Thank You for the Donations! (September 3, 2018)

by FI Fighter on September 3, 2018

in eBooks Update

It’s been just a few days since I published the inaugural Real Wealth Income Report for August 2018, and I’m already very pleased to provide readers with this latest update — Donations have risen by 50%, and we are now up to 30 donations in total (up from 20 donations, previously)!

Yeah, seriously, right now I must feel much the way Hiro Nakamura (Heroes) did the first time he teleported successfully to New York City!

LOL! Yup, like a kid in the candy store…

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Come on 50 donations, you are within reach (my original goal)!

Anyway…

Now, I know what some of my favorite haters are probably thinking — Geez, FI Fighter, 30 donations isn’t all that much to get excited about is it? I mean I know plenty of other bloggers who can generate that type of volume in a few minutes/hours/day/etc.

Well, yes, I know in the big picture of things I am NOT a massive success story in the blogging world (yet), but it really doesn’t matter to me because:

  1. It’s not a competition.
  2. We all have to start somewhere.
  3. Progress can be slow at first, but it can ramp up exponentially.
  4. I am making money via the old fashion way: hard work.
  5. I believe in my work and am proud of it.
  6. I’m not taking shortcuts and looking for a “get rich quick” scheme.
  7. You just gotta have some faith!
  8. Etc.

 

All of the above kind of ties in to the whole concept of early FI, right?

 

And I know so many readers of this blog are currently working around the clock, non-stop, 24/7, tirelessly, pushing aggressively towards achieving that amazing life goal.

 

So, definitely, I can appreciate the “struggle” and “hustle” needed to accomplish “big things” in life, and certainly I know there are people who are reading this who can relate with what I’m trying to do here…

 

No joke, you all motivate me to strive for more in life, and I hope I can do the same in return!

 

And here’s one of those “all time” favorite quotes I like to keep in mind:

 

You don’t have to be great to get started but you have get to started to be great.

 

The fear of failure is a very natural, human instinct/thought/reaction/self-defense mechanism that is hard-wired into our being (for some people a lot more than others). It’s not easy but the way that I’ve forced myself to take action in spite of any persisting/lingering fears that I may have is to adapt this mindset — Even if I fall on my face and fail epically, at least I will be able to look back and say that I tried. Lack of trying (and ultimately regret) is the greatest failure of them all.

 

Lately, as I’ve been going through the donations, I’ve made some interesting observations — Although a large amount of my follower base emanates from North America (as should be expected since I am based in California), rather impressively, a great amount of my readers hail from Europe.

Quite frankly — I think that’s pretty damn cool.

So far in life, although I haven’t been fortunate enough just yet to make too many trips out to Europe (visited UK and France as a kid), but I did spend about a week out in Italy, back in 2014, and to date that visit still ranks as one of my most enjoyable (and favorite) trips that I’ve made so far in my life; the sights and food really can’t be beat!

Man, I’m feeling nostalgic again… My only real complaint was the price tag, lol, but hey, you can’t have it all in life, unfortunately…

Anyway, these type of datapoints are always neat to uncover, and it naturally makes a curious cat like myself ponder a few things… Like with this blog in particular, I’m wondering what aspects of it appeal the most to certain people?

  • The raw nature of my writing style?
  • The “simple” life/approach to early FI?
  • Focusing on “shortcuts” via more volatile asset classes like mining stocks?
  • Or perhaps even the emphasis on macro trend stuff like electric vehicles?
  • Etc.

In any event, having much more of a “worldwide” reach not only feels surreal, but also pretty fucking amazing, I must say. I mean, straight up — When I used to work as an engineer, as great as all that stuff was, I was just never able to make a meaningful impact and reach that wide of an audience base… It was more along the lines of — Make your boss happy, and you’re good!

 

My, how times have changed… for the better. Much thanks again to all my followers across the globe!

 

But yes, speaking of Europe again for a moment, I’m getting that inkling that a MASSIVE shift is currently underway there in regards to accelerating the electric vehicle revolution, and this week in particularly, I’m going to be watching the Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV unveiling with most interest (see below).

From Mercedes-Benz.

Many countries in Europe (Norway being perhaps the earliest adopters), along with China (of course), seem to be at the forefront and most serious about spearheading and leading the charge towards all electric vehicles.

So far, for the last 5 years or so it’s been mostly about Tesla (even though North America as a whole is seriously lagging behind and the major autos still haven’t fully embraced EVs), but now we’ve got the German big boys: Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche, etc. starting to seriously commit to making EVs, and to me this is an indicator that the game is only now just getting started for real!

From Electrek.

From Tech Crunch.

 

Fun times!

 

Now I gotta get to work myself and started on writing the next eBook, discussing all things the clean tech revolution that is fast upon us.

 

Buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride!

 

Thanks again for all the support everyone!

 

Fight On!

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1 theFIREstarterNo Gravatar October 3, 2018 at 12:25 am

That’s cool you have good support from Euro based readers!

I get the feeling that us Euros on the whole are more eco focused than Americans, and the demand for EVs over here is going to be high. There is a YouTube channel called fully charged made by an English dude called Robert Llewellyn, it’s got like 3/4 hundred thousand followers! So people are definitely interested in this over here!

If you’re ever over in the UK and need a couch to sleep on to save some $$$, you are always welcome at ours 🙂

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