Hey there! This is part 2/2 of my stay in the world’s most beautiful island. A lot of things have happened since I left Guatemala a couple of months ago to find my purpose, and I am excited to share some of them with you here today.
This is only my 4th post, and already more than 100 people have subscribed to the blog. And even though I only post something every few weeks, – people keep coming to it on a daily basis. Thank you. It means a lot to know you like what I am doing. If you have not subscribed yet and wish to do so, you can do it by clicking the link below.👇🏻
This post will cover several topics including my Amazon FBA business that just became profitable💰, my personal opinion about the offerings you can make to God so that He gives you prosperity🙏🏻, a really sad story involving a puppy and two broken hearts💔, and me finding out what my purpose in life is😄. Let’s go!
Learning how to play guitar.
I’ve always wanted to play the guitar. I went to a couple of classes with my friend Juanjo when we were 15 years old, but nothing more. My mom once told me that I am not a musical person, – that I have no rythm. That has been one of the biggest traumas of my life (just kidding mom) :-).
I knew that learning to play an instrument takes time. And since time is something that I have a lot of right now, it seemed like a good time to give it a go. I had just finished reading a book called The Dip, by Seth Godin that explains that everything that is worth doing in life has a “Dip” which is like a valley of despair and frustration that you experience after the joy and easiness of the beginner levels fade away and your goal gets actually hard. If you manage to overcome the Dip, you win.
I read that when you want to learn something worth learning you only really have three options:
- You understand what it takes and know it is going to be hard. You consciosly decide to do it anyways and conquer your goal.
- You understand what it takes and know it is going to be hard. You decide it is not worth the trouble because you don’t want it that much anyways. You quit before you start.
- You do not realize that it is going to be hard , do not understand what it takes or underestimate the difficulty of your goal. You start and when it gets hard you get frustrated and quit halfway.
Option 1 and option 2 are perfectly fine. Option 3 is for losers.
Tim Ferris wrote a great post about learning how to play the guitar quickly, focusing on minimizing boredom and maximizing fun. He helps you manage your expectations, and warns that you will feel clumsy and that your fingers will be sore. He wrote down something that I found extremely helpful when I wanted to quit:
“Justin Bieber taught himself to play guitar before he was 12. Yes, that’s right. That affeminate kid succesfully got through the same pain that you are feeling, and so has every other guitar player in the planet. You’re more than capable of pushing through.”
So I took on the challenge and practiced every day for a month. Our first performance ever was in church. Here is a Vine that shows Kylie’s awesome singing skills and my somehow mediocre but every-day-improving guitar mojo.
A friend suggested I try out Yousician, which is a great way to learn how to play guitar, drums and bass in a single app. If you ever played Guitar Hero, its the same thing, -only on real life. It is extremely cool, and I found myeslf going through the lessons in a breeze.
An update on my Amazon FBA business.
I reached an important milestone last week. My Amazon FBA business reached my personal break even point, – which means that I crossed the revenue and net profit threshold that would allow me to keep on traveling forever, – without having to spend a single cent of my savings.
This means that if I do not work at all (imagine the scenario where I disappear off the grid and have no Internet access for a complete month), I would keep on receiving enough passive income to pay for my flights, hotels, food and everything else. ⭐ ⭐ Without doing anything. Here is a screenshot of my Amazon dashboard:
Achieving personal break even point has never been the goal, – I would like to make 100X this per month, – but it is an extremely valuable achievement nonetheless. It happened in less than 3 months from starting (my first sale happened on February 13, with it being a Thermos with the face of a panda purchased by my good friend Pablo Estrada).
We are really living in an extraordinary time. As Peter Diamandis explains in this Ted Talk, – we are living a world of abundance. I really like what he says at minute 6:30:
“When I think about creating abundance, its not about creating a life of luxury. Its about creating a life of possibility. Its about taking that which was scarce, and making it abundant. You see, scarticy is contextual, and technology is a resource-liberating force.”
Think for a second about how we normally do business. We are always competing against each other. We are always trying to be better than someone else. We are always comparing ourselves to others. What if we simply worked to be better than ourselves? What if our goal was to do better and be a better person this week than we were the week before?
