Creating Your Dream Life

How To Stay Positive

A student sent me a question about how to stay positive.

Here’s a copy of his full question, along with my response. Maybe it can help you as well.

Student’s Question

I’ve a question regarding mindset.. How can we keep our mindset positive? Positive in the sense we feel happy and focus on work.. Since I am struggling financially It is hard to keep my mind focused at work. My mind thinks only about the lack of money and this thought process further leads to more negativity. It makes me feel very bad that I haven’t started earning and because of this I am not able to work on my skills. How can I get rid of this situation?

My Response

One is to realize you’re already rich. For example, you’re so focused on what you don’t have that you forget to realize the abundance around you.

Think about it… you have access to Internet, electricity, etc. You have access to make money online. There are literally BILLIONS of people that don’t easily have this access. Your worst nightmare is someone else’s dream goal.

Things changed for me when I started to focus on the abundance around me. AND how I was taking progress, no matter how small, towards a goal that leveraged my skills and fulfilled me.

Focus on the change that you’re actually creating to change your life. Focus on how you’re actually already living the life you’re aiming to create. Focus on asking questions that put you in positive state of mind.

The daily habit of controlling your mental and emotional state is the skill all the rookies overlook. This is the edge. It’s not the know-how. It’s about knowing how to keep yourself in peak state each day so you can actually take action on the know-how and stay in the game when things don’t seemingly go your way.

The Best Money Making Opportunity

A student posted this in the Q&A section of Digital Flipping.

I’ve never made a bucks online. Been wandering here and there but no luck. Hope this course would help

I’m sorry, but this student probably won’t be successful.

Can you figure out why?

Well let’s start by looking at his choice of words: “wandering”, “no luck”, and “hope”.

What do his words (and beliefs) show you?

First off, why has this guy been wandering? There are tons of opportunity to earn money. What exactly is he looking for?

Could it be that he can’t see opportunity because he doesn’t want to face what needs to be done. Like, the unknown, the time to learn new skills, and the process and work?

Why is luck and hope mentioned? Could it be he hasn’t be “lucky” to have a millionaire mentor or bump into a crystal clear, step-by-step, path to wealth?

Look, there are all sorts of things wrong with this student’s post. I know, because I’ve BEEN THERE.

I used to be the guy jumping from one opportunity to the next. I used to be the guy looking for millionaire mentors.

Let me tell you: things didn’t change until I changed.

When I changed my beliefs and mindset everything changed. It didn’t matter what I did. Things started to turn into gold.

When you have the right mindset, then practically any business opportunity you pursue turns into gold. If you have the wrong mindset, everything pretty much goes wrong.

This is why I’ve been stressing these “success laws” onto you. If you actually embrace and live these laws, you REMOVE YEARS of heartache and reach financial freedom sooner.

So what changes need to be made?

First, you’ve got to focus. Focus on solving people’s problems.

If you’re jumping from opportunity to opportunity it’s probably because you’re looking to solve your own money problems. And you’re probably looking to do it in the easiest way possible.

So if you discover any opportunity that has one step you don’t like, you figure, “meh, on to the next one“.

But that’s not what makes money.

Money comes from solving other people’s problems. If you focus on that, you’ll finally see changes in your bank account.

And it’s not going to be easy. Think about it.

If building a house was easy and fast would you pay for it? No, you’d do it yourself.

You pay other people for the effort they’ve put into creating something that saves you time and adds value to your life.

So if you’re hoping to get lucky and bump into an opportunity that’s easy… then guess what? Nobody is going to pay you for it!

If it was an easy problem to solve, then other people would do it themselves!

The difficulty, the effort, the time you put in IS the opportunity! 

Again, we’re helping others save time, save money, save effort. We’re solving other people’s problems. And because of that, we are getting paid!

These are the foundational, evergreen, never-to-be-broken success laws you must follow!

And these laws are the same things I put into the Digital Flipping course. Sure, I’ve put these laws into a more step-by-step defined process so that beginners can follow it. But remember, these sames laws can be applied ANYWHERE.

Once you do that, then you’ll realize what I did… now, pretty much everything turns gold.

How To Succeed If All Past Attempts Failed

I ask one question for new members joining the free Facebook Group:

“What’s your biggest challenge currently?”

One response I received was: “All my past attempts to make money online have failed”

If that’s the case for you as well, I’d like to share some insights that may help change that.

The Past Doesn’t Equal The Future

The first thing to remember is that the past doesn’t equal the future… IF, and only if, you LEARNED something from those failures!

Remember, you can’t think and act the same way expecting different results.

Now, I’ve had A LOT of failures in my rookie years as an entrepreneur.

But if I carefully look back at them now I realize they weren’t really failures. Why? Because I learned something from each failure that helped me a little bit more on my next attempt.

And with the combined knowledge from numerous failures it’s easier for me to succeed.

Now, don’t confuse that with everything I touch becoming successful right away. No, that’s not the case.

To clarify: It’s much easier (and faster) for me to ANALYZE WHAT WENT WRONG AND ADJUST MY MOVES TO SUCCEED.

Rarely, if at all, does a new business succeed massively right away. There’s always a process. It’s just now I’m more efficient at fine-tuning my process to succeed.

Why You Need Failure

Failure is not the goal. But it’s necessary to build up understanding, experience, and wisdom.

Without failure I wouldn’t understand the first-hand lessons I needed to grow and become better.

No matter what wisdom I’ve read in books, I ended needing to learn the lesson first-hand. Like the saying goes: “Sometimes you can’t tell people how hot the fire is. Sometimes they just need to get burned.”

Relativity

Live is all about paradox and relativity.

Without the existence of failure, you wouldn’t be able to experience the existence of success.

So one thing to keep in mind to make the journey more enjoyable is this… All the struggles you experience are there to teach you a lesson to become greater. And all the blood, pain, and tears you experience is just going to make victory so much sweeter.

Why You Should Not Care About Profits At First

I know that sounds like a crazy statement.

But let me explain this in detail.

I’ve noticed that most beginner affiliate marketers or entrepreneurs, in general, typically ask something along the lines of this:

How much money can we make, after ad spend, in one week?

In other words, they want to know the future.

If you have similar questions, take a step back and think about how crazy this is.

Like I mention in my affiliate marketing course, there’s absolutely no way for anyone (even a super affiliate) to predict your future.

Why?

Well, how well do I know you? Do you fully understand the steps I laid out for you in the course? Did you actually follow them carefully? Can you share proof you did so?

And even if you did… remember, I mention that BEST CASE SCENARIO you’ll lose only a small amount of money when you launch a campaign.

Again, like I mention in the affiliate course, even if you copy a winning campaign there are some things spy tools don’t tell you.

So, at best, instead of having a campaign that is -100% ROI… you may launch campaigns at -30% ROI or -10% ROI, etc.

And that’s IF you followed the steps I laid out for you carefully.

Now, remember, as an affiliate marketer our job is to TURN THE CAMPAIGN PROFITABLE.

It’s NOT to launch campaigns and HOPE that all of a sudden you’re profiting right away.

No. We are NOT getting paid to LAUNCH campaigns.

We are getting paid to create BETTER campaigns to sell more product and solve more problems.

Again this is why I mention, in the affiliate marketing course, that copying campaigns only provide a benchmark for you to improve upon. And that’s why I’ve included steps to turn a campaign profitable and scale.

Remember: This is still a job, albeit a fun job, not the lottery.

We’re not trying to spy on winning campaigns, choose one, and hope it profits right away.

Our job is to TURN the campaign profitable for all parties: us, customers, product owners, affiliate networks, and traffic networks.

Remember, affiliate marketing is just like any career. Don’t expect to reach the top of your game instantly or without effort.

Also, anything you try for the first few times is usually going to result in subpar results. Why? Because you’re NEW at it.

Even when someone showed you how to ride a bike… you probably still fell a few times at first. Same principle applies with affiliate marketing and entrepreneurship.

Remember, it’s up to us to analyze, adjust, and repeat our actions so we can create the future we want and be worth the riches we seek.

So, in short, don’t expect profits right away. But instead, BUILD UPON campaigns that have potential to profit. That’s our job.

How To Enjoy The Journey

I used to always be in a rush towards riches.

I would have this overwhelming feeling of racing towards the riches I seek, and at a pace that wasn’t fast enough.

But, in the past, I’d receive advice from mentors along the lines of, “Enjoy the journey.”

Enjoy the journey?”, I’d think to myself. “How could I enjoy my current situation, it sucks!” Back then I didn’t listen nor understand  their wise words.

But after going full circle… it makes complete sense to me now.

I think the best material I’ve come across that displays themes of enjoying the journey come from the book, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo and the poem “Ithaka” by C.P. Cavafy.

I’m going to share that poem here, and break it down afterwards, mostly because it’s shorter than my notes from “The Alchemist”.

Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

My Interpretation

Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high
,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.

To me, I see this as fear, challenges, etc. are all in your mind. The journey is the battle of the mind.

This is why I spend a lot of time talking about mental attitude. When I started focusing on mindset that’s when things changed for me.

May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.

To me this whole part is about gratitude. Being aware you have a certain destination in mind, but to not forget the abundance that is always around you.

I talked about this in a previous post… in short, I see rookies have wealthy goals, but they don’t have a wealthy mind. They don’t see the current abundance around them so it prevents them seeing abundance at all.

But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

I think we all start out thinking our destination is a city of riches, or treasure, or whatever. But when you go through the journey you learn it’s not about what you thought you were seeking.

What it’s really about is your growth, your realization that you can pursue and follow through anything. That growth is what made you rich, not the destination. It’s the realization you are the creator. You are the riches.

Again, the destination is NOT what made you rich, it’s the journey!

So it’s wrong to rush making $10,000 per month (or whatever)…  because you have to go through the journey to BECOME the person WORTH that amount.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean
.

Again, it’s not about the destination, it’s about who you’ve become. The destinations (Ithakas) actually mean the processes.

Lastly, this reminds me of a question I used to have when I’d read The Alchemist.

SPOILERS: In The Alchemist, when the boy finally found his treasure, it was buried at the very first spot the story began. So I used to always ask myself, “When will I go full circle?”

One thing I finally learned was everything I was seeking wasn’t an Ithaka or treasure. It was me. You seek yourself, or the limitless version of yourself. And these journeys just help you realize your limitless potential. You are the creator and you can inspire others.

How To Overcome Procrastination, Laziness, Excuses, Lack of Motivation, and Lack of Time

So I mentioned a lot of things in the headline.

Procrastination, laziness, excuses, lack of motivation, and lack of time.

They might all seem like different things but I believe they are all just different terms to define the same problem.

In other words, all these things are the same.

They all are ways that stop you from doing something right away.

So I believe the real question to ask is, “How do I develop the ability to start doing things right away?”

I think the answer is very simple.

I believe the only reason we put things off, make excuses, or don’t make the time for something is simply because… WHATEVER WE DELAY DOES NOT INSPIRE US.

In fact, the very meaning and origin of inspire is “to prompt or induce (someone to do something)”.

Therefore, if we aren’t doing something it’s because we are not inspired.

So then this leads to the question, “Where do we get inspiration?

The origin and meaning of inspiration is “immediate influence of God or a god”. Now, if you look up god it doesn’t seem to give us a definite answer. But, I don’t think that leaves us empty handed.

The definition of god that I use is simply: “someone that can influence and inspire us to action“.

Therefore, to be inspired (and stop delay) we need to find someone that inspires us to action.

In other words, if you want goals that you actually follow through on… I believe you need someone that you can see yourself becoming.

Maybe this is why role models can be very effective?

We see ourselves BECOMING and CHANGING into the person we need to be that will end up being WORTHY of our goals.

In short, if you’re not pursuing your goals it’s probably because you’re not inspired. And you’re probably not inspired because you don’t see yourself becoming who you need to be in order to reach those goals. So you need to find someone that you want to become in order to inspire you to take action.

The Success Paradox (Part 2)

I think there’s also another success paradox that rookie entrepreneurs fail to understand.

And that is the paradox of give and take.

Meaning, if you want to receive you must also give. If you want to receive money, you must give something of value.

I believe this (along with the paradox I shared yesterday) is what many rookie entrepreneurs ignore or brush off as too simplistic. Yet this is the basis of financial success. Without this understanding you go nowhere.

For example, think of the last purchase you made. You got something you valued more than your money. And on the other side of the transaction, the entrepreneur got your money and gave away something they valued less than the money.

There’s that balance of give and take.

Now, the problem I see is that all these rookies are looking for courses and ways to make money… and they’re falling for these fake “push button riches” courses.

Again, falling for this trap is ignoring the principle that you must give, create, or offer something BEFORE you can receive.

