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Conquering Inner Demons

Since April, it’s been my commitment to finally start financially growing in the way I’ve always wanted to. After creating my website, it came time to put my hands in the mud: sales.

First I made the mistake of launching Facebook Ads pre-maturely. In the moment it didn’t seem like quite a mistake, but now I have learned a lot more and decided to first increase my revenue and then experiment with ads when I have a larger budget.

In the past 2 weeks I’ve been highly committed to experimenting and learning sales. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster.

Conquering Inner Demons: It’s So Easy, In Mind

In theory, the prospect of anything is incredibly easy.

If you want to get several girls, all you have to do is buy a training program and then hit the clubs and talk to all kinds of girls. Within a year you’ll be an expert.

If you want to grow a business, you buy a training program and hustle hard. You just have to evaluate what’s most important (sales + closing deals) and then do that.

Yet that’s not what happens.

As humans we can so easily make two mistakes:

The first is over-analyzing, over-planning, yet never taking action. This is me- I have known so much for so long yet not applied it.

The problem with this one is you’re a “talker” but not a “walker.” People validate you because you sound intelligent, when in fact you are not applying what you’re talking about.

I’m purposefully writing way less on the blog for this reason, and from now on only writing about things I’ve already done rather than the theory of the future.

The second is indiscriminate action. I’ve also dipped into this, though my problem lies more in the first.

These are the people that blindly shout you need to work 90 hour work weeks. Yet they don’t make any progress. They rush to take action, yet without planning or any degree of reflection.

Alas, it is not yin or yang which we need yet both to create the whole. Success in any field is a combination of planning & thinking while also taking massive action. One without the other leads to mediocre results.

Conquering Inner Demons: Getting Assistance

One of my own problems has been being too stubborn combined with being too disorganized.

Getting organized has happened naturally as I’ve taken more action. It’s especially happening as I start to schedule sales calls and practice sales calls with other sales newbies.

Admitting that I needed help was difficult. I ended up purchasing the “Consulting Accelerator” program for $1,500 (my referral link gives you $500 off the $2k price if you’re curious) because it is the most comprehensive course on creating a consulting business.

It’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. I’ve also purchased coaching calls with others, some as high as $250 for just 45 minutes with an expert. That too was a good investment.

I’ve written previously about the “map of consciousness,” in which a “calibration” above 200 is productive and healthy and anything below 200 unproductive and not healthy.

Well I can see now that I’ve calibrated so close to 200 in terms of wealth creation- I’ve calibrated at the level of “pride.”

At pride you are taking action (sometimes), but more concerned with your appearance or image.

A prideful person also is insistent that they could “achieve it all on their own” and so they do not get help from courses or others, even when the time saved is so significant.

You see this pride rampant among the internet because the majority of the population on Earth calibrates below 200. According to the book Power vs. Force & Levels of Energy, the global average has only exceeded 200 and for long before that we calibrated right below the level of 200.

Everyone is so insistent that you can “find everything for free online,” yet they fail to realize in doing so you will lose countless hours and also get confused by free advice which is not useful.

Anyone can write a blog. It only costs me about $60 or $80 per year or something like that for each one of my websites. That’s not even the cheapest hosting either!

By going through the consulting program, I’ve been able to learn exceptionally valuable lessons and face my inner flaws.

It was not pleasant. I had to face the fury, and I still am.

Conquering Inner Demons: Facing the Fury

Recently I messaged a friend who had become quite successful in business, and recently became quite successful with the ladies as well.

Initially I had been more successful in business than he- but he soon overtook me as I regressed from courage (taking action) to pride.

What I told him was something like this:

“I realize now why I always delayed taking action. By taking action, I’m confronting all of my inner securities and even the positive beliefs I’ve had about myself that I’m smart. I feel rather stupid because I realize now ther’s so little I know, so many mistakes I’ve made, and so much to learn.”

Sometime in April, when I resolved to actually become great, I began to have some negative thoughts start popping in my head telling me that I was “stupid.”

Sometimes I’d fight it with thoughts like “I’m smart,” but that didn’t make me feel too good either.

I realized recently that thoughts like “I’m smart” did not feel so good because they came from a place of pride. What does it matter if you’re smart or not? It doesn’t matter, all that matters is the results and happiness.

I had some beginner’s luck in business, but I failed to be persistent in my action until recently.

This beginner’s luck left me with a bit of pride and self-belief that I was greater and more intelligent than I actually was.

No, I was wrong. I am far from great. Far from skilled. There is much to learn, in all aspects of online business.

Sometimes when I take action and I’m building a sales list to contact, I start to get negative thoughts and my brain gets cloudy. But I push on.

I remind myself that it doesn’t matter how smart I am, for it is an iterative process. For example, my second version of the sales outreach script was a disaster. My 5th iteration or V5 is what has performed best. V6 has been mediocre.

The problem with thinking that you’re smart is that you expect great results instantly or soon.

That’s not how life works. You must take action, measure the results, and then form a new hypothesis and take action again. This iterative process is what gets you success in all areas of life, whether it be fitness, business, or dating.

For example, one non-business epiphany I had recently was that getting a woman’s Instagram was reducing my “approach to conversation ratio.” This ratio is how many women go from approach to text conversation.

The problem with getting a girl’s Instagram is that if she has already a fair number of followers then my follow will not trigger a proper notification on her end, and my message to her will get trapped in the “message requests” folder.

I hardly have any followers yet I am constantly spammed with porno bullshit.

Does this mean that I’m “bad with the girls?” No, it just means that the previous method of acquiring a girl’s contact information was ineffective. It’s likely that some of the girls I talked to are confused why they “never got my message” because they mass delete all messages that go to spam!

The school system is a huge detriment to this as well no matter if you were considered “smart” or “stupid.”

Some believe they are not smart, yet they just had crap teachers and a broken system- they could be in fact so intelligent.

On the other end of the spectrum you could believe you’re smart and win in that system, but then feel afraid to take action (me) because when things “don’t work” the first time you feel insecure about your intelligence.

I’ve sent 690 Emails but only had 2 sales calls (with 1-2 more in the pipeline). That’s a shit ton of work. That’s a threat to my perceived identity of being “smart” or a “good communicator.”

However one iteration (V5) of the 690 Emails (128 Emails of the 690) performed particularly well. By doubling down on V5, which is where one of the sales calls were acquired and another 1-2 are in the pipeline, it’s easily possible that these numbers will be better.

Be… Without Form Like Water

If anything this growth experience has taught me that I have to let go of my identity and become like water. Having an ego is of no benefit, whether you have positive thoughts or negative thoughts. Both inhibit you when it comes time to hit a new goal.

Some days are a struggle, but I push on because I know that I must go on in order to succeed.

It’s only a matter of time until I crack the sales code, and at this point there is no limit to my success.

In the meantime, it’s more of an internal battle than anything. The consulting course gives you an easy framework to follow to get results.

It teaches you a scientific, iterative process that allows you to refine your sales processes & offer so that you and your clients get the best results.

The thing is, you can’t get attached to any identity or emotions because it’s almost a guarantee that V1 will not be effective.

Iteration is the key word here- you must always test new things and keep what works while discarding the rest!

Regulate Yourself With Data

Sam Ovens, founder of the course, reminds you to “regulate yourself with data, not emotion.”

There are several times in the past 2 weeks where I’ve felt down because I’ve opened my laptop to receive no responses after grinding on writing cold Emails.

But I had to remind myself: that’s just V1. Or that’s just V2. It’s an iterative process and you have to test a ton of things to get it right.

The great flaw with school is that you get a one-time grade that defines you. That makes no fucking sense and has no basis in the reality of life & business.

In real life, if you do not succeed the first time you are allowed to reiterate and improve over and over until you get results.

The fucking school & University system is a mess. If I send a cold Email that gets no response, that does not define me forever. I am allowed to resend another Email to a new person or hell even the same person!

What we perceive as our identity is just a temporary snapshot of where we are at in a particular moment. It’s always changing.

Conquer Your Demons

I’m sharing with you today so that you can remember to conquer your own demons and face them!

