Where'd that fire go?
I just had it. It was right here. This burning blaze that drove me to hustle from waking to wayy past my sleeping time.
Sleep was unimportant. Work was a blast.
What did it?
Well, I had a small success. A little win, you could call it.
It gave me confidence in myself. And a spark that got me psyched to dive in on it.
I knew I could really kick ass, and I just wanted to work. To just work.
It only really lasted a few days, then a wind down with girls, then a total 72 hour miss spent mostly with girls.
I don't regret that. Not at all.
But I need to understand where that fire came from.
I need to understand how to call it again. How to have it within my grasp. How to brew it, summon it, and hold onto it.
I need that fire.
So. What was it?
Where did it come from.
How can I have it again. Often.
Well, I know that I have it. I had it when I was learning Earn1K, I had it in my first weeks at Contenga, I had it when RadNomad's Reddit method worked.
These all have something in common: a new success, that looked like the stepping stone to greater success.
I was learning to be a freelancer. I had made it to Bali and was going to be Michael's apprentice. I had hugely grown RadNomad's visits and was going to become huge.
It's easy in those places. Easy to keep going.
Because I can see myself improving, and I can see where I will soon be. Life is fun, and I can see it getting a lot more fun very quickly.
Hmm. Is that still the case? Am I still able to grow hugely, quickly, now?
Well, with RadNomad the answer is mostly yes. I'm not travelling enough, but if I were to publish a gear post every week and use Reddit well to publicize them, it will grow.
Quickly? With quick wins?
Kinda. I will have to keep putting out good content, keep making great interviews, and keep publicizing them.
I can do that. And the community will grow.
TurnPoint? Definitely. But why? Where is my motivation there?
Well, meeting up with rad entrepreneurs from around the world will be awesome. It can grow RadNomad. It's a great way to keep my copywriting skills high level and grow my growth hacking skills. Same with Project Bamboo.
It can all grow quite intensely and quickly, then I can automate or eliminate Project Bamboo & TurnPoint, and grow RadNomad. Boom.
I can do this, and reach my $3500/month automated goal, by 21. For sure. I can do this.
I will need to do 12 hour work days. I will love them. I can do this.
Let's do this.
Okay, so if you're reading this, you've noticed that I dropped of the WoF experiement. Damn. Whoops.
It came from a doubt about it that my friend brought up. Namely, 1 productive hour a day is a very valuable resource. Am I sure I wanna spend it just writing stuff that has nothing to do with any of my businesses.
No. No I am not. He makes a good point.
So I thought about it a bit. And I've decided to restart the WoF experiemnt with a modification. I can write about RadNomad stuff, or about my own stuff. Copywriting for other projects doesn't come in here, but RadNomad can.
Let's dive in. I need to write another gear review.
I can review my HTC One Mini. I can't review the sleep mask yet, because I havent' had it long enough. I can review a sarong, and buy one tomorrow for the photos of it.
A sarong is good.
One question is this: do I want to do negative reviews?
They won't be profitable. However, they will shake shit up. And I feel like negative reviews are useful in that they expose shitty gear for what it is: shitty gear.
Overall, I would want to know if gear I was looking into was no good. So will nomads. So yeah, I will reveiw all gear I test.
Okay, so then what's next?
I can write a guide to CouchSurfing. How to use it, why it works, etc.
And why Bitcoin is such a big deal for nomads.
A review of the best SubReddits for Entrepreneurial Nomads
Right, RadNomad can do a slow and steady awesome growth.
Let's step back and observe the fire for a second. What about TurnPoint. Am I psyched about that? Do I want to grow it?
Yeah, it's an awesome business that gives me access to a lot of learning, and I get to use it to learn how I'll gather people for the utopia experiment and for gatherings of my own (RadNomad ones).
The downside is that it is location dependent. I don't dig that. But I can build it so that I will be travelling often and far with it still running. What ties me here? Well, capturing video and stuff, but once that's automated and SOP'd, I don't need to be here. Talking to attendees. Not necessary.
Anything else? Nope. I should be albe to SOP all of it, and just do the copywriting needed for each event. Boom.
If I can get myself in touch with my goal, enough so that I am able to dive in and go whenever...well, I will have mastered one of the most difficult and important parts of life, I think. I can do that.
Still though, I see it as work. WHY? Why does it seem like work. Yes it is hard, but is there anything else I'd rather be doing?
Yes, I'd rather be travelling while I do this.
Okay, s let's set that up ASAP. That's important.
Still though, what's next in my day? After this?
Well, I'll automated the contacting of Project Bamboo contacts, and have Angel reverse the country names and pics in my Anki deck. That will take 30 minutes.
Then I'll contact Rick & Kim and Horatio to meet on Thursday.
With small work out of the way, I'll spend 30 minutes figuring out SETT on RadNomad
Man, I'm really not digging this feeling. I miss that roar. This is a mmmblblb.
I will charge forward none the less, and see if I can incite that roar by inertia.
Picture is a monkey outside the Hubud window. They seem quite active today.
It's 930 tomorrow.
By tomorrow, I mean the day after I am supposed to write my hour. Shit.
So I fell into the same mistake that I have fallen into a fair few times before. I go to bed, thinking to take a nap before doing my hour (because I have put it off till the end of the day). The alarm fails to awaken me, and I miss my hour for the day.
The solution is clear: stop doing this. Either I write my hour while being exhausted, or I write it earlier (before dark).
Well, I haven't written a Friday Review in about a month. It makes a big difference to just do a written check-in every week. Even though I have been completing my basic goals, I don't make as much progress on tweaking it and improving things as I do when I write about it weekly. So let's check in with how I've done over the past three weeks, and then I will try to write one tomorrow to jumpstart writing it every week on Fridays. I hope to write it in the morning immediately after I get to work or home, depending on whether I'm going to work that day.
1. How did I do?
I have been doing fabulously on my basic morning routine. I have not skipped a single day of doing my meditation, exercise etc. list of behaviors. I have kept it up in spite of starting a new semester with a bigger teaching load than I have ever handled before, with two completely new preps. I also had no childcare for the first week when I had started teaching but my kids hadn't started school yet, so my husband and I were juggling kids. Somewhere in there, I also increased my running distance -- I now run up and down Labrador, around Forbes and Whittaker, and then down Petit to Kinzie -- just plotted it, and it's about 2/3 of a mile. Miniscule of course to anyone who calls themself a runner, but that doesn't bother me. If I maintain that for an entire year, it is going to be a fantastic base to build on for a lifetime of exercise.
All of the above refers to what I think of as my "basic routine". I did not do so hot on stuff I was trying to add in like (a) flossing, and much more importantly (b) going to sleep and getting up at the same time every night. One night I was even up until after midnight working on prepping my class. Several nights I stayed up later than desired and woke up later. This means my schedule is out of whack because I still have to get up at 6 on days when I have an 8am class. (I generally skip the flossing too when I get up late because I still have to get the kids to school on time.)
2. What got in the way?