Going To US For 3 Weeks

So in just one more week, I’ll be flying off to the US! This will be my second time going there since 2011, and the first time I will be away from home for so long on a solo trip.

My main intentions for this trip:

First stop, Singapore: to meet up with some of my core business associates to strategize and synchronize our product launch plans for the year. This had been planned for months and everyone will be flying from different countries to meet at Marina Sands Bay on 24th January. I view this as a historical event in the making, as for the first time many of us will be meeting in person after years of working together from our respective countries.

Next it’s Oliver Talamayan’s High Ticket Mastermind in Dallas, Texas: I will be spending my first 5 days here (Jan 27 – 31) to learn how to take my business to the next level with high ticket programs. I went up to VIP level so will be here for 5 instead of the standard 3 days.

After that, I’ll be in LA with Henry Gold and Huey Lee from 1st to 5th February: I’ve been working with Henry online for years and he’s also one of my core business associates. Since he cannot make it to Singapore, I will be bringing the news to him in the flesh. Huey will be joining us too, though I originally thought I’d see him in the Dallas event. We’ll talk business and also have tourist fun :)

The last highlight of the trip will be Traffic & Conversion Summit 2016 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego: will be here Feb 8 – 12. Not sure what to expect since I understand this event attracts a different breed of marketers and business owners. Launchers would go for the Mayhem event in March, unfortunately I cannot make it for that one.

All in, I expect to return to Malaysia by February 17.

I aim to meet more people this time than my first trip to Vegas 5 years ago, as I spent only a few days at the same place back then. With more time means I can meet more people and contrary to what my friends think, I’m not really here for a vacation.

My goal is business growth and the mastery of the next level.

While I am happy to say 2015 had panned out marvelous and so far according to original plan I had back in 2014 for Musemancer (start an office and full-time team, systemize for 1-2 product launch a month average), I know that I cannot solve tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s solutions.

Way I see it, to get to the next level means mastering High Ticket. I haven’t been great at big ticket (when I learned the REAL definition of ‘big ticket’ was $5K – $30K and above not $297-$997 from my early days), and back then I depended on my then partner Khai Ng to close the sale for every person I got onto the call.

There is no other way around it now, and I have to be that master.

What I learn in US will determine how Musemancer goes forward this year. Until then, my team will make do with our current system. I am already looking forward to coming back with great news…

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BONUS SIDENOTE: “Hey man, when are you getting a girlfriend or a wife?”

The short answer: no, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. And I’m not on an active lookout for a girlfriend. Not now.

In less than a year I am going to be 30. As time goes on, I get asked this more and more often – be it over meals, at functions and relatives gathering.

I am the eldest of the two and among my immediate cousins. From the looks of things, my mom and my extended family are expecting me to be the first to get married.

Then there’s peer pressure. It’s as if there’s a contest going on to see who gets married first, followed by their first baby and then another.

This is a life goal for some, but not for me, all things considered. For one, the idea of getting married is something that genuinely does not interest me. Maybe I will change my mind someday, but not today. I am at my prime right now; I would hate to do anything to disrupt this flow.

Two, I’m not a ‘baby’ guy. Some people love kids – I don’t. Again, I might go through another phase later in life.

Point three is the biggest reason for me: in the past year alone I personally know of friends and people whose lives and energy had gone downhill owing to their marriage.

A friend from Indonesia I know was making as high as $50,000 in a single day (no typo, FIFTY THOUSAND dollars) among other crazy things he was doing… now lost most of his fortune after his wife broke up with him 3 years into marriage, and is denied from seeing his own daughter. He was supposed to work with me and finished what I started on a niche product project… but what can one accomplish in a state of depression?

One of my inner circle business associates was flying high at the start of 2015, only to go on a hiatus for several months after divorcing his wife. After 9 years of a pretentious and loveless marriage, he decided enough was enough.

A woman I know is now walking the similar path my mother took many years ago: her womanizing husband cheated on her, and now she’s left to take care of her two growing kids. She was a career woman, still is… but let’s say she’s seen better days, health and financial wise.

These are just some immediate examples, with more if I sit down and write further.

The scary part? I don’t think I can handle emotional situations as well as these folks. I’d probably do WORSE.

For many of the more fortunate ones, most of them had settled into a life of mediocrity: less sex, less money, less happiness, less everything – and eventually they become has-beens.