With whatever goal(s) you have in life, you can achieve them, but you probably won’t succeed on the first attempt. That’s because life is a scientific, iterative process in which you most constantly retake the test over and over until you pass.

Unfortunately modern schooling makes us think that one grade defines us forever. No, you’re allowed to try over and over until you succeed!

Even more unfortunate is that you may have an identity. Whether you think you’re smart or not, this identity will likely hold you back. You have to relinquish this identity such so that the demons have nothing to attack.

How can the demons attack if I am neither smart nor stupid? They have no beliefs to punch, and I can just focus instead on reiterating what needs to be done until I achieve the desired goals.

Be like water, and lose resistance to your goals. Plan & take massive action for maximum effect. Reiterate over an over until you get it right. Done.

-Michael

Taking the Plunge & Starting a “Real Business”

Long-time readers may have observed that recently my rate of writing has decreased massively, and same for the effort I put into my posts. I also have stopped posting YouTube videos.

In fact, I’m not gonna lie- a lot of my old posts (especially from a year ago) make me cringe so much that I have seriously considered deleting them.

By not watching those videos or reading those blog posts, I’ve saved myself from my own cringe and thus have left them up, both for those that could extract value from it and as a testament to my own growth.

I’ve hinted at this before, but the reason why I’ve stopped writing so much is because I’m focused on starting a legitimate business now. And I don’t want to talk about it.

Seriously, shoot me in the balls then the brain if I start writing more about this new business that I’m starting.

One of the things my ex said of me that really stung was that I was “more talk than do.” It stung because it was true.

I was just a talker. Talking about the theory of business. Talking about the theory of marketing. The idea of getting wealth and all that crap.

For a moment I believed my own bullshit. But with the help of her truth and an icy reality check in which all my friends started making wayyy more than me, I couldn’t deny it:

I was a talker. Not a do-er.

I started out over 2 years ago way ahead of the curve. I was doing better than everyone I knew at this online marketing stuff.

But I became complacent and started talking about ideas & success, and getting too caught up with the “4 hour work week” instead of actually finding work that I was passionate about and committing to excellence.

It often felt like something was missing in my life, and I never realized that it was because I wasn’t committed to excellence in any area of my life. Working more not from a place of avoiding pain but of legitimate commitment to excellence has been one of the greatest things for my mental health.

Anyways, in the past couple years I went from being #1 of my social circle to last. Even those that were “not smarter” than me blew me away financially.

While I was stuck checking my budget when it comes to accommodation and searching for the cheapest flights, my friends could fly first class and get luxurious accommodation in first world countries.

Now I’m not saying here that I have started this new “real business” just to compete with my friends- that’s silly.

I’ve always wanted to start it. I’ve always wanted to do “real shit.” I just made excuses and got trapped in all kinds of other distractions.

My ex-girlfriend was one of those distractions and that’s no fault of her own. I didn’t have my own sense of self in the relationship, and so she became too important to me. Instead of taking alone time to work on my purpose, sheand the relationship became my purpose which was so unhealthy for both of us and unfair to her.

I’ve always been inspired to run Facebook Ads and get really, really good at them.

When I first ran my own online ads in 2016 they were a complete disaster. I spent like $75 just to make $15.

Then in 2017 I ran my own ads again while in Montreal. Surprisingly they were profitable for like the first $20- I sold a couple T-shirts online which was insanely exciting.

At that time I didn’t have a deep understanding of Facebook Ads though, and so I made some mistakes with the advertisements that led to their demise. I was tight on cash in Montreal as I was saving up for some medical treatment, and never ran ads for this business again despite it always being in my mind.

After Montreal I traveled through Europe, and let myself get too distracted by alcohol and fun and parties. It was probably a necessary thing I had to go through as I had never felt so socially connected and had so much fun in my life.

The downside to this was that I burnt down previous client relations. I vividly recall not having any WiFi in Belgium and having to frantically work to make a deadline.

In Budapest when I had WiFi again I discovered that my ads I made for this client were so awful and filled with English mistakes you would’ve thought I was an Indian scammer. It was embarrassing. I fixed the situation but the client relationship was burnt and I never received more work from them.

It was in early 2018 in Bulgaria when the stagnation really began, and thus my temporary decline. For whatever reason I stopped trying to get new clients. I made a little from Cryptocurrency investments (remember when BTC was blowing up??) but that was it.

I also had little concept of “taxes” and no clue how they worked. When it came time to pay my 2017 taxes in 2018, I thought I could write off many of the medical expenses I had- turns out my understanding of taxes was wrong, and I owed thousands to the government.

I was able to pay it, but I was complacent in replenishing my reserves. Things got dangerous when I started to spend too much in Bulgaria. Again this was me getting distracted on my relationship- I was spending too much on her and on myself and to make it very clear it was not her fault but my own.

Then when I left for Cyprus, I found myself unable to adjust to the currency exchange of Euros compared to Lev. Things were 2x more expensive, but I was too complacent to adjust my living.

It was quite unwise and I really lacked a concept of how difficult it would be to get new clients- I had gone too long in “easy mode.”

I didn’t realize it then, but I learned an important life lesson then (which you should write down):

Never, ever become complacent.

You can observe in governments, celebrities, and large corporations that they have a great product/service but then things get “too good” and they lose their roots with what originally made them successful.

They ride the wave of success, but because they’re not doing what originally made them successful their downfall is inevitable.

I was lucky to not fall completely- I always had a client which was supporting me (which was more of a remote job, to be honest).

The great mistake I made was forgetting my roots in 2018. However I should add it wasn’t all bad as I was fixing my health and social life, areas which had always lacked as well. It was likely a necessary stage in my development.

Backstory aside, here’s what happened next.

I had a big mental crash in late 2018 as my finances were tight, my relationship had ended, and I felt really crushed in Thailand. When I went back to the USA for a while I found more work and began to actually take shit seriously.

The crash served as a stark reminder to not lose my way ever again.

In fact, I now understand why you have to do what makes you feel passionate or gives value to others. When things get “good,” you get complacent if you aren’t doing something that you love.

This is so important you NEED to understand it.

You MUST find something you love or learn to be passionate about it, otherwise you will become lazy when things get “good.” You will sacrifice becoming great for being good.

The thing is, good never lasts. Being great as an ever-evolving art which takes daily practice.

Good can last a day, week, month, or even years but ultimately good runs out. Only those committed to excellence and being a great survive.

Now that I’ve understood this, I’ve made it my commitment to become excellent in Facebook Ads, stop making excuses, and focus on serving clients rather than trying to print wealth off of the internet.

Whereas before the internet marketing felt dark & scammy, it now feels like a moral pursuit because I’m focused on legitimately giving value to my clients.

For the past several months I’ve been taking action on starting a REAL business. And I don’t intend on doing a lot of writing about it because it already takes up so much of my time I have no time or care to write (especially because this writing isn’t profitable).

Step 1: Skill Development

First I developed my skills for free. I could’ve told Facebook Ads but I decided to work for clients for free or heavily discounted rates.

Financially I’m okay because I have a remote job in which I provide social media + content creation (like writing) which is a great job that I love. I also met this client in Texas in person after 2 years of working together, and we had a blast so I’m really committed to giving value now.

Because I am okay I was able to focus on skill development. It was hard at first, but I knew more than I could imagine.

Very quickly my skills became validated as I was able to acquire leads for clients at a low cost per lead. For 2 realtors I was getting good results, and the same for a software development agency.

However I realized a problem: clients didn’t value my work when it was free and often lacked the follow-through to get results off of my work.

I was able to get them leads, but they weren’t able to close the leads. This is because they had pre-existing beliefs about Facebook Ads that were negative, or they themselves were too complacent.

For example, the software agency was getting leads from me at $1.69 per lead. Given their services are extremelyexpensive, they only needed to close something like .25% (1 in 400) of the leads to still be racking in a massive profit.

Yet they ignored my advice about Email marketing followup, and contacting the leads within 24 hours or same-day. The CEO was lazy about is sales and had investor funding, so they weren’t sharp.

