Why I’m giving away $5,000

You didn’t read that title wrong. I am, indeed, giving away anywhere from $500-to $5K dollars. Anyone can get it. You could even get it twice and have $10K.

Let me explain how this works. I recently came into some private equity money. Through that I will be buying various websites.

Here is where you and the money come in.

If you can find me sites for me to buy. I will give you a finders fee. The amount you get on the deal will depend on how the deal or deals turn out. The deals will most likely result in payouts to you of a few thousand dollars.

What I want is cool interesting sites that you visit frequently. They can be blogs, news sites, game sites, women’s fashion sites, sites that just do helpful things like video2mp3.net or entertainment sites like seenive.com for example.

What I don’t want are mainstream sites like Netflix, Facebook, or twitter. I don’t want sites that sell products. I don’t want porn sites (There is an odd and very uncomfortable to be around sort of person that runs sites like that and I am not one of them).

Once I find and acquire the site or sites I will pay you a 10% finders fee on the deal. I’m buying multiple websites, so there could be multiple people seeing payouts.

If you’re interested in participating send your list of websites to jacob@facularity.com or shoot a tweet to @JacobDHuff.

If you are an investor and have any inquires about growing your capital, feel free to contact me as well.

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Don’t Argue With Me!

Argument

Don’t argue. Never argue. It’s dumb and it goes no where. I bet some of you even started arguing with that statement in your head. You’re trying to think of all the important reasons why you should argue.

But really, does it actually change a mind. Sometimes a mind can change for a little while. But then that person goes back to their old ways of thinking, after they have had time to justify their original thoughts.

Even worse. Sometimes that person changes their mind back and then hates you for disagreeing.

You know what changes a person’s mind? When you show them that your way is better.

Telling people that giving up your life to follow Jesus isn’t going to change anyone. If someone sees someone else fully living the Christian life, that may change them. That may convince them to follow Christ themselves.

Show them that your business model works best, by actually applying it. Don’t sit in a meeting room for hours discussing if it will or won’t work.

If you want to win the opinion of a person for the long term, show them that your argument actually works.

That’s tough to argue with.

Quotes- February 2014

The institutions we have built to prop us up seem mostly to hold creative and forward thinking people back. College is great, but it is slow and routine. Corporations can do great things, but fulfilling individuals is not one of them. Money is important but it can also be an addiction. Accomplishments like a degree or a job are not an end, they are means to an end. I’m so glad I learned that.

-Ryan Holiday

Most of us won’t be written up in history books. Most of us only make three or four momentous decisions in our lives, and several decades after we die, the people we leave behind will struggle to remember the events of our lives. You and I live in little moments, and if God doesn’t rule our little moments and doesn’t work to re-create us in the middle of them, then there’s no hope for us, because that’s where you and I live.

-Paul Tripp

On the entrepreneurial path, few people come into your life without a reason.

-Ken Blanchard

When you expose yourself there are many many ways for people to attack you. People will stab you and hurt you. But you can’t create art unless you show how unique you are while being inclusive with others who share your problems.

-James Altucher

A leader of men must make decisions quickly, be independent; act and stand firm; be a fighter; speak openly, plainly, frankly; make defeats his lessons; cooperate; coordinate; use the best of any alliances or allies; walk with active faith courageously toward danger or the unknown; create a staff; know, love and represent the best interests of his followers; be loyal, true, frank and faithful; reward loyalty; have a high, intelligent, and worthy purpose and ideal. Do justice; love mercy; fear no man but fear only God.

—John W Dodge

No one ever got rich checking their email more often.

-Noah Kagan

Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.

-Philip Yancey

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

-Salvador Dali

That’s what makes death so hard- unsatisfied curiosity.

-Beryl Markham

When you have disciplined people, you don’t need hierarchy. When you have disciplined thought you don’t need bureaucracy. When you have disciplined action, you don’t need excessive controls.

-Jim Collins

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end- which you can never afford to lose- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality whatever they might be.

-Admiral James Stockdale

Most men would rather die, than think. Many do.

-Bertrand Russell

Truth is like a lizard; it leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away knowing full well that it will grow a new one in a twinkling.

-Ivan Turgenev

Reading Recommendations

I read. I love to devour books. It’s something that has happened more and more as I’ve aged. The more I read, the more I want to read more. Certain books have changed the way I live my life. They have given me more insight to who I am as a person and why I feel the way I do. I wouldn’t say all these books are Pulitzer Prize winning books, but they have served to change my life for the better.