How many people you know personally are like that right now? I know too many. And I am very, very sure that’s not the kind of life I want to live, only because everybody else seems to be doing it.

Instead of ‘seeking approval’ from my other half and changing diapers, I rather be out there making moolah and do what most people can only dream of – and feel REALLY ALIVE doing it.

That my married friends always tell me they’re envious of my lifestyle and achievements, on top of their reminiscing of their care-free days, has pretty much validated my thoughts on this.

So finding a girlfriend? Quite possible – if we truly match like a pair of gloves on a synergetic level. But getting married? That’s an afterthought.

Christmas at QLS Fitness

Ever since I started Musemancer as a company with full-time staff last year, I frequent the gym about 1-2 times a week compared to average 3 times a week before.

With the long holidays, I’ve squeezed in the past two days with gym training at QLS Fitness, and topping off with home training.

Good news is: my chest and arms are more solid now.

Not so good news: somehow the flabs accumulate at the love handles, lol

 

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Andrew “BEAST” Lee and I at the gym today. :-)

OK current progress update:

Current body weight: 65 KG

  • Squats – 65KG x 6 reps x 4 sets
  • Deadlifts – 100KG x 6 reps x 4 sets
  • Bench Press – 60KG x 6 reps x sets

My goal now is to get rid of the little flabs at the sides, that’d make what will be the perfect body for me! :)

Checking Out The New BMW i8

It has just been less than less than a month since I got my new BMW, and I am already day dreaming about my next and future car when I learned of the cutting edge BMW i8. (That’s the good thing about cars… they’re not girlfriends, lol)

Today I had to go see the BMW i8 in person at the Auto Bavaria show room at Jalan Tun Razak, KL.
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This is truly a piece of technological marvel that has brought the future to the present!

Pros:

  • Futuristic design that’s gonna be a showstopper for sure
  • Marvelous RM90 road tax due to its 1.5L engine (lol)
  • Packs a punch for a 1.5L engine cos it’s coupled with electric motors, making it an All Wheel Drive
  • Being a hybrid sports car, lower CO2 emissions

Cons:

  • I don’t know its direct competitors, but its top speed is kinda weak against other sports cars at its price or less (clocks in 250 km/h top speed)
  • At RM 1.2 MILLION (~US$400K) it costs nearly 4X more than its American and European counterparts (around US$100K – US$130K)

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Hmmm… Still I feel this is worth becoming a new goal for my early 30’s. The futuristic design is enough to win me over.

At present moment I am only 1/8th from truly earning this beauty. I need a new financial game plan to bag this in 3 years (but my overall strategy won’t change… it will always be Grow Business -> Buy Assets -> Assets Buy Liabilities)

 

Rock Climbing at Camp 5

It’s been more than a month since I last took the Musemancer team out anywhere. Now that the Cover Genie Pro launch has been done and support is more manageable, we needed to give ourselves a treat.

After all, we just got a new full-time staff and two Interns joining us this week – in time to have fun with us!

One of my colleagues, Augustine, suggested we go rock climbing at Camp 5, 1 Utama. Why not? First and last time I went here was 6 years ago.

And whoa… the girls sure could climb. They’ve been trashing us guys at it! Way to go :)

New Car!

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Finally, I’ve fulfilled the promise I made to myself 23 year old self – that is to get a BMW while I’m still in my 20’s!

And I sure held it off for years… With only one year plus left to hit my target (going to be 29 years old in less than a week)

Sometimes I think I could have had achieved it faster if I had kept the fire burning and hustle at high intensity. Maybe I could have gotten a new car at least 2 years earlier?

However I don’t regret the process. I am very glad I followed the process of accumulating my material gains in an ‘orderly fashion’ and stuck to it.

Take care of my mom’s side first -> build and grow the business -> secure a house first and get out of rented property -> squeezed in at least 1 property purchase for investing -> then finally I move in to reward myself with a new car!

I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I know most people would have splashed on a big car almost immediately after making some money. Which is totally unwise no matter how I see it.

I know with 100% conviction that I earned my new ride the right, smart way and that I took care of my bases very well before anything else.

So what’s next? Just gonna grow my digital publishing and online marketing business further, and buy more assets! That’s the name of the game. :-)

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