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How to Make a Career in Investment Copywriting for Penny Stocks

I received an email from a guy named Hanson. He wanted to share some tips for humanities majors looking for jobs. The article he sent me was too interesting to not publish. I  personally know nothing about penny stocks. But this article is so good and the step-by-step tips for cold emailing to land that first job are brilliant and would work in other industries. Hanson, take it away my friend . . . 

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Investment writing in the penny stocks field is not for those with professional licenses.

This is why there’s a huge opportunity for you, a humanities major, to enter in.

A lot of people who enter this industry did not go to a formal college. They hustled as sales guys in boiler rooms, pushed penny stocks, and eventually they moved up the ranks. Back in the day, telemarketers would cold call potential customers.

As they gathered enough knowledge, they struck out on their own and created their own alert site to showcase the list of best penny stocks that they’re aware about. These days the effective way to push penny stocks is by email to investors.

I will be showing you how to find these penny stock newsletter guys.

How much can you earn on an average newsletter?

An average newsletter is 500 to 1000 words long. You will spend about 2 hours researching facts and data. Don’t worry, I show you where to find everything. You can get paid $500 to $1,000 for one email or up to $2,000 for a week series.

You need to be good at writing in a persuasive, factual, technical manner.


The #1 trait employers really want

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Be positive, even when you are not.

It was the middle of August and I was working my first real hard job.

They had taken us up in trucks through a deep valley and into the back mountains of Revelstoke, British Columbia. We were brushing, which means you get a small blade and slowly climb over bramble and rocks and fallen trees, cutting away overgrown grass from newly planted trees.

This was our first day brushing, my friend and I. We were terrible at it. And had a lot to prove to the foreman.

Three things that define brushing:

  • The mountains are burning hot and you sweat and climb.
  • It’s fieldwork. Steady and paid by quantity of work.
  • It’s hard, boring, and tiring work.

By the end of the first day, my friend and I climbed off the cutblock and walked along the mountain road. We were tired and walked slow.

The truck appeared around the corner. My friend gave me this piece of advice which has helped me all my career. He said, “run and look positive.”

At the end of a long day, you expect a worker to be sluggish and complaining about their blistered feet. You don’t expect them to run down the mountains and jump into the truck happy and energetic.

So we jogged towards the truck. I didn’t feel like running. I wanted to complain about how hard the day was, how hot the day was, how much brushing sucked.

This impressed the foreman. At the end of the contract, he shook our hands and told us we could come back anytime for a job.

This taught me four career lessons:


Why Your Stupid Goals Never Get You What You REALLY Want

And here comes a young man filled with stupid promise . . .

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Many years ago, I was young. I walked into a financial planning office without an appointment. I wanted to invest 20% of my income. That was my goal. At 16, living at home with a part-time job, it was feasible.

“You keep this up,” said the woman at the desk. “And you are going to become a very rich man.”

The woman was so happy for me. She watched me walk out the door into the bright street. I could feel her hope.

I did become rich. I had 3K in investments by 18, which I spent in one drunken college summer, with the vague plans of returning to my goal of 20% after I started making 100K with my university degree.

That was a dumb goal.

Since then, I’ve become better at setting goals and actually reaching them.

The key to getting what you want is really accepting tradeoffs.

You see, last year I was trying to write a novel and write music and practice singing and write new songs and also write non-fiction.

I had zero outcomes.

A bunch of half finished ideas. A shitty singing voice. A Google Drive full of new non-fiction book ideas.


I wasn’t being creatively satisfied as my writing was crap. I also had all these good songs unrecorded that are very important to me, things I want to say, and they were just sitting there unrealized. That makes you unhappy.

So, I finally took a step in my goal planning and have tweaked my process for this year.

Now, I have 4 categories. And I can only pick one yearly outcome for each.

In this post, I’m going to share my personal system and some advice that I’ve picked up from reading a lot on the subject.

Because in 365 days from now, I’m going to achieve everything I list in this post.

I’ve done it before.

And I’m going to do it again, goddamn it.

The question is—you gonna come with me?

The three things you need to remember

  • You’ll achieve more, if you stop trying to do everything.
  • You have to make tradeoffs.
  • Focus on tangible outcomes, not desire.

All will become clear. Let’s set some goals!


How to Write a Cover Letter that Gets You Hired


In this article, I’m going to layout a very simple formula for writing a cover letter. This isn’t the typical advice you get around the internet. I’m not going to talk about formatting, generic tips, and why you should proofread. Instead, I’m going to show you the psychological friction you encounter when an employer reads a cover letter and how you can get around this friction to book the interview.

By the end of this article, you’ll know:

  • Why employers don’t call you back
  • The biggest mistake most cover letters make
  • A simple psychological truth about how to get employers to respond to your job application