Mikkel Pitzner

Happy 4th Of July

Mikkel Pitzner Happy 4th of JulyIt’s the fourth of July today.

(first published on Medium, July 4th 2015)

So first of, a very Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends out there.

You may not know this already, but I’m Danish. Born and raised in Denmark. Took my University education, studying Economics at University College of London in England (1986–1991), moved to the States in 1991 or so (New Jersey) for a small year to trade futures (FOREX), but found it sensible to move back to Denmark to work for family business which I did till 1998 or 1999, while I also ran my first own business of Copenhagen Limousine Service (from November 1996) till I sold that in October 2010.

I moved to the United States again in the summer of 2008. For many years I had wanted to move abroad again and to seek broader perspectives and grow in mental capacity while charging forth with new ventures and a new life.

It’s a funny thing, but although I’m a Dane and although I find I actually usually become more patriotic when I live abroad, I also consider myself American. Not because I am American. But America is the country that I live in out of choice. I love America and I love Americans. I’m proud to be here and I wish to be able to provide value to the country and become an asset to the country.

In other words, I actually consider myself as patriotic about America as most Americans I know and I have met.

I get chills whenever I hear the National Anthem (what a beautiful song and what a great story behind it) and I will stand up and hold my hand over my heart when I do so.

I support America in conversations and discussion (not blindly, but when sensible discussions are abounds) and although I’m not blind to the negative or silly arguments that may come about, I’m truly considering the pros and cons of the country.

Every country and every nation has pros and cons. There’s good sentiments everywhere, just as you will find silly arguments and discussions everywhere.

But I have chosen the United States to be my home and I love it. Indeed this choice may not be forever, but I do doubt I will ever return to live in Denmark. Instead and if not in the US, I might just choose to seek new horizons some day and try yet another country. But that won’t be for just now. It’s not on my agenda, and I’m truly happy to be in the United States.

I plan to build a new venture here (alongside some of the ones I have already established and that I’m still trying to gain some real traction with).

America is the Land of Milk and Honey. No, it’s not easier here than in so many other countries. Building success and business anywhere comes with challenges. It’s just how it is. But I believe there are true opportunities everywhere for the enthusiastic entrepreneur that shows courage and brings lots of stamina and persistence. Those opportunities are outside of America, but certainly also present here in America.

Like I say, I’m patriotic about America. I fully conquer with the sentiments that was so beautifully and emotionally told in the film Born On The Fourth Of July: “Love It Or Leave It”.

As an ex-patriot I often meet other ex-patriot. Not just from Denmark, but from many other countries. Often when things get tough here, they will commence moaning and start their talk on things being better “back home”.

My response will invariably be: “Well, go back home then!”

Love it or Leave it.

If you don’t love it here, then nobody is holding you here, so just leave.

Of course, such are my thoughts too, when I hear about immigrants coming to my home country, Denmark, when they commence their complaining or whining.

If you don’t like it, then go home.

Otherwise, accept that there will be challenges. If you are unhappy about certain aspects or situations in your chosen country, well, then work at making them better. Who knows, perhaps you can actually bring some value and help improve things. Perhaps you can actually become an asset to your country (your new country) and your new fellow countrymen.

As I said, I moved to the United States in 2008. I met my wife here too. She isn’t born American, but is actually Polish. But she did become Nationalized a few years back and is now an American Citizen. Choosing a Polish girl or a non-American girl wasn’t a specific choice. I did so simply out of happenstance and love. It could equally have been an American girl, but just so happened, I landed with a wonderful Polish girl.

We have two children together. Both born in the United States, so in our little family we have a full international committee going on.

Having two American children only adds to my sensation of patriotism for America.

I feel I’m entitled to feel American and I’m proud of it too.

Don’t like it?

Well, that’s your problem. Sorry. I mean no offense, but that’s how I feel about it.

I’m proud of being here and I’m proud of this country as any good standing American citizen would be.

So when Fourth Of July comes around, I too will feel perhaps just a little more American and perhaps just a little more patriotic and a little more proud.

When I extend a Happy Fourth of July to others, I’m extending one as well to myself. I hope you are good with that.

My wife is very pro-peace. I’m of course pro peace to. Of course I do not like war or conflicts. However, I do feel sometimes there are no other course of actions that one can take.

No, this is not to say that I particularly support any one particular course of war or not. In truth, I do not wish to commence any political debate on the subject.

I have certain opinions, but I rather hold these for myself.

Let’s just say (and this is the point I wish to make), that I appreciate that I am free. I appreciate that I live in a free country.

Let’s just say, that I appreciate that I too am living in

The Home of The Free
Because of The Brave

So as we now have the Fourth of July, and as we celebrate the birthday of the United States, I do salute the men and women who has made it happen and made it possible and I salute those who still make it so. Thank you for your service.

