• James Young, over 6 years ago

    That was a lot of words for someone who has no money because they just sit and watch YouTube and play CS all day instead of doing actual work.

    14 points
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 6 years ago

    Well different from most people here, I actually know what you are talking about and I know the exact situation you are in. Congrats to you. But don't make the mistake of turning your sight outwards, you need to keep an open eye on the things that are happening inside of you. That is what most people lack, insight. Situations like this unveil themselves to be opportunities to learn the importance of insight.

    That being said, you have too many goals. Most of those goals are also external goals, not a version of yourself you aspire to become. Though that is not correct either - you describe a plan that will in your mindset turn you into the person that you want to become, but why do you want to become this person? Because you know from insight that this is true? Or because the idea of getting up at 04:50 am, because you heard it in a podcast somewhere or read it in a tim ferris book? If that is the case, you cannot reach the goal, because you lack internal motivation. Do the things you cannot deny you wanna be doing, that is not playing CS, because you know that this is a distraction, a compensation of something you are currently missing in your life. Don't decorate your externally communicated version of yourself with trinkets like meditation, green tea, getting up early, coconut oil, protein shakes, cacao nibs, polyphasic sleep patterns, white noise playlists, etc. All of those things can be great, but they are useless if you don't do it for yourself but for the version of yourself that you wanna communicate to other people.

    Don't make routines. Routines "happen". As a rule of thumb, if you have to locate sources of energy to make something stick, it is probably not the right thing for you. Habits will form naturally, if there is a reason for it. If going to the gym or waking up at 5am would have been the solution to all your problems, you would have done it already. Your plans are amazing and they clearly show your willingness to transform chaos into order, but from what I have seen all of it is digital, or most of it. Every plan you make, every mindmap, every goal - all of it needs to be physically manifested, even if it is just a sheet of paper that lives on your wall.

    Don't become Tim Ferris, become yourself. Start writing, daily. If you don't know what is happening in your life? Start to write, not digitally. Good luck.

    11 points
  • Duke CavinskiDuke Cavinski, over 6 years ago

    Is this a sponsored post? I have never seen so many plugs shrouded in pseudo self pity in all my life.

    11 points
    • Aubrey JohnsonAubrey Johnson, over 6 years ago

      Ironically he just needed RescueTime and to turn focus mode on. $9. Then he'd have more money for rent.

      1 point
    • Denis RojcykDenis Rojcyk, over 6 years ago

      Don't have enough discipline to work. Write a blogpost about my lack of discipline and put affiliate links everywhere. Hope that it will get enough attention so it generates some $. -> Potential Profit

      Instead of

      Work on projects -> Profit

      Rack disciprine

      4 points
  • Jacqueline E, over 6 years ago

    You sound depressed. The goals you've set are nice but they're distracting and will only push you further into depression when you inevitably don't reach them. Hitting your quota of coconut oil and tea everyday is not going to help you. Making your bed in the morning is not going to help you.

    You need to make money. That's the only thing you should be focused on. Take the inspiration you got from reading ToT and do something that's actually useful with it. Aggressively save, cut your expenses, pay off your debts, and, if you ARE a good designer, get a full time job. Even $14 an hour working at a print shop gets you one step closer to your goal of $20,000.00 a month. Do that until you figure out a side-hustle, then use the money you've saved to work on that.

    I wish you the best of luck...If all else fails, seek help. Really.

    9 points
  • Vince P.Vince P., over 6 years ago

    Really great post, inspiring! Nice job breaking the cycle.

    6 points
  • Drew McDonaldDrew McDonald, over 6 years ago

    Glad to hear you're addressing your habits. People will criticize, but I did the same years ago. I don't use as many software tools, (iPhone reminders and alarms are enough) but dedicating to the hustle is the only way to shoot for that lofty goal and land somewhere you want to be. Good luck to you.

    3 points
  • Axel ValdezAxel Valdez, over 6 years ago

    This site's comment section is turning into Youtube's comment section. Hate everywhere.

    Good luck, pal. You sound depressed and your issues may come back after a few weeks of this routine. Keep an eye open and seek professional help if needed.

    3 points
  • Antti Kareinen, over 6 years ago

    Wait, you're the co-founder of Designmodo and you're broke? I get this is your hustle and all, but posting self-help fairy tales on DN is kinda fucking smug.

    1 point
  • Account deleted over 6 years ago

    Why I have no money to pay my rent today: Because i play CS and watch youtube all day

    and what you can learn from it: Dont play CS and watch youtube all day.

    Riveting stuff.

    0 points
  • Antonio Pilolli, over 6 years ago

    What about your other blog posts? Last year you were writing about side projects and productivity while spending all the time on YouTube or CS?

    0 points