The Revival

I am now 18 and my goals have changed, along with my personality and demeanor (though, not too much). Here’s my little backstory to get you up to speed.

I was born somewhere on the East Coast of the United States. My father was a businessman and well connected, an international lawyer by trade. He exposed me to the world of international business and travel at a young age, when his friends and partners would stay with us and interact with me. I’d always marvel at adventure stores — that time when he was almost arrested in South America, but just escaped after crossing a border, or how he made a few phone calls and recouped $200,000 lost in China. In elementary school I was the kid with dark hair covering his eyes and glasses. I always hated school and saw it as a waste of time. I had friends, but didn’t hang out much.

In 2008 the stock market crashed; I was ten years old. Overnight I saw my family’s demeanor changed — and with it my life. I could feel the tension, and my dad’s business dried up. Money was tight and I knew it. With this, I set out to make money online to alleviate the situation. I started filling out surveys, and then moved onto making flash games when at the age of 12 I made 52 cents and felt ecstatic. Eventually I stumbled upon Black Hat World and spent several months trying methods there, but to no avail. Things finally changed for me when I met a 19 year old Polish black hatter on the forum. I was 13, and we became friends.

He told me about how his parents were kicking him out, about how he doesn’t have a job, and about how he has to steal bread to stave off hunger. “Why don’t you just get a job?” I naïvely asked. “Fuck that, it’s not money I’m after,” he replied, “it’s freedom.”

I didn’t understand it at the time, today those words ring as true in my heart as they did in his at the time.

We became business partners and tried out hands at a number of ventures — everything from ebooks to web design. For 2 years we worked together, off and on, trying to find freedom together.

When I was 14 we finally found that freedom when we started an online business selling fake likes and followers. The genius was not in the product, but in my partner’s methods of advertising and traffic acquisition. The method is still a closely held secret among us, used to this day, so I won’t say anymore on the topic.

For about six months we did business together. I handled sales, customer support, managed employees, and fulfilled orders; he brought us traffic. I was a sophomore in high school at the time, and I’d sneak into the bathroom to make business calls and make sure things were running smoothly during the school day. I’d make a hundred during lunch, two hundred during wrestling practice, and a few more hundred still in my sleep. I was making $1000 a day in revenues, $500 in profits, and it all felt like a wild game of monopoly.

Life was good but I didn’t know what I had. I paid employees $40 an hour to do mundane, simple tasks like answer emails, I was beyond careless with my accounting and bookkeeping duties, and I let orders go unfulfilled when I had too much homework or was too tired to deal with it.

The business was built on a fad, which like all fads faded away. I finally shut the thing down after several months of operation, because I felt like I was burning out. Between business, school, wrestling practice, homework, and a tiny remnant of a social life, I felt I was pushing myself too far.

I got a social life, became popular, and got myself a hot girlfriend (read: money pit). I spent my money on trips to Europe, underage drinking and women. About a year went by when I was itching yet again to start a business. I tried my hand at a number of different ventures but none met the same level of success as did my previous venture.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to college at all. Although I hated school, I did very well when I wanted to. I didn’t want to go into debt over student loans, so I packed my bags and headed to Europe, where I now attend university and study finance.

Working for a big bank or hedge fund is my plan B. My plan A is to find the freedom my Polish business partner has since found for himself in the years following our last venture together. Not only do I want this freedom, I want it at a very young age (before 20).

I’m still starting businesses – throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks. I’m in the process of launching a venture right now once I finish polishing up the site and business model. I’m also starting something with my old Polish business partner as we speak.

I want to revive this blog in order to keep my on track and show others the reality of the road to freedom and independence. If just one person learns something from the experiences I write about, this endeavor would be considered a success.

 

 

Life Isn’t Short, We Make It So

So often do men deplore the time which so hastily slips through their fingers; “ars longa, vita brevis,” writes Hippocrates, the ancient physician. Chaucer, the late-medieval author, echoes such woes: “The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.” Why did you cease to study that language, why did you abandon that project?–– “Oh, I just didn’t have the time.” And yet, we are all endowed with the same 1,440 minutes a day.