I know there are people out there making sacrifices that means that I can sleep restful at night and trust in the safety of my family. Thank you for your sacrifices.

I appreciate you very, very much.

Happy Fourth of July everyone.

Ready For Take Off

I have truthfully been unsatisfied with my own results for quite some time. It’s time that this changes. It has been time for too long, but honestly, I wasn’t doing much about it.

Well, that’s about to change. This is one of those things that is great, when you have finally gotten enough – and I have finally gotten enough. I need to change this and that means I need to change.

Here’s what Jim Rohn said:

I used to say, “I sure hope things will change.” Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.

So as I said, I’m very willing to make the necessary changes and have already taken several steps to get it going. Sometimes the only way to really get going, is – to really get going.

For me that means that every day, I’m taking massive action steps to bring me one step forward. Forwards towards that new goal line that I have set up for myself. To keep me motivated, I revisit continuously (and certainly every morning as the day begins) what that goal line is. To keep on track, I revisit every day the time frame that I have set up for myself for reaching the goal line. It’s no good falling behind too much, for catching up can already be hard when you have set an ambitious goal to begin with. And your goal should be ambitious.

My father always said:

“The day that is spent never returns”

– Axel Pitzner

In other words, you need to ensure that you spend every day wisely and not miss your opportunity to progress and move forward. Make the most of every day you have.

I’m ready for take off. I’m ready and willing to make the changes and accept the sacrifices that they entail. I’m also ready to reap the rewards.

Ready for Take Off at Mikkel Pitzner -passenger jet plane flying over airport runway against beautiful dusky sky use for aircraft transport and cargo logistic and traveling business industry

Yes, I need to change and though making changes is not easy for us in general, I’m so committed to it now that I actually find great excitement in it.

“For Things To Change – You Have To Change

For Things To Improve – You Have To Improve”

-Jim Rohn

The great thing is that I have amble experience in a wide variety of endeavors and I have previously had some very satisfactory results, so I know what it takes. Among other things, it takes a lot of work. I find that I’m actually looking forward to doing this work. No, not all of it is so much fun, but a lot of it can actually be, when you are focused on where it is you wish to go.

I’m privileged too, for I have several endeavors that I’m currently pursuing and they are incredibly cool and hold very big promises of what can be. I invite you to come along for the ride. Your company will be appreciated and I look forward to journeying with you.

To come along on the journey I suggest that you sign up for the future updates. No, I hate spam as much as anybody and I will not be sending you a ton of junk. I will only be sending you what I believe can add value to you, your endeavors and your life – and should I tire you after all, then you can always unsubscribe with an easy and simple click of the mouse. Also your email will rest safe with me as I will never share or sell off that information.

You might also consider following my page on Facebook and please by all means feel free to comment here below or on the Facebook page. I would love to learn what you are working on and where it is taking you. So please come join the fun.

Let me know what you are working on.

Let me know what your goals are.

I’m ready for take off. Are you?

Journey Down The Rabbit Hole

 

I’m excited as I have been working on something that I believe is really cool.

I call it The Rabbit Hole.

And I invite you to journey with me down The Rabbit Hole.

Where will it take us?

Who knows?

It’s actually very much up to you.

But The Rabbit Hole is  the entrance into vast set of opportunities and possibilities alive inside this website.

You see, my experience in so many things is vast. My personal engagement in so many businesses, spanning many non-related industries, countries and States on many different levels is huge and growing. From all of this I have picked up and continue to pick up so many things. Insights, new knowledge, new experiences from successes as well as from failures, new resources and many valuable connections and contacts.

You are invited to come along.

And you will be choosing where we will be going.

It’s a journey like none other.

At least I have never seen anything offered quite like this.

My promise to you is that I will endeavor to bring you huge amounts of value and not be wasting your time.

But it’ll require your personal attention and participation.

For unless I receive your feedback and you tell me of your choices, then I will have a hard time helping you on the way further down the Rabbit Hole.

In other words if you are a tire kicker or a whiner, then please do not apply and please do not venture forth. You’ll just be wasting not just your own time, but also mine, and quite frankly, I can waste that all by myself and don’t need your help for that.

But if you are someone who wants more. More life, more zest, more results (in any area). If you are an action taker and an implementer, then let’s go. Let’s dare take the next step and let’s see together where this will take us.

But hurry.

Time’s Ticking.

Let’s go.

Ready?

Well, then click the image below and whisk yourself onward one step closer to the entrance of The Rabbit Hole.

