🏝 Posting more pics of the #togean islands here: @togean.islands .
Those 5 days of disconnection in the Togean Islands were very transforming.
I learned the basics I wanted to learn about building an eco-retreat from scratch on a virgin island from someone who did it.
And we lived for 5 days in a bungalow on the beach, without even signal on the phone.
When I had to send a message to Ladiina (because hey, we open the Hustlers Café this Sunday), I had to take a boat for 10 min to get some signal from the middle of the ocean.
I can't really explain with words how beautiful and authentic it was to live so far from everything.
Felt like a brain reboot.
During the first days, I was worried that something bad would happen with the business... And then I realized that even if something bad would actually happen:
1) I wouldn't know it
2) I couldn't do anything about it
So I stopped worrying.
Nothing bad happened.
Sending you love from Ampana, Sulawesi.
I will be back on Saturday with, hopefully, some great news to share 🙂
Take care ❤️
The guys @wannajunglebar pushed the #infinitepool game to a next level.
The place features 3 levels of #swimmingpool , one if which is reserved for guests. The magic of the place lays in the blend between the #luxurious#architecture and the nature oriented and inspired design.
One of the restaurants is made of bamboo, and the panoramic view you get from each part of the resort is featuring #valleyview#volcanoview and #ricefields .
They also have accommodations with dozens of private villas down the hill.
But they didn't invite me yet to visit them and shoot a full video of the place with the drone.
This was mind blowing to arrive there and see the beauty of this brand new #poolbar
Great job guys, keep it up! Waiting to see how the place will be developed
Nope, I didn't get any work done there, I won't even pretend it. I mean, I would have loved to work there, but since the DJ was playing EDM music during all the afternoon we could barely speak to each other. This new place is called @wannajunglebar and is in the north of #ubud in #bali . It looks absolutely stunning. Will go back there... to relax 🙂
Nature doesn't ask for permission to grow. It just grows. Nature doesn't care if you enjoy it's beauty. It just stands there and shine. Be more like nature: just grow and shine, regardless what happens around you.
Some of you already know how I opened the Hustlers Villa as the private dream space I have ever wanted for myself to live in, including: .
- like-minded people to hang out with when I am not working
- a proper dedicated working space to focus and get things done
- a wide garden to read, walk and relax
- staff to take care of everything I need, from the food to the cleaning & shopping
After living there for 7 months and meeting more than 200 online entrepreneurs, we decided to step things up and upgrade the space into a homy coworking café.
@_____diina98 & Erma did a great job during the past weeks organizing the space & managing the whole idea, to make it come to life based on what I had in my mind (even improving it). .
Having a café of my own has been a dream since I started working online. .
I always think about every little thing I would like to improve when I visit a café. And every little thing I loved that made the space special and pleasant.
I always love when things I have in my mind manifest physically in the real world.
However, because I am focused on purchasing and developing the island of BukaBuka into an eco-friendly retreat, I won't be the one operating the café.
It's time for me to learn how to give trust to people who are smarter than me, to run things better than I would do it myself.
I will still keep a close eye on it, and make sure this place grows as the dream café I have ever wanted to work from.
I don't think people are really scared of death.
They are scared of not having lived enough when it happens.
But they don't know what enough means for them.
And they don't know when they will die anyway.
So they worry.
And they live their life as real world "living deads". You should not worry so much about death,
it will happen anyway.
Instead, maybe you could focus on getting the most out of each day that you have a chance to live.
Maybe we could spend more time loving, laughing, exploring, enjoying, some of the only things that really matter down here.
For many people who lived today,
there won't be any tomorrow.
We're just passing by.
So don't waste your life doing nothing,
because you are afraid to lose it.
Just tell them they're right
I've spent most of my teenage years arguing with my dad. .
Most of our debates were endless conversations where each one of us would try to prove the other wrong. .
Guess who was right most of the time?
None of us
When someone is defending his point of view, even if he is proven 100% wrong, he tends to reinforce his position.
