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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.

WARNING: Beware Fake “Successful” People

One day recently I woke up and saw that a “friend” on Facebook had just announced he was to be selected as a Tedx speaker.

My mouth dropped in shock, like you see in those comical movies- except no, there’s absolutely no fucking way in hell this guy deserves to be a Tedx speaker.

You see, this guy just ghosted his company because he hooked up with an employee who decided to press sexual assault charges on him. He has no money, yet gets interviewed and pasted on magazines about business success.

Based on what I’ve heard he’s fled the USA- my source (his co-founder at the company he fled) has no idea how he’ll even do this Tedx talk considering he may have ruined his chances to ever return to America.

But despite all this, you see his picture-perfect Facebook & Instagram photos… “Oh look at me, I’m going to be a Tedx speaker!”

The sad part is people fucking believe it, and if he finds a way back into the USA, he probably will give a Tedx talk about some other hype.

I even used to believe this guy was “all that!” Back a few years ago I actually took his business advice- and now months ago he confided in me as we made a business deal that they have no money, and that he had to downgrade apartments because he can’t afford rent.

In fact, this is a rather interesting story development…

A Story of Me & a “Successful” Friend

When I first moved to Phoenix, I had just turned 18- I was fresh, new to the world, and without much life experience.

All I knew is that I wanted to make lots of money, do something epic like travel, pick up girls, and live a great life.

I met this friend through a self-help Facebook group, and we clicked fast. Soon we were hitting parties & hitting up girls together. I didn’t know so much of what he did, but that didn’t matter.

When I started getting interested in business, I realized that this guy was a co-founder in a company. Awesome, I thought!

He suggested to me that I go to University & do something besides Facebook Ads because they “don’t work.” I of course ignored the advice, thinking it to be a bit strange. Other advice he gave sounded good (the typical hustle shit you see everywhere on Instagram).

For the last 4-6 months of Phoenix, I was pretty isolated due to some chronic pain, and we weren’t hanging out much. I don’t think he or anyone really believed in my goal of making money online and traveling the world, until I announced to family that I had a one-way out of the country.

When I returned he was quite shocked, and confessed he didn’t think I could actually do it so fast- but all’s well that ends well!

All up to this point, I was under the social media illusion that he was a successful CEO. He also had an epic, large apartment right in the party area in Phoenix where he regularly pulled girls to.

One of the last weekends I spent the weekend at his place because his roommate was gone and we actually had a blast throwing late-night parties and bringing people up from the party area to have a crazy fun time.

And Then, One Year Later…

So, no harm no foul- everything appeared normal. He had girls, money, he was the CEO, he lived in an epic apartment, etc.

I left Phoenix and lived in Sofia, Bulgaria and also traveled all around Europe for about a year before I returned to Phoenix. I became a lot more authentic as well.

When I returned for a short 3 weeks to see family and I met with him, I was quite… unimpressed by him.

He had put on a few pounds, and he was super obsessed with social media and creating the perfect image on Instagram to get girls. I was more of the mentality that you should just be a bit more real.

Still, I hadn’t realized just how fake he was yet- he reported that his company had received millions in funding (I think this might actually be true), or that they needed a million, or something like this, and I was happy he was successful.

Me, another “successful” friend, and him all sat down and eat dinner together one evening and I proclaimed that we would see each other next year even more successful.

Note: that other “successful” friend could be slightly more successful, but it seems he also is more of an Instagram appearance success than anything else.

Then I left and returned to Europe, thinking that I wouldn’t be back in America for another year or so- but then shit went south, I became a mess, and I ended up back in Phoenix maybe 4 months later.

And That’s When The Lies Were Revealed

Despite being such a mess after the break up with my ex, it seemed that the Universe still had some synchronicity waiting for me. My friend was expanding his company to provide software development services and other services to other companies.

He had such a huge network (he appeared successful) that he could close deals and then a highly skilled team of software developers or marketers like me could service the clients. It seemed like a win-win- he gets the deals, I work the clients, we all get paid.

There were some instant red flags when we got things going. It became apparent quickly that all was not well in this company. The first was that they were actually doing this new venture because of the fact that their current venture wasn’t profitable yet.

