I remembered when my phone relied on a minutes service. It was like horrible. The minutes were just breezed through each month and life quickly became the constant fussing with Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. It was just horrible and I was at a place were I just needed freedom to do whatever I wanted but managing minutes was a simple trap limiting what I could have done.
Starting out in business during this time required I change my plan, move to unlimited minutes and a brand new plan. It was like a reset button and all the frustration was gone. The constant fussing with my cell phone carrier each month disappeared, the anger went away and here today with a trap of a 2 year contract and unlimited data, I was able to break free of the minutes just to be in another trap called contract.
Everyone try their best to break free from whatever trapping seems to be holding them from either their best, their biggest break or the ability to do as they feel. It’s just how life is, the thrill of managing on your own terms comes with strings attached and you will think of it as a way to get away from some constant, some constraints that limits ones freedom and choices.
But let’s discuss managing time.
When I first started in business, I was just focussed on using a distribution medium, this model worked but then limited me. I launched a radio show on a network of just 14 radio stations. It was the instant reach of a big audience but at the cost of a few thousands $$ monthly. It was not like the constant craze of podcast. Where we have a podcast in ever category and then 40 or 60 in another category competing for dominance. I wanted to be personal, gradual and steady. The plan lasted a while, the momentum was great while it lasted and the rewards were endless. The challenge was being naive, young and not having a mentor. So I cried when I ran out of money, sponsors and was cornered with bills. That was the first big lesson. Pay for the right thing, I poured money into on air talent, promotions and trips instead of a solid sales team. That’s all I needed. I stretch the limits and then added a christian youth magazine behind the show, increased the cost by $19,000 per print run and was tanking a a rate faster that the speed of light.
When both finally died, the dust settled and I was over $60,000 in debt, I hang up my gloves. I got the sticker, “I’ve been there- done that, got the T-shirt and moved along.”
I went forward like a cow boy, I plugged into a new industry, I had quit working for anyone and was just not about to go back on my ego, or into another JOB. I went behind a new industry, I was launching a beauty brand, a natural candle line at a few small boutique. Then I took the gamble at a behemoth and Whole Food bite in. I was on cloud 9…..way up to my ears in production cost but I was into the whole grill of chain and I was gonna make it big….or so I thought. 16 months running sampling, demos, in store promotions, and I was off to the races. I was in again an inventory business, running with the numbers. It was something like 10 stores, of the 48 we were approved to in the region and the challenge became, chasing the stores.
So let’s fast forward….it was just way too much debt. I had a limited amount of capital, I was on net 30 payments and I was just way behind the 8th ball with bills.
I scrapped that and went back to my first passion, I wanted to do teaching and education, I just didn’t want to be in a school. I wanted to do it myself. I wanted to be my own boss but I didn’t had the resources to build or open a school. I can support struggling students and I was good after being a high school math teacher and knowing that math was my strong spot and I was out to do that. I did it a lot and was up I was just ensuring that I was providing quality to students, parents and teachers. I served, I teach and I market the hell out of the services. I was enrolling students and was just able to see my income it $7,000 monthly. I wanted that and I was just up to my ears with system mistakes.
So I found my sweet spot helping students struggling and seeing them turn the corner with great grades. I also worked with SAT and college readiness and I was really thrilled to see the amount of students who got into really cool schools. I was working my but off and I was just stoked at the results.
So let’s move ahead three years. I was into the thrills, I got a lot of push to keep up the momentum. So I was pushing close to 150 students among my staff of 15 tutors and coordinators. The systems were not the best but I was