Of all the interviews this is my favorite title :-)
It goes through how I started businesses in high school, college, and after.
Of all the interviews this is my favorite title :-)
It goes through how I started businesses in high school, college, and after.
Here’s a common scenario you might relate to:
You sit down to do work, you start, then you don’t FINISH!
This is common. And there’s a mentality you can learn to help with this. Let’s solve this problem by citing some examples:
SITTING AT THE COMPUTER EXAMPLE:
Everyone can relate to sitting down to finish something like writing a paper, doing homework, clearing out email, whatever…..and then never finishing it through all the way.
Here’s my estimate of the breakdown:
100% of people are capable of starting a task.
70% of people can start and get halfway through.
20% of people can start and finish the first run.
5% of people can start and finish, and revise, and finish, and do it WELL.
Of those people, guess who’s REALLY going places? Yup…..that 5% of top performers that can start and follow through and do it well.
So when you start something, then start getting distracted, it’s useful to think in your head in an INSANE and AGGRESSIVE sounding voice “THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME AND ALL THE LAZY SCHMUCKS OUT THERE I AM WILLING TO PUT THE WORK IN THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS NOT AND BECAUSE OF THIS I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AND THEY WILL NOT >:-) >:-O >:-) !!!!!!!!!!!!”
This is the killer instinct that will push you through to finish a task, and not stop halfway through like 80% of other people.
Video example of the attitude to have:
Will Smith willing to DIE on a treadmill to beat the other person.
AT THE GYM EXAMPLE:
The biggest realization I had when I started seeing muscle gains from my workouts was that it’s NOT UNTIL YOU’RE IN PAIN that the growth happens.
I’ve been going to this “YoStrong” class at the yoga studio across the street. It’s like the end result of a yoga class having sex with a weight training class.
In the class they inevitably work your muscles till failure. And of course right before your muscles can literally do no more…..they hurt and ache.
In the past I would just stop and take a rest at that point.
But I’ve started gaining more muscle due to one mindset trick:
When the exercise starts to hurt, instead of wincing or stopping…..I get this maniacal look on my face, and in my brain I start thinking: “FUCK YOU EXERCISE I WILL BEAT YOU I WILL KILL YOU I WILL WIN I PAID MONEY TO COME TO THIS CLASS AND GET MY ASS KICKED NOT REST AND I WILL KEEP GOING FOREVER >:-) >:-O >:-) !!!!!!!!!!!!”
Seriously. It’s kinda insane and masochistic.
But this totally works, and makes me embrace that pain. Because I know that 1% of the time I’m in pain, is where 90% of the muscle gains come from!
Video example of the attitude to have:
Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about this “end pain” as cumming. He likes that feeling SO MUCH he gets there all the time and embraces it:
Next time you start a task (starting now), and it starts tiring you…..power through that pain point and get all insane on it like: “YOU KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO FINISH THIS RIGHT NOW EVEN IF IT KILLS ME I GOTTA DO THIS CRAP ANYWAYS WHY WOULD I PROLONG IT WHEN I CAN JUST KILL THIS CRAP OFF RIGHT NOW >-:-) >-:-) >-:-) >-:-) >-:-) !!!!!!!!!!!”
This will help you develop your killer instinct.
Cheers to sounding insane ;-)
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Hey, I was trying to think of some clever-ass April Fools joke…..but I stumbled across a joke that’s been played on me for years…..and has set me back several years.
I’ve been blogging since November 17th, 2004. That’s TEN YEARS. I was the first person on the internet to publicly post my personal finances for all my small businesses, and was open about who I was.
Albeit I never started NevBlog.com with the intention of a single person to read it and never had the intention of making it a large blog, it’s almost ridiculous that my following is not FUCKING HUGE.
And here’s one of the most wasteful and regretful pieces of non-action I’ve ever done:
I failed to collect the email address of readers.
Doesn’t seem so bad right?
Well lemme explain why I would love to go back in time and PUNCH 21 years old Neville in his big nose (who apparently had $16,721 in the bank at the time).
Here’s what happens when you spend lots of time on blog posts and stick them up on the internet randomly:
You basically hit “publish” and hope people come to your website. For years this is all I did.
