Stocks to Consider for the long run – Microsoft, Google and Apple

So on the last article, I wrote about how Google would be a great stock at $800, but unfortunately the stock is at $1200+. I also wrote about JCPenney ( NYSE: JCP ) and at .90 it is a bad investment. Apologies to those who lost their jobs because JCPenney is not selling well.

I also spoke about how Apple was a good investment because they innovate and innovation is what investing in stocks is all about.

Indeed, Google, Apple and Microsoft are three sweet stocks to get into, right now, let us see:

Do you remember Blockbuster? If not, quick refresher:

Netflix wanted to be bought out by Blockbuster and right now Netflix would be called Blockbuster, but instead, Netflix is one of the leading online streamers in the industry. Blockbuster’s claim to fame now is lending half its name to Dave and Busters.

Point being is that Blockbuster did not innovate. They did not foresee the future and how people would consume their entertainment. Same thing is currently happening to JCPenney. Less than a year ago, Sears went under.

JCPenney has been doing business for a long time, they started out in 1902 and became public in 1927; becoming public meaning they created a stock and started selling it on the NYSE.

The stock was never that great though, in 2006 it was at $81 dollars. but now it’s at .90, why?

They’ve been doing business as usual since they started, just adding different merchandise, unfortunately the brick and mortar business model is dying down, so JC Penney might be the next American staple that tanks. It was sad to see Sears go bankrupt, because I loved Craftsman tools, but that’s the way of Capitalism. JC Penney has been forced to close its doors and this of course hurts the public because now they have to go find work elsewhere.

Old businesses go kaput, new ones overtake them. That’s the law of Capitalism, same as in the jungle.

See, when investing in stocks, I don’t know for sure how to value a company by the numbers. Master Investors Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger have it down to a science, but me, i just go by whether this company will flourish in the long run. If it’s profitable or has a neat product, I’m all in.

It’s best to invest conservatively in companies that are profitable each quarter and have a unique product; a moat if you will, that’s what Buffett uses to describe a company that has a competitive advantage because of its business model.

For example Google’s programming code is different than Yahoo’s code to search stuff online. I remember asking someone ‘what search engine do you like better?’ They’d say Google, it brings up more relevant information.

So in terms of the Internet it’s easy to innovate because you got the advertising revenue, something department stores do not have in their stores, but maybe if they did allow more advertisers, they’d make money.

Google makes a killing off their business model because it’s all advertising. Advertising is great because every month, advertisers pay Google to advertise for them.

Google has become huge in just 20+ years. Why? Easy to innovate online, not so much offline or in the brick and mortar world.

You got Google competing for example with cable companies. The advent of YoutubeTV has made it possible for you to get rid of cable from your life. Oh yeah ditch that TiVo too because YoutubeTV has unlimited recording, so you can watch Seinfeld reruns and skip over the commercials.

By far it’s a great service. Back in the 2000s, I couldn’t watch European soccer, else it woulda cost me like $200 ordering it from cable. But now, you can check out Messi playing on YoutubeTV, because it will allow you to record European league Soccer.

You can watch any NBA game too, not just your own market. You can watch a ton of MLB games also.

Dominate the market

I was listening to Grant Cardone’s 10X rule book, he’s talking about market domination, back in the day, copying a document used to be called Xeroxing, so people at the office would say “Xerox me this document, broskies.”

Fast forward 20+ years and now people routinely say go google that stuff right there, bro.

No one says Bing it, bro.

Alright, Braveheart might have said bing it, and that’s cool too because then Microsoft profits off that and if you invested into Microsoft, then you’re doing alright.

That’s what market domination is, your company name is synonymous with your product. If you notice market domination, pounce on these stocks; these are the companies you should be investing in, because they stand above the crowd.

For example, I invested in some company that was making Toilet Paper out of bamboo. It took like 2 years for the company to go kapupt.

Luckily I only invested a lil bit of money, so my $1k investment is now worth $.20 cents. What did I learn? The company was not profitable and signed on only with very few distributors. Competition for toilet paper is fierce, you got so many competitors, but they’re all using wood to create the pulp to make soft toilet paper. Maybe toilet paper made out of Bamboo is not very soft and people don’t buy it.

Hey good idea, bad execution.

When investing, you gotta go with well known reputable companies and not gamble. The safest thing an investor can do is invest in companies that are making money and meeting their earnings reports.

Google, Apple and Microsoft are all making money and making a profit, these are safe investments for the long run.

Another great investment is that company that makes the Operating system for almost every business computer. Even my computer has that same OS.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is another great investment for the next 10 years.

