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Friday Quick Post

This week I was able to delve into Ramit Sethi’s Earn1K course which is amazing so far. He restricts how much of the course you can go through each week to limit the students from becoming overwhelmed which I agree is a fantastic idea. So far I’ve learned a crap ton; What not to do, business non-essentials and how to connect two different industries to form a fantastic idea.

The weeks seem to be going by incredibly fast which I somewhat don’t like. I know it means I’m busier than usual, but I still like to experience life in a slower pace. It just reminds me that I am getting older and have limited time  to achieve my goals. When you really understand time as a resource, you begin to turn up the heat and really get to work.

I read a crap ton this week, which I’m not particularly proud of. Here’s why; When we spend time consuming we spend less time producing. As entrepreneurs, we should spend the vast majority of our time producing something of value instead of consuming article after article.

There is nothing wrong with reading and increasing our knowledge. The issue arises when we don’t apply this new knowledge and instead put it at the back of our mind. This becomes a complete waste of time and a way to procrastinate on what we really should be doing. Hold your time valuable and only consume that which you truly believe will help you and is actionable.

What I‘m Reading

  • Hacking Elance: How To Make $23,700 Freelancing In 4 Weeks – Today’s post is a detailed breakdown on freelancing strategy by Daniel DiPiazza at Rich20Something. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to leverage your skills to make extra money on the sideor leave your job entirely, freelancing is the perfect way to start.

 

  • Life is Like a Game. Here’s How You Master ANY Game – I swept the chess pieces to the floor and ran out. The pieces were still popping around on the ground like popcorn when I left the room where the match was being played. It was my school versus some other school. I had lost.

 

 

 

  • The Productive Sprint – In the past two weeks, I’ve written more than 45,000 words, including 10 posts for Zen Habits and Sea Change and 30 chapters in my new book. That’s a lot of writing.

 

 

 

Tool of The Week

Peak User Testing – Free User Testing Videos of Your Site!

 

Video of The Week

 

Friday Quick Post

What a busy week! With personal development and simply investing in yourself being such an important role in your success, I decided I needed to do something new. I needed to treat myself, but for the betterment of myself. Ramit Sethi at IWT changed my perspective of personal finance with his book years ago.

I finally seemed to understand what you were really supposed to be doing with your money and how to use passive investments and systems to do all of the leg work while I enjoy my life. Since the book came out, Ramit has completely 100x his life. He has created what most consider, the most valuable courses on entrepreneurship, personal development and even helping thousands of people get their dream job.

After watching the opportunity of his courses fly by me and watching case study after case study, I knew it was finally time to pull the trigger. Honestly, if this had been anyone else besides Ramit, I would call bullshit on his claims. I’ve seen him grow over the last five years and missed the first five years of his business. He has proven, over the course of ten total years that what he teaches works.

Ramit has been interviewed and is good friends with Tim Ferriss, Noah Kagan and is brothers of Maneesh Sethi at Hack The System. All every reputable people.

In order to hold myself accountable and retain more of what I will be learning, I plan on either dedicating full posts to each topic or simply including key takeaways in each Friday’s Quick Post.

 

What I‘m Reading

 

 

 

  • Friday quick links – Pine as a mobile app that enables you to take the proverbial step back for a few seconds each day to reflect and answer the question: how are you doing today? GitGo is a brilliant new GIT version control hosting service. Clean and simple UI to the Max.

 

  • The Content Marketing Travel Kit – Everything You Need to Create & Market Great Content on the Go! – I just got back from an epic almost-5-week speaking tour which took me to two countries, eight cities and had me hopping on and off a total of sixteen planes from beginning to end. Phew! It was tiring, sure.

 

Tool of The Week

Wisestamp – Create simple, but amazing email signatures in seconds

Video of The Week

How one startup is changing the sailing world to better safeguard our resources and change a whole industry.

Friday Quick Post

I finally pulled the trigger on a deal I’ve been working on all week. Just one step closer towards achieving full freedom and living the life I want to be living.

You have to be willing to take on some risk in life. This week, I did just that. In future posts I will explain everything in detail, but for now everything is hush hush.

I also ran a little experiment with profitable websites using a method I found online in a forum completely free. The experiment was a little dry at first, but has recently taken a positive turn. The site is actually earning money. Not a lot of money, but enough money for me to take it serious and focus a bit on traffic generation.

The site cost me $5 to put together (just domain and hosting) and the rest was simple integration. Everything about the site is automated except for traffic.

Very soon I will be writing a very passionate post exposing my thoughts and desires for entrepreneurship and the path I see myself going down at this time.

Things change, especially when you’re 22. You learn a lot and develop a completely different mindset. The more you learn about what is possible in this world the better your reality becomes. Passions change and so does desires. What I thought I wanted just two years ago is completely different than what I want now. We will always evolve.

What I‘m Reading

  • How to Buy a Ferrari for $20k – I mentioned in my first post that one of the things I wanted to do here was to help you think outside the box.  There is a reason successful entrepreneurs capitalize on opportunities other people miss.

 

  • Google Panda Update 4.1 aka #27 is Out! – Google announced yesterday that the newest edition of Panda is out. It’s time for some wild speculation and a whole bunch of discussion.

