I set these goals when I quit my full-time job in Germany.
I always had an eye for inefficiencies and got most please out of helping people saving time at their daily work. When I started at my first job I fell in love with Excel and it’s abilities to automate and shorten time consuming tasks. The idea which set me free was to offer a done-for-you Excel service on a monthly retainer. I bought into that idea and saw it as a great solution to fix inefficiencies in many companies. Well reality didn’t agree and I had to pivot.
When I set these goals I was still under the spell of society. Most of these goals weren’t really my goals, but implanted ones from society. These goals were also very unspecific ones. You always have to ask yourself: Are these truely goals of my own conclusion? Will achieving these goals make me happy? Delaying goals so far into the future, is like giving up on them. E.g. I want financial independence ASAP and travel while I am young, not when I am at retiring age.
10 year goals:
At that time AA (Approach Anxiety) was still part of my identity. In Nov 2015 I made it to Thailand / South East Asia. Oct. 2016 I finally set foot into South America! Should have done that much earlier! Made some kickass inspiring friends in Chiang Mai, some of them I met again in South America. These people made quitting my job and going to Chiang Mai already worth it. I recently found a quote I gave in my high school yearbook: “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” Now people start to approach me for advice on how to become more free. I am driven to increase my independence, freedom and control over my own life. I want to have full control about my time, where I want to be, how I want to spend my time, how much money I am making. I am taking full responsibility of my own life.
1 year goals:
Nov 2016 was the first month, that I made enough income to sustain myself without having to sell my time/life for it on a 1:1 basis. I guess I am location independent now and can spend the cold German winter, autumn and spring in warm countries. I don’t cook and clean and enjoy the warm weather of exotic countries. On 4th of October 2015 I finished the Cologne marathon under 2h. I am in the best shape of my life due to regular workout and meditation sessions, but I am still far away from a well established daily habit.
90 day action plan:
Due to the fact, that I don’t have to set an alarm clock, I can finally give my body the sleep it need. More sleep results in less stress and in a reduced desire to consume junk food or alcohol.
I had to update my goals, because some already came true and many had to be erased from my list, due to increased self-knowledge.
I got inspired to try out online teaching via Ecourse in Chiang Mai, by fellow nomads. I made my first money online and got a taste of what it means to wake up to sales generated in your sleep and was hooked. I am grateful, that my first idea didn’t work out. I am pretty sure I would be very miserable with an online service business. With Ecourses I can transfer my knowledge to a much broader audience and have a much bigger impact. I am still using freeing up people’s time as a guiding principle to everything I do, just the approach changed a bit. Apart from training 500k people in Excel, which would mean increased efficiency, I would also like to help people leading a more effective life. That means helping people becoming more self-aware and therefore actualizing more of their potential. How can you choose the right subject, career, lifestyle without knowing yourself or any kind of guidance? Most people stay over 10 years in school and now even one psychological assessment is being done… a 20min multiple choice test could potentially save you decades and prevent a life full of misery… what a waste of human potential.
More measurable goals. 26. Mar 2017: 1,405 of 500,000 reached. 133 of 1,000 book read (relevant books not BS books in school, university or novels).
5 year goals:
Changed 10 year to 5 year goals, to increase urgency and make the goals more appealing. With online products and utilizing multiplicators it should be much easier to scale up and reach more potential customers. Growth is not linear but exponential. Right now I reach my students via Udemy, but is to market my courses directly without a middle man, so I can control the pricing.
1 year goals:
26. Mar 2017 : 4 of 10 courses on Udemy. I want to expand my skill set into VBA/Excel Power Features and Power BI and offer courses on these topics.
90 day action plan:
I spent more than 3 months learning paid online advertising on FB and spending 4 figures on training and couple hundred bucks on budget to test. I also learned a bunch of cool tools, created my first webinar, FB live video, Instant Article etc. Still working on getting a working funnel to break even. Right now I focus on project work to be able to allocate more budget to figuring out paid advertising. I am still struggling to implement a daily workout and meditation routine. Currently doing swimming and stepper workouts. I believe one of the most powerful marketing tools are videos, have to create more and on a consistent basis.
I removed bla bla feel good goals and increased my focus. Life is so much easier when you decide and create a clear path for yourself, it helps to make decisions, because you can always ask yourself will this decision bring you closer to your goals.
As you might noticed I also removed relationship goals from that list. I find by increasing my self-awareness, changing my environment and by becoming the person I ment to be, that part is taking care of itself.
I expanded my goals over the year from 500k to 5million and now to 1billion people I want to reach. On Udemy I already reached 4k people, so 500k as a life time goal seems way to small. The goals are more aggressive. My reasoning behind it: If I set my goals to small I am doing a disservice to the people who could benefit from my Excel courses. If I can help one person so learn Eycel and save countless hours over the course over his/her career, then why not try to reach all Excel users and try to turn them into Excelheros. Small goals seem selfish. Coca Cola is selling 1.9 billions units each day! So touching the lifes of 1 bil people over my lifetime doesn’t seem too crazy 😛 Anyways by trying to up my game I am forced to develop myself further, adopt a more effective mindset and operate on a higher level. I am so excited to update this page end of next year 🙂