Let me take you back on a journey through the alley of memory …
When I first ventured into entrepreneurship, I wanted everything.
I wanted everything at once. I wanted to create my dream business overnight and have a huge community of fans and friends and make millions of dollars by creating my favorite products.
With zero experience and having a small network, those ambitions spread quickly. I have adopted a new mentality, a new operating policy.
I figured out how to “level up”.
It is important to do what you are passionate about. But even the word “passion” has become commonplace these days. Everything in the entrepreneurial space is geared towards making money by doing the work of your choice.
You have to work to do what you love. But sometimes you have to go through different repetitions of this process, gradually “leveling” each time to get closer to what you want and who you want to be.
How I have leveled my life with financial freedom
I graduated from college in 2009 and had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I thought I had two choices:
- Go back to school
- Join the corporate rat race
The only problem was I didn’t want to be a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. So more school didn’t make sense to me. And I don’t want to do corporate things. By no means.
In fact, the thought of working in a cubicle forced me to throw myself into the boiling vat of tar at first. Not very inspiring.
Since I refused to take the next “logical” step, I stuck to a relatively low-paying job and went to answer the phone. I officially started working at Longhorn Steakhouse to finish and as you might expect, it sucked. I was not happy and I was not making any money. I was upset and frustrated. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I left the Longhorn Steakhouse in 2012 and immediately began preparing for the SAT exam for Kaplan. Was exam preparation my # 1 passion? By no means. But it was a layer up from serving the steak.
My hourly rate was $ 18. I was fantastic at this point. Then I saw that they were coming home from the families I was helping to help me come home and teach little Timmy the quadratic equation. In other words, I was working for 100, and Kaplan was taking $ 82 out of my pocket for my time.
At that moment, I realized that I had an effective skill that people would prove to me that they would pay me, and I decided to rise to the level. I turned on my own Exam preparation company– Effectively cut off the middleman and cut off all benefits.
I learned that I don’t have to start from scratch. Instead of scoring Craigslist for clients, I cut the line and contracted with private admissions coaches who prepare high school students for their college essays, interviews, and how to package themselves.
I sold myself well and became their in-house exam preparation instructor and everyone won. Immediately, I went to one of their hidden treasures overnight since there were no clients.
From there, I decided to level up again. I was bored with exam preparation, but realized how much I loved business and marketing.
I started freelancing online and became cunning about how to make money using the skills I already had. Along the way, I learned how to position myself in a saturated marketplace, write amazing copy and stop selling. I finally got a bootstrap Web development firm Which starts to pull in 6 figures a year.
Start the game.
At that moment, I realized that there was something wrong with this whole “online business thing.” I’m starting to eat away at what I’ve learned about entrepreneurship, startups, email marketing, copywriting, sales funnels, audience building, and more.
Then, I made the best decision of my life and started Rich20Something, Writing about my experience as a frustrated 20-something Those who knew that there should be more than nine to five lives. I found an audience that resonated with my message – or rather, they found me.
Soon, I started working with really great startups The Art of Charm And Pavlok, In some cases as an employee and in others as a consultant. I was brought in to create deep marketing techniques and funnel positioning to help differentiate myself from the pack – and I wrote world class copy.
I got an internal scoop that seemed to dominate an online business and then knew I was ready.
In 2014, I got equal and jumped – going full time with Rich20Something and managing it entirely by myself.
There was no turning back. I wrote and wrote and wrote and made a huge following with all my content for free I made money by teaching young people how to start their own freelance business.
Nowadays, I get a full team in the trenches with me every day. Hustler town here in Santa Monica Rich20 HQ. There are 3 full-time employees, a few part-timers and dozens of service providers whom I rely on for various tasks each week.
I created for myself a career that did not exist. The final victory.
Every time I took on a new project, it came a little closer to what my ideal vision looked like. That Leveling
Still, I know Rich20 is not my final stop. Each project has taught me new, valuable skills that I take with me from one business to another.
You don’t have to build your dream business overnight. Feel free to go through the process of “becoming” and actively try many new things. Your goal is to find something that makes you feel more like “you” every time.
Focus on growing and constantly leveling up.
Try not to get frustrated with this process, especially the amount of time it takes … because the growth you are going through is very important.
You’re probably not ready to run your dream business outside the gate – and that’s fine. Believe me, I’m speaking from experience. One step at a time.