6 Weeks + 1 Major Goal = 3 Important Lessons (Huh?)

Hitting the Open Road in the Next Six WeeksOne of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard is:

“Have a reason why!”

Simply put, it’s hard to succeed unless there’s a reason why you’re building an Internet business.

I have three reasons why:

  1. Spend time with loved ones
  2. Have lots of personal freedom
  3. Enjoy personal passions – Like traveling

And starting today (Monday the 16th) I’ll embark on trip that fulfills each one.

You see, my girlfriend and I are about to take a cross-country trip from New Jersey to California. There and back again.  {Sounds like a great title for a book.}

A major goal on my “Bucket List” is to take a trip throughout the United States.  Now it’s time to cross this item off the list!

So why should YOU care?

Well, I think you can learn three things about the Internet lifestyle from my little road trip:

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#1. Enjoy Life to the Fullest[/title]

There are times to work and times you can play.  Often, it’s way too easy to get caught in the trap of putting off the fun things in life by saying: “I’ll do this when I achieve ________ with my Internet business.”

It’s been my experience that the biggest breakthroughs happen when you disconnect and spend time doing what you love.  For instance, we have lots of plans for this trip:

We’ll have fun throughout this trip. But, the important thing is I’ll have a chance to recharge my batteries and figure out the ‘next step’ with my Internet business.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#2. Work on the 80/20 Tasks[/title]

It is possible to work while traveling.  What’s interesting is most people think each activity is mutually exclusive.

There are so many “down moments” on a trip where you can get a lot done.  This is something I learned in my seven month backpack trip through Europe in 2010.

My point is this.  You don’t have to completely unplug from your business.  In fact, you can do a simple 80/20 analysis and focus solely on the most important parts of your business.  For me, this means I can accomplish everything with about ten hours of work:

  • Manage my primary affiliate marketing business (1 hour)
  • Write and future post blog content for this site (4 hours)
  • Respond to emails and social media (2 hours)
  • Write my 3rd Kindle eBook (1.5 hours)
  • Correspond with my programmers for my 1st and 2nd app (1.5 hours)

Working ten hours a week is not a great long-term strategy.  But it is possible run your business in a maintenance phase for a few months.

My big strategy?

I’ll be doing a lot of writing when it’s my girlfriend’s turn to drive 🙂

This should eliminate a lot of extra time I’ll need to work.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]#3.  Think About Future Projects[/title]

Vacations are important because they help you disconnect from your day-to-day activities.  With that said, it’s also a great time to think about the current state of your business.

This is an important lesson I learned from Bill Gates.  Twice a year, he locks himself in a house for a week and focuses on creative thinking.  I’m not exactly sequestering myself in an isolated location.  But I’ll have free time to think about where I’m going with my current Internet projects.

At the forefront of my thoughts are strategies I’d like to explore when I’m back in September.  Specifically I want to focus on four major projects:

I. Guest Posting: After my webinar with Danny Iny, I took massive action and wrote three guest posts.  So far one has been published and it has been responsible for my top 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th new daily email subscriber metric.  This proves there’s definitely something to this guest post thing. I’m thinking it might become my #1 traffic strategy in the months to come.

II. Kindle Publishing: This past week I had a few $20 to $30 days from a single Kindle eBook.  Frankly, I didn’t think you could make any real money from this platform.  It makes me wonder what’s possible if I give a 110% to creating awesome Kindle eBooks.

III. Mobile Apps: I just paid $2,499 for an in-depth mobile app course.  What’s cool is I now have a step-by-step strategy for publishing apps in a relatively inexpensive, rapid-fire manner.  (More on this later.)  The first 2 are almost complete.  Now I have to map out the future of my budding app business.

IV. Next Information Product: It’s been over a year since I released an information product.  This time, I’d like to create a step-by-step video course.  But first, I have to do some research and figure out what people want.

This might seem like a lot, but it’s really not.  I’ve learned you achieve a lot of things when time is limited and you have a plan of action.

[title color=”green-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”verdana” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-2em”]How to Follow My Six-Week Trip…[/title]

Normally, I’m not one to write self-serving blog posts.  But, I will be updating my road trip on a daily basis.  Mostly it’ll be through pictures, random Instagrams, and Facebook updates.

To learn more, you can follow along in these two places:

Be sure to “like” and “follow” each site.  (I’ll probably run a few contests as an incentive.)

Wish me luck on this trip.  It should be an awesome time!

Take Action. Get Results.

19 thoughts on “6 Weeks + 1 Major Goal = 3 Important Lessons (Huh?)”

  1. Hi Steve,
    I agree with you that thinking (with planning) is very important. Without it we can do a lot of not important things, without results.
    How many guest post do you plan to write monthly (BTW – I saw your second guest post on Adrienne’s blog – nice tips)?
    Have a nice trip!

  2. Yes, great planning is the key to pulling off events where you have tp blend personal and business stuff. One example, is I blocked out this period of time to respond to blog comments on my site and Adrienne’s. My girlfriend is driving the car and I’m on an iPhone responding to comments. This wouldn’t happen if I didn’t take time to sit down and figure things out.

    For guest posting – I have one more that’s going live this month. After that, I’m enjoying the rest of my vacation. In September I’ll get back into the swing of things. I’m thinking about having two posts on my site per week and two guest posts. It’s going to be challenging; but it’s definitely worth the effort!

    As always, thanks for stopping by!

