The internet ain’t what it used to be.
I remember some years ago when my site was banned in China and the Middle East.
So what, I thought? They are the most censorious nations on earth. I live in the West, I’ve nothing to worry about. I just give men advice on travel and dating. What harm was that?
Boy, was I wrong.
The first warning shot came when I was living in New York when an employer fired me because of a horde of radical feminists complained about my content. Helping men “get laid” was grossly sexist and offensive, apparently.
That was the beginning of cancel culture in America.
Little did I know that masculinity itself was about to become politicized, and during the 2016 election cycle, all hell would reign down.
The 2016 Purge
First, they came for Roosh V, author of several men’s travel guides that I profited off as an affiliate. Paypal banned him and overnight, one of my most reliable (albeit modest) income streams dried up.
The ban came as a result of a series of media attacks against Roosh, his sites, and his followers. Looking for an Irish angle, the mainstream media put me in their crosshairs, prompting me to take legal action against the Sunday World for libel.
SJWs and the PC babies of silicon valley had put the manosphere/red pill movement on their kill list, and suddenly it felt like I had a castle built on sand.
Amazon began banning books, payment services continued shutting down accounts, and social media companies began purging all those upset the status quo.
This is the world we now live in, and the future looks bleak.
Men like me needed to plan for our futures. I needed stability. I needed to diversify… online AND offline.
Real estate, design jobs, crypto, p2p loans, matched betting, ETFs… I began stacking cash in all directions and consumed a ton of books on investing and finance.
But the best returns on your money? 12% on a hot foreign condo is nice, but if you want to make REAL money, you have to build a business.
Back to Basics
So I did what my father did, and my grandfather did before him… and what others have done since the epic of Gilgamesh.
I became an Irish stereotype and sold beer.
Last month, I celebrated my first year since the opening of my first bar/restaurant concept.
While 90% of startups fail in their first year, I expanded rapidly.
The bar was an instant success and soon I attracted investors. This summer, I partnered to open a second location double the size of the first AND acquired a tidy import and distribution company. Like my first venture, we hit the ground spiriting. Now I’ve turned a small investment into a modest empire turning over more than half a million euros a year. Not too shabby.
Combined with the income from my real estate investment and other investments, I can finally give my enemies the middle finger.
Maybe I’m dumb to not focus on the screen game. Offline you have to work harder and you’re less flexible, but I’m at that stage in my life where that doesn’t bother me anymore. In 2019, I still got to travel to awesome locations like Colombia, Nepal and Central Asia. You can get the balance right.
But more importantly, I’ve become anti-fragile, and you know what?
It feels good.