Conferences I want to go to in 2017

Conferences are really great, I’ve gotten into them in a big way this past couple of years.

The number one thing about attending events is the opportunity to meet cool people and make new friends.  I REALLY enjoy this.  Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey, so surrounding yourself with like minded people who are on the same journey is extremely refreshing.

I’ve also use conferences as a way to jump start my knowledge in a new field.

And of course to stay up to date with industry trends and best practices.

Did I mention its also great fun and a way to travel the world (in a tax deductible way).  Its my preferred reason for travel these days! 🙂

Below is a list of the conferences that I’m thinking of attending in 2017.

ICE Totally Gaming

When:  7-9 Feb 2017

Where: London

Website:  http://www.icetotallygaming.com/

Why:  We are in the social casino niche, so this conference is a gambling specific conference with a huge expo showcasing the latest in casino trends.  Its important for us to stay up to date and meet people in this specific sub-sector of our industry.  Its also more relevant, closer to us and cheaper to get to than G2E (Global Gaming Expo) which takes place in Las Vegas, the North American alternative.

White Nights

When:  Feb 13th-14th

Where:  Prague

Website:  http://wnconf.com/en#home

Why: Prague is a great city and while the professional content can be interesting, it is a good opportunity to combine business and pleasure.  Although it’ll probably be a bit cold at this time of year!

GDC (Game Developers Conference)

When:  Feb 27 – Mar 3 San Francisco

Where:  San Francisco

Website: http://www.gdconf.com/

Why: I’ve been attending GDC for the past couple of years.  The hidden gems are the interactive sessions which encourage attendees to get to know each other.  There are also a lot of parties and its a good way to meet old and new friends in the industry.  The amount of content can be overwhelming, but I personally don’t focus on the content.  All the lectures can be accessed online through the GDC Vault.

Traffic and Conversion Summit 2017

When: Mar 10-12

Where:  San Diego

Website:  https://www.trafficandconversionsummit.com/

Why:  Stay up to date with the latest online marketing trends, tips and tactics.  It’s also a way for me to meet entrepreneurs who aren’t directly in my space (mobile games), which can lead to an interesting cross pollination of ideas.

Art of Charm Boot Camp

Possible Dates:  Feb 7-11, Feb 28 – Mar 4, Mar 7-11, Mar 21-25

Where:  Los Angeles

Website:  http://bootcamp.theartofcharm.com/

Why: I’m really not sure what I’ll get out of this, if anything.  But I believe that working on my interpersonal skills can’t hurt, so I’m interested to try this.  Plus I’ve already paid, so I’m kinda committed!  Its also in a small group so could be a nice way to get to know some new people (especially if I can do the business version).

Tropical Think Tank

When:  Mar 10-15

Where:  Cebu, Phillipines.

Website:  http://www.tropicalthinktank.com/

Why:  Possibly the last event ever, if the site is to be believed.  This is an intimate gathering of around 40 entrepreneurs, organized by Chris Ducker. Big focus is on peer masterminds.  Its also at a resort, which is great for a bit of R&R and getting to know the other attendees in a more personal capacity.

Global Mobile Game Conference

When:  Mar 15th – 17th

Where:  Beijing

Website:  http://en.gmgcongress.com/

Why:  Seems like potentially quite a big conference, focus is on games.

Mobile Gaming Forum Asia

When:  11-12th April

Where:  Hong Kong

Website: http://www.globalmgf.com/asia/

Why:  We are interested in getting to know the Asian (and particularly Chinese market) a bit better for a variety of reasons.  So you’ll see a few Asian conferences in this list.  Haven’t really heard of people who have attended the MGF conferences, not sure how good it is.

Bluecloud Hawaii Event

When:  April 13-16th

Where:  Hawaii

Website:  http://www.bluecloudsolutions.com/bluecloud-hawaii-event

Why:  I attended the first ever event last year and had a BLAST.  It was up there with one the the top experiences that I’ve had in my LIFE!  That’s a pretty big statement!  The reason that I enjoyed it so much was that as opposed to other conferences that I’ve attended, where most of the attendees are employees of companies, EVERYONE here was an entrepreneur (or entrepreneur in the making).

