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[Journey] 16 year old - My journey to a rich and fulfilling life through smart, hard work

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by CallMeArthur, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. CallMeArthur

    CallMeArthur Newbie

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    Explanation of Journey

    About Me
    This is my first serious, tracked attempt at using the resources afforded to me to create the life I want to live. I am 16 years old and from the US. My entire life I have struggled with mental health and emotional issues that have made me make consistently bad, self-destructive decisions that have led to me not reaching my "potential". I have finally after many, many years gotten into a routine that allows me maintain a healthy lifestyle that affords me enough time to learn and grow as a human. Thankfully, throughout the years of struggles I did not waste all of my time spending a lot of time inside on my computer has had it's drawbacks but it's also let me pick up a wide array of useful knowledge and skills. I am able to do minor web development in javascript, write programs in java, read and understand enough python to cobble together functional scripts, and a lot more. In short, I have approximate knowledge in many things.

    About My Journey
    When I was starting to get my life on track again a few months ago I wrote a document that broadly outlines my goals and how I want to conduct myself as a person.
    Here are the relevant parts of this document:




    My motivation behind this journey is have a public place to record my progress, people to feel like I'm accountable to, receive help from people more knowledgeable than I (and help anyone I can), and to help accomplish goal 2. I'm sure there others on BHW that have a similar story to mine and I hope to show them they can do it. Of course nothing comes from just talking so let's talk about my daily format!

    Daily Log
    Everyday I follow the same schedule (times have all been moved forward 3 hours in order to compensate and ensure a smooth transition for my move to the west coast that will occur in the coming months):
    9:10 - Wake Up
    9:20 - 9:45 - Swim
    10:00 - Breakfast and record to-do list for the day on whiteboard and record long on bhw
    10:30 - 12:00 - Do "boring" upkeep tasks. Picking up around the house, cleaning, etc
    12:00 - 12:30 - Lunch
    12:30 - 6:00 - Work, accomplish a minimum of 8 pomodoros daily
    6:00 - 6:30 - Dinner
    7:00 - 8:30 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday workout Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday/Sunday broadcast on YouNow
    8:30 - 10:00 - Chill
    10:00 - 11:00 - Personal upkeep, record data
    11:00 - 12:15 - Chill
    12:15 - 1:00 - Read and sleep

    When I post on BHW I will say if I kept on my schedule, what my to-do list was for that day, explain how those helped me reach that goal, talk about what worked and what didnt, and answer questions that I don't get to during the day. I am also breaking this down into objectives which are steps leading up to my final goals.

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    Current Objective: Reach 5,000 followers on main Twitter, Reach 10,000 followers on main Instagram, reach 1,000 views in 24 hours on Snapchat stories, and create and grow 5 extra social accounts (twitter and instagram 5 each) with same target audience to 2,000

    Progress: 2,250/5,000 Twitter, 5,865/10,000 Instagram, 197/1,000 Snapchat, 0/5 extra social accounts

    My current methods:
    On Instagram I just use Crowdfire to follow followers of similar accounts but will be automating the system soon. I understand this is not the most efficient way but for right now it's easy to do and it's working okay. Twitter after reading the thread "How to get lots of active Twitter/Instagram followers, in a different way" in the Social Networking forums. (Unable to post links at this time cause my account is too new) I was able to make a script in python that automates that system with some tweaks such as occasionally following the people that most recently Tweeted with the hashtag "YouNow" because that means their twitter is linked to their younow and when your twitter is linked to younow and you follow someone who is also linked you instantly "fan" them on YouNow. This gets me a lot of easy, no effort fans which like YouTube subscribers lead to exponential growth of fans and views. My snapchat I just promote through my other social accounts I wish I knew a better way to do this but I don't right now. If anyone has suggestions for me please tell me cause I have no idea. For the extra accounts I just haven't gotten that yet.

    To Do List - Tuesday June 9, 2015
    - Start creating the account creation script (need to find api for phone numbers, if you have any knowledge of it please tell me so) (3 pomodoros)
    - If not functional by end of the day manually create 2 twitter and instagram accounts
    - Create new brand images for all of my social accounts (remember youtube!) (2 pomodoros)
    - Start promoting my YouTube on social accounts
    - Broadcast (1 hour min)
    - Summer School (2 pomodoros)
    - Write up Journey on BHW (1 pomodoros)
     
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  2. gh0st_0

    gh0st_0 Senior Member

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    Well this is a nice thread but lets see some action from you man!!!
    Il keep an eye on this thread!!!!
     
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    Nice post OP, sound like a nice journey which I will follow to see how it goes! I'm sure you'll do fine if you can maintain this structured lifestyle! I was very inspired and wish you all the best of luck on your journey!
     
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    Seems like a good plan, I hope you stick to it. good luck!
     
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    Nice plan over there, good luck with your journey mate!
     
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  6. meathead1234

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    It's good that you are trying something/are young, but what exactly is the purpose of building up a spammy following on those social accounts? Is there a purpose behind it?
     
