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Like to post something but it doesn't need its own thread?

This thread is for you!


Thought I'd create a random thoughts and chit-chat thread for anyone who'd like to post something, but it doesn't need it's own thread.

For example, I just learned today that an idea I had years ago for an airport valet service is now reality. Not only is it reality, but it is growing and grabbing funding.

The service is EXACTLY as I envisioned it would be.

OAK and LAX Long-Term Airport Parking : Never Park Again

Darn it!

The old, "Damn, I had that idea!!" strikes again!

That said, I might invest as they are taking accredited investor money.
 

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For example, I just learned today that an idea I had years ago for an airport valet service is now reality. Not only is it reality, but it is growing and grabbing funding.

The service is EXACTLY as I envisioned it would be.

I was reading a book about this topic a while ago by Elizabeth Gilbert. She describes how ideas are an energetic life-form looking for a human partner. If it thinks that you can do the job, it will pay you a visit. But, if it notices that you won't collaborate to the execution, it will find someone else. It will not wait for you forever.

Now I know that this is magical realism, but it always stuck with me in a way to remind me that if I don't take action, someone else will.
 

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Random thoughts and rant on how the script has a massive hold on society.

Was at a party last week for grand final day, if your not from Australia you won't get it.

Was speaking to one of my lady friends about investing business etc, we got talking she asked if I read the barefoot investor.

I said is it another ETF circle jerk?

She said no its about a guy who was broke in his 30s and turned it around. I said did he turn it around from writing the book?

She said oh I think he made a bit from the book but Yada Yada.

I started to speak about fastlane ideas indirectly, about having a product or service people want and need making it run separate of my time eventually so I am no longer a slave like everyone else

She says well you'll need to go get a business degree for that and basically told me it wasn't possible....

I left it there and just said yeh I could tell she was just so defeated alive but not living.

The script has a great hold so glad I've taken the red pill.
 
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Our baby's gender reveal yesterday!
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Been thinking about hiring a house cleaner.

Recently received a direct mail advertisement from a cleaning company.

The ad was effective enough to get me interested to investigate the company, perhaps calling and hiring.

As I wrote in Unscripted, "advertising" more than likely indicates a productocracy doesn't exist and the company NEEDS advertising to survive.

I want to do business with productocracies, not marketers.

In my investigation at Yelp and other places, this company pretty much had the worst online reviews of all the cleaning companies.

As I wrote in Unscripted and explored via the productocracy concept, if your company can't survive without advertising, you're running a marketing company.
 

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Quality of life in the Bay Area is turning to sh*t. Literally.
  • If you walk around the financial district it is not uncommon to see someone shooting needles and pooping on the sidewalk. Every time I go for a walk it's pretty much guaranteed that I will see human poop on the ground. San Francisco's Sidewalk Poop Crisis, Explained - CityLab
  • Due to the lack of cleanliness, there is a growing epidemic of a flesh eating bacteria that acts like a staph infection on steroids
  • Tech money is pouring in and causing a price war for real estate, causing the cost of living to skyrocket. A middle class home 2 blocks away from me was bought for $2.8M cash and they completely gutted out the interior because it hasn't been updated since the 1970's.
  • An overwhelming majority of homes in SF are renting out their garage for multiple people to live in
  • Homeless people are on every intersection begging for handouts
  • traffic has gone nuts(bumper to bumper traffic from 7am-10am, to give you an idea)
If you live in the Bay Area then it's probably in your best interest to leave unless you work in tech or have your own business here.

I'm now traveling in the US and it's my first time here. I've been to Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah (just the Monument Valley and surroundings so just a tiny tiny portion of the state) and now Hawaii.

My observation - and I hope that nobody from the US will get mad at me lol - is that quality of life in the mainland US (I'm only talking about the places I visited, and I'm not sure about Hawaii yet as I just got here) seems to be lower than in Europe and many other countries I've visited. I thought that people saying that were exaggerating but now I tend to agree.

Obviously, this is just a very surface observation of a traveler, not a person living here. The US is huge and I'm sure there are many awesome places to live there. Based on where I've been, here are a few outsider observations about the local quality of life:
  • Homeless people (or people who appear to be homeless) and beggars are very visible. I don't think I've ever seen that many homeless people in other countries except for some poor countries like Morocco.
  • I find it much harder to be healthy here (again, I'm referring to the mainland US, as Hawaii seems to be much better in this aspect). Almost all of the restaurants serve fast food, there's a lot of unhealthy stuff added to even the most basic products (I don't think I've ever seen stuff as weird as blueberry-flavored almonds), and unless it's Whole Foods (which is super expensive), in a supermarket you have a much, much bigger selection of junk food than healthy stuff (I can't believe how many flavors of Oreos, M&Ms, etc. people actually need).
  • Never before I've seen so many morbidly obese or otherwise unhealthy-looking people. Then again, when you see people having breakfast at 8 am in McDonald's, it's pretty clear why that's the case.
  • Again, just my perception limited to just a few places I've been too: it seems to me that food here (and this ties directly to the quality of life) is not that much about quality - it's more about gorging on as much sugary/greasy/etc. stuff as possible than actually enjoying it. The Mediterranean countries (which I often visit) are the opposite. There's more emphasis on food quality, the cuisine is so much healthier, you're supposed to eat slowly and enjoy it.
  • The cities are not walkable (though still much better than in the Middle East). I find it super weird that there's not a single shop, restaurant, or anything like that for miles - just homes. I thought that it was an exaggeration that you absolutely need a car in the US but now I see why.
  • The infrastructure is very dated. Some gas stations look like they're abandoned or not renovated in decades (and man I hate the pre-paid system), my debit card is sometimes not working at all (this has never happened to me anywhere else in the world, including some very exotic places), I have very bad reception on my phone and mobile Internet is slow even in a big city. But maybe T-Mobile in the US is just shit.
  • The obsession with the military is disconcerting. But that's a sensitive topic so let's leave it at that.
  • Just a random observation: not sure if it's only Delta Airlines, but I was shocked that all the flight attendants were 50-60+, and some of them were obese. I've never seen anything like this on any other airline. Flight attendants are supposed to be fit and healthy to be able to help passengers.
On the plus side, the people are very nice, laid-back, and friendly (except for the Border Patrol), it's very easy to drive (love the wide streets and roads), the wide open spaces are incredible (it's crazy that there are so many national parks and monuments here), and the diversity is very cool. I still enjoyed my stay in the US and felt comfortable in most places, but I don't think I'd like to live there (or to be more specific - live in the places that I visited).

And again - I might have had bad luck or maybe I went to the wrong places. Anyway, it's my impression after my first visit, so it might still change if I go back or see other places.

I guess that it could be a good idea for a thread: which places in the world offer the best quality of life and why, so if anyone's interested, I can start it as I really like talking about this topic.
 

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Based on true events:

Meanwhile in social media:

“I quit my job to start a new business”
10 likes
3 comments: Good luck!

“I will be joining [huge corporation X] next week”
200 likes
100 comments: Congrats!!

“My company just raised a $1M round at a $20M valuation”
50 likes
5 comments: Congrats! Great job!
30 comments: With a rich daddy and connections anyone could do it

“I got admitted at Harvard”
300 likes
120 comments: Congrats!!/ You are a rockstar!/ Well done!


Meanwhile at the bank:

- I would like to borrow $20k to start my new business
- Ok, I will need a detailed business plan including sales forecasts for the next 3 years, then we will see what we can do depending on the guarantees you provide.


- I would like a student loan for $200k to attend Harvard
- Congratulations! I will need the admissions offer.
 

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More like a crossroads.

I shall re-iterate... there are (3) groups here.

This forum has three distinct groups.
  1. I have no money and don't know where to start <-- freelancing, hustles, "thousandaire fastlane" might appeal to them.
  2. I have a small business that I'd like to make Fastlane, but aren't interested in employing 50 people and being the next Jeff Bezos. I just want to be FREE. I don't need no Lambo!
  3. I have a business and would like to blow it up huge. Perhaps, become the next 9 figure millionaire, or better, billionaire. I'm starting a global enterprise.

Groups 1 and 2 are probably the dominant group, namely because, my message is for new entrepreneurs. Asking someone with ZERO money and ZERO business experience (or even corporate management experience) to start a $25M business with no experience is a bit of a reach.

These people need to be guided in, kinda like you needed guiding 8 years ago when your first jump at business was designing websites. Perhaps the forum can be re-categorized for each group -- hence, segregating the topics based on everyone's personal vision of "Fastlane". I for one, have no interest in freelancing or side hustles, but I think that content is awesome here because it gets people into their first baby steps.

Fastlane, as well as CENTS, is always up to interpretation for each reader and what they want for the life. I try to respect that ... not everyone wants the Lambos -- and I imagine right now in the world, a lot of people would just take financial freedom in a shed, far away from the current insanity.
 

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Per request, the reaction panel now has a "THANK YOU" (the clapping hands emoji).
 

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Ok, just want to say I was published on Medium by a big publication : D

As a non-native English speaker that used to be the worst student in the class, I must say, for once, that I'm proud of myself.

The forum played a huge part in that since it taught me that to be successful, one needs to provide what others deem valuable.

So, thank you FLF!
 

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Think I deleted ten meditation affiliate marketing spammers today.

To which one had the balls to email me a kind "f-you" -- I can only laugh... looks like that meditation is working great for your attitude!
 

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I oficially live in the poorest city of Argentina. Since 1 year ago, Hadn't been able to move cause of covid. Yet, some days ago I woke up to a whole sale order of my product, $310 of profit before my eyes where open. 3 times the minimum wage, $310 is something 53% of my city residents (more than half a million people) don't make in a whole month.
I just feel so grateful to MJ for his books and for being a life changer and greateful to all the cool helpful people on this forum. Who knows where would I be otherwise. Very probably much worst. Thank you all !
 

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Spent Friday afternoon with @AllenCrawley trolling the desert.

Afterward, Allen echoed how cool it was to spend the day in the desert (to him "business was closed") but his business still made money, because it's truly open 24/7/365.

Fastlane baby!


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As you know, I've not sold and am not interested in selling anyone anything. But I can tell you, you see an absence of the "old school" here and that could include you, AG, and a host of old school contributors that tend to ebb and flow, but eventually drift off.

I’m sorry I asked you all to listen to my new radio venture that some of you asked me to resurrect. I can see now how inappropriate that was to tell you about what I was working on.

The commonality there is the ROI of time ends up not being worth it. Not talking at all from a monetary aspect, but from a return on investment of time aspect.

Andy feeds off of helping people. When people use that to SHIT on him, you saw him drift away and we pulled him back.

Kyle? Makes almost zero coaching people. The only reason to charge ANYTHING is because they have skin in the game. If anyone out there in cyber space thinks ANY of Kyle's interactions with the forum have a profit motive, you would have no idea what you are talking about (unless your business is in selling rare liquid manufacturing chemicals, in which case he's be interested)

MJ? The amount of cash MJ makes selling ads here probably pays enough to pay his hosting fees. I am sure he makes some money on the insider memberships, but that's because we ALL ASKED HIM TO DO IT and the cost of that is probably 5% of what an EO membership costs (and heck, maybe because it's worth less than an EO membership) but that's beside the point.

People begrudge Lex for sponsoring the site and paying for an ad? Lets kick Lex off. Then nobody pays for an ad. Is it OK if Kenric has a class, but not Mike Partee? We want to now pick who advertises? Lex, a guy that was HOMELESS? Kung Fu Steve, a guy that was HOMELESS and now is a nationally sponsored motivational speaker? Let's make an approved list, and give it to MJ.

There's a new generation here that has their hand out, not looking for a hand up. And I can say that, because I have never asked nor taken a single dollar from the forum. If people don't want people like Kyle to share the details of his excitement and learning while he transparently builds a podcast, for free, from scratch... I guess there's a whole generation of people that will drift away or get pushed away because their sharing has to fit a "mold."

The Karens here got their panties all in a wad at me on ideological lines, for which I personally care zero. I am actually amused by it, but it has served MJ a disservice by feeding an undercurrent. I've never been interested in a popularity contest, but you can say all kinds of negative shit about me and I am supposed to just take it or else I am an elitist. This place was always an OASIS from the rest of the f*cking crazy on the internet, and in 2020 it has BECOME the rest of the internet.

Let's set the new rules, so people understand them :
1. no progress threads that highlight for-profit businesses. 501(c)(3) discussions are OK.
2. no advertisements. This is a community, not a business. If we wanted to financially support something, there's PLENTY of other places to do that. This place was intended to run at a loss.
3. no offering to monetize your experience even if people want to buy it. Unless, you're on the list of people that can.
4. no self promotion, which includes no talking about any outside ventures, even in an illustrative way
5. no self aggrandizement, but self depreciation is appreciated. No talking about past successes because that is kind of braggy and those without success might not feel welcome.
6. mods can't sell anything (LOL)

Add to the list anything that I have missed.

I have some commitments to MJ that I intend to keep (and they're not monetary, Karens). But when I wrap those up, hopefully the 10,000 posts that I have written will become part of the searchable history of this great institution, and hopefully MJ gives enough of a shit to pay the bills and play to the crowd long enough for the next wave of hopefuls to arrive.

Some of the posters that have taken up swords in the name of PC have traditionally been the people that I most looked forward to reading, and as such there's not much of a reason to continue to invest here. The inmates can run the asylum until MJ decides he's had enough. For me, it's not worth opening the forum on an almost daily basis now to see someone taking shots at me and people I care about simply because they want to get off on it. I don't need it. Most of us don't. Somehow it morphed from a place to exchange ideas into a place to trade barbs and try and tear things down. People empowered by a statue being torn down in a park want to extend that crowd hysteria towards cyber bullyism and keyboard jockeys now get their covid-inspired claustrophibia out by tearing other people down. I'm not interested.

I offer no defense for what I have contributed here. This thread will die a slow painful death, but many of the things we have all added here over the years will be discoverable to those who come behind us as long as someone keeps the lights on. That was all it was ever about.
 
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ow being a web designer, copywriter, and other freelancing activities is actively promoted here. A lot of the forum content changed from building a millionaire business fastlane to a thousandaire freelancing fastlane. I remember years ago this "thousandaire fastlane" stuff was kind of a running gag around here.

Sounds like you are reading your own press clippings, worshiping your reflection in the mirror.

This forum has three distinct groups.
  1. I have no money and don't know where to start <-- freelancing, hustles, "thousandaire fastlane" might appeal to them.
  2. I have a small business that I'd like to make Fastlane, but aren't interested in employing 50 people and being the next Jeff Bezos. I just want to be FREE. I don't need no Lambo!
  3. I have a business and would like to blow it up huge. Perhaps, become the next 9 figure millionaire, or better, billionaire. I'm starting a global enterprise.
You have an issue with 1 and 2 when the fact is, most people arrive here at #1, and most people want #2. Hell, I fall into #2.

But you're sad that you're commingling with the lowly 1s and 2s.

Many of the coaching gigs are for these two subgroups, #1 and #2 ... I'd say Kak's thing is for 2, mostly 3.

I got my start as a web designer, a program that Fox is offering -- so it fits as a start for someone with no experience. I also know, having been here for over a decade, that getting started is the hardest.

Your concerns are noted, in summary: All of us should work for free and the expectation of any kind of return, even after making 10,000 posts, is bad for the forum. That's why I spent $5K on another forum. And if you're not working to build the next billion dollar unicorn and a front page spread on TechCrunch, then everything else is noise, damn those plebs struggling to make their first buck.
 

