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2legit2quit

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Hi all,

I'll try to keep this concise as possible. After coming on fastlane, my brain is like on crack - wheels constantly spinning

I was wondering if I could get some advice? My initial goal was to make extra dough to pay off my student loans.

I am 31 and work in IT for 4 years. My passion is music, playing guitar since 12. I came up these goals past weekend (some are personal not sure I should include them here):

1. pay off 26k student loan debt asap.
2. record an album, work on my guitar playing
3. get two more IT certifications by August.
4. Errr ill leave that out for now.
5. Try to free myself from 9-5, long term, fund my music goals and have financial freedom and success.

#1 is most important. #2, #3 is related to #1 - if i spend too much time on #1 there is no time for #2 which is important. #3 is a nice to have, although it could increase my earning potential (maybe, by 5-10k tops in a new job), it would still be slowlane.

Which brings me to some ideas I have and Im not sure where to put my focus. I keep zipping back and forth mentally every time i read these success stories. I feel unclear. Some ideas i have:

Short term money generating ideas (i need to generate an extra 1200$ per month, or $36/day till september 2019 and my debt would be cleared, i am paying 1k currently a month):

- uber, but would have to swap my 07 golf for something newer than due to uber restrictions. Its possible if i swap for a cheaper but newer car of different make.
- arbitrage - ive tried this but i find time cost very high for low reward, inconsistent
- amazon fba PL, merch by amazon (not as quick as above)

Longer term money ideas:
- shopify e-commerce, amazon fba - i have a few ideas for products but would need to do more research
- fox web design company idea - amazing, but not sure if i want to spend more time doing code
- real estate investment - not at that level right now.
- product development, i have an idea for a product that i have not seen marketed exactly, its simple but i feel highly useful. A few friends think its a good idea. I have done some minimum research.

Any suggestions? I feel i am stretching myself too thin. Thanks.
 
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Hi all,

I'll try to keep this concise as possible. After coming on fastlane, my brain is like on crack - wheels constantly spinning

I was wondering if I could get some advice? My initial goal was to make extra dough to pay off my student loans.

I am 31 and work in IT for 4 years. My passion is music, playing guitar since 12. I came up these goals past weekend (some are personal not sure I should include them here):

1. pay off 26k student loan debt asap.
2. record an album, work on my guitar playing
3. get two more IT certifications by August.
4. Errr ill leave that out for now.
5. Try to free myself from 9-5, long term, fund my music goals and have financial freedom and success.

#1 is most important. #2, #3 is related to #1 - if i spend too much time on #1 there is no time for #2 which is important. #3 is a nice to have, although it could increase my earning potential (maybe, by 5-10k tops in a new job), it would still be slowlane.

Which brings me to some ideas I have and Im not sure where to put my focus. I keep zipping back and forth mentally every time i read these success stories. I feel unclear. Some ideas i have:

Short term money generating ideas (i need to generate an extra 1200$ per month, or $36/day till september 2019 and my debt would be cleared, i am paying 1k currently a month):

- uber, but would have to swap my 07 golf for something newer than due to uber restrictions. Its possible if i swap for a cheaper but newer car of different make.
- arbitrage - ive tried this but i find time cost very high for low reward, inconsistent
- amazon fba PL, merch by amazon (not as quick as above)

Longer term money ideas:
- shopify e-commerce, amazon fba - i have a few ideas for products but would need to do more research
- fox web design company idea - amazing, but not sure if i want to spend more time doing code
- real estate investment - not at that level right now.
- product development, i have an idea for a product that i have not seen marketed exactly, its simple but i feel highly useful. A few friends think its a good idea. I have done some minimum research.

Any suggestions? I feel i am stretching myself too thin. Thanks.

Hi,
It is pretty interesting goal setting. If you asked for suggestions, if I were you...:
(This is what I am actually doing) I would pick only one of all those objectives for a simple reason: there's almost always a clear hierarchy, which means if you perform in an excellent way the most important of the objectives, it will be guarranteed that you achieve the other ones more easily. If you think about it, it resembles a lot with the 80/20% Rule.

