Smokey and the Bandit: Firebird Trans Am

“Eastbound and down; loaded up and truckin’.” Those are the first words of the song Jerry Reed wrote for the movie, Smokey and the Bandit, a 1977 classic that most people could never get sick of watching.

This week’s theme is about the hot rod cars that changed or influenced us. Today’s car is the only GM car in the group. It is also the only factory car that was readily available. All the other cars we’ll feature this week were “made up”; they had huge modifications.

According to the websites, the Firebird from the movie was also changed a little bit. They used the 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am during filming, but because the movie came out in 1977, they changed the car to look like a ’77 model. This movie is credited with the huge sales of the Trans Am in the late 1970s, as documented in Hot Rod magazine as well as the reference pages about the movie.

The car influenced the sales of a production car, a concept that is used in the sport of NASCAR to this day. NASCAR still uses a manufactured body to help with the sales of the current year’s cars.

I can personally name a few people who owned the late 1970s Firebird, and this movie did have an influence on why they owned it. One of my wife’s high school classmates got a 1978 Trans Am when he was 15 and still had it in mint condition for their 30th reunion last summer. For the movie, Pontiac donated the cars, as well as the police cars that were used – a promotion that overwhelmingly helped them sell cars.

When I started this idea of Rock ‘n’ Roll success, I did it with the idea that things that are popular can change your life or business. I wanted to use the example of things that changed the world for the better as a form of inspiration and motivation to build a world of successful entrepreneurs.

What can you use in the world today to make your business grow? What is something that gives you joy? I started from day one using my motorcycle and my love for rock music as an important piece of my business. It’s about finding what you love. And who knows? You could change the outcome of a generation.

This is only day two of Hot Rods of Influence. What other cars could be in this group? Come back to find out, then change your life with a story.

RockStar Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to unlock your dream and make some changes to love your life again. Are you ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll success in your world in 2013?

Hot Rods that Influenced Us: Big Foot

When it comes to Rock ‘n’ Roll, cars and motorcycles always seem to go with it. In my younger days growing up, the look and sound of the American Hot Rod were huge.

This week I want go touch on the influence of Hot Rods on American culture, how they changed many a young man’s dream in life. I did my research and checked out how these vehicles influenced an era and then I ranked the top five.

Today we start with the only truck in the class. In 1979, the first of the Monster Trucks was introduced. It was a 1974 F-250 Ford truck, with four-wheel drive large tires, and a towering look. It was built as a promotional stunt for Bob Chandler’s Four-Wheel Drive shop.

This truck started what is now the monster truck craze. There are many duplicates of this truck. When you see one, you can almost hear the announcer on the Monster Truck TV commercial yelling, “Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!” The commercial became just like the old drag racing commercials.

It blows my mind that it started just as a promotional stunt yet created an entire industry. A promotional video Bob created for his 4-wheel shop showed the monster truck crushing cars in a field. It took off to the point these trucks power up in stadiums all over the country.

Talk about thinking outside the box! But when it comes to being an entrepreneur, many people forget to use great ideas like this that could eventually turn into an entire new industry or different path to take your company.

What have you thought about doing that is in the path of what you love to do, and could be used for a promotion for your business? Currently we are working on creating a T-shirt design, the purpose of which is to be used to promote in the local area. I have started to joint venture with several of my favorite restaurants; they will offer a discount to you on certain days when you wear my shirt.

As we go through this week I have four other Hot Rods that changed something in American history. Join us and find out how. Be thinking of what rock ‘n’ roll idea you could use to change our world. That is what entrepreneurs do: change the world with ideas.

RockStar Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to unlock your dream and make some changes to love your life again. Are you ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll Success in your world in 2013?

Reality Entrepreneurs: Hard Facts

In a day and age when there is a seemingly endless list of “reality TV” to watch, we get to see some things that are definitely not reality. I often tend to knock the “reality” TV genre, but I was thinking about entrepreneurs and reality TV while talking with my friend and on-camera expert, Sandra Dee Robinson, on the radio show yesterday.

We all know the RockStar reality show featuring Gene Simmons and his “family jewels.” Gene is one person who there is no doubt is an entrepreneur. He is up-front about the fact it takes money to build a business.


The real difference between being an entrepreneur and everyone else in the world is the ability to monetize. I am an entrepreneur in the classic mold.

~ Gene Simmons


In the reality TV world, so many people get caught up in what these stars are doing with their day-to-day lives. We forget the fact that some of them learned to monetize their fame to capitalize on their fame for the long term.

Gene Simmons has been doing that for years. KISS has everything from action figures for kids to a KISS casket to be buried in. They were building the world of promotional products long before the reality show hit it big.

