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Imagine a little girl on a fat pony trotting onto a racetrack, stopping next to the professional jockeys and thoroughbreds. She’s patting her pony’s neck, whispering into his ear “Yes, Chubby, one day we’ll race here too!”

That’s kind of how I feel. I’m starting my own business. I’m starting from zero. Here is the journey.

Step 1: Searching for value

After I’ve looked into the most common “how to make money” ways I felt depressed, empty and dissatisfied. None of it seemed to be applicable to me, none of it seemed to have my handwriting or my style. (Yes, I know, I’m picky). So, the whole idea of making money started to ebb away. Then I had a few spark-in-the-dark moments that made me believe I found a way to give value. Since I don’t want to write a book here I’ll not post these moments – except if you are curious about them, then please just let me know.

Step 2: Found it! – NECST?

Need? Every parent has encountered the following problems at some stage: sleep (or the lack thereof), feeding (baby and mommy), diapering (and finally stopping it), and typical womens-problems during pregnancy and after giving birth (pelvic floor, cesarean, hair loss,…).

Entry? Granted, this idea is nothing new and there are thousands of websites out there that offer help or programs in any of the above mentioned. What I haven’t found so far is a platform that offers help on ALL of the topics.

Control? Guess so.

Scale? Definitely.

Time? Ouch. Let me elaborate on that one.

Step 3: Time, research and doubt

I have SO many ideas on videos and topics, I’d need 48-hour days to cover them. Wait. I only have – what, 15 hrs every week? Bummer. Right. I need to take care of my boy, have a household (no nanny and no granny to help out) and I’m sure there was a husband somewhere around here too. By the way, I’ve tried it with less than 4-5hrs of sleep per day. Backfired.

Can I do this? Can a young mom offer something of value when there are professionals out there who have 4 kids, are trained midwifes and sleep consultants and are married to pediatricians? Or who are professional cooks? Or physiotherapists? Or already have hundreds of thousands of subscribers on social media accounts? Or have written their tenth book? Hey, this 14-year old on YouTube even has better equipment than me!

Step 4: Giving birth

A glass of wine and brainstorming with my husband and: BelovedLittleOne was born. So, the business-baby has a name. But when I said I’m starting at zero I meant it. What exactly is Twitter and Instagram? I was not on Facebook. What is a YouTube Chanel? Recording and editing videos? Never done it. What do you mean I need a microphone or otherwise the audio will be crap? Seriously, I need to get a smartphone? Do I need to learn html in order to create a homepage?

Yes, laugh! Naivety is saying a cheery hello!

Step 5: Getting to know my BelovedLittleOne

Status Quo: I have a YouTube Chanel and am experimenting with my first videos (highly valued 12 subscribers) and a Facebook Side where incredibly 20 people hit “like”. I tried to program my homepage but there are a few ideas where I have absolutely no clue on how to make them happen. I therefore asked for an offer of a professional homepage builder. As we talked about what I wanted he admitted that he would have to put some thought into it too. Ups. I doubt that I will be able to afford him, but will I be able to program it myself? And there is still that T-I-M-E problem lurking around the corner.

Well, I’ll keep you updated.

Trumpets and fanfares, the little girl trots off into the sunset.
 

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Liked your post, it was entertaining to read. Yes sometimes it is difficult to start when one is certain there's someone doing it better in every single way. But then again, that's life, there is only one best at something, still, more than one is needed. There's plenty of mediocre services and professional making a living, including myself of course. The best can't do all the work. Literally and price wise.

Congrats on starting out!

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Thanks for your support and encouragement! Truly appreciated!
And well spoken: there is always someone out there who is [fill in the blank].
But isn't that great in a way? So you can watch, learn and improve and maybe even do things better. I believe almost everything in life is about choice. Loving your spouse? Your children? Working on your business? Improving your life? The life of others?
I don't know how long it will take for success to hit home. But I know that getting there will transform who I am now, and that will impact my surrounding.
All the best for you too!
 

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good post; I love Innsbruck and kufstein, will definitely be visiting again soon. Austria is truly a gem;
Best of luck to you
 
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Thank you!
Yes, "gem" describes this country pretty well. Innsbruck is beautiful - never been to Kufstein though. If you like nature, mountains and hiking and are interested in seeing new places (Hochschwab, Sonnschien Alm, Mariazell, Leopoldsteinersee) let me know. We live close by and are happy to take you there and show you around.
 
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2018-08-22 - update

Got the offer from the professional homepage builder today.

Now that night has fallen and it’s quiet in the house I sat down and opened the E-mail.
Got back up and went to the bathroom. Took my contact lenses out; it’s been a long day. Put my glasses on. Went back to the computer. Sat down. Squeezed my eyes shut. Took glasses off and cleaned them. Put them back on.

Darn. That point just won’t move to the left.

I can’t afford it. That’s a problem. So, it’s time to put that rusty brain of mine to work and do some brooding. But let’s not be mean and help it by giving it some grease: 2cl (0.7 fl.oz.) of Single Malt.

<BROODING-Start>

*brood* *brood*
*sip*
*brood*
*sip*
*brood* *brood*
*sip* *sip*
*brood*
*slurp*
*cough* *COUGH* *cough*

<BROODING-End>

Right, I’m pleasantly drunk now - no kidding. Motherhood does that to you. But have come up with a solution.

Not having my own homepage and solemnly relying on Facebook and YouTube is a No-No. (Control). Therefore, let’s use some vital recourses that University taught me: Not the one with the brightest brain or the most influential daddy, but the one with the greatest perseverance (also translates into “the- most-patient-butt”) gets to the end of the road.

