Sunday, March 21, 2010

Black People's 10 Commandments

For those of you who are not black, let me break down Black People's 10 Commandments so you won't risk personal harm or injury if you break them. Break the BPTCs and you might be limping into St. Benard Hospital if you're lucky!

1. Thou shall vote straight ticket democrat or else you ra-ciss.

2.Thou shalt not criticize them for listening to minstrel show rap music, that's ra-ciss.

3. Thou shall feel sympathy for black women who have aquired multiple children from multiple baby fathers, or else you ra-ciss.

4. Thou shall provide welfare so they can consume fried chicken and beer, or else you raciss.

5. Thou shalt not criticize, mock or poke fun at black people for eating fried chicken and beer for that's ra-ciss.

6. Thou shall make tons of excuses for black people's collective failure when it comes to high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and welfare dependency, or else you have no compassion and you ra-ciss.

7. Thou shalt never call the police for selling drugs in front of your house because that's ra-ciss.

8. Thou shall place blame on ra-cissism for their mile long rap sheets because they should never be prosecuted for the 100s of robberies they pulled, that's ra-ciss.

9. Thou shall blame the system for failure of the many bum ass, lazy ass black people. Why? Because the system ra-ciss.

10. Thou shalt not criticize Barack Obama EVER, because that's for uncle toms and ra-cisss!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

No Obamacare if Health Care Isn't Free For Everyone

I really don't understand why there's such a push for this expensive bill to be passed. For President Obama to claim that this is health care that solves the medical insurance issues in this country is utterly ridiculous at best. You got people in this country blindly supporting this bill when they don't understand what passage of this bill means to everyone's pocketbook. Here's a conversation that transpired on facebook between myself, a friend of a former classmate, and a teacher that used to work at my old private high school Luther South:

Glenn Gamble
The health care bill won't lower health care costs or lower er visits and it doesn't help America. President Obama is full of shit.
Tue at 1:42pm

Feneiker L. Simon McBride
The point of it isn't necessary to lower costs as it is for EVERY American to have coverage.
Tue at 1:56pm

Glenn Gamble
Feneiker, the bill doesn't provide free national health care to everyone in this country. Its pretty much applying auto insurance laws to health care when the number 1 reason so many of us don't have insurance is because we can't afford it. Now Obama's making it against the law not to carry a policy that we can't afford or else we're subject to fines. How does this help anyone besides insurance companies? And any health care bill that doesn't address health care costs is one that is ineffective. The reason that insurance is so high is because medical costs go up every year. Part of that reason is because the majority of people use the ER as their primary care physician --WHY? Because when you go to your primary care physician you have to wait for an appointment, then once he sees you, if something's wrong he refers you to a specialist and that specialist has to see you on an appointment basis. Its a really inefficient system and until you address health care costs, you don't solve the problem of people not being able to afford health insurance and you don't help people by passing this atrocious bill that requires folks to choose between the rent and health insurance.
Tue at 2:04pm

Cheryl Hoth
Glenn -- part of the health care bill addresses the excesses in charges from insurance companies and is designed to make insurance much more affordable. What will ALSO make health care much more affordable is that if everyone has to have insurance, then those of us WITH insurance don't end up paying the health care costs of those of us WITHOUT insurance. It's far more complicated than that, I know, but SOMETHING has to be done and I think President Obama is at least taking steps in the right direction. If the "Party of No" would act and vote their consciences instead of just being resolved to be against ANYTHING from the President, maybe something productive would get accomplished.
Tue at 2:39pm

Feneiker L. Simon McBride
Glenn, look at what Cheryl said and see if her comment doesn't change your mind just a little.
Tue at 2:43pm

Glenn Gamble
What about the excess charges from hospitals from unnecessary MRIs and lab tests that they're known to do and all they do is pass it down to the insurance company which gets passed down to the policy holder. There is nothing that would keep insurers from raising their premiums if this bill passes, and remember they're not subject to anti-collusion regulations, so for instance executives from Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Humana can actually meet with each other and say "hey, I am going to raise our premiums 30%, I need for you guys to do the same thing. We'll all make sick profits on this!" So while the bill may address the excess charges from insurance companies, that's irrelevant unless the White House works with Congress to repeal the insurers protection from anti-collusion laws that every industry has to abide by. Its also irrelevant when it doesn't address the fact that medical costs are going up and up every year. Do I trust the hospitals to not jack up their charges when everyone has health insurance? No, it'll just get worse.

