I’m still writing this one folks, so those are just my notes:

People lose motivation and their internal fire. Sometimes they call it the mid-life crisis and sometimes they call it something else. The bottom line is that those times call for calibration of their internal compass.

1. Knowing What You Want Increases The Chance Of Getting It

“Don’t complain that you didn’t end up where you wanted if you didn’t even set the direction in the first place”

2. Make The Plan On How To Get There

Most of the things that you do are useless. Once you realize this, you’ll start rejecting most tasks and focus.

Most often you don’t “eat that frog” meaning that you come up with a bunch of useless tasks to avoid putting in the time into the important task that matters.

Here are the tools that’ll help you get there:

  1. Trust Your Data
    – Don’t believe in your mood
    – Pain is not an indication that you do something wrong (ex. feeling uncomfortable on a sales call or being at the gym) but neither it is an indication that you do something right (ex. working hard on the wrong thing)
    – Copy-paste what works: Replicate what worked for you (or others) before
    – Don’t you EVER change what works (and retrieve it if you did)
  2. Time and Money
    – Calculate your real hourly rate by dividing your monthly revenue by the monthly amount of hours you work
    – Set an aspiring hourly rate for yourself to help filter which tasks you perform and which you don’t
    You outsource what is below your real hourly rate. For example:
    – Invest in services that buy you more time in which you can generate a higher dollar per hour, such as a cook or a cleaner but don’t pay people if you are not earning more than them per hour
    – Invest in paying people who replicate you, performing set processes instead of you so that you can focus on higher dollar tasks
    and you don’t do what is below your aspired hourly rate.
    Let’s say you calculated your real hourly rate at $50 per hour but you’ve set your aspiring hourly rate at $5000. If somebody offers you to clean your house for $10 per hour, it is profitable for you at $40 because for this $10 investment you can make $50 back. On the other hand, if there is a task in your business that is ex. write a copy for your landing page that could be outsourced at $500 per hour but your aspiring rate is $5000 then you found something that you can not afford but is below your aspiration.
  3. Leverage Being A Solo Entrepreneur
    You can offer higher ticket tailored services and create an authentic personal brand behind your company.
  4. Resistance To Failure
    Statistically, the more failures along the way the more people give up. You just don’t.
  5. Cultivate Energy
    Rome wasn’t built in a day. Add on small daily habits to increase your energy levels through:
    Gratitude: In the morning say “it’s gonna be a good day” and appreciate the location that you’re at, people that are around you, and the experiences that you are going through. Being happy appears to attract clients, dates, and people in general.
    Celebrate: Rewire your mammalian brain to like hard work by celebrating achievements (right after working hard for them)
    Meditation: I suggest 12 Minutes to reconnect with oneself, not necessarily as a spiritual practice. It’s practical advice.
    Review & Adjust: whether the plan for the day gets you closer to the direction (towards which you’re “sailing”)
    – Sustainable Breakfast: Fruits and vegetables give you more sustainable energy for the whole day VS donuts and other simple carbs (which give you a brief kick and drop of energy levels)
    – Audiobook: I suggest at least 30 minutes of self-education a day
    Grooming: Freshen up, it just makes you less sloppy at work too

    6. Focus
    (moving on with the morning routines from the energy leverage section…)
    – Write Down The Goal For Today: Think about the 1-2 most important things that you want to achieve today (and make sure that they’re in line with your long-term vision)
    – Deep Focus Sprints: Focus and work in ex. 25 minutes sprints. Turn off all notifications. Set the timer as a deadline. Mold the imperfect but get it done. You can always correct it after. This is especially useful when working on something hard as this exercise forces you to start in the middle and just make something out of nothing. The polishing part is easy.
    Set Default Rules For Life: For example, recurring calls with your team don’t take mental energy to schedule them each time
    Stay Accountable: Use tools such as Fabulous or a proper active accountability system with points, especially for the most important things which are ex. whether you’ve contacted enough clients
    Block Distractions: Think (habitually) about how you can block more distractions. Life throws clutter, mess, ads, notifications, apps, and everything in between fighting for your attention (which is limited). You need to actively strategize against it.

    ahh… and then in the evening, remember to decompress:

    Let Your Brain Speak Up: Let the brain think about whatever it wants to think about for 30 minutes. Sit in a chair after a hard day of “forced” focus and listen to yourself. You’ll find some interesting suggestions mailed from your subconsciousness.

    and finally:

    7. Leverage Yourself
    Do what YOU LIKE not me. It’s more fun to be you. People used to want to be astronauts when it was cool. Now they want to be entrepreneurs because Jobs & Zuckerberg made it to the headlines. Just be you. It’s more rewarding.

Number 1: Tik Tok videos

Do you enjoy dancing? If so, why not get paid for it? This gig requires only 2 things – an ability to dance and a smartphone to record it!

Let’s go ahead to Fiverr and see how much money you can make with this. One of the first sellers that pops up has already sold 252 dance videos at the average price of $55 per piece.

That’s $13,860 and has multiple clients queuing to buy! 

