Get Money: 3. Do What You Gotta Do
You don’t need to be poor. There’s money all around you. You just gotta get in the way of some of it...
Poverty is painful. And I was poor for a long time. To be fair, it was my own doing. I didn’t bother going to school much. When I did go I had fun. And that meant I was always in trouble. I didn’t do any exams either. So I’m totally unqualified. Yet years later I was writing for many of Britain’s national newspapers and magazines. Nobody asked me if I had any O’Levels or if I had a degree. I’ve never even set foot in a university. Yet I’ve had my books published by Random House, Orion and St. Martin’s Press.
It goes to show you can do anything if you set your mind to it. You don’t need qualifications. You educate yourself. Well, not if you want to be a doctor or a dentist. But most other things you’ve just got to front it out. Believe in yourself.
And that’s exactly how I got out of poverty. The reason I lacked money was down to my deciding at twelve years old that I didn’t want a job. Who in there right mind wants to work forty hours a week in a job they detest? It made no sense to me. So I wasn’t having any of it. Thus I was poor.
In truth I wouldn’t have been much better off if I’d taken a job, as most people seem to live paycheck to paycheck. But I’d have been miserable and wouldn’t have had any free time. As it was I ducked and dived playing guitar in bands. I had fun and could get up when I liked. But lived hand-to-mouth.
Then one day I decided that I’d like to have some money. Mostly to buy a decent motorcycle and live in a reasonable place. And then when I had kids it seemed even more opportune to solve the pecuniary problem. Motorcycles were one thing; kids another.
It was time to enter the grown up world. For most people that would mean buckling down and getting a job. Not me. I was going to stick to my guns.
And then as fate would have it I met somebody who would become my mentor. This was Earl Marlowe, a singer from Trinidad who doubled as a voodoo doctor. He needed a guitar player and somebody told him to come and see me.
So one evening there was this loud bang on my door. I opened it and there was this bald-headed black guy in a feathered jacket and wearing purple-tinted shades. He asked me if I wanted to back him on a gig that very night. I said, “Yeah, why not.” I knew I could busk along to blues, reggae and calypso. And it worked out fine.
“If you wanna get seriously rich, what you need is magic money.”
Earl Marlowe (1933-1995), Trinidadian singer and voodoo man
After that we played a lot of gigs together. We also busked on the street and played on boats. Then one night he told me he was a voodoo doctor and had clients all over London. So I ended up helping him with that. Fixing up love spells and money spells for people; and removing hexes and conducting seances. I took it in my stride – mostly because I was already well versed in the occult and the paranormal, having been interested in both since childhood.
Mostly though it was all about “mind power” in the end. We were essentially helping people harness the power of their subconscious minds, the deeper aspect of ourselves which can bring real change in our lives.
My time with Earl is what led to me taking on his mantle and becoming a voodoo man myself. But that’s another story – one that’s told in my Doktor Snake’s Voodoo Spellbook (SnakeStone).
The big takeaway from Earl was how you can use the power of your mind to get the life you want. He was always scornful at the idea of “accepting your lot.” As far as he was concerned, you had all you needed within to change it.
On the subject of money, he would say, “You don’t need to be poor. There’s money all around you. You just gotta get in the way of some of it.”
But he had one proviso. “If you want money,” he said, “you gotta do what you gotta do. And you gotta dream it. You gotta see it in your mind and feel it deep down. You do that, there’s no stoppin’ you.”
That was like a “Eureka” moment for me. The realization that you’ve “gotta do what you gotta do” – that nothing can stop you IF you have the sheer audacity and bravado to actually do it. And also that your imagination (subconscious vision) is the key to getting ideas that can be turned into money.
But you do have to be focused. You do have to tell your subconscious that you have a mission and that any ideas it comes up with should center around getting money. And once ideas come you have to put them into practice, and have no fear of criticism – because you will find people try to undermine you when you stand up to be counted and try to create a money-making enterprise. You can’t be put off by others, which is why Earl said, “You gotta do what you gotta do.” Nothing and nobody must be allowed to stand in your way.
And that means you’ll very likely have to blow people out – like friends, for instance. If you’re hanging out with losers, get rid of them. They might be nice losers and you might feel guilty about it. Well, get used to it! Once you’ve blown out one person it’ll get easier. Three, you won’t bat an eyelid.
It’s nothing personal anyway. So why worry about it. You’re just doing what’s necessary to get rich.
“What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.”
Donald Trump (b. 1946), Entrepreneur and President of the United States
If you happen to be a weak loser I can hear you asking, “would you blow me out?”
Yep. Gone. History. Next… I’ve already moved on. You aren’t even in my mind any more. You don’t exist.
But if you’re not a weak loser, and are ready to get money, you need to adopt the same attitude.
Look at your friends in the cold light of day. Do they complain about their lives? Do they continually whine and moan? Are they welfare addicts? Big boozers? Heavy into drugs?
Yes? Blow ‘em out – NOW!
Get new friends – ones that inspire you. People that get on with things and walk the talk. If you can find successful friends, so much the better. You can learn from them. But don’t be a taker. Remember there has to be a “value exchange.” You gotta be mutually useful to each other, not to mention inspiring. If you’re a leech and just take, you’re a loser. Anybody successful will see that right away, and you’ll be blown out before you’ve uttered three words. Rightly so.
Friends are one thing. You might also need to look at your romantic relationships. You might have to dump a spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend. You have to look at them with clinical scrutiny. Ask yourself if they’re holding you back in any way; or if they’re bring more negativity than positivity to the table.
If you’re in love with them, you might need to turn this off. If it’s mostly sexual, it’s easy, you just find somebody else, be it free via Tinder or by hiring a prostitute that caters to your sexual orientation.
Love can be a bit of a problem. But it’s not hard to switch it off. You just picture the one you love in your mind’s eye, making the image smaller and in black and white; make it as dull as possible. Shrink it right down to the size of a tennis ball, then hurl it into space and into the sun. Do this visualization often, a few times a day – and every time your loved one springs to mind. Eventually you’ll wonder whatever you saw in them.
Emotional dependency is another thing. It gets mixed up with love. You think you love somebody. But in reality you’re emotionally dependent on them. If that’s the case, you have to analyse yourself and work out what it is you’re dependent on with your partner. Then find ways to overcome that dependency. Simply being aware that it’s there is a big help, as you’ll realize you don’t love your partner at all, or they’re really just a friend that you have sex with. That’ll make it far easier to get them out of your life.
So like I say, you gotta do what you’ve gotta do to make money and get rich. Clear the deadwood in your life – without mercy.
Tom Thumb – Gone!
Try this exercise if you’re having trouble bringing yourself to get rid of unwanted people in your life. Visualize the person you want to lose in the palm of your hand. Look down on them from above, see them about an inch high milling around in your hand. Now take a deep breath, hold your hand out in front of you, and blow them away, saying: “Gone! You’re out of my life!” This will get you comfortable with seeing the back of people you no longer want in your life.