My life has changed a lot this last year.
From the perspective of my friends and family, the transformation that I have experienced is extreme. One moment I was an overworked business owner and the next I was traveling around the globe on what seemed like a permanent vacation, working just a few hours from my computer and trying to find my purpose within God’s plan. This blog tells the story about how I went from being a non-believer to having a purpose-driven life in a few months.
I started this website to have a place to share my whereabouts while traveling and hopefully inspire other people to do the things that inspire them. However, this blog has shifted into something bigger, – a place where like-minded people get to connect with each other, share new ideas and work towards a common goal.
I came back to Guatemala 3 weeks ago. I have not updated this blog in a while because I have been busy meeting with people that have been inspired with what has been written here, and that want to replicate it on their own lives. My short-term goal is to help them (and anyone else that is willing to listen) in finding their own individual purpose in life.
How do I plan to do this? By helping them establish a passive income that will free them from the necessity of having to work 8-5, thus giving them the freedom to follow their individual passions (whatever they may be), and hopefully establishing their individual non-religious¹ relationship with God along the way. Doing all this will help me practice for my own personal purpose, which I am currently working on and will reveal soon.
**Before you start reading: please know that since this blog is written chronologically, it’s better understood if you start from the first post and then move on upwards. I believe you will enjoy it better that way. Click here to see all the posts ordered chronologically from the bottom up.
This time around I will start by giving and update on the business (since lots of people have been asking about it recently) and then we will move over to the important stuff.
Our first products from China have arrived!🇨🇳
Our trip to China and Hong Kong was great. We had an amazing time and got to meet new providers for our online business. We were extremely excited when we received our new products, but a couple of weeks later we came to realize a hard truth to accept, – and that is that one of our product lines is a complete failure. It doesn’t sell well, we are having trouble finding the right keywords, and the competition on that particular market is fierce.
We perfectly understand the risk of doing business, so we continue with a positive attitude and move forward. I am a strong believer that leaders should not take credit when things go right if they are not willing to accept responsibility when things go wrong. Product line #2 and product line #3 are an instant success. In fact, by the time I am writing this we are already completely sold-out on every single unit of those two product lines and waiting for more inventory to be delivered.
Despite the setback described above our sales have continued to grow, slowly but steady. We are now having sales of $900 to $1,000 per day, which is an 80% increase from my last update two months ago. Things should continue to improve, with lots of new products being currently shipped and the upcoming Holiday season starting to show up. Seasoned Amazon sellers say that Q4 (October, November, December) account for nearly 60% of their total sales.
**This is the last time that I will post a revenue update. I feel that I have successfully proven that this business model works, and from now on I will mainly focus on helping others achieving the same, thus keeping my personal revenue numbers to myself.
Something exciting to share is that we recently started selling in Canada 🇨🇦. We had our Chinese supplier send some of our inventory to Amazon’s warehouses in Ontario, where we have been getting some sales the last couple of weeks (in Canadian dollars). This means that the Amazon business model can be replicated throughout several marketplaces, and now we can easily begin selling in new countries such as France, Italy, Germany and Japan when we choose to do so.
As much as this business brings me excitement, money is only as good as the things you choose to do with it. I always try to keep in mind that this business is not a destination by itself, but a means to be able to do extraordinary things down the line.
Ask yourself this – what matters, really? 🤔
Superstar swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, nearly took his own life two years ago. After winning 21 gold medals and being hailed as one of the best athletes of all time, he was struggling with a void that was turning his thoughts to suicide. He simply felt empty on the inside.
“I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb, waiting to go off. I had no self-esteem, no self-worth. There were times where I didn’t want to be here. It was not good. I felt lost.” Michael Phelps
While being on rehab for drunk driving and self-medication, a childhood friend gave him the book A Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren, which helped him overcome depression and find a meaning to his life. He told ESPN he now believes there is a power greater than himself and that there is a purpose for him on this planet.
His story is the perfect reminder that all the riches in the world don’t really shine if you believe that human goals and accomplishments are enough to satisfy you. Having money and fame are positive things, but again, – they are only as good as the things you choose to do with them.
