I got a lot more applications than I expected. I was originally thinking I'd like 5-6 qualified people, and I'd take one person onboard. I'm over 50 applications now, so I need to think about how to do this efficiently.
The biggest pleasant surprise is the immense talent level and general action orientation among people - there's lots of good people here. I'm almost certainly going to take more than one, but I've got to think how to structure it. Interestingly, a top finance guy I know who is very good at finding money for projects applied, so I'm thinking... well, stay tuned, I'll get some info and announcements up quickly, and get in touch with everyone ASAP.
Edit: I gave up on financial goals in late 2011 after some huge financial and artistic wins... money shouldn't be taken too seriously. For the record, they were all basically on track, some were being massively exceeded, others were a bit behind schedule, but were all happening.
I set my next 10 years of financial goals on June 28th. That was exactly a month ago.
1 year - Critical Thinking [my first book] out. Blog income trickling. Some info products. Some freelancing. Something else, some X-Factor thing bringing in cash. Net monthly income positive. Health insurance. $50,000 in the bank. Expenses = income per month minimum.
3 years - 3 to 5 books out, many products out, blog income robust, some working on big exciting deals. $10,000 per month total, $5000 passive at least. First property owned. $300,000 in the bank.
5 years - 7-10 books out, many many products out, many passive income internet properties, working on big exciting things, $50,000 per month total, $40,000 passive at least. $1,000,000 in the bank.
I've been thinking more and more lately about sustainable living. By "sustainable", I mean existing on this planet in ways that do not waste precious resources like water, electricity, and basically anything that comes from the earth.
For now, I take a bunch of items such as plastic bottles, glass, and plastic bags to be recycled once a week. Anything I don't use I donate to Goodwill for someone else to utilize. I've quit driving to the gym in favor of walking and riding my bike in my neighborhood. I take quick showers, and I'm thinking of planting a small vegetable garden. These are tiny baby steps in my life that I take to live more harmoniously and less selfishly in this world.
I've been thinking more and more about other teeny, tiny steps I can take.
The other day, I found this . . .