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28-Year-Old Got Fired Then Built A $500K-A-Month Business While Traveling The World

John Crestani was sitting on a beach in Thailand, poor and lost in his life when he opened a book that helped transform him from a job drifter to a successful internet entrepreneur.

It was 2009 and Crestani, then 21, had fled to Thailand after dropping out of college. He was bumming around the country on a small loan from his family and trying to “find” himself. To that end, he brought along spiritual works like The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita (Hindu scripture).

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But his saving grace turned out to be a business book: The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, the now-classic manual for breaking free of the nine-to-five by building an online business.

 

 

Ferriss’s key tenet in the book is to stop trading time for money and build businesses that can, eventually, operate almost entirely on their own after you set them up: passive income.

“I was at a point in my life where I had very little direction, didn’t know where I was going, and had this void,” says Crestani. “I thought ‘This sounds freaking awesome and I want to do it.’”

And he did. Crestani used his own hustle and Ferriss’s tips to build an affiliate marketing network that currently generates $250,000 to $500,000 per month, enables him to travel the world, and scales on-demand.While plenty of people aspire to join other followers of Tim Ferriss’s lifestyle design, Crestani is its high prophet. But he didn’t get there overnight.

 

Years of Failure Before 4 Hours of Work

 

 

It took Crestani years of false starts and experimentation before he finally hit upon a winning, profitable business.

His first shot at entrepreneurship was selling products on eBay. That venture brought him $1,000 to $2,000 per month, and a call from PayPal’s security team. There was a problem with the business model: Crestani was selling products PayPal didn’t approve of. His PayPal account was shut down and that business shuttered.

So he re-enrolled in school and attempted to strike it rich catering to the needs of his fellow students. Exposed to computers before he reached double digits, Crestani used his technical know-how to acquire the test answers to every online course for every major from his university—and he used those answers just as you might expect.

“I had all the answers, and sold that knowledge,” he explains. “It was a weird feeling. I never realized a PDF file could be so valuable. It was my first experience of trading knowledge for money,” says Crestani.

The result was his first $1,000 day. But the celebration (and the cash flow) didn’t last. Crestani was suspended when the school suspected he acquired the test answers through illicit means.

Despite the failures, Crestani never lost sight of the ultimate goal. “The 4-Hour Workweek kept hustle on my mind. It planted the seed, the idea that you don’t need to trade time for money.”

Ironically, he was just around the corner from the success the book preaches. All it would take was Crestani getting fired from a nine-to-five job.

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“Finding Your Purpose” Isn’t Enough to Succeed

With all the trending celebrity commencement speeches for the graduating classes of 2017, we hope you didn’t miss Mark Zuckerberg’s recent address to the Harvard graduates. If you haven’t heard it, or need a refresher, here’s your chance to catch up on latest advice from Facebook’s remarkable founder and CEO.

Right up front, Zuckerberg says that he’s not there to give a normal commencement speech about finding your purpose, because, as he says, “Finding your purpose isn’t enough.” Yes, it is a good pursuit, but in Zuckerberg’s eyes, finding your purpose means next to nothing if you don’t also help others find theirs.

What is Purpose?

Zuckerberg defines purpose as, “that sense that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for.”

As entrepreneurs, searching for that purpose feels like a natural instinct. We want to make an impact on the world, we want to support our families, we want to live a life we are proud of and we want to love what we do. But it requires that we start looking beyond ourselves and give others the chance to embrace a similar sense of purpose we find.

When Facebook was still a relatively new company, it suffered from a lack of purpose on all fronts. When other companies came around wanting to buy Facebook, almost everyone wanted to sell. Except Zuckerberg. He knew that they were on the cusp of changing how we experience the world. But hardly anyone around him saw or wanted that higher purpose.

Of this experience, Zuckerberg says, “That was my hardest time leading Facebook. I believed in what we were, but I felt alone. And worse,” he says, “it was my fault.”

He learned that forming a greater sense of purpose starts with one person at first, but then spreads to those around you. Since this troubling time at Facebook, Zuckerberg’s team changed drastically. He feels that “we can all keep moving forward together,” now that they are guided by a common vision.

On your own, your purpose will only get you so far. But when that motivation extends its initial reach, you can be unstoppable. The question then is how can you make a space where everyone has purpose?

Work Together on Bigger, more Meaningful Projects

The first way to create these purposeful environments, Zuckerberg explains, is to take on a big project that is meaningful. Even when your “defining work” starts small, it can bring together millions of people if it is guided by a worthy purpose (one you share openly).

As an entrepreneur, understanding this is crucial to your success. You won’t sell anything unless you get others to see why your product or service is valuable. You need to show them its purpose.

