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What These Guys Did Will Change Your Outlook On Today

With all of the negativity that seems to be taking over social media, it’s important to remember that there are good people out there.

People who want to spread happiness and joy and not just anger and hate.

I’m so happy and grateful that I’m able to share this video with you.

 

Honestly, these are just 2 normal dudes who decided to make a simple difference in peoples lives.

The look of pure surprise and joy that is experienced by the receivers of this makes me so damn happy.

Here’s what the guys on the page had to say

“We’re just two regular guys. Anyone could do this! Go make a difference today. We plan on filming more videos like this. Please leave your ideas in the comments.”

 

If you are reading this right now, there’s a great chance that you live a life of abundance and have more than a lot of other people do. Sure, you might be struggling a little. I’ve been there. Hell, I still go through it from time to time.

The thing is, it’s important to always find ways to give back.

Whether it’s your time volunteering, or just lending a helping hand or listening to someone who is having a tough day. This is something we can all do.

OR if you want, you can do something simple like I do on my giving back page, where you can partner up with myself and Kiva that does loans that change lives.

Thank you so much for watching the video. Be sure to share this on Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to see this video on other people’s timelines and spreading happiness instead of hate.

Why I Believe Being Rich Is Your Right

Who is Chris Hughes

January 17, 2016
Location: my condo in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Time: 4:28pm

 

I’m currently reading the book, How Rich People Think, by Steve Siebold and wanted to document some of my thoughts and view points on being rich and creating wealth.

For those of you that know me and grew up with me, you know that I didn’t grow up rich, and I didn’t grow up poor. We had everything we needed and a little more. I’m extremely grateful for that. The good thing was that my home town was extremely cheap to live in, so money went a lot further there than it would in many other places.

But, growing up this way I had always been told all of the typical things about money that you probably have heard throughout your life.

Things like….

  • money doesn’t grow on trees
  • save all your money
  • you have to work hard to earn money
  • the name brand things are the same stuff as the store brand
  • go to school, get a job and work hard

If you were born in the USA, you probably grew up hearing similar viewpoints. For those of you outside of the USA, I can’t speak for your family because it may have been different than what I grew up with.

Think to yourself for a second, how many times did your parents, teachers and others in your life tell you things about money that you just blindly listened to and followed because they were older and therefore knew more than you?

I know for me, it has been difficult to realize that a lot of what I was told when I was younger didn’t have to be my reality.

Who is Chris Hughes

For example, the idea of working hard for money.

While I do believe working hard is one of the most important things you can do, and I thoroughly believe that you absolutely must work your ass off to develop skill-sets that bring in money, you don’t always need to work hard to earn money.

When it comes to marketing, I have worked my ass off. I’m constantly learning, reading, hiring coaches and mentors and testing and tweaking different campaigns I run and products I’m selling.

You know why?

It takes hard work to learn and implement the stuff that produces money.

What isn’t hard is taking what has been proven to work from your tests and then turning it into more money.

In particular I’m talking about finding a need in a market and providing a solution to their problem(s) and either eliminating the pain that they were experiencing, or providing more pleasure to their life by solving the problem(s).

Once you figure out how to solve a particular problem, you can use advertising to get more exposure to something that has been proven to work.

What that proves to me, and should prove to you is that…

Making money is easy. 

Once you develop a skill set that can produce money, doing it over and over again can be done with minimal effort. In fact, you can hire people to do the exact steps you were doing to produce that money.

It’s not rocket science.

Although, it is hard work up front.

Okay, so back to the point of this blog post and where this idea came from..

Here is an excerpt from the book.

“The average person believes being rich is a privilege awards only to lucky people. World-class thinkers know in a capitalist country they have the right to be rich if they’re willing to create massive value for others.

This distinction in thinking leads the middle class to the lottery and the world class to work. While the masses are waiting to pick the right numbers and praying for prosperity, the great ones are solving problems.

They believe if they make life better or easier for others, it’s their right to be rich.

They’re always thinking of new ways to build a better mousetrap, and are often scorned by the masses for being materialistic, self absorbed and greedy.

While the masses are watching television and surfing the web, champions are thinking,working and dreaming of a better life.”

The funny thing is that the lottery was just at 1.5 Billion dollars. A lot of my Facebook news feed was full of people hoping and praying that they hit the jackpot and then never have to work another day in their life.

I don’t play the lottery because I don’t believe in getting something for nothing. The whole idea of just being given an enormous amount of money without providing massive value doesn’t add up to me and it doesn’t resonate with my core beliefs.

Sure, I would take the $1.5 Billion if I won. I know exactly what I would do with it as well. 70% of it would be re-invested in boring and safe things that provide me with a safe return every year. 10% would be given to charities, 10% would be to buy a few apartment complexes and the other 10% would be re-invested in new businesses and hiring teams to run the new businesses.

However, I didn’t enter to win it so there was no chance for that to happen.

Why Being Rich Is Your Right

Bill Gates said it best, ““If you are born poor its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake.”

You can’t help the situation you are born into, it simply happens.

However, you can choose how you react to it and the knowledge you learn along the way and most importantly the people you surround yourself with.

Is your current friend group holding you back from becoming great? It may be time to get rid of some of them.

Head to local meetup groups and conferences where you have the opportunity to meet people who are doing what you want to do. Find people who have the lifestyle you want and do whatever you can to learn from them.

Do work for free for them in exchange for mentoring. Be their errand boy/girl and go get them coffee. Do the little things to stay in front of their minds and they’ll do what they can to help you out in return.

At first, it sucks. After a while, you’ll start to notice that you’re thinking differently.

