[Income Report] Will Self Publishing Make You Rich?

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TL:DR (Too Long, Didn’t Read) – No, self-publishing did not make me rich and chances are it won’t make you rich either. But that’s not why I did it and here’s how it can change your life.

When I first set off into the Year of Purpose Podcast and the world of online businesses, I never had the intention of monetizing it and still to this day, it isn’t the reason why I’m able to put food on my table.

As most of you know, I have a video production company and it is 99.9% of my income.

But I wanted to share an open and honest look into my income from the Year of Purpose Podcast.

As of writing this, it’s February 9th, meaning I’m just one year and one month from having launched my first book, Life Re-Scripted.

Now don’t get me wrong, I loved the entire process of writing this book and I have learned so many things along the way that will allow me to make my next book even bigger and better.

So let’s start off with a transparent look right into how much my book paid me… Read More

How To Create A $900 Side Hustle In Just 30 Days with Fiverr

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Want To Start Your Side Hustle This Weekend?

Here’s the Full How-To (Step By Step)

This A-Z training is a bit lengthy so I’m detailing as much as I possibly can in this post. If you have any questions along the way, one of the best resources I found is searching for Fiverr tutorials on YouTube. There are tons of full walk-throughs but many of them just take too long to watch or have annoying teachers.

First off, how are things? I know I’ve been really bad about keeping in touch since I decided to end the Year of Purpose Podcast in December. After 150 episodes, I still feel like it was the right thing to do so that I can focus on new creative projects. Be on the lookout for some fresh self-published books that I’ll be releasing over the next year or two. They’ll be bigger and better.

I’m going to catch you up real fast and then dive into the details so that you can create your very own online income this weekend – scroll down to the monopoly guy picture if you want to get started now. Read More

The Last Podcast

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It’s not an easy thing to say goodbye, especially when it’s a project that you’ve poured countless hours and dollars into. The return on this investment is NAN as they would say in calculator talk or “not a number.” I don’t think you could possibly calculate how I have changed as a person since beginning this journey two years ago and it’s certainly not over. It’s just getting started.

When I decided to put my business on hold to travel hack and couch surf around the country in fall of 2014, I set off to find out who I really was when you remove the securities of having your car with you and being able to leave at any time or the security of knowing where you will sleep the next night, what you will eat etc.

It’s like an onion and I had to peel away the layers.

I think it’s one of the biggest reasons why people get to their late thirties or even early forties. They never actually took the time to learn to be alone with themselves so when they’re abandoned by a lover or family member and they feel alone, they’re frightened by the person they find in that space.

I’ve had a lot of good and bad role models in my life. The Year of Purpose Podcast was a method for me to learn from some of the happiest and most successful people in the world and it certainly achieved that.

I’m trying to think of something witty to say at this point in time because I feel like the podcast deserves that but nothing is really coming to me.

But my message to the world is here, in this episode, it’s “be here now.” Even I lose sight of this from time to time and that’s ok. But if you set up a few constant reminders that all you have is this moment and this time and place right here, right now, then maybe you too can be on your way to living life to the fullest.

Since this podcast episode discusses what it has been like over the last two years of my life and how I’ve changed, what I’ve learned and it’s shared some of the people I’ve met, I’ll take a moment to share what is next in my life for all who are interested.

As we move into 2017, I’m moving!

I have a beautiful girlfriend and we are moving into an apartment together which will bring a whole new world of struggles, learning lessons and adventures. I’m currently in the process of teaching myself how to find crafty DIY projects on Pinterest so that I can redo a coffee table and dining room table that I bought on Facebook marketplace for $35. I’ve always been relatively handy but never an ‘arts and crafts’ person. I’ve considered documenting the struggle (I mean process) in some YouTube videos and building up a following on YouTube. I’ll save that idea for a later date but don’t throw that one away just yet.

