Wall-Street: First of all, you are known as a strategist, writer, entrepreneur and investor on the stock market and real estates. How would you describe yourself?
Nik Halik: It depends on the time of the day, and time of the year. I’m not just an investor. I am many things. I wrote a book that describes the best what I am, a Thrillionaire, a person who invests and a true seeker adventurer. I went to the end of the world, in order to fulfill my goals. I like to seek different experience and have more colors in my life. When I was 17, I was a potential guitar teacher and I used my first money to move to United States.
The main reason why I went to the United States is because I wanted to be on the orbit of the most influential minds. I was seeking direction, I was seeking influence. I was socializing and networking, I wanted to know where the people’s problems are and make sure I won’t repeat them. I was looking for balance, people you want to associate with in life so I had to make my foundation. I wanted to find myself, who I was, my strengths and my weakness. I wanted to find my WHY, because this is like a throttle to a ship, to find my own direction.
Everything in my life is passion, you have to love what you are doing, you have to do it by choice, as opposed to the necessity.
Wall-Street: When did you land in America?
I was 17. I was the youngest child in my family and was supposed to look after my parents. And I was the first to leave. I have learned to be self-sufficient and independent.
Wall-Street: So what was the first thing you did in America?
Because I was a professionally trained musician, I joined three or four bands, I composed music, we were signed with a record label and we went touring around the world. I used that money wisely to invest in properties and also the in the stock market.
By my early 20 I did my first million of dollars and the thing is that it wasn’t only with the money I earned as a potential musician. It’s not how much money you have, it’s how you reinvest them in order to duplicate. At all times, I was seeking leverage and the first million was the hardest, because at that stage I was developing a formula, and once I developed it, the next ten years were far more easier.
I developed businesses, I gave people a percent to run and develop them. What I do is: I identify products, help optimizing them; I’m like a solution provider, I find out what people need. I have 15 different businesses that I founded. As I optimize the businesses, I also find the time for me. I have my philosophy: 8 months on, 4 months off. I spend two hours per day on my own businesses in the first 8 months and pursue adventures in the last 4.
Wall-Street: So when did you complete your financial education?
I learned the hard way, because there weren’t many people in the early days. So I had to highlight my strengths and my weakness. I always used to ask people what are their biggest failures and what would they do in a different way. I got hurdles in my life for specific reasons, to strengthen my perseverance. A NO is a YES to me.
Wall-Street: So did you teach yourself or followed any courses?
I am self-taught. Up to this day, I like to hear stories, I like to read people’s biographies, to learn where they come from and how hey did things differently. One distinction can make a phenomenal change. I didn’t become a financial guru or something. I had my first money from music, I invested in stock exchange. When I invest, I always look at what people do and take the opposite all the time. For example, in the stock market, I don’t trade it, I create the stock market. I don’t want to stick with a hope of making money, I want guaranteed it upfront.
When I purchase property, what I do is find something which is distinct, which has something that looks rundown and what I do is to restore it to its former beauty. And the reason why that is going to make money is because first of all, it’s build like that, it will never lose its value, it can be built other way, it can be duplicated and I add value to things. So it means I can exploit the valuation of something. In a shorter time I can raise their value and I use that extra profit that has been generated in another projects. All times, the profit is on the purchase.
I have also Internet businesses, which do not require any of my presence, that generate money from al around the world and also when I sleep. I am not a compound, I don’t belong to a specific country, I am a global resident and global investor. I have properties in countries I’ve never been to.
Wall-Street: What were your first impressions of Romania?
It’s already my second visit in Romania. On my first visit, my impression was that a lot of people speak English, which I think it’s a plus. Secondly, there was an entrepreneurial spirit which is untamed and a lot of potential here, I like potential. There is more talent here than ambition and I like that equation. If you have talent, that means there is room for growth. I think that Romania has an emerging talent. It requires self-confidence.
In the first half of my life, I invested in me, in how I think, my background; the money came as a byproduct. In the other half, I invested in developing strategies, to increase monetary wealth.