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to turn a small project into one that matters. No one knows exactly what they are doing when they begin. What if Zuckerberg had waited to start Facebook until he knew every in and out of running a social media channel? In his words, Zuckerberg says, “I never would have started Facebook.”

You have opportunities before you to make a huge difference. When you find a purpose worth fighting for, act now before the chance walks away from you forever.

IDEAS DON’T COME OUT FULLY FORMED. THEY ONLY BECOME CLEAR AS YOU WORK ON THEM. YOU JUST HAVE TO GET STARTED. – MARK ZUCKERBERG

Make it Possible for Everyone to Pursue their Purpose

The next way to create more purpose for others is to give them the freedom to do so. Not everyone has the opportunities Zuckerberg or other successful entrepreneurs do. If they don’t have “the freedom to fail,” as Zuckerberg says, they won’t emerge as a great success.

Poverty, lack of education, nationality and other factors too often halt a person on their path towards purpose. Who within your scope can you help to find meaning and hope to keep trying?

Zuckerberg shares an experiences when he taught middle schoolers from the Boys and Girls Club. At first, his volunteer teaching was more of a pressure than a blessing. After all, the young CEO was trying to run one of the fastest-growing companies. He didn’t have much time to teach kids.

But those kids made a huge impact on Zuckerberg’s life, and he on them. Even after the classes ended, Zuckerberg continued his relationship with each of kids, inviting them over for dinner every month for five years. Each one of them now is heading off to college, the first ones in their family to do so.

We may not feel like we have the time to help someone else, but we need to make that time. Zuckerberg says, “Let’s give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose–not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we’re all better for it.”

Build Stronger Worldwide Communities

Zuckerberg’s last suggestion is to build community. Like was mentioned earlier, alone we only have so much strength. But as a connected whole, we have much more power, “to achieve things we couldn’t on our own.”

When you are part of a community, whether that be a business team, family, school, church, or wherever you fit in, you start seeing beyond yourself. You start seeing the bigger picture. That picture goes beyond profits or sales or creating a name for yourself. It’s the key to making a real difference.

Building global communities that change the world start on a local level, Zuckerberg says. Any change starts small, but it starts with you. Look beyond yourself to see where you can build a community, united under one goal. Bring them in under your purpose, that will permeate until it’s theirs as well.

ANYONE TAKING INITIATIVE WILL GET CRITICIZED FOR MOVING TOO FAST, BECAUSE THERE’S ALWAYS SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO SLOW YOU DOWN. – MARK ZUCKERBERG

By following these steps, Zuckerberg hopes that we will create a world with a stronger entrepreneurial culture. Such a culture, urges people to take more chances, to make bigger changes. Zuckerberg says, “We’re all entrepreneurial…Our culture of entrepreneurship is how we create so much progress.”

This culture starts with you and your purpose. But it can’t end there. Let others into your vision and your dreams, and let’s start making a difference.

Common Millionaire Traits you Need to Develop

What are the millionaire traits that separate the successful from the not-so-successful? Are millionaires just lucky and hit the right break every time or is there something more?

Of course there’s something more. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this article, would you? Although successful individuals have not made their money in the same way, they all share certain “millionaire traits.” These millionaire traits are what drive individuals toward success.

If you have struggled with gaining wealth in the past, check out this list of 5 common millionaire traits and see if you can develop any of them. Doing so will put you on the right path to future financial wealth.

Creativity

If you want to be successful, you have to have a creative mindset. No one makes money by doing the same things that someone else already did. You have to put a creative spin on it. As inc.com puts it, “new money doesn’t come from old ideas.”

Don’t use the old “but I’m not creative” excuse, because you probably are and just don’t know it. Are you good at solving problems? That’s a form of creativity. Are you good at understanding consumers? That’s another form of creativity. Being creative is more than just being able to paint a pretty picture but rather, it is a way of seeing things in a new light.

If you’re still unsure about your creativity, you can find exercises online that will help you improve your creativity.

Risk Takers

Being a risk taker is one of the most important millionaire traits there is. You have to be willing to put something out there if you want to get anything in return. If you want to make a business grow, then you sacrifice the time, money, and resources to do so.

Every millionaire had to take a risk at some point in order to be successful. The chance of success just being handed to you is so small that it’s not worth waiting for. You have to be willing to take that risk if you ever want to reach success.

Think Big

Don’t limit yourself in your success. Think big. Be willing to overcome anything that stands in your way. Many millionaires do just that. They aren’t afraid to dream big and to see all the possibilities that could be.

Start with a big idea and then set small goals to reach that ultimate goal. Never forget where you are heading. It‘s easy to get stuck on completing one smaller goal but make sure to always remember the big picture. Keeping your eye on that prize will keep you moving towards your success.

