How McCain, Obama, stocks, and the Bailout ballyhoo can boost your business today

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After taking the summer off I have been getting going on several inspired projects these last few weeks.

You know what I noticed?

My attention kept getting sucked into the election year pony race we call politics here in the US – and lately, the drum beat about the 700 Billion dollar bailout has stolen the show.

Yesterday in fact the stock market took a big dive (though not nearly as big as the larger percentage declines in 1987 and 1929 – just so you know).

So I decided to break my long break from posting and rant a little.

That’s what blogs are for, after all.

See, I have been involved in the stock market since about 1992 and have been through this before many times.

I know, the talking heads on TV are saying we’ve never seen a crisis like this before, but that’s not true.

The stock market sucked for the entire decade of the 1970’s (that’s how I explain the cause of Disco, by the way).

The early 80’s during the Carter administration were, well, a malaise.

The savings and loan crisis was all the rage there for a while in the late eighties… and we lived to talk about it.

The early 90’s sucked too… I know… I was graduating University and the future didn’t look so bright.

In 1994 (I think), the House Republicans, led by Newt Gingrich grabbed the headlines because they were threatening to stall the entire US Budget.

The Government was supposedly going to be crippled… everything shut down.

What happened? Nothing… they figured stuff out, we moved on.

Donald Trump and other real estate tycoons lost billions and bankruptcies were in the news… yet Trump, and real estate, rocketed back to prosperity within a few years.

Back in 1994 it was widely predicted by doomsayers that in 1995 the US Government’s debt would destroy our economy and we’d all be out on the streets.

I recall one book called, ‘Bankruptcy 1995′ that spelled out our inevitable doom in painful detail.

Instead, the largest bull market in stocks began that year and lasted until 2002.

Confession: I missed out on that bull market because I was convinced the doom and gloomers were right and ignored the ever rising stock market that was right in front of my face.


It’s expensive to listen to gloomy experts!

In 1998, the stock market volatility was absolutely off the charts during the efforts to impeach then President Clinton.

What happened?

The market actually moved higher… and President Clinton remained, well, President (though he may have cut back on his Intern intake).

(By the way, when I met Clinton in 2001 at Gibson’s steak house in Chicago he seemed just fine to me, popular as ever.)

Then, in 1999 the Y2K was all the rage and countless otherwise experts were wringing their hands and saying modern society was about to end.

I remember a chance half hour phone conversation with the late, great Gary Halbert where we both talked about what was supposedly to come.

I fully expected that on New Years Day 2000 I would be forced to hunt rabbits in the woods to feed my family… but instead I watched TV and ate popcorn because, well, nothing happened.

In 2002 the stock market crashed for several years as the Dot Com Dumb Dumb party came to an end when the music stopped… lots of folks got laid off (me, too!).

What happened?

Oh the horror… I never got another job again…. because I thrived as my own boss when I discovered Internet Marketing (see, you really can make money online, unlike the Dot Com dodos).

By the way, the stock market recovered nicely and went up from 2003 to well, 2008, without a lot of fan fare in the media (go figure).

The Japanese stock market collapsed and stayed down for like 12 years (even though in 1989 it was widely feared the Japanese were buying up all of America, starting with our prize golf courses… GASP!!!).

Oddly enough, Japan seems to have survived, too.

Ross Perot said NAFTA was going to swoosh us all down the TIDY BOWL in a giant sucking sound.

And the Great Lakes used to be so toxic that they caught on fire…

Wolves were about to be extinct (and now they are eating just about everything in our national parks).

Let’s see, what else have I been warned about and lived through in my 39 years…

Global Freeze (in the 70’s), Acid Rain (in the 80’s) and of course, the Cold War (remember the USSR???).

Today we’re worried about Global Warming (ha… no irony there. Wish they’d make up their minds… which is it, FREEZE or WARMING???), The Bailout or failure of Wall Street, Main Street… we used to even worry about Sesame Street – because supposedly PBS was going to go under.

In the late 70’s we were running out of oil… oh, hmm… over 30 years later we’re still ‘running out of oil’.

I’ve survived Pokemon and Teletubbies and Barney the dorky purple dinosaur, too.

