Financial success secrets from a failed actor

People never change because they are under threat or under duress. Never. They change because they see something that makes their life seem valuable enough to start moving toward a life worth living. — Robert Downey, Jr. 

Robert Downey, Jr. went from being a failed actor to being one of the highest-paid in the industry. But, he’s an exception to the rule. I rarely go to the movies nowadays because of the type of bullcrap going on right now in Hollyweird. It’s become the new norm. 

Here’s what I mean:

Bond and Thor as females.

Don’t get me wrong. I love females. I married one. But… I also think what Hollyweird is doing here isn’t about making genuine female heroes. It’s about co-opting male heroes and riding the coattails of obviously successful male franchises.

James Bond is an inherently male character. It can’t work as a female one. Ditto for Thor. 

In my weird male chauvinistic mind, a better option would be to remake Red Sonja and make it an epic revival of a real female hero. I remember watching it with my dad as a kid and being fascinated by it but I can’t remember why. But, the original Red Sonja was considered a flop by critics. What an excellent opportunity to turn that around and make it a new classic. 

But no. 

The Bond franchise is wildly successful and already profitable. Ditto for the Thor franchise. This is a cash grab, plain and simple… and a poorly thought-out one at that. 


You can’t change people’s minds by tricking them or hijacking an existing success or being a warmed-over version of the original.  You also can’t threaten people or guilt-trip them into making good choices in their life.

Which is why 401(k) auto-enrollment rules at employers are totally bizarre to me. That choice to save money and make smart financial decisions has to come from deep within a person’s soul — a desire to make it part of their normal life… part of who they are.

And for some people, it’s just not there.

David Lewis, AKA The Rogue Agent, has been a life insurance agent since 2004, and has worked with some of the oldest and most respected mutual life insurance companies in the U.S. during that time. To learn more about him and his business, go here.