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  1. M

    How to lose a long term client in a matter of moments...

    @Chitown True story... So the barber I go to is a small shop that is usually empty. Even on Thursdays and Fridays when the place should pick up (due to men prepping for their weekend) the place is relatively empty. The place has a patchwork shop with zero branding, atmosphere, or anything. But...
  2. diegorueda

    INTRO A Millionaire in Process from Spain

    Oops! I forgot to introduce myself. But it's never late! Since I was 3, every time my mom asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was the same. Astronaut? Soccer player? Fireman? Nop. “I will be a Millionaire!” Well... 30 years has passed. Still not a millionaire. Maybe...
  3. Scot

    Why 98% of businesses fail...

    So we've all heard that 98% of small business will fail in the first 5 years. Hopeful entrepreneurs will look at that statistic one of two ways.. either as a challenge or as a reason not to pursue a business. But what if I told you that number was bullshit? This chart from the SBA shows...
  4. Silverhog

    INTRO 23yo, Aus, education scam and goals from now

    My story isn’t too interesting but here goes - it is LONG though! Im 23 years old, currently living in Australia, and currently (regrettably) still in university. Stumbled upon TMF and Unscripted after a night of sleeplessness, mixed with anxiety and frustration regarding my life’s past...
  5. cutthroughstatic

    My Business Just had it's Worst Month on Record. Why this is the Best Thing that's Ever Happened.

    This is from a post I wrote today for my personal blog. If no one minds, I will link to the actual post later. But for now I'll just copy and paste the text. I'm pretty long winded when I write, and generally lack the ability to even summarize well enough for an accurate TL;DR. So for you people...
  6. Symphony

    INTRO A Month Off from 25, Completely Broke and 100% Proud of it!

    I should probably start this with a little explanation... First off- being broke isn't necessarily something to be proud of. It usually means you're probably doing something VERY wrong- which I was until very recently. However, through the intervention of happenstance, coincidence, the Law...
  7. Badbeat777

    INTRO Why I'm here

    Hi everyone! I have been in the forums for a while now just reading stuff other people has wrote here. I have about two hours of free time right now so I figured why not to introduce myself and tell a little bit where I'm coming from. First of all, I am 31 years old man from northern...
  8. H

    INTRO I'm the guy who sold 100 ebooks in 4 years

    Hi everyone, I'm an ex-addict who found a book on how to quit. When I found the book, I decided it was so awesome and one-of-a-kind that I contacted the author and negotiated for translation rights. I thought it was very valueable information that could change people's lives and help them a...
  9. Koen_88

    How To #FAIL

    HI all, " How To Fail at Self Employment " I found this on a newsletter I follow for personal intrest as well as design insights. I've copied it here to get a discussion going (original link @ end of post); (warning: sarcastic information below the dotted line)...
  10. P

    NOTABLE! I try, I fail, I try again. Recurring pattern going on 10 years

    I want success. Success to me is financial freedom. Freedom to pick and choose when I work on my business and when I enjoy time with my friends and family and hobbies. Some people would say I am successful. In my (slowlane) career I have reached the top of the ladder, to the point where many...
  11. Contrarian

    GOLD! Anatomy of A Failed Fastlane (What You Can Learn From My Mistakes)

    I've been away from the forum for a while. You may or may not remember me. Either way, that's not important. I first came here two and a half years ago, a few months after reading TMF. The book that changed my life forever, although not as quickly or as much as I would have liked - for reasons...
  12. Rickchise23

    FAILURE 0-10k in 60 days, Building a Unsellable Business

    In 2013 I started an e-commerce business using Shopify on a whim. A friend of mine had recently launched a Vape business here in Phoenix. I had never "vaped" but I went to a local smoke shop, bought a vape pen and tried it out. It seemed interesting (back then anyway) and I decided to stay awake...
  13. G-Man

    Don't worry, you're ALREADY a giant failure

    I don't know why I'm afraid of failure. I'm already a giant failure. There's a chance you are too. This isn't a rant, or a poor ole me, so just hear me out. I say I'm a failure because I'm already basically living my personal worst case scenario. I realized this because I'm currently re-reading...
  14. M

    NOTABLE! "Tell me the exact steps" (OK, here are all 67 of them.)

    We see it here all the time here at Fastlane. Someone posts a success story or a personal break through, and like clockwork, someone always asks "what exactly did you do? I mean like, tell me the EXACT steps!" How do I succeed? How do I make millions?! How do I X, Y, and Z? Well by popular...
  15. RHL

    Trying Times (Trying VS Doing)

    I know three people in my life who have successfully quit smoking. By quit, I mean they haven't had even one cigarette in at least ten years (for the most recent of the group. For the other two, it's been about 18 years and about 35 years, respectively). I also know eight people who have...
  16. TreyAllDay

    FAILURE Why do SO MANY startups fail?

    I was curious to just garner some opinions on this topic. I'm a successful 25 year old business person, I've work in sales and marketing and understand hard work and persistence - branding a product properly and hitting the ground to sell the crap out of it, dealing with rejection. I'm leaving...
  17. RHL

    GOLD! Failing at Entrepreneurship: Guys I Wouldn't Bet On.

    I want to try and keep this post positive. But over the last couple months of working with a lot of sellers and buyers of exotic cars, I've noticed something. There are a lot of guys who get into the entrepreneurship game and it ends up being worse for them than the slow-lane. I hear about these...
  18. Blue Lion

    NOTABLE! What would you tell your 18 or 25 year old self?

    For you 25 yr old+ guys out there, if you could go back in time, and tell your 25 year old self something, what would you say?

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