New update: this proves my point.
How to make money: It’s all about trading and manipulating human nature.
As a result, it’s essential to know what people want. If you do not know, create demands by evoking an intrinsic desire within people. If you can grasp a part of the human nature, and leverage it to your business, then you don’t have to worry about people handing money to you.
For example, this can be observed through the diamond industry. The famous commercial campaign of “a diamond is forever” successfully brainwashed people and implanted the concept of the so-called precious and everlasting stone. It’s just a hard stone by itself. There’s nothing precious in the world, only when people perceive something as precious is it described as this.
Part of the money making process is making people more dependent and by creating extra demands, to cause them to think that material goods are essential to their happiness and success.
You can control one’s behavior either tangibly or intangibly. Tangible – from providing the most basic needs to extending that “need” by making eloquent, yet unnecessary, products, such as eating caviar and truffles for the sake of taste and wearing luxury brands to show off status. Then with intangible influences – manipulating human behaviors through cultural influences and media. Such a concept is well used through the iconic iPhone. The iPhone by itself is not the most technologically advanced product. However it is so sought after by so many people around so many parts of the world (showing how human nature is similar all across) largely because of its inflated values of branding and that concept stuck in people’s head. Then, when the majority thinks an iPhone is “the-phone”, an unintentional fear in those who do not have such a phone, is generated, which further facilitates the iPhone’s influence. Being able to manipulate with people’s fear is also an effective strategy to make money.
Then, people that know how to make money gather together and bond to form a stronger control of the system, thus making mega-corporations have control over every aspect of society.
This is a story that mocks these occurrences quite intuitively. Once upon a time, a bunch of monkeys lived in the woods happily and freely with all their needs fulfilled by nature. One day, some businessmen came and thought, “We could use these monkeys for a very low cost while generating high productivity out of them,” so they created a system involving banana-coins and banana-credits. Those monkeys could earn them through working for those businessmen, in exchange for enough bananas for food for their families and the feeling of receiving higher security in their lives (Wealth always goes to those who can control the resources). However, those businessmen thought it wasn’t enough, so they decided to infiltrate the societal norms of the monkeys and implement the concepts of buying nicer treehouses, and that all monkeys must wear clothes in order to be considered civilized. Monkeys could also buy that stuff and pay later with banana-credits. Slowly but surely, the perceptions of what was normal began to change; monkeys that worked hard to earn their banana-coins and buy expensive stuff were considered the most competitive and attractive, while others who also wanted to be like they were began using banana-credits and racked up a lot of debt and unnecessary responsibilities on themselves. To extend the influence, those businessmen also introduced an education system that was said to prepare a better future for the monkeys’ children with proper skills and knowledge, which would help them earn more money-coins faster. This cycle continued while the system grew ever more strong with the development of a tailored education system and media, and the concept of “what’s needed” got into those monkeys more and more. Many of them had lost the freedom and pure happiness they once had, and exchanged their lives to chase the concepts with which they fooled themselves. Most of them never thought about it for themselves and kept on going along with the crowd.
This does not go to show how an organized society is bad, but rather that people had lost their initial intentions and had forgotten the meaning behind many seemingly obvious things. Of course, there’s much more to the story and it is open to interpretation.
To wrap up the concept of making money, you either fill a hole, or dig a hole into which others will fall.
Wealth itself isn’t good or bad; it’s merely a tool. Only the people that are using it can determine its value. Too little money makes your life harder to live, while too much money can make you lost in a miserable state. What’s important is whether we have the ability to create wealth and know why we’ve created wealth, and only then will we have the ability to walk on this earth consciously and freely.
Proofread by Anna Johnson.
This is a simplified version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5I0PBfAmZU
Having the ability to find cheap flights is a great skill to have because it maximizes your flexibility if you are on a budget. Here I’ll be teaching you how to find one step-by-step.
- Go to incognito mode for Google Chrome, because airfare sites can track your search results and raise the ticket price for wherever you were searching for.