  3. Good luck Steve. I think it’s really important not to project an image of all work and no play. And, of course, the best way to do this is to live a balanced life style that ensures ALL parts of your life function in an enjoyable way. Some “successful” internet marketers project a life image of stress and insane work hours in which they are glued to the computer. For some (like me) that has absolutely no appeal and consequently it diminishes the effectiveness of their sales pitch. If your life isn’t working in a fulfilling way, you have nothing to offer me. Have a great trip; it sounds exciting. And when people are excited they are at their best.

    • Thanks Riley,

      I think it is important that I “work to live” and not “live to work”. I think it is an important distinction.

      No matter what making a living online DOES take some hard work and occasional long hours. It is not a way to avoid work if you want to be successful.

      The beauty of it is that with proper planning you can still have a rich rewarding life, travel and enjoy yourself to. You are as mobile as your planning and effort allow you to be.

      I am excited to be off on the trip, and I will be full of energy when I get back!

      Thanks for the great comment… you got me even more excited about my trip! 🙂

  4. You are one very talented guy Steve and I so admire you for that. You’ve built your business to the place where you can enjoy the lifestyle that so many people only dream about.

    I for one appreciate it because of your guest post over at my blog today! It’s a hit as I knew it would be. So everyone be sure to stop by and read what other great information Steve is sharing with us.

    In the meantime we all need to take your advice so we can all have what we’re working toward.

  5. Thanks Adrienne for a great comment (as always)

    And thank you very much, once again for the honor and privilege of guest posting on your site!

    Have a great week!


  6. Hey Steve,

    Have an AWESOME time on your trip! You’re definitely going to see some really cool places! You have a great plan to keep your businesses on track while you’re gone – on my vacation last month I managed to accomplish my main tasks late at night in the hotel room 😉 BTW – really interested in hearing more about your mobile apps!


    • Thanks Thomas,

      I am really excited about the mobile apps. I really can’t wait to talk more about them. It is a fun process, as I know you know!

      Anyhow, thanks for dropping by and commenting! Always appreciated!

  7. Have a wonderful trip Steve; it should be a great time together with your girlfriend. It is very important for us “internet marketers” to take breaks and live the life. After all we do all the hard work to enjoy a happy life; so there is no point in costing life’s happiness for business tasks.

    Go Steve go 🙂

  8. Hi Steve!

    That was very inspiring, you are definitely an organized dude. Hopefully I could be as productive as you and be able to manage my time more wisely.


  9. Seems like a lot of things are going on, Steve.

    I hope that you enjoy the trip and feel refreshed after you come back (Especially, with all these, I am sure that you will feel refreshed and get new ideas to work on).

    One thing that caught my eye is app development (I am interested in app development too, so I hope to read your future post on it).

    • Thanks for dropping by and commenting Jeevan.

      I am sure i will return with renewed vigor! 😉

      I am quite exciting by the app development. It does take some $$ to hire people, but I have a lot of faith tha with good marketing it will be a wonderful investment.

      We shall see…. but I have high hopes.

      I will certainnly let you know how it goes!

  10. I love this! I am currently travelling through South East Asia and running my business at the same time. At first I was overwhelmed and seeing temples and not really advancing my business. But now I am actually more productive in between seeing great things, and the change of scenery and lifestyle is making me think a lot more about what matters, and encouraging me to put systems in place to run my biz more effectively. After recently seeing a whole slew of negative comments about this when someone brought up the travel/ business idea at a forum, it’s good to see people putting more positive information out there. After all, what are we working for if we’re never going to do what matters to us?

    • Ruth,

      You make a good point. About a year and a half back I went for a 7 month tour of europe. Of course I had to work while traveling.

      I think forcing myslef to get a few hours in this way really bled over into being more efficient when i got back.

      Good planning and efficiency go a long way. Putting systems in place and really mapping out what you need to do are essential, but you CAN travel and still tend to your business effectively.

      Working online is not as glamorous or easy as some people make it… but it does afford you freedom like nothing else in this world if you can plan and set up systems effectively.

      Thanks for a great comment, and I hope you really enjoy the rest of your trip through SE Asia!


  11. Actually when you have no inspiration to do things, the result wont be as good though. People are motivated by desire; without the desire there is no action.

  12. Hi Steve,

    I’ve been an admirer of your site for a while now. Its amazing that you can do this trip. I agree with the Bill Gates theory – you will probably find you can write and develop your best material during this break. You certainly will not be lacking in inspiration, sounds awesome!

    All the best! I will hook you up on Instagram!

  13. Good luck hombre. I’ve done that trip a couple of times already and it can be fun or the antithesis of fun.

    I’ve been a follower for a few months now and am definitely interested in the eBook/Amazon/Barnes and Noble publication projects I’m seeing pop up all around me. I’ll be paying special attention to how it works out for you.

  14. Hi Steve!
    I have to agree that it is very easy to get caught up in work and you forget to get to the main goal on why you want your own business in the first place. ( Like traveling and spending time with loved ones) I am on a 10 day trip at the moment and although during my regular day to day, working brings quite a bit of joy, I’v had to force myself to carve time out to work and keep up on things. I have not fully figured out how to manage my time while on vacation but I’v been keeping up with some of the really good habits I picked up through your kindle book “The Daily Entrepreneur” and sticking to the 80/20 rule. I think I’m doing pretty good, but I’m almost ready to go back home to get into my regular schedule so I can work on a regular basis again. That’s a good sign right? Wanting to get off vacation to go back to work! Take care.

    • Hey Janelle– Haha you sound like me. (i.e. looking forward to vacation to end to get back to work.) I do like your emphasis on the 80/20 rule. When time is limited (like on vacation) I think you can still get the quality stuff done by focusing on the important things and purposefully ignoring everything else. Thanks for the comment!

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