Their current venture is a health product which definitely has the capacity to be profitable, but they blew so many funds from stupid moves and still had hurdles to overcome. They now had to leverage their teams to service other clients to get funds to fund their primary business!

When I sent my second invoice, it wasn’t paid… until a week later. I became frustrated. The pay wasn’t so good as it was. I quickly realized I was the only person being paid because I was the only one with boundaries- many other people were ASU interns working for free, or simply not paid.

My friend confided in me that he had moved apartments from his awesome party place to a less-flashy location because he had troubles with money. He also started another small service-based business (which isn’t that valuable) because he didn’t have money!

Suddenly it made sense why my friend never wanted to go out or eat somewhere or do anything- he had no money! But, I thought he was the CEO of a successful company?

The company was an extreme mess, hiring free labor (“interns” are legal slaves), not paying me on time, and the other founder of the company was pouring his parent’s money into the business and hadn’t make any money back.

They had investors, but the investors were investing in the long-term potential payout… no one seemed to be happy though because no profit was being turned now.

In short, this business was a fucking disaster. They had no money. Yet… They were everywhere reported as “successful.”

And Then, It Got Worse

My friend hooked up with an intern. Because that always goes somewhere good, right?

The intern later claimed to the company that she was sexually assaulted, AKA raped. She was considering pressing both civil and legal charges. She is a lawyer, too…

When the situation was investigated, it became apparent that her claims were 99% lies. The other co-founder secretly recorded every conversation with her and there were holes in her story (she told a different victim story every time).

There were multiple text records, audio records, etc. which made it highly unlikely it was sexual assault. The more likely story was that my “friend” and her had a thing, and then he cut it off realizing it was wrong and then she flipped out and pulled the rape card.

When her background was investigated, it became apparent that she regularly did this to companies. She had a pattern of “getting raped” at the various companies she worked for.

Note: this intel was relayed to me by the other co-founder, so who knows, maybe she was raped, but based on my personal interaction, etc. my first guess would be that she wasn’t raped.

As soon as this happened my “friend” disappeared from the company. At the same time as this happened, I stopped working for the company because I was tired of this invoice not being paid bullshit- all work was halted until my invoice was paid, and all future invoices paid 100% in advance.

So basically all the clients got confused and left in a rage and wanted their money back… money which had disappeared…

My “friend” ghosted the company, terrified… but why? The evidence highly suggested that she was not raped at all. Based on my personal interaction with the chick, she seemed bat-shit crazy and her story made no sense. I had a friend who coincidentally hiked in a group with her and secretly recorded an audio conversation with her which also revealed her to be batshit crazy (to warn me about this company, lol) .

This chick was scaring all the interns off, and people like me that were already frustrated with the company. I prepared my resignation letter, ready to disappear- but I put on a face of staying just so that my invoice could be paid, then I’d disappear!

My “friend” NEEDED to be present at the company to fix this shit. The clients were confused. The interns were disappearing. His friend/co-founder was confused.

The evidence suggested he was innocent. Why was he disappearing and not able to stand up against the charges?

I hate to say this, but even if he did rape her… *whipser* he could get away with it because of the overwhelming evidence against her.

Whatever, I didn’t care. Fuck this company, fuck this situation, fuck everything- I collected my money and headed out!

A couple months later now, I find out that my “friend” is in a country on the other side of the world, which makes no sense given his visa situation. Note: this could be false intel, but is most likely true.

Why in the hell is he on the other side of the world? I get that receiving a false rape allegation is bloody terrifying, but running away from it makes you look guilty!

I must say that I do think he’s likely innocent, knowing him, knowing this chick, and having seen the records. It’s abundantly clear they had a secret relationship which he then cut off and she responded by going batshit crazy.

But is there more to the story? I don’t know, it’s about my paygrade. Maybe there’s even more to this rape story or more probably there’s more going on at the company that he fled from (ie. maybe he has a history of seducing interns, or something like this so despite it being consensual it’s still way fucking wrong).

And Then…

And then, after all this shit, I wake up and see a Goddamn post about my “friend” doing a Tedx talk. What in the fucking fuck?

