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What "Guru Retards" do you follow? Why?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Sherbert Hoover, May 16, 2016.

  1. Sherbert Hoover

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    This industry is rampant with guru retards. Sorry, guru mentally deficient. Those who are great at the sales end of it, but ultimately rope you into paying for things you could learn relatively easily on your own. They've all got their pros and cons. Most of us have probably bought into something at some point and regretted it afterwards. Hell, I recently spent $29 to get into Asian Efficiency's "Dojo", where I had access to a forum with a whole 2,000 posts, and a couple video series' regarding things that could easily be Googled. Needless to say, I already squeezed every bit of knowledge currently available out, and fit everything new I had learned onto one piece of notebook paper. Will not be renewing.

    The one GR I do follow religiously is Tim Ferriss. He gets salesy, and the first five minutes and last three minutes of his podcasts are legitimate sales spiels to pay the bills from affiliate income, but he's written three wonderful books. The problem for me? The Four Hour Workweek is a trailblazer... if you are a twenty something single white male with a good stockpile of cash or a great "muse". But I was able to grab some wonderful tidbits of knowledge. Same went for The Four Hour Body and The Four Hour Chef. 80% of it was filler, though. Case studies, backing up experiments with data and research, that kind of thing.

    But the real goldmine for me is the podcasts. Multi-hour interviews with people like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Norton, Matt Mullenweg, Peter Thiel, Chris Sacca, etc etc. What makes them tick, what they do to outperform, tips and tricks. Several of which I've incorporated into my daily life to great results (Slack, Wealthfront, a ton of book recommendations, cold showers in the morning, so on).

    What GR's have you fallen for, what has worked, what hasn't? Who is full of shit, who has the occasional nugget of wisdom?

    (stay the fuck out of this thread, Adrian and Franklin Hatchett)
     
  2. Ste Fishkin

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    None of them, they are retards.
     
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  3. Sherbert Hoover

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    Fair enough. Pack it up, boys. Threads all done.
     
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    I think I've unsubscribed from all of them. I used to be on the list of two very well known guru retards (something about rock stars or whatever) but I unsubscribed when I found out one of them was a convicted felon. His crimes included fraud.

    I love Google. They'll tell you everything you need to know about someone if they're famous enough. :)

    I do follow one for SEO information. I can't be arsed to find his name, but I like him. This forum has better info on SEO, but I just like reading his emails and blog posts.
     
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    When you're a noob you get impressed pretty quick by charismatic talkers like Rand Fiskin who know some nice theories. But once years go by and you figure out what works or not and then you listen to whiteboard fridays and you can't stop laughing then the charisma sorta fades away and the veil drops.

    Anyway, at the end of the day hat off to those guys. They make bank and seem to enjoy what they do. 90% of BHW members are either learning or too lazy to even start a project.
     
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    I love reading Seth Godin from time to time. The man has a way with words and I always learn something from him.

    As for the other gurus, I hate the motivational fluff most of them put out or whatever books they've read. I prefer the guys that show case studies, show their numbers and give actual methods you can try out.

    I like guys like LukePeerfly, iAmAttila, etc. I used to read MatthewWoodward alot but lost interest.
     
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    Im not a guru, but i am a retard.
     
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    I read posts from Jacob King. Other then that, nothing.
     
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    I used to read John Chow's stuff. But BHW has way better content.
     
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    I follow few that are not fully guru retards, they provide good info but they do monetize on it.
    One is Matt Diggity, good stuff on seo in general, onpage seo and pbns.
    Second is lionzeal.com, good stuff on pbns.
     
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    Only "gurus" I used to listen to were good ol' Tony Robbins and Frank Kern... That was back then... Now they pretty much rehash things...
     
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    Are you crowd-sourcing a USP for your new course? :p
     
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    Neil Patel. He's the only one I've subscribed newsletter of and actually read his blog.
     
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    Since I discover BHW Forum I decided to stop following several "guru retards". I found more useful the "IM journey" category than those "guru" eBooks or infoproducts.
     
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    I listen to my gut. Then I eat-up the competition.
     
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    Don't really follow any of them - I think anyone that is spending so much time giving out info is probably making a living from that itself rather than from what they are actually giving info about.
     
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    +1 for Tim Ferriss. I've only read 1 of 3, and at 300+ pages, The Four Hour Work Week isn't short on filler. But I found it to be an entertaining enough read to pull it off.

    Also enjoy his long-form podcast, but I haven't listened to it, or any others since I joined bhw and started working on my own project.

    Before I found this place I gave those d-bags from internet business mastery 7 dollars once, for pretty much nothing.
     
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    I follow this GR Sherbert Hoover or something, he used to love this guy called royserpa but he also hates him though :D
     
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    I don't read anything because I'm a typical millennial that gets lost in the fluff really easily. Even most money making threads on BHW I have 0 interest in reading because I know I'll never take action on them. I have my own projects that I want to see explode.

    I'd like to get a link to those podcasts you mentioned, though. Particularly the one with Chris Sacca. I enjoy watching him on Shark Tank (only show I watch now) and his tweets are honest and open.

    Actually, now that I think of it, I do follow successful entrepreneurs on Snapchat and I really enjoy it. No fluff as a snap can only be 8 - 10 seconds. They do "Snapstorms" and bring a lot of experience backed knowledge to the table. Justin Kan & Mark Suster are my go to. Watch them everyday.
     
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    I absolutely LOVE the driving with John Chow videos!! <sarcasm>

    Truly though, guys like him, Paul Counts, Mark Ling (Traffic Travis anyone?), etc. all have some level of value in the IM world. Many people lose their job or quit to start 'making money from home' and this is where the bigger boys like these GET PAID. It's newbies that give these guys rockstar status and they seem to have it all...then you find out what nobody will tell you when you get started in IM and what it's REALLY all about.