“I wanted to be in a band that gave bang for the buck. I wanted to be in the band who didn't look like a bunch of guys who, you know, should be in a library studying for their finals.” – Gene Simmons
I just got done reading the book “Sex, Money. Kiss” by Gene Simmons, yes from the band Kiss. He is a very, very successful entrepreneur and a dynamite pitchman. I was very impressed with his thinking as it came to making money and business. Here are some of the points he made.
You should love what you do so much that you don't have to take a vacation. He says that he has never taken a vacation.
You always have to be selling and promoting. When talking about rock stars who don't like to promote their new albums he said, and I'm paraphrasing, “If they don't want to promote their albums, they'll soon be saying ‘Would you like fries with that.'
You need to dream huge dreams and then work to fulfill them.
Don't wait for inspiration, get your butt off the couch and go to work. People who say they need to wait for inspiration are just lazy.
Be a professional and only work with professionals. No losers allowed.
Be bold, straight-forward and tell people exactly what you want.
Only people who don't have money say that money is not important. Now, I'm going to tell you another thing he said, that might offend you, especially if you don't live in the United States but, I was so glad that he said it and I'm going to paraphrase it now:
“No matter what country you live in, it pales in comparison to America.”
Why am I glad he said it? Because it's nice to have a celebrity, who made their fortune from living in this country and because of the freedom we enjoy, say something nice about her and stand up for her.
You might not agree with what he says but you do have to respect him for saying it. Hopefully you feel the same way about your country.
By the way, you should get your hands on Gene's “Sex Money Kiss”. Even though I do not agree with everything that he says it is a great book for the entrepreneur. I recommend it big time.