Before we start, I have to admit right up front that you might find this Progress Report rather boring. I wrote this for me, to keep myself accountable to whomever might read it (people like you!), and to ensure that I don’t lose focus and distract myself from achieving my highest and most important goals.
So yea, I’m pretty much just going to be talking about myself and what’s important to me for the next few pages.
No one will blame you if you find that boring or self-indulgent! Plus, you can always just skip sections that don’t interest you and see how much money I made from being a writer and YouTuber down towards the bottom of the page.
This post isn’t about “entertaining” anyone. It’s about being laser fucking focused on achieving what I set out to achieve. It’s about accountability, about work ethic, about heart.
What I plan to do is get real honest and transparent with you guys about what I’m working on, how it’s going, what I’m doing to get there, and what I think can help you get to wherever it is that you’re going.
What I want to say first, though, is that if you’re not having fun chasing down your goals, then what the fuck is the point?
Everyone seems so concerned with “making it,” and becoming “successful” (whatever the hell that means), and it’s getting to the point where people are becoming so detached from reality — from life itself — that even if they do achieve their goals, they end up becoming almost completely dead inside, instead of more fully alive.
I don’t want that to happen to you, and I sure as fuck don’t want that to happen to me.
My Evolving Philosophy of Life
We’ll get into the numbers and data a few paragraphs down, but it’s important to have a “philosophy of life,” not to mention a vision of how exactly you want your one and only life to unfold.
I won’t go too in-depth here, but this is something like the “philosophical framework” with which I approach my goals.
This is some high-level shit that you need to figure out if you want your life to make sense:
#1: None of us have — literally — any time to waste. Everyone gets the same 24-hours in a day, and if you let them slip away, they’ll be gone forever. Aggressively take back your time!
#2: If you have some vague idea of where you’re going in life, you’ll get a vague, non-specific life. Get specific. Anything that’s not bringing you closer to the things you’ve dedicated your life to…ruthlessly eliminate them.
#3: Bring together the intellect, the body, and the emotions. Most people never get to the point where all three are firing together. That’s where the magic happens; when you’re pushing your mind and body to their absolute limits, and really feeling what it means to be alive.
#4: Live as though it was your first day, your last day, and as though you’re going to live forever. Your first day so you’ll never taken anything for granted, always seeing things with fresh eyes; your last day so you’ll never put anything off; and like you’re going to live forever, so that you act knowing that your actions have consequences, and that what you do today will have ripple effects across time.
#5: Never, ever, ever break a promise to yourself. And while we’re at it, do not lie to yourself. Ever.
#6: Once you decide to do something, go all in. You can’t just pussy-foot around (first time I think I’ve ever used that word in a sentence haha) and expect to get anywhere. No one’s building SpaceX working 20 hours a week.
#7: Create an internal reality so strong that it becomes your external reality. This comes down to pure, unadulterated self-belief. It sounds stupid when you say it out loud (or write it), but you must believe in yourself. You just have to. Because if you don’t believe in yourself, who else will?
#8: Never go to sleep knowing that you could have done more that day, tried harder, pushed harder, fought harder.
#9: Don’t let a fucking “feeling” stop you from doing what you know you have to do to reach your goals. You don’t have to “feel like it,” you just have to do it.
#10: Dance while the music is being played! Our lives end. We only have a limited time to be happy and work hard and earn success and achieve great things and have a great time, so you owe it to yourself to recognize when the good times are here and enjoy them. Like today! Right now!
What I Did RIGHT Last Month:
- I made excellent progress on re-recording my online course, Reading Mastery. It’s set to launch later this month, and it should do really well. I sold a previous version at $175 and even though the quality was terrible, people still bought it, so I think that with all the improvements I’m making this time around, and with just a $45 price tag, it should do much better. I’m planning on re-investing all the profits into YouTube ads and Facebook ads to get more customers and readers too.
- I have a lot of clarity on where I’m going in my life and why, and I’ve been able to say “no” to opportunities that would have been “okay,” but just okay — not fantastic. This has freed me up to say yes to the things that are going to move my life forward in a much bigger way.
- I actually went out and had a lot more fun with my friends this month than I’ve been doing recently. In previous months I’ve just been staying home and working — which was necessary, of course — but I really let my social life slide. Not anymore! Last month was a good time!
