How To Be A Successful Businessman – 50 Rules Of Entrepreneurship Only The Rich And Ruthless Know
To the poor man, a rich man is lucky. To the rich man, a poor man is lazy. Yet, universally, every man shares on key thing in common: It’s called life. What you choose to do with it is entirely your own decision to make. If a man offered you one-hundred thousand dollars for you leg, would you take it?
For most men, the answer is: Probably, yeah, well… Why, who’s paying and when can we do this?!
Would you sell your arm for another one-thousand dollars? How about your eye, your other leg, or your other arm and so on…
Tally up your entire body, and you’ll reach a million dollars or more. Perhaps this is the first time you’ve realized you’re a millionaire without ever knowing it. Needless to say, life is valuable, yet, it is an unfortunate shame that so many men today, waste it all away. Things like luck or even intelligence play no role in success, though many gentlemen still believe into the fallacy wholeheartedly. You certainly don’t have to born with a silver spoon in your mouth, or have a lot of “connections” either, as they always like to say.
The truth is, if you want to know how to be a super successful businessman in this world, all that is required of you, is to be breathing!
After reading this guide you will know exactly why this is true. If you are in doubt, you haven’t done it. Many of these steps will make you sick to your stomach, perhaps you will sh-t your pants. With all the misinformation thrown at you over the years on business and success by doofuses, I wouldn’t be surprised one bit.
With that said, I would like to welcome you to uneasiness of being a super successful businessman and entrepreneur. Here’s to your success!
1. Face reality, there is no work – life2 – balance!
There’s only work – life – choices. All of which have consequences. Birthdays, holidays anniversaries, etc. are for poor people.
Men who refuse to believe that, are riddled with excuses. It starts with the younger gentlemen saying things like, “Yeah, I’ll get it done… If I don’t have a hangover, if I’m not loaded up on drugs, only if it’s between my tennis and golf lessons.”
Then it progresses to men with families, who have grown into their years. Their excuses shift to things like, “Unless I have to take my son to the dentist.” “Unless I have to take my family to counseling.”
But by far, the biggest excuse of them all: “I want to have a life”.
2. Eagles fly alone.
Do you want to have a life? Look at the high-performance businessmen of the world. I’m talking about the Bransons, Zuckerbergs, Gates, and Trumps. They don’t go the Super Bowl or World Cup. They are not going to all the college football bowl games. If they did end up going, you can be certain they wouldn’t go with a group of drunk assholes.
When it comes to entrepreneurship, loneliness is a topic no one wants to talk about. The truth is, it’s very lonely at the top. However, that doesn’t mean you have to feel depressed about it. Gentlemen who truly love what they’re doing, are always high on life. They don’t need friends or drugs to feel good.
In other words, show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future. You can’t be a high-performance business hanging around with a bunch of losers and bums. You ARE the result of the five people you spend the most time around with. For most men, that includes mom, dad, a brother or sister, and a close friend.
If you go to the bar every night to watch the game, belch, fart and down a pint of beer with friends, I guarantee you will be doing that for the rest of your life. Time is the MOST valuable thing a man can spend in his life. Why in the world are you wasting it? Most men think they have plenty of it, the reality is, and that’s just not true.
3. It’s bloody hard, regardless of what happens to you in life.
Any person who tells you anything different hasn’t been successful!
Regardless if you’re a high-performance person or a dipsh-t, life is difficult for every man out there. What separates successful men from the failures is one thing: How you end up reacting to and interrupting what happens to you in life.
Truthfully, we all have issues. However, high-performance businessmen accept the issues, learn how to deal with them, and move forward right past them.
4. There’s only one way to grow as an individual.
You must step out of your comfort zone, and keep swinging until you hit a home run, every single day. You’ve got to start sticking your head out like a turtle.
Theodore Roosevelt once wrote a book on how to become fearless and courageous. Summed up, the point entailed creating drills and lists. It starts by naming one thing you are deathly afraid of doing, and you repeat the process every day. At the end of the day, you must accomplish it!
Do things that are beyond your wildest expectations. Set goals in life which you cannot possibly obtain in two or even three lifetimes. 10x your goals! You must constantly grow more and more ambitious. For example, it’s like the Hunchback of Notre Dame asking Marlin Monroe out on a date. It certainly is a big stretch to make. Ideally, you want to get stuck in courage and continually sucker yourself into being successful. Start seeing possibilities where others only see limitations.
Remember, that customers too, will continually raise the bar when it comes to their level of expectation. Keep up!
4. Burn your ships.
As surprising as it is, thousands of men, every single fu-king day, try to get back with their ex. They don’t know how to make a clean break. Instead, they give them ties in which to get back into their life. Why is that?
They aren’t just desperate, they are relying on sh-t like backup plans, fail safes, plan B’s, etc. (They are afraid of being alone.) It doesn’t matter if you’re in the business world or the dating game, those things will destroy you! As Alexander the Great once said, equipping your mind to deal with ultimately overcome fear is the difference in battle.
Consider Caesar’s failed first invasion of Britain back in 54BC. Sure, he was disastrously defeated, however, his second invasion in 55BC would forever change the story. His plan the second time included burning the ships of his men. By doing so, he forced them to either succeed or ultimately die. There was no backup plan, there could be no retreat!
If you have things like a plan b in place, you’ve already built that kind of thinking into your subconscious. You will fail! You’re essentially telling yourself, “It’s okay to fail”. Failure must NEVER be an option. Remember, FEAR is false expectations appearing real. You must never be afraid of fear, nor the idea of embarrassing yourself. Neither of two ever stopped Caesar from claiming victory he believed to be rightfully his.
5. You can accomplish anything with sacrifice.
Every man knows how to lose weight, yet, 60% of the United States is obese. Shocking right? How to lose weight is well-advertised, there are an endless number of writings on the subject. However, it’s still not enough, and in reality, it will never be enough. Because most men are not willing to pay the price of action or make the sacrifices! You know how to eat healthily and go to the gym goddammit.
There’s a reason the rich men of this world have more choices in life. It’s because they were willing to make MORE sacrifices EARLY on. In comparison, most guys today proclaim the same old sh-t, “I want to have a life”. Too many gentlemen have their priorities ass backwards.
6. Your emotional bank account is what forces you to quit.
Not your financial bank account. Seeking investment costs you nothing! Hell, most of the time bankers will end up buying you a free lunch. You must admit to yourself why you’re so f-cked up in the first place. In 99% of all cases for most men, it begins with their parents. Most men starting out in the business world only know one thing: What their parents taught them.
Let’s face it, parents procreate, and it’s one of the last things they’re actually prepared to do. Most of them don’t have a clue about how to churn out a high-performance kid. Of course, the exception being that you were raised by say, world-class Olympian athletes at the top of their food chain for example.
In the first seven to eight years of your life, your self-esteem is built. It’s the time in which you spend around your parents. Remember again, you are the result or average of the five people you spend most of your time with. That’s normally mom, dad, an older brother/sister, etc. Out of all of these people, none have any idea nor recipe nor knowledge for success.
