benny

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  1. This guy is confessing to being a pimp and a swindler on camera. What more do you need to see his complete lack of integrity? Thanks for posting this Leo.
  2. Let's paint a picture of who we were before and after we started this work. Also post how long you've been on the journey. Also post your primary focus vis-à-vis growth. Before: - Lifelong video game addiction - Marijuana addiction - Porn addiction - OCD, depression, anxiety - Poor diet, no exercise, overweight - Socially awkward - Zero skills with women; clueless - No ambition, drive, direction; lazy - No hobbies - Poor student; mostly Cs - Hung out with the wrong people After: - Overcome porn, video game, and pot addiction; consume absolutely zero - Overcame OCD, depression, and anxiety - Rock-solid work ethic - A- student in uni - Got into pickup and developed massive amounts of confidence; both with women and with people in general - overcame social anxiety - New friend group of intelligent, high-achieving, positive people - Awesome girlfriend - Whole foods, vegetarian diet; in excellent shape - Exercise 4 days a week - Know my values - Daily mediation - Daily gratitude ritual - Lots of hobbies and passions' well-rounded Took me 7 years to get these results. Currently I'm working to clarify and actualize my LP. My secondary focus is financial literacy.
  3. I'm talking about business courses.
  4. @Leo Gura What do you recommend? Sorry for the double post.
  5. Seriously, there are no words. Absolutely incredible! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=704brywiyfw
  6. I understand that in this work, it basically goes like this: research --> contemplation of ideas --> implementation. Rinse, dry, repeat. I want to make sure that I am contemplating the material properly. Below are three notes I've taken from the latest Actualized video I've watched, How to Become Decisive. My contemplations are written in bold. Any and all feedback appreciated! Example 1 You want to be a big-picture thinker, a strategic thinker, a visionary, and be able to make very important decisions quickly. What does it mean to be a big-picture thinker? You want to see clearly the overarching vision for what you want to do and accomplish. This will inform the finer details. You reverse-engineer from the big-picture to create the little-picture details. It also means considering how your actions affect all other areas of your life, of society, etc. Not just how it affects you, but the broader ecosystem of humanity. What does it mean to be a strategic thinker? You deeply consider how you will allocate your resources You deeply consider the actions you need to execute in order to move you from where you are to where you want to go. You consider and are clear about what consequences those actions will produce. It means you have a very clear vision of what you want to achieve. Strategic thinking is essentially big- and little-picture thinking. It involves honest and accurate assessment of current situation - resources, capabilities. This gives you an accurate starting point, which informs first steps. For example, if you want to build a tech company, but you don't have any money, you're going to need to find investors and raise seed capital. Then you break that down and ask yourself, what do I need to do to secure seed capital for my venture? Strategic thinking involves critical thinking, reflection, contemplation, introspection, and even intuition. Use all of these when devising your plan forward, as well as your big-picture vision. Example 2 If you don't make a choice, a choice is made by default. This is a bad way to go. When you do not make a choice, you'll choose the easier path by default, because you don't have to put any effort into it. The easier path seems to always, or at least almost always, produce much lower quality results. This why indecision destroys lives. Making a decision serves as the impetus for action; it provides the inner spark that spurs you forward towards what you want. It provides a sense of purpose and mission, and if you value integrity, you will be motivated to do what you say you're going to do. Making a decision and sticking with it requires integrity. Indecision will destroy your life. Decisiveness will be instrumental in building a profound life. Example 3 It's the bold decisions that provide the opportunities for massive growth Forces you to exercise resilience. Forces you to face your fears. Forces you to develop greater resourcefulness. Forces self-reliance. Puts you into new experiences where you have to learn new skills, overcome challenges. Forces you to think critically and strategize. Provides focus. Forces you to take massive action. Forces you to take more and more responsibility for your life. Not only is decisiveness important for a great life, it is decisiveness with regards to the big, bold decisions that will determine the trajectory of your life. These should be carefully considered, then made and stuck to.
  7. @Leo Gura Books, teachers, videos, courses, etc. What were your resources?
