You know that quote by Lionel Messi? The one about how it took him 17 years of consistent work to become an overnight success?
No matter where you look, you find the hyper-successful people of the world echoing the same message. It was a decade, or more, of consistently putting one foot in front of the other in order to reach the end destination that they so craved.
It’s why I love the quote: “In a startup, you are playing a decade long game. Don’t worry about the daily score.”
But, of course, this case study is literally a daily score!
In a lot of ways, I think this case study actually makes it harder to control my emotions. I need to have a running, daily tally of whether or not I’m being successful. That makes me much more susceptible to the emotions of the highs and lows that inevitably happen.
Like the past three weeks, for example. I’ve had $60,000 in consulting contracts get canceled because of COVID. Talk about a low!
So, why am I doing this case study?
The biggest reason is that I hope it will help someone else. I look at the successful people of the world and I want to understand who they are, how they think, and what they do. I want to live a similarly disciplined life as them in order to get the life I want.
So, I’ll manage my emotions and keep writing this case study.
But, I recognize that this is getting hard to write.
What I did today
Wake up & sleep:
Yesterday was a good sleep day! I went to bed at 10:40am and woke up at 7:46 for a total of 8 hours and 4 minutes of sleep. Regardless of that, Whoop only has me at 50% recovery. I believe that….I felt pretty run down and sore.
Not an excuse though….need to keep pushing.
I did my squats pyramid. It’s one squat, one-second break, two squats, two-second break, three squats, three-second break. I went up to 28 squats, then went back down. All in, it’s a touch under 800 squats and I did it in 29minutes and 20 seconds.
I weighed myself yesterday and I’m on the higher end of my normal weight range (in the 170’s) so I don’t think quarantine is cooperating with weight!
My fiancee and I are negotiating a lease right now for our new place. It won’t be in the middle of downtown, but it’s much cheaper (~50%) and much larger (~50%). I’m excited to add in a Peloton room in the new place and get more of a workout on a given day!
Coffee in the morning, protein shake after the workout, a ton of quinoa and veggies for dinner. This is much more like it in terms of a good diet on a day-to-day!
My Day Job
Investment real estate
I’m getting more and more impatient on the first 24 units I have my eye on. There’s no reason to wait, since the sooner we collect rent, then the sooner that rent + our existing rent + the rest of the income gets larger. Then, we can buy the next 25 units even faster.
It very well can lead to a precarious financial situation, but I really want to add it in ASAP.
I’m interviewing a freelancer to add him into my team. His role will be to run AMS advertising ads on behalf of the Kindle ebooks. I think it’s a good ROI move.
Amazon Affiliate Websites
Published about ~4,000 words today. Not as good as yesterday’s record-setting day, but I’ll take it!
I applied for a few gigs and signed up for a couple more platforms. These platforms are geared towards people with elite business school degrees, so I’m optimistic any and all work I get from these will end up being high price point.
Lots of time with my fiancee, the love of my life.
There is nothing more important than being with the right person.
What I made today
Rental Income: $33
Amazon Affiliate sites (2 sites): $0
Today’s pro-rated amount of monthly expenses
Once I pay off my debt, I’ll break out expenses into a line by line as well.
My plan for tomorrow
- A post for a client. I write her one blog post a month about finance
- Publishing content
- Publish an eBook
- Try to find some consulting work
About the Author & The $0-$10K/Day Case Study
Dean’s goal is to create $10,000/day in passive income through entrepreneurship. Too many people write “success porn” that skates over the struggles many face in entrepreneurship
The hope is that this series of posts will inspire someone else out there to make their entrepreneurship dreams happen.
Dean Woods is currently an executive by day and a bootstrapped micro-startup CEO by night. Prior to working in startups, Dean was a management consultant. Dean graduated with honors from The Wharton School.