T minus two work days

Friday was good and yet bad.  It was good due to the fact that I hit 145 marketing points.  Good because of the socializing.  Good because I was able to think ahead and plan out some future elements of my business.  It was bad because I only increased my income by 4%.  It was bad due to the fact that there are only 2 more days left.

I’m feeling positive about two new projects on the go and that I should be able to raise the necessary money that is required.  That’s it for now.  I’ll post a summary of the sprint and what the next steps will be at the end of The 31 Day Sprint.

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Yes it’s Day 28

Day 28 of The 31 Day Sprint.

No commentary, just numbers:

  • 72+ marketing points
  • 1 life point
  • 1 fitness point
  • 1765+ LinkedIn connections – links me to 17,474,960 professionals of which 48,785 joined since Oct 25th
  • 3 new projects that have been verified
  • 1 old project is back on the burner
  • Income increase of 4% this week
Mhmm....taken at 3pm Oct 28th 2011

Ok a wee bit of commentary – one final thing to note – don’t hate the man because some old lady came out of her van, wielding a microphone like a sword and asking his mayoralty questions.  I mean who wouldn’t be terrified of a zoomer in a Xena Warrior Princess costume being followed by a cameraman.  Granted it was on his private property and it was at 8am, but is there any other way to catch the Mayor of Toronto, especially if you cannot see him at city hall?

Can you hear the words coming out of my mouth?

 

30 years ago…….

Happy 30th Birthday!  Yippee!

Ok, I’ll admit that a week ago I was not as happy.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreaded birthdays.  They seem to creep up on me around the same time of year the weather goes from happy and joyous to absolute misery and wetness.

I started the day off by waking up like most days around 5:20am.  This time I promptly went back to sleep until 7:30am.

Sleepy!

I managed a quick trip into the metropolis of Alliston to get a few things, then I was able to start my adventure!  I drove north into Creemore to find an elusive beer that is sold at a gas station.  Well it’s technically not beer – there’s no alcohol content.  You buy the 2L bottle for less than $5 and then you pop in a yeast pill and wait for 14 days.  After 14 days, you can say “NOW I have beer!”  Couldn’t find it and wasn’t really willing to get out of the car to look around gas stations (yes there are two gas stations in Creemore) for a beverage that I would have to wait 14 days to consume.  This trip was all about today and living in the moment.

Rolling rolling rolling

 

Mudders on a dump truck

I continued driving north through the lively and vivacious town of Stayner and watched all of the little teenie boppers march from the high school to Tim Hortons for their caffeine fix and lunch.  Normally, I’d say good for them, but it just so happens that Tim Hortons had a little trouble with homophobia (see related articles here and here and here and here and here) and I did not feel like joining the teenie boppers for homophobe coffee.

Onwards north I hit the junction between Wasaga Beach and Collingwood – where you go from 80 km/h down to 60km/h if you’re lucky.  I was not – 45km/h in a line of 20 cars all slowly making their way to Collingwood.  Eventually I made it to Collingwood, drove around a little bit and decided to grab something to eat.  Fast food was out of the question (I’m 30 now I have to watch what I eat!) and I wanted to find something within walking distance to the lake shore.

I parked and paid a total of $0.50 for an hour of parking then walked to the Huron Club.  I selected a veggie and chicken curry that did not disappoint and washed it down with a pint of Creemore beer (ever since I drove through the town I was thinking about it non-stop).  I paid my bill and walked north to the lake shore.  I dipped my toe into Georgian Bay, took some pictures as mementos, then walked back and made the drive back south.

Creemore Beer at The Huron Club

 

Delicious veggie and chicken curry at The Huron Club
Walking along Georgian Bay
Collingwood Grain Elevators

I opted for the non-geriatric traffic jammed route back towards Wasaga Beach and headed straight south along the Collingwood Airport.  The road went from ‘paved and smooth’, to ‘paved in the 80’s’, to ‘unpaved and bumpy’ to ‘holy shit I’m now a rally car driver!’  Needless to say it was fun and the view was amazing.

The Ridge
Reno'd Barn with windows

Dinner was amazing and I spent two hours in a sauna.  The celebration is not over as I will be in Toronto later on this week to catch up with people that I did not see on Oct 25th.  It also turns out that my body can feed 74 hungry weasals – how about you?

How many hungry weasels could your body feed?

Created by Oatmeal
Points for the past two days:

  • Oct 25th – Day 26 – 64 points
  • Oct 26th – Day 27 – 92 points
The goal for the rest of the week remains the same – increase income by 10% and get a minimum of 63 points each day.  I have not done any fitness for the past two days, but I have had a few new projects come into my inbox.  Today was basically a recovery day to prep for tomorrow.  I’m aiming for the best day ever tomorrow and I’m armed with 5 questions that will turn everything around.
It should also be noted that all of the landscape pictures were taken with my little blackberry while driving at least 85 km/h.

