The $0-$10K/Day Case Study: Day 98

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Day 98 of the $0-$10K/day case study


Dwayne Johnson  (AKA the Rock) is the epitome of discipline.

There’s that famous video of him eating candy for the first time since 1989. If you follow him on Instagram, which I highly recommend you do, you’ll see that he does a Sunday night “cheat meal” night with his followers. However, his cheat meal is typically just french toast with peanut butter.

Doesn’t sound very “cheat-y” does it?

But, I’d bet anything that his discipline is what took him from an unknown struggling actor to a household name A-lister.

It’s the exact same a Will Smith, who famously said the only thing special about him was that he’s willing to “die on a treadmill” if compared to someone else.

I’m writing this case study each day. We’re almost at day 100. But, the reality is that success takes years of disciplined hard work, just like the Rock and Will Smith.

I’m not expecting to see some serious results until we are on day 1,000.

On day  1,000, I won’t be 30 years old yet.

But, I plan to have accomplished a hell of a lot more than I have done now. Slow, steady, discipline is the path to get there.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency”- Dwayne Johnson

What I did today to make $10K  a day at 30

Wake up & sleep:

I went to bed at 10:42am and woke up at 7:47 for a total of 8 hours and 7 minutes of sleep.

However, the Whoop only says  I am 51% recovered. I think it’s because I haven’t been sleeping particularly well. I need to figure out how to sleep better. My guess is it’s because I haven’t been exercising enough. That ended today (see below)


I went for it today.

I did my jump squat pyramid in a new record today of 28 min and 2 seconds. I’m annoyed about the 2 seconds because I wanted it to be in the 27’s, but that just gives me something to shoot for in a few days!


Diet was okay, a bunch of eggs and similar. Nothing that bad for me,

My Day Job


Investment real estate

I scrolled my real estate scrolls. I have easily a half dozen buildings I want to buy. A million bucks cash right now would be phenomenal to start buying those.

But, of course, I don’t have a million bucks now.

So, I need to figure out how to make that!


I did some work to outline my next few eBooks to send to my good writer.

Keyword research is an art, based of a science.

You absolutely need to invest in a tool (e.g: KDP Rocket) to understand what keywords have action on them and which ones don’t. That should allow you to zero in on what is working and what isn’t.

Then, you can start to write eBooks that target those keywords.

In short, you’re writing answers to questions that people are already searching for and not finding an answer too.

That’s why you’re providing value to people, and that’s why you make money as a result.

Amazon Affiliate Websites

I published one article with ~2,000 words or so.

My oldest affiliate site is now up to ~$25/month in income each month.

But, here’s the thing. I have another affiliate site that has much more, and much better, content on it. That site isn’t making anything.

The difference is that the older site is just that…older.

The longer your website has been around, the more Google will show it love.  Which makes logical sense. Google wants their users (people conducting a search) to find the answer to the question they’re searching about. The longer a site has been around, the more Google knows about whether or not that site can answer the searcher’s question.

I’ve been planning on building up 20 Affiliate websites to make some money off of them, launching a new one every three or four months.

But, I’m realizing that’s not the smartest idea in the world.

I actually think it’s much smarter to instead launch ~10 this month. I’ll throw ~10,000 words of content onto each of them, so that there is something, and then I’ll just let them sit for ~6 months.

Then, I’ll start working to build these sites up, one by one, until they hit the goal.

Easy. It’s thousands of hours of work, but the logic and plan is easy.


No consulting work today, but I did sign a contract! It’ll be ~$3K over the next two  weeks, so I’ll take it.


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

Job: $170

Rental Income: $33

UpWork: $0

KDP: $0

Consulting: $0

Medium: $0

Amazon Affiliate sites (2 sites): $0

Total: $203

Today’s pro-rated amount of monthly expenses

Expenses: $250

Once I pay off my debt, I’ll break out expenses into a line by line as well.

Today’s Income

Lost $47

My plan for tomorrow

Tomorrow is going to be:

  • Outline  two more eBooks
  • Publish more work from my authors
  • Write some myself

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.

What I did yesterday to make $10K a day at 30

The current phase of the plan

Wake up & sleep:


Stress levels


My Day Job

Investment real estate

My Actual Business

Side Consulting

$10K/day website


Rescue Time Daily Screenshot

Today’s pro-rated amount of monthly & yearly expenses

Today’s Income (pre-tax)

My plan for tomorrow

Dean Woods

Dean Woods

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. His goal is to create something real that highlights the lack of sleep, disappointment from family, and setbacks you really face in entrepreneurship. The hope is that $10K a day swill inspire someone else out there to make their entrepreneurship dreams happen. Dean Woods is side hustling and working a full time job to kickstart his entrepreneurial path. Prior to this life, Dean was a management consultant. Dean graduated with honors from The Wharton School.

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