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July 18, 2016
Location: sitting on my porch listening to the birds chirp while I overlook the ocean in the distance in Bali, Indonesia Time: 1:45pm
I can almost guarantee that you have dreamed about living your exact dream lifestyle more often than not. I know that for me, I used to dream about living the exact life I live now.
In fact, yesterday I flew back to Bali from a weekend trip to Singapore with my girlfriend. Right now, we’re living in Bali, a place that both of us have dreamed about for years.
The truth is that my life wasn’t always like this.
…it all started a few years back when I came across a few different mentors who helped me to get more specific about what I really wanted out of life. One of the messages they kept saying to me was that “If money was no object, what would you be doing with your life?”
I know, it’s pretty cliché. But, it works.
There is an amazing truth behind this question. It forces you to get very specific about your life and what you truly want out of it.
Have you ever actually thought about what you want out of life? Not just the “oh, I’d like to travel more” or “I’d like to make $100,000 a year working a job I love” I mean the exact specifics…
Here’s an example of what I answered with this question.
I want to live a lifestyle where I can do what I want, when I want and go wherever I want. To do this, I will build a business that allows me the freedom to travel the world and have my business grow on auto-pilot, whether I choose to work or not that day. My intention is to earn $100,000 a month in order to achieve my financial goals. I intend to be able to spend my time surfing when the waves are good, and not worry about my business while I’m out catching waves, knowing that it will grow on its own without me. My life will be based around doing things that I think are fun and adventurous, in order to create memories that will last a lifetime. If I hear about something that is a “must have experience” I want to be able to do that. (This happened a few months back when my friends invited me to the Thailand New Year Songkran Celebration) I want to love the businesses I build and be challenged when building them so that I can use my mind to overcome obstacles to create solutions to problems.
I was specific about what I wanted. It wasn’t just a generic answer.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably younger in your career (18-35) and are looking for an answer for “how to live your dream life“.
I want to introduce you to a video and audio from Alan Watts that addresses this question.
So now what? If you’re anything like me, you probably got a little excited feeling in the pit of your stomach. You know the feeling. The excitement. The joy. The air of mystery..
Well, what are you going to do about it?
Seriously. You have two choices. You can go back to your Facebook news feed and keep scrolling…. keeping your life exactly the same as it always has been…. OR You can do this exercise and start to change your life.
The exercise really is simple, just like the question it addresses. When you are answering these questions, it is important to go beyond just the shit you were taught to strive for…. you know the things.
Stuff that Hollywood makes you believe you want. For example, letting go of our ideas about ‘success,’ money, material goods, fame, etc. and instead looking at it like Alan says – if money didn’t matter and I could do anything right now… what would it be?
Don’t worry about the whole career or job thing right now, just begin with what you like. Then think about what you feel you can contribute to the world, whether it be to just one person or a whole community (or the entire globe!).
Educating others, contribution to a project, and bringing joy to others are all examples of ways you could contribute to the world.
The next step is to grab a piece of paper and answer these questions:
“What do I enjoy doing? What makes me tick or gets me excited?”
“What would my ideal day look like if I could do what I wanted to do?”
“What is my ideal job? What does it look like?”
“What are my favorite hobbies or things to do?”
(if you don’t have a piece of paper and pen, go grab one right now and do this activity)
(seriously. If you are still reading this and didn’t get a piece of paper and pen, get off your ass and go get them)
(yes, I said ass.)
Once you start answering some of these more basic questions, we dive into things like:
“Why do I like these things I enjoy doing?”
“What about them are interesting to me?”
How are you starting to feel after answering these questions?
This is going to help you to start understand the things you truly love to do and things you enjoy. It also gets you thinking about why you enjoy these things, which is the truly important thing.
What you just found out is what you value in life, and this is important because it will allow you to make a more educated decision about what you’re going to do with your life.
If something isn’t in alignment with what you want, you don’t do it. Or you do it until you can find a replacement.
