I don’t have enough “time”

The illusion of time. Have you heard someone talk about how they want to do more of X or improve Y… then they shrug it off with those magic words – I don’t have enough “time” and say I wish I had more time. Shortly after you see them end up playing Pokemon GO, surfing the social web (Facebook, Instagram etc), or Netflixing. Sure, not enough time.

I always say actions over words (actions > words), talk is cheap. If anyone wants to do something they will – please ditch the lip service. Stop and take a look at your goals and your life. Are you truly serious about them? If not, either delete them and save yourself the headache and heartache, or get serious about them and spend two hours this weekend planning out how you’ll achieve something meaningful. If you’re not willing to spend hours and hours on this, then see the question above.

Very few people are serious about their goals or life. They both fade away like memories. I get asked by many people about forex trading and where to start. Sometimes I give pointers but no one is willing to do the work (It’s amusing to see, this is always the first soft test.). They expect a magic solution or the coveted ‘Holy Grail’ trading system. It’s definitely not like that, you have to do the work. There are dreamers and there are doers. You can be both, but most people aren’t. Being a dreamer and not a doer is the kiss of death. Ideas don’t execute themselves and life waits for no one. Stop talking and start doing.

Remember – little by little, a little becomes a lot.

24 hour water fast

Ever since I got started on with Intermittent Fasting, I have been experimenting with different eating windows. Typically I will be doing a 16 hour window of none eating, then an 8 hour window of eating. It’s amazing, how much I used to eat (overeat much?). Recently, I bumped into a friend who does 3 day water fasts, and that really perked my interest. I did research and found out it was a common fasting time, and even Tim Ferris does them. To build my way in I decided to start with 24 hour water fasts.

I thought I would not be able to do them (go mind power!?), but how easy have they been? SUPER. It’s only an extra 8 hours to the normal 16 / 8 intermittent fasting. I have completed 2 so far. One was on a business trip to Hong Kong and the other was when I was chilling out in Thailand.

What are the after effects of a 24 hour water fast?

  • I feel super refreshed.
  • Again, like the intermittent fasting, makes me realise how much less food I need to get going on in life.
  • Zero hunger “attacks”.
  • A senses of ‘lightness’. (Wishy washy I know, but try one and you’ll understand).

NOTE – since you will be drinking lots of water, you will naturally be heading to the loo more.

I will be carrying on with this sporadic 24 hour water fasts and will be adding a 3 day fast in the future. They are more challenging to plan as you have to block out time away from social commitments, dinners, lunches etc.

BBC Documentary on Intermittent Fasting

Here’s a good documentary on Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley “East, Fast, and Live Longer” https://vimeo.com/170735109 also an article he wrote on the BBC website The power of intermittent fasting.  Highly recommended.

TTFN!

Robin

Find my beginnings of 16/8 Intermittent fasting at the following links: Intermittent Fasting Trial 16/8 – Day 4Intermittent Fasting Trial 16/8 – Day 8 and 16/8 Intermittent Fasting – Day 29.

P.S. OH. People are asking why the sea view picture? 1, This is about water fasting and 2, I miss chilling by the sea.

P.P.S. Disclaimer, this is not a recommendation and I am not a doctor and do not know your individual health situation. So before thinking of doing any form of fast, do consult a doctor / a health specialist.

Get rich quick forex trading system secret!

Damn right, want the get rich quick forex trading system secret for the ultimate Holy Grail Trading system to instant forex millions? I am not sure if you can handle it…  but since you’re here and I like you, here’s the dirty little secret that will change your forex trading forever. INSERT FOREX TRADING SYSTEM SECRET HERE –> well, there is NONE. Did that disappoint you? Too bad.

There are way too many scammers in this industry. If anyone wants to sell you a get rich quick forex trading system, I say RUN for the hills and far away from them. They are playing on basic psychology, the human emotion of greed. Greed that makes you want instant riches over night with a get rich quick forex trading system that automatically shows you how to be a super pro trader over night. And with them charging you a ONE TIME SPECIAL fee of INSERT MAGICAL NUMBER (common numbers such as $99, $495, $999, $2995!) for this piece of forex junk. Sadly, most people fall for it.