Consider Babe Ruth’s quote, “It’s very tough to beat someone who never gives up.” Also remember, if you don’t love yourself, nobody is going to love you! You must be able to deal with the emotional unsteadiness of success.
7. Smell the leather.
Get a good whiff of luxury. Go to the Rolls Royce and Lamborghini dealers and window shop. Tour million dollar homes. Visit country clubs, even if you can only afford a single dinner once a month. Give yourself a reason to set your goals higher and higher. See your dreams come to life before they actually happen. Focus on the goal line, not the rocky road ahead standing in your way. Every businessman out there knows one thing to be true: The road the success is always under construction.
Even lawyers and accountants you cannot afford will see you. More than often, the first few meetings are free.
Dress presidential. Wear what successful businessmen wear, a suit. Ditch the jeans and t-shirt. It doesn’t matter if you wear a suit to the grocery store or banking office. Either you act your most successful all the time or you don’t! Remember, these small habits can dramatically change the way you mentally think about, and ultimately perceive yourself. Of course, first impressions are everything. You never really know who you’ll run into while out on the town either.
Dream now and in the future, these things will come true. It’s not some feel good motto, it’s real life and perhaps one of man’s greatest secrets. If you don’t believe it, you haven’t done it! I think Earl Nightingale said it best, “We are what we think about.” It’s as simple as that.
8. Be Selfish!
Whoever said having too much money was a bad thing, doesn’t know where to shop. Period.
Let’s face it, you can’t fix things in life with Zen, it takes money. It’s time to stop worrying about things like global warming when you can’t even afford the monthly payments on your Toyota Yaris. If you really want to change those things, you can, but it requires wealth and money first.
Almost all of things we worry about in life are simply inconsequential, meaning there’s no consequence. In the cosmos of time in this big world, nobody is nothing more than a fart in the wind. Even Thomas Edison is a fart in the wind! While most men live lives of quiet desperation, the truth is, if they were never born it wouldn’t have changed sh-t!
Instead of being a worrier all your life, be a warrior.
Though you should always remember, cash doesn’t avoid death, it only prolongs it. Rich businessmen simply have more choices in life.
9. Don’t read about taking action.
Truthfully, the businessmen best at selling their deals are simply the ones who practice. I know a lot of men equate shooting hoops or tossing a football as practice for being an all-star. Yet, when it comes to practicing for success, well that slips their minds entirely. Before a meeting practice the way you stand, your handshake and so on. Do it for years to come.
Now, most men today think buying books and listening to podcasts are steps towards success. In reality, these aren’t! High-performance businessmen take action, they pull the trigger, do the deals, make mistakes and step on their own dick.
I don’t care if you’ve read a thousand books, the steps have always been the same: Fail fast, take lots of risks, and fall forward. Bottom line, without risk there’s no glory. Some of the greatest battles would be merely fairy tales had there not been someone willing to take action first.
Remember, the bigger the risks you take the greatest the success you see. Ask yourself, is buying books and podcasts risky? No, it’s often stupid is what it is! Don’t get me wrong, even I enjoy a good read now and then. But I don’t let them get in the way of taking action, ever.
Understand, if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort or anxiety, the risks you are taking are more than likely not worthy of you. If a risk doesn’t scare you to death, it’s one you’ve outgrown! Super success doesn’t get accomplished by playing it safe and taking risks with a high comfort level. You must always be testing your limits!
10. Make yourself accountable.
As I mentioned the drills and lists above, I want you to consider the process. It requires you to be accountable. These things force you to ultimately do what you really don’t want to do, and be what you don’t want to be. As every day passes on, you come to a realization: Either you did them or you didn’t.
If you didn’t do them was someone holding a knife to your throat? Was asking out a woman, or pitching a bank for a loan really a life and death situation? Would it have killed you? No. No. No. STOP Blaming your failures on anything or anyone but YOURSELF!
Here’s where peer pressure works wonders, especially a mentor because it shames and guilts you into doing things on your list. Think of it like an AA meeting you know. When you’re successful you can’t wait to brag and talk about it.
It’s not just YOU that needs to be accountable. Make your children accountable. In fact, make everything in your life accountable!
Understand that EVERY minute matters. Time is not something you can simply buy back; it doesn’t work like that! How much time do you waste on Facebook, Twitter, television, etc. every day? If you kept a log for a week, or even a day, I’d bet the number would scare the hell out of you. If it has no part in reaching your goals, it has NO part in your life! Period.
Not to mention, all the negative people in your life. Cut them out, make clean breaks. Never give them a hook in which to get back in!
11. You don’t have to be an
The movies have done a great job at making the super successes of this world look like alpha males on the big screen. In reality, the real world isn’t always like that. You have the George Pattons and Donald Trumps on one end, and the Henry Kissingers on the other. Most high-performance businessmen today fall on the second end of the spectrum.
12. Do whatever it takes!
Focus. That one word captures everything that defines how to be successful in business.
What is truly your definition of commitment? In the real world, dreams aren’t commitments. Any man can envision his future, few follow through with it. Success requires a different level of commitment; aka going the extra mile. It’s either coma or death. It’s what separates the boys from the men, and the billionaires from the millionaires.
The successful businessmen of this world are all at the top because they have one thing in common: They are committed.
You must be all that you can be, all the time! Period. Good has always been the enemy of great! Remember, what gets measured gets accomplished. Unless you’re dead or in a coma you must perform. Perhaps, it’s better you’re dead if you’re not going to do it. Always act as if you have no limits to your abilities.
13. Develop a system for things that work.
It’s okay, as long as it’s honest, ethical, moral, and legal and you’re not hurting anybody.
Understand, there are four steps of the action plan you must follow. For short it’s OCMM. The outcome, your desired completion. Commitment, your pay price to action and how much you are willing to sacrifice. Measure, periodically. Modify, change the plan as necessary (Go back and measure the modified plan.)
Great companies know how to change operating practices, culture and technologies as needed. Yet, they still are able to retain their purpose and core values. In other words, they adapt. Speaking of which, the number of brick and mortar businesses in this country that still refuse to have a website or give a price quote over the phone is shocking. They’ve essentially given up; they’ve become a bunch of fat cats. However, that doesn’t mean their competition will sit idle waiting for them to catch up.
14. Find something you can’t live without.
Don’t start a company selling foot fungus cream, if you hate the subject. Within a few months or a year, you’ll get bored and lose focus. The high-performance businessmen of this world cannot be stopped because they love what they work on so much. They could fail a million times, but their so addicted to the subject, they will always refuse to fail or give up.
It’s like dating a woman in the honeymoon phase, you’re hooked! All you can think about is getting her back into your bed, as fast as possible. You can’t get enough of her. The moment you find that in business, go all in!
Understand that the super successful men in this world wholeheartedly believe they are genetically encoded for their specific field of endeavor. They don’t need anything else, they are high on life!
15. If someone says no.
It’s because you have failed to present to them enough information to make a yes answer. Remember, when the customer says “No”, that’s when the sales process truly starts. The psychology behind the car dealership industry teaches you a lot of tricks, some manipulative and others not. Yet, I’ve learned thousands over the years.
