This Is Why I Can’t Stop Teaching/Writing

I met TR maybe 10 years ago. He came to the only seminar I ever gave on entrepreneurship. It was expensive – 10 or 25 grand for three days. (Can’t remember.) It was designed for people that were already in business.

He was a practicing doctor, trying to build a series of clinics in order to promote his ideas about preventative medicine and to, well, you know, get rich.

He did.

He recently sent me an update: His clinic business was up to $40 million in revenues with 20 clinics and 450 team members operating in four states.

He said:
I just spent 4 days with AS [an internet marketing superstar]. I was with him because I wrote a new book and I’m trying to figure out how to publish and promote it, so went to see what he does. He told me that you don’t know it, but you changed his life. Made me wonder how many people would say the same thing, including me.    

That’s what keeps me going.

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Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly

A shamefully delicious exposé on Donald Trump’s longstanding reputation for cheating at golf. Having heard the rumor for many years, sportswriter Rick Reilly spoke with golf professionals and celebrities who have played with the president to see if it was true.

Apparently, it is.

“To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,’” Reilly wrote. “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf.… if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.”

Let’s start with Trump’s handicap. He claims a handicap of 2.8. That is very low. In fact, it’s lower than Jack Nicklaus’s. “If Trump is a 2.8, Queen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter,” Reilly wrote.

LPGA player Suzann Pettersen told Reilly she believes Trump’s caddy is in on the cheating. “No matter how far into the woods [Trump] hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there.”

My favorite story was told by ESPN football announcer Mike Tirico. He said that one time, playing with Trump, he hit one of the best shots of his life. “I was convinced it landed close to the green,” he said. But by the time he reached the green, his ball was mysteriously 50 feet to the left of the hole and in a bunker.

He was flummoxed. After the game, Trump’s caddy pulled him aside and said, “You know that shot you hit on the par 5? It was about 10 feet from the hole. Trump threw it in the bunker. I watched him do it.”

I golf once a year with half a dozen high school buddies. Half of them are Trump supporters and are likely to defend him on all political issues. This, however, they could not excuse.

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“If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.” – Lee Trevino

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Bamboozle (verb) – To bamboozle (bam-BOO-zuhl) is to deceive by trickery, deception, flattery, etc. As used by Walter Lippman: “Successful politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.”

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If you are a Bruce Lee fan (and who isn’t?), you’ll like this…

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