Day 18 : My personal mentor

My journey started commonly

My journey with online marketing started about 15 months ago…

However my first thing online is about 3 moths old…

Why is that?

Initially I was doing a lot of research, and learning the whole idea of blogs, WordPress,SEO, and marketing.

I was learning old school stuff, and those updated ones, which are important today.

Like probably most of people, which are learning the online marketing in the beginning I started with Pat Flynn, and his Smart Passive Income.

I don’t know Pat personally, and I have been reaching him only once about year ago (I have send him an email, and He did reply me), but I threat him like a friend…

Don’t took me wrong, I mean that Pat, is sharing the online marketing content in the form, which is really simple, especially for someone who didn’t ever think about all of those online stuff.

I have started listening to his podcasts, and actually heard all of them. I have probably done it wrong, because Pat often says about how important is actually do something…

Not only read, but make an action…

But I thought… That is probably too expensive to me to buy all of those tools, and servers…

I had background, because as an IT programmer, I can code, just never been doing a working online websites before.

I have learned a tone stuff, and heard about stories, which are incredible…

How people after 50 took their chance, and actually stated a business from scratch, and do all those things, and actually make a living siting in their backyard.

Before that I was only thinking about learning different things, and that was my only solution for earning money…

More time, meant more money for me…

But Passive Income? No work, and earn…

Seemed like a Fantasy to me…

I was not doing anything with my knowledge… Just learning, buying books, and learning (Elon Musk also learned how to go in space from books, so why could I learned online marketing).

My issue also was money… I didn’t earn a lot back then, and have new car, and apartment to renovation, so every peny was important for me.

I have decided that I will learn as much I can by reading, and start doing something, when I will be financial stable.

The plan kick off after a year

After a year from my beginning, I felt like I have learned a tone…

I did read a lot of books, done some notes, and actually become living with advice’s from those books.

I bought some servers, and themes, learned WordPress (by trial an error), and learned SEO (I am still not best in the world, but I am on the road to become one :)).

And I have to say, that I am not earning online yet… But I feel like I really can…

Probably if someone let me go from work (like in Pat case), it could help me…

But I hope top work for a while, I have family, and financial commitments, and not a lot of savings, so I need to work…

Also I am good at my work, and it passionate me, unfortunately there are things, which passionate me more, so there I am…

Having a mentor matters

Like I mentioned on the beginning, I have started small, by reading and hearing Pat.

But during those sessions (mostly I have listening podcasts during 3 hours driving to my work, when I am often staying for few days), I felt passion about SEO.

And actually find someone, who in short time become a mentor of mine (He don’t know about my existence, but it is not important, I have learned everything what I can from him).

And I am talking about Glen Allsopp.

Where I heared first time about Glen? In one of the Pat’s Podcasts about Niche Sites.

And it wast a blast… It blows my mind….

So i have started interesting Glen, and his journey, how he started, and i noticed that he is same age as me…

Also he interests English Premier League (Newcastle United is his team, but they are in the championship right now, so no hard feelings).

I have never joined to Marketing INC, which is Glens product (but wish to join maybe this year), because I know how much Glen is delivering all the time…

Now Glen is working on Gaps, which is his newest product, and as always he is over delivering…

I wish I have a huge audience, and just redirect all of it to Gaps in thank for Glen, and his content.

BTW. I am wondering if Glen is keeping track in all of his back-links, hope he is and actually make a comment on this one.

GAPS is all about opportunities, which are online… There are millions of ideas, which can be implemented multiple times in different niches, and areas.. And Glen just simple shares those ideas for free.. As he says, that He don’t have time to implement all of them, He purely want others to benefit from them…

I have a massive Blog post in my plans (and I mean Blog Area, not Daily Updates), which i want to write about Glen, and his mark on my life…

Meanwhile I don’t know Glen personally, i have contacted with him several times (and he is replying, and giving some tips), but I don’t have to.

I read some time ago a book about mentors. Don’t remember the title, but I remember one important thing from it… It is really good to have at least one mentor, who we can meet in Person, (this can be someone from family, or someone successful, who lives in the neighborhood), and some mentors, which we can know only from books, and their publications.

And this is my advice to You…

Find someone in the World, who You think is the best in the work, which You also want to Provide, someone, who is similar to You in some ways (maybe same age, or geographic area), and simply learn from him, try to take his advice, and take his steps.

There is a saying, that You are the average of three people, which You are spending most time with.

If You don’t have someone authoritative in Your environment, read more books… It will felt like Your taking advices from this person.

And You become a better at whatever You will be learning in the process.