Of course, if time and patience is not your problem, you can spare them in your free time, so you feel more productive. I like speed more than anything else, and doing the one right thing is the perfect way to do it. For me, that thing was money. Achieving that, I could 'upgrade my life' as much as I want, which includes reducing time that is needed to complete the other objectives. (Productivity boost)

Long story short, I disabled all my interests and focused in only that thing.

Regarding to sources of income, I have started an FBA bussiness (started, made no money yet, inventory has just arrived a few days ago)....
IF you have at least 1000USD,
I recomend you starting it too. Regarding to my recent experience, it is something very quick to learn (and easy if you know how to learn effectively) and, of course, about 90% passive. 1000$ and Less than 20hours of work are needed to begin, and the process to succeed is also a simple to-do list: Find products -> Contact Manufacturer -> Create a Listing -> Selling (PPC Ads, Reviews Exchange, Giveaways...)

If you haven't, you can earn them with arbitrage as I did. It's not to hard, the more products you advertise, the more frecuently they will buy.

Everything I learned was from Youtube and Tanner J. Fox and 7 Figure Machines Course. (If you do not want to buy it, you can simply consume less than 30% of content and request a refund).

Oh, for Long Term income streams, building trust and a personal brand with social media is strongly recommended.
Also, when tlaking about long term goals, you may become an outlier as a student so one day you can make a bussiness from your carrier. Specially if you are been taugh technical info or something simmilar, the entry barrier will be high enough to have no competition problems.

Ok, you have caught me inspired today :) . I will give you further information.

Having Money issues covered, let's dive on goal setting (because I know you can improve a lot by following this steps). Let me introduce you the OKR sistem, Objetive Key Result.
You can learn more about it if you google it. Also the is a profesional app/website designed for that and, surprisingly, it's Free: Weekdone Weekly Planning + Quarterly Objectives and Key Results (OKR)

OKR system is commonly used by Google and the leading large companies. But there's more: elite athletes and musicians also use this technique to become unstopable. Let's begin the mini-tutorial :).

What I am about to explain you is the step by step strategy:
How to set up an OBJETIVE? It's very important that...:
-The Objetive is achievable in this time interval [1month-3months]
-The Objetive has NO numbers in its title.
As an objetive is synonym to a destiny, no numbers should appear on it. Examples: Lifting more weight, getting the best grades, make as much money as you can, ...

Imagine you want to travel somewhere by car. The objetive is the destiny while the signs that appear in the road are the KeyResults.

You have to right KeyResults right below your objetives.

How do you set up Key Results? (This means, How do you know you are on the right path?)
-Include a number in it
-Include a % in it
-Include a Yes/No Question

You can use a mix of them or just using one of them. What matters is that those keyresults are Needed for that goal. Always have 3-5 KeyResults.

Example: How do I know that I will get the best grades?
KR1: Getting at least 7/10 in each exam
KR2: Doing the 100% of all paperwork and Research Tasks
KR3: Showing up in class everyday

And this is how you guide yourself everyday to make sure you are making progress. Ah, under each KeyResult, you can write down the speciffic action that will lead you to get that KeyResult (Ex:Studying 2h).

Doing this everyday wll help you, if not guarrantee you a high chance to succeed in the Objetives. Of course, nothing matters unless you know exactly your reasons to put your effort in each of those objetives, those are, your priorities. I think I've helped you enough so far.

This information is taken from a Spanish researcher that has the most recent data from New York University, and I learn from him in Youtube (Vic Blaz). Use this!!
 

2legit2quit

Contributor
Dec 9, 2018
23
24
Hi,
It is pretty interesting goal setting. If you asked for suggestions, if I were you...:
(This is what I am actually doing) I would pick only one of all those objectives for a simple reason: there's almost always a clear hierarchy, which means if you perform in an excellent way the most important of the objectives, it will be guarranteed that you achieve the other ones more easily. If you think about it, it resembles a lot with the 80/20% Rule.

Of course, if time and patience is not your problem, you can spare them in your free time, so you feel more productive. I like speed more than anything else, and doing the one right thing is the perfect way to do it. For me, that thing was money. Achieving that, I could 'upgrade my life' as much as I want, which includes reducing time that is needed to complete the other objectives. (Productivity boost)

Long story short, I disabled all my interests and focused in only that thing.