One of the big projects I took on in 2016 that will be expanding in 2017 is passive income. I created an online coaching course for videographers and it’s called Videographer Masterclass. I taught two 8-week courses to people around the United States and had a lot of fun doing it. Many of them are now crushing it in their business and I’d like to improve it and help improve the lives of other videographers just like me who want to have the freedom to do the things life was given to us for.

So I’ve taken the course and turned it into an online course. I’m hoping to expand and add more content as I go but it will now be called Six Figure Filmmaker. It should be launching January of 2017.

My video business, ZMBmedia, is still growing quite well. I’ve considered rebranding because it’s been called ZMBmedia since before it was a legal entity and while that means a bit nostalgically to me, it doesn’t mean much to the outside world. I’m thinking of developing a creative or an alliance with other local videographers, building out my team and taking it to the next level. I haven’t really decided what will happen to is just yet because truthfully I have too much work and haven’t had a free moment to take a week and brainstorm.

One of the best things I did this past year was I paid myself to take a week off from my work. Perhaps it’s something I’ll do again so that I can determine where the business will go next.

A lot of people are wondering where the podcast will go in the new year because I don’t have plans to update it at the moment after this last podcast episode. My plan is to leave it up and keep paying for my hosting website Podbean to host it. They’re extremely affordable and they’ve been good to me. I want to see what happens if I leave these 150+ episodes out there for the world and let them fly organically. I know that most things don’t go very far unless you pay for Facebook ads or something like that but who knows. Maybe someone will pick it up and write a great article about it.

As for publishing, I now have 4 books out. There’s Life Re-Scripted and the Greatfull series of coloring books. I really enjoy the process of self publishing and I certainly plan on doing it more. Right now, I’m thinking of taking the transcripts of the podcast interviews and converting those into a book series so that if the podcast were to ever be taken off the air, at least the content can still live on.

I’m also thinking of writing a book about outsourcing because I’ve been a master of it ever since I read Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Work Week. I may write a book about adventures in travel hacking and just hacking in general. I really love the idea of finding loopholes, avoiding the ‘system’ and sticking it to the man. I’ve thought about taking my videographers course and turning it into a book as well.

There are so many amazing ideas and self publishing is so fun that I could certainly see myself doing it much more.

How about health?

Well, moving into the winter and fall time is always tough for me. I was never one to enjoy the cold weather and I always said if I moved somewhere that never had snow I could be really happy. Perhaps that will happen in the future!

As I move into my new ventures, I think health is going to take a bigger priority. Moving in with a significant other means carefully planning meals out and shopping for the week, meal prepping and more. I’m excited to have a kitchen of my own that doesn’t get shared with three other dudes. I want to take my nutrition to a whole other level and get back into shape. Last year I was crazy serious about rowing and was at the boathouse 3-4 days a week. I lost a lot of my speed and strength this Summer while I was traveling Europe because despite walking 10 miles every day, I wasn’t lifting or doing anything to strengthen myself. I look forward to getting that back. I’m even thinking of challenging my girlfriend to do P90x or the Insanity Workout by Beachbody. I’ve done Insanity before and it kicks your butt.

I’ve tossed around the idea of creating a Vlog Casey Neistat style. It’s a shame he stopped is show but he sold his company Beme to CNN and is now going to work with them so I don’t blame him. The last estimate I saw was a $25 million deal. I’d take $25 million to stop vlogging daily too.

Lots of things will be happening over the next year and if you’ve stuck it out with me this long, please don’t think that this is the end of me sharing my journey.

In a sense, it’s really just a new beginning.

There are far too many emotions swirling in my head right now but all I can say is if you were a listener of the podcast, thank you. If you were someone I met on my travels, I appreciate you. If you heard about me but never introduced yourself, do it. If you have a big dream and want to do something that you don’t even think is possible, do it anyway.

We never know what tomorrow has in store for us and many of us don’t find that out until we’re sitting in a hospital bed. Don’t be the person that woke up in a hospital bed thinking, “Oh shit, there were so many more things I wanted to do before I got here.”

