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Progress Thread From Dead Broke To Financial Freedom in 6 Months Flat

Discussion in 'Process / Progress / Execution Threads' started by akbrouwer, Jul 30, 2015.

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    So, back in December I was at rock bottom.. I was at the lowest area in my life..
    I had negative ($44) in my bank account. I couldn't pay my bills, and I couldn't buy any presents for family or friends for Christmas. AND on top of this.. My fiance was on the verge of kicking me out.. it was BAD.

    But this day in December was the most pivotal to my life. I took control and killed the weak version of myself.

    6 Months later I'm working from home, running several companies.. and just about to launch a whole new brand to help people become the best version of themselves.

    Change does not have to take very long.. it can be as quick or as slow as you make it.

    I hope to help people find their path and create the life of their dreams.

    Here are some videos for context.
    Last month:


    December:


    Please be kind, as I am still uncomfortable sharing.. but hope the videos can help at least one person..

    I'll keep you posted on my progress...
     
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    And then this happened...

    We launched at 11:50am EST on August 19th...

    I keep laughing... about every couple minutes or so I get an email for another order.. It's amazing what happens when you flip your mindset.

    Thank you for the support everyone. No need to back.. I just wanted to share my progress.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bestself/self-journal
     
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    Writing on paper. Whodathought ?

    I seriously love this and I think you'll do well. I understand, but maybe many don't, that the brain reacts differently when you type something vs when you write something. Different in a positive way. I'm pretty sure I've read where many of the top dogs here write things down. Not coincidence.

    Good luck and keep us posted. I'm following.
     
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    Congratulations man! Very inspiring stuff.

    I like the selfie stick by the way. ;)
     
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    Thank you.. hopefully we can help some people...

    Thanks!
     
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    A man with a mission can do amazing things in six months...way to go dude!
     
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    Thanks.. it's definitely amazing..
     
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    Cool stuff...I'm about where you are in your first video. Wish you well on your ventures. My only suggestion is less shaky camera in your most recent video :p
     
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    Nice work man! Inspiring stuff. When do you recommend crowdfunding? I am just starting out myself and interested what you think :rockon:.
     
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    @akbrouwer , congrats on the funding campaign!

    Question: Does adding a stretch goal mean that you're risking the money you already earned if you don't make your next goal? Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" goal funding site isn't it?

    I'm trying to learn how they all work. Been reading alot on their site but still have questions.
     
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    You can start crowdfunding when you have a product or service that you are passionate about that you KNOW people want already.. Best way is to start asking people... "Hey, would you pay for this if I created it?" If they say yes.. I want it now.. run with it..
    If they say "maybe".. then don't do it..


    Adding a Stretch Goal means you will add a product, service, bonus, or variation if you meet that goal.. The $15K funding mark is fixed... we are creating the book/product regardless if we meet the stretch goal or not.
     
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    Congrats on your success and future success. I'm currently jumping into selling on amazon.
     
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    Thank you! You as well.

    That's what Cathryn and I started in. Physical Products on Amazon.

    Wait until a pallet shows up at your house... The thing was taller than me... haha

    [​IMG]
     
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    Congrats man, awesome video!

    You need to get the Stayblcam :)
     
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    wow, this was hard to watch. It feels too real. I'm on thin ice right now. I feel like I can lose it all tomorrow. What a scary thought....
     
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    Firstly, wow @akbrouwer you really show the power of a positive mindset. I'm not a believer in all of The Secret thinking and if you just dream about a pot of gold it will happen, but I do think that there is a huge power in positive thinking. It takes as much energy to wallow and wonder why nothing works out and sit still doing nothing as it does to think positively and take a step forward, even if it's just 1mm. It's progress.

    @P3HSB Kudos to you for owning your fear. I have a feeling that as much as you feel like you might lose it all tomorrow, the fact you're here among us and looking to learn, develop and push forward with your goals you're going to do just fine. Why not start a thread about where you are right now and see if us bunch of fastlane bandits can't jump in and help
     
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    I'm not sure if you jumped in with the same products I am, but I'm jumping into book selling.

    And how I'd love to have a pallet from amazon show up at my house... Lol
     
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    Great. Time to order my Self Journal...while waiting on my first pallet to arrive. :smoking:
     
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    This looks like a good thread. I don't have any time right now to watch the videos but from quickly skimming through your initial post I can tell there's going to be some good information here, definitely the inspiration I need as I've hit rock bottom right now and just slowly on the journey of getting back up on my feet right now.
     
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    Very exciting stuff, I am on board with what you are doing. This shows how fast the fast lase really can be, good luck and looking forward to future updates.
     
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    hahah... love this!
     
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    I am expecting one this December myself..... Does that make me a supporter, self supporter, mental masturbator or one of those people that are on the sidewalk/slow lane staying up late at night watching one of those shopping channels ordering stuff? Holy crap this can be a major brain tornado...
     
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    I like the journal...can you let me know when it's released on your website so I can just buy it. I'm not really a kickstarter person
     
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    Sure thing.
     

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