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How I Went from Survival to Success

How I went from survival to success

When I was 23 years old, I went to a seminar on how to be a successful salesperson that I paid $499 to attend. While that may not sound like a huge chunk of money, for me, 499 dollars amounted to one week’s pay, if I made a sale. I wasn’t entirely naïve—I did have the foresight to view the money as an investment in myself. But if I’m being honest, I kind of thought the main guy at the seminar would give

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Dreams Come True at Victoria Falls (Africa)

Aerial View of Victoria Falls

My buddy, Adam, and I, did a homestay in Lusaka, Zambia. There was a 20-year old kid who worked there named Bonie (pronounced bō-knee). He spoke a sophisticated English, and always had a smile on his face. The trip was back in 2015, so I don’t remember the first thing Bonie said when we met him. But it was probably something like: “I have recently been placed in charge of garbage. Do you have any that requires disposal?” Let’s go back

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Q&A and Actionable Tips Part II

Man Overseas 2019

I read more listener emails/messages in today’s audio. You’ll hear my answers to multi-part questions, which include the following topics: How to obtain financial freedom How to stay motivated & build your energy A secret about real estate values that Zillow doesn’t want you to know A stock that Lady O & I own in our portfolio, and why More book recommendations To have your questions answered in a future audio post, please send them to me via Twitter, Facebook,

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Accelerated Learning for Success

Accelerated Learning Man Overseas

If I designed school curricula, students would be given an opportunity to learn the systems and practices of successful people. A young person with a base knowledge of how to be successful would more easily grasp new ideas and concepts to achieve success in the “real world.” Basic knowledge is easily connected to other concepts and knowledge. “New” knowledge becomes not so new. Basic or ordinary knowledge, once combined, becomes extraordinary knowledge. As one’s base of knowledge grows, one will

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Q&A and Actionable Tips

Q&A Man Overseas

Here I read a sample of emails and messages that I’ve received since the Bigger Pockets podcast aired. I answer questions and offer advice on the following:  Vetting deals, vetting people and establishing relationships Compare life and poker Where young people should focus their efforts Let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below!    

Book Recommendations Part II: Mastery & The 48 Laws of Power

Book Recommendations Part Deux includes two more books that I mentioned on the Bigger Pockets podcast: Mastery & The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. I’m drawn to Robert Greene because he’s a student of history, human nature, and social intelligence. “When you meet a swordsman, draw your sword: Do not recite poetry to one who is not a poet.” – Robert Greene Mastery by Robert Greene When I need a swift kick to overcome the tedium required in the early stages

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Book Recommendations

By request, here is a list of some of the books I mentioned on the BP podcast in the order of mention. Just in time for Christmas! I’ve added notes and commentary on how the books changed my thinking. There’s also a lagniappe “test” question to challenge your own thinking. If you had to skip a meal or a book, remember that nobody has ever said a meal changed their life. – Man Overseas Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of

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Confronting Man’s Dark Side (From a Nazi Concentration Camp)

An encounter with what Carl Jung called The Shadow is to confront the reality that everything horrible that human beings have done, was done by human beings, and that you are one of them. Man Overseas Travel’s trip to Dachau Concentration Camp last week marked my third different concentration camp visit in four years— my first in Germany. Dachau is a 25-minute train ride from Munich, then a ten-minute shuttle bus to the concentration camp. On March 22, 1933, just two weeks after

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Man Overseas on BiggerPockets Podcast!

BiggerPockets Brad Dantonio

Honored to be a guest on the BiggerPockets Podcast. With over 180,000 listeners per show, BiggerPockets is the biggest real estate podcast in the world! They’re also the top-rated and reviewed real estate show on iTunes. More options for listening are included in the show notes. Please let me know what you think in the comments. And if you’re not yet subscribed to be notified of new posts on ManOverseas.com, please sign up on the Home Page!

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Developing Mental Toughness by Digging Deep Within: The Years that Shaped Me (1991-1994)

1991-1994 were the toughest and most impactful years of my life. Late at night on March 25, 1991, my friend’s dad was driving his family home from our basketball game in New Orleans. A speeding drunk-driver ran a stop-sign and crashed into their Astro van. My family was a few minutes behind, traveling the same route. We got out to see if everyone was ok. I found my friend sitting with his head down, faced away from where paramedics were

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