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2014 Re cap

The start of 2015, means the end of 2014!  Let’s look at the trajectory for 2015 by re-capping 2014:

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Since I suck at remembering stuff, I have to write it down to remember.  Here is a broad re-cap of my 2014:

 

January 2014:
—Started doing one-off consults. Goal was 100 by end of year (hit).

–Went to San Francisco to speak at HustleCon

 

February 2014:
—Took a Workcation to Thailand. Visited Bangkok and the islands.  Got lots of work done and good ideas.

 

March 2014:
—Made several hundred more NevBox’s for sale and for gifts.

—Partied it up during SXSW 2014.  People were fascinated by the 3D printer.  My apartment complex politely requested, “I take down the 3D printed penis in the window.”  I bet that was the first time an apartment manager has EVER made that request in history!

—I 3D printed a chess set!

—I challenged Noah to a handstand duel.  I won….big time.

—Figured out that 2,746,149 cumulative hours have been spent on NevBlog!

–Launched The Kopywriting Checklist

 

April 2014:
–Had a Rock Climbing and Co-Working Party

–Did a podcast with Steve.

–Hired a business manager.

–Launched “The Autoresponder Klass”.  Goal was 7x higher than I anticipated.

 

May 2014:
–Did another Workcation with the AppSumo Team in Napa Valley

 

June 2014:
–Designed and 3D printed a part for my scooter.

–Through a WordPress Framework created The KopywritingKourse Blog to make posts about kopywriting.

–Bought a piano and started learning.  Picked up it up quickly since I already play guitar.

 

July 2014:
Started posting bidnaz stuff on KopywritingKourse Blog, and personal stuff on NevBlog.

Definitely started to notice I hate forgetting about events because I don’t document them.

 

August 2014:
–Did a video about Clickbait headlines.  A week later Facebook announced it would remove them.  It wasn’t because of me, but I’ll pretend it was ;)

 

September 2014:
–Went to New York

–Went to Stamford, CT. for a copywriting conference called Titans of Direct Response.

–Went to New Orleans for FinCon 2014.

–Hired a new assistant.

–Went to Burning Man 2014.  Def worth checking out once.

 

October 2014:
–Re-did all KopywritingKourse videos.

–Finished 100 consults.

–Started taking on a few private kopy clients.

–Implemented this pricing technique with a few clients with a lot of success.

–Did a series where I asked people how they would make $X per month.  Comments were fascinating to browse through:

 

 

November 2014:
–Started migrating all Kopywriting systems to InfusionSoft

–Made a new sales page and vid for KopywritingKourse

–Gave away the Craigslist Hiring Course for free.  A fantastic course but I no longer promote it.

 

December 2014:

–Went skiing in Vail

–Showed how to self publish a book.

–Taking off for New Year’s in Los Angeles.

–Traveling to India and Japan.

 

My 2014 in a nutshell!

The cool part is, when I personally see these items, the memories come flooding back….so I get more out of this list than you do :-P

December 2014 Goals

Here’s my December 2014 Goals:

december-2014-goals

Due to the holidays (and fun!) I’ll be traveling a whole helluva lot this month basically till February 2014.

Vail –> Austin –> Houston–> Los Angeles –> India –> Japan

(Btw….anyone gonna be hanging around Tokyo or Osaka from Jan. 14th till Jan 21st 2015?  Come meet up with me and my brother)!

Thanks to this new thing called “The Internet” I’ll be connected most of the time and be able to work from wherever.  I’m also doubling down on stuff now so I don’t have to seriously work whilst hanging with the family.

 

 

The Purpose of Life

“What is my purpose???”

You know what this question is?

It’s a meaningless fu**ing question that hippies ask to make themselves sad.

A spoon was built for a specific purpose: To get food in your mouth.
A chair was built for a specific purpose: To be sat on.
A cup was built for a specific purpose: To hold stuff.

But those are inanimate objects.

Life on the other hand was created by chance and repetition. And only life that replicates continues to survive.

That means us humans have the exact same “purpose” as dogs, fish, plankton and trees:

You exist to reproduce and assist in the survival of your species.

Hey hippies and lazy bastards of the world endlessly searching for your purpose….there it is!!! The purpose of life has been sovled!

But see, froo-froo thinkers don’t want to admit this. The real answer is obviously staring them in the face, yet they won’t acknowledge it because it’s not the easy answer they wanted to hear.

It’s like asking a successful person what “The secret to success is.” The real answer is usually “A lot of hard work.” But that’s NOT what people wanna hear! They wanna hear some magic clue that lets them shortcut their way through the hard work.

So there you have it. The purpose of life is to reproduce and assist in the survival of your species.

Here’s breaking it down further:

If your penis/vagina is in functioning order, your original purpose is to reproduce:
It’s why young people obsess over fitting in, being cool, and finding love.

If you’re no longer able to reproduce, your purpose is to assist in the survival of your species:
It’s why old people like taking care of grand kids.
It’s why people feel so good when they volunteer.

If you’re not doing things that either lead to reproduction or survival of the species, what happens? You get depressed!

It’s your brain’s way of telling you stop asking what your god damn “purpose” is and go do something that gets you ahead in life or helps your fellow humans.

I’ve seen many people endlessly ask the question “what’s my purpose” and they always tend to get a little depressed about it because they can never find it.

