Talking To The Competition About Automobile Dismantling

Because I am the type of person to get the cell phone numbers of all my mail people – and am on a texting basis with them (Fedex, USPS), I am the type of person to walk around my work neighborhood to have small talk with the local business owners.. AND.. I am also the type of person to text the CEO and owners of my competition to ask them.. what’s up?

I found out they were/are incredibly more die hard than I am.  Granted, I am a female in a male dominated industry.  And I don’t have partners.

But because of that it makes me want to become just as die hard (even though I believe I’ve almost killed myself starting this business).  So I dropped out of my Intro To Auto class I’ve been taking at the nearby community college in order to finish up my goals that I have been postponing due to trying to figure this life out.  Dropping out of a class when I am getting an A was not that hard to do.

I am officially a “drop out”. HA!

One CEO and his Co-founder worked nonstop, 10 hour days, for a year.  Didn’t hire out so they profited faster.

Me?  Outsourced almost everything I could.  Now things run without my micro-managing involvement.  But at the capacity that it can be?  No.  At a comfortable capacity where my sanity still remains with me?  Yes.

I am doing more outdoor activities.  I am sleeping in later.  I am feeling more relaxed.  Life is less… scary.

At the pit of my stomach I feel like I can do so much more.

I used to look down upon businesses that didn’t want to grow when they can do so much more.  But it seems like at the expense of their own happiness, most people won’t want to do “so much more”.  Most business owners just want to be happy.  Make enough money to live, have enough freedom to be in control of their own schedules, and spend life as stress-free as possible.

My perspective on businesses and ownership and running businesses is changing.  Not because of anything life-changing.  Just that I want to choose a more free life over one where I have to suffer to be rich.

My goals for the end of the next 6 months:

1) Keep on automating my business so no one depends on me for anything.

2) Get my internet business at least launched and running (who cares the number of subscribers, I just need the infrastructure set up).

3) Push sales to 12K/month.

4) Become a better outdoor rock climber.

5) Transition the name change successfully.  Launch a large SEO effort.

6) Answer more questions, ask more questions, be more involved in online communities.

7) Genuinely care more.

 

I like writing random posts.

Riverside Rock Quarry

Riverside Rock Quarry


MY BOOK KEEPER IN PAKISTAN TEACHES ME ABOUT WEED

This is the type of conversations I have with my book keeper on a Thursday afternoon. Of course. 

J (Book keeper): *Sends me a link regarding an article about weed*
you will not believe that this is growing in my back yard ..

me: it is?
you are growing weed?
HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!
it is illegal here
in california
do you smoke it?

J: nope

me: well, you can smoke it

J: dont know how to .. 😛

me: are you sure it is growing in your backyard?

J: i might have pic, wait let me check

me: okay.  email me a pic

 J: some people drink it but i dont think any one smoke it around here …

 me: WHAT THE HECK.  HAHAHAAHAH!

 me: no one drinks it here
they cook the oil into food
or smoke it
that’s it

J: i think its a different kind ..

me: yeah

J:

Plants

Is this Weed?

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tell me if its smoke able .. 😛

me: hmmmm
at any point
do you see tiny teeny
stuff like

Weed Bud

This looks like a small creature.  Almost.

J: no, it never go like that ..

me: LOL!  then it isn’t the right kind

J: some of my friends smoke weed but it come in black rubber type form ..

J: BTW where were you born .. ?

me: vietnam
weed never comes in a black rubber type form
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS CRACKING ME UP J!

J:  i have seen nuggets of that stuff also,

me: you have seen it?
where? in your backyard?

J: nope some people make them to eat or troll some one..

me: maybe you are confusing weed with something else
HAHAH

J: it might be different type but it is same stuff ..  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_(drug)

me: yeah

this the stuff used here..

its same thing but processes

me: OH!!! wow
i did not know this
J: processed#
J: i dont think you even smoke  cigarettes
me: i don’t smoke anything (This is a half truth.)

J: Good for you..

So …. From Wiki: Charas is the name given to a hashish form of cannabis which is handmade in IndiaNepalPakistan and Jamaica. It is made from the resin of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica). The plant grows wild throughout Northern India along the stretch of the Himalayas (its putative origin) and is an important cash crop for the local people although the cultivation is illegal in India.

Looks like this:

Weed of Pakistan

BALLS AND STICKS.  THIS ISN’T PHALLIC AT ALL.

So I did not know this.  Now I know.  And now YOU know.



My Boyfriend’s Internet Company Email

I got this test email the other day after telling him he needs to have a good welcome email set up once someone signs in and subscribes.

This is what he sent me.

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On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM, R <> wrote:

Hi Penguin,

I made your profile on CENSORED COMPANY NAME, which you can view here:
http://testotestotheresreallynourl.com

You will be able to access your admin page from the managers cabinet sign in (from the sign in page, click managers cabinet and then enter your login info there), which you can find here:

http://www.CENSOREDCOMPANYNAME.com/manager/sign_in

On the managers sign in page, enter your login credentials:

username: penguin@butt.com
password: peng234

Please enter a detailed profile, with a full menu, and some photos. We find that the more information you provide will  highlight your business better, and it will also make the customer feel more comfortable with choosing your store.