So, I turn towards the corner where T-I-M-E is lurking, try to focus and shout “Com’on ova. We’re gonna be hea forawhile. Tea?”



Trumpets and fanfares, the little girl leans heavily on her fat pony and waddles to bed.
 
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2018-08-25 - homepage update

The little girl and her fat pony frequently hang out with T-I-M-E. Usually T-I-M-E is sprawled out on a pile of hay, snoring softly. Today a tall, barrel-like, intimidating stranger is intensely watching her. “Pssst, T-I-M-E, who is that?” “Hm? Oh, your new trainer, F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N.” “Trainer?!” before the little girl could add anything else, F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N shot her a dark, not too friendly look. “Eh, F-R-U-S-Y, is not too bad, once you get to know him,” said T-I-M-E with a smirk on his face.


“Sorry, this file type is not permitted for security reasons”

So, here we go. I went from believing WordPress is an online newspaper (yes, yes, I know – please restrain from commenting on that…) to fixing Problems within the code (thanks to google). All in order to have the customized font in my slider and on my homepage in general. Ah, the beauty of the learning curve.

To-Do-List:
  • Greet and meet F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N, alias F-R-U-S-Y, check.
  • Obstacle overcome, check.
  • Smile on my face, check.

That was today, in the wee hours of the night.

New day, new luck. So, I’ve been working on my homepage for the past 3 days and was quite pleased with what I accomplished so far. I hardly slept and seldom went to bed before 1 am.

Today – as my son is peacefully taking his midday nap – I managed to completely delete EVERYTHING I’ve built so far. Yes, EVERYTHING. Not a single page is there anymore. Not even the Theme I bought. Nothing. Nada. Gone. Extinguished. Error 404.

I don’t know weather I should laugh or cry. So, I made myself a cup of tea and had a piece of chocolate instead. I have no clue what I did and therefore, I have no clue how to undo it.

But according to T-I-M-E, F-R-U-S-Y is a great teacher, so, I let him do his job…. And start all over.



Trumpets and fanfares - and a befuddled little girl standing in the stable.
 

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2018-08-25 - homepage update

The little girl and her fat pony frequently hang out with T-I-M-E. Usually T-I-M-E is sprawled out on a pile of hay, snoring softly. Today a tall, barrel-like, intimidating stranger is intensely watching her. “Pssst, T-I-M-E, who is that?” “Hm? Oh, your new trainer, F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N.” “Trainer?!” before the little girl could add anything else, F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N shot her a dark, not too friendly look. “Eh, F-R-U-S-Y, is not too bad, once you get to know him,” said T-I-M-E with a smirk on his face.


“Sorry, this file type is not permitted for security reasons”

So, here we go. I went from believing WordPress is an online newspaper (yes, yes, I know – please restrain from commenting on that…) to fixing Problems within the code (thanks to google). All in order to have the customized font in my slider and on my homepage in general. Ah, the beauty of the learning curve.

To-Do-List:
  • Greet and meet F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N, alias F-R-U-S-Y, check.
  • Obstacle overcome, check.
  • Smile on my face, check.

That was today, in the wee hours of the night.

New day, new luck. So, I’ve been working on my homepage for the past 3 days and was quite pleased with what I accomplished so far. I hardly slept and seldom went to bed before 1 am.

Today – as my son is peacefully taking his midday nap – I managed to completely delete EVERYTHING I’ve built so far. Yes, EVERYTHING. Not a single page is there anymore. Not even the Theme I bought. Nothing. Nada. Gone. Extinguished. Error 404.

I don’t know weather I should laugh or cry. So, I made myself a cup of tea and had a piece of chocolate instead. I have no clue what I did and therefore, I have no clue how to undo it.

But according to T-I-M-E, F-R-U-S-Y is a great teacher, so, I let him do his job…. And start all over.



Trumpets and fanfares - and a befuddled little girl standing in the stable.
Is the page up and running again?

What program did you use to work with WordPress? What hosting? Could be that there are backups or cache.

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Hey, thanks for your concern @Saavedra !
By program you mean theme? Sorry, but I'm a complete beginner regarding WP. Theme is BeTheme, Host is an Austrian one. Couldn't find any backups.
So right now it's not yet back up and running, I guess what takes other hours to accomplish takes me weeks. BUT I'm getting faster the second time around ;). Once I come to the point where I truly can't continue myself anymore I have to get help from someone more experienced - I'm hoping to find some people in this Forum. Do you know how to program webpages? But right now I'm taking the "do it yourself and learn as much as possible" path.
 
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The little girl sits in the stable – and silently cries.



Confession time.

I broke my own rules.
There, I’ve spit it out.

As a mom I recommend living by “80 is the new 100”, which means that if you run comfortably at 80% all the time there is still room for unexpected things to happen. Then you can hit the accelerator hard and can give 100% - without damaging your motor.

Developing BelovedLittleOne I’ve been running at 100% a lot lately. Maybe constantly.

The past 2 days I would have needed those extra 20%. And they simply weren’t there. There was no more power left. My son had a fever for a whole night, which equaled a nearly sleepless night for me. The next day he was – well as expected from a sick child – grumpy, whiny, needed an immense amount of close contact and was fussing a lot. I quickly ran out of energy that was supposed to last the day. Then came tonight. He woke up at 11 pm, midnight, 1 am, 2 am. Was awake from 2-4 am. I finally dozed off to sleep at 4:30ish – to be woken at 7:30.

Welcome to the new day.