When I was a really active blogger my site would get like 2,000 unique people a day coming to it…..but I NEVER once had a strategy on how to get those posts out there, or keep people coming back.
I had a ton of friends in marketing, but none of them convinced me to start collecting emails quite like Noah Kagan did.
Everyone said it was important, but Noah viewed collecting emails as THE NUMBER ONE METRIC he went by.
And it’s because of a chart that looks like this:
You see, if my stupid 21 year old self had put a “Signup by Email” box somewhere on NevBlog.com, everyday I would’ve collected a minimum of 10 and 30 emails per day with the traffic I was getting. That’s conservatively 600 people per month who wanted to hear from me.
And if 21 year old Neville HAD done this, then every time I put out a new blog post, I could hit up those 600 people via email saying:
“Hey, I did this thing where I got a homeless guy to sell bottled water on the side of the road, and we sold all 24 bottles in under 30 minutes! Checkout the blog post here.“
That same day, the 600 people that signed up that month would click the post. PLUS the people the month before, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that, PLUS the people before that and so on………
Basically thousands of visitors would find out about my new post that same day. Driving hella traffic to the site. And since the email list and traffic would continue to grow together, it would create a “compounding traffic” effect in the long run.
So a happy APRIL FOOLS to current-Neville on missing out on tens of thousands of free subscribers & sales!!
Your business homework for tonight:
Make sure somewhere on your website (personal or business) people can signup to get more information/deals/updates from you.
Keep in mind, even though the new owner of my former business HouseOfRave.com does a horrible job with the site, this crap-ass email form still gets him an average of 3 new signups a day:
So even a poorly-executed version of an email signup will help build your business for free. You don’t even have to be emailing on a regular basis right now….just get the damn form up today!!
P.S. This kid Bryan Harris is doing all this stuff VERY correctly right off the bat, and already his blog is exploding. Just two months into starting a blog, he makes $1,500+ a month from his new email subscribers automatically (which 21 year old Neville would TOTALLY be jealous of)! I’ll feature a post about how he did this tomorrow. Stay tuned homie.
P.P.S. Do you have some sort of email collection thingy on your website right now? Post a link to it in the comments, I’m curious to see it. If you’re feeling bold, I’d love to hear the number of signups you get per day!
Oh hello there….as I sit in my apartment and type this at 4pm on a Wednesday, there are literally thousands of people drinking, smoking, going to parties, going to industry panels and listening to one of 110 bands playing AT THIS MOMENT……40 feet below my feet.
This is called South By South West (SXSW).
It’s a festival/conference that takes over Austin, TX. in a major way every year during March.
100,000+ people visiting in a city of less than 900,000 people adds a certain “crunch” to the system. Not to mention pretty much EVERY ROAD downtown is closed for events, so driving becomes a joke in certain parts.
SXSW is 3 main parts:
I happen to live next door to the Austin Convention Center which is the epi-center of all the action…and everything else is within a 4 block radius. AKA…..it gets crazy around here.
With that craziness said, here are my March 2014 goals (which have been interrupted by SXSW so far):
The first part says “SXSW rent place and stay healthy”.
I ALMOST rented by apartment out for over $3,000/night, but tried to ask for a little more. After taking off to Thailand for a while and other work stuff, I listed my apartment almost before the start of SXSW, so the prices plummeted (oh…and there’s also thousands more apt/condos/hotels in downtown Austin this year because of a big building boom here).
So I didn’t rent out my place unfortunately, but I did stay relatively healthy through SXSW! I still worked out, I didn’t eat late night crappy food, I did drink but far less than normal. Overall I stayed reasonably healthy considering the unreasonable amount of free food/liquor shoved in your face for free during SXSW.
