The Beatles’ Money Making Secret

by Brad Isaac on August 28, 2006

“Somebody said to me, ‘But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.’ That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’” — Paul McCartney

This has to be my favorite money making quote of all time.

I love it. It is the type of message that gets stuck in my craw. The wisdom you can take from it is if you have a unique skill, you can work at it until it’s a new house, car, boat or swimming pool.

All you need to do is hammer your most profitable skill over and over. Trade the skill for money and boom! You’ve just written your own swimming pool.

Software programmers can program their own Hawaiian vacations. Chefs can cook their own Porsches. A house painter can paint his own 401k. And yes, a writer can write his own swimming pool. The list goes on..

The great thing about this is you don’t have to trade one painting for a million dollars. All you need is to do something that makes you a dollar or two of profit and then go from there. Mass produce that skill or service. Convert it into another product. Spin off into new areas. Lather, rinse and repeat. Trade that skill or product until you have the money for your swimming pool.

You also don’t have to quit your day job and throw yourself into full time “swimming pool” writing. You can work it as a side business. Like I said, the main objective is to make a few bucks from something you are good at, and then do it again, again and again.

I’d be curious to hear what others of you are going to be writing, cooking, coding or building. I’m thinking about programming a Sea Ray myself ;)

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August 29, 2006 at 8:49 am

Well-put. Perhaps instead of blogging for dollars we should all be blogging for business jets? It puts a definite physical entity in your mind, rather than a bunch of dead presidents or, in the case of Canada (where I’m livin’), random pictures of hockey-playing kids.

August 29, 2006 at 10:57 am

Unfortunately, I’m still in the territory of writing myself a new pack of gum or postage stamp. My margins are too lean and my volume is too low.

I’m still looking for the best way to leverage my expertise.

Brad Isaac August 29, 2006 at 12:03 pm

Dustin, thanks for stopping by. Your Organization Part I: Getting Things Done? is both funny and a good way of using the pressure of committing to other people to get on teh right track.

Andrew, I think you’ve got some other stuff up your sleeve besides blogging.
Considering you are market testing book ideas, you are doing what virtually no one else does…which is making sure the market wants your idea before you pour your heart, soul and time into writing a book. Keep at it, you’ll hit the right idea.

B. Riley August 29, 2006 at 3:04 pm

Well since I’m just a slacker, I can’t wait to start slacking my way to a new Benz!

Brad Isaac August 29, 2006 at 8:30 pm

If Richard Linklater could do it so can you. LOL

August 30, 2006 at 10:03 am

I’m trying to write myself a new guitar. Bingo.

B. Riley August 30, 2006 at 10:49 am

Slacking your way to a new Benz is nearly as likely as Spending your way to wealth. LOL!

Brad Isaac August 31, 2006 at 9:32 pm

Norman, what type of guitar you getting? I’m a Telecaster fan myself.

September 5, 2006 at 4:50 am

Great advice. I think it’s time to start writing my way to a new home.

Julian Hebbrecht October 31, 2006 at 6:21 pm

The great thing about this is you don’t have to trade one painting for a million dollars. All you need is to do something that makes you a dollar or two of profit and then go from there.

Yeah, a dollar at the time and then keep doing it for a couple of hundred years till you get your million! Get real!

Brad Isaac November 1, 2006 at 12:06 am

Julian, sounds like the negativity has really got you boxed in. I wasn’t talking about a dollar a day, or a dollar an hour even. But if you can make something that makes you a dollar, eventually you could mass produce. Sell a thousand. Sell 10,000 a day.

besides a dollar is just an example. Maybe your first creation could be $100.00 who knows. I definitely know you won’t get far with that attitude though.

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