My son went for a nap at lunchtime, he slept for 30 minutes (instead of 1.5-2hrs). That was just enough time for me to fold the laundry. I need the space on the clothes horse, the next load is already in the washing machine. He woke up screaming his head off. He kept pushing me away, rolling on the floor, screaming, gagging, trying to get in between the space of the wall and the wardrobe. That kept going for almost an hour, I tried every trick I knew to calm him down and connect with him again. Not even a cloth with cold water in his face helped. I finally wrapped him in the sling carrier – still screaming and kicking – and went for a walk.

He stopped at some point only to start again as soon as we entered the front door. I called my husband asking him to please come home early today – he did and was home 1.5 hrs later. Until then - what a night mare.

When he arrived, our son was the happiest baby again. Chatting, smiling, playing and interacting.
I went to our room – and broke down and cried.



MJ says that it is not necessary to use the products you are inventing. Or even think they are useful or good. Let the market decide.
But is that also true when the product you want to sell is the very core of what you are doing in your own life? I want to give young families more precious and happy time. I want to make their lives easier. I want to support them and encourage them. Make more room for sleep, quality time and joy. Enhance the bond and communication between baby and parents. Part of how that is accomplished is by being the living example – authenticity. BelovedLittleOne is me. My face, my style, my own words and believes. On days like these when I truly don’t believe I am a good, loving, caring mom I doubt the whole idea of my products and my company. Then I lie in bed and cry, feeling lost and overwhelmed by life itself.


Will I continue?







Yes. Tonight. When a few hours have passed, my tears are dried, and my son is asleep.



No trumpets, no fanfares. Just a lonely, melancholic sax in the distance – and F-R-U-S-Y watching the little girl expressionless.
 

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That has become a tough read ... sorry to hear that you struggle like that.

What were the elements that made the professional solution expensive? Do you have plans for advanced things like a paywall for information products? Other features that you have not mentioned yet?
Tackling anything advanced like that without a solid plan would be madness, I fear.

You might be biting off more than you can chew. Usually, setting up WordPress should not be much of a challenge - but for a not very tech savvy person it requires learning about pretty basic concepts.
You seem to be overextending. I would not try to brute-force through this ... better try to come up with a strategy and a plan.
 

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That has become a tough read ... sorry to hear that you struggle like that.
Thank you for your empathy.
I posted this to
a) be honest about my journey and let others know that yeah, life sucks from time to time - but that is no reason to quit. And I'll also post the positive things, don't worry :cool:
b) remind myself what I overcame once the business is up and running and I'm looking back on the process.

What were the elements that made the professional solution expensive? Do you have plans for advanced things like a paywall for information products? Other features that you have not mentioned yet?
Yes, that's exactly it. I have a few products that I want to sell via a membership-based platform. Only registered members who paid can access the video courses and e-books. Kind of like the INSIDERS here in this forum. If you are not an insider you can still see the other threads, but you can't access and read them.
There are some more details to it, like having marked what you already watched, or upgrading to have another course unlocked, a search function, etc.
I'll ad a picture of what the system should look like. - the green circled stuff is the "usual" normal stuff and I'm comfortable setting that up myself. The rest - well, no clue yet….



Tackling anything advanced like that without a solid plan would be madness, I fear.
I'm all ears for solid plans :) and any strategy that you might have ;)
How to outline a solid plan? What are it's major elements? Where to get the information from? Who to learn from or which course to take in order to do it? In which steps to break it down in order not "choke" as you said?
I'm not scared of learning. If my life has taught me one thing than it was this: no matter what - I can learn it. It might need a lot of time, it might need more than one try, I might never fully master it - but I will get to the next step.
 

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Thought about it some more. It might be the right kind of struggle. Many people have written articles about setting up different kinds of paywalls.

Just be careful with the sentiment behind your approach. You currently seem to throw willpower at the problem.
Add some time to reflect, for example. UNSCRIPTED suggests 1. that you adjust expectation when you have new input and 2. that you need to apply math to your routine at some point.
It might make sense to ask "How can I afford the professional solution". One approach could be Gumroad for Version 1.0 (temporarily violation the commandment of control), and having the Paywall implemented in a V2.0 with a huge Relauch event.

Something that I have done in the past is taking a page out of the book of Academia and started breaking endeavors down by writing something that loosely resembeled a scientific paper.
In your case that could make sense if you struggle with overwhelm (emotionally speaking).

Maybe that is not the case, I am just guessing because I got frustated with WordPress administration (even as a Java Programmer).

It is hard to give more concrete advice, because details matter and the terminology seems to be a barrier (e.g. do you have a "local test environment"? What kind of hosting do you use? I assume you have not set up your own Linux distribution in a minimal virtual server instance, configured the firewall and installed the database ... so it is probably some kind of hoster specific convenience functionality!?).
Again, it probably makes sense for you to figure those things out, but overextending and throwing willpower at the problems will not feel good and probably lead to more misery.

For now I hope there will be some insights in your next update ... and maybe good news :)
 
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2018-09-11 – update: working hard

The little girl is in the stable. Again. She’s the first one to arrive in the morning, the last one to leave at night. Meanwhile she knows her way around. F-R-U-S-Y silently approves and otherwise get’s out of the way – for now. The next lesson is surely to come.

Lately a little chatty boy showed up. “Hi, you can call me T-I-R-O. My actual name is T-I-R-E-D-N-E-S-S, but all my friends just call me T-I-R-O.” In the beginning the little girl was glad to have some company, but soon that feeling changed to annoyance. The kid just won’t shut up. He talks none-stop and he’s like a planet orbiting the sun – very hard to get rid of.



Step by step. I’m getting there. The landing page is almost complete, most of the text for the “dig deeper/learn more” and “about us” pages is written. I still need to choose and edit a few pictures.