And so many people were liking on it, commenting on it, so excited, so many likes, so many engagements- are people really so blind?

This is why I hardly use social media personally. So many people that build themselves up on social media are actually so full of shit. Not all people that build an image on social media are bad, but too many of the people I meet on social media that are “Insta-famous” are actually just shit in life.

My Friend vs. Me (and Others)

I don’t mean to brag, so sorry if this comes across like it, but let’s make a fair comparison.

My “friend” is on magazines, news, whatever, super popular and receiving business awards and has a lot of Instagram & Facebook followers. He has been selected to give a Tedx talk. He has been interviewed a lot to give business advice.

Yet his company has never turned a profit, he can barley afford rent, he’s hooking up with interns that claim he sexually assaulted him, and despite the overwhelming amount of evidence that supports his innocence he fled the country & ghosted his company which suggests he’s either a massive pussy (meaning he’s afraid his perfect social media image is ruined), or there’s something more going on at the company, or.. he actually did do that horrible thing.

And then there’s me (and countless others like me): I have like 100 Instagram followers, maybe 3 Facebook posts, and maybe 60 friends subscribed to my blog (but maybe only 10 people who actually read each post). My website gets maybe 5 views per day or something terrible like that.

I could be insta-famous or blow this blog up, but instead I choose to develop my character, and my real business, and live real life. My image is secret. No one knows my life, and you would never discover me on Google, Instagram, or Facebook.

Yet despite living in the shadows I’ve lived in multiple countries, traveled to 13+, eat out every day, and have been (for the most part, though I’d be lying if I said always) financially secure for the past 2 years.

Look Past The Image

People like my friend are exactly why success can be hard to attain- many of the truly successful live secretly in the shadows, actually enjoying their life.

For example in 2018 all I cared about was my ex-girlfriend. I wasn’t trying to post photos of her butt on Instagram to get likes n’ views. I’d rather just enjoy my time with her.

I have a group of absolutely amazing friends in Sofia, Bulgaria and several wonderful contacts all around the world (such as in Montreal, Phoenix, Belgium, London, and now places in Southeast Asia).

You would never guess by my Facebook images or profile that I’m living an epic life- and even as I write this, don’t assume that I am!

I try to be authentic, and if I’m being completely authentic I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, I’ve been sick the past week, and feeling generally agitated / mildly culture shocked. So even as I write “living an epic life,” I can guarantee that my past week has not been significantly more legendary than many other people’s especially due to my cold that I had.

Very few people are willing to be authentic though. I’d get more likes if I took a photo of a nice ass on the beaches of Bali, or took a selfie on a surf board, or maybe took a selfie with some of the monkey’s in Ubud.

The fact is me admitting that I’ve been sick a week, or that I cussed out the Ocean when I struggled surfing, or that Bali traffic is something hella annoying, simply doesn’t get likes or engagement- but it’s the truth.

People like my “friend” love the attention. He’s probably a narcissist (or worse, considering that the rape charges may be legit).

Note: if I didn’t include “friend” or every time I said my “friend” please include it mentally because obviously he’s not a good friend anymore or even really an acquaintance.

SO MANY people are posting these fucking picture-perfect photos on Instagram, it just makes me sick. Even on my flight to Bali I met a guy and girl who both had picture-perfect photos, but the girl was just a straight-up bitch; they were all talk, no substance.

You’re a million times more likely to find these people on Instagram than me or someone truly successful because the truly successful don’t have time to perfect a stupid social media image.

They’re out making millions, enjoying an amazing girlfriend, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the finer things in life… and they feel no need to whip out the phone to go get 1,000 likes from strangers that mean nothing to them.

It’s all too easy to get hooked on Instagram because it’s what we think we want- but it’s not.

The people you look up to are creating an image. It’s OK to get inspired by it- for example, I was often inspired by photos & videos of Bali or Bulgaria or whatever. But don’t get attached to the people that are sharing these stories.

Don’t even get attached to me! I am a guy writing a blog, you might think I’m successful but I guarantee you there are countless people way more successful than I am that have 0 social media presence and 0 blog and just have like a family of 5 and then 2 close friends.

