This is the last part of my story blog post series. It was a while since I posted. I got super busy with eBay business model which I will keep you inform on. As you read you will see that my goal in building a multiple income stream is coming to pass. And the best news is that you can do it too. If you miss part 1 or 2 check them here.
Discovering the Kindle course was heaven sent. I continued to make it work. I felt like I was getting somewhere.
It felt great to actually make passive income. Things were looking up and I started feeling like I can really make it.
During that time I still attended church services and played my vital role serving others. A specific night at service my pastor was teaching about friends and trust. At that time my trust for people was waning. That’s one of the reason I didn’t tell people I was homeless. Even those closest to me. but this night my pastor mentions about having someone in your corner. “There’s gotta be someone you can rely on”. As he spoke I could feel that message being directed at me. he didn’t know my situation, but God did. A friend of mind did know of me being homeless. He had offered me to stay at his place. But I hesitated.
Later I soon took the offer after the local news mentioned of a blizzard coming our way. I remember that day vividly. I just left work, I happened to call him for something. Then he said his offer still stand if I needed a place to crash to avoid the storm. I replied I’ll be okay. So there I was standing outside my job next to my Nissan Pathfinder as soon as I hung up the phone the snow began to fall. In my gut I knew this was going to be a bad storm. I remember what my pastor had said and looking at the snow falling. I called my friend back and said I’ll stay there till the storm pass.
I stayed at his place, he had a spare room. I slept on the floor. There was a bed, but I didn’t want to get to comfortable. So I slept on the floor. Truth be told it felt good sleeping with my legs fully stretch not like when I was sleeping in my car.
The next day when the storm was over I grabbed my things and headed out. Not to long about one or two days later another snow storm was announced. My friend said his offer still stand that I could stay at his place again. This time I passed on the offer and stood in the cold. I remember sleeping in my car that night and how cold it was. I had these thermal socks but the wind cut right through them. My blankets were of little use also. I weathered the storm and went about my business. I went to work at my overnight job.
Yet again another snow storm was announced just one day after the last one. I was like “come on man!” I mean we were getting hit back to back to back with snow storms in two weeks times. This time I called my friend up and stayed there a bit longer. I got the message, that God was saying you better find shelter. I’m glad I did because that snow storm was worse than the other two.
Luckily my friend had Wi-Fi this made it possible to worked on my online business with ease. And it felt great to sleep on a bed and not in my car (yes I finally slept on the bed). My friend told me I could stay and help with the rent or till I find something better.
Those six months being homeless taught me a lot about me, and a lot about how much God can provide and protect at the same time. I learn to appreciate the sun on those cold days. What made it even better was the fact there was Wi-fi. This only meant that I can progress to building an online business with continence without always going to the local library.
The kindle business was going good and growing. Matter of fact it was going so good in May I hired a virtual assistance from the Philippines to help me run the business. I remember telling a friend,
“Last year I was unemployed, and this year I’m hiring an assistant.”
It was a major turnaround for me and my online business pursuits.
With that success I was feeling good yet a bit lonely on this journey. While at work (my overnight job) I would listen to podcast and other recordings. Napoleon Hill was often someone I listen to in Think and Grow Rich. One night at work he said one thing that finally struck a chord with me. “Mastermind”
A mastermind is the collective brain power of individuals coming together in perfect harmony on a giving goal or outcome.
I did some research on it and came across a webinar by Pat Flynn, (which I also listen to) so my next move was to find a mastermind group. I went on Facebook on Pat Flynn’s Facebook group and ask if anyone knows of a mastermind group? There were some already started and weren’t looking for people. A few people said they would like to start one. What happened was I ended started my own mastermind group with the people who were interested.
We would meet on a weekly basis to talk about our online entrepreneurial pursuits. It went pretty well for a year, we still keep in touch from time to time. But in the beginning it was every week we would discuss our businesses and goals. It was a great experience to have like-minded successful people working together. Very supportive and positive. I remember I told them the amount of money I want to make. Not one of them made fun of me, or telling me it will never happened. We were so sure we can do anything. I loved it so much. It was like hanging out with people who dare to dream and believe. Sort of like Steve Job and Steve Waskniack and other great people assembled to create something great.
