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I’ve become an E-stonian!

My application to become an E-stonian/e-citizen of Estonia was approved! They said it would take 4-5 weeks, but it only took a couple days! 🙂 They must have liked me!…

My application to become an E-stonian/e-citizen of Estonia was approved! They said it would take 4-5 weeks, but it only took a couple days! 🙂 They must have liked me!

I provided them with links to virtually everything about me. I hid nothing. So, I know they had to have seen Vannoken culture and all that. So, I'm so happy that people get what I'm trying to do, to be believed. I'm trying to give back, especially to Europe, not take away from it. And I understand why there's been doubt; just like the University of York giving me the benefit of the doubt for their physics program, I am humbled and appreciative beyond words to receive Estonia's benefit of the doubt as well.

I have many flaws as a character, but it's good to see that most people see how hard I'm working to overcome them and build upon society, rather than tear it down.

It's good to have an extra citizenship of any kind, in this context, even if I don't hypothetically register my marketing strategy firm in Estonia.

Thank you very much, Estonia. I am in your debt, and highly appreciate your approval of my application. It is truly an honor, and I won't abuse it.

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How I’ve Recovered From Extreme Financial Lows

Not everyone can go from extreme lows to extreme highs in triumphant personal stories of conquering adversity. People who say otherwise are lying. You may often read about those kinds…

Not everyone can go from extreme lows to extreme highs in triumphant personal stories of conquering adversity. People who say otherwise are lying. You may often read about those kinds of stories; though, most times, when a person goes homeless or something to that effect, they stay that way.

I've been homeless three times in my life: twice while I was a minor because of parental reasons I couldn't control; once because of parental reasons I could control.

Skipping over a lot of details, while making a long story short: After getting out of the military, I decided to become a homeless veteran because that, to me, was better than living in the same environment as my biological mother and step-father.

I was correct.

It was a decision that came with long-term mentally scarring and embarrassing sacrifices over the short-term. However, it proved to be the absolute best decision in the end for my mental health, wealth, freedom to rebuild my culture, and family in the long-term.

It was the ultimate mashmallow test.

I went to college while living outside, under the Rt. 42 bridge in southern New Jersey, doing odd jobs for cash to get by. My bank account locked up from defaulted bills I could no longer afford to pay while homeless, and thus my credit score tanked. Then, I temporarily dropped out after earning a job teaching English in China, after becoming the top in my Chinese language class.

Throughout this period, I was recovering from extreme sickness that had built up from my childhood, undetected tumors in my skull.

...while building my marketing strategy firm: OMI, and returning to college online for a degree in marketing.

...until I reached the point of success that allowed me to live in the south of Spain, while buying land in Alaska, and paying my way through a second degree: physics.

...as my credit score began to improve in leaps and bounds.

There's been no trick to the way I've bounced back: I was smart, disciplined, willing to be made fun of, willing to delay massive amounts of instant gratification, and willing to sacrifice nearly every element of my life (including friends and family) to come out on top.

Though, I will say that I wasn't so smart in the sense that I made no mistakes; I made plenty of them.

A person like me can end up homeless from making unintelligent decisions based on false axioms they were taught at birth. Much like how this highly intelligent individual sometimes struggles with math, being taught the wrong axioms at birth is like being taught PEMDAS in the wrong order.

It takes a willful effort to become self-aware enough to change the order of operations one uses to navigate through life. This is what had to occur for me to start making the right decisions to get from point A to point B.

Figuratively speaking, instead of being taught PEMDAS in the proper order as would be necessary to solve a life equation, I was taught something more like DEPMAS...which perpetually yielded wrong answers, and it wasn't until I started rebuilding the framework of my own psychology that I was able to turn everything around with great personal sacrifices:

But it's unrealistic to think that the average person can do this.

Meanwhile, because my parent(s) were solving their life equations with DEPMAS instead of PEMDAS, that would explain why they continually financially struggled. Though, once you reach a certain age, it becomes increasingly difficult to change one's habits and behaviors. I knew they wouldn't change; thus, I left and didn't look back.

 

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A Major Milestone At OMI Firm Is About To Be Reached

I’ve run paid advertising for many of my clients in the past. Though, I’ve done very little for myself until now. It’s been five years of toil, with 2 steps…

I've run paid advertising for many of my clients in the past. Though, I've done very little for myself until now.

It's been five years of toil, with 2 steps back/3 steps forward sort of progress for my marketing strategy firm. However, we've finally finished our first funnels outside of the freelancing websites we started with, and have begun to build the brand in the public eye.

 

The way we're scaling is with paid content. I'm taking my theory, called "Universal Marketing Mechanics," and creating a whole series of different formats to start passive income streams for the company.

We're looking at millions of dollars of revenue and profit over the next two to three years, that I'm going to continually reinvest into other things.

As I go to conferences and trade shows throughout Europe, America, and soon Latin America (as that early rising market develops), the future looks very bright.

We started effortlessly gaining likes and positive feedback for videos I actually published a long time ago.

When I first published them, they gained virtually no attention. However, this was not because of the quality of the content itself.

With just a little push of reinvested revenue, both my personal brand and my company's are making a steady climb in notoriety throughout key areas of the world, based on my targeted advertising.

