Books can be great teachers, or they can just be mental masturbation. It’s fun to read a self improvement book, but if your forgetting what you read and not actually improving yourself, you’ve missed the point.

To get rid of forgetting what you read and engaging in mental masturbation, I’ve started trying to condense each major part of the book into a 1-2 page summary of the key bits.

Then I summarize all those into a 1-2 page summery of the whole book.

This is awesomely useful because, not only can I come back and essentially re-read the book in 5 minutes, but I can share this with friends and mentors. It’s a great gift because you’re giving them knowledge you think they should have (like when you recommend they read a book), and you are also saving them hours of reading time.

 

If the book is particularly potent in how much it’s teaching me, I’ll read each section fully first and then immediately go back to re-read it and make my summary. This way, you have a better handle on which bits are significant.

 

 

P.S. Also, trying to stick to only books that high level mentors or a lot of your valuable friends have been recommending to you cut’s down on how much low quality you have to sift through.

You are always satisfied with what you have, and always wanting more.

Aka. Do what you want to do, and find a way to benefit from it.

Aka. Enjoy the process, and take the process you will enjoy

Aka. Enjoy now, find benefit

Aka. Build the future in a way you will enjoy the present

 

One way to put this into action (that I am doing):

Do what you want, invite people to see it, and ask them to “pay what it was worth to them” AFTER they see it. See what happens.

1) Contact my mentors

So I can have people I admire to learn from and bounce ideas off. And maybe teach and grow with as well

2) Learn copywriting

Same as get a paying gig, but on a more permanent basis and with a larger payment scale and more knowledge benefits.

3) Build An Automated Business

So I can have value to trade with other people AND time to spend on whatever I want.

4) Get A Paying Gig

So I can do experiments and see what I like and how to get capital off of it without worrying about food and small enjoyments and whatnot.

 

More detail on each:

Contact My Mentors

Measureable Goal: Get on a first name basis with 8 of my mentors by the beginning of July 2013.

Milestones: Learn some tips on contacting mentors (month 1). Contact 1 mentor. Contact 2-8+ mentors. Befriend 1 mentor. Befriend 2-8+ mentors.

Dead Marker:

  1. If I have not contacted 2 mentors by December 2012, I must quit the attempt and find another, slower way.
  2. If I have not contacted 8 mentors by July 2013, I will decide whether or not to continue reaching out, and how.

 

Learn Copywriting

Measureable Goal: Be able to go from $0 to $6000 via copywriting by July 2013.

Milestones: Go from $0-$100/hour. Go from 0-10 hours/week. Increase skill (researching how to measure skill in copywriting).

Dead Marker:

  1. If I’m not making $190/week by December, I must quit the attempt or find another way.
  2. If I can’t make $6000 in two months by July 2013, I will decide whether or not to continue trying to make it with copywriting, and how.

 

Build An Automated Business

Measureable Goal: Make $1000/month with less than 4 hours of work a month by July 2013.

Milestones: Make my first $100/month via an automatable source. Make my first $200-1000/month via an automatable source. Make my first $100/month via an automated source. Make my first $200-1000/month via an automated source.

Dead Marker:

  1. If I’m not making $300/week via an automatable source by December, I must quit the attempt or find another way.
  2. If I can’t make $1000/month with less than 4 hours of work a month by July 2013, I must decide whether or not to continue to try and make an automated income and how.

 

Get A Paying Gig

Measureable Goal: Get a gig that pays $100/week, and keep it until you are making $100/week in anther way.

Milestones: Apply to 50 jobs. Get a gig. Quit my gig.

Dead Marker:

  1. If I don’t have a gig by the end of August 2012, it must become my top priority.
  1. If I still have a gig I don’t adore by July 2013, I must quit and find another way to support myself.

 

More depth here: July Review & August Plan

I’m doing an experiment to see if I can make money off my blog (aka. do what I love, give benefit to others, and make money at the same time).

Here’s how I’m doing it.

I’m going to write at least 2 posts a week (I think much more though). I am going to post them on my blog, my facebook, Tynan’s SETT blog and warrior forum.

I’m going to ask if they found my writing valuable at the end of my posts. (aka “Comment with “Useful” if this was useful at all, so I know if I should keep writing, and who I should write to”)

If I get a good reaction (people seem to like what I write), I’m going to slowly move my writings to exclusively on my blog over 4 weeks.

On the fourth week, I will make a post and page on my blog titled “Here’s How You Can Help Me Keep Writing This Blog”.

It will explain how giving me a donation will help me keep writing, and ask for one that the reader thinks is worth half of the value I give them.

I will then link to this post at the end of my new posts. Then I will keep on writing the same as I did before.

 

I want to make $2.50/post by the fourth week (Each post takes about 20 minutes to write. A job pays $10 an hour to do. I enjoy blogging more than a job, so if it pays 75% as well as a job [$7.50/hour], I will be happy).

If I’m not making $2.50 a post by the fourth week, I must make a decision to either quit or adjust my plan/expectations (I will talk to bloggers I trust to help me decide).

 

So, the plan by weeks:

Teach and Get Reactions

Week 1: all posts everywhere

Week 2: mention blog in all posts

Week 3: 1 in every 4 posts on blog only

Week 4: 1 in 3 posts on blog only

Week 5: 1 in 2

Week 6: all posts on blog only

Make Money Blogging

Week  5: Make “Here’s How You Can Help Me Keep Writing This Blog” post and donation page

Week 5,6,7,8: Foot note all posts with the donation bit

Week 8: see how much money I’m making per post. Decide whether to quit or continue, and if to change expectations/plan. Also, take poll to see if I should try to change/improve my writing style or just keep it as is.

 

Now we’ll see, for sure, if I can blog (aka do one of the things I enjoy, and try and help others while I do it), and make money off of it. And how much.

I will let you know, as the process unfolds, how it’s going.