What I Could Do Better THIS Month:
- I need to start sleeping better! I used to be so good with my sleep, but lately it’s been shit. So, getting better at shutting off all screens an hour or so before bed, and actually getting there at a decent time is going to be a big priority this month. Of course, as I write this it’s 10:18pm and I’m already fucked for getting enough sleep tonight. But starting…tomorrow!
- I haven’t been getting as much reading done these last few months and I really have to get on top of that. I mean, I’ve read 45 books so far this year, but 15 books a month?! I mean, I teach a reading course! I have to set a better example! This month (April) I’d love to finish 20 books, but we’ll see.
- I’ve been letting some business development tasks slide recently, and my house is becoming noticeably more cluttered — same with my email inbox. So that has to change this month for sure. Having a to-do list that’s filled to overflowing isn’t good for my state of mind.
- One thing that will help with the above is not to spend extra time thinking about what I have to do, rather than actually doing it. I spend way too much time organizing my to-do list, and I have to cut that shit out. I know better than that!
What I’m Working On Now:
- I’m still sending out my weekly book recommendations/summaries email to my subscribers. You can sign up here if you’d like to receive them as well! That link goes to my full reading list, to give you an idea of what kind of books get recommended to my list.
- Still writing articles on Medium, of course. That’s been a decent money earner for me, and it’s excellent writing practice, but the number of people I get reading my articles isn’t spectacular. I mean, I’m grateful, but I get about 700 reads per month. To do alright financially on Medium, you pretty much have to 10x that. Working on it!
- I’ve been getting more serious about my YouTube channel, and will be uploading some previews of Reading Mastery when I’m done editing. For every new subscriber to the channel, I donate $1 to the children’s charity, First Book.
- We’re still in the development phase, but I’m working with HighExistence to launch a book summaries/reading mastery membership program that is going to improve a lot of lives. That should launch very soon!
- Did I mention I’m writing a novel? Well, I’m writing a novel. It’s super back-burner right now because of all the other craziness though. Once Reading Mastery is re-released, and after the HighExistence launch, I’ll get back to working on it.
- Other than that, I still run my volunteer program, but growth is very slow since I don’t have a ton of time to devote to it. I’m also planning a podcast and a paid accountability group, but those are pretty far away. My training schedule is still insane (6 meals a day, push/pull/legs training split) but I love it. Making some great progress too.
Other Developments from Last Month:
- Made some good stock picks — bought some more Virgin Galactic, got in on the Coursera IPO, etc. I’m also learning more about cryptocurrency and getting very bullish on ADA.
- Hired an editor to help me with my Medium articles and some biz dev stuff. He’s been amazing so far, and he’s already made my work so much better. Writers: get an editor!
Long Term Goals:
Alright so here we’re gonna get into some details, and we’ll start with my long term goals. I have my whole life to achieve these, but obviously I want to achieve them sooner rather than later.
Whatever your long term goals are, remember that momentum can be slow in the beginning, but it will pick up if you’re consistent with it. Do the work every day, things will snowball, and you’ll make exponential gains.
So before the end of my life, I will…
- LIVE ON 1% OF MY YEARLY INCOME
This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Seriously. We often think we need soooo much money to be happy or to live the life we want, but we really don’t.
Where I live, you can rent a luxury apartment for like $1,700 a month, the car I want will cost me about $1,500 a month (Maserati GT convertible), my bodybuilder diet costs me about $1,000 a month, then there’s books, coffee, the occasional night out with friends, etc.
I could literally have every single thing I want in life for something like $10,000 a month. That’s $120,000 a year; multiply that by 100 and you get $12,000,000. So my goal is to live on 1% of that and give the rest away.
That’s fucking NOTHING!
I mean, it’s not nothing, but we’re alive during the internet GOLD RUSH, where there’s opportunity everywhere, and profit sources readily available for those of us with the initiative to go out and capture them.
I don’t need to be a billionaire, and if I live on 1% of my income I can give the rest of my money away to people who REALLY need it.
Down below I detail how much money I give away now. As it stands, it’s actually shameful how little of my money I give away. This year, that number has to go way up.
- TRAVEL TO OUTER SPACE AND BACK
Elon Musk says that he wants to die on Mars, just not on impact. Well for me, I want to go into space (more than anything), but I also want to come home! With Virgin Galactic offering seats on their space shuttles, the new era of space tourism is coming, and I’m going to be a part of it.
- OWN A SPACE TOURISM COMPANY
Space is one of the places where the big money is going to be made in the future. I plan on getting in on the ground floor, so to speak, and so I’m going to be heavily invested in space companies and technologies. Eventually, I want to be the majority shareholder of one of those companies and help shape its corporate direction.
