#FtheHustle ~ 018 – Have I Lost My Mind?March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021 /
I’m seriously waffling between thinking I’ve lost my mind or thinking I’m kind of a rockstar (I’m going to go with the latter 🤟).
I made a BIG decision this week… (and many of you may have seen this already on Facebook).
I’m moving to Costa Rica. 🌴
My lease in Boise is up this month (March 31st). Originally I was thinking I would just renew the lease and then break it when I was ready to leave (I knew I wasn’t going to be staying long term. Too cold for me).
Then the owner decided to raise the rent $155.
Not huge by any means, but for a place I knew I wasn’t going to stay?
I started weighing my options… find somewhere else here, try another state, or…
Move to Costa Rica!
I asked myself, “what are you waiting for?” (I’ve wanted to try moving out of the country for a long time).
I didn’t have an answer (beyond the fear of moving to another country, which obviously has a whole bunch of its own challenges).
SO… here I go.
I have a handful of things I need to take care of, so I’m heading back to California to stay with my Dad for a month or two and off I go.
The comments I got on my FB post (personal profile), were pretty fun. All were encouraging, many called me adventurous and some called me brave.
I’m somewhat adventurous and yes, a little brave, but the thought of never trying it?
Breaks my heart.
There’s a line at the end of the book, “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Tolstoy (I first heard Dr. Wayne Dyer share this line and it changed his life. It had the same impact on me).
“What if my whole life has been wrong?”
This question was asked by Ivan Ilyich on his deathbed.
That question gives me the chills.
I’ve had my fair share of loss, heartache, and struggle (none of us get through this life without it).
My biggest takeaway through it ALL is that life is too freaking short.
Recently I watched a YouTube clip where Jim Carrey was talking about his journey. He was talking about his father, who, after compromising on his own dreams of being a comedian, became an accountant.
And failed at it.
Jim’s point in sharing that story was this: “It’s much harder when you compromise and then fail. You may as well fail at something you love.”
So… that’s what I’m doing.
I’ll be sharing the journey (because well, #everythingiscontent).
Now, let’s get on to the goodies!
Oh… and if you know of any other entrepreneurs there, I’d love to connect with them.
A Little Brainpower 🧠
Continuing on with all things newsletter related, you may have heard that “The Hustle” newsletter was acquired for $27 Million… (and you thought email didn’t pay off… kidding). Well, here’s a great article by Aaron Schnoor on how they got there (and what’s holding them back).
Let’s face it, we’ve all been guilty of a boring call to action (click here, read more, buy now)… which, depending on where the person is clicking from might make sense, however, there’s a lot more you can do with your call to action. Read “25 captivating call to action examples to 2X your list growth (and why they work)” here.
Understanding the customer journey can be tricky. This is for all you MailChimp users! My friend Larry Snow has written a great article (and video) on the “Introduction to the MailChimp Customer Journey.”
Tool Time 🛠
Truth: I’m still spending most of my time in Conversion.ai (I’m going to write ads for Facebook Marketplace on the things I want to sell so I don’t have to move them… I’ll let you know how it goes!), but there’s still plenty of things to check out this week!
- Screen capture: I’ve used Snagit for years… but it can be a bit of a resource hog. I just found CleanShot and am excited to give it a go (you can even record gifs. This is Mac only. Get CleanShot here.
- Podcasting: I’ve been through my fair share of podcast hosts and have to admit, I really love Captivate. Great pricing, super easy to use, and a great-looking player. Check out Captivate here.
- Video: Most people are familiar with Loom, but just in case you aren’t, it’s pretty amazing. Record your screen and webcam. Loom also has transcriptions now! WOOHOO! Try Loom free here.
- Social: I was lucky enough to grab this years ago on AppSumo, but it’s without a doubt one of my favorite social sharing tools. Missingletter lets you create a unique campaign for the entire year. Check out Missingletter here.
Newsletters I’m Loving 🤓
O.K. this for us, um… (this is painful to write), “middle age” peeps. I haven’t read Copyblogger for a long time, but somehow I clicked through to something a couple of weeks ago and found Brian Clark has a newsletter called “Further: a weekly email with the top hand-picked health, wealth, and personal growth resources for people in their 40s and 50s.” Check it out here.
A couple of weeks ago I recommended a podcast interview with Nathan Barry and Tiago Forte (hadn’t heard of him before that). Well, his newsletter, Forte Labs is all about productivity, creativity, note-taking, writing, and he shares a lot about digital courses. Check out Forte Labs here.
I think we’ve all been here (especially during lockdown) 🤣
O.K. my friends, that’s all I’ve got today!
If you missed yesterday’s email, be sure to join us in the Content Creators Facebook Group where I’m going to go live with my good friend, Nathan Zadworny, where he’s going to share his “Anti-Funnel” Selling System!
No need for ads, webinars, funnels… you get the point!
Join Content Creators here and we’ll see you at 12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, and 3:00 pm EST.