I’m Leaving Miami…Here’s Where I’m Going

Written by Charles Ngo
Written by Charles Ngo

One of the best benefits of the internet marketing lifestyle is you can CHOOSE where you wanna live. All you need is your laptop and good wifi, and you can set up shop anywhere you want.
Where you choose to live is one of the most important decisions of your life. Imagine how different your life would be if you grew up or lived in a different place. It affects your friendships, work opportunities, and maybe even your love life.
Where have I lived the past few years?

  • I grew up in Atlanta
  • Moved to Bangkok
  • Moved to Vietnam
  • Moved back to Atlanta
  • Moved to Miami

I’ve been in Miami for over a year now and it has been great. There’s sunshine year round, the cost of living is low compared to other MAJOR cities, no state taxes, and I think Miami has some of the most beautiful women in the world.
I’ve had a wildly different experience in every city I’ve lived in. Each choice represents a different phase or time period of my life.

  • Atlanta is home. It’s where I grew up and where my family’s at.
  • Bangkok was me leaving my home and wanting to explore the world.
  • Vietnam gave me perspective about my life and how lucky I am to have been born in America, have loving parents and a college education. When you see 70+ year old ladies laying bricks in the blistering heat for $1.50 per hour, you feel that even at the worst job in USA, you’re still lucky.
  • Miami has been great for building up my businesses to a higher standard and start to build out my team to the next level.

Think about where you live…is it the best environment to be living in if you wanna accomplish your goals?
I’ve had MULTIPLE friends leave Bangkok because it was too “distracting.” I’ve had other friends become more successful because they lived in a city that was great for networking. (For example, one of my friend credits living in San Diego as a HUGE reason for his success).
After a few months of thinking, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be moving to New York City soon!

Why Am I Leaving Miami forNew York City?

I remember the first time I visited NYC when I was 20. Me and my college friends drove 16 HOURS to visit the city. We rented a cheap room in Chinatown and crammed 5 people inside of it.
NYC was cold, and we were super broke. But I remember the RAW energy of the city. It made me feel motivated. I promised myself that I’d be successful one day, and move to NYC when I could.
Well I think the timing’s right for me to make the move now. There are many reasons why I’m moving there, here are a few of them:

Strong Networking

The first major benefit is the networking. Relationships are EVERYTHING. There’s no better place on Earth to network than in New York City.
Skype, phone calls, and Facebook messaging can only go so far. If you wanna leapfrog your relationships, then you have to get face-to-face time in.
Not only are there plenty of people in NYC I wanna build a relationship with, but people are flying in to visit the New York all the time.
Just a note that I’m not just trying to network with people in the affiliate marketing industry. I have a lot of goals outside of affiliate marketing, and those goals played a big part in my decision to choose NYC over other cities.
NYC is home to some of the world’s biggest brands, businesses and billionaires. I want to keep growing as a person, and I feel that New Yorkers hustle harder than any other people.

Talent / Systems

I’ll be hiring more people next year and I feel NYC has a strong talent pool. Some of the best universities in the world are close to NYC.
Anyone that’s been following me for a while knows I love to optimize my productivity. The number of personal assistants, private chefs, trainers, etc. will make everything easier for me.
The smaller reasons I wanna move:

  • The diversity. There are literally no Asian people in Miami lol. It’s be good to be among my people again!
  • The food. NYC is one of my top 3 places in the world to eat (The other two are Kuala Lumpur, and Tokyo)
  • Endless amount of things to do. I remember always being bored in Atlanta because there was “nothing to do.” I don’t feel like I’ll have an issue with that.

The Downsides of NYC

What’s the main downside of NYC?
It’s one of the most expensive cities in the world. I’ve already looked into apartments / condos in the area…wow. I’m pretty much spending twice as much money, for places half as nice compared to Miami.
There’s the NY state tax, and the city tax. Yea it’s expensive to live here, but I can afford it and I think it’s worth it.
NYC is cold half the year. This isn’t really a problem for me. I like the cold, and I can always travel if it gets too miserable. I kinda miss wearing nice winter clothes and it’s nice to have some variation. Miami is just hot all the time.
Too Many People
You’re not going to have quiet and the big backyard. But I’ve always love crowded cities so it’s not a big deal to me.