- OWN A SUCCESSFUL NIGHTCLUB
I’ve worked as a bouncer ever since I turned legal drinking age and it’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. All of the greatest times in my life have been spent at bars, and at some point I want to own one so I can hang out there.
Leave the management to someone else, and leave the partying to me.
I will be a little bit involved, because I don’t want to just blow my money, but I won’t be part of the night-to-night management of the thing.
- PUBLISH AT LEAST TEN BOOKS
I have so many books in me! I’m working on my first novel now, and hoping to have the manuscript finished by the end of March. We shall see.
- READ AT LEAST 10,000 BOOKS
Recently I just finished my 900th book! As of today, I think I’m at 945 or something, so of course I’m a long way off from 10,000, but these are long term goals and I’m making great progress!
Mid Term Goals:
These are goals to be achieved within the next 5–10 years, but hopefully sooner, of course. They’re big, but when you break them down into short term goals, they become manageable, even realistic.
- REACH 230LBS WITH LESS THAN 10% BODY FAT
I cut weight recently to get down to 180lbs and 7% body fat, and now I’m climbing back up. Currently at 192.0lbs, but I don’t want to check my body fat percentage because I’ll miss my 8-pack even more than I already do.
- REACH 1,000 PATRONS AT THE BOOK NOTES LEVEL
A little while ago I launched a Patreon page where people could get my book notes on all the 900+ books I’ve read so far. I’ve really been neglecting to grow my Patreon, and so that’s going to be a focus for this year. Right now I have just 5 people (out of 1,000) receiving my book notes. I will be driving this number way higher this year.
- BUILD A MAILING LIST OF 250,000 PEOPLE
Having an email list lets me communicate with my readers and subscribers directly, and it’s really the cornerstone of an online business today. You need to have an email list if you want to be really successful online, and as of this month my email list is at 931 people. Not bad for just starting out!
Between 1–3 times weekly, I share my best book notes, some reading recommendations, updates on my work, stuff like that. You can sign up here and get my book, The Top 20 Unconventional Reading Strategies for free.
- INVEST $5,000,000
Pretty self-explanatory. I use WealthSimple, and do all my investing from there. Like I mentioned before, I’m interested in space stocks, as well as sustainability and a few other categories.
I like to keep steady dividend stocks as well, plus a few stocks that are more risky. ARKX is a new ETF that tracks companies involved in space exploration, and currently that makes up about 10% of my portfolio.
- BUY A MASERATI GT CONVERTIBLE
I mentioned this above as well. This might actually go on my short term goals, because I’m going to buy one used, and they really don’t cost as much as they look like they do. Will keep you updated!
- PUBLISH MY FIRST BOOK
This will probably be the novel I’m working on, as I’m closest to finishing that one, although I have a few nonfiction books in development. We shall see. As always, I’ll keep everyone updated! Sign up here if you want to hear about it when it comes out.
Short Term Goals:
These are basically smaller versions of my mid term goals. For example, before the year is out, I want to have 1,000 volunteers signed up for my charity initiative, 5,000 people per month visiting my website, 10,000 people on my email list, etc.
The one I’m closest to and most excited about is reading my 1,000th book!
It looks like I’ll achieve that goal by around May or so!
Another short term goal of mine is to get a literary agent, whom I will be pursuing after my novel manuscript is done, hopefully by around the end of June or July.
In future months I might break down my diet and training a little more for you guys, but for right now I’ll just give my measurements and lay out the basics.
I train to failure, which means lifting the heaviest possible weight for as many times as you can lift it until you feel you’re going to die…and then you bang out 5 more reps after that.
My diet is so simple and boring, it’s great. Mostly chicken and rice, lots of steak, and eggs, and toast, and vegetables, and potatoes, etc. My macros are 450g of carbs, 120g of fat, and 250g of protein daily, which comes to 3,880 calories. Also 2 gallons of water daily.
On top of diet and training, rest and recovery is crucial, so I use the sleep tracking app Sleep Cycle, and I track my sleep quality over time. Last month, my sleep quality (averaged over 28 days) was 85%, which isn’t bad, but obviously I need this number to go higher.
My trainer, by the way, is Brandon Flihan, who is AMAZING. Honestly, I’m so incredibly fortunate to have him working with me. You can check him out on IG.