“Money isn’t the goal; money has no value. The value comes from the dreams money helps achieve.” – Robert Kiyosaki
Have you ever seen someone play the board game Monopoly? People take it very seriously. When we play Monopoly we act as if we really owned the properties we are buying. All those houses and all that wonderful money, – we believe it really means something. Check out this video🏻 to see what I mean. 😳🏻
So you have to ask yourself, when you finally get the ultimate promotion, when you’ve made the ultimate purchase, when you buy the ultimate home, when you have stored up financial security and climbed the ladder of success to the highest rung you can possibly climb it and the thrill wears off… and it will wear off… Then what? How far do you have to walk down that road before you see where it leads? Surely you understand, it’ll never be enough. So you have to ask yourself the question: What Matters?
The way we see children play Monopoly is the way God sees us when we are playing the game of life. Some people use money and possessions as a way to keep score, when the truth is that nothing really belongs to us. Sure, we may acquire stuff for a while, but when we check out it all stays behind. It all goes back to the box.
How do you measure progress in your own life? What makes you feel successful and accomplished? Whichever your individual purpose may be, this is the most exciting time to be alive. Technology has given us more possibilities than ever before to create, to explore, – to dream beyond our wildest imagination. Things that were impossible before are suddenly within our reach, and some of the most adventurous humans are seizing this unique opportunity to push the human race forward..
The age of space travel has begun 🚀👽
For thousands of years, the story of humans and space has been the one of staring at the sky and wondering. The possibility of people leaving Earth and venturing into space has excited the human spirit of adventure for as long as we can remember. This year, a company named SpaceX announced the creation of the first-ever reusable rocket, thus making space traveling 99% cheaper. We will soon become a space-exploring civilization.
If you asked a child in 1495 what they wanted to be when they grew up, “an ocean explorer” would probably have been a common response. My generation (the millennials) will host the first ever space adventurers, a profession that will enable the human species to conquer other planets and go farther than we have ever gone before. But what will we find out there?
You know when you hear about humans of the past debating whether the Earth was round or if the sun revolved around the Earth or thinking that lightning happened because of Zeus, and they seem so primitive and in the dark? That’s about where we are on the topic of extraterrestrial life. And the thing is that there are only two possibilities: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally scary.
One of the most interesting articles I have read recently is the Fermi Paradox², which explains the contradiction between the high probability of extraterrestrial existence and the lack of contact with such civilizations. Here is a cool video that explains it. 👽
**As a side note, I believe there is no conflict between the possibility of alien life — even intelligent life — and the teachings of the Bible. This is not in contrast with my faith because I can’t put limits on God’s creative freedom. Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures on Earth, there can be other beings, even intelligent, created by God.
We will soon experience what will be known as the greatest adventure of all time, – becoming a multi-planetary civilization. Learning this skill is vital to the future of our species since it will dramatically improve our chances of survival on the universe in the long-term, and we should all be rooting for it to happen sooner than later.
In the meantime, I’ll keep slowly discovering what’s currently at my reach.
Thoughts about Sri Lanka 👍🏻 and Indonesia 👎🏻
Sri Lanka is hands-down one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. The country is extremely peaceful, the food is delicious (super spicy curries), and the people are extremely friendly. We got to wander through beautiful tea fields, ride on the back of elephants and once again found a beautiful cottage in front of the ocean. This beautiful island under India is a dream come true.
A strange thing is that there are lots of cows walking freely on the street. We asked about them and were told that some people go to the butcher, purchase “holy” cows for the sole purpose of releasing them. They get a mark on the ear so that they won’t be sold ever again. Interesting stuff.
Indonesia is one of the biggest Muslim countries in the world, and you experience this everywhere you go. People dress in hijabs, burqas, and cover their heads to achieve purity. You hear the sound of chanting inside mosques several times per day, and people pray on special rooms, -always facing the Mecca.
We have been traveling to some amazing places, – but Indonesia is not one of them. I felt like people were always trying to sell us things, sometimes in an abusive way. Maybe the cultural difference was too much for staying here for a long period of time, but we did not feel at home. Now that I am done complaining lets talk about some really important stuff.