However, here’s my personal favorite: You ask the customer if they are ready to make a purchase on a new vehicle. They say no and provide an excuse. “We don’t like how it drives.” You then proceed to ask them, “Is there anything else in addition to that?” This time, they mention “No, that’s it.”
At this point, you might assume you’d look foolish asking the same question twice. However, you ignore their response and you ask it again, “Is there anything else in addition to that?”
They stare back at you confused, wondering why you just asked the same question. Only, this time, they respond with, “We really can’t afford it, the down payment is too high.” Now, you know the real reason behind what’s holding them back from making a purchase. Now, you have the opportunity to present new information. It could be an incentive program that lowers the price of the car, another bank with lower interest rates, or a dealer demo that’s the same model with a significant discount. ALL of the things you failed to mention beforehand! The customer could have never, once mentioned their finance issues in the sales process.
Remember, there are a lot of different ways to read people. Most importantly, just know that when someone says “No”, it doesn’t mean the deal is trash! It means you must present new information. There’s no sleaziness about it, it’s simply the art of being a good salesman, and helping your customer discover want meets their means.
16. Be wise and careful about the mentor you pick.
Napoleon Hill, the American author on self-success once said, “A human being is like a river, it travels to the path of least resistance.”
When it comes to finding a mentor these words ring true. Most businessmen starting out seek out mentorship from people like their uncle or brother, instead of actually searching for the right person. It’s the path of least resistance, it’s straightforward, and it’s less of a knock to your ego and self-esteem. Remember, there’s a higher probability of someone you already know saying “yes”, which is easily tempting.
Understand, your mentor must have already obtained the level of success you wish to reach or acquire. If they haven’t, you’re only wasting your time. Remember when I pointed out that you were the average of the five people you spend the most time around with. If your brother has never worked outside of a low-paying 9-5 his entire life, that’s exactly where you’ll end up, and that’s the kind of advice you’ll get!
In reality, I know you will be met with gatekeepers. They’ll ask what you want to talk about if you suggest eliminating 25% of all employees. Who’s ever going to let you in? Instead of asking for an appointment, ask their secretary when they’re going to be in town. Honestly gentlemen, you can meet your next mentor outside of their office, at a conference, a restaurant, or even in their own driveway if you park outside of their house overnight. Remember, whatever it takes!
When you start looking for a mentor, find one that’s geographically desirable. Think about it as if you were back in high school. Would you rather a date girl who lives in the same city and goes to the same high school as you, or one that lives three hours away, where you can only see her twice a year?
You want to make it as EASY as possible to get plenty of face time, as often as possible. Never let the person lose face.
17. Maintain a rock solid relationship with your mentor from the start.
Don’t be a “Yes” person when you first see them. Just be YOURSELF. Nine out of ten times, mentors will ask you something totally outrageous and off the wall in order to see how YOU respond and comment. If you really want to endear them, start by being completely honest.
Try to find something non-business in common with them, build rapport. If you can’t do that with your hobbies, just remember, you can always share a common love of business, success and work ethic to get things done with them.
Understand, even the old dogs want recognition. Sure, they don’t have as much energy as the younger guys, yet, they still want to be a part of a successful team. Everyone wants that, old and young, regardless of age. Remember, humans are teachers by nature.
Always pick up the tab, I don’t care if it’s his club or you’re dead broke! Call the club beforehand, ask if they allow guests to pay. If yes, leave your credit card with the waiter. When it comes to money, never accept your mentor’s money! Don’t just go to see them when you need something. Everyone does that! When you really need them the most, they will respond.
18. You can never have too much feedback from your mentor.
Both ways. Produce a weekly report, comprised of three sections. 1. Your accomplishments for the week. 2. Your accomplishments for the next week. 3. The problems and challenges you face.
Never get frustrated if you don’t get the answers you want. Continue to follow their advice and share your progress often.
19. Focus on the few, not the many.
You must never let sentimental attachments determine your path of business. Being ruthless is what separates the average business owner and the super successful all-stars.
When your goals grow, so do your decisions; both become harder and harder. It’s a fact of life. In reality, you cannot please everyone and take care of everything all at the same time. You must know how to delegate duties and double down on what works. When you are shown terrible ideas, you must never be afraid to say no! Without a response you are giving consent to run with things you know will never work. You are validating a future of continually shooting yourself in the foot.
There is no harm in being honest, however, there can be a great deal of pain when you let others decide things for you. Remember, if you want to be successful in business, it requires a team with a crystal clear sense of vision and impact.
20. Stop seeking constant approval from others.
Do what you want, because you want to be the best. Disregard what others think.
Don’t seek approval from your parents like most men do when it comes to their life decisions. You don’t need a nod of approval from your father to start a business or make a financial deal. Your mother shouldn’t be giving you the okay to sign off a paper contract when it comes to selling your company. Your parents don’t need to hear about your first sale. You’d be amazed at how many small things men bring up while secretly seeking the approval from others.
Remember, approval doesn’t mean advice. Building your dream team, hire the best lawyers, accountants, etc. is critically important! If you truly want to know if you’re business is worthy of lasting ask yourself one simple question, “Does my company stand for something great to someone?”
21. Never miss a meeting.
It doesn’t matter if it’s your birthday, a holiday, your anniversary, or a day before your wedding. If you were in a car accident and broke your leg, drag it to the board room. If a meeting is requested or scheduled, you make it. Period!
Never complain about the date or time, or how inconvenient it was for you. Get the idea of being polite of out your head, it’s all about having mental discipline. It goes right back to being accountable and being committed.
22. Time matters more than money.
Most businessmen today drastically underestimate the value of time. Instead of thinking in terms of ROI, return on investment, start thinking in terms of ROM, and return on minutes.
23. Be a strong leader and a constant student.
Great leaders make sense of change in the world, and proceed to share that insight with their team.
You are paid in life for what you can get others to do for you. You don’t have to be the smartest individual in the room, in fact, you could start a business in a field you know absolutely nothing about. Your job as a leader is to attract smart employees to work for you! Remember, the brainpower of the group will always trump that of just one individual. Though, you should never stop trying to become qualified for the job.
Be a macro manager, where less control equals more control.
24. Get great people on your bus.
It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, all that matters is who you do it with.
Most businesses end up morphing into other industries while starting out. Sure, they hadn’t planned on being in them in the first place, however, their success all starts with one thing: They all picked great people to do it with. When you build your dream team, the people on your bus shouldn’t be focused on where you’re going. In reality, they should be on your bus because they like who’s riding along with them!
Put them all through a doofus test. Stress them and judge their reaction to pressure when being a high-performance person is demanded of them. When you have big problems, put your best people on them; you will be confident in doing so.
25. Choose your battles.
Don’t sue over every small matter of wrongdoing. Large lawsuits are better than the minor ones.
When warranted, choose your venue and choose to be the plaintiff. In some cases, this won’t be possible however, you should still play the part. That means to prepare for trial, don’t fear it or be intimidated by the process. Use mock trials to your advantage. Bring your wife to the front row every day, children as well, if allowed, and other members of your family in the second row. You want them to know what you’re going through.
