Hey all, My name's Tom Belfort. I'm not going to go into my background as it's not relevant or exciting. You can get to know me through my journey. All that's important is that I've learned some key lessons about happiness and success that have lead me to where I am now. I'll share my insights here to begin with as they're fundamental to this journey. Happiness is the starting point, not the goal.This isn't really something people can be told. You have to experience it for yourself. Money and possessions don't lead to happiness. Happiness is a state of being that comes from within and results in fountains of creative energy that you can use to build your business, get fit, excel in a sport, learn science or do almost anything you'd like to do. To be happy just decide to be happy. Let go of wants, needs and musts and just feel alive in the moment, then when you feel good, get to work. Adding value and being of service to others and the world leads to success.The feeling of having added something useful to the world is wonderful. The point of business isn't to just get stuff for yourself, but to create things that make the world a little better. This is is often very misunderstood. It doesn't mean you have to set out to save the world. If you build an adsense site about the best acne products and put time and energy into your research so that you produce information that's helpful then you've added value to the world. If your 3 hours of research allows someone to find a product that's helpful in 10 minutes then the world is a better place. What you promote doesn't have to be super-beneficial. As long as it's not harmful and provides at least a slightly positive benefit then you've been of service to the world. Simple. Intelligence and knowledge mean very little. Focusing on these things tends to lead to frustration, perfectionism, lack of productivity, procrastination and a host of other failure-based activities. Persistence, resilience and confidence mean everything.These qualities are what's important. Act now. 80/20 rule. Make mistakes. Don't worry about something being wrong. Just dive into the river and see where it takes you and keep swimming no matter what. Passion, enthusiasm and excitement.Don't do X to get Y. Do X because you enjoy X. Doing something you hate to get something you love doesn't work, or in cases where it does it takes years of suffering and hard work. Do something you at least enjoy a little, preferably something you really get a buzz from. For most, if you can only take one thing from all that it's to be confident and persistent. Those 2 things alone will lead you to success. I'd like to say hello and thanks to royserpa too. His journey served as inspiration for my own. It's not his success that's inspired me, but the fact he went through 18 months of what he personally described as 'hell' before finally achieving financial success. I've never seen anyone in online marketing endure that many failures and letdowns continue and not only succeed, but have his profits literally explode. Watching the change in him from start to finish is very cool. It shows us that someone can go from a failing noob to an online marketing superstar very quickly if they keep persisting. Here he is in early august, http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...0-day-yt-ppd-more-methods-15.html#post7089748 after working for a year. "Earnings: $0 Profit: $0" for his youtube video, crap rankings for his silo site he created in feb of that year, "It seems getting to page 1 is truly hard lol."pretty much failures across the board on everything he's tried at this point. Fast forward 5 months to 10th Jan '15 and he's on his second journey to $350/day,"Update #5: Hit first $350+ day! ". Awesome stuff. If anyone's ever feeling like giving up just go and read his journey. Best journey I've seen in years. So.. Now that's my philosophy on life and business out the way. I'll discuss what it is I'd like to do here. I'd like to do something quite unique. I'd like to document my entire journey of building an empire. My empire isn't about getting personally rich, although I love money, experiences and luxury of course. It's simply about having fun and doing something with my energy each day. To add a little bit of value to the world and maybe solve some problems for people. Other than that one of my personal passions is to help others achieve financial freedom. That's why I'm doing this journey. In 10 years people will be able to follow it and see the struggles I went through and how I never gave up. This blackhatworld journal is the first, but I'll continue it on my blog over the years and perhaps one day write a book about the entire journey, referring back to this first journal. Thanks for reading and welcome to the start of the journey. I hope you have fun following me. In the next post I'll outline phase 1 of my plan and what I intend to achieve over the next 10 months.