He complained that some of the leads forgot about them. I said, “no shit that’s what fucking happens when you contact the leads 5 DAYS AFTER I GET THEM.”

Noting that clients are lazy, I’ve made adjustments to the lead generation system so that clients get only the highest quality leads. 99% of people are not cut-out to be salesmen, and so I had to do a lot of the qualification myself.

My new advertising system helps to prequalify leads so that clients are only talking with leads that are the most qualified and warm to boost their morale.

Even when the results were so great they only needed to close 1 out of 400 leads to be massively profitable, clients were still upset that they had 10 rejections in a row.

Anyways, I realized that charging my clients was the way to go because then they’d take my advice seriously and I could invest more of my time to developing the pre-qualification system so that clients don’t waste time on leads which could blow up their sensitive egos.

Skill development? Check.

Step 2: Web Development

In Bali & Chiang Mai I created my own website, which you can view by clicking HERE. It is www.marketingtheuniverse.com.

The website isn’t perfect, and I’ve received a ton of amazing feedback from ya’ll about what could be improved. Thank you!

The most important part about the website is that it builds credibility and acts as an online portfolio. Even more important than that I’ve created an extensive application process that new prospects have to go through before they can even get on the phone with me.

I’ve had prospects apply but they don’t meet my qualifications. Great. I was able to cancel the call before it even began and save myself time.

Again the website is absolutely not perfect. However it’s “good enough” and that’s all I need to move forward. I’ll adjust it as needed.

Step 3: Testimonials

Next I wanted to collect testimonials from clients that I had legitimately served. I am not satisfied with my current list of testimonials- I want to help more clients and get more testimonials from even better results, but for the time being what I have is “good enough.”

One realtor created a video for me saying I “over-exceeded his expectations by far… Thank you Michael!

I’ve also created case studies of clients that I’ve helped. Examples include getting leads at $1.69 per lead, getting 400k+ page likes and making the client #1 in the niche, and getting a 17x ROI on some Amazon Ads.

Did you know I’ve also successfully worked with Owange Pranks, the #1 prank YouTube channel in the world?

Click the link “Ownage Pranks” for the case study. Being a long-time fan I was always super pumped to work with them and receive the testimonial, “Michael’s expertise has been quintessential in getting us on the right track.”

All this being said, I’m not satisfied with any of this. I want more testimonials, better results, and one day a giant catalog of videos on my website of happy clients.

One day I want so many testimonials that I have to delete all these testimonials because they aren’t good enough.

For example the realtor testimonial feels slightly fake because he ended up deciding not to cancel the contract once I requested payment. He was happy to give the testimonial and help me out, but not happy enough to stick around long-term.

For the time being it’s all good- but like I said I have my goals for a true list of happy testimonials.

Step 4: Biting My Own Words

Most advertising agencies are full of shit and you can confirm this because they don’t even run their own advertisements!

Who the fuck would I be to run ads for clients but not for myself?

Right now I don’t have the greatest budget, but I’ve ran ads regardless. I’m investing my own cash even though I don’t have a ton and that’s because I know I can get myself results.

No more excuses. I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do for years now.

Today I woke up and finally got almost all preliminary metrics within KPI, which stands for “key performance indicator.” It’s a fancy way of saying that I’m on track to be printing off clients off of Facebook Ads.

Step 5: Facing Uncertainty

I’m not gonna lie though- there were some emotional moments during the course in which my ads ran.

On one night I got results that were around $1.70 per lead and I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep all night. Then no one opened my Emails (but a few leads) from Email marketing, and my “free course” basically accomplished nothing.

When I created a revised funnel, I felt uneasy about my ads.

I found it quite difficult to not be super emotional about the advertisements. I doubted myself, questioned whether what I was doing was right, and wondered whether I was good enough.

There were times when I opened my ads dashboard and I just wanted to scream and cry because I wasted the budget to get something like $50 per lead- and then the automation system was fucked up so I wasn’t even able to nurture the lead, making the cash lost!

Another time I screwed up a code which meant that the Facebook Ads dashboard was reporting my results were exceptional when in fact I had 0 results. A whole day’s worth of budget was lost, which I think was just $15 or $20… but still.

During every step of the process of fixing my ads, my website, and my funnel I had to relax and not freak out from the fact that it felt like I was tossing my hard-earned money into a black void.

I had to relax, and diagnosis the problem carefully. Sometimes my targeting was off. Sometimes my ad copy was not good.

When I learned finally to see the situation objectively, I found it quite easy to fix my ads. Instead of ads “failing” they were simply “out of KPI” for various metrics, and then I was able to fix those issues.

For example, maybe an advertisement was receiving clicks to the landing page but no one was converting. Well it was either the landing page which needed fixing or the advertisement was misleading.

In this case the advertisement I had created was misleading, and it didn’t fit well with the landing page.

I then deleted the advertisement and created some new ones, and the results started pouring in!

Today as I said I got all of the preliminary metrics within KPI. Now I’m ready for a larger-budget test, but first I have to fix some of the other parts of my funnel.

Step 6: Creating + Fixing the Funnel

The exact strategy I’d use for clients is what I’m using for myself. It is an advanced funnel that pre-qualifies the leads and limits the number of bad leads I have coming into my system.

I went from $1.70 per lead to $10 per lead, but now they’re much higher-quality, my email marketing emails are being opened, etc.

It’s calculated that I could spend as much as $15 per lead as long as they’re qualified and still make a massive profit, so I’m doing just fine.

My current funnel involves sending a prospect from my ad to a landing page, then they have to input their Email in order to get access to a free video.

The free video is intended to excite people about my services, and from there they can apply for a “free strategy session” with me. This isn’t the landing page, but if you were interested in my services you could apply HERE.

Once they apply for the free strategy session they have to fill out an extensive application that allows me to prequalify them. I only want to be on the phone with leads that are ready to buy.

If they don’t schedule a strategy session, the Email marketing system will send them an invitation to the free strategy session and then if they don’t they’ll be taken through a lengthy automation sequence which is a series of Emails over the course of 2-3 weeks.

I created a free course which I’ve turned into an Email automation sequence! The goal is to warm people up and give free value, which then will excite them to schedule that free strategy session.

Step 7: Moving Forward

I’m super excited for this “real business” as instead of me working kind of like a glorified job remotely I’ll actually be helping clients. The skills are validated, I have positive testimonials, now I just need to fix this process and then the sky’s the limit (and not even).

As soon as I get a new client all of those funds will be reinvested into my ads. Once I have the process for generating & closing leads via my Facebook Ads (which I’m quite close to achieving) things should “explode” via the “Law of Explosions” (based on my previous post).

Right now I don’t have the system perfected, but I will soon. As soon as the system is working and I have extra funds to invest into it things will really get going.

I’m working on setting up other processes and getting organized, as disorganization is a huge problem of mine that I’ve observed as well as all of my friends have reported on as well.

With organization I’ve estimated both an income cap and a client cap that I can personally achieve until I have to start hiring help. That’s a problem for another day.

It’s Hard, Yet Easy

I’ve accepted the challenges of starting a real business, such as investing my own funds, embracing difficulty, and having to learn online phone sales.

In a way it’s hard. There’s a lot of work to do. On the other hand, I realize that as soon as I get it right it’ll be “easy” and things will just explode.

I have realized that many of the income goals I’ve set are too short because as soon as this system is perfected of signing on new high-ticket clients from my ads there will really be no limit to how many clients I can sign on.

If my goal was to 3x my income, well that’s just too small because as soon as I do that I can invest all the additional funds into ads to sign on new clients, etc. This process will really explode until I need to hire help and cap out my max work.

This is It

That’s all. I just wanted to share and announce to the world my goals and what I’m currently working on. If I write too much about this, call me out and make sure I stay focused. Shoot me in the mouth if I talk too much. Not literally, please.

I have talked too much for too long, and the only reason I’m writing this now is because it’s more of a report than just talk.

There are legitimate results which I’ve earned the right to talk about now. I am currently averaging around $10 per lead, and a 1 in 3 open rate for my post-lead Email marketing. I have spent hundreds in my own advertising, and actually biting the bullet I’m selling to others.

