Energy!

I can’t remember which of the gurus (Brian Tracy maybe?) mentioned that once you start getting more discipline in your life, you will feel so good about yourself that you will be spurred on to do more and pretty soon you’ll be unstoppable.

That’s how I feel today.  Course it might be the extra soda I had these last two afternoons.  Hope it’s not that.

One thing is for sure.  I have cut way back on playing around on the internet.  I have done enough reading in books and on the net to last a lifetime.  It’s time for me to produce.  So I have been writing. 

I have to make sure I’m not just busy.  I have to make sure I am doing tasks that will help me realize my goals. 

Some of my goals have to do with career and money, others are more personal. 

It’s GREAT getting things done!  If these gurus can help keep me motivated enough to get things done, they are worth their weight in gold.

They hypnotise you and I WANT to be hypnotised to achieve more in my life.  I love it! (and I haven’t paid them a dime!)

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Staying Hungry

A commenter thinks my being “on the street” makes me more alert and less likely to sleepwalk through life.

I’m not sure if that is true or not.  I live in a pretty safe area so I don’t feel like I need to watch my back all the time.

There are situations where I do have to watch my back.  The other day when I was at my storage unit, a gangster/ghetto looking Black guy drove up in a car, playing loud rap music.  He kind of stuck out.  I’m sure someone will look down on my for this but frankly, I feel he had a look about him that spelled trouble and since there weren’t any other people around, I decided I didn’t want to be alone there with him…so I left the area.  Better safe than sorry.  Two days later I heard about an older White lady in another state being attacked and killed by a thug in at storage units.  I believe she worked there but that hardly matters.  I would rather hurt that guy’s feelings, let other people think I’m a “racist” etc. than become a statistic.

Anyway, what situations like that do is confirm to me that I want to insulate myself and my family, as much as possible from being in situations like that.  If I had plenty of money, I doubt I would even HAVE a storage unit.  I certainly wouldn’t be going to it everyday for an hour like I do now.

The only way to avoid the HUD housing crowd is to live in areas where they aren’t.  That motivates me to make lots of money.

O/T  Here’s what I’m listening to today.  http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/earwolf/the-cracked-podcast/episode/35142104?refid=eml&autoplay=true

I also love Tim Ferriss, Brian Tracy and Dan Kennedy Youtube videos.  I convert them into MP3s using listentoyoutube.com   Then I listen to them on my phone while working or driving.

 

 

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Working

I’ve been working a lot more lately…and it’s not work I’m being paid for, at least not yet. 

To give you an idea of what I’ve been working on lately, I worked on a salesy voice mail greeting for my cell phone, a mini-biography that tells how I got in the business I am in.  (will go on my website and in my newsletter)I started my website-that’s going to be a huge project as I am NOT practiced in this area anymore, even with templates and things that are supposed to make this easy.  Wrote another article for my newsletter (one more to go!) I worked on my contracts.  I need to read them over a couple more times so I can catch mistakes. 

I have to try to finish THESE projects before I start any more.  I tend to be a perfectionist and I don’t finish things because I’m afraid they won’t be good enough BUT I am trying to change this about myself.  I read this article today that, among other things, talks about letting yourself get a C grade in school so that you can spend most of your time on things that are more important to you.  It’s an interesting comment.  Since I don’t have an editor yet or any other partner that is qualified to help me with my writing, I just have to do the best I can and improve on things as I catch the errors, I guess.  In other words, instead of Ready, Aim, Fire it will be Ready, Fire, Aim!   Or something like that.  I will think of it as putting out the beta versions of my work, much like programmers do.  It won’t be a complete mess but it won’t be perfect.  Let’s see how I do.

Ok, a little rant next.  In the last few months I have asked 3 friends for help with something.  2 of the friends were asked for the same favor..so it was only two favors in total.

One of the three said yes BUT all three used my favor asking as an opening to give me advice on my “situation”.  One had the nerve to tell me about “low income housing”.  It really made me mad because I thought this woman knew me by now.  I’ve known her for over a year and we’ve had a lot of conversations.  Anybody who knows anything about me and my motives for free-sleeping KNOWS I would never go into a crappy situation like that. 

Oh and I might add, like most women I know, (and like most American women) all three of these women take meds for their anxiety or depression.  So where do they get off advising ME?  ANNOYING!

I am going to try not to let this get to me, as I won’t have any friends left if I can’t ignore these things.  They’d better stop it though!  ARgh!

Finally, I found a company that I can get a business address through.  It’s a little pricy for me but I need to do it.  I must have a physical address for my business, for the schmoes that run the local gubbermint so they can check it off their list.  Indeed, now that I am spending $XXX on a fake office, I am qualified to run a business.  OH KAAAAAAY!

But I’m glad I got THAT problem solved and it’s at a fancy schmancy office building so I will look like a big success! (until they see my van).

 

 

 

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Idea!

