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12-26-2014, 11:09 AM
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(12-18-2014 10:37 AM)Ivaylo Wrote:  Last day of stage 2 for me. Strangely enough, I appear to be much more emotionally stable internally, although it might look different from the outside. Smile

Shannon's feedback in Quote's thread put a lot of details from my experience into perspective. I'm resisting forgiveness, that's for sure. Forgiveness in this case means allowing other people to do things, that seem unproductive. It seems that it has to be self-forgiveness as well, since I was the one to choose to associate with such behaviors and waste, literally, years doing them. Forgive and take responsibility for yourself - that seems to be the way out of this.

Another insight I got was regarding my procrastination issues from this month. The thing is, I was only playing games, that got me to manage stuff. Dead state is somewhat of a managerial game. While playing it in and of it self isn't productive to business, I believe it gave me the training wheels I needed to start my way to becoming a manager. I find it completely non-interesting now (although I'm probably halfway through), because I'm ready for a larger context, in which to practice my managerial skills. I might (and probably will) screw up a lot, but I'm ready for it and I'm guessing that's what BASE was leading me towards. In a way, I was right - it was resistance, but there was also growth taking place.

I'm not going to list any changes I'm witnessing, because my sight is firmly on my goals and vision. I truly don't care how exactly I'm changing, as long as I reach my goals and keep my integrity. I guess that's still reporting a change, because I didn't use to be like that. Anyway, stage 3 starts tomorrow.

just wanted to drop in and say I am enjoying seeing your changes. It is motivating me to start BASE too in 2015. No need to work for corporate scandalous empires that treat you like shit when you could be the king of your own domain -- make your own hours, make your own money, never have to worry about job interviews, take your own vacations, etc. Keep em coming Smile
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12-27-2014, 05:14 AM
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Thanks, I'm glad it's useful to you. Smile

The goals you're describing, in and of themselves, could very well describe a freelancer, rather than an entrepreneur. BASE is going to want a lot more out of you than just what it takes to become self-employed, at least in my experience. Check out the list of features in BASE, (which is in the large BASE thread around page 9, I think) and see if you are willing to make those changes and deal with the consequences, or you just want to not have a boss.
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12-27-2014, 09:19 AM (This post was last modified: 12-30-2014 04:16 PM by Ivaylo.)
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I might actually post an update, it's been 9 days since the last one.

Okay, so the main growth in the last week was related to forgiveness. Strangely enough, I found this personality trait I have, that I'm sort of a know-it-all. Always knew it was there, only recently did I realize it was holding me back in some areas.

That trait is not gone, not by a long shot. But it is milder, and this helps me not give a rat's ___ when I see someone doing something stupid. I'm still more than ready to assume a "teacher's position" when asked or even half-asked, though. Smile

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I don't talk much about external successes, but here goes just a bit. The bigger project I'm working on is something I'm not going to discuss here for reasons, none of which have anything to do with my personal preference. I would much rather share it here and receive feedback, but it can't happen.

There are a few things about it I can share, though. It's going to include a web app, a desktop piece of software, as well as mobile apps for Android and iOS. I'm told that the functionality calls for natively built apps (is that the right term?) for the mobile platforms. Essentially, this means also knowing Java and Objective-C.

I'm actually pretty eager to learn both of them. I'm excited, because if I have the basic skills, I can improve as a programmer just by working with the actual programmers in the project. There's also the fact, that I will experience much better rapport with programmers if I can relate to them as a colleague. Up to now, I've learned Python as an introductory language without going too deep and I'm well on my way to becoming an intermediate-to-advanced in Javascript.

I'm estimating, that in 2 months I'll be quite comfortable with Javascript and also ready to write and understand Java. The Objective-C app I'll have to outsource completely and hope for the best. I don't need both apps to show-off the product in a kickstarter video and I can't afford to lose a lot of time. Usually, I wouldn't even bother doing so much work without doing some testing, but I'm focusing on programming skills first at the moment.

Two months is ideal for me, because by the time I've actually started putting together the Kickstarter page, I'll be at Stage 5 of BASE and all the leader programming will already have kicked in nicely, hopefully. I'll definitely be needing it, if and when my project gets funded. I'm growing right now, but there's still a lot waiting to happen.
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01-04-2015, 03:27 AM
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Stage 3, Day 17

External changes seem to be happening all around me. I'm experimenting with cooking, hairstyles, I'm doing home improvement jobs and chatting up girls, that usually wouldn't be my type. I've nailed down my diet to a large extent. Next on the list are setting aside hard time for doing some exercise instead of doing so sporadically. Also, I'm learning to do my productive work based on circadian rhythms.

I'm guessing that willingness to experiment is a natural consequence of releasing at least some of the know-it-all-ness, especially with a subliminal playing in the background. New stuff keeps coming up, some of it hurts bad, and this has been going on since day 1 of this stage (the main upset happened before that though). There are a lot of positive moments for sure, but just when I think it's finally gone, it takes between a few hours and a day for me to be proven wrong. Smile

I feel very much capable to dive into the emotions without taking them personally, but it does take time out of my schedule to process the bigger ones. It's definitely going to be worth it in the end, as the results are already happening. Emotionally, it still feels a bit hopeless, but that is of little importance since I know it will fade away eventually.
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01-04-2015, 09:46 AM
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I am so excited for your improvements! I will start BASE next month ... and I can't wait anymore!
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01-05-2015, 08:58 AM
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Thanks, zen! Looking forward to reading your journal as well. Smile
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01-14-2015, 02:08 AM (This post was last modified: 01-14-2015 04:21 AM by Ivaylo.)
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So, where to start?
I'll start with my bigger current project, that is being prepared for kickstarter. Basically this was just an idea, that I started as part of an exercise in brainstorming. However, since that idea came up, I've been trying to poke holes in it for a very long time and it still stands! It not only stands, but I'm much more confident in developing it, since I'm seeing all kinds of positive validation that the idea is sound.
I would be A LOT more confident though, if there was a whole mastermind group that wanted to poke holes in it, but I currently don't belong to one. Maybe it should be on my list.

Maybe, as a suggestion to Shannon and the moderators, it's time that BASE got its own subforum in the Wealth category.

I can even see a point to having a private section for BASE (and BAMM) owners, which to serve the point of a mastermind group? An entry fee of $500 to $3000 will surely create an environment of dedicated people, who are comfortable sharing ideas there. We will also be reinforcing each other's programming in the process.

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Other stuff - a lot of people, whom I haven't met in a very long time, are popping up from everywhere. People from probably 3 (if not more) social circles, that I used to belong to, are showing up, interested. Some of them are already ambitious, some of them want to be persuaded to become ambitious (and they are beginning to realize it). And then some of them, and I don't mean to be sexist, are just girls. (did that sound sexist? Big Grin) Not that I don't enjoy working with females, but I wouldn't say this is their kind of interest.

The internal problem I'm seeing is that it's very easy for me to lose my footing. It only takes for me to hear somebody sharing an exciting idea, or to enjoy a new girl's company, and I lose track of where I'm going with my projects. This has happened at least 4 times in the last week, which is too much for my productivity. My guess is that I'm not handling stress properly and anything new is a welcome distraction. It annoys me as hell, which probably means it will be gone soon.

So I'm meeting a lot of people with valuable skills and interest, but I still wouldn't classify anyone as hire material. Either I'm just learning to filter people out, or I'm not yet a great salesman and manager. Also, stage 4 of BASE will guide me to create "a vision, that people want to be a part of". I'm guessing that will help also. Stage 4 starts in 5 days.
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01-22-2015, 11:40 AM (This post was last modified: 01-22-2015 11:45 AM by Ivaylo.)
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It seems that I forgot to summarize my experience with Stage 3 of BASE. Today is Day 1 of Stage 4, so I'm not too late. I can definitely say that all the experimenting that I mentioned before is producing effect.

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Health

In the first two months of running BASE, I didn't care that much what I ate. I ate clean foods, but I also ate a lot of them. So I had put on maybe about 10 pounds. I made changes to my diet about 4 weeks ago.

