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Chasing a Cat vs Attracting a Cat...

Discussion in 'General Entrepreneur Discussion' started by Almantas, Oct 8, 2018.

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    Almantas Nothing to Lose Read Millionaire Fastlane I've Read UNSCRIPTED Speedway Pass

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    Hi folks!

    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!
     
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    What you have learned is far greater that the exchange of money for time!
     
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    This is great stuff for you, I am happy you have turned your life around. My own endeavour is about giving value and I have only a few ideas about making it into a money maker but I don't care too much as it will happen. This is inspirational to hear about your situation, well done Almantas. Did you give all your rep money away recently?
     
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    Hi, thanks!

    Yeah, I've given away all my rep some time ago to people that keep providing value to this great community of entrepreneurs.
     
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    Fantastic to read @Almantas! As an Aussie who lived in London for 12 months I wouldn't of been able to do it without the help from some facebook groups of people doing the same, and saw first hand through work colleagues and social friends the challenges facing people from non-english speaking backgrounds. I worked with a few guys from Eastern Europe and couldn't believe how "risky" their situation seemed compared to mine!

    Keep adding value and helping people, you never know the doors it could open for you!

    And as @SteveO said, what your learning and the energy you are operating in are so much more important than how much your getting "paid".
     
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    What a great story. Amazing stuff.

    I think in doing work for others and 'serving' you found meaning.

    I bet you feel like a new man! Keep running with this, the momentum is crazy...

    You did what many others aren't willing to do, and it's paying dividends.

    Will be keeping up with your posts.

    Great stuff.
     
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