This new belief led me to other things. I got caught on the “shiny object” thing. If you don’t know what the shiny object thing is. Its following a new craze, or new business that seems profitable. I mean all business model can be a form of a “shiny object” it depends if you are always chasing after one business and another without completing any of them.
This shiny object for me came in the form of SAAS. Which stands for Software As A service. I first heard of it on Pat Flynn’s the Smart Passive Income show with Dane Maxwell. After that podcast I was hooked. I signed up for the Foundation email. They sent me a bunch of materials. All great content. My aim was to achieve the success his students had on establishing a software as a service. The technique was so simple that it seems too unreal. So many were having success with it. I read all the articles and listened to countless podcast done by Dane Maxwell and his Cousin Andy Drish- I was soaking everything up. I went on my own and decided to call a few businesses to set up a phone call interview or as they call it, “Idea Extraction”. I did the research mentioned how to track leaders and speakers at conferences.
My first phone call was terrifying. The guy I called in the housing industry seemed to be okay with his software. So I let that one go. Then I decided to go after dentists to see what their greatest pain point were. But I didn’t follow through with it. I had a chance to join the Foundation, but I could not afford the course. And deep down if I could afford it. I would most likely pass it up. Because I had enough materials to do it on my own. And I like the challenged. But this was a shiny object for me. Truth be told the materials on the Foundation are great for any business models. Maybe one day I’ll revisit this business model. It is very promising, like anything. If you work it, it will work. But my heart wasn’t into it as much. I still go by what the late great Notorious B.I.G said, “Don’t make moves unless your hearts in it.”
Another shiny object I almost followed was T-Spring business model. I have tons of t-shirt ideas. I always kept a note pad full of ideas. T-spring business model is a good one. But I could not devote the time to it, it needed. Plus I was so busy with the e-book business model.
My kindle business was doing okay (and still is), but I wanted to do more. I always wanted to blog. I have read of so many people who blog and make a full time income. And I wanted to be one of them. Again this goes back to “multiple streams of income.”
God lead me to Yaro Starok, an Australian blogger who makes his living blogging. Again I soaked up his materials. With him it was his podcast. The success stories were so amazing that I knew this was the next step. So for about a year I listened to him, and I still listened to Pat Flynn. But Yaro niche was purely on blogging. Turning your expertise into a full time income. I read his book The Blog Profit Blue Print also listened to the audio version. I started following him where he popped up. I did a google search on him to see if he was legit. And he was. A very humble, kind dude. His background checks out. I couldn’t find any mud on him. His guest speaks highly of him. I continued to listened to his podcast.
I wanted the know how to turn blogging into money, so I dove in yet again and bought his online course Blogmastermind. And I must say I love it. The information in his course is outstanding. Plus he does a monthly meeting with all his students via private webinar. Man o man the knowledge he shares is gold. I really thank God for leading me to great online people who aren’t crooks. But are actually decent people. Needless to say I am still applying his techniques and teachings.
Before I continue I must state why the name of this website is called Third Shift Millionaire. The name came about while working the third shift (overnight) I had set up my kindle business model and I said to myself, my money is working hard for me, even while I sleep. It sounded good. Besides I was working the third shift and third shift millionaire made sense. So I bought the domain and as they say the rest is history.
I had on my wall goals for 2016, one was to launch my YouTube channel, there are other books posted that I plan to write and one goal was to start FBA.
FBA stands for Fulfillment by Amazon. I wanted to jump on the FBA band wagon after hearing the story of Jessica and Cliff Larrew and listening to Scott Voelker from the Amazon Seller. Again through pod-casting I learned of a new business model this was around November 2015. PL which stands for Private Label. Private label is buying an item from china importing it with your own label or logo on it. For example you see a baby bib, you contact a manufacture in china and spruce up a deal with them to have them manufacture one for you except you put your personal logo on it and a few adjustment to make it better than the leading competitor. Not a knock off, but a real genuine product people already buying on Amazon. Except now you sell your version. Making it your very own and unique product. This also means that it’s your personal brand and no one else can sell it.
