateful to find a local who could handle the job. Obviously, he’d have to fly someone in from the States who’d work at a significantly higher rate if Raja couldn’t handle the job.
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Raja said “no” because he was on the job as a technician for a local business.
Tony told him to come back on Saturday when he was off the clock. Raja obliged.
You see where we’re heading….and why Tony Robbins, the “Why Guy” and personal development guru, has become so darn successful.
Raja came back on Saturday. Tony met him at the bar and asked him what he was drinking. Fiji Bitter of course. They shared a few drinks, and then Tony told Raja anything off of the menu for dinner.
Raja went with 2 lobster tails.
Now, this is the local technician who is receiving a salary from his employer. The guy who’s already getting paid for the job that he’s doing for the Namale Resort…yet….Tony Robbins wines and dines him, as if he were a VIP Client.
Robbins asked him if he wanted anything. Like, as in, what do you want?….and I’ll get it for you.
Raja thought about it for a second, and responded with a piece of tech equipment that could help him spot disruptions in electrical lines. Nothing like this exists in Fiji of course, and in truth, the USA is one of the few spots where he could find the expensive device. Robbins said that he’s work on it.
TR had to go but before he left he handed Raja an envelope. My Fijian neighbor had an idea what was inside the envelope but waited before opening it.
Before Robbins left he told the bartender to take care of Raja – making it an open bar for the techie – and also told the resort taxi drivers that Raja will be receiving a ride home each day, on the hotel’s/his dime.
Raja finished dinner, hopped in the cab and on the way home opened the envelope.
Tony stuffed it with both US and Fijian dollars – half and half – and the amount that he “wanted to pay him” was roughly 500 times the daily minimum wage here in Fiji.
500 times the daily minimum wage in Fiji.
Do you knda get the feeling that Tony Robbins is appreciative? Or that he cares deeply about the people around him?
Oh yeah…..the expensive device that Raja asked for was shipped to Fiji 2 weeks after the discussion. The shipping fees alone must have been quite handsome, and the part itself was obviously not cheap.
Tony Robbins will teach you all that you need to know about blogging: care.
Do you think Tony cares? He treated a technician from a local company who was already being paid for the work he was doing, like a VIP movie star, or CEO, or any of his other higher roller clients, because he was genuinely appreciative that Raja would be able to help him out.
The entire experience – along with the bucks and tech device – he gifted to Raja was an authentic, genuine show of appreciation for a guy who helped him out in a big, big way.
This is one of the reasons why Tony Robbins is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He makes most of the people he meets, or connects with on some level, feel special, because he genuinely cares about each person he’s been blessed to connect with in person, or through the internet, or through his powerful seminars.
As a blogger, how much do you care? You better care, if you want to become memorable. You better care, and not only care, but demonstrate how much you care by:
- Responding to every comment on your blog….even if you need to stay up to 4 AM, to do so…
- Responding to emails from other bloggers; chatting with them, offering advice, asking questions
- Responding to retweets, Facebook Shares and Google Plus shares with Thanks
- Guest posting on blogs, sharing your best content
- Posting comments like content on authority blogs; adding immense value with 5 or 6 paragraph, thoughtful, insightful pieces
- Being appreciative of life in general
These are a few examples. If you think through your blogging campaign you can find 1,001 ways – and more – to care, to be genuine, and to help people by going the extra mile. Or 10 extra miles. Just like Tony Robbins.
How do I care? Easy. Instead of writing a 600 word, solid post, 7 times each week, I publish a 2500, or 3000 word, in-depth, resource-type, pillar-style posts for people to read, digest and use for their advancement.
I care about you. I want you to come along for the ride. I want you to blog from paradise, to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. I want you to pick up blogging tips through my posts, and to be inspired through my travel pictures.
I care. I learned from successful folks like Tony Robbins, to care, to go above and beyond and to express your appreciation like a boss.
Fiji, Boss Hog, Tony and Blogging
I’d never have seen the Dukes of Hazard on TV unless I was watching a retro channel back in the States. Being in Fiji made it easier for me to watch the show on primetime TV, so I could learn Boss Hog’s inspiring story.
I wouldn’t have heard the story about Tony Robbins from our neighbor, unless I was in Fiji, and the cool thing is he recounted it from his personal experience with TR.
Traveling can introduce you to a flood of creative ideas, to a bunch of inspiring people and to all sorts of fascinating experiences which accelerate your growth as a blogger and person.
If you’re feeling stuck as a blogger, take a road trip. Or a flight.
More than anything, don’t make assumptions. Don’t see a successful blogger in 1 dimension, by totally ignoring their past struggles, and their prior life, to create an excuse to be a blogging failure yourself. Learn more about these pros to inspire yourself to kick butt and to become a pro blogger.
Learn how to care like crazy. Be genuinely grateful for your blog, and your life, and express this gratitude by taking care of your readers, your clients, and the folks who promote your blog posts….as well as taking care of people in your offline life.
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What blogging lessons did Boss Hog and Tony Robbins teach you?
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