1. I Feel Great and You Will Too!: An Inspiring Journey of Success with Practical Tips on How to Score Big in Life: This book changed my outlook on life. I was in a really bad place as a college freshman due to some family issues. This book lifted me out of that slump and set me on a new path. It’s corny, but sometimes we need corny in our life. Plus there are some really cool parts where he pokes a guy’s eye out, so it balances out.

2. The Warrior Ethos: A great look at the mindset of a true warrior. This book challenges you as a man to go after what is important and shows you the nobility in not backing down from a challenge. It was even the basis for an article I wrote called Championships and The Spartan Spirit: Why America Will Never Love Lebron James

3. Man’s Search for Meaning: This book was written by a Holocaust camp survivor and gives an inside look into his mind at the time. It showed me the attitude that I should have at all times. Even in my worst moments I think of the writer of this book Viktor E. Frankl and his struggles and I can’t help but have a positive outlook on the situation I am facing in comparison to his.

4. Wild at Heart: This book was the ultimate connect to who I am as a man and how that carries over into my faith. It then took my faith and helped me learn to carry that over into my life. I think any man who reads this blog will be able to benefit from reading this. It will help you discover how to express your masculinity the way it was meant to be expressed. For the first time I was able to gain an understanding of each sex and how they relate in harmony through this book.

5. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt: Roosevelt was the ultimate achiever. He did what he set out to do. He lived a life worth writing about. And he never let anything stop him. This book showed me exactly the type of person I wanted to be in this world.

6. Letters from a Stoic: This book in essence shows us what we truly need to live and the mind we need to live it. It covers religion, wealth, power and situations we face in life. This book plus reading the Bible’s Ecclesiastes would be the ultimate pairing for advice on how to live life. Both give meaning to why we feel emptiness into that which we believe to be important.

7. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It: Everything I do in the business world comes back to this book. I judge how companies are functioning based on this book. How to structure companies based on this book. I even use this as a guide to decide what companies I have interest in working with and investing in. It’s the single best book on business and entrepreneurship I have ever read. Combined with David Allen’s Getting Things Done, my favorite investing book The Intelligent Investor and my favorite book on leadership by Phil Jackson called Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success you have the ultimate guide to succeeding in business.

8. Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son: Following up on the best business books I have ever read, this is a story that transcends time. It’s a business book written in the early 1900’s that is still applicable today. A father of a great company writes his new employee son on how business should be done. It’s a book that anyone interested in entering the business world should read. It covers a wide variety of business issues and is a great address to young people living in the business world.

9. How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets: Is it right for you to own your own business? This book answers that question better than anything I have ever read. No business book has ever made me look deeper into who I am than this book. I was forced to evaluate my beliefs and my life goals and make sure they line up while reading this book. Don’t let the title fool you. It’s a deep book about what it actually takes to be in the top 1%. A follow up to this book that most people can relate to is Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. He is not only one of my favorite bloggers, but also is more relatable to what the normal person is really trying to accomplish in their business endeavors. He helps people achieve their dream lives, not just in work, but in their personal life as well.

10. Mere Christianity: A long time ago I chose to believe what I believe. But the reason I chose to believe it was based on a certain set of thoughts and ideas. My beliefs are different from most people and I don’t ascribe to a particular dogma that our society has wrongly passed down without understanding. This book is a very direct examination of what I believe and why I believe it. It is the best example of how I was able to rationalize why I feel the way I feel.

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Project Invest 2030

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I have been thinking of the future lately. Trying to utilize the skills I have to better my chances to set myself up for success. One thing I have discovered is that I am fairly solid at seeing trends and ideas that will work, while they are still in their early stages.

I’m not 100% at this. I thought Google plus would take off. It didn’t. I know I can’t be right all the time.

However, I have backed things that I saw early on knowing they will take off. I was laughed at when I was one of the first people on Twitter and Instagram. I loved both Evernote and Drop Box when they hit the scene. The problem with all of those is that I never invested my cold hard cash. I just became a spokesperson for their products and not a beneficiary of their profits.

I’ve decided to change that. I have been reading recent blog posts by one of my favorite writers Tucker Max about his goal to hit 100 early stage investments by 2018. While I don’t have the kind of money at the moment that Tucker Max has, I am starting to get access to it. So I made the decision to begin my investing career by making the same investment goal.

Since I’m younger I’ll allow myself till 2030 to meet the goal. I hope to use these blog posts as a way to track my progress until 2030.