We nearly lost Apple but Microsoft swooped in and gave them a bunch of money (now that one was funny!) and now we have iPods across America.

And in 2012, according to the Mayan Calendar, we’re going to see some folks ‘ascend’ while those who are less evolved spiritually will have to stay here and suffer more ‘life’ as we know it.

It sounds like a New Age Armageddon to me.

I’m not holding my breath, thank you.

I’ve set my Palm Treo to alert me on New Years 2013 to send out an email saying “WRONG AGAIN!!!!”

The tabloids pretty much call for the End of Days to occur every year.

We could, I think, schedule the weekend after Labor Day as Armageddon Day.

Yet… I’m still here to write you this breezy blog post on the World Wide Web (which supposedly is running out of IP addresses by 2010… GASP!!!).

Last week I read, to my surprise, that my bank, Washington Mutual (WAMU) had become the largest (300Billion) bank to fail in US history.

Then, minutes later, I read that JP Morgan Chase (worth like 2 trillion) bought WAMU for 1.98 Billion and saved the day.

(My apologies to folks who owned WAMU stock, though… their money just went POOF).

I can relate… I lost $20 grand in one day in 1993 when Gold tanked that August (I lived).

And that’s what happens… strong companies buy up assets like WAMU on the cheap during down times… setting up the economy for future growth.

It’s the circle of economic life my friend, not a crisis or the end of the US as we know it (contrary to what all the uber ninnies on the news are telling us).

As you’ll see, the real question is: How do you put yourself in a position of strength to thrive in up and down times?

More on that in a minute…

When the folks try to scare us, they never talk about how throughout history we’ve found ways to adapt, overcome, and survive… and even thrive… in the face of disaster, change, crisis, and doom.

Human beings respond to crisis, problems and trouble by finding solutions – and that is what the doom and gloomers don’t ever seem to factor in.

Ingenuity and the strength of the human spirit.

If you go back to the economist Thomas Malthus in the 19th century, he predicted that we’d run out of food and the world would starve to death — and he’s been wrong for over 200 years.

That’s why I call doom and gloomers ‘Malthusian Morons’.

FACT: The Chicken Little Brigade has almost ZERO credibility.

We should line them up and hose them down with giant streams of silly string and crank Boy George on giant loudspeakers and put a video of the whole thing on YouTube.

These nervous nellies profit from our fear and yet their track record of being wrong is breathtaking.

It amazes me contantly that they are not held accountable for their stupidity when the bad things DON’T come to pass and discredited thoroughly.


Because sadly, I’ve found that some of the greatest tragedies I’ve seen in my life, like 9/11, Huricane Katrina, and earth quakes, tsunamis, and other disasters were not predicted or prevented in any real way at all.

I mean, who predicted that the Titanic would sink???

Or that we’d have World Wars???

Where does that leave us?

Any thinking person can see that at times things like depressions, natural disasters, war, and more do happen and that is unfortunately a part of life as we know it.

But the media doesn’t want you to ‘think’… they want you to be afraid and dependant and turn to them for ‘comfort’ day in and day out (bad, bad idea… they never report ‘good news’).

To my knowledge, worrying about such events has not prevented any of them!

Action and imagination solve problems a whole lot better than ‘worrying’.

After all…

Napoleon Hill didn’t write, ‘Worry and Grow Rich’, did he?

However, the doomsayers predict doom almost every day it and the media seems eerily cheerful in reporting on anything negative that happens around the world in real time, 24 hours a day year round (yay CNN! Way to go!!! Everyone watch the Crappy News Network… NOT).

What is missing is perspective.

Miracles, recovery, healing, new discoveries, massive profits, enlightenment, giving, growth, birth, beauty and joy are ALSO happening every day around the world.

But you’d never know about it if you rely on the NEWS media for your view of reality.

If you want to profit from these times, let McCain, Obama, the stock market, real estate woes and the nattering ninnies in Congress shuffle papers around to their hearts content and beat their chests with fury and indignation at the state of The Nation and The World.

And ignore them.

Pretend they are all talking in a Donald Duck voice and laugh instead if you are tempted to get sucked back in to the drama.

