Hello, friends. Today I am happy to announce the 3rd birthday of Bold and Determined.
3 years long, and 3 years strong, buddy. And what a ride it has been.
We are also nearing the end of 2013 and I can't lie, this year has been a great success for me.
I made a ton of money and did a bunch of traveling (see the post script for travel schedule and pictures).
“Lucky”, some people call me.
Sure, I'm lucky.
But there is a reason “lucky” people are lucky and “unlucky” people are unlucky.
It has to start somewhere…
3 years ago today Bold and Determined was born.
It isn't luck that registered boldanddetermined.com and it wasn't luck that developed the Website for Winners ™. It was foresight, preparation and action.
The reason I had a great year in 2013 was because I planned ahead, I thought it through since 2010, and I did all the work required. Now I can reap the rewards.
See, boys, most websites are fly-by-night operations looking to make a quick buck and a quicker exit.
Bold and Determined has been in it to win it from the get-go.
Today we are one of the most popular websites in the world and we average over 10,000+ visitors per day.
But we didn't start out that way. You don't start out with a giant following unless you are already famous.
If you aren't already famous that means you're a nobody and you've got to become somebody to get an audience.
If you don't have a following you have to build one, and that takes time, effort and commitment.
A history of V. Pride
I used to be a real estate investor. I had money. I had a house. I had this and that, but what I didn't have was location freedom and that's what I wanted.
I was basically a landlord and I was tied to one geographical location.
In fact, I didn't even know location freedom existed until I read The Four Hour Work Week. That book put stars in my eyes and I put a plan into action right then and there.
Enter Bold and Determined….
I registered boldanddetermined.com on Nov. 19, 2010.
The first article appeared one day later on Nov. 20, 2010. It was called 8 Reasons Why Every Man Should Lift Weights.
The 2nd article (which I have just read for the first time in 3 years) appeared on Nov. 26, 2010. It was called The Time is Now (How to Get Ready for the Opportunity). Some choice quotes from the article…
And that’s why you’re going to make your fortune and they are going to toil away in the “safe” jobs with all those great benefits (insurance that they pay for, loss of time and freedom, bending to the will of others, paying more taxes than the average millionaire etc.).
So what should you tell those people about why you’re starting a new business and what it’s all about? Nothing. Don’t tell anyone anything about your plans. There are two reasons for this.
1) Statistically you are less likely to follow through with your plans if you start blabbing about them. The reason is that you subconsciously feel like you have accomplished them simply by talking about them and are less active in actually fulfilling them. How many times has someone told you their great plan to make money and then never followed through with anything? My guess is a million.
2) People will tell you that you are crazy or dumb or both. They will come up with all kinds of reasons and excuses to try and talk you out of doing anything. Deep down no one wants their friends and co-workers to do better than them. That’s why you simply don’t say anything.
So now you know what not to tell people. Now you’re asking yourself what kind of business to start and not tell people about. Well, I could give you all kinds of ideas about businesses to start but they wouldn’t mean anything. Deep down in your heart of hearts you know what type of business you want to start. You may not be able to put your finger on it but you will, eventually. I spent years trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I knew what I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to wake up every morning, put on clothes I didn’t want to wear, rush out the door to sit in traffic for an hour, get to a job I hated, let them tell me when I can take my break, sit in another hour of traffic to get home. All for – what is now in hindsight – a crummy, crummy paycheck.
Sound familiar? That article could have been published to Bold and Determined last week and it would have fit right in.
Our first comment came in January, 2011, two months after launch, from Mr. Matt Marshall. I never told him, or anyone, but Matt's old blog Tried and True fitness was my #1 favorite blog at the time. Until then I had had no feedback whatsoever about the blog. Matt's comment fired me up and I knew right away that I had a winner.
Bold and Determined 3 years later…
Today Bold and Determined is one of the most popular websites in the entire world, verified by industry leader alexa.com.
Nearly 2 million people have visited the site.
And we average 10,000+ visitors per day.
What you see in the graphic above is a slow and steady rise to the top.
They tried to storm (well, waddle) the shores of Bold and Determined. They received a swift kick in the butt from my American size 13 foot and were sent back on their way.
…and the Website for Winners ™ has had steady growth since then.
2013 was a huge year for the Website for Winners ™, and that was not accidental. I'm actually on track to make less money than I planned on, but you know what they say “aim for the stars and you'll reach the sky”.
I don't set daily or weekly goals anymore, I set monthly and yearly goals and I have my schedule planned out months in advance. The plan is fluid and can handle changes, but the outline is always there.
“I want it now, now, now!”
You can't have it now, so get that out of your head. Plan on having it a month from now, or a year from now, and it's more likely to come to fruition.
A patch of dirt doesn't turn into a house “now!”. The house has to be built first, even if you want it now.
The “I want it now!” people never get it because they are goal-less and lazy.
Plan ahead to get ahead…
If you want it now you should have prepared for it yesterday.
Do one thing right now. Go to whois.com and type in the address for your favorite websites. You can see when the domain was registered and when it is set to expire. You can see which websites are serious about long term planning and you can see which websites are operating as “fly by night” operations. Most websites are set to expire within one year. Bold and Determined is set to expire 8 years from now.
The secret to making money online
A lot of people want to make money online, a lot of people have been trying un-successfully to make money online, and can't figure out what the “secret” is. They just can't figure out why they aren't making money. I'll tell you why…
The reason most people can't make money online is because they are too selfish.
You can be selfish in a smart way or you can be selfish in a dumb way. The smart way to be selfish is to help yourself by helping people. The dumb way to be selfish is to only think about yourself and never your audience.