Casual Connect Asia

When:  16-18 May 2017

Where:  Singapore

Website:  http://asia.casualconnect.org/, http://asia.casualconnect.org/schedule.html

Why:  Apart from the content, Casual Connect is known for its parties. We’ve been to Casual Connect Tel Aviv (our local) a couple of times and they were decent.

G2E Asia

When:  16 – 18 May

Where:  Macau

Website:  http://www.g2easia.com/

Why:  The Global Gaming Expo is the biggest event related to land based casino.  This is the Asian counterpart of the Las Vegas Expo and should be a great place to get to know the industry in Asia and potentially make some interesting connections.   Given the option to go to Casual Connect in Singapore or G2E Asia, G2E Asia would win hands down.

Mobile World Congress Shanghai

When: 28th June – 1st July

Where:  Shanghai

Website:  http://www.mwcshanghai.com/

Why:  This is the Asian spin-off of the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona.  This seems like a really big event with potential for large exposure. Could be interesting to speak at (http://www.mwcshanghai.com/conference/become-a-speaker/)

Macau Gaming Show

When:  ?November 2017

Where:  Macau

Website:  http://www.macaogamingshow.com/

Why:  This is a casino related conference.  G2E Asia is probably the better alternative.

Freedom Fastlane Live

When:  ? December 2017

Where: ? Austin, TX

Website:  https://freedomfastlanelive.com/lp-2016-1

Why:  I follow Ryan Moran’s podcast and I really like his focus on BIG goals.  He puts together an interesting line up of speakers. Its also a special conference in that pretty much everyone attending are entrepreneurs.

 

Others

ChinaJoy / ?July / Shanghai / http://www.chinajoy.net/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The importance of an abundance mindset

The abundance mindset is really really important.  Lets first look at the inverse: scarcity mindset.

When you believe that “resources” are scarce, you will be in defence mode.

That ain’t good.

Let me give you some concrete example from real life.

For example, a “false” belief that I have held is that it is hard to find good employees in a certain field.

What are the consequences of this belief?

Obviously, your core belief is that good employees are hard to find.

So if they are hard to find (and usually the mind jumps to “impossible” to find), then what is the point searching?

You might as well just give up before even starting.   Whats the points of even putting up that job posting?

You will shut down.  You will curl up. You won’t take action.

Another common “false belief” (again, guilty as charged) is that its hard (in brain speak = impossible) to find great women to date.  Same consequences.

Now lets jump to the inverse (I think you already know where I’m going, but just for the sake of my word count I’ll keep pounding on the keyboard).

If you believe that there are great employees out there to find, you WILL post the job posting, you WILL actively search and inevitably you will find an employee who is a great fit for your company.

You know what, lets say that it really is true that there just aren’t any good employees in this micro specialized field that you’re looking for.

If you have an abundance mindset, then you will be open to looking at other avenues.  Maybe you can build a program to automate that process and hence remove the need for an employee.

Maybe you will think of some out-of-the-box idea out of left field where you remove the need for this process altogether and get a better result.  Its all a bit theoretical, but the point is that you may well find some way to deal with the situation.

 

At any rate, you should always opt to choose the mindset or belief that will help you most at any given point.

I choose abundance.

 

Ideas for future experiments

I really believe in doing things that stretch myself and to constantly be learning.

My relatively recent experiment was my 30 Blog Post Challenge which was a lot of fun.  Since I finished the challenge, I basically stopped blogging… which is a bit disappointing. So I need to get back into it!  I really felt MUCH more productive when blogging and sharing my thoughts, so I think its really important for me to continue.

(Also, the more I write the easier it gets. If I leave it, it becomes MUCH harder to get started again).

And more than that, I want to keep doing these little mini-experiments.

So here is a random brain dump of things I can try out to keep life interesting (some of these are a bit of personal “code”).

30 Blog Posts in A Month Challenge.

30 Day Cold Shower Challenge.

Start new blog and write 10 posts on it.

Build the blog post promotion system.

Create course on Facebook App Install Ads.

Business-As-Investment Setup #1.

30 Pull ups a day.

Start Podcast.

One Web App A Month Challenge.

 

 

Any cool things you are working on or other ideas???

 

Journaling: Why You Should Keep a Journal & How To Journal Effectively (includes examples)

I like studying successful people.  And as I’ve written a bunch of times on this blog, there are two daily habits that many successful people have in common.  One is meditation (which I’ve written about previously) and the other, the focus of today’s topic, is journaling.