Right now, I can safely say that I've cleared those 10 pounds and maybe a bit more. My intention is to shake off another 15-20 pounds, which would put in me in pretty great shape, and then start bulking. A few things to put this into context:
- I was never bursting with motivation to work out, until now. However, I am seeking the challenge here. The challenge to feel and look the best I can. I still can't find a good enough emotional reason to work out, other than the fact that this challenge is appealing to me. This "reason" is more than enough. Smile
- I'm eating tastier food than before (because I learned to cook a bit), I'm spending 2-3 times less money on food in general and I'm getting fitter and healthier.
- I'm not exercising by schedule, but I *am* exercising when I feel the psychological need to do so. I have 16, 24, 32kg kettlebells at home, which I can use whenever I want. I also have dumbbells for any other activity. Again, only in the last month did I start using exercise as a psychological stimulant, instead of just some chore that I had to do. All in all, I'm satisfied.

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Looks
I changed my hairstyle, and I'm very happy with my new one. Even without hair products, I get a lot of looks and flirting. That's probably because my hair is naturally wavy.

I'm also better at cultivating sexual energy and owning it, which is probably also a factor.

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Business
People are sharing their ideas with me, offering to work together. In most cases they're programmers. I'm still fairly inadequate to be left on my own as a programmer, but that doesn't seem to matter to them. They're doing all the coding job. I guess I bring the "soft skills" to the table, although it still feels a bit like cheating. I guess I'll have to get used to having it easy. Smile

I'm half-joking, of course - there's a lot of work going on behind the scenes for me.

Otherwise, the project development process is a bit slow, mostly because I'm taking time to put my life together and learn to manage it. I'm also still learning the business specific skills. Therefore, progress toward business success is more likely to be exponential, rather than gradual.
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Social
Natural socialization really is natural, but only when interaction with a person is aligned with my goals. Socialization for its own sake is almost nonexistent for me.

There was this weird experience last night, where I was out with friends and even complete strangers kept looking me in the eye (in a social way) every time I look at them. It was as if they were studying me, expecting my next action. That happened in the streets as well, and I was pretty much focused on minding my own business.

It was weird, but I guess I'm commanding people's attention now. Cool! It remains to be seen whether this is going to be permanent, but I am already enjoying it. Smile
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I would imagine that long posts such as this one are not the easiest to read for everyone. I've gotten used to 90 minute chunks of work and it would be impractical for me to post shorter posts more often. I also feel that posting less regularly enables anyone reading to track progress better. That was it from me for Stage 3.
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02-01-2015, 12:51 PM (This post was last modified: 02-01-2015 12:54 PM by Ivaylo.)
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Stage 4, day 12

During Stage 3, there were a lot of opportunities for me to focus on my own interest and refuse to have my time wasted. Mostly, this has happened by "sensitive" friends and relatives, who are very easily offended/angered/etc.

Right now, this tendency is only getting deeper. People are getting offended at me because they can't manipulate me. For most people, I wouldn't care, it's their business. Yesterday, though, my father was in that position with me. I think his primary method of communication through the years used to be manipulation, and he felt disconnected from me and was beating himself up about it.

I used to have zero empathy for such people, but now I'm wondering if there should be a way to make it easier on them, especially when it comes to relatives. I will have to figure it out, and any help from you guys is appreciated. I'm guessing similar issues have come up during Alpha Male as well. Smile

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In terms of business, there was a shift in my behavior. The big self-help project, that I keep mentioning, is no longer my top priority. When I started BASE, I was very much concerned with having a mission, focusing on long term goals, etc. Turns out it was just a way to try to compensate for an internal feeling of worthlessness, which is now gone. This project had become the business equivalent of a "oneitis", as defined in pickup.

I'm still going to make this project happen eventually, because I think a lot of people will enjoy this. But I'm much calmer and more indifferent about its outcome. I'm giving up on having a long-term goal for now. Instead, I'm focusing on projects, that are fun to me (while still very much able to make money), without concern for "changing the world". I think I'll have to practice success with the 'insignificant stuff' before I begin to think about contributing to society in a deeper way.
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02-01-2015, 01:08 PM
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(02-01-2015 12:51 PM)Ivaylo Wrote:  Stage 4, day 12

During Stage 3, there were a lot of opportunities for me to focus on my own interest and refuse to have my time wasted. Mostly, this has happened by "sensitive" friends and relatives, who are very easily offended/angered/etc.

Right now, this tendency is only getting deeper. People are getting offended at me because they can't manipulate me. For most people, I wouldn't care, it's their business. Yesterday, though, my father was in that position with me. I think his primary method of communication through the years used to be manipulation, and he felt disconnected from me and was beating himself up about it.

I used to have zero empathy for such people, but now I'm wondering if there should be a way to make it easier on them, especially when it comes to relatives. I will have to figure it out, and any help from you guys is appreciated. I'm guessing similar issues have come up during Alpha Male as well. Smile

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In terms of business, there was a shift in my behavior. The big self-help project, that I keep mentioning, is no longer my top priority. When I started BASE, I was very much concerned with having a mission, focusing on long term goals, etc. Turns out it was just a way to try to compensate for an internal feeling of worthlessness, which is now gone. This project had become the business equivalent of a "oneitis", as defined in pickup.

I'm still going to make this project happen eventually, because I think a lot of people will enjoy this. But I'm much calmer and more indifferent about its outcome. I'm giving up on having a long-term goal for now. Instead, I'm focusing on projects, that are fun to me (while still very much able to make money), without concern for "changing the world". I think I'll have to practice success with the 'insignificant stuff' before I begin to think about contributing to society in a deeper way.

How are luck magnifiers, ultra success, ultra motivation working for you ? Could you elaborate a little.
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02-01-2015, 01:45 PM (This post was last modified: 02-01-2015 01:46 PM by Ivaylo.)
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(02-01-2015 01:08 PM)jonathan4all Wrote:  How are luck magnifiers, ultra success, ultra motivation working for you ? Could you elaborate a little.

I'm not sure I can do a good job in elaborating, but here goes.

Luck magnifier
The issue for me is that I can't really dissect what luck is.

Is it lucky that random people are going out of their way to help you, or is it because you're being nice to them and exuding positive attitude?
Is it lucky that work feels effortless and people are working their ass off for you without apparent reason, or is it because you've built trust and you know how to motivate them?
Is it lucky, that you always have the right people to consult on every topic you're not clear on, or is it just that you've become more social in general?
Is it lucky, that people are buying your products, or is it because you're a good entrepreneur and you're good at doing research?
The answer is: I really don't know, and honestly - I don't care. Smile I'm just following my goals.

Ultra Success
That one is still in the works, although success is a relative thing. Generally, I can say that if I started doing anything, I always feel successful upon completion. Either it's because I've learned from my mistakes or because I actually got good results and now I get to build on them.

Ultra Motivation
I'm very motivated constantly. Again, though, I don't think you can isolate the influence of motivation programming that successfully. I'm currently working on all kinds of projects, that I consider to be fun, and I can't wait for them to materialize. I'm just happy that I'm in an optimal state for work.
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02-07-2015, 03:31 PM (This post was last modified: 02-07-2015 03:41 PM by jonathan4all.)
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Your journal is pretty inspiring and full of real life experiences Ivaylo. One of my best friends is from Bulgaria, Chris, he lives in Paris now, just saying Big Grin. I am already have started enjoying few things from BASE. I am in day 7, I went to club on Wednesday after 6 months. I kissed 3 girls (all French kiss lead to 8-10 minutes session, deep lip-lock). The girl I found most attractive I went to her and told "I wanna kiss you" she asked me "why" I said cause I have cancer and I found you most attractive. She said u r stupid. I said "that's why you should pet me for few minutes inside your lips". Few No No typical talking then we started kissing. My friend was with me, who is very stylish and good looking he was dumbfounded and asking "wth with you":D. Then I kissed a colleague of mine. then another then another and then another giving free cigarette from my friend. Just a reminder, I am a non-alcoholic person.

Financially, I am trying to learn forex and I am studying 6 to 8 hours after my work. Motivation is way better. But what I like about BASE is it's not only helping me to be productive but also being amazingly social where I need to be. Sorry to hack your journal but I can't refrain to share my experience while reading first few days of yours on BASE. Good luck.
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02-10-2015, 06:11 AM (This post was last modified: 02-10-2015 06:12 AM by Ivaylo.)
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I appreciate your input, Jonathan! It means a lot to me that you've found inspiration in this journal, since that was one of the reasons for me to start it in the first place. The story you told is pretty inspirational too. That's exactly my experience as well - I can be introverted as a hermit at one point (when I need to focus on work) and then be energetic and social in the next one if the situation requires it.

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Quick update:
I'm focusing more heavily on improving productivity and organizational skills using the GTD (get things done) system. I'm meeting a lot of resistance, mostly because I've been consistently and forcibly pushing an enormous amount of thoughts outside of my awareness. That seems to be a form of self-abuse, but it was the best I could have done without a system to organize my projects, tasks and basically every piece of information in my life.

Getting organized is a form of releasing negative stress in itself, and as such, there is some resistance to change. Every bit of ground I gain in this battle is highly rewarding in terms of inner peace, so I'm just going to continue until I'm done.
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02-19-2015, 12:41 PM (This post was last modified: 02-19-2015 12:45 PM by Ivaylo.)
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I literally have no idea what to journal here anymore. But... I decided to give it a try anyway. Smile

"Scale what works, ditch what doesn't."

I've been feeling the need to approach things more rationally for some time now. I'm guessing the TLAM script has something to do with this, because I keep finding myself drawn toward making money. I always thought, that I would learn to make money and then apply the skills in other areas, where I really think I can contribute to people's lives.

Turns out though, I'm a bit of a approval junkie. Smile I like that people trust me with their money. I seem to like it a lot more than I actually care about what exactly I'm giving them, as long as they are happy. That seems to fly right in the face of any higher ideals, that I try to hold myself to. After all, if I'm just giving them what they want, I'm not changing their lives, am I? If anything, I'm reinforcing their current views of the world.

Still, I've decided to give up on these higher ideals. I'm willing to accept that they weren't right for me. Logically, it seems as if I'm just selling out, but I need some time off from beating myself up about it. I'm just going to do my thing, until a true higher purpose shows up. And if it doesn't, then I guess I'll just end up rich and unenlightened. Still a better fate than trying to make up false "higher purposes". Smile

P.S. I find it strangely therapeutic to write all this stuff out. Really happy to have started this journal.
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02-22-2015, 01:30 PM
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I'm continuously impressed by my own resilience when it comes to business achievement. I'm facing all kinds of problems while trying to realize my projects, and the pattern always remains the same - deep depression, which lasts for 1-2 hours, followed by a breakthrough and a bliss state as everything comes together again in a completely different way.

I'm now making it a point to push myself more toward my goals from now on. The more obstacles I remove, the faster I'll make my goals reality. It seems as if I've been avoiding those negative depressive emotions in fear, that they will suck me in. In reality, though, that is hardly the case - I always seem to be pushing through.
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02-28-2015, 01:57 PM
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Stage 5, day 4

Since I've started stage 5, I've been drawn toward reaching a balance. I've been clearing all sorts of resistance, that has influenced my behavior. Maybe those behaviors were supposed to happen (since each stage is an open loop, that is later on closed), or maybe I was exhibiting plain old resistance.

From time to time, I still feel as if I'm pissing everybody off. In other times, I don't really care.
Still, I'm not sure if that's really true or if I'm just freaking out because I've left so much old stuff behind that I can't recognize my own personality anymore. Surely though, the new "me" is much better at managing people, working productively, reaching goals and in general setting the tone for my own life.

I just don't seem to be able to get excited about it. Probably I'll be able to do that when the dust settles in and I've grown more familiar to my new "me" (which is still changing).
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(03-01-2015 02:24 AM)Raz Wrote:  I second the part about just not being able to get exited about the progress one is making.