Regarding to sources of income, I have started an FBA bussiness (started, made no money yet, inventory has just arrived a few days ago)....
IF you have at least 1000USD,
I recomend you starting it too. Regarding to my recent experience, it is something very quick to learn (and easy if you know how to learn effectively) and, of course, about 90% passive. 1000$ and Less than 20hours of work are needed to begin, and the process to succeed is also a simple to-do list: Find products -> Contact Manufacturer -> Create a Listing -> Selling (PPC Ads, Reviews Exchange, Giveaways...)

If you haven't, you can earn them with arbitrage as I did. It's not to hard, the more products you advertise, the more frecuently they will buy.

Everything I learned was from Youtube and Tanner J. Fox and 7 Figure Machines Course. (If you do not want to buy it, you can simply consume less than 30% of content and request a refund).

Oh, for Long Term income streams, building trust and a personal brand with social media is strongly recommended.
Also, when tlaking about long term goals, you may become an outlier as a student so one day you can make a bussiness from your carrier. Specially if you are been taugh technical info or something simmilar, the entry barrier will be high enough to have no competition problems.

Ok, you have caught me inspired today :) . I will give you further information.

Having Money issues covered, let's dive on goal setting (because I know you can improve a lot by following this steps). Let me introduce you the OKR sistem, Objetive Key Result.
You can learn more about it if you google it. Also the is a profesional app/website designed for that and, surprisingly, it's Free: Weekdone Weekly Planning + Quarterly Objectives and Key Results (OKR)

OKR system is commonly used by Google and the leading large companies. But there's more: elite athletes and musicians also use this technique to become unstopable. Let's begin the mini-tutorial :).

What I am about to explain you is the step by step strategy:
How to set up an OBJETIVE? It's very important that...:
-The Objetive is achievable in this time interval [1month-3months]
-The Objetive has NO numbers in its title.
As an objetive is synonym to a destiny, no numbers should appear on it. Examples: Lifting more weight, getting the best grades, make as much money as you can, ...

Imagine you want to travel somewhere by car. The objetive is the destiny while the signs that appear in the road are the KeyResults.

You have to right KeyResults right below your objetives.

How do you set up Key Results? (This means, How do you know you are on the right path?)
-Include a number in it
-Include a % in it
-Include a Yes/No Question

You can use a mix of them or just using one of them. What matters is that those keyresults are Needed for that goal. Always have 3-5 KeyResults.

Example: How do I know that I will get the best grades?
KR1: Getting at least 7/10 in each exam
KR2: Doing the 100% of all paperwork and Research Tasks
KR3: Showing up in class everyday

And this is how you guide yourself everyday to make sure you are making progress. Ah, under each KeyResult, you can write down the speciffic action that will lead you to get that KeyResult (Ex:Studying 2h).

Doing this everyday wll help you, if not guarrantee you a high chance to succeed in the Objetives. Of course, nothing matters unless you know exactly your reasons to put your effort in each of those objetives, those are, your priorities. I think I've helped you enough so far.

This information is taken from a Spanish researcher that has the most recent data from New York University, and I learn from him in Youtube (Vic Blaz). Use this!!
Hi i just wanted to thank you for the wonderful post, i will try OKR.

The way i wrote my goals now, was i made a simple plan setting all four or five for completion by september, but even then time is short.

I am attached to the music goal, and certification goal, and business goal. I want all three. But i also agree focusing on one may be better, and finish it as quick as possible. Ugh...hmmm

I am interested in FBA, i tried arbitrage but using retail stores in canada was not effective i wasted my time looking for products. For finding a product + FBA doing PL, i should be incorporated first for suppliers or manufacturers to take me seriously?

I work in IT, i have money saved up, about 5K. I can definitely spend 1 or 2k on a product.

I will check the course you sent, thank you very much!!! I may start a progress execution thread.
 

2legit2quit

Contributor
Dec 9, 2018
23
24
Hi,
It is pretty interesting goal setting. If you asked for suggestions, if I were you...:
(This is what I am actually doing) I would pick only one of all those objectives for a simple reason: there's almost always a clear hierarchy, which means if you perform in an excellent way the most important of the objectives, it will be guarranteed that you achieve the other ones more easily. If you think about it, it resembles a lot with the 80/20% Rule.

