I’m finally going to Las Vegas!

This is happening on this very same weekend and if you think I have enough time to write this update, you’re definitely wrong.

Time is the last thing I have so I created a video and just spoke away all that I have been doing in the past days.

Obviously is not quite all of it since I have done a lot more things but the ones I mention here are the most important ones.

The Video

Okay here’s the video and for all the blog hoppers and backlink seekers, it’s very long but fear not, I have also wrote a few things I discussed on video so you can still write something relevant to the post by skimming through the written content (see? I’m two steps ahead of you! lol)

A word of warning for those brave ones who are going to watch the video anyway… there’s a HUGE mess in my bedroom-office and honestly I have a gazillion things to do before picking everything up.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fyNGMkcJUo[/youtube]

Bummer for the video bad quality, I forgot to set the right resolution but the audio is still decent (if you understand my pronunciation of course).

Earning More Money, Getting More In Debt

I wrote this update on twitter and facebook because even though the reason behind it was to be a bit funny, it’s definitely NOT funny to try to make more money and to get more in debt!

It just doesn’t make any sense but the real thing is that it has been happening a lot lately.

A few friends replied and here’s what Kris Mainieri had to say about it:

“A part you earn is yours to keep. Always pay yourself first at least 10% then figure out how to pay everyone else with what’s left. Live below your means. Enslave your coin and make it work for you, then enslave your coins children and make them produce. Then you can spend money on fun stuff, boy toys etc… I’ve learnt this the hard way in the past.” ~ Kris Mainieri

I never thought of using money to produce more money, I kept investing most of the earnings on more services, resources, trainings and getting more and more in debt so this is why reading that “simple” comment created a huge “aha moment”.

Hostgator Problem

I don’t even want to go through this one as I still can’t believe this happened to me.

Turns out I have a hosting reseller account with Hostgator (I have said this in the past I do not resell hosting, this is solely for offline clients and small projects I run with my brother in law).

With that out of the way, when you have a reseller account, you need to set a main domain name for it.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t use it for anything but you still need to have that main domain name for the reseller account and if you want, you can have your own private nameservers too (great branding for those that like to research you using whois tools).

Well it turns out, we bought a keyword rich domain name (hosting-based) for the reseller account and we selected a period of two years.

Hostgator did a freaking mess at the time of registering our domain name and to make a long story a short one, the domain got suspended, we weren’t aware of it, then redemption time was over and then a client phones me mad as hell because his site wasn’t online.

I quickly checked his site and it all looked good and after a little bit of research, uh oh… I was looking at a cached copy of his site and yes, his site was down.

After going back and forth for two days with hostgator via support tickets and online chats, then it hit me, the freaking domain was bought from someone in Illinois.

I’ll… be… damned.

For a second I was thinking of signing this dude’s e-mail address to every obscure site that I could think of but then I calmed down and it was no one’s fault but us.

We should have checked, we shouldn’t have assumed and well, to close this one, we lost that domain but that’s okay, we already moved on and are busy working on what matters.

Our nameservers are back to “normal” to a current site that we own and my client is no longer trying to kill me. (thank God)

Mike Filsaime’s Hedgehog And The Fox

I’m a student of Omar Martin and he recently granted us access to a site called The Seven Figure Code by Mike Filsaime.

Even though I know many people hate the big marketers, I tend to be very open about everything so I have zero problem with whoever I learn from.

I observe, learn whatever I can, create my own concept on the topic and move on.

So anyway, I started watching Mike’s videos and right on the first video he mentioned this thing about how a fox always has these many brilliant ideas to capture the hedgehog but none of them completely dominated and how the hedgehog is just amazing at doing ONE thing, which is curve into a ball and get all the splints pointing out.

The analogy to an easily distracted marketer is incredible!

Doing many things at once and not dominating any of them will never allow you to succeed no matter how great your ideas are.

The same goes for a laser focused marketer, who just has this one project, one thing that won’t let go until it’s completely dominated.

I have to plead guilty on this one (of being a “fox”) but guess what, I’m going to re-arrange every single thing I do online.

In fact, I already started and I’m already seeing the benefits!

Hey Ma, I’m On The Newspaper!

This is not important but I think it was cool to mention it, my girlfriend and I made it to the local newspaper haha!

sergio felix at chilis

We just got captured having dinner at a recently opened Chili’s restaurant in town and the only thing it makes it important is because it’s the only picture on our fourth anniversary.