You can’t get something without giving something. Thinking you can will result in poorness, or you’ll be living on the dark side.

I think this coupled with the failure to understand that achievement requires a struggle is perhaps the two biggest reasons most rookie entrepreneurs don’t progress.

Next, I believe that under this giving principle… You must align giving your special gifts. Meaning, I believe every single person has some unique combination of strengths. And that you must discover how you can contribute that to as many people as you can.

Now, if you have the state of mind where you have nothing to give… then you’re living in the illusion of scarcity. Check the post I wrote about “How To Live in the Realm of Wealth” for ideas on how to break out of that.

Next, I think the other mistake is ignoring, not seeking, or not using your unique strengths in COMBINATION with giving value to the world.

For example, maybe you’ve witnessed some parents force their kids into dentistry, engineering, doctorate, etc. just because they believe their kids can get a lot of money in those fields.

Now, I believe the problem with this is that riches probably won’t be achieved because there might be a misalignment.

For example, if these kids don’t have the strengths to succeed in that field… they’ll probably struggle or lack motivation.

The point: If you don’t align your strengths with the vehicle you choose to contribute, then you’ll probably lack motivation or struggle more than you have to when striving to achieve your end goal (if you do at all).

So my suggestion is to understand your strengths… who you are… who you want to be… and then discover what vehicle fits you best to contribute… and then, lastly, get the money you seek.

Remember, everything has their place in nature. I think this is very apparent if you’re out in nature long enough or you watch some nature documentaries. Everything has some unique set of skills and value to give, and then take.

Again, the point is: find YOU. Find out what YOU can do best. Find out what will work for YOU.  Think about what you GIVE first (and how) before you even think about taking. Then find out how you can commit to it daily.

Biggest Money Breakthrough

Hey,

I’ve got a success tip​ ​that led to my single biggest breakthrough to earning online.

​​But first let me give you a backstory for context.

In 2012, I got accepted to be mentored by some of the biggest internet marketers online. These guys are 8 figure earners. Chances are, you know them.

Anyways, who they are isn’t important. What IS important is what I learned from this experience. So listen up.

Here’s what happened.

They sifted through thousands of video applications and only accepted 50 entrepreneurs.​ And they decided to mentor us for “free” due to our potential.

However, every other cost was on us. Plane tickets. Etc. At that time, I was broke and still living with my parents.

When the coordinator asked if I was coming, I said, “Yes”. But I didn’t even have enough money for the plane ticket. Talk about pressure.

So what did I do? Did I beg them to pay for my plane ticket? HELL NO. I wanted to prove I was worthy of being mentored by them.

So I wrote down some ideas and started implementing them all like a madman.

In 3 days, I made $500. During those days, that was like winning the lottery. And, in a week, I made enough for a plane ticket.

Moral of the story?

If you don’t have enough money GIVE SOMETHING OF VALUE. Use your brain to come up with ideas and start TAKING ACTION.

Do NOT beg for things to be easier. Instead, become better.

Successful people do not like being around people that are not growing. It’s a turn off to be around people that want things easy. Success demands greatness.

So with that in mind, people have got to stop asking me for a free coupon damnit!

Seriously, this freebie mindset is breaking the rules to wealth.

1) ​Freebie seekers are not giving, they’re looking to take;

​2) ​Freebie seekers are not growing into someone that deserves success ​

Think about it.

How is it fair to everyone else who paid to get into the course? Why would a freebie seeker deserve to get in for free? What value are they providing? And would I want to mentor someone that isn’t growing and not giving?

This freebie mindset is the poverty mindset. It’s the “pity me, please provide for me” ​child mentality. It’s the scarcity mindset. It’s thinking you have nothing to give. It’s thinking you are of zero value.

Look, successful entrepreneurs don’t have that mindset. Entrepreneurs have the “there’s no way I’m getting a handout… I will make my way” attitude!

I couldn’t ever be poor because it disgusted me to ask for a handout. It made me feel inferior. It made me feel as though I’m of zero value. Or that I have nothing to give. 

Now, I’m not talking down on anyone.

I just wish I could shake you and scream at you with some tough love. Why? Because it took me YEARS​ to learn this. And those two simple rules are what led to me making money online at will.

Seriously, ignoring this is like adding YEARS before reaching financial freedom.

Not even kidding. I remember ignoring advice from my 8 figure mentors that I thought was too simple or didn’t apply to me. LOL, that mistake added YEARS to my path to freedom. What a mistake.

Talk about ego, right?

Seriously, I was so stubborn and egotistical that I had to get broken down to nothing to finally learn these lessons and embrace them.

My wish for you is that you don’t have to get that low to learn this.

Anyway, this advice is probably one of the best presents I can give to you. Use it to make your 2018 great. Or not.

The choice is yours,
Paulo

How To Deal With Information Overload

A member posted this question in the free Facebook group:

Hi Guys,

I would like to know how do you deal with Information Overload. About business opportunities, there are a lot of it, bitcoin etc then how do I take action

Here’s my response…

First, if you’re unsure which business to pursue it’s likely due to you NOT knowing what your strengths are. For example, chances are you see all this opportunity to make money, but you cannot clearly see which ones are NOT for you.

In other words, there are a lot of ways to make money. The problem is most rookies don’t know what their natural strengths are… therefore, anything looks good. The veterans know what they’re good at, stick to it, and ignore everything else.

This is why I suggest you take the Gallup’s Strengths Finder Test to find out. Currently, it’s like $20. And it’s super helpful in making you understand what your natural talents are, how they can be used, and how others with similar talents have used them.

Now, once you have this information it becomes very clear which business opportunities will likely be a good fit for you, your talents, and how to use your talents to impact others at scale. For example, my strengths analysis clarified that I’d work well in marketing, analyzing patterns and data, and guess what? I DO paid advertising and marketing. And I took this report years after I’ve already chosen my path so I believe it to be accurate.

Secondly, if you narrow down to more than one business opportunity to choose from… then just choose one that calls out to you the most. You can’t get started if you don’t decide. So just pick one that you see yourself using your talents in, and one that you can pursue for the long haul. Remember, success is not ever an overnight thing. This is why I highly recommend you pursue opportunities that leverage your natural strengths. Chances are, you’ll enjoy it more, and put in the time to master it.

Third, ignore everything else. Once you choose something stick with it. This should be much easier if you followed the above steps. I also recommend that you find a role model, instructor, book, course, etc. that resonates with you the most in your selected business. And just stick to one and IMPLEMENT what you actually learn.

Hope that helps!

Why You Can’t Succeed If You Hate The Success Of Others

In my rookie years, I was insecure and had a scarcity mindset.

So, if I saw other entrepreneurs succeed I’d secretly kind of hate them.

If they were younger, if they had similar backgrounds, and if they made more than me… it’d pretty much trigger me to subconsciously hate them.

I believe that “hatred” stems from insecurity, comparison, and scarcity.

Thankfully, I don’t feel that same way anymore.

In fact, I believe that if you have similar feelings then you probably won’t be able to experience your own success. At least, that’s how it turned out for me.

So let me explain some ways to overcome this in order to start experiencing success.

Insecurity

I believe that my insecurity with other’s success was really just me realizing that I’m not living up to my potential.

I’ve noticed that others that put down the success of others are really just making excuses so they feel better about their own lack of achievement.

The problem with this is that it strips away your power of choice, action, and responsibility. 

And these things are what you NEED, and must NOT ignore, if you want to experience your own success.

Instead, other’s successes should be a source of INSPIRATION that we all have a potential to succeed in our own calling, despite what circumstances we face!

It should instead show you the POSSIBILITIES and LIMITLESS potential that’s available in this world.

It should inspire you to take full responsibility of your life and realize you have choices you can take so you can make your own breakthroughs, and inspire others when doing so.

To sum it up: Don’t be insecure, be INSPIRED!

Comparison

Another thing I want to discuss is comparison.

You can compare yourself all you want to a younger, more successful entrepreneur, or whatever.

The problem with comparison, though, is that you have NO CLUE what other people go through. Their journey isn’t yours; nor is your journey theirs.

Everyone has their own lessons and hardships they need to conquer to experience their own success.

There are way too many variables in life to make an accurate comparison of your achievement and the achievement of others.

Chances are, if you intimately knew the life of those that succeed then you probably wouldn’t want to trade lives with them. You probably wouldn’t want to walk in their footsteps and go their journey.

Monetary success (and keeping it) is way fucking harder than what the media or fake gurus may make you believe it to be.

Instead, I’ve found much more productive to compare yourself to who you were yesterday, a month ago, or a year ago.

Are YOU improving? Are YOU taking steps towards achievements YOU want to experience?

Remember: It’s much harder to succeed in your journey if you’re too focused on the journey of others. Focus on what YOU can do now to make the changes you want tomorrow. Baby steps.

Scarcity

Lastly, I realized that hating other people’s success could be due to a scarcity mindset.

In other words, there’s a fear of not enough success to go around in the world.

However, the opposite is actually true.

There are literally TRILLIONS being exchanged each day. There’s more than enough money to go around.

Also, creation is infinite. Making money stems in creating value. And creating value involves solving problems.

And the good news (sorta): Problems are also infinite.

Each day some new problem pops up. You solve one and another one pops up. There are so many problems to solve, and so many opportunities to make money by creating businesses to solve them all!

So if you have any negative response to someone else succeeding then it’s possible that on some deep level you are not seeing the ABUNDANCE of wealth, creation, and solutions around you.

If that’s the case, it’ll be really hard for you succeed.

After all, if you can’t see abundance and don’t live with a wealthy mindset then how can you expect to live wealthy? 

Doesn’t work that way. That’s like wanting to be crazy fit, but hating people that put in the work to be fit.

Again, think inspiration not insecurity, or scarcity

Love all the success around you if you aim to be successful yourself. After allit’s hard to experience success in your life if you hate it in any form or level.

Are You Brainwashed To Be Poor?

It’s likely you’re being brainwashed to be poor.

Here’s a recent example.

I watched the Disney Pixar movie “Coco” (2017).

If you enjoyed it (like I did) that’s fine.

BUT, there’s one part in the story that is absolutely dangerous for financial freedom seekers.

Did you spot it?

SPOILER ALERT

It’s when Miguel’s hero, Ernesto de la Cruz (the successful singer), was discovered to be a liar, thief, and murderer.

Think about it that for a second.

To be successful, Ernesto de la Cruz stole his best friend’s music, killed him, and left his family to be a success.

“Do whatever it takes”, he says.

Now, if you had ZERO negative reaction to this part of the movie then it’s likely you’re already brainwashed to be poor.

In other words, you completely accepted this narrative as an “accurate” way people get rich.

And because you accepted this as accurate then it’s  likely that deep down inside you do not want to get rich.

After all, who wants to be a rich jerk like Ernesto de la Cruz?

This internal conflict is probably why you’re struggling to be financially free.

And guess what?

Movies are not the only source of “poor brainwashing”.

Growing up, your parents probably expressed their excuses and blamed others for their lack of wealth.

And don’t forget the “poor brainwashing” found on TV, school, and inside your peer group.

Now, I’m not saying that there are no evil rich people. There are some.

But the overwhelming majority of rich entrepreneurs are problem solvers. They found an opportunity to create value. They made the world better.

In fact, I’d argue that poorness is the leading cause of crime.

Ever see a poor person kill another person for food or money? I have.

The point is: If you’re not yet financially free you probably have some internal conflict and “poor brainwashing” that you have not yet released from your memory.

If you don’t take this seriously then you’re fighting an uphill battle. Because I’ve discovered that you don’t really forget anything.

Even the smallest memories are stored deep inside your brain.

Ever smell a random scent and remember an event  years ago?

Ever hear an old song and get thrown back in time?

Could it be possible that any time money is brought up, some “poor brainwashing” memory is triggered in your brain? You bet.

How To Get Rid Of Any Poor Brainwashing

If you’re not aware of the poor brainwashing you have, here’s an exercise that may help.

Write down, “I earn $10,000 a month” a hundred times in a row.

Now, notice what you feel.

Do you feel worthy? Does it feel wrong to make this much? Does it feel impossible?

Any negative feelings you notice are “poor brainwashing” that’s stuck deep down in your mind.

To release it you must write out what you feel and then accurately question them. 

Is it true? What are examples that my beliefs are wrong? Who has proved these wrong? What is the new accurate belief? How would these new beliefs make you feel?

Financial Freedom Brainwashing

Once you release the “poor brainwashing” then and only then can you pursue financial freedom.

After all, now you do not have any internal conflicts holding you back.

Here are some mindsets that have helped me the most:

People pay me money for solving their problems. The bigger the problem I solve and the more people I help… the more value (and wealth) I create.

