[Time stamp: Dec 20, 2016 | 1851H]
Let me begin by telling you a story (this is actually an actual experiment, but I forgot the source. Forgive me).
A group of students (about 8 years old or so) were grouped into two – the intelligent group, and the not-so-intelligent group.
Unsurprisingly, the intelligent group performed better than the other group. But you know what’s surprising?
The students were actually chosen at random.
Yes. IQ was thrown out the window.
So how can one group outperform the other?
It’s because the students from the intelligent group were conditioned that they’re actually intelligent.
There are other experiments like this. Like the sugar pill experiement.
Sugar pills were given to a number patients with headaches. They were told that it’s actually a medicine, but in reality, it’s just sugar.
Long story short, they were cured.
Because the patients believed the fake meds can actually cure them.
Whatever you believe in, it almost always works. You just have to believe in it.
The Brand New Old Me = Brand New Blog
For years, I’ve tried to “copy” the styles of other successful people. How can I resist? I’m a huge fan. That time, all I’m thinking was that if it worked for them, it will work for me.
I was wrong.
What everyone saw in me was the person I was trying to copy.
Instead of moving forward, I went backwards. It’s frustrating. If there’s one thing that this year has revealed to me, it would be that I’m an insecure person.
That’s why I’d rather copy (and hope that people will be okay with it), than put my best self out there.
At least I knew what the problem is. Now I know how to solve it. And after a series of personal development, I finally mustered all the courage to put myself out there.
I am a poor writer (go figure). That’s why I did video instead. No edits. No scripts. No filters. All candid. What you see is what you get. With this decision, I solved my number one problem:
Finally, I was able to pump content out just by spending 20 minutes or so with videos, rather than hours (sometimes days) with just one text article (that’s why there’s a time stamp above and below this post. For you to know how long it took for me to complete this.
I bet everything in my strength (speaking), and my goal (retire early). It needs more polishing, but that will do. I have a not-so-new message to share and it has to come out. It’s been delayed for years already.
You know what? It was actually well-received.
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The solution was inside me all along.
If there’s one thing that I would want you to take away from this post, it would be to embrace who you really are.
That’s why shifting from writing to speaking was the best decision I made this year. Was I good? Maybe not. It needs a lot of work. But it definitely felt comfortable.
Those videos are reflections of me.
The world loves that. The world will love you being you as well. Not the guy you’re trying to copy.
And that, I can live and work with.
How I’ll move forward from here.
There will be people with good intentions that will give their unsolicited advise. Change this, change that. Add this, throw that.
Listen to them.
They only want you to improve in the best way they know how.
But do filter.
There are good people who would suggest to add a sidebar in my blog. My no-sidebar design works for me so far. So I have no plans to change that.
There are also a few who would suggested to tweak my title. They have a point. But so far, the people whom I want to attract are the ones coming in. So again, no plans to change it, at least not in the near future.
Some marketer-friends wanted me to add email forms almost everywhere. I did try that before. But my best converting email forms are the ones below every post. So I ditched everything else, but I’d continue experimenting what works best.
It only means that my visitors would consume my content first, then sign up if they want to. It also tells me that I’m getting better at my content. If not, then they would not have subscribed.
That’s why my blog was designed to give visitors the best reading and viewing experience. Zero distractions.
But there are also things that I need (and want) to change.
For instance, my intro video for the free seminar is 8 minutes long. A friend suggested I should shrink it down to just 2 minutes.
I agree. Kahit ako nahahabaan eh. I’ll strive for two minutes. But if it can’t be helped, I’ll limit it at 4 or 5.
Just retain what works, and change, if not eliminate, what doesn’t.
Which brings me to my next point…
My 2016 mistakes, and what we can all learn from them.
Taking off from my blog’s rebranding and rebuilding, my 2016 goal was fixed to pumpin out video content. To be exact, I planned to release one video per week. So that’s 13 vids per quarter, or 52 by year end
Do you know how many I have today? (This one not included).
Ten vids, plus one text article. I didn’t even surpass the quarterly goal.
So what went wrong?
