Update from Sunny Budapest

Here’s the podcast on adversity that I mentioned in the video.

Also, if you’re from Budapest or from somewhere close by, let me know!

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  • Don Crame says:

    great post good luck with Budapest it’s a great place to be

    • Shane says:

      Thank you, Don! Haven’t seen much of it yet, but I like it so far. :)

  • Jose says:

    Awesome post Shane! I’m glad your struggling (in a good way). These are some awesome analogies.. Especially the one about working out I can really relate to that one. Hope everything goes well for you in Budapest. I’m really enjoying your posts.

    • Shane says:

      Thank you very much, Jose. I’m confident that things will go well here and I’m sure we’ll have an awesome time.

  • I’ve been self-employed for 13 years now (I currently own two businesses). I find your message on embracing adversity to be spot-on. It’s all about doing the right things to move yourself and your business forward – every day – even when it’s hard.

    • Shane says:

      13 years! Damn, I bet I could learn a lot from you, you’ve got almost twice the years under the belt that I have. :)

  • Thomas says:

    Hi Shane,

    thanks a lot for this very motivating video to get extraordinary results in online business!
    I just finished my first product and my clients are very happy about it. Thanks to you, you’re great input and you’re products!


    • Shane says:

      That’s very cool to hear, Thomas. Congrats on sticking with the project until it was completed. Most fail somewhere on the way.

  • jesse says:

    Learning to live simply, with only the “stuff” we actually need and can use, is just another example of an adversity we face in living well but against the normal flow of over accumulation or over consumerism.
    Once we master this skill, we have many more resources to use to grow our businesses and it makes living and moving sooo much easier.

    As an aside, it would be great if you and Paul would occasionally show us (via video) what you enjoy about living in Budapest.

    • Shane says:

      Thank you, Jesse. I totally agree about keeping the need for “stuff” lean. My personal policy is to spend as little as possible on stuff and instead invest in my business and in experiences.

      We actually wanted to make a “Romania Review” kind of video, where we’d talk about what we liked and didn’t like about our stay there. Unfortunately, we ran out of time during the hectic moving days. I can definitely see us sprinkle in some Budapest-related news in the updates, here and there, though.

  • I enjoyed your post Shane. It’s inspirational to me and I agree with all of it.

    I too am experiencing an uphill climb to bring new things into my existing primary business which is Real Estate. I’m also in the process of starting second business which is not related to Real Estate.

    It’s actually my exit strategy from Real Estate so I can finally become location independent as you are. By the way – I use products that I bought from you in what I do so I’m watching to see what your next new thing will be.

    Fred “always looking for higher better ways to do things” Ferguson

    • Shane says:

      Great to hear that our products are helping you with your business! This “big project” I was talking about might be another one of use for you. I hope we’ll have something to show before the end of the month, on that one. :)

  • Alison says:

    Hi Shane, having been in the off-line small business world for over 25 years, we personally know all too well that business is all about the “grind” – not that we ever analysed it that deeply :) – actually when i first started in the IM world, it floored me reading blogs/posts about how many people really thought that that ” get rich quick” schemes work . For the very very few minority this may be so however for the vast number it really is all about the “grind” – who can overcome adversity and who can’t.
    Cheers Alison

    • Shane says:

      Thanks for the comment, Alison. That’s exactly it: the main factor it comes down to is who has the ability to get through the grind.

  • Robin says:

    Fab architect in Budapest. Hope you enjoy and share come pics with us – including werewolves if you see any ;). I’ll try to spend more time embracing my hard work instead of strangling it but I tried the cold showers and no thanks LOL. My struggles are 1. not enough hours in the day & night to do everything a new business requires 2. self-doubt over competitors 3. constant need to promo just to be remembered.

    • Shane says:

      I can certainly identify with your problems.

      1) Wish I knew the solution to that one.

      2) I recommend taking small steps. Gradually prove to yourself that you can make stuff happen and build up that evidence that shows you that you can compete.

      3) It takes some effort to stay in people’s awareness. You can automate some of that, though. Email autoresponders are a great way to take some of the workload off, for example.

  • Well Shane you got me at around 3 minutes.

    “If you were born in a Western country … you can kinda just go with the flow and without much effort you will be dragged toward a relatively safe.. normal… comfortable but ultimately boring and unfulfilling life”. Of course, ‘blob mode’ stalks us all, we really have to apply anti-blob mode to all areas of our lives including work, no matter what it is.

    This is the first of your videos that I have watched.. you can thank the new Google Tabs for that – it didn’t get lost in the dross.

    I’m surely going to watch every one from now on. Blessings from Australia.

    • Shane says:

      Thank you, Cate! Glad you liked the first video you got to see. :)

  • Andrew says:

    Hey Shane been reading your posts for ages. I am sure you will do well in budapest i lived there for 6 months. Have a beer at Plan B and get some gulasch from the market near the bridge. Anyway i am back home in cold Melbourne. So enjoy the warm weather in Budapest!

  • Chris says:

    Thanks for the reminder Shane.

    I’ve been getting too comfortable with my lifestyle… waking up late, not getting any exercise and basically just vegetating in front of my computer when I don’t have to. (I trade Forex for a living).

    You’ve inspired me to get back to my exercise regime and nudge myself to grow just a little bit more… and it helps to know that everyone here is doing the same.

    The awesome thing about temporary discomfort is that it feels so good afterwards.