Hire the best representation, it goes back to building your dream team; don’t worry about the cost. If you have a better strategy in mind, it’s time to find a new lawyer. If you find a team that consistently wins, stay with them. It’s hard trying to get new lawyers on your team up to speed; avoid changes when possible. Remember to keep in close contact with your lawyer, preferably once a month. Don’t let them disappear to handle everything.
Elect for jury trials rather than a judge only. You shouldn’t be afraid to trust your fellow citizens. To show respect for the judge and jury, dress conservatively. That means a white shirt, simple tie, dark suit and no jewelry other than your wedding band. When it comes to recorded videos in court and in depositions, look at the camera. The same is true for the jury and judge, make eye constant. If you don’t know the answer to a question, never guess. Say you don’t know. Remember, honesty is key!
Don’t lose your temper in court, however, if authentic emotion is fine. Never talk in public about the case, regardless of where you are at, someone may very well overhear your conversation. That includes press, who may misinterpret your words while in a hurry. If you chose to make a statement, “We believe in our case, and that is why we went to court,” is enough.
26. Perfection equals paralysis.
Don’t waste time on things you cannot change.
Truthfully, it’s really easy to fall into the trap of working on things that don’t matter. You could spend an entire year putting together the perfect business plan, only to see it fail after being put in action. Even small things like picking out the right font, color, messaging, etc. on a simple brochure can be a major time suck.
When in doubt, trust your gut; don’t delay if you don’t have to. A good plan today is always better than a great plan you execute next week. By then, well, it just might be too late. Remember, your gut is your most valuable asset, don’t just ignore it. The truth is, conventional wisdom is almost always wrong in the first place.
27. Every problem solved will eventually be replaced by a much larger one.
Never underestimate how wrong you can be.
Even with careful planning, external circumstances and events can create chaos. Super successful businessmen live for that kind chaos, it’s what fuels the fire in their bellies. Understand that progress often masquerades itself as trouble.
Never opt for the easy, Band-Aid solution; it will eventually peel off. Short term solutions don’t work for long-term problems, regardless of how alluring they may appear. Instant gratification can get in the way of your goals, avoid that.
28. Being a super successful businessman is NOT for every man.
I don’t care what the gurus and coaches tell you. Most of them made money putting asses in seminar seats and pushing book sales, NOT in business. But boy will they sell you on a dream they couldn’t even acquire own their own. They love to pump out misinformation which gives you no chance to succeed.
Let’s face it, most men are today are TOO weak. A strong drink and a good f-ck would kill most them.
You’re not going to work 4 hours a week, you’re going to work 120. You’re not going to be sipping mojitos and napping at the beach, you’re going to sleep in the office!
Understand that it doesn’t matter if you’re working 12 hours a day, you could be “busy” for 12 hours a day in reality. There’s a difference between working smart and staying busy.
29. Kiss a lot of frogs.
Life is a numbers game, regardless if you’re asking out women or trying to acquire financing. If you want to see success you must always be kissing frogs! Twenty women may turn down your request to take them home for the night, but the twenty-first woman may very well agree. Yet, most men can’t take that kind of hit to their ego or emotional bank account!
In business, you’ll be met with calls that are hung up on you, abusive call backs, and flat out refusals to talk. What divides the men from the boys is persistence and focus. Very few are willing to make a thousand phone calls when it comes to getting financing. After a handful of rejections, most men quit. They proclaim, “I can’t get financing”, “No one will invest in my idea”, etc. ALL of them, excuses!
There is a sucker out there who will invest in anything, including your idea, but only if you take the time to find them first.
30. Expand in a down cycle.
Double your work effort when times are difficult. Tough times don’t last, tough businessmen do.
It’s a reminder of what Henry Ford once said, “A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time.” This is especially true when it comes to economic times of recessions and depressions. When the stock market falls, you won’t see Warren Buffett jumping ship. Yet, the rest of the world believes this may really be the end. Meanwhile, he’s buying up everything in sight with the utmost confidence.
Understand that building wealth at the levels most men can never fathom about, means buying small companies, rolling them into one, puffing your company up like a fat hog, and selling it at the market. When you stop expanding, so does your success. Take for instance this very moment, interest rates are incredibly low. Banks are flush with cash, literally waiting for you to come and take it. It reminds me of the housing crash years ago. Fast-forward in time, and you’ll see Buffet again, ready to buy bulk real estate when others are still uneasy over the thought of it.
31. Pay yourself and your employees first.
That includes through all economic cycles. Share your wealth with your dream team, do it with cash, equity, options or wants that are tangible rewards for performance and loyalty. Pull cash out the company, enjoy the lifestyle you and your family have earned.
Most business owners today work their entire lives at one place, waiting for the day they can “cash out”. When the time comes, they are shocked. They discover the market isn’t willing to pay what they had planned to sell off at. Remember, it doesn’t matter how much YOU value your company, what matters if how much someone else is willing to ultimately pay for it!
If you are over 40 and in an upmarket, sell your business. You might not be around long enough to see another one.
32. Know how to negotiate.
Define the boundaries of the other parties’ comfort zone. Place the deal inside of them nearest to your own interests. Remember, a deal has to sound good before it is good!
Respect the gentleman on the other side of the table. He’s not as stupid as you may believe, and you’re not as clever as you think!
33. All ideas are worthless until put into action
You are standing in your own acres of diamonds. I’m talking about your mind here. It churns out ideas, day after day. But if you aren’t willing to dig for them, their worthless.
It doesn’t matter what you invent, figure out, or what mystery of the world you unlock. If you don’t file for a patent, your competitor will. If you don’t pitch your idea in order to get financing, someone else will get the money, and your product will never reach the shelves at the store. If you don’t write down your idea with the goal of making it a reality, it will NEVER happen.
On the other end of the spectrum here, even the most bizarre of ideas can often be profitable. Who would have ever thought pet rocks or even the plastic grocery bag with the smile on it, could be multi-million dollar ideas in reality? The people who took action did, and guess what, they succeeded. Can you imagine how many people called them crazy in the process? How many times they got rejected and ridiculed?
It’s truly a shame most men give up on great ideas because they are either too embarrassed, afraid or unmotivated.
34. Go from idea to execution the right way.
Identify the idea. It could be expanding your revenue or forming a new joint venture partner and so on. Investigate. Then investigate again to see if it is what you think it is. The second time, use different people from within your organization. Commit to the idea. If you’re not obsessed with it, no one else will be. In that scenario, sh-t can it!
Share the obsession and start living it. Discuss how great it will be, how great it will be for America, for whatever. You live it and you breathe it, and you share it with others. Don’t talk about anything else, period! It becomes your whole life. Walk the talk.
Never share your doubts with anyone, ever! Not your wife, mistress, etc. regardless if it eats you up inside or make you an insomniac at night. You WILL have a lot of doubts, however, you must be a bulldog. The moment you say, “I don’t know if it’s going to work”, the deal is DEAD. It’s over, it has fallen apart.
Put together a critical path. Your team of decision makers will do this, not you! They are the ones who are going to have to implement and execute it. If they don’t get it accomplished, you are the one who puts their heads on a pole. Stay out of it! Create a detailed timeline. Continually measure every single thing. You don’t measure it, they do.