  8. @Leo Gura Spell it out for me. Will I find them on your book list? Your blog? Your videos? A forum post? Point me in the right direction.
  9. @Danioover9000 I'm not telling anyone to do anything. I'm sharing it with the community and they can do as they please. I Some people will enhance their art with assistance from AI, some will steer clear of it, and others will use AI exclusively. There are no should or should nots. Quit your moralizing. Doesn't look like it will be necessary for much longer
  10. In addition to being really short (just kidding, it's long as all get out. But I'm sure followers of Leo's content are used to that sort of thing ), it's also hilarious and incisive. Enjoy!
  11. @Danioover9000 Good lord man, it was a joke! Yes, everyone, the video is really long. I guess tongue-in-cheek humor doesn't translate well over a forum.
  12. I thought this was really profound and wanted to share A profound purpose is one that brings the collective into closer alignment with high consciousness values - Truth, Love, growth, beauty, understanding, excellence, creativity, etc.
  13. Honestly, I've never read such insufferable prose in all my life. It takes careful deciphering of Campbell's word salads to extract very simple (albeit powerful) lessons about the human journey. He's so pompous and self-indulgent that I actually get angry at him when reading his supposed magnum opus, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. It makes me want to resurrect him so I can punch him in his stupid face and tell him what a god awful writer he is. The end.
  14. I need a few principles for note taking that will cut my reading time down. I spend wayyyyy too much time assessing text and trying to jot down every bit of info I think is important. I want to get through one book on Leo's book list per week. Right now it's taking me anywhere form 1-2 months per book. What are the principles for quick, effective note taking?
  15. I want to build wealth and achieve financial independence. Just starting to learn about finance, investing, and financial literacy in general. Looking for guidance. Thanks. P.S. I am also open to suggestions outside investing. If, for example, there is some way I could spend the money to deepen my growth in a substantial way, I'm open to those types of suggestions too.
  16. @Leo Gura I probably wasn't going to go with this option, and this really seals the deal for me. Thanks for your guidance. I've been running this by people in my own life who I really admire and respect. One of those people is my uncle, who, over the course of his career as a serial entrepreneur, has generated vast wealth for himself. Let me run his perspective by you and get your thoughts, if you don't mind. Three points to put the conversation into context: 1. My money is actually already tied up in stocks. I didn't include that information in my initial post because I didn't realize how relevant it would be to the discussion. 2. My portfolio is being managed by a highly reputable manager who works for one of the big investment firms. I was able to leverage family connections to get my foot in the door (i.e. he manages my parent's money, so he took me on despite not meeting the financial requirements for his typical clients). 3. The stocks are in a TFSA (tax-free savings account). I'm not sure if you have something similar in the US, but essentially I can withdraw that money whenever I want without penalty and it is 100% tax free, including any dividends and capital gains I make from investments. From my uncle: · Do not cash out. Stay in the market. You want exposure. · Do not put the cash into the S&P 500. A good money manager is supposed to be able to beat the S&P 500, or any index for that matter · Get my financial adviser to explain his strategy for the next 12 months, then run it by my uncle. · For life purpose o Create excel spreadsheet o Know what resources you need, their cost, and why you need each resource. o Create a budget: what are you going to spend, on what, and when? If need be, you can liquidate part of the portfolio to cover expenses. That's it. Your insight and guidance is greatly appreciated.
  17. Option 6: Put my current savings into an ETF and then work to build an addition 30k to use on LP Pros: I get the benefits of the cash for LP/investing in self and I put myself on track to generate wealth Cons: It will take me roughly 2.5-3 years to generate the 30k. During that time, very little time to invest in personal dev or my LP. I'll also be 29-30 and still not on track with LP. Also, all the work (or at least some of it) that I've done in the LPC will be outdated. I'm writing this as a way of processing my thoughts, but I welcome any insight or perspective.