If you have real estate problems or stock troubles, educate yourself on how to best deal with those issues.

Don’t wait for the government to bail everyone out… ain’t gonna happen.

Don’t envy or resent the ‘rich’, join them!

Your best option is to increase your income by growing a profitable business of your own.

Seek out those who ARE successful and learn what they are doing.

Stay current on what is working in your industry… and in marketing.

Here’s an example… I’m going to Big Seminar to do just that this weekend in Atlanta with my friends Pat Obryan and Bill Hibbler.

I’ll be seeing many more great and successful friends and fellow members of the the AM2.O Platinum mastermind group there, too.

I’ll be surrounded by about 500 people who all are focused on one thing: growing their internet businesses…

I regularly attend seminars, workshops, and other live events to feed my brain and my energy.

This summer I went to events like Unseminar 5, I put on The Inspired Product Creation Workshop with Pat Obryan, and I also spent time masterminding to grow my business, too.

It’s all about controlling the input and filtering out anything that is unhelpful.

I surround myself with people who share my values and avoid spending much time (if any) with people who talk nothing but gloom and doom.

That’s how you profit no matter what the economy is doing.

Save yourself, save the world… IN THAT ORDER.

But it’s hard to grow a business when you focus your attention on the drama in the news every day.

Fear, depression, worry, and angst suck…. it sucks the life, the energy, the optimism, and even the ability to act for your own benefit.

Fear is seductive… and the media makes money when you give them attention and buy (literally) into their scary stories.

Just say NO to all that… but more importantly, say YES to your own power to creat your life and expect what you want to happen.

While everyone else is getting the heck scared out of them by the headlines, you can tune all that negative noise out and focus on what YOU can affect… YOUR OWN FUTURE.

These distractions can help you boost your business if you can keep your head on straight while everyone else is glued to the news, wasting time and energy on that stuff.

You get an edge by channeling your energy into growth, progress, and the next step in front of you today.

You’ll see more sales, growth from your efforts.


Focus your attention on how you can help your customers to feel better, solve their problems, and profit more in these so called ‘bad times’.

The ‘worse’ times are perceived to be… the more problems you can solve.

That’s how politicians, the media, and the economy can help make YOU wealthy.

Take action on this advice and you’ll reap the rewards.

That is the upside of going through ‘down’ times.

I can tell you from personal experience, that works a whole lot better than worrying about stuff you can’t control or listening to gloomy idiots on the boob tube.

Whenever you feel fearful or down, turn that feeling into fuel to to fix your own life.

Take the next step to your own economic recovery.

Do you need more traffic, a website, to build your list, a product… or… what?

Identify what it is and go for it.

Focus on what you need to do next, not on the unknown future.

I’ve fallen for the doom and gloom dummies many times in my life… and I’m here to say… I’m alive and I’m in the game. Let’s play :)

Focus on what you can do… and let God sort out the rest.

Here’s the deal… you know it and I know it.

Bad news is we’re all going to die and we don’t know when or why or how… fact.

The good news is that until then you are free to move about your life and take action to live it fully… also a fact.

And when you die, none of this stuff will be your concern anymore anyway… so why worry about death either?

See, nothing to worry about :)

Truly, the only thing we have to fear is…. yep, fear itself.

So tell the fear mongers to stuff it and focus on your playing your own game to win.

What’s the quickest and easiest way to profit?

Model what successful people and companies are doing (no big surprise there).

Look to what’s working and use that as your guide… not the nit wits in the news (they’d have you believe EVERYONE is failing).

If you can, get a change of scene.

Isolation is a bad idea when you are struggling.

Like I said, I’m going to Big Seminar this weekend…. Armand Morin is a great friend and a perfect example of someone successful to model.

Hey, if you can make it, join me there and get out of the house.

Even if you can’t make it, check out what he has to say on his site, check out his attitude and you’ll see it’s 180 degrees from the media doom and gloom.

By the way, he’s made in the neighborhood of $50 million in his internet marketing career… so you could say he’s got a successful model.

Choose carefully…

Every day I read, listen to mp3’s, and watch videos on all kinds of subjects about what IS working.

I recommend you do the same.

