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Exactly 10 years ago I started a small book design company that went on to become quite successful. But in the beginning, business was a bit slow, so I started some side businesses to help pay the bills.

These side businesses were all successful or promising in different ways. Except for one, which was a total flop. And after ninety days or so, I shut it down, and turned it into something else.

The initial concept was great, and I launched the new business in the most careful way possible, with all the correct marketing steps. In short, I did everything right. But the business was destined to fail, simply because of where I lived — in the area around Grand Rapids, Michigan.

If I had lived in Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, or some other locale with a more vibrant and sophisticated market, I feel the outcome would have been very different. But that was not to be.

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Leonard Kim tried to launch a blog five years ago. But after writing only three posts, he gave up. Now, five years later, he’s a regular columnist for Inc. magazine.

Ten years ago, I started a small business for only $1,500. When it launched, I had no customers and zero income.

But since then, I’ve done $750,000 in business — even though I took one year off. And in my best year, I had $120,000 in sales.

How did Leonard Kim and I pull these things off?

By working on things consistently, step by step, one day at a time . . .
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What do foreign ambassadors actually do?

In Sarajevo, where I live, there are almost 40 foreign embassies. And my guess is that the ambassadors here do very little. Sarajevo is a city of only 400,000 people and virtually nothing takes place in the world of international diplomacy. I’m betting the average ambassador shuffles some papers around, checks his or her email, goes out to an occasional dinner meeting, and lives in a very nice house. That’s about it.

What I want to focus on here is the “very nice home” aspect of living like a foreign ambassador — and how you can do that too, even if you have a modest income.

The secret to making this happen is found in one word: geoarbitrage.

And it’s far more interesting than it sounds . . .

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It might seem a bit radical.

I decided to move my entire book design business overseas without telling my clients.

That was the best approach, I decided. Let them think I’m still in Michigan, not here in Sarajevo. They’ll never even know.

But the point was not to be deceptive.

I was making a permanent move to Europe. I wanted to spend the rest of my life here in Sarajevo, near the woman I loved. By the time I stepped off the airplane, my house in Michigan was ready to go on sale. This was it.

Again, my point was not to be deceptive. I just didn’t want anyone to worry.

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When things go badly, everyone would like someone else to blame. And that’s why scapegoating seems more prevalent than ever.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and by some very important measures, it’s not changing for the better.

Consequently, whether people are educated or not, there is a growing sense of unease among many — “things are not the way they used to be.”

If we could simply wave a magic wand to solve our economic, social, and ecological problems, everyone would, of course, be quite happy. But since these problems are not going to disappear anytime soon, one of the most reassuring psychological responses to the problems we face is scapegoating.

Being able to identify a certain group of people who are “responsible” for the problems we face is psychologically comforting — but it is also false.

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It’s one thing to survive physically. But it’s important to survive psychologically, too, and keep your peace of mind.

James Altucher’s unconventional financial advice made it easy for me to sleep at night after the global financial meltdown of 2008.

His suggestion helped me to fund a savings account of $75,000 by paying only $50 to $60 a month.

Let’s hope there is never another financial crash like 2008. But if there is, you might want to keep this amazing trick in mind.

Watch the video to learn exactly what I did.

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To Trust Again?

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It was exactly one year ago.

I had decided to buy a house in Sarajevo, and it wasn’t going well.

First, this is an extremely difficult real estate market, and most people prefer apartments.

Very few houses come on the market, and most are not in good condition. So you can spend weeks or months searching the online ads without finding anything even worth looking at.

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In the real world, “meaning” is not just some intellectual theory. It’s something you experience.

When you feel deeply connected to the world and to other people, you will automatically experience moments of meaning.

But if you start asking too many abstract questions — like “What’s the meaning of life?” — it might be a sign that you’ve become intellectually detached.

Joseph Campbell once said, “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
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If you discover a profound truth, someone will always think you’re crazy. But here’s the truth — or a truth — and it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever learned . . .

Writing down 10 new ideas every day is one of the most powerful ways in the entire world to deeply transform and improve your life.

I know this to be true because I’ve done it.

Yes — I’m a human guinea pig.

And after doing it for the first month, I had written down 420 ideas, including complete business plans, and felt much better too, like an entirely different person, for reasons described below . . .

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If you share enough good ideas with the right people, you will generate wealth as a natural side effect of exercising your idea muscle — and from your innate desire to help others.

Nine years ago I was looking at the website of an innovative outsourcing company in India.

They had a very cool website and an office in the United States. They also had some well-known, major clients in the publishing industry. But the website contained some serious writing errors that needed to be fixed.

I wrote them a short email saying that I liked their website very much, and pointed out some of the mistakes. I also mentioned that book publishers are super-conscious about any kind of spelling or grammatical errors. Since those kinds of errors on the website could seriously hurt their business and their ability to attract new clients, they should have them corrected.

To my surprise, the president of the company wrote back to me within twenty-four hours. He sent a thankful note and asked if I could edit the copy on the entire website, so it would be 100% error-free and in proper English.

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