Interviewee #029: Anand Bhimjiyani – Affiliate Marketing

Finally, after 2-3 long years (and a failed interview session back in December of 2017), I’ve gotten the opportunity to bring on Anand to share us a thing or two about affiliate marketing! I’m super excited about what’s to come, so I hope you guys enjoy this and are able to take away from things from it.

Get in touch with Anand Bhimjiyani

Links:

Things we discussed:

The passions and figuring out what his passions were.

What is marketing?

How the guest started.

Core beliefs and values.

What he wanted to learn instead of being an engineer.

The dark moments.

Entrepreneurship.

Mediocrity.

What affiliate marketing is.

Marketing and the message to influencers.

How do you start with affiliate marketing? Sharing about affiliate marketing strategy.

The success of affiliate marketing is being people-centric.

The power of giving content away and referral marketing.

How to find a niche and the consequences when mistakes are made.

The real secrets of affiliate marketing.

Anand’s favorite part of affiliate marketing.

How does an individual start with affiliate marketing.

The real reason why you should learn from mentors who are successful in affiliate marketing.

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Thank you for listening!

 

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The Latest Technological Trends & Innovations You Should Watch (Longread – 1/3)

The technologists, business leaders, politicians, and government officials went off to Davos for the World Economic Forum to sit and talk about the new economy; how the world is about to shift into a new type of economy unlike the billionaires who are trying to save themselves from a bleak future as being envisioned by the technology pessimists. The way for you to future-proof yourselves will be to become life-long learners, pursue your own passions, and be positive against all odds.

According to the Deloitte report, this year is suppose to be the year that technological advances happen.  Deloitte had predicted that in order for enterprises to survive, they need to re-engineer their companies from both ways: the top down and bottom up. Every company needs to modernise their IT infrastructure, using automation and the outcome budgetary will be the way to go.

Since the recession, which caused many people and millennials to go unemployed and underemployed, there were many startups that sprang up and changed the status quo of the old economy of capitalism where enterprises were still being built on the traditional business hierarchy.  The capitalists would cut costs and maximise profits at the expenses of their workers till one innovator changed the way we work for 100 years, Henry Ford, who invented the American automobile industry and the 9 to 5 pm for the weekdays with increased wages.

However, the startup entrepreneurs have been leveraging technological innovation since the 1990s Age of Information like free software and hiring remotely through marketplaces like Upwork and Elance that allowed their business models to disrupt the traditional business models. This was built on labour-intensive.  Meanwhile, these startups were capital intensive, which allowed them to expand fast with the money from well – known venture capital. A good example will be this startup that doesn’t require traditional brick and mortar offices who practised a hierarchical organisation which they were responsible for this popular term at their height of the glory ‘holacracy,’ pioneered by the founder of Zappos, Tony Hsieh. With this new concept, it allowed many co-working spaces to develop and disrupt the traditional office spaces like mushrooms; and this kind of trend inspired daredevils, who are risk takers, to run their startup companies. Another company that popularised open – source platform for blogging that brought the world WordPress, Automattic was a company which started the remote companies that inspired entrepreneurs to run their business.

As technologies are getting more advanced due to their efficiency and becoming more user – friendly, repetitive jobs can be easily automated. According to the Oxford University report, 47% of jobs will be automated, a worrying trend as the current SME entrepreneurs who haven’t been adaptable would need to deploy their current workers and another workforce to re-skill their obsolete skills and adopt automation as technology.  AI and machine learning, like algorithms, would easily detect and match things compared to humans’ manual work. Therefore, it showed that these technologies are getting highly cognitive where Deloitte called it cognitive technology. AI and machine learning will be the trend in healthcare and marketing. However, PWC reported the AI would create many jobs for future to come if the current workforces and future generations could future – proof themselves.