This is the next business model that I set out to conquer. I had set a goal to do this on March 2016. When I received my income tax I figure the best thing to do was do FBA. I was going to do the Private Label. Before diving in I decided to ask how to really get started. I went on the Amazing Seller Facebook group, and the response I got was unanimous.
The suggesting was for me to begin with RA, which stands for Retail Arbitrage. Arbitrage is buying something at a low price and reselling it at a higher price. I felt a little discourage because I had my heart set on doing Private Label. I wanted to invest $400.00-$700.00 on inventory which came from my income tax return. The good folks on that Facebook group mentions to me why doing retail arbitrage would be better.
- private label requires more capital to start.
- Its time consuming, requires a lot of research and back and forth with a manufacture.
- Its not for the novice.
I was advised to start with RA (retail arbitrage) to get an idea of what sells on Amazon and how the system works. I took there advice and begin my Retail Arbitrage business. Here is a glimpse of sales I made within the first weeks and into the next month of starting. What I did was go around my apartment and send in items I know would sell. It was a low cost, low risk entry to a new business model. This was the easiest way I’ve made money online.
As you can clearly see FBA works and pays off. This only fueled my fire to continue to grow my online business. Like I mentioned before about my goal to have “multiple streams of income”
I did make a few mistake when I first started, like when I went to Wal-mart and bought a bunch of clothes. Come to find out I could not sell any of them because I had to be “Ungated” in order to do so. Thanks to a YouTuber by the name of Entrepreneur Girl video I watched help me get ungated. I ended up sending and selling the clothes a few months later. But it was a good lesson to learn. I like the fact I took action instead of seeing it as a lost. I live by this motto now;
“Entrepreneurs leap off the cliff first, then they learn to fly on the way down.”
As an entrepreneur that has to be a train of thought. When the odds are against you, creativity somehow comes forth.
Back to the Kindle e-book business
I heard it said this way, “Don’t leave money on the table”
On December 2015, before I started FBA in the mastermind group I was advised to quit the kindle business because I put more money in than I was making. Yes that was true. But with most business sometimes you take a lost upfront in order to get it out there and build on it with repeated sales later on.
Even though I was advised to quit. Which was a punch to the gut. This came about after we discus the nature of our businesses. I told the members how much I invested into the E-book business. A member said judging by the returns I should stop putting money into it. To be honest I felt hurt, I never mentioned that in the group. But I saw their point. I remember after we hung up on the Google hang out. I sank to the floor. This was my first online business, and I felt like a failure because it wasn’t profitable pr making me as much.
Though I respected the others opinion I knew in my gut this business has potential. So I let it sit for a bit, not putting money into it any longer. But what I found was that the Kindle Publishing business is truly a passive income generator.
Because I did not want to leave money on the table. I applied a trick I learned from Yaro Starok and Chris Duker. It’s a well-known internet term called “Re-purpose content” what I did was take the books published on Amazon and put them through ACX. ACX stand for Audiobook Creation Exchange. With this platform you can turn your written books into audio books, either you record it yourself or you hire a voice actor.
So this was my next business endeavor. Again this is all with the mindset of multiple streams of income. Due to getting laid off three times in two years, this was my answer. Never to count on one job. Never to count on one source of income. This is what I meant by I didn’t get angry, I simply aim to get better. No longer will I have to wait on one paycheck. My goal is to build as many successful financial streams of income to where I can do what I want and leave working my overnight job. I hate having to live paycheck to paycheck. And the only way I see is to leverage my God giving time and talents. In this way I can be better off. This is not greed, it is financial freedom.
After I learned the ins and out of ACX I hired voice actors for my books. I’ll share a link for the book I wrote myself mentioned earlier this is from audible.com my book the daily devotional was done by a talented man who goes by the name of Andrew L. Barnes. I had many auditions but I settled on him to do this book. You can listen and pick up your copy here (Please buy a copy and show some support, I greatly appreciate it.)