Then the new challenge awaits. For after that I’ll (metaphorically speaking) need to cross the red line (see post #13).


Motivation/fire/passion whatever you want to call it – it’s high. My son has started day care this week. Although everything is perfect I know that this is not what I want for him. My goal is clear, I definitely know why I’m doing all of this.


Yeah, we’re back with some trumpets.
 
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Thought about it some more. It might be the right kind of struggle. Many people have written articles about setting up different kinds of paywalls.

Just be careful with the sentiment behind your approach. You currently seem to throw willpower at the problem.
Add some time to reflect, for example. UNSCRIPTED suggests 1. that you adjust expectation when you have new input and 2. that you need to apply math to your routine at some point.
It might make sense to ask "How can I afford the professional solution". One approach could be Gumroad for Version 1.0 (temporarily violation the commandment of control), and having the Paywall implemented in a V2.0 with a huge Relauch event.

Something that I have done in the past is taking a page out of the book of Academia and started breaking endeavors down by writing something that loosely resembeled a scientific paper.
In your case that could make sense if you struggle with overwhelm (emotionally speaking).

Maybe that is not the case, I am just guessing because I got frustated with WordPress administration (even as a Java Programmer).

It is hard to give more concrete advice, because details matter and the terminology seems to be a barrier (e.g. do you have a "local test environment"? What kind of hosting do you use? I assume you have not set up your own Linux distribution in a minimal virtual server instance, configured the firewall and installed the database ... so it is probably some kind of hoster specific convenience functionality!?).
Again, it probably makes sense for you to figure those things out, but overextending and throwing willpower at the problems will not feel good and probably lead to more misery.

For now I hope there will be some insights in your next update ... and maybe good news :)
Hi @Andreas Thiel
thanks for that reply, I'll try to answer some of your questions - and I hope you see that post and the one before that as good news ;):
throwing will power - yes definitely. I can be like a Pitbull. Let's just say for now that's a good thing :)
affording professional solution - since I'm on maternity leave I don't have any income whatsoever right now. But any money I make from selling "stuff" or any money I get from grandparents etc. goes straight into the business. So far I've managed to make/save 3k in one year - but most of that went into equipment for videos and a new computer. Right now I'm trying to save up for the professional solution. until then I'm learning to do it myself.
struggle with overwhelming emotions: Yes, that one day hit me hard. But the most important thing is to get back up again.
local test environment: what exactly do you mean by that?
host: it's an Austrian webspace hosting domain.
You: I assume you have not set up your own Linux distribution in a minimal virtual server instance, configured the firewall and installed the database? --> you assume right. What exactly are you talking about? I'm definitely a tabula raza at that field… But I can set up my company without my own Linux distribution, etc., right?

Sorry for any dumb questions.
Greetings to Germany!
 
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2018-09-27 – update on working hard

It all started with a sneeze. It was not me sneezing, mind you! My husband was. Then a cough. Again, it was not me who coughed, this time it was my boy. Then came the sore throat and the burning lungs. That on the other hand, was me. To make a long story short – I’ve been sick for 2 weeks now, the journey climaxing in a stroll to the hospital that started at 9:00 pm and ended at 1.30 am. Sinus infection and otitis which resulted in a crack in my eardrum.

All I can tell you is this: STAY CLEAR OF IT. Men, it hurts like hell. Praise the pharmacy industry, because without painkillers I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed.

That threw me back on working on my homepage.

That and the fact that I encountered a few problems that needed the combined effort of Dr. Google, the Theme support team, my Host’s support team and my pure stubbornness to overcome.

Well, it’s done, problem solved.

The landing page of homepage is done, friends are proofreading it right now. The rest is still under construction.



Wow, this thread really has become fun to read! I didn't know I had this dark side in me. :rofl:

Hang in there, I’m sure every hero must go through hardships before there is a happy end.



Trumpets and fanfares, the little girl is plowing through ankle deep mud to get her daily work done. Ps: T-I-R-O is still terribly annoying.
 
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2018-12-11 – adding more value

Has it really been 3 months since my last update? Bummer. Well, time to add to this progress-tread. Here we go:


“That is so ridiculous! It’s a COMPLETE waste of time!”. The little girl’s screams could be heard for miles.

“Hey, leave me out of this, it wasn’t my idea.” Said T-I-M-E who was comfortably sitting in the grass, grinning and chewing on some straw. The little girl wasn’t paying attention to him.

“What is the whole POINT of that?!”

“Uh, perseverance? Endurance? Persistence? Balance or core-muscle training? Concentr…” T-I-R-O was cut short by a look that could fell trees.

“I should be on horseback, on the racetrack, not trying to get to MY SADDLE across this, this, this…” – “Stream? River?” said T-I-R-O helpfully, which earned him another deadly look.

Behind the stables was a not unimpressive little river. A rope was fastened across it, no bridge was anywhere near. And the little girl’s saddle was mockingly sitting on a big log on the other side of it. How had F-R-U-S-Y managed to get it there? Every attempt of the little girl to cross the river has so far ended in a very cold, very wet bath.



Blogging. Another skill to learn. Another big chunk of work to be done before I’ll create my info-products. But I believe it to be an important part of adding value to young families - and therefore to my company. To me that is more important than launching a few weeks (ah, who am I kidding :rofl:months!!) earlier…

So far, I’ve researched and written 7 articles on topics that I couldn’t find satisfying answers on google. Meaning, that others can’t find an answer to that particular question either. The idea is to keep doing that for another 20-30 blog articles; thus, creating a value-pool on my homepage and gaining the trust of like-minded parents. Once that is done it is time to engage with the community and create the product, they need in a way that makes them benefit the most. 6 of the 7 articles still need to be proofread (don’t quite trust my level of English to throw an uncorrected article on my homepage…) and therefore aren’t published yet…


What else happened besides these 7 articles?