Tony Robbins: More Chatter on Index Funds & Mutual Funds

“But how do you pick the right funds? There are certainly enough to choose from. As we mentioned earlier, there are about 9,500 mutual funds in America—more than double the number of publicly traded US companies! So it’s safe to say the mutual fund market is a tad saturated. Why do so many companies want to be in this business? Yup, you got it: because it’s fabulously lucrative!
The trouble is, it tends to be much more lucrative for Wall Street than for actual customers like you and me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that the industry is consciously out to screw us. I’m not suggesting that this is a business full of crooks or charlatans! On the contrary, the majority of financial professionals are intelligent, hardworking, and thoughtful. But Wall Street has evolved into an ecosystem that exists first and foremost to make money for itself. It’s not an evil industry made up of evil individuals. It’s made up of corporations whose purpose is to maximize profits for their shareholders. That’s their job.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

Scary, isn’t it? Was asked a question recently about “how can we take a leap of faith when we live in such an uncertain world?” It’s an excellent question.  If you look at the Crypto markets right now, we’re heading for a some really nasty times — maybe? Some of the investors are still amazingly optimistic, but I’m still a bit terrified about it.

That’s when we get into Index Funds…and the reassurance in this chapter glistened my eyes.

Index funds take a “passive” approach that eliminates almost all trading activity. Instead of trading in and out of the market, they simply buy and hold every stock in an index such as the S&P 500. This includes companies like Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, and Johnson & Johnson—currently the five biggest stocks in the S&P 500. Index funds are almost entirely on autopilot: they make very few trades, so their transaction costs and tax bills are incredibly low. They also save a fortune on other expenses. For one thing, they don’t have to pay enormous salaries to all those active fund managers and their teams of analysts with Ivy League degrees!” – Tony Robbins

“When you own an index fund, you’re also protected against all the downright dumb, mildly misguided, or merely unlucky decisions that active fund managers are liable to make. For example, an active manager is likely to keep a portion of the fund’s assets in cash, ready to invest if an enticing opportunity arises—or ready to meet redemption requests if lots of investors decide to sell their shares in the fund. Keeping some cash on hand isn’t a bad idea, and it’s handy when the market falls. But cash doesn’t earn a return, so it will underperform stocks over time, assuming that the market continues its general upward trajectory. Ultimately the resulting “cash drag” tends to have a negative impact on the returns of actively managed funds.
What about index funds? Instead of sitting on cash, they remain almost fully invested at all times.”

 

Tony Robbins: Goldman Sachs + What To Do Next: Hidden Fees and Halfway Truths

Foreword about Goldman Sachs – By Jiun Ting Yong

Do you know what is Goldman Sachs? A very well – known investment bank in Manhattan, Wall Street in New York, the USA. An investment bank that was well – known for their job in analysing economics and financial markets for investors and potential investors to invest their money in the stock markets, bonds and emerging markets. They are so good with their jobs in underwriting bonds for potential investors to buy their clients’ bonds and some even involved government backed bond funds. Goldman Sachs started back in the 19th century by Marcus Goldman where he was joined by his son – in – law Marcus Sachs that became today well – known name.

As a typical investment bank normally they underwrite bonds and writing financial reports for investors who are looking at doubling their assets; mostly would read their report to make themselves rich. However, some of their trade can be very controversial. Remember the 2008 Global Recession which was the cause of excessive spending through mortgages where the middle class signed  mortgage deals with low – level interest rates?  Be careful — it isn’t that a huge sums — but if you were unable to serve the interest, then you needed to pay for ‘additional interest’ known as the penalty. That’s the root of all problems when you are unable to serve your loan, the investment bank and commercial bank would just forfeit your home by repossessing it, except for the Obama piece of legislation that managed to fight against these huge sums of forfeiture where people lost their home.

Yikes! So now you guys got the rundown of what Goldman Sachs is about, unfortunately.  I saw it recently in a movie where an ego-maniacal character played a banker from Goldman, rudely telling commuters to get away from him and demeaning the lower-middle class individuals on this train.

I then did some research and it says that Goldman is the main reason to why the financial crisis happened to begin with.