When I first heard him read my book, I was at home about to head out, I hit play on my phone and I started to cry. This book has been a labor of love since 2010 I worked on this book with many ups and down in my life. And to hear my written word being spoken through an audio book made me get on my knees and thanked God for this gift. I was overjoyed.
But it didn’t stop there, my journey was just getting bigger. After that success with the ACX platform I decided to do Creatspace. Createspace is an Amazon print on demand service, where you can print books, CD’s and DVD’s. Again to create another stream of income I tested a few products and ideas. If I learned anything from history is that the greatest men who ever did anything great test, failed, tested and failed their way to success. And I’m no different.
I decided to print my books through Createspace . In the process I leaned about the importance of ISBN and another print on demand service called Ingram Spark. I did my due diligence and homework comparing both Createspace and Ingram. Ingram I found is more well known because of its history with the book industry. And your books have a better chance at making it to other stores such as Barnes and Noble and other online sites. Because I had little capital I bought one ISBN (in the future I plan to buy more) again I was testing this new field. (**Side note never be afraid to test an idea; remember Thomas Edison, and the Wright Brothers**)
So I put Unbound Faith through Ingram then Createspace . The thing I found out is that when you publish your book through createspace and choose other distribution option. Createspace act like they are your publisher. But this is a red flag for book stores. Because createspace does not allow book returns if the book store don’t sell the amount they order. And the book stores loss on discounts set by creatspace.
Because I didn’t have so much capital upfront. I decided to release the Common Law of Money under CreateSpace which I will later remove and republish with my personal ISBN. What this does is make my company the publisher and not CreateSpace. (don’t let this part confuse you)
While I was working on this, I made an announcement on my Facebook page about the books I was coming out with. A week or two later, I’m walking into church to do some cleaning and Bishop and his wife pulled up to the church (for those who wonder who Bishop is he is the Bishop/pastor of my home church) as I opened the door I hear 1st lady (my pastors wife) say, “Sam how come you don’t announce your books to the church?
After that comment I decided to make an announcement at my church about my books. So the following Sunday I made the announcement and did a book signing. The event went pretty well. I sold out of all the printed books. And I gave away a few free audio books to some lucky members. Here I am at my first book signing.
It was a day I’ll always cherish.
You can check out both books here
This all took place February 2016. it was in Late April early May I jump on the FBA bandwagon. Truth be told I haven’t published a book since February 2016 and I still get royalties from works I did back in 2015. Plus with the added channels ACX, and CreateSpace. I am soon realizing my goal of multiple streams of income.
If you want to get started making money online I would definitely buy this course. Although when I first started working on my first book, making money online was the furthest thing from my mind. Yet I have found that when you start taking actions old ideas can find new homes. The Bible states, “Faith without works is dead being alone.”
This journey just keeps getting better and bigger. I’m in this for the long haul, I really don’t know where I will end up. My end goal is to be a multi-millionaire, but I can’t orchestrate which road or businesses will lead me to it. Yet I know that God orders my steps,. There’s a motto I heard and live by, “The how is up to God.” Most importantly;
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God; for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
If you need help to get started with your online entrepreneur journey or if you want content to keep you motivated. Then stick around this blog and sign up to get notices when I release new materials.
At your Service Samuel A.
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Have you ever wonder how Amazon have all these books on their website? Have you ever wanted to make an extra hundred to a few thousands a week? Well you can! Amazon has been making it easy and convenient for people to earn extra cash with very little technical background or with a great journalism, writing background.
Kindle publishing is a gold mine. There are countless people making money on kindle. Some makes from $400 to $10,000.00 a month on kindle.
But with any kind of business you HAVE to put in the work. If you want to see great results you have to roll up your sleeve and do the work.
I’m not saying you have to write the books yourself. But you have to be able to put in the time to make it work. That’s call “sweat equity”.
The thing with kindle publishing is that you do all the hard work up front, and then what you do after words is very low maintenance. This is why I love this business model. It is simple. As the great Ron Popeil use to say, “set it and forget it”
The truth about passive income is that it’s not all that passive. This is a misconception that has a lot of people confuse. This wrong belief has led many astray. Some even doubt if such a thing even exists.
