Caught myself slacking a bit this week because @sidneyswenson_ has been absolutely killing it and freeing up my schedule like crazy. In addition @k_ellaisy has been knocking stuff out with several .NET and NodeJs projects. Every day our team is growing stronger, making clients happier and working towards self improvement. Having a good team behind me allows me to push even harder to get us new clients and move everyone up as I do it. Team grew from 1 full time to 5 REAL QUICK. @modsiagency
Tired of losing people I love. @austinb_mk6 growing up through high school with you and then seeing you today, I couldn’t quite grasp that you were really gone. Every time I drive I feel like I see you then realize it’s not possible anymore. I remember showing up to school to everyone in the parking lot talking about cars, I remember talking about the E30s, I remember racing you on the high way and blowing up my car, I remember Friday and Saturday nights at the meets, I remember your laugh. I will miss you. I would encourage anyone struggling with anything or just needing someone to hang out with to reach out.
One of my long time best friends here, @stancedgen. We used to talk about building cars when we were in school all the time. This guy really is a man of his word and someone I respect. Feels good to be back here. Had a tough reminder this week of why it’s important to remember to appreciate your friendships, because they can be gone tomorrow. “Hustling” is great, everyone should work hard, just remember there is much more to life than just that.
One of the most important elements in building successful businesses is consistency and commitment. Don’t spread yourself thin across dozens of ideas and projects. Collect your effort and put it into two or three and stay committed to it. I’ve had hundreds of ideas for apps and platforms but stuck to my three primary streams for the past three years. Each of them took time, effort and money to grow but I stayed consistent and committed to their success.
How do you provide value back to others in life? Some of you may have seen my story post a few days ago where I said my company may not be changing the world yet, but we are changing our clients life’s. Programming has given my team and I the ability to really make a difference for ourselves and others.
Been awhile since I posted a photo of myself. Been buried in new projects lately. Two more planned to begin in November now. Looking back on my business the past year has shown what has really made the biggest difference. Creating a structured process for everything including client acquisition, management and relationship building has proven to provide the best return for us. Also, pushing myself out of my comfort zone by hiring new talent full time and not just part time contractors. Thrown a lot at my business this year and it’s came right back after I did. Don’t be afraid to INVEST.
October 1st, 2016 was the day my cryptocurrency business closed for good doing a total of $333,641.66 in revenue within 8 months. I look back and laugh because I was 16 years old with no clue what I was doing. May was our biggest month doing a total of $60,572.77. I’m telling you this because it’s what changed my life up until today. I got my first glimpse of how much money actually is out there. It showed me that these numbers society puts on us to make us all average is irrelevant. Everything that you want is obtainable you just have to put in the work to get it. I had someone ask me today to buy them a laptop. I first asked them what are they doing right now. They replied with going to school full time. I said okay, how much time does that take? They replied with 8 hours per day and I said great you have 8 more hours to get a job to fund getting a laptop to make your future. If I can work 40 hours a week and be in school when I was 16, these people who are 20+ year olds can damn well do it. Make the life you want because no one will do it for you!
Every day I feel myself becoming more powerful than the things that use to control me. Independence, financial security, and confidence in myself. The first step to getting there for me was just trying. Trying and trying over and over again. To me failure is literally not an option. The best way to make sure you always hit that success is by changing up small variables in what you do. If something isn’t working, don’t keep doing it, change something in the process and try again.
Never would’ve thought two years ago that I would have an office and live in Miami before I even turned 20. A year ago I couldn’t even imagine my agency hitting six figures. 8 months ago I couldn’t wrap my head around potentially having 100+ members in Simple Mentor. My point with this is to remind you to set your goals high, even if they don’t seem obtainable. Because the day you can step back and say “how the fuck did I do this” will be the best day of your life. Everyone has it in them, you just have to learn how to be laser focused on your target.
Spent some good time with my mom this week. Feels good to be able to take a step back for a bit and keep my head level. Approaching the two year mark of when I started really going at programming. Really blessed with great opportunity this year.
Awesome month in August, another one ahead of us here. Added a few more changes to the business for the next month. One new client project, one new full time sales/project manager, and three full time developers now. Realized I set my goals too low for the year, time to readjust and make some new ones to finish off the year.
Awesome show in West Palm Beach this morning. Probably the biggest car event I’ve ever been to. I remember sitting in high school when I was 16 dreaming of going to events that had cars like this. Weird to see how fast things can change in your life.
What a week 😯 A lot of my stories have been on managing your finances. Last week I reviewed where I was at and why I wasn’t growing as fast as I wanted to be. I found my money was going to the wrong places. Auto, travel, food, and shopping cost me almost $60,000 in the past 12 months. I always tell myself “why would you do something that doesn’t make sense” and that just doesn’t make sense 😂. It’s only been a week, but I have cut down extremely on unnecessary expenses. At the same time the sales processes I put into place after the @grantcardone boot camp are finally really showing their value. I put my goal at the beginning of the year to reach $16,000/month ($200,000/yr) in revenue. This month marks the point of having three long term contracts exceeding $16,000/month. The goal seemed unobtainable to me at first, I couldn’t quite comprehend what it took to get there. Now that we’re here, it’s time to re-evaluate and set the goals to the next level. 🚀🚀 Also, if you are in miami, I better see you at EntrepreneurCon watching my buddy @codykerns5 kill it up on stage on Saturday.
For the past few times riding this i kept having the feeling like I was going to get hit by someone and really mess some stuff up. I’ve learned to listen to my thoughts like that before they come into reality. Too many good things to live for right now and not worth risking it on a bike. Something fun will be coming soon anyways 🏎