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  7. CallMeArthur

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    Thanks man! I've been taking action as I get in the groove. Didn't wanna start a journey until I knew I could commit to taking and defining actionable steps to reach my goals. While minor right now, I'm pretty proud of what I've done so far. Like I didn't know how to do anything in python and was able to make a script to automate my twitter growth. I know it's not the most complicated thing in the world but I'm still proud that I did it, you know? Anyways, You'll see some progress in tomorrow's update! Already made some today!

    That was my thinking. I've been following this general routine for almost a month now so I don't think I'll have much trouble continuing this routine at least until school starts. Thanks for the kind words!

    I'll stick to it. That part I'm sure of as it's already become habit over the past month. Thanks for the kind words! :)
     
  8. CallMeArthur

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    So my end goal it to be able to have a large enough platform and personal brand where I can I make a comfortable living off of the music, clothing, web content, etc that I create by the time I'm 18. I have a more specific plan laid out for actual monetization than that but I am not beginning that process until I move and am situated in my new home. The normal college route is not one that appeals to me so I'm taking steps now to (hopefully) make a situation I don't need it to be successful. Of course I will still have that door open to me when the time comes. Also, I would argue that it's not a spammy following as you said. I have put good amount of thought into who would purchase/consume my content in the future and are building a following with that in mind.
     
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  9. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Why don't you create a product/service/whatever first then figure out how to sell it? Sorry to break it to you, but building up a following of random people isn't going to be much use to you.

    At the very least, setup a blog and email list (I wish I did this when I was 16) and send the social traffic there. You'll thank me when you're old like me (27).
     
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  10. CallMeArthur

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    YouNow monetizes after I get a partnership which already something I'm working on and where I direct my traffic towards. It's similar to platforms like YouTube and Twitch in that way. As I said in my first reply, I have put a great deal of thought into who would consume/purchase my content and have made efforts to make that my target audience which has been successful so far so I don't think it's as random as you say.

    Tomorrow's to do list will include making more progress towards having something to sell. The reason I'm doing them backwards is because of my upcoming move. It sounds like an excuse which it partly is but I will have access to a whole different set of things to create the things I want to and I don't know how my schedule will be then. Which as I say this is I can tell bs and I need to stop making excuses. Will do.

    There are also social benefits to having large social media followings. That may sound irrelevant to you and not relevant to the ultimate goal of making money but in high school having a large social media following can help a lot with how you are perceived by your peers. Just having the relatively small one I have right now which is large in comparison to my peers has helped my social status among them. Kinda says "look at all these people who like and follow what I must be interesting and worth talking to" which I don't need and is lame that's how it is but it's nice to have and helps me socially. It will also help when I move to the completely new environment but so will running a profitable business. So I will take more steps towards monetization tomorrow. Thanks!
     
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    I think that this is planned too much. There are things that come by and will bring your whole plan in trouble.

    Be flexible. Dont plan everyday like this. You are 16, make money but dont loose your life!
     
  12. CallMeArthur

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    It is flexible for the most part. There are just essentials like working out three times a week, swimming often, remembering to eat that are important to me but if I don't get to other stuff sometimes that's fine. It's also the summer and due to leaving soon I am not busy with friends much cause I don't wanna get too attached and miss them when I'm gone. It'll really just going to be the rest of this month and the first week of July of this super, super structure. I got on a cruise in the second week and after that we'll see what will be best. Thanks a bunch for the advice though my friend! I will try and stay flexible. :)
     
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    I'm supporting you, dude.
    Let me ask, how are you going to monetize your Instagram account? Are you improving your followers by just following your niche-related people?
     
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    Thanks for share your great journey!!
     
  16. CallMeArthur

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    Sorry for not updating daily. As well as being busy, I feel like it's kind of silly to update unless I make any substantial progress.

    Thanks for all of your support!

    At this time I'm following people who follow people who would make content similar to mine. I don't know how to break it down any more than: teenage girls 13-19 with an interest in hiphop, fashion, youtube, or younow. It seems to be working so far most have interest in at least one of those things. I plan on monetizing my instagram with shoutouts, directing traffic towards webstores or channels, and ideally brand sponsorships with various clothing brands.

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    Current Objective: Reach 5,000 followers on main Twitter, Reach 10,000 followers on main Instagram, reach 1,000 views in 24 hours on Snapchat stories, and create and grow 5 extra social accounts (twitter and instagram 5 each) with same target audience to 2,000


    Progress: 2,765/5,000 Twitter, 6,475/10,000 Instagram, 227/1,000 Snapchat, 0/5 extra social accounts

    I'm currently disappointed in the rate I'm growing my instagram and snapchat. I need to put more effort into those two networks. I have been struggling to decide on niche accounts as well. This is all in my head and can be worked through. As per meathead's suggestion I've been looking for a monetization method. I have been exploring sites like Big Cartel and I think I'd like to begin selling clothes now but I'm wary about quality and being able to maintain an efficient supply chain.

    As always any help is appreciated!
     
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    Great! Very inspiring!
     
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    Any more updates OP?
     
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    How is this going for you? Have you done any more?
     
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    Nice to see someone young and so focused! i will be following, keep it up!