  18. Alright, so I've spent my morning contemplating this. The way I see it, I have five options. 1. Invest in stocks 2. Invest in S&P 500 ETF, contribute 20-30% of my monthly earnings each month, and let it grow. 3. Invest in businesses 4. Learn about and invest in crypto 5. Invest in myself, my life, and my life purpose Option 1: invest in stocks Basically, the appeal here is that I can leverage family connections to get a highly reputable financial advisor who works for one of the big firms to manage my money. There is also a very small chance of exponential growth. The downsides are (1) I can't touch the money; (2) at best, I can realistically expect 7-10% return annually, which in unsubstantial at 30k; (3) there is an equal, of not better chance of losing some, if not most, of the money; (4) I cannot use the money to invest in myself; (5) can't touch the money for years Option 2: Invest in S&P 500 ETF This is more appealing than option 1. It's much safer, less stress, and, given historical averages, I can expect 8-10% growth annually. The compound interest, coupled with a 20-30% contribution of my monthly earnings each month, would generate substantial wealth in 20-30 years. Also, in Canada, we have something called a TFSA (tax-free savings account). All the money in that account, including all interest and profits, are 100% tax-free. The downside: (1) can't touch the money for literal decades. (2) best case scenario, I'm in my mid-late forties by the time it materializes into anything substantial (I'm currently 27). Worst case scenario, I'll be in my early 60s. (3) There is still some risk and I could still end up losing the money. (4) in 20-30 years, 1-4 million dollars will not be worth as much as it is now. Option 3: Invest in businesses The upside here is potential for high ROI with rigorous due diligence. I'd also be investing in someone and their vision, rather than a stock, which I like. There's also potential for learning a lot about the market sector of the business I invest in. Drawbacks: (1) I'd have to learn a lot about investing in businesses. I know absolutely nothing about it. (2) I'd have to do a lot of homework about the company before investing. (3) this option doesn't excite me. (4) I have no contacts I can leverage to make myself a valuable angel investor. All I have is 30 grand. (5) I don't have a direct impact. The people I invest in are the ones making the impact. (6) Diverts tons of time away from my life purpose. (7) Can't touch the money for years. (8) Could easily lose it all as a naïve investor. (9) I can't help but think of something I learned from Eben Pagan: employee ---> self-employed ---> biz owner ---> investor ---> philanthropist. Seems I'm out of sequence with this option. Option 4: Learn about and invest in crypto Upside: I'll learn about an important emerging technology, there's potential for massive ROI (with lots of due-diligence), and I'll learn a lot about finance and investing Downsides: (1) All of my time is diverted away from LP. All my time will be spent learning about this field. (2) this option doesn't stir me. (3) much less investment in myself - my natural strengths, core competencies, etc. (goes for all options so far). (4) crypto is extremely volatile and there is a high likelihood of losing everything; (5) my life will be devoid of vision, meaning, and purpose; my life will be about money and investing, rather than meaning, impact, and contribution; (6) drastically lower capacity to invest in myself. Option 5: Invest in myself, my life purpose The upsides: (1) I'll have capital to invest in myself and my biz - I can pay for books, professionals who can help me develop my natural strengths and core competencies, coaches, consultants, workshops and seminars, courses, private communities/mastermind groups, therapy, coaching. In short I have much more power to move forward and actualize my life purpose. (2) $$$ for high quality website. (3) Massive personal growth. (4) Enables me to develop mastery in my chosen domain. (5) excitement and meaning in pursuing my life purpose (intelligently and strategically, of course) and having the freedom to move forward. (6) Guaranteed returns by investing in myself and my biz. (7) investing in myself has always paid the highest returns. Downsides: (1) lump sum gradually shrinks; the investment in myself is what would be used to generate value in the long run. This entails greater responsibility because it's on me, which makes this option scarier (this, of course, is how you build a profound life. Taking more and more responsibility for my life has always led to better and better outcomes, and this is an opportunity to take more responsibility. In this sense, this is actually an upside). (2) what if I want to switch directions? Will the money I spent still be of value?
  19. @Hello from Russia Could you elaborate on that? What exactly do you mean by eco-friendly home? What do you mean by systems?
  20. @Leo Gura I hear you. I'm going to contemplate this tomorrow and make a decision. Thanks Leo.