Dillon Carter

Entrepreneur, Hacker and Future Mad Scientist 🚀☕

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My experience taking Smart Drugs for a whole week

My Week on Smart Drugs and One Year Update on Performance

Over the past few years, I have been interested in Nootropics or what is normally called “Smart Drugs”. My fascination began with the 4 Hour Work Week as Tim Ferriss speaks on the subject. He does speak openly about his use of these drugs via his blog and various Youtube videos and podcast interviews.
 
My fascination grew larger after watching the movie Limitless. The sheer thought of enhancing my brain was intriguing and exciting, although the movie completely exaggerates nootropic usage. Because of my lack of knowledge and access to these drugs, I have sat on the bench for some time. At least, until this week.
 
After focusing a bit more research on the subject, I decided to give it a go and test a specific, “beginner friendly”, Nootropic. After reading countless reviews and case studies using a stack of CILTEP and Smart Caffeine by Natural Stacks, I made my purchase. Within a few days (Yesterday), I received my package.
 
In my following words, I will share my first experience using a Nootropic stack.

 

Day 1 – Starting the Smart Drug Journey:

 
I woke up on Sunday (Fathers Day) and took my first dose of CILTEP. I took my three pills and one pill of the Smart Caffeine. My initial response was difficult to determine as real results or placebo effects. After a few hours, I became more talkative with my family, interested in discussion and an overall feeling of mental clarity.
 
My day progressed with ongoing mental clarity as I became aware of everything.
 
At 8pm I took another 2 pills of the Smart Caffeine to test the effects. I could tell right away the CILTEP and Smart Caffeine began working. My TV was off, little distraction and I just became focused. I quickly read through two chapters of my current book and another four chapters of a book I have been meaning to read.
While I read, my mind ran wild with the theories provided on its pages. Then, I sat down to write the first part of this post. That’s right. I’m writing this post while on full production mode from smart drugs.
 
Although it doesn’t seem like I accomplished much today, I have been more focused, active mentally and motivated to do more than usual. I am faced with the fact that I am incredibly unproductive when it comes to tackling tasks.

 

Day 2 – Smaller Experience:

 
I took the same dosage as day one with less noticeable effects. I took my final exam for personal training and passed. I highly doubt this was a result of the nootropic as I studied for three plus months. As before, I don’t seem to feel anything within the first few hours.
 
I still feel a bit more on my game than usual and less distracted and on task so something is working. I feel like I should see more results from the stack, but time will tell. I may also need to experiment with dosages and find the right amount to take.

 

Day 3 – Adding Smart Caffeine:

 
I decided to switch things up a bit and see if it alters the effects. As stated before, I didn’t feel much in the morning. The directions say to take the dosage with an empty stomach. I opted to wait until eating something before taking my dose.
 
This change, turned out to work much better. I became more focused, clear and articulate as I did on day one. Things seemed to connect in my mind and I seem to recall knowledge much quicker.
 
The Smart Caffeine influences work load. Throughout the day I am clear and focused but when I need to buckle down and knock out a task with ease, I take 2 Smart Caffeine pills and I get to work.
 
So far, I’m really enjoying this stack and its effects. I have been looking for more research, resources and case studies on nootropics for future use. The more I learn about smart drugs the more interesting it becomes. There are many types and for many uses. Some for better sleeping, some for more focus and even some for better creativity.
The more I research the more I find out who use them. Some of our most successful CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs take nootropics to keep them focused and working 14+ hour days. Some of our most influential writers and authors take smart drugs that directly influence their creativity.
 
Some may see smart drugs as cheating but I see them as a great asset. You are able to work at your peak performance and make the best progress possible. Talk about a great investment.

 

Day 4 – Increased Recall:

 
Today I write from my local Starbucks a my room felt cluttered and restricted. Just as yesterday, I decided to alter the variables in my little experiment. I ate more food before my dosage and also waiting till around 10:30. I did not feel much today other than the usual clearness and general focus.
 