For me, I believe Entrepreneurship allows you to eliminate the shit you hate, and focus on the stuff you love. It provides the replacement.
These little details are going to help you create a life that you absolutely love.
In the end, it’s all about doing the activities that bring you joy and ignite your passion, even if it’s only a few hours a week. ….and don’t worry if you can’t find your passion or purpose immediately, it takes time.
Just have fun with this and be playful about the whole idea.
As you get older, your answers will probably change a bit. I know mine have over the years and they will continue to as I get older.
It’s part of the fun of living.
Now here’s a gift I want to give you that will help some of you to start to pursue your dream life.
Yes, I said some of you.
This isn’t going to be for everyone, because let’s face it.
Some people are fu#*ing lazy and won’t do anything.
If you are reading this right now and are thinking “I can create my dream life” and “damnit, I’m not lazy and I am willing to work my ass off to build something to help me live my dream life”, then this might be right for you.
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Have you ever felt like throwing your laptop out the window?
I don’t know about you, but tech issues when growing my online business have always been a MAJOR hiccup for me.
I’d get frustrated when things wouldn’t work out the way I was told that they would…
Landing pages weren’t synced up properly with thank you pages, the re-direction was gone and tracking took forever to setup… most of the times I’d get frustrated and then stop doing it.
We all know that isn’t the right way to run a business…
…and hiring a designer can be so difficult at times.
You have to find someone who understands your vision and can actually do what they say they’re going to…and then PAY for what they say they can do.
(and sometimes you find out that they LIED about what they actually CAN do)
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Where do I even start with this?
Seriously, this place is unbelievable.
My girlfriend and I were going to be in Singapore during our Anniversary while we were in between Visa renewals from Thailand and I had always seen the Marina Bay Sands pool and knew I had to see it in person.
This past month I had the opportunity to do it and wow am I sure glad that I booked the stay!
Here’s a shot of me working from our room there (in board shorts and tank top of course)
****side note: I really need to make sure I remember to get pictures of my “offices” around the world. I’m so grateful to be able to build businesses that allow me to do this *****
Okay, so here’s a few shots of our suite in the Marina Bay Sands…
and one of the most caring things I feel that they did for us for our Anniversary, was they surprised us with a bottle of wine and a chocolate mousse cake. (They called to find out when we would be in our room because they wanted to give us a “gift” as a thank you for staying with them)
Wow, wow, wow. I love it when companies actually give a shit about their customers.
It seems like many companies ignore the fact that their customers are people and like to be appreciated, the Marina Bay Sands understands that and does a great job with it.
They even included a little note and a personal concierge for anything we needed throughout our stay.
This truly was a great example of how to build an extremely loyal customer for life, as I’ll be staying there again in the future when I’m in Singapore for sure.
Okay, so let me tell you about what my favorite part of the whole experience was…and that was the pool.
Yes, of course I’m wearing my favorite tank top…that says “Quit Your Job, Buy A Ticket, Get A Tan, Fall In Love, Never Return”….because that’s exactly what I did a few years back when I moved to Panama to pursue my online business full-time.
This is one of the top pools in the world, and for great reason.
Playing around in the pool and looking over the edge is just amazing. While it does have its safety precautions in place, you still feel like the edge just drops off.
One of the major reasons I wanted to visit Singapore was so that I could simply see the view from the top of the pool to see the city.
I’ve read a lot of people’s reviews and had heard stories of people “sneaking in” to the pool. In my opinion, if something is good enough for people to write tutorials about sneaking into something, it’s going to be worth it to just go ahead and book the place.
….and damn was I right.
Sam and I at “the edge” of the infinity pool.
As you might expect, being 57 floors up on a roof can be quite windy. The wind was pretty strong, but it felt good with being in the direct sunlight. The pool was a little cooler than I am used to (a lot of Costa Rica pools), but it felt good after getting warm in the sun.
