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It’s all about who you know…


Apparently I’ve been traveling too much, because I was recently caught out of the loop.

On Wednesday I published an article about Panama’s Resolution 52; the law effectively makes it illegal for landlords to rent property in Panama for less than 1-year.

I predicted in the letter that, based on the past track record of Panama’s National Assembly, the law would be repealed shortly due to significant pressure from the real estate industry and expat community in Panama.

Well, it turns out that I was simultaneously entirely right, and entirely wrong.  By the time my letter was published, Resolution 52 had already been repealed.  Crisis averted.

I found out about it thanks to Augusto, my very dedicated Panamanian attorney.  Even though he was somewhere shy of the 14th green at the time, Augusto somehow managed to read my letter and instantly correct my mistake with the following email:

“Your article is completely wrong. Resolution 52 was already revoked by Resolution 79.”

Did I mention he’s blunt too?

Frankly I couldn’t ask for a better attorney; I have burned through dozens of lawyers in Panama over the years, and Augusto is truly among the best in the business. He has literally saved me tens of thousands of dollars by steering me away from the wrong deals and connecting me with the right people to profit with.

Augusto’s example underscores and incredibly important point: a key element to success in many ventures lies in who you know.  The ability to leverage contacts to make things happen often makes the difference between a home run and a strike out.

I believe in this principle so much that I try to make it a core theme of this letter.

All of my most profitable deals, most important relationships, and the best experiences have all come to me because of who I knew– my network.  I know it’s cliché, but it’s the truth.  “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.

It’s also true that you can dramatically expand your opportunities and experiences if you know how to grow your network; there’s an art to doing it, and it’s something that I’ve been successful with in the past.

For example, when I was working in the intelligence business, infiltrating networks was part of the job description.  Now I use the same tactics to walk in to a foreign country and make a big splash with the upper ranks in a short period of time.

There’s no mystery to doing this, it’s a question of process and persistence… and sometimes even paying to be in the room.

Do you want better investment returns? Become friends with the people who have it mastered. Do you want to make a lot of money? Get networked with talented entrepreneurs and deal makers.  Do you want to meet beautiful models? Get close to photographers and fashion designers.

Once you understand the strategy and tactics involved in building a new network, you’ll be able to immediately change the scope of opportunities in your life, solve problems, and create deep, rich relationships with the kind of people you want to associate with.

I’ ve written a free report about how to generate goodwill, build contacts, and penetrate any network. This isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking to take your available opportunities and experiences to the next level, “who you know” can make all the difference.

If you are interested in receiving the report, sign up for our free daily e-letter, Notes from the Field, and you’ll receive a copy. You can sign up here.

Our goal is simple: To help you achieve personal liberty and financial prosperity no matter what happens.

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About the author: Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler, free man, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter and crash course is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Janice

    This is something that would be a definite benefit to all. You are one of the rare people that seem to have garnered this ability on your own. The rest of us need help. Get to work, please, soon! I definitely need help in this area. Thanks in advance.

  • NorthernThaiguy

    I’d love to read a report like this!

  • TheGuy

    Absolutely. Thanks!

  • Tom Lehe

    Absolutely. Also, I am in the process of “breaking free” and planning a project in the Chilean Lakes District. I’ve been living down here for just over a year and have met some great people. I know you’re big on Chile too, have you considered publishing a black paper for your contacts here?

  • I Jamesmortley

    I would be interested as this is something everyone should learn

  • Davidgsuen

    I would love to learn about this! I have worked in Costa Rica and would have greatly benefited from this too.

  • Khawesy

    very interested in the above article, newsletter idea

  • Big Jim

    Yes, very interested

  • Qi

    I am looking forward to see the free report on penetrate network, could you please send one to my email? Thank you, Simon! My email is dongqidq@gmail:disqus .com

  • Ms

    Yes Please, Simon. Thank you

  • Hiday_happy

    yes i want but be patient,one day i will go.

  • Hiday_happy

     i want to go thailand next year,can we meet in other place?

  • Hiday_happy

    yes its true what you say

  • Hiday_happy

    you know,you look handsome in my eye,trust me

  • Hiday_happy

    how about my kid?dou you take care of them?

  • Burt

    Yes, I would like a copy of your “networking” report if you please.

  • Stomlin

    yes i would love to read a letter  on how best to maximize my networking skills. Honestly i’m apart of that group of people that are not really social people, and it would be very good for me to know or to have an idea as to how best to approach very important people that i would love in my corner. Thanks much!

  • Bartley

    yes please!

  • Renata

    Yes for the letter.  Thanks for all the top notch info, appreciate all of it, and am focused on liberties more than ever.  Does Austria offer a passport, citizenship to Americans with Austrian heritage, grandparents, as of 1913?

  • Jabbs

    I have seen this work and benefited handsomely from it, although I never had a conscious plan. It just sort of happened.  I would indeed love to see a copy of your approach and process, in order to reduce the learning curve the next time I need to do this.  Which is now.

  • Awscoach

    This is a skill that i am coming up short. Yes please, do send me a copy! thank you in advance and God bless you for the great work you do!

  • Jmail

     I am signed up for your newsletter, how can I get a copy of this report?

  • Guest

    i just signed up for your newsletter…have you already written that report? if so…would love to read it.

  • Guest

    oops sorry i didn’t read the bolded print about the report is available. 

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  • Kyle

    I would love to see your information on how to make contacts. 

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