 

  • Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything – I’ve been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I’m far from the player I wish I were.

 

  • 5 Books I Wish Everyone on Earth Would Read. – It’s summertime, and I’m reading up a storm. These five books have each inspired me with their goodness, practicality and readability. Of course, I could probably come up with a list like this every few months, made up of completely different books.

 

  • My Monthly Income Report – July and August 2014 – Welcome to a special edition of my monthly income reports, one that includes two months worth of numbers and lessons! Let’s waste no time. July and August 2014, here we go…

 

  • 7 Tips for Creating Content that Drives Growth – Morgan Brown is the Head of Growth at Qualaroo, GrowthHackers.com team member, and Co-Author of Startup Growth Engines and Unlocking Growth. Say hi @morganb. He’s also the featured guest of our #MentionChat on 9/18. Learn more. The web is awash in content.

 

 

Tool of The Week

Sumo Me – Free Tools To Grow Your Website Traffic

Video of The Week

The Random Show with Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose. I complete must watch web show!

My Monthly Report September 2014

Welcome to my Monthly Business & Lifestyle Review.

Each month I’m going to write a detailed review of the previous month.

I do this not only to help me keep track of my own progress, but I want to be open, honest and transparent about what’s going on in my business and life. I want to lead by example by showing you what’s working for me, and what’s not – both in life and business.

Each month I’m going to review how I did when it came to achieving the previous months goals both in business and personal life.

 

Did I Hit My September Goals?

This month seemed much better than the last. Much more calm. I think I’ve finally found a way to calm my mind a get more focused, but only time will tell.

I hit all of my goals for this month but one…. Launching this damned fitness apparel company. For some reason, we have hit every kind of road block you could ever hit while launching a new venture. On a brighter note, I was able to increase my personal training client numbers from two to seven. It’s nothing I can live on, but building quickly enough. The more I learn the better I get a building my client numbers.

I also ran a small weekend experiment.

 

Lessons Learned This Month

I learned a lot about myself mostly this month. By really focusing on how little things made me react, the better I understood the kind of person I am. I will always work towards making myself better. We should all work towards making ourselves better.

Most importantly; Write down your goals EVERY single day without exception. By doing so you keep your mind focused and direct. Your decisions are made with your goals in mind, greatly pushing you closer towards achieving them.

Happiness Check

Things could be better. I’m battling with the fact that I can do better, but fear is holding me back. I was working on a great deal that would net me a decent amount of money each month, but backed out because of fear. I don’t regret backing out because other deals will come in time. I need to learn my lesson and become more analytical and less emotional when it comes to business and making decisions. By focusing on Expected Value or “EV” you can make better financial and business decisions when risk is involved (like it always is!).

 

What I’m Reading

I’m really focused on increasing my efforts and working at a higher rate. The 4 Hour Work Week is wearing thin and it takes incredible amounts of effort to achieve your goals. I’m not aiming low with my life. Because of that, I need to think and act on a completely different level. The following book is amazing at explaining how to operate and achieve much higher goals. Would you rather fall short on $100,000 or $1,00,000?

 

  • The 10X Rule – The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone

 

October Goals

  1. 10 Personal Training Clients In Total (+3)
  2. Increase My Income by $500 Per Month (+$500)
  3. Make $100 Online In A Completely New Way (+$100)

Friday Quick Post

This week seemed to go by very fast. I’ve discovered my fear of cold calling people…. Still trying to get over this fear and make it happen. I know the potential outcome is positive, yet the fear is crippling. On a brighter note, I’ve added a few more clients to my personal trainer business and I love seeing any kind of growth!

 

While going through a trade magazine for personal trainer and fitness business I discovered a whole other world where people buy and sell gyms, fitness clubs and personal training studios. I know that everything in this world can be bought or sold, but this never crossed my mind. I quickly saw the light come on in my head and the huge potential this could be. I’m a pretty far away experience wise to be buying my own profitable gym, but it is possible. Every few days I seem to check listings just so I can get a feel for the market and determine what a great deal actually is.

Now, let’s get into the good stuff…

What I‘m Reading

 

  • How To Email A Facebook Group, That You Don’t Even Own – Warning: This Tutorial is pretty complicated. You’ll need some knowledge in both Facebook marketing, Excel and Email programs. Before we get into the post, I’d like to thank James Gregory for helping me develop this strategy.

 

 

 

  • From 3 to 16: How to Hire and Build a Remote Team – Over the course of Zapier’s 34-month existence, we’ve grown from three founders cramped in a small apartment to a team of 16 around the world. While we’re certainly not experts at hiring, we have picked up a few tricks (and things to avoid) to make building a remote team easier.

 

  • The Best Of Internet Marketing September 2014 – This is the 22nd post in the series which shares all of my favourite internet marketing posts from the past month. There is an awful lot of junk to sort through every month so here are the best bits according to me!

 

Tool of The Week

Noisli – Background Noise For Better Productivity While Working Solo

 

Video of The Week

Noah Kagan and Tim Ferriss Talk Validation

 

 
 

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