Yet passive income has been around before the internet. The old word for it was recurring income.
With kindle it’s the same thing. You do have to put in the work up front, then soon after the money starts to roll in. Seriously!
I love going to my Amazon dashboard and see my books selling where I don’t have to do a sales pitch. Nor do I have to convince someone to buy my books rather than someone else’s.
With kindle publishing you are simply making money while you are not there. You don’t have to be present to make a sell.
You make money while you sleep, you make money while you’re in the shower, and you make money while you’re socializing with your friends on social media or just having dinner or watching a ball game. It’s a great feeling.
But to make this happen you need a proven system that works and K Money Mastery is a sure bet. I know, because I’ve been using this system for a year now and I making money anytime during the day while I’m not even there to make the sale.
You can do the very same thing. If you want to make your first monthly passive income, or you want to give another business model a try. Then buy this course. As a user and an affiliate of KMM you can take my word for it. It truly does work. And you’ll make the money back for the course less than three-six months.
In K Money Mastery Stefan explains how easy and effortless it is to make money on kindle. Each module gives you an over the shoulder view from start to finish.
This is a great program to get into if you really want to make money online. I would not be promoting this if it didn’t work.
You can learn all about it here.
This program is jammed packed with great resources to help you every step of the way. I am so thankful I found this program when I did. It has been a life saver. I guarantee you will be making money with this program if you follow it.
K Money Master is by far one of the best system I’ve tried and still make money with. Maybe you just need a few extra money to pay off some bills or you want to make this be your job replacement. what ever your reason, this course will help you generate income. The stuff Stefan discuss, teaches and shares on this course are phenomenal.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity. For me I am so grateful I jumped in. Now I’m able to have extra money deposited into my accounted on a monthly bases on works I did months ago. There’s no feeling like it.
click on this link to buy the course. And God bless.
It’s always a my pleasure to serve you,
Last time we left off, I just got a new job. I basically had to hound the supervisors for it. The old adage goes, “Go to the person in charge” Sometimes that’s what you have to do. Okay lets continue. If you need to catch up to the first part you can find it here.
Things looked sweet I thought. I ended moving to a new place. A nice home. And I begin dating. All the while I was reading blog post and articles how to create a better financial lifestyle. This is when I came across the term, “slave wage” “soul sucking 9-5” these had a major impact on me. All though the job paid well, by 3pm I wanted to leave. That’s when I noticed I work better in a 4 hour work shift not an 8. But I kept working and educating myself how to get out the nine to five.
My girlfriend and I were hitting it off pretty well planning our lives together, my clergy life was going good to and I took a break from personal training and bodybuilding. It felt great to have some good direction in my life and peace.
Then the wheel fell off, I mean completely off. The company decided to close the east coast facility. I still remember that day when the CEO gathered everyone in the break room. After he said he was thankful for our services then he went upstairs. One of the girls on the job went in the bathroom crying. She was the cheer leader on the job. I never seen her so sad. We could hear her sobbing and sniffling as she cried in the rest room. For some reason. This hit me hard. Not hard in the sense I got mad, not hard in the sense I got bitter and angry. It was like someone shot me with gun, but there was no bullet holes entry. The only time I could feel the bullet is when I moved. I mean it cut deep.
Here I was planning to start a new life. The money was good. I was building my life up in a new home and then this happened. It was a slap in the face. I know its business. But that crap hurt. Just a year before my last employer laid me off twice and one year later the new job I had laid me off. So I was piss. Angry not at the employers or the system.
But I became angry enough to do something about it. That’s when I decided no more, I won’t work for another company again. I won’t commit again.
And so I set out to create wealth, create opportunities, create my way out. This was a rebirth of a new mindset. Getting laid off from that job really was the last straw. It wasn’t the lost of the job. But more the insult, I can’t explain it. But it irritated me.
A little time past then me and my girlfriend had a fall out. Being in a relationship and being on unemployment was stressing me out. This sound so similar in which I wrote on The Common Law of Money. It seems to be a running theme in my life. Getting laid off seem to lead me to a better outcome. You should check that book out.
Any ways while on unemployment I scour the internet on how to make money, I tried this website bubblews.com. Where you would write a post and you get paid by how many people like or view your article. It paid in pennies. But it was a good start. I tried affiliate marketing. I sucked at that. I fell flat on my face on that one. I followed some dude on YouTube and he only lead you in a rabbit hole to a high price item. Wasted time on that venture. Then I tried an Amazon theme store. I bought a plug-in that uses Amazon API to generate an Amazon look-alike template. I had no clue what I was doing. But I kept at it. I later let that website go. Then I did some surveys, I didn’t like it so I gave that up too. Then I went and start-up my fitness blog. I begin it sometime earlier. But neglected it. As I porous to find a better way to make money. I dug into my old writings and rewrote some things I wrote back in college, all the while I was working on my daily devotional book, and another fiction book. I was desperate to make it online.
Before me and my girl broke up. I would use her laptop to do all of these things. I would go to the library study my butt off. Reading every article and blog post I can get my hands on. I watch countless YouTube vids on the subject. Aside from that I was going out and filling out applications just to get a job to pay the bills, because the unemployment could not cover the rent. I remember filling applications online and praying to God I don’t get the job. I knew in my gut I didn’t want to work for another job again. I specifically remember filling out an application on Home Depot and the application form kept crashing on their end. I was so overjoyed. And when the phone would ring I would wish it wasn’t a company saying, “You got the job.” I mean don’t get me wrong I wanted money, but not a job.
In fall of that year I release my first book Unbound Faith through smashwords.com. It was one of my biggest achievement online. I remember getting my first sale of $4.86 through Amazon. Though it was a small amount that made me believe that it was possible to make money online.
But all good things do come to an end. Towards August 2014. My unemployment ran out. I had owed so much in back rent. That my roommate was left with no choice but to let me go. And here is the funny thing. Throughout the whole ordeal that didn’t bother me. I had read so much and listened to success stories I didn’t care if I lived on the street. The book Rich Dad Poor Dad, The 4-Hour Work Week, and Reallionaire changed my entire view about money. I had a new mindset now. And this program Kindle Money Mastery added fuel to the fire (which I’ll detailed how it helped me made passive income regularly)
In my zeal with this new mindset, I took my stuff out of my old place and put them in storage. I just happened to land a new job working overnight (the third shift). It was heaven-sent. But sadly I became homeless. I told no one of my situation. Not even my family or close friends. So I lived in my truck during that time. Since I was working overnight. That job acted as a two-fold blessing. One it was a job, and two it was a second place to keep warm. All this took place during the fall and winter season. There were cold snowy nights where I had to bundle up in my truck to keep warm. But it wasn’t all bad. During the Christmas holiday I bought myself a laptop which came with a T-Mobile. This really helped me stay focus on establishing an online business. My fire for making it online only grew fiercer.
Because of the situation I got myself in, I decided to make the best of it. I had a gym membership, so I would shower there and clean up. During the day I would go to the library and work on my business. So on February of 2015 things took a turn for the better. Upon research on how to market an e-book. I stumble upon Kindle Money Mastery. I was familiar watching Stefan Pylarinos the year before on YouTube; He posted great motivational vids and blog post. This particular day he was promoting his course on how to make money on Kindle publishing platform.
I decided to dive in and buy his course. And that is when I first discovered how easy and simple it is to make money online. Within a month of trying his system I started making money online. It was so easy and simple. His guide is easy to understand and his story is very relatable. Of course now he is a multi-millionaire (which I’m striving for). His Kindle Money course was a true gate way to make money online.
I followed everything Stefan mentioned to do and I was getting results right away. Here are some snap shot of my earlier earnings
…..Tune in next week and see how I overcame homelessness and discovered a new business model called FBA. Plus how I hosted a book signing and more…
Any time in history you find yourself at a place and begin to wonder how did you get here. Discover my journey how I got here. I will break this post into a weekly story for you to follow along. Find a quite spot and join me as I tell you a tale of my ups and down and how you can benefit from the victories I’ve won.