But let’s look at some other reality stars. The Kardashians have a great following. I don’t follow all that they do (no, I’ve never watched them or followed what they are doing on the news), but I do know they have built a huge business out of their lives and TV show(s). I hear a lot of people put down what these women are doing, but let’s be honest: they have built a great entrepreneur empire and many people wish they could copy that success.


People are recognizing that I am an entrepreneur and do more than just appear on a reality TV show. ~ Kim Kardashian


We can all take some lessons on building a world for ourselves if we stop and take a look at what these stars are teaching us with their actions. To be a successful entrepreneur, you must do more than watch the headlines of the pop world. Look at the way these people got to where they are.

The reality of both of these stars, Kim (along with her sisters) and Gene, is they learned to build a world that makes them successful; they have learned to take advantage of opportunities through hard work. Both of them will succeed far past the reality shows they are on.

In our world with Internet, social media, blogs, and video, it is easy for a person to build an entrepreneur venture and become successful at almost anything in no time.

As we are preparing for our Rock ‘n’ Roll Success Summit next week I have been working on a new coaching program to help entrepreneurs go from nothing to something using the internet. We will launch this program and talk about it at the Summit.

Take today’s hard fact to heart: in reality we all can create our own world. I hope this week you learned that with some work, a great attitude, a desire, and a commitment to learn in all you do, you can create your world of success and live your RockStar Dream.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to unlock your dream and make some changes to love your life again. Are you ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll Success in your world in 2013?

Hard Facts: Opportunity Disguised as Work

I was thinking about this “hard facts” idea the other day while talking to my daughter on the phone. She is currently facing many hard times, like most of you who come here each day looking for something to get you past the current struggle.

I explained the fact that what she is facing is the planting of a new plant from the seeds. That seed must push through lots of dirt before it ever views the light of day. It must go through all that dirt and work its way up just to produce fruit.

We all want life to be easy, but the hard truth is we have to work at whatever we want. I was watching the movie, Miracle, last night, the story of the American 1980 Olympic hockey team. I was thinking while watching it how easy it looks to do what they did. After all, we see it in 90 minutes and know the story of their victory. The hard truth is they lived some tough months, did some tough work that we do not see in the movie.

We all see the victory stories, yet we forget those victories came after a large amount of work. One thing at the end of the movie moves me every time I view it. The last thing they show on the screen before they show you the list of the players, the actors who played them, and what the players are doing now, is this statement:


This movie is dedicated to the memory of Herb Brooks, who passed away before the movie was complete.  He never saw it. He lived it.


We see the victories; we see the good times; but we forget the work that was involved to make that happen. Yes, you can succeed but you must put in the work to achieve it.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ Thomas Edison


Take today’s hard fact to heart and decide you will do the work to make that dream of yours a reality. Are you willing to put in the hard work, even when you do not know the outcome?

RockStar Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to unlock your dream and make some changes to love your life again. Are you ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll Success in your world in 2013?

Winning? or Losing? More Entrepreneur Hard Facts

daytona13As I was watching a soccer match on the TV in a bar, I noticed after the match all the players walking by, shaking the other team’s hands. The statement made to everyone of those players was “good game.”

That is a good statement to make, if you played your best game and you know your opponent did as well. However too many times in our world of entrepreneurs, people don’t come out to play the best game.


I can’t say, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose.” It’s not true. You go in to win. ~Katarina Witt


There is no shame in losing if you know that you gave it your best. As entrepreneurs there will be many times we lose. Failure and loss are what get us to learn and build again. When you lose a game and you are the one shaking the hands of the other team, when you know you gave your best on the field, it is a respectful handshake; you know you met someone who just taught you your strengths and weakness.

In every game we play, we must give our all, win or lose, and learn from every experience. If you have been more on the losing side of some games lately in your business, are you looking at your strengths and weaknesses?

Why are you getting or not getting the success you need right now? A hard fact for the entrepreneur is being in the game and losing. You need to realize either you didn’t give your all or your all was just not the best that was needed, wasn’t enough.

The truth is, in many businesses it’s not like that game on the soccer field. You may not be competing against another team. The winning and losing is not about beating another team. Winning to you may be about moving forward with a successful business plan or winning new customers and clients.

In your business you must define winning and losing. You must realize there is no such thing as losing if you use that information to improve. But you must enter the game with the thought of winning. You must bring your winning game; you must give 100% in all you do. The idea that you can work for a while and then just take it easy once you reach a certain point will not work for an entrepreneur.

So do you need to put more into your game? Now is the time for a check-up. If you are not going into the game to win, you are planning on losing. If you are losing and not learning from it, you are wasting valuable education.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to unlock your dream and make some changes to love your life again. Are you ready for Rock ‘n’ Roll Success in your world in 2013?

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