A few days before SXSW started I sent out the last 25 NevBox’s I had:
Here’s a bunch of the international ones going out (those are way more expensive and kinda a pain):
I bought a dog shirt:
We had a “Creative Writing Session” from the pool. Here’s Abel from Fat Burning Man (#1 podcast in the world!) working out of my pool:
Noah had a little party:
I knew SXSW was starting when outside my window I saw 4 electric BMW’s being unloaded for promotion (companies spend ABSURD amounts of money to get promotion during SXSW Interactive):
I rented out the guest suites in my building (both on the ground floor), one for my friend, one just to have parties in. One room had 4 big windows on the ground level like this, 1 block away from the convention center:
I stuck my 3D printer in the window:
…..and brought the guitars/mic/amplifier down just for some street-level concerts:
….and there was lots of co-working by the street also:
It was funny to see random crowds gathering to watch the 3D printer in action. It was the first time a lot of people got to see
The street view:
A lot of people would just stand there and watch. Kinda awkwardly-funny if you were in the room!
I was most happy to see Neil DeGrasse Tyson speak….I listen to his podcast all the time and love the way he can get complex subjects into your brain:
Abel playing a gig in the “Glass Box Room”:
I think by far one of the best parties I went to was the Uship party (Their headquarters happens to be across the street from my building which made it even better)!
One of the founders Jay who I know (and had to name-drop big time just to get me and everyone else in the party):
South By South Dog:
South By South Dog:
Some friends said, “Ok….you can print anything right? Can you 3D print a penis??”
Apparently the answer is yes……you can download a 3D penis from the internet and print it. Here it is:
A cool mural being spray painted:
A common sight during SXSW:
People are just EXHHAAUUSSTTEEDD from all the stuff during the day, and will grab random cat-naps whenever they can:
Saw this MASSIVE 3D printer that could print out big objects like full-sized motorcycle helmets:
Exhausted from panels and roaming around….I FOUND A HAMMOCK!!
After playing guitar and singing in the “The Glass Box Room” several nights in a row, I stumbled upon a booth at SXSW that sold throat relief spray for hoarse throats…PERFECT!
And now that the Interactive part of SXSW (aka the nerdy part) is over I’m back to work. I generally skip the music part.
Now off to finish all those March 2014 goals!
Just for fun I 3D printed a whole set of chess pieces!
I tweeted it out and even MakerBot actually re-tweeted it :-)
I simply downloaded all the files from this chess set file:
….and printed each one out individually.
They came out amazingly well, and I’ve already been playing :-)
Know something I’m really thankful for?
NevBlog.com was born on November 17th, 2004 (almost TEN years ago!!) to keep track of my financial situation.
It was never meant to be read by another human being other than myself.
Now why would a blog be so important for me? It’s for a simple reason:
I FORGET EVERYTHING.
Ask me what I did in March 2006….and I have no freaking clue.
However I can just go to the sidebar of my blog and click on the March 2006 archives….and INSTANTLY it all comes flooding back. Simply reading a few sentences or seeing some images from that time allows me to instantly recall everything that was happening around that time.
For this reason, my blog acts as my surrogate brain. Retaining all the memories I would otherwise surely forget.
The stats below don’t tell the whole story, but starting sometime in 2005 I installed Google Analytics, and here are the stats from a blog “nobody was supposed to read”:
For starters, it’s cool that OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE have viewed something I created. Maybe I should put a badge on NevBlog saying “Now seen by over 1.5million people!” :-)
Here’s some fuzzy math on how many cumulative hours have been spent on my site:
DAMN it feels good to be getting stuff done recently!!
I’m not saying I’m working a lot more than normal, but I’ve been gaining “momentum” once again (I scheduled my 2013 too lax, and barely got anything done).
There are literally days when I work at home and watch YouTube and read Digg the ENTIRE….ENTIRE….ENTIRE DAY.
It almost amazes me how I can waste that much time.
Anyhow, here’s some things I’ve done this year that have helped me get my mojo back, perhaps you can pick some lessons (my favorite is the last one):
1.) I took a Thailand Workcation.
This was mixture of play and work. But the main objective was:
“Do work, by a beach”.
That was the motto of the trip:
2.) Scheduling creative writing times with other bloggers/entrepreneurs.
Simply being around other people who are working towards similar things really helps. On some Wednesdays I invite a couple people over to have “Creative Writing Time”. The rules are you have to be WRITING something:
Here’s me, Noah Kagan, and Ryan Holiday in a pool (even thought it’s 50 degrees outside):
3.) Keeping accountable with other entrepreneur peeps.