You’ll notice that the way you talk to others is different. The thoughts you have in your own mind are different. You start to believe that, “yeah, making $10,000 a month is actually pretty easy” and you build a business to do that.

Pretty soon you’ll be around people who are doing $100,000 a month and you will realize that it is possible.

The sky really is the limit.

You are in charge

Now I know you’re probably thinking, yeah yeah, Chris, you are already making good money with your business, of course you believe this shit.

…and you’re absolutely right. Don’t believe me.

However, here’s some blog posts I wrote about years ago that you may resonate more with.

Okay, so as you can see this shit is real. It’s currently January 17, 2016 and I’m chilling in Chiang Mai, Thailand with my girlfriend writing this post.

It’s been years since I started implementing the stuff I’m sharing with you now and it just goes to show that you can become rich if you choose to be.

I honestly believe anyone with the right mindset and work ethic can become rich. It’s just up to them to actually go through with it. Some days are going to flat out suck, others are going to kick so much ass you’re going to just sit back and think “how the hell did I get so lucky?”

Over the last few years, I’ve had my fair share of both of these days and I 100% believe that it was my mindset and my belief that I will do whatever it takes to make this whole internet marketing thing work for me.

The beauty of this is that I’m able to live my absolute dream life because of these beliefs and if you want to become rich (whatever that means to you), you have the right to do it.

You just gotta surround yourself with the right people, learn from your mentors and work your ass off until you can duplicate yourself.

How To Open a Coconut Without a Machete

Hey! So a few weeks back I went to Mexico to Mastermind with my buddy Brendan and discuss growing our business and get a new viewpoint as well as visit a new country.

…and we happened to rent a house on the beach.

…and I happened to notice a coconut tree in the backyard!

Which of course meant I had to have fresh coconut juice. Granted, I had never done this before so it was a new experience for me. I figured it would be fun to share with you how it all went down.

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Thank you to my girlfriend, Sam, for laughing at me the whole time and getting these pictures.

So the first idea I had was to throw rocks at the coconuts and hope I hit them and eventually one would fall…

this worked for a little while, but there has to be a better way, right?

Chris Hughes Brendan Wenzel

 

Next step was to try to hold my buddy Brendan up while he pulled them off the tree…

that didn’t work.

Next?

Why not try a chair!

Chris Hughes Brendan Wenzel Mexico

 

Sure enough, this worked and it was easier than the previous attempts.

Alright so now to open these coconuts…

Step 1 is to break the outer shell.

Chris Hughes Mexico

 

I found the easiest way was to bang the side of the coconut off of an edge of something strong…in this case, the wall.

You can see in the picture how it’s cracked a bit. We found that by cracking the top and then breaking the sides so they had a deep cut into it, we were then able to peel off the exterior layer.

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At this step, you just peel and peel until you have the outer shell completely off.

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Sometimes while you are breaking them you go too far and this is what happens..

Although, you’ll see on the table there that one of the coconuts is entirely peeled…the one that’s sitting on the table is fully peeled.

The next step is to find a shell or rock that has a flat edge on one end and comes to a point on the other.

We tried the knife shown in the picture, but in a normal situation you mind not have a knife to use.

So you’ll place the pointed edge of the rock/shell into the top of the coconut and use another rock to hammer it in. The shell will crack a little bit at the point where you hit it. That’s a good sign.

Once that happens, you’ll want to repeat the process and make a circle of these little cracks in the coconut.

This will make it easier for you to pick out the broken shell and get to the inside.

Once you have cracked it a few times, you can start peeling the hard exterior off. Then all you need to do is poke a little hole in the interior (the white part) and you’ll be getting fresh coconut water!

and if anyone is wondering what it’s like to work while in Mexico this is where I spent a good chunk of my days when not hanging out/surfing..

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Yes, to have my lifestyle you do have to work your ass off. But it’s 100% worth it.

Jumping Into a Blue Hole in Freeport, Bahamas

 

Have you ever had that crazy little feeling rush through your entire body when you’re standing over a cliff looking off of it?

If you’ve ever jumped off a bridge into a river, jumped off a cliff into the ocean or done anything where you were jumping off a height you have felt that feeling.

The feeling where you think “oh shit, this is stupid

or

fu%* it, YOLO

This feeling happened to me the other day while I was in Freeport in the Bahamas.

We drove about 30 minutes out into the middle of no where. I mean literally out in the middle of nowhere. We were driving down a main road one minute and then we ended up driving off-road down this super narrow path (you’ll see in the video).

About 10 minutes of driving down this road that was all rocky and broken up, good thing we had a truck!

All of a sudden my buddy who is driving STOPS the car and says we’re here!

I look around and see nothing much…

except for another little path cleared out.

I immediately started walking towards the path and continued walking down the path until BAM there’s a huge hole in the earth.

I look down into the hole and sure enough theres water down there that is crystal clear. You can see something that looks like a wood platform that appears to be about 5 feet below the water. After jumping I learned that the wood structure was about 30 feet down under the water but because it was so clear that you can see so deep.

A few minutes later my friend who has been there many times before jumps in. Then it comes up to my turn… I walk over to the edge while holding my GoPro and said “fu&* it! YOLO!” and jumped in.

Yes, that feeling was running through my entire body but I faced my fear directly. I jumped.

and DAMN was it awesome. For 2 seconds you’re in free fall and then you hit the water to some of the most refreshing, although chilly, water that I’ve ever been in. It woke me up and made me feel alive and there is no feeling in the world like conquering your fear and then feeling the success of conquering your fear.

When is the last time that you conquered your fear? What was it?

Leave your comments below!

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