Finished the landing page of my homepage as well as the about-us page and the articles-page. Not perfect yet, but I’m not displeased either. Reading a lot, learning a lot, making little corrections as I go. Developing the business idea – and myself.

What does that feel like? Great, feels like this:

The little girl is wearing her favorite pants. The same she wore last week. But this week is different.
They are tight.
So tight she has troubles bending the knees and scared to crack the bottom every time she bends down.
T-I-M-E smiles teasingly: “Did you gain weight?”
F-R-U-S-Y smiles too: “Looks like someone is going to leave the comfort zone soon.”
Only T-I-R-O looks dumb folded and doesn’t get it. But then, he’s just a young boy…



Ps: looking for a mentor/coach.

Ps: Is anyone interested in proofreading an article? (~2500 words)



Trumpets and fanfares and a soaking wet little girl is waddling back to the stable – with a new strategy, but without her saddle – yet.
 
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2019-02-03 – ripped pants


*rrrrrrrtsh*
The little girl never thought such a sound could be so satisfying. Her favorite pants ripped – irreparable. There goes the comfort zone. Time to move on.


Update:

Incredible but true, I found a mentor. Applied out of the blue – and got accepted. It’s hard work and challenging, but boy does it feel good. He’s mentoring/coaching a group of young people and it’s awesome to be part of that like-minded group. There are live-calls every week, an active Facebook group to get answers to questions and great input on personal growth and mindset.

I finished writing 10 articles, 7 are published, 3 still need to be proofread. Next steps are to improve the look of the Homepage and get rid of some site-issues regarding the mobile version. After that: publishing the remaining 3 articles and then: more writing.

I started doing miracle mornings (Hal Elrod, like @MJ DeMarco suggested). It sounded so ridiculous to me that I simply HAD to try it. I know you don’t know me, but if you’ve read some of my posts you’ll know one thing about me – I’m NOT a morning person. Well, things change. I’m getting up at 4 am every day – and I’m having phenomenal days with a visible productivity boost.

Only downside: T-I-R-O is not hanging out with the little girl anymore.

I’ll keep you updated.


Trumpets and Fanfares. The little girl in her new pants got into a great routine and is handing out with other jockeys now.
 
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I’m getting up at 4 am every day – and I’m having phenomenal days with a visible productivity boost.
The morning really sets the tone. If I'm up early, the rest of the day rocks, from eating the right food to getting shit done. If I sleep in, the day can be hit or miss.

Glad to see some positive outcomes!
 
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Thank you, @MJ DeMarco !

The morning really sets the tone.
I totally agree. Never thought it would have such a great impact - until I started practicing it.
Glad to see some positive outcomes!
YES! Me too ;-)
I'll keep you updated through the whole process - ups and downs and lessons learned.
And when the time is ripe the little girl and her fat pony will race - and win :)
 

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2019-03-25 – learning from the best

Some bubbles just pop. Others burst. And very few bubbles shatter.
The bubble of the little girl was of the last kind.



Let me update you: from the 3 still unpublished articles all have been proofread, so that’s great. 2 I’ve published and one needs to be approved by a parent (I was using their son as an example). But they’ve just had a baby, so I don’t want to bother them right now.

Fixing some of the site-issues turned out to be more of a night mare than I expected it to be.
Yeah, F-R-U-S-Y is hanging out with the little girl regularly and seems to be enjoying himself…

Still, I thought I was on the right track. Until I attended an awesome meetup of bloggers in York, UK, last week. Remember, in Post #18 I said that blogging is a new skill I need to learn?
Well, I decided to do things properly and learn from the best. The meetup took place because two of the probably most successful bloggers of the English-speaking world came to York and invited their community to join them for an evening-dinner.

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I got to chat to them about my ideas and my project in general and I admitted that I had some troubles regarding site speed and other technical stuff. They offered to take a closer look at my site (how awesome is that, usually they charge about $ 1k for that!) and then it happened.

The critique I got was the most helpful insight and contained really straightforward and honest tips. I’m very grateful to them and will make sure to apply each and every single bit they said. But never the less, that beautiful bubble I had shattered into a thousand pieces right there and then.

Basically, I was heading in the wrong direction and totally doing things the way you’re not supposed to do them. So, turn around, tiptoe through the broken pieces back to zero and start over again.

The last thing they said is something I’ll carry with me until I am at where I want to be:

“You’re a smart lady, you’ll figure it out.”

So, there we go.


Trumpets and fanfares, the smart little girl is back at the starting line.

Ps: Another great thing about that meetup was getting to know super friendly, helpful, encouraging and caring people. Having a like-minded community and getting to know someone not just via a forum or chat has enormously enriched my live. And I believe that there were one or two little seeds of friendship planted as well. How blessed I am.
 
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2019-05-09 – distractions

The little girl’s heart is pumping; a quick glance over her shoulder tells her that the other jockey is coming closer with every stride. Can she make it across the finish line before her opponent?!

YES!! Just by an inch, but this victory is hers!

“Hi. You missed a bit back there in the last curve. You know, boss likes his tracks to be perfect.” – “Ah, uh, yeah, thanks. I, ah, I’ll do another round…” is all the little girl manages to stutter as a reply while the jockey and his thoroughbred walk past her and her tractor. She sighs as she puts the old tractor back into gear and chugs off to do another round of smoothing the ground of the racetrack.



So, I’m in business, on the race track, but not as originally planned.