Feneiker, the answer to your question is no. It only reaffirms my position on this issue. President Obama and Congress would be better served if he were to address the millions of jobs that are shipped overseas, not to mention the insane numbers of foreign workers who come here on work visas to work in the IT field in countries that are on American soil. This is a major reason why people don't have health insurance.. they either don't have jobs or work at a depressed wage thanks to all the jobs being outsourced or contracted to foreign workers working at a fraction of the cost.
Tue at 2:56pm

Feneiker L. Simon McBride
Glenn, your points are well received, but when was the last time someone really looked at healthcare for what it is? When was the last time someone tried to change it. Pres. Obama laid something on the table, they don't like it, he said let's start from scratch and what happened? NOTHING! So now what? What about change? Nobody was tripping when Bush started this senseless war, so now Obama wants to do something for America, it's a problem! It's a no win situation! What do you suggest he do?
Tue at 2:59pm

Glenn Gamble
I already suggested what President Obama should do. Leave the health care issue alone and focus on loopholes that companies use to NOT hire Americans. Former President Bush is another topic for another day. No people are tripping because common sense says that it does not take nearly a trillion dollars to enact a mandate that requires you to purchase health insurance. Those monies are nothing more than horsetrading dollars in an effort to buy enough votes to pass a bill that really stinks. The only way a health care mandate helps America is when every American can walk in any clinic or hospital across america and not have to worry about paying a dime for doctor visits of any kind as the government makes deductions from your paycheck to cover the cost. Otherwise, its a political ploy by President Obama and the democratic party to claim an empty victory in the fight for health care that doesn't solve anything for americans. If this bill passes, health care will still be unaffordable due to the nature of the health care industry. So unless the economy revives to the point where people can find jobs at a fair wage to pay for adequate health insurance there will be no law that can be passed to solve the American people's struggle with accessible health care unless an Universal Health Care mandate is passed where everyone receives free health care. That's the only way health care will be accessible to everyone. Until then, this bill is nothing more than an attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes. So far its been successful with a lot of people and unsuccessful with a lot more people.
Tue at 3:11pm

Feneiker L. Simon McBride
Okay, I understand your side and as convincingly and as concisely as you've debated each argument, I still would like the bill to pass.
Tue at 3:19pm

Cheryl Hoth
There are so many issues he could focus on, and jobs is a big one for sure. But he promised reform in health care and is trying to keep that promise. Nothing's perfect but at least he got something started.
Tue at 4:25pm

Glenn Gamble
What's the use of getting something of this cost and magnitude started if it isn't going to help the very people its intended to help. What good is there passing a mandate to carry health insurance when hourly wages haven't increased in 20 years?

To put it in simple terms the uninsured are telling President Obama "we can't afford to carry health insurance!" His reaction "no problem, I'll push a mandate through congress requiring you to purchase that same health insurance that you cannot afford."

My question is, how does that make sense?
Tue at 5:21pm

Cheryl Hoth
I think you're oversimplifying things.....and listening to the fear-mongers.
Tue at 8:42pm

Glenn Gamble
I'm going on basis of what I know and what I've read and why can't the facts of this bill be simplified? If anyone has listenened to fear-mongers it was Obama and the democratic party. He promised free health care for everyone and backed down.
Tue at 9:10pm

Feneiker L. Simon McBride
Glenn he can make all the promises he wants to. He can't force the House or Senate to automatically go with him.
Tue at 9:16pm

Glenn Gamble
Feneiker, I beg to differ. When Bush wanted to pass the bank bailout act he told Congress that they better get off their ass and pass the bill pronto. Obama and the democrats need to grow a pair.

