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Two pathetic stats about gifting (RANT)

I had two stats come across my screen recently.

The statisticians studied these from a personal gifting standpoint.

But the takeaways are going to be 100% relevant for us Giftologists as well.

Warning: rant incoming.

Obsession with cheap (don’t let this be you)

One of my team members was telling me the other day about his family’s (of four) grocery budget.

“About a grand a month.”

Whoa. That’s high even for Ruhlin standards.

Must be eating organic produce, sprayed with organic pesticides, in organic dirt.

Tony Soprano. Boss Gift·ologist.

I caught half an episode of THE SOPRANOS the other day…

Dang.

The late (and great) James Gandolfini simply made that show.

Mob boss, sociopath, and iconic robe-wearer in the middle of a midlife crisis.

The Bud Fox guide to gifting elephants

Howdy there, fellow Giftologist.

So lots of talk lately in the ol’ blog about strategic gifting to influencers.

I’ve had one or two sales pros reach out and ask about the differences between wooing a media influencer… and wooing a dream client.

How to get endorsed by influencers (simple)

One of the questions I ask everybody who signs up for my email list is:

“What do I need to write about to make your day?”

I got a request the other day that I think many freelancers / part time gig / small business owners can relate to.

Nobody cares that MONOPOLY was stolen.

Did you know the original version of Monopoly was meant to show the evils of Capitalism?

Did you know that the inventor sold her Monopoly patent for a measily $500?

And that the buyer made truckloads of millions while she walked away with nothing??

The moment I became a super connector…

One of my most favorite compliments I’ve ever received was:

“John! You have the sexiest elbows!”

(Sophomore English class. Long story.)

But a *close* second would have to be:

“John… you are a SUPER connector.”

You Will Sleep When You’re Dead.

Finally.

Almost half the population reports feeling more stressed than last year.

This is according to the American Psychological Association, who conducted a three year *INTERNATIONAL* survey. Meaning: the problem is totally worldwide.

Check the percentage of peeps that reported an increase in stress: