A great way to plan for 2022 with Sean Weisbrot

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Timestamps

00:00 – Intro
00:56 – Beginning
03:15 – Goal Review
05:12 – How I lost the weight
09:48 – 2022 Goals
12:00 – Additional Goals
14:10 – Final Thoughts

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Welcome to We Live to Build. My name is Sean Weisbrot, and I’m an entrepreneur, investor and advisor based in Asia for over 12 years. Join us every week to fast track your personal growth so you can meet the ever-increasing demands of the company or companies you are passionately building. Time waits for no one. So let’s get started now.

Welcome back to another episode of the We Live to Build podcast.

This is episode 85 and it’s the first one for 2022, and you may have noticed that I didn’t really publish much in December of 2021, and there’s a good reason for that.

First of all, I think it’s common when you get to the end of a year that you slow down and you naturally want to rest, and there’s nothing wrong with that, and I think that was one of the main motivating factors for me, because my entire team took the last week or so off, and I decided that would be a good opportunity for me to rest as well.

At the same time, I went to Atlanta to visit my family for a week, and I didn’t feel like I wanted to do anything then just be with them, because I hadn’t seen any of them in 5 or 6 years.

And it was really important for me that I appreciate every moment of time that I had with them, because I don’t know how long it’ll be until I see them again, seeing as how I don’t live in America, and the pandemic was a special opportunity for me to spend a longer period of time here than I normally would each year.

The next reason is that I’ve been feeling burnt out.

The podcast is an amazing source of energy and inspiration for me, but it’s been over a year since I started and I still don’t have a team to help.

So all of the editing and publishing and promotion and scheduling and editing everything is done by me. So with that in mind, while I’ve been recording more episodes, I’ve been lazy to edit and publish them. So let’s reflect on 2021 and then we’ll talk about 2022.

My goals for 2021 were to launch my product, which I didn’t do. I’ll go into that to get 10,000 users for. A product, which didn’t happen because we didn’t launch. I’ll get into that to raise half $1 million for the company. We did do that, and I’ll explain those details and to get down to 12% body fat, which I didn’t do, but I’d say I did a pretty good job in that regard.

So let’s talk about those launching the product.

So why didn’t we launch the product? Well, the original product was supposed to be an Android and iOS product. This was several years ago. About a year and more ago, we decided to pivot to the company nerve that you’ve heard about now, which is the team collaboration. Well, in order to pivot properly, we had to stop our development of Android and Windows and move to web. Had we not pivoted, we would have launched. It’s just that the pivot required such a huge change in what we were doing internally that we weren’t able to launch.

Now, when I made my goal towards the end of 2020 for 2021, I wasn’t aware that the pivot was going to be happening. It wasn’t until January of 2021 that we really went full force on the change. That’s why we didn’t launch. So in order to really grow the team beyond the 12 people that we have now, we wanted to raise funds. So we originally planned on raising 1 million to 1 million and a half, and we were only able to get 800,000.

However, due to unforeseen circumstances, with one of our investors being from Hong Kong and being stuck out of Hong Kong during the pandemic because the borders were closed, he was unable to get all of the money that he needed to for us in a proper time.

So we budgeted as if we had the money to spend, but then didn’t actually receive all of that money, so we weren’t able to ramp up the team any further, which means we were stuck at a kind of keep going kind of a pace. Unfortunately, because we weren’t able to ramp up, we weren’t able to get all of the testing done so that the product would be in tip top shape for a beta launch.

By the end of 2021, we were able to raise the half $1 million. Thankfully, due to my network that was really great. They’ve been very helpful in many ways since then, and they’re going to be introducing us to our next round of investors, which is really exciting for us.

Now, the last part is the body fat percent. So with that in mind, I started January 2021 weighing nearly 200 or about 90 kilos. I was extremely overweight. I was very unhappy. My marriage fell apart. I was divorced in February of 2021, and when I started to date, I realized that actually people didn’t want to date me because they were judging me based on my weight. I knew that that wasn’t fair to me, but I also knew that I wasn’t happy at that weight. My ideal weight is more about 60 kilos, 65 kilos, which is about 136 to 146. I decided to lose the weight. So how much weight did I lose? And how did I go about losing it? A

As of today, a year later, weigh 152 or about 68.5 kilos. So I lost about 22 kilos, or about 50 something pounds, 51, 52. I lost the weight by changing my life significantly, so I didn’t really exercise that much before I started walking. Every day I would walk 2 to 4 hours a day, and I did this every day for the whole year, and that was a significant driver of losing weight because of being active. The amount of steps I did was between 10 and 20,000 steps a day, and that helped me burn an extra 500 to 1000 calories a day.

Now, to lose a pound, you need to burn about 3500 calories, or a kilo is about 7700 calories. So if you can cut back on what you eat and burn more energy, then your body’s metabolism will kick up a notch or two and make it so that your body needs more calories every day to burn. And so if you continue to not increase the calories you’re consuming, your body will then be consuming more of those through the fat burning process and therefore you’ll lose more weight.

So not only did I increase my activity, I also changed what I ate and I changed the timeframe in which I ate. So there’s this thing called intermittent fasting, and I used intermittent fasting every day for the last years. So what that means is, for me, from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., I didn’t eat anything for the first six months, every day, every day, religiously. I would have this period of time where I wasn’t consuming anything in my body, was just subsisting on cleaning itself out. Your body needs 12 hours to complete the sugar burn cycle to anything.

