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I’m excited. I’m In!

I have an entry ticket for the 2012 ING New York Marathon, a much coveted race. I did this race back in 2006 and I had a blast. The New York crowd is phenomenal and really spurs you onwards making the 26.2 miles more enjoyable, exciting and not least doable.

Someone recently told me there are more than 50,000 runners for this event and I have heard that the crowd amasses an astonishing 2,000,000 people. To get your entry ticket is not easy. I got mine because I committed to raise funds for the Team For Kids cause and since I really didn’t wish to ask left and right people to step up and chip in, I basically just signed up for donating the funds myself. So today the final amount was donated making my contribution for this worthy cause a full US$ 2,620.

Team for Kids was established in 2002 as the primary charity fund-raising vehicle for New York Road Runner’s youth services division. Funds raised through Team for Kids provide free or low-cost school and community-based health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have no access to regular physical activity. Currently, our programs serve nearly 100,000 children each year in more than 400 schools across New York City, the nation, and South Africa.  With obesity still on the rise, NYRR’s youth services equip children with the tools they need to become physically fit for life, while also incorporating goal-setting, character-building, and nutrition education.

With a third of the US population being in the weight category obese and another third of the population being overweight, and with a recent number I saw that stated that by 2030 more than half the US population will be obese this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The costs of such a problem on society and not least to each individual suffering from such a state are enormous. I think Team For Kids are doing a great job by focusing on this problem at an early stage of life for the individual kid and I hope they shall succeed in changing many people’s lives for the better.

Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of Team For Kids sent me this thank you note for my donation:

 

Dear Mikkel:

Thank you for joining Team for Kids and Mikkel Pitzner in their commitment to raising much-needed funds for NYRR youth programs. Your generous gift of $2420.00* will have a significant impact on the lives of the more than 115,000 at-risk children who will take part in NYRR youth running programs this year.

With health and fitness programs in New York City, all 50 states, and parts of Africa, NYRR is working to transform the way our children live, learn, and play. By participating in our Mighty Milers or Young Runners programs at school or by attending a free weekend running event in their neighborhood, kids are learning to get active and be healthy – and they’re enjoying it! This spring, Yashiya, an 11-year-old runner from Flatbush, Brooklyn said, “Joining my school’s running team was the best decision I have ever made in my life!” Valuing health and fitness as a child will help Yashiya avoid the health problems that stem from obesity and inactivity that, unfortunately, plague her generation.

Your gift will enable more children in underserved communities to benefit from the life-changing programs offered by NYRR. These programs are funded entirely by donors like you, and we deeply appreciate your support. To learn more, please visit www.nyrrfoundation.org.

Thank you again for helping Mikkel Pitzner reach the finish line of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon and for giving kids like Yashiya a head start toward good health.

Many thanks,

Mary Wittenberg
President & CEO

Team For Kids Thank You Note 2012

Team For Kids Thank You Note 2012

Mikkel Pitzner's Donation page For Team For Kids

Mikkel Pitzner’s Donation page For Team For Kids

Mikkel Pitzner's donation page to Team Hole In The Wall

My Pledge To Donate US$ 2,500 To Team Hole In The Wall Fulfilled

In previous posts I mentioned my pledge to donate US$ 2,500 to Team Hole In The Wall charity foundation. Well, I finally fulfilled that pledge and met the obligation that I committed myself to. So on August 2nd. 2012, I submitted the top up amount (i.e.the additional to my initial smaller donation made months ago) of US$ 2,275.00 in order to make my entire donation to Team Hole In The Wall amount to US$ 2,500.-.

In return, Team Hole In The Wall sent me a nice message that read:

 

Dear Mikkel,

Thank you for supporting one of our Team Hole in the Wall members! Your gift will help make this Team Hole in the Wall event a success and help a seriously ill child experience the magic of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Because of your generosity, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is able to provide a camp experience to children who, because of the severity of their illness, are unable to attend a traditional camp. By coming to Camp, these children share the simple pleasures usually associated with a healthy childhood – acceptance, safe play and the building of lasting friendships. They get to create more than a little mischief, eat lots of good kid food and sing songs under the stars while roasting marshmallows.

At The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, we are inspired with every new encounter we have with a camper. As we listen to their Camp stories, the world takes on more color, is more hopeful, and more filled with love. Their joy, their appreciation for their time at Camp, their indomitable courage and spirit make The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp very special and sacred. Thank you again for your generous support to help make this possible.

Sincerely,

Dave MacNiven
Director of Team Hole in the Wall

 

And my fund raising page with Team Hole In The Wall ended up looking like this:

Mikkel Pitzner's donation page to Team Hole In The Wall

Mikkel Pitzner's donation page to Team Hole In The Wall

 

From previous mentioning of this endeavor in previous posts, you can read that the money I’m donating here has been accrued from my latest venture that is going extremely well and that has more than doubled my money in less than 50 days. The latest venture blows my mind and the results astounds me every day. As I have also mentioned previously you too can actually take part in same venture and achieve similar results. Rest assured that this venture does sound too good to be true, so it will take a little leap of faith for you to believe that this could be true for you too. However, I’m not going to expend my time and efforts of persuading you to join ranks, cause I’m achieving my results regardless. But when you do join, rest assured that you will be able to make similar results and that achieving these results can be excessively easy. Rest also assured that I’m committed to help you reach such results so you are not alone. Also know that I believe firmly that this venture can help a lot of people with their financial situation and livelihood and I’m committed to helping as many people as possible. The venture is a great way of adding an extra residual income stream and potentially grow into giving you complete freedom from debt burdens and similar stresses.