How to receive (and keep) God’s blessing 🙏🏻✨
Last time I wrote about the importance of resting on Sundays and placing your trust in Him. Today I would like to share with you the biggest trick that makes God want to bless your life every day more: the blessings you receive must flow outwards.
The Bible says that we are blessed not just so that we can feel good, not just so we can be happy and comfortable, but so that we will bless others. God promises that if we concentrate our efforts on blessing other people, He’ll take care of our personal needs and assume responsibility for our problems. That’s pretty cool since He is much better at handling our problems than we are. Here is what the bible says about this:
I guarantee this. Anyone who gives up anything for the kingdom of God will certainly receive many times more in this life and will receive eternal life in the next world to come. – Luke 18:30
Give away your life; and you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – but given back with bonus and blessings. – Luke 6:38
I believe that God owns all the gold and diamonds in the world. I also believe that He can easily choose to make me a millionaire, – if doing so would make sense for Him. If I were to spend that money on parties and fast cars then maybe blessing me financially would not be such a good idea, – because it would not be of blessing to others. But if I used that same money to help other people, – if I used that same money to make this world a better, safer, happier place, – it would make sense.
Authenticity is more than speaking; it is about doing. Every time a purchase is made to one of our items, we donate a day’s worth of food to a hungry child in Malawi. Since my last post we have donated 564 days of food, and now every time I check to see how many sales we have made I think of how many hungry children we will be able to feed instead.
How can you bless other people? You can do it in many ways including serving a need, whether it is physical or emotional support, financial help, or even practical advice. The best thing about this is that you literally cannot out-give God. The more you bless other people around you, the more God says, “Let’s play a little game to see who wins. Let’s see who can give the most. The more you bless others, the more I’m going to bless you in return.” The more we are blessed by God, the more He expects us to help others.
The thing is, much is required from the person to whom much is given.
What am I doing with my time? 😁
I believe that if you want to have an extraordinary and fulfilled life, what you do with your time and what you do for money should be two completely different things³. Now that having to wake up every morning to go fetch money is thankfully not an issue, I have the freedom to do whatever I want with my time.
I have been spending quality time with my friends and family, especially with my parents. I have also been reuniting and catching up with people that I have not seen for a long time, mostly because my tight working schedule did not previously allow me to.
At the same time, I am actively mentoring around 15 to 20 people in how the Amazon business works, so that they may also achieve the freedom and lifestyle that I propose (and have proven) is possible. I do not charge a fee for doing this, and do not plan on ever doing so. The truth is that I believe in abundance, and if I want to carry out my master plan I need to surround myself with like-minded with success stories under their belts to help me out.
I am staying on the path I chose to follow. I now have a goal, a plan, a direction, a mission, a purpose. But most importantly I am telling everyone that wants to hear, – that God is good.
Next step: working on the master plan ✨
Imagine a world where people wake up each day inspired and satisfied by the work they do, and return home at the end of the day feeling accomplished and proud of themselves. A world where people pursue their true passions and know for a fact that they are fulfilling God’s perfect plan for their lives, – a plan that is blessed and full of meaning. That is the world that I envision.
I traveled for almost 6 months, and now I’d like to stay in Guatemala for a while. I need to take a step back, be mindful of everything I have discovered and execute the project God has for me. I know this plan will succeed, and that it will have a positive impact on thousands of people.
If you would like to help me, this is the time. I have a plan, but I can’t do it alone. If you believe what I believe, – and if you share my dream of helping others in finding their own individual purposes and helping them break free from the 9-5 lifestyle, send me an email.
I would love to tell you all about it.
¹Religiosity is an extreme or inappropriate devotion to the rituals and traditions of a religion, which sometimes give Christians a bad name. Example: when some people sin, they get told that by saying three Hail Mary’s their sins will be forgiven. Thus praying becomes a punishment, instead of the honor it really is.
²The Fermi Paradox was established by Enrico Fermi, the Nobel prizewinner who built the first nuclear reactor. Click here to read about it, interesting stuff!
³Unless of course you are already fulfilled with the job and lifestyle you already have. I know that some people already possess this perfect lifestyle combination, although it is definitely a small minority.