Stay tuned… I’m going to do my part to help by sharing helpful stuff you can use to grow your business no matter what’s going on in the news.

My goal is to have you look back on these days and smile because they helped boost you to new heights.

My name is Craig Perrine, and I approved this message ;)

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Mr. Twenty Twenty September 30, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Hi Craig,

Great post.

Keep life simple.

Stay focused on what you want, what works, and take action.

Hugs mate,


Barb September 30, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I love this post! Thank God for a voice of reason, and humor. Thanks Craig.

Pat "Bubba" O'Bryan September 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Welcome back!

Nice to see you blogging again.

c’ya in Atlanta.

Rebecca September 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Hey Craig,

Good post. I agree with you completely and I, too, have lived through some dire predictions….and nothing happened.

I wanted to let you know that Nostradamus predicted Hitler, World Wars, and even September 11th centuries ago, although you have to figure out what he is talking about AFTER the event, and Ruth Montgomery has also predicted the end of times, however, she also predicted Obama, too, so I am hoping the presidential part will be correct.

Have a good time in Atlanta!

Robby LeBlanc September 30, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Hi Craig,
Excellent post man!

Thanks for reminding me because I found myself getting
sucked into the negative! Guilty!

But in your last paragraph…
“Every day I read, listen to mp3’s, and watch videos on all kinds of subjects about what IS working.”

Stay focused on the solutions and what is working NOW!
Thanks again…

Good to hear from you again…

See you soon,
Robby LeBlanc

Chris Swain September 30, 2008 at 7:47 pm


Kick ass post! I couldn’t agree with you more!

The stock market has a hiccup & the world is coming to an end. I guess it was a great day if you had a couple of puts on the NASDAQ.

Hope to see you at Big Seminar – may have to do another late night at Steak & Shake … You’ll find me at the bar (lol)



Eleanor September 30, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Hi Craig,

This is awesome. I too hate all these pessimism in the media. Yesterday I watched CNN and I was sick to listen to the same messages over and over again.

Yours are a breath of fresh air.

Yes, we can’t reply on the Government, or on others. The only thing we can do to live through these hard times is to focus, learn, work, and more focus. Opportunities are everywhere; if only we can stop those noises and just concentrate.

This is so inspiring. I hope more people will read this post and get stimulated.



Steve Little September 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Hey Craig –

Well done!


Craig Perrine for President.

Woo Hoo!


get back to work. LOL

Seriously Craig – We really need more level-headed thinking like ours to snap the sheeple back to the truth.

The media has one agenda and one agenda only – continue to weaken and poison the minds of American citizens.

Know what I say? “That big talk’s worth doodly squat.”

People People People – stop thinking and worrying about this silly stuff. It will work out. Here is what I predict.

A number of people, a broad list including D. Trump and me, will pool their resources and buy all the bad debt. This will stimulate the economy and secure everyone’s precious 401K (which is probably insufficient to last 40 years of retirement anyway) WITHOUT creating and even larger government with even more regulatory power to screw up with, an additional tax burden and paving the legislative path for all out socialism…

When the dust settles, the conscious capitalists who stepped up will sell the debt overseas at a modest profit and alls well.

But if you keep listening to the dooms day dribble from the media there will be too much meta-physical friction to get the job done.

At least this is my opinion…thanks for allow me to rant in chorus.

As always Twenty has it boiled down to clear crystaline purity.

Steve Little

Amy Flynn (Amy~AllAboutEnergy) September 30, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Great post Craig! You said it like it is! I too am sick of the doom and gloom and just tune it out. My focus is on staying positive, feeling joyful and creating from that space. Experience has shown me that wonderful things come from the space of joy and not so wonderful from the space of worry. Worry doesn’t feel good and isn’t productive either, usually focus is diluted so nothing much is accomplished.

I agree with what you and Mr2020 essentially say. Stay focused on what you want, (not what you don’t want), and take inspired action from there.

Love and Joy!