- If you can go anywhere with any given flexible dates, check the below sites for any special offers or crazy cheap mistake fares.
- If you want to go to a specific region at some given month (only for departing from the U.S.), use Google Flights Explore. Note that this is different from Google Flights, and not a known tool for the public. GFE gives you the options to land at a specific region, so you can compare the prices of landing on different countries all at once. Although it is currently only available for those leaving the U.S., it is by for the easiest tool to get a quick search.
- If you want to dig in more advanced stuff, use Google’s ITA matrix, which lets you to customize your routes specifically, and gives you a baseline of the price for which to pay.
- Use these sites to find tickets if you are not departing from the U.S.:
- If you are with any frequent flyer programs, you want to do these 2 things:
- Fly with the company with which you’ll get extra miles, obviously.
- If you want to use your reward miles, check the miles needed to make a flight on milez.biz, and calculate the value of price per mile (ticket price/miles required to fly). General rule of thumb is if the ticket costs less than 1 cent per mile, then buy the ticket with your own money and save the reward miles for later.
- Once you’ve found the cheapest ticket available for your needs, check the availability on Flight Centre. If your deal is cheaper, save the deal and call Flight Centre, because they claim to have the “Lowest Airfare Guarantee” and “won’t be beaten on price and will beat any comparable quote.” If you are interested in taking advantage of this so-called grantee, search it up on Google to see who else offers the deal. This works especially well if you booked a mistake fare.
- You’ll be likely to find cheaper tickets 330 days before, or 6 weeks within, and leaving on Tuesdays/Wednesdays will be your best bet.
- Make sure to do the research on the site you are purchasing the ticket with to avoid any scams. Always book a flight from the direct carrier than 3rd party sites if you can (except for error fairs!).
After I made the big decision about not applying to any traditional four year college, my mindset changed consciously or unconsciously. I was able to gradually accept on what was pressuring me before, such as GPAs and others’ irrelevant opinions. None of it matters now. The decision somehow provided me a guideline of what’s important and what’s not, so I suddenly was able to think more freely and boldly.
There I developed a different approach on planning my schedule.
Before I had schedules like this:
- Do homework 1700 to 1930
- Work on website 2030 to 2130
- Read from 2200 to 2330
- Sleep by 2430
The pretty plan was almost always never taken to execution.
But now, I do something like this:
- STOP doing homework by 1800
- STOP making my site by 2000
- STOP blogging by 2145
- STOP reading by 2300
- STOP everything and anything by 2330
As a result, I was able to force myself to finish something by that day or else it would only have be done by the next morning. (It only works if you don’t give yourself any excuses to extend the time) Another bonus is that I am on track of paying off my debt, my sleeping debt that I borrowed and had snowballed on me a long time ago.
Now I am on my way to learn more relevant things, do more of what matters to me, and setting no regrets for my future self. You’re welcome.
My Dream Schools: Despite all this, I will be applying for this school: Minerva. Students stay in San Francisco the first year and go to 6 other cities around the world the rest three years, one city per semester. I sincerely believe that Minerva is the school of the 21st century.
Part of it is a higher education with the open-mindedness to transform all of its students into global citizens (I am a wannabe digital nomad who believes that global remote working is the future trend). Part of it is its attitude to evaluate its candidates holistically, rather than how most other colleges are with test scores and GPAs – something I believe to have less importance today. Part of it is its forward-thinking attitude about guiding students the mindset to think critically and grow exponentially, instead of teaching mere theoretical knowledge. And part of it is having a lean model of ridding the unnecessaries – buildings and tangible barriers, and replace it with a game-changing system – online learning platforms where everyone can be easily connected (which reflects a degree of Minimalism that I resonate with).
I can just feel myself becoming so happy and alive seeing those who currently attends there, even on the other side of the screen when I am researching about them. I can only imagine surrounding myself with those people in college and becoming so inspired and satisfied with my decisions to the path of higher education.
I guess I am just a nonconformist.