Your time on this earth is limited.

Don’t make any more excuses to go out and accomplish what it is you want to do.

Stop saying that you have obligations as an excuse.

Your only obligation is to leave this earth a better place than how you found it.

Zephan. Out.

YOP149: Creating Extraordinary from Nothing with Stephen Shedletzky

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Bio: Stephen Shedletzky strives to engage people in meaningful ways. He supports leaders and teams as they create environments where their people feel inspired to go to work (and feel safe and valued while they are there), so they can go on to accomplish remarkable things.

As the founder of his company, InspirAction, and head engagement officer with Simon Sinek’s team at Start With Why, Stephen serves those inspired by the movement to inspire and live in service to others. He speaks, leads workshops, consults and coaches to help leaders and organizations discover, articulate and live their Why–their driving purpose, cause, or belief, with clients including the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police, Rutgers University, Travel Alberta, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and the Toronto Management Exchange.

Stephen graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with an Honours in Business Administration, focusing on leadership, communication, and strategy, and also co-hosts and co-produces the Start With Why Podcast, downloaded in over 150 countries worldwide.

YOP148: The Art of Likability with Arel Moodie

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Bio: Arel Moodie is a national best selling author and has been a featured speaker at the White House and has been personally acknowledged for his work by President Obama.

Inc. Magazine called Arel a “High-Energy, Motivator” and named him to their “30 Under 30 list” of top American entrepreneurs under 30 years old joining people like Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.

Essence Magazine said “Arel should be the poster boy for rags-to-riches stories…He is America’s Top Young Speaker.”

Arel has been quoted in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Portfolio, Fox Small Business, Yahoo! Finance, & USA Today.

Arel was named by the prestigious St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland as one of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow.

Black Enterprise Magazine named Arel as one of their “Tycoons Under 35”.

Arel Moodie has giving many popular TEDx talks including topics such as likability and innovation. He hosts one of the top career podcasts on iTunes, The Art of Likability, which is listened to in over 140 countries world wide. He is a contributor to Forbes, The Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post as well.

Arel grew up on welfare in the projects of Brooklyn, NY where he witnessed those around him being murdered and imprisoned. Using determination and applying what he teaches in his presentations he was able to build a million dollar event production and education company while still in his 20s.

As a professional speaker he has spoken to over 300,000 people in 48 states and 5 countries. 

For fun, Arel likes to dance; he has preformed at Madison Square Garden and his wedding dance video on YouTube has over three million views.

YOP147: Internet Business Mastery with Jason Van Orden

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Bio: I’m an internet entrepreneur and podcaster. My passion for business and internet marketing brought me into the podcasting space. Currently I work with companies and individuals to develop a internet marketing strategy, particularly using podcasting, blogging and other social media strategies.

I speak and conduct workshops on the topics of podcasting and internet marketing. Past speaking engagements include CES, the National Association of Podcasting, the Corporate Podcasting Summit and the New Media Expo.

I’m the author of “Promoting Your Podcast” which is available in all major book outlets.

In addition I’m always working on new ways to generate passive income online.

Specialties: podcasting, podcast marketing, Internet marketing, search engine optimization, pay-per-click and paid search advertising, web site conversion, email list marketing, information marketing, blogging, social media

YOP146: Confessions of a Teenage Gamer with Nicolas Cole

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Bio: Nicolas Cole is a writer and creative marketing strategist. His work has been published in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Inc Magazine, Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Slate, and more. He is a Top Writer on Quora with over 8,000,000 article views, and is the author of the eBook series “Skinny to Shredded.” He has helped a variety of fitness coaches, professional bodybuilders, physique models, personal trainers, gyms, health and fitness brands, as well as entrepreneurs, authors, clothing companies and more with their marketing strategies. He is currently working on his debut memoir titled “Confessions of a Teenage Gamer,” detailing his years becoming one of the highest ranked World of Warcraft players in North America and the life lessons learned through competitive video games. Cole is best known for writing about self development.

