Things I’m Afraid Of Are The Things I Should Do

I have a checklist of 10 things that will make my business better and out of the entire checklist I’ve only started on 1 or 2.  This checklist remained unchanged for the better part of a year.  Why?  Why do I not go about doing the things that will directly positively affect my business?  Reed told me I run around creating infrastructures on how to get things done (video training, training material, setting up a program management system, etc) versus sitting down and actually getting it done.

There must be something there I’m afraid of.  And when I looked at it more closely, it’s true.  There are definite fears.

The owner of an auto auction proposed to buy into my company in order to propel it to the next level.  I am considering it and I told him I’d send over the numbers.  I haven’t done it yet because I’m afraid of losing my freedom with the business.

I have over a thousand emails from customers yet I have procrastinated building a good mailing list.  What am I afraid of?  I’m afraid of my customers thinking that I’m spamming them.  I know mailchimp, yet I’m hesitating to jump in and do it.

I’m afraid of training anyone to take over completely because they might just quit.  I need to get over this fear.

I wasn’t afraid of moving to city by myself and to rent out a warehouse but I’m afraid of being alone meanwhile providing an environment of isolation.

I’m afraid of creating a facebook page because out of the hundreds of customers served, one might be dissatisfied and try to ruin the reputation of the company.  WHAT.  Why am I not doing these things due to these fears.

I’m inspired by James Altucher.  He really emphasizes just doing it.  No matter how small or messy.  Just do it.  Nike could’ve also subliminally affected my thoughts on this “just do it” mantra.

 

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So I’m going to just do it.  I’ve re-written my list of things I should do to make my business better and I’m going to do them:

1) Add emails to mailing list & send out a first email. Use mailchimp.

2) Create an after-delivery automatic email to ask about the progress of a person’s order.

3) Send the business proposal, however draft-like it is.

4) Create a better shipworks template for both emails AND shipping labels.  Using Microsoft Web Expressions 4.0 which is a FREE alternative to Dreamweaver.  Great program.

5) Train assistant to do the pictures.

6) Reach out to other Dismantlers and ask them out for coffee.  Stop isolating yourself, Kim. (I noticed I am subscribed to California Dismantling… so I’m going to start reaching out today.)

7) Get M2E running with Magento.

8) Transform Dropbox into a shared space instead of for personal reasons.

9) Switch over to the new listing template.  Enlist Ron’s help.

I stopped at 9 because I don’t want to overwhelm myself.

 

YOU SHOOT ME DOWN, BUT I WON’T FALL.  I AM TITANIUM.

That’s the song playing in the shop right now.  It is fitting.

 

What are you afraid of?  Is it just a small fear that stops you from MASSIVE success?


There was less fear than there was pure unadulterated outrage at my disposition with a 9 to 5. This might not just be me, but before I quit I was on a nonstop binge of podcasts or blog posts by Pat Flynn, Tim Ferris, Ramit Sheti, etc. It was to hype myself up and it took a whole year to hype myself before D day. It also took over a year because I needed to save up money before I quit (I am not THAT reckless).

How To Still Learn

1) By not quitting.

THE END!

So today I want to discuss several things.  All the things I wrote about earlier… I moved forward in that direction but ended up not doing much of it.  Probably 20% was done.

I tried not buying any cars for this month (October) and decided to “coast”… however.. sales dropped from 11K to 7.5K.

That’s what I get when I try to “coast” an automobile dismantling company.

With less to do – I sometimes just spend the whole day reading blogs.

This is not productive.

The lesson learned here is always try new things and you will figure out what works and what doesn’t.

What I discovered in my laziness is that spending MORE money by buying cars will create waaaaaay more sales than the savings I get by not purchasing more cars for that particular month.  Sure, I save… $1K by not buying another car.  I just lose $3K in return.  If I did spend that $1K-$2K buying/dismantling that car… I would receive back 4-5K more that month.

THIS IS LIFE.  A constant, continual, learning experience.

Reed told me posting pictures of my feet might be disgusting.  Who cares, I’m posting it below:

Keepin' it real with the cotton balls.

Keepin’ it real with the cotton balls.  Look!  Halloween themed, yay!

I went to get a pedicure for the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE with my gal pal Val.  It felt good, but for some reason I didn’t feel the necessity of it.  I didn’t get this overwhelming itch some females have for this ritual of having to be served by hand and feet from another human being and then painted on for several hours as they gossip about you in a foreign language behind your back.

Maybe I am too manly.  The urge for massages, for manicures, pedicures, etc… does not enter my mind.  Maybe it comes as a more evolved form of “taking care of yourself” and I’m not there yet.  Who knows.  All I know is.. it cost me $37 for 10 rounded tips to be painted another color from the natural color of nude/cracked calloused.  Cracked Calloused is a new color, by the way.