I began this journey back in 2011. My pastor mentioned multiple streams of income during a Wednesday night Bible class, for some reason that piqued my interest. I was working as a dishwasher at the time and also for a temp agency. You can see I had my hands full. After hearing the term “multiple streams of income” I wanted to find out more what this whole thing meant. At the time another word was being tossed around in my head, “Intellectual Properties” I knew it related to CD, Music and books.
Due to my keen interest in establishing a multiple stream of income life style, I took a side gig to make extra cash. It was held at a hotel. And the presenter said that to write down everyone you know name on a piece of paper. He said these people can be on your team. Tell them about the opportunity we just told you about and have them start selling …. Of course I knew what this was. A Ponzi scheme or pyramid scheme. Where you are asked to sell or ask people to join your team (recruit). I didn’t like that business model and I opt out.
Another opportunity came with selling energy packets. Where I would go door to door and have people sign up to lower their electricity. That company gave me my own back office (my own personal website) to see how many people I signed up. This one seemed legit because I did get paid for the people who signed on. Upon one of my travels I witness two different companies doing the same thing. Young man and women were going door to door to get these people to opt-in to their services. I did loss a few to them. So I came to a conclusion this was not the business model I wanted to do. Plus I didn’t have a car. And it was not pleasant walking in the heat of summer.
With these attempts I still wanted to have a multiple stream of income. Money that comes in regularly like clockwork. My train of thought was this. If a company can charge you for a recurring service I should have a system to pay for that service automatically.
For example my phone bill was at the time $30.00 a month I wanted to have a digital product that people would automatically purchase. And that payment would pay for my phone bill. The goal was to have a credit card that I fund a set amount of money that is used mostly for bills and nothing else.
As I continued to seek out new ways to make money, I had become a certified personal trainer since 2007. So I decided to use my expertise. I took my personal training business on the road, training friends and new clients at various locations. By now I had my truck and loaded it with training equipment . It did pay off.
But I still had to be present in order to make a sale. I do love personal training. But I wanted a better way to make money. That didn’t require me to be there physically.
In spring 2011 I landed a personal training job at a private gym. This was my dream job. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid for doing what I love. This was a dream come true, helping people lose weight and building their life from a healthy state. With this great new venture a dark cloud came in the form of me leaving my other job. In July 2011 I walked out of my dishwasher job, there was a misunderstanding between me and a new manager so I quit (okay it was more like I was fired).
Fast forward to 2013 the gym I was working for closed down. I was distraught. I made a lot of good friends and great clients within those two years. So I set out to train on my own again. As I was going passing out flyers to gain new clients. My old employer from the gym called and said the gym will be opened back up again. A week later I went back to working as a personal trainer at the same gym. Things looked good, I started a project where I would record myself working out and later would publish that on YouTube as a training guide due to my success in winning at bodybuilding shows.
I continued with my new goal in mind. After I trained my clients I would stay late close to closing time to record my workouts and document my diet and daily routines. But two months in after the gym reopened it closed again. I was devastated. I became very discouraged and lost my momentum. I put my fitness journey project on the shelf. Not knowing how or if I’ll continue it.
I became very depressed, during that time I was looking for work even with my spirit being in the dumps.
By the grace of God I still had work from time to time with the temp agency. God would have it that a job from the temp agency was looking for full-time workers. And my name came up. I was highly recommended for the job. The company would hire a worker for full-time based on attendance and performance and after a 90 days trial. I worked hard to make a good impression so I could get the job full-time. When my 90 days came up. I ask if they would consider me full-time. Now this is the funny sad part.
There were three supervisors. Each gave me the run around. One told me I need to talk to this one, and another told me they need to talk to this person. This went on for about two weeks. I got tired of the playing around and I made a meeting to talk to the main boss. I told him that I’m very interesting in staying with the company and that I was told after 90 days I would get the job permanently. He shook my hand and gave me the job based on my attendance and work performance.
…stay tuned, next week to find out what happened with this new job. And how I made my first dollars online and how you can too.
