February 1st – February 15th, 2019


Walking down a quiet street in Chiang Mai and I bump into a legend of a man I last saw in Colombia back in 2014. We promptly drop all plans and spend the next 4.5 hours catching up. He’s aiming to visit 40 countries this year (on a mission to see the whole world), and in April he’s heading to a Moroccan desert to run 6 marathons in 6 days… despite never having run a marathon before.


Someone asked why I’m going so deep into all this Tai Lopez stuff. I mean, seriously, I must have researched this guy for 80+ hours already. And it’s unlikely I’ll get much financial reward out of it. Not directly anyway. But two things: I’m enjoying the day-to-day of this immensely; and I believe that this level of work, if I can keep doing it consistently, adds a ton of value to the world. Fingers crossed that value earns me a living.


A big reason I’m able to spend 80+ hours of my time researching Tai Lopez is because I’ve been living in Chiang Mai the past three months. It’s the kind of place where you can get more done and feel less rushed. Everything I need is a short walk away, and I rarely have to cook or buy groceries. The runway here is long and wide.


There’s this thing called the Mandela Effect, where folks misremember stuff that did or didn’t happen. It’s so called because many people apparently remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980’s, even though he didn’t. Other examples are the Monopoly Man wearing a monocle, and Forrest Gump saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates.”


You know that famous study that found happiness increases with income, but only up until about $75,000/year? Only half the story. Happiness tends to level off at that point, but “evaluation of life” doesn’t. In other words, your day-to-day emotional well-being isn’t much different whether you’re earning $100,000 or $100,000,000. But how secure and satisfied you feel about your life differs greatly. 1


Long term with eBiz Facts, I’d like to have a team working on it. I’d have one person just doing case studies, researching and writing up 5-10 per week. Another person just doing reviews. A tech person, taking care of updates and such. And I’d like to spend most of my time focused on growth and community. Although I’d probably miss the writing if I stopped doing it altogether.


You can be doing something ordinary and everyday, like having dinner with your partner, no big deal. Until you realize that this simple meal, with this person you love, and you in good health… this is a moment you would give anything to get back to if you were stuck in a war zone, or lost in the mountains, or lying on your deathbed.


It’s been nice here at the coworking, Hub 53. I haven’t been very social, haven’t attended any of the meetups, preferring to keep to myself, just come in most days, keep my head down, get my work done. I like places where you can easily be introverted or extroverted, or even a bit of both. You can do that here, no worries either way.


Two years deep. Sitting and reminiscing. Kinda crazy how many places we’ve been together, all we’ve experienced. Prague, Barcelona, Kyoto, Crimea, Istanbul, Vietnam, the Canaries and Faroes… just to name a few. Hasn’t all been plain sailing, but it’s all been worthwhile. And, on balance, better than I could have ever predicted. Here’s to many more.


I’ve gotten very bad at social media. In a good way. I glance at my Facebook newsfeed every couple of weeks maybe. Haven’t checked my Facebook page in two months. Gave up Twitter years ago. Have an account on Instagram but never used it. The most I ever do on social now is check Facebook messages and my FBB group a few times a week. No longer a slave to it.


In my role as project manager for a client, had to drop someone from the team today and hire a replacement. First time I’ve ever had to “fire” someone. Feeling fine about it though. Definitely gave the guy plenty of opportunities to improve. He just didn’t take them. New person is promising, should put us in a much better position to succeed. I love business I do.


Leaving Thailand after a 3-month stretch. Met some good people, got a lot of work done, ate well. Definitely getting out at the right time though. The sky was thick with smoke today, the season in full swing. We’ll come back later in the year when it’s cleared up again.


Timeshifter worked well last time so bit the bullet and bought the premium. It’s an app that helps you fight jet lag. You put in your flight details and it tells you when to sleep, when to wake, when to drink coffee, when to stop, when to avoid bright lights, etc. Spent about 30 hours in transit the past two days getting to Gran Canaria and it seems to have done the trick.


It takes work to appreciate what you’ve got, doesn’t it? Gratitude isn’t a default state for most of us. We’re hard-wired to focus on threats and insults and bad shit that won’t ever happen to us. Harder still in the smartphone age, when all the world’s troubles are a swipe away. But put that aside and think for two seconds and you realize we really have it good. Most of us, anyway. Me, definitely.


Spain ain’t great for the cafe culture. Well, maybe it is, depends on your priorities. I likes me a digital nomad style cafe, with soft furnishings and long tables for extended work sessions. But Spain is all about the social cafe, with hard surfaces and twenty different conversations happening around you. Had to retreat to a quiet McDonald’s today to get a bit done.

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