Of course, if time and patience is not your problem, you can spare them in your free time, so you feel more productive. I like speed more than anything else, and doing the one right thing is the perfect way to do it. For me, that thing was money. Achieving that, I could 'upgrade my life' as much as I want, which includes reducing time that is needed to complete the other objectives. (Productivity boost)

Long story short, I disabled all my interests and focused in only that thing.

Regarding to sources of income, I have started an FBA bussiness (started, made no money yet, inventory has just arrived a few days ago)....
IF you have at least 1000USD,
I recomend you starting it too. Regarding to my recent experience, it is something very quick to learn (and easy if you know how to learn effectively) and, of course, about 90% passive. 1000$ and Less than 20hours of work are needed to begin, and the process to succeed is also a simple to-do list: Find products -> Contact Manufacturer -> Create a Listing -> Selling (PPC Ads, Reviews Exchange, Giveaways...)

If you haven't, you can earn them with arbitrage as I did. It's not to hard, the more products you advertise, the more frecuently they will buy.

Everything I learned was from Youtube and Tanner J. Fox and 7 Figure Machines Course. (If you do not want to buy it, you can simply consume less than 30% of content and request a refund).

Oh, for Long Term income streams, building trust and a personal brand with social media is strongly recommended.
Also, when tlaking about long term goals, you may become an outlier as a student so one day you can make a bussiness from your carrier. Specially if you are been taugh technical info or something simmilar, the entry barrier will be high enough to have no competition problems.

Ok, you have caught me inspired today :) . I will give you further information.

Having Money issues covered, let's dive on goal setting (because I know you can improve a lot by following this steps). Let me introduce you the OKR sistem, Objetive Key Result.
You can learn more about it if you google it. Also the is a profesional app/website designed for that and, surprisingly, it's Free: Weekdone Weekly Planning + Quarterly Objectives and Key Results (OKR)

OKR system is commonly used by Google and the leading large companies. But there's more: elite athletes and musicians also use this technique to become unstopable. Let's begin the mini-tutorial :).

What I am about to explain you is the step by step strategy:
How to set up an OBJETIVE? It's very important that...:
-The Objetive is achievable in this time interval [1month-3months]
-The Objetive has NO numbers in its title.
As an objetive is synonym to a destiny, no numbers should appear on it. Examples: Lifting more weight, getting the best grades, make as much money as you can, ...

Imagine you want to travel somewhere by car. The objetive is the destiny while the signs that appear in the road are the KeyResults.

You have to right KeyResults right below your objetives.

How do you set up Key Results? (This means, How do you know you are on the right path?)
-Include a number in it
-Include a % in it
-Include a Yes/No Question

You can use a mix of them or just using one of them. What matters is that those keyresults are Needed for that goal. Always have 3-5 KeyResults.

Example: How do I know that I will get the best grades?
KR1: Getting at least 7/10 in each exam
KR2: Doing the 100% of all paperwork and Research Tasks
KR3: Showing up in class everyday

And this is how you guide yourself everyday to make sure you are making progress. Ah, under each KeyResult, you can write down the speciffic action that will lead you to get that KeyResult (Ex:Studying 2h).

Doing this everyday wll help you, if not guarrantee you a high chance to succeed in the Objetives. Of course, nothing matters unless you know exactly your reasons to put your effort in each of those objetives, those are, your priorities. I think I've helped you enough so far.

This information is taken from a Spanish researcher that has the most recent data from New York University, and I learn from him in Youtube (Vic Blaz). Use this!!


thank you! to follow up on this as an example, what do you think?

Objective: Launch a successful product via Amazon FBA

KKR1: Make $3000 revenue in sales/month after the launch
- action 1: chose a product that sells between $20-50 dollars (i.e. $30)
- action 2: sell ~90 items of those a month, or 3/day.

KKR2: Keep a 30% profit margin
- action 1: find a product that can be bought in bulk and shipped all costs in at, 10$/piece
- action 2: double check the fees amazon will take, should not be more than $10/piece
- action 3: ensure no other hidden costs

KKR3: Is the customer satisfied?
- action 1: check reviews of competitors, see if the product can be improved before launch
- action 2: prompt follow up with customers upon sales
- action 3: after sales, read my own reviews to see if the customer is satisfied, improve on future iterations.
 
