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INTRO 20 Year old with a strong Goal

Lakhi

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Aug 14, 2019
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Hello
I am a 20 year old guy. I worked in factory for 4.5 years from 2014 to 2019 and with the help of someone. I got out of that heavy stinky robo Job and finished my Diploma. Now I am salesman.
Becoming financially independent is one of my Goals of Life.
When I was around 12
I started doing YouTube to achieve something..... Did Minecraft Tutorials, Minecraft Gameplay, Let's play, Minecraft Speedarts, Computer Tutorials, Roasdt Videos and now I made a Motivation Video.
I created several channel and none of them got successfull.
Aug 2018 I started reading financial books starting with rich dad poor dad and then several others... Got intersted in investing and thought investing is my Road to financial freedom.
Then I read unscripted and BOOM realized i am just another slowlaner in Hopes.
I am thankful to MJ for showing me Reality. After reading that I didn't knew how to start.
Then
2 weeks ago I learned to make Cartoon Portraits.. (I can make them now) and now made a fiverr Gig.
I never got a Order and I know it is exchanging time for money.... It is slowlane.
Now I had the idea to record and put my process of making Portraits on YouTube but the hard truth is Nobody watch speedarts cuz they are boring.
I know I need to provide value to others in scalable way to achieve success.

What are your thoughts on how I should achieve my goal?
Can doing Cartoon portraits lead to success?

I know to need to selfless and provide value to others but I don't know where to begin and what are the right choices...... Atm I can't leave my job because I help my family financially.... I have 2-3 free time everyday, a Smartphone and a Laptop.
How should I start my journey?

I am not sure what to do even after reading unscripted and now I am reading Millionaire fastlane.
Please guide me and help me.
 

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timza522

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My advice is,
1. honestly, you just 20 years old, my advice don't concern so much on slowlane, i mean it is good to be in slowlane so you can practice. Once you are master at your task, you dont need to do it, or you can hire someone to do it.

2. Marketing is very important, whether you are fastlane or slowlane, this is really important. Marketing is really different than saleman, or sale skill. if you dont know, find some course to learn.

3. You said, you learned to do Cartoon Portraits if u are really like it, and really master at it, from learner u can become teacher, just like you go and pay teacher to teach you. To become a teacher, many job is involved hard work need to do and need to find customer and practice. That why i said, slowlane is important be beginning the process once you are master you can scale up.

Respect process.

Good luck !

Tim
 

Rabby

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Stick with one main skill long enough to understand what is or is not working. That's how you learn. At the same time, you need to learn and experiment with (actively practice) some kind of sales, marketing, and lead generation. Otherwise, it is hard for people to know about you, even if you're secretly the world's best artist (read up on poor Emily Dickinson). Your marketing can be online, offline, whatever, but it can't be neglected. "Being" on youtube won't be enough; "being" is passive and you need to be active in your marketing.

Also, get enough sleep; you won't learn and improve quickly enough without a good 8 hours. I mention this because too many people try to "find time" when they should be sleeping. You'll develop faster by working 1 hour and sleeping 8, than you will by working 2 hours and sleeping 7. I've made that mistake, and it's not fun.

Ok, so you're doing portraits and speed art videos. No problem. I actually watch speed art sometimes, if I'm illustrating. Almost anything can be successful if:
  1. Other people want or need the end product.
  2. Other people want or need to learn how to do the thing at a more advanced level.
You need to find the market for what you're doing. And/or adapt what you're doing for good, paying markets.

Who is your audience / customer?​
What do they need? What are they trying to do?​
When are they interested in your product? When they are writing business books, or when they are getting married, or when they are developing their portfolio?​
Where are these people? Where do they gather? Online, at conferences, at shows, in the park?​
Why do they want what they want? Is it a big problem, a big desire? Can something else do the same thing for them? Why should they pay attention to your solution?​
How can what you're doing help them with their problem or desire? This is important.​

Another thing to keep in mind. Products and skills are rarely limited to either "fastlane" or "slowlane." In other words, it's not the product or the skill that determines the scale you can reach, it is what you do with them. For example, lots of people describe teaching as "slowlane." However, if you own a school and set it up to teach thousands of students per year, it is hardly slowlane.