Around 5pm I felt incredibly tired, although I had enough sleep. Not sure what the root cause of this was as I am not a nap taker at all.
 
At 7pm I took another dose of Smart Caffeine to get some work done, including this post. I feel good, on track and focused. I know my environment plays a huge part in how focused I am. A combination of coffee shop and smart drugs may be the key to my productive survival.
 
I feel as though I should feel something more, but the feeling is not the end result we want. What we want is results. It doesn’t matter if we feel focused and productive but that we are focused and productive. The best way to determine if this stack works is by determining if I accomplished more than I normally would. Which is true at this point.
I’ve been able to sit down and read for longer periods of time without distraction and with more understanding of its content. I have been able to recall more information in a time of need or articulation. Overall, I believe this stack is doing what it was intended to do.
 
I have no pounding heart beat or OCD style focus. I am clear, concise, focused and alert. Not exactly.

 

Day 5 – Clarity with Side Effects:

 
Last day for my five-day experiment and things seemed fine until I went to the gym. Now, this whole week I have been going to lift weights for about an hour long duration. Today I took my dosage a bit later in the day and worked out much earlier, shortening the time between the two. About half way through my workout I felt like my heart was pounding a bit more than usual.
On top of that I was breathing much heavier than I normally would. I also took in less Carbs than I typically would before working out, so I cannot blame the stack for this effect. It could have been a culmination of many variables. Of which, the stack may have had no part in.
 
For the remainder of my day I felt the usual clarity and awareness. My mind stayed on track and focused on accomplishing what I needed to get done.

 

Conclusion:

 
I have to admit that this stack was a great experience. It’s also important to note that this stack will take a few weeks before finding its optimal level. So, given more time the results will expand.
 
Here is a quick glance at my experience and effects:
  • Clarity
  • Awareness
  • Mental Focus
  • Task Accomplishment
  • Felt Better Emotionally (less anxiety than normal)
  • Lack Of Influence By Distractions While Working
  • Quick Connects Between Thoughts and Past Information
 
Overall, I felt and continue to feel amazing while taking this stack. I will however take two days off each week from the stack to see what happens. There are many more Nootropics that you can take depending on what effects you want. For me, being more focus, direct and clear while working is a very high priority. I got exactly what I needed and expected.
 
Check out CILTEP + Smart Caffeine stack as it is hands down the best (IMO) nootropic for a beginner.
 

Follow-up:

One Year Later:
It’s been roughly a year or more since I wrote this post. My most popular and commented on post, and I wanted to give my readers a bit of an update. This week long experience wasn’t left in my past. I now routinely take some form of “Smart Drug” or Nootropic, although not every single day. I’ve also begun to hack my sleeping routine, increased my reading speed 10x and have honestly changed the way I think about life.
 
Fast forward from the week that started it and I’ve excelled in college, started a profitable and growing online business, travel hacked my way through Oregon and Paris, France and much more.
That week was merely the beginning to something quite incredible. I’m not saying this new life is due to smart drugs by any means, but it has allowed me to grow into some amazing knowledge and experiences so far.
 

Resources:

 

How We Spent Four Days In Oregon For $25

This is a repost of an article I wrote for http://10xTravel.com/ which you should absolutely subscribe to!

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Hey guys!

 

I recently got back from a four-day trip to Oregon with my girlfriend. From hot springs to waterfalls to snow capped mountains, it was was an amazing adventure.

 

I had been sitting on some points for a while and finally had a short break from class, so we quickly decided to book a trip. The whole booking process took less than an hour.

 

 

As everyone knows, trying to make time to travel can be particularly frustrating, so we booked this three months in advance. As a budding entrepreneur, this gave me enough lead time to ensure I had everything in place so I could relax on my vacation.

 

For those who don’t think you can take the time away from work, I’m here to tell you that it is possible. With a little planning, you can not only take a great vacation, but enjoy it too!