So yes, with the dems controlling the Congress Obama all he has to do is threaten their chances for reelection in order to get this bill passed. He needs to tell the dems to quit compromising and quit being a bunch of passive wimps.
Tue at 9:29pm

Feneiker L. Simon McBride
You are right, but please explain to me why nearly everything Obama has sent to the Replublicans has to be forced. They don't like anything he sends their way.
Tue at 9:30pm

Glenn Gamble
Obama has sent bad legislation to the republicans, but why are they a factor when the dems control the house and senate. Its because the dems are a bunch of self-serving, unorganized pussies who can't put their need to be liked aside and get laws passed.
Tue at 9:42pm

Feneiker L. Simon McBride
No no no! That is so untrue. He is trying to exercise bipartisanship. Clinton left office with da country in the plus. It took Bush all of 8 yrs to mess everything up. Obama is trying to fix some of it and now it's bad legislation? No it is not! He deserves credit for triyng.
Tue at 9:55pm

Glenn Gamble
Bipartisanship is only good when the other party is cooperating and at least considering the bills before them which the republican party has not for good reason. The stimulus package was a terrible idea and the health care bill started as a good idea until Obama allowed the pussy ass democrats in the senate to water the bill down to the point of uselessness in response to the objections of the republican party, medical professionals and those obnoxious tea party groups. Furthermore, Bush gets unfair blame for the economy. During the Clinton years the IT sector was the boom, but once companies realized they can hire someone from India cheaper, they did exactly that. Industrial jobs didn't see a boom at all during the Clinton era. Also during the Clinton era and Bush era the economy saw growth because people were able to borrow money at a pace they could not afford. For about 15 years this country's GDP growth was because we were robbing Peter to pay Paul and now Peter has come to get his money back.
Tue at 10:57pm

Feneiker L. Simon McBride
Well, Glenn, again you are entitled to your feelings and opinions. I choose not to call the Republicans out of their names, even though the list would be long. I see you are totally against President Obama and what he is trying to do. Would you have preferred McCain and Palin win, regardless if he's scheduled to die soon and she has very little experience in politics? It has truly been a pleasure having this debate with you. I wish you well in all of your endeavors!!
Tue at 11:00pm

Despite the logical arguments I presented, neither Cheryl nor Feneiker could come back with a logical fact in favor of this health care bill. Neither person could tell me one benefit of passing this health care bill, and I was accused of oversimplifying things. Geez, are we expected to be confused whenever our democratic leaders draft legislation for passage? Call me crazy, but I expect to understand any kind of legislation that's going to cost our country $940 billion dollars. We said that the stimulus package needed to be passed, and guess what? IT AN $800 BILLION DOLLAR FAILURE with no oversight!

No the only type of arguments I got were "If the Party of No would act and vote on their conscious" or "I see you are totally against President Obama and what he is trying to do. Would you have preferred McCain and Palin win, regardless if he's scheduled to die soon and she has very little experience in politics?" I told them several reasons why this bill stinks with one of them being that if this bill were to pass you'd have to choose between paying your health insurance premium --which you can't afford that's why you're uninsured in the first place-- and paying your rent or car note. Its common fucking sense that this bill fucking stinks and all Feineker could say was "I want the bill to pass anyway?" Fuck! These are the people holding our politicians accountable, no wonder our politics are so fucked up.

President Obama promised free universal health care for every United States citizen THIS BILL DOESN'T PROVIDE THAT!

After resistance from the Tea Party folks, Republicans, and doctors; Obama bitched out and proposed a public option.

After resistance from the Republican Party and the Tea Party folks, the democratic party bitched out and removed the public option. President Obama failed to demand neither free universal health care nor the public option.

Twice President Obama and the Democratic Party has bitched out and shown extremely, unusual bitchassness from a party that holds the majority in the house, senate, and has a democrat president in the white house. President Obama and the democrat's inability to pass universal health care with their party holding the majority shows me that the democrats and President Obama are legislators who are unfit to lead.

As a result of the democrats' spinelessness, --President Obama included-- we now have a bill with neither free universal health care nor a public option and President Obama's trying to convince the public that he's winning the health care battle. WHERE'S THE FUCKING HEALTH CARE?

I hate to say it, but I voted for President Obama despite being a black republican with big balls and a big dick because I thought Barack Obama was one of the few politicians who transcended party lines and would become one of the great presidents in American history. Not to mention that John McCain has the worst temper and Sarah Palin was in over her head. I regret that decision and I hope the democrats lose all their seats in this upcoming election.

