In one of the comments someone asked what I plan on doing now that I'm done with gambling. It's a good question, and one that I don't totally have the answer for.
I feel like I'm a little bit behind, since it hit me so fast. Normally I would prefer to have a solid new plan in place before stopping one business, but that's not how it always works.
My approach has been to get involved in a lot of different ventures, and to let time sort out which are worth doing and which aren't. Actually, this post is more for me than you guys, just so I can take stock of where I'm at.
Well, it's a start anyway. As you can see, my current position isn't all that great, but there is a lot of room for expansion. My hope is that this site will grow like Steve Pavlina's to the point of covering all my necessities, so that I can focus all my remaining energy and time on the TV show, mentoring, and the web businesses. I have good momentum, so I think it is going in that direction. My newest plan is to start targeting specific sites whose users I would probably like having here. Lifehacker.com is the next one, so I'm going to start writing some personal development articles with them in mind.
I think it will be really interesting to look back at this post in a year and be like, "Man... with all those plans, how did I ever become a male stripper?"
The class is located at students.thephpsolution.com The class teaches everything you need to know to create anything you want in php, mysql, html and varioous other things.
You may not need to take a coding class before you start making websites. A lot of websites run on a CMS (content management system) or blog system that handles all the layout, logic, database, etc. With a CMS you can get a website running without any coding skills, but it will surely help to have a little knowledge of computers :)
Better Than Your Boyfriend looks like its running on Wordpress, which is a very popular and easy to use blog system. My main website (http://www.phimix.com) also runs on Wordpress.
Wordpress can be modified to work as a CMS, but you might also choose a real CMS system like e.g. Drupal.
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Im really into web businesses, so much that im taking an online coding class so that I can code my own site. Although I never have had any good ideas for this sort of thing, im still facinated with making money on the internet.
btw I use firefox and it works just fine for me. I suggest either making sure your firefox is upgraded to the latest version or just do a complete re install.
So back in January, I wrote out my 7 goals for the year. It's been two months, so let's see how I'm doing :
1. Become FULLY polyphasic
I'm close on this one. Many days I go perfectly, sometimes if I have nothing to do I oversleep and then skip some naps during the day. I'm actually pretty satisfied with that, as I'm only sleeping 2.5-4.5 hours per night, I'm never tired, and can always count on being awake early and staying up late. I'll keep pressing to be more consistent, but I'm satisfied with where I am.
You can't control definitively whether you'll succeed or fail, but you do get to set the parameters. The way I live my life, I will either be an big success or a huge failure. There are a variety of potential paths ahead of me, and zero of them lead to comfortable success or minor failure. None of them lead to numb mediocrity.
How do you adjust these parameters? You set goals and accept risks. If you set goals low and don't accept many risks, you have no chance of huge success or huge failure. You'll end up somewhere in the middle. Maybe you'll end up a bit better off than you expected, or a bit down on your luck, but you'll be somewhere in the range of "fine". On the other hand, you can set extremely high goals, leave yourself no reasonable plan B, and take massive risks to get those goals. It's the only way you'll even reach them, but you may fall short and crash.
In my case, I've put all of my eggs in the SETT basket. I hope it becomes a huge success that makes me a lot of money, gives me some power to improve conversation on the internet, and all that. At this point I've invested two years of my life into it, with no plans of changing that allocation going forward. I've passed up many smaller opportunities that could have made me money. I do have some money saved up, but it's hard to count it as a backup plan when I know with certainty that if SETT failed I'd use it to start another company and go all in.
I work as smart as I can, I live frugally, and I plan for contingencies-- I'm not reckless, but when a calculated risk presents itself, I'm all over it.