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  • NegBox 2:53 am on October 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Circle Only Has One Side… Not! 

    I keep listening to “Circle” by Travis. Love the song, but my circles don’t have only one side – they have two: IN-Side and OUT-Side

     

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  • NegBox 6:07 pm on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Exes 

    Where is the “Stop showing me memories with my exes” button on Facebook?

     

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  • NegBox 5:34 pm on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Time Management 

    A friend forwarded this promotional e-mail advertising a coaching group. The coaching group is probably useless – it is how THEY make money, not how YOU can make money – Small but key difference. However this e-mail contains excellent observations and advice. If you truly take the advice on this e-mail and put it to use, you won’t need whatever they are selling.

     

    Poor people are cheap with their money.

    Rich people are cheap with their TIME.

    Read those two sentences again. (It’s okay. I’ll wait.)

    ‘Cause until you get that… and start living accordingly? You’ll continue to hold yourself back.

    It’s funny.

    Everyone’s heard the cliche: “Time is your most valuable asset.”

    But nobody’s acting like it.

    Instead, they’re:

    > Watching three hours of Netflix a night.

    > Reading celebrity gossip blogs.

    > Refreshing Facebook 293 times a day.

    > Worried about what Kylie just shared on Instagram.

    > Monkeying around with Snapchat selfie filters.

    > Doing research for their f*cking fantasy league.

    > Gossiping.

    > Clipping coupons.

    > Driving 45-minutes out of the way to take advantage of that sale.

    > Booking flights with long layovers just to save $125.

    > Camping out in front of the Apple store to get the latest iPhone.

    > Standing in line for an hour to get a free sample of pulled pork at the new barbecue joint.

    > Sitting in traffic 90-minutes a day to get to and from some soul-sucking job.

    > Rotting away in a cubicle eight hours a day… to make someone else rich.

    > Going out for beers with Bob, then listening to Bob bitch about traffic and his soul-sucking job.

    > Giving in to conspicuous consumption.

    > Pursuing side hustles that are too competitive.

    > Building businesses that pay too little, too slow… that are short-lived… and can’t scale.

    > And so on and so forth.

     

    You picking up what I’m putting down?

    See how pathetic this looks on paper?

    The rich know better. (That’s why they’re rich.)

    They don’t whore out their time.

    They understand: every hour counts.

    So, instead of pissing precious minutes down their leg?

    They’re busy building business systems that create cash flow.

    (Large, controllable, scalable income streams… where the math is working for, and not against them.)

    Then, instead of blowing it on material goods, they invest it… to create more income that’s entirely passive.

    Toys come later, sure, but only AFTER freedom is secured.

    Is this starting to make sense?

    Rich people go left when poor people go right:

    They’d never spend time pinching pennies; they’d rather spend money to buy back more time.

    But the majority will never truly appreciate this. Which is why they’ll stay shackled to the status quo for the rest of their lives.

    And continue to say things like:

    “Why pay for coaching when I could find all the information for free online?”

    Free? Really? So your time is worth nothing?

    You’re gonna comb through billions of pages and magically piece together a process that works?

    How long’s that gonna take?

    How many dead-ends are you gonna go down?

    How many mistakes are you gonna make?

    How many YEARS might that set you back?

    I’ll say it again:

    Poor people are cheap with their money.

    Rich people are cheap with their TIME.

    This is why Jess and I continuously buy books, courses, mentoring and masterminds. We invest in shortcuts.

    We get it. It costs way too much time not to.

    Instead of drowning in free information, we’d rather pay someone… who already has what we want… to tell us what e can IGNORE.

    Instead of cutting out coupons to save $25, we fire up ad campaigns that make us $2,500/mo.

    Instead of reading about the Kardashians, we pick up a book.

    Instead of long lines, rush hour traffic and unnecessary layovers, we choose to make marketing… like this… that’ll put on overalls and “shovel shit” for us, day in and day out, for years to come.

    And no, we’re not perfect.

    We can’t wait for the next episode of Silicon Valley. And we like material things just as much as the next person.

    But we’re aware.

    And we’re making fewer and fewer mistakes.

    We’re getting cheaper with our time and smarter with our money.

    As a result, we’ve given freedom a high-five and we’re well on our way to wealth, about 50 years ahead of schedule.

    Now…

    This may not be for you.

    But this message is.

    If you wanna live a good-ass life while you’re still young enough to enjoy it?

    F*cking cherish every minute.

    ‘Cause sooner or later you will run out.

    Invest them wisely,

     

     

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  • NegBox 8:45 pm on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Void Times 

    I always wonder what people do when they have nothing to do. I’ve been known to ask friends.

    What do you think after you come back from a party and you close the door?

    What do you feel when there is nothing that needs to be done? Can you accept the nothing?

    What is there after everything is done?

     

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  • NegBox 7:11 pm on September 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    If you think you might be gay, then you’re gay… 

    Listening to chapter 6 of “Everybody Lies” by Seth Stephen Davidowitz it discusses guys who search for gay porn and pics and then ask google for “gay test” to see if they are gay; Apparently lots of guys think its normal to be attracted to the same sex. Let me explain for all those guys here, if you are straight, you don’t ever feel any sort of attraction for another guy. Seriously. That’s the way of it. Not even in passing, not even while stone drunk. It just doesn’t cross your mind. For a straight guy seeing a pic of gay porn is about as much fun as a picture of someone puking. Pretty off-putting.

    This doesn’t mean its bad to be gay; it does mean if you think you might be gay, then you really are.