Day 17 : Catching up with wasted time

Catching up, and getting blog in better shape

As I mentioned in the previous post, I have to catch up with the blog, and the plan is pretty simple…

As I have some time today I will write 5 blog posts in one day…

This is definitely cheating…

But I as documented all here, and actually keep the dates of the post release, it is all good in my standards.

What I have also started trying to do, is keeping more focus on the content here… If you have been reading some of my content released (yet), I hope You are seeing the difference.

There is no special low quality on the beginning tactics. If You see the difference in my writing, it simply means I am becoming better at this (no bragging here).

Also if You have been fallowing me up from the beginning You are experiencing constant changes in the look of the website.

That is why I am experimenting with DIVI theme like all the time.

Yes, I am using DIVI theme, and DIVI builder on the website (if You not familiar with these awesome WordPress solution, click the link above this paragraph, and do some reading).

I am using DIVI on my third website, and as a autodidact I try trial and error on my own.

I was using Elegant Themes for my two clients, and they were thrilled with the final effect, and I was glad, cause of the time, which I spend to get this effect (and trust me, those were hours, not weeks).

I am not an affiliate of any kind for those guys, and I am definitely not a Person which huge audience (yet), so trust me on that this is pure delight.

I am testing You all the time

Let’s make something clear.

I don’t want You (my potential reader) to become not confident here. Yes I want to give You some of my advice, and I want to be total transparent with what I am doing here, and probably shortly on my other ventures.

I am trying stuff with content, I am trying stuff with the design, and also I will change the logo probably in few days…

And You know why I am doing that?

I have changed my point of view of online business…

I have been trying this for a Year bow, but I were a witness of failures (unfortunately there were my failures).

So I decided that I need to release my idea fastest I can, to avoid something, which is often named like a “lack of motivation”.

Every time, when I was starting a new Project, or just trying to bring to life some idea, I was exited on the first place, but after few days I hit the wall, get frustrated, and forget about whole thing.

Don’t tell me that You haven’t experienced such a thing in Your life?

So…

I decided that, when I have an idea, and it is not costing me a lot of money, I just do it… Start is the most important part.

And I mean a website idea, or a website project such as Internal Calm.

I will be honest in here. I have lots of ideas every day… Lot’s of business opportunities, and chances to actually find my own gap in the market (Thank You Glen for all Your knowledge).

The problem for me is:

  • My specific kind of not 9 – 5 work, which I spend about 70 hours in week.
  • Lack of energy in the week full of work for my work :).
  • My weekend teaching lessons, which I am giving.

Most of my ideas live for one, maybe seven days… And there are dead…

This is really sad, but that is the truth…

I am not going far with thise ideas… Sometimes I am doing some research, and another time, I am just simply figuring out stuff, get to some point and simple as that live the idea.

Seriously, those are good ideas (maybe not all of them), but there are too much of them.

I want to focus on one thing, but the problem is that each time I have new idea, I just simply thing, that this one is better, than previous, so I should probably focus on this one, to not waste of time on something which has a dead end.

Wit internalcalm was different. I wanted just be more focus, and actually achieve some changes, so I decide that I have to keep track of all my ups and downs to actually make a change (also I was doing that after reading my mentors version of similar website: Glen Allsopp).

I have created the website in few hours, write a first blog posts, created a must have sites like Privacy Policy page, contact page, about page, and the blog itself, and I was done…

The logo, which I have today:

internal_calm_logo

was done in couple of minutes, so not a big deal…

That is the reason, why I want to change it.

The big conclusion is simple

I am doing the changes on the blog, and am doing it when i have time, but this is not holding me to release something…

Releasing the idea of internalCALM take me couple of hours from buying a server, and the domain to installing the wordpress, and choosing the proper theme.

I have content on the site, and updated everyday (almost :)), and I can make changes all the time…

Before…

I wanted to make as perfect website as possible. And that was the biggest problem… To much time took me changing the details, and technical stuff, so finally I was having no energy to actually keep on the right trick with the whole initial idea…

Back to conclusion

Release Your idea as fast as You can…

If it is a website, just do something simple, and go public with it…

When You have something publicly on the internet it will make You more committed to actually keep going with the idea.

This is conclusion, which i made after some of my failures…

Normally, when You hit the wall for the first time You properly kill the whole project, You don’t have such an enthusiasm, like when You were starting…

Probably my logo is ugly, and some pages of my site are not looking well, like this one:

internalcalm-website-mistake

but You know what?

You need the audience first to actually someone notice, and to get the audience You definitely need a content.

So why bother with some technical not looking the best on the planet website, if You have bigger issues to actually deal with?