I think the "Seek the Challenge" programming is taking care of that nicely. Smile
Not being able to get excited, I think, would just mean that I have to wait (or dig deeper, in some cases) for the next set of challenges, desires and lessons to be learned.
I'm just going to enjoy the lack of excitement while it lasts, I see it as a deserved rest. It's dissolving for me already, though. Hopefully, it can last just a little bit longer. Smile
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03-09-2015, 01:37 PM (This post was last modified: 03-09-2015 01:39 PM by Ivaylo.)
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There's an SEO service I should be releasing in the next few days (if everything goes according to plan). The thing is, I'm doing everything better than I ever imagined.
- The website looks great, web copy looks fantastic (nothing substitutes testing, but still).
- With some help from a programmer, I figured out how to automate almost everything. Right now, to a large extent, it's basically a button that you push to make money.
- Socially I find it effortless to open up new opportunities for myself.
- I've started a great new workout schedule (TACFIT Kettlebell Spetsnaz), that I enjoy a lot.
- My body has changed noticeably without me doing a lot of thinking about it.

Bottom line is, theoretically I should be happy. Yet, there's something missing. I am yet to see the bigger picture and how those abilities fit into it. I'm seeing this SEO project as finished, and I'm realizing it can make significant amounts of money, but I guess my definition of "significant" has changed.

I think I'm just bored, because I'm not aggressive enough in developing the projects to their full potential. I'm not outsourcing and I should be, no matter how good I've gotten. I'm not searching for funding, and I should be, because my circumstances are better than those of most of the entrepreneurs around here, and they often manage to secure funding. I'm a much better talker, persuader and presenter than most of them even before BASE, not to mention now.
Instead of doing those things, I'm spending time learning programming, web design, and all kinds of "interesting stuff", that is not what an entrepreneur is necessarily about. No matter how good I feel about being versatile, that's not the optimal way to make money OR make good products.

I'm really pissed at myself for behaving like a worker instead of an entrepreneur. I'm actually happy I'm pissed. That only means that a breakthrough is about to happen.
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Recognition and upset is a good sign.

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Thanks, Shannon, that has been my go-to mantra for the last few years every time I notice an upset. Smile


I think it's time for an update. I'm posting even less regularly than before, mostly because most things I do feel effortless. That's a good thing in my book. Being upset, as well as being content seem to be just different versions of being stuck, regurgitating on a single thought.

I, on the other hand, don't seem to be doing either of those. I'm just making progress on my goals, relentlessly. I still need more physical rest than I allow myself and I wish I could squeeze in time for more social activities, but that's hardly a priority for me. Maybe the more work I begin to outsource, the more I'll be able to do that.

After my last rant, I turned a few things around, but not in the way I expected. I leaned more aggressively towards programming and started applying my skills. I began to write Python scripts, which automated a lot of the stuff, that I'm usually doing in SEO. I can safely say that some of the stuff I can do would seem to me like magic just a few months ago. Now, it takes me 1-2 days at most to write a 'magical' program that saves me a ton of work. If I keep going, I can probably learn to write such scripts in as little as 2-3 hours. Not sure if I would need to, but it's a nice feat.

Learning this still takes up a lot of my time, but I don't necessarily think I'm "behaving like a worker, instead of an entrepreneur" as I previously said. I may have legitimately needed to build my programming skills and confidence before I started outsourcing. I have much better understanding of how to write code correctly and efficiently. Therefore, I can assess how much time a programmer would really need (as opposed to "would like to have in order to goof off a little") to complete a project. I'm also a better judge of how much a certain project would cost.

I'm actually stunned how my confidence in programming can leak through to other areas, such as dealing with women. I used to think that learning programming would turn me into a geek, but that doesn't seem to hold up as true. It actually helped me embrace my logical side more, which in turn helps me allow for more emotionality in women. Which, of course, they love. The stereotype of the geeky anti-social programmer is definitely far from universal.

To sum up - I think I'll allow myself to delve into programming a little more. I'm still a tiny bit scared of becoming a geek without noticing, but it does allow me to assess certain situations better. Getting funding is the easy part.
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