See back in the day, I was using Windows 3.1. Remember that circa 1996? Exactly, back in my 20s when I was working, I was using a Windows machine, now in my 40s, still using a Windows PC.

That was the only game in town for Microsoft in the early 90s; OS’s and software. That company has evolved into gaming (XBOX) and using the cloud for web site servers and also advertising and Bing.

What is this cloud?

So basically, when you make a website, that information and all the pages for your site are stored in a super computer; a server. These servers are what is known as a cloud, not a real cloud, but a digital one, it’s called Azure. You store your webpages on a Microsoft server that is on 24/7.

With the cloud, Microsoft is competing with Amazon, ’cause Amazon also has their own cloud called AWS and they’re making a killing off of it. You’d think Amazon is an internet store. But it’s much, much more than that. We could write one full article on the Amazon business model.

So hell yeah I’d drop down $5k on Microsoft and let it ride for the next 10 to 20 years and see how much profit you have.

The best part about Google and Microsoft is that they are both repeat business models. You basically don’t go to Google one day and that’s it. You keep coming back to read your email, you keep coming back to do your internet search. Web developers go to Azure everyday to create and edit their web pages.

In terms of searching, it remains to be seen whether Bing will overtake Google on their searching.

But Microsoft is investing in Bing and advertising with humor. On NBC’s The Good Place, Microsoft used fabulous product placement by having Janet keep saying Bing one episode, annoying and hilarious.

Always good to do the fundamentals though, stocks in my mind are just like Baseball players or better yet NBA fantasy players.

For example, when you do a fantasy basketball draft on Yahoo! sports, how do you know who the best guy is? Fantasy Yahoo tells ya. How does Yahoo Fantasy know how to rank the players?

They look at the stats and contribution to team, all past performance and some future performance.

So naturally, Anthony Davis is going to be no. 1, LeBron James no. 2. These are the great players, how do you know they are great players? Stats. That’s all you got. Is a company like Google a solid company to invest in? yup. Check out the stats on Google, it’s profitable.

In fantasy basketball, LeBron is your Google, you’ll pick him no. 1 or 2 on your draft because of past performance and is going to be playing with Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard. You’re not going to pick up Ivica Zubac number 1 because he’s not getting playing time, so Zubac might be a growing stock, overpaying for Zubac by getting him in the first round is downright ludicrous, preposterous, it’s outrageous.

Don’t overpay for stocks and know your stats on your investments.

So we’ve seen Google both GOOG and GOOGL are solid stocks, so is MSFT and lastly, Apple is also a solid investment.

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How to Harness testosterone or why you should stay away from health supplements!

We all know about testosterone, testosterone is the stuff that makes dudes be dudes and cause some women to have mustaches. Testosterone is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body, but most of us don’t understand fully how the body is able to manufacture on its own.

Many corporations want you to believe that the way to increase your testosterone is to pop some pills and all of a sudden you will start looking all jacked like the fellow on the right of the picture above.

But Testosterone does not work like that.

Rather than buying some pills that will harm your health and your liver (your body has to decompose that stuff, the liver takes damage decomposing health supplements be careful!)

Just eat plenty of vegetables, eat animal products like dairy and meat sparingly, work out a lot; with weights and running, and your body will produce testosterone naturally on its own.

Best part is that the more you work out and the more you run or exercise heavily, the more testosterone your body will create.

In turn, you will increase your libido and be able to git it up when you so desire.

It’s as simple as that.

you get to the gym, cook for yourself and eat out only a few times a month and your body will be able to generate massive amounts of testosterone.

That’s the simple solution to getting in shape, you do it naturally and without any supplements that will do a horrible number on your liver, plus the costs of buying those damn supplements.

Here’s a fun fact: In my life I have known a lot of body builders and all of them look pretty jacked, and none took any supplements.

You don’t even need any energy supplements neither. If you want a quick boost of energy, drink some cold coffee, not the one from the Chinese restaurant at 2am, if you follow my drift, no go to the 7-11, get a coffee, put some ice in it and have that before your workout, boom, instant giggles!

That’s the beauty of testosterone, you feel all giggly and have a ton of fun in life all day long. You feel good and people wanna be around you. That right there is the price of a gym membership and taking no supplements, supplements make people feel ill believe me.

Seen this one dude taking supplements, man he did not look healthy and did not look like he was enjoying what he was doing. Maybe it was the doubt in his mind, should I be taking these shitty pills?

Cheaters never win and you see these cheaters every time they are popping a pill.

Don’t do it by injecting yourself with steroid, what the hey man?! people who gotta do that shit are probably on the WWE and even they don’t enjoy taking injections.