Speaking of which, President Obama's efforts to pass this bill is no longer about affordable and accessible health care to the public. Its about his fellow democrats winning reelections. If this bill doesn't pass, he knows damn well that the majority of the democrats in the house and senate will not be reelected resulting in Republican majorities in both the house and senate. Was bipartisanship a good idea at first? Of course it was, but when he saw that nothing was getting passed, he should have moved away from it and rammed the free universal health care bill through the house and senate, but that would have taken balls and apparently Jesse Jackson Sr. has finally gotten around to cutting them off and tossing them into Lake Michigan.

I want no parts of Obamacare if health care isn't free for every citizen in the United States rich or poor. Otherwise this bill really isn't about affordable health care for millions of people and more about being able to say "I'm the first president to pass a landmark health care bill. We did not lose the health care battle." However, I'm more afraid that we as Americans will lose if this bill passes the house and senate.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'm a Black Republican with Big Balls and a Big Dick

I don't vote a straight ticket here in Chicago. The Democrats are self-aggrandizing bullshitters with an operational theory of "tax, overspend, then raise taxes on the same people who elected us; we'll just tell them that its for education. The dumb fucks who vote us in will never know any different." The Republicans in the state of Illinois are desperate, sycophants who have long abandoned fiscal conservatism and are desperate to get back in power. Wait! That sounds like Congress.. without the confederate flags and hillbillies that make up the Republican base. Not that the Democrats are any better. They're some racist fucks too who use words as urban, underprivileged, and disadvantaged as euphemisms for niggers. The difference is that they're more covert and underhanded with their racism. That's just the way liberals are.. utterly disgusting! I don't fucking like them because they don't have the balls to speak to you directly.

I don't like very many Republicans either because they won't get off their ass and come up with effective, counter legislation that will help the people in this country who desperately need it. After all, those rich donors don't make up half their political base despite the attempts to cover up the fact that many of their voters live in trailer parks and eat roadkill. The Democrats are fucking up Congress and President Barack Obama is fucking up the White House and the best our Republican politicians can come up with are accusations and "you're a liar" outbursts to name a few blatant forms of disrespect for our president. The Republicans who are in office right now are a disgrace and a disservice to this country. No wonder George Washington believed that this country should engage in a bloody revolution every 30 years. We all have gotten complacent and allowed our government to morph into a group of elected officials who do not serve us! This shit has got to stop.

I consider myself a black republican with big balls and a big dick because I stand for the core values of fiscal conservatism that have proven effective time after time throughout our great history. Look at the state of Texas, they have plenty of jobs during the worst recession of our time. Illinois on the other hand can't create a job to save their lives. See I believe in not taxing the shit out of the very same wealthy people who provide jobs to the working class and the poor. I believe in creating an environment where regular folks like you and I can become wealthy if we work hard enough. I like money, I like big titty women, football, and apple pie damn it; and yeah, I got big balls and a big dick too. I don't want to drive no fucking smart car, or pay astronomical taxes just to put this country in deeper shit than it already is. Cut taxes for the wealthy so they can hire all the people who are complaining about the lack of jobs. The less they pay in taxes the more workers they can hire. Don't believe me, ask any business owner who's making real money and wants to expand, but can't because of taxes. If Illinois wants to get out of its budget crisis they have no other choice than to eliminate the state income tax. You do that, you have more taxpayers in this state because more people have jobs because business owners will not have to pay the state of Illinois several months of payroll taxes in advance.

Now you all see why I'm a Black Republican with Big Balls and a Big Dick!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ma, I'm So Proud of You! --New Beginnings

In a recent post I had mentioned that my mom's health had declined to the point where she voluntarily went to the doctor who then referred her to a specialist who referred her to another specialist, then a series of lab work being done on her to find out what's wrong with her. Needless to say, her feeling like shit this time has led her to explore some extreme dietary changes that she's explored on her own. Save for a few questions that she had for me since I spent 6 months as a vegetarian a few years ago, she really went out and changed her lifestyle. First it began with her going to the juice bar on the way to getting her lab work done since she couldn't eat much of anything.

