“You Could Die Today”

“All men die…
But not all men will truly live.”

Dear Friend,

A few days ago I had an epiphany about how I can help you make a lot of money.

Do ya wanna know when this idea occurred to me?

It came to me in a flash of inspiration after I had been poked and prodded with all kind of sharp stainless steel instruments, injected with radiation, restrained like a mental patient and crammed in a gigantic machine that looks like a futuristic torture device from the Star Trek series. (The original with Captain Kirk… not the one with the nancy-boy captain with the fruity foreign accent.)

Torture me if you will... but I'll NEVER disclose the rebel base location!

Torture me if you will, you Klingon bastards... but I'll NEVER disclose the location of the secret Star Fleet training base!

There I was for God knows how long with nothing to do but try and think positive thoughts.

So I thought about YOU and the best way I can help you.

Here’s what I came up with.

Drum roll, please…

I’m going to have a seminar!

This seminar is going to be quite different from any other seminar you’ve ever been to or read about.

For the first time ever I’m going to reveal the most important secrets Gary Halbert personally shared with me that will completely transform your income and lifestyle in record time.

With God as my witness I can look you in the eye and tell you NONE of the current crop of “gurus” are disclosing these secrets anywhere. Not in print, online or in seminars. In fact, they couldn’t teach this stuff even if they WANTED to. They don’t even know this stuff exists. The only person you can get it from is little old me.

I am one of the few people alive today uniquely qualified to teach you the jealously-guarded “behind the scenes” secrets of the most successful direct marketers in the world.

I promise I’ll go into more detail in a future newsletter.

But first I’d like to tell you why I decided to do a seminar after all these years of being an “under the radar” behind the scenes “non-guru” guy.

(And no, it’s not for the money. I’ll probably lose money with all the expenses necessary to put on an event of this caliber.)

Where was I? Oh yeah… why I decided to do a seminar when the very LAST thing I want to do is throw my hat into the “guru ring” and be associated with that crowd.

You see, it all started when I went to a tactical firearms training course a few months back. (When the zombie attack comes, DD is gonna be prepared.)

Anyhoo… at the beginning of the class the instructor handed out the liability release forms. These are usually boring forms written by a lawyer with a bunch of “legalese” explaining that you won’t sue if you get injured.

But this form was different. At the very top of the form in big, bold 48 point font it said…

“I could die today…”

That was an interesting way to get everybody’s attention. And I appreciate their brutal honesty. NOTHING is completely safe and there definitely are risks in using a firearm. Most instructors try to sugar-coat it.  The truth is… you really could die.

Now in a different lifetime (which I might reveal one day) I was involved in over 100 armed encounters with some really bad people… and I’m happy to say I emerged the victor in every single case.  I was much younger and stupider then and thought I was invincible. In fact, only a handful of times was I really scared and thought I was going to die. The truth is… I cheated death a BUNCH of times. I just didn’t realize it at the time. Unfortunately, a lot of my friends weren’t so lucky.

But enough of that. (When I start thinking about it, the nightmares start coming back… and it took YEARS to get rid of those.)

So after being away from my former life for a little over twelve years now, this guy handing me a paper that said “I could die today” kinda shocked me back into reality and reminded me of how many times I’ve cheated the Grim Reaper.

I’m happy to report that I didn’t die in the training course… but it got me thinking about my own mortality.

Many doctors agree that your lifestyle is 80% responsible for your health and heredity is responsible for the other 20%.

On one side of my family there’s nothing but crappy health. My grandfather not only had cancer but aggravated the situation by drinking himself to death, all his kids are alcoholics, my grandmother died of cancer in her early 30′s, and my mom died of cancer in her early 50′s. When “The Big Guy” was handing out the health genes, that side of the family got the short end of the stick.

If 20% of health problems are hereditary, I’m 10% screwed.

But the OTHER side of the family is a different story. Both my grandparents lived pretty healthy lives and both almost made it to the ripe old age of 100. So hopefully this healthy side of the family will take up some of the slack from the drunk/cancer side.

A few weeks ago, as I was shaving and pondering my combination of crappy genetics on one side and longevity on the other… I noticed something that didn’t look quite right.

So I did what any healthy red-blooded American male would do…

I ignored it.

Just like I did last year when I fractured my L-5 vertebra and ruptured three disks. I just kept on working out three days a week, squatting 315 lbs. for reps, going to tactical firearms training courses, crawling through the woods on my belly and doing everything I normally would in spite of the excruciating pain.

After all, a REAL man doesn’t let a major debilitating injury stop him, right?

Dumb, dumb, dumb…

Believe you me… I’m still paying the price for that little act of macho bravado… and probably will the rest of my life.

This time my wife had a plan…

She tricked me into going to the doctor. She made an appointment for herself and once we were in the office she “turned the tables” on me.

Sneaky little Colombiana!