Money is not a tool to compare myself to others. It helps me create more solutions to solve bigger problems.

I don’t believe in shortcuts or easy money. Extraordinary results demand extraordinary effort. Wealth is a process, not an event.

I’m 100% responsible for my life. I don’t blame or complain. Taking full responsibility means I am the creator of my life and can make all my dreams possible.

Identify the “poor brainwashing” that’s still stuck in your brain and holding you back.

Remove and replace old beliefs with more accurate perspectives that serve you.

Then pursue financial freedom without limits.

How To Live In The Realm Of Wealth

Yesterday, I talked about the 5 factors I think stop people from financial success.

Today, I want go into more detail regarding “Conflicting Beliefs” because… I think it’s perhaps one of the most important aspects of financial independence that nearly every newcomer ignores.

Now, one of the biggest conflicting beliefs I’ve noticed within myself during my early years… and nearly every newcomer is…

The Belief of Lack

For example, those pursuing financial independence want an abundance of money in their lives… yet they’re so focused on lack.

They’re focused on the money they don’t have… the materials they don’t have… the time they don’t have… etc. etc.

But, in reality, lack is an illusion.

If you’re reading this… it’s highly likely you’re living a wealthy lifestyle, but you’re just not DIRECTING YOUR FOCUS on the abundance in your life.

For example, if you have Internet access… you have the world’s knowledge at your fingertips. You also have a global reach. You can learn about any solution to solve your current problems. You can deliver value to millions of people, get paid handsomely, and never even leave your room. It’s fucking nuts.

So the first step is redirecting your focus. Focus on how rich you are now. If you’ve got running water, electricity, Internet, etc. you are spoiled as fuck. Again, it’s hard to focus on building your own financial abundance if all you’re focused on is what’s lacking in your life.

Two, you also need to develop an abundance of ideas. Yesterday, I mentioned discipline to follow through. Well, you’re obviously going to need a plan to follow through on. Again, the Internet has a lot of solutions.

For my students, I’m showing you guys how to make your first $1,000 per month with Digital Flipping. In my next course, I’ll show you have to do $1,000 per day with paid advertising.

For everyone else, I suggest READING BOOKS or TAKING COURSES. After you go through say 50 – 100 ideas… PICK ONE. Chances are, nearly all the ideas work IF YOU WORK THEM.

If you’re coming with your own ideas, some tips to help: 1) Observe what people are already buying, 2) Create a better offer, 3) Reach more people.

Also, if you’re not aware of your strengths yet… I HIGHLY recommend taking the Gallup Strengths Finder test. This could be extremely useful in helping you decide which ideas to follow through on. (I remember when I took it, it only cost $15 or so.)

For example, my results suggested that, career-wise, I should be doing something in marketing. Well, at that time I was already do paid advertising so it confirmed I was leveraging my strengths. But it also gave me some additional insight as to how to restructure my business. So I recommend you check that out.

In short –

1. Focus on the abundance in your life (gratitude journal is something I do)

2. Come up with ideas daily to solve your problems.

3. Choose one and follow through

Again, this helps you focus on opportunity, creation, abundance… not lack.

Q&A: The Fear Of Failure

So a student posted this in the Facebook group…

Fear of failure..

Hey guys, I am a software engineer by profession, working remotely to a software company in US(small team). Currently I am in Canada (originally from Nepal). From past 6 month i have been thinking of starting my own software development agency and I have also got a client (my current employer is happy to become my first client) but fear of failure is pulling me down. When I want to start then I start to think stuff like what if i dont get another client, What to do after my current client work is finished, where to find another client, can i sustain in long term blah blah.. because of these kind of fears I am still unable to start.

Any suggestion on how to overcome fear of failure? Also any practicle advice on finding clients?

P.s. please excuse any grammatical errors, I am posting this from my phone.

My replies:

Great work on putting yourself out there.

First, are you a Digital Flipping student? Why not just use Upwork to find more clients and close more deals? It’s the same principle of understanding what people want, but in this case you’ll actually do the work.

Two, on failure: I got rid of my fear of failure by redefining what failure means to me. To me everything is a learning experience. For example, in your case, if you don’t get another client… then you need to LEARN how to get another one. If you’re afraid of your current client work is finished you need to LEARN how to upsell more services.

I don’t see myself “failing” a lot… I see myself LEARNING a lot. And when you learn about how to rise out situations you do not like then you naturally build more and more confidence.

Hope that helps.

Another thing that has helped me get over my own fear of failure…

It was the mindset that giving up on my dreams would be more painful than not trying at all.

For example, in my early entrepreneurial years I’ve developed the mindset that GIVING UP IS ULTIMATE FAILURE. Temporary challenges, on the other hand, I can learn to overcome.

That same mindset has helped me do some crazy things that, looking back, I couldn’t believe I did.

For example, when I mentioned buying a one way ticket across the globe for a better environment… I pretty much enough money to only last one month. I had NO CLUE how’d I make any more to live. Stressful? Hell yeah. But what… 5 years later… it all worked out.

The Success Paradox

I believe a lot of newcomers struggle in their entrepreneurial journey because they fail to understand that life is one big paradox.

In other words, things that seem completely opposite actually must coexist for balance. For example, there is no life without death. There is no hot without cold.

Here’s how this applies to entrepreneurship…

I looked up the origin and meaning of the word “achieve”. And I discovered that in late 14th century it meant “gain as a result of effort.”

Then I looked up the origin and meaning of the word “effort. In the late 15th century it meant “laborious attempt, strenuous exertion“, with roots in Vulgar Latin *exfortiare* meaning “to show strength“.

In other words, you must represent your strength through some painful action before you can achieve your end goal.

At least, that’s how I interpret it and it holds true from my experience.

“Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.” [Ortega y Gasset, 1949]

Another way to look at it is… the fear of failure is the lack of understanding of paradox. In other words, you must experience failure in order to achieve your end result.

Again, there’s no success without the struggle.

Another important point is that I believe you must incorporate this understanding of paradox within your daily routine.

For example, the paradox in freedom is that you need some sort of disciplined structure to experience freedom. If you just ignored all your investments and businesses 24/7 you wouldn’t have any freedom left.

At the same time, I believe we all need some level of comfort, routine, and predictability. But the paradox is… we also need some sort of surprise and variety so things don’t get boring.

For example, a way this incorporates into my daily routine is that I practice the same direct response marketing and business fundamentals over and over. Yet, technology is always changing. Ad networks are always evolving. I do the same thing, yet it never gets boring because it’s always changing. Paradox.

How are you practicing your understanding of the paradox of life within your daily routine and entrepreneurial journey?

How To Handle Challenges Successfully

I wrote previously about how to get rid of your fear of failure.

In that post, I mentioned having unrealistic time frames, unrealistic journey expectations, and negatively identifying with setbacks and challenges.

So today, let me share some more info on how to actually handle challenges successfully.

I believe how you well you handle challenges can be boiled down to 3 factors:

  1. Definition Of Challenge
  2. Questions You Ask
  3. Growth

DEFINITION OF CHALLENGE

For most people, challenges are the absolute worst.

Now, I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that challenges don’t affect me negatively. They do. But it no longer affects for weeks, months, or years at a time.

In fact, one of the biggest challenges I’ve had in my early years was making more money than I ever did… and then losing it all. When that happened, I spent nearly 2 years feeling sorry for myself and not moving forward.

Nowadays, that doesn’t happen. Challenges, while they may affect me at first, don’t affect me negatively for long.

And that’s because I’ve changed the definition of what challenges mean to me.

In my early years, I defined challenges as something career-ending, life-ruining, and so on.

The point is: my previous definition of a challenge positioned my mind to feel failure and give up.

Now, instead, I position challenges in a way that makes me look for opportunities, the lessons, and how to move forward… so I don’t get stuck facing this problem now, or ever again.

The way to do that is to change your definition or meaning of what challenges mean to you.

For me, I believe that everyone is truly limitless. We literally can create anything through our minds and output. And I see challenges as a way to help me realize this.

Every single new challenge now is just testing how much I can express my unlimited potential. So if I face a challenge, I want to see how I can overcome it and express my unlimited potential.

This leads to my next point.

QUESTIONS YOU ASK

I mentioned something similar to this before, which is… the questions you ask yourself will determine your action.

If you ask poor questions like… “Why am I such a failure?”… Well, then, you’re going to come up with poor answers.

The point: Don’t ask questions that lead you back to focusing on your problem.

Don’t ask questions that keep you stuck.

You must, instead, ask things like…

  • “What choices did I make led to this to happen?”…
  • “How can I avoid doing making these poor choices in the future?”…
  • “What can I learn from this? And how is this actually good for me?”…
  • “Who has solved the problem I’m facing?”…
  • “How can I implement a similar solution to solve my own problems?”

The point: Ask questions that get you thinking of possibility, unlimited potential, opportunity, solutions, movement forward.

Again, great questions first come from how you define what a challenge is. If a challenge means “life-ruining” to you, well then you’ll probably ask questions that lead nowhere. So change your definition first, then ask questions that get you moving.

GROWTH

Next, I believe you must have the belief that if you’re constantly growing then you, by default, will experience a never-ending list of challenges.

The very definition of growth is “gradual increase”.

So if you plan on growing your wealth… then by default, you will also gradually increase your amount of new experiences. And with these new experiences you’ll encounter challenges you haven’t before.

Think of it this way: Let’s say you want to grow your living space so you move into a new mansion.

The good experiences you find include more living room space, more amenities, and so on.

The new challenges you experience include cleaning. How are you going to clean it? What furniture are you going to buy to fill up the space? How will you organize it? Design it? Set it all up technically? How long will it take you to move around your home and get things done?

The point is: If you’re just experiencing the same problems over and over… well then you are probably not growing. And conversely, if you are experiencing new problems then you are growing.

Just being alive implies growth, not stagnation.

Remember my definition of challenges… to express my unlimited potential… so if that’s the case, I’m going to have to experience more and more newer problems (and solve them) in order to see exactly how I can express my unlimited potential.

Success God

I’ve been told that change comes either inspiration or desperation.
 
I’ve found that to be partly true in my journey. I definitely started out from desperation. I think for most people this is likely the case.
 
The problem, I believe, is that by the time you reach the desperation stage you’re probably not going to do anything.
 
In fact, the origin and meaning of desperation is to “lose hope or hopelessness”. Meaning, you don’t see any chance of changing your current circumstances. And I think this is where most people get stuck. They fail to even start because there is no more hope.
 
Therefore, the alternative is to create change from the realm of inspiration.
 
In fact, the word hope comes from the Old English word “hopa”, meaning “confidence in the future,” especially “God or Christ as a basis for hope.”
 
Now, the origin and meaning of the word inspiration in the 13th century was “immediate influence of God or a god”. And currently defined as “the act of influencing or suggesting opinions”.
 
Now, I don’t belong to any religion.
 
But here’s how I interpret this: To avoid hopelessness, you must get inspiration from God, or a god. This gives you hope, or confidence, that your current circumstances are changeable.
 
Therefore, this belief that you can even get any message from God, or a god, is necessary BEFORE you can even make change.
 
The problem is I believe that we are largely conditioned to believe we don’t have this power.
 
I believe that we are purposely conditioned into believing we don’t have the power to connect to a source, and to change, and create the world around us. And I think it’s this conditioning is largely responsible as to why we see most people give up on their dreams. They’re hopeless because they no longer believe they’re connected to source of God.
 
Now, I believe we are all born with this power to connect to a God, source, universe… or whatever you want to call it. I think this is evident in children; they don’t even understand the word impossible… they don’t see limits… they don’t see hopelessness. They see change.
 
I also think you may have experienced this power, maybe without truly realizing, especially if you’ve made some major changes in your life.
 
For example, if you were overweight and thought you couldn’t change… yet suddenly had inspiration that you could, and then did… then I believe that this shows this process of inspiration from God.
 
The same could be said about wealth… starting from nothing, desperate… then having the inspiration to change, and then do… shows the process also of being inspired.
 
Now, when these words say “immediate influence from God or a god”… I believe this may also mean from other people. I believe we get inspiration from others.
 
So, you may have gotten inspiration from someone’s fat loss or rags to riches story. And this, in my opinion, is immediate influence from God. This is because I now believe that we are all God or connected to God that allows us to change and inspire others.
 
I believe some religions talk about the goal of life is to “enlightenment”. So I discovered that enlighten, in the 14th century, meant “to remove the dimness or blindness”. I interpret this as the goal of life being to remove your blindness to the lies that you are not God, or connected to one, and therefore you cannot create changes in your life.
 