Over the process of about two weeks, I performed the same series of paid advertising experiments that I would for my clients, but for myself, and discovered just how beneficial videos I made a long time ago, that seemingly had no purpose, suddenly are the tip of a multimillion-dollar branding spear.

The only question at this point is speed. How long will it take to reach the number of followers I need to produce the revenue results I want?

At the current rate, I'd say three to five years; though, that can entirely change if I seek investor funding through banks I've spent the past five years building deliberate, strategic relationships with.

For instance, part of the reason why it's taken five years is the fact that I've to rebuild my credit from its fall during a dark period of my past. (I've never had to file bankruptcy, though.)

So, because of how I started off as a psychologically damaged homeless veteran, I've bootstrapped my entire way here...against all external doubt in my character.

So, at the current rate we're advertising, yes, I estimate that it would take roughly three to five years to get to where I want to go.

However, if I were to incorporate my business and leverage my newly rebuilt credit score, and pulled out a large business loan that I could invest straight into advertising and trade show speaking opportunities...the results would undoubtedly come a lot faster.

And I've done all of this while studying physics full-time, servicing clients full-time, and being a family man.

It's been a hellish five to seven years...

...I've lost a lot of friends and family...

...I've been laughed at and called crazy...

...but seeds I've sewn years ago are finally coming to light...and I'm just getting started. 🙂

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Dwelling On The Past As An Entrepreneur

I have several kinds of memories that hover within my mind throughout the day. They are not so deep that they are subconscious, while they are not so conscious that…

I have several kinds of memories that hover within my mind throughout the day.

They are not so deep that they are subconscious, while they are not so conscious that they remain at the forefront. All are extremely painful. They hurt and inhibit me in the way that Dr. House's leg hurt and inhibited him.

Every day I wake up, life presents me with a choice: To give up or keep going.

The notion isn't necessarily tied to entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship is only an externality. At the core of the choice is my why, my reason for living. It's my reason to live that drives me to accomplish a goal; the goal is therein accomplished through entrepreneurship (largely, at least; though, not entirely).

My goal is to rebuild my culture. And if willpower is the product of emotion and why, then my pain goes hand-in-hand with my willpower. They are inseparable. The pain never subsides; it only increases as I grow older, accumulating more mistakes through the process of growing, self-actualizing.

It's conventional wisdom not to dwell on the past, but I don't feel as if I can help it the moment I question the reasoning behind any action I take, any decision I make throughout the day.

In general reference to any daily action, large or small, is what I'm about to do not rational? Then, it's wrong. If it is not efficient, then why and how can I become more so?

The process of answering these questions in order to maximize my productivity in the right direction requires me to reflect, indirectly. And doing so cannot be accomplished without pain.

Memories of people I've loved and cared about who've negatively misjudged my character, how their assumptions, doubts, lack of empathy, and inaccurate gossip hurt and shake the trust I put in people, as well as make me second-guess my own actions that led to them having such low opinions of me, in the first place, as I've tried to figure my life out without much guidance. Memories of specific wrongdoings committed against me as a child. Feelings of sorrow and regret at wrongdoings I've committed against others as I've grown. Hard interpersonal sacrifices I've had to make in the process of staying focused and aligned with my mission.

These all weigh on my mind, all day. Every day. As I work. Sometimes, they overwhelm me and I need to take a break. When I do, I have to remind myself not to beat myself up for doing so. To embrace the limits of my own mortality, which are greater than some...but less than others I admire.

It is like moving through molasses, climbing a mountain with weights on.

So, you can imagine how easy it is, to want to end it all sometimes. If not through literal suicide, then at least to give up on myself, in general.

Why not cash in my laurels to spend the rest of my life playing video-games (or something)? Why keep going? Why strive to make it to point Z, when I'm already technically at point B?

What helps greatly is my marriage, the family I've rebuilt. The thought of my wife and children. I am so fortunate to be one of the men in the world to have such a supportive wife. There are many women, an increasing number throughout our civilization in fact, who don't support their husband's work or ideas. Indeed, they compete with their husbands instead, or show little interest or respect for what he wants to do with his life.

Sometimes, they use the long hours required to make a dream come to fruition as the very excuse for divorce.

What I've done is integrated work and family, together. I'm always home and always at the office of my marketing firm, because I work and study from home. This has not been an easy task, because, for most people, working from home is a pipe dream. Very few pull it off, but I have.

I had the willpower to, which simultaneously means that I had the necessary depth of pain to.

Meanwhile, my wife and I work to build the same business: I'm the CEO; she's the VP. So, being at the office for her is being at home all the same as me. We just may work in different rooms.

The challenge is in differentiating between the two: the time for work, and the time for romance and family. Though, I will admit that what we've set up as a family gives us a major advantage over many other marriages in the world, who have spouses typically work apart from each other in an unrelated way.

Therein, my family, the new one I've built rather than all those I've had to disconnect from my life for one reason or another, is my greatest strength and greatest weakness. Work would be a potential pitfall that would break us apart if we didn't structure our lives in such a way as to build our businesses from home.

So, how do I deal with the depression that comes with dwelling from the past as an entrepreneur, then?

It never gets easier; you just have to get stronger. You have to look ahead of the road before you and see where the pitfalls are as much as you can. Then, structure your life in such a way as to prevent yourself from falling in them.

The rest is courage, what would be needed to make the decision to face life head-on anyway, even though you could stop at any time.

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