Body Measurements: (Taken 4x Yearly)
Arms : 15.5"
Shoulder-Waist Ratio: 1.602
Body Fat Percentage: 9.9%
Alright now let’s get a little more in-depth! These are my career progress numbers, where I’m being really transparent with you guys so you can see exactly where I’m at and how I’m doing.
Email List: 931 subscribers (+4 from last month)
Average Monthly Website Visitors: 1,107 (1,143 in 2020)
YouTube: 87 Subscribers (+17 from last month)
Facebook: 1,125 Likes (+14 from last month)
Instagram: 437 Followers (+9 from last month)
Twitter: 277 Followers (+2 from last month)
Medium: 364 Followers (+26 from last month)
Patreon: 5 Patrons in Total (+2 from last month)
Money Donated by My Charity: $255 (+$15 from last month)
Money Raised for First Book: $87 (+17 from last month)
Books Read: 943 (+15 from last month)
Current Revenue Streams:
These are all the ways I make money online (and off). Currently, I have 6 revenue streams, and I’ll be adding 8 more shortly, as in, this year.
It sounds like a lot to handle, but most of these are more or less automated.
With most of them I just have to do the work up front. For example, once I finish my novel, I never have to write it again. It’s out there in the world, making me money while I sleep.
Same thing more or less with articles on Medium, YouTube videos, etc.
That’s the beauty of the internet! Things you create years ago can keep earning you money over time!
I won’t go super in-depth here, but maybe I’ll go deeper in future months. Just the basics about my revenue streams today.
Still in the pre-launch phase of a book subscription service. This will probably generate most of the money I make online though, at least at first.
Average Month: $0
Last Month: $0
Best Month: $0
Next Goal: $0
This is where people get access to all my 900+ book notes and other rewards. I actually just had my first $25/month sign up, and for that I donate $15(USD) to Doctors Without Borders in their name, and put their name at the front of all my YouTube videos. Pretty cool!
Average Month: $44
Last Month: $59
Best Month: $59
Next Monthly Goal: $100
Total This Year: $132
Medium has been great to me so far! I love the platform, the people, the publications. Having a great time so far. And making some money too! To make more money here, I need to write way more articles though.
Last Month: $42
Best Month: $254
Next Monthly Goal: $500
Total This Year: $288
I am an Amazon affiliate, but the payments are hit and miss because I need to hit a $100 threshold before my money is paid out to me. So, it’ll happen that I make $100 one month, then nothing for the next three. Having more articles published and affiliate links active will increase my earnings here.
Last Month: $0
Best Month: $100
Next Monthly Goal: $150
Total This Year: $0
I’m still deciding whether to share these or not. I probably will in the future (and I’m not exactly a crypto-millionaire haha) but I just haven’t decided. It turns out I’m a decent stock picker though! No one can do it consistently long term, but I’ve made some pretty good money in the market so far.
Next Goal: TBD
This is my job at the bar that I love. I have no plans to leave, even when I start making way more money. It’s just too fun! So I live on this income now, but I hardly consider it a job!
Next Goal: FUN
Total So Far in 2021: $420
Total Income in Previous Years:
Here’s the last part of my monthly report. This is the most pathetic part of the whole report, I think, because I have done almost literally nothing for others! I’ve donated my time, yes, and I’ve made a few people’s lives better (and I also do that through my work and my writing), but I really haven’t contributed anything close to what I’m capable of contributing. This will change!
Donations in 2019:
Charity: Water: $185
Local Sports: $50
TOTAL: $235 (0.005% of Income)
Donations in 2020:
Charity: Water: $180
Local Sports: $30
Local Fundraisers: $225
TOTAL: $435 (1.02% of Income)
Donations So Far in 2021:
Charity: Water: $45
Local Fundraisers: $2
First Book: $87
TOTAL: $169 (% of Income = Will calculate at a later date)
Again, the year just started though, so give me some time! Big improvements coming here!
Alright, so that just about does it! All in all, I feel pretty good about where I’m at right now, but I know that this is just the beginning.
And damn it, I’m having fun working towards these goals; they’re meaningful to me, they’re incredibly challenging, and I’m going to work day and night on achieving them, doing whatever the fuck it takes to get there.
My goal of enjoying life, however, is a goal that I constantly achieve again and again every single day.
I wish you the best with your own goals, and remember, none of us have ANY time to waste! We have to create our own lives — save our own lives — NOW, because no one else is coming to do it for us.
See you next month for the next progress report!
I wish you more than luck,
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