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2legit2quit

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Have you considered flipping items on Az to help pay off debt? It requires capital but and you can utilize fba while you're at your day job.
actually researching this like crazy right now, i got a jungle scout membership and trying to find a product i'd want to sell.
 

MaxKhalus

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thank you! to follow up on this as an example, what do you think?

Objective: Launch a successful product via Amazon FBA

KKR1: Make $3000 revenue in sales/month after the launch
- action 1: chose a product that sells between $20-50 dollars (i.e. $30)
- action 2: sell ~90 items of those a month, or 3/day.

KKR2: Keep a 30% profit margin
- action 1: find a product that can be bought in bulk and shipped all costs in at, 10$/piece
- action 2: double check the fees amazon will take, should not be more than $10/piece
- action 3: ensure no other hidden costs

KKR3: Is the customer satisfied?
- action 1: check reviews of competitors, see if the product can be improved before launch
- action 2: prompt follow up with customers upon sales
- action 3: after sales, read my own reviews to see if the customer is satisfied, improve on future iterations.
 

MaxKhalus

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im

actually researching this like crazy right now, i got a jungle scout membership and trying to find a product i'd want to sell.
Hey, I'm here again!
Yeah, it's been a while, almost like travelling to another planet and back. I'm here to reply those questions you had. And hopefully you can share with us the progress who have just made!

So let's start ith what I think that will impact your life the most: money -> freedom. It's just what it is. Money is the only limitation to become Limitless (yes, like in the movie). I see you are now with FBA.

Long story short. I started with 1K and I am about to make it. If you have +3K$ and a good mentor or info-course, you will have no problem to make it and scaling that business (which is very easy once your product sells). Don't buy a course. I've done it and absolutely all the info is in YT for free (so I asked for refund). Or you can ask me whatever you need to know about it. I have already have that info.

Concerning to the OKR's now. Overall, you are following exactly that script. You should be doing it fine with it. But there's one more idea that I want to share you that could turn your goals into something more speciffic (the Objetive itself).

What I mean is: what does getting a successful product mean to you?

I don't know if I commented in that thread that it's important to be 100% clear with your why. You could write it down write below your last KeyResult or including it in the objetive title.

And in order to making it clearer to you, I'll simply show you a few examples about this:
Objetive: Make enough money with an FBA product so I could get a new appartment / start a second product / improving the lifestyle being able to achieve X / and so on.

As you can see, you are not including a number. It could feel like that, but in reality you are including a vision, a reason.

It turns into something really easy if you reverse-engineer your ultimate goals. Let's say your ultimate goal is called '9'. So the previous steps you have to identify to reach '9' are '8', '7', '6'... And all these numbers are objetives depending on their priority. And objetive called '0' would be something in that you could achieve in the next 1-3 months, just as you have designed.

And the reason to do '0' is '1'. I think you are getting my point.
Then the main thing I could improve about that would be the Purpose.
Concerning to Amazon, I'll be here to answer all questions.

I hope this has been useful for you. Take care!
 

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I like speed more than anything else, and doing the one right thing is the perfect way to do it. For me, that thing was money. Achieving that, I could 'upgrade my life' as much as I want, which includes reducing time that is needed to complete the other objectives. (Productivity boost)

Long story short, I disabled all my interests and focused in only that thing.

Man, I am about to do that step, too. Was there a process behind the "disabling" or you just woke up and said: "Off"?

Also regarding the FBA, you seem to be very happy with it. How do you view this business longterm?
How would you evaluate it in terms of the CENTS framework?
 
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Man, I am about to do that step, too. Was there a process behind the "disabling" or you just woke up and said: "Off"?

Also regarding the FBA, you seem to be very happy with it. How do you view this business longterm?
How would you evaluate it in terms of the CENTS framework?
Hey, you seem interested in this topic. I wrote only one post with my profile which you should check as it answers you that question (how to shift to that one thing).

