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This week last year I decided to become an "entrepreneur" and make the BIG BUCKS! F*ck my parents and their negativity towards my untameable entrepreneurial spirit, and F*ck my friends for only wanting to play video games and go out for food! Exotic cars, here I come!

...I even setup and automatic email that I received a few days ago saying "you better be driving a Blue Cepheus Lamborghini Aventador".

Little did I know...

Here's a quick overview of what I've actually done for 365 days:

- developed irrational phobias due to high stress
- got accepted into film school (which I have no desire to pursue as a career)
- realized just how much my parents are negatively affecting me
- played a lot of Grand Theft Auto to take my mind off reality
- made a lot of music
- learned a bit about copywriting
- started giving less of a F*ck

So really, I've done nothing related to solving others' needs. Haha! Good stuff.

Yet every single day I'm being taunted by my mother that "I only have x months before I have to live on my own". They don't mean it and I know it, they don't have the guts to kick me out. But saying that shit everyday, it might as well be the truth.

Ah... What the F*ck man. I remember it being December 31st, and me telling myself that 2015 will be the year I succeed and finally make something of myself. Yet here I am, just a little bit more educated and a lot more angry.

I guess, the point I'm trying to make here is... If you tell yourself you're going to be successful next time this year, you're kidding yourself unless you're already doing things that will make you successful. I was trying to run before I knew how to use my legs. I couldn't even see my legs! I still don't. But at least now I know how to pace myself better, and can try and implement some of the methods I learned in the book.

And best of all, the only thing on my mind is the post I made here about becoming a fastlane musician, and how I disregarded every piece of the golden advice given to me. I decided I was too good for making tutorial videos, and that I didn't have the patience to host my own music show on Twitch. I can't even bring myself to get in touch with a singer because I feel like my instrumentals are incompetent. F*ck!

yet every day i wake up and wonder what life would be like if all i had to do was make music day and night. it would be F*cking beautiful. i can just picture myself meeting the producers i talk to on twitter, or meeting the famous producers i stalk on snapchat everyday. how in the world do i focus myself on what's most important to me?
 

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Step 1. Go to Officemax and buy a plain white lined 8 1/2 x 11 legal pad

Step 2. Let me know when you have one

Step 3. You and @AllenCrawley and I will have a 10 minute call (probably Tuesday). I will send you the dial in # when I know you have the legal pad. Since we don't have time to have a call with everybody on the forum, you will Hopefully post what you learned and took away from the call in this thread so other people that come behind you can learn from you.

Step 4. Stop mentally masturbating over your Lambo color

Step 5. A month from now you will be in position to make a real progress thread, assuming you are still not playing video games
 

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Step 1. Go to Officemax and buy a plain white lined 8 1/2 x 11 legal pad

Step 2. Let me know when you have one

Step 3. You and @AllenCrawley and I will have a 10 minute call (probably Tuesday). I will send you the dial in # when I know you have the legal pad. Since we don't have time to have a call with everybody on the forum, you will Hopefully post what you learned and took away from the call in this thread so other people that come behind you can learn from you.

Step 4. Stop mentally masturbating over your Lambo color

Step 5. A month from now you will be in position to make a real progress thread, assuming you are still not playing video games
@dmitriyb

Bro, don't F*ck this up. Please.

This call can change your life.

EDIT P.S: What makes me angry is that I see my old self in you.
 

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Every single one of us has reached a critical crossroads in our lives. This is his. This is one of those moments he can make a decision as to whether not he's going to become something, or play video games.

I am betting on him.
 

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OP is still browsing this forum. OP get off the computer and go to the store!

I was once offered an opportunity to meet with one of the forum's (formerly) most respected members. Within 3 minutes I had booked a flight that I couldn't afford, to a place that I'd never been before.

That meeting forever changed my perspective on the world and what success actually looks like.
 

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Damn now there is an offer that you can't refuse... so seriously DON'T! The truth is you haven't done absolutely nothing for 365 days. You've learnt a lot.

- developed irrational phobias due to high stress
When I've got stagnate in my life I have come up with some many reasons why things were not possible. I'm not making light of people with mental illnesses because that's a completely different thing, but honestly I think that those of us born to be entrepreneurs have brains that work in very different ways to others. If I'm not using my brain to full capacity of taking action and moving on with things, you can be sure my brain will be filling it's time taking massive action on why I'm not... seriously the lengths it goes to sometimes is seriously impressive. This sounds like a similar scenario, take it as a positive as you've got a very analytic, problem solving mindset - perfect for an entrepreneur.

- got accepted into film school (which I have no desire to pursue as a career)
Congrats on getting accepted, but more so on realising it wasn't for you and owning up to it. I wasted a year of my life starting a Uni degree that I knew in 5 minutes weren't right for me.

- realized just how much my parents are negatively affecting me
It's tough that they're not as supportive as you. My advice - don''t make them your family in moving forward with your dreams. The Fastlane is an awesome entrepreneurial family. Make these people those that you surround yourself with. You'll still get the criticism, but in this case it will be deserved and moving you forward.

- played a lot of Grand Theft Auto to take my mind off reality
- made a lot of music
Sorry?!? I thought you didn't achieve anything? So GTA isn't going to make you millions, but you proved you can focus on something - that you can get into the flow state and just pay attention to the one goal in front of you. Transfer that to your career and you are golden. The music part too is great. I'm guessing some is better than others and that's because you kept on trying, learning and developing on what you''ve done. Great transferable skills.

- learned a bit about copywriting
You're ahead of most of the pack. The amount of people I know have a great product, but are unable to get it down on paper in a way that people want to buy makes me want to cry. You may not have all the tools, but keep on with this. It's invaluable even if just for overseeking.