Act Fast

Another millionaire trait that you need to develop is to act fast. Can you imagine what would have happened if Mark Zuckerberg waited and developed Facebook slowly? Someone else probably would have beaten him to the punch. As it is, he developed it quickly and it exploded into one of the most used social media channels of the day. He understood the importance of acting fast.

If you want to be successful, then you need to learn to act fast too. Don’t make foolhardy decisions, but if you have a solid idea, then what are waiting for? Go for it. Don’t wait until someone has stolen your idea out from under you. Act on it today.

Follow Your Passion

The last in our list of millionaire traits, though certainly not least, is that millionaires follow their passions. Many develop businesses from hobbies, activities, or ideas they love and are inspired by. When you care about something so much, it is easy to become invested in it. This investment drives you to try harder and push more until you reach the success that you want. What are you inspired by or what do you love to do? See if you can turn any of those ideas into a successful career.

Even though they are called “millionaire traits,” they aren’t limited to only millionaires. If you want to be successful, then start developing these traits now. Be more creative, take a risk, think big, act fast, and follow your passion. Before you know it, these traits will launch you to your financial success.

What other “millionaire traits” do you think are important in finding success? Let us know in the comments below.

REASONS WHY YOU ARE WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.

Why You Are Where You Want To be

Reason 1 – You procrastinate


Actions speak louder than words, the longer you leave something as just a thought someone else out there is taking action and achieving YOUR dreams, only problem with that is, you will never feel what it’s like to achieve success because someone came along and pulled the rug from underneath feet before you took action.

Reason 2 – You forget that you are mortal

No one lives forever, time is of the essence and every minute that passes you by is another chance gone to make your dreams come true.

Reason 3 – You listen to others stupid advice

“That’s too hard”, “that won’t work”, “you’re too young”, “you’re too old”. All of that advice is bull crap. If everyone listened to the negative advice of others, no one and no thing would really progress in this world.

Reason 4 – You are in a bad place

You need to position yourself in an environment where you can be stress free, creative and surrounded by positive people. Your environment is very important, it can influence the way you think, feel and see things.

Reason 5 – You dont have a strong enough belief

You need to believe in your dream. It has to be as real as you can make it. If you believe it, you can conceive it and achieve it. The mind and body is an incredible machine, why waste it on the easy and average things in life.

Reason 6 – Your motivation is not compelling enough

Why do you want to be successful? Paint a vivid picture in your head of why you deserve to be successful, why you? How are things going to look once you achieve your dreams? This picture needs to be so motivating that it will inspire you to do anything to reach your dreams.

Reason 7 – Your associations are wrong!

The great motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.

As humans we learn through repetitious info and the influence of others. We unconsciously learn a lot of things from one another and are affected by our closest of friends and family members. This been said, make sure whoever is in your circle is of good benefit towards your growth, whether it be financially, spiritually, physically or mentally. Don’t be afraid to cut off those who will only drag you down.

Reason 8 – You haven’t learned how much regret can really be a bummer!

You never want to be the one who said “I wish I did this” or “I wish I did that”. The one emotion you don’t ever want in life is regret.

NOW has never been a better time to work towards your success.

Reason 9 – You are a part time player

You only work towards your goals when it is really convenient for you, or when you have nothing else to do. You look forward to your weekends so you can go out and party instead of using some of that time to work towards your dreams. Balance is good (don’t get me wrong), because you SHOULD take a break from time to time, but if you live for the weekend, every week, then your plan to be successful is most definitely broken.

Reason 10 – You have not set any reminders

Everyone needs a reminder or a wake up call.

Set goals, an inspirational wallpaper on your phone, revise a collection of top quotes, tell your partner or best friend about your dream and make it a daily ritual to remind yourself of what you are truly capable of and what you are working towards.

Reason 11 – You think you have arrived already

You cannot afford to settle and stay complacent if you want to achieve success, there is always room to grow, there is ALWAYS more good that we can do in this world.

Keep moving, keep winning.

Reason 12 – You are not persistent enough

You hit a bump and you gave up. It’s just a hurdle, so pick yourself up and TRY AGAIN!

Studies show that the most successful people in life are passionate and overly persistent in reaching their goals and dreams. As this picture below would suggest, you could be inches away from success, Never Give Up:

Reason 13 – You forgot to be happy

What is all the fame and fortune worth if you are not happy? See, we grow up believing success leads to happiness, when in actual fact our brains work in exactly the opposite order.

Everyone’s view of what success means to them will be different, but at the end of the day if you are not happy with your achievements, the people around you or the journey itself then you should re-evaluate the direction you are headed in and adjust your plan accordingly.

Your journey may be a while on the road to success, so why not enjoy the view along the way.

To Your Abundance

Your Friend Robert Gafeney

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