Because he defends it,
he believes in it even more.
99% of the time, neither my dad or I would admit the other was right, even when he undoubtedly was.
Because we would spend so much energy into the fight, that we'd rather camp on our position in the end, even in bad faith.
And the 1% of the time when one would admit to be wrong, he would do it unwillingly.
There is no point proving anyone you're right.
But what if people want to prove you wrong?
Just tell them they're right.
Nobody can fight with someone who already openly agree with them.
Admit that you are probably somehow wrong,
and focus on how you can solve the issue.
When we put the ego aside and skip the step of finding who is right or wrong, we instantly defuse the conflict and open the door to what matters: finding a solution, a middle ground.
So do this next time,
and just tell them they're right.
This will save you a lot of time & energy, and leave you in a respected place in other people's heart.
A small big step
I have to admit that I pretty much underestimated the difficulty of (properly) setting up a company in Indonesia, and officially make this country my home.
Laws and regulations as we know them in the West are totally different, and the entire system follows a different logic that what I was used to.
The time and price it costs,
The ridiculous number of licenses needed,
The high amount of ways to get scammed,
And the fact that the regulation changes literally every single month.. All of the above constitutes a strong and high barrier at the entry of the country, for whoever tried to *LEGALLY* live and do business in Indonesia.
I can't judge the way the country's business regulation works, because my opinion doesn't matter here.
What does matter is to accept you don't know anything, and to learn everything from scratch.. .
..while sourcing informations from the right place, to avoid being misled by greedy & immoral dudes, who would do/say anything to get your money.
Yes, I underestimated what it would take to do it.
But I also underestimated the competence and the determination of the people I am currently surrounded by in Bali.
Working with them made all the difference.
After more than two years living in Bali, I found people who are into the business of "doing the right thing". People who know that the long term game, is the only way to real success.
And after months of headaches, we just reached a new milestone.
We received the permanent license of the Real Estate foreign investment company that will operate the Eco Retreat project on BukaBuka Island, in Sulawesi.
This structure is what will allow us to:
- Buy the first 1,5ha of land - Legally secure the deal with the investors
- Build & Operate the whole project .
This being said, I know this is not an achievement per se.
Just a small big step, leading to the beginning of the next one.
Love how all of this is challenging me beyond anything I lived before.
Growth is the only way.
How smaller your problems are from up there.
Have you ever been in a shitty situation and someone said to you: "Imagine, 10 years from now, you will still remember it... and laugh about it." This is actually a great advice.
We are easily overwhelmed by small but annoying problems.
Until we get obsessed with it.
Something we lost, a conflict with someone, a choice we have to make.. What would the 10 years older you think is the right thing to do?
Taking some distance with the problem and putting it into perspective is a great way to detach from it, emotionally.
To stop feeling overwhelmed by it.
Once you're up there, flying above your problems, you may as well just realize how obvious the solution is.
And even if it's not, you will at least see your problem within a bigger picture.
It helps to understand it fully.
And find the most rational solution.
So don't drawn into your problems.
Close your eyes,
and look at how smaller they are from up there.
Work on your comfort zone as you would work on your flexibility.
Don't get this "comfort zone" thing wrong. It's not about jumping outside of it.
It's about expanding it.
See how after you did something that scared you once, you start to feel more comfortable about doing it?
This, is the way.
The "action of expanding" the comfort zone.
That's what gives us this sense of self-accomplishment.
Be careful, though.
It works like your muscles' tendons and ligaments.
You need to stretch them every day to improve your flexibility and performance, but if you go too far, you might as well break one of them.
And then you'll need months, or years, to recover.
Work on your comfort zone as you would work on your flexibility.
Work on it every day.
But don't go too far.
Stretch it within your limits.
Do you sometimes feel unlucky? Read this.
-- I googled it yesterday out of curiosity during a conversation about life, religion and purpose, with one of my staff.
Did you know that there is 10,000,000 living species on the planet?
10,000,000 different living species.
And each one of us reading this was born as a Human Being.