Sam does a lot of journaling for her experience and shared her experience with me and one of the best quotes from her stuff is…
“This is the greatest hotel of all time.”
The rooftop at night
Okay, so this was another amazing experience that I highly recommend when you stay here..
head up to the roof and simply just enjoy the view. It truly is breath-taking seeing Singapore at night, all the lights and the light show. It’s a little weird being in the actual building that the light show is based around, as you don’t have the view that most people would be visiting.
I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to have stayed at the Marina Bay Sands and am extremely impressed with their ability to please their customers.
It truly is a great example for me, as I run a few different businesses and am always looking for ways to improve my customer’s experience.
I’d just like to thank the staff at the Marina Bay Sands once again, for an unforgettable experience.
January 17, 2016
Location: my condo in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So I got back from Freedom Fast Lane Live the other day and am really impressed with what Ryan Daniel Moran put together.
I usually tend to ignore the “live events” that people within the Internet Marketing community put on. The reason is that most of the people who are at the events are frauds and the speakers at these events tend to make their money by either speaking at these types of events, or selling people products about “how to make money online”.
Yet, most of them have never actually built up legit businesses in the real world.
You know, like solving a problem within a niche and creating a business out of that. Solving real problems and providing terrific solutions for the customers within the niche.
Freedom Fast Lane Live had a terrific group of speakers and the caliber of people who I met at the event was very impressive.
The majority of people at this event started off with physical products and using Amazon as a launch platform. Some of them are doing great things with that model, and others I met were just getting started within that model and looking for further coaching and guidance.
I personally haven’t done anything with Amazon fulfillment except for the 6 or 7 books I’ve written and sell on the Kindle, so it was interesting being around a different group of people than I was used to.
The biggest reason I decided to attend this event was because one of my best friends called me up and told me I should go. So, I bought my ticket and decided to go. Thanks Brendan.
Cole Lundstrum, Chris Hughes and Brendan Wenzel at Freedom Fast Lane Live 2015 Austin
Cole is the owner of Shirt Agency , who create fantastic custom t-shirts, hoodies, and more! Shirt Agency prints and ships beautifully screen printed apparel all over the country from Los Angeles. He’s a great friend of mine and I was stoked to be able to hang out with him and talk shop while in Austin.
Jesse Elder and Chris Hughes at Freedom Fast Lane Live 2015 in Austin, Texas
When I was browsing through the list of speakers and saw that Jesse Elder would be speaking, I honestly got super stoked.
He’s someone who I had seen his name around the Internet quite a bit and it seemed like everyone who spoke of him, spoke extremely high of him.
After doing a little bit more research and listening to some of his YouTube videos and seeing what he does, I knew that I would have to meet him at some point. (This was months ago when I started learning about him)
So when I saw his name on the speakers list and that he would be opening up the event with a talk on mindset, I knew the investment was a wise one.
Here’s a few of my key takeaways from his talk that you may find valuable.
The last thing and also most important thing I got from his talk was the idea of Active Appreciation.
Everyone speaks about the idea of being grateful for things and showing gratitude for everything you have in life. The idea of active appreciation is basically taking time to look at what you already have and feel appreciation for it.
Personally I sometimes feel a little weird when the alarm on my phone goes off at 12:34pm everyday and the message “What are you grateful for?” comes up and causes me to think about what I’m doing at that time and take the time to acknowledge it.
From now on, I’m going to understand that it’s actually the appreciation of what I have that is what truly makes the difference.
It’s subtle, but makes sense to me.
Listening to Jesse was honestly awesome. After meeting him and chatting with him out in the halls, and seeing him out and about in Austin I am extremely happy to have met him.
Here’s Jesse’s own definition of himself, http://jesseelder.com/who-is-jesse-elder/
Pat Flynn and Chris Hughes Freedom Fast Lane Live 2015 Austin Texas
Pat Flynn is the owner of SmartPassiveIncome.com and started off his speech with a quote that I really love.
