The Paradox Of Success And What It REALLY Takes To Succeed

This entire time, I’ve been wondering why is it that out of all the friends that I’ve helped and all of the friends that helped me..

That I’m all the way out here in Bali living my dream life, meeting amazing friends and having the most amazing spiritual growth journey. .

Yet everyone that I know from my past are still stuck.

In today’s video, let’s talk about what keeps you stuck in life and what it takes to really succeed!

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Many of you guys are probably wondering what is going on with my YouTube channel, where I’m now living or what’s up with all the changes that have been happening.

Find out what it really takes to succeed in life!

I think it’s time for me to tell you the exact reason why everything is changing, I’m changing, the world is changing, and how it’s going to be for the better.

As you can see, I have been teaching people how to become an entrepreneur, make money either online or offline since I was 18 years old and I have to be honest..

It’s been so fulfilling!

I’ve met so many amazing people.

There was a moment in my life when I only had two friends and I was just putting myself out there teaching and adding value..

In finding people with problems and helping them with solutions.

Those have been some of the most amazing events in my life!

It has even allowed me to travel the world and to find my sole tribe where you could be happy and be comfortable with your crazy self where everyone else around you supports the fact that you are being YOU!

None of it would have happened had I have not been on this journey.

But here‘s the thing.. 

And this is what I realized.. 

Many people think that my YouTube channel is just a making money online channel. 

Maybe that’s what you’re here for. .

Perhaps, you came in because you saw one of my contents like, ‘How to Make $300 a Day as a Broke Individual’ or the ‘How to Make $200 a day as a Broke 15 Year Old.’


Even though that was a case and that was initially what got me out of the matrix of the society..

The real reason why I actually wanted a better life wasn’t actually just because of the money.

The reason why I lived a better life wasn’t because I was focused on the money. It was because I was focused on my own personal development.

It’s crazy because I look at some of the comments in my newer videos and what you’ll actually see is a rise in consciousness.

You’ll see a rise in the quality of human beings that are actually watching these videos.

It’s amazing, it’s inspiring and it makes me realize just what I need to do for my channel because for example. .

When I started helping people out when I was 18 years old, when they found out I was making money that’s not from a job or “while doing nothing,” people started asking questions.

Of course, I would tell them how I did it.

The weirdest thing that always separated my idea of what I wanted and the reality that it was and that no one was getting as good results as me..

I started looking deeper into WHY that was the case.


When everyone else was going out there and looking at tactics trying to find the next way to make a quick buck either online or offline, or try to make money fast..

The entire time ever since I was 18 years old, I was always diving inwards in my self-development, in my personal development, and in growing what was inside my head.

Because I know when my mindset grows, everything else around me would grow.

This entire time, I was wondering why is it that out of all the friends that I’ve helped and all the friends that even helped me..

That I’m all the way out here in Bali, living my dream life, meeting amazing friends, having the most amazing spiritual growth journey.. 

Yet everyone that I know from my past are still stuck.

That’s because I was focusing on the personal development.


This is what I realized as I kept on teaching about making money online.

What would usually happen is, some people would become successful but most of the time, 99% of people fail.

It wasn’t actually because of the opportunity.

It was because of the person.

And after dealing with higher level clients that pay me upwards like 10 to 20 grand, I started realizing that I could be there for them.

I could show them the tactics, I could show them the sales funnels, I can show them the marketing, and I show them everything!

But if they are not showing up for themselves every single day and in going through their own crap..

If they don’t actually have what it takes in their mind to get to the next level in overcoming their own fear, anxiety, struggle, limiting beliefs, and their identity..

Then I can be the best person in the world to teach these people but if they’re not there for themselves, then I honestly cannot help.


Tony Robbins talks about it all the time. He said,

“Success is 80% psychology and 20% mechanics.”

The problem with most today is, they’re comparing themselves to other people.

They are actually comparing their insides and their limiting beliefs and their self judgment to other people’s outer successes.

There is a disconnect and we almost forget what it actually means to become successful.

Success doesn’t happen fast. Success doesn’t happen easy.

And if it does, that success is short-lived.

Success happens through most of the time years and years of struggle..

Years and years of pain, of depression, of self-doubt, and of ridicule from your loved ones.

It’s when friends and family think you’re crazy and from people around you thinking that you’re stupid.

How do I know that?

Because they all thought I was stupid.

And it is now moving in a process where I realize that in order for me to actually help people help themselves, I can’t just teach them making money online stuff.

Because yeah, they might make $100 a day, they might even scale $10,000 a day but the question is, will they actually keep it?

It’s kind of like when someone in the lottery wins the lottery from a trailer park.

They maybe making a hundreds of millions of dollars but within a couple years, they’re either broke, depressed or dead.

Because the amount of success was not yet up to par to their level of identity.


The reason why I started shifting away from making money online videos is because it wasn’t really doing anything for the world.

I didn’t feel aligned.

I was bashing myself on the freaking laptop wondering why is it that it is easy for me yet for most people, it is difficult.

It’s because if you see it in the past, I’ve just constantly growing here inside my head.

And remember this..

Your external reality is a reflection of your inner personality.

If you want to change your external reality, you have to first change your internal personality.

And I can’t tell you how many times I would do this. .