How I try to sleep on a six hour flight at 6am

 

In total, we took six flights over the course of 5 days to get from Florida to Oregon and back. Thanks to this experience, I now know that I’m terrible at sleeping on planes.

 

Even after staying up the night before our 6am flight (for some reason), I still couldn’t sleep.

 

Pro-tip: staying awake for 28 hours is a terrible idea. Don’t do it.

 

Who knew it would be such a journey to fly from Florida to a small city in Oregon…

https://vimeo.com/191062606

 

Here’s How We Did It

 

To book our flights, lodging and rental car, we used the following points:

  • Capital One Venture – 50,000 points
  • Chase UR (transferred to United) – 40,000 points

 

 

If you want to read the complete post, click here

Millionaire Math: How To Systematically Become a Millionaire Without Doing Anything

Side Note: I’m not a millionaire… So it may seem a bit wrong of me to describe how to become a millionaire to my readers, but really think about the logic of my words. This is the math and how to automate that math. 

 

It’s almost Christmas and I cannot be more excited for the coming new year! I’ve finally completed my AA degree and will be transferring to complete my BA in Information Systems soon. I can finally mark that off of my “Yearly Goals” list. I’ve been watching my girlfriend craft some amazingly festive peices like the “count down to Christmas” peice above, which gets me super into the holidays.

 

I wrote this post a while ago actually, but it just seems right to publish it now. I haven’t edited anything except adding this introduction and I believe it gets to the core of becoming wealthy, what’s required, in an easily digestible way and we’ll need to start with a story…

 

There once were two men; Bansir and Kobbi. These two men lived in ancient Babylon, rumored to be the wealthiest city in history. Bansir was a chariot maker and Kobbi was a musician. One evening Bansir and Kobbi realized how poor they truly were. Each had a talent and the ability to earn more, but money seemed to escape them consistently.

 

On this evening Bansir recalled the richest man in Babylon, Arkad, whom they grew up with. Bansir and Arkad had the same level of education and began with the same amount of money. Yet, one was the richest man in Babylon while the other struggled deeply.

 

Bansir went to the home of Arkad and asked why this was the case. Arkad told Bansir what he had done to become the richest man in the city and how any man can do the same. He followed the laws of money strictly and gave Bansir the first rule he must follow. Save no less than one-tenth of which you earn. He instructed Bansir to do so and to come back within a few weeks.

 

A few weeks had passed and Arkad asked what had happened to Bansir. Bansir responded that he had done as instructed; saving no less than one-tenth of his earnings. Arkad had taught Bansir the first rule of building wealth. Saving a percentage of money no matter what allowed Bansir to “fatten his purse” and build his first taste of wealth.

 

Such a simple rule to follow yet most of us fail miserably to follow it. What would happen if you saved 10%, 15% or even 20% of everything you earned over the course of a year? Would you be a wealthier person? Would you be able to pay off all debts?

 

 

The Basics of Living Within Your Means

 

We hear this all the time, but never put much real thought into it. Is living within your means actionable advice? What about saving no less than one-tenth (10%)? Could you start saving no less than 10% this week? Of course you could! So start!

 

By simply saving 10% you are ensuring that you do not spend 100% of what you make. This ladies and gentlemen is how early stages of wealth is built. It’s not by making some amazing stock pick or hitting the lottery. There is a system to building wealth, one that anyone can follow if he so desires.

 

I remember when I first learned this rule and began to follow it. I had more money than I’ve ever had ($5,000 cash) and at 20 years old that was rich to me. Not only did I have more money, which helped me to build my starting wealth I also still had plenty of money to live a rich life. I ate the best foods, I bought what I wanted and I traveled. I did all of this freely because the first thing I did when I got money was sent 10% away to a hidden account. Therefore, whatever was left was mine to spend.

 

Eventually I got wise and realized that I could cut back on things without losing any happiness and save even more money. That’s when I realized the power of investing my money and making it grow. This was the exact moment I realized my passion for finance.

 

Start saving no less than 10% of everything you make and send it away to a hidden account. This money is NOT to be spent, but to be grown.