She realized that the juice was pretty good and after being told that she can't eat anything high in sodium or high in carbs (I think the carb restriction is fucking stupid) she dove head first in cutting all the fried chicken wings and the restaurant food out her diet. She told me that I was going to do this with her as a joke. Ma figured that there was no way I'd go along with this, but it turns out that this was the push that I needed. Her starting to lose her eyesight, I'm willing to do anything to keep her on the healthy path that she decided for herself and save her eyesight. By the way, she suffers from high-blood pressure which has caused her to lose some of her vision which can be corrected through a healthy diet. In her monitoring her blood pressure, and making changes I found out that I too have hypertension at 29 years old! Un-fucking-believable! I'm too young for this shit I thought. Then I looked at my big ass belly and realized that while I am a fat pretty motherfucker, its time for a change. So I told my mom that I will dedicate myself to a lifestyle change alongside her since it will help her and help me too.

A week and a half later and $20 a day being spent on vegetable juices at Sunrise and Heritage Health Foods my mom bought a juice extractor for $99 from Sunrise and I ain't talkin' bout that punk ass Jack La Lanne bullshit that you have to have a toolkit to take apart and wash its millions of fucking pieces. To my surprise, this is a very high quality juice extractor. We made some very good fruit and vegetable juices this evening too and we both have decided that we're going to consume at least 4 juices per day to make sure that we get all the fruits and veggies that we need in our diet. We're both inspired by Montel William's story where he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis about 15 years ago and he was looking like shit back then. Now the man is walking around looking like he's hasn't aged since he's turned 35. I decided to go back to vegetarianism and my mom is going to join me too. So far, we both feel better and we've both said yes to a healthier lifestyle. It feels easy too because the fruit and vegetable juices are so filling that I really don't crave Applebee's or Harold's Chicken anymore. On top of that, I'm drinking three 16oz glasses of water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in so I'm pretty full most times and I find it difficult to fit in a small meal or two every day. So vegetarianism here I come. I say yes to life!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Keeping the Pot Small in Hold Em

The following is a poker tip from world-class professional poker player Jennifer Harmon:

Poker is a game of decisions. Some decisions are very easy to make, while others will keep you awake all night if you choose poorly. In my experience, the larger the pot size, the harder the decision you’ll be faced with.

On the other hand, the smaller the pot is, the easier the decision. Which is why, especially in tournament play, you want to keep the pot small when you’re holding a marginal hand. You don’t want to be facing a decision for all of your chips in a situation where all you’ve got is something like top pair with a medium-strength kicker. You want to avoid that scenario as much as possible. It’s better to keep the pot small by checking and calling rather than building a huge pot, even if you do hold an advantage in that hand.

Let me give you an example from a hand I played at a World Series of Poker event last year. We were still fairly early in the tournament, and... -click to read the rest of her article.

I personally agree wholeheartedly with her poker tip as it relates to poker tournaments. I wish I had applied her logic back in the days that I was playing in them. As I look back I realize how lucky I was to have made it to so many final tables in the summer of 2006 here at the Ameristar when it was East Chicago Resorts, and in Tunica; and I even managed to win a few. Poker players have the memory of an elephant and I remember certain situations where I was holding top pair, shit kicker or even top pair, big kicker and I'd go crazy with it just to find out that the other player is holding a set of 9s and bust out the tournament. Making a big pot with a not so big hand is one way to make poker a lot harder for you. Its already a hard living to make, but holding back on the aggression in some instances can be the difference between you making money at poker and working at a telemarketing job for $6.25 an hour. Believe me, I've been there.

Although Jennifer Harmon advises players to keep the pot small as it relates to tournament play, I see a few instances where keeping the pot small can help you in cash games. For instance, let's say that you have shitty position in a heads up pot in a no limit hold em game where you raise in the cut-off position with K-10c suited and the guy who has the dealer button smooth calls your raise and the flop comes 10d 9d 2c. Great, you flop 10s. In this situation. I may make a bet anywhere between 60% - 100% of the pot. If he calls, I might check the turn card no matter what it is just to see what he does. More times than not, the person may also have a piece of that flop or in this case a good diamond draw. I don't want to build the pot to the point where I've bet so much money that if he hits his draw or if he already has a better hand than me that I'm pot committed and have to call off all my money in a losing situation. The range of possible hands that he may call a preflop raise on the button are 10-9 suited, A-10 suited or unsuited, 7-8 suited, Q-J suited, and the flop is a good flop for all of the above hands and a monster if he's holding a pair of tens or a pair of nines. So let's say the turn comes 3h for a board that reads 10d 9d 2c 3h. I'm going to check to the player behind me in this spot and see what the guy does. If he bets I won't necessarily fold the hand, my top pair of 10s may be good here, but I don't wanna be going broke on one hand either.