Admittedly at the beginning of my forex journey, I did too… and my god did it hurt and was extremely frustrating seeing my hard earned money disappear into the pockets of “so called guru and pro traders” with very little forex knowledge gained.

Consider this a warning to be aware of the forex / trading industry. The barriers are ridiculously low, anyone can open a trading an account (no certification or licensing required – zero, nada) and call themselves a trader. IF you do want to pay someone for forex knowledge or a trading system or to copy forex signals, at least get a verified track record of their trading statistics and records (A demo trading account does not count. We want to see real live money!) / Profit & Loss account. If they are unwilling to provide these statements, don’t even spend a single dime on them or seriously re-consider why you should.

There is plenty of forex information out there for FREE. Which is essentially re-packaged by the majority of marketers / forex educators out there. So head on out to the likes of BabyPips or ForexFactory etc, there is a plethora of information to get you started and build your knowledge. Dodge the bullet of wasting your dollars on the majority of scum bags of “trading gurus” or “forex educators”, save it for your trading capital!

To success,

Robin

If you like this, I recommend – Real Forex “Shortcuts” and  Goal(s) + Self Discipline + Feedback Loop and The Coveted Forex Holy Grail System. Happy trading 🙂

 

International Pricing Arbitrage

At the checkin counter there was a fellow passenger who randomly started talking to me. Let’s call him, Passenger A. Passenger A happens to be one of the most interesting individual’s I have met on a flight. If I could sum up his nature of business, it would be in international pricing arbitrage for (any) products. Passenger A, was very chatty and somehow ended up at the table next to me at the airport lounge in Dubai.

A definition of arbitrage is: Attempting to profit by exploiting price differences of identical or similar financial instruments, on different markets or in different forms (from Investorwords | What is arbitrage?). Arbitrage is not solely for the financial instruments, it is for products, commodities, etc.

Passenger A, was a former air crew member, who worked a good 20 years upwards traveling with Thai Airlines. During his transit times and layovers in different countries, he noticed that the pricing of products varied from country to country. This is where the international pricing arbitrage comes into play. He would exploit the price differences on similar products in different country markets.

For example, if Product X, was selling for $50 in Country A and for $200 in Country B. He would go and exploit the price difference of $150 for Product X and figure how to get Product X over from Country A to Country B and make his profit.

He now imports and exports large quantities of products internationally through his network of business associates throughout the world. The majority of his business associates were all made when he was traveling as an airline crew member. You can image with an airlines, such as Thai Airlines, he was able to travel extensively to many countries.

Passenger A, now, jets around the world conducting his business (buy and selling products taking advantage of international pricing arbitrage), travels business class and from his stories, parties like a rock star. We actually know all of this international pricing arbitrage exists, it just depends if one wants to take advantage of it. Passenger A did, and kudos to him.

To success,

Robin

16/8 Intermittent Fasting – Day 29

Day 29 of 16/8 Intermittent fasting – who would have guessed it. It’s been an amazing and insightful journey. Starting from my Intermittent Fasting 16/8 Trial – Day 4 and the Intermittent Fasting 16/8 Trial – Day 8 posts, all the way to where we are now. I was purely testing it out with no real goal in mind, yet, this is a deceptively simple plan to follow and here we are at just under the one month mark. It is something that I will definitely be carrying on a daily habit.

