From February to late March my life mostly consisted of being online all day everyday. I was making money with a method one of my friends recommended me and it was going well. I would say it was around 30 dollars an hours when you factor in how much flexibility and little effort was involved, even though I was technically online 12 hours a day, a lot of it was spent multi-tasking in between netflix and messing around. I could’ve cashed out with a lot more, but due to circumstances I didn’t. C’est la vie. Now that the method is gone, for the past couple of days I’ve been thinking about what to do, what to pursue as my next side-venture and I’m using this blog to outline my thinking process using tips I’ve learned from countless books and bloggers.
First some groundwork: What am I doing know? why? and what do I want to do? why?
1. I don’t really know why I go to college other than the fact that its costing me barely anything and having a degree could be good back up for teaching English abroad and getting into internships. I’ve posted before how I don’t really like college. Other than the social aspect and the occasional ambitious people you meet. The majority of people are kind of lost and just following the crowd. It reminds me of a line I read in Education of Millionaires where, while most of these people are in college they are creative, free and go-getters, but then when graduation comes around they settle into their business suits and take on an office job. I don’t want to be this person.
Yet at the same time I feel college is giving me borrowed time to act. At times I feel like I’m not completely utilizing time, but that has changed drastically in the past year and I am doing the things I want to do more than ever. In the end, unless I really make a lot of money or find an idea I am insanely passionate about and a way to pursue it without spending to much money, I will probably remain in college.
2.My ultimate goal is to travel, meet people, learn about a variety of things, and use that lifestyle to make money. I want my life, or at least my 20’s, to be filled with travel and worthwhile experiences. I want to be able to go diving in Thailand then two days later be in rural Chile learning about wine for a month or two, trek around South America then jet over to Japan and learn Japanese and cultivate a basic understanding of kendo and such before moving on. Ultimately I would like to support myself solely through my lifestyle. Writing, Photography, videos you name it. Of course this is a far off dream: I first have to live the lifestyle before I can sell it. But I figure if people like Nomadic Matt can do it, so can I.
Second: What am I going to do to achieve these goals? What is the optimal strategy? What are your current skills? What can you leverage?
1. The skills I have at the moment are not marketable. I am passionate about a variety of things; Travel, nutrition and health, human psychology and performance psychology, tech, coffee, and food. Unfortunately a lot of these things just aren’t marketable or have a ton of competition. Furthermore, I am no real “Expert” and I don’t have any serious credentials backing these things up. I can see myself possibly developing and authority, or being able, through marketing, to really push sales in one of these topics, but that isn’t really my style.
2. I’m not completely sold on which marketable skills I should learn. I’ve given myself a week to think about which skills I want to focus on. I’ve brainstormed, read tons of blogs and gone over several books on these topics. The choices are vast and no one is a clear winner. Internet marketing can have the biggest rewards, but it a sort of “easy to learn hard to master”, the rewards take a long time to manifest, and the competition is fierce. Programming is flexible, and straight forward, and the demand seems to be never-ending, but it takes a long time to learn and the pay is “meh” until a good portfolio is built. App development, which I guess is an extension of programming, can be completely different though. Next is selling an information Product or drop shipping, which is pretty much the same as internet marketing. This is why I feel learning internet marketing and copywriting might actually be something incredibly important for me, because it can literally be applied everywhere: Getting a job, selling a product, getting more readers etc. Last but not least is Poker, which I think could make me decent money, but of course requires me to overcome a sort of “dip” and learn the hard way. It also doesn’t produce anything for society, but to paraphrase Tynan, learning it can be like a sort of low-level super power where you have access to some sort of atm.
The way I look at it, learning programming/app development would probably be the safest, but boring, Poker would be the fun but very risky way, and internet marketing would potentially be the most unpredictable.
1. I gave myself a strict timetable to think about these things: 1 week. That week has expired. The opportunity cost of not doing is extremely high and I know that and thus I will start doing something. Currently I’m aiming for information products/marketing/poker. The truth is I feel like everything can work if I put enough time and effort into it so maybe I should just pick one and run full force with it. Now that my 1 week time is up I have committed to always be doing something productive: Reading a book, exercise, meditating, learning a language or skill, writing, constructive socializing etc. My greatest asset in the long run will be not wasting time and having everything I do be conducive to who I want to be.
2. Developing the right attitude will ultimately be the real indicator of success. As I’ve noticed and detailed in the posts I wrote last week about my experience while away the people who succeed are those that put it all on the line. Who, quite literally, Don’t have the time to be playing video games or watching Netflix. These people, unlike most, don’t feel bad because of this, in fact they feel invigorated and driven. At the moment I am going to see how well I do controlling my urges to get on Facebook, over socialize, or play stupid games on my phone instead of do flashcards. I want my brain to be wired to learning marketable skills and creating things. In the end, I feel that if I spend the majority of my time learning and trying new, constructive things the money will come.
So what I’m I doing at the moment?
Currently I am learning more German on duolingo. I want to “level-up”, in other words be able to understand a decent amount of conversational German as measured by kids books/people’s comments on italki. I will most likely delve into poker and learn some programming, probably dedicate a week to both to see which one I like more.