Yes I am a perfectionist, and I look when something looks the best in the world, but I know that if I want to achieve that I do need lot of time, or lot of money… Simple as that.

As I don’t have the second one, and the first one is not working so well, I have decided to change my tactics.

Be honest with Yourself

I am trying to be as transparent here as I can.

Actually this is the longest post here (yet), maybe because I fill a little bit guilty about that I didn’t write for 5 days, or I just simple have some time to thing about my ventures, and did make some conclusions.

I have decided that I have to be honest with myself. If something goes wrong, and I didn’t complete the plan, I have to face it…

Finding excuses that I was stressed, and didn’t have time, was overwhelmed, and depressed is not the reason that I fail for 5 days with my habits…

The reason is that my habits are not strong enough…

I am waking up, when I am in hotel at 6 AM, and staying in bed till 7 AM, that is the truth…

So I have hour, which I could use for writing here, or meditating…

In some reason I am not doing that, because I am thinking about work related stuff, and I am too much stressed to actually stand up from bed…

And this is the whole truth…

When I am at home, I can deal with this, and it actually came to me much easier…

When I am out of home I have some issues with my habits, and transformation.

But… I know about that, so this is an actual bright side.

I consider this blog (no matter how ugly it is right now), as my personal success…

And thanks to that I am keeping going with this venture, and my other ones.

Day 16 : Most stressful days in my entire carrier so far

Finding excuses for not being consequent

One of the most important aspects, on which I have started to write this blog on the first place is to become better at writing.

I noticed that to be good at online marketing, I don’t need necessary be the best in the world in some technical stuff…

But I have to write better, because I can outsource all of the work related with my business, but I can’t outsource the fact that I have to be the head, and face of the operation (maybe I can, but definitely I shouldn’t do that, and I wont).

I see some progress in my writing, and actually writing on this blog start become fun to me…

Maybe I can do a lot more with the graphics on the website, or I can do much more with SEO, but this is not the case…

I want to test myself, and report whole thing in the process.

And back to the case…

I didn’t write a single post in here for 4 days…

Why?

The excuse is that: I have the most stressful days in my entire carrier…

I was integrating the brand new machine for one of my clients, and nothing worked… And I have only 2 days to accomplish the task…

Why I really didn’t write?

Because I didn’t (yet), developed habit of writing here everyday on the same time…

The power of habits

I really see now my weaknesses…

I am only a human, there are times, when I am doing everything no related to the original plan.

Everyone of us have their problems…

Those, which are home related, and those work related…

What I have also noticed in my life (so far) is that, the level of stress can be the same for person which is cleaning their own flat, and turns out there is a really big stain on the wall, and for someone who have 1000 people working for him, and he don’t have enough money to pay all of them in the time.

I have used this comparison to show You one simple fact…

Your stress really is not the end of the world (with some exceptions).

Of course there are times in life, when really someone is hurt, or You have problems with health…

And this could be really something, what can make You depressed…

Other things, are just gaps on the road…

You have to face it, solve it, and deal with it…

The work problems (as main), however shouldn’t be the cause of abandonment working on Your(my)self.

This is the real power of habit.

If You develop a habit, You are just doing it, not finding a excuse, not thinking about that You don’t have time, or oversleep…

Yes, You definitely maybe will have some flue, or really don’t have the possibility to do something as You have planned (like when You are in the plain during 16 hour flight).

But having a habit just minimizes the whole other situations, which You are dealing with.

And this blog is all about exactly this simple thing…

To document the whole journey of mein to become more productive, to become more focused on things, which matter most to me, and to do some more for the world…

And the plan is pretty simple…

I want to develop, and install some habits in my head, to do things, which I know will help me in the long term, and which I have to do everyday to obtain an effect which I wanted in the beginning.

Day 15 : Best business model – automation

I was blind for over 3 years

I am an IT Project Manager in company, which is specializing in Process Automation.

I really like my work, but some times ago I decided that I want something more from my life….

I want to be independent, work when I want, and where I want…

To achieve that, I have to be Entrepreneur…

I am working in Automation, and whole my life I was studying new stuff (programming languages, and systems), to have more knowledge, and do more…

One problem… I have only 24 hours a day, so most of my Projects, and dreams just disappear after while of fighting.

Why?

Because I did not have time, and motivation enough to work on the same thing for enough time…

Solution?

Create a Product, or service, which could Automate whole process…

I can create a Platform, which is giving the tool for the problem, but not solving the problem…

Example?

amazon.com – ebay.com. Why? Because They are just connecting the clients with sellers…

I can do same thing, but connecting the clients with services in specific niche.