My husband and a business partner are starting a company, based on an idea I gave them. My gut feeling told me to stay out of it and concentrate on one thing. After all, as an old Austrian proverb says: your bum can’t dance on two weddings at the same time. But somehow that didn’t feel right either and I filled in the decision-making matrix, just like @MJ DeMarco suggests in his books. The results were clear, the pros outweighed the cons.

I’m in.

I don’t know yet whether it was a smart decision or not, but one thing’s for sure: I’ll learn heaps and so far I’m enjoying it.

The first parts for the prototype are ordered, construction has already started. Once built we can test it at a friend’s place. Funny enough our product fills a niche / need in the equestrian world. Coincidence? Anyway, the company’s name has been decided, the logo created, the domains bought. I’m currently writing the first content for the website. Ideas of at least 4 more products are in the queue. Once the first prototype has been built and optimized (goal: until End of July), we’ll launch and start marketing and production.

I’ll keep you updated.

Was I idling on my original project? Nope.

The technical issues and adjusting the orientation of my project were WAY more time consuming than I ever imagined and quite a challenge. But, also an immense pool of knowledge that I didn’t know existed and that I jumped right into. In the end I managed to get what I wanted:

I reduced my page-loading time from ~11 sec to 2.5 sec. Maybe not perfect yet, but I’m still pleased with the result.



All in all I’m enjoying my life to the fullest: Although I only sleep 4.5-5hrs per day I’m energetic and motivated and get things done. I reached every single one of my weekly-goals in the past 3 months, I am and feel healthier and fitter, my relationships to my son and husband have deepened and generally improved. I’m confident and know with a never before felt certainty that I will reach my goals and that I’m right on track.

It may not look like much is moving from the outside, but that’s the thing with processes: not every step is visible.



Trumpets and fanfares: the little girl has a wide grin on her face while she is driving the old tractor, doing her work, watching and learning all she can from the other jockeys.
 
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2019-06-24 – workroutine

Although the little girl’s days are almost identical, fully packed with work and always follow the same rhythm, they are never boring.

Update on my workroutine:

My original project is going well. There are now 14 Posts published on the site, organic traffic is very slowly tickling in. For May 2019 I had 17 organic visitors, in June (still one week to go) I had 28 so far. Yes, it’s slow, I know. My goal? To have about 1-1.5k visitors per Post per month. Still some way to go I guess… I try to keep publishing 1 post/week until mid of November.
Then I’ll go to another Bloggers Meetup in the UK to get new input. This time I’ll take my son (2.5 yo in Nov) and my husband with me. Yey, taking our family holiday in the UK in November and looking forward to it – I indeed must be very dedicated

Our second project is taking on shape too. My husband and our partner were busy: The physical prototype is built and ready to go to a friend’s place for the first round of testing. While building it we already realized some minor changes that we will implement in the next prototype (most likely we need two before we put the finished product on the market). Looks like we can stick to our timeframe of finishing the prototype test-phase by end of July.
Meanwhile I worked on the homepage, about 1/3 is done, goal is to have it all ready and set about 5 weeks too. The goal is to sell the first few products by the end of 2019.

As always I’ll keep you updated.

It may sound a little ridiculous having goals that are so far off that they may seem impossible to reach. But I honestly I think that in a year, maybe a year and a half down the road I’ll come back to this post, quote it and say: “See, perseverance and consistency paid off. Taking action every day got me where I wanted to be. Now let’s take it even further.”

A year ago I didn’t even know “fastlaning” existed, yet alone it would be my chosen path. Today it seems absolutely impossible to return to my old lifestyle. I just can’t wrap my brain around it any more. I guess that’s what’s called developing a mindset.

What makes the little girl happy? Energetic? Proud? Excited? Grateful? Her goals and the future she’s heading towards. Deep down she loves every single day of her journey, with all the valleys and lows. She’s totally committed to it.
 
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2019-08-19 – what an amazing week…

The little girl is having an incredibly fantastic time. You may wonder why. Is she on holiday? No, she was, and terribly missed her fat pony and the old tractor on the racetrack. Did she get some goodies like a new saddle? Or even a new tractor!? No, and aaah, no. Far from it. Is she a professional jockey already? Nope, wrong again.

She simply learned to enjoy life to the fullest, at any given moment, and be thankful and positive, no matter the circumstances.




Update on my first project:

17 posts are published, less than I planned on doing. Nevertheless I’m very pleased, they were a lot of work and took a long time to research. But, apparently they are quite helpful, for the last 3 posts I wrote show up in Google ranking on page one and two already (after only 8-4 weeks after being published), yet traffic is still slow in tickling in. For June and July I had 31 and 25 organic searches. Bounce rates are good at about 75%; Average Session Duration is about 1 min. Statistics are picking up for August (19th): 34 organic searches already, bounce rate at 69%, average session duration at 1:40min. Not too bad, huh?

Update on our second project:

The prototype has been running for a few weeks now, and is working well. My husband and our partner are working on the 2nd prototype that shall be what the finished product will look like. I work on the content-marketing, the first three blog-posts are written and ready to go live. A first teaser/coming soon video is edited and ready to go onto the homepage as well.
We’re still planning on launching the product by End of 2019.

I’m in a facebook group that focuses on our exact niche. Someone posted “Is there a product similar to xyz that someone can recommend?” and I answered "Yes, I’ll send you a private message."
After that the response on that post got almost viral. I had more than 70 people within 3 hours responding to that post saying, if I could please send them a message too. Unfortunately, the admins were not so happy about that and deleted the post before I could answer all the requests. But I got round to 40 people – 4 wanted to be our partners and test the product for us and 5 said to please sign them up for a waiting list for when we bring the product into the market, 10 asked to be kept up to date… Not a bad response for a product that has not been launched yet...