The process is simple: You post a gig. The composers submit the song that they’ve just composed and they want to promote that song better with a video clip. You then come up with a choreography to dance to this song, record a video of yourself dancing and send the video to the client. 


Search: https://www.fiverr.com/search/gigs?query=tik%20tok&source=main_banner&search_in=everywhere&search-autocomplete-original-term=tik%20tok&filter=rating

Listing: https://www.fiverr.com/rebecatomescu/create-a-tik-tok-dance-video-to-promote-your-music?context_referrer=search_gigs&source=main_banner&ref_ctx_id=0d26c3eb-3516-42f7adf8-312c88ed757b&pckg_id=1&pos=2&context_type=rating&funnel=ec930d39-0d9c-4c05-a88e-9113fdaab2e3

Number 2: Unboxing products

Do you enjoy new tech gadgets and toys? If so here is an idea for you. Receive new products from producers who want to see reviews and reactions from the product users. All you need is a phone!

Let’s search for it on Fiverr and click on one of the sellers popping up who already sold 65 unboxing videos for the average price of $65 each. That’s $3965 and 10 product producers queueing to get their videos done! 

The process is simple: You post a gig. The producer ships the physical product to you. You then pull up your phone and record yourself unboxing this product. 

Now in my honest opinion this is a very average phone video and audio quality that anybody can sell. Anybody. Seriously. 

Once you earn the first money you can reinvest it to take this to the whole new level. 

You could then for example buy used Canon 60D for about $450, used Sigma 18-35mm lens for about $400, a tripod for about $50, wireless Comica microphone for about $150 and a teleprompter for about $150. 

Then you can offer to make high quality videos and read the specific scripts that business owners provide you with. Those usually range from 100 to 300 words. 

Here is an example of another seller who sold his video 1902 for the average price of $395 just reading scripts. That’s (over) $751,290. Let me repeat this – that’s $751,290. I’m not kidding. You can check all the links to gigs in the comments. I’m not photoshopping this. 


Search: https://www.fiverr.com/search/gigs?query=unboxing&source=top-bar&search_in=everywhere&search-autocomplete-original-term=unboxing&filter=rating

Listing 1: https://www.fiverr.com/coreworkouts/create-an-awesome-unboxing-video-of-your-product?context_referrer=search_gigs&source=top-bar&ref_ctx_id=cb89b5b4-1f41-45c5-9003-7737cc5cb81d&pckg_id=1&pos=1&context_type=rating&funnel=3b10dc85-da52-40fc-9820-79012b302ac9&seller_online=true

Listing 2: https://www.fiverr.com/bookreviewstew/shoot-a-20-word-video-on-a-green-screen-for-your-website-product-or-service?context_referrer=user_page&ref_ctx_id=32a1fcb1-2b5c-4e07-a568-25845e487a68&pckg_id=1&pos=1ite-product-or-service?context_referrer=user_page&ref_ctx_id=36f63612-46a2-456f-b385-f507aaa784b4&pckg_id=1&pos=1&seller_online=true

Number 3: Playing Video Games 

Are you good at any video game or at any craft or skill in general? Why not teach others? All you need is to be good at something and to have means of getting on coaching calls with your mentees, for example a Skype or Zoom account. 

Here is an example of a Fiverr seller teaching how to aim in first person shooters. There are 164 coaching sessions sold for the average price of $35. That’s $5,740. Best thing is that the coach doesn’t even need to spend time with each person 1on1 but apparently organizes group coaching at the set time. How efficient. 

The process is as follows: You search fiver to see if there is a demand for the skill that you have. You spot the demand simply by testing different searches and identifying how much money other sellers make on specific keywords that they use in their gig titles. 

If you search for something that is not in demand, you can slightly adjust your offering. For example instead of offering Counter Strike training, maybe there is more demand in more generic aiming training as in the previous gig example? 

You can also browse through Fiverr categories to get inspired. Interesting options are cooking, crafts, spirituality or dating. For example this girl made over $2 thousand dollars advising how to improve Tinder profiles and this one made over $5 thousand dollars casting psychic love spells to bring buyers’ ex back. I’m not kidding. All the links for the fact checkers in the description of this video. I don’t believe in magic but seeing this I certainly believe that there is a market for literally anything online.


Search: https://www.fiverr.com/categories/lifestyle/gaming?source=category_tree

Listing: https://www.fiverr.com/titan0s/coach-you-on-aim-i-am-ranked-top-001-check-videos-and-desc?context_referrer=subcategory_listing&source=category_tree&ref_ctx_id=fac13ae2-2af7-4832-acfa-487f96818acb&pckg_id=1&pos=3&context_type=rating&funnel=26ac0608-ba8d-46c0-b9eb-352496ce50d9

Cooking: https://www.fiverr.com/categories/lifestyle/cooking-lessons?source=category_tree

Crafts: https://www.fiverr.com/categories/lifestyle/craft-lessons?source=category_tree

Dating: https://www.fiverr.com/categories/lifestyle/relationship-advice-for-men-woman?source=category_tree

