Why You Are Not Successful

By Maverick · April 23, 2015  — Leave a comment

Few years ago, the one place you’d always find a tech geek like me was a particular tech community. It was filled with guys who either ran successful startups or aspired to run successful startups. One of the more well-known guys (in fact, he was a celebrity because he supposedly ran a couple of small online […]

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I’ve written before about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and its influence on my life. I know a thing or two about it—I started training over 8 years ago. Not only is it a great physical activity and a form of self-defense, but it also teaches you very important elements that are applicable to pretty much any […]

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Traveling and living in many countries around the world allows you understand the local culture at a very deep and profound level. And one of the key differences between America (and other Western countries) and non-Western countries (e.g., Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East, etc) is that in the latter, people seem to mature and grow up much, much quicker. For […]

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Finding Your Own Heaven On Earth

By Maverick · April 15, 2015

When I was growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I always dreamed of living in San Francisco. I still have no idea why. Maybe it was because I’ve seen pictures of the city’s amazing scenery. Maybe it was the environment of being surrounded by other tech geeks like myself. Maybe it was the sunny California weather. Maybe it was a […]

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This is a podcast I wanted to do for a very long time. It’s about a subject I’m very passionate about: learning foreign languages. I currently speak four languages fluently: English, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish. I also understand/speak another three languages on a basic level: French, Lithuanian and a bit of Italian. In this podcast, I […]

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This is a companion podcast to the post I recently wrote about personal capital. Here are some of the things I talk about: How do you know when you have personal capital? The basic mistake people make in human interactions. How having personal capital prevents you from being a beggar. What is the nonchalant attitude? […]

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As an American guy with an Eastern European mentality, one thing I could never understand is why Americans almost never negotiate when buying things. The rest of the world sure does. Actually, in the rest of the world negotiating is as common as breathing; fixed prices are just asking to be verbally renegotiated. Latin Americans, Eastern Europeans, Middle […]

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Personal Capital

By Maverick · April 7, 2015

Long time ago, I called up a friend and asked him for advice on a particular problem. I don’t remember the exact nature of the conversation, but I’ll never forget his response in the end. After listening him speak for several minutes, I finally cut him off and told him I had to run. My […]

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I’ve been to over 70 countries in the world, but out of all of those countries, there’s one country that truly stands above the rest: Brazil. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world—if not the most favorite. Why? The amazing and friendly women, the warm weather and the savory food. But you know all that. […]

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For a guy who supposedly runs a travel blog, I read very few other travel blogs. Well, at least I used to several years ago. But I can’t remember the last time I read one. Sure, I’m no longer the whippersnapper of my youth who is going from city to city, country to country while […]

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