How is your follow-through?

300 people recently told me their biggest obstacles to starting something they love and making money out of it...

And one of the top problems that came up again and again and again was "Follow-through" - the ability to stick to one idea and follow it through to the point it's working and making real money.

So here's what I've got to say about the challenge of following through...

 

What's your pattern?

So what gets in the way of your follow-through? Leave a comment and let me know...


PS. If you've had enough of trying to make something happen on your own (and not getting very far), there are still a few places left on The Screw Work Academy - my 6 month programme to make a 6-figure income doing what you love. Learn more about The Screw Work Academy here

“You’ll never amount to much”

"You'll never amount to much" - ever heard that message in your life?

You might have heard a version of it from a school teacher or careers counsellor who suggested you lower your expectations.

You may even have picked up a hint of it from your friends or family - don't expect too much, don't get your hopes up, better to be "realistic".

Well, screw that!

Watch this video clip with me talking about this damaging message,
how I proved them wrong in my own life, and how you can too.

 

So what's your dream?

What do you dream of? What could you be capable of if you had expert guidance, a plan to follow, and all the support you could ever need?

Leave a comment and let me know!

What was your pivotal moment?

This week I ran a live online training with over 300 people all over the world and we talked about the perils of The Job which can drive you crazy:

  • the bad boss
  • the nightmare colleague
  • the miserable office
  • the tedious commute and worse...

You might put up with it all for many years until...

 

That Pivotal Moment

The moment that forces you to wake up and
decide something has to change - and fast.



Sometimes it's the work day from hell, sometimes it's something much worse - like losing a friend much too young.

What was yours?

Watch this video clip to discover my pivotal moment
and those of other Screw Work followers

 

What was your pivotal moment?

Leave me a comment and let me know...

How Chris Wild turned a simple idea into the worldwide hit blog, Retronaut

Yesterday I gave you my answer to the first of the 5 biggest questions given to me by the SWLP tribe on how to find an idea you love, get it started and scale it up into a full-blown 6-figure income.

Today I want to talk about the 2nd big question -

"How can I find an original idea?"

And while I'm at it, there is a closely related question that came up a lot that I want to address too:

"How do I choose when I have a lot of ideas?"


So how can you find an idea that will really take off?

To answer that question, I met up with Chris Wild who had coaching with me a few years ago.

Chris had a LOT of ideas, and some of them were pretty out there to be honest. But it seemed obvious to me that one really stood out.

Chris took that simple idea and turned it into Retronaut - one of the most popular blogs in the world.

Retronaut now gets 50,000 hits a day, and has been named "Best of the web" by the Daily Mail.

As a result of his blog, The Times even named Chris, "One of the 50 most important people to follow on twitter".

 

See how Chris did it

Watch this short interview where I ask Chris about choosing his idea, the impossible dream that fuelled it, and the moment he knew he had a smash hit on this hands....

 

Get my answers to the rest of the top 5 questions about making serious money doing what you love

In order to do justice to all the great questions I've received, I'm going to run a very special one-off live training tomorrow night (Wednesday). It takes place online so you can join from wherever you are in the world.

 

I'm going to go through the top 5 obstacles to getting paid to do something you love including some juicy stuff like - how to make money out any idea, how to know what to charge, how to spread the word and get people engaged (without any cheesy sales stuff), and how to follow through and get results even if you have no self-discipline (like me!)

And if you have a different question, just join me and ask me live on the line.

 

Register to join me on Wednesday - just click the button below.

 Register now

The #1 block to making serious money from something you love…

I asked for your questions on how to find an idea you love, get it started and scale it up into a full-blown 6-figure income - and the responses I've received have already been absolutely fascinating to read.

And interestingly, the same 5 questions or stumbling blocks came up again and again, with a slightly different slant for each person.


So I'm going to answer all 5 questions for you.

I'll answer the first right now, the 2nd tomorrow and the rest of a free live online training with me on Wednesday night (more on that in a moment).

So here is the first of the big 5 stumbling blocks:

FEAR!

 

Yes that old chestnut.

Fear comes in many shapes and sizes but one of the most common fears people shared with me in the survey was the fear of losing the salary of your current job and, well, basically going broke...

 

Stephanie asked, "How do I overcome the fear of taking full responsibility for my career and income?"
Jess asked, "How can I overcome my fear of losing house and home?"
Andrew asked, "How to leave job security for entrepreneurial insecurity?"
Liz asked, "How can I ensure financial security?"
Mark asked, "How can I find the confidence to 'screw work and play' when I have wife, kids, mortgage and debt commitments?"