Why such an Idea?

I was today reading some blog posts about entrepreneurship…

And it just cam for me…

I don’t have enough time, to actually study everything on my own…

I can outsource the work…

I can always outsource the work, and only be a broker of situation, or service…

I can help bought sides to click for 20% of the income…

Reasonable?

Only have to find the best service, which I can offer.

Today I have oversleep

I have two phones…

Samsung, and iPhone…

I always turn my alarm clock on Samsung…

Always it was a good idea, but…

Today my battery was dead durning the night, and my alarm clock didn’t work…

I wake up 20 minutes before going to work…

And just eat something, and drive…

But did go swimming for 30 minutes after work, so the day wasn’t a total sport disaster.

Day 14 : Back to the routine after 3 days away

My morning routine

When I am at home I am simple having my routine all set…

Waking up, going brushing my teeth, next the water…

And some time for reading, or doing something for my company…

Eating, and at 6 AM driving for the swimming pool… I have 30 minutes to do all the stuff there (so that’s 20 for swimming).

Meditation needs improvement

I need really calm space, to meditate…

Probably it’s crazy that I can’t organize myself to do meditation for 5 minutes each morning…

The problem for me is that I am not focus too much after waking up, and have too less time to prepare myself…

Best time for meditation for me will be probably after swimming (maybe at swimming pool I could just go for toilet for 5 minutes and meditate).

Plans for tomorrow

For the first time I will have free afternoon (after 6 PM).

I do need improve my website…

And I do need get a logo for one of my clients, so there will be some work…

Also…

I need to plan my weekend, and take some steps to actually spend more time in the next week working for myself…

The whole idea of my own business is to work on the beginning, and next automate the whole thing…

So I do need to find a way, how can I automate my business idea…

Day 13 : 18 hours in work, and no time for blogging

9-5 can become 6 AM – 12 PM

I have been all day at work today… Literally, because I have started at 6 AM, finished at 8 PM, and next drive for 4 hours back home…

Yes, I know this is unhealthy… But this is the cost, for better living some day…

Don’t understand me wrong…

I need money for living… So I do have a limited time for other things (like my little projects), but…

The whole internal calm is all about to become more productive in limited time, which I have…

I was at Gym!

I made a simple decision…

I am to tired to think after 12 hours of work… So instead of doing nothing… I want to actually become more thin, and loose some weight…

So that is why I have started my journey with Gym…

Also, because I have free ticket from work every day… So…

You understand me.

Day 12 : Morning posts are much more effective than night ones

Meditation start kicking

I was meditating today (without any other exercises). It took me about 5 minutes…

Because I have decided to actually learn meditation from scratch (don’t know if it is possible to learn meditation).

I took just one post from Zenhabits, and it was worth the deal!

Only 5 minutes focusing on my breathe, and I am much calmer today after that…

Is it coincidence? Maybe… Maybe I just slept well…

But I prefer to think, that meditation really is making the deal…

Plan for today is simple

Go to the Gym for the first time in my life!

Seriously, I am not Gym fan… I prefer team sports like Football, or volleyball…

But, when none from the team wants to participate, I have to be on my own…

And Gym is perfect for that.

After work Gym could make a blast for me…

Probably much better would be, when I kick of in the morning, but unfortunately all of Gyms near place, where I am stationing are closed…

Too much in short time?

Maybe I want to change too much in my life in short period…

I am thinking about my own business, and losing some weight, become much more feet, not wasting time in the mornings…

Most important!

If some of those things is just not kicking out yet… I have to be patient, and work some more…

I have to do as much I can to do all of those routines each morning, and live in the spirit with them all day…

But, if something goes wrong… Or I just simply forget about something, or did not do something…

It doesn’t mean that my routine is over!

This is like, when I was on diet…

It was going well until I just eat the first unhealthy meal…

And all of stuff just went down from this moment…

Because when I eat something wrong once, it means that I have to start from scratch… And I need much more motivation for that, rather than just keep going…

Now it is different.

If I couldn’t just wake up on the time, when I have decided day before… It shouldn’t be the reason for making a failure from it!

It is mistake, because I should be consistent, but I am just simply thinking what goes wrong…

Fix it, and try again the next day!

I am talking about this, because this situation actually have took place today…

I really wanted to wake up at 6 AM, but I just couldn’t and lied on bed till 7…

On 8 I was on my way to work, and actually done nothing on this additional hour….

What can I do better tomorrow.