I won’t be writing that much from here on out for the reason that this is my purpose, and writing is not a profitable activity. It’s not even that enjoyable anymore. I am kind of cringing at this post just for the fact that it’s like an hour of writing that doesn’t move me closer to my goals in any way.

My mission is to become exceptional with online ads, service clients and get astounding results for them, and scale this up and start hiring people.

I’m finally doing what I’ve always wanted to do, and it feels great.

Here’s to taking the plunge and doing some real shit!

Thanks,

-Michael

Resisting the Call of the Sirens

In Greek Mythology, the Sirens were incredibly dangerous creatures that lured sailor’s boats into the rocks to their death with their enchanting singing.

I don’t think sirens are just a myth. It’s real- but not in the way you might imagine.

Let me share my story in charting a course and sailing out into the open Sea. I hear now the calls of many sirens around me, and must confess I haven’t been so ideal in maintaining my focus.

Think carefully of the Sirens in your life- these enchanting beasts will make you fail, but it’ll feel oh so good in the process.

Charting a Course

My biggest goals recently have been with running Facebook Ads with the goal of getting new clients. I’ve also put forth a huge initiative into improving my skill at Facebook Ads for my clients.

Very quickly I was able to improve & validate my skills with some test clients. Now armed with newfound weaponry, I feel ready and confident to take it out into the market.

First I created my new website– but upon reflection even this may have been a call of a Siren!

Or maybe not. Time will tell.

I’ve also helped clients out for free or extremely discounted service rates that were in similar niches to my own so that I can effectively test my ideas with their ad budget.

As mentioned the results were exhilarating- for example one campaign getting leads at $1.69 per lead! At a .1% close rate, that’s still highly profitable…

Despite the intoxicating preliminary results, other tests have been a complete disaster.

For example I made an Email course about everything that I learned as a “free offer” to warm people up to a free consulting session with me where I will then close them.

The open rate so far has been horrendous- tomorrow morning I’ll have updated data to work with.

I’ve also adjusted the experiments with other ad types and targeting options to test for all kinds of variations. I’m hitting it from all angles. Suddenly…

I never could’ve expected the Sirens to call so loudly, and so sweetly…

The Call of the Sirens: Inner Demons

In my mind logically I always understood that “less is more.” I’m sure you too could learn all about the art of efficiency, the 4 hour work week, and all that juicy stuff.

The problem is if you get this information before you legitimately need it, then you may not properly apply it. In some ways I’ve done great, such as working extremely efficient with current & previous clients, but I’ve failed vastly when it came to huge leaps forward such as what I’m working on now.

One of the many Sirens is within us all- self-sabotage. Confronting our inner insecurities and succeeding is often scarier than success itself.

In fact I believe the action itself is what’s scaring. If you never try you never fail, and you also never have to deal with the effects of success.

When I succeed in figuring this out, it’s not an achievement unlocked and then all work is done.

I’ll have to work on sales calls, closing clients, hiring assistants, and all kinds of stuff. Success increases, but so does more work and unexpected surprises. It’s all too easy to slip back into familiarity and comfort.

The Call of the Sirens: Enchanting Voices

The majority of Sirens come from the outside though. These Sirens may prey on your inner Siren, but many of them also wear beautiful masks that attract you but also hide their sharp teeth which they use to kill you.

Here’s the thing with Sirens- they are enchanting. Not alluring, addicting, or powerful inherently; they possess the power of magic, appearing so real to be necessary yet not at all.

A non-example of a Siren includes drugs, sex, social media distractions, fear, and laziness. What I mean is that these are not Sirens which I refer to.

A Siren is much more cunning than these petty things. You know in your heart that you should not get wasted every night if you want to grow a business, become fit, or achieve another goal.

The Enchanting Voices of the Outer World Sirens mask themselves as necessary steps in your voyage- yet if you actually follow them you will find yourself lost, shipwrecked, and eventually, dead.

Many people claim that “success is hard,” but I doubt that to be the case. I learned quickly how to earn an income online while traveling, and that’s only because I was hyper-focused and weary of Sirens.

Those people that announce to the world that success is so hard often do so because they find themselves in bed with many attractive Sirens- beautiful mermaid-like creatures- yet in their trance they fail to notice that their blood is slowly being drained.

Meeting the Sirens: My Examples

Why have I not yet clearly identified what a real Siren is? It’s because they’re so hard to identify.

You can hardly tell if it is a beautiful woman you are staring at or if it is the mask of a monster ready to devour you.

You might not believe me, but here are some of the Sirens which call my name…

People have recommended books, YouTube videos, courses, ad strategies, offered consulting sessions, advice, and all kinds of different suggestions related to how I can achieve my goal.

These are the Sirens, my friends. No, I’m not saying never to recommend anything to anyone.

What I do remind you is to focus only on that which brings you to your destination; your ship does not have infinite supplies, and you don’t have time for every side-mission that comes your way in life.

For example, a couple years ago some people were adamant that I needed a website in order to get clients. Yet for the past 2+ years I’ve traveled while working remotely with no website- did I really need one?

The answer is no, and many of my friends who made a website did so under the enchanting allure of a Siren. The truth is the website never helped with sales, it never brought them a client, and it was a complete waste of time.

The problem is that making the website felt like a productive use of time, and it was related to the end-goal.

When you sail in foggy waters, it can be quite difficult to see what direction you must truly walk down.

Losing Focus to the Voices

I’ve said already that my preliminary results have been good- but I’ve hit a roadblock, and I’ve researched ways to get around it and fix the problem.

Now my problem lies in that there are many Sirens around me- but surely a few are real Angels sent to guide me on my path.

Should I watch this course, or that course? Should I read this book or that book?

If I do everything that is recommended to me, then it will be yet more months or years until I achieve my goals- but I know that it shouldn’t take that long.

Yet still already I’ve noticed it becoming more difficult to focus, and keep attention- many notifications are coming my way, many people want to help me, many people invite me to their “Masterminds” and offer advice.

It all sounds so beautiful! It’s all so alluring! Everything brings me in theory at least 1% closer to my goals, but the key here is in identifying the one thing which brings you 20% closer to your goal- or better yet 80% or 90% or even 99.9%!

Time is precious; it seems to be the one dimension everyone in this world forgets. The irony of life is that we live in an infinite Universe (so they say) yet have a finite life.

Navigating Dangerous Waters

As I navigate this path towards my goals, I do my best to focus on that which truly brings me to my goals. I’ve taken a moment today to nap, and I’ll take a moment tomorrow to slow down and relax as well.

Being busy is not being productive; the Sirens love to prey on a busy man who lacks awareness for how much progress is truly being made.

With all that I do, I ask myself if it really brings me closer to the end-goal. I have a ship to sail, the waters may be dangerous so I must remain all the more vigilant to avoiding the alluring call of the Sirens.

I know not yet which activities are lies and which are truth. In this way, perhaps prayer to the Universe or a higher power is necessary. Only God knows when my time is up, and I’d like to make as much progress as I can while I’m here.

With Faith, maybe I won’t fall prey to the Sirens all around me. Maybe I can focus, and this time sail my ship to my goal.

And What About Your Sirens?

And do ask yourself- where are your Sirens?

Remember that Sirens are those things which look good, feel good, appear good, but are in fact not truly good.

We all know that eating shit food is bad. We all know that excessive alcohol or drug consumption is not particularly healthy.

These addictions are the surprisingly easy thing to tackle. What really holds you back (and thus prompts you to re-engage in your negative copying behaviors) is the fact that you get caught in Sirens that draw you away from your goal!

You say you want this or that, yet try to complete every side-mission along the way when it serves no real purpose.

Life may be much like a video game, but unlike a video game you can’t play it again. You have a goal, don’t waste your time in endless side missions.

These side missions are designed to feel like you’re achieving something, when really you are still where you are- just now you have “something else.”

Your goals and dreams are closer than you imagine. Your only problem is that you sail your ship in circles, chasing the allusive beauty of the Sirens..

One day their spell will end. Their teeth aren’t so enchanting. It feels not so majestic to cry out alone as they suck your blood dry, and things go black- it’s over.

