A weightlifting coach in Cape Town


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I didn't write anything for a month and it was great

I was undeniably stuck. Over the past month, I’ve produced a fat zero in typed or handwritten output. It was bothering me - a lot. This site isn’t income generating, I pay to display my wares here. It’s not much - the price of a couple of beers a month, as I’ve mentioned before. Like an unused gym membership, the wasted money was troubling. I’m hardly flush and it does add up over the course of a year.

I decided to turn the absence of writing into a personal experiment. First, a declared halt to all writing and blogging endeavours. By turning an unconscious decision into one that I controlled, the source of anxiety was removed. Now all I had to do was wait and observe. I found that at first, I was quite alright with not writing. I could spend more time focusing on paid work, family and training. I dropped most social network activity and that felt good too. When I did need to write for any reason, it was all on loose leaf paper, and I found myself gravitating towards A3 and up. It’s not practical or portable, but the extra white space gives me room to think. So I acknowledge that and will continue to use it.

I learned that lists were really make my brain seize up. Non-linear mind mapping techniques jolt my mind far better than any todo list. I found myself having ideas again thinking in multiple planes. In fact, just to have ideas again was nice. I started to formulate entire articles in my head - first drafts at 3am in the dark. Over the last couple of days, communication lines resumed again and that feels good too. Now I’m writing this, and it isn’t a masterpiece but that’s cool. It’s here and I’m happy to write it - not through any kind of obligation, but want. This is how it ought to be.

In being stuck I got better at observing myself. Plus I had loads of time to play through Link Between Worlds, which was far higher priority to me than writing any article. If you’re a gamer, you should pick that up.

My Small Business is Building Momentum

On Lawrence He

I think I’ve finally crossed the path out of complete beginner. I closed my first client two weeks ago, got paid for the first time last week, and I’m waiting for 3 potential clients to sign and pay the deposit. For a while I thought I’d be sending out cold emails forever. I also thought I’d be clueless when pitching to clients forever. Now, my hands still jitter when I walk into a meeting, but I enjoy pitching to clients face to face now. I can honestly say that the thought “Why do I have to meet them in person, can’t I just pitch to them through email?” has completely left my mind.

There’s a few things I’ve noticed from my progression that I’d like to highlight:

-I’ve found books like The Sales Bible, Selling to Vito, Spin Selling to be very boring. I learned the most about sales from Ramit Sethi’s creative live session. (Note: I would get Earn1k but I can’t afford it. Also, I don’t really like Ramit, or his blog. I find his style of writing arrogant and his free material gimmicky. But his creative live session really is what’s helped me the most).

-When starting out, it’s very tricky to balance doing work for cheap to get experience, and saying no to jobs that constrict you in pay and/or creativity.

-Mentors save you a lot of time, although, finding a good mentor is really hard. I was asking everyone for advice: my professors, my parent’s friends, friends, even strangers at networking events.

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