Most times, people bet about 50 - 60% of the the pot whenever they bet, so if the pot is $20 and the player behind me bets $10, okay, I'll see another card for $10. If I raise him here to $30, he may reraise me and now the pot is big and I have to figure out if he's on a draw, did he flop two pair, or a set and this decision may be for the rest of my money on the table. This part of my game has always been the weakest for me because I'm a very aggressive player in any cash game I partake in and if I think I got the best hand I will pound the flop, turn and river to extract the maximum amount of money out of my opponent. As a result, I win big when I win and I lose very quickly when I lose. And my strategy is fine when I have better than a pair and a shit kicker, but when I'm holding a marginal hand I should learn to hold the aggression so I can better analyze the situation without putting so much of my money in jeopardy. So yes, in this situation, I'd rather see another card and potentially lose the $10 I called as opposed to losing $150 - $200 dollars by juicing the pot with just a marginal hand. Now let me throw out a few scenarios here. Let's say the river brings an inconsequential card such as 2c. Its inconsequential because if he already holds a pair of tens or 9s and flopped the 10 or the 9 for a set of tens or nines, I've been drawing dead since the beginning of the hand, but that only happens 11% of the time. If he's on a straight or flush draw the 2c on the river didn't improve his hand. So I check, and he throws out another $10 bet. I'm going to call here and he flips over Q-10 and I take down a decent pot with K-10 because I have a better kicker and I didn't go crazy. Let's say I had reraised him on the turn and he reraises me out of aggression. I may have ended up folding the best hand to a guy with an inferior hand because I had to put him on something better than Q-10 since he's betting and reraising my raise; and more importantly, I don't want to lose all my money on a pair of 10s with a marginal kicker. In the above hand, I risked $30 in the hand as opposed to a potential $200. Now let's change that river card to a 2d which gives him a flush, I check and he bets $10, I can either fold the hand and assume that he hit his flush, or I can decide that $10 is a small enough bet to call and look him up. In this case I only lose $30 total instead of $200 and in the instances where he's bluffing the made flush I win the pot, which happens more often than you believe.

big pots = big decisions; small pots = a small call

Monday, March 8, 2010

Indefinite LOA

The 60 Minutes with Glenn 2010 season debut has been postponed indefinitely. My circumstances have changed and my priorities have also changed. Right now I'm in the process of adjusting to the changes that I'm making in my lifestyle and being there for mom. Its not that I haven't been there for her before, for my mom and I are very close. I'm realizing that its my time to take more responsibility in our family than ever before because everyone's leaning on me and depending on me to take care of my mom. I never thought that I'd have to make choices where I'd have to sacrifice my selfish desires for the greater good of our family. My mom is going to be fine. She's making all the necessary lifestyle changes that she needs to make and I'm doing the same with her. What this means is that I won't be selling books in person anymore and that I have to pick up a new side hustle that allows me to be at home more often.

A Thousand Chances suffers, so what! Things happen so all of a sudden in life that you have to make adjustments. That's not to say that I'll never turn ATC into a best-seller, but its not a number 1 priority for me right now. I really don't know how I'm going to promote the book or 60 Minutes with Glenn as I look ahead into the near future, but I'm still going to accomplish my goal of buying a 2 flat building by September. I'll post more details on how and why in subsequent blog posts. Heck, I might even post an online diary not that this blog isn't one, but if you were to see it you'd know why.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

60 Minutes with Glenn 2010 Season Debut

I have been very inconsistent with the broadcast of 60 Minutes with Glenn because 1) I'm juggling my work/school/book selling schedule; and 2) I have been terribly inconsistent with putting out this show. Now that I have some rhyme and reason to my schedule; and 3) I've focused more on these broken relationships with my most recent two women (not at the same time) than I have on my show and even my book. Now that they're both gone out of my life I have nothing to show for it beyond wasted time. I'm pretty mad with myself about letting my personal life affect my show and my book, and now its just time for me to get out here and grind and leave my personal life at home. I got books to sell, a 60 Minutes with Glenn Broadtexter Mobile Club to grow, and a radio show to do with Mz. Biz.