To summarize: the goal of life is to stop being blinded by the lies that you are not connected to a God, or have the power of God… to realize that you can be inspired by other people (Gods)… that you can change… and that you can inspire others from showing your God like ability to change.
 
So in order to do this… I think this brings up the question: “How do you remove the conditioning that strips you of this power?”
 
I think this comes down to seeing who or what is trying to put limits or boundaries into your mind. Is it your parents? Current social circle? Media? Schooling?
 
And the other question: “How can you fill your life with things or people that enhance your limitless potential?”
 
So… how are you doing this?

What I’d Do If Started Over With $500

A digital flipping 2.0 student asked me what I’d do if I started over with $500.

Here’s his full question, along with my response.

Student Question

I’m trying to get a couple side hustles going. I’m still exploring options at the moment but there are a whole lot of them. It’s hard to know which ones are worth it. Anyway, I’ve got an extra $500 I can use to get something going. So my question is, if you were just starting out and you had $500, what would you invest it in? What do you think has the best potential to generate passive income for an extended period or even active income with a high ROI.

My Response

Way too broad of a question.

I think the better question would be, “What business would you stick with for the long run?”

After all, if you’re going to be putting in any effort at all then it’s more efficient and effective to choose something that you can see yourself sticking with and enjoying for years to come.

Plus, the potential of a business DEPENDS ON YOUR POTENTIAL TO SUCCEED IN IT. I can stick a rookie with a poor mentality, mismatched strengths, and mismatched personality in a highly successful business of mine and he will likely still fail.

This is why I recommend focusing on one business that suits your strengths and personality. Because ultimately, you’ll have an edge over others that are just pursuing it for the money but will eventually drop off because they don’t have the strengths or personality to stick with it long term!

Personally, that’s what I’d do if I was just starting out. I remember trying a whole bunch of things that could be highly profitable, but I eventually wasted a lot of my time because of the mismatch. Approaching things based on strengths and personality would’ve been way easier for me, in my opinion.

I suggest doing the Strengths Finder test. This will help you hone in on which businesses you’d likely enjoy and succeed in.

The Ignored Secret To Making Money

The process of making money is actually very simple.

And by simple, I mean, anyone can understand it.

Unfortunately, most people tend to ignore the secret to making money because it’s not sexy.

It’s not something most people want to hear.

But, if you can accept that the process of making money isn’t sexy… then I’ll share truth about making money with you.

Before I tell you what the secret is, try to see if you can come up with the answer.

Here’s a clue.

Here’s an email I got from a Digital Flipping student.

Hey Paulo,

Hope you had a good new year!!
Just to update you using the script you gave on your udemy course I was able to secure a £5k project IRL.
Wouldn’t been able to do it if it wasn’t for you. So thanks dude! Honestly I needed to change my ways and you showed me how!
Thanks a lot
Sam Jarvis
He also shared these details in the Q&A section of the Digital Flipping course.
Basically I found the job on upwork and applied didn’t realise it was for a work at home job full time but I was invited to attend a Real Life interview and that was because of your dummy script, I got given the job and half the money upfront then the rest once complete but here’s the good part it’s on going! It worked out at £5k then an amount to be decided for the ongoing part! Thanks Paulo!

There are a couple of clues here about how he closed this deal. Did you spot them?

Here are the clues.

First, he stated that he was aware he needed to change his ways. This goes hand-in-hand with my other post, How To Know If You’ll Succeed.

Second, he mentioned he was able to make this recurring income stream because of my script.

What’s in my script?

Well, if you joined my email list and got the free previews of Digital Flipping you’d know. And if you’re in the paid version of the course, you’d have the script word-for-word.

In short, the script shows you understand someone’s needs and you prove you can solve them.

In other words: You need the skill to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and understand their problems. And then you offer the solution to their problems.

This is the ignored secret to making money.

Everyone else ignores this money making secret because….

  • They only focus on solving their own problems
  • They don’t want to actually create something of value
  • They don’t want to learn new skills
  • They don’t want to go through the process
  • They don’t want to change

Do you want to be like everyone else?

Remember, making money is about solving problems. You have to learn look outside your own problems and explore the problems of others first.

Now, I show you one way to do this via Digital Flipping. But like I say in the course, these success laws apply everywhere. Forget about Digital Flipping for a second. If you just mastered these skills you can make money anywhere.

By the way, I’ve read from Mark Ford that it takes, on average, 7 years for someone to become a millionaire.

I believe a big reason why it takes that many years is because we’re mostly selfish. Nothing wrong with that. But it takes around 7 years for us to learn how to finally focus on solving the problems of others, instead of our own.

In fact, it took me 6 years to realize this. And that’s from being an avid student of entrepreneurship.

Hopefully, this article helps you realize it much sooner. Once you start focusing on solving problems I can guarantee you’ll have your biggest money breakthrough.

A Question You Must Ask Before You Get Rich

I believe there’s one question you must ask yourself BEFORE you experience your biggest financial breakthrough.

What is it?

Here’s a hint: I launched my Digital Flipping course over a year ago.

Maybe that hint is too cryptic. But, were you able to find out what question you should be asking yourself?

No?

Here it is:

When was the last time you stuck with a business for a year or more?

Think of it this way…

If you’re hopping from one business to another then you start all over at Level 1 each time.

Now, if you’re always at Level 1 you’re nowhere near Level 100, right?

But, what if you stick with a business for a year or longer… What level are you at now? Level 25? Level 50? Level 100?

No one knows but you. But you sure as hell aren’t back at Level 1, right!?

And if you aren’t back at Level 1 then you sure are closer to your goal of riches aren’t you?

Damn right.

Now, what if you can’t stick to something?

If you can’t stick to something then I believe it’s because you don’t have alignment.

What do I mean?

I mean you probably don’t have clarity as to what your strengths are and how you want to use them to impact lives at scale.

If you did then you’d already be doing it, and you’d be pursuing it without distraction.

And by using your talents in a way that others value, at scale, then you’re working your way towards riches.

So what’s the main lesson here?

As always:

  1. Find out your strengths
  2. Apply them in a way that others value at scale
  3. Overcome, adapt, learn, grow, master
  4. Don’t quit

Will it be easy? No. Will you get rich right away? Hell no.

Will it be the most rewarding thing ever and you’ll end up realizing your true potential? Yes.

Success Irony

I’ve noticed a general problem with rookie entrepreneurs.

I call it: “Success Irony”.

And I believe that if you’re able to overcome this problem then you’ll be able to speed your way up to success.

Let me explain…

I’m seeing the “Success Irony” problem usually manifests in rookie questions that lead to being spoonfed answers.

For example, a Digital Flipping 2.0 student may ask something like: “What’s the most profitable niches to target?”

Can you spot the problem with this? Can you see why it’s ironic?

If not, let me spotlight it this way…

I used to believe that success was a specific number.

Nowadays, I believe success is really self-reliance.

Being successful, to me, is all about understanding my limitless capabilities, my talents, and having the competence and confidence that I can use my talents to create the financial vision I have for myself.

Now, wanting to be spoonfed answers is ironic because that makes you DEPENDENT.

Think of it this way: Can you really be successful if you have to rely on someone else for the answers?

Probably not.

Now, to be clear: I do give straight answers discussing profitable niches in the Digital Flipping 2.0 course. And, MORE IMPORTANTLY, I also share the principles of how to find profitable niches, and analyze where you went wrong if you can’t close deals.

Fully understanding these principles allow you to become independent and successful.

Why? Because you’ll develop the internal analysis and the skills you need to be competent and confident in your ability to make financial changes yourself.

After all, the market demands are always changing. So you’ll want to truly understand the principles, rather than being spoonfed answers, to be comfortable with change.

Now another clarification: If you’re a rookie in the entrepreneurial realm then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a student. There’s nothing wrong with asking specific, thought-out questions based on actions you’ve taken.

But, asking to be spoonfed answers will lead you to developing a habit of DEPENDENCY. This will result in you not being able to lead yourself nor be successful. This is a disservice to your full potential.

To break this habit simply:

  1. Review the material and comprehension of the principles
  2. Apply the principles, multiple times, for first hand experience
  3. If you experience a problem, review the material again
  4. If you still don’t understand what went wrong, ask specific questions regarding the action you’ve taken

I believe anyone can be successful financially, whatever that means to you. But, you must break habits of dependency first.

It may be difficult at first, but over time it gets easier. And it’ll be worth it in order to be confident in your capabilities.

Remember, I discuss more habits you must break and develop in the Create Your Dream Life guides. So be sure to review and comprehend that material.

How To Be Happy Long-Term

I believe long-lasting happiness boils down to 4 things:

  1. Freedom
  2. Relationships
  3. Growth
  4. Contribution

Let’s dive in…

FREEDOM

I believe how often you perceive yourself as free as compared to perceiving yourself as not free, then the happier you will be.

For example, do you perceive you have unlimited potential on most days? Do you perceive yourself as more often choosing to do things you initiate than not?

I believe freedom extends far further than just having the money to do things.

For example, I see some newcomers make a load of money… then they talk about the things they buy and their unhappiness.

Well, I think one reason this is, is because they aren’t free at all… they are imprisoned to the idea that happiness is connected to image or material things.

Remember, the other posts I share with you also free your MIND. Once your mind is free then you can take action to move forwards freedom in the material plane as well.

RELATIONSHIPS

Another thing is I don’t think you can be truly happy if you have poor relationships.

The number one relationship being with yourself. Are you happy with yourself?

Now, for other relationships: Business to Consumer, Mentor to Mentee, Romantic, and so on… it all boils down to 3 things:

  1. Value Exchange
  2. Communication
  3. Follow Thru

For example, in my Digital Flipping course… I show you how to sell and close deals. In really comes down to UNDERSTANDING what people want (i.e. communication), and GIVING it to them (i.e. follow thru).

And I believe every single relationship comes down to that. Both parties see a value exchange, it’s communicated clearly, and it’s constantly followed thru upon.

GROWTH

The people I see that complain about boredom are usually people that don’t have a growth mindset.

Instead, they’re looking to be entertained or distracted.

However, with a growth mindset you may realize that there is an infinite amount of things to learn about. And I believe that constantly learning helps to challenge the mind, help you grow as a person, and results in you being happy with who you are turning out to be.

CONTRIBUTION

Lastly, I believe that every single person has some unique combination of strengths and gifts.

And I believe that using those gifts to help enhance the lives of others greatly influences your happiness.

I believe that knowing that your life meant something and wasn’t completely worthless is perhaps one of the biggest things that will add to your happiness.

Find out what your strengths are… contribute them to the world at the largest scale you can.

5 Reasons That Stop You From Financial Independence

Today, I want to share an insight on what separates successful students (and those that reach their financial goals) versus those that do not.

I believe there are 5 major reasons that prevent most people from reaching financial independence.

They are:

  1. Not Knowing How Money Moves
  2. Conflicting BELIEFS About Earning Money
  3. Conflicting VALUES About Earning Money
  4. Lack of Discipline
  5. Money Management

Let’s dive into this:

1: NOT KNOWING HOW MONEY MOVES

I see newcomers wanting to earn more money, yet they don’t even understand how money moves.

Here’s what I mean… Money is simply a transaction agreement. For example, if you sell your car for $5,000 you believe it’s worth that much and the buyer also believes it’s worth that much.

So in order for you to earn money you need to offer something that others believe is worth a certain amount. It’s NOT about what technology or new trend is working to make money.

Therefore, if you want to earn more money you need to focus on FINDING OUT WHAT OTHERS VALUE AND OFFER IT.

If you’re a Digital Flipping student you already know this principle of understanding what people want and giving it to them. In the future, I’ll teach you how to do this on a massive scale via paid advertising.

2: CONFLICTING BELIEFS ABOUT EARNING MONEY

It’s hard to earn more money if you’ve developed some sort of negative association with earning money.

For example, if you believe rich people are evil… then you will not want to earn more because who wants to be an evil jerk?

The crazy thing is a lot of conflicting beliefs are hard-wired into us subconsciously and repeatedly via pop culture, parents, schooling, friends, etc. And lots of times you may not even know it exists until you start actually making more money and, for some reason, start to feel bad about it.

To get rid of conflicting beliefs you’ll need to identify which ones are limiting you. Then you need to question each one and ask if it’s true? Does it serve you? What are examples that prove your conflicting belief is false?

If you have some conflicting beliefs you’re not sure how to get rid of… comment below and I’ll help you with that.

3: CONFLICTING VALUES ABOUT EARNING MONEY

Look, if your highest value is to just live comfortably, pay the bills, rely on social security, etc…. then, chances are, you have a conflicting belief about earning life-changing income.