Likewise, with art you can take commissions and do one portrait at a time, and there is nothing wrong with that at all... you'll probably have to do that in the beginning. But you have to answer the question, how will you scale it? Guy Harvey paints fish. It doesn't sound scalable until you realize he's built that into a clothing line, a research foundation, a syndicated television show, and a bunch of other stuff. So do the day to day work, but also keep looking for the ways that you can scale that work - free it from your time, one little thing at a time at first, until your work supports you on its own.
 
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Lakhi

Lakhi

New Contributor
Aug 14, 2019
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My advice is,
1. honestly, you just 20 years old, my advice don't concern so much on slowlane, i mean it is good to be in slowlane so you can practice. Once you are master at your task, you dont need to do it, or you can hire someone to do it.

2. Marketing is very important, whether you are fastlane or slowlane, this is really important. Marketing is really different than saleman, or sale skill. if you dont know, find some course to learn.

3. You said, you learned to do Cartoon Portraits if u are really like it, and really master at it, from learner u can become teacher, just like you go and pay teacher to teach you. To become a teacher, many job is involved hard work need to do and need to find customer and practice. That why i said, slowlane is important be beginning the process once you are master you can scale up.

Respect process.

Good luck !

Tim
Thanks for your priceless advice. Yeah you are right.
Yeah you are right I will dive into marketing soon.
Do you think there is demand for Cartoon portraits?
You advice is i should go on making my skill perfect and should learn marketing and Buisness as well same time
 

Champion

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Try listening to the last chapter of the audiobook in millionaire fastlane (FASTLANE SUPERCHARGER concept).

MJ does a really good job of summarizing the entire fastlane philosophy in 10 minutes and in one spot.

Then, try to map out your plan of action.
 
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Lakhi

Lakhi

New Contributor
Aug 14, 2019
5
3
11
Stick with one main skill long enough to understand what is or is not working. That's how you learn. At the same time, you need to learn and experiment with (actively practice) some kind of sales, marketing, and lead generation. Otherwise, it is hard for people to know about you, even if you're secretly the world's best artist (read up on poor Emily Dickinson). Your marketing can be online, offline, whatever, but it can't be neglected. "Being" on youtube won't be enough; "being" is passive and you need to be active in your marketing.

Also, get enough sleep; you won't learn and improve quickly enough without a good 8 hours. I mention this because too many people try to "find time" when they should be sleeping. You'll develop faster by working 1 hour and sleeping 8, than you will by working 2 hours and sleeping 7. I've made that mistake, and it's not fun.

Ok, so you're doing portraits and speed art videos. No problem. I actually watch speed art sometimes, if I'm illustrating. Almost anything can be successful if:
  1. Other people want or need the end product.
  2. Other people want or need to learn how to do the thing at a more advanced level.
You need to find the market for what you're doing. And/or adapt what you're doing for good, paying markets.

Who is your audience / customer?​
What do they need? What are they trying to do?​
When are they interested in your product? When they are writing business books, or when they are getting married, or when they are developing their portfolio?​
Where are these people? Where do they gather? Online, at conferences, at shows, in the park?​
Why do they want what they want? Is it a big problem, a big desire? Can something else do the same thing for them? Why should they pay attention to your solution?​
How can what you're doing help them with their problem or desire? This is important.​

Another thing to keep in mind. Products and skills are rarely limited to either "fastlane" or "slowlane." In other words, it's not the product or the skill that determines the scale you can reach, it is what you do with them. For example, lots of people describe teaching as "slowlane." However, if you own a school and set it up to teach thousands of students per year, it is hardly slowlane.