Concerning to FBA, it seems to have a lot of potencial, but being a begginner is as frustrating as hell. Basically because of that you don't know yet how to avoid basic things such as getting your account blocked for months, getting your listing restricted, using ads without throwing away cash and tons of one-time setbacks.

But you know. There a point when you no longer care about that as long as it eventually works, because it worths it.
 

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How many more years in IT are you planning? Are you sure you need those certifications?

If music is your passion, are you practicing daily, and do you have a good teacher? I wouldn't compromise on that if you are serious, better take more time paying off your loan. Also, how long would it take to try and record and album? Will you hate yourself if you really get into entrepreneurship, but ultimately forget about music?
 

2legit2quit

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hi everyone,

wow, i just wanted to thank you all for your responses. i took a break from the book and the forum, because i realize it was making me feel a lot of pressure and kind of 'shitty' about my life. i felt very dissatisfied. sometimes it is important to be thankful. humans are never satisfied. satisfaction must come from being content but also wanting to improve.

but that is not about the book or forum, just me putting too much pressure on myself. i dont agree with everything in the book, but i understand a lot of what MJ says. and every one's idea of wealth is different.

i had a bit difficult past 6 months, i got sidetracked too much with dating :| and i was going out with this girl that was making me feel miserable which i ended. i stopped dating, and im back on track.

i also had a reoccurring infection that i got from like 6 or 7 years ago, so i was sick for about 2 months, im still recovering :(.

but in this time, i realized, i want to focus on my music more. the post you gave me fierceracoon, its something i know, but don't do - which is working on my music everyday. thanks for that post seriously, it reminded me that i created this account on this forum, for a reason.

i lack discipline, and i think a large part of it comes from lack of self-belief and also procrastination/execution.

things I stopped:
- FBA
- entreprenurship

I wouldn't say i stopped FBA/entrepreneurship completely. its more of a plan C. i have ideas in my mind, but i realized, everyone is created to do something on Earth. I dont know what it is for me, but all i know is i love music and i have already wasted my 20s and so much time and talent doing other things to make other people happy.

part of the reason i stopped looking/doing FBA was mainly because i was just trying to do too much stuff, and i got overwhelmed. as the previous poster said, easier to focus on one (or fewer stuff).

so, here is where i am currently.

progress past 6 months (sloooow progress ...):
- my debt is cleared, but not exactly on my own merit. my mom offered to pay my student loan off. it was at about 22k, and i was refusing the payment, finally, i decided if she wants to pay, it's fine. i got her account number so i could pay her back, but she didn't want me to. im still wanting to pay her back, although she doesn't need the money, i just dont want a 'handout'. i will pay her back eventually, maybe not right now.
- now i have 10k saved up.
- i bought parts for a computer about 2 months ago, i still have to build this computer (feel a bit overwhelmed and im wasting time NOT building it), this is a computer for my music studio.
- i have another piece of music gear i bought to work on sampling vinyls.
- i bought three books on jazz guitar.
- i did learn about 1 minute of a jazz song that i love, although i didn't practice consistently after that
- i worked on the lyrics for one song i have written, which is basically complete.
- i started reading a book called 'millionaire teacher' and am listening to some investing podcasts.

goals:
- i saw a financial advisor at the bank, to invest the money i have saved up. i will probably put it into mutual funds. i know that MJ considers it slowlane, but i am okay with that. at least the money will be doing something than not.
- i love driving, and i need a more social life, i spend too much time alone and it affects my mental health. im probably going to swap my current car for something sportier, without dipping into my savings too much. i think having something i enjoy driving will allow me to join some car clubs which will be fun.

- most importantly, there is a particular song i worked on mentioned above, i really need to record it.
- put my computer together, and put the vinyl sampler in place
- work on the books i bought for jazz guitar, there is a lot of music theory i really want to learn.
- record some cover videos for youtube.
- upload some of my beats, and sell them online (there are some sites you can sell hip hop type beats on)
- i would like to complete the album, but i just feel so far away from it at this point, and overwhelmed.


one of the common threads i found here, is this feeling of being overwhelmed and inability to start because of feeling overwhelmed. i haven't figured a way around it, although i saw this video, which helped. i might get the book its one of tony robbins earlier books....
 
