Category Archives: Goals

April 2015 Goals

My goals for April 2015:

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1.) 29 of us are learning Ruby On Rails through my little Coding Challenge from April 1st till April 30th.

2.) The KopywritingKourse will be getting more comprehensive this month (and this year), and will double in price soon.  I’m making and adding new content this month.  Aiming to finish by April 21st. Existing members will of course get this free.

3.) Going through my sites page-by-page and optimizing email signups.

March 2015 Goals

Here’s my goals for March 2015:

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GOAL 1.) I want to successfully finish off my Autoresponder Klass with a high completion rate.

 

GOAL 2.) I’m about 10 years behind on web design.  Meaning 10 years ago I was a pro at putting up a website, handling servers and all that crap.  NOW I’m super reliant on systems like WordPress or Shopify that do that stuff, but with limited customization.

So I wanna bring myself back up-to-date with the technology.  For this reason I wanna get back on the horse and start coding again….the first time since maybe my freshman year of college (2001)!!

Now I don’t plan on coding up anything fantastic myself, as there are programmers FAAARRR more capable than myself, however I would like to just get caught up with the newer technologies so I can at least half-intelligently discuss it.

 

GOAL 3.) Starting to add some components to the Kopywriting Kourse on the next stage to making it more valuable for people starting to learn Kopywriting.

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:

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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.

 

 

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.

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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:
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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 :-)

June 2014 Goals

Well May 2014 went off well, hit all my goals.

Now onto June 2014!

Here’s my goal sheet for the month.  Just two major objectives:

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Happy June :-)
Neville

March 2014 Goals and SXSW Update

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:

  • Interactive Festival = This where all the nerds from around the world come to talk about technology (my fav).  This is where you’ll seen Tim Ferriss or Elon Musk just walking around.  
  • Film Festival = All the movie industry people from around the world geek out about making movies.  This is where you’ll see Quentin Tarantino or Steven Spielberg chillin at a party.
  • Music Festival = This is where every band, musician, and people-who-wanna-see-bands-and-musicians come into town.  This is the largest part people-wise.  This is where you may see Snoop Dogg or Lady Gaga hanging out.

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):

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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:

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Here’s a bunch of the international ones going out (those are way more expensive and kinda a pain):

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I bought a dog shirt:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

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:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

Noah had a little party:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

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):Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

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:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

I stuck my 3D printer in the window:
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…..and brought the guitars/mic/amplifier down just for some street-level concerts:

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….and there was lots of co-working by the street also:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

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 Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

The street view:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

A lot of people would just stand there and watch. Kinda awkwardly-funny if you were in the room!Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

Then we hit up a bunch of the SXSW Interactive panel sessions.  Here’s Maneesh and Dave Asprey having one:

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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:

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Abel playing a gig in the “Glass Box Room”:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

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)!Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

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):
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South By South Dog:
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South By South Dog:

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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:
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A cool mural being spray painted:

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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:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

Saw this MASSIVE 3D printer that could print out big objects like full-sized motorcycle helmets:Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

Exhausted from panels and roaming around….I FOUND A HAMMOCK!!Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

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!Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

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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.Neville's Financial Blog: Tracking the road to financial success

 

Now off to finish all those March 2014 goals!

February 2014 Goals

This months goals were written from an island beach in Thailand (me and Noah jetted the country for a two week workcation):

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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!
-Neville

P.S.  We even happened to run into Nomadic Matt in Bangkok!
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December 2013 Goals

Dammit I hate posting these so late in the month, but here-goes my December 2013 goals:

December 2013 Goals

1st I’m porting the copywriting courses to MemberMouse.  Existing members won’t notice a thing, but moving forward I’ll be able to do cooler stuff with a proper membership system rather than my current method of using Frontpage 2003.  (Wow, I still use a TEN year old piece of software for my webpages).

 

Next I’ve been dying to send out another NevBox because people loved them so much, but I didn’t wanna just do ANOTHER one on copywriting (at least not right away because at the time I felt I couldn’t live up to the same value the first one provided).

This particular one is going to be called the “Life Changer” NevBox.  I’m really excited about it because the change it should have on a person will be immense.

I was at odds with this at first, because the best customers (from a strictly business perspective) are people will a lot of money.  However I think THIS particular product would have the GREATEST net-effect on people without a lot of money.

I still felt strongly about doing it, so I’m continuing despite the possible economic risk.

Just got back from Cancun for an Indian beach wedding, that was my only hope for a warm winter.  Hope you’re staying warm too!