That very same day, the doc started ordering nuclear scans, ultrasounds, MRIs and all kinds of poking, stabbing and prodding with sharp objects. I guess he wasn’t encouraged with the prognosis.

It’s actually been a GOOD thing though. It made me start thinking that I don’t want to die “with my music still in me.” There’s still a LOT I need to accomplish.

If I died any time soon… and my family was HONEST about what they would put on my tombstone, it would say:

“Here lies Doberman Dan. He was born, he showed enormous potential as a musician for which he promptly did NOTHING… instead started some successful businesses, wrote a few articles, consumed, and died.”

That SUCKS! I want to do a LOT more than that.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not really complaining.  Even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I expected, I have an AWESOME life!

But that’s not good enough anymore.

I want YOU to have an awesome life. I want to leave behind a frickin’ LEGACY of people who have awesome lives.

That’s what Gary Halbert did. There are hundreds (maybe THOUSANDS) of people who have successful mail order/online businesses, living lives of complete personal freedom because of what Halbert passed on to the direct marketing world.

And THAT is what I want to do… and what I had PLANNED on doing some time in the future. I’ve realized I can’t put this off any longer.

After all… I could die tomorrow. And so could you.

If crappy genetics don’t kill us off, there’s a plethora of other stuff that could kill us right where we stand.

(Geez… I’m being a little morbid today, aren’t I?)

The bottom line is this:

I’m not putting off any more of these important goals for the future.  The future’s not guaranteed to anybody.

And one of my most important goals involves YOU. I want to leave a legacy behind for you, your kids and your kid’s kids.

A few years from now I want you to say…

“I was living a life of quiet desperation until I met Doberman Dan. Now I make as much money as I want and have an unbelievable lifestyle that lets me do whatever I want, whenever I want to do it.”

And you know what?

You’re a lot closer to that lifestyle than you think you are. In fact, you’re only one good sales letter away from it.

And that is exactly what I’m going to reveal in my seminar… EVERYTHING you need to be as rich and successful in direct/online marketing as you want to be.

But before I go much further…

I Need Your Feedback…

I’m planning on doing this seminar in Orlando, Florida for several reasons:

  • It’s easy and cheap to get to Orlando from about anywhere in the world…
  • There are lots of nice and affordable hotels there…
  • If you want to bring the family and make a mini vacation of it, you’re close to Disney, Sea World, Universal and a whole bunch of other fun attractions…
  • And last but not least… it’s close to me! Hey, it’s my seminar. I’m gonna make it as convenient for me as possible. :)

I’ve got several possible dates for the seminar but I’m planning on late October or early November.

We usually have great weather here during that time. Sunny with mild temperatures.

The dates I’m considering are:

  • October 23 through 25
  • November 6 through 8
  • November 13 through 15

It all depends on hotel availability.

“What’s it going to cost, Dan?”

That’s still up in the air. See, I have to cover all the little-known behind the scenes costs involved in putting on a seminar of this magnitude. There’s more of those than you can possibly imagine and I’m still getting quotes on everything.

At this point, my “guesstimate” is that the seminar will be approximately $2,000. It could be a little more or a little less.

And if you need to, I’ll break it up into payments for you.

Don’t hold me to that exact price. Like I said, it could be a little more or a little less, depending on how much the venue, planner, multi-media, etc. are going to charge me.

And I absolutely INSIST on…

100% Content!

If you’ve ever been to one of those lower-priced “seminars”… that was NOT a seminar. It is what we call a “pitch fest”.

That’s where they get a bunch of people in the room at a low enough price to barely cover overhead… and every presentation is about 10% to 20% “teasing”… and the rest is a pitch for their high priced home study course.

My Seminar Will NOT Be A “Pitch Fest”

I will not allow you to be assaulted by speaker after speaker teasing you with very little content just so they can sell you their $5,000 home study courses.

Nope… I REFUSE to allow that at a Doberman Dan event.

So no big line up of “guest speaker” pitch fests. I will have a small panel of experts helping me but good old Doberman Dan will be doing a majority of the teaching the entire weekend.

Now that we’ve cleared that up…

Here’s where I need your help:

1. If you even think you might be interested in attending this seminar, I need you to let me know that in the “Comments” box below.

2. Also please tell me which of the dates you would prefer to attend:

  • October 23 through 25
  • November 6 through 8
  • November 13 through 15

I need your response RIGHT AWAY because we have to book the hotel pretty early or there will be no vacancies for us.

By the way, replying “yes” in the comments box does NOT obligate you in any way to actually attend the seminar. I’m going to use this information for planning purposes only.

I promise my next post will contain a very valuable marketing lesson. But for now, I’m going to go sulk and nurse my Star Trek torture machine wounds… and extract as much sympathy from the Colombiana as I possibly can.

Thanks a lot for your prompt reply to this request.

All the best,