It might be our instant gratification nonsense that harms our intentions. We be thinking that generating tons of testosterone can happen overnight and we believe those who want to sell us shit that is dangerous for that, don’t fall victim to that.

A great documentary on our obsession of getting huge is Bigger Badder, Stronger, heartbreaking tale of the star and director of the film, Chris Bell. Watching WWF growing up, we all want to be like the superstars of Raw and Smackdown, but that cannot be attained.

It’s kinda like Popeye in a way, instead of Spinach it’s steroids and all of a sudden, the body is all jacked. It all happens in 2 seconds. Is that what many people believe? We try to achieve our fascination with being huge, attaining impossible bodies.

Even the magazines photoshop all of their pictures basically telling the consumer, hey know better, we’re selling you beauty, it might be photoshopped and in almost 100% of the pictures, something has been touched up.

Expanding on how to achieve the maximum testosterone the body can produce is basically done by taking yourself to the gym every single day. That is the most important thing. Or if you don’t get to the gym go outside and run or do your 300 pushups per day.

Manufacturing testosterone is the same as being extremely happy everyday. And the only way to be more happy everyday is by working out.

But here’s the rub. No pun intended!

Most of us don’t have enough time to harness 100% of our body’s ability to manufacture testosterone. Why? So busy with our lives. Most people are really bad thinking that it’s safe for us, but these products are making us really sick.

Think about what happens to you if you eat McDonald’s everyday? It’s not so good. But that’s the sad reality for many people. In 26 states, Lawmakers have had to step in and make a law against suing McDonalds!

If you eat fast foods everyday you will not be harnessing any testosterone because that food does not give you any energy whatsoever.

Try a diet of pure McDonalds and running everyday, see if you have any energy to exercise!

No offense to McDonald’s, just trying to make the point that eating too much meat or junk food is simply not good energy food. And if eating too much McDonalds will make you sue the company, then you should probably stay away from it.

Fact, you eat McDonald’s you have a 30% chance you will want to sue them!

When it comes to nutrition, you really do have to be rebellious and watch what you eat. , the information is out there, figure out what the professional athletes eat, workout like them and you too will be able to harness as much testosterone as they do.

You gotta stick to what Jack Lalanne said,
If man made it, don’t eat it

Believe me, Exercise and testosterone go hand in hand. Bottom line is you need to exercise. If you exercise your body will generate tons of testosterone. Your body can only exercise if it has enough energy that comes from the foods and liquids we ingest.

So it all comes down to your foods you eat that will give you energy to get to do the work necessary to produce testosterone.

It’s as simple as that. You don’t get any boost in testosterone by any other way. You either exercise and you make testosterone or you don’t, if you don’t have any energy, you won’t go exercise.

They say laughing also increases your testosterone levels, but no one has ever laughed themselves to a great body. laughing makes you feel good but it won’t make the testes create a whole bunch of testosterone.

We should define the word testosterone, what does it really mean? Testosterone is a hormone that helps regulate sex libido, bone mass, muscle mass and production of red blood cells. Also helps regulate your mood.

Basically it makes you feel good.

It helps keep you keep calm alert and alive. That’s how essential testosterone is to the body, Austin Powers would define it as Mojo. It’s that thing that makes you unique, it is the force in many ways. Your testosterone is your manhood and your life force.

So anything that enhances your testosterone is a keeper and anything that takes away from it should be eliminated. That being for example alcohol. Drinking will block your testes from making testosterone. Makes sense, who hasn’t had the buddy that couldn’t get it up after drinking?

How to use the Force in real life

In the movie Star Wars, the Jedi talk about a mysterious force that one can use at any time and become awesome momentarily; it is common knowledge as even the “younglings” have advanced knowledge of the force.

The force is strong indeed, many tyrants wanna be using the force for naught. That’s right, I am talking about the one and only Darth Vader. If you’re reading Darth Vader, come back to the light side!

Another way to put it, the force is kinda like Obi-One Kenobi closing the door of a spaceship by flicking his fingers.

The force also allowed Luke “Kenny” SkyWalker to shoot a cannon into the death star and destroy it, Darth Vader got away but if Luke doesn’t shoot the Death Star down, bad stuff would have happened in that Galaxy.

The force is so strong with Vader, that he need only raise someone with his hand, without touching them and proceeds to choke them out.

If Darth Vader decided to go into MMA, he’d be undefeated, every match would last 5 seconds, and he’d be hailed as the best pound for pound fighter of all time.

Jokes aside, why would Vader only wanna be an MMA fighter if he can use to force to be the supreme leader of the world?