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Female Entrepreneurs Wanting To Learn To Build A Business

New Business Venture And New Challenges

3 New Challenges For Mikkel Pitzner. Helping women to build their own businesses and grow personally and become more independent, self reliant and more self confident.I have taken on a new venture on top of all the other ventures that I have started over the past year. Well, OK, truth be told some of the ventures I started during the past 12 months I have dropped before I even got very far down the road (which was to be expected), some of them are on temporary hold, but thankfully some of them are ongoing and growing. Some too slow and some at an appreciated pace.

Now there’s a few things special about the new venture, cause outside the challenge of making it work and become successful, this one entails a few other challenges to make things even more fun.

 

Here’s what’s special about this one:

Challenge Number 1:

To build a successful business with a Multi Level Marketing company/opportunity (MLM business).

Challenge Number 2:

Do this in an industry that I’m not supposed to be a very good fit for.

Challenge Number 3:

Help women become entrepreneurs and owners of their own businesses, grow and become financially independent and ultimately become more beautiful and radiant and not least self confident.

Now, this is all still very new and it’s even a challenge since my time is simultaneously filled with existing obligations, ventures and the like, but if you wish to follow along and learn more about this endeavor, then it might be a good idea for you to le me know by signing up for updates on this project, by entering your name and email in the form here below.

Warning: This venture may be of more relevance and interest to females. Just saying.

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Can A Butterfly Sing

Came across this video this morning and just found that it had a nice feel to it and of course liked the reference about sticking with your dreams regardless of how impossible the might seem. Enjoy.

 

 

Start-Ups Are For Crazy People

Start-Ups Are For Crazy People

In an article featured in Inc. magazine recently, Reddit co-founder and start-up enthusiast Alexis Ohanian was asked the question: Are you done founding companies?

and gave the following answer:

“I can’t say never, but I have no interest in doing another start-up. There are things I would have done differently, but overall, I’m really satisfied. It’s also a lifestyle decision. I dont work much less than I did as a start-up founder, but I’ve got less mental anguish. Start-ups are for crazy people. I should know; I was one.”

The title of the article was: “Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Startups?

In the article Ohanian argues that anyone can be an entrepreneur. But does that mean everyone should be one?

 

Well, seeing that I’m currently in the midst of starting up 9 new businesses, it got me thinking: Am I totally Crazy Then?

The good thing at least is that I have gone through start-up businesses before. I have founded several and I have co-founded a few. Not all of them have been successful, but unfortunately even that is to be expected. You have probably heard and read numerous times over that most new businesses actually fail. I believe the most quoted number is about 85% of new businesses than don’t make it through the first 5 years (or was it just through the first year alone?).

I can probably relate to Ohanian’s comment about anguish. Start-ups can be quite a nerve-wrecking thing to go through, but usually also very exciting (in good as well as bad ways).

You do your due diligence. You make your projections. You look at budgets and market opportunities. And you weigh in and out all sorts of scenarios and questions. Regardless, you will probably not have thought of absolutely everything or every contingency. You will more than likely be thrown a curve ball or two.

But then again, this is partly was makes it interesting too.

If it was easy, everyone would do it.

And if everyone would do it, it wouldn’t be that interesting or indeed special when you hopefully turn out to be one of the successful few.

Should everybody be an entrepreneur?

No. Not at all, I would say. It’s definitely not for all.

Yet, at the same time, I’m personally so hooked on it, that I often cannot grasp why everybody wouldn’t want to be one.

But we are all different and thank goodness for that. Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same.

Along the same lines as these thoughts, I also happened to come across a video that I thought was very relevant. I’m pleased to present to you said video here:

 

 

Cause Sometimes Two Is One And One Is None

I love scuba diving. It gives such a wonderful sensation to move yourself through the water column in three dimensions, having left behind you cell phones, emails and all the chores leaving you with heightened senses just for your diving and your thoughts, along with the sights and incredible adventures that sometimes unfold right before you.

Starting back with my first Open Water course to get my first certification for scuba diving, back in 1999, along with my introduction to my diving I began acquiring knowledge and reading material on scuba diving from any source I could get and it wasn’t long before I got acquainted with a pioneering and technical wreck diver by the name of Billy Deans. Now, Billy Deans always had a saying, with his Southern accent, which was: “Cause Two Is One And One Is None”.

What Billy Deans was referring to is the need for a scuba diving to have redundancy in case of something going wrong, such as in case of equipment failure or similar. As an example a scuba diver would be wise to have with him/her on every dive two lights, in case one didn’t work, got flooded or the batteries died on you, two masks and two buoyancy compensators. You would also bring a primary regulator (this is where you breathe off) and in addition a secondary regulator. Should one malfunction you would have another in reserve in your secondary which could get you safely out of the dive. Along the same line a wise diver would always bring at least one buddy who would in fact have the same equipment requirements, in which case you would actually have redundancy in each other. As an example, should one of you run out of gas for what ever reason, the other diver should still have able gas remaining for the two of you to get out of the dive safely.

