An Update: Behind the Scenes at The Mastermind Within

Erik Current Events, Thoughts of a Mastermind 22 Comments


Hey readers, I haven’t given you an update on what’s going on behind the scenes at The Mastermind Within and want to give you a brief update. This post will contain some thoughts on life as well as some announcements.

Passions, Prioritization and Time Management

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I prioritize my time: am I working towards my goals? Do I go to bed at night happy with how I’ve spent my time that day? Am I passionate about the things I’m doing and am I excited to wake up the next day to do it? With so much going on in life, it’s difficult sometimes to be present in all things I’m doing. For that reason, prioritization and time management is incredibly important.

“If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.” – Jim Collins

I have 5 “projects” going on in my life right now: my day job, The Mastermind Within, my hacked house, my e-commerce business, and statistical consulting. Some of these projects ebb and flow for time commitment. For example, my statistical consulting work comes and goes – some weeks I’ll have 10 hours of work, others 0. I have an upcoming study, but haven’t received any work for 2 months. Housing hacking is similar in time commitment, but there are definitely projects I want to pursue: replacing my deck, replacing a few windows, and putting in gutters. If only I didn’t have my day job…

What once was uncomfortable now is comfortable. I’m pleased with my progress and what I’m doing. The e-commerce business is almost done being set-up and at that point, the time commitment will drop so I can focus more on The Mastermind Within.

What are you passionate about and how are you spending your time? For me, I’m passionate about helping people achieve their full potential. I’m passionate about learning and growing as an individual so I can share my experiences with others. I’m passionate about personal finance and building a strong financial base for my future family. Are my daily activities in line with these passions? If not, then I need to review how I’m spending my time and work towards re-aligning my actions towards these passions.

Farewell but not Good Bye

As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing the majority of the posting here on The Mastermind Within. At the beginning, my friend Henry and I started this blog as a way for us to connect with others since we are both passionate about helping others become their best self. Over the past few months, Henry has been prioritizing other things that make him happy and has been living an amazing life – a life I’m inspired by.

Over the last 2 months Henry:

  • Left his Corporate Job to explore the world of Real Estate
  • Traveled to the edge of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean
  • Back-Packed 334 Kilometers Across Northern Spain
  • Attended a Multi-Cultural Wedding – Mayan Calendar Ceremony
  • Been on the #1 Career Podcast in Sri Lanka
  • Professionally Modeled
  • Road Tripped Across the Western United States

I had dinner with him this past Saturday night and we chatted about life, finances, relationships, basketball, everything. We have a lot of similar interests and get along very well. While I’m a little bit sad that we can’t continue build something great together, I’m happy and thankful for the experience.

He wrote out a note for me to share with you:

We live in a world of “Shoulds, Have to-s, Ought to, Musts” and the monkey mind.  Of course, there are always a million things “to do”.  Another email arrived in your inbox, another friend to catch up with, there is ALWAYS MORE TO DO.


We all have the same 24 hours in the day, 7  days a week, 365.25 days a year.  We can not compare ourselves to what others are doing.  We can not live a life to satisfy everyone else around us.  We have to satisfy ourselves and once we have understood who we are individually, we are more present, more caring, more thoughtful, more genuine, more sincere, MORE, MORE, MORE.  We have much more to share with the world. Go out and share your experiences with the world.

Everyone has a story to tell and an experience to share. You are incredibly wise Henry and I’m excited to see the places you go in the future. Thank you Henry for your time at The Mastermind Within – you are an inspiration to me and a great friend 🙂 (This is definitely not good-bye though – we will continue to play basketball on the weekends!)

We have Bigger Fish to Fry

In February, I connected with a high school friend Jake, a local small business consultant and entrepreneur and asked if he could give me some tips on our site. He convinced me to allow him to join the team and he was instrumental in making the site look the way it does. He stressed clarity and a clean layout and I’m thankful for his work.

However, his priorities have changed and he is on to bigger and better things. He recently started an small business SEO agency and has been crushing it with a few clients in the first few months. He is also my partner in the e-commerce business and has been spending time with me on that project. As a result, I asked him to stop work on The Mastermind Within and he agreed – he said we have bigger fish to fry with these other businesses.