Take your ship to your goal, or follow the distracting beauty of the enchanting Sirens. The choice is yours. Though it sure ain’t easy..

-Michael.

All In or All Out

When I took magic mushrooms for the first time over a year ago, I knew it would be deeply spiritual, but I never could’ve guessed just how important the messages would be to me.

I learned several key lessons in that first trip, which I wrote down, saved, and some of which I remind myself of to this today.

One of those lessons is this: all in, or all out.

All In or All Out

Life is full of decisions. You could eat at a million different restaurants, live in countless countries and countless cities, date countless people, and work too many jobs to fulfill a dozen lifetimes.

We each feel particularly called to something, which is our “heart” or “intuition.” It’s very important that we listen to it.

The whole Universe works to help you follow your own path, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

Events which we consider “bad luck” could actually be events which are designed to change our course and bring us unknowingly to riches we deserve.

How many stories are there of someone getting fired, then finding what they are truly passionate in? Suddenly they feel so grateful for getting fired, otherwise they may be dying slowly on the 9-5 grind they never really wanted.

Sometimes though you face a crossroad where there isn’t a clear path. The choice is up to you.

You should always consult your heart, and if your intuition doesn’t say “no” to any of them, then try listen closely to see what feels better. Sometimes it doesn’t matter- but you still have to make a choice.

You can’t live with regrets though. Sometimes you follow your heart and not everything goes to plan, or something unexpected which we call “bad” happens.

Should you have not followed your heart? No because in following your heart, you often learn to listen deeper, and your heart becomes wiser in its decisions.

Sometimes your heart knows that it must go through some pain and growth or loss in order to get something which it wants. The heart wants what it wants, but it also wants you to feel good, creating conflict.

This is where success barriers come in- we avoid doing what we know we really must do.

With anything, you need to be “all in” or “all out.” If you make a decision, go all in with it in that moment- if you can’t, then maybe you should be all in for the other decision.

The problem with many, including sometimes myself, is that they make a decision but think of the other, or hold regrets, or always wonder “what if…”

One great way to make decisions is ask whether you’d regret something because you know that if you would not be all in for the other decision and regret not taking the other path then it is a path you truly must take.

I’m speaking even of the small things here- if you can’t be all in for eating Mexican food tonight, then why should you go eat Mexican sitting there wondering what Italian food might taste like on your tongue?

Sometimes we make a decision and there’s no clear path. There is no good answer. In these cases it still makes the best sense to go all in for one decision.

If you make a decision but don’t take responsibility for it, then you can only be bitter at the world for that it didn’t work out exactly as you desired.

If you make an uncertain decision certain, then you can be “all in” and fully responsible for the outcomes, even if you can’t control it completely.

In this way you become the captain of your life, guiding yourself through life. You listen to your heart, and you follow it, knowing that things may not always go as planned but that it’s your true path.

There may be nothing worse on this Earth than not following your true path.

To fail in the face of authenticity is to have earned yourself a wonderful experience of following your heart, an experience which may just lead to your treasure.

To fail in the face of inauthenticity is to have cut yourself twice- once for denying your heart, and once for failing also.

The pain of not following your heart is greater than any pain you could experience by following your heart.

The nagging feeling of your heart whispering “I want to do this” is enough to drive man mad.

For long I’ve ignored the next big step in my path, and now that I’m taking it, it feels scary, but I know that I am living true and that whatever fault may come it is for better.

There is risk, of course. I don’t say anything of the future, either- I will not say where my path will go, just that I think I know where it goes, and I believe that I’ll arrive where I desire to arrive.

Of course, the path may change to get there, but I have faith as long as I follow my heart everything will turn out- it always does.

Try to follow your heart, be all in for it. We both know you can’t be “all out,” for that is to not be alive, and you are here now for a reason. You know it intuitively.

Promise your heart you will listen to it, that you will do what it asks of you.

And when you need to make any decision, be all in or all out. Not fully down for it? Don’t do it.

If you are uncertain, choose to be all in because there is no other choice. It is pointless to take one weak step in either direction, when you could choose to take a step with power, even if you don’t know what the right decision is.

Fortune favors the bold, which requires you to be all in.

All in, or all out. Choose. Now.

Done.

-Michael

Why Getting Rich is Noble

Note: I am not revising this post because of its length, and I typically avoid touchy subjects like this anyways because I quite honestly don’t like angry messages in my inbox about situations more complex than above most of our heads (INCLUDING MINE).

The really short, condensed version is on the very bottom… a little TL;DR. The super-short version is that creating wealth ethically benefits everyone else because to make money you must give value to other people. This article focuses only on ethical wealth, no durr building wealth without ethics is wrong and far from noble. 🙂

Yesterday a friend hit me up asking me for some advice on his response to a deep ethical question. I liked it, but one statement triggered me: he said that we are all “killing people by omission” by not donating more money to charity.

Not only do I disagree with this, I think it’s very backwards and that getting rich is one of the most noble things you can do assuming it is done ethically.

Okay, let me make this 1,000% clear: ASSUMING IT IS DONE ETHICALLY! Like yeah, you can rob a bank and get rich but that’s fucked up.

Also, let’s make a very clear note: I normally avoid political talks because it gets people triggered and creates circular fights that lead nowhere. The truth is, situations like poverty & homelessness are so fucking complicated that neither of us can really understand it.

So when I give my thoughts here, note that it’s not 100% complete, I’m still open to well-constructed arguments, but most of the time I ignore taking part in such debates because they go circular and no understanding is had… but time is wasted. I will try put counter-points in my thoughts so we can understand the other side too (in the end to better reinforce the side that getting rich is good).

The only reason I debated with this friend was because he’s an epic friend, and he had a bad belief that needed some shaking up. I was surprised when he wanted me to write this blog post about the talk, but I figured fair enough, let’s go and write one slightly political post.

Here is why getting rich is noble, and more importantly it benefits everyone:

The Complexity Factor

Note: this is SO complicated, the whole issue of charity / getting rich / people being poor so try to keep an open mind and think of how everything affects everything. Some solutions sound bad but work well, and others sound good but turn out bad. Try to think deep. This article will be all over the place, building a huge point at the end. Hang tight.

Again: this post is gonna be all over the place. Strap in and try let it all come together. I confess this won’t be my most coherent post as I’m a bit tired and sick. I’ll try make it all wrap together, but I’ll probably have to write a 2.0 later and take days properly researching & writing.

The Inspiration Factor

This part is debatable because some people respond to success of others differently. In an ideal world, we’d all get inspired.

I am one who gets inspired. When I read “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss, any chance of me going to University & getting a job were shattered. I was so damn inspired I decided I’d be an entrepreneur for the rest of my life!

Because of his book I now make money online, and have traveled the world for almost 2 years now visiting 13+ countries and living in at least 4 for over a month.

When you get rich, you inspire others. Well, some others might get jealous, but in my humble opinion it’s kind of a choice.

You can look at someone and say “I don’t have what you have so you don’t deserve it” or you can say “wow I’d like to create that too!” One mentality keeps everyone poor & limited, and the other uplifts the world.

We need people getting rich and then inspiring others because it gets people out of the shit-hole that they’re in in the first place!

Have you ever been around a couple that has a great relationship? It is damn well inspiring to get a great relationship yourself! Conversely, how have you felt when you observed a couple get abusive or fight? Probably drained.

Get rich and inspire others. Some of my biggest breakthroughs have been sitting next to millionaires who have told me that it’s possible.

The Guilt Factor

The belief that “we are killing people by omission” [by not donating our money to charity NOW] is unhealthy because it prevents you from taking care of yourself. It assumes that responsibility of others falls on you, which it doesn’t.

You can only take responsibility for yourself. Yes, life is kind of fucked up. But you shouldn’t hold yourself back because someone else is starving. That’s called “crabs in a bucket” mentality.

I don’t meet a lot of rich people that are guilt-stricken with the suffering of others: instead they focus on themselves, then their family, then their friends, and then finally the world.

Is that so wrong? No. Absolutely not. It is wrong to force someone to take care of someone else.