So.. couple of things I’ve started doing this month:

I started a podcast.  So far it has two episodes.

I am teaming up with an SEO expert to write an eBook which I hope I will publish within this MILLENNIAL.  I tried writing an eBook of my own and it has been 4 years.  It is unpublished, gathering pixelated dust.  And I will publish THIS ebook with errors, flaws and all.  Why?  Because it’s better than an unpublished NOTHING while I seek aimlessly for a perfection that will never come.

I sic’ed my team of developer/designer duo on automating superfastlistings.com so that once you sign up, you will automatically get an email detailing you on what to do and what information to input.  After information is inputed then stage 2 is commenced.  Before that I used to personally send out every welcome email (a copy and paste procedure) that was not necessary but since I was too busy to delegate this task out – it was never done.  TILL NOW.  They have yet to finish.  I hope to have it wrapped up by the end of this week.

I am going to revamp my mailing list once and for all.

I started meal prepping for the week and I am getting better at it.  Meal prepping is great!

Below are more pictures from my night out with my gal pal Val.  I ordered all the sushi.  Valerie is a vegetarian.  I think I had 7 plates to her 1.

LESSONS BE DAMNED:

1) I best be buyin’ them cars or else I will be losin’ ’em sales!

2) I do not work well ALONE.  In whatever capacity.  I need people because with people I actually push myself harder.

3) Posts/Podcasts/Listings/Company stuff/Managing developers/Ebook writing/etc. = all are lumped into a massive workload.  When sometimes I prefer just sitting by myself watching to stand up comedy and reading blogs at my leisure the entire day.  The only way to do stuff is to do it and get’er done. (I don’t know why I chose this particular vernacular right now with all the shortened words…. but it’s fun to me at the moment.  Please don’t rain on my PARADE!).

4) For my birthday (I just turned 28 years young) I chose to scale a 770 foot wall of rock.  And it was massively fun.  I recently spoke to a friend, just catching up on life (because that’s what friends do sometimes when it’s around your birthday and they glance your way since they received  some facebook notification)… this was how the convo went:

Friend: “How’s life Kim?”

Me: “Good.”

Friend: “I’ve been so busy.  I work 3 jobs and 16 hour work days.”

Me: “So far I am trying to run 2 businesses but I work around 20 hours of real work a week. I sometimes spend all day reading blogs.”

Friend: “I barely have time to date but when I do I can’t devote any time to these women who want my attention.”

Me:”I just recently climbed a 700 foot wall in Nevada & I now have some time to make room for more of a relationship.”

Friend:”Wow, our lives are so opposite.”

I want to say yes to more life experiences at the same time I want to continue building businesses.  I want to work really hard but I want to spend all day lying on a couch in my warehouse.  Some friends have figured it out and I am envious because sometimes I find myself questioning life way too much.

I am not afraid to want random opposite things and trying out a bunch of different stuff.  I’m not afraid to posting pictures of my feet on the internet.  I’m not afraid to fail.  And that is how I still learn.

 

Enjoy the pictures below.

Our only picture together - and it's blurry.

Our only picture together – and it’s blurry.

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Sushi

SAKEEEEE

 

All my dishes were served before Val got her VEGETARIAN roll (which is barely called food.)

All my dishes were served before Val got her VEGETARIAN roll (which is barely called food.)

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What Can I Learn Right Now In 10 Minutes That Could Be Useful For The Rest Of My Life?

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Life is Good

The simple goals I’ve made for myself eventually gets done & I want to write a post to celebrate.

1) Restarted my webcomic site. –> I will add this post to it!

2) Point was deleted.

3) Get more than 11K in sales/month for my auto parts company. –> It took a TON of work. 1.5 years of effort. But I did it!

4) Hire a virtual assistant. –> He is very helpful and an extremely fast worker.

5) Started a youtube biography site. –> We have over 71 likes on Facebook.  Now it’s mostly run by my co-founder Lynn.  We recently added another writer to the group.  Her name is Liza.  Say Hello.

6) Get over 500+ connections on linkedin. –> 557 and counting!  I know. I need to update my profile. I will soon.

7) Push the worth of web of this blog site to over $2000 –> Did it!  That means:

476 visitors / day

(based on Alexa Rank below)
14,280 visitors / month
171,360 visitors / year
My Worth

My Worth

8) Be more happy with myself, hang out with more friends, & exercise more –> I have membership to Hanger 18 and I have been climbing like a gym monkey!  I am making time more for friends as well.  I also recently got a Mega Jul, Gri gri, Quick Lok carabiner, Quickdraw set of 5, my own chalkbag (instead of borrowing from my boyfriend all the time), my own purple harness, and a really cool headlamp.  Yeaaaaahhhhh.

9) AND LAST BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY = Prioritize what’s important. –> Listening to people more and put more effort into genuinely appreciating the friendships and relationships I have.