The only specie that can think, learn, teach, write, anticipate, be conscious of it's existence, create advanced technology, create hundreds of languages & cultures, feels a wide spectrum of emotion, etc.
We are born with a bunch of features that 99.9% of the other species won't even get remotely close to get.
We could have been born as a larva spending half of it's life eating poop, or as a weird albinos shrimp living hundreds of meters deep in the ocean until being eaten by any fish.
But we are born as a Human Being.
And we did absolutely nothing to deserve it in the first place.
Literally, the only reason why you are reading those words instead of licking your ass after pooping, is because your parents are Human Beings and not dogs.
Now, I know we are far from being perfect as Human Beings, and I know we fucked up a lot of things since we arrived down here.
That's what happens when we feel entitled, lack gratefulness and take everything we got for granted.
Remember it, it was 1 chances in 10,000,000. And you didn't do anything to deserve it.
It's about the same probability you'd have of winning the US National Lottery Jackpot.
So now, you got this life, what are you going to do with it?
I can't answer for you.
But what I know for sure, is that the next time I feel unlucky, I will remember this, and get some perspective on what luck actually means at our life's scale.
We all win and lose at some point.
But we're all part of the one and only winning specie that can actually make a conscious change in this World.
Don't waste it complaining or living an ungrateful and meaningless life.
Own it. ❤️ 📸: @wulanzztt
Some people got the skills, take massive action and get a lot of great things done.. Yet they still feel that they are missing something.
They still feel stuck, running into circles on the surface. Missing this one piece, to open the door of lasting self fulfillment.
If you want to really dive in deep, and win your long term game, don't rush it.
Because patience is the key. 📸: @wulanzztt
1) Do something, even if you know you will suck and fail at it. It always brings more result than doing nothing.
2) Aim to improve your habits just 1% better every day. It brings more long term result than going "all-in" and giving up.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲
As you remove all the noise,
you stop ignoring the voice of silence.
It tells you the truth.
You don't need more, but less.
You don't create, you discover.
You don't fail, you learn.
Everything is already here,
it's all around you.
It's all within you.
Because you can't see it yet,
doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.
So you go back on track,
and walk your path,
one step after another.
Alone, but never lonely.
Silent, and still.
What if you tried to be wrong?
A few years ago, I hated it,
I HAD to be right.
But what for? Ask my ego.
People are influenced by emotions more than by facts. So being right isn't even useful to convince.
On the other hand, being wrong is the one single best opportunity to learn something new.
It's fine to be right,
but it's neither an end, nor a mean.
To convince, we need to understand and help people reaching what motivates them.
To learn, we have to accept that we don't know.
To improve, we have to do what we never did.
Being wrong shows us where not to go, so that we know better where we should try to go.
Be wrong on purpose,
Ask stupid questions,
Take weird actions.
Later, you'll look back only to see the army of those who were right, standing, right at the same spot where you met them years ago.
Were they wrong to be right?
Is it easy?
Sometimes it feels like navigating on an agitated ocean in the dark.
Or do you just keep your eyes shut while jumping around?
Maybe could you just stand still,
and open your eyes.
To see the way,
and keep walking.
Sometimes you need to know where the storm is coming from to calm it down.
Sometimes you can just do your best to survive it.
Change what you are meant to change,
accept what you have to go through.
No, it's not easy,
would you really want it to be? 📸: @wulanzztt
5 years ago, I used to say that one of my goals was to stop having to work to get money by the age of 35.
People laughed, mocked and told me to stop kidding them.
Basically, I want to have achieved enough by the age of 35 so that I will be financially covered for the rest of my life.
Which doesn't mean I won't work anymore.
I just won't have to.
Today, I'm already 27, and people react differently: they ask me what I plan to do after I'm 35.
That's why you don't build your life according to people's opinion.
5 years is short, but it's a hell of a long time if you spend them trying to match people's expectations.
Go all-in on yourself,
Work on your plans.
No one else will do it for you.