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2legit2quit

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Dec 9, 2018
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hi everyone,

wow, i just wanted to thank you all for your responses. i took a break from the book and the forum, because i realize it was making me feel a lot of pressure and kind of 'shitty' about my life. i felt very dissatisfied. sometimes it is important to be thankful. humans are never satisfied. satisfaction must come from being content but also wanting to improve.

but that is not about the book or forum, just me putting too much pressure on myself. i dont agree with everything in the book, but i understand a lot of what MJ says. and every one's idea of wealth is different.

i had a bit difficult past 6 months, i got sidetracked too much with dating :| and i was going out with this girl that was making me feel miserable which i ended. i stopped dating, and im back on track.

i also had a reoccurring infection that i got from like 6 or 7 years ago, so i was sick for about 2 months, im still recovering :(.

but in this time, i realized, i want to focus on my music more. the post you gave me fierceracoon, its something i know, but don't do - which is working on my music everyday. thanks for that post seriously, it reminded me that i created this account on this forum, for a reason.

i lack discipline, and i think a large part of it comes from lack of self-belief and also procrastination/execution.

things I stopped:
- FBA
- entreprenurship

I wouldn't say i stopped FBA/entrepreneurship completely. its more of a plan C. i have ideas in my mind, but i realized, everyone is created to do something on Earth. I dont know what it is for me, but all i know is i love music and i have already wasted my 20s and so much time and talent doing other things to make other people happy.

part of the reason i stopped looking/doing FBA was mainly because i was just trying to do too much stuff, and i got overwhelmed. as the previous poster said, easier to focus on one (or fewer stuff).

so, here is where i am currently.

progress past 6 months (sloooow progress ...):
- my debt is cleared, but not exactly on my own merit. my mom offered to pay my student loan off. it was at about 22k, and i was refusing the payment, finally, i decided if she wants to pay, it's fine. i got her account number so i could pay her back, but she didn't want me to. im still wanting to pay her back, although she doesn't need the money, i just dont want a 'handout'. i will pay her back eventually, maybe not right now.
- now i have 10k saved up.
- i bought parts for a computer about 2 months ago, i still have to build this computer (feel a bit overwhelmed and im wasting time NOT building it), this is a computer for my music studio.
- i have another piece of music gear i bought to work on sampling vinyls.
- i bought three books on jazz guitar.
- i did learn about 1 minute of a jazz song that i love, although i didn't practice consistently after that
- i worked on the lyrics for one song i have written, which is basically complete.
- i started reading a book called 'millionaire teacher' and am listening to some investing podcasts.

goals:
- i saw a financial advisor at the bank, to invest the money i have saved up. i will probably put it into mutual funds. i know that MJ considers it slowlane, but i am okay with that. at least the money will be doing something than not.
- i love driving, and i need a more social life, i spend too much time alone and it affects my mental health. im probably going to swap my current car for something sportier, without dipping into my savings too much. i think having something i enjoy driving will allow me to join some car clubs which will be fun.

- most importantly, there is a particular song i worked on mentioned above, i really need to record it.
- put my computer together, and put the vinyl sampler in place
- work on the books i bought for jazz guitar, there is a lot of music theory i really want to learn.
- record some cover videos for youtube.
- upload some of my beats, and sell them online (there are some sites you can sell hip hop type beats on)
- i would like to complete the album, but i just feel so far away from it at this point, and overwhelmed.


one of the common threads i found here, is this feeling of being overwhelmed and inability to start because of feeling overwhelmed. i haven't figured a way around it, although i saw this video, which helped. i might get the book its one of tony robbins earlier books....
hi everyone, been literally almost 3 years since ive been here.

i ended up having a crazy 2020...like everyone else. company was bought out, i suffered traumatic headaches, and moved back home to the west coast. it was a crazy time but also kinda sad 3 years has passed so quick.

i decided to narrow my focus though, in that time, to my music. i dont know if music is fastlane or slowlane, but ive been circling back what i read in MJ's book a few years ago, i feel a bit lost but less lost still...at least.

i decided to focus more on music - i didnt take a teacher as someone else said, ive been writing songs since i was 12. i did finish working on my music computer/set-up, but i wasn't making as much progress with recording. i wrote about 4 songs so far (and multiple snippets of others), and on the advice of my ex-gf, decided to go to a professional studio - to at least record my guitar and vocal tracks.

