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2017 is here!

A new year is always a chance for a fresh start.
And whilst any moment is a good moment to start a better life it is a psychologically good to put something behind you when starting over.

So why not plan and refocus.

I know my 2017 will be focused on running my company. It will be a very important year. Probably the most important year so far.

In 2017 I look forward to having every process fully automated. I just need good commitment for a few more months before it can be feasible reality.
Now I have automated lead generation and project management to the point where they are running around 80% without me. I want to get close to 100% and stable before hiring my first salespeople. After that I should be free from the day to day operations.

Now, I got to say that 2017 didn’t start too gloriously for me.

In the morning hours I ended up puking in the toilet from too much beer.

That is why I am taking 100 days break from drinking.
So no alcohol for 100 days.

In exactly 100 days I will be flying from Taiwan back to the philippines. So that is actually very convenient.

Apart from these things I think it is good to just map out priorities so that they are clear and concise in my mind.

2017 Focuses:
1. Build a lasting agency. Focus on inbound and delivery more than outbound and sales. Running my agency will be a lot more focused on content marketing and I on the other hand will seek to be the main expert in the company. This means that there will be all the bells and whistles of online marketing soon. Traffic, a tripwire, lead magnet etc etc.. ūüôā

2. Become a master delegator. With so much cheap labor, I shouldn’t do things myself. I am going to be a leader, use others, not being the hero.

3. Take better care of myself. This is a bit related to the last point but I want to make sure that I do my evening meditation almost every time.

4. Take care of my diet. Lets bring back the healthy diet. No drinking for the first 100 days, but also I want to average at least one healthy meal for every day. I will also be stricter in eating my vegetables.

5. Take time to exercise. Now, it is difficult to put goals and promises to these because situations vary a lot when you travel.

So those are five focuses of mine. Seems like they are all long-term oriented.

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Now the 1st of January also marks the end of my dieting 10% bodyfat challenge.

I definitely lost a few kilos.

However I am very much in the dark regarding this because I haven’t seen a single scale in Asia.

The last time I measured was in Warsaw 40 days ago.
And I was couple kilos from my goal.

So I think it is fair to say that I missed it by just a kilo or so.

However, commitments are commitments.

So, I am going to get to 10%. And I am going to record it.

That is not really even important for my body but for my resolve.

You cannot back down on your commitments.

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2015 review and my 2016 goals

The goals, my review of 2015:

1.¬†15000‚ā¨ in sales. Make profit –¬†FAIL
On my typical fashion I was way optimistic about this, I wasn’t able to make as many cold-calls that I wanted. I wasn’t disciplined enough to really commit to my business, I ended up being disgusted by it and I started to feel that I am more and more just begging for euros, trying to close them on a solution that is good for their business but probably not as good as the solutions that other people have in offer.


2.Get 12 girls –¬†FAIL
I got a bit over half-way. ¬†This failed¬†not only because of my¬†attitude but because it wasn’t high on my¬†priorities. On the plus side I held some girls for a while. Unlike in the past. I often¬†felt a bit apathetic, I wasn’t focused when going out and ended up doing¬†too much drinking and wasting time. As a result, my momentum sucked and I didn’t go out enough to achieve 12. 12 is not high but it is high enough that it typically requires some effort.

I started the year very well and the difference in attitude I had then and the attitude now is stunning. But I know what I was doing different and got little better at the end of the year.

Couple things that seem to be crucial for me:
1. Being really clear of my why.

2. Destroying the ego constantly by being rejected a ton.

3. Regular meditation makes me more conscious of the choice to choose. Also I am more creative in my verbals.

4. Not drinking, because drinking fades the intent it puts you off your mission. I often ended up drinking for courage, which is stupid and lame.


3.
 For every new girl I get, I get to drink. FAIL
Dammit. Failed this one too. This one failed on November, December when it was time to leave all my friends and I wanted to celebrate my leaving of Vaasa. Excuses aside it was 100% my decision to drink and 100% my fault that I didn’t have sex with more girls.

4.Improvement in my areas of interests (Learning, reading)‚ÄďRead/listen 50 books. SUCCESS
I redt¬†44 complete books. On top of these a bunch of half-ones, a lot of useful youtube talks while at the gym and walking, couple good audio programs, my business mastermind calls, my own studying of Google adwords, landing pages, ecommerce etc…

5.Using my time effectively. (Living life) ‚Äď No more than 5 hours a week of bullshit TV. BS=Anything that is not aligned with values. SUCCESS
This is pretty easy. I sometimes find myself to get addicted to NFL and 5 hours goes fast when you are engaged. Now on December I also stopped checking out the news all the time. As a result I am probably little bit more calmer and a lot more focused, I am going to keep it up. I know I am efficient with my time, I am good at getting things done in a short time frame. What I need to work on is prioritization and being efficient on the right things.