The stories I heard of why they want a product like ours were incredible. I learned heaps and was very impressed at how much people love their hobby and at the lengths of pain and hardship they are willing to go for that hobby.

Not so sure, but I guess that’s what you call a NEED :-D

I’m super excited and grateful for what’s going on in our lives.
Right now my focus has switched from my original project to our second project. I see way more need and potential in this project and also the responsibility of making a great physical product that people are already eager to test and see. I’ll therefore only write a few more blogposts for the first project and then let it sit – and see where it’ll go in half a year or a years-time.



As always, I’ll keep you updated.

Trumpets and fanfares, the little girl is training to compete in her first race.
 
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Update: 19.11.2019

The little girl is busy. Yet it seems that she’s not making any progress. Is she on a course of action faking?

I just read my last post that I wrote exactly 3 months ago. At a first glance it seemed to me that nothing at all has changed and that I didn’t make any progress. I seriously asked myself what I did in those past 12 weeks. Let me summarize why I came to that conclusion: The other prototypes we wanted to build are a) not built and b) are not up and running. I started to write a 4th article for the blog, but haven’t finished it. The homepage made hardly any progress… so, really what HAS happened?

I took a look at my calendar to check whether I truly didn’t make any progress and whether I am busy action faking.

Here is what I found:

End of August I met my mentor in person (for the very first time) at a two-day seminar. I was blown away. There were loads of people at the seminar of a very well known sales coach, for whom my mentor did a few marketing campaigns. Many knew my mentor and wanted to talk to him. Yet somehow, we managed to speak for more than an hour.

I was quite impressed with the sales coach. I only knew his name and that he was a coach, but never watched any of his content, let alone follow him on social media. He put on quite a show (dancing, music, motivation-shouting, high-five with the people around you, etc.). You have to know, that as a very introverted person, that is exactly my kind of party. Anyhow, there were also some rare moments where I thought that he put aside the entertainer – and what I saw there deeply impressed me. An ocean of knowledge in sales, NLP, hypnosis and a real sympathy for start-ups and the hindrances they face. At night after the first seminar-day I approached him.
I’ve set aside all rules of good behavior of contact-making and didn’t bother about “what-can-I-do-for-YOU-first”. I took the plunge and went straight for it. I asked whether he would be interested in mentoring me and our new venture.

Guess the outcome. Yeah, right, what else *lol*.

He told me to come to his seminars first. I told him (in a not so direct way) that he is bl**dy expensive and that I can’t afford him. He just looked at me calmly and repeated: Come to my seminars.

Lesson learned. When a successful entrepreneur and multi-millionaire of whom YOU want something, tells you what to do, do it. Don’t argue.

The next day I went to one of his sales managers and booked ALL his seminars PLUS a one-year mentoring program, starting in January 2021. I did not even consult with my husband. Then I went to the rest rooms and cried for half an hour. I just made on of the biggest decisions in my live. I just spent 70k€. On that day I had 450€ in my bank account.

I cried because I was afraid. Afraid of what that decision will do to me. To my family. To my two-year-old. To my future. I already cried when I signed the contract. Because the fear of what it will do to me if I DON’T take that step was even greater. Am I not worthy of such an investment in myself? Do I believe that this will be for naught and I will fail anyway? Do I believe that I will never be successful? What am I worth? What will I make of my life?

Later that afternoon I briefly talked to my mentor again. I told him that I just did the stupidest thing in my live – that I booked the whole package of seminars. He looked at me with an absolute poker face and just said:

“That was not stupid. That was the next logical step.”

Guess who did not have a poker face. I must have looked like a buffoon.

Meanwhile I attended the first of 9 seminars. It was absolutely fantastic. Since I have absolutely no clue about sales and since I will be in charge of sales in our company, it comes in quite handy to learn from a sales-professional. Not only have I learned a ton so far, I also met new people and made new friends. I also talked to my new mentor-to-be. He remembered me (I did not dare ask if I made a good impression). He was interested in our project and gave me great tips for our new company.
This time I didn’t argue. I took notes instead.

Since my great financial commitment my brain continuously consciously and subconsciously thinks about generating money and making sure that I can pay for the next seminar in time. This also led me down a very extraordinary path of getting to know myself better.

Quiet voice in the back right corner of the little girl’s head: “You could donate blood-plasma. You’ll get money for that AND do something useful.”

Loud voice in the left front corner of the little girls heard: “WTF?! You are dead scared of needles!!”

Guess what. Now I’m regularly donating blood-plasma – and got rid of my fear of needles. That made me reflect on my live and made me realize that I live a life in fear – and never even noticed it. I am such a scared chicken. So, I made a list of my greatest fears that I have that keep me from living a live I always wanted and dreamed of. I wrote down my childhood dreams that I never dared to touch because I was scared or believed some bullsh*t. Now I’m taking singing classes and will get a driving-safety-training for Christmas (Thanks to my family). I also got in touch with a helicopter-company. Did you know, that within the next three to five years I’ll be helicopter pilot? Well, neither did I. And I also get to dive with whales and sharks. How cool is that?! Yeah, everyone’s fears and dreams are different, and some seem to be quite stupid, I know. I’m in.

The past two weeks I was busy preparing a giant vision board. It includes my goals for the next 3, 6 and 12 months as well as for the next 5 and 10 years. Why? Because my mentor told me to make one. I thought “What a nonsense” and started it. Now I’m loving it so much and it has brought so much clarity and joy into my live already that I’m sure they’ll burry me with my vision boards.

So far so good. Would you call it progress?