Should you try? Absolutely. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try, or that if someone gets hurt and needs help in front of you that you don’t help them.

All I’m saying is that someone starving in a far-off country is far different than a true crime of omission, which would be for example not feeding your children. By the way I was taught in school, a “crime of omission” involves a factor of responsibility, which is not present in the case of charity.

Occasionally people try to make you feel guilty for not taking care of others- again though, that’s just wrong. It holds your life back. For reasons I’ll describe later, you should never hold yourself back and guilt yourself over those “meaningless” purchases and “little luxuries” (don’t get triggered yet, more on this later).

In short, feeling guilty because someone else is suffering only holds your own life back. For reasons described later, that’s terrible for everyone involved… (seriously, this is a huge point, please read on)

The Real Cause of Starvation/Poverty

The argument my friend primarily made was that donating money would feed people that need the money, instead of spending it on “useless purchases” (ie. massages).

The problem with this, in my opinion, is that it doesn’t address the actual CAUSE of the starvation or poverty. It’s just like medicine how people get prescribed insane drugs without addressing the cause so they never fix their mental problems or health problems.

Throwing $ at the problem doesn’t solve starvation. You can “give a man a fish for a day, or teach him how to fish.”

Most people that are poor don’t know how to participate in the local economy. Poor nations have a poor economy. Donating doesn’t fix that cause, but can cause complications. More on this later as well.

However getting rich stimulates the economy, at least in your local area. In cases such as internet businesses you have the capacity to outsource to places like India which sends money to their local economies.

What’s better: donating $5 or building your business, hiring Indian programmers and supplying them with a living?

Now if your business collapses, they still have skills/past experience to get another job, compared to just throwing money at them- if the money stops coming, they starve again, but if they have skills (and you incentivize people to get skills), then the economy improves.

The outsourced Indian workers then have money to spend into their local economy too which boosts everyone there.

Starvation is a Recurring Problem

My friend made the mistake of saying that “donating $300 saves a life.” Well, no- actually not.

We don’t live in a 3-dimensional world. We have also the dimension of times (and who knows what else?).

When you donate $300 to save a starving kid, you do not necessarily save their life. You buy them a month. That’s it. Then they die. Problem solved?

Now in some cases, you send someone $300, and then they get a job the next month and you save their life and they live happily ever after. I’m referring to chronically terrible places where starvation is a problem (ie. some African countries).

Again, this goes back to the whole “fix the cause thing.” You could send someone a fish, but unless you can send a fish a day for the rest of your life you don’t save their life.

You are one fish poorer, and they die the next day anyways. Problem not solved.

Donating… Often Fails

Google “donating does more harm than good.” The studies that have been done are… shocking.

Let’s be honest: a huge reason we donate is because we want to feel good, nothing else. I tip $5 and I feel like I’m a good human. Did I actually improve the world?

Let’s say you donate fish to a poor African village. Great, you solved hunger. But guess what: there are long-reaching effects; it’s too short-sighted to think that you solved the problem.

Now all local food industries have been disrupted. Who’s gonna open a restaurant or fishing company when they could get fish for free, from you? What happens when the donations stop- well there are no local businesses (because they couldn’t survive), so now everyone goes hungry and dies!

Am I saying you should never donate? No. I’m just saying you really need to research which charities actually have impact.

Another example of this is some “genius” who thought they should send 1 million shirts to some African country. Great, right? Now the locals have clothes!

Wrong. Now everyone who owned a clothing business goes out of business. You’ve disrupted the local economy.

Again, research this on Google. A simple Google search will reveal countless studies.

Energy & Vibes

The rich children stay rich adults, and the poor children stay poor adults: why? Answer: energy & vibes. You could also replace this with “mentality” to be less metaphysical.

It has been scientifically demonstrated that everyone has a “comfort level” of wealth. If you lose your job, you’ll scramble to find another at the same level plus or minus 10%.

The same is true though if you make too much money and aren’t prepared for it. Have you heard of the countless lottery winners who ruined their lives?

So many professional athletes & lottery winners get A TON of money, but then they lose it all because they were not prepared to handle such wealth in their life! They still had a “poor personal mentality” and lost all their wealth too fast.

On the other hand, you’ll also see rich people have their business fail then a couple years later they’re all rich and comfy again. How?

I’d recommend reading “The Science of Getting Rich,” as there is great information on this. This is also why charity isn’t always effective.

Have you also ever observed a friend date the same bad person over and over? Maybe the habitually date a cheater, or someone that’s abusive?

That’s because the subconscious mind is weird as fuck, and we basically go back to whatever we are subconsciously comfortable with, even if that’s poverty & starvation.

By getting rich you actually inspire others because you directly influence their “vibe” by showing them wealth creation IS possible!

For myself, to make money online & travel the world, I had to do all kinds of affirmations & visualizations just to push back the barriers. Looking back, it isn’t hard at all to do this- it’s just a mental thing.

It’s shocking actually to see me write this. 4 years ago me would be shocked and slightly angered someone could suggest this life is easy.

The thing is, making money online while traveling the world is my definition of “normal” and “comfortable” now. Take away my clients, and I’ll find my way back to this level in max 6 months.

Could you achieve this level in 6 months? Yes, but you have to do A LOT of visualization work & surround yourself with people living this lifestyle so that your subconscious mind realizes it’s possible, and begins getting familiar with it.

The problem with so many charities is they don’t address this deep, root cause of recurring poverty, abuse, starvation, etc.

People DO break out of their circumstances and CAN change of course, it’s just hard. At a very general scale you see that people born into a certain socioeconomic class will likely stay in it.

It takes a lot of focus to move on a socioeconomic class for no other reason than it’s your “vibe” or “energy” or “mentality” or whatever you want to call it.

Getting rich is great because you’re forced to change your vibe, which also changes other people’s vibes (indirectly or directly)! It raises everyone up! More importantly you also stop straining the system and holding others back too.

Everything is Connected- Think 100 Moves Ahead!

The best chess masters are prepared several moves in advance. The problem with many solutions like “just donate your money to charity” is that it doesn’t think of the far-reaching effects of such a thing.

For example, let’s say you start to donate 50% of your income to charity and live like a minimalist.

Now less money is going into your local economy, which also affects the world economy, and by just handing out free money you’re disrupting the economies of people receiving the money, and you’re also not addressing the cause of the problem.

I’m trying to address some of the far-reaching effects here, but you really have to think about it and do A LOT of research.

I’m an idealist at heart (my personality is literally ENFP, and NF types are “idealists”) and struggle in relationships because I’m too ideal- seeing the best in my partner, but not being realistic.

The same is true of so many feel-good programs like “donating” or “charity.” They’re more selfish than good, focused on making you feel like you’re doing something good when really the far-reaching effects are different.

Maybe you do something good today, but how does your actions today affect tomorrow and the following days? As it’s said, “good intentions pave the road to hell.”

Should Billionaires Give Up Their Money?

Okay, so maybe you’re convinced: us regular people don’t really have a huge effect, and based on new research it turns out that donating isn’t always the smartest thing to do.

Furthermore, it actually does better to focus on creating your own wealth than taking responsibility for everyone else (but I still have more writing to do than “the inspiration factor,” so hang tight- I’m addressing other points first).

First we need to address a bigger kid on the block: the billionaires, millionaires, and other ultra-rich people.

Should they be forced to give up all their wealth? They could end hunger for some time. They have SO MUCH money, surely it’s not fair, right?

Important note: we are talking about ETHICAL BILLIONAIRES! Obviously unethical people are a different story.

My friend almost had me here, but then I thought about it: why are people so rich like Jeff Bezos? How did they earn such wealth?

Jeff Bezos created Amazon, which employs almost 650,000 people. It’s safe to say that Amazon has created jobs for over 1 million people around the world (likely tens of millions).

For example, I worked for a client that helped people get products on Amazon. My client literally could not have his business unless Amazon existed! I could not have him as a client unless Amazon existed.

Because Jeff Bezos created Amazon, my former client had an entire living helping other people sell on Amazon (which is how his clients made a living), and how I got paid- by the way, I used the funds from this client to invest in my health, which was poor at the time.