6.Eating healthy ‚Äď Have more consciousness of what I eat. Don‚Äôt eat junk foods more than once a week. Don‚Äôt buy chips, candy, chocolate <75%. Don‚Äôt eat more than 4 liters of ice-cream.¬†SUCCESS
Apart from Budapest this was a glorious success. I don’t eat bullshit, it is now carved deep in to my¬†identity. When I go to shop and see people buying crap I often feel like I am simply just not one of these people. It is like they are alien to me.

7. Achieve the bachelor’s degree in business. SUCCESS
Technically didn’t yet, but all the work is done and now it is just bureaucracy wheels need to turn for couple months. I am going to give myself a pass on this one ūüôā

8.Exercising to have a healthy body ‚Äď Exercise at least 3 times a week.¬†SUCCESS
This is good. I started tracking my hours, in the last 60 days I did 66 hours. That is¬†good. Exercise wasn’t always perfect but I aim for consistency.

9. New goal: Travel to 3 new countries.  SUCCESS
Albania, Montenegro and Croatia coming up. All new countries. Traveling¬†2.8-26.8. Good experience, something new to my life. Always nice ūüôā

10. Complete 500XP points on Duolingo.  -Goal * 25% FAIL
Started this goal literally 5 days ago… That was a bit too late to complete this but I got to 310XP. It was fun and it seems like an efficient way to learn the language. Going to do a bit more before I hit Madrid, Spain in a week.

11. New goal: Do 1000 cold-calls. FAIL
One thing I found out this autumn: Focusing on cold-calls is damn though when you don’t have full day on it. When you have other things to focus on your life it is easy to do something else than the hardest thing, especially since you have to squeeze your calls in to tight windows. I ended up doing only about 500, in my defense they were very targeted… I do enjoy the little momentum boost you get from cold-calling I can’t see myself doing it for much longer.

I am going to focus on another business model for 2016. I need a new beginning.

12. New goal: Make daily plans, alarm set Sun-Thu at a certain time to remind me. FAIL
I had the alarm on for a few weeks, then got bored of it, because my goals were almost always a bit same. So I gave up this habit.

 

Conclusions: 6/12 I failed on the most important, hardest goals and the least important goals. Maybe the top ones were too difficult and maybe the bottom ones were too unimportant. Middle ones were achievable and still important enough.

For next year I want to set less goals, so my goals are all important. I want to be focused on the most important things.


The  2016: Goals

A thing I am going to do a little differently in 2016 is I am going to focus a little bit more on effort and a bit less on results. I have tracked my time usage in the past 2 months and I will keep it up at 2016. Success requires concentrated effort and that is what I aim to put in. Time invested * Return on time investment = results.

People usually act for one reason: to reach a goal. Thus motivation is a goal-directed drive, and it seldom occurs in a void.

So here is my goals for the year 2016:

1. 30000‚ā¨ in sales. Make profit¬†
I failed at my revenue goal in 2015 but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t put it a bit higher for 2016. Making money is important and 2016 will be a good year to make money. Always aim high because after all making money is 50% of what life all about.

2.Get 12 girls
I need to redeem myself after a disappointing 2015. Everybody is¬†curious¬†whether I¬†still got what it takes to go double digits and beyond.¬†It is important to maintain momentum here, this needs focus. If I haven’t achieved good success by¬†autumn I will probably go to either sunny beach or Thailand.

3.
 For every new girl I have sex with, I get to get drunk. Otherwise it is 4 alcohol servings limit per night.
Goes well with number 2. The less I drink the more I get laid. My game is at its¬†best after 0-2 drinks. My life is at its best¬†when I keep it well under 4 beers. No hangovers, clear mind, happy body ūüôā

4. Track and put in the hours accordingly:

Activity                    Day    Week  Month    Year

Business:                 3,5       24,5      98       1176
Getting smarter:    2          14         56        672
Exercise:                   1           7          28       336
AM + PM routines:0,5     3,5       14       168
Totals:                       7         49       196      2352

Now this may seem like little, especially on the business side, but since I am going to be in school also my time will be quite limited. I know however if I can somewhat keep up in the spring I have a chance to succeed in this.