Thank you for joining CENSORED COMPANY NAME!

Your 90-day free trial will end on  March 29th, Latuda!  After the 90 days, if you are happy with our service and do not wish to cancel, your credit card ending in 45penguinbutt67 will be charged $59 on a monthly basis.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help setting up your account.

Sincerely,

R
CENSORED COMPANY NAME CEO, Co-Founder
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Apparently R needs to learn how to call me by my birthright name sometimes.  Because being called an animal can get tiring.  And on top of that, Latuda is a made up word.

 



No One Gets My “Wew”

Maybe it is a mild form of turrets for me, but I say “Wew” all the time to a lot of random people.

It brings me joy to utter that word.

Convo with R:

Me:  I messaged Wew to a whole bunch of people today. No one understands. Except Bob.

R:  And me. I understand. You even have a wew face.

R: My phone now autocorrects to wew.

And that is why R is still on my boyfriend list.

Convo with Bob:

Waking up LATE

Waking up LATE



When I Stretch Myself Too Thin, This Is What Ends Up Happening:

I don't give a fuck about my socks matching anymore.

I don’t give a fuck about my socks matching anymore.  Not that they ever consistently matched anyway.  In either texture or brand or color.  Mis-matching can be a three way.  But not that kind of three way.

It almost looks like I have the case of a phantom foot.

Stretching thin means thinking I can take on everything, dipping my feet (LOOK ABOVE) into everything and fooling myself into believing I have enough energy to take it ALL on.

My personal trainer Casey, whom I hired to make me become healthier, unfortunately does not have a cell phone.  He calls me every other morning from the fitness gym in a  soft friendly voice, “Are you awake yet?  You still coming at 7AM?” to which I groggily answer back “Yessss” with half a bit of drool dangling from the corner of my chapped mouth.

I am in better shape than ever but that fooled me into believing I can take on running the automobile dismantling business  AND AND…

Coordinating a website developing team from a third world country.

Embarking on creating a possible SaaS company with a fellow who I happened to message on Youtube and who happened to be local enough to meet up with me and agree on trying this shit out.

Having a boyfriend who goes rock climbing four days out of the week.  Learning how to cook better.

Taking auto classes at a nearby college (I got an A+ on my first test… which proves… I care way too much when grades don’t even matter anymore at this point.)

Meeting up with a blogging group on Saturdays to spurn myself to blog more.

Hiking/Rock climbing/Running/ETCETCETC. ETC.

Then I realize….

my socks are no longer matching.

I have to admit to myself I haven’t been showering daily. I know, gross.

I wake up at 6AM going FUCK IT ALL!!!!

I wake up at 3AM and read tons and tons of random wiki-trivia about movies only to fall back to sleep again till 6AM.

I am in the middle of conversations with 6 different people at the office while I am hold on the phone, skyping with someone, on gchat with others, on my cell, remotely controlling two other computers, talking to a person in front of my face, and jotting down notes onto a calendar behind my back in which I would have to swivel my chair and WHY DON’T I PUT THE CALENDAR IN FRONT OF ME INSTEAD? WHY DID I PIN IT TO THE WALL SO I WOULD HAVE TO DO A SPIN EVERYTIME I NEED TO REMIND MYSELF OF SOMETHING?

And there’s EPA compliance, and hoses I need to buy, and Schedule C forms, and we ran out of plastic bags, and three different people needing important answers, and 5 customers want to return something, and Fedex broke a package to which I would have to resolve with a claim, and a computer needs to be rebooted and completely reconfigured….and… I find myself waking up curled into a fetal position each morning dreading the long LONG day ahead.

Stumbling back home at night, my roommate makes some quesadillas which normally I would not eat but being stretched too thin I forget I am lactose intolerant and I gobble up some with glee only to regret it later while I am in the bathroom –

STARING AT MY MISMATCHED SOCKS.

So this post was pointless.  It is realizing sometimes stretching yourself so damn thin could mean wanting to re-evaluate everything.  I end up promising everyone everything, fulfilling what they need with LENGTHY DELAYS, and just taking care of shit while I am flying on my tippy toes.

I envy those who can keep everything altogether in a neat and tidy pink bow of life.

Obviously I have my priorities all straightened out.


The Battle For Sanity

I want to comment on this common female struggle: the battle for sanity.  Given how we are all afflicted by the tides of various hormones not to mention the annoying obstructions to these tides randomly provided by pills, implants, and insertions all for the purpose of controlling birth – I see it fit to voice my observation after hearing about the relationship woes and confusion this struggle brings.

Men?  For the most part they do not need to fight this battle for sanity.  In relationships I have observed that they are usually calm.

So to maintain the semblance of a healthy relationship I’ve discovered that this battle must be fought and won on a monthly basis.  90% of the battle is internal and won with the aid of releases in whatever form they may be.  But left unchecked and especially left underestimated, just rolling over and giving in to the ultimate female excuse to be emotionally volatile will lead to disaster.