this was a good idea because it was getting very stressful having to engineer everything on my own, so i took a song about 50 complete minus vocals and guitars, and the engineer helped me track my vocals.

so i am like 80% done my first song which i am to put on an ep. in 3 years i wish i could have made more progress, which brings me to the next point.

my current IT job although pays decent (around 80k CAD) - is sucking and killing my soul. i feel like i dont have enough time to work on my music and i just dont know what to do.

i need money to go to the studio, but i need time to work on my music, i feel stuck. i also realized after much self-reflection, that most of my life ive been trying to make other people happy instead of myself.

even corporate office jobs, was never my dream working for some bleeping company, although im thankful i have a job. but it was never my passion...i feel the best hours of my day are getting sucked.

as a concrete example - the most progress i made on my music, was about 1 month before i started my current job. i had time off, and after much mental + health issues, finally took a break from music, did some work on my car (autobody painting and fixing rust on my car to get my mind to do something completely different)...working with my hands was therapeutic.

it was after working on my car, that i went back to my music, and worked on the song that is now almost complete. i did it in almost 1 week...but then, once i started my new job - its been like 5 months and only now im almost done. its just been way to slow.

i have music on my mind constantly, since i was 12 years old, and im 35 now. its clear my passion isn't going anywhere, at this point ive given up on trying to be famous, i just want to make good songs i am proud of and im getting closer to my goal but i just need more time during the day.

i dont know what to do. i realized also, all my anxiety around 'the working world', having trouble with coworkers/colleagues, etc etc...alot of it is my personality. im sometimes too nice, but also, i realized, i HATE other people controlling my time, and it comes out in certain ways (for example, im nearly always 'late' to work)...

im considering taking guitar lessons now (i honestly dont need them because i can write a song no problem but of course i always want to get better), from a professional well known jazz guitarist - moreso just for the advice...

the music im currently making for this EP is like what im calling 'new-new-wave'...kinda 80s-ish but still different with instruments and actual sections to songs...ya know? anyway, i would like to keep a journal of all my progress, not sure this is the place for it.
 

2legit2quit

Contributor
Dec 9, 2018
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How many more years in IT are you planning? Are you sure you need those certifications?

If music is your passion, are you practicing daily, and do you have a good teacher? I wouldn't compromise on that if you are serious, better take more time paying off your loan. Also, how long would it take to try and record and album? Will you hate yourself if you really get into entrepreneurship, but ultimately forget about music?
thanks for replying some time ago...
i play everyday, its been slow progress but i finally started working on an EP and im almost done my first song. my current issue is my corporate IT job is sucking my time but i kind of need the money for studio time.

Regarding what you said re:hating myself... i think i would just feel very very frustrated with myself, yes i would probably hate myself.

i mean just holding a day job makes me feel very conflicted inside but yet i keep holding myself back for some reason...its a catch 22. i need day job to pay for music but need my day time to make music.

Greg suggested using IT skills on my own terms. ive though what that could mean. most IT companies especially startups are a total time suck. maybe the only way to do IT on my own terms is being a freelancer - but im not sure if im good enough for that i have like 6-7 years of general experience and im not a programmer (but i know how to script).

i know i like learning new stuff, and i like working alone. but i do hate working in front of a computer all day then working on my music in front of a computer for long periods, my body just aches when i do that and i also suffer from blinding migraines where i cant see for 45mins to 1 hour (they are a rare form of migraine).

if im not careful with my light/dark time they get triggered and its sent me into nervous breakdowns before, because i cant see, it gets very stressful.

so i thought for some time, what if i start teaching myself to program an android app? i am creative, i like making things and it would be fun. i have a few ideas.

the problem again is it will suck from my music creation time...but, if im going to spend 8 hours working for someone else, i'd rather work 8 hours trying to teach myself something that can possibly allow me to have my own gig which would fund the music..i dont know man.

when i look at highly successful people whether musicians, artists, NBA players, they all dedicate their time to their craft 100% and just go for it.

so this is where im conflicted; i want to be responsible; but i wonder if having a backup-plan is causing me to fail/put less effort into my music.
 
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