So, when I started reading about all this, I got even more scared about investing because that particular individual worked for Goldman, who’s a banker/investor, who handles our money and looks to make themselves rich by hitting us with massive penalties.

“I often ask people “What are you investing for?” I get a variety of answers: from “high returns,” to “financial security,” to “retirement,” to “a beach house in Hawaii.” But before long, nearly everyone’s answers begin to rhyme. What most people really want, regardless of how much money they have today, is freedom. Freedom to do more of what they want, whenever they want, with whomever they want. It’s a beautiful dream, and an achievable one. But how can you sail off into the sunset if your boat has a hole in it? What if it’s slowly but surely taking on so much water that it’ll sink long before it reaches its destination?”

“I hate to tell you this, but most people are in exactly this position. They don’t realize that they’re doomed to disappointment because of the gradual—but ultimately devastating—impact of excessive fees on their financial well-being. What kills me is that they have no idea this is even happening to them. They have no idea that they are victims of a financial industry that is surreptitiously but systematically overcharging them.
Don’t just take my word for it. The nonprofit organization AARP published a report in which it found that 71% of Americans believe that they pay no fees at all to have a 401(k) plan. That’s right: 7 out of 10 people are entirely unaware that they’re even being charged a fee! This is the equivalent of believing that fast food contains no calories. Meanwhile, 92% admit that they have no idea how much they’re actually paying. In other words, they’re blindly trusting the financial industry to look out for their best interests! Yup, that’s the very same industry that brought about the global financial crisis! You might as well just hand over your wallet and the password to your debit card.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

Since this is going to be a hell of a long story, I do suggest that all of you tune into the podcast down below.

 

Tony Robbins: Unshakeable – Financial Freedom Facts: 1 & 2 + Story of Refugee

We’re back at it with finance!

Freedom Fact 1

“Have you ever listened to the pundits on CNBC or MSNBC talking about the stock market? Isn’t it amazing how dramatic they can make it sound? They love talking about volatility and turmoil because fear draws you into their programming.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

OH! The nail on the head! Of course! We call these people “fear mongers.”  All news anchors and outlets are the bottom of the barrel.  They’re the bain of all human existence.  This could be the Trump-North Korean war, or the fear of global warming, rising sea levels, and volcanic eruptions.  It draws silly ass people into their programs who end up pumping out that negativity to the rest of the world.

Yes, this is a bit off track, but it is the truth.

How about that foolish ass anchor (forgot his name) who kept saying, “Tesla is a cold stock!”  He was so anti-tesla, as so many other people were, but they all ended up eating their words.

How about Warren Buffet and the other supposed “billionaires” who berate bitcoin and other crypto because they don’t know what technology is?

The upcoming stock market crashes and what’s “happening” in the world is to draw your attention.  That’s all!

“Instead of getting distracted by all this noise, it helps to focus on a few key facts that truly matter. For example, on average, there’s been a market correction every year since 1900. When I first heard this, I was floored. Just think about it: if you’re 50 years old today and have a life expectancy of 85, you can expect to live through another 35 corrections. To put it another way, you’ll experience the same number of corrections as birthdays!
Why does this matter? Because it shows you that corrections are just a routine part of the game. Instead of living in fear of them, you and I have to accept them as regular occurrences—like spring, summer, fall, and winter. And you know what else? Historically, the average correction has lasted only 54 days—less than two months! In other words, most corrections are over almost before you know it. Not that scary, right?”

“Still, when you’re in the midst of a correction, you might find yourself becoming emotional and wanting to sell because you’re anxious to avert the possibility of more pain. You’re certainly not alone. These widespread emotions create a crisis mentality. But it’s important to note that, in the average correction over the last 100 years, the market has fallen only 13.5%. From 1980 through the end of 2015, the average drop was 14.2%.
It can feel pretty uncomfortable when your assets are taking that kind of a hit—and the uncertainty leads many people to make big mistakes. But here’s what you have to remember: if you hold tight, it’s highly likely that the storm will soon pass.”

