Marijuana Smuggler Seeks Job

Here’s an interesting example of how to write marketing copy that can turn a negative into a positive and in this example, how you can market yourself when looking for a job – even if you are a Marijuana smuggler.

Here’s how the Advertisement went

Employment Wanted:

Marijuana Smuggler Seeks JobBusiness Experience – Owned and operated a successful fishing business – multi-vessel, one airplane, one island and processing facility. Simultaneously owned and operated a fleet of tractor-trailer trucks conducting business in the western United States.

During this time I also co-owned and participated in the executive level management of 120 people worldwide in a successful export and import venture with revenues in excess of US$100 million annually.

Attributes – I am an expert in all levels of security; I have extensive computer skills, am personable, outgoing, well-educated, reliable, clean and sober. When confronted with facts I accept them willing and take responsibility for my actions. (the US Federal Court will confirm this)

I have spoken in schools to thousands of kids and parent groups over the past ten years on “the consequences of choice“, and received public recognition from the Police force for community service. I am well-traveled and speak English, French, and Spanish. 

References available: from friends, family, Police, Prison Wardens and the U.S. District Attorney, etc.

Turns Out

Turns out that this guy was actually an ex-Marijuana Smuggler, seeking a job after serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United States. While most people with this type of background would have downplayed their Marijuana Smuggling past, in the hopes that someone would hire them.

However, Brian O’Dea instead did the opposite of what many would have done and instead revealed all in a public advertisement in a major newspaper outlining more background information.

Marijuana Smuggler Seeks JobEmployment Wanted – Former Marijuana Smuggler having successfully completed a ten-year sentence, incident free for importing 75 tons of marijuana into the United States. To which I admitted my involvement and took full responsibility for my actions and I am now seeking a legal and legitimate means to support myself and my family.

The Result?

The result, an amazing 600 responses, job offers and plenty of free media coverage that got him a book deal and a ton of speaking engagements.

So What!

So what, if it means being true to yourself, there’s an excellent chance you and your business will fare far better for having taken the leap of faith than if you’d taken the common road.

Every great innovation began with people saying it either couldn’t be done or it would never work. Forget the naysayers and dare to be different.

The lesson? 

The lesson is, go ahead and turn your negatives into positives and do what YOU think is right, not what everyone else says, or what “conventional wisdom” advises. Sometimes taking what we believe is the correct course of action may go against the grain and seems to be the opposite of what the world expects.

What’s the takeaway?

The takeaway is, that no matter what life deals out there is always a way to redeem yourself and make a new life and Wealthy Affiliate is the vehicle that can help you to achieve that by providing you the right education in respect of affiliate marketing online and telling your own unique story.

So if you want to learn how to build an online business, a business that will allow you to work from anywhere in the world and one that will make it possible for you to earn money in your PJ’s then take the wheel and get started NOW!Marijuana Smuggler

Take the wheel and take Wealthy Affiliate for a test drive, it costs you nothing to see if it’s for you or not.

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Oh and by-the-way this is not new news, in fact, it was almost a decade ago that the “Marijuana Smuggler Seeks Job” ad first appeared and  Brian is still making money with his book and website called, “HIGH – Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler.” You can see it here

Your Future

So don’t worry about your past, you are destined for greatness, you might just need a little motivation and a few pointers to get you headed in the right direction (Or is that ‘write‘ direction haha) So what’s stopping you setting up a blog and writing something interesting?  

Take a look at my post how to write great website content on how to attract visitors and ensure readership engagement.

custom-avatar“If you already know how to build a website or are currently online and are struggling to make a full-time income then you may like to view my post make money online fast.”

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You might enjoy this short video clip


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An International Speaker, Writer and Internet Marketer, living in Shanghai, China, teaching Business / English at a Chinese University and making a difference to the world, bringing you great information and recommending awesome products that will make earning online while living internationally - a breeze.


  • MaryAnn

    Hi, Peter

    Five months ago, you left a common in my profile (ScientistCC) of WA and direct me to this site. Unfortunately, I missed it then. However, I pick it up today. I read and read but I do not really get the fiction. I found it is hard to focus on learning. WELL, MAYBE IT IS THE AGING PROBLEM. Nevertheless, I really appreciate that you led me to your sites.
    Do you still give your
    60+ page ebook; Video Marketing Made Easy?

    • Hello, MaryAnn Yes of course, please watch out for it (check your spam box) I have sent it to you at the email you provided on your profile. Thank you for your comments and please let me know if I can help you at anytime. 🙂

  • simon

    Hi great article lots of good information. As an active member of Wealthy Affiliate I can vouch for how good this place really is. It is full of great training to start you off if you know nothing of starting a website. As long as you are prepared to work hard and put in you will get it back.

  • Norstad

    Wow, I didn’t expected that the result would be such massive success. I thought people would just say “Ugh! An ex-convict” or “Uh! A drug smuggler”. In many case marijuana and drugs are totally different thing. The government just make marijuana more like a drug to be able to ban it.