FUTURE SIMPLE GOALS

1) Recognize/appreciate/learn how to trust and love more.

2) Implement the marketing side of ***censored site*** to the max & fix all broken links.  It’s amazing we have subscribers when 90% of the links on our website are BROKEN.  You heard me folks.  The links lead nowhere.  Privacy policy?  Nowhere.  FAQ? Nowhere.  Home? HOME.  Can you make a business model work with a website that barely functions? Yes.  But is it the best it can be? NO.  We have a great product.  We just need to… sell it better.

  • Fix all broken links.

  • Build a thriving forum.

  • Sign up to Clickbank to create an affiliate marketing avenue.

  • Hire someone to do marketing & do SEO for the company.

  • Get monthly subscription to be $500/month.  It is a very modest goal so it is within our reach.

  • Get over 100 Subscribers to our newsletter. Right now we have 69 subscribers.

3) Bless Lynn’s heart.  I shut down sometimes when life gets too much but she is patient with me & lets me be until I can recover and return.

  • Get rid of broken components on whoistubian.com

  • Implement and earn at least $1 in affiliate link marketing on whoistubian.com

  • Write more blogs!

  • Earn at least $1 in adsense revenue.

4) Push my auto parts company to 20K in sales/month.  [This will hopefully not be that difficult.]

5) Learn how to aid climb so I can do big walls or large walls & in general become a stronger climber and a more athletic individual so I can conquer life – better.

6) Start Auto Parts Lab.  It is another auto dismantling company but this time it will be run by more than just 1 person.  I will have two co-founders.  This is my first stab at trying to franchise but not really franchising.  Goal is to break even for the first month.

7) Work on kimpossibledang.com as a blog.

  • Start a podcast.  Never tried it before but thought about it for awhile.

  • Get worth of web to $3000.

  • Reach at least 30 email subscribers. Right now I have 18.

  • Have more affiliate links.

8) Continue lolpartdeux.com & try to get at least $100 in adsense revenue from it.  So far the below is my adsense earnings for it. Pathetic.  But oh wells!:

adsense

adsense

 

Life is short. If I fail – I fail.  But at least I try.  I’m not getting any younger.  I guess those are my goals for the next months.  By writing this down I hope to make myself more accountable & that I can keep on pushing ahead.  They all work towards the following ideas in mind:

1) HAPPINESS.

2) APPRECIATION/SELFLESSNESS/LOVE.

3) FINANCIAL FREEDOM.

 

PS. I am so proud of my lil’ bro for having his white coat ceremony. He goin’ be a docta.


Gratitude

I am thankful for my family, my friends, and my boyfriend.

By moving to Hesperia by myself to start a company & consequently isolating myself to an unhealthy extent – I lose myself sometimes and I am going to actively work to get that happiness back.

Thank you for still trying.

Climbing at Fairview

Climbing at Fairview

 

Yep.

Yep.


How To Toss A Salad

Awhile ago I started a comic website.

Although with only a few comic strips (around 30), it climbed the ranks of over 23 thousand web comic sites to be ranked at 746/23080 at The Webcomic List.

Why did I stop drawing?  Because I was busy doing other things – like trying to earn a living.  Now that earning a living is in my reach & I am actively doing it… I am itching to draw again.  I like to draw comics purely because I think in STICK figures on an almost daily basis.  It’s an ongoing problem I refuse to treat.

So below is my first attempt at the beginning of something beautiful. (I hope.)

How To Toss A Salad Step 1 How To Toss A Salad Step 2 How To Toss A Salad Step 3

It’s only appropriate to include this at the end of the strip:

#FITLIFE #HEALTHYEATING #SALAD

You can download the PDF here:

How To Toss A Salad

Just some random updates…

my worth of web has crept up to a STAGGERING $1951 but have not reached $2000 yet. ALMOST!  I have a dream.. that one day… it will breach $2000.  What a weird dream, though.

My Only Worth

My Only Worth at 9/10/2014

I went rock climbing in Mexico on a mini vacation, pushed sales of my auto dismantling thingymacompany to 11K/month, added a quiz to whoistubian.com, & am in the process of adding a forum to superfastlistings.com purchased from vbulletin.  Tomorrow I am going to be attending this event in Santa Monica because I am drawn to the start up world.

Mexico!

Mexico!

To no one in particular: I am doing okay.  I just need time to figure things out.


THERE IS NO ALWAYS, THERE’S JUST RIGHT NOW

There is just one life.  And it doesn’t have to be spent doing mental dances with yourself.  So you have to remove the factors that constantly promote your annoying, absolutely unbearable mental dances in order to go back to clarity.  It doesn’t feel nice.  But if you know what you are 100% not okay with… the decision becomes easy.

 

Just a note.  Sorry for being so cryptic.

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