Listen here, no one cares that you want money. People want an answer to their problem, they want help, and they want value.
All the broke internet hustlers are following a get rich quick scam that doesn't help anybody. The broke hustler thinks he's going to make some money running some scam but he never thinks about solutions to problems. He only thinks about what he can get for himself, and all he ever gets is an empty bank account.
So you could cook up some stupid, selfish scheme that won't ever work or you can figure out how to solve a problem.
What can you do for other people? Help other people and you help yourself.
There are 2 types of people
Somebodies and nobodies.
Unless you are somebody special you are nobody. So become somebody if you want success.
I can't say this enough times: no one cares about you or what you want until you become somebody. Nobody cares about nobodies. Other people are just as selfish as you and they want what they want, they don't want what you want.
The only way you are going to stay in business is by providing a solution to a problem. Do that and business will come your way and you will become somebody.
Every single day I get emails from people all around the world telling me how much Bold and Determined has changed their lives…
I first came to your website by googling “How to find the perfect wife”. I had lived the last 3 years like a dog. I sponsored a wife from my country and for 3 years I… When she finally came to Canada, she decided to leave after a month…. So I was tossed on the side like a soiled Kleenex, with a broken heart and crippling debt. To add insult to injury, she decided to get welfare from the government. that I have to pay for because I am responsible for a sponsor for the next 3 years. And she went telling all the people in my community that I had mistreated her, that I was cheap and so was rejected by my own people.
What can a guy do in a feminist society under those circumstances? After I finished moping around for a month, I decided that it was time for big drastic changes in my life. I started reading your blog and devoured every word! What I read deeply resonated in me. Everything made sense and it was clear. That gave me lots of hope. I started working-out to get back in shape like I was some 15 years ago when I was in the Army. I started doing Muay Thai again with mixed BJJ. I had always loved martial arts but never gave it enough time. During all summer I dated hot girls every week. I finally declared bankruptcy but it's no big deal now because I am about to make a shit load of money. I started a web business and it's slowly picking up but it's gonna take time and dedication (I'm a computer programmer).
Vic, I don't know if it's destiny or what, but you came into my life in the perfect time. You inspired me every step of the way, I'm not joking. Six months after my disaster, and now I have a cute GF that's 10 years younger than my ex-whore, that worships the ground I walk on. I became more buff and in shape than before. I went from benching a mere 120lbs to 210! My fighting skills got amazing and now I'm thinking of going to Thailand to enjoy a stay in a Muay Thai camp for a while.
I just wanna say from the bottom of my warrior soul, God bless the day I came across your blog. Your words were the light along my journey and the food to give me enough strength to rise again.
My buddy Chris over at Good Looking Loser (don't let the name fool you, Chris is a Go-Getter) has a great review of 30 Days of Discipline and he has been given the green light to host the official un-official 30 Days of Discipline forum. Grab your copy of the Bootcamp for Winners and head over to the forum and keep track of your progress and goals.
Frequent commenter John Doe has started a no-BS bodybuilding blog with inside secrets about training, nutrition, and even steroids. Check out John Doe Bodybuilding to get a taste. If you like his blog you can sign up for his e-letter and get 10 Underground Secrets of Bodybuilding for free.
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The 3 books that changed my life
- Think and Grow Rich – Mindset is key and Napoleon Hill explains it beautifully in this masterpiece.
- The Four Hour Work Week – Does the 4HWW blueprint work? In the right hands any blueprint will work, in the wrong hands nothing will work. Before I read the book I had no idea world travel was possible, this year I've traveled so much I had to go and get extra pages added to my passport – and I've saved over 20 grand while doing it.
- The Millionaire Fastlane – I read this book in July of this year and I was blown away. I thought I'd already read it all and knew everything, but I was wrong. Because of this book I have re-worked my entire business system. This book is a must read for killers and real dealers.
Now stop thinking about bad things, just success success success.
Until next time.
PS – Victor's Travel Schedule for 2013
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Chiang Mai, Thailand (January)
- Pattaya, Thailand (February)
- Ho Chi Minh Cty, Vietnam (March-April)
- Nha Trang, Vietnam (March)
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia (June)
- Sihanoukville, Cambodia (June)
- Manilla, the Philippines (July)
- San Vicente, the Philippines (July)
- El Nido, the Philippines (July)
- Makati City, the Philippines (July)
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (August)
- Chiang Rai, Thailand (September)
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (again, September)
- Hong Kong (October)
Enjoy some pictures of V. Pride traveling around in 2013.
PPS – A game, a secret, and a chance to win a Bold and Determined Wolf T-shirt
I'm very excited at a recent development. Let me give some backstory…
The stylistic influence behind Bold and Determined is 3-fold.
My own style + a specific song + a specific movie = the Bold and Determined style.
I have quite literally been waiting for 3 years for anyone to guess the song and movie that have been the biggest stylistic influences on Bold and Determined.
Today, on the 3rd birthday of Bold and Determined, someone finally guessed the song (the comment can be viewed here). See below…
I am going to extend the offer for VIP status to anyone who can guess the movie that was a huge influence on Bold and Determined.
The first person to correctly guess the movie will receive 1) all current Bold and Determined e-books free of charge, 2) any future products free of charge and 3) a Bold and Determined Wolf T-shirt free of charge.
I'll give you a small hint: when you hear the name of the movie it's going to make perfect sense.
Leave a comment below with your guess. The first person to guess correctly will win the very first official Bold and Determined Wolf T-shirt.
Good luck. OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!