Ignorance is not an excuse!

I found a picture that I will be using in the Weekly Photo Challenge – you can see the picture and post here.  If you want to see other pictures posted by people, you can see all of them here: DailyPost: Opportunity.

Sunday Run – 50 minutes – 1 point / Monday workout – 45 minutes – 1 point

Marketing points – 196 points for talking to new people (yes that’s 196 people that I spoke to on the phone or received a response from via email) / 2 points for new contracts

Total points for the day – 200!

A little point on ignorance.  Every day I seem to fight against ignorance.  Most of the time it centres around the theme of finance and money, but over the past week it’s been more around computers / IT / social media as a marketing tool.  It turns out that people are lazy.  I guess I used to be part of that majority – that is until I discovered a magical thing called Google (and YouTube).  Don’t know how to use bookmarks in your web browser?  Google “how to use bookmarks in a web browser” or look up the same thing on YouTube – goodness me – step by step instructions on how to do it?  You’ve got to be kidding me!  Hold on, you mean I can do that for any topic?  You mean there are other people in the world who’ve had this problem in the past?! (note the sarcasm please).

Tomorrow will be a half-day for work – probably the morning but it will depend on a few factors.  I’m so psyched as I’ll be turning 30 with nothing solid planned aside from being open minded. 😉

Self shot
The View
The Road Less Traveled

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity

Opportunity!

I’ve always found that children provide the best opportunity.  Most of the time, I act as a troubleshooter / problem-solver for entrepreneurs and when I’m confronted with a challenging issue, I set aside some time to get with those who are the most creative and who continuously break down barriers setup by others – children.  They will ignore warnings, break the rules, and question everything that they see around them.  What adults understand to be a rule (such as ‘the sun sets in the west’), children question with “why?” and refute vague and unintelligible answers (such as ‘because that’s the way it is.’)

The story behind this picture is pretty simple – I was camping with a few friends and one of them had this bike.  Benjamin, upon seeing the bike, immediately wanted to ride it.  He started fiddling with it – playing with the handles,  inspecting different parts and spending an inordinate amount of time around it.  Eventually we hoisted him up, got him decked out, turned it on and let him rev it at 8am much to the surprise of the other campers.  Needless to say, ear to ear grin the rest of the day.

Meet Benjamin

Day 23 & 24

Thursday and Friday of this week were a struggle.  After a 90 minute run on Wednesday morning I was feeling lethargic and slow until today.  It took me a while to figure out that getting four hours of sleep each night is not enough if you plan on not having a sedentary lifestyle.  I’ll be gunning for 6-8 hours of sleep each night and will try to keep the productivity level high.

Here are the updated numbers:

  • Total Weekly Points: 337
  • Average Daily Points: 67
  • Rolling 7 Day Total: 491
  • Rolling 7 Day Average: 70
  • LinkedIn Connections – 1,700+
In otherwords, I managed to hit my goal even though Thursday and Friday were technically a flop.  In addition to the Gobi Capital site, there are four other sites that are being prepped for launch.  One of them will be a subscription based portal that will provide business owners and soon to be entrepreneurs the tools to test their new business/product/service idea, launch their project and then achieve a high level of growth.
The objective of next week is based on income.  The whole purpose of The 31 Day Sprint was to achieve a higher level of activity that would enable an increase in income for myself.  I’ve been toying with the idea of doing another 31 Day Sprint, but adjusting the metrics slightly and setting a different objective.   When I was studying in Findland, there was a course based on a book called The Balanced Scorecard – I think I’ll start to adopt some of those concepts and take a more holistic approach to the next sprint.
Hard numbers for next week:
  • 63+ marketing points each day (minimum of 315 Monday to Friday)
  • 8 fitness points for the week (Saturday-Friday)
  • 5 life points for the week
  • 10% increase in weekly income
  • Identify 5 new potential projects
That’s it for now.  Have fun!

One Year Ago…

It was a little over one year ago when I made the rash decision to break out of the funk that I was in and take action.

I let all of my business connections know that I would be heading overseas, packed up two bags and flew over 10,000 miles to Sendai, Japan.  It took me weeks to get into a work routine and sleep pattern that allowed me to work on Toronto time and still enjoy day trips on the weekends.  It took even longer to find a steady stream of income that would allow me to continue to live there.  Do I miss it?  Hell yes.  Would I go back?  Not quite yet.

Well enough about the past – onto the present!

  • 132 marketing points
  • 3 fitness points (90 minute run – thank you Seth Godin!)
  • 1 life point
A quick note on the life point for today.  For the first time in seven years I sat down at the piano and played.  It felt great!  I’ve gone online and found some music books and I will be going through those this weekend to find some new pieces to learn.
Right now I am physically exhausted, mentally fatigued and looking forward to a good nights sleep.  Tomorrow is going to be exciting!