After 12 hours it goes to fat burning. So if you have a period of 16 hours a day where you’re not consuming any calories, the first 12 go to burning sugar. And when it runs out of all the sugar, that’s four hours more of burning fat or 5 or 6 however you do. On top of that, I was also, I was changing the way I ate the first six months. I had basically zero carbs the entire time, and the reason I did that was because when you have fat on your body, it’s kind of like carbs that have been turned into fat because they weren’t burnt properly.

When you stop eating carbs, you starve your body of carbs and eventually your body turns to fat stores, like with the intermittent fasting and with the walking. So when you put all of those things together, then your body is just like burning fat, really hard core. I wasn’t eating many carbs, I wasn’t eating any sugar, I wasn’t drinking sodas. I wasn’t having cakes or cookies or pies or ice cream or.

Smoothies or anything that people would eat. I also wasn’t eating any meat or dairy products, so I had a very restrictive diet that consisted of basically vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, berries. So a very whole food, one ingredient diet, fresh everything, cooking all of my meals pretty much on top of this intense exercise every day. And all of it led to me losing 50lb in the year. It’s been a fantastic transformation. I feel a hell of a lot better. I look a hell of a lot better. I have a lot more energy for my dog and my parents and my grandma while I’m in America, as well as for planning for the next year of my business and my life.

So let’s get into the goals I have for 2022.

Well, obviously I didn’t launch the product last year, so I want to launch the product this year and we’re going to be raising more money very soon. So I’m confident that we’ll be able to do that now. Getting the 10,000 users is still there. It’s still a goal, and we’re going to do that by building a community around the idea of work in the future and what it is we’re doing. I won’t go into the details of that because I’ve mentioned it before.

The third thing is to raise $10 million more this year, which I’m highly confident in us being able to do that because our current investors have a network that will enable us to do that, along with having a product that works and users that are there for us, showing user growth traction will make it easy for investors to give us a valuation worthy of raising $10 million.

The next goal is I want to get to 12% body fat again. Now, I don’t know exactly what my body fat percentage is. I can see my top abs, so I’m assuming that I’m probably 16 to 17, maybe 18%. So getting to 12 this year should be a lot easier, but it’s going to require me to kick up my energy and my activity once more. So I’ve recently got into golfing and swimming and boxing. I may also be joining a kendo club and an ultimate frisbee club.

People who have low body fat percents, they’re just doing intense amounts of cardio and muscle building, and I don’t want to be one of those guys in the gym with big muscles. I want to be someone who is running around, who is burning tons of energy and just beating the shit out of my fat.

Everything else is going to remain the same with my lifestyle. The only difference is that in the last two months, I started adding a 48 hour fast every other week to my weekends. So not only do I do a 16 hour fast every day, but every other weekend like from a Friday afternoon, I’ll stop eating and I’ll start eating Sunday morning. The next day, not the day after, but the day after that.

And I’ve pushed back my intermittent fasting to 4 p.m.. So in general, I stop eating at 4 p.m. and I start eating at 830 or 9 the next day, so I’ve added an extra hour and a half to two. To my intermittent fasting. I’ve got two more goals. The. The second to last goal is I’m going to be moving to Portugal. Now, I know I’ve spent the last 14 years of my life living in Asia and it’s been a great ride. Covid has made it so that living in Asia is basically impossible right now.

I’ve left Asia last summer because I wanted to, you know, avoid the lockdowns starting in Vietnam. But I also wanted to be able to get vaccinated, which wasn’t possible in Vietnam and was in America. It’s now impossible to get back into Vietnam or to get into any Asian country. So I feel like moving to Europe is a good opportunity because I have a few team members that are based in Europe and I believe will be doing business in Europe, and we may hire more people in Europe.

So as well, several of our investors are based in Europe. So I feel like being based in Portugal, I can get a residency. It’ll allow me to live and travel throughout the EU year round, rather than going through the Schengen visa. So it’ll be a good opportunity for me to try a different lifestyle and live somewhere new, because I’ve been to Europe a few times, but I’ve never lived in Europe, so there have been a lot of guests on the podcast that I’ve become friendly with, and I can’t wait to meet them in person.

When I get to Europe later in the next few months, I’m hoping I’m going through the process of getting the residence permit right now while I’m in America, but I believe I’ll be able to get to Portugal before the beginning of March. Now, the last goal I have is to build a team for the podcast, and the reason being is I know that what I’m doing here is amazing.

I know that people love it. It’s just that with my responsibilities for nerve, I don’t have the time and energy to keep doing the podcast by myself. So I really need people who can help with editing, with social media outreach, with guest outreach and scheduling and publishing and all of these things. So really, I’m looking for an editor, an assistant, a social media person, and possibly a producer, as well as helping with business development to get money into the company to help pay for the salaries of these employees, these people who will be joining me for the podcast.

So that was a look at 2021 as well as 2022. We will have a new guest coming next Monday. Thank you for staying with me through 2020 and 2021, and I hope you look forward to the really cool content that’s coming in 2022. We’re talking about NFTs, blockchain, metaverse, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality.

I mean, we’re going to get into the cutting edge technologies and things that are going on because I think it’s really important for all of you, no matter what your business is, to learn about these things, to hear about other people doing these things, and to figure out how you can adapt what you’re doing to make these things a part of your business, no matter what your business is doing. So thank you very much again, good luck in 2022 and I hope you enjoy the episodes we have coming soon.

Thank you.