The truth is always deeper than the image. So many people appear to be successful, but they actually are fleeing their company, a country, they have sexual assault charges, and their company has never been profitable but instead countless dollars in the hole… and they can’t even hire employees or pay interns.

You might think this is a one-off case, but I assure you it isn’t. As I’ve grown in such LITTLE success, my bullshit-meter is super high. Your reality would fall apart if you knew just how many of those people you follow on Instagram are secretly miserable.

Verify Real Success

When taking advice from people… verify real success. You may just be taking advice from an ass-hat that enjoys jerking off their ego and that has no real success.

Also keep in mind that many of the truly successful people lie in the shadows. When you sit down in a restaurant or coffee shop, there might just be a millionaire or billionaire living the best life on Earth, but you’d never know because they’re dressed in plain clothing and focused on taking care of their kids just like everyone else.

Appearances are just that- appearances. It’s hard, but don’t get sucked into them, because the truth behind these people is not what it appears to be.

Done.

-Michael

How To Digital Nomad

For over 2 years now, I’ve been making money online and able to travel the world. I’ve lived in Bulgaria for almost 1 of those years, and actively visited at least 13 countries. 

Everyone asks the same question: how? Am I lucky trust fund kid, or a magical wizard? 

Neither, it’s actually surprisingly easy to make money online and travel, but you of course don’t realize that until you join the community of people doing it. ​​

The term “digital nomad” refers to a (relatively) small group of individuals that make money online while traveling, or living in low cost-of-living areas such as Thailand. 

There are two big hurdles to being a digital nomad: income and logistics. 

First, you need to be making money to travel, that’s just a plain fact. Yesterday I went surfing in Bali, but I also worked on a few different advertising campaigns for clients. Some people save money working a job then travel, and simply can’t fathom that I’m not on perpetual reaction. As shocking as it is, yes, I am actually working. 

That’s where the second piece comes in: logistics. You could have a great job but if you’re tied to a single location then you can’t travel, except on vacation time or off time. 

Logistics also includes stuff like, “how do I get international data,” or better yet “how do I avoid international transaction fees with my bank?” 

Accommodation is a huge part of logistics as well. Most people don’t know that cheap accommodation exists so they blow away a month’s worth of work on an expensive hotel that’s actually no better than an AirBNB. 

I’ve made countless mistakes on this journey, but I’ve also done a lot of research so I’ve also been very prepared. I now take for granted my knowledge in the subject of online income & travel- it comes like instinct. 

Alas, I do remember the times when I thought it was just a fantasy to live in a place like Bali or Bulgaria. 

“If only I could be part of the New Rich making money online and traveling,” I thought every night in Phoenix. 

Lucky for us all, dreams do come true- if you focus on them and you’re willing to take massive action. 

Income & logistics is a long, complicated thing to explain, which is why I’d recommend getting this guide.

It was created by a digital nomad friend, and I was actually featured on his YouTube channel in an interview which you can view by clicking HERE. ​​

The guide is currently discounted, and I do make some affiliate commission. 

However, I assure you it’s a completely legit guide. I was uneasy at first at promoting something to my friends- in fact I believe this is the first “offer” I’m sending out! 

After looking through the guide though, I became impressed. It actually has a TON of information about creating an online career, securing online fortunes, and traveling on the cheap. ​​​​​​​

It’s hardly any cost for the value that you’re provided with. Telling the digital nomad story is filled with a lot of confusion- and sharks that only make their money hyping up how to make money online! 

The friend that made the guy has an “actual” online job- coding at ActiveCampaign (and this is actual the Email marketing service I use personally as well as recommend to my online clients). 

If you want to know how to digital nomad, get the guide now. ​​​​​​I don’t stand by a lot of digital nomad stuff except this guide. You will learn several ways to make money online, have several resources, as well as how to travel on the cheap. I will personally be skimming it again after writing this because even I saw things I didn’t recognize. 

Hard link: http://remotemuch.com/

If you have questions hit me up. 

Thanks, 
-Michael  ​​​​​​​

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