And is there such a mysterious force that compels you to act?

Yes there is. But please, don’t go using the force choke move on anyone after I tell you how to harness the force, it could be very dangerous.

Something inside told me to tell you to use the force “for the greater good” just now. Why? I don’t know, but simply doing what is inside your heart, you are using the force. When you say, I am going to be awesome, that is using the force.

That’s exactly what the force is all about, it is you at your best self all the time. Sometimes it’s tough to be your best self because you may not really know how to harness the power of the force.

But if you simply tell yourself:

“Use the force, use the force”

something inside you changes.

I’ve used the force before just messing around, i tell myself, use the force and a sudden burst of energy comes over me and I start to get after it.

You remember that old “Scarface” game where you can make Tony Montana invincible for a few seconds and Tony can get hit with bullets and not die?

That’s what the force is all about. get hit with bullets and not die. Just kidding, no the force is a sudden burst of energy you get when you tell yourself to “use the force!”

Some people have the force imprinted in their DNA, in fact, all humans possess the force.

Think about our ancestors using the force to thrive and become a race of human beings.

Back when we were competing with dinobots and shit, you had to use the force to escape these dinosaurs that wanted to make those homo-erectus their snack.

So these old school homos; homo erectuses that is!

Something told the homo-erectii is that the plural of homo-erectus? to go run and hide from the damn gone dinosaurs that wanna munch on your ass!

Same thing as Trinity telling herself to “get up” at the beginning of the Matrix when she’s being chased by agents Smith et al.

Seriously though, why does Trinity need to tell herself to get up, if I was right there, I would ask her, Trinity, there’s no one else here, who you talking to?

Of course, she wouldn’t sit there and argue with me, the agents are after her!

But hold up, let’s think about what Trinity would tell me, if she did sit there and argue with me:

Trinity: “Get up Trinity!”

Me: “Trinity, who you tawking to, ain’t no one here but you!”

Trinity: “OMG! I have to say these things to pump myself up, don’t you know anything, this is common sense, duh!”

Me: “You talk to yourself?!”

Trinity: “Yah! I’m using the force!”

The fact remains, Trinity had to tell herself to get up, why?

She simply was engaging the pre-frontal cortex. She was so gripped with fear that she needed an encouraging word to break the cycle of fear she was under.

That’s what Mel Robbins stresses in her book the 5 second rule. When you hesitate, count down 5-4-3-2-1, then act.

All it is is breaking your mind’s cycle of thinking. If you’re scared, counting down will make your mind focus onto something else.

Sometimes you need to tell yourself to be strong.

I’ve been there before, some passive aggressive person may yell something at you and when you hear the same thing from others, it hurts.

It don’t matter who they are. Humans are pre-programmed to work together to fit in, to belong, so naturally to a weak mind it’ll really hurt when anyone rejects you.

It could be the bum on the street, he may insult you and it makes you feel bad.

Right then and there, to break the cycle of hurt that I feel when insulted, I tell myself :

“(insert name here), BE STRONG!”

Of course, you would insert your name in (insert name here), if you use someone else’s name it doesn’t have the same effect;

You need to use your name in insert name here.

But think about it. If you tell a kid that is unappreciated by others to be strong and to believe in himself, that kid is going to be strong.

Look at this next video down below, this is one of the best coaches I have seen in real life, this is exactly what coaches do to pump up their troops.

One of the most motivational speeches ever

See that right there? That coach is telling his men before a football game to be freaking strong because

“I am a champion!”

Shit, just say that right there 5 times, you will feel like a champion.

The thing to do is to be so present in the moment that you are not worried about anything else except the task at hand.

You wanna give it your all, you don’t care about what the naysayers say because you are unique in your own way and you were put on earth to use the force and be yourself.

The best you only comes out when you use the force.

For example, you’re about to benchpress your own weight. What do you think about right before you start doing that?

“Let’s do this!”

You’re not thinking, I hope I can do this, I hope I can, I hope I can. No, that’ll make you feel weakness. But if you say “Don’t you quit on me, or use the force or I am a champion, you will lift the weights.

In real life you can use the force. Using the force makes you think better. For example, get angry right now. Just for no reason at all other than for the sake of getting pissed.

If you get pissed and say “I’m going to solve what it is that is bothering me” then chances are you will.

I lied. you won’t be able to use the force to choke someone out with the choke hold move as Darth Vader has done, but you will be able to harness your inner strength to get after what you need to get done.

So using the force gives you the confidence you need to break your mind’s pattern of fear. What if you were never fearful of anything?

Can you use the force to be confident all the time and go after what you want?

Sure you can. Just use the force.