Think about it: millions of people have jobs & a complete living because of Jeff Bezos creating Amazon. He’s done more good in the world than any of us.

Should he be forced to give up his wealth because he has too much and others don’t have enough? Honestly, I don’t think that’s fair. The fact is he created millions of jobs- people have livings and families because of this man.

It’s so selfish and greedy to think that we should take this man’s money away from him because “other people have it bad.” Again, it doesn’t mean that it’s okay that others have it bad, but it’s not morally right to take from people that earned their money themselves.

Jeff isn’t “killing by omission” as my friend originally said- he actually helped more people than anyone else, and so he deserves his wealth!

The same is true of say Bill Gates, who also employs hundreds of thousands of people directly and created several other jobs related to his industry.

Again, I go back to the point of “throwing money at the problem doesn’t fix the problem.” It puts a band-aid on it that doesn’t heal the wound. Morphine doesn’t cure a broken leg- a cast does.

To really understand why billionaires deserve their money, we need to ask ourselves:

Note: also a lot of people don’t seem to realize that “net worth” is not fluid. Jeff Bezos has like a 150 billion dollar net worth, but that doesn’t mean he has 150 million in cash. It can include assets such as his company or real estate.

How is Wealth Created?

This is the biggest question which makes this entire argument valid. If you get wealthy by stealing from others, then obviously being a billionaire is wrong.

Remember: we’re focusing on ethics. There are ethical billionaires and unethical ones, just like there are bad boys and good boys, and bad girls and bad boys, and shit food and great food.

Assuming wealth is created ethically, there’s one primary way to make wealth: provide value to others. I recommend researching more on this topic.

Think about it: why do you buy anything? It’s because you need it more than you need the money, that’s it!

If you provide a product which is worth more than $20, AND people want it or need it, people will pay you for it.

I have no problem paying $150 for a one-way from Phoenix to Montreal because I think that’s an epic value. I would not pay $500 for one-way Phoenix to Montreal because that is not a valuable exchange for me.

When I was young I purchased a lot of video games because they were an epic value- $60 for months worth of fun? The answer was a no-brainer- hell yes!

I would not personally pay $500 for GTA 5 (video game), but $60 is a price point I can handle.

What billionaires do is create products that are SO valuable to society that countless people use them.

Jeff Bezos created Amazon- have you used Amazon? Odds are, yes. If you live in USA, then you will enjoy super fast shipping. With Amazon Prime, you can get free 2-day shipping and sometimes products arrive the same fucking day that you order them!!

If you don’t like someone, you can always vote with your dollar. Order from someone else besides Amazon. Don’t purchase anything related to Amazon. You will suffocate Amazon just a bit from its life force which is money.

Money is neither good or bad. It just is. It’s a tool. Remember that!

In short, wealth is created by giving value. This is true for a job too- you say “$x per hour is what my time is worth,” and then you work at that. Think you deserve more? You must find someone who agrees you’re worth more, and then you’ll make more.

Of course, there are unethical ways to make money such as employee exploitation and theft, but the way to fix this is to inspire people to find better employers and protect their assets better (and occasionally legal recourse).

Because wealth is created by giving value ultra-rich are in no way wrong for what they have.

People like Jeff Bezos created a platform (Amazon) which allows consumers to get what they want at an affordable price, and on the flip side he also employees several employees and helped create several side-industries (such as Amazon consultant & Amazon Ads experts).

Taking away their money and just throwing it away doesn’t help the economy! That’s the key thing everyone must realize. A society does well when money is flowing between people, and new industries and wealth can be created.

When you donate it, sometimes great things happen- that I don’t disagree with, and as a society as a whole that is necessary. However no individual is “killing by omission” by not donating- in fact, on the contrary, by becoming abundant themselves they actually contribute to the economy.

Are you not an entrepreneur? Guess what, you’re still creating jobs.

For example, I have clients that I work for, and recently I’ve purchased some massages here in Bali. I am temporarily hiring these people to work for me, providing the service of a sweet, sweet massage.

Is it unnecessary? Yeah. But it’s probably more effective than just donating the money. I am stimulating the local Balinese economy, helping locals stay in business, and now with this money these wonderful locals can spend this money on things they want in life, which will continue to help their money flow around.

Remember: when wealth flows, everyone benefits and anyone can get rich easier.

A recession occurs when no money is flowing, so starting new businesses is more difficult because people are less likely to buy. Jobs are less easily created, and companies often have to lay people off.

Other Income Sources

Note: there are other sources of income that don’t involve giving value, such as trading in concurrency. I made some money in late 2017 on Bitcoin and Litecoin. I was not providing value to anyone.

These are viable methods to make money, and are still better than demanding others take care of you- because the money can then be fueled into an economy. However I’d personally recommend on giving value because markets always change.

Too often do people get rich with a crypto, then lose it on another investment. It’s a little “hack” through a market inefficiency, and it’s not sustainable in my humble opinion.

The fact is the easiest way to get rich is provide massive value to people.

Can Wealth be Created?

Everything I’ve said is all great n’ all. We’ve covered how donating can disrupt local economies and sometimes isn’t effective (remember, I’m not saying always, just oftentimes- do research on the studies).

We’ve covered how the ultra-rich (assuming ethical) deserve their wealth, and that wealth is created by giving value. We’ve covered how getting rich yourself stimulates the economy and benefits everyone, in a longer and more sustainable way. We’ve covered how you can only be responsible for yourself, and no one is responsible for anyone else inherently.

One final question remains: can wealth be created? Maybe it’s true the ultra-rich earned their wealth, but are they “hoarding it from the rest of us?” Is wealth a zero-sum game?

The short-answer is no. You can look into this more, but I’ll prove it very simply here.

The zero-sum mentality game looks at life like monopoly. If one person makes money, another loses it.

What this neglects is the value exchange- remember, I value the massage more than my money, and then that money can flow back to me.

It also neglects the fact that money is printed off and simply a tool used to facilitate exchanges.

Wealth can be created by this simple fact: we have planes. If wealth couldn’t be created, we wouldn’t have advanced past the caveman era because one man’s wealth would turn into another’s loss.

Perhaps in the grand scheme of the Universe there’s some wealth cap, but right now it’s infinitely higher than we could imagine!

So much energy can be harnessed by solar power alone. Research just how harnessing the entire sun’s power for just one day would power the Earth for… well, a really long time.

Right now wealth can be created by anyone.

Getting Rich is Noble: Helping Others/Yourself

One huge problem I have the idea with donating so much of your wealth away is that it neglects yourself. You’re essentially taking responsibility for others, and less for yourself!

What if you get dangerously sick, but don’t have the funds to support yourself because you have been donating money? Well, you’ll need help from family/friends/welfare. Congrats, you’re now a drain on society, undoing the good which you set out to do by donating.

It shouldn’t even be a moral question to donate until you’re financially set until the age 100.

Google: how many elderly are dependent on their children because they didn’t properly save for their retirement? How many people get life problems, then need financial support?

If you end up requiring the service of others, you undo any good you did because you “take” their money. Some health therapies can be incredibly expensive. If you live in a healthcare-free country, keep in mind that there are still similar situations in which you take money (ie. not being able to pay rent).

Remember: if you invest in the local economy (by improving your ability to give value and spend money in the economy) everyone will become richer.

Now what about friends/family? Here’s a dilemma: should you donate $1,000 to help a starving family in Africa, or use that $1,000 to pay for your spouse’s operation that would save their life?

I think most people would take care of their spouse, and that’s normal & fine. You are responsible primarily for yourself in life. Anyone who says otherwise is trying to guilt-trip you into taking your money. Still, it’s a tough one.

When you get rich, you can take care of yourself first, but then the next line of people you are responsible for: your kids, your family, your spouse, then finally your friends (not necessarily in that order).

What would you do if you donated $1,000 to charity, but then your spouse needed an operation for $1,000? And you had no more money?

Okay, this is an extreme example, but it makes you realize: you need to be rich to take care of your secondary responsibility, which is the people closest to you.

This is the way humanity improves & thrives. You can’t be responsible for people on the other side of the world or random people even in your own city.

