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We did it. 4,000 Synthesizers. What started as an idea, a tweet, and a handful of internet strangers... Has turned into a full-blown movement. I hardly promote this community, yet we grow by 500 people per month. - At 1,000 I defined the Synthesizer movement - At 2,000 I explained the life-changing magic of Synthesizing - At 3,000 we came together to kill the ender dragon And at 4,000 I want to host two events. 1. A Synthesizer livestream. I will discuss the easiest way to make $10,000/m online, the Synthesizer content plans, how to grow a YouTube channel, how to grow on Twitter, how I made $90k in one day, how Iman Gadzhi has blown up, we'll watch some videos together, do some Q n A, and more! 2. A Chess tournament. May the best Synthesizer win Both events can be found in the Calendar. Make sure you add to your own Calendar. Love live Synthesizers! EDIT: Link to join Synthesizer Livestream here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81015268400?pwd=aGloK2hkOEpFeDJ6VmVOSHI5OFN4QT09

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Christina Westergaard Larsen
Fedor Shatukho
Vlad Freimann
Owen Sheasby
Callum Rylance
New comment 22h ago
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    W00t! Where will the link be posted? :-)

I will use all the info I have learned from here to grow my channel! Goals: -Post 3 or more videos a week -Post in the accountability here for updates every Tuesday 2pm MT -Grow my free skool group to 500 people or more

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Corey Bennett Boardman
Roman Pearl
Allan R.
Martin Lilly
New comment 24h ago
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    These are excellent causes. Looking forward to seeing what effects they lead to!

A few months ago something clicked in my head, and I understood the severity of the 'disjointed knowledge problem'. I recall painful years of grind and struggle, trying to avoid the shitty life I was on the trajectory towards. Yet no matter how hard I tried, I made no progress. It felt like something was stopping me. I now see that the thing stopping me wasn't external. It was internal. I didn't have the knowledge needed to understand which causes would lead to the effect I so desired. That caused me to waste a lot of time making no progress. And I can see clear pivot points in my life after consuming certain pieces of content. There's an obvious before/after, once someone had imparted their knowledge onto me. So why is there not a better, more efficient way to provide life-changing knowledge to the right people at the right time!? The internet has provided us the technology needed for this to happen. If someone knows the solution to a problem that I have, and the internet has provided the tech needed for that solution to be shared, WHY do I not know about it? Why are there billions of people suffering from problems that have simple solutions? I tried playing my part to solve this by creating my own YouTube channel. If it took me 10 months to learn a lesson, and I could share that with people in 10 minutes, what more value can I bring to this earth? But I soon realised that I was not enough. I don't know everything. In fact, I possess an infinitesimally small amount of the world's knowledge. That's why I created Synthesizer Skool. And I'm incredibly excited to announce we've just hit 1,000 members. Together, we have an absurd amount of power. And if we leverage that power in the right directions, I really believe we can make some magic. This might sound too hypey, but The Synthesizer Revolution is here! EDIT: We've now hit 2,000 members! Read my post about it here: https://www.skool.com/synthesizers/impact-income-fun

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Ikramul Haque
M J
Louis Blythe
Gabriela Toderean
Danny Mallinder
New comment 2d ago
  • 8 likes • Apr 13

    This is a fantastic group, and I am learning from each of you every time I connect here. I know I'm not as productive nor as stylish as my favorites among you, but I'm inspired to 1) keep producing, 2) trying to improve something each time I produce. Watching and reading your work and your suggestions here give me ideas all the time to attack that second goal and the inspiration to attack the first. Here's to all of us helping each other go farther, faster!

My dad (and society in general) believed traditional education was the only way to riches and freedom. He wished the best for me and held me accountable to do college degrees over degrees. Out of respect for my dad, I listened and complied. Then, I stumbled upon this gem - the Internet! I was instantly connected to a lot of brilliant brains. This phenomenon forever changed and accelerated how I thought, learned, worked and communicated -- I couldn't go back to "slow". Education on the internet was ubiquitous, up-to-date and engaging. Then came my epiphany when I knew I was riding the information economy. Alex Hormozi says "give away the free stuff then sell the implementation." Truly elegant marketing. We as synthesizers have effectively decentralized university! This is no joke. The funny part is... Traditional education "sells" the information and leaves you hanging for implementation (because it's outdated). A major content trap they are playing. So long as you're without implementation, you're stuck in consumption. I'll end with this, IMPLEMENTING is what sets us apart. Synthesize!

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Fedor Shatukho
Allan R.
Beeminet Lemma
New comment 5d ago
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    A decent school can help you to develop some skills or acquire some knowledge faster than you might have otherwise, and it can potentially help you to meet people who can help you later in life. But, there are many other avenues you can also try to accomplish the same thing. Plus, given that we all learn / act differently, we all may have differing settings and approaches that best help us to get where we want. I'm glad you found a path that worked better for you. Andrew, likewise, went to college, immediately decided that this wasn't going to work for him, and turned around and left. He found a path that worked better for him. I'm inspired by these stories. I will contend that a decent school and a student who fits well within that school can allow the student to do much more than amass information. Even so, your idea about the "Information Trap" makes a good point, and you sum it up brilliantly: "So long as you're without implementation, you're stuck in consumption." This. So very this.

Not only does this improve the quality of content that exists on the internet (the Synthesizer mission). But this rightly positions you as an authority, putting you in the perfect place to make more sales.

