Earlier today, I received at least 10 messages from people all asking the same question:
Matt, how do you constantly travel the world and get loads of new opportunities?
The answer is hard work. Despite what some people seem to think, my life is not lazing around on a beach drinking coconut water whilst watching the world go by. I do not want that. I would much rather work on my passion every single day for the rest of my life.
Some of you are reading this thinking “well that’s unrealistic”. Not really. One of the biggest reasons why people are unable to follow their dreams is because they are not prepared to put in the work. They may watch a Gary Vee video and get motivated for 2 or 3 days. But if they don’t see instant results, they render it pointless and believe it to be impossible. They tell themselves that it’s unrealistic. When in reality, almost anything is possible if you have the right mindset and are able to execute. Sure, it may take 5,10, 20 years. I get that. But if you truly want it, you’ll work your ass off and will do literally anything to make it a reality.
That was me. For years in high school, people said that I would never amount to anything within the music industry. I ignored them. I literally remember thinking to myself in the middle of science class “keep laughing… but I’ll let history be the judge”.
I punted high school & sixth form. I only did what was necessary to pass. My grades were B’s & C’s. Not bad. But I was so focused on making my dream a reality that I really didn’t give a sh*t as to what a piece of paper said about me.
I did not attend many parties during my high school years. The reason? I was working. I did not go out to clubs much during my high school/sixth form years. Why? I was working. Even during break-times at school, I was constantly working on my dreams, my ambitions, my future. It was that relentless & consistent attitude which allowed me to get where I am right now.
My parents told me to “get a proper job”. I ignored them and bluntly refused. People told me that “the music industry is risky and that I should quit whilst i was ahead”. Ignored them as well. I had optimism. I had confidence. I believed in myself and my dreams. I’ve been an entrepreneur since day one.
The defining factor of success is not where you are born. It is not how wealthy you are. Instead, It is how hard you are willing to work. How much you are willing to overcome whatever adversity you may face in order to fulfill your ambitions. That is my definition of greatness.
Woke up and was extremely hungry. Ended up eating at least 5 slices of toast accompanied by 500ml of water and an espresso. Managed to schedule in a shower immediately after.
Posted a photo to Instagram. During the caption, I spoke about practical ways in order to achieve your goals. It ultimately comes down to your mindset, and breaking them down into actionable tasks.
If you’re prepared and you know what it takes. It’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there 🇳🇿
You may be going through University right now. You may be preparing for a marathon, figuring out to travel the world, or how to conquer the world with your business empire. Having the right attitude is the key to success. It’s what will set you apart from everybody else.
Instead of thinking a task is impossible, break it down into smaller steps so it becomes a lot more realistic. Here’s a few examples:
1. Visiting 10 countries during 2019.
Find 10 countries which are relatively close together which are cheap to travel around. It will save you a lot of money. For example, you could start in France, and visit multiple places in Europe. With flights and bus tickets as low as $10 one-way, it all of a sudden becomes feasible to visit 10 countries on a budget.
2. Making $100k a year from your passion.
You need to do the math. It’s that simple. For the sake of examples, let’s say you are selling a product/service at $50. You need to make 2k sales a year. Or broken down even further, just 39 sales per week. So in order to make $100k, you just need to find 39 people per week that will buy your product. To do that, you simply need to put yourself where your audience is.
If you’re an entrepreneur selling a book, figure out where the target audience spends their time. Go there. If you’re selling merchandise of your brand, run ads to put yourself directly in front of the type of people that will buy your product. eg. A Cafe in Auckland could run it against people in their local area which regularly go out to cafes & bars.
Guys, this is not that difficult. Write down your dream so it becomes a goal. Break that goal down into actionable steps so it becomes a plan. Then execute.
Did a lot of work for my business. I had 5 Facebook campaigns to run, and took on a new client for social media management. I’m trying to get as many clients around the world as possible. So North America, Europe, Oceania, South America etc. Those of you with a strong business acumen will know why. Diversification.
Had a client call regarding upgrading their current social media package with me.
Even more calls with people. This is the reality of business & entrepreneurship.
Grabbed Poutine for lunch. Wasn’t quite as good as it is over in Canada. However, it still tasted amazing. I can’t wait to be back in Toronto!
Wrote several articles for a blog regarding mindset within the music industry. It’s great having an outlet to talk about these subjects in reasonable depth. I’ll be sure to link some future articles at some point in the future!
Guess what… even more client calls! Also had a Facetime session with one of my favorite entrepreneurs. Can’t wait to show you guys what’s gonna be happening soon!
Was a bit hungry so went onto the streets of Bangkok. I grabbed some Mango, Pineapple, and considered that Dinner. It cost me $1.30 USD approximately for the entire thing. Lovely!
Listened to Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank) talk about some tips for business strategies & growth. Was really interesting hearing her go in detail. Simultaneously, I was reaching out to new clients. I’ve gotta admit that I’m pleased by the incredibly positive reactions I’ve been getting from people.
Running an influencer marketing campaign for a few people over in Croatia. So basically… work.
Currently the time now. I’m gonna start planning out my time in the UAE tomorrow morning as I need to get that sorted soon. I’ll also be heading to Oman for a couple of days!
I’m gonna leave you with this quote from Dwayne Johnson:
1995. $7 in my pocket. I knew two things: I’m broke as hell & one day I won’t be…