“No one values time: all use it more than lavishly, as if it costs nothing,” writes Seneca in On the Shortness of Life. “But if mortal danger threatens them,” he continues, “you’ll see the same people clasping their doctors’ knees; if they fear a capital charge, you’ll see them ready to spend all they have to stay alive. So great is the conflict in their feelings.”

We fail to properly value time because it is not material; yet, this failure has been the cause of deep, deep regret among many in their final hours. Learn from the errors of those who came before you, so that when death comes, you may say that you have lived.

Look back and recall when you were ever sure of your purpose; how few days turned out as you’d intended; when you were ever at your own disposal; when your face showed its own expression; when your mind was free from disturbance; what accomplishment you can claim in such a long life; how many have plundered your existence without your being aware of what you were losing; how much time has been lost to groundless anguish, foolish pleasure, greedy desire, the charms of society; how little is left to you from your own store of time. You’ll come to realize that you’re dying before your time.

Even those holding the highest offices, praised by the masses, do so dearly yearn for a day to themselves. Augustus, the great and powerful Roman emperor, persistently longed for a few moments of piece and quiet, of veritable leisure. The years that slip by are thus worth more than the billions, the crowds chanting your name, or the momentary rushes of lust. We must realize that time really is our greatest asset, and we must adjust our sails to treat it so.

That is not to say: shun the respect of others, shun all fortune, and shun all fun. The freedom and peace of mind brought about by abundance allow us to maximize our time, and a hearty laugh among friends enriches the enjoyment of our time. But be very clear and honest about the goals you are spending your time to perhaps one day achieve; for you are spending your greatest asset. Understand, furthermore, that every effort should come down to maximizing our time and the quality thereof.

Though, travelers beware. Don’t fall into the trapped of living for the future, for one day your present will end and with it the future. Or, perhaps, after decades of living for the future, you have only a few years to enjoy the fruits of your labor; and you can only enjoy it in old age, not your fiery youth.

Note well the snare which lays on the path ahead.

They are too busily preoccupied with efforts to live better; they plan out their lives at the expense of life itself. They form their purposes with the distant future in mind. Yet the greatest waste of life lies in postponement: it robs us of each day in turn, and snatches away the present by promising the future. The greatest impediment to living is expectancy, which relies on tomorrow and wastes today. You map out what is in fortune’s hand but let slip what’s in your own hand. What are you aiming at? What’s your goal? All that’s to come lies in uncertainty: live right now.

“If you don’t seize the day it slips away,” writes an unnamed poet mentioned by Seneca. The free man, the man who governs himself, will “always enjoy complete and unalloyed liberty. Not subject to any constraints, he will be his own master and tower above all others.” This is the man who uses his time wisely to live a long life in the same amount of hours others live a short one.

Everyone sends his life racing headlong and suffers from a longing for the future, a loathing of the present. But the person who devotes every second of his time to his own needs and who organizes each day as if it were a complete life neither longs for nor is afraid of the next day. For what new kind of pleasure is there that any hour can now bring? Everything has been experienced, everything enjoyed to the full. For the rest, fortune may make arrangements as it wishes; his life has already reached safety. Addition can be made to this life, but nothing taken away from it-and addition made in the way that a man who is already satisfied and full takes a portion of food which he doesn’t crave and yet has room for.

Therefore, schedule your days like you’d schedule a life. A happy life is merely a sequence of happy days, and a fulfilling life is merely a sequences of fulfilling days. Your truest values are reflected in how you spend each passing how. Work is necessary to sustain ourselves, and we should live in abundance past our means –– but, those means need not be very demanding! Seneca believes very strongly in entrepreneurship; he shows great disdain for those allowing others to regulate their time for them. These people are whores of the divine endowment, and they must escape the cycle and find fulfilling, self-directed work as soon as possible. Easier said than done, but if a man wants to live a life of his own, this is what he must do.

For what can there be above the man who rises above fortune?