Chris Sherrod September 30, 2008 at 8:19 pm

I know the doomers have the worst track history of all time. Business is about adapting to current conditions. – Chris Sherrod

Matt September 30, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Craig, you are right on in everything you said- I’m not much of a believer in the Law of Atraction as a “science” per se, but I think everyone will agree that we need to be very careful what we feed into our head-

I keep wondering when somebody is going to start a T.V. channel that just shows “Good News” all day long- Isn’t there a market for this? Part of me is afraid there isn’t…

Craig Perrine September 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

I’m glad you guys and gals like this post… had to get it off my chest. An inspired rant, if you will.

It’s great to post again… stay tuned, got more good stuff coming.


Bob Deschner September 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm

Hi Craig,

Great Blog! Nice to hear the Voice of Reason.

Contrary to what the media jar heads want people to believe, people are making a fortune in the stock market right now.

I am up 100% in two weeks by day trading against the rumors–buying calls on the massive down days and buying puts on the massive up days.

The smart big boys are making a fortune by buying assets for pennies on the dollar from the big boys who did stupid things.

Condemn them all if you want, but buy the smart big boys and win with them.

The Best,

Bob Deschner

Tara Reed October 1, 2008 at 1:06 am


You rock! This is what we need to remember –can you call my parents? They are leading the “Fear Parade” and keep trying to make me join. :)

The Inspired Product Creation Workshop was great — has added a new cash flow stream to my business and increased my group of artists I consider friends — fabulous! (If they offer it again people– GO! It’s a good time and a great education!)

Stay with us and keep us on an even-keel, K?

Thanks! Tara

Ming October 1, 2008 at 6:32 am

Great post, Craig!

Well versed, too. Couldn’t agree more.
No wonder, I skipped reading the papers lately: too discouraging, sucking up your energy over nothing.


Susan October 1, 2008 at 7:46 am

THANK YOU!!!!! This is perfect timing.

Buz McGuire October 1, 2008 at 10:23 am

Well said! The sky is not falling, and fear-mongering has been a fact of life throughout known history (probably pre-history, too). It’s just that today’s professional fear-mongers, whether pundit or politician, can spread their fear in a naosecond across the globe via the TV and the Web. People need to quit wallowing in negativity.

Thank you for injecting sanity into an world gone mad with fear.


Pam Bertrand October 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Hey Craig!

You’ve hit the nail on the head! We need to digg this post everybody…

It’s so true, everything that you wrote and I loved the history capsule because we all tend to forget that everything goes up and down in cycles and yes, we always survive.

Having transplanted to Argentina in 2000, I arrived just before their economic meltdown in 2001 and even though people walked around with their heads down for a few months, it was inspiring to see them get innovative and take back their pride and rebuild over the next few years.

Well, I’m still here and economically, they’re moving up every year and it’s fun to see this “second-world” country get organized in their manufacturing and (gasp!) marketing efforts.

If we didn’t have these wake-up calls, how boring would life be? People, countries, money just doesn’t/don’t “disappear” during a crisis, it’s how YOU choose to position yourself to benefit from it. Because someone out there is always benefiting, you can be sure.

Position yourself away from the negative rhetoric and focus on what people need and then go have fun creating that, meeting people that you never would have met otherwise and get after it!

Thanks Craig for showing us once again that inspiration is the key and that our only limits are those that we place on ourselves.

Glad you’re back! Looking forward to your new posts…

Pam :)

Stacey October 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Thanks Craig for a great post! I am focusing on abundance and your article came my way which was perfect.

CNN is like the life sucks shirts focusing on what you don’t need or want more of. I would rather have a Life is Good shirt.

Thanks for putting out a post to give a voice of reason and making me laugh. (if worry and grow rich worked there would be a lot less old ladies working at Walmart and McD’s)

Matt Gill October 1, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Nice post Craig -keep them coming.

- MG

PS: silly string firehose….that’s great!

Jen Blackert October 1, 2008 at 1:34 pm

You are a rock star :) In a world with such doom and gloom–let’s not feed the collective consciousness with this negativity! Now is the time to be present, be peaceful, and do what we can do to — as you put it — save ourselves :) hee hee..

Jennifer Herold October 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Awesome post Craig! I sat here nodding my head yes, yes, yes throughout the whole read. Beautifully written so I put your blog link on my own blog.

Wish I could make Big Seminar this year, but no-can-do..maybe next year.