- started giving less of a F*ck
Yes! Keep going with this, but also don't get too numb to it, sometimes those things that used to hit you and knock you down can be the thing that drives you to success. It's all about the coping / reaction strategies.... you're in control of how you react to things. Don't let others take control of that.
 
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Step 1. Go to Officemax and buy a plain white lined 8 1/2 x 11 legal pad

Step 2. Let me know when you have one

Step 3. You and @AllenCrawley and I will have a 10 minute call (probably Tuesday). I will send you the dial in # when I know you have the legal pad. Since we don't have time to have a call with everybody on the forum, you will Hopefully post what you learned and took away from the call in this thread so other people that come behind you can learn from you.

Step 4. Stop mentally masturbating over your Lambo color

Step 5. A month from now you will be in position to make a real progress thread, assuming you are still not playing video games
This is unbelievable. Thank you for this incredible opportunity, I will make the most of it. For the forum, and for myself.

I've got an empty notepad, but it's not a legal pad like you specified. The store opens in less than 5 hours, and you can bet I'll be the first one there.

I will reply to your post once I'm holding the pad.
 

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I can't even bring myself to get in touch with a singer because I feel like my instrumentals are incompetent. F*ck!

yet every day i wake up and wonder what life would be like if all i had to do was make music day and night. it would be F*cking beautiful. i can just picture myself meeting the producers i talk to on twitter, or meeting the famous producers i stalk on snapchat everyday. how in the world do i focus myself on what's most important to me?
I was a musician in a previous life. You know how I started? I just started. Didn't know anything about chords, couldn't read music, had absolutely no idea what a "C note" sounded like, and had zero musical training or background prior to joining my band. They only thing I knew was they made music that sounded pretty cool to me, and I wanted to be a part of it.

We spent years of practicing multiple times weekly, and playing gigs to to less than 10 people (usually our friends/girlfriends/wives). Yet eventually we got to the position where we started to open for some major acts, then toured Asia, and finally got to the point where we were in talks with every single major label on the planet (ie Sony, EMI, Universal).

Things didn't end up working out for us (we didn't sign a contract), but the thing is we got ourselves into that position because we went through the process.

It wasn't fastlane in the very least, but it still highlights one key point - and that is all about going the process to get to the point where talking to the labels was possible.

An offer from Vig & AllenCrawley to spend their time to talk with you will be one of the quickest ways to shorten the process (don't get me wrong, it'll still be a long process). I wish I had had the same opportunities back in the day - it would've cut years off of my learning curve....
 

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I will get a hold of Allen and communicate with you privately later today or tomorrow to coordinate a time for Tuesday that works for everybody.
 

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Step 1. Go to Officemax and buy a plain white lined 8 1/2 x 11 legal pad

Step 2. Let me know when you have one

Step 3. You and @AllenCrawley and I will have a 10 minute call (probably Tuesday). I will send you the dial in # when I know you have the legal pad. Since we don't have time to have a call with everybody on the forum, you will Hopefully post what you learned and took away from the call in this thread so other people that come behind you can learn from you.

Step 4. Stop mentally masturbating over your Lambo color

Step 5. A month from now you will be in position to make a real progress thread, assuming you are still not playing video games
You sir are awesome.

Can't wait to see the outcome of this thread!!
 

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Step 1. Go to Officemax and buy a plain white lined 8 1/2 x 11 legal pad

Step 2. Let me know when you have one

Step 3. You and @AllenCrawley and I will have a 10 minute call (probably Tuesday). I will send you the dial in # when I know you have the legal pad. Since we don't have time to have a call with everybody on the forum, you will Hopefully post what you learned and took away from the call in this thread so other people that come behind you can learn from you.

Step 4. Stop mentally masturbating over your Lambo color

Step 5. A month from now you will be in position to make a real progress thread, assuming you are still not playing video games
Officially watching this thread. OP, you're about to be given a brand new toolbox and materials. You have two choices:

1) Get out there and use the tools and materials to build that life you have always dreamt of building
2) Sit with the tools and materials in your hand, do nothing, and only imagine the life you have always dreamt of building

"Dreamers stay dreamers without action."

Keep us posted!
 

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If OP doesn't post his notes, I'm gonna be straight mad.

Hopefully he knows how to take good notes to. Might be best to just record the audio from the phone call.
 

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If anybody wants to be funny with the typical Facebook meme of Michael Jackson eating popcorn and "reading comments" in a thread, now would be the time.

Awesome thread and we haven't got to the best part yet.
 

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This is how Vigilante made me want to join thefastlaneforum in the first place.
I now read this thread and wish I have a conversation with him too.
 

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Step 1. Go to Officemax and buy a plain white lined 8 1/2 x 11 legal pad

Step 2. Let me know when you have one

Step 3. You and @AllenCrawley and I will have a 10 minute call (probably Tuesday). I will send you the dial in # when I know you have the legal pad. Since we don't have time to have a call with everybody on the forum, you will Hopefully post what you learned and took away from the call in this thread so other people that come behind you can learn from you.

Step 4. Stop mentally masturbating over your Lambo color

Step 5. A month from now you will be in position to make a real progress thread, assuming you are still not playing video games
Ok, I now have a legal pad as you requested. Patiently awaiting your message.
 

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Keep in mind 2 things.

1. What he posts after we engage is up to him, and

2. His progress thread likely won't follow until he's ready to do a real progress thread

So, the popcorn buckets might have to wait until he's ready. We'll see.

I just want to take some of the pressure off of his shoulders, and temper expectations.

He's a young kid, and we're just going to give him a shot in the arm.

However, if you read some of his other threads, you will see what I see... which is someone that has all the potential in the world.

Allen and I have failed more than most, and that's where most of our value comes in. We're not professional coaches, or even good mentors.
 

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