In general here we are talking about a primary activity. Full focus activity.
Not counting breaks longer than couple minutes. I have defined the definitions with more detail on my notepad.

Some of my most loyal readers might note that there is a little 1 month vacation rigged in to these numbers. The schedule might be a bit though to follow but I think it is the only way to succeed in what I am about to do.

 

That’s it. Only 4 goals for 2016!
The reason I can get by with only 4 is that I know these are challenging enough so that they require effort, and they require me to not be unfocused. For next year to be a success my path needs to be narrow and my focus sharp.


Now that we still have a few hours left of 2015 it is a good moment to look back at some of the later parts of the year. I have moved many times in my life and¬†every time I do it is easy to get a little bit nostalgic about it all, the thing that bothered you don’t anymore and the things that you¬†didn’t appreciate before suddenly seem cool. I think it is the principle of scarcity working on our brain. It only becomes valuable right before you are about to lose it. But I need adventure, always have. Living gives me the spark in my eyes and makes me feel alive. Here is some of my last pictures.

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Representing my Uni. @ Tampere. This was already a couple months ago but it was when I lost my 4 limit control and started to get drunk way too often.

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Checked out a¬†local hockey game. Still can’t believe how small the arena was. They didn’t even have cheerleaders because they wouldn’t fit in.

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Couple sunsets from my last days. I don’t think I even noticed these before I was about to move.

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20151218_124039Packed all my stuff in to this van.

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This is all I own. It all fits very nicely in to a back of a van. Time to move on, new adventures ūüôā

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How rich am I really?

People often ask me how much money I made from poker.

Well.

I made enough so that if I wanted I could retire today

I could live quite an average life somewhere far away and sunny

In countries like Cambodia or Bangladesh.

To be honest, I am a bit worried about the 6-7% growth rates in these countries.
GDP growth brings inflation with it.

Instead I might choose some other place with less of a developing economy.
Like Swaziland in southern Africa might be a solid choice.

Not too many retirees ruining the scenery.
Chill out with my multiple wives.
Sunny weather, yet far enough from the equator to give little mercy for my white ass.

But, why am I talking about moving to f*cking Swaziland.

It just illustrates my thinking that for a long time I though this way.

That money is just something you buy freedom with.
And it’s so scarce you have to accumulate every penny and protect. It’s hard to make.
Something that allows you to retire because making money is painful and always sucks.

Why am I thinking this?
I don’t even want to retire.

It’s easy to feel like money is really abundant when you’re just making a lot of it.
Printing it playing poker.
Then when you’re not, you’re kinda dropped from the sky back to ground level.

Especially when you surround yourself with poor people like I did in Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia. These scarcity mindsets are infectious.
It hammers in to you that money is scarce because a dollar is a lot of money over there.
It’s easy to buy in to. A lot of backpackers (me included)¬†were being really cheap. I’m sure that¬†when they go back home to their wealthy countries they¬†are not the same there, they just spend it up.

Same thing happened to me a little bit.
It doesn’t make any sense.

Wealth beliefs!

I’ve been working on how I think about money a bit.
It’s funny to dive deep in your mind and try to figure out why you’re¬†thinking and beliefs are the way that they are. Dive deep in to your mind.
You start to unlock these beliefs little by little.

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Why do I perceive money to be so scarce?
It’s probably one of these things that I¬†inherited from my¬†parents.

Some things happened like 20 years ago and they are still running the show.
And I have all these beliefs based on these things.
I had no idea why they even existed.

We tend to think we’re these rational beings whose thinking is all logical.
When it’s more likely to just be that random events happened to you and you became you.

Most people never question their beliefs.
We are just looking to strengthen our existing beliefs.
Like a lens blocking out everything else.
If you don’t question your beliefs they¬†tend to stay the same..

I really needed to work on these.
I felt such scarcity when it came to money.
If it’s this hard to make money, how could I ever become an entrepreneur?
All that would be left would be to be a company man. Make the dollars per hour.
It would be a huge limiting belief, being an employee would be the only option.
There would be nothing else.

It’s quite exiting. The¬†more I have dived in to this.
The more I think about it.
The more I start to just be certain that business can be done.
It’s not impossible by any means; if I just stick at it success is eventually¬†more likely than failing.