Day 29 – 16/8 Intermittent fasting feedback & thoughts:

  • I automatically drink lots more water (minimum 3 litres a day).
  • No lack of energy at gym training.
  • So far, it is too early to see any form of gym results. I will give it a good 1-2 more months to see the gym training results with intermittent fasting.
  • I do sometimes get hungry around the 11am mark of the day. The hunger degree is much less now. I can now go a couple hours past the 16 hour mark of fasting, if I wish (I confess, I do lose track of times at work!).
  • Skin complexion is much clearer.
  • My body is much leaner. Comments on my face looking leaner from a few friends (they were not aware I have been doing intermittent fasting).
  • I rarely reach for snacks and am more aware of my food choices (leaning towards whole & healthier foods).
  • I have to think about food or where to eat or what to eat – much less – as I am eating less meals and snacks.
  • I do have to juggle my social times of having dinners with friends/family, or lunch meetings etc.
  • If was more serious, I would have done some form of body check up pre and during doing the intermittent fasting, to be able to compare body statistics.

Intermittent fasting is definitely a protocol that I would recommend to family and friends. Play around with it, and feel what works best for your body. I am pleased I am eating much less and have no lack of energy. That was one of my main concerns – how wrong was I. As mentioned at the beginning, I will be carrying on with the 16/8 Intermittent fasting as part of my daily routine. I may tweak the times and if I do, I’ll update you of the progress.

Robin

Intermittent Fasting Trial 16/8 – Day 8

Intermittent Fasting Trial 16/8 – Day 8… damn, that went by quickly. Slightly over one week since the start of my whacky idea of experimenting with intermittent fasting trial 16/8.

How is it going?

It’s been challenging at times, especially in social situations. For example when you get invited for brunch or a breakfast meeting and you have to either decline the invite or, sit there looking a bit off not eating. You do become more anti social, especially at dinner time. I have scheduled most of my dinner meetings to be lunch time meetings.

I did have to fly from Dubai to Bangkok. That was a real challenge of having to resist the food offerings in the airport lounge and the airplane itself.

Apart from resisting food, I’ve been feeling rather fine and much lighter. Maybe there is something to this intermittent fasting protocol?

Intermittent fasting trial –  changes? 

  • On the physical outlook, nothing major to report. A friend did mention, that my double chin looked smaller… why thank you?  
  • When I wake up, I have no cravings for food immediately. I go up to midday with relative ease, surviving with my faithful companion H2O – water.
  • It’s amazing, in my previous post (Intermittent Fasting 16/8 Trial – Day 4) I spoke about the thoughts on me questioning, WHY was I eating. Following up, I realise that:
    1. I habit ate, and it became automatic (grabbing for snacks, meals, desserts, cakes etc).
    2. I have surprised myself that I don’t have eat that much to get the energy required to work, exercise and live. I do feel like we are programmed to eat much more than we actually need.

Overall, I am very happy with how everything is going. Do note that it is only day 8, so let’s see what else happens.

Until next time,

Robin

Intermittent Fasting Trial 16/8 – Day 4

My test on intermittent fasting, day 4. I am a health nut, I love to exercise, and move my body and on the flip side I love to eat. The justification for all the eating is with all the training I have done – it balances out (sort of, right?). In the back of my mind, I always questioned do I really need to eat all of this food / training supplements.

We’ve all read we must:

  • Have 3 full proper meals a day
  • To have 6 small meals a day
  • That you must take 1 g of protein per kg body weight or lbs per body weight (Up until this day, I don’t know which one is right.)
  • To never skip breakfast, as it is the most important meal of the day etc.

There is a great deal of contradicting information. Hence why I like to test these ideas out myself and my interest with intermittent fasting.

At first I thought the concept of intermittent fasting was a fad. As I was coming from the view that we need to eat a decent amount to have enough energy to train, for our muscles to grow and to have the nutrition to maintain a healthy body. Then, it hit me, one day, whilst I was reaching over for a mid morning snack, I asked myself;

  • Do I really need to eat this or is this a habit?
  • Am I addicted to the habit of eating?
  • Was my mind programmed to eat all the time?

Serious, food for thought. I then wondered what if I ate “less” (vs compared to all the time or whenever I felt “hungry”)? Would I be able to still train, keep my body healthy and my physic? Then began my journey and research into intermittent fasting.

