18 Business Lessons From Bangkok, Thailand

Just wrapped up a mastermind conference here in Bangkok, Thailand with my mastermind group the Dynamite Circle. Below are some quotes I scribbled on my phone during the two days of knowledge bombs. Hope you enjoy:

  1. “Every business has their problems and opportunities for people to solve.” – Brendan Tully
  2. “Don’t launch for money, launch to add value.”- Chris Ducker
  3. “Starting a podcast will make you good at the most important thing at business: communicating.” – Dan Andrews
  4. “Qualify hardcore.” – Brendan Tully
  5. “Revenue is proof you’re valuable to people. Profit is proof you’re doing it wisely.” – Derek Sivers
  6. “When making a decision to do something, does it make you want to say ‘f@#k yeah’?” – Derek Sivers
  7. “No matter what you choose to do, someone will tell you you’re wrong” – Derek Sivers
  8. “When you don’t know you can’t do something, that’s the moment you can.” –  Derek Sivers
  9. “If you can’t convince one person your product is good, you have a problem” – Ian Borders (Merge Pay)
  10. “I don’t always chase tail, but when I do –  I chase the long-tail” – Matthew Newton (Driverless Car HQ)
  11. “Q: Who has the most embarrassing domain name? A:  “howtohaveanorgasmhq.com” – John McIntyre
  12. “If you went to university, you should know this.” – Alexej Friesen (re: 3D vector analysis in advanced SEO)
  13. “You are never finished, but you make the decision to ship.” – Ian Schoen
  14. “Always challenge your assumptions about whats possible in your business.” – Ian Schoen
  15. “Love is not looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.” – Korean saying
  16. “At a certain point, you have to trust your instinct and know you’re on to something” – Dan Andrews
  17. “No Tech Crunch s@%t, that’s not how it works here.” – Dan Andrews (re: giving equity within a bootstrapped biz)
  18. “The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.” – Robert Kiyosaki

For the “value bombs” that I missed, feel free to leave them in the comments!


  1. Excellent summary mate! Need to digest that stuff during the next couple of days/weeks … Was awesome meeting you during the weekend! Keep in touch mate! Stefan

  2. Awesome, thanks for sharing! Although I’m not in the DC (…yet…) there’s a ton of food for thought just in these small nuggets. I especially like #5 and #9… earlier this evening my husband and I were talking about certain large companies that are super-popular and yet not particularly profitable.

          1. Fundação Internacional de Capoeira Angola – the founder and probably the most widely-known mestre in the group is Mestre Cobra Mansa, but the branch here in Bahia is led by Mestre Valmir, who is an absolutely awesome teacher.

            I actually used to have an online capoeira store exporting clothes, instruments, CDs, etc. from Salvador. Sadly it no longer exists, but I continue to be interested in e-commerce and maybe someday in the future I’ll resurrect it!

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