Your other decision-makers will implement the plan. They keep focused and follow up at subordinate levels. This is the grunt work, the real work.
Focus follow up at the decision maker level.
Execution. It means laser beam focus without deviation and no blinders. You lead from the front, it is the only thing in your life. Never second-guess your subordinates, as they will make mistakes at all levels and lots of them. Only step in and override when you believe it will take down the company. People must be given permission to make mistakes, it’s the only way they can grow exponentially.
Reevaluate and start all over again.
35. Conventional wisdom is almost always wrong.
You can’t do that… You will hear those words a million times! It comes in many different forms. “It’s the worst recession ever, you can’t get a loan.” You can’t get financing if you have bad credit.” The most obvious rationale given to you will almost always be wrong.
The truth is, it’s extremely difficult when you’re starting out to overlook the obvious and go against all conventional wisdom; it’s near impossible. However, you MUST remain focused on the positive. Talk about the positive, never the times you weren’t successful. Keep your eyes set far down the road.
Assume people are honest and that they will deal with you fairly. When you discover they are not, the rules change entirely.
You can investigate at either the beginning or the end, though, if you’re uncomfortable do it at the start. Spend a few thousand dollars to see if that person is no good. Hire real investigators. Every penny you spend will be worth it. Period. For instance, if you are doing a $5 million dollar joint venture with a partner, spending $10,000 is a drop in bucket; it’s cheap!
37. Establish a line of credit.
Contrary to popular belief, credit cards are NOT a line of credit
A fourteen-year-old child can have an American Express card. Any moron on the face of the planet can get one. If you feel proud because you have one, you’re an idiot!
You must start thinking in terms of fishing with nets, not lines. Doing thirty deals and closing multiple houses, instead of buying one at a time. Most refuse to do twenty or thirty deals at a time because they are afraid of what happens when more than one gets approved.
38. You don’t need a business plan to get financed.
Never go into a bank with a business plan. On the first meeting, you must show up with nothing. No papers!
Ask the financial banker for a copy of a proposal that has been OK’d and approved by the bank. Tell them to redact and black out the names. They’ll give you a business plan that works, and you don’t even have to write one.
Remember, business plans are NOT set in stone, at best there are wild ass guesses. The same is true for when you estimate how much financial cash you will need.
39. When you borrow money, borrow big bucks.
If you need ten thousand, borrow fifty! Always borrow more than you believe you will need. In all honesty, you never truly know what the number will be, you’re only assuming. Understand that you’re not doing anything wrong here.
When it comes to 1, 3 or 5 over prime, it should NOT make a difference in your deal. If it does not pencil out, your deal is too tight and it’s no damn good! Expect there to be a margin for errors and mistakes.
40. It’s not that money you’ve got to worry about, it’s the deal!
In reality, banks today are flush with cash. The only problem is, most men aren’t smart enough to get off their ass and actually go get it. You don’t have money for your projects because you don’t ask for it! And you don’t ask for it because you don’t wholeheartedly believe in it enough. And if you don’t believe in it enough, the bank knows it and so do you. And that’s why you don’t ask them because let’s face it, you already know exactly what they’re going to say!
Without any enthusiasm, your chances are next to ZERO. Remember the most beautiful woman at your school, the one you never asked out? It’s no different!
41. Bad credit and all other excuses are not valid.
It’s true bankers are more inclined to lend you money when you have a track record. The same can be said for your credit rating. They lend to people who have had a successful chain of transitions. If you have none of these, you need to partner with someone who does.
Past the first transition, even if you give up most of your equity, it will be worth it. That track record will carry over to second, third and so on. Understand, that having your mother in law or father in law on the deal with you can be a red flag to bankers. More than one last name across the page is always the better option.
When you’re looking for banks, keep an eye of for two that have just merged. If there’s a new bank in town, set up a tent outside their front door. Also remember, there ARE financial institutions out of this country that require none of the above. It’s YOUR job to go to them, even if means hunting for cheap flights or riding on a boat! The US is not the only financial playground in the world.
Of course, it’s also perfectly fine to shop for a deal. More than six credit checks on your report is not a big thing!
When it comes to angels, aka the old man with money who will fund your project. Expect a GREAT one to take 85-95% of your deal and throw your ass out within 1 year if you can’t deliver as the CEO or boss. While you might think you can manage, the truth is most can’t! Finding angels is no difficult, it’s only difficult but you never ask.
If possible, position yourself properly by using audited financials. You’ll double your chances of approval. When they’re from a big fix firm, you can expect that to be even 25% higher.
Remember, you must be willing to put your neck out on the line. If you won’t, why should a banker? You are the one running the company, not them! Roll your financial worth if you have to.
Aside from bankers, you have other options. Owner financing for one. For instance, a man may have run his business for fifty years, and now he’s watching his wife caught up blood at the hospital. He wants out, FAST! Let’s face it, there are plenty of opportunities out there, however, you must look for them and ask first!
42. Success in selling is smiling and dialing.
When pitching for funding, you’ll be met with an emotional hurdle! Think of yourself as a concept salesman. It doesn’t have to feel sleazy like being a used car salesman or the guy that sells encyclopedias at your front door step.
You must practice! Do so for two to three hours before a presentation, you will be a thousand times more at ease. You must sell your vision with clarity. The banker has to feel like you’ll do WHATEVER it takes to pay back the money. That passion needs to be crystal clear!
43. Know how to deal with bankers.
You want to work with a banker who can make a decision, NOT one that will waste your time. Ask them, “What is the lending limit of your bank?” Immediately, you will separate yourself from 99% of the other people he’s ever talked to. When he responds, ask, “Secured or unsecured limit?” When you have that information, ask, “What is your lending limit?” By that I mean, the amount he doesn’t need a sign off from mommy or his superior for. If his limit is $25,000 you ask for $24,950.
If he can’t make a credit decision himself, you don’t want to talk to him. If you must talk to a committee of two, make sure both of them are present at the same time. If it’s more than two, find another bank!
Before stepping a foot in the door, call and set up the interview, ask to speak with the senior leading office. “This is Brian Cornwell, is your bank in a lending mode right now?” You don’t want so to invest time only to find out the FDIC is closing the bank down next month. If they ask why, respond, “I’m looking for a new financial relationship.” Remember, it is always better to have an assistant set up your interviews for you when possible.
What you are really doing here is simply qualifying the bank.
44. When interviewing banks and financial intuitions don’t:
NEVER mention that you are looking to borrow money. That’s what 99% of the people who walk into banks today say. And you know what, it reeks of desperation! Always mention that you are looking to establish a new financial relationship.
Be a bum and walk around with your hat in your hand. YOU are in control; YOU are driving the show here. Avoid appearing nervous, it will affect your ability to pitch your deal with confidence. Again, it goes right back to the practice bit. You must rehearse beforehand.
45. Consolidate fragmented industries.
Let’s face it, starting from scratch with a brand new business takes years and years of hard, dedicated work. Even then, you’re looking on average at roughly 3 to 5% profit margins. However, when you build groups of enterprise through acquisitions, the rewards are exponential and the time frame is considerably short.