For me, Self Reliance is my number one value. I don’t want to rely on an employer or business to succeed for the next 50 years in order to get paid. I don’t want to rely on earning money that is getting deflated and barely enough to pay the bills. I don’t want to rely on a broke government that’s trillions in debt and confesses social security will disappear.

If you really want to earn life-changing income your values must align as such.

4: LACK OF DISCIPLINE

As I say, it’s all about the follow through. Think of it this way: Imagine you want to lose 20lbs. Now, only go to the gym ONE TIME in next year. Are you going to reach your goals? Laughably, no. Am I right?

So isn’t it just as laughable to say you want to earn a million bucks… then take a course, try what you learned for one day, then give up and look for another “financial workout plan”?

It’s all about doing the things you know you should be doing… over and over… until you see some results or realize you need to adjust… then repeat.

So for you to achieve your financial goals, your financial “workout” should include:

  1. Observing what people buy
  2. Providing better offers
  3. Reaching more people

If you’re not doing activities that fall into one of those three categories you are not following through on your financial workout.

If you’re a Digital Flipping student, your financial workout would be looking through the job feed (observing what people buy), and submitting proposals (providing better offers). Again, I’ll teach you how to scale with paid advertising in my future affiliate marketing course.

5: MONEY MANAGEMENT

If someone is a millionaire, it means two things: 1) They provided value worth millions, and 2) They SAVED their millions.

Look, one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made years ago was that once I started making some money I spent it all. My number one value back then was IMAGE; specifically, the image of success.

I rented out the flashiest condo where celebs lived in my area so I could LOOK successful. I easily spent $100 per meal every day. I’d buy things I’d use once. And the list of stupidity goes on…

Eventually life taught me a valuable lesson when that income stream dried up… I learned to be a wise steward of money, and prioritize my number one value into self reliance.

I suggest that all your business earnings are invested into assets. And I also recommend you read up on P.T. flag theory.

The point is: Prioritize investing your money so that it makes more money for you and so that your hard work doesn’t disappear with your spending habits.

Remember, this post is part of the Unit “Creating Your Dream Life”. Be sure to read the other posts because I believe it’s more important than the “how to” information. Also, let me know what you think below… and how else I can help!

Becoming A Financial Black Belt

I used to think it was bullshit.

When I took personal development courses, the instructors would say something along the lines of…

“90% of people who invest in this course won’t complete or worse–won’t even start it. And of the 10% that do complete it, only 1% will even take action on it. And even a smaller fraction of these people will repeatedly use this material.”

Now, that I’m a Udemy instructor and have nearly 10,000 students… I see the sad truth.

I can actually see in my Instructor Dashboard your progress as a student.

I can see the students that bought the course (months ago even), but haven’t even started. I can also see the students that stop halfway through.

Now, I can understand if my course is absolutely crap or whether you think I’m a crap instructor. But, if you check my instructor profile, you’ll notice I currently have 323 reviews and a 4.6 average rating.

Plus, my courses have been out long enough now that you may have seen the success stories in the Q&A section, Facebook group, or reviews.

So what gives?

Once again, I believe it comes down to the “behind the scenes” success traits I’ve been mentioning in this “How To Create Your Dream Life” guide.

It’s not just the “how to” technical information that you need. You must first develop the right mindset, character traits, beliefs, discipline, and other traits I’ve mentioned.

Again, I’ll put my money on the entrepreneur that has the right mental attitude versus one that only has “how to” knowledge. After all, this example with my courses and virtually every other course proves this to be true.

Remember, all these students get the same information, yet only a small percentage become successful. Why? Because only a few actually complete the course. Because only a few actually take action. And because only a few repeatedly take that action.

This damn few have a mindset of a person that will master entrepreneurship and life.

This is mastery. Understanding that fundamentals are everything. And they must be repeated. It never ends.

This is the real challenge. It’s not the “how to”. It’s this the realization that there’s no more than the fundamentals… AND the disciplined action to practice it over and over again.

This applies everywhere.

I’ve heard that martial arts is the second most practiced “sport” behind soccer. Let’s use that as an analogy.

So how do you become a black belt? Does it happen overnight? In jiu jitsu, some say expect 10 years of practice. The same applies to wealth… it doesn’t happen overnight… it takes years.

Do you become a black belt by giving up before you earn your first white belt stripe? No. And neither do you earn financial self reliance when you encounter your first challenge.

Do you become a black belt by hopping from one type of martial art to the next? No. And neither do you earn financial self reliance when you hop from one business to the next.

Do you become a black belt by not understanding the fundamentals? No. And neither do you earn financial self reliance when you only look for “sexy” tactics and short-term technicalities. It’s all about understanding the fundamentals and seeing how it applies to the current situation.

Anyway, that’s what I want to accomplish in this group. A solid group of students that have (or are developing) this mindset. Because that’s what’ll it take to reach your financial goals.

And, of course, if there’s anything you believe I can improve upon as an instructor–don’t hesitate to let me know. I’m here to learn and grow as much as you are.

This is HUGE! How you can literally make $50,000 per month!

Someone posted this In the Liberty Dojo Facebook group:

My Response

If you’ve been carefully reading the “Create Your Dream Life” guides then you probably already know my response to this.

I find this saddening.

This guy literally just posted an image of a THEORETICAL CALCULATOR of what seems to be an MLM business.

First of all, this calculator proves nothing. This is nothing like the $20,000 Facebook Ad Campaign case study I’ve shown you guys.

Now, in my early years, I’ve been scammed before.
 
I’ve fallen for MLM shit. And “get rich easy” internet marketers.
 
I’m saddened by this because this is the mindset I’m trying to help you guys avoid.
 
This wrong mindset literally took YEARS to overcome because the financial losses I suffered.
 
For more insights on how to avoid this, read below. If not, well then some people just gotta feel the burn themselves.
 

The Good In This

Now, this calculator does show the POSSIBILITIES of if you offer something at scale.

Similar to the fundamentals I teach you in Digital Flipping and the Facebook course.

The Bad In This

The only thing I find saddening is that most people NEGLECT the reality of the work required.

They ignore whether it taps into their talents, and whether they’re providing actual value. Instead, the greed glands take over.

Remember, in order to succeed and sell something at scale:

  • You have to truly understand people’s problems and desires
  • You have to truly provide a product or service that solves this problem and desire
  • You have to know how to reach people at scale
  • And you have to continually fine-tune your understanding of others, your product/service, and your campaign

Is it easy? NO.

Here Was My Original Response To This

Y’all greed glands are salivating at a calculator simulation? Really? SMH. Have I taught you guys nothing?

You guys follow the money, but that doesn’t make money. Knowing what people want, and giving it to them at scale makes big money.

Have you guys not seen my $20k ad campaign case study? Cmon guys.

You guys want the big payday, but don’t want to focus on fundamentals. Good luck

I’m going to leave this post up.

For those that hop on this scammers bandwagon feel free.

Just let me know so I can also remove you from this group. Clearly the things I’m trying to kick in your ear are nothing you want to hear.

Good luck chasing the dream of big, easy riches.

Another thing: It’s highly likely I make more than this theoretical calculator guy.

Most of you have seen proof of my ad campaigns.

Yet where are the questions? I’m here.

When I tell you guys the reality of the hard work required it seems most people just disappear…

You guys want EXTREME results, yet where is the EXTREME sacrifice, hard work, empowering beliefs, action, daily routines, daily failure and learning?

Again, I don’t tell you guys how easy it is… why? because it isn’t!

The majority are looking for the easy riches. And that’s why the majority isn’t rich.

But there are a few of you in here that have the extreme mindset and intestinal fortitude that will eventually succeed. I can only hope my messages reach those of you. Are you one of damn few?

Why Successful People Share Ideas And Don’t Fear Competition

A Digital Flipping 1.0 student posted this review:

I took the first course and it seems like a pretty cool idea. You are connecting buyers and sellers, not unlike what a contractor would do in the construction industry. I haven’t tried this at all, and do not have any great technological skills, which is the whole point of finding someone who can do the work. I am skeptical though because in the comments, I did not see a lot or even several people saying that they have done this, and made money. Also with lots of people learning this, and the fact that the buyer could just find the seller themselves, not sure how many of these opportunities really exist. Just curious what was your motivation to share this information, if I had a great money making strategy why would I share it and increase competition with myself?

And in this review it seems he has two major concerns:

  1. He wants proof others were successful
  2. He wonders why I’d share how I make money and potentially increase competition

Proof Of Success

This concern is fairly straight forward.

If you read the Digital Flipping 2.0 reviews you’ll see actual testimonials of students making their first dollar, and others making “salary-replacing” income.

Of course, I cannot post those testimonials in the Digital Flipping 1.0 (free course version) because those students didn’t post it there.

And of course, the success student’s experience will depend on their effort. Some students put in the work, some don’t. 

Why Successful People Share Ideas

In virtually all areas of life, I’ve noticed that the most successful people tend to share their routines, programs, ideas, and principles.

For example, you’ll see world champion bodybuilders or fitness experts sharing their routines. The world’s greatest hedge fund managers share their principles in a book. The world’s greatest entrepreneurs share their philosophies and ways they generate income in a course. And so on.

It’s amazing how we’re able to access knowledge and expertise from the best of the best.

Now, when I was a rookie entrepreneur I’d sometimes wonder why successful people would share their expertise.

And here’s what I discovered as I’ve gotten older and more experienced:

I’ve noticed that the greatest joy I receive in life is by positively impacting someone’s life. And one simple way to measure my impact is through commerce.

In other words, if I create something and someone is willing to exchange their blood, sweat, and tears (through the form of money they earned) for my creation then it’s safe to say that they’ve found a positive value in my creation. And the reviews and messages they leave are further testimony to that.

This feeling is highly addictive. And this is why I noticed that the more successful entrepreneurs get then the more and more they tend to create. 

For example, you see successful billionaires like Mark Cuban getting involved in more and more ventures that allow him partner and create more of a positive impact.

I think deep down that once you’re no longer worrying about supporting you and your family’s needs then you start to think deep questions like:

  1. What will your life’s purpose be?
  2. What will your legacy be?
  3. How can you use your talents to help more people?

And these same questions lead me to sharing more of what I learned, and getting rewarded for it.

Why I Don’t Fear Competition

The site I share to implement Digital Flipping has been operational for 17 years.

If there was a time to fear competition, it’d be now. Yet, I don’t fear competition or further competition from students.

Why?

I no longer fear competition like I used to when I was a rookie entrepreneur. And the reason why is because I don’t see competition as something to be feared.

Instead I see competition as something that helps me grow and become better at serving others. 

Think of it this way: Competition is simply someone else providing a service in a way that some customers want.

For example, in a free market there is more than one pizzeria, more than one shoe brand, more than one car manufacturer, and so on…

So why can they all exist? 

I believe it’s because they all understand the different needs of their potential customers.

Using the same example: One pizzeria knows the type of sauce people like, or they provide alternatives, Another pizzeria uses exotic cheeses that others don’t, Other pizzerias use toppings others don’t, etc.

In other words, there are so many needs, desires, problems that can be solved.

So if you fear competition it’s probably because you are focusing on scarcity and not actually seeing the abundance of opportunity. Or because you aren’t confident in your ability to understand and deliver solutions to what people want.

Fortunately, those things are what I teach in Digital Flipping. And that course has been live for a little over a year now and yet my earnings haven’t decreased from doing it.

If anything, I’ve earned more. In fact, I’ve shared screenshot earnings in the course.

And I believe I earn more because I’ve learned also from students. Again, competition isn’t something to be feared but something that helps all of us grow, get better at serving, and getting rewarded more.

My Daily Routine For Maximum Positivity, Productivity, and Accomplishment

Yesterday, I mentioned how your daily emotions can affect your productivity.

The reason why this is so important is because goals don’t mean anything if you don’t feel like following through on them.

Now, you can have goals and a strong reason why that may help you move forward… but it won’t mean anything… if you don’t DISCIPLINE yourself into HABITS that will eventually lead to those goals.

Think of it this way… what use is it to tell yourself: “I’m going to be a millionaire“… if you aren’t doing something everyday to add value, to sell, to reach more people? Again, the goal is worthless without the disciplined habits.

Now, it’s HARD to follow through on those disciplined habits IF you feel down or think negatively. This is why I wrote the previous post.

So how can you make sure you’re feeling great and thinking positively each day?

1. You need to identify what negative thoughts and emotions are affecting you each day (again, covered in the previous post).

2. You need to setup a daily routine that only produces positive thoughts and emotions.

Now, one of the best ways to figure out how to do something is to see who has accomplished your goals, test out what they do, and tweak it for yourself.

So let me share my routine with you… and you can tweak it from there:

– I wake up, without an alarm, between 7-8am. I tested out getting up at 5am for a year straight, but I found I’m more rested and productive when I wake naturally.