I used to think that keeping a journal or diary is a girly / sissy thing. And it is.  🙂

At least it is, if you write down crap like what you had for breakfast and random touchy feely thoughts…

But, I’ve found that journaling the RIGHT way has been IMMENSELY beneficial for me.

Below you can read all about the techniques I use for my own journal writing including examples taken from my actual journal entries (excuse the handwriting, I am a doctor after all!)

What have been some of the benefits?

(1) It keeps me in a positive frame of mind.

(2) It makes me feel good.

(3) It focusses my life towards achieving the things that are important to me.

(4) Instead of letting the days roll by, I take the opportunity to grow, learn, improve and repeat the cycle so that I get 1% better each day.

How I got started with journaling

From listening to loads of podcasts, especially the Tim Ferriss Podcast, it was quite apparent that many top performers keep a journal.  Tim does, so does Josh Waitzkin (Chess Prodigy), Robert Rodriguez (the Producer / Director), the list goes on.

My business partner, who like me is quite fascinated by the stock market, used to follow a bloke by the name of Alexander Elder who teaches trading and I remember one of the key things he mentioned was that ALL successful traders keep detailed records of their trades.

These data points kind of converged for me and I figured that I better give it a go.  Besides, I really like the written medium and I know it can help clarify my thoughts better.

So I had started journaling somewhat haphazardly and inconsistently.

At the time I was visiting in Australia, and I was chatting with a good friend of mine Daniel Dobos about journaling and he mentioned that he had been doing this for quite a long time himself.  He revealed to me the system that he uses for journaling and challenged me to use his system for 7 days and to judge the benefits for myself…

As a side note, this system of creating mini “experiments” is immensely helpful at ingraining new habit.

My Journaling Technique

The journaling format that I’m using at the moment is a bit of a hodge podge of ideas that I’ve taken from various places, including from Daniel Dobos, Muoyo Okome and the concepts presented in the book “The Slight Edge” and insights from reading Martin Seligman’s books and studies on the effect of gratitude on wellbeing.

How often and when should you journal?

I recommend making this a daily habit. Firstly, at least for me, it is extremely beneficial.

This is the type of thing that I feel for myself is either all or none.

You either make this a habit in your life or it won’t really happen.

For me personally I normally journal before I go to bed as a summary of the day. Tim Ferriss on the other hand likes to journal as part of his morning routine.  Josh Waitzkin updates his journal throughout the day, for example recording insights following meditation, working with clients, etc.

Choose whatever time fits best with your daily routine.

How long does it take?

I’d recommend time-boxing about 10 minutes for journaling.

I sometimes write less if I have a late night, sometimes more if I’m inspired and in the mood or have some idea or exercise I’m working on.

But I find 10 minutes is a good time, because it is hard to say that you don’t have 10 minutes in the day to do this…

What should you actually write in the journal?

One over-riding principle for me is to always keep the journal POSITIVE.

Don’t write about how sad you feel or how crap your day was.  This is exactly the WRONG way to go about it.  Because then you will shift your focus to the negative.

So here are the actual sections that I use in the journal:

1) What Went Well Today and Why?

This is based off Martin Seligman’s and others’ research into well being which has found that writing down things that you are grateful for can have a positive impact on well being.

The above wording is exactly the wording that Martin Seligman used in his studies and I quite like how instead of just writing what went well you go into a bit more depth as to why.

At the very minimum, write down 3 things that went well during the day in this section.

journaling example: gratitude

2) Insights & Ideas

In this section I write about any interesting insights or ideas that I have had during the day.

This is an area I sometimes neglect in my journaling, but it IS important.

I would suggest taking onboard Jame Altucher’s suggestion to write AT LEAST 10 ideas on a particular topic each day, to get your “idea muscle” working.  For example:  10 business ideas; 10 ways to improve your relationships; 10 ways to improve a particular skill.

example of journaling insights and ideas

journal with more example insights and ideas

journal example insights ideas one thing

3) One Thing

Here I write the ONE thing that will significantly move me towards my goals.