Wall-Street: How would you define leadership? Do you consider yourself a leader?
I am a leader. A leader doesn’t blame other people, he blames himself, but also he respects the other’s world. He must respect also another models.
Wall-Street: What would be the difference between a true leader and a manager?
A manager manages people under him, a leaders goes everywhere around him. As far as I’m concerned, everybody is a leader in my world. Even in my organizations, I give them a percent of my businesses too, so that way they are motivated. In this case, would you work harder, as opposed to your monthly salary? Of course you will. IF you just get paid a salary, you work hard enough to not get out and your boss will only pay you enough so you won’t quit. Whereas on incentive base, you are giving birth to ideas inspiring someone.
Wall-Street: How do you perceive the current financial crisis?
A lot of people ask me how to invest, what’s the next trend. Without self-esteem and passion you can’t produce your own money. When there is crisis, I always see it as opportunity. What happened now happened many times before, there is so much money floating up there that people get caught up in it. Something is going to happen, don’t know where, but something is going to happen, which means I must be a seller. There is a rule I got: when 80% of the newspapers say “buy, buy, buy”, you should always be a seller. When 80% say “sell, sell, sell”, you should always be a buyer. The last period was about selling, which meant “buy, buy, buy”.
Wall-Street: Most of your investments concern real estate properties. Giving the current worldwide situation, did you reconsider or change your investment strategies?
Yes. I still acquire property, in certain countries. I seek opportunities elsewhere.
Wall-Street: So where are the best opoortunities for purchasing real-estate properties?
I would say Serbia, Montenegro, Belarus, Morocco.
Wall-Street: And America? When will the crisis end?
I think in America will be more opportunities in the next couple of months. The biggest problem is that is too much digital money there, money that doesn't exist. For every dollar, there is nine digital dollars. If every people in the world would withdraw money from the banks at the same time, the banks still won't collapse. Why? Because the money isn’t there.
We have people that have only one source of revenue. They're indebted. That's what capitalism is, how you sedate the population by keeping it in debts. And when you are in debt, there is much easier to be controlled. This entire situation has been there before, but has been masked. Now everybody is cared, panic, indecision and the markets went down.
Wall-Street: So do you say this crisis is in fact an opportunity?
Within any crisis there is a massive transfer of wealth. Most Russians multiplied their wealth when their currency (rubla) collapsed.
Wall-Street: What are your greatest achievements so far?
My greatest achievement is a life with color. To me, life is about the legacy you leave behind.
Wall-Street: for those who haven’t read your book, the Thrillionaire, what are the most important ideas you want your audience to learn from your book?
The book shares my biography, everything I've done, but also there is a lot of learning in it, there is financial education, personal development and a lot of questions. It gives you the chance to ask questions, to challenge everything you see. There is an alternative of the system, you get a job, you pay taxes, and you’re a slave. I inspire people to get away from this system and live on their own terms. Basically, will be how to seek answers, how o develop a mindset, but also how to live a life of proportions.
Wall-Street: Do you have an inspiring role model, like Kyosaki, for example?
No, I was more inspired buy people, you know, philosophers. That was my foundation. I like reading the body language. Ultimately, business is 1% of the all, the rest is psychology. I would rather want a 1% from a specialist than 100% of my own. That's how I duplicate my possessions.
Wall-Street: What are your future projects?
Building my brand, The Thrillionaire, a reality TV program too, also a movie about my life and fulfilling my ten goals, because I'm very close to fulfilling all of them. I've got eight down, two to go.
Wall-Street: What would be those two?
The two remaining are living on a space station and walking on the moon. That would be my wildest goal ever.
Wall-Street: When will you have your space flight?
In 2009. I just did my training. I went at over 2.000 feet. Real fun. I have now my astronaut certificate.
Nik Halik was born on 15th May 1971, in Melbourne, Australia. He is the founder of the financial companies Money Master Global and Financial Freedom Institute and also the owner of several properties in Australia, Greece and Maroc. Up to the present day, he offered financial advisory to more than 200.000 people and over 35.000 stock exchange investors.
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