From Trash to Respect

Tonight, I caught up with a friend who I haven’t seen in over 6 months for dinner.

We were talking about all the stuff that’s happened over the past few months.

I also told him about a recent talk I gave 2 days ago to a crowd of over 200 people.

At the start of the night, this guy next to our table said, “wait, I know you. I went to your talk the other night. It was good shit, blah blah blah.”

Then, 30 minutes later, a new couple sat down to our left and the moment they sat down, they both said they went to my talk and how it was the bomb and blah blah blah…”

Dam, is this what being famous feels like?

My friend and I were both talking about how much has changed the past 3 years, and how things are FINALLY looking up for both of us.

You know… it was exactly 3 years ago when I first met my friend.

Let’s call him “KB”.

Mid 2016

I was jobless and living out of my car in Auckland, New Zealand.

I enrolled with what little money I had left into this digital marketing course I found online.

From that course, I learned the basics of digital marketing and with that experience, I somehow landed a job in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as a marketing apprentice.

The creator of the course told me that there was a student in Vietnam and if I ever went to Vietnam, he’d connect us.

Jan 2017

I moved to Vietnam and that’s when I met KB for the first time.

KB was a pretty intimating Australian guy. He didn’t have much going on with his life, at the time, he was an English teacher. It’s a good feeling to know that he wasn’t “better” than me, and I wasn’t “better” than him.

We were both bottom of the barrel small fries.

None the less, he was my first friend in Vietnam. From then on, we hung out several times, and eventually, he became one of my closest friends to this day.

Sep 2017

9 months later, I quit my marketing apprenticeship.

Jobless, once again, I decided that I wanted to give having an online business another shot.

I decided an SEO agency was the way to go.

KB at the time had nothing going with himself too. He also just quit his job and with a few savings left, decided he also wanted to start his own thing – a paid advertising agency.

Funny… we’re in the same positions as when we started 9 months ago, at the bottom… ZERO progress has been made.

I decided I wanted to try this SEO agency out in Chiang Mai, so I booked a one-way ticket there.

My last night, KB and I caught up for a beer, talking about life, our dreams, goals, etc.

I didn’t really think we could do it.

As I was about to leave and catch my taxi, he said this one line that I could remember clearly till this day:

“we may not be rich now…, or tomorrow…, or the next day…, but the way we think, we’ll be millionaires one day”.

when he said this, for some reason, I believed him.

2019 Nov – NOW

It’s been 2 years since that night in Vietnam

A lot of things has happened since then between me and KB.

For me:

  • Sold my first website I ever made for ~$30,000 USD
  • Sold a website for ~$250,000 USD
  • Partnered with two of the best affiliate marketers in the world
  • Built a network with high-level online entrepreneurs
  • Work remotely – work anywhere, and any time.
  • Manage a diverse portfolio of online businesses
  • Gave a workshop about high-level affiliate marketing to over 200+ people

And KB? Well… let’s say he’s produced very similar results and achievements like me.

We’re no longer at the bottom of the barrel.

People actually see value in us.

What this mother fucker said 2 years ago was right.

Bad things must happen for you to get to the next level. If you’re struggling, you’re struggling for a very important reason.

How you handle these struggles, and how you deal with these struggles will decide what kind of person you become afterward.

You’re either going to transform to the next level, or you’re going to succumb to them and fail.

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