What is intermittent fasting (IF)? It is not a diet, it is purely restricting your eating times. For example, you can skip breakfast, and start eating from midday 12pm up until 8 pm. That is a restricted eating window of 8 hours (I have 2 meals in between, lunch and dinner), and for the rest of the time you don’t eat at all. You can drink water, teas or black coffee, there is no hard fast rule. This one is called 16/8, you don’t eat for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours. You can do this occasionally or all the time. There are many variations of the IF timings the 16/8, 5/2, 20/4, 36 etc. These are all different timing restrictions of when you can and can’t eat.

Feedback so far from the 16/8 intermittent fasting trial?

  • I am amazed at how I can train without food. I start training at the gym around midday after having a black coffee. No lack of energy at all.
  • The challenging times are in the morning when I crave for some scrumptious breakfast or brunch! I switch this up by focusing on work and drinking some hot water.
  • I am drinking bucket loads of more water.
  • Feeling “much lighter” with less eating.
  • More free time, less eating or thinking of what to eat.

I was surprised on my research to find that two of my heroes, Georges St Pierre and Hugh Jackman, both do intermittent fasting. GSP goes as far to say as it changed his life. Here is the link for GSP on the Joe Rogan podcast (click here) and for Hugh Jackman (click here).

It is only day 4, early days. Let’s see how this goes.

Robin

Forest for the trees

“Forest for the trees”. I remember first hearing this when I was much younger from a family friend of ours. I knew this quote and thought I understood what it meant. It’s all about looking at the big picture and not getting bogged down into the minor little details because in the end, it’s all about the result. It appears in Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise, with his witty comment “Forest for the trees, detective, forest for the trees.”. How true.

I am always reading, and lately it’s been all about mental models and human behaviour. With the aim of understanding myself better (Isn’t that a paradox, using my own mind to understand myself more.), people and the world in general.

Going back to knowing the “forest for the trees”, it dawned upon how much I do, at times, get stuck into unmeaningful minor details. By stuck, it may be mentally “brooding” over or having to “fix” or be “busy” with this minor detail. All of them are equally as bad, as it robs one from precious time and energy.

This applies to forex trading as well. Have you ever let one trade impact your trading psychology and your future trades? I continually remind myself, one trade of many for each trade I take and to focus on the process of trading well.

There is a huge difference between knowing and truly understanding. Remember, to keep focusing on the bigger picture.

Forest for the trees Robin!

Credit to https://www.pexels.com/@markusspiske for this wonderful photo. 

What insight about life have you acquired that seems obvious to you…

I read a great deal and through various AMA’s, podcasts and articles.. a common question is “What insight about life have you acquired that seems obvious to you, but might not be obvious to anyone else?” (This sounds like a job interview question!)

What would your answer to this be?

Mine would resonate with Derek Siver’s post titled “Obvious“..

Hit songwriters often admit that their most successful hit song was one they thought was just stupid, even not worth recording.

We’re clearly a bad judge of our own creations. We should just put it out and let the world decide.

How very true.

One answer that caught my attention that goes deep into the midst of life, death and our significance is from, Naval Ravikant, CEO & Founder of AngelList and his podcast interview with Tim Ferris (link here).

This is a tough one. It’s a deep question. I do have one fundamental recent belief that I’ve acquired in the last few years that I don’t think most people would agree with. It’s such a personal thing, and it came about in such a personal circumstances that I’m not sure anyone will get there in the same line of reasoning. That said, I’ll lay it out anyway, which is, I’m not afraid of death anymore.

I think a lot of the struggle we have in life comes from a deep, deep fear of death. It can take form in many ways. One can be that we want to write the great American novel. We want to achieve something in this world. We want to build something. We want to build a great piece of technology, or we want to start an amazing business, or we want to run for office and make a difference. A lot of this comes from this fear that we’re going to die, so we have to build something that lasts beyond us.