It is very easy to read philosophy or self-improvement material like this, shrug your shoulders and say, “that’s a nice concept, now back to real life.” “Nothing will change unless you change,” as Jim Rohn loved to say.

What are some actionable steps we can take right now to start moving in the direction of a life which does not slip through our fingers and which does not pass tiredly like a deep and steady slumber?

Follow these steps to apply the aforementioned wisdom. Being exposed to such wisdom and not properly using it is an insult to those who have gone before us.


 

1. Awake from your Slumber

Examine your life and present arrangements to determine whether or not you are letting life pass you by. More often than not, there question is not whether or not, but to what degree.

Use a notebook or the notes app on your phone to record each passing hour of your day. If you’re tech-savvy enough you can set a notification to alert you at the start of each our to record how you spent the past 60 minutes of your life. Do this for several days. This will be a very irritating chore, but it opens your eyes to how poorly you’ve been spending your time.

I was amazed when I first did this. I found that I was spending over three hours on my phone every day, in ten to fifteen minute segments throughout tasks. Subconsciously I would justify it, “I’m reading the news,” I would tell myself. I broke the habit by asking myself how much value spending three-plus hours on my phone added to my life, and what I could do with those three hours. Imagine what some departed souls would give for just three hours a day in our world today!

I also found a significant amount of my day was spent fulfilling obligations and completing tasks for others; little promises to show up to an event, or to do a “quick” favor, which like a covert agent sabotaged my day. I finally mustered up the courage to start saying “no,” and I am using the newfound time for leisure and personal development.

2. Command your Day

Step two involves planning your day and organizing your time. I used to wake up and just “see where the day takes me.” I’d coast by, but it was no way to live. I’d hectically jump from task to task and stay up late completing essential work. Add in some procrastination, low quality work, and a general lack of enthusiasm, and you’ll come up with a perfectly-average formula for a perfectly-mediocre life. “Failing to plan is planning to fail,” observes Ben Franklin.

As per the advice of Seneca, I started taking command of my life. At first I would plan my entire day the night before. Things would come up, however, and by afternoon I more-or-less threw out my scribbles from the night before.

Try scheduling an entire day and see how it goes. If that doesn’t work, schedule the individual segments of your day (e.g. in the morning tackle waking up – finishing classes, then tackle the evening to bed time). If not, schedule hour-by-hour. I’m at the point where I can schedule and follow-through for most of my day, but as of yet I’m having trouble predicting my moods and what might come up to schedule and complete an entire day.

Eventually, you can schedule your week, and then, loosely, maybe even your month. Schedule in moments of leisure everyday, and often, so as to not overlook the present. Then, savor these moments knowing that your past-self scheduled in relaxation and pursuit of hobbies as well as bread-winning. A little known fact is that history’s greatest of men were meticulous planners. They knew they needed to command life, lest they be commanded by life.

3. Rise Above Fortune

Seneca advises that we become men and women who are abundant in fulfilling their needs and desires. This applies to all areas in life. Whatever fortune gives, then, is merely a bonus.

In pragmatic application, this means, for example, that one should be emotionally secure with himself. He should thoroughly enjoy spending time with himself. Any friends and partners fortune provides is merely a bonus.

Work to create a source of reliable income which takes minimal time, or which you enjoyably maintain. For some this is passive income through affiliate marketing, for some this is freelancing on a laptop while traveling the world, and for others this is clocking in your hours at the office where you get your work done in an hour and spend the rest of your shift secretly at leisure, or working on your next online business.

In short, do not rely on fortune. Independence and freedom has never been easier in the modern world of possibilities, and we would dishonor ourselves, and our ancestors, if we did not seize the day, lest it slip away.

