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Hi

My name is Ross aka Mr Trash (Short for Raccoon aka Trash Panda, my spirit animal). I associate with the raccoon because I have a fun habit of thriving and loving trash, and its a good converstation starter.

I'ma 27 year old working as a Salesforce consultant (oh such fun dealing with a buggy piece of enterprise software). I read TMF, Unscripted and Wealth Exposed in a 48-72 hr period (don't worry, I can read fast and retain information :)

About me... well... where to start. After graduating from college in 2015, a part of me left me, and I have been searching for it for years.

The past five years have been filled with literal and figurative jumping from dumpster to dumpster, some good, some bad. Graduation from college in 2015 with a nearly worthless Urban Planning degree, followed by a stint at non-profits, and finally a failed stint in Aviation where I got falsely accused and fired(proof that following what you love as a job/entrepreneur never works out!) that lead to a nasty bankruptcy, divorce, short time in the sticks of Alabama and a period of rebuilding through stable but boring jobs.

You would think that the past five years would have lead to my FTE, would ya?

No.

It wasn't enough.

I ended up hopping from job to job, up the Salesforce career ladder, looking for environment where I can thrive. Those don't exist at jobs though.

For years, I have been what MJ calls The Idea Entrepreneur in Unscripted. I have so many ideas, but 0 execution. Heck, I even opened a C-Corp and left it dormant for 2 years with no execution, because I whined about how I couldn't code ( such a bad excuse with the amount of resources/no/low code solutions out there today).

What pushed me over the edge started in March of this year, as my state/country began to lock down because of COVID-19. I could feel my freedom being squeezed, even though it was for the common good. Working from home and dealing with terrible clients doesn't help either.

So, I began to read and seek answers/thoughts to reflect on about myself. I began to write a weekly newsletter about my life with ADHD (still going!) and prepared to slowly launch a consultancy.

But still, the spark didn't light up like I thought it would, like when I was a kid/in college, solving problems and challenging the status quo.

Before I read MJ's books, I read a book called Driven. Its about the scientific differences in those with ADHD like me. Tl;dr version - We tend to have a hunter mentality but live in a world full of farmers, and thus we struggle with fitting in, jobs, society in general.

It was the small spark that made me think more. I began to research and see if there was anything out there to help me

I got here via James Jani's video that mentioned MJ's books. This is when the spark turned into a small fire.

Before the video finished, I had bought TMF & Unscripted (Wealth Exposed followed last night).

I couldn't put them down. I was reading late this past Saturday, past 1am, when that small fire turned into a blazing flame.

My FTE moment.

I watched live as the city burned. Burned after peaceful protests. One of three events I have seen live (9/11, 2011 Japan earthquake, and this one).

Anger boiled inside of me. I was angry at people.

Angry that I have no freedom to get the heck away from people and be in the woods where I want to me.

Angry that I am tied down to a stable but boring job that involves work with overdemanding clients.

I snapped.

Sunday, I finished Unscripted and Wealth Exposed, then signed up on here. Everything MJ said brought back memories and feelings about how I have had the same thoughts during my youth and college years.

So yeah, thats the short version of how I got here.

I'm not sure where to go next right now. I have been planning since March to launch a consultancy focusing around operations efficiency, but while this does solve a problem, its a unscaleable business, and I already hate dealing with clients as a consultant anyway. Right now I am doing some brief thinking and opening my eyes up to problem solving to see where I go.

Having ADHD is a double edged sword, it gives me a different lense that is invaluable as an entrepreneur, but also makes it really difficult to focus. But with the practice of shipping (little things everyday), I'll get there.

I'm excited to be here and learn from y'all.
 

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My FTE moment.

I watched live as the city burned. Burned after peaceful protests. One of three events I have seen live (9/11, 2011 Japan earthquake, and this one).

Anger boiled inside of me. I was angry at people.

Angry that I have no freedom to get the heck away from people and be in the woods where I want to me.

Angry that I am tied down to a stable but boring job that involves work with overdemanding clients.
Hi @MrTrash757 , thanks for sharing, and welcome!

While the fiascos rubbed me the wrong way on humanity, I'm glad that at least you got something different out of it all.

I'm not sure where to go next right now. I have been planning since March to launch a consultancy focusing around operations efficiency, but while this does solve a problem, its a unscaleable business, and I already hate dealing with clients as a consultant anyway. Right now I am doing some brief thinking and opening my eyes up to problem solving to see where I go.
I'm facing this issue in my freelancing as well, so I'm planning to do service packages (or productivized services) for a few select clients- an arranged scope of specific tasks and support.

This could help greatly to cut out much guess-work on what job is worth what, and also improve the documentation, in case I want to outsource some stuff out.
 
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MrTrash757

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Hi @MrTrash757 , thanks for sharing, and welcome!

While the fiascos rubbed me the wrong way on humanity, I'm glad that at least you got something different out of it all.


I'm facing this issue in my freelancing as well, so I'm planning to do service packages (or productivized services) for a few select clients- an arranged scope of specific tasks and support.

This could help greatly to cut out much guess-work on what job is worth what, and also improve the documentation, in case I want to outsource some stuff out.
It rubbed me the wrong way too, but the next day Grand Rapids banded together to clean up the streets. That gave me some hope.

I have looked into Productized services a ton, however the issue with the current issue I have been the fact that the knowledge is in my head. :rofl: Iam 100% sure I can build the SOPs and processes to match my standards/knowledge, but that comes with time.

I'm still re-thinking on this though, mainly as I am seeing that there is a opportunity in training, which is easier to scale and matches the CENTS method.
 
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MrTrash757

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Hi Mr. Trash love the name and thanks for sharing. I have untreated ADHD my whole life n 47 now and it can be brutal but when engaged properly it's all good.
Thank you!

I feel you on this one. I am currently unmedicated but use meditation and other strategies to work with it, instead of supressing it like I have over the past few years.

If you want to chat deeper about this, let me know. I love discussing ADHD and providing value/ideas on how to work with it.
 

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