 

 

The Passive Strategy That Works

 

Every dollar you save is a slave. Every dollar has the ability to yield more dollars (their children if you will) and each of their children becomes another slave working on our behalf. Our goal is to quickly amass the most amount of slaves as possible. Money is a tool, keep this in mind!

 

The best way to make this as painless and thoughtless as possible is to set up some sort of automatic transfer. If you know how much you make every paycheck, figure out what percent you want to save (no less than 10% of course!) and make sure it automatically transfers after your money is deposited into your bank account.

 

There is something magical with this simple system that many never feel or even understand. You never lift a finger, yet every month you are building wealth…

 

Check your hidden account every few months and see how powerful and simple this is. Once you see how much you have, you’ll quickly want to invest it for growth.

 

 

What Happens In 10 Years

 

Hopefully you understand how simple this is and have already begun setting up your system. I briefly asked you to think about how much money you would have after a year saving 10%-20%, but I want you to think about what 10 years would look like. Every single year you saved no less than 10%, how much would you have? This is without any investment or compound interest!

 

Let’s assume I save no less than $400 every single month. Let’s look into the future:

1 year: $4,800

5 years: $24,000

10 years: $48,000

20 years: $96,000

30 years: $144,000

40 years: $192,000

 

I think it’s safe to say you have a high likelihood of living for the next forty years. The future is looking pretty good. You’ve saved no less than 10% and have amassed more money than most have ever seen.

 

What if you got a 3% raise one year? Would you buy a new boat or would you add that 3% to how much you save, taking you from at least 10% to 13%?  3% over forty years would yield a massive amount of added wealth. We’re talking math here people, it’s pretty simple and you can do it on your iPhone.

 

Now, we’ve only looked at the numbers of savings. What if we took this money and invested it? Another rule Arkad told Bansir. Invest your money so that it may multiply and work for you. If all we do is save our money, it will never work for us. The wealthy know that your money must work for you constantly. So if we took our savings and put it into say a Lifecycle Fund and assume a 7% return on our money, where would we be?

 

Let’s look at the numbers:

Starting Capital: $4,800

Annual Addition: $4,800

Years To Grow: 40

Interest Rate: 7%

Total Value After: $1,097,203.33

 

So in 40 years you would be a millionaire… This is a $905,203.33 difference! So why haven’t you started investing yet? Imagine if you increased your monthly contribution from $400 to $500….

 

That leaves you with a Total Value After of $1,371,504.17.

 

A difference of $274,300.84!

 

This is not rocket science and you can become wealthy by working understanding simple finances.

 

In Summary:

Save no less than 10%, but save more if you can

Invest your money in something with minimal risk like a Lifecycle Fund

Watch the compound interest grow your money as it begins to work for you

Automate the system to ensure success!

Hitting $10k a month in revenue and the road to $50,000 a month

This fourth quarter was amazing, to say the least and my first experiencing it. I’ve been told by other sellers how you can make 50-75% of your annual sales within this quarter alone. Now I see why.

 

I was able to hit $10,000 in sales in November and will exceed that amount by the end of December. As we come to the end of Q4 I’d like to start planning my strategy for 2017 and growing towards my actual monthly goal of $50,000 in sales.

 

This will be a bit tough, mainly due to capital restrictions. I’m currently 100% wholesale based and able to add 4+ new suppliers each month, but I don’t have the capital to sustain such large inventory levels yet. This will be the main focus of my strategy for 2017.

 

Let’s deep dive into what my strategy looks like starting now.

 

The Roadmap to $50,000 a Month

Making your goals actionable and simple

 

I’ve gone from averaging $100 a day to $600 a day in sales with a pretty small margin as I move some older inventory from the early RA/OA months. I expect this number to drop going into Q1 and away from the holidays. This means that my average purchase order per supplier will also go down, meaning I’ll need to add more suppliers and product lines than anticipated before.