How to Channel Energy for a Long Term Project

Why Languages Are Sexy

Women are genetically engineered to desire that which points to a future of stability, ease of living, and children. In the past three millennia, if not longer, knowing more than one language meant you traveled often, and traveling often meant you were a merchant. Merchants have been for thousands of years and continue to be the rich and elite of society. Today, those who travel continue to be, more often than not, wealthy. Knowing more than one language, therefore, infers a smart, wealthy, cosmopolitan man with the potential to provide stability for a woman and her children (of course, that is your subconscious magnetism towards women — you don’t, and shouldn’t, fit into what they subconsciously want you to be for them: a source of money and stability). Knowing multiple languages also tells the world you’re adventurous: why learn a language unless you plan to venture through another country?

Today we can learn languages during our commute, while perhaps only traveling a couple miles. Nonetheless, the man who knows more than one language (and is not afraid to show it) is still seen by women as intelligent, determined, fun, adventurous, cool, and debonair.

Languages make the opposite sex absolutely melt. Whenever I’m at a loss for words when talking to a girl at a party, I’ll just bust out in either Italian or French just for the hell of it. Does it make sense? Does it fit into the conversation naturally? Who cares! (see: You Write the Script).

Therefore, learn languages. Not only for women, but for yourself. Learn them to build your résumé, go vagabonding through other countries, and keep your brain active. But ultimately, learn languages to connect with others.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve met or hung out with new people who I instantly connect with through knowledge of a language other than English.

I was visiting a friend once and we went to a party. Now I was the new guy and I didn’t know anyone besides my friend. Of course, I didn’t want to cling onto him the whole night. So after a beer or two, viola, I started speaking random Italian mid-sentence. Oh cool, two girls reply with some French and another with Spanish. I playfully reply back in their tongue. Boom. Instant connectivity; we’re suddenly all best friends.

Or what about the time when I was at a party, pretending I was an exchange student from Italy named Mario, and that girl literally threw herself on top of me.

Or the time when I established rapport with a girl because of our common love for travel (her longing for it and my partaking in it). “Oh my God you’re so exotic,” she said, as she laid down on my lap. One thing I’ve discovered is that women in particular have a deep desire to leave their lives behind and go vagabonding for an extended period of time. Capitalize on this.

Or the time when I was again the new guy at a party, and I made friends with a kid from Macedonia when I told him about my time in Greece and my desire to visit his home country. He thereafter made me feel at home and comfortable, introducing me to his friends and assimilating me into their group.

I can only predict how many times I’ll be meeting a professional contact, or perhaps interviewing for a job, when once again language or travel will come to my aid.

We subconsciously label our friends and contacts; it’s only natural and makes it easier for our brains to organize things. Your boss is probably labelled under “work,” “professional,” and “authority.” Your friend could be labelled under “skateboarder,” “unintelligent,” and “weed,” for example. The deeper the relationship you establish, the more these labels blur. Regardless, what do you get labelled as when you meet someone new with whom you discuss language or travel? That’s right, you’re that fun, adventurous, cool guy who could also be called “sophisticated and cosmopolitan” if you present yourself right.

So go forth and learn languages, travel, and become interesting by being interested in the cultures of others.

And always remember, you write the script. Writing the script is easier with some alcohol in everyone’s system, but you can still, with a bit of practice, write the script of your conversations without it.

Note: mark well the difference between someone who’s “namedropping” and someone who’s writing the script. A scriptwriter makes things flow naturally, doesn’t stumble, and makes the other person prompt him to present his knowledge of a language or experience of travel.

For example, if you’re out to lunch with a girl, don’t straight-out-of-the-gate mention that you speak French. Rather, look at the menu, and say “So what are you getting?” She’ll say “x, what about you?” “Hmm, I think I might imagine I’m in Paris for the day and go with some le bœuf. J’aime le bœuf, et tu?” To which she’ll reply, “wait, you speak French?” “Oui, I spent 3 months in France actually.” It’s smooth sailing from here.

Another point: social media makes this easier — present yourself as adventurous and fun, and your reputation will follow. No need to earn a reputation, nowadays you can quite literally just write it down.

 

How to Become a King in the 21st Century

Law 34 from the 48 Laws of Power:

Law 34 Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.