 

So here's my answer: Don't worry about how you're going to quit your job right now. Put that to one side for the moment. Of course that might well be the ultimate aim (and it's something that happens often with participants in my Screw Work Academy). But it's too much pressure when you're just getting started on something.

In fact don't even think about starting a business at the moment.

All you need to do is start a project you love on the side.  Then apply one of my 11 easy monetisation methods (I'll share these in the Wednesday live training).


And let's talk about security.  Once you have something that's making proper money, you are actually MORE secure than being in a job.  When you create your own income, you have 10s, 100s, or 1000s of people giving you money (depending on the nature of your work).

When you're in a job, there's only one person paying your entire salary - your boss.  Which one is more secure?

When you run your own thing, it would be very unlikely for 1000 people to fire you at the same time.  And apart from being more secure, guess who has more power, choice and freedom - the person whose entire salary depends on the whims of a single boss or the person receiving money from many different sources?

Take it step by step

The process I teach is to start a project you love without quitting your job, apply your favourite one of my 11 easy monetisation methods, follow my 6-step process to spread the word and scale your income and then at some point when you are making enough, that is the time to consider leaving your job.

And if you don't want to quit your job, don't!  You can keep it as a sideline and use the extra income for any purpose you like - invest it back into what you love doing, pay off your debt or mortgage, or take that special holiday or travel trip you've always wanted to do.

The choice is yours - if you want to take it all the way to a 6-figure income (and beyond) you can when you learn the right steps.

 

Join me on Wednesday night

In order to do justice to all the great questions I've received, I'm going to run a very special one-off live training on Wednesday night.  It takes place online so you can join from wherever you are in the world.

I'm going to go through the top 5 obstacles to getting paid to do something you love including some juicy stuff like - how to find an original idea, how to know it's going to work, how to know what to change, how to spread the word, and how to follow through and get results even if you have no self-discipline (like me!)

Register to join me on Wednesday - just click the button below.

Register now

John

 

PS.  Watch out for my answer to the 2nd top obstacle tomorrow - featuring a video interview with someone I first coached a few years ago who has ended up creating a run-away blog that makes him a full-time living and gets 50,000 hits a day.

The challenge of creating something personal: Noel Langley on his #1 Jazz album

Noel Langley

You may not have heard the name of top trumpet player Noel Langley before but you can bet you've heard him play.

That's because he's played with everyone from Lou Reed, Massive Attack, and Radiohead to Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, and Adele.

And yet despite his glittering career he had never released an album of his own - until now.

Beset by procrastination and the all-too-typical fears everyone has of putting something more personal out into the world, he came for some coaching with me and took the 30 Day Challenge.

It was in those 30 days that the album that became Edentide started to take shape.

And on its release last week, Edentide went straight to the top as
#1 Jazz album on the whole of iTunes.


To celebrate this fantastic achievement, I grabbed Noel in a rare moment of free time and asked him what got in the way of making the album, how he cracked it, and the trick he learned from me that made it possible to get his album made despite a very busy schedule.

Listen to the interview right here:



Listen to a free taster of Edentide

You can listen to Edentide on Noel's website at NoelLangley.co.uk. You can also find download links for Amazon and iTunes or order a signed copy from Noel himself.

Listen to Edentide and buy a copy on NoelLangley.co.uk

Listen as I reveal my career highs & lows and how to make your dream career happen

Now the Screw Work Let's Play 30 Day Challenge is over I am enjoying getting back to finishing off my 2nd book.

Towards the end of the Challenge I did manage to take an hour out to be interviewed by a great guy called David Ralph on his "Join Up Dots" podcast.


In the podcast I give the inside story of my own career (the lows as well as the highs), how I escaped my high-flying job, started a consultancy career at over £1000/day and finally moved into creating my own 6-figure business doing what I love.

Along the way I talk about why the safe job is no longer safe, I tell the story of my exciting foray into standup comedy (including my #1 tip for public speaking or performance when you're nervous) and I give my advice on how to find your passion.

David is a great interviewer and makes it a really easy, fun, and enjoyable listen (you'll love his interesting factoid on frogs!)