Likewise, with art you can take commissions and do one portrait at a time, and there is nothing wrong with that at all... you'll probably have to do that in the beginning. But you have to answer the question, how will you scale it? Guy Harvey paints fish. It doesn't sound scalable until you realize he's built that into a clothing line, a research foundation, a syndicated television show, and a bunch of other stuff. So do the day to day work, but also keep looking for the ways that you can scale that work - free it from your time, one little thing at a time at first, until your work supports you on its own.
Yes you are right... I need to learn marketing, lead, sales and Buisness side.
But I am not sure I should be focusing on drawing Skills.... It's not like I do them for fun or something but if they will help me to achieve financial freedom or I can give people value then I do it..... But are there other better alternatives skills that a 20 years old can learn or focus on?

Yeah man you are so right about sleeping.... I have 2-3 hours free time so i am not able to sleep well and so many questions in my head. I feel sometime non productive because I can't see any progress towards my goals.... I read many books but they all talk about philosophy, mindset and bilief system.... I know they are important but I don't know which skill or where I should i focus on learning.

Those are good questions when I know in which direction or business I want to go in but problem is I am unsure/ don't know whoch business or skill I should focus on

Btw Thanks for reply... Learned alot.
 

Rabby

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Well, there is no one skill that will make everyone successful. Other than the required sales and marketing skills of course.

Think about it. Let's pretend sewing became the most in-demand skill in the world. Everyone is talking about how much money you can make sewing.

What happens next is that everyone starts sewing, and then there are more people sewing than we need. As a result of this surplus, you can get someone to sew for you for pennies. Some desperate person will sew for almost nothing. So the skill becomes a loser instead of a money maker.

Watch out for chasing whatever is "the big money make skill" of the day. It's always temporary. Learn what you need to learn about sales and marketing and business (and apply them daily), and build a useful technical or design or artistic skill while you do that. Then you've got one useful skill in your pocket that you're good at, and the knowledge and experience to build a business with the help of that skill.
 

timza522

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Read Millionaire Fastlane
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Jun 27, 2019
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Thanks for your priceless advice. Yeah you are right.
Yeah you are right I will dive into marketing soon.
Do you think there is demand for Cartoon portraits?
You advice is i should go on making my skill perfect and should learn marketing and Buisness as well same time
market will tell if there is demand, but "before you judge there is a demand or not" make sure you do the right market.

Do you think there is demand for Cartoon portraits? >> you said you learned to do it. i think it have some demend otherwise there wont be a guy to teach you. But demand big or not, u can ask a guy to teach you. Dont ask direct try to ask like "if i want make community do u think it possible ?" or other question so u can predict the demand.

Good luck.
Tim
 

timza522

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Read Millionaire Fastlane
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Jun 27, 2019
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thailand
Thanks for your priceless advice. Yeah you are right.
Yeah you are right I will dive into marketing soon.
Do you think there is demand for Cartoon portraits?
You advice is i should go on making my skill perfect and should learn marketing and Buisness as well same time
Do you think there is demand for Cartoon portraits?

Ans : you question remind me of.. case Red Bull, it called demand creation, sometimes, long time ago, there is really no demand for energy drink only soft drink and juice but red bull created this segment. try to read more case you will learn more.

if there is no demand, sometimes it doesnt mean market doesnt existed.

hope it answer your question.

Tim
 

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Tubs

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Yes you are right... I need to learn marketing, lead, sales and Buisness side.
But I am not sure I should be focusing on drawing Skills.... It's not like I do them for fun or something but if they will help me to achieve financial freedom or I can give people value then I do it..... But are there other better alternatives skills that a 20 years old can learn or focus on?

Yeah man you are so right about sleeping.... I have 2-3 hours free time so i am not able to sleep well and so many questions in my head. I feel sometime non productive because I can't see any progress towards my goals.... I read many books but they all talk about philosophy, mindset and bilief system.... I know they are important but I don't know which skill or where I should i focus on learning.

Those are good questions when I know in which direction or business I want to go in but problem is I am unsure/ don't know whoch business or skill I should focus on

Btw Thanks for reply... Learned alot.