 

My average sell price is $27.77 and doing $50,000 a month would mean $600,000 a year in sales needed.

$600,000 / $27.77 = 21,606 units annually or 1,800 a month.

 

That’s a ton of inventory to move each month. I’m currently moving roughly 360 units a month. That’s an 80% increase in volume. That’s also a massive increase in spending each month which I cannot currently sustain.

 

Given a year timeframe, I have no doubts in being able to acquire enough suppliers and inventory to reach this goal. The main issue is the cost each month so, this will be my main focus of growth for 2017. More capital to invest into inventory.

 

I’ve been focusing on increasing my spending limit by $5,000 each month and have so far been able to do so, but I’m stuck right at $10,000 a month. Not all inventory will move exactly within 30 days, so I cannot spend that total amount each month, but pretty close to it.

 

So far, I’ve found that if I spend $8,000 I will do $10,000 in sales. I’ll use this to better estimate how much I should need to spend each month.

 

For this, I get a total of $40,000 a month in spending. That’s quite a bit more than I’m currently spending. Not by much, though.

 

Once I’m close to reaching this goal, I’ll need to outsource or automate some of the added administrative time. My time increase will mainly be used for reordering inventory each month which can really add up.

 

Instead, I’ve already begun to use a restocking tool called ReStockPro.com which does the majority of the math and calculations for me, but I’ll still need someone to actually place the orders and ensure their accuracy. I’ll most likely need to make my first important hire for this business. Once completed, this business should essentially run itself in maintenance mode.

 

Here are the major milestones for me to hit in 2017 as quickly as possible:

  1. Spend $40,000 a month on inventory
  2. Sell 1,800 units each month

 

In order to hit these goals, I’ll break them down even further to make them easier to accomplish. Instead of focusing on spending $40,000 each month, I’ll focus on Increasing my spending limit by a minimum of $5,000 each month. Doing this, starting with $10,000, would allow me to spend $70,000 each month by the end of the year. That sounds great to me!

 

Next, instead of focusing on selling 1,800 units each month, I won’t focus on it at all. It’s really not something I can control, to be honest and it’s simply the outcome of the first milestone above. If I’m sourcing great inventory that moves well and has great profit margins, the volume will happen as an outcome.

 

This is how you easily break down your goals into something much easier to track and take action on. Now my only focus is to spend the capital that I have each month, increase spending limit by $5,000 each month and ensure that I have enough suppliers to purchase that amount of inventory from each month.

 

Here’s to 2017 and growing an awesome business!

The case for minimalism and having a location independent businesses

I’m currently writing this post from my girlfriend’s mother’s house without power, living out of a single backpack and on my old 2008 Macbook Pro. Hurricane Matthew made us evacuate our home and with little time to spare, I quickly became a minimalist.

 

Another major problem came up during our evacuation – Running my Amazon FBA business. My business is not currently location independent like most private label companies. Instead, I focus on local retail arbitrage and online arbitrage to source my inventory.

 

Luckily, I was able to source during our evacuation and bring the inventory back home. Although I was able to still turn a profit during the hurricane, I wouldn’t be able to successfully run my business if gone longer than a week. I’m currently behind on sending in inventory, but not in a major way like I could be.

 

working from my laptop in Georgia

Working from my 2008 Macbook Pro in Tifton, Georgia….

 

This has led me to two very important realizations that can dramatically increase and streamline the quality of your life.

 

The Case For Minimalism

How to live out of a backpack

 

I’ve always loved the idea of being a minimalist, but never really attempted to make the transition. I’ve been toying with the idea for the last few months and have been slowly getting rid of as much useless things possible. I’m now at the point where I’m having to make some really tough decisions to get lower than 100 material possessions. My desktop computer….. wasteful. One-third of my current clothing….. wasteful. Something interesting happens mentally when you begin to question the value of everything you own and and why you own it. Even better is when you begin to ask yourself exactly what you need to live and be happy.

