Goals for 2015 - Number 1: To remove myself completely.
You got me sippin' on something
I can't compare to nothing
I've ever known, I'm hoping
That after this fever I'll survive
I know I'm acting a bit crazy
Strung out, a little bit hazy
Hand over heart, I'm praying
That I'm gonna make it out alive.
I love the melody of that song. Not so much the melancholic meaning of it all.
A lot has happened since about a month ago. I haven’t posted anything for January and before the month is over I told myself I’d get something up at least.
I feel like I am eliminating most distractions out of my life and just mainly focusing on two things at the moment. That is namely rebranding HK AUTOSPORTS to AUTOPARTS LAB. I started the social media accounts for AUTO PARTS LAB and I’m positioning myself to switch my entire eBay store over to the new name. I was wondering why for the longest time I’ve been putting off marketing HK AUTOSPORTS in any manner and that’s because I’m a stickler with names. I do not believe HK AUTOSPORTS represents what I’m doing and it took months to change regarding paperwork.
AUTO PARTS LAB will be hip and funny and interesting once it is launched. I already had my developers set up the site, a few virtual assistants are working on the social media accounts, and things are moving along. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about it’s a company I started a little over a year and a half ago. It went from garnering less than 1K in sales a month to now 10-11K steadily at minimal commitment. This is with no social marketing.
I’m going at this full force so I’m hoping to push sales to 20K/month within the next four months [this might be a bit of a reach]. My competitors might be laughing at me on how slow I'm growing this company... but I go at my own random pace.
Super Fast Listings was a company I co-founded with Ron and we recently garnered another subscriber to that business. Making a total of 8 paying subscribers if no one cancels. It is a software/excel sheet available for download.
I am also by default still improving my rock climbing abilities and taking it 1 week at a time.
I'm going to tackle trying to make money online and so far I have two areas that are semi-working for me. Am I making real money? No, I'm not. Every cent I earn goes back into the companies. So that's why this is not enough until at least another 6-8 months of effort channeled into pulling away from the business.
I recently spoke to the CEO of a competitor and after 5 years of work he is starting over from scratch again - he can afford his expensive toys of course (by now) but he fired everyone and had to start from scratch - still chugging away at the daily grind.
I don't want to be in that same position. Many have reached freedom one way or the other. Many do not want freedom because they are happy with what they have. Many chose a limited freedom. I want to walk towards a type of freedom that is generous on my wallet and easy on the soul. In documenting my efforts maybe it'll help someone realize their own desires to be free as well. Chris Ducker's work is going to help.
I wish I quit school while in college and started companies a long time ago. The reason I did not is because of my parents' completely traditional almost crippling attitude of choosing the safe route - "BE A DOCTOR! BE A PHARMACIST!" or just chalk yourself up to being a complete failure. The other reason is I was a too afraid to go out on my own and just do it.
I am comfortable not becoming a doctor or pharmacist because while I was studying for those classes and taking those tests ... none of it made me happy. I imagined my future and just dreaded all of it. This made me change my mind a dozen times throughout college and take classes that were a waste of my time. It was not my calling but I kept going at it hoping that someday a light bulb will go off in my head and a warm glow starts resonating in my heart for being what my parents wanted me to be.
Well SCREW all of that.
I have my own private online journals as well as my physical journals which I use to document my failures or successes (or emotional outbursts/breakdowns). The reason why this is public and I'm not afraid to put myself out there is because ALTHOUGH I am not yet truly successful, I have talked to many friends who have tried again and again to make some type of living outside of their 9 to 5 job without a pint of success.
Can I help you now? To a very small capacity in that maybe I can show my direct friends what is possible. In 6-8 months I'm hoping to be able to actually help because by then I'll have everything set up more correctly [assuming best case scenario].
Goals for 2015:
1) Put in all the steps enough to truly remove myself from my main business.
2) Help others get started (If they want to).
3) Start a podcast
4) Write an ebook.
It is quite boring and almost depressing to merely survive as I go about building this business and other businesses. It was so depressing at some points that I even hired a therapist to help me with my personal as well as professional life. I even went and hired a personal trainer to help me cope with how my body was taking everything (different city, different weather, forever-alone feeling). I want to feel grateful and surrounded even in the solitude of a job where I am 99% on my own. Maybe one way to get there is to help others realize... yes.. you can do this too. Yes, my motive is very selfish. I am tired of feeling alone. I always tell others, "It's not rocket science! You can do it too. Easy," but I don't provide any tools for them to start and realistically I just don't have to energy to devote in order to truly bring them massive success.
I'll only share what works for me. There is plenty of free information about creating money somehow online, many of them might be scams or gimmicks and none of those will apply.
THE POINT IS (If you think everything was TL;DR):
1) I don't know how to make MASSIVE amounts online because I have implemented only 10% of what I know so far and I've yet to execute on the 90% that is advised of me to do. But I've started and I've earned TINY small successes which are real. None of it was earned by tricking anyone or by being gimmicky.
2) I want to stop feeling alone. So I'm going to share pretty much everything to see if it helps anyone and EVENTUALLY when I am more on my feet - I will be able to genuinely help without feeling guilty of the half-assed nature of it all. And by helping maybe I'll feel a lot less alone.
3) To never. stop. moving. To continuously strive to be more healthy physically, mentally and spiritually (I bought this device to help me meditate).
I will choose to stick to an update schedule.
I will update EVERY week on WEDNESDAYS.
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