- Decrease spending and limit liabilities: when you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on schooling, that’s a big plus and relief from paying off the student loan. Also, there goes the nomadic way of leveraging different existing markets to achieve productivity more economically. That is, by living in developing countries like Thailand and working remotely, you can earn a developed country paycheck, with a bit of trade off on, perhaps, the quality of goods that you would get in a developed country. Or, you can become a minimalist and simply be homeless, car-less, and possession-less, which is a great way to skip the pressure of getting a secured job and paying off liabilities that make you in debt. Plus, you can trade those materialistic burdens for mental and physical freedom, so why not? Humans are not made to take and possess things, but to give and serve; you’ll likely feel much more fulfilled if you did the opposite than what one would normally expect. When is ever enough? When we think it’s enough.
- Increase income and invest in assets: Like I mentioned before, the goal is to become unemployed by establishing a source of passive income. This can be established by investigating and purchasing value-based stocks at an early age to selling information such as courses online or setting up a system of automatic drop-shipping. If you want to be more personal, you can go from starting a simple niche blog of your liking or a Youtube channel. Furthermore, there’s always the option of learning a specific skill – programming, web design, etc. to become a freelancer. Also, if you don’t know already, working abroad for 330 days (you can still spend 35 days with your family at home) will eliminate at least partially of your income tax – FEIE , that is, for those in the U.S.
- Plus, you always have the option to live for absolutely free, from couchsurfing , wwoofing , housesitting , hitchhiking , to even dumpster diving (safely). The list goes on. Your creativity will thrive under “life-threatening” situations and help you survive. Of course, this is not a sustainable way of living, but it sure can give you quite an experience and something with which to start.
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- Alternatives: TravelMore Jetpack (Use KICKSTARTER to get 25% off), Minaal Daily, Pacsafe (Why not others? Because they are relatively more heavy.)
- Think you can really do it? HiSmart
- Solar/Handcrank LED Flashlight (Optional)
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- 1 PackTowl Personal Packtowl (XL)/Acteon/Sarong
- 1 pair William Painter Titanium Wayfarer Sunglasses (Optional)
- 1 Drybag/Scrubba (Laundry and other useful things)
- 1 Filter Water Bottle(Use PHILSTONE20 to receive 20% off of bottles)
- 1 Utensil Set (Fork, Spoon, and Chopsticks) (Or buy separate ones yourself for cheaper) or Spork
- Doorstop at the dollar store (Convenient at hostels/public places to stop something from breaking in the door, optional)
- SPIbelt (Carry secrete money and things when jogging around, optional)
- Packable Hats
- Leatherman Multi-Tool(Supposedly TSA approved, optional)
- First Aid Kit
- Tongue Brush
- Tooth Powder
- Dental Floss (Can be used as clothes hanger)
- Dr Bronners Castile Soap(Shampoo, Body Wash, Laundry Detergent, etc. I recommend getting the lavender version as it has anti-moths effects for your wool apparels.)
- Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil (Oil pulling, Lotion, Hair Care, Deodorant, etc)
- Hand Sanitizer
- See Through Pouch (Optional)
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- Laptop: Microsoft or Apple or Razer or Dell XPS 13 (Look for student discounts if you are one.)
- Modular Smartwatch (Optional)
- Power Bank
- Universal Travel Adapter
- Mini Outlet (Optional)
- Headphones (Can double up to cancel noise on the airplane)
- Rocketbook (Optional)
- VPN + Cloud Backup (Must haves for your safety and freedom, especially in certain countries *China*)
- Organizer Cube (Optional)
- Gopro/Mokacam (Optional) + Tripod/GorillaPod (Optional) + SD Cards (Optional)
- Phree Digi-Pen (Optional)
- Transportation (Optional)
This is an ultimate list, meaning a lot of these stuff can be very expensive when they add up. But hey, at least all the stuff you own will cost you perhaps much less than a new car, who wouldn’t want to live a debtless life? Work your way up by clearing out the stuff you don’t need, and replace it with what’s the absolute essentials to you.
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