We are going to crush the remainder of 2017 with our persistence and consistency – I’m excited to see the results of our e-commerce business because it should be relatively passive once it’s all set and done. I’ll provide updates as time goes on (once we launch the product and website).

The Next Few Months

So, now I’m the sole proprietor of The Mastermind Within. Exciting, right? There are four and a half months left in 2017. At the beginning of the year, I outlined that 2017 would be a year of self development and my actions would be building a strong base for the future.

“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Hal Elrod

I’m seeing some success but must stay hungry. Over the next few months, I’m going to continue to post on personal finance and self development. What I love about blogging is I can take this wherever I want – if I want to write more on lifestyle, I can do that. If I want to write more on educational material, I can do that.

Frankly, I want The Mastermind Within to be a source of entertainment and education. I’m going to continue to post on personal finance and self improvement topics, but my writing will not be contained to just those topics. I’ll share with you nuggets of information from my life and how I’m doing with entrepreneurship and my relationships.

I wrote a post, 9 tips to increase your credit score, and while this was a fantastic post, people don’t want dry posts like this. I’m hoping to become a better story teller through my writing and as I mentioned, will look to keep it interesting and fun with stories and entertainment pieces.

Thank you for reading and I’m looking forward to our time growing together as individuals over the coming months.




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      It’s a learning experience at every step of the way. I’m thankful for my time with them, and I’m still working with Jake, and playing basketball with Henry. They aren’t too far away, so while it didn’t work out, I’m thinking this will be a great opportunity for me to spread my wings and grow!

  1. Some things just don’t work out the way we want them to. I think, overall, this will be good for the blog as one person can take it in the direction they want and create a clean message with no conflicts. I have no doubt you’ll do great things with the blog!

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      Thanks Gwen – I agree. I think blogs are good as 1 person endeavors. If there are multiple topics and you do a good job of separating the work, it’s possible to have more than 1 writer. I’m excited to see where this will go!

  2. Way to keep pivoting, Erik! You are able to recognize things that are working and things that are not working (credit score post) and then you try new things… Your blog is great and I enjoy the content that you publish. Keep it up!

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      Hey The Grounded Engineer, thanks for the comment and compliment 🙂 I’m glad I can provide good content and I’m happy to call you one of my fans!!

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  3. Congrats at grabbing the reigns and taking full ownership of the site. Just need to redefine your goals and put the time where it is best used or will give you the most benefit, happiness, or value in your life. Hope you will continue your work here. We look forward to the upcoming posts in the next few months.

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      Thanks for stopping by DD. I’m very excited to see what the future holds and I’m excited to continue this fun experiment! 🙂

      Have a good one

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  4. It’s always good to have a few projects at different stages. It keeps you engaged. Every afternoon I think about the things I need to get done when I get home. Today it’s mowing the lawn. The next day it may be visiting a sick friend. One evening it’s organize the garage. And of course things are shuffled around based on the priority. Best of luck to Henry by the way!

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      Thanks for the comment SMM. I love your perspective, I have a list I try to tackle each week. Speaking of, I need to go write a post on that!

  5. Sometimes there are just too many things in life that are contending for our time. We often need to prioritize and decide which activities are more important in our lives and do those activities first. Our priorities do change as time goes by. The important thing to remember is to do more activities that we enjoy.

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  6. Love the flexibility that you show with chasing your dreams. Life is different now than it was two years (or even two months) ago. I can understand the idea that you have too many things on your plate and how that can lead to ineffectiveness in multiple areas. Keep on hustling and keep on finding what works for you and doing what you need to do to remain happy my friend. While it sucks losing a partner, it sounds like Henry is making some moves and doing some amazing things on his end. Best of luck!


  7. I have to admit that I was wondering what was going on with Henry. That’s unbelievable all the things that he’s been doing and I know I would loved to have read about them. But I definitely get the time commitment that is required. Keep up the awesome work!!!

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