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So, I decided to have a look at what I made in pure profit since June. They are not something to be proud of
Sorry, but these numbers are DEFINITELY something to be proud of. What a great post! Sure, you're not going to rake in billions by being the go to guy serving the Lithuanian community in Ireland. But you started something from nothing and provided real value to real folks with real problems. That's much more than many "entreprenuers" ever accomplish.
Go provide some value for people - even if it is free of charge.
I began writing resumes and cover letters for Lithuanians living in Ireland (most of them lack English writing skills)
At first, my offer aroused suspicion and I got a good few of toxic comments my way...
In two months time my self-confidence began to grow as more and more people began referring me to their friends and random people started contacting me asking to write a resume and a cover letter for them for money...
Now, my post attracts roughly 100 comments and 200-300 likes...
Former haters (even group trolls) turned into my supporters.
Best of luck providing value and reaching financial independence folks!
Hey dude just came across this thread.
Remembering your posts from earlier this year you seemed to be a really bad place. But no matter what you were determined to change, and you never really accepted your situation.
It's incredible how much you've changed your life so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing your successes compound!
You've got what it takes, that iron willpower.
It's been a long while since I posted.
No, I didn't pull a plug on entrepreneurship. Although in moments of desperateness I thought of doing so multiple times already...
In the last year I have been desperately struggling with depression. I didn't have anyone who could've understood me and provided with decent advice in real life. The life was a misery, I tried all sorts of self-medications (including weed) that didn't help me in the slightest.
Then, January rolled over and something flipped in my mind. That flip turned a voice inside of my head that went something like "Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and wasting time, go provide some value for people - even if it is free of charge. Be of service to people and you'll feel better."
And there I went...not thinking about CENTS and monetization. The goal was to make that first step and be of service. The point was to turn the process of value providing into medication that was meant to help me deal with depression - because nothing else helped me at that point.
So, in January I began offering various research-related services for free. I began writing resumes and cover letters for Lithuanians living in Ireland (most of them lack English writing skills) - at first, my offer aroused suspicion and I got a good few of toxic comments my way...anyways, I continued...
In two months time my self-confidence began to grow as more and more people began referring me to their friends and random people started contacting me asking to write a resume and a cover letter for them for money...so, I did...
Sometime in April I began pumping more value into those Facebook groups. I started writing various informational packs for Lithuanians living in Ireland, such as how to get a mortgage, how to get into a state-funded academic program and get a job afterwards...once a month I picked a hot topic that most people felt confused about and elaborated it in a native language.
Bear in mind, there was and still is nobody doing what I do. Most people just bombard this group with various advertisements - pushing their services through peoples' throats. Nobody wants to give value in advance. What they get? Few eyeballs at best...
I don't want to sound braggy, but I became somewhat influential. Now people see me as a smart-a$$ guy who can do a lot of things and to them right. Now, when I post a new information package created with an aim to make their lives easier in Ireland my post attracts roughly 100 comments and 200-300 likes and document gets read (I assume) by at least 1k people...
...People started adding me as a friend. Girls I could've dreamed of attracting previously began texting me and showing interest in me. I started getting all sorts of questions from people regarding various things with offers to pay me if I can help them out...
Currently, people in those groups know me as a Resume and Cover Letter guy. Soon, I will begin spreading a word (via those free documents) that I also do Business Plans, help with academic projects and editing text non-related to academia. I don't daydream anymore, because it lead nowhere in the past - I experiment, analyze and adapt instead.
People trust me. People trust my services. No matter what I do now, people see me as a smart guy that knows his drill. And not because I pushed my ads through peoples' throats - it is because I showed what I am capable of by providing value and information people needed.
Former haters (even group trolls) turned into my supporters. Yeah, I still have toxic people stopping by, but I don't need to open my mouth in the comment section before they are eaten by dozens of people that support me and feel grateful for what I do.
This month I am going to write a mega information pack for Lithuanian community in Ireland. It will be roughly 100 page document, written in native language that will be an ultimate guide for Lithuanians thinking of moving to Ireland or folks that recently came here. It will explain everything, from tax system to getting a mortgage for people on minimum wage. I will share this document for free in groups, websites related to Lithuanian community and more...and I will drop few hints here and there in that document as to what I do and my contact details.
So, I don't chase the cat anymore. I concentrate on preparing a food cat desperately wants and wait until the cat comes to me purring and asking for more.
I don't count how much money I make via entrepreneurship. Why? While struggling with depression and having no energy to even get my butt out of bed I wasn't making any sales. The numbers were terrible, like €50-€100 per month. My savings were drying like mad...
So, I decided to have a look at what I made in pure profit since June. They are not something to be proud of, but represents of the value I provide:
In June I made €1500, in July €1900, in August €2200 and in September €1900. The numbers change due to the fact that money is chained to my time - I have created a job and every second I spend on building a system is not spent on making money.
