Over the period of two weeks, I followed over 6,500 users on Pinterest. The purpose was to grow my Pinterest following, and it worked: I started with about 30 followers and have over 500 now. In this post, I describe the strategies that I used and the lessons I learned.
Month: June 2015
It’s Friday night, and 3 weeks have passed since I quit my day job. As I sit here at my desk with a glass of red wine, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the journey so far. Although the routine has settled in a little, and I am not all euphoric and ecstatic all the time, on a scale of one to ten I feel like, eh, 17…
It seems that everyone and their dog are writing e-books, and I am not an exception. The idea to write an e-book was born about a year ago, mainly because I wanted to test my wings at book writing. With online self-publishing tools, it’s very easy to publish a book (or at least an e-book) without having to spend any money at all. You don’t need to find and convince publishers to work with you, and all the promotion can be handled using social media without having to spend a dime. After paying for a number of crappy e-books on Amazon, I thought: “If those people wrote this crap and I paid for it, I can do better than that”.
I have to admit it: discovering Tony Robbins Rapid Planning Method (RPM) was a true revelation. This was my experience after I applied the RPM method to my existing task management system – a system that I thought was quite good and that I spent time building up.
Imagine that you are lost in a foggy forest, and trying to get back to the main road. You hear the sound of moving cars, and you know the road is out there, and you try to follow the sound but it’s deceiving, you are going in circles and getting more and more frustrated. Then the sun goes up, the fog clears out, and suddenly you are standing on a path, and you see that the path leads straight to the main road. A feeling of joy fills you up and you start moving towards the road with steady steps.
One of my tasks for today was to create a daily schedule. I am the type of person who needs a plan. Even if I don’t always follow the plan, just having a plan immediately puts me in a calm state and gives me a sense of control. This is why creating a plan was one of my top tasks for this week.
Content Marketing is an area that I wanted to dig into for quite some time now. Any online business needs to use content marketing to be able to build a relationship with customers. Any move that I do online without having a clear content strategy will risk to fail or at least not be as effective as it could if I used the tactics of content marketing.
Before starting anything major in life, it is always a good idea to take a complete inventory of everything that you have on your plate right now. This exercise helps to make sure that you focus on the right things, and reduces anxiety that comes creeping to remind you that you are forgetting something.
Today I took two inventories: a virtual and a physical.
Last Friday was my last day at my day job. Yes, I did something that is generally considered a bad move: I quit my job before having a stable business that can generate a steady income. Today is Monday, June 1st of 2015, and it is the first day of my new life as an entrepreneur.