Tinder: https://www.fiverr.com/abbiewills/improve-your-tinder-profile-using-my-personal-experience?context_referrer=subcategory_listing&source=category_tree&ref_ctx_id=e2c77d1d-61c7-4af3-b853-f60d9880a56c&pckg_id=1&pos=2&context_type=rating&funnel=fb98df00-16b4-49f2-845c-ce2eee290c55


Spell: https://www.fiverr.com/mystic_zoe/cast-a-spell-and-bring-your-ex-boyfriend-back?context_referrer=search_gigs&source=top-bar&ref_ctx_id=9b6c1e36-ae69-4e6c-87a0-0722e7fc7910&pckg_id=1&pos=2&context_type=auto&funnel=447d6c51-bb46-468b-9877-0106095e6601

Number 4: Recording Your Voice

Can you make a sexy late night DJ voice that sounds like this? If so, all you need is a quality microphone and a popper. I personally use Zoom H1n and the popper looks like this. As the name suggests, it prevents the microphone from recording the popping sounds when you are breathing into your microphone. 

Head to Fiverr and search for Voice over. You’re going to find a lot of sellers making more than $10,000 each reading scripts provided by the buyers out loud to their quality microphone. 

That’s it. All you need is a microphone and your voice and believe me – all accents find a fit, even German or Russian.


Search: https://www.fiverr.com/search/gigs?query=voice%20over&source=top-bar&search_in=everywhere&search-autocomplete-original-term=voice%20over&filter=rating

Listing: https://www.fiverr.com/chadshirley/20-year-american-voice-over-pro-ready-to-create-for-you?context_referrer=search_gigs&source=top-bar&ref_ctx_id=39d3a686-dade-44cc-ba59-51e38eb217a8&pckg_id=1&pos=1&context_type=rating&funnel=03784b8c-9a3e-44a0-954a-622e1f52609c

German:
https://www.fiverr.com/radiomachen/voice-over-in-english-with-german-accent?context_referrer=search_gigs&source=top-bar&ref_ctx_id=98ac3601-714a-4afb-83d9-80684894fabb&pckg_id=1&pos=26&context_type=auto&funnel=7c925b6d-cefc-4aed-801a-11c5ea06cc74

Russian: https://www.fiverr.com/voiceinthehead/do-voice-over-with-natural-russian-accent?context_referrer=search_gigs&source=top-bar&ref_ctx_id=3f489ac4-588b-4471-8755-94a8d38f36ed&pckg_id=1&pos=2&context_type=auto&funnel=602febde-fce0-423f-8661-8eb51cba8468

Number 5: Making Beats

Do you love music? Why not earn money while producing it. 

The bottom line is, you go to a website like Loopcloud (formerly known as Beatport sounds), you search for the beats that suit your project, purchase the beat license that allows you to use and publish those beats in your own mixes. Then you group them together in a computer software such as Garage Band. Here are examples of a few beats I purchased a few years back from Beatport and clarified that I can use those beats in my own mixes. I mixed them together with some free loops included in Garageband to make some sounds for my videos, whether I needed something cinematic, hiphop, oriental themed or even something darker or perhaps something funky when I DJ at a house party for fun or something like that. 

And by the way if you want to become a DJ, it’s simple too. You can go to a website like BeatPort Link or similar, then for about $30/a month you buy an unlimited license to a database of high quality songs that you can play using a simple deck such as this PIONEER DDJ. I’m not saying that you will make any real money that way but if you want to DJ just for fun then this is 80% of what you need to know. You’re welcome.

https://sounds.loopcloud.com/

and here are a few more ideas:

Number 7: Removing Backgrounds From Pictures

Number 8: Copy Pasting Images

Number 9: Copying Text

Number 10: Pasting Text Into Google Translator

Number 11: Designing Menus

Number 12: Creating Twitch Graphics

Number 13: Finding Instagram Hashtags

Number 14: Making Kid Party Invitations

Number 15: Coming Up With Book Titles

Number 16: Animating Logos

Number 17: Converting Files

Number 18: Designing Tattoos

Number 19: Helping People Improve Their Social Media Profiles

Number 20: Helping People Improve Their Social Media Profiles

Number 21: Helping Companies Find Clients On Social Media

Living above your means causes you to feel stressed about the money.

This is an internal, uncomfortable sensation of high cortisol levels.

To bandage this inner bad feeling you spend more money to imitate wealth in the outside world.

It’s a downwards going spiral because spending more money can never heal the financial distress.

The lack of money makes you crave it. Neediness repels wealth (and clients too).

How to escape this downwards going spiral?

If we’re seeking wealth symbols without, subsequently oppressing the poverty within, could we then seek the wealth within to fight the poverty without instead?

If our inner states manifest themselves outside (in the real world), then the logical step is to feel the opposite of neediness – Abundance

To create a real sense of financial abundance, the default mindset state shall shift from “spend money” to “accumulate money”.

You can do it by setting the following default rules for your finances for each month:
1. increase the percentage of what you save VS what you spend until your salary is less than 1% of your company’ revenue
2. increase the amount of money on the savings account
3. transfer yourself a salary, which is your fixed, personal monthly budget. Use the personal account to spend this money and not the company account.

I hope this comics speaks to you…

I hope you are ready!

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2. Where to source applicants
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