 

Freedom Fact 2: Less Than 20% of All Corrections Turn Into a Bear Market

 

“When the market starts tumbling—especially when it’s down more than 10%—many people hit their pain threshold and start to sell because they’re scared that this drop could turn into a death spiral. Aren’t they just being sensible and prudent? Actually, not so much. It turns out that fewer than one in five corrections escalate to the point where they become a bear market. To put it another way, 80% of corrections don’t turn into bear markets.
If you panic and move into cash during a correction, you may well be doing so right before the market rebounds. Once you understand that the vast majority of corrections aren’t that bad, it’s easier to keep calm and resist the temptation to hit the eject button at the first sign of turbulence.”

Story of Refugee

I was sitting comfortably on the BTS skytrain in the heart of Bangkok, waiting for my stop to come so I can go about my day.  I looked up and I saw a lady walk past me with a smile on her face.  Opposite of me was an entire row of empty seats, but she decided to sit next to me.  I said, “oh boy.  Here we go! Arsenio, you attracted another one!”  She then started speaking to me, and of course, she asked me for food and money.

Her story was that she was laid off as a teacher while working as a refugee and her children are in school.  Sounds like a fabricated story, right? If you’re an undocumented refugee, there’s no way you can get into the country.  On top of that, your “children” are also undocumented.  So, how are they at school? Why are you on public transportation asking for money? One being because that’s dangerous for you — given the fact that immigration can ultimately find you and throw you in immigration jail for the rest of your life (and that’s all seriousness because that’s what they do in Thailand).

You mean to tell me your system is so broken that you have been reduced to begging for money on trains? In all realness, it looks like she was eating quite well.  Refugees are often emaciated. She seemed perfectly fine….so which brings to me that not only she’s a scammer, but she’s lost her will to survive and be the lioness for her children.

 

Tony Robbins: Chapter 2 – Winter Is Coming…..But When?

What makes a person powerful?

What creates power in your own life?

These were the first two questions of Chapter 2, and sadly, I believe the wealth is power…although it shouldn’t be.  If we look into the deeply entrenched roots of Thailand, everything revolves around money and power.  The super wealthy get away with killing, literally, and they can just walk up and down the streets like nothing ever happened.

If we can go back to the ages when human beings and sabretooth tigers coexisted, how could we survive against these predators whose canines were longer than our femur? We were ferocious predators and we can get through some of the coldest winters EVER in human history.  But gradually we’ve been able to utilize and extrapolate.

We’ve recognized pattern recognition.  According to a lot of articles online, we can predict the world population for the next several years.

Now let’s move on to why this pertains to money and achieving financial success.

“Once you recognize the patterns in the financial markets, you can adapt to them, utilize them, and profit from them.” – Tony Robbins

The most powerful way to build wealth is by COMPOUNDING!

“Let’s illustrate the tremendous impact of compounding with just one simple but mind-blowing example. Two friends, Joe and Bob, decide to invest $300 a month. Joe gets started at age 19, keeps going for eight years, and then stops adding to this pot at age 27. In all, he’s saved a total of $28,800.
Joe’s money then compounds at a rate of 10% a year (which is roughly the historic return of the US stock market over the last century). By the time he retires at 65, how much does he have? The answer: $1,863,287. In other words, that modest investment of $28,800 has grown to nearly two million bucks! Pretty stunning, huh?
His friend Bob gets off to a slower start. He begins investing exactly the same amount—$300 a month—but doesn’t get started until age 27. Still, he’s a disciplined guy, and he keeps investing $300 every month until he’s 65—a period of 39 years. His money also compounds at 10% a year. The result? When he retires at 65, he’s sitting on a nest egg of $1,589,733. Let’s think about this for a moment. Bob invested a total of $140,000, almost five times more than the $28,800 that Joe invested. Yet Joe has ended up with an extra $273,554. That’s right: Joe ends up richer than Bob, despite the fact that he never invested a dime after the age of 27!
What explains Joe’s incredible success? Simple. By starting earlier, the compound interest he earns on his investment adds more value to his account than he could ever add on his own. By the time he reaches age 53, the compound interest on his account adds over $60,000 per year to his balance. By the time he’s 60, his account is growing by more than $100,000 per year! All without adding another dime. Bob’s total return on the money he invested is 1,032%, whereas Joe’s return is a spectacular 6,370%.
Now let’s imagine for a moment that Joe didn’t stop investing at age 27. Instead, like Bob, he kept adding $300 a month until he was 65. The result: he ends up with a nest egg of $3,453,020! In other words, he has $1.86 million more than Bob because he started investing 8 years earlier.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

