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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:25 am 
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Wedding bells:

Through researching marriage and immigration law, you've learned that a marriage is not a contract between you and your wife but a contract between you/wife and your government... and this is a financial contract. They require that she be bound to you and/or proper (accountable) work so that you (couple) can be counted on to dutifully pay taxes. Keep this in mind... the #1 topic for arguments between married couples is financial. The idea isn't to avoid the inevitable... it's to anticipate and plan ahead... and a married couple living with the parents for more than an "adjustment period" is a formula for implosion.


I am a big fan of dreams but dreams alone cannot pay the rent. Most success stories we read in books and the internet fail to cover the day to day gritty progress to sucess. Statistically, how many Zuckerbergs are out there? ... and I am not referring to the $$ amount of his success but the timeline/pattern of his success. Ie college drop out... not having worked in various jobs in various sectors, etc...

Go ahead and dream big (ie I want to be a millionaire) ... but also realize during the planning phase that you probably won't achieve this through a lemonade stand, no matter how well you strategize and market your product.

Pm me a better idea of your actual product/service. Do a search for similar businesses and look for how well they do in the market, how they market their services... and if no similar product/service exists, ask yourself, "why not?"

But a Lemonade Stand can lead to a Million Dollar Business:

Look up Nantucket Nectars under "business". Their business story has been written up for a Harvard Business School case study. But even this is highly unusual.

Back to the Real World:

Path to success is gritty and dynamic. Many start-ups go through vast changes to survive. . . And this is possible because its founders and share holders typically have many varied backgrounds. I once thought that big name business schools would be filled with bankers and corporate suits. This is untrue. There were ESL teachers, gas station owners, politicians, military leaders, etc... in my class.

In terms of your own project, not only do you have kittle experience in various sectors that your business will surely need to cater to or be familiar with, but you do not even know your own business well. This is a big barrier.

If you were a single man, I'd suggest you chase the dream and continue living with your mother while you gamble on a few start-ups. . . Statistically speaking, I'd know you'd fail, but there are lessons to be learned. You'd figure out if this entrepreneurship thing is your thing or not... and hopefully, you'll learn some lessons along the way.... but...

Wedding Bells... remember the bells?:

Maybe you're ok with it but exactly how long do you expect a woman to live with her husband's mommy for him to figure out his shit? Go do a search for how long it takes, even for successful businesses, to turn a profit...

Back to the real, real World:

Go get a job. . . hopefully with a well run company.

1. You will learn all facets of business.
2. You will meet many people.
3. You will learn the dynamics of working groups.
4. And you will earn a salary from day one... which will allow you and your wife to get a flat... and actually live a married adult life.
5. You are young. There are 50 year old entrepreneurs who juggle full time jobs while setting up multiple startups at the same time... surely, at your age, you can do this too.
6. Meanwhile, if your startup takes off, you can easily transition to devoting more time to your own business.

You're a married adult... time to grow up.

 Post subject: Re: Artful Roger Journal
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:35 pm 
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Now what ?

If you can't take care of a plant, you can't take care of a woman.

 Post subject: Re: Artful Roger Journal
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:21 pm 
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Just coming back to check in now, I thought it was important to take the action then report back on it. I've tried to take this approach throughout my whole journal.

So I've landed a job at a top, up and coming company! Immediately the pay is not the best, but it's for the first initial 3 months and if they like me, my contract will be upgraded. More importantly I'm going to be working in a small team of 3, and super close to the 2 founders of the company. I'm going to be working in startup which is exactly what I desire, and will learn essential business skills to succeed. I start next week and have for once in my life been excited about my job!

I don't compare myself to Zuckerberg and I often think I lack the tenacity in terms of pursuit of dreams. Some crazy examples I've found is the creator of wordpress, did a polyphasic sleep cycle for a whole year to get his company up and running. That means a sleep cycle of 45 mins asleep then awake for 4 hours, and he did that solidly for a year. No wonder he made so many millions before 30. I referred to that video to help me focus, working towards one goal constantly gives me clarity of mind.

Annoyingly I couldn't make headway on my side project, my co-founder was hospitalised for an illness and is in recovery, I'm meeting with him on the 7th Sept, so I'll reconvene then. I'm sure there's things I can get on with in the mean time on the project, I just need to work out if it's work, or being busy for the sake of being busy.


Life has taken a dramatic change with my wife here, some daily habits have dropped that I liked, not because of laziness just to shock of system due dramatic life change. Anyway I want to reintroduce my morning journalling and meditation to grab my mind back from my lizard brain. I find it incredibly good for focus, and airing the crap from my mind. I highly recommend it, I keep myself happy by finishing of my journal with 3 things I'm grateful for, that could be anything like "Slept really well last night" or "Can't believe the rights movement in Syria has changed so many lives" etc. as long as it's positive that's all that counts. One thing I have kept going was reading a minimum of 5 pages of a book a day.

This entry was a little rushed and I'll check back in soon with some more action plans. This week coming, I just want to focus on my new job and then I can move forward on other ventures.

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