     

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  • NegBox 10:10 pm on November 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Assessment Fail 

    This awakening realization has been 17 years in the making – yet it seems so obvious.

    Think back to your last interview, date, or business introduction. Were there any emergencies? Any crisis? Any threats to the well-being of you or anyone around you? Any opportunity for the other person to behave totally freely?

    Bet the answer is “None of the Above.”

    True colors come out when every path is a valid path and no judgements are expected. When the game is played for keeps. When you can see the end of the tit-for-tat game.

    17 years ago I started playing the first real MMORPG out there – Ultima Online. Back then it made perfect sense that as a requirement to join some guilds/player cooperatives you were taken on a couple of “trial hunts” out in the wilderness or dungeons of the game. If you’re going to trust someone with your alter-ego-life, then you might want to put them in situations where you depend on them slowly. If the person turns out the be incompatible, your losses are smaller. It just makes sense.

    Invariably during one of these “trial hunts” everything would turn ugly; this was never on purpose, just the nature of things. The monsters would overwhelm the group, or a rival group would show up and start a war. That’s when you got to see the real people you were dealing with. Did they run and hide? Did they steal from fallen comrades? Were they ninja-looting? Did they not follow instructions and cause chaos? Did they assist? How did they assist? Did they organize a rescue? How did they handle loss? How did they handle their defeat and others defeats? What were they most worried about? How did they recover? Did they enjoy the game or the final outcome? How did they measure their own actions? What did they think of others?

    All these questions were easily answered after everything had gone to shit and back. Most potential “responses” to these situations were valid and acceptable – and a few were not. The keys were freedom of action and the knowledge that the game was for keeps – If they lost stuff, they lost stuff, if they were attacked they could die, if they stole something they would get to keep it. All actions were valid, but some were better choices.

    You could spend six hours talking to a person in the game, or 20 minutes in a crisis situation – and the crisis would give you a more accurate readout every single time.

    I don’t think we do enough of this in our daily lives. Of course we don’t live in a fantasy land, or in constant danger. Still we don’t really put anyone under any sort of stress to see how they perform. And while the military does this as routine, the goals are very different – I am not solidifying and testing conditioned responses against a set that I expect. I expect nothing – I want to see the true self of a person. I want to let them tell me who they really are.

    I wish I could come up with a way to test people in the way that true emergencies test you.

    I can imagine a handful of ways to test people off the top of my head. Imagine being at a job interview and then then being told some xyz emergency and they needed you. Or going on a date and leave your wallet on the table when you go to the restroom. I wonder how many more methods we could come up with.

    For now you might as well flip a coin.

     

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  • NegBox 5:01 am on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Corporate Jargon Mashup 

    Just got this in an email from a company I did business with explaining some changes in their company:

    “The inter-company merger was motivated by a desire to provide a deeper level of services to our clients by leveraging operational efficiencies across our organization.”

    How many times did I have to read and write this drivel? I thank my lucky stars every night I don’t anymore. For those not versed in Corporatese, that sentence means they merged two departments from different companies into one and saved some money by reducing the amount of people they needed, and they are going to let people in the larger company deal with the boring stuff like accounting and HR.

    On one hand you can’t run a company without ‘straight talk’ – talking directly and openly about things. On the other hand you have to treat the general public like idiots and spew out this shit to make it seem like you’ve successfully executed the Picard Maneuver and destroyed the Borg while having tea that morning.

    Real, and sad.

     

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  • NegBox 4:06 am on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Retirement 

    I get asked this question frequently – “When are you going to retire?”

    Why do people ask me this? I don’t get it. I do online marketing because its fun. I love it. Why would I ever stop?

    I stopped doing what I was doing at IBM because it sucked the soul out of me. If you had asked me when I was going to retire back then, I would have answered “I can’t afford to retire, as much as I would want to quit right now.” Yet back then nobody asked me when I was planning to retire – Why didn’t anyone ask me?

    Now that things are different and I really like what I’m doing…  Why the question? Pretty ironic.

     
    • Wordpress Palace 3:58 pm on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i used to read your blog all the time, you should post more often!

      your on the first page of affbuzz today, and i always was a fan of the naked pic at the bottom, come out of retirement and post more!

      • NegBox 4:40 am on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Too funny. It comes and goes in waves. I really like posting short blurbs – about 100 words or so is what naturally comes out. I can’t fit jack shit in a Tweet, and its really hard to justify a much longer post when so many things press on my time – including relaxing. I guess I could do like many and ghostwrite articles – I won’t. This blog is really for me – It’d be like hiring someone to eat my pizza. You’ll see a bit more of me here, the wave is coming.


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  • NegBox 3:07 am on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Meaning of NegBox 

    Some eight years ago I figured people would want to use torrents for file transfers by accessing remote servers overseas. I didn’t see this need being filled and I could see it in high demand, so I partnered with a friend who lives overseas and we had a few of these available. I registered the domain NegBox.com as that is the name I came up with for this concept. I never sold a single one. Today, eight years later, search for “seedbox” and you’ll find a whole industry.

    I failed there in two big ways:

    1 – The marketing. I only tried to market this on Craigslist. I did not stop to think about who my audience was either: Teenage/Young males – not the most affluent bunch.

    2 – We were too early to the market. The “seedbox” idea (I was calling it a “NegBox”) isn’t the first venture where I anticipated the market need accurately, but a few years too early.

    The lessons I took home here were straightforward: Evolve things instead of trying to revolutionize them, and focus on the sales and marketing above all.

     

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