    The cold shower idea is interesting… I’ve always liked warm showers but I’m going to give it try over the next couple of days.

    Cheers, and please keep the posts coming.

    • Shane says:

      My sleeping cycle is also something I keep struggling with, actually.

      For many years, I was an early riser. Used to get up at 5 or 6 am and go to bed fairly early. But lately, I’ve not been able to get back into that and it can be quite frustrating.

      Exercise is definitely something I recommend as a baseline thing for a more enjoyable life. When I let my exercise and diet habits slip, I instantly notice how I just don’t feel as good anymore.

  • Mark Salmon says:

    Hi Shane,

    The story that always stayed with me in English history was what happened in around 1066. William decided to invade England from France. He landed his army on the south coast of England and disembarked all his troops and equipment. Whilst his army were on the cliff-top he ordered some of his men to burn all the ships on the beaches. His army watched as their only means of retreat went up in smoke. Can you imagine how uncomfortable they were feeling? What were they thinking – we either beat King Harold’s army or we die? They went on to win the Battle of Hastings because the consequences of not doing so were absolutely crystal clear.

    I always feel business is a bit like this – when it comes to doing something difficult, if the consequences of not doing it are worse than if I avoid the difficulty, then that is a great motivator. If you hate selling, for example, the consequences of not doing it are almost certainly business failure so it motivates you to take action.

    Thank you for posting this thought-provoking video and I hope you enjoy your new home in Hungary.

    • Shane says:

      Awesome anectode, Mark! Isn’t there some proverb connected to that, as well?

      It can also be very risky in business, though. For example, you could quit your job when you have only a few months worth of money to fall back on. It puts a lot of pressure on you, but probably doesn’t make success more likely (simply because it will take longer than a few months, one way or the other).

      Any way you can up the pressure while keeping risk low would be ideal.

  • Bill says:

    Hi Shane:
    Good luck to you, Budapest looks great and I wish you well there and with your business.
    I too have been in business for myself for over 30 years now and had the good fortune to plan the mobile life style way ahead of most of the world. Consequently have lived in many places, sometimes for many years. Great way to live that enables you to appreciate the world and people a lot more than living 50 miles from where you were born all your life. (Although I must say absolutely nothing wrong with that if it is definitely what you want.
    Had some huge successes and some failures along the way and really like your concept of constantly having to work against the current as that is how it often seems. In the great times of course you are with the flow.
    Actually attained the 4 hour work week once for a couple of years and then blew it by getting more ambitious and getting in over my head. Working to get back there now.
    Had to laugh when you mentioned about the cold showers. I have actually been doing them now for about 6 years. Started one time when I was in a remote place and had no choice and decided to stick with it. I like to think it maybe toughens me up a bit mentally at the beginning of the day.
    Have fun and keep swimming.

    • Shane says:

      That sounds really awesome, Bill. It looks like you’ve been living the life for a while. That’s really my goal as well: I want to live in many different places, see many different things. I’ve not been doing this for very long, but so far, I’m loving every minute of it.

  • Hi Shane,

    you will love this example for hard work:


    Take care

  • Caroline says:

    Shane – I’m really enjoying ‘discovering’ you and your honesty. Struggles – yes, putting together our first membership product and in some respects wish I could ‘magic the technical stuff away. But, I know that we’ll be in a much better place to manage this aspect when we come to outsource.
    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

    • Shane says:

      Thank you very much, Caroline. It is definitely good to get an inside view of the technical stuff. Plus, once you’ve figured it out, it’s not too difficult to do it again.

  • I know what it’s like to move and not have internet right away – it’s a real pain. Hope all the setting up and getting settled tasks are done now so you can get a chance to fully enjoy Budapest.

    I’m about to launch my first e-book on Amazon, kick-started by your “6 weeks…” case study. Fingers crossed the grind in the lead up to it will pay off ;-)

    P.S. I like the look of Budapest – Hope you show us some more.

    • Shane says:

      Wow, that’s really cool! Love to see that you’ve taken action on the case study. :)

  • carmelita says:

    Shane and Paul,

    Wishing you guys the best of luck in Budapest!

    Shane, another incredibly insightful post/video. Cheers, man. You just keep rocking it, don’t you?

    • Shane says:

      Thank you very much, Carmelita! Just doing my job. :)

  • I commented earlier about this post but today I felt the need to come back after an experience that I had with your software support.

    It’s not when everything is working awesome that I get a chance to appreciate what I have… it’s only after it breaks and gets fixed quickly do I get that warm fuzzy feeling for the people I buy from and the things that I buy.

    Last night (Friday Night) I discovered a small problem (a plugin conflict) not the end of the world just an error message. Today at lunch time (12:18) I got around to submitting a request for support.

    I expected to hear back about it one day next week. However, I got an answer back from your support team in 16 minutes (12:34) – and that was the end of the problem case closed which is Ridiculous!

    This comment (testimonial) is off topic in one way but it’s sort of right on in this…

    If you are in “disrupt mode” right now from moving and still able to SERVE you customers when they need it – then you are for sure an example of the RIGHT WAY to build a business that Over-Delivers in good times and less than good times.

    I would have and I will put this comment where it should be if not here to let people know who you are to deal with Shane.

    • Shane says:

      Thank you very much, Fred. I’m very happy to hear that our support team was on the ball, with your specific issue and it’s the kind of customer support experience we hope to provide to everyone.

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