On October 21st., a small group of SOMA Artisan’s Guild members gathered at Parteaz on Springfield Avenue to hear what “Pistol” Pete Kaufmann had to tell us about getting ourselves out of a rut, getting motivated, following our passions and being successful. With a name like “Pistol”, cool tattoos, I especially liked the dragon… and as a successful musician, and lifestyle coach we were all intrigued to meet this “out of the box” guy and hear what he had to tell us. We were not disappointed.
“Pistol” brought a great energy in to the room, much of what he had to tell us, as he said so himself we had all heard before. Much had drifted over our heads and not been acted on. “Pistol’s” delivery brought the importance of these various strategies to life for us and for me at least, energized me to hopefully follow through this time.
A big thanks to Katie Clayton for organizing this event.
Some Tips from “Pistol”
• Make sure you have multiple streams of income. When one dries up – which it will – you will have something to fall back on.
• Doing a fund raising event through your web site or Facebook page is a great way to bring potential customers to your site.
• Pay someone to put an e mail sign up link on your Facebook fan page.
• A newsletter is a great marketing tool.
• Choose a specific market. If you want to make money, you basically have to target the wealthy.
• Shy about asking the amount you would really like to be paid for your product or service. Write a check out to yourself for that amount and stick it on your fridge or somewhere where you will see it every day. It will be much easier to ask for that amount when the time comes.
• Be honest with yourself: Do you have the talent and knowledge to succeed in your chosen business. Not sure, ask your friends and family for an honest opinion.
• Self belief.
• Model what other successful people are doing or have done.
• Read autobiographies of successful people that you admire. Learn from them.
• Build up your social contacts. Contact at least five people a week by e mail, text message, telephone, etc… You never know where these contacts will lead.
• Read… Educate yourself… self help books, how to books, biographies, business books, blogs, take classes… there is a wealth of information out there.
• Live where your industry is.
• Make your 30 minute elevator speech to define what you do and who you are.
• Think outside the box.
• Set goals, whether it is how much money you want to make, or stores you want to be in etc…
• Make sacrifices… you will have to go with out to get to where you want to be…
• Take risks…
• Above all take responsibility for everything that happens to you.
All of you who could not make this meeting missed a really great evening, we all came away energized and I think with higher expectations of our selves and more confidence in our own individual missions.
The Answer – John Assaraf
“‘The Answer’ is inspiring… it motivates you to go after the grandest version of the greatest life and business you ever envisioned for yourself with the knowledge that it is absolutely possible. ‘The Answer’ gives you the tools to change your life. This is one of the most exciting books I have ever read.”
-Suzanne Somers, former television star, New York Times Best Selling Author
Rework, by Jason Fried and David Hansson.
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk (VAY*NER*CHUK)
Get Paid for Who You Are by David Wood
“Pistol” Pete Kaufmann is a professional musician, writer, lifestyle enhancement coach and motivational speaker who spends his time between New York City and Los Angeles. For almost a decade he’s toured America as the drummer for Amandla – led by Claude Coleman Jr. of Ween. He is also a contributing writer for Modern Drummer Magazine, having written more than a dozen articles, two cover interviews and a plethora of educational pieces focusing on the musician’s mind and thinking. He is owner of Rockin Lifestyle – a motivation company dedicated to creative people and creative living. Kaufmann has been coaching clients privately for over 10 years (including many well known artists) and teaches workshops internationally on reaching one’s full potential in life. He passionately believes that the attitude and power of rock ‘n’ roll can be applied to daily living to improve one’s overall state of happiness and success.