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One of the reasons you are at the mercy of life is because you lack direction. Napoleon Hill said it best, definiteness of purpose. Having a purpose gives you direction, an aim, a target to shoot towards. You don’t want to drift through life on every whim and whistle.
I was caught in this maze of no direction. I use to get involve in things I had no business getting involved in. Things that didn’t serve me what so ever. I wasted time to please people, I wasted time doing things I knew darn well I didn’t have nor want to do.
Once I started taking personal responsibility and ownership of my time. Things changed. No I changed. Now I’m so adamant about guarding my time.
It all comes down to having a clear purpose. A clear direction of what you want, more so who you want to become.
My purpose is a driving force to do this blog and start online businesses to make a difference. This purpose has blessed me to not fear failure rather put my neck on the line. I’ve been bless to write books and don’t care what the critics say.
So how do you get to this level?
It’s easy YOU JUST MAKE A CHOICE.
It’s that simple.
Your choice could be not to be broke one more day of your life. Your choice could be to be a better man, a better father. Or it could be to not be in dysfunctional relationship. Whatever your choice is It will form a foundation to your purpose driven life.
But you have to come to that cross road. I can’t make you do it. Your mom can’t make you do it; your girl can’t make you do it. You have to do it. Plain and simple!
For me that decision came after I was let go from an employer in 2013. I had it. That was it, I got sick and tired of being laid off from jobs when I showed up on time and did my work. I got tired of putting my financial life in a company. I got tired of the rug being swept right from under me. Instead of getting bitter I decided to become better. I set out to learn new skills to become an indispensable asset to myself and others.
Sometimes life has to knock you upside your head to show you there’s a better way.
Here are some tips to help you get there.
- Wake up with a plan. Never go to sleep without writing down tomorrow’s goals. Write down exactly what you have to do and what you want to do. This is not a to-do list. This is a purpose list. This list should guide you towards your grand plan, your definiteness of purpose. For example if you want to make $50 a day online. What do you need to create to make this come true? What is the market crying for that you can provide? Answer these questions then break down the answers into small chunks and do them daily. Whatever you want to achieve, WRITE IT DOWN. Don’t leave it bouncing in your head. Jot it down. Ask good questions of what you need to do. Also what you can do to make it happen.
- Do not be a floater in life. Do not just sit back and let life pass you by. Trust me regret is the worst thing you could ever befriend. Regret will eat you up inside. Regret will make you wish you were dead. Regret will make you want to blame everyone. Regret is the worst friend in the world. Regrets sister is procrastination. Procrastination, she’ll tell you to do it later. She’ll tell you, you’ve got enough time. She is a liar and a robber of your talent and youth. Do not listen to her. Regret, and procrastination big brother is Fear. Fear introduced you to procrastination. He told you to listen to her and when you did. She introduced you to regret. These three are the worst kind of friends.You need to become friends with faith and belief. Belief always encourages you. He always has your back and helps you believe in yourself, believe in your dreams. Faith always trust in you. She always knows you can do it. So listen up.
- Get a plan for your life. Become the person you know you truly are. Screw the naysayers and haters. Focus on who you want to become. Focus on where you want to go. Focus on the life you want your family to have. Find that thing that drives you. Let it fuel your every waking hour.
- Another great reason to get a purpose is to avoid trouble. What I mean by trouble is that you will be so focused that drama, people’s problems won’t bother you. You’ll be able to avoid all the chaos that goes on in someone else’s life when you are purpose driven. It doesn’t matter if the sky turns pink. You’ll be so focus to accomplish your desired outcome it won’t faze you. Thinking this way keep your line on a clear path. If people, places, things don’t line up with your end game. You just have to let it not concern you. Everyone is given the same 24 hour in a day, 365 days a year. What you do with yours is the only thing that matters. Only noisy and people who don’t have a plan get busy getting in others peoples business. You are not that type. You are the type that gets stuff done, period.
If you haven’t found a desired purpose yet. Stick around this blog. Continue to read and look for answers. Most importantly if I held a gun to your head what one thing you wished you’d done? That answer is a starting point. Now go and just do it
At your service and here to guide you,