YOP145: A Backpackers Tale with Stephen Schreck

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Bio: Travel became my passion when I was 22.
Ah, back in my younger days (Insert reminiscing flashback here)
It all started when in 2006 when I took my first trip overseas to Ireland.
For over two weeks I walked along the stony coast, wandered through castles, and listened to live music in the pubs.
I quickly fell in love with all the excitement travel has to offer.
When I came home life was not the same. So I started a pattern. I would work and save all year, and then take off for 3-5 months.
Rinse and repeat – this pattern went on for years and years.
I never fit in with the daily grind. My head has always been in the clouds, dreaming of exploring forests, wandering through foreign cities, and climbing mountains.
Then one day I started to write about my adventures.
Soon I realized my experiences could help other peoples travels.
Thus, A Backpackers Tale was born.
For the last 3 Years I have been exploring full-time supplying readers with travel tips and advice.
This is my passion. Not only to travel but also to help you travel the world.

YOP144: The Warriors Edge with Simon Smart

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Bio: Simon Smart has a resume thick enough to be used as a weapon.
After growing up all over the world, getting a law degree and then running away to study combat-oriented martial arts and meditation in Japan, Simon now resides in Tucson, Arizona.
Simon Smart believes that effectiveness in our business, our relationships and our lives comes from powerfully integrating our mind, bodies and spirit.
Meeting his wife while training thousands of soldiers in close-quarter combat skills before they deployed to the Middle East, he moved to the US just weeks before the economy crumbled. His journey took him through real estate, working with crime scene victims and delivering death notifications in the middle of the night, to working for a national Google partner where he somehow achieved national sales leader recognition while battling suicidal depression. Recognizing how incompatible a corporate role was with his desire to live as a free, independent powerful and present man, he walked away to became a sales and marketing consultant, creating millions of dollars of value for his clients on his own terms.
Simon’s primary mission now is Warrior Protocol, a training program and community based on ancient and modern warrior technologies, which connects male entrepreneurs with their full, Level 10, Kick-Ass Warrior selves – so that they can 10x their success in business, relationships and life.
If you are wishing to take advantage of Simon’s training/coaching…feel free to contact him as follows.
To apply for Warrior Protocol: The Crucible

We’ve Been Looking At Productivity The Wrong Way

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Productivity always seems to be fleeting.

I never feel like I have enough time in the day to accomplish all of the things I want to do and I certainly look at time as a hot commodity. But things changed for me after an experience this morning I’m about to share with you.

Today I hopped back into the Samadhi Float Tank for a second experience in three years.

The first time I participated out of sheer curiosity but today, it was for clarity.

What is the tank you may ask?

I first discovered the idea of isolation chambers for relaxation and inducing an environment where I could think outside of the box when listening to a Joe Rogan podcast.

He talked about going in for up to four hours and coming out with vivid hallucinations of life, discovery and enlightenment.

Now I’m not one to go and take hallucinogens, nor am I a woo-woo kind of person.

I can’t even be in the same room as an essential oil diffuser without feeling like I’m eating a can of Lysol.

But the float tank is different.

It’s a light-proof and sound-proof chamber, filled with 6-10 inches of water and 800-1000lbs of magnesium sulfate (known as Epsom Salt). The water is heated to a comfy 98.6 degrees (yes the same as your body temperature) and you must shower and remove your clothes before entering the tank.

You lie down on your back and float just above the water due to the high salt content. Since the water is heated to the temperature of your body, you lose sense of the water being there after the first five minutes.

Everyone has a different experience going in. The first time I went it for 90-minutes and found myself struggling to relax. I tried yoga breathing, talking to myself, humming a song and then I gave up and something magical happened.