Here’s my problem.  Tony doesn’t specific that if this is a mutual fund or index fund though? This all sounds so enticing, but does this work in every country? Maybe the answer will lie somewhere in this book, or maybe it won’t. This is what I’m trying to breakdown.

Tony Robbins: Understanding Compounding & Your Financial Question

One smart thing Warren Buffet has said, “indexing is the smartest strategy for both you and me” (referring to Tony Robbins and the average, everyday human being).

“Dalbar revealed the gigantic discrepancy between the market’s returns and the returns that people actually achieve. For instance, the S&P 500 returned an average of 10.28% a year from 1985 to 2015. At this rate, your money doubles every seven years. Thanks to the power of compounding, you’d have made a killing just by owning an index fund that tracked the S&P 500 over those 30 years. Let’s say you’d invested $50,000 in 1985. How much would it have been worth by 2015? The answer: $941,613.61. That’s right. Almost a million bucks!”

But while the market returned 10.28% per year, Dalbar found that the average investor made only 3.66% a year over those three decades! At that rate, your money doubles only every 20 years. The result? Instead of that million-dollar windfall, you ended up with only $146,996.
What explains this massive performance gap? In part, it’s the disastrous effect of excessive management fees, outrageous brokerage commissions, and other hidden costs that we’ll discuss in chapter 3. These expenses are a constant drain on your returns—the equivalent of a merciless vampire sucking your blood each night while you’re asleep.”

When everything hit in 2008, most people probably withdrew all of their stocks, only to see that the next year was a monumental rebound.

But even saying everything above, what are you really after?

Is it really money you’re chasing or is it the feelings you think money can create?

“Many of us believe—or fantasize—that money will bring us to a point where we finally feel free, secure, excited, empowered, alive, and joyful. But the truth is, you can achieve that beautiful state right now, regardless of your level of material wealth. So why wait to be happy?” – Tony Robbins

He made an excellent point here.  Feeling free and secured is one of the best joys in life.  Yes, looking at my bank account I feel very secured at the moment, but I know this month is a potential rainy one.  However, I’ve already gotten myself a new place of work with other side jobs coming up, so I’m frankly secured.

However, is this longevity? No.  This is the NOW…and this is why more than 7 billion people on planet earth (and possibly more) are failing because we’re too worried about the now.

Even with the fools who buy expensive cars in traffic-induced cities.  Why buy a Lambo? A Ferrari? A Bentley? What’s the point of it? Like when I start making millions, will I buy one? Absolutely NOT! They’re a hassle to take care of and I don’t need to prove ANYONE wrong in this country.  I’m certainly not trying to impress anyone here and I’d much rather keep a super low-profile.

So, just ask yourself this question. Please.

Podcast

 

 

Tony Robbins: Money – The Road Ahead & The Complexity of Stocks

“There are more than 40,000 stocks to choose from in the world today, including 3,700 on various US stock exchanges. By the end of 2015, there were more than 9,500 mutual funds in America alone, which means there are far more funds here than stocks! How ridiculous is that? Add to that nearly 1,600 exchange-traded funds, and you’re faced with so many different investment choices that your head starts to spin. Can you imagine standing at an ice-cream counter and having to choose from 50,000 flavors?”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

Hmmmm, now you guys understand why I was so apprehensive and defensive in talking about Warren Buffet on my last blog.  You get it now, don’t you?