Aim to generate a combined value in this group. Achieve a synergy by which that bottom-line value is far superior to the sum of the individual operations. Think in terms of Unilever, Time Warner Cable, General Motors, US Steel and so on. Remember, real wealth is the result of repeated acquisition, sale and/or IP of businesses.
46. When it comes to purchasing, the majority of the choice stems from emotion.
If there’s one thing car dealerships are really good at it, it’s using this statement above to their advantage. They know the moment you test drive a new vehicle off the lot, you will more than often, fall in love with it. However, it doesn’t matter what you’re selling, the rule applies for unloading a business as well.
Assume a potential buyer visits your location. They will see everything from the dirty carpet to the cluttered receptionist desk. They will notice how loud your employees are alongside the awards you have hung up on the wall. (It’s a good reason why franchises in the dealer world have STRICT showroom guidelines. I mean, fine tooth comb strict.)
You MUST puff up the hog.
47. The market decides how much your business is worth.
There’s the market comparison approach, the asset approach, gross revenue approach, and the here’s how much I’m willing to pay approach.
Most buyers will request three years of records. While you may supply your projections, no one is going to believe you. Buyers will do their own research and make their OWN projections. Of which, they’ll base the valuation off of.
48. Don’t become a fat cat.
Most of the successful businessmen and leaders you see today were once like you. They were bold, determined and ruthless to accomplish their dreams. After their first success, they stopped and decided it was time to play it safe. In other words, they practically retire early. They might wait for their sons to take over their company after they die.
Remember, you can’t cling onto your past successes like a teddy bear. You MUST repeat the process over and over again.
Interestingly enough, on the other end of the spectrum, you have the businessmen who become rich, yet, felt they didn’t ultimately deserve it. What happens is they usually end up going broke.
49. You must sell the seller on you.
It’s not uncommon to find business owners who are VERY protective over their company. It’s pretty apparent when you hear people talking about the “BRAND” over and over. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across people who are so focused on the “brand” they put business completely aside. It’s amazing…)
They want to know their baby is going to be in good hands with you. They’ll ask who you are and ask how you will run the company. To answer these questions, you NEED credibility. Having your accountant or lawyer make the first call will do that. If you insist on calling yourself, give references to the two above. It will satisfy their due diligence. Of course, you can also include these in a letter as well.
50. Start today.
If you do not take action with the next 24 hours, you NEVER will.
Time flies; you could be in your twenties or thirties this very moment. The next thing you know, you’ll be in your sixties and seventies. All within the blink of an eye. Don’t wait until it’s too late, because that time WILL come.
You need nothing more than a cell phone and a notebook. It doesn’t matter if your dead broke or haven’t worked a day in your miserable life! The only thing holding you back from reaching the level of super success you desire is quite simply, YOU!
Accept that life isn’t fair, stop being weak and start taking action. Period.
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The 10 Best Grilling Tools for Your Summer BBQ
If you want to be a grill master, you need the right tools for the job. While having a top-quality grill is obviously vital, there are many other things you need to make your life at the grill as easy as possible.
There are plenty of tools out there that will enhance the flavor of your food and allow you to cook your meat and veggies to perfection. We’ve looked at a range of them from meat thermometers and grilling gloves to cedar planks and grill baskets.
While all these tools are different, they’re all great ways to enhance your grilling experience. We’ve searched high and low to come up with 10 that you’ll love. All you need to do is read on and choose the best grilling tools for you. Let’s get started!
1. Kizen Digital Meat Thermometers for Cooking
When cooking on the grill, it can be easy to be a little nervous about whether or not your meat is ready. With this Kizen meat thermometer, you can put those fears to bed and know exactly when your meat is done.
The reading on this thermometer only takes around three seconds, so you’re not going to be waiting around for your results. It’s waterproof and durable. This is a tool you’ll be using time and time again.
It’s versatile too. Thermometers are often required for beverage and candy making, among other things. This tool is perfect for them all and will give you readings to a very high level of accuracy.
It will automatically turn on/off when you take out the prong and there is also a temperature guide written on it. It’s very easy to use and the magnet and handle hole also makes it simple to store.
2. Alpha Grillers Heavy Duty BBQ Grilling Tools Set
You can’t become a grilling master without having a high-quality set of grilling tools. While you can buy them all separately, it makes sense to get a set such as this. It’s brilliant and comes with a spatula, fork, basting brush, and tongs.
All of them are made out of thick steel so you don’t need to worry about them succumbing to the heat. They’re also fitted with silicone grips which keep your skin safe and the tools firmly in your hand.
Their design also makes them very simple to use, including the lockable tongs that allow them to stay compact when not in use. Added to this, all four of the tools have hooks for easy storage.
One downside of grilling tools is needing to clean them after use. With this set, that won’t be an issue. Not only are they easy to wipe down, but they are also dishwasher safe. This is perfect for anyone needing a brilliant set of essential grilling tools.
3. GEEKHOM Grilling Gloves
Your hands are going to be near very hot pieces of metal and you also have the risk of fat spitting onto your skin. For those reasons, it makes sense to invest in a pair of high-quality grilling gloves.
These are made of silicone which can cope with very high heat of up to 446F. On the inside is soft cotton, making the gloves very easy to wear. The material is breathable, so you won’t need to worry about your hands sweating.
The safety of these gloves doesn’t stop at the high-temperature resistance. They also cover your wrists and have a non-slip surface, allowing you to securely grip whatever you’re holding.
Usability is also exceptional as the gloves are non-toxic and machine washable. Five colors are also available, so you can pick ones that suit your style. If you want to grill in safety and comfort, these gloves are a must.
4. Kona 360 Clean Grill Brush
You’ve cooked all your food, everyone’s loved it, and you’ve had a fantastic day. You then look down at your grill and your heart sinks. You know that it’s going to take a long time to clean and you simply can’t be bothered.
If that sounds like you then you need to get the Kona 360 Clean Grill Brush. It will drastically cut down the time you need to clean your grill. It takes minimum effort and you won’t have that dreaded feeling after you’ve finished cooking.
A great aspect of this brush is that it can be used on all grill types. The three-pronged brush allows you to clean three times faster than most other models. It’s also very easy to use with the textured finger grip and 18” handle.
Impressively, the durability is also very high here. You get a limited five year warranty which is no surprise due to its solid construction. It’s going to last for a long time and you’ll enjoy that super-quick clean time and time again.
5. Primal Grilling Premium Cedar Planks For Grilling
For those that want a unique way of cooking their food, using cedar planks is a brilliant way to do it. All you need to do is soak them in water and then grill away. It results in food that is full of moisture and flavor.
These planks are quite thick which means they don’t burn easily at all. You can use them repeatedly before they become too charred to use. They come in a pack of five, which is going to last a very long time.
The natural cedar doesn’t contain any chemicals and is a very natural way of cooking food. It’s particularly good for fish but the planks will also enhance the moisture and taste of any meat, along with any veggies you want to cook.