Billy Deans also talked about bringing a small mirror with you on your dives, so that in case you got hung up in something and you would not be able to see what was going on. An example of this could be that you might have gotten hung up by example filament left overs from fishermen which might have snapped on your regulator posts behind your head (can easily happen on wreck dives) – well, then you could bring out your mirror and use it like you use your mirror in your car to see what was going on behind your head so that you could fix it or possibly cut the filament and get unhooked. So while I never brought a mirror with me on my dives, I certainly can appreciate bringing redundancy and back up.

Recently, when I went to the Bahamas to support the sea trials of the new Triton submarine, the Triton 3300/3, I got reminded why back up is a great thing as I was unpacking my dive gear getting ready to get in the water to video-film one of the submersions of the submarine and unfolded a completely shattered dive mask.

 

Cause Two Is One And One Is None

 

Fortunately, I usually bring with me at least two dive masks, so I could carry on my diving. Now, I was also among several other divers who each had their gear with them and not everybody was in the water at any one given time, so I could have borrowed a mask had I needed to, but the situation still illustrates the point: The need for Redundancy & Back Up.

A few weeks later and I travelled to Bimini, another part of the Bahamas. Upon arrival with a small airplane we continue by car for a few miles and then jump on a small ferry ride. Upon de-boarding said ferry, just as one foot is still on board and the other is on terra firma, the buckle that keeps the strap on my expensive Canon camera breaks and the camera drops, hits the railing and bounces right off into the water perfectly hitting that small gab between the boat and the land. The camera including my favorite lens sinks to the bottom and gets completely submerged and a few minutes later we could see through the crystal clear water how the last air from inside the camera and lens bubbled out, meaning salt water was now completely in the system.

Fortunately I had brought another identical camera with me as I really wanted to bring home with me some great shots from above and below the water surface of the beautiful scenery that Bimini can offer. I had redundancy. I had back up. Only problem was that I was being completely stupid the following day when I was going to use the dry camera for underwater photography, as I forgot to have in place the all important o-ring of the underwater housing. I had actually not brought with me an o-ring at all as I had grabbed an underwater housing that I haven’t used yet and that I really hadn’t prepped either. So as you can imagine shortly into my dive and after having snapped a few shots, I wanted to check what I had gotten so far. I looked at the housing to view the review pane, but noticed that it was foggy. I turned over the housing to view the large dome and saw this was foggy which did not spell good things. Tipping it upside down, yeah, there is was, loads of water. I had managed to flood my back up camera too!

So Sometimes Even Two Is None!

So my best cameras and my two favorite lenses flooded and an underwater housing with no o-ring. No underwater photos to bring home with me (and yes, we saw great things, from sharks and beautiful fishes and even hand fed stingrays). I did have, believe it or not, a few extra cameras with me on the trip (I’m adamant about getting my photos), so I did get some nice top side photos with me home from the trip. But imagine getting the chance of playing with submarines and exploration vessels and cool dives and great locations and scenery, and then not be able to participate or bring home with you the documentation that you wanted due to mishaps along the way. What a blow. Therefore redundancy and back ups are great. Which bring about the question; “What are you to set yourself up with redundancy and for back up for your business? For your income stream(s)? What if something should happen to you and you were incapable of working? What would your situation look like? What emergency plans do you have in place?

One of my business partners and great friends recently and quite unexpectedly to himself and everybody else, discovered that he had a serious heart condition that needed surgery. Yes, one of those surgeries in which your heart will actually get stopped for a little while and in which they cut your whole chest open including through the breast bone. We never expect situations such as these happen to us (perhaps to someone else, but never to us). But all of a sudden you find yourself there. Or in my case, all of a sudden my good friend was right there in such a predicament. It certainly got us all thinking. What if? How well are we set up? How well have I set myself up? How will my family be catered for in case..?

Perhaps you should ponder the same questions and get squared away with your back up plan. Better safe than sorry.

 

Sunset In Bimini

Sunset In Bimini

A Note From The Bahamas

I consider myself a very fortunate guy and sometimes this seems to shine through in more vivid colors than I could ever have imagined, revealing to me a true magical life and wondrous experiences.

Recently, I had the great opportunity to go to the Bahamas to aid in the support of the sea trials of the new Triton 3300/3 submarines from Triton Submarines, Inc. Those who know me also know that I one of my big passions is that of scuba diving and you may also know that I work with a South Florida based dive equipment manufacturer called Brownie’s Marine Group. It is via my association with Brownie’s Marine Group that I got the chance to be part of the Triton Submarine event and I might add I have actually be fortunate in participating in such event on several occasions. But let me tell you more about this last time.

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