AGAIN I MAKE THIS CLEAR: that doesn’t make it wrong that they suffer, and in an ideal world we could just take care of everyone. The whole point of this article is for us to realize that life is so much more complicated that what we’d ideally like.

Anyways, humanity thrives because we take care of those around us. If we get rich, we can take care of those around us. Hopefully those around us stay abundant as well, so that they can take care of people close to them (that we aren’t close to).

Then the cycle continues. This is a bit too idealistic, but the primary point stands: being financially abundant is also about taking care of those closest to you, too, before worrying about others.

Re-investment Into Yourself/Business

Another reason you need to focus on getting rich now instead of donating is for the simple fact that you can donate more later than now. Let’s say your ultimate goal is to donate a lot- that’s great.

But you don’t win the game by donating $1 per day for the rest of your life. You’re better off saving your donation money to invest in your business.

For example, what if I invest $1,000 into my business instead of charity, then I grow my business, which allows me to hire employees & stimulate the economy (so in the end the positive impact is much higher).

Or back on the donation level, let’s say I start to grow my business a ton, then by the time I die I die with a net worth of 20 million. That’s so much more money to donate than if I were to donate my profits as soon as I made them (by re-investing my profits I grow my business, increasing the end donation amount).

I stick fast to the “stimulating economy” part though- a lot of people brush over this when thinking about how to help others.

Self-care vs. Greed

So many people make it sound as if getting rich is some greedy, evil thing to do- but it isn’t!

As demonstrated, getting rich can actually benefit a ton of people. Let’s take my business for example.

I create lead ads for clients. I’m currently focused on realtors- so I get realtors clients that want to sell or buy a home by running Facebook Ads.

I get paid because I’m delivering value, so I’m happy. I can then spend this money on little luxuries which stimulates the economy. I can save for my future (and my future family’s) so that I don’t strain society at all in the event I have a disaster.

If I lose all of my clients, I have several month’s worth of savings to prevent me from having to take anyone else’s money. I am also saving to re-invest in my business.

When I buy things from others, even things which are “little luxuries,” this is not bad- it helps me live a better life, I am not responsible for anyone else, and in the end it’s positive because it gives these people jobs.. the money continues to flow!

My clients are satisfied because they get the value they search for. Their businesses improve, and they’re able to improve their service. In the example of realtors, they get clients and they can help these clients buy/sell a home.

My clients get paid from their clients, so they’re happy. They can do the whole spend money thing I described for me. Their clients then get a product/service that satisfies them. The satisfaction goes around, everyone wins.

By setting the goal of getting rich, I must service more clients. Actually, I now don’t even think about getting rich, my goal is to simply service X clients and deliver Y value because I now know money is a side-effect of giving value.

Wait: before continuing, you NEED to re-read that. SO MANY millionaires do the same! All of the ultra-rich I’ve met focus more on giving value than they do how much $ they’re getting. To get money, you must give value. Focus on that! NOT what you get! Set the goal of helping people and then getting paid!

Anyways, getting rich is self-care, and people that want to take from others love to label self-care as greed, as if it’s wrong to be well-off when others are suffering. That’s fucking awful, so many people get derailed because guilt-vampires put weights on people trying to move up.

You are not obligated to give to anyone. It is nice if you can and do, but absolutely not necessary. You are not killing by omission or committing a sin by not giving. You must take care of your life and inspire others to do the same.

Will you give? Yes. I will give & help others too. Don’t be silly here. The point is just that you can’t feel obligated towards giving, otherwise you’ll feel guilty about creating wealth, and so subconsciously prevent yourself from creating any wealth in the first place!

Don’t confuse self-care with greed. Guilt-vampires do this all the time. The two are very distinct and different.

This is NOT Anti-Charity

This is NOT an anti-charity post, this is a “why you should be rich” post, but often people getting rich are attacked by people saying “you should give all your excess wealth to charity,” which is just wrong to force someone to do that.

It’s clear that I want the best for everyone. If you do wish to donate, do a shit ton of research on how your funds are affecting the economy, whether the charity is legit, etc.

There are so many charities stealing money, living lavish, or doing things which sound/feel good but then disrupt the local economies of people in need, further pushing them down.

If you donate without doing several hours worth of research into the charity, then I’d highly re-consider why you’re even donating. Is it to feel that you’re moral? Do you feel guilty? Do you feel God is watching? Do you just want a quick hit of feeling good, thinking you’re doing something morally right? Were you guilt-tripped by others into it?

One of the beautiful things of getting rich is that you can give back! I love to leave big tips, especially in places that don’t expect it. If I eat an exceptional meal or have a wonderful massage, why not leave a little extra for them to enjoy?

Remember: it all trickles down, and giving in this way benefits everyone. In the case of tips, it’s not putting anyone out of business (ie. giving shirts to people in Africa then destroying the local clothing businesses) and it in fact reinforces wealth-creating behaviors (such as great service) instead of mooching behaviors.

There are several ways you can give to people, including those that are suffering & starving in poor countries. All I’m advising is that you should not let that make you guilty and prevent you from getting wealthy. As we’ve discussed, getting wealthy ethically can only benefit the world.

All I’m also saying is that you need to spend several hours to make sure your method of giving is actually benefiting society. Some charities take a % for themselves. Some do weird tax shit, others fuck up an economy.

Just play devil’s advocate for a while, and once you’ve found the right way to give you”re going to feel AMAZING when you do find the right place to give. Don’t give just to feel good, give to make an impact- and you’ll do great, and feel great.

Getting Rich is Noble

So why exactly is getting rich noble? So many reasons.

In this post I’ve tried to illustrate the point that mindlessly donating your wealth is a bad idea, and rather more selfish than actually getting rich.

Let’s be real: many people who donate do so just to feel good (because the idea of giving feels good). It’s good that donating feels good, or any type of charity. I think that we should all give back somehow. I’d like to try inspire others & help others as I become rich myself.

But we must not be short-sighted with our desire to feel good. Sending $100 to a starving family in Africa is nice but doesn’t address the bigger problems and the longer-reaching effects on their local economy.

It also doesn’t create a long-term beneficial impact for their lives. Sure it feels good, but is it really a great thing to do?

When you work on creating your own wealth, you inspire others to become rich- you also create new jobs & industries, even if you don’t hire others. You can afford extra luxuries, which are NOT bad, and you shouldn’t donate the money to charity instead. Take care of yourself first before considering taking care of others.

The extra luxuries like video games & massages provide jobs to other people. The money gets flowing, and the people that receive your money can then spend it on things. You’re now a player in the world economy.

When you work on creating your own wealth, you guarantee that you won’t become a drain on the system yourself. If you donate half your wealth and never re-invest in yourself (or your business), and then you get sick and require financial aid from friends/family, you’ve now caused a negative impact which just un-did all of the charitable work you did.

It makes more sense to become a millionaire and never donate so that in any terrible worst-case scenario with you, your family, or your friends can receive financial support without draining the system or others.

You need not feel guilty at all about not giving because not taking is already so valuable for society. Are you financially set for the rest of your life?

As hard as it is to say, it is not morally right to assume responsibility for anyone else. You can only take responsibility for yourself, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Take care of yourself and live fully!

That doesn’t mean what’s going on elsewhere isn’t sad- it just means that it’s not your fault and so you have no obligation to take direct action. However strangely enough, simply by becoming financially secure you ensure that you won’t become a drain on society, which makes it easier for everyone else to get wealthy.

You need to invest in yourself, take care of those around you, and be responsible for you. We need to inspire to take the same action and not be dependent on anyone else.

Wealth can be created, and the ultra-rich are not bad (assuming their wealth was created ethically). The ultra-rich are in fact very much deserving of their wealth. We can’t criticize them because they’ve created more jobs & positive effects on society than any of us, so until we’ve contributed similar value we shouldn’t try to “steal” their money by demanding they give it away.

Self-care is so important, and guilt-vampires will try to make you feel guilty for wanting to be rich, as if it’s a zero-sum game, but as we’ve learned wealth can be created. You are actually benefiting the whole world by getting rich.