by Jothy Rosenberg
Had a nice call last night with Nik Halik whom I want to tell you about. Nik is a self-made millionaire and coined a new term--Thrillionaire--to describe what he aspires to be and to help other people be as well. He has a very active web site dedicated to this called http://www.thethrillionaires.com. I find that attitudinally Nik and I have a lot in common. The course of our lives however has been about as different as you can imagine but in the end many of our messages and what we have learned in our lives is so much in common.
Nik is a 41-year old Greek Australian who originally had the name Nikos Halikopoulos until his family shortened it to less of a mouthful that non-Greeks could spell. He was born and raised in Melbourne Australia and still has the nice accent from down under we Americans all seem to like. When Nik was a child he had very bad chronic asthma that confined him to his bedroom where he read in Encyclopedia Britannica about places it seemed he might never see. This time was clearly very formative for him. He began to dream and scheme of what he would do if and when he could break out of his confinement. He wrote a bucket-list of ten things that contained things like "eat lunch on the deck of the Titanic 5 miles under the ocean" and "climb Mt. Everest" both of which he has done as well as "walk on the surface of the moon" which is one of the few items that remains un-checked on his list.
Nik got busy once he out grew his restricting childhood ailment and made his millions by investing. He got good enough at investing and making money that he formed an institute to teach others what he had learned. His current email still is from his Financial Freedom Institute which he founded when he was just 29. His goal was not just to accumulate wealth for its own sake but to use wealth as a way to achieve one's goals. He says "the difference between being a millionaire and a 'thrillionaire' is not about balance sheets it’s about living life to the fullest dreaming big and using money as the tool to achieve those dreams." Short and sweet his motto is"find your dream and fund it!"
Nik's big dream as an 8 year-old like many kids was to be an astronaut. But unlike most kids for him it was not some ethereal unrealistic dream. He focused on it did what he had to do to make it become reality and indeed succeeded. At 41 Nik is currently again focused on his astronaut persona and is an alternate to go to the international space station. He actually paid $3 million to the Russians to secure that spot.
Nik and I spent most of our conversation talking about philosophies and I can confidently say he not only strongly subscribes to the Who Says I Can't that I espouse but he really lives it every day. He talks about no limits and no excuses which I articulate as don't hit me with any of that "pretty good…considering" crap. As I see it we both found the world trying to hold us back and we would have none of that. We both ended up being entrepreneurs and risk-takers. We believe our extreme physical adventures blend with and enable our business adventures and we go back and forth between them smoothly and constantly. Most would say we are both driven (some would say too driven). And we are both trying to teach and assist others based on what we learned through practical experience. Like me Nik has also written a book aptly named "I am glad Nik's team discovered my blog and reached out to connect us. Nik and I have plans to meet when we are both in California at the same time. He is clearly quite a guy and I know I will enjoy spending time with him immensely. Until then I will wish him well and watch his continuing exploits through his various Web sites and the news media as everyone else does.
I am glad Nik's team discovered my blog and reached out to connect us. Nik and I have plans to meet when we are both in California at the same time. He is clearly quite a guy and I know I will enjoy spending time with him immensely. Until then I will wish him well and watch his continuing exploits through his various Web sites and the news media as everyone else does.
Wellsphere’s mission is to help millions of people live healthier, happier lives by connecting them with the knowledge, people and tools they need to manage and improve their health. http://www.wellsphere.com/