When you’re finished using your planks, you can pop them in the drawstring bag provided and use them again whenever you want. You’ll love the results and if you’ve never done it before, you should definitely give it a try.
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6. The Seasoned Griller Store Professional Grade Stainless Steel Grill Basket
While we love grilling, there’s no doubt that it can get messy. Veggies can also be very difficult to cook as they are hard to move around with your grilling tools and can easily fall between the gaps.
An ideal solution is to get this grilling basket from The Seasoned Griller. It’s a great way to keep all your cooking contained while heating it perfectly. The holes are big enough to allow the heat in without letting any food out.
It’s made of stainless steel and can be used on almost any grill. It is worth double-checking the dimensions to make sure it’s a good fit for your model. It’s not too big, so it shouldn’t be an issue. While it’s great for vegetables, you can cook anything with this and it makes it exceptionally easy. It saves cleaning your grill and prevents any lost food. It’s a great addition to your BBQ.
7. Victoria Cast Iron Grill Press
When it comes to pressing down your meat, most people will use the back of a spatula. It’s not what it’s designed for and isn’t great for the task. Instead, you should get a cast iron grill press.
It will help to reduce cooking time while also adding excellent flavor to your food. This model is seasoned with flaxseed oil to produce great results. It’s the ideal tool for searing or flattening meat.
It’s also simple to use, thanks to its excellent design. It has a removable cool-touch wood handle along with a textured bottom for a secure hold. It can be used for a wide variety of different meats and is ideal to have while grilling.
8. OXO Good Grips Meat Shredding Claws
Shredded meat can add an extra dimension to your food in both texture and taste. It works brilliantly with pork but you can also get wonderful results with the likes of chicken and beef.
When it comes to shredding meat, most people try to do it with regular forks, which can be extremely difficult. With these meat shredding claws, you’ll find the task to be incredibly easy.
The long handles and interlocking teeth mean that the task will get completed in no time at all. The grips are also comfortable and have a high level of heat resistance. If you want delicious shredded meat, then there’s no better tool than this.
9. Ofargo Plastic Marinade Injector
Adding flavor to your meat can be difficult. One method is to pierce holes into it with a fork or knife and try to rub marinade or seasoning in. The problem with this is that it’s not very efficient and produces mediocre results. With a marinade injector, you can put that flavor directly into the meat. The difference in results is huge.
You’ll find the meat to be much tastier and the flavor to be much more consistent throughout the meat. This injector is perfect for the job. It’s lightweight and compact so you can just place it on your shelf next to the grill, ready to go. It can easily be used one-handed and is food-safe too.
There are two different needles, one for sauce and another for liquid. It’s a great addition to your grill and takes the flavor to another level.
10. Hudson Durable Goods - Professional Grade Chef Apron
Unless you want clothes that are full of grease, food splashes, and charcoal stains, it’s a good idea to get an apron. This one comes in six different colors and they all look stylish. They’re made from heavyweight cotton that is very tough while still being comfortable to wear. Once you’ve finished using it, then you can throw it in the washing machine before using it again.
There are some great features here, such as the back straps which will prevent any neck pain. There are also four pockets and a towel look, for easy use. It’s easily adjustable and can be taken off quickly with the back buckle.
The versatile apron can be used for a lot more grilling and can be used time and time again. The quality is excellent throughout and most importantly. It’ll keep you and your clothes protected.
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Grilling Tools FAQs
At a very basic level, you definitely need a spatula, fork, and tongs. After that, it depends on what you’re cooking and how you want it to be cooked. For safety, an apron and gloves are essential whereas other tools such as cedar planks are a great luxury extra.
Grilling tools need to cope with a high level of heat and need to keep you protected from that heat. They should also be comfortable and allow you to grill with ease. Once they tick those boxes, it’s all about how they make your life easier or improve the taste of your food.
This is difficult to answer as there is a vast range of brands that make a wide array of high-quality grilling tools. We think it’s more important to focus on the quality of the product if the tool meets your needs and the customer reviews. All the tools we looked at here get our seal of approval.
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The Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey
The difference between bourbon and whiskey is as clear as mud when you’re trying to choose between brands and bottles. Bourbon needs to be American-made, aged in oak for four years, and have at least a 51% mash bill, while other American Whiskeys are made using wheat and/or rye or utilize other variations in the distillation process.
Whiskey was a term first employed during the late 1800s to differentiate Irish Whiskey and American liquor from Scotch whisky and Canadian whisky (which everyone called rye). The in-vogue Japanese whisky also went with the Scotch spelling (click here for the full breakdown of whisky versus whiskey).
The following article defines what mash bill is needed to make bourbon, but also identifies the other major American whiskey styles, bottled-in-bond, Tennessee whiskey, and single malt varieties that are beginning to become more prevalent in the US.
What Makes a Liquor Bourbon?
A frequent refrain that can be heard in Kentucky is: “Not every whiskey is a bourbon, but every bourbon is a whiskey.” To be called bourbon:
The liquor needs to be crafted from at least a 51% corn fermented grain mash bill that has been stored in charred oak barrels for four years. The spirit must have been distilled within the United States.
95% of the bourbon whiskey bottled in the U.S. is distilled in the state of Kentucky.
Is All Bourbon From Kentucky?
Kentucky is considered bourbon country, and your home bar is most likely to be stocked with expressions from the Bluegrass state. The majority of bourbon has been distilled in Kentucky since American whiskey production was drawn from the corn-producing farms of the 1700s.
Despite this, other regions – such as Tennessee, Colorado, California, and even New York – are beginning to craft and/or bottle amazing bourbon expressions. Just like with peat and barley malt for Irish Whiskey and single malt and blended Scotch in the British Isles, your liquor of choice comes from the source material.
Finding the best Kentucky bourbon is like finding the best single malt Scotch – it’s entirely subjective and based on a wide variety of factors including flavor, taste, aroma, price, and accessibility.
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Wheated bourbons are those made with a large proportion of the mash bills secondary grain being wheat, in addition to the mandated 51% minimum corn. Wheat as the secondary grain provides subtlety and contrast, adding a creaminess and gradual sweetness to the spirit than that derived from the majority corn, malted barley, or rye recipe.
Wheat is also useful during oak barrel aging, with a tendency to age much better than many traditional bourbons (up to around the 20 year mark).
Best choice: Maker’s 46 Wheated Bourbon
Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon and Whiskey
The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was a set of legal regulations created by the U.S. Government to standardize and authenticate the quality of American distilled alcoholic beverages, especially bourbon, wheat, and rye whiskey.
Prior to the time the Bottled-in-Bond Act was legislated, the American whiskey market was being decimated by inferior quality, unregulated booze. Bottled-in-bond is a whiskey label that adheres to a set of legal regulations contained in the United States government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits.
The regulatory jargon breaks down as follows:
- The whiskey must be the product of a single distillation season
- The distilled spirit must be made by one distiller at one distillery
- The distilled spirit must be at least four years old
- It must be stored and aged in government bonded warehouses
- The whiskey must also be at least 100 proof (50% ABV)
- Only water may be added to the mash bill
If you purchase a bourbon whiskey or rye labeled bottled-in-bond the regulations from the Act must be met.
