I just arrived in Oslo, Norway to give a presentation at the Oslo Business School on the future of outsourcing and work on my company “YouSpin” that is merging with 2 other companies. On that note YouSpin is open to investments with the minimum starting at $4000,- dollars. If this is of interest to you please reply to this email and we will send you more information.

*I always keep a skull on my desk to remind me of “Memento Mori”

Flying reminds me of how little control we actually have in our lives and how dependent we are on each other for coexistence. What I do every time I get on an airplane is to spend the time focusing on everything I´m grateful for in my life. I spend the time from we hit the runway until I hear the unfasten seatbelt “ding” with closed eyes going through everything I´m grateful for. I go through little things like access to clean water to big things like feeling grateful to my heart keeping me alive every day and the people in my life that I love.

This typically takes anything from 10-15 minutes and shifts my state from worry/fear to appreciation. Next time you are fearful try shifting your focus from fear to gratitude. I do this every time I´m about to go on stage and speak. Instead of being fearful of making mistakes or not remembering something, I focus on being grateful to the people that are listening and for the opportunity to add value to the world. Gratitude is very powerful, because it´s the opposite energy of fear.

“Dream as if you´ll live forever. Live as if you´ll die today.” James Dean
Ever since my panic attack I have tried to live every day as it was my last and dreamt like I would live forever in good James Dean fashion. Remembering that I will die helps me focus and give clarity to the aspects of lifethat are really important to me. I find death to be an extremely useful productivity tool because the little things that used to zap my energy and drain my focus fade away in the face of death. (If you have found this part of the newsletter a bit morbid there is a funny cartoon at the bottom that will cheer you up.)

“And this leads us back to death. Steve Jobs, in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, said that ‘everything falls away in the face of death’, leaving only the truly important things behind it. Pride, greed, lust and – most importantly – the ego disappears, and you are left with an understanding of what you love. ” Never Work Again – Bakke 2014

To watch the full Steve Jobs Stanford Commencements Address click here 

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The Secret Life of Entrepreneurs: Seven Habits That’ll Keep You Alive

“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

That means getting and staying rich is based on our habits. The same principle also goes for our health, friendships, mindset and so on and so forth. I always think about compound interest when I consider taking action. I ask myself the question; Will this action help me get what I want long term? Here are some of my daily habits that I do every single day;

  • 8 hours sleep – First 4 they body heals and repairs itself, the last 4 are for resting
  • 0,5 Liters of Water – Your body is dehydrated when you wake up. Drink water to rehydrate and start your bowls again. (This is MUCH more effective than coffee! Coffee has the opposite effect, because it dehydrates you.)
  • Breathing Meditation – Start the day with a clear and calm mind so you can FOCUS
  • 20 Minute Walk – I go for a walk every single day because it´s really important to move. I typically do incantations and visualisation when I go for my walk.
  • Green/Alkaline food for Breakfast and Lunch – What you eat defines how much energy you have and how great you feel.
  • Journal – Write down what positive habits you did, what you are grateful for and what you want in your life.

These habits help me on a daily basis, but over time I know their effect will be MASSIVE as they are compounding for me every single day. Because I now do them on autopilot I don´t even have to think about them.

Have you ever found yourself wanting to go to the gym, save some money, or make that sales call? Well the fact is that from one day to the next it won´t make much of a difference in your life if you do follow through on that one thing, BUT over time your choices become massive!

To best illustrate my point I have decided to show you my personal saving plan that I make in index funds every single month. (I´m actually transferring 1250,- Nok a week to get the best average on the index funds.) The trick here is to set up the money transfer to be the day after you receive your paycheck and never ever, EVER touch this money!

The return after 10 years is ok, but not massive. After 20 years the return is really starting to show, but after 30 years the return is massive compared to the amount I had after 10 years of saving.


Now compare this to everything in your life, health, spirituality, friendships, financial education, world travel etc.
It works exactly the same way! Why do you think most successful entrepreneurs make it large in their 40s and 50s…that´s the amount of time to gets excellent at something. However if you want to reap the rewards you need to make that little habit today, or you won´t have the massive positive effect in 10-20 or 30 years!


To learn more about positive habits you can listen to my interview with Eban Pagans business partner James Mielnik for FREE by clicking here. I have implemented many of these habits in my life and they work very well!

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Powerful Habits for Entrepreneurs by Eben Pagan
Eban recommends changing only ONE habit at a time. I think this is excellent advice as changing to many things at once results in overwhelm which is something we don´t want.

On my Kindle
The Sligth Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success by Jeff Olson
Life changing read about how little habits compound in your life and make all the difference. Little habits matter massively and this book explains book explains why and was a real eye opener for me when I read it 4 years ago. Hope you get as much out of the book as I do. (I still read it now and again to remember.)
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74/1000 – The Bucket List

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Eliminating Fear in Entrepreneurship

I´m sending this email from one of the best extreme sport locations in Utah called Moab (Arches National Park). I´m here on a workation (basically my business pays for my trip because I do some work while I´m here…) to do some off-roading and other outdoor activities for a few days. I have never done sky diving because I´m fearful of it. Maybe this time I´ll do it!?! What are your fears?

FEAR was a big part of my life the first 4 years I was in business.
Here were some of my fears;
Would the clients cancel their contracts?
Could I pay the bills?
Would my employees quit on me?
What if I failed?

