Online, people know me generally in 3 capacities: admin and head honcho of everything related to the Reformed Libertarian facebook group, writer at Mises.org and, more recently, creator of AustroLibertarian.com. The first group has produced for me a very loyal and committed, though inherently limited, audience. The other two I am now turning my attention to.
But that’s online. My offline life is quite different. This is how I have made my living, of course– though more recently, due to successes in the offline world I am interested in developing my presence and name on the internet as well.
Here is what I do for a living:
First, I run a referral only strategic consulting company that specializes in two things: 1, project revamps– wherein we as a team go into a corporate setting in which there is a stalled project with zero progress being made (but hundreds of thousands of dollars being poured down the drain) and we revamp it and push it forward so that it leaves its dangerous plateau state– there’s a lot of reasons for plateauing in corporate settings, it’s common. 2, we take all the progressive and trending online technologies that so many people who spend time online are aware of (zendesk, slack, asana, trello, stripe, etc– could go on for days), and we introduce them to paper and pen businesses who are shocked at what’s available to them. Then we charge them 50% of their savings for 3-5 years following our efforts.
Second, I am the cofounder and co-owner of a startup (Onyx) that is on the receiving end of a nice chunk of capital investment. This startup is on the final legs of producing a private equity financial technology company that seeks to replicate all the cloud based investment platforms that are out there (Wealthfront, Betterment, RobinHood, etc), but focus on the private equity, early stage capital formation– our claim to fame (or our unique service offering) is that we integrate with Self-Directed IRA accounts for private equity investments.
Third, I, just last month, became a sort of business manager for someone I personally very much revere. I proposed my services after he needed a new assistant, but I hate (argh!) the word assistant– mostly because I have my own assistants and in any case am more of a take-control of the situation and solve problems person than a give me some tasks and I’ll do them if you give me an hourly wage kind of guy.
Finally, I have poured my late nights and very early mornings into the production of a premier, premium, and luxurious Austro Libertarian magazine/journal that I someday hope can be as elegant and rich as the socialist publication Jacobin, which I am obsessed with (not as a sympathizer, of course). I have hired a trustworthy friend of mine, named Mitch Thompson, and Hannah Sproul (an artist and designer) and am utilizing two other great individuals as editors to help me make this happen.
Those who have known me online more than five years know I lost 110 pounds in the span of 8 months in 2018. The weight was a symptom, a reaction, of general bodily and physiological unhealthiness that, as soon as I pinpointed and rectified, healed both body and brain. The weight is gone, but the brain energy and activity is alive like never before. I have done well in the private sector and am even on an exit path from the first consulting company as I am transitioning out due to a very beneficial sale.
That’s how I handle everything, and 3 kids (plus one more on the way)– but of course my wife stays at home and homeschools and manages the household and all that, so my life wouldn’t be possible without her.
In any case, I have of course been answering questions nonstop about my weight loss and how I was able to accomplish it, so I am looking forward to getting into detail on this blog here in the next few weeks.
And for those asking. I generally wake up at 4:30-5, answer emails, take care of whatever hit my inbox overnight, make breakfast for the kids and my own super special butter coffee at 6:30 and then get up to my office around 7:30. I do magazine stuff until 8:30 and then do the fintech business with my brother until about noon. All the while keeping an eye on my email and tasks related to both business manager needs, as well as employees and coworkers and their various needs. Interspersed throughout this timeframe I am taking short spurt breaks to write a flood of emails to all sorts of people related to any number of things.
At noon I quickly shift to consulting stuff (unless there was some important onsite meeting and I had to be there in the morning), and then back again to magazine/emails until about 2:30, when I have some more daily tasks coming due with the business manager stuff. At 3:30/4:00 I take a break to be with the kids and family in general (but sometimes I’m working in 5 minute increments until 7, when I put the two older kids to bed while my wife puts the baby to sleep. Then my wife reads with me in my office while I answer emails, prepare my to-do list for the next day, read, write, etc. Then she goes to bed around 9:30 and I’m up until midnight doing magazine stuff, answering more emails, writing, reading, watching things from the day, etc. Interspersed in this timeframe, I’m preparing a bottle for the baby around 11:30 (my wife needs way more sleep than I do) and then I get her back down again and I am in bed by 12:00.
There’s three very important components of my daily life: diet (my brain really is in the best shape of my life, because of what I am feeding it– I’m no expert, but I’ve paid close attention over the past 12 months to this aspect of my life); technology (everything I do is organized to the T, which means technology has to be leveraged perfectly, so as not to be a distraction, but an asset– more on this lateR); lack of decision fatigue. I don’t dwell on anything. It’s either all pre-figured out, or I just go with my instinct and with confidence if its not a huge deal. Most things aren’t a huge deal. Most people overthink the wrong things and underthink the things they should be more strategic with.
I have, for whatever reason, mastered the ability of determining what is worth in depth thought and what is not. I never spend more time than needed on anything. I hate waiting, drawing things out.
I’m learning, I’m flawed, I make mistakes. But I’m self-aware and objective. I know my strengths, and seek to identify and improve my weaknesses (or just hire out).