Take care and see ya soon,


R.A.L. West October 1, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Inspiring post
Great timing

Jack Humphrey October 1, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Do you really think you’re still going to be using an antique Palm Trio in 2013?

You had me at Ross Perot. Lost me at Treo alerts in 2013. :)

Trick or Treat October 2, 2008 at 12:42 am

Hi Craig readers n posters wow what a post more like a book very interesting read … like you I have been aware even a victim at one stage of my working life? of a bad economy melt-downs one way or another in the past it was only a decade ago we all suffered a Simula state of misery, torment with the leaders of the world taking their eyes of the economic ball and we all had to suffer years of doom and gloom … only to enjoy the fruits of this past few years of boom boom boom mostly fueled by greed …

One point my father explained to me which always stays clear in my mind-set is … capitalist governments seem to be able to rule there people with debt … communist governments seem to rule there people with hunger either way its always the people who have to foot the bill with blood sweat and tears that’s the way the globe goes around I guess … to stay sane we all should not take life so seriously a blog read a day or better still a good laugh a day keeps those down-turns away like your namesake below…The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin – title sequence

Thanks for this good read all my best to you and your economy
Phillip Skinner

Wendy Roob October 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm


Thanks for a great thought provoking and funny post!

Most of all, thank you for reminding us what resilient creatures we are!!!!!

Live consciously, enthusiastically, and inspired!


Chris Lockwood October 2, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Great post, Craig. Much of the gloom and doom talk on the news right now is the media trying to get their guy elected – watch it calm down by mid-Nov.

Bob Caruso October 3, 2008 at 1:07 am


What a hoot ! I laughed my ass off, great sense of perspective of what the Drive By Media is all About.

All The Best !


Camille Winnie October 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Thanks Craig. A voice of reason in unreasonable times. You always do tell it like it is.

Young Che October 5, 2008 at 10:25 am

Great attitude Craig. You hit the nail on the head again. Thanks for the insight. I think I may have to rethink ATL and be there.

Peter Palatnik November 1, 2008 at 1:50 am

Craig, I just read about you on Mark Joyner’s excellent book “The Great Formula” (anyone reading this who’s serious about their business NEEDS to get that knowledge burned into their brain cells pronto) and I can honestly say that you’re one of the sharpest minds I have ever come across.

I do like to know where I am standing and always look to think by myself as much as I can. I like to know how thinks work but also don’t want to freak out on things I can’t control, like the weather and other catastrophes.

I think you’re right on your approach on what has, what is and what will happen in the future, and the best thing we can do is take control of our reality and do our best to get the things we want, everything else is just a noisy background trying to make us lose sight from our main target.

The government and their folks have always set-up the stage like a big movie where each of us is playing the main role, the thing is, just as Jack Nicholson would say during the intro of ‘The Departed’ movie: “I don’t wanna be a product to my environment, I want my environment to be a product of me” and I think that’s just the way I want to close this comment.

Take care and keep it up!

All the Best,
Peter Palatnik

P.S. This Blog post might be the best I’ve ever read this year. Seriously, so thanks for sharing.

Jeff November 15, 2008 at 6:44 am

Don’t bang on Barney. He brought a lot of peace to my home!

Great rant. It captures the reasons why I pulled the plug on my cable TV (now we have Barney video’s).

Talking heads are there to make MONEY for themselves. Now I make money for me and my family. I don’t need their negativity!

Brian July 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Craig, you’re the greatest guru in Internet Marketing!

Jonathan Bota November 23, 2009 at 4:31 am

Hello Craig

Unfortunately, this is the first time I ran across your blog and posts.
In my mind I already started thinking that I was like a dinosaur on it’s way to extinction but I ran across your posting and you know what, I don’t feel alone anymore. I finally found people that use their God given minds which is the one thing that separates human beings from animals. Over the past couple years I observed people become like sheep ready for the slaughter all thanks to the mighty Media.
Personally I went a little to the extreme by getting rid of my TV sets but like you said I too found myself sucked in to all that negativity and had to regain my focus at all costs.

Thanks for the great post, is like a breath of fresh air.

Keep up the good work and I’ll be looking for your next entry.

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