Turning Bad Habits Into Great Habits

I have way too many bad habits but I’m working like a freaking maniac to change all of this.

I have stopped drinking every kind of sugar based drinks and honestly, sometimes I get anxious as hell BUT I have found that whenever I jog, I don’t have that problem anymore so that’s two things I’m doing right now.

No more soft drinks for me, just pure water and daily jogging.

Besides I was developing a very unsexy beer belly so it’s time to put a stop to this already.

The other improvement I’ve made, is that since I started with the crazyness about taking cold showers I haven’t stopped.

I think I have taken about two or three hot showers only because I was feeling terribly ill at the moment and couldn’t manage to stand cold water but apart from that, I have been a cold shower taker and even though I don’t love it, I certainly don’t hate them so much anymore.

Whenever I hesitate to get the cold shower running instead of the hot water, I just think about on how much am I cheating on myself and I ask myself if I really want it that much (become very succcessful online) and in that very second I open the cold shower and jump in.

No time for drama.

Vibram's Bikila LS

The last improvement I’m going to do, is I’m going to cut down a lot on beer and I’m getting one of those Vibram running shoes that make you look like an alien running around.

I’m pretty sure those will create some crazy funny stories to tell or at least a few awkward ones.

Improving My Mindset And Knowledge

I have way too many resources to learn from, unopened books to read, videos to watch, courses to go through, what I lack is time.

But even though I have all of that, you need to consider that having the resources doesn’t means that you will be very well taught.

Well I compiled a list of about 35-40 amazing books on mindset, marketing, sales copy, ideas, from a lot of very huge authors and I bought all the books that didn’t have a kindle edition.

Oddily enough, I wanted more the books that had a kindle edition (the ones that I didn’t buy) because I consider them to be better books but I can’t risk myself to buy the books that I want and not be able to read any of the rest of the books just because there’s not a kindle version available.

Maybe I’m not making much sense right now but then again, sometimes I have a complex way of thinking things out.

I’ll figure out how to get all the books sooner or later AND go through them.

I know it would have been very cool to tell you which titles they are but I don’t have that much time so I apologize for that.

Planning And Setting Milestones Down On Paper

Exactly what it says.

Right now my focus is to get out of Vegas alive and with enough money to come back as well.

I’ll be back in Mexico in August so I’ll use that full month to get rid of general stuff, junk, etc; search for an appartment and finally sell my truck.

I’ll use the money from the car to pay for the appartment and services and if I play my cards right, that should be enough for at least a couple of months, maybe even three months.

That’s enough time to try a few different things online so I won’t worry about it that much (besides I’m already sick of living in fear).

If I fail, then I always can just go with locals any time.

Apparently there’s a boom going on about incredible good looking websites right now and all I see is just big boxes, huge text and some javascript and ajax scripts.

If that makes a few thousands per project, I can definitely enter that market (hint!).

Project Las Vegas Closure

I wish I could give you a more detailed á la Pat Flynn report but I just can’t.

There were many things that got in the way, like being on detention for a day, spending the whole next day recovering my car, then a few more days mourning the passing of a close relative, add to that all the days that I had to think about what happened that day when I was pulled over, my current situation with my girlfriend, parents, I’m just not into creating a report for this.

vegas vacation money

All I can say is that I learned a very important thing working with offline clients and that is, sometimes you just have to be a little bit of an asshole.

Otherwise communication may not be adequate and you’ll end up losing time, efforts, money and sometimes even your head.

When a client schedules a meeting with you in their office and you get there on time and they are not there and make you wait for half an hour, that’s lack of respect.

Even worse when you offer a crazy super high value proposal and they tell you they don’t have any money yet they want you to work with them?

That shit is definitely not worth it folks.

Not worth my time, my smiles, my consideration, my friendliness, my anything.

That’s why I said that sometimes being a bit of an asshole is necessary to make a point.

Conclusion

I still need to do a lot of stuff but I still wanted to give you a heads up on what I have been doing lately.

Even though the post is mainly about me and what has been happening around here, there’s a lot of things you can learn if you paid attention to this update.

Take care and I’ll try to write something else before leaving as tomorrow’s my last day in Mexico, cheers!

Sergio


Sergio Felix
Sergio Felix

Hi, I'm Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I'm highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.