Other Places I Considered Moving to

The only other place I considered moving to was Southern California: either San Diego or Los Angeles.
I went with NYC for two reasons.
I REALLY hate traffic so LA was out. Wow, LA has some horrible traffic.
San Diego is super appealing. I think it’s a possibility for me to move there in the future. But right now since I don’t have any kids, I wanna explore the NYC life.
I had to ask myself this, “If I was old, would I regret not living in NYC or Cali?” The answer was NYC.
I did think about “lifestyle” locations such as Eastern Europe, Colombia, or Southeast Asia. Nice weather, fun, and I can live like a king for like $2,000 USD a month. It was an easy “No” because I already did that with Bangkok & Vietnam years ago.
I’m 31 right now. No wife, no kids. I’ll never have as much energy as I do now so I wanna spend these years productively.
I have the rest of my life to travel and have fun. It’s time for me to fucking CONQUER.

Other Questions You’re Probably Going to Ask

Where Are You Moving to in NYC? 
I’m looking at the Chelsea area. It’s near a Brazilian Jiujitsu school I’d like to start training at, and I wanna be as close to it as possible. It’s also a great area in general.
If anyone can recommend some nice buildings or knows the real estate area, feel free to gimme some advice. BTW I have no interest in hiring a broker.
When Are You Moving? 
I’m leaving Miami in February 2017. After that I’m going to take two months off and travel the world (Not sure where yet). I’ll also be heading to NYC early to scout the area, and make the full move April 2017.
What About My Employees?
We’ve slowly been switching back to operating as a remote team this year.
Some employees will come with me to NYC, others will move to wherever they want and work remotely.
Are You Going to Do Anything Cool with the NYC Affiliate Scene?
Yes. I’ll host networking meet ups for affiliates in the area. Let’s build up the East Coast affiliate marketing scene.
What Are You Doing With Your Car?
I bought my dream car last year, a V10 R8. You don’t need a car in Manhattan so I’ll end up selling it :-(.

Should You Move?

If you live in a small rural town and you wanna get into business, it’s going to be harder to start a business all else being equal.
There are arguments for both sides (if you live somewhere smaller you can save more money), but I disagree with that mentality.
I’d rather aim to make a LOT more money in a big city through business, than worry about saving a few dollars in rent each week by living somewhere cheap.
My thoughts are that if you live in a big city you’ve got more chances of success.

  • More networking opportunities – most businesspeople live in big cities
  • Better opportunity for training, seminars, meet ups, workshops etc
  • More customers and clients to work with
  • Better reputation – most big companies advertise that they have offices in NYC, Tokyo, Singapore, London, Hong Kong etc. It sounds much more legit if you’re based in London City versus some tiny country town that nobody has heard of.
  • The hustle – in smaller towns people have different priorities, and it’s mainly families who live there. When you visit a large city you feel a different vibe. Everyone is hustling hard and getting shit done. This gives you the energy to keep pushing in your own business.
  • More opportunities come your way. For example, if you live in a big city you can talk to 100s of people per day, and chances are that some of those people will be big players you can meet. In a smaller city there are smaller businesses, and fewer people to meet.

I’m not saying that you can’t be successful living in a small town, or that you will become successful if you live in a large city. It’s just that the odds of success are better if you put yourself into an environment that breeds success, such as a large, thriving, busy city that is known for being hardworking.

Here are some things to consider if you’ve thought of moving:

Remove negative influences 
It’s hard to change. The hardest thing about change is how your friends and family react. When you tell someone you’re starting a business online, they’ll tell you it’s a bad idea. When you try to get in shape, people will give you a hard time. If you move to a place where nobody knows who you are, you can reinvent yourself to be whoever you want. The more negative influence you can remove, the more likely you are to follow through with your goals.
Change of atmosphere

The main reason I moved to Bangkok/Vietnam was to try something new. It felt like all of my friends in the US were getting married and painting their white picket fences. I’d just made my first million dollars online so I wanted to party and live it up. Now I feel like I need another change of atmosphere. Miami is full of people on holiday and retirees – I wanna live in a place that is focused on growth, business and hustling.
Reduce costs or increase income
Another good thing about South East Asia is the cost. A lot of people go to places like Ho Chi Minh, Bali or Chiang Mai to live the digital nomad lifestyle. You can start a small business or freelance and live well on a few hundred dollars per week. A few of my friends have done this and it’s worked well for them.
The opposite of this is to move somewhere knowing that your costs will go up, but your earning potential goes up. This article explains it perfectly. The highest wages in the US are in cities where it’s expensive to live (San Francisco, NYC etc). If you’ve just graduated with a degree in economics or computer science, where will you make the most money? Where the big hedge funds, banks  and tech companies are…

Think Carefully About Where You Live

The hardest decision was leaving Atlanta for Bangkok. I realized that if I didn’t like it, I could always go back. However if I didn’t leave Atlanta, I’d always wonder “what if?”
With each move I’ve become a stronger, and better person.
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