First Revenue

I earned the first revenue from my work. First time after 2-3 years working day job + trying to create a business afterward. The first one flopped after wasting money and time (the writing was on the wall but I refused to acknowledge it and keep pushing, resulting in more time & money wasted)

I worked this one for more than a year now, started doing it seriously from around May 2022 then wasted around 2 months pursuing BLs from guest posts. From October I ditched guest post and tried to push content instead. Currently 2 of my 3 best performers are posts without link at all.

Around last week I have about total 700 PV on the last 2 days and decided to add affiliate links to pages that get views. Got 2 conversions into Amazon purchase shortly after

The amount is laughable and minuscule compared to the cost I’ve spent so far but at least it’s a sign to the right direction.

Productivity

1. Have a clean setup for workspace – less items is better

2. Create a massive amount of time for yourself
– If there’s anything you want to do that will hinder your concentration, spare a day off and do it.
– Automate anything you can do, such as regular bill payment
– Shop online instead of doing regular shopping
– Don’t do any ‘recreation’ activities you won’t enjoy eg: going to the beach
– Spare enough time for sleep and exercise to be on peak condition

3. Ruthlessly prioritize what you are doing – focus on the most important thing and don’t get sidetracked on little tasks. Spend the time on what matters.

4. Raise your standard and put yourself on uncomfortable area
– Have more expectation of yourself, preferably above your station
– Weekend doesn’t have to be the time to laze around, evening doesn’t mean you have to do relaxing activities

5. Actually do the work – put the time to do the work: xxx minutes/hours per day start from xx PM

Ego is the enemy

Canvas strategy: help yourself by helping others

  1. dont after short term goal (getting credit, earn respect), focus on the long goal
  2. say little, do much
  3. dispose entitlement & feeling of superiority
  4. Example: introduce people who need each other, come up with idea and hand it over personally, do what no one else want to do

Restrain yourself

  1. Our own path, whatever we aspire to, will in some ways be defined by the amount of nonsense we’re willing to deal with
  2. no need to react to each insult/undermine comments/critics
  3. it doesnt matter if the person who say it is incompetent, or if you know better
  4. It doesnt degrade you when others treat you poorly, it degrades them

Get out of your own head

  1. Our thought can convince us that we’re special and deserve to have more so we prefer to stay in it than participating in the actual world. Stop listening to these
  2. Being self conscious in fear of who others might judge you based on your appearance/action is pointless. Everyone is too busy looking after themselves to care much about others.
  3. Don’t live in the haze of the abstract, live with the tangible and real, even if—especially if—it’s uncomfortable. Be part of what’s going on around you. Feast on it, adjust for it.
  4. There’s no one to perform for. There is just work to be done and lessons to be learned, in all that is around us.

make you happier

Hedonic treadmill: no matter what materialistic material you add to your life (bigger house, nicer car, nicer clothes) it doesnt make you happier because as you earn more expectation increased.

  1. Work to minimalize or eliminate things you dont like. For example if you hate being in a traffic, leave earlier.
  2. Exercise. Move. Do activities you prefer (biking/hiking/rock climbing etc)
  3. spare time to explore / play/ do something you want
  4. take vacation -> give yourself mental reset. Doenst have to be big, just to get you out of your normal routine
  5. dont chase vanity metrics (numbers) on social media. Focus on face to face interaction.

Things to remember

1 TAKE OWNERSHIP – Take responsibility for your life – blame noone but yourself.

2 ACCEPT FAILURE – Making mistakes is a key part of success.

3 WHAT YOU DO AT 8PM MATTERS – Time to plan your future – make sure what you do (till midnight) aligns with the goals that you have.

4 SUCCESS IS A LONELY ROAD, WHILE FAILURE IS A CROWDED HIGHWAY – Some of your greatest accomplishments will be done alone.

5 THE LAST 10% IS THE HARDEST. FINISH IT. – It’s the last 10% that brings a project home, that gets you the impact.

6 KNOW WHY YOU WANT IT. – You need to understand for yourself why you need to do something – that is going to help you do your best work.

7 CONTINUOUS LEARN. – Investing in your own learning is one of the best investments that you can make.