Best choice: New Riff Straight Bourbon Whiskey
American Rye Whiskey
For a spirit to call itself American rye whiskey, the grain mash must be made up of at least 51% actual malted rye cereal grain.
Certified rye whiskey’s initial alcohol content can’t be higher than 160 proof, or roughly 80% alcohol before it’s distilled down and eventually bottled.
Aside from the straight rye whiskey, you’ll find some rye mash bills filled out with brown sugar, corn, or malted barley, or have the wooden barrel finish in wine, rum, or brandy casks to add another flavor dimension.
Best choice: WhistlePig Rye 10 Year
American Single Malt Whiskey
Single malt and blended whiskey expressions made from malted barley are becoming more popular craft spirits in the U.S.
With Scotch whisky at its highest popularity level of all time and the emergence of Japanese whisky as a power player in the billion-dollar market for blended malt whisky, there’s an opportunity for local distillers to make quality single malt. While it lacks the cultural cachet of Scotch, American malt whisky is meticulously crafted and caters well to craft distillation.
Best choice: Westward American Single Malt
There’s a simple, yet important distinction between Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey which makes a huge impact on the taste and what goes on the label. The crucial difference is that Tennessee whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal as part of the Lincoln County Process, a charcoal filtration method in which fresh whiskey passes through charcoal chips and is then put in oak casks for maturation.
For a whiskey to attain the Tennessee label, it must go through the charcoal mellowing stage, in the state of Tennessee.
Best choice: Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey
To be called bourbon, your whiskey needs to be distilled in America for a minimum of four years in oak barrels, with a mash bill of at least 51% corn. If it’s predominantly rye, wheat, or malt grain-based, then by law the spirit can’t be called bourbon.
Figuring out what constitutes whisky or whiskey is a lot simpler than in the past when nobody really knew what was going on. The simplest way to remember is If the country of origin has an “e” in it, then spell it whiskey. See, clear as mud!
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The 10 Best Jordans of All Time
Even if you are not a sneakerhead and don’t know all the nitty-gritty details of every pair of kicks on the market, you’re sure to recognize a pair of Jordans when you see them. Or not. I can spot a pair from a mile away; however, I have a friend that doesn’t know the difference between a pair of Nike Jordans and a pair of Adidas Gazelles, which is upsetting, but I digress…
One of the most classic and iconic sneaker styles ever, Jordans have been around for over 30 years and continue to be a part of rare and exclusive collaborations, making them a collector’s dream, with some pairs going for $12k or more. So get your wallet and credit cards out because you may just max them out as you go through this list.
1. Jordan 1 Retro Chicago (2015)
Undoubtedly the most popular style and colorway of all time as far as Jordan’s go. Last released in 2015, this iconic high-top silhouette has become the staple for street ballers, basketball fans, and sneakerheads alike. Since the airing of The Last Dance, the white/varsity red-black Chicago colorway has skyrocketed in popularity, but for the right price you can still get your hands on a pair.
2. Jordan 3 Retro Black Cement (2018)
To celebrate Mr. Jordan’s 55th birthday in 2018, the Jordan 3 Retro emblazoned sneakers feature the original “Nike Air” branding on the black cement for the first time since 2001. This mid-top kick has a black-based leather upper with cement grey, fire red, and white accents. Finished off by the iconic elephant print detailing, it’s one of the most iconic Jordan’s around.
3. Jordan 6 Retro Black Infrared (2019)
The Air Jordan 6 Retro “Infrared” is a 2019 re-release of the OG colorway. The shoe’s black nubuck upper includes a reflective 3M layer with perforations throughout for breathability. The heel, tongue, and lock sport Infrared accents, with the color also featured on the signature midsole detailing. Visible Air in the heel provides cushioning, while the translucent sections continue down onto the outsole for traction.
4. Jordan 1 Retro High OG Shadow 2.0
This very rare OG colorway has hit shelves only three times in the 30 year history of Jordans, making these a must-own for any AJ1 collector. The shoe features a black and grey leather upper with original “Nike Air” branding on the tongue tag and insoles, along with a white midsole and black outsole. It should be noted that the grey leather panels found on the “Shadow 2.0” are lighter in color than the original grey leather on the first “Shadow.”
5. Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Shattered Backboard
Released in 2015, the “Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 1 High is inspired by a 1985 exhibition game in Italy in which Michael Jordan broke the glass backboard after a dunk. Constructed in high-quality tumbled leather in the original high top silhouette, the orange, black, and white colorway is taken from the team uniform MJ wore during the game and modeled after the OG “Black Toe” AJ1 color block. Highly limited upon its initial release, the “Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 1 disappeared quickly and is now one of the most sought after pairs of not just Jordans, but of sneakers, in general.
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6. Air Jordan 1 Retro Royal (2017)
An original colorway of Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe, this 2017 re-release receives an upgrade in regards to the quality of materials used and its shape, which is truer to the actual 1985 release. The Varsity Royal blue paneling appears in tumbled leather on the toe box, Swooshes, heel, and ankle.
Black premium leather covers the remainder of the upper to complete the classic color blocking. A clean, white midsole balances out the shoe, maintaining the iconic motif along with the Varsity Royal outsole.
7. Jordan 13 Retro Low Chutney
Putting a spin on the iconic Jordan 13 design, Tinker Hatfield designed the Chutney as a stand out in the Air Jordan family. And stand out they do.
The difference between this chutney design and a traditional 13 lies in the cut. These retros replace the classic high top style with a mid top and feature a tan suede upper.
8. Jordan 1 Retro High Dior
If you happen to have $10k-12k burning a hole in your pocket then here is a place for you to spend it. One of the most highly anticipated launches, The Dior x Air Jordan 1 High sneakers are the first collaboration between the luxury brand and sneaker giant.
Featuring a premium white leather upper with wolf grey overlays and the classic Dior logo on the swoosh, this version of the iconic high-top silhouette is a stand-out. The collar has also been altered, stamped with a special “Air Dior” logo.
9. Air Jordan 1 Retro High Rust Pink
Again, if you happen to have $6+ grand just waiting to be spent, first, what do you do for a living, if I may ask, and second, please buy these shoes. These Jordan 1 Retro High Rust Pink kicks were released in early 2017, adding a coral pink “Rust Pink” hue to the two-tone color blocking previously seen on other classic AJ1 silhouettes.
The black paneling features a premium tumbled leather construction, while the midsole appears in white.
10. Air Jordan 5 Retro SP PS “Off-White - Sail
Every sneakerhead remembers when Nike teamed up with Virgil Abloh for the now iconic “The Ten” collection. Abloh added a second colorway to his Jordan 5 collaboration with the Jordan 5 Retro High “Off-White Sail.” This release pays homage to the first pair of Jordans that Virgil ever owned, the Air Jordan 5.
In signature fashion, Virgil has reimagined this classic silhouette with his own recognizable style. This Jordan 5 consists of a sail textile mesh upper with translucent netted panels and circular window inserts throughout the shoe. 3M reflective tongues, fire red Jordan branding, and an aged translucent outsole completes the design.
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