I thought I would take a moment to update you and let you know where I am at. I am also going to give you a peek into what I am currently doing.
Back in late August 2014, I damaged my spine at the T-4 & T-5 areas.
I can tell you with even more clarity your personality is way more important than your looks or money. I have had no slow down in meeting or picking up girls when I am out. Now, it is true, I don’t go out as much, but still I meet girls, flirt and and get numbers for threesomes with no drop or change in my tactics.
I can walk and even speed walk. I have tried running and I don’t have the motor skills or balance to go more than a few feet. It also hurts my spine with the jarring. My hands still have major nerve damage and hurt constantly. My feet, legs, butt regions are better but still tingle.
I do weigh about 35 lbs less than I did – mostly lost muscle. My jeans are loose and my arms no longer stretch my shirts. I am back to training and following my diet. This is a slow process since muscle growth and strength is very dependent on the ability to send signals thru the nerves to flex the muscles – and my nerves are still damaged. When I first went back into the gym I could only do about 14 pushups and was benching 85 pounds on the Nautilus equipment. I was only able to leg press about 180 pounds and my endurance was way down.
Currently I can bench 225 lbs for 10 reps. Now, this is still 150 lbs lighter than I was. I am also leg pressing 540 lbs, but I was able to leg press 1100 lbs. While these numbers are decent, I still have low endurance and get light headed frequently. All in all, the doctors cannot believe how fast I have recuperate from such a devastating injury.
The worst part of all of this is my financial situation. I still have medical bills, and I have not been able to work. While I constantly look for employment, it is very hard for me to find a multiple 6 figure position that will allow me to work with my limitations. That or I don’t qualify for the position or can’t move to the location.
Getting Your Finances In Order
Rather than settle for a sub-six figure position I have done a couple of things that have really helped. First, I have sold my Viper and Chopper. Yes, I loved my toys, but I was not physically able to use either of them, and the Viper cost a lot of money to maintain.
I went through my household bills and eliminated anything I really didn’t need. For example, I had almost every cable channel you can have and paid over $260 per month. Now I just have the channels I like and only pay $28. I also unbundled my phone & cable, got rid of the home phone and set up a select internet service. That cut about $40 a month with no change in my connection speed. I cut out tanning and no longer eat out often (I still will meet friends out, but I drink coffee). I also stopped buying coffee / sodas / crap and convenience stores. I plan a little more when I shop to make sure my son has what he wants, but we no longer impulse buy at these places. Not driving to work has also saved me about $400 a month in gas. Just these changes cut over $1000 from my monthly bills.
I also changed the products I bought. I cut out a lot of processed food. We now eat more fresh vegetables and fish (beef is expensive at the moment). Other changes were buying the old style single blade razor. Over the the FUSION® PROGLIDE I used, I am saving about $30 a month. Just on razors.
Next month we are moving into a smaller house out in the country. Getting rid of the pool and moving out of the expensive suburban neighborhood is cutting another $1000 from my monthly expenses. It is a beautiful house, just not fancy or as big as what I have. In my current house I had rooms no one ever went into. It will also allow my son to go to a very high rated but small, high school. He will get to play more football than he wold have if we stayed here.
Have any of these affected my life style? No, not really.
But I still need to make money.
For the last 15 years I have been an executive working with companies that have significant commercial internet properties. I am fairly good at directing and building large sites that generate millions of dollars.
This of course requires a team of developers and marketers. I thought long and hard about starting an internet company, but I do not have the financial resources to hire the development staff I would need to create a large and profitable group.
Of course, I have always had my own websites, like this one. At one point I had built a drop ship ecommerce site up to about $40,000 a month gross, but it took me over a year to get the site ranked and driving traffic. I also had an affiliate marketing site that reviewed other peoples products that made about $700 per month, but I sold it almost 6 years ago. This also took a while to build up to a traffic level that supported this revenue. Most of what I knew required more traditional marketing methods and time – time I just didn’t have.
The biggest issue with any online revenue generating venture is not traffic – it is traffic that converts into dollars.
This site does very well for $3.99 a month, but it is not going to pay all of my bills.
So in January I decided to get back into affiliate marketing. I joined around 5 different programs to see how people are making money fast, and 2 of them have worked so well I thought I would mention them (NOTE: These are affiliate links) ClickBank University & Google Sniper.
While I already knew the basics of setting up a website, SEO & PPC, these courses offered me a new perspective on driving traffic to my offers. Currently, I am making just over $6K per month using these tactics. I have created 2 of my own products on ClickBank (it really isn’t that hard with the tutorials in CB University), and used several of the Google Sniper Ultimate Traffic Secrets (the only upgrade I bought) to blow them up. I have also added my knowledge of online marketing to drive as much targeted traffic as possible.
With this, I have been replacing my income without having to go to a job.
Do not get me wrong. I am working about 50 hours a week. These methods are not Free or Easy. They work, but like everything, they require work.
Future Income & Living Arrangements
So where do I go from here? I don’t really want to go back into the job market. I hated the 9-5 bit anyway. Even as the president of a few companies it was more like 6 AM to 7 PM everyday. A lot of stress for a decent amount of pay, but not what I want anymore.
So I am going to keep building my little online empire. Based on what I have done over the last 3 months, I think I can be up to $20K per month by the end of the year.
As soon as I hit this income level, I am going to look at moving to Costa Rica. Beachfront living for under $2 grand per month.
Lastly, this site is changing.
I am in the process of adding video training and a sex section. As these changes are made I will list the site on ClickBank as well. I am also changing from a monthly subscription to a one-time fee. This will allow for other affiliates to make more money on the first purchase. Nothing will change for existing members (other than you get more content).
I am also thinking of setting up an internal forum section for members. This could be a place where we discus any topic around masculinity or building an Alpha lifestyle. What do you guys think?
And if you don’t currently make money online, you need to start. Having an extra $2-5 K a month can really boost your life. Or allow you to blow all the grind off and travel the world. Which is also on my list.