– I drink 1/2 – 1 gallon of water upon waking. Helps me rehydrate and defecate.

– I walk my dog. Helps me get outside, moving, and getting some oxygen.

– I do a warm-up (10 squats, 10 pushups, 30 sec plank, 50 knee jumps) followed with deep breathing. I breathe in for 7 seconds, hold it for 28 seconds, then breathe out for 14 seconds. Repeat 3 times. This clears my mind, and gets rid of any morning anxiety, stress, or rush.

– Next, I review my 5 empowering questions. These are questions I ask myself to keep myself in check and make sure I’m living up to my 5 values (I write about this in another post).

– Next, I review my 1 year goals. (I’ll write about how to set goals the RIGHT way in another post).

– Then I’ll review some fundamental material that relates to mindset, entrepreneurship, or marketing for approximately 45 minutes. This helps to inspire me, remind me, and grow.

– Then I’ll do either my bodyweight workout routine or Jiu Jitsu, depending on the day. Usually T,Th,Sat are workout days and Jiu Jitsu is M,W,F. Physical activity helps clear my mind, get rid of anxiety and stress, and really helps me focus for work.

– This is followed up with a Hot shower, finished with Cold water. This opens me up, cleans me out, and gets me clear and level-headed for work.

– Next, I work. Work for me is anything that involves observing what people buy, creating better offers, and reaching more people.

I do tougher tasks (based on mental focus needed) first. This would include: launching and scaling ad campaigns, creating products, or even digital flipping.

Only after tougher tasks are done, I’ll do lighter tasks. This would include: managing asset portfolio, reviewing campaign stats, managing open digital flipping contracts, managing q&a, messages, and reviews, and observing what’s selling and what competitor campaigns are running.

– Next, is cool down. It’s super important that I let me mind relax so I can sleep deep. After work, I’ll start with an eye workout to make sure my vision doesn’t degrade by staring at screens all day. I used to wear glasses/contacts from the 1st grade up til college. I ditched my glasses a couple years ago and my vision has been improving.

– I don’t eat while working. I do intermittent fasting. Usually I’ll fast 18-24 hours every day. For example, if I eat at 6pm I won’t eat until 6pm the next day. Or if I’m really hungry that day I’ll have a small “meal” like at 2pm, and then eat my main meal at 6pm. 5 days a week I eat the same vegetarian meal. The small meal is a smoothie. During this fasting period, I drink my own home brewed Kombucha. Sometimes I’ll order delivery.

– Next, I’ll pursue my hobbies during the cool down time. This would include language learning, music, watching The Office, nature documentaries, YouTube videos about my hobbies, etc.

The point is Mon-Fri I’m in “Mission Mode”. I’m efficient. I’m disciplined. I’m focused. I feel good. I get shit I want to done.

Saturday and Sunday, I’ll have more variety. I’ll eat out, go to the movies, and not think about work.

Now, also every 3 months I’ll take time off. This is pure, no work. This includes things like traveling or just indulging in hobbies.

**Again, this is just what I do. Obviously, the day you create will be customized for yourself. Test things out, see what works for you.**

Would love to know your daily routine or what new things you’re trying. Also, feel free to ask questions!

How To Get Started And Keep Going In Entrepreneurship

I ask every member this before joining the Facebook Group: “What’s your biggest challenge currently?”

By far, one of the most common response I get is: “How to get started” and “How to keep going?”.

This is such a broad response, but I’m going to do my best to give a general, foundational approach that might be all you need.

Know Your Outcome

To get started you must first know what you want.

As sensible as that may seem, I can guarantee you that a majority of people in general have no specific outcome that they’re working towards.

Often times, most people are complacent where they’re at or lost because they don’t seem to realize the power of choice that they actually have.

So, for the most part, they’ve given up.

That’s why, in my opinion, you must know specifically what you want.

You must know exactly what your desired outcome will look like. That way you know you’ve achieved it once you’ve hit that goal.

In general, goals should be specific and measurable. That way you’ll be able to break down the process into the tiniest steps that’ll allow you to move forward CONSISTENTLY without overwhelm or anxiety.

Know Why You Want It

I hear rookie entrepreneurs say: “I want to become a millionaire

That’s totally fine. I’m not here to judge your goals. However, I think it’s very important you KNOW WHY you want that goal.

I’ve heard it said that goals are useless unless they’re backed with a strong emotional reason why.

I’ve found this to be the case in my experience.

If you don’t have a strong emotional reason why you want something, then chances are you will not have the motivation to go after it and succeed until completion.

This is why I think it’s important to understand the emotional feelings you respond to when deciding upon your goals.

Don’t fall into the trap of what others believe you should strive for, listen to your own heart. After all, it’s telling you what you really want and what you’ll be excited to accomplish.

Sharing Your Talents

I believe that we all have some sort of unique talents that we’ve been given.

Chances are, you’ve found yourself drawn to certain activities, business ideas, and other ventures.

With that said, I believe that it’s much easier for you to get excited and keep going when you tap into your talents.

In my experience, for example, I’ve taken a strengths finder test and I’ve found to have talents that allow me to do relatively independent work involving analytics (i.e. paid advertising).

Because I’m naturally drawn to it and have some innate talents for it, I’m able to get more excited about it and continue doing through the years. This also ties into mastery.

Therefore, mastery of talents and sharing of talents allows you to experience the rewards.

On the other hand, someone not pursuing their talents or mastering them will have a much harder time sharing them and experiencing the rewards.

I think this is evident through the educational system. Where the same “education” is given to everyone, and doesn’t seem to encourage individual talents where students may be more successful.

Another avenue where I see this evident is where we have people chasing careers or business opportunities where they believe they’ll earn more money… yet they end up not enjoying it or failing because they don’t have the talents for it.

All You Need

I believe these three foundational principles might be all you need.

If you have absolute clarity and a strong reason why you want to achieve something then chances are it’ll be much easier for you to begin and keep going.

And if you tap into your talents then the journey will likely be more enjoyable, and much more rewarding (and lucrative).

 

The 1 Success Mantra You’d Only Need?

I have one success mantra that I follow.

In fact, I believe if you only followed this one mantra then it’ll probably be all you ever need. Tell me if you agree at the end of this post.

Here’s my mantra:

You Get What You Give

Now, let me explain it…

First let me state that I’ve heard that if you want money, then you give money. First, I haven’t found this to be true in my case.

But I do believe that if you want money you must GIVE something WORTH what you seek.

For example, you cannot claim you want to be a millionaire and just expect to be rewarded for the thought of it. No, there is a price for everything. And that price is you must GIVE something worth that amount.

Imagine… if you gave value to the lives of a million people then, chances are, you will be rewarded by one million people. And if you give nothing, you get nothing.

Likewise, if you see a rich person and give out thoughts of resentment towards them… then you’ve GIVEN the resentment of financial abundance. Therefore, you will GET no money. After all, you just expressed to the world that you have negative associations with money.

So you must carefully monitor the thoughts, emotions, and efforts you GIVE (in any form) and analyze whether they align with your goals.

I believe this applies to any level of financial, health, or relationship goals you seek. 

Another example: Let’s say you want to lose fat and gain muscle.

What if you GIVE zero effort into going into the gym? Will you reach your goal? Hell no.

What if you see a celebrity’s fitness transformation and say, “LOL, anyone could get those results with a personal trainer, a personal chef, and STEROIDS!”

What thought did you GIVE to yourself? That there’s zero chance for you to achieve your goals? Why even try right?

I think one of the most important acts of “giving” you must monitor is the thoughts you give out to the world (or just to yourself). Because your thoughts will determine your actions. And because of this most people give up, within their thoughts, before taking any noticeable action.

It all starts in the mind. People are trying to change their results WITHOUT changing their minds first.

Can you see why this won’t work?

The wrong mindset with the right actions will STILL result in failure because your mind will ultimately sabotage you.

Think about it. Celebrity fitness diets and workout routines are available for free for anyone to access online. Yet why is obesity still a huge epidemic in the United States? It’s not the lack of information. It’s the lack of MIND CONTROL.

The lack of understanding of how to control one’s own mind to serve themselves is the problem.

How Do You Control Your Mind To Serve You?

  1. Know, in detail, what you want to achieve and experience. Remind yourself of this every day, morning and night.
  2. GIVE the effort and mindset you need to be the person WORTH that experience. If you don’t know what to do, seek help from someone that has the experience you want.
  3. Become that person every single day no matter what obstacles you face
  4. Surround yourself with other people that have the same goals
  5. Eventually, you’ll be so different from your old self and you will become the person you need to be to achieve your ultimate desire.

Is it magic? Hell no.

But it’s tried and true. It works.

The hard work is the short cut. The shortcut everyone else sells doesn’t exist. If it did you’d already be who you wanted to be by now. Put in the blood, sweat, and tears… it’s worth it. You are worth it.

How To Conquer Your Fear Of Failure

I believe the fear of failure can be boiled down into these core factors:

1. Unrealistic Time Frames
2. Unrealistic Journey
3. Identifying With Setbacks

Let me explain…

UNREALISTIC TIME FRAMES

Newcomers tend to declare goals like… “I’m going to be a millionaire in one year.” This will set you up for failure.

Why? Well, first, it’s definitely possible to start a new business and hit that milestone within a year. BUT, for a COMPLETE BEGINNER to do it… I wouldn’t bet on them.

Why? Because you’ll realize, if you haven’t already, that there is A LOT to learn in business. There’s more to it than just the “how to”. There’s mental lessons to learn, financial management lessons, and so on.

And the thing is if you’re just starting out… you will have NO WAY to determine what lessons you’ll need to learn until you experience an obstacle, and then have to learn how to overcome it.

And because you can’t predict what lessons you’ll need to learn, you can’t put a realistic time frame on what you’ll achieve by a certain date. And if you don’t accomplish what you want by a certain date, you’ll probably start to fear failure and/or not even start new things.

BUT, fortunately, you CAN PREDICT the MEASURED EFFORT you put in every day.

This leads me to my next point…

UNREALISTIC JOURNEY

Success is a PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT.

You can’t expect to go to the gym for the first time ever today, and then expect to go in tomorrow and bench 315 pounds easily. This is especially true, if you don’t have some sort of CONSISTENT, plan that you follow through on.

Likewise, you can’t expect to broke today, and then a millionaire in one year… If you don’t have some sort of ROUTINE that’ll take you there.

Fortunately, if you focus on your choices you can get virtually any outcome you want.

But even if you do have a plan to take you there, it’s HIGHLY LIKELY you will experience some sort of SETBACK.

Setbacks, in themselves, are NOT bad. They are there to notify you of what you need to avoid in the future, learn about, work on, and then overcome.

A setback is NOT failure. But, GIVING UP when you experience a setback is.

Remember, everything is a LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

After all, when was the last time you tried anything for the very first time and did it like a pro?

Did you ride a bike for the first time and turned into a professional BMX rider the next day? Did you play basketball one day and were able to run with NBA players the next day? Did you take your first steps as a baby and then started running marathons the next day?

Obviously not, the same principle applies in business.

Expect to suck everything the first time. Expect that there will be setbacks. And if you’re constantly growing, expect that the setbacks will never end.

This leads me to my next point…

IDENTIFYING WITH SETBACKS

If you didn’t understand the last point, then chances are you might make the mistake of IDENTIFYING with setbacks.

In other words, you made a mistake and then now you identify yourself as a failure.

For example, you missed one jumpshot and now you’ve identified yourself as the “failed jumpshot kid”. Or you’re broke and now you identify yourself as “poor, broke, or helpless.”

Instead you should be identifying yourself with traits that will lead to the outcome, NOT the outcome itself.

For example, if you’re currently broke, poor, or not where you want to be financially… it’ll help to identify with character traits that will lead you to wealth.

You may instead change your identity to include something like: “I may be broke now, but I am LEARNING ways on how to change this”… “I am also TAKING CONSISTENT ACTION to change this”… and so on.

The point is: Circumstances or Events do NOT determine your identity, your Choices and Processes do. And those choices must ALIGN with the outcome you want.

So if you experience one setback in business… ask yourself… would a successful person let this one setback be their last move? Or would a successful person learn about how to never experience this setback again?

Ask yourself if your CHOICES align with who you want to become, NOT your CIRCUMSTANCES.

Another example I want to add…

With paid advertising, I will LOSE money at first. After all, you can’t predict how the market will react to your campaign. Now, most newcomers will give up at this point. That’s a rookie mistake.

Experienced marketers will understand that I did NOT lose money… I BOUGHT data. I LEARNED what did not work. Now, I can spend money on a different variation of the campaign. And this variation may make more money. Then another test. And more profits. Then scale up.