I remember back in college when I cannot picture myself out becoming successful.

I didn’t yet believe it and I can’t tell you how many times I read this book, it was called “What to Say When You Speak to Yourself.” 

It’s basically talks about this..

Every single time that you have an internal dialogue, and if you don’t catch it, it’s almost like allowing robbers into your home.

You wouldn’t do that.

Yet every single day, we allow negative thoughts that aren’t our own into our home, and that is in our mind.

I remember when I was just thinking about I was 18, I just started an entrepreneurship and I remember just observing my thoughts for the first time and wondering which thoughts are our minds’ and which aren’t.

I started realizing that I have these negative dialogues in my brain saying ‘oh, you will never become successful Mike.. Don’t do this, your friends are gonna hate on you.. Oh your girlfriend is gonna think you’re crazy.. All your fraternity members are gonna make fun of you. Oh, your parents are gonna think you’re dumb, you should stay as a dentist!’

It was these internal dialogues that was my own fault and that it was my own doing.

Even though I could make some money online, I was never able to grow unless I started growing in my mind.


So I can’t tell you how many times I  tried fixing this internal dialogue.

I can’t tell you how many times that even though it may look like I focus all my time spending on this making money online business..

That is only the tip of the iceberg when 99.99% of everything that I do is focusing on growing the person behind this Mike Vestil.

And that the success that I have is just an example to show just how much I focus on personal mental growth.

It’s crazy because those NEGATIVE THOUGHTS actually causes you to SELF-SABOTAGE. That only means it will prevent you from getting the life that you want.

Just a little backstory..

I remember back when I was a little younger, I have this sleep speaker where it would say the positive affirmations which I recorded with my own voice.

It said things like..

‘I’m worthy. I’m enough. Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better. Success is coming to me in exceeding amounts of quantities in high amounts of quantities. Every single day, I’m living my best life. I attract an abundance of amazing human beings.’

This was a moment in my life when I was broke and I had no money in my bank account when I had two friends.

And I just felt lost, stuck, and scared because I had no idea what I was going to do for my future..

I had no idea what I was gonna do that was gonna fulfill me.

And many of the times I was sitting there scared worrying if I actually made the right choice and if I should have just stayed with dentistry..

The only reason why I was able to move forward wasn’t because I watched the making money online video.


It wasn’t because I FOUND A WAY to make $100 a day as a broke individual like the YouTube videos that I’ve been making.

It was because I stumbled about concepts like personal development, quantum leaping, meditation, and understanding that the thoughts in your brain are powerful and your thoughts are like a garden.

If you put that metaphor into context where your mind is like a garden..

If I don’t actively take weeds out of the garden, then the weeds will infest the entire garden and it will duplicate and replicate in extremely crazy rapid amounts of seed!

We have this thing called the garden of the mind where every single day, we’d sprout up.

The only problem is we do not actually do any weeding. We do not take these negative thoughts out.

And because of that, when it comes to an opportunity, we are not prepared for it.

Maybe you see other people in your life and they’re making a lot of money. .

They’re going from charging hourly to charging $5000 to $10,000 for their services.

How come they’re doing it and you can do it but then you’re still feeling disbelief, nervousness or anxiety thinking that you aren’t worthy of it?

That’s because you’re FOCUSING on the OPPORTUNITY, but you’re not focusing on yourself.

Let me tell you this..

If you want to 10x or 100x the size of your bank account like I did when I was younger, it wasn’t because of what I saw on a making money online video.

It’s because I started studying concepts from people like Jim Rohn’s or Bob Proctor who were actually diving deep in their mind.

I had no idea what to do with my business, it was going down and everything else was failing.

And instead of me going out there, I wasn’t trying to find a making money online video.

I was looking at things like quantum leaping, meditation, understanding the mind and how I can change the inner reality to reflect the outer reality that I wanted.


It’s because making money online videos was not what changed my life.

So why would I keep on making those videos if that wasn’t what actually changed my life.

Though some people are still making money for several hundreds of dollars a day but the thing is, it’s all based on the opportunity and sometimes the opportunity isn’t as long-lasting.


If a billionaire lost all his money like Donald Trump..

Even though he might be bankrupt for a year, he’ll always get it back.

Because you could take away the business from a man, but you cannot take away the man from the business.

Once you understand that, you create the abundance and the life that you want!

But first you have to deal with what’s in your head.

Because for me, it’s not the money online videos that shifted my life, it’s the personal development videos.

That is why from now on, though there will be some business advice but what you will see is actually more of a HUMAN TO HUMAN CONNECTION..

Me versus you..

Me with you..

And understanding that everything that you need isn’t out there, it isn’t in the making money online videos, it’s first reflecting with your mind.

For you to see the fruits of the labor like how some trees produce their fruits, you need to understand that the roots need to be 10x to 20x deeper on the ground.

The problem with most people right now is, it’s fairly easy to make money online but it’s another thing to keep it because the roots need to shove for it.

The only way to develop your roots is through hardships and failure and most especially..

It’s through going through your own truth seeking mission on two things:

  1. What you were put on this earth to do.
  2. What are you willing to do to get it and;
  3. What are the things that you were actively doing to invest in yourself to learn and to grow as a person.

That’s all for now and I hope that helps!

I’ll see you guys on my next blog.

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