The Californian Road Trip

Los Angeles and the subsequent places had a vibe far different from Dallas. This is more city-like, with lots of hustles and bustles and… unusually a lot of Asians. Hmmm… anyways I met Henry Gold at LAX and we embarked on a 5 day road trip with a mini van he rented.

Entertained the idea of getting an international driving license before this but after seeing the streets here, probably unwise to drive here (where I come from, our driver seats are on the right)

In 5 days we covered Universal Studios, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, Solvang, Montery, and of course the (in)famous Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco!

It was an exhaustive road trip, checking in and out of hotels every day and we were in the car most of the time. Had a lot of time to talk business and life with Henry. ūüôā

I really owed him a lot for his generosity and despite his troubling personal issues he took time off to become tour guide. Made a mental note to return the favor when he visits my part of the woods in two years from now…

Great road trip overall! But the American journey is just about halfway through.

Next Stop: San Diego…

High Ticket Workshop

I had a bad start the moment I arrived in Dallas, Texas. After 27 hours of flying and transit via Emirates, I was further held back in the secondary clearance room at the immigration center in Dallas Fort Worth for another 2 hours.

Long story short: the customs officer asked the purpose of my visit. I was taken aback¬†after the officer asked a barrage of ‘interrogative’ questions when I said I was here to attend a workshop on online business (not that he would understand the jargons of Internet Marketing like ‘big ticket’ ‘online marketing’ etc.)

The customs officer wasn’t convinced of my story. “So let me get this straight: you paid $10,000 to a guy you have not met before, don’t have his phone number, and you came all the way here on the promise he’s going to teach you how to do your business??”

“Well… yeah.”

Next thing I know, I found myself in a room full of brown people. Everyone in the room looked worried and tensed. So was I!

I was further quizzed by two other officers and every question got more probing, and my every response got more frustrating. So the stories about the paranoid measures at the customs and borders are true. The whole thing was just downright stupid. 

It was a high pressure environment and although I knew I’d laugh at this episode later, I was worried my Great American Trip would be over before it could even begin. What if I got sent back?

After what seemed like forever (2 hours had passed), I was handed back my passport and allowed to leave the room. “Welcome to Dallas.” Phew.

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The speed bumps behind, I spent my first five days in the US in Dallas, Texas, where the High Ticket workshop is.

What can I say about it? It was an intensive 3 + 2 days here (extra 2 because I was a VIP member).¬†This had to be¬†one of the most (if not the most) audacious, intense experience I’ve ever had in my business career.

So I flew halfway round the planet to this Mastermind¬†with¬†people I didn’t know…

Wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest…

Held my breath on some concerns…

Then in the few days I’ve been here, everyday was a test of my determination and mental strength. Not going to pretend, many times I thought of dropping it and giving up.

The result?

In the last 48+ hours, I made close to $20K (just $500 shy of that figure)

While I learned a great deal of lessons here, these stood out the most for me:

1. That I already had the power in me all along. I only needed to discover within me and harness it further.

2. Take action. I thought myself as one but the last 2-3 days alone really tested whether I put the money where my mouth is (figuratively or literally, you decide) Have to say, I didn’t work this intense back in Malaysia and my challenge after this is to keep up the intensity even after leaving this place.

3. Think BIG. When I came here to this mansion, I was in the company of sharks, the top of the food chain, with one of the participants who does half a million dollars a month. I wondered if I didn’t belong there but I decided I should make up with hard work – and I did just that.

I¬†was on fire already and wanted to do more, only¬†problem was… this is just the beginning of my US journey. I still had the road trip ahead so it wasn’t going to be conducive to get locked down and take on more big ticket clients and coaching calls.

Still I have more to learn. I’m thinking I need to do at least 50-100 calls to truly master and refine my steps. I look forward to the day I truly master the art of big ticket and it will be second nature.

Next Stop: Los Angeles…

First Stop: Meeting The PLR Fellowship In Singapore

There was one stop I had to make before going to the US: Singapore. My close business associates and I had planned this for months and I knew this meeting of the minds will be a historic moment that we will all look back years from now.

After a full year of hustling and working together to grow our businesses we met up at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore.

We met up in Ian del Carmen’s hotel room to strategise our next moves for the year – and for the others who couldn’t make it physically, they got onto Skype for a live conference with us¬†(since Hologram isn’t mainstream… YET).

In as much as I’d like to spend more time here, my real journey has yet to begin.

Next destination: Dallas, Texas, US…!

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 ūüôā

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 Рand 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. ūüôā

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! ūüôā