Did I do anything to push my two projects?

The second project:

The three of us took almost all September to prepare for an application for a start-up-grant. You have to present your idea in front of a committee – and either get accepted or not. We got the grant, which includes a lot of cash for the company, an interest-free loan, a free office for 2 years, a free work-place to build and store our products for 2 years and all the resources the start-up-supporters have (legal stuff, connections, meeting-rooms etc.), all located in the town where we live.

The original plan was to install three more prototypes by September, to test them until December 2019 and to go live with our company in Jan. 2020. Well. We are lucky if we can set up the three prototypes before Christmas. Nothing went as planned. The first batch of motors got lost in Karachi (Pakistan – no kidding), the second one turned out to be the wrong motor type, the third one could not be ordered (after discussing every details with the company for 10 workdays) and the forth one – is on its way (fingers crossed) and will arrive mid-December. Guess flexibility and trouble-shooting is another thing I need to get real good at.



Also in two weeks time I’ll attend a business-building weekend with my mentor. He usually doesn’t coach or give seminars, so this might be a life-time-chance. Since I’m broke I had to sell an oldtimer Vespa (built 1956, all original) that was in our family for decades. I needed to do so in order to afford the ticket to the seminar. I had to get permission from my brother and my mom – I’m blessed that they agreed. Why am I going there? Well, he’s an extremely successful entrepreneur (and, surprise, surprise, a multi-millionaire) who knows how to build successful businesses. Wouldn’t I be stupid not to take the chance to learn from him live, first hand?



The first project:

Two weeks ago my husband, my little one and I went to London to have a family holiday and so that I could attend a blogger’s meet-up (similar to the one that took place in March this year). My first homepage is doing… well, it’s alive. Anything else would be an overestimation. I get a little bit of traffic, but not a lot, although numbers are slowly rising. Then two months ago the unthinkable happened. My computer’s storage was full and our home-server not set up yet. So, I decided to copy everything. E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. onto an external drive and delete it on my computer. Because our server will be up and running soon, right? Oh deary me. That is a mistake I'll never make again. Believe me. Next day I plugged the external drive in to access some data – and it was blank. Yeah, serves me right, I guess. Since then it is with a software specialist who tries to recover the data. So far without success. Now, that also threw me back on my project. I had so many pictures and raw-film material taken that I wanted to use for the posts. None of that is accessible for me and I’m losing hope that I will retrieve it. But how authentic will my site be if there are only stock-photos on there? I also talked to the blogging community and shared my numbers and data – they all agreed. The niche is ridiculously competitive and without authenticity it’s quite hard to gain the trust of the community.

I therefore have decided to leave it be for the next few weeks and just see how the traffic develops and which posts seem to be doing alright. I can still decide to do more with the homepage in a few months/years time.

It honestly hurts me to write this. It’s my hearts project and I’m all fire and flames for the topic. It’s just right now I think I really need to put some more focus into my life. You can’t dance on two (let alone five) weddings at the same time.

Looking back on the past three months a lot has happened.

But what do you think:
Was it action faking?
Was it distracting myself with unimportant stuff?
Or is it a necessary step in my path?


My mentor says that businesses fail because the people behind the businesses fail. He believes that mindset makes up 80% of success – and skills only 20%. Would you agree? (@MJ DeMarco , @Andy Black)
 

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My mentor says that businesses fail because the people behind the businesses fail. He believes that mindset makes up 80% of success – and skills only 20%. Would you agree?
I agree with your mentor mostly, but I don't agree charging $100,000 for seminars. Your story is interesting and progressing, but for me, that is the most distressing thing about it.

Lesson learned. When a successful entrepreneur and multi-millionaire of whom YOU want something, tells you what to do, do it. Don’t argue.
Wrong. You can argue, especially when that millionaire wants you to fork over $100k for his seminars. To me, this strains credibility and a "money first" mentality where he doesn't really care about you, he cares about what he can GET from you. Just because he's a millionaire doesn't mean he's always right. In the same vein, just because this is my opinion, it doesn't make it true just because I'm a millionaire. If two millionaires are arguing, one could be wrong, or both.

I wish you luck. Of course if you find more than $100K of value in the seminar "mentorship" then my perception is moot.

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Lesson learned. When a successful entrepreneur and multi-millionaire of whom YOU want something, tells you what to do, do it. Don’t argue.
I’m with @MJ DeMarco ... I’d tread pretty carefully here.

Seems like this guy is using his authority to short circuit your decision making. Authority is an incredibly powerful tool employed by “mentors” that charge through the nose and provide little practical value.

That’s not true across the board, of course. I know people who have spent $100k+ on things like Tony Robbins platinum partnership and felt it was well worth the investment (and they had a good ROI).

I just would be very careful about your motivations. Does this offer fit into a realistic budget for you? And if you decide to do it, why is that?

If the answer is because he told you to and he’s a millionaire and you’re not, I think the probability of a let down is very high, and costly.
 

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Sounds like a guru to me.

$100k is a lot. I hope you really looked into this guy before buying his seminars.
Im sure the guy is a millionaire when hes charging that kind of rate. Did he get rich before that or does his wealth come from selling a dream to aspiring entrepreneurs?

I can't really say, but what I can say is that the fastlane summit was 100x less and will likely provide far greater value.

Even if the guy is legit I would seriously consider getting a refund and just using that money to reinvest into your business venture. You can learn a lot about business without investing that kind of money into seminars.

Just my two cents.

-Josh
 

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I hope it works out. That’s a lot of money spent so you can consume more. I’m genuinely worried for you.

Consider getting a refund. There’s enough free mentoring in this forum to get most people started.
 

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