Obviously, the obsession that parents have with their children. A lot of that is warranted biological love, but some of that is also the quest for immortality. Even some of the beliefs of some of the more outlandish parts of religion I think fall into that. I don’t have the quest for immortality anymore. I think I came to this fundamental conclusion. I thought about it a lot. The universe has been around for a long time, and the universe is a very, very large place. If you’ll study even the smallest bit of science, for all practical purposes we are nothing. We are ameba. We are bacteria to the universe. We’re basically monkeys on a small rock orbiting a small backwards star in a huge galaxy, which is in an absolutely staggeringly gigantic universe, which itself may be part of a gigantic multiverse. This universe has been around probably for 10 billion years or more, and will be around for tens of billions of years afterwards. Your existence, my existence is just infinitesimal. It’s like a firefly blinking once in the night.

We’re not really here that long, and we don’t really matter that much. Nothing that we do lasts. Eventually, you will fade. Your works will fade. Your children will fade. Your thoughts will fade. These planets will fade. This sun will fade. It will all be gone. There are entire civilizations which we remember now with one or two words. Sumerian. Mayan. Do you know any Sumerians or Mayans? Do you hold any of them in high regard or esteem? Have they outlived their natural lifespan somehow? No. I think we’re just here for an extremely short period of time. From here, you can choose to believe in an afterlife or not. If you really do believe in an afterlife, then that should give you comfort and make you realize that maybe everything that goes on in this life is not that consequential. On the other hand, if you don’t believe in an afterlife, you should also come to a similar conclusion. You should realize that this is such a short and precious life that it’s really important that you don’t spend it being unhappy. There’s no excuse for spending most of your life in misery. You’ve only got 70 years out of the 50 billion or so that the universe is going to be around. Whatever your natural state is, it’s probably not this. This is your living state. Your dead state is true over a much longer time frame. When I think about the world that way, I realize it’s just kind of a game.

Which is not to say that you go to a dark place, and you start acting unethically and immorally. Quite the contrary, you realize just how precious life is and how it’s important to make sure that you enjoy yourself, you sleep well at night, you’re a good moral person, you’re generally happy, you take care of other people, you help out, but you can’t take it too seriously. You can’t get hung up over it. You can’t make yourself miserable and unhappy over it. You just have a very short period of time here on this earth. Nothing you do is going to matter that much in the long run. Don’t take yourself so seriously. That just kind of helps make everything else work.

That’s an insight about life that I’ve acquired that now seems obvious to me, but it’s really not obvious to most people.

All food for thought.

Here’s to the good life.

Robin

Forex Millionaire Trader Slack Community

Why hello there,

It’s been close to a year since my last post. Much has happened in both my personal life, trading life and the financial markets. The biggest craze and talk in the financial markets is all Bitcoin FOMO and talk. I could write a very long post about this (I plan to touch upon this in a later post).

What have I been up to? I am still traveling extensively – for both work & pleasure. My last leg was around to the UK, France, Germany and then to Taiwan. “Work” wise, I am trading, investing and running business. Nowadays it’s more towards the investing into businesses rather than running them (I guess it’s a natural progression?).

I do have some news for this site.

I present to you the Forex Millionaire Trader Slack Community. You have to apply, as we do not want this to be a spammy / useless Slack Forex Community.

Get to meet and share ideas with fellow traders.

The discussions covered (for now):

  • Forex Trading – self explanatory.
  • Broker Accounts – filtering out the good from the bad.
  • Internationalism – For the international jet setter / digital nomad / nomadic trader. Discuss, flag theory, perpetual travel, international business and lifestyle.

How to apply?

Use the contact us page. And submit your details and in the comments section answer,

  1. “Why you should be part of our community?”
  2. “Tell us about yourself”

Who is this for?

  • Forex Traders
  • Digital Nomads
  • Forex Nomads
  • Internationalism Followers

What’s the cost?

Currently, it’s free. The questions is, will you be accepted into the Forex Millionaire Trader Slack Community.

You can find more about it on this page: Forex Millionaire Trader Slack Community

Until next time,

Robin