Go to sleep earlier (maybe 10.30 AM)…

And try to wake up at 5 AM by simple giving my phone out of bed…

I did that couple of times, and it was working…

Day 11 : Yes I am Traveling, but still having habit of writing

Writing everyday 300 words

Thanks to this blog I am able to write every day at least 300 words about my thoughts…

Maybe not all of them are useful for You, but some of them are important to me…

As I am ftraveling today in my Day job I actually made it and, take some time, and went on swimming pool. Maybe I was swimming only or 15 minutes, but I have to say…

After long day of work I feel better after swimming, than when I skip the swimming.

Tomorrow I actually want to go to Gym…

Making decisions

In my work I have to make some decisions related to my team, and tasks, which they should do…

I read today about making decisions in one second.

Who knows better than a guy, who have to know what to do, when a torpedo is going right into his face…

Quick decisions making is something, what I thing I have, and what I want to develop, having more important tasks to deal with in work basis…

Today I write really short… But I acctually did write before the end of the day…

Propably better would be if I write on the beginning, when I am on the making plans stage…

Day 10 : Developing a meditation skill, and habit of swimming

Working 100 hours a week

I read a while ago about that Elon Musk works up to 100 hours a week. Someone could say this is crazy… This is about 14,5 hours a day (including Saturday, and Sunday).

If I think about how much time I am working (not only spending time in the day job), it could be similar.

The key is to work smart, not work more hours…

When I think about My business… I definitely spend too less time to improve stuff in it…

Reason?

I need money… I am still not in position, when I can just left my daily job, and focus on Private Ventures…

How to actually save some time

What are my methods to save time, and be super productive on those short times, when I can actually work on my own?

Avoid micro pauses

What is micro pause for me?

For example, when I am going shopping, next go home, take a 15 minutes break, and next go wash my car…

This is a micro pause, when I can’t actually focus on anything productive… And not only I waste those 15 minutes…

I am also wasting time, when I am driving twice around the city.

How to avoid this? Simple planning… I can firstly go wash my car, next go shopping , and next get back home…

This is only a example, but those micro pauses, where I would have 3 at day… It makes me 10 hours a week… 10 hours, which I could use much more productive…

Do home related stuff when I am tired

When I am super tired, and actually can’t focus on anything productive I just turn on my tv, and start cleaning my apartment…

Actually I have to do this eventually, so better to do that actually, when it is 9 PM, and definitely my eyes can’t focus on monitor, rather than next day morning, when I will, be much more focused, and have energy, which could be used on something creative… This way I am saving my time on the second day.

Avoid watching TV during focus sessions

When I want to do anything creative, like planning, or doing some work for my clients I have to be fully focus…

Music is great, but not TV, which could attract my eyesight once a while…

Rest on the end of the day, when is rest time

Everyone of us probably have their own system, when We are most productive…

When I was at colleague I prefer staying long in the night, and doing some stuff…

Now I want to be sharp on the morning at work, so I am trying to actually wake up a little bit earlier, do my work, and rest since 10 PM…

Watch some movie, or read a book…

I am waiting all day for those relax time, so I am more focus to actually do my work, because I am waiting for my reward.

What i did today?

I am a little bit frustrated about my meditation sessions… I am trying, but I am not achieving as much, as I expected…

Don’t know yet if the issue is about focusing…

What I have to do is to read some more about this… Maybe I am doing something wrong?

Maybe I am doing it to short (10 minutes a day), or maybe just too much stuff Is fluffing over my head?

My go to person number one is Leo Babauta. Also I have bought a book recently on iBooks Meditation for beginners.

Read about 80 pages, and now I don’t actually know much more than before… Have to be patient and probably read it all…

I was at swimming pool, and did drink 2 liters of water probably (with some lemons).

Day 9 : The Perfect Day

First day of the weekend can be productive

Saturday started not bad… Only minus was that, I was not sleeping very well, so in the time, when I was waking up, I was a little bit disappointed about the time when I go to sleep, and the time, when I have actually fall in sleep.

But, when I started my Saturday meeting all settle down, and I started having lot of energy (surprisingly).

I was at the swimming pool, and done some 30 minutes of decent swim.

Today was no reading day

As I have to finish a website for my client, and go with it public I didn’t have much time for self development…

Of course I am writing on this blog, which is a part of my journey, but this post will be really short.

I have a lot of work today with the website, and hopefully enough energy to actually go to sleep at the midnight.

Probably i shouldn’t change my habit of time, when I go to sleep, and wake up, but there have to be exceptions.

Why this day was perfect

Because I am having really lot of energy!

Also I was eating really healthy (and drink a bit of wine).

Also my new haircut was done the job to make me more relax, and feel more accepted.

One thing, I wish today, is that to save some energy for tomorrow!