It’s just a complete mindset¬†shift in two months.
My plan making my goals for 2015 was just to grind some passive income online affiliating or something.
Now I¬†have¬†5 or so ideas I could do to probably get in to ‚ā¨50k+ years.
Next step: Execute

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My farewell to online poker

I haven’t played a single hand of poker since I moved out of Prague 5 months ago.

I still think there‚Äôs money to be made in online poker but having tried it out full time for a year, I kind of drained my passion for the game. My time in Prague made me realize that I wasn’t that passionate about online poker anymore; I was in it mostly for the money. I could look at the pro poker players around me and they seemed to be a lot more interested in the game than I was, I don’t think there is a¬†long-term future for me in poker.

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This is from my crib in Vaasa back in 2010. This is where I started making money playing 90-man tournaments.

Am I done? It’s a though question. All I can say is that: as for this moment I am done.

If I am done for good, I know I can always look back on it with gratitude. What an incredible ride it has been. I doubt I’ll ever find something as awesome to make money in as online poker was. What a great opportunity for a kid like me to make a good bunch of money. And I can say that I had an absolute blast doing it.

I didn’t have the most incredible career but it makes me humble to reflect back on it. What an amazing ride it has been. I got so much more out of this game¬†that I ever put in, and in life that is rare. I honestly feel poker¬†was my savior, my escape from the shitty 9-5 life that would have been my faith otherwise.

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A picture from early 2013. I had done well and my office has seen some improvements

This game has led me to some of the most incredible adventures, places I would have never seen otherwise. It gave me freedom beyond anything that I could have asked for.

I don’t really know how many hours I spent playing but it is in the¬†thousands. I played almost 40000 tournaments. Probably closer to 2 million poker hands.

I am sure this game has shaped me for the better, who knows who I would be without it. I know for sure that I wouldn’t be the same guy as I am now.

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Young me, working hard in Helsinki. Summer 2013

I just feel I shouldn’t dabble with these kind of things anymore, maybe I am having some kind of a mid twenties¬†crisis but I have always felt that you should just choose whether you go for something or you don‚Äôt.

In life you can probably only have a couple of careers at most, and I am fully aware that I am growing older at a rate that is scary fast. I want to get others things done now. I just hope one day I will get to do something that will be as much fun as playing poker has been.

Cheers. I just wanted to say my farewells. It’s time for me to get off the poker stage for now.

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Moving in to a new home

New city. New adventures.¬† New house. New life. New opportunity. My second chance ūüôā

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Oh yeah. I have a home once again!
Not as glorious as my Prague penthouse but almost.

19m² of pure beauty.

Its really close to the clubs. All the clubs are close together, its a small town.
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20150111_130917_PanoI have always thought where you live is more important than how you live. This location is amazing. I can just quickly walk where ever I want to go.


Other than that. The goals are coming along pretty nicely so far. As they should since I have had so much free time. I need to get a bit better with my reading but I think my brain will adapt to the pace. Eventually when my reading and concentration improves I get my daily 50 pages done faster and have some energy for the other important stuff afterwards as well.

I’m also Excited to get back to gym. I promise to have a six pack in a couple of months. I will start building a bit of an endurance base on the beginning¬†it take it¬†from there.

This town is a good place to have some non distraction hustle. I always get a lot done here. It can be a benefit that there is nightlife only 2 nights a week. Hit it hard when it’s on. It is¬†going to be a good challenge for me to turn my Vaasa life ¬†in to an amazing porn film.


I was thinking I have been with a fair amount of girls by now
and many of their stories are documented in writing BUT
I don’t have any pictures stored of these girls.
I think this is was a huge injustice that had to be made right.

I created a picture collection: “the girls of the past.”
Kind of like a collection of my childhood I can look back on when I am a horny old man.

I am a big believer in documenting life, if you don’t record what is happening the memories¬† quickly fade in to this kind of fuzz.
So I dag deep on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Whatsapp to hunt down any pictures I still could find.

2-by-10-would-not-bang-19Some people say keeping a list is stupid because it makes you do it for the wrong reasons. I disagree, I think whatever gets you motivated, use it.
Some people say I am doing this to feed my ego. BUT.

To deny this would be to deny history.
As a humble man I asked myself the question:
Who am I to deny history?

I was able to find face pictures of 57% girls who got fucked.

I took the best 3 pictures of each girl that were within half a year of getting together.

And I love the¬†album ūüôā

So document your life, your children deserve to know who you are.

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