Get inspired about your own career journey by listening to the podcast here - just click the image:

Listen to the Join Up Dots podcast

Introducing your Global Headquarters

30DC6 map

We're already one week into the 30 Day Challenge with our 300 participants and we have a very international crowd this time around - as you can see from the member map above. Everyone has now pretty much settled on an idea and is busy beavering away to make it happen by 30th June.

Global HQ

Yesterday I set an exercise for the participants to create their "Global Headquarters".

And I pointed out the fact that these days your Global HQ can often be anywhere you choose - your kitchen table, the local cafe, or on a beach in Thailand.

I've been enjoying seeing everyone post up images of their Global HQ's from around the world like Joyce from Newcastle's in the photo here, or Candi's campervan in New Zealand where she is travelling around interviewing natural health practitioners.

You can do this too. Choose a place and start thinking of it as your Global HQ.

Clear a little space, whether that's physical space or some space on your hard drive. Gather together the things you need, even if it's just a blank notebook and some headphones to listen to music on.

Because when you make space for it you treat your project, whatever it might be, like something you really care about; something that matters.

Candi

 

Not a Completer Finisher?

For much of my early life I felt bad because I wasn't a 'Completer Finisher'.

Perhaps you might relate to this?

I was good at daydreaming and coming up with ideas, not so good at choosing what to do or getting real and putting things into action.

And then I realised something.

It doesn't matter that I'm not a natural Completer Finisher.

It fact it's an important part of my personality that I am not one. I have different talents and that's just fine.

I don't need to be good at planning, or thinking things through in advance, or remembering every detail that needs to be done. I can get people to help me with that stuff.

What I did instead was develop a method of following through on short projects – in a fun way – so I could get the things I wanted in my life.

I put the process I discovered into the Screw Work Let's Play 30 Day Challenge so that others could learn it too.

And the results people get from it surprise even me!

Nicola Cameron took the 30 Day Challenge and created a dog training course in 30 days at theloyalheartdogtrainingcompany.co.uk.

Nicola says:

"Throughout my life I've been great at starting things but hopeless at finishing them.

Now in my early thirties, I thought I was stuck in that pattern and that changing my work was just another of my 'ideas'.

Having completed the 30 day challenge and now having a finished and available product to my name, I now know that I can do it.

I'm also quite shy so the 30 DC gave me the push (and support) I needed to put myself and my product out there. Thank you."

I asked Nicola what she'd say to you if you were considering joining the 30 Day Challenge:

"Please do it. You will not regret it.

I received this advice last year and I am so, so glad that I took it and signed up. It has changed how I feel about myself in such a positive way"

Start your own adventure – the remaining tickets for the 30 Day Challenge will go on sale this Thursday 8th May at noon for just 36 hours.

Enter your email below to be first to be notified.

PS. If you are a Completer Finisher, that's great! You might then, of course, have challenges with generating ideas or getting started :)
And that's something you'll also learn a lot about in the Challenge.

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The single most important skill you need today

China economyWe live in remarkable times. Last week the Financial Times reported that China is set to overtake America this year as the world's largest economy.

What will the world be like when the West no longer sets the economic agenda?

In addition to this economic shift we're also seeing a workplace shift away from full-time jobs and towards part-time working, freelancing, entrepreneurship and the 'individual economy'.

Altogether we're witnessing one of the biggest changes in the world of work and commerce since the Industrial Revolution.

While it can be an uneasy experience living through so much change, it's also an incredibly exciting time. We are now in a position to mould our work to suit us - to choose what we do and the form we do it in.

But to do that you need one essential skill that you were never taught at school and your parents may not have themselves.

The skill you need now

The single most important skill you need right now is the ability to find ideas and make them happen. Ideas that use the talents that come naturally to you, that you love doing, and that you actually care about.

Once you've learned that your range of possibilities explodes!

So many things are possible today that weren't before. You can publish your own book in an afternoon, sell your home made art online, sell a service you can deliver over Skype from anywhere in the world, or set up a shop on Amazon to sell products to a global market of shoppers.

When you know how to generate ideas, choose the best and make them happen then the world is your playground.

And that's what you'll learn on the Screw Work Let's Play 30 Day Challenge.

The Challenge is all about experiential learning. Not dry study, but actually doing something. The Challenge is an online party with 200 people finding and making an idea happen in just 30 days. The experience for many participants is life-changing.

Booking for the 30 Day Challenge reopens on Thursday at midday (BST). When we last opened the doors, over a 100 tickets were snapped up in just 36 hours.

If you want to be first to hear when tickets go on sale, enter your name and email below.

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