 

That’s what I’ve been doing and it’s made me question everything. Why do I keep building my book collection when I could easily buy an Amazon Kindle for $50 and keep all of books digitally. I could easily trade 100+ pounds of material possessions for less than a pound. I’ve had a strange curiosity to strive to live a “one bag” lifestyle. the idea is pretty self explanatory, but is often used by long-term travelers and digital nomads.

 

I don’t want to live out of one backpack, but a few would do. The main idea for me is to live a light and easily movable life. This lifestyle becomes incredibly valuable say, when a natural disaster hits your home and you need to leave and don’t want to lose anything. Or, perhaps when you decide to move and travel more frequently. This light lifestyle lends to flexibility, freedom and incredibly low living expenses.

 

I challenge you to look further into minimalism and find the right amount of material needs to make you happy. Anything over your baseline, should be considered waste and either donated or thrown out. The best way to get started is to take stock of everything you own and then start prioritizing everything into the following three groups: Things you couldn’t live without, Things you haven’t used in the last 6 months and should get rid of and things you aren’t really sure what to do with.

 

Once you have your three piles, get rid of the things that you know are wasteful. This should include everything you currently own. No exceptions. Next, really think about your “can’t live without” pile and get rid of 20% of what’s there.

 

Your maybe pile should be put into boxes and put somewhere that isn’t easily accessible. This is to test everything in that pile. Over the next three months, anything you haven’t needed to take out of those boxes should be donated or thrown away immediately. Do this and you’ll be able to eliminate more than 50% of your material belongings and see how flexible and free your lifestyle becomes as an outcome.

 

Although I don’t travel as frequently as I would like to, I still use minimalist travel ideas to streamline my life both physically as I stated above and digitally.

 

Why You Need A Location Independent Business

Running your whole business from a laptop anywhere in the world

 

 

A strong desire of mine has always been to run a successful business that I can run completely from my laptop anywhere in the world. This is easier said than done, like most things in life, but any business, including a brick and mortar can be ran from a laptop with the right systems and tools in place. The hard part, of course, is figuring out which systems to put into place and ensuring they increase profitability without making things more complicated.

 

My business is not ran in this fashion, At least, not yet. I’m working on shifting my sourcing system from local retail arbitrage to online arbitrage that can be done via my laptop and wholesale sourcing which can be done in the same way from my laptop. I’m tested the waters in hiring a virtual assistant to assist in sourcing products for me online, but quickly realized this is a fool’s job without giving my VA the right tools.

 

Unfortunately, the combination of the required tools and the cost of employment is just too much for my small business. Instead of continuing with my VAs I put them on pause so I could shift my capital towards to cost of the tools to do things myself. But, as profits grow I’ll quickly add on my VAs again to use the tools and quickly scale up.

 

Being taken away from where I did my work that included my desktop Mac that kept me moving quickly and the garage I prepped, labeled and packed all of my inventory really puts me in a difficult place. I don’t have the access to my logistical system, which is a major issue.

 

the damage to our house after the hurricane

Here’s the damage we came home to. No power and no Wifi. How would I live?

 

The easy solution here is to start using a prep company who will handle all of my inventory sourced online. This won’t do anything for me in regards to my local sourcing methods, but does dramatically off-set my logistical requirements and efficiency, which is key to scaling a business.

 

I’m including systems of scale within my business as capital becomes available and revenues grow. Things will not happen overnight and you need to have the capital to cover the sunk-costs that come along with adding new systems to your business. Outsourcing my inventory logistics and hiring a sourcing staff will be the key to taking my business to the next level and creating enough cash flow to begin heavily invest in even more growth of my business.

 

I challenge you to think of what you would do if you have to donate or throw away 50% of your belongings. I also challenge you to consider what you would do if you were given a laptop, moved to a new city and had to run your business successfully. This challenge will make you think in ways you’ve never done before. It will challenge what you think is possible, but more importantly, it will show you the pathway to true freedom, both in location and financially.

 

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Tips, Tricks and Further Reading…

 

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