Yeah, it's not CENTS - it's not a money making system that functions autonomously. But guess what? The whole point was to heal myself from depression - or at least learn how to control it while helping others...so the money I made so far is a lovely side-effect of that single choice to help others and help myself as a result.
It's 1:35am here and I am about to begin writing a Business Plan for one of my clients, because that feeling of worthiness is damn addictive and I want more, much more of it!
Best of luck providing value and reaching financial independence folks!
@Almantas, that 100 page book you plan to write to help people - have you considered selling it? I imagine that it will offer a lot of value to people, and there is no harm in not giving it away. If you self-publish, you can still give away free or reduced-cost copies to whomever you want. Since the book would be non-fiction, and you have many followers, you can reach your target audience. Also, if you are making some money from that, then you will have your time a little more freed to continue with other helpful ventures.
Threads like these remind me why I started this forum years ago.
Love to see the outpouring of community support here and to hear about the progress.
It's a feedback loop connector for myself and hopefully, to many others who may follow. @Almantas -- I remember earlier you were having some tough times, glad to hear you are in a better place!!
i dont know what your diet is like but you can easily tweak things here and there to turn DIEt (hate the word) into lifestyle. For me keto works. For you, you have to just figure out what will get your body out of homeostasis and into fat burning mode which will surely enough increase energy levels thus uplifting your moods, etc.
Yes, diet is critical part of a productive lifestyle. I forgot the guy's name, but there was a thread on forum about a guy that couldn't function properly while eating carbs - I am the same. That's why I jumped back onto Ketogenic lifestyle again - no more brain fog, no more irritation, no more junk food cravings and positive attitude throughout the day.
I think its a blessing to be across the pond, because keto works here. I love it. I have so much energy now like i was when i was a lot younger. Hope you enjoy it bro. it really works if you are disciplined enough.Ketogenic lifestyle
This was an inspiring read. Truly.
So what's next in the bullet list for you now that you got your mojo & income up?
Might I suggest fixing the lifestyle once and for all? Start gradually making more and more healthy habits. If I might make a humble suggestion or two from someone who has had some struggles with depression in the past:
- Get a steady circadian rhythm. I read on your post you were working in the wee hours. Most people tend to function best with getting up around the same time the sun gets up. It's what nature indented. Whatever the time you get up, it should be around the same time every day. This will help you sleep better. Sleep is numero uno - most crucial thing for keeping a good mood and your mind working.
- Diet & exercise: Good on you you found your favourable diet. Now stick to it and only take a cheat meal when you yourself allow it. For example: once a week, no more and no less.
Tip on getting exercise done: allow yourself to cut some slack when it comes to the quality of the workout but never ever skip it. If one set of pushups is all you can pull off today then go ahead and do it. Have the mind-set you at least did something, you progressed. Think marathon vs sprint. And besides, once you do your one set of pushups workout you usually don't stop there. First set is always the hardest. You will feel like doing something more.
Bottom line: take it easy, but take it
Tip n:2: Vary your exercises and make them fun. This isn't about building a bodybuilder physique, remember? It's about controlling your mood and keeping healthy. Do explosive sprints one day: feel your heart pound, and other day pick a pair of dumb-bells and do an arm workout. Whatever gets you going that day.
- Have you researched intermitted fasting? Seems to work well with my diet (low carb/paleo)
best of luck.
Yes @Bekit's story was great. I loved it, and Bekit's mother deserves high praise for finding the solution to the problem.Hi, thanks for your insightful reply!
Very interesting story of yours. I definitely think there's a direct relation between helping others and reducing effects of depression - I am a living proof of it. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it was related to my feeling of accomplishment and positive feedback I was receiving from many people - although not directly, IMHO it's still somewhat related to providing value and helping others.
Repped for wisdom bombs!
What's my goal now? Continue providing value and get paid for it and use money I make to build a sustainable and with scaling opportunities business (got solid idea and execution blueprint ready - will probably open an execution thread).
As per sleeping routine - you're very right! It's more than important, but I usually slip through cracks and fall into mess again. My sleep schedule is all over the place now. Sometimes I work till 5am and then sleep until 7am and then hit a sack at like 9am and teleport 5 hours into the future without hearing my phone alarm buzzing (in fact it buzzes so long that my phone dies, lol). So gotta fix this one immediately.
As per gym and diet - you hit the nail on the head. Now, I don't push myself too hard, the point is just to go to the gym. I even play my mind a bit, convincing myself it's going to be a 10 minute cardio session, but after 10 minute cardio I begin shopping around and last for another hour, lol. In terms of diet, I am eating one meal a day now, all protein, healthy fats and minimal carbs - I find it easy to measure nutrients when I eat only once a day...and guess what? I feel terribly great! I can finally concentrate and my mood swings are almost the thing of the past.
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