I can’t think of anything except that life got in the way. It’s a valid excuse. But the real issue here is that I let it bring out the worst in me.
I was defeated.
I will never forget. It was September. Napaluhod na lang ako bigla at tumingala sa langit. Lord, I need a little help here.
Just when things are starting to move forward, parang naka amoy talaga yung usual mo na buhay, and all of a sudden, life throws at you lots of lemons.
Parang ayaw ka nila umasenso.
In my ten years of being a corporate slave, that was the first time I complained I had too much to handle.
Trust me. The keep-your-day-job-start-something-on-the-side-then-quit-once-it’s-built freakin’ advise is freakin’ easier said than done.
No wonder some investors settle for waiting for the stock market to launch like a spaceship. Just keeping a simple strict schedule feels like rocket science.
I cried. Literally.
I was defeated. But I will not be caught dead giving up. And you shouldn’t either.
As Brother Bo would always say, underneath all the problems are blessings waiting to be unearthed.
With that, here are the things I learned and did to recover.
Lesson #1 – Do it uninspired.
Because of the unjust workload, almost all my free time were allotted for rest, instead of filming a new video tutorial.
It kept going for a very long time, until I finally realized I never achieved anything in my blog. If that happened, 2016 will just be another year – the year of being stuck.
It’s almost impossible to pump out everything I know about finance for 2016. My workaround? Finish only one topic.
I chose insurance.
The only problem is, I was so uninspired because of fatigue. I’d rather rest.
But thinking about my current mediocre situation made me move forward inch by inch. In just one night, I was able to film 3 videos. The last installment, I filmed the next day. A total of four in less than 24 hours.
That’s why when you look at my latest posts, everything is about insurance.
I finished it. Uninspired.
I even compiled them into a one-page insurance tutorial, ready for Facebook advertising. I specially designed it to help customers pick the right insurance for their needs.
No fancy magic tricks or sophistcated productivty hacks required. You really just have to do it. Period. No mockin’ about it.
Maybe this is the reason why life coaches tell us to use pain as motivation. Not anything that will make us feel good. If we rely only on days when we feel good and inspired, we’ll never get anything done.
Parang trabaho lang. Kahit naka ilang reklamo ka na, gagawin mo pa rin ‘di ba?
Lesson #2 – Plan your next moves.
I failed because I failed to do the basics of all basics – planning.
You know what they say. No one plans to fail. They just fail to plan.
Compare my insurance videos to my other first few videos. Bara-bara yung topic ng mga nauna ‘di ba?
Filming whatever I feel like filming clearly doesn’t work. Because more often than not, I don’t feel like filming anything. But when I focused, and etched in stone the topic I want to discuss, I was able to finish it with 4 more videos. And Uninspired at that.
What I learned here is that you don’t always need to plan the whole journey. Just your next moves. Right now, insurances are already off the map.
My next focus would be on stock market tutorials. That’s kickin’ off on January 2017.
I don’t know what’ll be next. That’s why I will plan again.
Last but not least…
What’s next for 2017
Just quick notes.
Note #1 – I’m a soon-to-be financial adviser.
Because of my focus on insurance vids, people from the industry started to notice.
Long story short, I was convinced to become a financial adviser. Last November, I passed the Insurance Commission exam. January of 2017 will be dedicated for my license.
Note #2 – I’m writing a book.
I’ll be a published author soon.
My book will be launched on July 2017 (tentatively). But advanced copies will be printed before launch date at a speacial pre-launch price.
If you want to be notified for a discounted pre-order price, join my waitlist here.
Note #3 – more emails from me.
In 2016, the only time I get in touch with my subscribers is when I announce a new video.
In 2017, I want to get to know most of them on a personal and deeper level. I’ve been friends with a few already, but I want to take it to another level.
With that, expect frequent emails from me.
Note #4 – one wish.
I’m hoping to launch my first paid online course this 2017. No idea what it would be about yet. Any suggestions? Comment them below.
That’s about it.
Wishing and praying for you to have the most meaningful holidays, and a prosperous 2017.
Cheers to new beginnings.
[Timestamp: Dec 23, 2016 | 0037H]