Again… success is a PROCESS, not an event. If you learn that setbacks are a learning opportunity, then you will achieve the outcome. If you identify with setbacks, you won’t.

Did I cover all your fears of failure? Comment below if you feel I need to expand on anything.

How To Speed Up Your Results

Have you ever wanted to speed up your results?

If so, I believe you can, but the answer is something that most rookies don’t want to hear.

First, let me tell you what the answer isn’t.

The big mistake that I see rookies make is that they’re looking to speed up or shortcut their way to results… is by hopping from one idea or business to another.

The problem is that knowing about a business is only ONE part of the equation.

In fact, the first element of the word knowledge comes from 12th century word “cnawlence” which means “acknowledgment of a superior, honor, worship.”

The SECOND element of the word knowledge is said to have Scandinavian roots meaning “action, process“.

And that’s the MISSING part of the equation most rookie entrepreneurs don’t want to hear. Knowing WITHOUT ACTION (and a process) will produce ZERO RESULTS.

So if you want to speed up your results I believe you must overcome 2 things:

  1. No Action or Process
  2. No Inspiration

NO ACTION OR PROCESS

Imagine reading magazine after magazine of workout routines. Sure, you may know a lot about what to do or what works… but what if you didn’t actually go to the gym to do it?

Would this result in six pack abs and big biceps? Hell no.

So why would a similar approach from buying course after course work when it comes to business success? It wouldn’t.

I believe most rookies just hop from idea to idea because deep down inside they don’t really want to change. They’re actually comfortable just where they are. They don’t want to put in the effort, and experience the pain of change. Instead, they prefer temporary escapes… not permanent lifestyle changes. They don’t want to develop the strength it takes to continually grow.

If you really want to experience results well then you’re actually going to have to take action. It’s not a ground-breaking idea, yet so few do so.

In fact, when it comes to my courses, polls, etc. I can see who actually applies what I teach. I even blatantly ask you guys what have you applied. The sad truth is so few of you actually put in the effort… so few of you actually analyze and measure your efforts. Will you be a part of the majority that don’t do anything or will you part of the minority that makes real change?

This leads to my next point.

NO INSPIRATION

I believe a large reason why most rookies don’t experience results is because they’re not inspired to be someone else.

In other words, they don’t want to change their identities.

They want stay fat… they want to stay poor… more than (even slightly) actually changing. They have no VISION or HOPE of a DIFFERENT FUTURE in which THEY ARE DIFFERENT.

I think the problem with most goal-setting strategies is they don’t focus heavily on inspiration. In other words, I believe if you tie an identity, person, or role-model with a certain goal you will more likely achieve that goal because you’ll incorporate traits you can see yourself developing.

For example… compare these two goals…

Goal 1: I want six pack abs
Goal 2: I want to be like Mat Fraser, Crossfit Games champion.

The difference is the first goal has no inspiration, has no identity shift. The second goal is inspiring, it’s focused on WHO you want to BECOME. And it gives you HOPE that you CAN change. Plus, being inspired by someone will also lead to you embracing more of their PROCESS which is what’s needed to achieve the goal.

If you don’t know who Mat Fraser is I highly recommend you watch the documentary about him on YouTube. I don’t even do Crossfit, but his MINDSET and PROCESS applies to entrepreneurial success as well. Again, focusing on WHO you want to be is more powerful than
statement-type goals in my opinion.

Speeding Up Results

Now, once you have inspiration and some sort of process I believe speeding up results comes down to 3 things:

  1. How well you understand the material
  2. How fast you apply it
  3. How CONSISTENT you apply it

For example, if you don’t understand the material… when then you can’t apply it correctly and achieve the results you want. You can have all the workout routines in the world, but if you don’t know understand why you’re doing compound movements or what a squat is… then you’ll likely experience zero results.

Secondly, I think SPEED of implementation is important. The reason I can now achieve results faster is because I shorten the time it takes for me to take ACTION once I learn something. It’s NOT that I have some amazing business idea… it’s because I DO NOT SIT AROUND TO TAKE ACTION ON THE PROCESS TO MAKE THE BUSINESS WORK.

Third, how well do you stay consistent? In other words, if you say you’re going to be vegetarian… do you stay firm and refuse to eat animal flesh? How OFTEN do you say “NO”? How often are you eating vegetarian meals?

You can’t achieve any desired end result if you keep doing the same old choices that didn’t lead to your result. You can’t get a six pack if you eat ice cream more often than saying “no”. You can’t get a six pack if you go to the gym once a month. How consistent are you in saying “no” to bad choices? How consistent are you doing the things you know you must do?

For the rookies, this is a tough pill to swallow. Hell, it was a tough pill for ME to swallow. But when I finally did, it’s when I started experiencing my biggest entrepreneurial breakthroughs. So are you going to swallow this pill or not?

How To Be A Wealth Creator

I think rookies overlook one crucial factor in becoming a wealth creator.

And that is: not becoming a wealth consumer!

What do I mean?

Imagine you’ve created value that amounts to your first $10,000 per month. Now, what good is that if you also consumed $9,000 of that wealth in non-business expenses?

In other words, you’re left with $1,000 because you went on a shopping spree.

Now, the problem I see is that most rookies have a specific money goal in mind. But, once that achieve that number they’re looking to CONSUME it on something else that won’t necessarily GROW and CREATE MORE WEALTH!

For example, I have a buddy that sold one of his websites for a decent six-figure sum. In fact, living off dividends from that sum would make for a pretty nice lifestyle. But instead, he spent it all.

In other words, he consumed it all. He did not create more wealth with that money. 

So how do you change your relationship and habits with money in order to continually stay a wealth creator?

How To Be A Wealth Creator And NOT A Wealth Consumer

Step 1

I believe the first step is understanding that in order to create wealth you need to create value.

I already talk about this in-depth in my other posts. In short, use your talents to solve problems at scale.

If you’re really stuck then check out Digital Flipping. You can learn how to leverage other people’s talents instead.

Step 2

Now, once you get that handled and start earning some money then I believe the next step is to understand that your ENTIRE lifestyle and choices must revolve around creating more than you consume!

It’s not enough to just create wealth. You must also keep your consumption proportionally lower than what you create.

For example, if you earned $10,000 this month. Can you live off 50% of it? How about 20% of it?

Whatever your lifestyle choices are I believe you should be disciplined enough to live off a fixed percentage of whatever you earn. Otherwise, you may quickly find yourself broke no matter how much you earn.

In order to do that I believe you must:

Really understand what makes YOU happy

Understand what sources of expenditures are the most efficient and economic in fulfilling your happiness

NOT get sucked into the consumerism and comparison culture where utility of an expenditure is overlooked

Take a hard look at all your habits, choices, and expenses. And ask yourself whether that choice is a source of creation or consumption.

Ask yourself how can you use your new found wealth to create more value in the world.

This leads me to the last step.

Step 3

I believe the final fundamental principle is to always be creating more wealth.

I often hear rookies say something along the lines of, “Once I make a million bucks I’m just going to travel the world.”

In other words, they see their entrepreneurial end goal similar to retirement, where once you hit some destination you’re done.

The problem with that is, chances are, you’re going to run out of money because at that stage you’re likely to consume more than you create!

My viewpoint is: As long as you’re alive you must continually create value.

Once you stop adding value then what purpose does your life serve?

Now, I’m not saying to never enjoy your earnings. But, keep in mind, continual consumption without creation leads to a zero balance.

The goods news is you can still create value by investing in others that are putting in the work to create more value. Just because you may be physically spent doesn’t mean you can’t continually create more value.

Once you build your own nest egg, I recommend you invest in other people that are creating more value. 

This can help you grow your nest egg and create more value. That way your consumption will still be lower than your creation, and your nest egg doesn’t just deplete (if you’re smart).

You may want to look into dividend investing, Harry Browne’s permanent portfolio, and being a Perpetual Traveler if you’re at the stage where you can invest.

How To Turn Goals Into Reality

If you want REAL results then you’ve got to get real.

And by that I mean you need to turn your thoughts and goals into REALITY.

And the way to do that is to ask the REAL hard questions and do the REAL work.

Here’s an example:

1. How much of the books and wisdom you’ve learned have you REALLY followed through on? 1%, 10%, 100%?

2. How often, how consistent, and how persistent are you on REALLY following through to turn your old life into the new life you want? Once a year? Once a month? Once a week? Every day?

The point I’m trying to make is that it’s NOT the AMOUNT of information you seek… it’s about the AMOUNT of EXECUTION you do.

You can’t turn goals into REALITY if you’re not doing the REAL questioning, analysis, and work that will make it happen.

It’s the fundamental stuff like this that hardly anyone wants to do.

And yes, I’ll admit: it’s sexier to think that just learning something will make you rich. It’s sexier to create the false belief that just thinking or learning makes you WORTH the riches you seek.

But it’s the non-sexy things I mentioned that actually make you BE WORTH the riches you seek.

Follow through. Experience. And do it over and over. You’re going to suck the first time. But the second time you’ll get better. And the third you’ll get even better. And so on.

Making money takes practice. Put in the practice rounds. Gain the wisdom. Get understanding. THEN experience turning goals into reality.

How To Be Self Confident

When I first started out years ago… I’d heard the phrase “fake it until you make it.”

When it comes to confidence, I believe this is terrible advice.

I believe confidence develops from 3 factors:

1. What You Focus On
2. The Core Beliefs I Mentioned Regarding “Fear of Failure” (see previous post)
3. Competence

Let me explain…

WHAT YOU FOCUS ON

I mentioned previously that it’s hard to focus on building wealth if you’re always focused on lack, poverty, poorness, etc.

The reason why is because that type of mental focus kills any imagination about possibility or opportunity.

The same applies to confidence.

If you’re so focused on screwing up, or not getting the end result you’re after… it’ll be difficult to have any confidence in seeing yourself achieve that goal, or even take action forward.

Instead, I recommend visualizing achieving your end goal. And asking open-ended questions that stimulate ideas about how you can potentially achieve your goal. This will stimulate possibility and opportunity, instead of shutting yourself down completely.

This leads to my next point.

CORE BELIEFS

Yesterday, I mentioned some core beliefs that I think you must have in order to get rid of your fear of failure.

I believe those same core beliefs apply to confidence.

Namely, you definitely want to see yourself achieving your goal. But you must also expect setbacks, which you must overcome. And you must also not make the mistake of identifying with failure.

Going in and faking confidence when you experience setbacks, in my opinion, is not helpful.

Does it really make sense to go into the unknown trying to feel confident about what you don’t know?

It’s like being dropped into a pitch black room and being confident you’ll find the exit on your first try. I don’t see how faking confidence here helps. Instead, focus on what you want to achieve, expect the setbacks, ask open-ended questions that present opportunities for you to take, and repeat.

This leads to my next point.

COMPETENCE

I believe true, lasting confidence can’t be faked. It must come from competence.

Competence, to me, simply means you’re sure enough that if you follow through on a certain action then you’ll get the result you’re looking for.

For example, most people tend to lack confidence when speaking in front of a large audience. I used to lack confidence as well. But that’s no longer the case. In fact, I’ve done presentations for marketing seminars multiple times.

So what changed?

I was competent in what I was presenting. In other words, I know what I’m talking about.

And how do I know what I’m talking about? Because I’ve spent years marketing online. And through those years I’ve experienced setbacks, overcame them, hit milestones, set new milestones, experienced setbacks, overcame them, and it repeats.

Again, for real confidence you must build competence. It can’t be faked. And of course, to follow through you must have the core beliefs I mentioned in place to achieve the end goal (mental focus) that you want.

Remember, I’m sharing all these mindset posts because it’s 100 times way more important than the “how to”.

Years ago, I had the same fundamental “how to” information I have now. Yet, I only experienced real financial breakthroughs when I started working on my core beliefs. The beliefs come before the action. And the disciplined action helps you reach your end goal.

But poor beliefs will result in lack of action, inconsistent action, or giving up entirely… therefore, no end goal will be reached.

I’ll put all my money on the newcoming entrepreneur that focuses the majority of his time working on mindset because I know I can teach him anything; and they’ll have the core beliefs in place to make it happen. On the other hand, I have zero confidence that the newcomer who continually seeks “how to” information will achieve the end result they’re after.

How To Stop Worrying

If you are like me then chances are you’ve had the feeling of worry stress you out during your entrepreneurial career.

I’ve had it so bad that there would be times where I would let worry consume me to the point where I would just get nothing done.

Over the years, I’ve found some ways that have helped me stop worrying. Primarily:

  1. Stop focusing on what MIGHT happen in the future
  2. Start focusing on what you can control right now

Let me explain both principles in detail…

Stop Focusing On What Might Happen

Imagine your sales dropped this month… or whatever “bad” thing has happened.