This is a strategic task or activity.  The concept is taken from the book of the same name, “The One Thing”, by Gary Keller.  In his book, Gary Keller suggest to use the following framework when thinking about your “One Thing”:

What is the ONE THING, that if accomplished will make everything else EASIER or UNNECESSARY.

I usually try and accomplish my “One Thing” first thing or at least early in the day. If I’ve done that then I know the day is already a “success”.

journaling example one thing

4) Goals

In this section I’ll write out my major goals in life at the moment (at the moment I break this down into the following sections:  Romantic, Social, Business).

I write each goal in the present tense as if I have already achieved it and I put a date to it.

Each goal should ideally be broken up into an Outcome Goal and a Process Goal.

This is a fairly recent addition to my journaling habit, but I find that writing down my goals each and every day is extremely powerful.

Normally we drift through life somewhat aimlessly, responding to event rather than creating our own futures.

By writing down my goals each day, I am focussing myself on the things that really matter to me.

I think also writing the goals in the present tense helps to make the goal feel real and helps give me a feeling of certainty about it, which in turn will actually help me accomplish the goal.

Another interesting benefit of writing down the goals each day is that I am constantly refining and honing my goals until it sits “just right” with me.

You can probably relate that sometimes what you want isn’t fully clear. “Goals? How do I decide my goals, I’m not even sure what I want?!” I hear you say…

Well when writing down your goals each day, start with your best “guesstimate”.  Each day change the wording slightly, add different phrases and see how it feels.  When you find a goal that resonates well with you keep that as the base and either leave as is, or keep honing it.

Setting goals is such a KEY part of success – without goals you are just drifting aimlessly.  Once you have a clear goal then you can make a plan to achieve it.  If you don’t have a goal, you can’t formulate a plan and you can’t succeed.

5) The Weekly Review

This is something that I haven’t fully stuck to, but I DO find this useful.  This is part of Daniel’s technique that he taught me.

At the end of each week, go sit down at a cafe (it helps to get out of your normal environment) and review all your journal entries from the past week. (Sometimes I will look back much further than the past week).

Use the same headings that I outlined above and make a summary of all the most important points in each section and perhaps add some new ones.

This weekly review gives you another opportunity to really highlight the most important achievements, insights and ideas so that you can appreciate what you have accomplished and make sure that you implement the most important points.

6) Thought Exercises

You shouldn’t limit your journaling to just the headings I’ve mentioned above.

I don’t do this as a regular exercise, because these can take more time, but these exercises can be immensely beneficial.

Take a particular topic and focus in on it.  For example: “What are the qualities that I’m looking for in my life partner?”.

I’ll write a post later with lots of ideas for these “thought exercises” that you and I both could find useful.

journal writing example

Final Thoughts On Journaling

As I wrote above, journaling is a relatively new habit that I’ve taken on, but the effects have been TREMENDOUS for me.

I feel better as a result of the journaling and especially as a result of keeping the journal focussed on the positive (I have a tendency to be quite “negative” thinking and this helps pull my thoughts towards a positive and more helpful direction).  This is backed up by plenty of studies on gratitude (I’ll make a summary of these studies in future).

Keeping a journal is key to making life a process of learning.  It ensure that I take some time each day to pause, think what went well, brainstorm ideas and actually LEARN from my day, rather than letting time slip through my fingers without growing in some way. It is SO important.

It helps me work out what is important to me in life, helps me understand what my goals are and then keep these goals top of mind so that I can actually achieve them and fully realize my potential.  That’s pretty big. 🙂

And making sure that each day I write down the ONE KEY THING to accomplish for the next day helps make each day count, knowing that I have done something, even something small, that somehow moves me towards my ultimate life goals.

So – journaling ain’t for sissies.  Give it a go! I dare you!

Blake Leeper – What a F#$%ing Legend: Bending Your Reality

First, I suggest you watch this interview:

I hadn’t heard of Blake Leeper before, but to give you a really quick summary.

Blake was born without both his legs.  The story could have ended up with him being confined to a wheel chair all his life, but that’s not what happened…

He has set his mind to being the fastest man alive.

Wait?! A man without legs being the fastest man alive?

YES!

Blake hasn’t let his “disability” disable him.

He has a clear goal and he is taking action to achieve it.

Do people scoff at him and laugh and tell him to set his sights on more realistic goals? Certainly.