As entrepreneurs we have to manage our fears or they can lead to panics attacks (and as you maybe know I have had that) and possibly a lot worse conditions like cancer, heart attack etc. The good news is that by understanding fear on a deeper level we can move past it. Tony Robbins says that FEAR in the modern world stands for False Evidence (that) Appears Real.

I had a very big a-ha moment last month about fear. In fact I became so excited about the solution to mastering my fears that I want to write a book about fear. The formula is very simple and it starts with reprogramming my mind with a simple sentence; “I can handle it.”
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Virtual Team

Everything changed for me when I started outsourcing to the Philippines. I started with just ONE person. Based on that one person I have been able to build a high 6 figure business over the last couple of year whilst travelling the world and living the freedom lifestyle.

What I suggest to all clients is to start with that ONE person that I call a General Virtual Assistant or GVA. The first question you need to ask yourself is; What tasks am I currently doing that are repetitive and what tasks are project based? Repetitive tasks are the ones that your business typically does, daily, weekly or monthly. Once you identify what these are you need to train your GVA on how to do these. You will need to go through a phase of show, train, measure, but in a short space of time you will start getting results!

The next task for a GVA is to start recruiting your virtual team that should consist of; web designer, graphic designer, SEO expert, audio/video editor, content writer and any other person you think you may need to drive your business forwards. (see picture below) Another question you should ask yourself consistently is “how can I NOT do this”!

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You are about to hand in that resignation letter that has occupied all your waking hours these last few weeks. You are very excited to start your own business. You could hardly wait for the day you can make your own decisions and be calling the shots instead of just responding to your boss’ instructions.  However, before you head to the HR office, have you considered the following issues?

How committed are you to your plan?
Daydreams do not often reflect reality. Beautifully hatched plans in the drawing board of your head will not look the same once they are stripped of romanticism. Starting a business requires the firm resolution to do whatever it takes and this is not always fun. It may entail much inconvenience and frustrations. Are you willing to meet these challenges and more?

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71/1000 Bucket List – Climb up to the Sålekinna summit in Femundsmarka’

Erlend Bakke Author of the 1# Amazon International Bestseller ‘Never Work Again

Hi Erlend Bakke here founder of  and author of the International Best Seller “Never Work Again”.

Today I’ve done something on my bucket list which is climbing  this beautiful mountain as you can see here that is the summit back there. This mountain is 1595 meters high we came from back there so what do we have to learn from this.

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70/1000 Bucket List – Kayak underneath Aker Brygge & See Oslo from the Fjord 1

Erlend Bakke Author of the 1# Amazon International Bestseller ‘Never Work Again

Hi Erlend Bakke here founder of and author of International Best Seller “Never Work Again”.

Today I am actually in a Kayak here in the Oslo Fjord and behind me you can see the beautiful, beautiful Oslo Fjord this is one thing on my bucket list I’ve been on this Fjord many, many times before but I’ve never been actually Kayaking on it. Behind here in front of my left a place called Shaw Holman and his got a place where he has a couple of Kayaks, he just goes out in Kayak’s around in beautiful Oslo Fjord.

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69/1000 The Bucket List – Cafe Pushkin, Moscow

Erlend Bakke Author of the 1# Amazon International Bestseller ‘Never Work Again

Hi Erlend Bakke here founder of and author of International Best Seller “Never Work Again”.
Today I’m at Café Pushkin in Moscow and the interesting thing about Café Pushkin is they actually got opened in 1999 on the Tverskoy Boulevard in Moscow and it was a famous French composer that made a song. The composer is called Gilbert Becaud and he wrote a song called “Café Pushkin”

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68/1000 The Bucket List – Visit Moscow’s Seven Sisters

Erlend Bakke Author of the 1# Amazon International Bestseller ‘Never Work Again

Hi Erlend Bakke here founder of and author of International Best Seller Book Never Work Again.
I’m in Moscow at the moment crossing off things on my bucket list and in the background right there. You can see one of the Skyscrapers that start and built during the 2050’s. He built them sort of as a something that start in New York and He also wanted Moscow to have same kind of magnificent buildings. So he built this seven of this monuments in Moscow and this is one of them this is the University you have another six behind me here. This is a viewpoint above Moscow you can actually get a cable car up here and then you can see the whole city.

It’s really cool to be in Moscow taking it all and the history seeing what a magnificent country it is. I have a great time here with a couple more days left. When your here check out the Moscow’s seven sisters and their magnificent buildings. It’s really cool to see them all for one place.

Thank you watching this video Erlend Bakke here signing out from beautiful Moscow. Byebye!

67/1000 The Bucket List – Visit Gum’s Historical Bathroom in Russia

Erlend Bakke Author of the 1# Amazon International Bestseller ‘Never Work Again

Hi Erlend Bakke here founder of and author of the International Best Seller Never Work Again.
This is probably the most dirty bucket list video ever I’m gonna make but it’s actually from the Historical Bathroom and the gum shopping center in Moscow so that’s something to cross off from your bucket list to go into the Historical restroom in the gum shopping center in Moscow. Dirty, Dirty but I did it and it was beautiful I took my time and it cost 4 pounds to go there.

So Happy! Happy enjoy! Bye-Bye!