    Anyway back to the drug smuggler, that man really has guts to be revealing such dark past in expectation to have a good job. Good thing it worked out perfect.

    I salute that guy whoever he is. 🙂

    • Peter

      Hi Norstad Shows you how effective a little marketing can be huh? Plus having the right attitude and mind for success. It was great story I loved so I thought other might also Thank you for your comments 🙂

  • I certainly get your point and a good one you make.

    A smuggler would certainly have a history of sales and creativity. He would also be very approachable but with a business mentality. I think a smuggler would be good at online business too.

    • Hello Damien Yes all business is the same, understand the process and you will always have a business. Have a product your customer wants, have a good delivery system, provide customer service (for re-orders or up-sells) be reliable and live up to or exceed your customers expectations and give them a reason to want to come back again. Thank you for you comments 🙂

  • This was most interesting and I was very inspired by the story and your video.

    Like you said being positive and removing the negatives is the way to success in one’s life.
    Creating that harmony and rhythm, and balance are the keys to success and happiness.

    Thanks and blessings.

  • Cj

    Hi Peter,

    Once again, this is a great article.

    All the articles are so informative and I can spend hours reading them. I have learned a lot by reading this post and I will definitely be implementing this lesson into my blog posts.

    Thank you again for helping the people succeed online!

    • Peter

      Hello Cj Thank you for your comments and I am pleased you enjoy my articles and you found it helpful. Happy to help out, cheers 🙂

  • Hi Peter,

    And who said crime doesn’t pay! I’m beginning to re-think what side of the fence I should be sitting on!
    It is quite remarkable the outcome of certain situations. I love the ‘ballsiness’ of this guy and it makes me think that as bad as it may be somtimes there’s not telling what the outcome of any situation may be. Onwards and upwards as they say. Good article.

    • Hello Brendan Thank you so much for your comments and yes ha ha interesting side of the fence, to say the least but it does highlight what a good piece of writing and marketing can do for you. Pleased you liked the post and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

  • Mara

    Hi Peter,
    Perhaps the advert can be described as a “well thought out marketing strategy”. Whether or not that was the intention of a clever man, he has successfully given himself immense stand out. In a world where we are bombarded with information, this is no easy feat. I think there is a lot to learn from his example – put yourself out there, and you might be amazed by what comes your way. Really interesting article and a story I’d not heard before – enjoyed reading it!

    • Peter

      Hello Mara Thank you for your comments and I am pleased you enjoyed the post and I agree with your assessment “put yourself out there, and you might be amazed by what comes your way” ha ha That is certainly true with the internet marketing world. Thanks again. 🙂

  • Ray

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for motivating us, I loved the story. It is indeed a great example of turning negatives into positives! And don’t try to mask yourself with anything that’s not you, show everything that you have….

    I think my life so far has pretty much been normal. Yes I’d like to head in the right direction – I just read your “how to write great website content” and it’s also motivating. Thanks for the great article!


  • Morning Girl

    Most people come back to negative after that kind of negative experience. Probably even he did not expect such an outcome. You are a good writer… I should send you the story of my life, maybe you can help me write a book ! Blessings..
    May YOUR life always be blessed.

    • Hello Morning Girl Thank you for your comments. Yes it was probably a nice surprise to him as you say. Although he was rather an entrepreneurial type of person, so be probably had reasonable expectations of some success (at least in the short term ha ha). Pleased you like my ‘writing’, it’s always nice to hear that from others, so thank you for the praise and blessings. They say there is at least ONE book in all of us so it’s not too late to start, so yes I’m happy to help you if ever wish to begin your writing career. Thanks again and blessings to you to. 🙂

  • Misti Cheeks

    Dang you’re good! Pretty funny 2! I really enjoy reading your articles.

  • Levi

    This is a really cool article. Being responsible for your actions is a very good trait to have. I believe that whether you fail or succeed, there is always something to learn from the experience.

  • Mihael

    I love the story. Cash-in your mistakes, right?

  • Brian Smith

    You can see and learn it is in the package. A man with a story most would look down upon has more opportunities than most would ever hope to have!

  • Katie

    Just goes to show that turning your life around can bring some powerful results, making mistakes can have some serious consequences but turning it around is a far better course of action

  • Marith

    Love this story. I know a lot of people say you shouldn’t make money of your crimes, but this was very well done and I am happy he had so much success with his job seeking. It shows that honesty is the right way to go. Great article, thanks

    • Thanks Marith, Yes he served his time and paid for his crime and now his past crimes are now paying him or rather his experience he learned from his crimes ha ha. I liked how he turned what many would call a ‘negative’ into a positive. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  • Loes

    Hi Peter, you’ve nailed it, work just as the journalist do in the newspaper, come up with a catchy text, like “Marijuana Smuggler Seeks Job” Great find! Greetings Loes

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