It’s not about a problem about scarcity, it’s an issue of accessibility. And if you like what I have been doing, here are some good news for you:
There is a secret sauce and a secret formula for doing this type of business. You can quantify everything and use data to predict with certainty how to make money. Since I have a lot of time on my hands (and my financial future kind of depended on this), I achieved mastery in this business in less than a month.
I believe that I know almost everything there is to know about this business, – and I will share it all, for free, as soon as I can. I will do this because I would like everyone that believes what I believe and would like to try this to be able to do so. I am tremendously confident about my future, and I believe sharing is caring.
PS: I am terribly bad at documenting things in an orderly manner, so I would like someone to help me out writing this document. If you want to learn this stuff directly from me, and get paid for doing so, shoot me an email and maybe we can write this manual together. More than 10 people have gotten into this business because they had read this blog. Let’s increase that number.
Offerings, transparency and good accounting.
One of the most criticized aspects of religion are the offerings made to churches by some of their members, – and I believe this criticism has some strong reasonings behind it.
People that have not exercised this honor yet and have not experienced this firsthand do not know how it truly works and the power behind it, – and therefore quickly catalog it as a fraud (as a quick side note, I thought the same a year ago). Here is an explanation I liked.
What make offerings particularly interesting is that it is the only place in the Bible where God says “test me on this”. That is extremely powerful. It seems to me like a very good deal to give once and see what happens, even if just for curiosity. It doesn’t matter if you live in extreme poverty or have a billion dollars in the bank, 10% of your wealth still seems a small sum to be able to prove if God “exists” and to test whether what He says is true or not.
In fact, I don’t offer Him part of my income because someone told me so, – I do it because I tested it, and He got my back. The first time I gave an offering it was $300, and I literally got a check for $3,000 around 5 days later for a “bonus” that I was not expecting. That is a 10X return. The more I plant, the more I harvest. I do it gladly because I have come to see it as a cause-and-effect law. Just be sure to do it for the right reasons and not for the money-multiplier effect, – He knows your deepest thoughts and schemes. Also, if you don’t want to give it to a single person or church, you can spread it out, – in my experience it works the same.
Here is a quick summary of how I see it. You surrender your income by giving Him some of it (I like an even 10%, but would like to give more soon), acknowledging that everything you have and everything you own comes from Him. God sees your attitude and your gratitude receives your offerings and thinks: “Gee, thanks. I see that you get how this works. You understand that I am the owner and creator of everything, including all the gold and Euros and diamonds of the world. I see you understand that I can give wealth, health and happiness to whoever I want, whenever I want. Since you acknowledge this and Honor me, – since you are a good son and you have faith, – I choose to give you prosperity beyond your wildest imagination.” Simple. And I prefer to have 90% of my income blessed than a 100% not.
The criticism of the offerings come because God does not have a bank account number or a Paypal account (not that he needs any of your money anyway, it’s just a sign of honor ) – but men who serve Him do. And they use that money to work for the kingdom.
Anyways, this church in Port Barton gave us a complete financial breakdown of how they spend the offerings. The wife of the pastor explained to everyone attending that Sunday where the money has gone, the plans they had for the near future and even showed us a red pouch where they were holding the cash they still had at hand. I really liked it. Nothing fishy, nothing sketchy. Plain-good accounting.
I am skeptical that being this open would work in a bigger church. But I still liked it. That is good transparency and good management, and I am sure God likes it as well.
Cherry, our two-months old puppy.
😬I love puppies.😬 They are cute, clumsy and just the best thing ever. So we wanted to have one in our beach house. The pastor of the church gave us a female puppy he had, with the promise that we could return her to him if we left Philippines. It was the perfect deal, we were able to have a puppy for a couple of months and then give it back.
The pastor’s family had named her “Bitey” (in Tagalog language) because she used to bite everything all the time. We did not like that name, so we named her Cherry.
Cherry was a lovely puppy and followed us everywhere we went. We took care of her, bought her a pink bed, a leash, a collar, flea powder, flea shampoo, chewing toys, balls, treats and squeaky toys, – everything there exists for puppies. We were in love.
About four days after we got her, she started getting sick. She did not move or run so much as she did before, and slowly lost most her appetite. On the fifth day she had a seizure (as if it were some kind of epilepsy) and a day later the seizures were happening 5 times a day.
