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.

My First Property Investment – And It’s Overseas!

I didn’t think I would come to Manila again so soon. Between my long drive to Kuantan, Pahang for Tone Excel’s Anniversary Dinner and the ‘most look forward to’ event of the year, DBA Surabaya Live, I wasn’t keen on squeezing in this trip to the Philippines in the short notice.

If not for the prospects of investing in property there.

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In the last two months, I had been reading up books and any material on real estate investing in my off time, and viewed a few properties here in the Klang Valley for starters.

Sometimes I damn myself for not coming to this realization sooner. When I bought my houses in 2009 and 2012, I was so put off by the paperwork and tedious process – and weighing against my Online Business that is making money in US Dollars – I decided investing in real estate wasn’t worth the time and effort.

I’ve changed my mind.

I came to realization that even though I’ve been fortunate to run a successful, profitable online business selling my digital products for a decade already – who’s to say what will happen in the coming years?

A Facebook Post from a fellow online entrepreneur, Andrew Fox, caught my attention some time ago. He suggests buying properties for long term investing and cash flow despite running successful businesses. Paraphrased, “Which one do you think will have a higher chance of being around 10 to 20 years from now: your online business, or your property?”

I’ve ran this scenario many times in my mind if I were to be gone tomorrow – will my mother and sister be able to figure out my work and take over from here? How long can the sales I generate today last?

That decided it. Suddenly the paperwork and tedious efforts don’t seem so bad now.

Throughout a series of events and connecting around, I was able to get into this property investment tour to Manila, organized by Gerald Kong. The group consists of 6 people, a joint Malaysian/Singaporean group.

Three days in Manila with most of the action happening on the second day, we hopped from one location to another – checking out properties to consider investing in. Just as important, we did our homework and studied the environment and the people.

In the company of men old enough to be my father and so loaded they can buy floors of units, I was the rookie asking noob questions.

After coming back, I’ve put the down payment for my first property for investing… overseas. This shall be the first of many!

 

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As I am writing this, the exchange rate is now $1 = MYR 4.3. I am more fired up than ever to continue crushing it online with my launches and promos, thus enabling me to save more for investing in properties (something I should have done 3 years ago instead of buying house for own stay but oh well, learn something new everyday)

Flying back gave me ample free time to day dream. I don’t know if I am crazy for dreaming this – and I don’t know how I am going to do it (yet) – I love the idea of having a 100 properties before 40.

No resting on laurels!

Upping The Game From Here

6:00 AM and I find it hard to sleep. So what’s been brewing since I last wrote anything here in the last three months?

I’ve gotten use to running the show at Musemancer. Went on our first team retreat with ChromaBit in Langkawi. And last Thursday I found out I’m *this* close to hitting my ideal body weight, just 100g shy of the 65 KG mark – except that I arrived here on fats. Like, 25% body fat.

I’ve started training at the gym 3 times a week again starting this week, and to go back to this routine means less dicking around and more automation of my team.

Which is another challenge going on there.

Our Graphic Designer, Joe, is leaving us on account of Cancer. Second stage. Big shit hit the fan right there. While a new writer is coming in next week, our two Interns are about to complete their Internship with us end of this month.

Now I remember why I stayed away from starting my own physical team and premise for so many years.

But there’s no turning back already.

I’ve seen and reaped the rewards despite the higher risks.

From here on, it’s go BIG or go back home.

So here’s my next game plan for the next two months:

  • Create two more traffic generation channels for sustained lead generation
  • Get into the lead generation business for high-end B2Cs
  • Add in (non-coaching) high ticket offers in the $297 – $497 range
  • Continue launching 1-2 products a month (while the USD to Malaysian Ringgits exchange is in my favor I’m going ALL IN… it’s $1 = MYR 3.7 average again!)

And in the next 3 – 6 months:

  • Invest in my first property (I bought two houses but since we occupy them they are liabilities… thus the next piece is going to be an asset)
  • Do my first product launch in the Self Help niche

That’s the plan in a nutshell…

MH370

ADDED: MH370 memorial at Sunway Pyramid on 26th March 2014.

Today is a tragic day for fellow Malaysians, family members and relatives of the passengers who were aboard the ill fated MH370 flight bound for Beijing. It’s been more than 20 hours yet there is still no sign of the aircraft. The search is ongoing but the incident is already recorded in the nation’s history as the worst aviation disaster.

I am glad the authorities were transparent with the incident and are doing everything they can to search for the missing aircraft and many more netizens pouring out their prayers, concerns, encouragement and sharing of grief.

Then we also have keyboard warriors who trivialize the disaster. Spreading rumors and conspiracy theories because it’s a “pertandingan siapa lebih cepat post berita”. Blaming MAS (they have a near-flawless record of accidents). Politics, religion and race? Uncalled for.

For the sake of the passengers, I really DO HOPE they are safe even though the chances of survival are less than slim by now.

As a regular traveller, this comes across as SHOCKING. Never before in history of Malaysian aviation that a disaster of this scale occurred. And the scary part? This could have happened to ANYONE.

In as much as it’s a blow to the nation, I think we have learned something today. Life is short, live it to the fullest. For you will never know when your final hour comes.

Until then, let the authorities do their job and the rest of us can only hope for the best.

ADDED: Memorial and message to MH370 tragedy at City Square, Johor Bahru. 2nd April 2014.
ADDED: Memorial and message to MH370 tragedy at City Square, Johor Bahru. 2nd April 2014.

Why I Don’t Smoke, Drink And Gamble

I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t gamble.

And it goes beyond being a ‘good boy’. It’s personal.

My aunt died from lung cancer in 1999. My uncle is a chain smoker and as I am writing this, his health is deteriorating. Today he has to wash down dozens of supplements daily and watch his diet like a hawk. He hasn’t been able to cut back on his cigarette intake much due to decades of addiction to smoking, since the day he picked up his first stick in his teens.

When my father was still living with us, I would sometimes dreadfully accompany him to places that an underage shouldn’t be hanging out at. My father flirted with women, got drunk, got abusive with my mother by the time he gets home, and still pissed ass drunk.

I’ve also seen my father lose at the table every time he gambles. There were days it would seem he will be going home green, but knowing that’s too good to be true my feelings were always right. I kept telling my dad that the money would have been better spent putting food on the table or pay off our debts back then, but to this day I still don’t understand gamblers. Every time I see a gambler, I see a loser who doesn’t have his priorities right.

While my mother wasn’t a gambling addict, her lack of ability to get a higher paying job coupled with desperation made her resort to the only other means of income she knew: buying Toto. Unlike my father, my mother had better luck and there were actually several times she struck the consolation prizes, enough to get us by at times. But I hated the hopelessness we felt at the dread of having to pray and be at the mercy of luck.

So if you have always wondered why I don’t smoke, don’t drink and don’t gamble… now you know why!