I really like writing this blog.  I don’t have to force myself to do it.  I like sharing my ideas and getting feedback.  Sometimes I even take the advise I am given.  :)

I have been thinking that a story of someone who drops out of society, lives like a bum for a couple of years, then goes on to have a very successful business might appeal to some people.  So I was thinking, after I make my millions, that I should become a motivational speaker.  If you are in demand you can make $6,10, 25k per speaking engagement.  Course, that will be chump change to me by then.  Hahaha!

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Money (again!)

Ryu made a comment:

Money is a strange thing. Have you ever considered it? One man cannot be 20x smarter, or 20x stronger than another man. He cannot live even twice as long as another. Yet, one man might have 100 billion, and another, nothing. It’s very weird. Unnatural even.

Yes it is strange and unnatural.  I’m pretty sure that the men who make 20x or more than the average guy are VERY focused on money.  They think about the acquisition of it most of the time. 

If I was like them, I would probably NOT be posting here but rather working on money making stuff for my business.  For me though, I am more comfortable writing here, I guess.  It doesn’t require much of me. 

One of the Youtube videos I have been listening to (I think it’s Brian Tracy but he is quoting someone else) says that if you don’t have the vision and self discipline to work at your goals, you are destined to work for a man that does.  AND (this is me talking right now) if you are the employee, your boss will force the discipline on you BUT HE or SHE will make the big money. 

So if you have to work 40-50 hours a week anyway, why not get yourself in the position to make great money?

One of the hardest things for me right now is that I am physically tired when I finish my day’s work and don’t feel like doing the writing I need to do.  Still, I don’t want to give up.  I’ve just got to do the best I can.

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Email from Miss M.-Future Free-Sleeper

Reprinted with permission.

Love your Blog…
 Am rapidly facing Homelessness (approx. 2 months or so–will
 fly by). No way will I go to a shelter (long waiting list
 anyway). I have a car, am employed, sane, and have no
 addictions or dependents. What is the best minivan to
 purchase? My major concerns are the obvious: the police,
 thugs and safety, where to park, when to sleep,
 hygiene, anyone who knows me finding out about my situation.
 I’ve read just about every article on homelessness &
 vehicle living I can find, and I still have questions. My
 son moved out of our shared apt (he’s 23), and he couldn’t
 care less about what happens to me (sad to say). I cannot
 keep this place going on my income, and have been refused a
 set schedule, in order to obtain a second job. So, I’m going
 to basically lose this roof over my head. I have no one else
 to turn to. I’m 55, female, Vegetarian, in good health, and
 am in FL. Any advice??

This is what I wrote back. 

Well, as far as a van goes, try to get one with tinted windows.  Also, you will likely want to pull out the back seat or seats so that you can lie down comfortably unless you are short enough to be comfortable laying in a back seat.  I tried that for a while and didn’t like it as it felt cramped and it had me up too high where I felt like I was sleeping in a fishbowl.

Other advice…try to sleep in a low crime city.  It is worth the gas to travel to, I think.  And when you get to the spot you are going to sleep in, just walk to the back and lie down.  Try not to get up in the night.  That way, probably no one will know you are even there.  Keep some sort of weapon handy next to your bed, just in case.  I have never even come close to having to use my weapon but it’s good to have, just in case.

Be cautious but not too afraid.  Try to read my posts starting in Sept 2011 for more beginner tips.  It’s really not a bad way of life, for the most part.  I LOVE not paying rent (and utilities!).  It’s freedom.

I also want to mention….

Why not leave your apartment now?  You can use the two months worth of rent to prepare your van etc.  It’s still warm now too.  Summer is the best time to start free-sleeping.  It would be a good way to ease into it.  It’s a little less fun when it’s colder.

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Contracts

Thanks for all the great comments on my last post.  I am thinking a lot about these business topics and it helps to get feedback.

Ryu mentioned that you have to be a bit of an “asshole” to make it in business.  I used to think that too when I was at the buying side and before I was at the selling side of my own business.  If you, like me had ever been treated casually by prospective buyers and also clients, you might understand that a contract isn’t designed (at least by me) for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage but rather, to make sure that I don’t get taken advantage of.

For instance, some of my clients go on vacation….a lot.  And I lose the income from the days they are gone.  This is time I have set aside for them, so I can’t just replace the income at the drop of a hat.  So I need to protect myself.  If they want to save their place, they need to pay the same thing every month, even if they take off all the time.  That’s reasonable right?  I guess it’s kind of like having me on retainer.  Is that wrong?

I don’t really care that much.  I’m barely even a nominal Christian at this point so whose rules am I following anyway?  We have all sorts of NEW people in this country with their own rules.  I am not going to play by the old rules just so I can live in genteel poverty.  That gets old. 