We took her that same day to the nearest vet, which is 3 hours away in Puerto Princesa. To our surprise, Cherry had this diseases:
- Distemper (in Spanish moquillo)
- Infection of some nasty kind
- Worms in her intestines
- A hernia in her belly
- Low red cell count and overall horrible blood test results
We wanted to do anything we could to help her, -to save her, – but the distemper had caused permanent damage to her brain, and the vet advised us to put her to sleep, as she was suffering so much and would only become worse. We put Cherry to sleep just one week after we had her.😭😥
You know, sometimes I feel like a grown man. Travelling around the world, having my businesses, finding my purpose. But when my puppy died, I cried like a little boy. And you know who I called for comfort? My mom. I could not understand why this was happening to me, – and all I needed was my mom.
I wanted to share this sad story with you because it was something very hard for me. I do not want to use this space and your time only to talk about the good stuff. Sometimes life is great. Sometimes life sucks. I think everything happens for a reason. God has a perfect plan for everything, and all things come with a lesson to be learned, – even if I still do not know what the reason for this was.
I found my purpose!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
About a year ago I started thinking about this whole purpose thing. If you go back to my first post, you can see that I felt somehow empty. Even though I had everything I thought I wanted, I was missing a goal and an over-reaching purpose in my life.
In my search for answers, I took an online course taught by Simon Sinek called Start With Why. If you are not familiar with Simon’s work I highly recommend his Ted talk “How great leaders inspire action” and his 99u talk “Why leaders eat last”.
The course (which was in my personal opinion the best $100 bucks ever spent) promises to guide you through a process to help you identify and articulate your “Why”, – your own personal cause in life. Your mission.
The great thing about your “Why” is that it is not bound by the job that you do. It extends throughout all the aspects of your life including your family, friends, and love. It is a common denominator in everything that you do. I took this quote directly out of Simon’s book:
WHY: Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. When I say WHY, I don’t mean to make money-that’s a result. By WHY I mean what is your purpose, cause or belief? WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?
My personal “Why” which I discovered at the end of the course is:
To inspire trust and reliability in the people around me so that they may achieve their individual goals in an extraordinary manner.😎
I love it. I even asked my designer to make me a wallpaper for my computer, so that I could always see it and be reminded of it every day.
However, my “Why” was still missing one huge piece, which was the spiritual part. Even though I love my wallpaper and feel a deep personal connection with it, – I refused to steer my life’s direction and have my future guided by an online course.
Since I met God about 10 months ago and surrendered my life to Him, I knew there was something way bigger in storage for me. He would unite all the pieces. It’s just a matter of trust. And time. He will talk. So I waited. 📅
Relaxing in the ocean in front of our house in Port Barton on a Thursday morning at around 11:15 A.M. – it suddenly hit me in the face like a bucket of ice. I knew at that moment how to encapsulate all my strengths into one single place. I knew for a fact this grand mission (that is going to make me want to get out of bed every morning excited and fulfilled) was mine for the taking, – I just have to make it happen. 😆😎🙃😅😝
It feels natural. It feels right. It is simple, powerful and achievable. By doing this I will create abundance for myself and many people around me. I will serve the entrepreneurial community. I will inspire others. And most important of all, – I will serve God. All in one swing. And the weird thing about this whole ordeal is that it has been right in front of me all along.
I’m not ready to explain just yet what it is. I don’t want to jynx it and have people influence me in any way. I do not want other people’s opinions on the matter and I will do it however I feel is the right way of doing it. I only have one boss, and He guides me.
They say success is 1% inspiration and 99% transpiration. Now it’s time to make this happen. I will build it. But I need money. Lots of money.
If only I had a way to create vast automated income without having to work…🤔
Next stop: Ghuangzhou, China.
My Amazon FBA business is doing well and just achieved profitability. Now I need to take it to the next level. Currently, my inventory has 4 different items. I figure I need at least 100.
We will travel Guangzhou, the People’s Republic of China, where the biggest international fair of commerce is held each year, – the mighty Canton Fair. We will search for new and profitable products, find new suppliers and eat as many dumplings as we can. 🍜🍚🍲
My friends tell me all the time that I look like a Chinese, so I’m sure I will do just fine blending in..
Do you believe what I believe?
They say that great leaders are able to inspire people to act. I have no publicist. I have had very little personal press coverage. If you believe what I believe, – if you share the ideas and values that I am proposing on this blog, – you can be part of this by helping me spread the word.👇🏻👇🏻
You never know who may benefit from it.