But he doesn’t let that stop him, because his goal is clear in his mind. He has absolute certainty.

If you every think that you are encountering adversity or if people try and cut you down and laugh at your goals, you have a choice.

Listen to them and leave your dreams by the wayside and live a mediocre life.

Or live in your own certainty and achieve the seemingly impossible.

23 Bloggers Who Share Their Income Reports

Personally I find it very useful that some bloggers share their income reports.  Pat Flynn I think started this trend of transparency and his openness has garnered a lot of success in terms of gathering a large and trusting audience.

Starting out in business I find it is such a mental game.  The belief that you can actually make an income online is something that you need to believe in the core of your soul, so that you can push through the difficult starting times and ultimately realize your goal.

For me, being around people or reading blogs such as those listed below, have helped me see that people ARE making money online and that it can be done.  They are normal people, like you and me.  Some might be more intelligent, some less. Some more charismatic, some less. Some betters writers, some less.  The major trait I find that’s important is persistence and consistency.

So feel free to explore the blogs below and see that it is possible with a bit of perseverance to create a passive income business online.

List of Bloggers Publishing Income Reports

Entrepreneur On Fire (EOFIRE)

  • Income:  ~ $200,000 per month
  • Business Podcast
  • Major Sources of Income: Podcast Sponsorship, Freedom Journal (physical product), Online Course (Podcaster’s Paradise), Affiliate Income.

Smart Passive Income (Pat Flynn)

  • Income:  ~ $150,000+ per month
  • Blogs About: How to make money online
  • Major Sources of Income: Affiliate Income (Bluehost, internet business related)

Project Life Mastery

  • Income: ~$90,000 per month
  • Blogs About: Making money online, goal setting, motivation, productivity.
  • Major Sources of Income: Kindle Book Publishing, Courses (Morning Ritual Mastery, K Mastermind (for Kindle Publishing), Course on Kindle Publishing).
  • Income:  $65,000 per month (last reported)
  • Business:  Wordpress Assistance as a Service
  • Major Source of Income: Core business
  • Income:  ~$60,000 per month
  • Blogs About: Food, Blogging.
  • Major Sources of Income: Affiliate Income, (AdThrive, Bluehost), Food Photography eBook, Workshops.
  • Income:  ~$60,000 per month
  • Blogs About: Blogging, Budgeting, Personal Finance
  • Major Sources of Income: Affiliate (Bluehost / How to Start a Blog, Online Survey Companies), Advertising / Sponsorship on Site.

Just a Girl and Her Blog

  • Income: ~$50,000 per month
  • Blogs About:  Home Organization & Decoration.
  • Major Source of Income:  Online Course (Book Boss – Write and Launch a Profitable eBook in 90 days or less), eBook on Blogging, Affiliate Income (BlueHost / How To Start A Blog).
  • Minor Sources: eBooks related to Home Organization & Decoration, other affiliate commissions related to blogging niche.
  • Major Breakthrough: Launched eBook on How to Launch a Blog.
  • Income: ~$50,000 per month
  • Major Sources of Income: Online Courses (internet marketing related)
  • Income: ~$40,000 per month
  • Business: Product Reviews
  • Major Sources of Income:  Affiliate Income, Online Course.
  • Income:  ~$20,000 per month
  • Major Sources of Income:  Amazon FBA, Service Business, other.
  • Income:  ~$20,000 per month
  • Major Sources of Income:  Affiliate Income, Drop-shipping Sites.
  • Income ~$20,000 per month
  • Major Sources of Income:  Affiliate Income
  • Income: ~$20,000 per month
  • Blogs About: Finance, other.
  • Major Sources of Income: Ad Revenue.
  • Income:  ~$10,000 per month
  • Business: HTML5 Games
  • Income:  ~$10,000 per month
  • Blogs About:  Making money online
  • Major Sources of Income:  Amazon FBA

What can you learn from this?

Affiliate income is extremely significant (with two notable Affiliate programs being BlueHost and AdThrive).

Most of these bloggers make money from teaching people how to blog.

Exceptions to the above is Kindle Book sales (as well as teaching people how to sell Kindle Books), Amazon FBA, Online Games.

Update: January 2016

Came across this site which summarizes very nicely all the bloggers who report their income online! Check it out: http://www.incomereporters.com/income-reports/2016/