Laying there in the silence, I heard my heart beating, I hear my stomach churning (probably should have eaten breakfast) and then it was as if I fell into a daydream.

Without getting too far into the experience, I want to fast forward two years to today when I got into the float tank for a second time. I went through the routine of removing my clothes, showering, getting into the tank and breathing deeply. I heard my heart beat, the feeling of the water rushed away. I was floating.

But my mind was cluttered. I started to worry about how I was going to spend my time in the tank and whether or not I could get the same experience I had the previous time. I was frustrated, my heart started beating a little faster, I moved around in the pool of water, tried placing my hands behind my neck and breathing again.

It seemed like nothing I could do would bring back the experience I had the first time around that placed me into such a trance and allowed me to visualize the answer to a big question that was burning a whole in my head for so long.

I had to accept that this time would be different and move forward.

As I was lying there, pondering how I could best use my time, an idea came to me.

I started to think about TIME vs. OPPORTUNITY and how we’ve been going about being PRODUCTIVE all wrong.

There’s a great video circling YouTube called “The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)” and it essentially displays your life in Jelly Beans.

They remove the amount of time you spend sleeping, eating, working, etc. Until they get down to a very small portion and say, “what if you only had one day left”.

We constantly question what we’re going to do with our time here on this earth. We want to know answers to questions like, “will I be successful?” or “will I end up happy with someone I love?” and I think it’s great to ask questions.

Question everything.

But this way of looking at productivity is wrong.

Allow me to play out two scenarios.

In scenario one, I show up at your door and explain that we’re going to head out to a dinner tonight. There are going to be hundreds of people there including the President of the United States (let’s pretend for a second this is someone you really want to meet without getting too political). There’s a chance you could have time speak to him but I don’t know how much. It could be 10 seconds, or it could be 10 minutes. I can’t make any promises if it will happen at all but he will be there.

Where does your mind go?

Does it start to think about how you would do anything and everything to speak to this person? You start to wonder what you will do to ensure that you get your moment to meet the President. You might think about arriving at the dinner early in hopes that you can meet a Secret Service guy who would give you the opportunity. Or perhaps you think about who else might be attending that is really well connected and could get you in for the chance to speak with the President.

Now let’s jump to scenario number two. I show up at your door and explain we’re going to head out to a dinner tonight. There are going to be hundreds of people there including the President of the United States (still pretending this is someone you really want to meet). You are guaranteed the opportunity to speak with him for three minutes. Start thinking about what you want to say…

For a moment you’ll be shocked and ecstatic that you have this opportunity guaranteed to you that most people do not and then you’ll move on to consider all the questions you want to ask. You only want to ask smart questions because you are only guaranteed three minutes and don’t want to waste time. You think about what you are going to wear, how you are going to leverage that time best and most importantly what your actions will be during that interaction.

Here’s where the difference between TIME and OPPORTUNITY comes into play.

When you were told that there was only a chance you could have some time with the President, you started to think about how you were going to make the opportunity a sure bet. But when you were promised you would have those three minutes, you thought more along the lines of how you were going to be productive and take action during your time with the President.

The difference is that when we aren’t guaranteed an opportunity, we tend to focus more on making the opportunity happen then the actual actions we could take when the opportunity arises.

When an olympic lifter is visualizing going for a world record lift, they aren’t imagining whether or not they will walk up to the bar and lift it off the ground, they are visualizing taking in the deep breath, lifting the bar off the ground, getting it above their head, focussing on finishing with proper form and then placing the bar back on the ground.

What I’m trying to get at is I think that it isn’t good enough to say, “what if we only had x amount of time left on this earth” because the truth is we aren’t guaranteed that.

What we are promised is the fact that we exist right here and right now.

So with the promise that you exist and the guarantee that you are here right now in this moment, what actions do you want to take?

Stop thinking about how you will go and chase down the chance at having your moment and start being in the moment now.

You are promised nothing but what is right in front of you, right here and right now. So go be in it.