Madonna Madness – Making Money By Staying Relevant – and Remarkably Untalented!

Madonna, Queen of Pop

Can she sing? Debatable. Can she dance? Perhaps. Can she act? LOL. Could these attributes explain the real reason behind Madonna’s status as a 25-year long, money-making icon? No! As Madonna had proven to the world, an abundance of real talent isn’t necessary for acquiring substantial wealth. It all comes down to how you market what you have.

For example, you might have the best, most brilliant ideas at work, but if you can’t convince your colleagues that this is so — if you don’t excite and move them into action –you might as well remain silent in your cubicle. So, the key to success then can be defined as: Make people interested in you. It doesn’t matter how you win them over, just get there!

“Like a virgin, touched for the very first time.” — Madonna, Like a Virgin

The first big break for making significant cash is the most important one, and hardest to obtain. Don’t spend your entire life waiting for it, make it happen. Bare your cone-shaped bra to the world (yes ladies, you too 🙂  ) and usher in the excitement. Therefore, at work, you need to make your purpose known. Inform your boss of your goals, ask for his/her advice on how to get there, and overdeliver by never getting trapped in the status quo.

“Some girls they like candy and others they like to grind. I’ll settle for the back of your hand somewhere on my behind.” — Madonna, Hanky Panky

Excuse me? Tell me that didn’t get your attention. Unfortunately, the default position for people is to be mundane and, relatedly, a few monthly salaries away from homelessness. Therefore, don’t be generic. You have to open up to being more of a risk-taker in order for opportunities and money to come your way.

I don’t know about you, but plugging away at the 9-5 doing robotic tasks, so I can retire in my 60’s and in mediocre health is not for me. Take a risk, such as leading an ambitious project in the office, going back to school for the career that you actually love, or launching a start-up business from your basement and beyond, are all possible examples. Of course, before taking such a step, it is essential to conduct basic market research, which is relatively easy to do for anyone with a home computer or, at most, access to a library.

“Do I have to change my name, will it get me far? Should I lose some weight, am I gonna be a star?” — Madonna, American Life

Constant reevaluation and reinvention is also a must, or you will become equivalent to yesterday’s news, and people will lose interest. The same old thing over and over again rarely works. Ask yourself? How can I improve this? How can I make my product more innovative? How can I appeal to a broader demographic? When I look at the really successful people I’ve encountered in my life, they all have one thing in common: they’re never truly satisfied with a final goal. They’re always striving forward. You can do the same and your rewards will keep growing.

“Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it, strike a pose there’s nothing to it” — Madonna, Vogue

Maybe you’re the humble type, but it’s time to push yourself and take credit for your successes. Perhaps you re-organized the way email is handled at your company, and it makes everyone’s workday significantly easier. That’s great, but the boss can’t recommend you for that big promotion if your name isn’t embedded in their memory. No need to brag or be super provocative, the equivalent of burning a cross in a music video, but do be proactive, for instance by requesting feedback: What did you think of the way I managed this task? Is there anything you’d recommend for the future? etc’

“Freedom comes when you learn to let go.” — Madonna, Power of Goodbye

What’s another key to success? Be aware, not afraid. You have to go out on a limb, and you have to do it confidently if you want others to follow you out there. It is undoubtedly a hard thing for people to overcome the feelings of self doubt, which can creep up when bigger tasks are at hand. However, remind yourself that you are absolutely capable and can go as high as your aspirations take you, and this can only be achieved by keeping a positive spirit and a healthy work-life balance.

“I’m not sorry, it’s human nature.” — Madonna, Human Nature

Okay, maybe I’m a little bit sorry. People are intrinsically compassionate, and we do want to see others do well. But if you always put everyone else first, where does that leave you? Last. Last, and a really nice person. The goal is to be a star at a certain task, be at the top of your field, work at accumulating your wealth but also give back some goodies to the less fortunate. So I’m not saying you need to be a cutthroat b– person, but you will have to develop a fighting spirit to stand out and succeed.

“Until I learned to love myself, I was never ever lovin’ nobody else.” — Madonna, Secret

Lastly, while they can be a valuable resource, try not to rely solely on the opinions of others to tell you if you’ve selected the right path. Sometimes to reach your ambitions, financial and otherwise, you have to go with your own gut feeling. Certainly such an approach may sometimes be controversial and be as effective as Madonna’s role in the B-movie “Swept Away”, but to a greater degree, standing out from the crowd will ultimately produce the joyful “Holiday”-type experiences we all crave. The key is always to think how to reach that conspicuous level in your niche and prevail.

The Shameless Guide to Kissing Ass and Getting Paid

Kissing ass, sucking up, brown nosing.Kissing-Ass.jpg

We have lots of terms for trying to make someone like you, almost all of them dirty. It’s seen as a manipulative, shallow, and dishonest.

But damn if it isn’t effective.

If you master the art of charming people, everything becomes easier — making the sale, getting the promotion, keeping your job. You’ll make more money, create more friendships, and feel more secure.

The key is doing it right. Kissing ass has gotten a bad rap because so many people are bad at it. They’re like amateur magicians that the crowd boos because their tricks are obvious.

Unfortunately though, the technique is light on training materials. You can’t take Brown Nosing 101 in college or browse through the Sucking up section at the bookstore.

What we need is a guide for how to kiss ass effectively… which is why I’ve written one.

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