What one can survive without, he will attract. This follows basic universal laws, which say that if one is needy, he will not attract that for which he is needy. If you are desiring money, first ask yourself for what ends. Then set out to achieve those ends without money; set out to be happy without money; set out to embark on worldly adventures without money.

Similarly, if you desire women, examine why this is so. For example, you might say “a girlfriend would make my life more fun.” Fine, this might be true, but first set out to have more fun without the help of your target: women. It is common knowledge that neediness repels women, and this is a common thread for most things in life. Therefore, to attract women, first eliminate your need for women.

A common desire is to travel the world, yet we often forget to look at the world which lies beneath our feet. We’re always traveling the world, aren’t we?

If you desire power, first ask yourself why you desire such an abstract thing. Power is enjoyable; it’s an end to itself, like listening to music.

If you feel conflicted about pursuing power, first examine history. An aside:

Religion, often organized by the State, discourages power because the elite, who first organized religion, want for themselves and their descendants a stability of power. Emperor Constantine legalized and adopted Christianity for the Roman Empire, but only after he met with Church leaders, put together a Bible which would suit the state, and destroyed Gospels of opposing views. Many people feel conflicted in their pursuit for power, money, and multiple women because of religion. Little realize that today’s Christian religion barely resembles the original Christian religion. In reality, we should strive to fill our world with heaven.

From the Gospel of Thomas, which was almost completely erased from history by the Romans:

Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father’s) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.

We should therefore make our earthly lives similar to the heaven we desire. Stop waiting for the perfect life, it doesn’t exist. The only thing that exists is the life you’re currently living, so enjoy it as much as you can.

Therefore, if you desire power, act as if you are already powerful. Follow Law 34, and act like royalty. Act like Richard Wagner, the great composer who once said:

I am not made like other people. I must have brilliance and beauty and light.

Royalty has a sense of a higher purpose, advancing the interests of their nation. Also from Wagner:

I let myself be guided without fear by my instinct. I am being used as an instrument for something higher than my own being warrants… I am in the hands of the immortal genius that I serve for the span of my life and that intends me to complete only what I can achieve.

With this thinking in mind, Richard Wagner became one of history’s greatest composers. He lived a powerful, famous, rich life; and with this mentality, so will you.

In order to adopt a mentality so that you may live it without effort, you must dedicate effort to live it. From this point on, live with an air of regality; cease your old ways of peasantry and you shall soon become royal.

Think royal, dress royal, associate with the royal, live royal, and you will become royal — inside and out.

 

Takeaways from today’s lesson:

  • We attract what we don’t need. To gain something, act and think as if you already have it.
  • Do not let the elite of two millennias ago keep you from becoming powerful. Eliminate any conflicting beliefs that will deter you from attaining power, women, and riches.

The Captain of My Soul

Invictus

BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY


Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

 

In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

Let Us Call the Sommelier

To the few reading this: you are blessed. You are blessed to stumble upon a this website. You have manifested the circumstance which has brought you here. I applaud you for your abundant thoughts which has beautifully crafted this very moment. Savor this moment, for this and every moment is a gift of the Divine.

Life is a journey, and the only destination is death. Let us not, then, focus on what’s to come but rather what exists in the present. Let us dine on the feast of our journey. Let us call the sommelier and order our wine.

We are born into this world holding a blank slate — but let us not forget to first examine the slate. What is the slate? Has it scratches or scars? Digest these, know thyself, then go forth to scratch upon your slate the journey of your dreams.

Here I will discover the Divine Intelligence. Here you can discover my discovery and journey through my journey, so that you may also wade through rivers, climb mountains, and breathe wild wind.

Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger than moonshine
You’re gonna go I know

I have manifested my life, and I am proud it. I want better; I want more. I have studied my desires, myself, and the philosophies. I have deduced them into an all-encompassing statement of faith and expectation: I am a debonair millionaire.

I will set out to become a debonair millionaire, measuring progress with an intricate system which will keep me on track. I will continue to draw knowledge from the Infinite Intelligence, share it with you, apply it to my journey, and share results. I’ve turned the page; turn it with me.

Journey on.