Speaking of which, the 60 Minutes with Glenn 2010 season debut will be March 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm CST. You can listen live on the internet at or if you're not at a computer you can listen to my show on on your phone at (646)716-8736.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ABCs of being an Author/ Entrepreneur

I was inspired to create my version of the ABC's after reading Megan's blog account of what was stressed at the Business of Baseball Workshop Check out her link and you'll see that mine and hers are very similar with a few adjustments made for the book business (Its too bad that she has ended her blog recently).

-A is for attitude.
-B is for book business.
-C is for crying: There’s no crying in book selling!; Also, Creativity.
-D is for diginity: Leave it at the door! Because there's rejection in selling.
-E is for effort: Show up ready to work!
-F is for focus.
-G is for great service; generousity; gratitude.
-H is for hours: Be prepared to work A LOT of hours!
-I is for intense.
-J is for just do it!
-K is for Kool-Aid: Just drink it!
-L is for loyalty.
-M is for mailing address.
-N is for never comment on the weather or not getting enough sales.
-O is for overtime.
-P is for passion.
-Q is for quitters --most unoptimistic people are quitters.
-R is for rain.
-S is for sales, selling the brand, selling you.
-T is for taxi.
-U is for utility.
-V is for vacation.
-W is for wallet.
-X is for x-cellence.
-Y is for YouTube.
-Z is for zealous.

Also remember this when you chasing your dreams, pitching your ideas, pitching your products, pursuing sales, etc.:

“I do not expect success all the time, but due to the belief in my gifts and God given abilities in addition to my knowledge and acquired skills; I can be fearless in the moment. In reality, self-worth has nothing to do with the outcome. So when the pressure comes, I cannot hesitate. Knowing sometimes I will do well and sometimes I won’t, regardless, I know failure is temporary and success will happen with perseverance.”

There's a lot of things that I can't control in life (women, weather, circumstances, making sales, etc.), but if I focus on what I can control then I'll be successful. Things I can control as an Author/Entrepreneur:

1) The number of hours per day that I dedicate to talking to new people about my book
2) The number of people that I talk to about my book
3) My effort
4) My appearance
5) My being organized

If I do those five things, good things will happen despite slow sales periods, rude people, pessimists, and bad weather.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Swagger 2

So why are we drawn to swagger? Because swagger is attitude of a winner. People admire winners and want to be associated with a winner to the extent that they'll embellish their actual association with them, i.e. "grrl, I was hangin' out with Glenn Gamble all night" when in all actuality we may have just been at the same party and didn't converse at all. The aura of a winner is in his/her swagger. All winners have a certain swagger which is the attitude and confidence that they embody. Remember Michael Jordan? When he stepped on the court, he had a certain swagger that engulfed everyone. He really believed that he owned any court, and more times than not pwned his opponents too. Kobe Bryant has swagger. I don't particularly care for him because his pomposity is disgusting, but I love his take no prisoners attitude. I love the fact that he knows he's good and that it seems like he's unstoppable. Kobe is a winner!

In order to be a winner you have to have swag (short for swagger) and believe that you are the best. You have to believe that you are a winner before anyone else will. Being a winner and not having swagger does not exist, so when the gal you talking to tells you that she doesn't like a conceited man, pay her no mind. Let that go in one ear and out the other because she definitely likes a man with swagger. Just don't be disgusting by talking about how much better you are than anyone else. No, your actions have to say that you're 3 levels above anyone else. Your actions are going to speak for themselves to let these people know that you're the most interesting man in the world. When you have swagger, can't nobody deflate you.

I must admit that when I'm selling I have to work on my swag as a salesperson a lot more than my swag as a poker player, or as fat pretty motherfucker going out on a date with a chick. One thing I gotta keep believing is that people are making a mistake when they don't buy my book so either break bread or play dead.. lol. Swagger is a good thing. Confidence is a good thing. Even arrogance can be a good thing. Look at Donald Trump's overly arrogant self. He's always talking about how handsome he is and how he's so rich. I find him quite amusing and likable despite appearing to be a pompous jackass.

So remember, swag and winning go hand and hand. False modesty is for losers.