John Witherspoon and the Quest to Get That Money!
How Willie Jones Turned $150 into $8 Million
I got the bad news on Wednesday morning...
John Witherspoon, one of the funniest men on the planet, went gently into that good night.
The 77-year-old comedian, who started his comedy career in the 1960s, is probably best known for his role as Willie Jones in the movie Friday: an unapologetic, working-class father who had no social filter and a heart of gold.
He provided valuable life lessons for his kids while reminding us how funny dads can be, even when they’re not really trying to be funny.
My favorite scene in Friday is the one when he comes out of the bathroom and gives a vital warning to his family:
Celebrity deaths don’t typically affect me, but this one did.
You see, about 10 years ago, I had the honor and privilege of meeting Mr. Witherspoon.
It wasn’t work-related, and I wasn’t attending some fancy Hollywood party.
I was simply standing in line at a drug store in Los Angeles when I turned around and saw him standing behind me. It was one of the few times in my life when I legitimately felt starstruck. So I reached out my hand to shake his, and told him that I really loved his work.
His response is one I’ll never forget:
Oh thank you, son. What ya got there? Rubbers? I need the big ones, myself.
I busted out laughing, and so did all the other folks waiting in line.
Some people have to work really hard to be funny. And some are just naturally funny, with perfect timing all the time.
But I’m not writing about John Witherspoon today to tell you how amazingly gifted and talented he was. I’m writing about John Witherspoon today because this comedic legend once said something that every investor should take to heart.
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Get That Money!
Earlier this year, John Witherspoon appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast.
As a side note, if you get a chance, definitely check out the interview. It’s one of the most hilarious things you’ll ever hear.
Anyway, during the interview, Witherspoon explained how he first came to Los Angeles to do comedy. He knew there was some money in it, so he bought a beat-up old Mustang for $150 and drove it all the way to California. Apparently, he had to stop every 200 miles to refill the oil and transmission fluid. Rogan laughed, but without missing a beat, Witherspoon said:
I was determined to get me some of that money!
John Witherspoon eventually became a millionaire, so clearly that $150 car was a great investment. With a net worth of about $8 million, Witherspoon was clearly successful in getting that money.
I love it!
And let’s face it: You’re here today, too, to make that money. Otherwise you wouldn’t be a member of Energy and Capital.
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John Witherspoon was a comedic genius, but he also spoke the truth about creating wealth.
He was determined to get that money, and that’s exactly what he did.
It’s what we’re doing, too.
To a new way of life and a new generation of wealth...
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Jeff is the founder and managing editor of Green Chip Stocks, a private investment community that capitalizes on opportunities in alternative energy, organic food markets, legal cannabis, and socially responsible investing. He has been a featured guest on Fox, CNBC, and Bloomberg Asia, and is the author of the best-selling book, Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks. For more on Jeff, go to his editor's page.
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