I have had to make it very clear to myself not to get attached to the 100 number as I will not consider this a failure if I only get 80 great investments. It would be idiotic to be mad at myself for not blowing money on 20 businesses that were bad investments.

I plan to invest in any industry that I see a favorable return from. I have gained connections in numerous fields that I plan to utilize for advice. I plan to start small most likely keeping investments under $25K for now. Once I have more backing I will increase to between $25K and $100k and eventually increasing to over 100k investments.

Some of these investments may end up being my own private companies. But the ultimate goal is to create a private portfolio aside from my traditional equity investments. If you have any interest in following my journey you can follow my Angel List and possibly act as a syndicate.

I’ll also be keeping a record of what company I invested in and why I invested in that company on this blog.

If you have great ideas that you believe could take off feel free to contact me. I have gained access to a significant amount of investors who would freely help back any ideas that I present them.

Please understand these must be presented to me as business plans. Working products or some sort of beta version would be best. If the idea doesn’t appeal to me I won’t invest in it. I have no issues with taking a look at your work and will offer you a fair critique of what you have.

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The Best Day of My Life

Today, I had the best cup of coffee I ever had.  It was much better than the cup I had yesterday morning.  Of course that cup of coffee came hours before our car was slammed from behind by a truck.  It’s not just the coffee that is different today, it is life in general.

My legs flew up in the air.  My upper body went forward about to slam the dashboard.  Glass flew around me and then all I remember was black.  My entire body went numb.  As I looked over at my Mom in the driver’s seat she was shaken.  “Call 911!” she said.  I reached into my pocket happy that I could move again.  Then I dialed.

I saw our car today.  It was the first time I got the chance to really look at it.  No doubt the insurance company will label it totaled.  As I picked through the car trying to get what I needed, I had to avoid little shreds of glass.  I found a receipt that I had in my pocket from the breakfast from yesterday.  It must have fallen out of my pocket when I pulled my phone out to dial 911.  It was probably one of the worst breakfasts I have had.  The egg was like rubber and the fruit wasn’t fresh.  Today I had a donut and it was the best donut I have ever had.

Once I realized I wasn’t paralyzed during the crash I tried to make sure I wasn’t cut or anything.  My phone was still in my hand, so for no reason at all I felt urged to take pictures.  I guess for insurance or something. I wanted to prove that the wreck was the result of the truck behind us not paying attention.  I heard no squeal of breaks, just crunching metal.  We were stopped at the time.  The car in front of us was as well.  We were waiting for a Cadillac to make a left hand turn.  As the Cadillac finally got it’s opening to move through oncoming traffic that is when I heard my Mom say “You better stop” as she looked in her rear view mirror. As you can guess, the truck didn’t stop. He slammed us and we slammed the car in front of us.  The Cadillac happened to turn at that moment avoiding any damage.

As I sat in the coffee shop today I found it funny I was reading an autobiography on Theodore Roosevelt.  Just a few days ago I was reading a part describing how once, while riding in a carriage, Roosevelt was nearly killed when a trolley smashed through the carriage rather than stopping like it was supposed to.  After running the math, they found that 2 inches separated Teddy Roosevelt from death as opposed to walking away with scratches and bruises.  I’m not saying I would have died yesterday.  Luckily I was wearing a seat belt and I avoided some serious injuries like flying through the window.  I did realize how easily I could have snapped my spine and could be paralyzed today.  For that I am thankful as I sit tapping my toes to the coffee shop music.

“Holy crap! My hat went all the way back there.” In the picture below you can see my white hat flew backwards when I drilled my head on the head rest.  The truck behind us was the one that hit us.  We were hit so hard his airbag deployed.  Here is the terrifying part, where that truck sits is where we were hit.  Keep in mind our brakes were on the whole time as we tried to avoid the car in front of us.  The truck moved us three car lengths.  It would have been more had a car not been there to stop us.  EMTs and police started going to each car to check people.  All I could think was “I hope I don’t forget my hat.”

You can’t see it, but my Mom’s glasses she was wearing flew off her face back here too.

I’m sitting here on my second round of pain killers for the day.  Glad the only problem I’m facing is soreness.  As far as I know everyone involved in the wreck is ok.  Sure the cars involved are mostly totaled, but it’s just a car.  I’m glad everyone is ok, even the guy who hit us.  I could see myself in his shoes, freaking out.  He probably sat there and watched two people get taken away on stretchers wondering “Did I just paralyze someone?”

