Archive for August, 2012

A New 2 Year Mission

With this new job of picking up and dropping up oilfield pumps and repairing them is a really sweet gig.  And I made a promise to the manager or owner of the franchise that I would stay for 2 years.  So I will not be leaving Canada until August 2014! 


~~~ Here I have a picture of how much I want to be making per year, this will be instrumental in achieving my lofty goals! ~~~

Since I am learning it all from scratch it seems rather overwhelming even though there is not a ton to learn I am still so out of my element that I am a little fretful.  But it got me thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2 years time and this job will help me do those things.

First off I am ridding myself of the stench of desperation and getting a steady income.  The job itself comes with a lot of perks right out of the gate and there are a lot more perks that I will get after I have been working for 3 months.

Over the last 2 weeks I have been working this new job AND washing dishes at night, my last night at the second job was last night and today I have been in a weird daze not knowing what to do with myself, where when I was washing dishes I could not stop thinking of all the thing that I could do if I did not have the dish washing obligation.

I got on my Twitter account and no one was chatting with me, I was chatting with some people before and I forget how to get people engaged. Oh well I can refocus and try again!

SO the goals for these next two years is to get out of debt, then have a crazy amount of savings.  THEN I had the notion that I wanted to live in a couple of countries in Europe and learn Italian, French, German, Russian, and just for kicks Japanese.  I will spend two years in each respective country so from 2014 – 2016 in Italy, from 2016-2018 in Germany, from 2018-2020 in France and from 2020-2022 in Japan.  Oh and I gotta throw Russia in there somewhere too. Crazily enough my wife is on board with such a lofty goal.  But to obtain it I will need to make a lot more money than I would with just the one amazing job that I have now.

So in light of that in these next two years I am planning to write at least one great book and getting that book on the best sellers list.  I know nothing about this, yes I am creating a platform of Twitter and Facebook followers, and I do have a project that almost wrote itself for the first draft called “How to Survive as a Complete Failure.” That is a motivational book and a Novel titled “Daddy’s War” that I have only got to 6 pages, so all and all I have a good start.  But I know that I will have to invest in a professional editor, a literary agent and even have to approach real publishers instead of just doing the self publish thing.

The 2 year mission is to make all this happen and have the income to support the dream of learning many languages.  I like calling it a 2 year mission cause when I went on my two year mission for my church I marvelled at the fact that if I focused on one thing for two years there is no way that I would not be amazing at the one thing.

Want to join me on this crazy ride?  What are your big, far out there dreams and what are you planning to do about them?


I am a Writer!

Since I have gotten my new job as a pump picker uper and deliver, and repairer, I have not had much time to write.  And even when I do I really just feel like watching Family Guy and Firefly on Netflix.  In my wallet I have things I repeat to myself on a 3×5 card so that I do not forget what I am striving for.  And that fact that I am a writer is one of them.

You very well may be a writer yourself, or something else great that you are always thinking about.  Don’t lose sight of it just cause you got a new intensive job, or your current job may be brain numbing. 

Jot your ideas down somewhere, at my new oilfield job I inherited a large planner book for the year, and since the year is more than half over there are a ton of blank pages, I sneak my ideas and thoughts into this planner…for some reason when I write them throughout the day they seem brilliant but when I get home they seem mediocre.  Regardless keep your dream alive anyway you can.  The most crazy ways are probably the best.

Make sure that whatever you produce is available to anyone who wants it.  I have a Dropbox account and I save my writing or other such things as PDF’s.  Then put a link to download these in my Tweets and Facebook posts.

Enjoy who you are and keep living the dream!

What are some ways that you keep your dream alive?

The one thing that I have noticed when trying to strike out on my own is that when I am desperate I have a stench about me.  I reek of desperation.  And when you think about it, how often do you want to do business or purchase something from someone who stinks of desperation?

If someone has confidence and is not too pushy tells you about something they are selling, it is almost too east to listen to them.  You don’t fear that they are simply trying to push something on you for their own sake.

Having a full time job again has helped me get rid of that stench for now.  And I feel much more free to just go a head and do things.  Yes it is not kosher to write a bunch of post for your blog in one day, that may overwhelm your followers.  But now I really don’t care, I will write just for writing and for myself in hope that it will help others or at least get them moving towards something better.  And I can relax and “find my voice”.

Are you reeking of desperation?

Have you ever tried to strike out on your own, make contacts, and work towards contracts, only to find that when you have nothing coming in and you finally get a job to lick your wounds, that then and only then the Opportunities start to come in?

I have been working on using Social Media much better than I ever had in the past, and to use multiple channels as well.  I actually care now how many followers I have on Twitter and am always seeking for more followers (you can find me on Twitter @theHartsOffice) I followed the max 2000ish that you can before it caps you until you have more followers, and now I unfollow about 50 people a day so that I can find others to follow that might follow me back.

I was making a little headway, but no business opportunities were coming into fruition.  I had a great oilfield job fall into my lap while a I was training for a slightly less great oilfield job doing something else.  I took the former and then got a email to go to Edmonton to discuss Android app development.  I turned it down since I know that even after a good chat things do not fall into place quickly and I do not want to ruin anything at this new job. 

I am constantly torn inside, I want security for myself and my family.  I suppose it is much more for the family than for myself since I do not need much to get by, but supporting a family is a different beast in itself.

After reading the beginning of “The Success Principles” and “Think and Grow Rich” I find, or at least feel, that there has to be big risks taken, and endurance in those risks to get any traction.  So a fear in me is that I won’t abandon security for these larger goals.  How wretched this makes my soul!  Lucky for me I also stumbled upon a book called “How to Stop Worrying” by Dale Carnegie.  This book has helped me greatly to allow myself some peace.

I have concluded that I need to keep reading all these good books and then work in my off hours to obtain my dreams while keeping the full time job and having the ability to provide for my family.

What are you doing to chase those dreams?