They’re searching for something to give them meaning…..or something to give them “drive”.

What these people need is not a “purpose”, but these two things:

1.) LITTLE GOALS (this one is required).
You will get super-depressed if you don’t have a little goal. A Little Goal can making a certain amount of money, or finishing a project, or learning something new, or being the best in your line of work, or taking a trip, or improving your living situation. Your Little Goals will constantly be changing.

2.) BIG GOALS (this one is not required, but can be searched for).
This big goal should be so big that it can’t be accomplished in your lifetime. It will vary wildly for some people. A lot of people won’t even have one, and that’s alright too. Some people will have a burning desire to end starvation in Africa or some lofty goal, and that’s alright too. If you don’t have a solid Big Goal yet….don’t dwell on it….focus on your Little Goals first and a Big Goal will materialize.

So if you’ve ever been wondering what “Your purpose in life” is. What you’re actually looking for is a GOAL.

And your goals evolve and change in different situations.

If you live in a 1st world country and have a job, maybe your short term goals are to take a trip to the beach with your friends and finally buy that new condo you’ve wanted.

But if you just got kidnapped by deadly ninjas, your new goal is probably to escape. Your beach trip and condo probably seem like pretty unimportant things.

If you live in a horrible place with no opportunity, maybe your short term goal would be to beef up your finances enough to get out, or improve your community to be more like you’d want.
Your goals will be highly affected by your environment.

Your Little Goals will be ever-evolving.

Your Big Goals will be too.

Your “purpose” in life however will remain the same: You exist to reproduce and assist in the survival of your species.

When a musician is jamming the hell out….he isn’t moping around thinking “what’s my purrrpoossee?”
His Little Goal is: rock the hell out and entertain the crowd. And he’s fully engaged in it.

When a pilot is landing a plane…..he isn’t contemplating, “maaaan what’s my purpose??”
His Little Goal is to land the plane safely. And he’s fully engaged in it.

The mom juggling kids while cooking and cleaning at the same time isn’t thinking “What’s my purpose?”
Her Little Goal is to get her kids fed. And she’s fully engaged in it.

If you don’t have a Little Goal, then MAKE one!

-Be the absolute top performer at your job.
-Aggressively learn a new skill. Piano, coding, speed reading.
-Buy my KopywritingKourse and learn how to communicate ← survival of Neville in action.
-Start making extra money for a sweet trip.

Accomplishing a bunch of Little Goals leads to you accomplishing even bigger goals.

Since the purpose of life is to reproduce and assist in the survival of your species…..

Generally anything you do to improve your own value or improve others will make you happy.

Sincerely,
Neville Medhora

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
–Albert Camus

Spending Account 2

In a land far-far away called ThisPlaceDoesn’tExistVille……everyone spends the same amount of money every month.

That means of all 12 months of the year, a person will spend maybe $4,000/mo for living/fun/bills. Like this:

January spending: $4,000
February spending: $4,000
March spending: $4,000
November spending: $4,000
December spending: $4,000

BAHAHAHA!! In RealWorldLand however, that shit NEVER happens! It’s more like:

January spending: $4,000
February spending: $3,000
March spending: $4,000
November spending: $7,500
December spending: $11,500

Notice those last few months shoot straight up.

Well pretty much EVERY year ever, I notice my spending goes sky-high in the last quarter of the year….and I’m not alone in this.

In October/November/December you tend to: Travel places to see family, buy lots of gifts, go to lots of parties, stay in other places…..basically A LOT OF SPENDING HAPPENS.

But years ago in college I did one smart thing, and that was create a separate spending account JUST for occasions like this.

I called it The Spending Account 2.
(ok…the name wasn’t so creative, but you get the point)!

In college I started stuffing in about $300 bucks a month to the Spending Account 2 account….so by the end of 12 months I’d have an extra $3,600 in the holiday season to spend.

At the time that would cover travel costs, allow me to buy some pretty decent gifts for everyone….and essentially lemme have some extra wiggle room to do/buy whatever I wanted for the holidays:

spending-account-2

Having The Spending Account 2 available for extra money made holiday shopping a lot more enjoyable, when you didn’t have to “budget” to buy stuff on your normal monthly burn rate.

If you have the option to create multiple bank accounts, I’d HIGHLY suggest you create a separate one that let’s you actually enjoy the holidays instead of dread it :)

Sincerely,
Neville Medhora – The Brown Santa Claus
P.S. You’re damn right I made a financial graphic using Emjoi!

November 2014 Goals

Ahhhhh I can smell the goals in the air.

This month is mainly a bunch of technical stuff such as porting over a lot of my biz stuff to InfusionSoft.

november-2014-goals

There is definitely a learning curve to any new system, but much of the work has been completed.  It’s also super exciting because the amount of extra stuff I can do with a more powerful CRM system like this opens up new doors :-)

September 2014 Goals

Here’s my goals for September 2014, a little late….sorry :-/

Some already fulfilled:
september-2014-goals

Much of this part of September I’ll be traveling:

  • Sept. 10th – 13th = Stamford, CT. for Titans of Direct Response.
  • Sept 13th – 17th = Manhattan just because.
  • Sept 18th – 21st = New Orleans for FinCon.

I’m writing this on a plane :-)