And a beautiful morning she is. OK, to be honest it's night time for me. I'm on the other side of the world at the moment. Bangkok, to be precise. But I did have a nice morning and I hope you do the same.
On Bold and Determined I have said over and over again that losers will always try and take you down a peg or two. Self improvement is some sort of allergy to losers. They want to take their misery out on winners and I'll show you a perfect example.
Normally I ignore hate mail but I wanted to share this 100% real hate mail I received just the other day:
“You might be big, you might be strong, but it took you a long time to get there and you make a living only because you live where it costs nothing to live, i.e., Vietnam and Cambodia.”
Hatemail Harry has accused me of working hard in the gym, living cheap and being smart with money.
Guilty as charged.
Yes, it's true. I worked out for many years to get big and strong. Yes, it's true that I live cheap. And with good reason. But first…
Let me show you a picture that illustrates why I am big and strong:
Notice two things.
- I'm in a gym.
- I'm covered in sweat.
That's a picture of me on vacation at a beach resort town. That liquid on me isn't Mountain Dew, it's sweat. Sweat equity, to be precise. You can't buy your body with money, it costs sweat. You can buy all the surgery and you can buy all the steroids but you can't buy the sweat, and the sweat is what gets you there.
Your business costs you sweat equity too. You can't buy money, you can only earn it. You earn your money by building it up and working on it day in and day out, no matter how much you don't feel like it. You earn your money and you earn your body by the same exact method – consistency.
Winners don't start & stop, start & stop, start & stop repeatedly, but losers are always “getting ready to start” or “taking a small break”, or sending snide remarks to their betters.
Five months ago I wrote a blog post entitled How to Improve Your Mood by Making More Money. In that post I said:
Right now I make 3.5 grand per month doing nothing … Now I expect to make 8+ grand per month doing a lot more work.
That was 5 months ago when I made that public statement and stated my intention. My income for the past 5 months has been exactly what I said it was going to be.
That's what sets the go-getters apart from the no-getters. Sweat equity, determination and dedication to goals. Putting in the work to reap the rewards. Something losers can't comprehend. First you do work, then you get paid. If it takes years then it takes years.
Losers want to do nothing and have the spoils of war given to them. Warriors do the work and then take the spoils of war as their right.
7 years from A-Z. Strength, Confidence, Pride, Accomplishment.
How Winning is Done
Put in the time and put in the effort. Like Rocky says, take the hits and keep moving forward. I've been in the gym for 7 years and Bold and Determined has been online for 3 years. When I started weight training I had no physique, no base, and no real strength to start from. When I started online I had no connections and no knowledge whatsoever about building an online business. But I had heart, consistency and desire. I spent an entire year living on $800 per month so I could learn.
In the time it took the Hatemail Harry to send me a hate mail accusing me of being big and strong and smart with money he could have went to amazon.com and fired off an order for How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis and Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He could have spent his time learning how winners got their winning done. He could have spent his abundant free time learning a new trade that would make him better as a man.
Design Your Lifestyle
I've personally got all the free time in the world, if I want it. I truly could work 4 hours per week if I felt like it. I don't have to punch a time clock and I don't have to be in the office by 9:00am. That was no accident, that was by design and intent. Rather than spend my time working in some office, paying taxes so welfare recipients can get new smart phones, I have found a better solution. It's a 4 part solution:
- Make money on your own terms.
- Live abroad.
- Leverage a 1st world income to get maximum benefit in a developing country.
- Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion so you don't owe income tax.
When you spend 330+ days abroad each year you can take advantage of a little known tax program that lets you keep your foreign earned income up to about 98k. Hatemail Harry might be happy to know that not only am I big and strong, but I also get to keep my dollars earned. Rather than throwing money away on inefficient, childish tax programs I keep it instead.
If you aren't familiar with the US tax system the taxes owed on a 98k salary are about thirty thousand dollars. Poof. Just gone to some governmental nitwit programs. Using the outline above you could put that money in the bank rather than flush it down the toilet.
Or you could send hatemail to winners. Don't bother me none either way. Hatemail just gives me fuel for the fire and I'll take all the hits and keep moving forward.
Keep on winning and grinning, boys. Until next time.
PS – Don't forget to buy Body of a Spartan to you too can become a big and strong winner.