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The Karma Machine
The Karma Machine

Note: This workshop in Wellington has been canceled by the school due to the low number of participants enrolled.

I just enrolled in a one-day Krav Maga workshop which will take place a month from now when I’m in Wellington, New Zealand.

Krav Maga has been on my life list for several months now, but it’s only been in the “some day” category. And after reading a bit about true-life stories of guys getting mugged (and after traveling in foreign counties quite a bit lately), I’ve come to realize that I might also get mugged, jumped, whatever. And when that happens, I’m not going to be able to say “Oh, wait… can we postpone this, I haven’t had my self-defense training yet. So… let’s take a rain-check and then you can mug me once I’m more prepared”. This is something I’ve needed to do for a while, but kept making excuses and putting it off.

But, the truth is… if you really want to do something, you will find a way to get it done.

No matter what it is, if you really, passionately want to do a thing, your every thought will be focused on attaining that goal.

I’ve put off the self-defense aspect of my life for too long.

Thus, I decided to look for a Krav Maga course in Wellington, New Zealand, which will be my home for the next year.

Instead of thinking I’ll do it “some day” when I get settled in, I added it to my short-term life list (it’s not public, I’m referring to my private mind map for my personal development).

But even that is just “some day”-type thinking. So within 10 minutes of adding it to the above list, I found a workshop in Wellington on a Saturday in March (today is February 20th, the workshop will take place in exactly one month). And then I went ahead and booked the class online. It’s already paid for now! Not gonna be as easy to put this off now that it’s already been paid for.

What are you putting off that you know you need to do? It might be sending an email. It could be registering for a course.

I don’t know what that specific action is for you, because I don’t know you. But I think you do know what it is you need to do. Stop making excuses and do something, no matter how small, to get you closer to where you need to be. What can you do today to get closer to that goal?

Take action.

All the good things you want to do in your life have to be started in the next few hours, days or weeks. — Tom DeMarco

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Life Update and Castles in Belgium

Castle at Bouillon, Belgium
Castle at Bouillon, Belgium

I just realized that my ‘about’ page is pretty freakin’ sissy, so I’ve reverted to the old one. The image of myself on that page is pretty sissy as well, but I’ll change it as soon as I get around to it. The sissy ‘about’ page can be found at http://ngmarley.com/blog/about-2. (Update, April 2015: Not anymore. Sorry.)

Also, I’m going to immigrate to Belgium and purchase a castle there. I’ve already got some semblance of a plan in place, but currently only in my head. Here in a few days when I’m finished traveling I’ll be able to focus more on the specifics and getting it laid out and such. But basically, it’s a €10M in 3 years type thing. Don’t worry, it’s do-able.

It’s really all about belief and the power of thinking big. If you believe you’ll get something, you probably will. As such, I’ve an actual, concrete plan as to how I am going to raise the 10M in Euros within 3 years. I realize that there will be some proverbial bumps in the road along the way and that it will be hard work, but I love that stuff. And I don’t sleep. Sleep is for those people who are broke.

Basically, I’ll setup several internet-based businesses (internet marketing, starting with PPC/PPV and lead gen offers). I will develop 15-20 income streams using this method and then focus on growing them. When I believe the cash flow in each of them is sufficient, I will start and grow new streams, always augmenting, fine-tuning and then scaling them up.

The first year will be the hardest and dedicated to creating the streams and of course learning the ins and outs of the business.

The next year will be mostly an intense growth sprint in preparation for year 3, which will be where 50% of the total sum comes from. Since that’s €5 million, I’ll basically need to have the machine setup already by then and have met certain daily income goals for each income stream. By the end of the second year, I should have about €14K coming in per day, which sounds like a lot, until you split in into about 20 or more sources/income streams. If I have 20 separate income sources, that’s about €700 per day. Now it doesn’t sound too difficult at all. It’s all about perspective.

Later I may add a bar chart which has the same information I just wrote in the previous paragraphs, but bar charts make things seem more well thought-out and people tend to take you more seriously.

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