Have you ever been entangled in a menus madness before? I’m talking about going to a restaurant and seeing such an extensive menu that drives you insane? You want to pick something off page 3, 5, and 32.  Simplification is where it’s at, and there’s no simplifying when it comes to WallStreet.

So basically you get a lot of these financial managers who try throwing money down at specific times while saying, “we’ll beat the market.”  Most mutual funds charge high fees but have poor investing capabilities.  So what happens? 96% of them fail to beat the market and you end up overpaying for under-performance. It’s like paying for a Porsche and you end up driving home in a damn wagon.

Nonetheless, let’s break down these different types of funds.

“HEDGE FUNDS VS. MUTUAL FUNDS VS. INDEX FUNDS

For those unfamiliar, a hedge fund is a private fund available only to high-net-worth investors. The managers have complete flexibility to bet on both directions of the market (up or down). They charge hefty management fees (typically 2%) and share in the profits (typically 20% of profits go to the manager). A mutual fund is a public fund available to anyone. In most cases, they are actively managed by a team who assembles a portfolio of stocks, bonds, or other assets and continually trades their holdings in hopes to beat the “market.” An index fund is also a public fund but requires no “active” managers. The fund simply owns all the stocks in the index (for example, they would own all 500 stocks in the S&P 500 index).”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

In other words, we’re going after index funds.

It’s like the saying goes, guys.  “When a person with experience meets a person with money, the person with experience ends up with the money; and the person with money ends up with an experience.” We’ll show you how to navigate this game so you’ll never get taken again.” – Tony Robbins

Podcast

New Book Series: Tony Robbins – Unshakeable

Oh, again! A lot of you are probably thinking, “weren’t you dissecting “Money: Master The Game two years ago? What happened?” Well, the information seemed to be all over the place, and then Cryptocurrency happened.  I want to really know if stocks are safe.  I’ve been asking myself over and over, without any answers, about mutual funds and “should” I invest into them?  Vanguard, S&P – the majority of stocks that are out there for grabs.  I decided to buy this book.  1) I thought I did a disservice by stopping and not reading more, so with his new book that was just launched at the beginning of last year, it’s time to see if this really does work.

“So never forget about these two ferocious foes of stock market success: fear and fees.” – Tony Robbins

Between 1929-1932, the Great Depression swept away DOW, plunging to something equivalent to about 17,000 pts!  However, after WWII, America entered a great age of prosperity, yet most Americans were still apprehensive because of what happened in the past.  Good saying, Mr. Robbins.

“Index funds are simple. Rather than try to time the market or outguess other professional money managers about the prospects of individual stocks, index funds simply buy and hold all of the stocks in a broad market index such as the S&P 500. Index funds work by paring the costs of investing to the bare-bones minimum. They pay no fees to expensive money managers and have minimal trading costs, as they follow the ultimate buy-and-hold strategy. We can’t control what the markets will do, but we can control how much we pay for our investments. Index funds allow you to invest, at minimal cost, in a portfolio diversified to the nth degree.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

“This “cost matters hypothesis” is all you need to know to understand the benefits of index investing. Over an investment lifetime, this annual difference really adds up. Most young people just starting their careers will be investing for 60 years or more. Compounded over that time frame, the high costs of investing can confiscate an astounding 70% of your lifetime returns!” – Tony Robbins

YIKES!