“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Pat’s talk was centered around the “Million Dollar Pyramid” of turning a casual audience into a group of raving fans over time.
He spoke about the process of taking people from a casual audience, turning them into an active audience, then turning those people into a connected community where they identify themselves as fans of something and then turning those in the connected community into raving fans.
The information he shared in this has already led me to reading through a new book, Ask by Ryan Levesque.
That book is great for anyone interested in email marketing and learning how to survey your audience to learn how your community speaks in order to better communicate with them and thus provide better solutions to their problems.
One concept that really stood out that Pat said was to give out small, quick wins for people within your first email in order to get them hooked on learning from you. If you can provide someone with a quick 3 minutes or less thing that provides a quick solution or win for your reader, they’re going to keep coming back and looking for more from you.
It’s a very simple concept that is often overlooked when we think about just getting the money. I’ve been guilty of just selling hard right off the bat in some niches I run in, instead of providing these quick wins up front.
Here’s an example used: for someone with a fitness goal of losing 30 pounds, teach them how to lose 1 pound first.
Pat has been someone that I had followed for a few years. The idea of “smart passive income” is just brilliant. He provides amazing content on his site and if you’re looking at getting started with the idea of making money online, he’s got great resources that will help you.
He’s super down to earth too.
Ryan Deiss and Chris Hughes Freedom Fast Lane Live 2015 in Austin, Texas
Ryan Deiss is insanely smart and is the man behind Digital Marketer and a few major brands online.
His talk was all about actionable items and is very similar to the teaching style of his on their site. One of the first things he said was the first question to ask when starting a new business: “How are we going to make our first sale?”
…the thing is most people I’ve met who do Internet Marketing forget that selling is the life-blood of business. Ryan gets it.
Another golden nugget I learned from his talk was to look at our potential customers as an empty bank vault, and our job as marketers is to make deposits of relational equity into our potential customers accounts. Our job is to fill up their vaults with useful information and when we go about the process of selling prospects a product, we’re simply making a withdrawal from the account we have helped them build up.
This viewpoint basically means that it’s our duty to provide great content and solutions in advance to asking for cash money from them. There’s nothing wrong with making a withdrawal if funds are available, it’s simply how life works.
Another major take-away from this talk was the idea that the goal initially for cold prospects isn’t to convert them to customers, but to indoctrinate them first.
- teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.“broadcasting was a vehicle for indoctrinating the masses”
synonyms: brainwash, propagandize, proselytize, reeducate, persuade, convince,condition, program, mold, discipline
While that word may seem a little weird to hear, it makes absolute sense. We teach our prospects to accept our set of beliefs. We do need to be careful to not abuse the power we have and to only use it to bring our prospect to a better place in life. So remember that.
Ryan also taught me a formula for doing this, but I’m not going to give you everything for free 😉
After Ryan’s speech I went out into the hallway and had a chance of meeting him and chatting 1-on-1 with him for a while. He is brilliant with the way he understands business and it’s very impressive how his mind works. If you have a chance to listen to him speak about business, you should.
I have a notebook full of content that I learned from the event and don’t want to share it all because you would be reading for the next few hours.
Plus, the real benefit of these events is that you can connect with the people attending and become friends with them.
Growing your network is one of the most important things you can possibly do for yourself. Getting around people doing better than you and people who are achieving the success that you desire will help you achieve your goals quicker.
Your personal network determines a lot in your immediate life. That’s why I highly recommend attending certain events and spending time with people who you admire. Pretty soon, they become your peer group.
I’ve been very particular about the people I let into my circle and it’s not often new people are allowed in. My mind operates at a certain level and I want my friends to be thinking similar if not bigger than I am.
It’s all a part of my personal journey to grow as an individual and have a larger impact on the world over the course of time I’m a part of it.
Other speakers who were at the event include: