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New Year Resolutions 2018

2018 is the year I reap the harvest I’ve sown for the last few years.

So how did I do concerning last year’s resolutions? To remind you they were:

  1. Finish the first draft of my Mexican Pirate Book by June 1st
  2. Build to €25,000 in savings.
  3. Visit 4 new countries

So how did I do?

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  1. A+ | Check. I finished the first draft a month early.
  2. A+ | Smashed it. Thanks to crypto gains and an enlightening chat with a mortgage advisor, I not only made my goal but sped up my life plans by nearly a whole year, investing in my first piece of real estate.
  3. B | 3 out of 4. I was a country short and only visited three new countries: Colombia, Canada and Iran.

Here are my goals for 2018.

1. Get the Keys to My New Real Estate Investment

Vacation Rental Investment | Best Places To BuyConstruction has been painfully slow and behind schedule, but luckily the delay will only cost me  my patience.

The May deadline will likely be pushed back significantly. At this stage if I get the keys by the end of the year I’d be happy.

Regardless, because I bought on plan, I’ll automatically be up 30k the day I get the keys. It’s a central two-bedroom apartment a two minute walk from the seafront. Aside from the capital appreciation, it will produce handsome returns and some nice passive income.



2.  Publish My New Mexican Pirate Book
(Or at least finish the editing process)

I’m one month away from finishing the first round of edits and then it’s on to copyediting (which should take 6-9 months).

My biggest delay right now is that I’m waiting on friends to make amendments. Cover is already done. Ideally I’d like an October release, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I want to make sure this book is awesome for you guys, so I’m taking my time and doing it right.

Worst case scenario I have to hold off for an early release in 2019.

3.  Visit at least 3-4 new countries

Capital Capitals: Asia – Material WorldI’ve already booked 4 trips for 2018, but all of them are in Europe (a continent I’ve already dominated). I honestly have no idea what the newbies will be, but I’m looking east.

As I said in year in review 2017 I’d like to go to at least one ‘hotspot’ like North Korea or Afghanistan. Other destinations I’m eyeing up are South and East Asia. I might also be moving to Thailand for a month to train MMA with my brothers. We shall see…

4.  Make Six Figures in Crypto 

Which Cryptocurrency Will Be the Most Popular in 2017 ...This is probably overly ambitious, but fuck it.

I 10xed my portfolio last year (by investing in bitcoin and other cryptos) and if the market continues it’s bull run there is no reason I can’t do it again.

I made a ton of mistakes last year (I could have 30xed) and I’ve learned from them. I’ve taught myself how to trade, do fundamental and technical analysis, and now I’ve no excuses.

Obviously this goal depends on the market, but right not I’m thriving in it.

To the mother-fucking moooooon!

Want to get started in trading cryptos? Get started with Coinbase, then sign up to an exchange like Binance or Kucoin.


What’s your New Year Resolutions?

Take a look at some these other resources for inspiration.

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10 Responses to New Year Resolutions 2018

  1. 8QBall January 13, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    Great read Mark, congrats on the investments, would like to learn how to trade and also get into crypto, any chance you could point me in the right direction

    • Mark Zolo January 25, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      I will do some content related to this 🙂

  2. Iñigo January 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

    Hey Mark. Happy new year. I’m curious… Do you short trade bitcoin and altcoins or are you a holder?

    • Mark Zolo January 25, 2018 at 10:38 am #

      I don’t short. I look for long term value holds.

  3. Billyboyballs January 19, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    Dam man like clockwork. Whats ur daily routine

    • Mark Zolo January 25, 2018 at 10:36 am #

      Get up around 9, work on my laptop on various projects (writing, freelance, side hustles), hit the gym/BJJ. Nothing overly exciting right now.

  4. JJ January 26, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    Didn’t really make a resolutions but on Sunday I land in my 3rd new country so far in 2018

  5. RWR February 5, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    Congratulations on the success. Really looking forward to hearing about some of the “hotspot” places.

    Any plans to post some insight into the process behind your real estate investment?

    • Mark Zolo February 8, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

      No really much of a process. Bought on plan, got financing, put down 10%.

  6. Lee February 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm #

    Are you crazy? Don’t go to North Korea unless you don’t want to come back. btw I am in Belgrade for the first time and I think the girls here are ugly

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