Honestly the most important skills to learn are marketing and sales. Learn one or both of those first. They allow you to convey the value of a product or service to potential customers. I'm focusing on marketing atm because I see sales as more direct to one or a few people at a time, where as marketing is casting a wider net. Once you're able to convey the value you provide well to others then it will be much easier to acquire customers.

Ofc you should provide a valuable product or service as well, but that'll have to be something you figure out yourself. But being able to convey the value of what your doing with marketing and or sales skills will take you to the next level.
 
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Lakhi

Lakhi

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Aug 14, 2019
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Well, there is no one skill that will make everyone successful. Other than the required sales and marketing skills of course.

Think about it. Let's pretend sewing became the most in-demand skill in the world. Everyone is talking about how much money you can make sewing.

What happens next is that everyone starts sewing, and then there are more people sewing than we need. As a result of this surplus, you can get someone to sew for you for pennies. Some desperate person will sew for almost nothing. So the skill becomes a loser instead of a money maker.

Watch out for chasing whatever is "the big money make skill" of the day. It's always temporary. Learn what you need to learn about sales and marketing and business (and apply them daily), and build a useful technical or design or artistic skill while you do that. Then you've got one useful skill in your pocket that you're good at, and the knowledge and experience to build a business with the help of that skill.
You are right, I will dive into sales and marketing after finishing the book. You are right about skills but how do I know if there is demand for cartoon portraits?
I mean my freinds and relatives ask for it from me for free, but if I put price on it then story will be different.
Cartoon portraits isn't a need, easification or solving problem. I guess it's just a want..... How can i know the market and demand?
At the end buisness is made from needs and wants of market right?
 

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2 cents here.
You can still do drawing if you follow the "crush it" principles. Its almost the opposite approach from fastlane, but can let you do what you love for a living.
Otherwise, drawing lessons, daily drawing + content curation to build a profitable website and sell it, art books, make the best pen ever. lots of options :)
 

Rabby

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You are right, I will dive into sales and marketing after finishing the book. You are right about skills but how do I know if there is demand for cartoon portraits?
I mean my freinds and relatives ask for it from me for free, but if I put price on it then story will be different.
Cartoon portraits isn't a need, easification or solving problem. I guess it's just a want..... How can i know the market and demand?
At the end buisness is made from needs and wants of market right?
Yes, the market is at the core of whether you can make money from something. But the words we use, "the market," is a little misleading. The market is really billions of individual people with trillions of problems they want solutions to. You can't solve all of these, or even comprehend them all at once; nobody can.

But what you can do is focus on certain "groupable" people in the market. Come up with a hypothesis --> a group of people like this probably needs cartoon portraits more than other people! Test it by seeing if they will pay... that's a good sign that they really need cartoon portraits and are not just being kind to you.

Sometimes the most wonderful thing will happen, and someone will say, "since you do cartoon portraits, can you do....." They are telling you what problem their kind of people want solved for them. You can use this to adapt your offering. Adapting your offering to what people actually need is something you'll always be doing, at least until you find a stable group of people who need the same thing over and over and over again.

So for example, if I were drawing cartoon portraits, I would instinctually start thinking about who has something to gain from having them. Can someone make money with them? I think this way because I tend to sell business-to-business.

Off the top of my head, I might come up with game developers (computer and cardboard alike), training material developers (corporate training, job re-training), and maybe K-12 book publishers. Now here are 3 groups I can actually test.

Example:
Are you developing a 2D video game and need character portraits? I draw excellent cartoon portraits for game avatars and paperdolls. I can use your photos for reference, or create a variety of characters based on your specifications.

Not the best marketing copy I ever wrote, but if someone wants illustrations for a game, maybe they'll bite, right? Now make offerings for corporate training developers/publishers, and educational publishers. Find out what's important in their industry, and tell them how you will solve their problems with your illustrations.

Students learn better by incorporating a combination of learning styles. Illustrations for your K-12 book will help make the text more understandable, and improve learning outcomes. [...]
That sort of thing. And see who bites, or if they ignore you entirely, or if they ask for something a little different. Does that help?
 

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