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Happiness is just finding out there are the NBA playoffs happening, and not knowing about it, not caring about it, and not giving one absolute f*ck. When did that start up again?

Then after learning that, finding out the MLB season started too. Ha Ha, not one f*ck given.

And now, the NFL has resumed.

Again, ZERO f*cks given.

I'm done with sports -- for me, CV19 just proved how "non-essential" professional sports are. Sports was already on the outs for me, but the last 6 months has been the nail in the coffin.

BTW, I heartily recommend a media detox so you no longer have to participate in whatever bullshit the media wants you to be outraged about next -- cultural ignorance is bliss. I can only speculate what people are talking about here and elsewhere because generally, I have no clue. I'm entering my 2nd month of this abstinence and I couldn't be happier.

Highly recommended!
 

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I get a daily list of multi-million dollar homes/estates in the valley (5M+) for inspiration and design ideas. Every so often I'll look to see who owns the house and see what they do for a living. It's my little form of confirmation bias that never fails me.

Every time, the owner of one these palatial estates is a Fastlaner, or a Slowlaner with massive intrinsic value (doctor, athlete, etc.)

I like making a game of it and guessing what the owner does. Entrepreneur is always the safest, winning bet.

For instance a $9M house just came up for sale in my town.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13950-E-Bighorn-Pkwy-Fountain-Hills-AZ-85268/95103403_zpid/

I guessed entrepreneur.

I looked up the owner and sure enough, inventor/entrepreneur.

https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix...technology-inventor-puts-9m-ultra-modern.html
(Looks like the house was for sale prior as well.)

Point is, you can always trust Fastlane mathematics to be behind big wealth. I wrote about it ten years ago and it still holds true today.
 

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What kinda bullshit is this... and 65,141 likes?
Yikes...

But to spread her infantile opinion, she has no problem using Twitter from her iPhone while squeezing into her Lululemons, surely tweeted from a trendy Starbucks in Portland ... products and services created by billionaires. Or does Jack Dorsey, Tim Cook, and Howard Shultz not apply to her delusions?

These people never practice what they preach, narrow-minded pawns with brains that could be threaded through a needle.

They're about as hypocritical as the animal rights "activist" who has Popeye's for lunch and In-n-Out Burger for dinner. If you were truly interested in animal rights, you wouldn't be stuffing your face with dead animals all hours of the day.

Hate billionaires and rich people? Awesome, then STOP using all their products. But of course, that's too much to ask ... SPEAKING your delusional opinion is different than LIVING your delusional opinion.
 

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Guys just a reminder that political topics/memes, unless discussed within the realm of business and investment (for example, the impact the new Treasury Secretary might have with BTC) is not allowed.

I've let the rules slide lately simply because it has become extremely difficult to separate the two.

I know I haven't done the best lately so I know I'm partly to blame. I'm trying hard to keep this a politics free zone, please try to do your part. Thank you.
 

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Nice to see this, especially since this book is more than 10 years old...

It's aging well!!!

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Wait what!?! Your son! Congrats to you both and welcome Kak Jnr.

Congratulations, I'm assuming new baby? I'm guessing if he was born deaf, you might be eligible for some state-funded special-education services? Perhaps the policy isn't as nefarious as you think, but yea, WTF?

Thanks guys! Yes! New healthy baby and healthy mom.

I have had little for sleep since late Saturday night and then they come talk to me about government mandates on my 1.5 day old son. Gross. GTFOOH creepy communist Uncle Sam.
 
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Very exciting for me to see TMF #1 on the list.

Essence is a huge magazine, the type of thing that could land on Oprah's desk.


Nice holiday gift!
 

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I'm wondering why the f*ck we shut down the entire country for months, just to now allow mass gatherings of people while coronavirus numbers are accelerating.

Chicago and other major cities have been packed the past few days with massive protests leading to riots later in the night.

