North America Corporate Assessment Services Market 2020 Booming Worldwide With Eminent Key Players AON PLC, Arctic Shores Limited, Aspiring Minds, Birkman International, Inc., Development Dimensions International, Inc., HireVue, Korn Ferry, IBM Corporation Jewish Life News
“startups when:1d” – Google News
I want to tell you guys about my story so that you guys keep pushing and going towards your goals and never give up. I'm not advertising or selling anything, I'm remaining anonymous, I just hope that someone finds something in this story for help and inspiration.
Anyway, I'm 34 now, I'm not from a rich family, I'm actually from an immigrant family, and I grew up in a pretty modest household.
I was messing around most of my youth. My parents sent me to a community college to study Engineering, and I wasn't studying very well. I was lazy, not really motivated, so anyway I had a pretty shitty GPA and 2 years later I ended up dropping out, it was an awful period of my life, but anyway… A bit later, a friend of mine got me a job at sea (like on the actual ship as an able-bodied sailor kind of thing). So I was working there up until I turned 27.
That sounds kind of dumb, I know, but it did bring the money to the table, and I would spend around 1 month in the US and then about 5-6 months at sea… Anyway, at the age of 27, I got really sick and tired of that life and I quit. I had absolutely no idea what to do and what goals to pursue.
I joined a local manufacturing company as a tech support person. That was my first office job.
Simultaneously, I kind of started considering going back to school, but 4-5 years seemed daunting. I decided to go to a so-called full-stack web development bootcamp, it's kind of like an accelerated program that teached you how to code within like 3-6 months. Found myself pretty good at it, I was enjoying it.
In contrast with most of my fellow student at the bootcamp, I had landed my first coding job even before I graduated that bootcamp, which was a major accomplishment for me. The company did like affiliate marketing/lead gen software, so I learned a lot about the industry and my skills increased.
Fast forward 2 years, I landed a new job, already almost as a senior developer. That was funny, because I was just a regular sailor some 3-4 years ago at that point. I never told anyone about it for some reason. I mean I never told colleagues. This next company also was doing similar kind of software… I learned a lot about the industry, and then after 1 year of working there, I decided to start building my own little app in my own time (while working for a company).
It took me around 1 month to finish a functional first version of the app, and then I started marketing it relentlessly. What I was using was cold email, cold calling, I ran a PPC campaign, I created a wordpress website to educate consumers about this little app, so I did literally all fronts.
At that stage, my life was pretty crazy, I would get like 4 hours of sleep per day or even less. That was very crazy.
BUT I DID FIND MY FIRST CLIENT AFTER ABOUT 3 WEEKS OF DOING ALL THIS.
I WAS SO GOD DAMN HAPPY! LITERALLY SOMEONE WOULD PAY A MONTHLY FEE FOR A LITTLE WEB APP BUILD BY A SAILOR PRETTY MUCH.
That however made me believe, I REALLY CAN DO IT. Anybody could. So I kept on doing that, just keeping on selling that first version and working my job simultaneously for about 4 months.
At that stage I had 9 paying clients, I had enough to just quit the job and focus on the business 100%.
So I kept running like crazy, advertising, tweaking code, maintaining instances of clients (like their directories on the server pretty much), again sleeping like 4 hours per day after quitting the job.
At that point, I understood that I can't just keep doing it alone… There's just no time. You can't NOT SLEEP at all. it's just impossible. So I hired 3 people at once and rented out some small office space…
That somehow. I don't know how, maybe because the people who I hired were BETTER THAN ME, I have no idea, but from that point on, our growth was crazy. My hired programmer said my code was absolutely terrible, he refactored it and made it nice, and added features, and the marketing person did marketing so much better than I did…
Now, this thing is still very much alive… We've been in business for over 4 years now… We have 1/2 of a floor of an office building in downtown LA now, it's like literally renting out like half of the floor, and it's absolutely insane. I do however know what made it happen. I kind of thought about it, because I know a lot of people just can't do it. I did it the first time I tried…. Let me share the points that I believe were the game changed.
- I JUST WOULDN'T STOP. LIKE IF THERE IS NO RESULT DAY AFTER DAY, I JUST TENACIOUSLY KEEP DOING THIS THING LIKE A GOD DAMNED RABBIT, OVER AND OVER AGAIN, CALLING AND EMAILING, AND JUST LIKE BEING SO EXCITED THAT I COULDN'T EVEN SLEEP EVEN THOUGH I WAS SLEEP DEPRIVED
- I JUST WOULDN'T GIVE UP, LIKE FOR SOME REASON, NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER HOW BAD IT IS, I JUST DID NOT GIVE UP, I DIDN't SAY 'NO IT'S NOT GONNA WORK, I JUST KEPT GOING UP AND UP AND UP', LIKE I WAS ALMOST IRRATIONAL
- HIGH ENERGY LEVEL, I LITERALLY DID LIKE 4 HOUR OF SLEEP, AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU I STILL DON'T GET MORE THAN 6 HOURS OF SLEEP, AND I NEVER HAVE A DAY OFF, I NEVER EVER HAVE LIKE A COMPLETE DAY OFF LIKE EVER
So my advise just set a goal, and just say to yourself: I WON'T STOP, NO MATTER WHAT, I WILL JUST KEEP PUSHING LIKE A GOD DAMNED BULL, WHETHER ITS REJECTION, WHETHER YOU THINK WHAT YOU'RE DOING DOES NOT MAKE SENSE, JUST KEEP DOING IT, JUST DO IT EVEN CRAZIER AND HARDER… AND I Believe you will pull it off