“We live in an uncertain world, and face not only the risks of the known unknowns but also the unknown unknowns: the ones that “we don’t know we don’t know.” Despite these risks, if we are to have any chance for meeting our long-term financial goals, invest we must. Otherwise we’re certain to fall short. But we don’t have to put up 100% of the capital and take 100% of the risk only to receive 30% of the reward (often far less). By buying low-cost, broad-market index funds (and holding them “forever”), you can guarantee that you will receive your fair share of whatever returns the financial markets provide over the long term.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

This is just the introduction, and you’ve been provided some unbelievably valuable information that’s nowhere on blogs or the internet.  Thursday & Friday = Money Talk!

https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/new-book-series-tony-robbins-unshakeable_1

Tim Ferriss: The Art of Letting Bad Things Happen

I had to revert back to one of my favorite books that helped me incredibly about a year ago.  Tim Ferriss, one of my favorite authors who has put together some fine reference books, coined a chapter called The Art of Letting Bad Things Happen.

 One of our fulfillment companies had been shut down due to the CEO’s death, causing a 20%+ loss in monthly orders and requiring an emergency shift of all web design and order processing
– Missed radio and magazine appearances and upset would-be interviewers
– More than a dozen lost joint-venture partnership opportunities

It’s not that I go out of my way to irritate people—not at all—but I recognize one critical fact: Oftentimes, in order to do the big things, you have to let the small bad things happen. This is a skill we want to cultivate.”

Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss. “The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated.” iBooks.

So, my life (at the moment) isn’t as interesting as Tim Ferris’ (in terms of dealing with CEO’s, order processing, joint partnerships, etc), but I have just let the bad things happen.

So, when I first started denying work at location number 1, it was because there was something massive festering at other smaller locations.  It’s like we focus on the big markets and ignore the smaller markets.  We focus on bitcoin but we don’t focus on the likes of Litecoin.

Did I think something extraordinarily bad would happen? No.  I mean others in the company can have days off, but I was the seven-day-slave, being put to work constantly.  So, that moment I cut myself out of the schedule for Sunday morning – was the decline of my workload at that particular job.  I knew that if I can commit to teaching outside, because I knew it would be extremely beneficial in the future, I would officially resign and get my dream job.  Five projects later, I was right about it.  The “BIG” thing happened.

Tim Ferris let the bad things happened….and then he received these….

“What did I get in exchange for temporarily putting on blinders and taking a few glancing blows?

I followed the Rugby World Cup in Europe and watched the New Zealand All Blacks live, a dream I’ve had for the last five years.
I shot every gun I’ve ever dreamed of firing since brainwashing myself with Commando. Bless the Slovak Republic and their paramilitaries.
I filmed a television series pilot in Japan, a lifelong dream and the most fun I’ve had in months, if not years.
I met with my Japanese publisher, Seishisha, and had media interviews in Tokyo, where the 4HWW is now #1 in several of the largest chains.
I took a complete 10-day media fast and felt like I’d had a two-year vacation from computers.
I attended the Tokyo International Film Festival and hung out with one of my heroes, the producer of the Planet Earth television series.”

And my story….

I denied work, ultimately costing my job.

However, what did I get in return?

HR Student

Project Teaching Executives

Project Teaching 300 students

Project teaching an English camp and met the deputy prime minister

Project that I can make between 1,000-10,000 USD a month (not working)

2nd project teaching vice presidents

Finally teaching the big test prep courses for big bucks.

All of this would’ve never happened if I hadn’t just said ‘thanks, but no thanks.’

“Once you realize you can turn off the noise without the world ending, you’re liberated in a way that few people know.” – Tim Ferris

“Here are a few questions that can help you pop on the productivity blinders and put things in perspective. Even when you’re not traveling the world, develop the habit of letting small bad things happen. If you don’t, you’ll never find time for the life-changing big things, whether important tasks or true peak experiences. If you do force the time but puncture it with distractions, you won’t have the attention to appreciate it.

  • What is the one goal, if completed, that could change everything?
    What is the most urgent thing right now that you feel you “must” or “should” do?
    Can you let the urgent “fail”—even for a day—to get to the next milestone for your potential life-changing tasks?
    What’s been on your to-do list the longest? Start it first thing in the morning and don’t allow interruptions or lunch until you finish.”

Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss. “The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated.” iBooks.

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