If you look up articles on coronavirus and protests, the overwhelming bullshit bullshit is that "we need to risk the virus in order to curb police brutality."

Ok... but these issues of social justice (which I would argue don't exist in significant numbers, but that's a different topic), these issues are more important than the economy and people's livelihoods?

There's only two conclusions:

1. Coronavirus is all bullshit - and I'm pissed that we wasted the last 3.5 months shutting down the economy and putting a lot of my friends on the brink of collapse. Or...
2. Coronavirus is a real threat - in which case why the f*ck are we wasting 3.5 months invested into these idiotic gatherings that will spread the virus at rapid rates throughout the U.S.?

I think what I'm most pissed about is the mental fatigue from all this.

Sitting in Chicago for months at end when I want to be abroad, now having a 9pm curfew like I'm 12 years old... and for what?

Not gonna get into politics on the protests, but also pissed at the way these rioters are acting.

I was talking to a successful business owner that has 30ish retail locations in Chicago. Half of them are in malls and have been closed. The other half, he hasn't been able to make rent on consistently waiting for everything to reopen... and now before it's going to reopen, over ten of his stores have been hit and looted. Not only did he lose 4 months of operations, but on top of that he's had his entire inventory wiped out. For a product business owner myself, I understand how drastic that can be. Six figures per store gone + all the time it's going to take to restock and reshelve... but how the f*ck are you going to restock if there's not enough cash? Another loan? How many f*cking loans are you going to have to take to account for other people's bullshit?

I'll end my rant there. Getting tired with all this. Need a vacation.
 

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Wanted to tell the forum that I had a huge success this weekend, but not ready for a thread yet.

Ive had a sports/outdoors-related product in the works for 2 years now, and had little traction in the beginning because of my poor online marketing skills.

This weekend I sucked it up and signed up for a booth at a trade show / outdoor market kind of thing.

Sold 10 products easily (around $500 in sales in one day - my first time to do this). There wasn’t even much foot traffic. People were talking about my product! It was unique at the event I was at.

I’m planning to go to more of these events, give out business cards, print a banner with my brand on it, and direct REAL LIFE customers to my website instead of using the “host and pray” strategy I’ve had in the past.

Effort and hustle really are underrated. I thought I could outsmart the low level process and I was wrong. More to come!

edit: I made a thread: EXECUTION - TheChosen1’s Brand Progress
 
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I kinda miss the old internet around 2005.

it was like the Wild West, nothing had as much of a grand meaning. People just put stuff online because they thought it was cool. Was less serious. You could only access it through PC, and the internet was like this mysterious and esoteric no-man's land that few people understood.

Now it's just like Disneyland. Safer than ever, but the fun is taken out of it. Every place you visit someone is trying to get you to subscribe to an email list. Everything has some political agenda, there's a premium version for more content...

yeah the old internet was fun, but YouTube and Wikipedia is pretty cool, not to mention this forum.
 

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If you live in the Bay Area then it's probably in your best interest to leave

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No!!!!!

Please for the love of God, if one is considering leaving, please don't. Stay!

Stay and work out the solution to your problems with the leaders you continue to elect.

Californification is ruining Arizona and Texas. Not that those states don't have their share of problems, but rampant shit and homeless tents on Broadway is not one of them. Please, don't move and take your *shit* to Arizona, no pun intended. :playful:

We don't want it.
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Got a premium account with MyHeritage. Traced my ancestors back till the 1400's and still +400 matches to check. Very interesting yet time consuming.

Due to my dad's hobby in ancestry... we were able to meet distant cousins of mine in Sweden last summer, and they showed us my great great grandfather's grave in a small farm village. I saw the plot of land he farmed, and I saw the church he went to. I had lunch in the restaurant that now occupies his elementary school.

The impact of coming into contact with your roots gives me chills. It gave me a sense of belonging or significance. Or maybe it's insignificance. Trying to grasp the infinite string of unlikely coincidences that resulted in my existence.


Has anyone else been able to visit the "motherland"... wherever that is for you?
 

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