Whatever the case is… I’ve found that I would tend to project whatever “bad” thing is happening now to then automatically happen in the future.

In other words: bad things are happening to me right now and they’ll continue to happen to me in the future.

Now, I’ve found that one of the main reasons I would worry is because I would keep replaying the bad event over and over in my head… so much to the point that it eventually became the past, my present, and the foreseeable future.

So one quick way to stop worrying is to stop thinking about how some bad event will potentially affect you negatively in the future.

Think about it this way: Chances are, you’ve experienced some event that seemed catastrophic to you at the time. But some time later, you’re back to living worry-free. In fact, you’ve had even greater times since then.

The point is: You’ll eventually get over it.

So start thinking how in the future you’ll eventually be over this feeling of worry.

Start Focusing On What You Can Control

Another reason I’ve let worry bring me down is because I would feel helpless.

I would feel as though I couldn’t do anything about it.

But in reality, we are far more powerful than that.

We have the ability to control our interpretations and how we define things.

We can see things as “bad” or as an opportunity to learn, grow, and overcome.

And one way I like to harness this powerful ability is to simply stop letting my emotions take over… and start thinking about what I can do to change a seemingly bad situation.

Because I primarily talk about entrepreneurship… entrepreneurs may experience money challenges.

So I’ve found it helps me reduce worry by making a list of all potential ways to turn a seemingly bad situation around.

This is one way to turn a bad month into a far more profitable one.

The point is: Making a list of choices gives your mind back the control to take action and make change.

Hope both these tips help!

How To Have The Energy To Achieve Your Goals

I’ve been sharing how to change your thoughts and mindset which should help with maximizing your emotional state to serve you during your entrepreneurial journey.

But, there’s another component to this which is the PHYSICAL aspect.

After all, if you physically feel weak, ill, not energized, tired, etc… then, chances are, you’re not going to get anything done.

Now, I’ve mentioned some physical things I do when I shared my daily routine with you. But let me go into more depth into tips that can help give you the energy you need to follow through.

SLEEP

I’ve heard some entrepreneurs advise to “sleep less” in order to achieve more. I think that’s backwards.

I’ve found that less sleep or waking up to an alarm made me more “foggy” throughout the day; and I achieved less.

My recommendation is to strive for DEEP QUALITY sleep. And some things that have helped me do that are:

  • Listening to Binaural Beats (there’s a free app for
  • Not eating too close to bed time
  • Watching what I eat
  • Making sure to de-stress and cool down at the end of the day (stretch, massage, deep breathing)

The point: Find out what affects YOUR sleep and what aids it.

This leads to my next point

FOOD

I mentioned before I’d easily spend $100 per meal every day. I used to be a fan of sushi among other types of cuisine.

Now the problem I encountered was that every day I’d eat something different… and I’d experience gassiness, bloat, headaches, sleepiness, indigestion, acidity, etc.

To solve some of these problems I drank Kombucha, and eventually started brewing my own. If you’re not familiar, it’s a fermented tea beverage. I’d say it’s like “nature’s soda”.

And as I continued to drink my own brew I became more aware of what types of foods gave me problems. And over time I just stopped eating a lot of what I used to eat because I knew it’d destroy my gut and my sleep.

Nowadays, I do Intermittent Fasting and typically only eat once per day. I’ve found it keeps my mind clear during work among other health benefits.

Also, I’m vegetarian now. And I pretty much eat the same thing every day because I know it’s healthy for me, serves me, and doesn’t mess up my gut or sleep.

If I do decide to eat out I usually test one thing at a time so I can pinpoint if a certain food gives me problems.

Also, I’d like to mention that I’ve found that eating fruits gives me more hydration than just drinking water.

The point is: Find out what food actually helps you, doesn’t mess up your gut, sleep, or mind. Experiment. Discover what works for YOU.

BREATHING

I don’t think the majority of people breathe deeply enough. And for me, I’ve found this to be the case as well. And once I do a few deep breaths I become more relaxed, clear-headed, and productive.

I’ve found shallow breathing led me to stress, more likely to rush, anger, etc. The point is: lacking oxygen doesn’t help.

So nowadays, I do deep breathing exercises. Specifically, I do 1:4:2 breathing, which I learned from Tony Robbins.

For example, breathe in 7 seconds, hold it for 28 seconds, and exhale for 14 seconds. Then repeat that for a total of 10 times, and do this cycle 3 times during the day. I do it in the morning, after work, and before sleeping.

Plus, I work outside to get that fresh air.

EXERCISE

I don’t think it’s natural to be sitting most of the day while staring at a computer screen.

But, that’s my lifestyle while running campaigns online.

Now to combat this, I workout.

Specifically I do a calistethnics bodyweight routine Tue, Thur, Sat. I used to go to the gym, but I’ve found I’m more entertained progressing with bodyweight, and I workout in less time and achieve greater results. I do routines from Gymnastic Bodies.

Also, Mon, Wed, Fri I do Gracie Jiu Jitsu. For guys, I also believe it’s vital to have some sort of “combat” sport. It’ll help humble you, get rid of negative energy, and you may realize the road is VERY similar to entrepreneurship.

In short, I believe it’s important to get tired out physically to clean yourself out, sweat, clear your mind, get rid of tension, anger, etc.

Again, this is what I do. If some things are new to you can surely try them and see if it works for YOU.

The point is: FIND OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Try different things. Then stick to the ones that you find help you best.

Other than that, I think that pretty much covers it.

Let me know if you have any questions. And if you have any specific health habits of your own I’d love to hear about it and potentially try it myself!

How To Stay Motivated

One of the biggest things that’ll slow down your progress towards financial self reliance is your DAILY EMOTIONS.

For example, 6 years ago I used to still live with my parents. Each day they’d tell me how stupid I was for pursuing entrepreneurship. They’d tell me daily to get a real job.

Imagine how drained I was emotionally every day… I barely got anything done.

When I got the chance, I bought a one-way ticket across the world, changed my environment and those around me… and my progress started to pick up.

Your Assignment: Answer the following

1. What negative emotions are you feeling on a daily basis?
2. How are they caused?
3. How can you setup ways to prevent what’s causing them?
4. What POSITIVE emotions are you feeling on a daily basis?
5. How are those caused?
6. How can you setup routines that allow you feel this each day?

For me, I avoid people that are NOT like-minded at all costs. I’m not easily reached. I don’t do small talk. I don’t share what I do with those that aren’t similar.

For positive emotions, I feed my brain daily. I review a lot of fundamental principles. I work out. I fast. I drink ferments. I have physical and mental routines so I perform at my best. No one is scheduled to interrupt any of that.

For those that follow through, I’d love to see your answers below.

The Truth About Being Your Own Boss

I get to talk with a lot of newcomers in the entrepreneurial world.

Most of them are employees that want to “become their own boss”. And I have some tingling suspicion that most of the rookies believe this may mean “less responsibility”.

But, that’s not the case and becoming your own boss is really a lie.

What Do I Mean?

If you’re an employee you typically only have boss to report to, or a handful of higher management.

But, as an entrepreneur you don’t have a handful of bosses. No, instead you have hundreds, thousands, or even millions of customers. And each one of them is your boss.

After all, these customers will determine whether they will pay you for your product or services. And if you don’t listen to them you won’t get paid.

For example, when I first launched Digital Flipping it had a rough start. I received some constructive criticism from some students. I listened to my “bosses” and I updated and improved the course until I ultimately didn’t hear anything else that needed to be improved upon.

Again, I wasn’t my own boss. In my case, I had thousands.

So the “lie”, or irony, of “being your own boss” is that you really aren’t. Instead, you transition to having many more bosses when you’re an entrepreneur.

The Truth

Now, I never grew up a church-goer, but I remember (maybe from a book I’ve read) that quoted this part from the Bible:

The greatest among you will be your servant. – Matthew 23:11

I believe that line exposes the truth behind “being your own boss”.

As an entrepreneur, you’re taking on MORE responsibility. You’re taking on MORE bosses. You’re SERVING MORE PEOPLE AT A MASSIVE SCALE.

Being your own boss is not about less responsibility. It’s about BECOMING MORE.

More responsibility. More clarity. More discipline. More action. More understanding. More challenges. More growth. More creation.

Entrepreneurial success is NOT an easy road. It will likely take years.

Again, this is why I repeat this time and time again:

  1. Find out what other people desire/need/want
  2. Find a way how you can use your strengths to satisfy their desires at scale

After all, if you find a way to use your strengths to help others at scale then chances are you will be fulfilled, motivated, and finally stick to the journey long enough until you experience your biggest breakthroughs.

If you’re a student of Digital Flipping, then you’ve already been exposed to those two principles. But it doesn’t hurt to get it stuck in your head. After all, that’s the real fundamentals of making money that can be applied anywhere.

How To Know If You’ll Succeed

I have thousands of students.

And I can tell, with shocking accuracy, who is going to succeed and who isn’t.

Can you guess how?

It’s very simple.

The successful students identify themselves as victors and warriors. While, the unsuccessful students identify themselves as victims and whiners.

Let me explain.

Unsuccessful people think of themselves as victims. Situations (bad ones) always seem to be happening to them.

In fact, I had a student recently ask for a refund. He said my Digital Flipping course doesn’t work. Yet, I make money doing it and so do other students. (By the way, Sam closed a £5k project using the script in the course.)

So I asked him a few questions. How many proposals did you send? Can you share those proposals? Can you show me the job postings you proposed to flip? No response.

The point is: Victims always have an excuse about why they can’t make money.

Can you see how dangerous this is? Can you see how this sabotages yourself from making money? If you have a list of reasons why you can’t succeed do you think that helps you become wealthy or leads to more poverty?

Look, whenever you blame someone else, complain, or make excuses… then you’re training your brain to think you can never succeed. Because your brain will always find some outside circumstance to put you down.

As a result, you’re powerless. You’re a victim. So why even put in the effort, right?

Now, if you want to train your brain to be a victorious warrior here’s what you do.

You must choose to accept 100% responsibility for your current circumstances. If you do, something magical happens. You now become a victor. You will now always succeed.

How? If you realize YOU are responsible for your poverty, then logically, YOU must then also be responsible for your success!

Developing this mindset shift will always result in victory. Because, in any situation, you’ll see it as a learning experience.

You’ll ask better questions. You’ll ask yourself questions like, “What choices did I make (or didn’t make) that led to this point?“. And, “How can I make this work?”

And by learning from the experience you’re likely to make better choices. And better choices equals better results. And better results lead to success.

Now, you’ve taken back your power. YOU now control your life. YOU are now the creator of your life.

Remember, success is a process not an event. Victims wish for unlikely events because they have no power. Victors have the power to go through a process to succeed. 

Look, choice is the most powerful tool you have. And those choices first stem from your mind.

If you want to change your life, then you must first change your choices. And because choices come from thoughts, you must first learn to master your thoughts.

Now, will you think you’re a warrior or a whiner? Will you choose to be a victim or a victor? Will you to hope for an event or go through the process to succeed?

The choice is always yours.

Are You Worth The Riches You Seek?

I see rookies desire, wish, and affirm the amount of finances they seek.

They call out, “I want to make $10,000 per month!” (or more).

Yet, how many rookies yell out, “I want to be WORTH $10,000 per month.” ???

My observation is that it’s nearly zero.

Yet, in order to make $10,000 per month (or whatever amount you want) you must be WORTH that price!

Most newcomers are ignoring nature’s law that you cannot get something for nothing!

Those that hop from course to course are ignoring this law. They’re looking for the idea where they can put in the LEAST amount of effort in order to be worth the financial riches they seek. This is an IMPOSSIBILITY!

It’s not what you know, it’s what you APPLY. In other words: What’s the value of the effort you have REPEATEDLY put in?

Think of it this way… first wish, demand, and chant affirmations… then approach your employer… then ask, “I demand $10,000 per month!”. Your boss will laugh at your face (or even fire you) IF you are not REPEATEDLY delivering the EFFORT that is WORTH that amount

So why apply that impossible mentality to the entrepreneurial world? The same laws apply. You can’t get something for nothing.

If you want to make $10,000 per month or more… then you must be REPEATEDLY delivering EFFORT that is WORTH that amount!

So how do you do that?

  1. Find out what your natural talents are. (Take a strengths test.)
  2. Find out how to use your talents in a way that solves a problem others will pay for.
  3. Apply and MASTER your talents repeatedly, solve problems repeatedly, and do so at a scale that is WORTH the amount you seek!

In short: Don’t WISH for riches, BE WORTH THE RICHES!