Even if it is through a pained grimace to mask the true nature of your maleficent disposition – it still must be done.  Maintaining any long term interpersonal interaction involves the maturity to bite your tongue and try to resolve everything with the coaxing sweetness of something honest yet silver all at the same time.

Because even if you have your demands and your needs – voicing dissatisfaction towards any individual reduces their ego and a person with an uncomfortable ego tends to be less open to promoting your personal happiness.

It is wise then to not get careless with vocal deliveries.  That created moments of unease leaves a sour uncompromising aftertaste for everyone involved.  That happiness is really about letting go of the things that do not matter all too much.  Some recent turn of events and my mail lady (married 42 years) refreshed me of this truth because that is how you consistently win your battles for sanity.

In other news… an update on my current situation.  Sales, without any real money spent on marketing/advertising, have gotten comfortable enough for me to provide for all my expenses thus far.  I am past my 10th car and I am past being uncertain about the future.  I am not as gung ho as I would like to be but that’s only because I prioritize having a life over not having one.  I’ve learned to let go of a lot of stresses even though stress is an inevitable part of the daily madness.

To keep my sanity for the past couple of months I galavanted in the following activities:

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keep-calm-cook-on-breaking-bad
credit to: teepublic.com

So for the past month I feel a little more panicked than usual.

I moved to a desert town by myself in April.

Contrary to popular belief I did not move to the desert to cook (meth).

It is to start an autodismantling business in the middle of nowhere (which usually doesn’t matter all too much because most of my sales are international/out of state).  The feeling of going from a 9-5 stable job every single day to tackling a business venture with no safety net didn’t feel like a sudden jolt out of what I was used to.  It felt like a breath of fresh air I have been dying to breathe for the longest while.

I grew the business to a decent size in the span of 5 months by hiring necessary workers, developing relationships with shop owners/scrap metal recyclers/catalytic converter recyclers/battery-buying people/tire buying people/rim buying people/business mentors, replaced all my hats with good people, outsourced some, negotiated like crazy for everything I had to gather or purchase…

I even got a boyfriend.

Now it is the fifth month and I feel panicked. (more…)


“Everything around you that you call Life was made up of people who are no smarter than you.” – Steve Jobs.

So you can change and mold life to whatever you want it to be, basically.

For years of my life I have given in to my parents’ pressure of going down this road.  Every other word was uttered with extreme fear of the unknown and traveling a safe road would be best.  Even though every inch of my being wanted something else completely – I kept trying a path I hated to travel.  Maybe that was why I kept changing my mind, pretending to friends and families about something that wasn’t even relevant to their life – my career goals.

It wasn’t after a messy breakup, countless attempts to do something my heart wasn’t even into, that I decided to say the hell with it.

I’m done with trying paths my heart wasn’t passionate about.  Because I will never be able to live with myself.  Because what I discovered through this journey called “Life” was that I would never be successful due to self sabotage if it’s not something I will fall in love with.  And it wasn’t until I recognized this pattern in myself that was able to let go.

In letting go there is no more fear.  Fear of failure? Forget it.  Fear of backstabbing?  Been there, survived it, continuing to live life trusting again.  Fear of being broke?  I know English, right?  I can communicate?  I’ll be okay.  Fear of being taken advantage of?  Nope.  I am too damn smart for that.  Many of my fears are eliminated.

And I am most happy living this way.


 


  How To Start A Mailing List With Mailchimp

Again, back to my Seth Godin obsession.  Seth starts his 3 Day Startup event talking about what you will encounter as an entrepreneur but at the very end he focuses in on a really important idea I want to reiterate: Building an online presence and a following is really important.

Why is that?

Say for whatever reason you created a mailing list.  Now instead of having 2-3 friends’ opinions, you get 10,000.  Sure, you can have facebook, but really… not everyone will go on facebook all the time.  However, everyone will check their emails at least 5-10 times a day.  GAURANTEED.  And all it really takes is one click for them to go from their inbox to your message.  Now you are in the realm of the “heard”.  All you need to do is build your following.

Seth also highlights the importance of things being share-able but first only to a select niche.  Because all you really need is a few people to like what you have to hear but more importantly feel compelled to share what you have to say.  That small tiny group can then expand because they will self propagate your message {And really, it doesn’t matter what your message may be… as long as you make it feel share-able.)

Therefore I feel like I should tell you guys about Mailchimp.com. (more…)


 

 How to Bypass the Subscription Fee Forever & “The Hardest Part”

My very smart and Dr. to be bro just told me this hack yesterday.  He reads The New York Times.  Noticed that it went from 20 free articles a month to 15 and now it’s down to 5.  So you can actually read all articles for free if you use google’s “Incognito” chrome browsing to browse around.  The reason for this is because during “Incognito” mode, no cookies are stored.  Therefore, no footprint.  By the way, I am not talking about a real baked cookie.

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chrome-incognito

Nice, quick workaround eh?  And you didn’t even have to download anything! Shiiiiiieeet.  My brother says, “You’re welcome.”

I go through phases of listening to amazing thought provoking individuals who are generous enough to make the effort into letting their voices be heard either through video or audio or a blog.  Right now the flavor of the month is Seth Godin – a distinct HUMAN flavor. (more…)

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