I’m not saying I’m going to screw people over.  That wouldn’t feel right.  What I am going to do is protect my time AND I’m going to behave in a way that commands a little respect.  I DO know more about the field I work in than most people so I don’t want to be thought of as some replaceable commodity.  SO besides having a contract, I shall also endeavor to differentiate myself from the others who work in my field and provide VALUE VALUE VALUE.  If I don’t people can move on.  I will let the market decide.

I also want to address selling an “elite service” to elites.  Frankly, the middle class is going away.  Most people are either going to be rich or poor.  SO if I want to make the best use of my time and survive/thrive into the future, who would it be best to work with?  I’m not Walmart.  My energy and resources are limited.  Best to work less for more money, yes?

As far as intimidating people “so they feel insecure” goes, this is completely unnecessary.  Most people are already insecure so I am just giving them a good person to depend on for their particular problem (me) so they can feel better.  I’m not going to hurt them in any way…only help them.  If they don’t feel like I helped them enough, they will find someone else.  Again, the market will decide.  AND some people are never happy and that’s okay too.

Thanks for reading and giving me an excuse to write this all out.  My mind has changed about a lot of things.  I have a few things I still want in this life (travel to visit family etc.) and money is necessary for these things.  Money isn’t evil.  It is a tool that can be used for good.

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Accomplishment

I feel pretty good right now because I accomplished a lot last week.  Sometimes I get giddy with excitement about all the exciting things that are ahead for me if I stay on track. 

I have been listening to a lot of Brian Tracy Youtube Vids and also some by Dan Kennedy.  Brian Tracy talks a lot about self discipline and Dan Kennedy talks about postioning.  So Brian helps me set goals, keep looking at them (I’m actually supposed to write them out everyday but I’m at about twice a week) and work my but off.  

Dan, on the other hand, talks a lot about positioning so that I get good clients.  A good client is someone who LOVES your services and practically throws money at you…or at the very least, can’t imagine life without you.  A bad client is always trying to hammer you on price while making more and more demands on you.   It’s great to work hard but working hard and getting pummelled by some low-life is not where it’s at.  You want your work to be appreciated-MONETARILY, since that’s the number one reason ya go to work everyday right?

Positioning reminds me of “frame”.  My frame is, I am one of the best providers of ___________(my business) in the area and I have limited time so I have to protect it.  When I meet a client for the first time before they hire me, I am interviewing them, as much or more than they are interviewing me.  And I may or may not want to work with them.  The situation has to be right for me too.

I also am putting contracts together so that people will stop wasting my time.  One of the things that happens to me is people hire me then call me a few days later to cancel, for various reasons.  I am going to require a non-refundable deposit of $50 (I think) to be applied to the services and I’m going to require a signed contract to save their place.  There’s no real risk to this for me as I will already be at their house and it will be part of my presentation.  Everything will lead to this contract and they will have to write me a check.  I will have to memorize this presentation and take charge of the interview.  (Stay in my frame). 

The reason I am doing all this is, I have been letting the prospective client control everything and most of them don’t even know what they want.  Honestly, we live in a weird society of kind of helpless people and they are looking for guidance from experts.  I am going to guide them in the right direction (to me, the expert) because I really DO provide a great service.  They need me.  And if they are just wasting me time and flip-flopping around, they are at least going to pay me for my time in coming to their house and speaking with them. 

I don’t really like playing hardball like this but I have had SO many disappointments lately with these flip floppers.  (Hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth)  I need to take some of my power back and I will look less desperate and people will respect me more, I think, if I take care of myself. 

I’ll bet my readers never thought I’d be blogging about THIS sort of stuff did you?

 

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Business and Sleep Spots

Business:  Well nothing ever goes quickly when you are trying to work with some government entity or other and they MAKE you do it.  Either I screw something up or they do.  I really expect better from THEM since it is what they do all day but…whatchagonnado?  Maybe things will be different some day.

My favorite sleep spot had some kind of sign on it last nite.  It looked official and it was from “the city” so I didn’t park there. 

The night before I awoke around dawn and the light was just right to see throught the green mesh-like material that was covering the chain-link fence surrounding the house I am parked in front of.  There was grafitti all over the house!  Big huge letters.  I wonder if gang-bangers have been squatting there?  I have heard noises some nights.  Maybe that is why there is an official sign in front of the house now.  I am dying to know what it says but I will have to walk in daylight to see it, not at night.  Too scary to get out of the van at night. 

Can you see the bumble bee in the “header” photo at the top of this blog?

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The Other Side of the Story

It’s funny how different people can see a situation in an entirely different way, depending on their mindset.

When the beautiful little bird landed on my skirt yesterday I was delighted.  Maybe he thought I was a flower!  It was so fun!

The friend I was sitting with did NOT think it was fun though.  She is grieving the death of a pet and she was SO SURE something was wrong with the little bird and that it was going to die in her yard.  She ran inside! 

I feel sorry for my friend (and I’m not judging her) but it just goes to show that your frame of mind can really affect how you see things.

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