Internet: The Hustler’s Paradise
What an amazing time to be alive. I was born in 1994; since I have been alive I have seen the transformation of dial up internet and AIM, to Google Chrome and Facebook. Gameboy Color to the PlayStation 4. With the advent of the internet and computers (which really were just getting their start when I was born) our society has been able to progress so rapidly it’s almost too much to comprehend.
I’m certainly not an expert on any of this, but I’d be willing to bet that the past two decades or so have been some of the most transformative years in the history of human civilization.
I realize how outlandish that statement may seem at first glance, but think about it. We have literally seen the creation of drones, the iPhone – a supercomputer in our pockets – and are years away from self-driving cars and tourist trips to the moon and Mars. What a time to be alive indeed.
The crazier thing is, many of these giant leaps forward happened by accident. Perhaps accident isn’t the right word, but we stumbled upon them one iteration at a time. I think people forget that and simply look at the final product, not remembering, or choosing to deliberately ignore all the work that went into it.
So often we take for granted the things that have been made available to us. Incredibly powerful tools like the internet, social media, and our “phones”. Why not try and harness that to your advantage? I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before or not but I would love to own my own business, and having something that I could run from anywhere in the world would be ideal. This site is certainly not that (at least not yet) but it’s my first step in that direction, in learning what to do and what mistakes to avoid in the future.
So many people are unhappy with their situation but don’t do anything to change it. Whether it’s with their job, a relationship, or money. And in a way, this is me trying to take action to change my own situation. But I want to urge you, the reader, to be bold and adventurous enough to do the same if you feel you need to. It’s easy enough to read something in a book, or here, or twitter, but until you take action it means nothing.
As this site progresses, I want to start writing about topics other than just money, which of course I’ve already done. But one of those areas in particular is business, specifically entrepreneurship. I have the feeling that if you’re willing to do whatever it takes to reach financial freedom you’re also the type of person who wants freedom at work to do your own thing. What better way than to be your own boss?
There’s not a whole bunch of practical information readily available on how to actually build a business from the ground up with the hardships along the way so I’ll try and provide some of that. Anything business-y I do will likely be tied to making money online and how to harness the power of the internet. Like my FI journey, this will be a learning process we can go through together. I’m certainly not quitting my job to do this, and I will talk about how that could be a good or bad idea depending on who you are and your perspective.
The amazing thing is, that just like FI, being an entrepreneur or just having a side hustle in general is something that literally anybody can do. If you have internet access which billions of people do, you are in luck. Just consider for a second, Facebook has 1.2 billion users. If you do something to reach 10% of them that’s 120 million people. If you get 10% of those people to pay you $1 for a service or product you’ve just made $12 million. Of course, let me be clear that’s incredibly shortsighted to think just anyone could do that on a whim and it would be incredibly difficult to pull off but it shows the power of the potential at your fingertips.
I’ll leave you with this, if the Catch Me Outside girl got over 5 million Twitter followers from her 15 minutes of fame and made a boatload of money off of being a degenerate teenager, you can probably have at least some success too. And if you’re not familiar, check out the original video below.