I don’t want to repeat too much of what I have mentioned in other posts on this topic before, but know that results are achievable if you have access to internet and know how to do clicks with a mouse and a little copy and paste. And the task you need to perform on a daily basis will take you less than 3 minutes a day. Search through my previous posts to learn more about it if you have not already read these.

Also you can read the Press Release of today and follow through there.

 

In Search Of The Ultimate Lifestyle And Why I’m Giving Away US$ 2,500 To A Worthwhile Cause

OK, I admit it freely. I’m a typical enthusiastic entrepreneur. You know, the type that gets excited about every little shiny object that we see everywhere. I look for and see opportunities everywhere and I often go for it and either suffer another failure, achieve a little success or sometimes thankfully really feel like I found a home run.

I cannot help myself, but go looking for opportunities everywhere I go and I actually find them to be abundantly present all over. Not all opportunities are created equal though, and I have set up in my mind a few criteria that an opportunity must have for me to want to engage myself further, whether with investment, my time and effort etc. My criteria have been formed from the abundant experience of past ventures that I have endured, suffered through and enjoyed and predominantly my criteria are based on my personal tastes and preferences for how I like a business to gold_nest_egg_ribbon_400_wht_2725be formed. I ask myself questions such as:

  • “How many people does the business require on a daily basis to achieve the results?”
  • “How much money does it take to get the initial results desired?”
  • “What technical stumbling blocks do we as a business have to overcome to get there?”
  • “What market are we serving and more importantly who are we serving and how do we bring value to our customer?”.

Following my experiences of the 2.5 years since 2008 in which year I was the wealthiest I have ever been, but also became the poorest I have ever been, basically loosing more than I owned big time (a story for some other time), one of my newest questions that I ask of every opportunity has become:

  • ” How scalable is the business?”.

I write 2.5 years since 2008, since that’s the time it took me from going with a huge debt load to no debt at all (and I hadn’t been debt-free at that time since I was only about 14 years old). From really broke with huge debt back to comfortable levels of livelihood and no debt in just 2.5 years. Wow, that surprised me . What I learned from my struggle to get back on my feet, was that you can achieve incredibly big results incredibly swiftly. Bigger and quicker than I had ever thought possible and bigger and quicker than I expect most people think possible. That’s why I have added the question of scalability. I’m not yet where I want to be, but I’m at least enjoying the journey (something that only took me 38 years plus to learn – at the time of writing this, I’m 44 years old).

In truth, I’m in search for the ultimate lifestyle, and I know that my version of the ultimate lifestyle require some decent amount of money. Not because money makes you happier, but because of all the things you can do with money, yes, including the toys and the great travel experiences etc., but especially the sense of freedom having money can give you and also what you can do for others and the world around you. But besides looking for the ultimate lifestyle, I also find it stimulating and fascinating to engage myself in many varied things. I love the many faceted businesses that I have engaged myself in (although at times I also wished I never entered one or two) and I love that my day today is not necessarily the same as my day yesterday. I also often have enjoyed the fact that with multiple businesses and multiple different ventures I have invested in, that I also benefit from one business making me a nice return while another may see challenging times. Multiple streams of revenue and income help overcome tough times and times when a business need to grow before a positive return let alone a balance will materialize.

Recently, some people that I really trusted and held in high esteem really let me down and seriously disappointed me. But even worse than that, as a result of this let down, they also let down a third party that I had foreseen a great future for as part of a new venture. I was left in a position in which I had to turn down what I had more or less promised to this talented person and I knew this would be extremely upsetting for him, not least because of the enthusiasm and engagement he had already poured into the prospected venture. The experience, however, also induced a good influence on my thinking in that it stimulated even more so the need for me to find ways of how I could help others who are struggling or finding themselves in dire situations. I think this is a great thing. I used to always be all about me. “What’s in it for me?”, would be my modus of operandi. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to achieve all the riches and all the toys and fun (although that has become actually way less important these past 4 years) and I still hold some selfish thoughts in me, but I’m seeing more and more joy in helping others along the way.

So just a few weeks ago, I took the leap to enter into a new venture that I was introduced to. I wasn’t too sure about this one and I was very skeptical to say the least, because it entailed one of those situations in which it just sounded too good to be true. And we all know, that “If an opportunity sounds too good to be true then it usually is too good to be true”. But I trusted the person who introduced me and I decided to take the leap of faith and go for it. And so far it looks like a huge winner. The venture not least seems to fit my criteria extremely well and it requires only about 2 to 3 minutes from me a day and other than my initial purchase I don’t even have to sell anything or poor more money into it.

With my new mindset that enjoys a more altruistic outlook in mind of how I can help others and with such a great new venture that I already enjoy the fruits of, I have decided to give away the first US$ 2,500 that I make from this new venture away to charitable organizations. While that’s a lot of money, it really only is equivalent to 17 days of my revenue share from the new venture. So not only am I enjoying a new venture that seems like a home run, but I’m also enjoying giving away a size-able amount of money to a worthy cause.

My choice of charitable organization for this round of donation is Team Hole In The Wall.

 

Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing a “different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. It’s a community that celebrates the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood where every kid can “raise a little hell”.

The camp serves more than 20,000 children and families annually.

But listen. Even though US$ 2,500 is a good chunk of cash, it’s still but a drop in the ocean, so I like you to consider joining in and spare a little for a worthwhile cause. Help me raise the donations – every dollar helps and I know that a lot of children will be happy.

 

I think this is just the beginning of things. I like where this could be headed and I’m enjoying the journey.