The police officer came to our window and asked if everyone was ok.  I was holding my Mom’s hand as she was in shock and I knew her neck and back hurt.  The adrenaline in me must have subsided, because suddenly my arm hurt, my neck wasn’t turning and my whole body became a buzzing sensation.  “Anything wrong with your neck?” the officer asked me.  “Uh yeah” was all I could reply with.  Next thing I know I’m in an ambulance on stretcher.

Today, I’m typing away, excited about my week, excited for life in general.  Thinking about how this week or my life could have been completely different because of a few circumstances.  Instead it turned today, soreness and all, into the best and most thankful day of my life.  I’m mostly just thankful I got my hat back.

Championships and The Spartan Spirit: Why America Will Never Love Lebron James

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Hand to hand combat is a thing of the past.  Wars today are fought with guns and remote control weapons. From a standpoint of creating minimal casualties this is a good thing.  Warriors use to feel a sense of honor in fighting hand to hand combat.  The best fighters were heroes. Soldiers today are heros as well but we don’t follow them in the way Genghis Kahn or Alexander The Great were followed, beloved and feared.

Unfortunately what we have now is sports. Our most beloved heroes put balls in hoops and score touchdowns. Sports is our new battle field. It’s where the great warriors of today prove who the greatest is. Kings had thrones to conquer. Now men have rings to win.

Now, the greatest warrior in basketball has conqured the battle field. He has now earned the title of King. That man is Lebron James. The city of Miami can sing their praises of him. His doubters will lower their heads in shame.  His jersey may even increase in sales. But he will still be the most hated man in basketball. But why?

To understand we need to go back in history. It’s 479 B.C. Sparta is under threat of being overrun by Persia.  I know you’ve seen “300” so I’m sure you understand the scenario. The Spartans had created a warrior culture. According to Steven Pressfield in his book “The Warrior Ethos” At the age of 7 years boys were taken from their mothers and taught to fight. From then on they were warriors. Anything less was unacceptable. Facing certain death the Spartan was not to run.

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In his book Pressfield tells a story of two brothers running from battle to save their lives. On the way to the city they see their mother who lifts her dress and asks if they are “running back from where they came.” In Spartan culture a warrior who runs from battle is publicly shamed as well as his family. He was no longer allowed to have children. They were expected to die for the sake of Sparta and all they held dear, it was privilege to do so.

Our culture today still to a degree idolizes this Spartan spirit. We don’t admire those who run from a fight. We don’t watch movies where a hero sells out his people for greener pastures. Imagine if William Wallace in “Braveheart” decided he wanted to be with a winner and joined the English. I don’t think the movie would have been the success it was. America wants to see the underdog who is fighting for his home or tribe or country victorious. It’s who we are as a country.

And that’s unfortunate for Lebron James. If at any point in Lebron James’s career you thought he was a terrible player, would never win a championship or was not worthy of the number one overall pick, you do not understand basketball. Lebron was going to win a ring sooner or later. He would silence doubters and accomplish the feat of being an NBA Champion. Then America would have been happy for James.  Lebron now has one championship, yet no one is happy for him. Why?

When Lebron’s city of Cleveland was under siege, much like Sparta in 479 B.C., he took an oath to defend it.   “I got a goal, and it’s a huge goal, and that’s to bring an NBA championship here to Cleveland,” said James. Yet when things got hard, his lowly championship deprived city needed him, he ran from battle to save himself. He wanted his ring. He wanted to be what they said he was “The Chosen One.”

But to our society he became what we hate. If Lebron had been playing for the Cleveland Cavilers in the 2012 NBA finals the whole country would have been behind him. Instead he got to enjoy his crowning moment with his Mom and himself. America will go on hating him. He may win another 8 titles, but they will all mean nothing.  Lebron needs to win one more title. That’s the only title that will ever define who he is and let him have a claim to be the greatest to ever play the game. Lebron must go back to Cleveland.

Whether or not Cleveland will take him back is the question. I would if I were them. But I am not an NBA GM. It’s James’s choice. He can have it easy or he can risk it all and gain back the underdog title. He needs to take his talents back to a place where hope is lost and championships are a myth and finish the magical story that he started.

People will continue to compare him to Michael Jordan. They will complain about his ring count, and how he sold out his home of Cleveland. But we can thank Lebron for one thing, teaching us that honor in fighting till the end is more important than being victorious.