My friend Billy from Forever Jobless and I are meeting with a select group of people every month, and the lessons learned are awesome. It almost makes you wanna do a lot of stuff before each call.
4.) Co-working when I’m not being productive.
Simply working around another person makes me more productive. I dunno why, but it sure works! I just call people up and see if they want to work.
5.) I put up a giant mirror in front of my workspace.
Instead of a guitar sitting right there, I now see my monthly/quarterly goals staring me in the face. Sure kicks me back into gear.
6.) Using Self Control App.
But I think one of my FAVORITE new things I’ve tried, is nuking the time-wasting sites I use. I do this using Self-Control App.
I added a blacklist of: Digg.com, CNN.com, Facebook.com, and Reddit.com.
When I click the “start” button on SelfControlApp, I can no longer access those sites for a certain amount of time (I’ll generally put it for 5 hours).
If you haven’t been all that productive lately, at least one of these might help push you in the right direction!
Have a happy Thursday :)
Neville – A very lazy man
P.S. Oddly enough this Wednesday I spent from 7am till 7pm fiddling around with WordPress stuff. I actually had a lot of fun doing it!
It reminded me of college when I took computer science classes (which I got kicked out of the first year) and would sit at a coffee shop with headphones in and work on my laptop till 6am.
It’s weird how THAT sounds fun to me!
“What’s the password to the wifi?!”
That’s how most of this trip I took with Noah went.
We took a two week “workcation” to Thailand. Basically the idea was: Sit on a beach, do work.
I’ve done it before and it’s a great way to work!
The only problem is you have to go with people who are ALSO under the impression they’re going on the trip mainly to work. Otherwise they’ll drag you into traveling around all day (total 1st world problem).
Here was our trip Itinerary:
So anyhow, here’s a summary of the trip in pictures:
In Bangkok we totally randomly met up with Nomadic Matt. In case you don’t know Matt’s site, he travels around the world and gives advice on where to eat/stay/travel. In fact, every time I researched an island to stay on, I would Google the island with his website after it in order to get his recommendations, like: ”Ko Tao Nomadic Matt”.
There were lots of stray dogs I played with…..good thing I’m fully vaccinated against rabies!
I REALLLLLLYYYY liked the vibe of Ko Samui. Next I come to Thailand I’m going back. It was touristy enough to where there were a lot of nice hotels and restaurants and things to do, but NOT so touristy it ruined the mood. The water was so perfect and calm, you could walk in the water over a 100 meters and still stand up till your waist:
In Ko Tao there was this RANDOM ASS taco shop we stopped by, and it ended up having the BEST tacos I’ve ever had! HIGHLY recommended:
Here were the scooters we rented for our entire stay in Krabi…..TWO of them for less than $18 total. Mine was the sky-blue one with random logos all over it. Fortunately both me and Noah have our motorcycle licenses AND both have scooters back in Ausin, so we’re experienced. But it doesn’t really matter over there, they’d give you a scooter in two seconds without asking if you know how to ride one!
Hammock and the “restaurant” area for the bungalows we stayed at. There were just 4 locals who lived at the resort and did all the work/cooking. So peaceful. One day we saw a total of only 9 human beings:
Aaaannddd of course I have to end off the album with a couple of Handstand pics!!
By the way, the reason I do these “I just took a vacation, here are my photos posts” is for my own memory. I forget EVERYTHING, but if I see a picture of the event I can recall it perfectly.
So this is my way of keeping this memory alive!
Hope you enjoyed the pics and got a sense of the workcation.
If you want to do your own workcation, based on our experience (of this trip and others), we know there’s some factors that affect this:
In the future we might do a workcation where we take a bunch of other people along with us. Whatchya think?
This months goals were written from an island beach in Thailand (me and Noah jetted the country for a two week workcation):
I’ve got a document I made much like the ProblemSolvingChecklist which is lightweight, short, and easily consumable…..for whenever you need copywriting inspiration. I should be selling it in the next 10 days if all goes well.
I’m also making it a goal to get the KopywritingKourse setup more as a complete business, so that’s already happening.
January 2014 was a great month, cheers to making February 2014 awesome!
P.S. We even happened to run into Nomadic Matt in Bangkok!