The days before the island.

It has been only three weeks since I left Guatemala to start this exciting new phase in my life. Somehow, I feel like it was yesterday. I want to share what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks, and also, write down some thoughts that have been crossing my mind lately.

First off, let me start by saying that I am grateful for everyone who subscribed to the blog and showed genuine interest in what I’m doing. It means a lot to have your support, and its crazy the amount of people that actually reached out to me wanting to know more about my trip. Even better, is that several people wanted to know more about the whole God / faith / spiritual part of this journey and wanted to hear more from my personal experience to be able to replicate it within their own lives. And that’s pretty cool.

I decided to write this blog to inspire people, and nothing more. It makes me happy to see it is going in the right direction, and that there are some people out there who are liking what I am doing.

The original article got 1,000 unique views on the day it was posted, followed by 700 the day after. One month later, people keep coming back to it.

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Daily unique visitors to this blog, without any type of advertisement.

If you read this and want to talk – about anything at all, don’t hesitate from reaching out.

Having a little fun in Europe before the Island.

Before going to Palawan I made a 3-week stop in Holland (The Netherlands) to meet my girlfriend’s family and friends. Great people. The food is delicious and the time there was amazing.

I got the chance to rest, sleep till late and relax, which I realized I haven’t done in a while due to lack of available time. I believe that alternating between periods of activity and rest is necessary to have a healthy lifestyle, but somehow I had been neglecting that for a while. In the last weeks we did this type of things:

Ate delicious Dutch food. Cycled through Amsterdam. Walked around Luxemburg. Played board games with the family in Horst. Drank delicious French wine. Climbed the Eiffel Tower. Ate all the Creme Brulee we could. Went to Disneyland (we could not see Mickey Mouse, though the pretentious mouse had a 45-minute waiting list).

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Along the way we met a lot of different people including friends and family, friends we partied with in different cities, pastors of different churches we attended, and complete strangers randomly met on the street.

Sometimes we told them about our master plan, which basically consists of: going to live on an island, getting closer to the creator of the universe (with the goal of having an intimate one-on-one relationship with Him) and finding our purpose within His plans. You know, normal stuff that people do.

Everyone kept asking the same question:

“Are you nervous?”

I’m not nervous. I’m excited. I’m just going to have fun, do the right thing, and let the rest follow. I know what I want for my life, -and more important than that, what I don’t want for it. I know seen from experience that when you put Him as your priority, the planets align and things happen neither slow nor fast because His times are perfect.

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What about work?

In money related stuff, I have been playing with new projects while keeping my time free to enjoy. I am convinced that I can generate a great income for myself without having to work 9 to 5 for my working lifetime of 50 years. That is a LONG time.

I refuse to be overworked and underjoyed. I will cut myself loose from the tentacles of workaholism. What I do with my time and what I do for money should be two completely different things.

To get me closer to that goal I started an Amazon FBA business, which basically consists of buying products from China (physical things like thermos, baby toys, accessories) and selling them for a 200% profit in the US market through the purchase of sponsored ads within the Amazon marketplace. I will not get into specifics right now since I will make a post about this once I’ve gathered more data.

I will share the complete secret sauce on this blog, for free, so that anyone else that wants to can replicate it.

I am also working on a couple of outsourced websites that could generate a decent income without having to operate them. This works by providing internet services to a specific niche, which (hopefully) will acquire them for something like $10 a piece, and can be massively advertised and sold via Facebook or Google ads in targeted territories worldwide.

This type of business models (with more to come) will allow me to go scuba diving in open waters, teaching entrepreneurship for free in a small school or simply relaxing on a beach all day long while I (and my partners in some of this different ventures) keep on turning a profit 24/7.

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I do not want to be a millionaire.

What I want is to have the lifestyle that being a millionaire can give you.

  • Owning the freedom to do all the things you want to do.
  • Having the choice of being all the things you want to be.
  • With the time to do it, whenever and wherever you want to.

To enjoy your temporary life on this planet (yes, I do believe in an afterlife) you do not need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time. Living like a millionaire requires doing interesting things and not just owning enviable things.

I am excited for what’s to come. Most people choose unhappiness over uncertainty, and gladly, this time, it’s not my case.

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Firma-Rodrigo
Rodrigo Blanco

 

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