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Lola Mure
Andrew Kirby
Michael Hodges
Zahida A Khan
Martin Lilly
New comment 8d ago
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    @Andrew Kirby, is this a topic you've covered in any of your videos? This might make an excellent lesson to add to the curriculum of the course here. The examples you give are truly illuminating and adding this to the curriculum would provide an easy location to go back to in order to revisit this lesson multiple times until it's internalized. Either way, thanks for sharing this!

For those who don't know me, recently I've been taking a course on Digital Marketing (Digital Marketing Blueprint by Seth Hymes) in order to start my own SMMA. It's currently 8pm here in the UK and I'm writing this post as accountability, even though I don't know if I can fully provide a great service, I'll do my best. Wish me luck lol.

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Rex Loyer
Lennart Bellemann
Allan R.
Matthew Walsh
Michael Hodges
New comment 10d ago
  • 1 like • 11d

    Congratulations on making your first cold call(s)! Like the others have stated above, nothing makes it work better like practice. Know in advance what your goal is for the call, and keep your eyes on that prize. As with most steps in closing the deal, you advance one at a time, so focus on the step you are trying to accomplish with that call. By way of example: when trying to get a job, most people sweat and strain over their resume in the hopes that it will get them the job, but in fact, nobody ever gets hired because of their resume. The goal of the resume is to get the interview. The goal of the interview is to win them over for the job. So, fine tune your resume to make them want to talk to you, not to try to convince them to hire you. Likewise with your cold calls, are you trying to establish interest, set up an appointment, find out who the right person is to talk to, find out details about the person's or organization's needs, sell a product or service, or ____? Keep your eye on that prize, and move in that direction. If you can't get traction, be polite as you conclude the call and move on to the next one. Best of success to you!

I was just watching @Andrew Kirby's video in Sam Ovens' skool community. He may have slipped up on what's coming. 👀 I couldn't join y'all at minecraft. I'm giddy for this one. 4K s000n.

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Fedor Shatukho
Shivam Jha
Adam Miceli
David Hurley
C Papas
New comment 10d ago

***Please read the original post for additional information on the challenge and the requirements for participant applicants.*** https://www.skool.com/synthesizers/an-absurd-idea-0-to-10000-followers-in-30-days?p=69e05d0b UPDATE 11/24: After interviewing and accepting some candidates we have decided that we will likely be starting the official challenge January 1st, 2023-- with a few preparatory masterminds before the 1st. We have also collectively decided to enter into a "suicide pact" of sorts. If anyone who is participating in the challenge is unable to hit the 10,000 followers required, we will all delete our channels (videos can be downloaded off of the channel before deleting). Essentially we are burning the ships behind us! ⛵🔥🔥🔥 This is why it is only fair to myself and the other candidates to accept those into the group who are able to focus 100% of their energy to this task! We have 3 of the 7 total spots remaining, so if interested send me a DM quickly before we're out of spots!

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Rohan Kamat
Allan R.
Rex Loyer
M J
New comment 10d ago
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    I'll be fascinated to follow your progress!

It's been a minute since I last posted. The past 5 -6 weeks have distracted my energy and participation. My wife's mom became ill and passed. And honestly her leaving us left a bigger hole than I imagined. But I am back and ready to re-engage. I have seen a ton of new people joining and I am looking forward to interacting and learning more about each of you.🌻

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Shivam Jha
Aman Lata
Allan R.
Jeff Harrison
Owen Sheasby
New comment 11d ago
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    Hey, Jeff. I'm sorry for your loss as well. One thing I keep getting reminded of is how we not only deal with loss differently from each other, we also deal with each loss differently from other losses. Sometimes, they can really sneak up on you. May her memory always be a blessing for you and those who knew her. And, in the meantime, welcome back.

Why do some people succeed faster than others? Why does it take somebody 10 years to achieve a bit of what we see people like Iman Gadzhi and Alex Hormozi achieve in their early 20s and 30s? Of course you have to be patient with results, but also urgent with actions and try to get it not fast but FASTER. Assuming both groups work hard, what do you think is the determiner of making such breakthroughs?

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Fedor Shatukho
Mark Iron
Mohammed Shahria
Allan R.
Zeyad Kamel
New comment 11d ago
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    This is a great thought exercise; at the same time, it wanders the border of the question, "What's the secret?" I sincerely believe there is no one single secret, per se, but I do believe there's a solid set of traits/conditions that such rapid success stories have in common... many of which are within our control, even if some are not. First, I'll echo the comments already expressed above; an absolute "yes" to: - Leverage - Systems / Processes - Urgency - Luck And I'll add a few others: - Dedication / Focus (reduce distractions from your intended path and get to work) - Intentionality (be specific about the effect you wish to cause) - Perseverance (if at first you don't succeed, analyze how you might do better and then try again; don't stop) - Learn from your results and iterate with deliberate changes (the 1% rule) I'm not trying to muddy the waters here. It's like trying to hit home runs: you need to work on your stance, your timing, your motion, your follow-through, your ability to follow the ball, etc., etc. It all sounds like too much, but really: it's all just different aspects of the same basic principles. To achieve success faster: find a way to increase your intensity. Seek out the best causes and keep adjusting relentlessly.

Over the period of time I've been on the YouTube platform I've noticed something that most big YouTubers have in common, they are amazing story tellers and that is a quality I seem to lack. The ability to tell compelling stories is a skill that actually even transcends just YouTube itself, it can be used in a lot of spheres in life ranging from sales to asking a girl out lol. I was wondering does anyone here have links to resources or videos that actually help teach and break down story telling for beginners or something?

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Christina Westergaard Larsen
Claudia Bernal
Robert Pascuttini
Shivam Jha
Christian Vandaos
New comment 14d ago
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    First, kudos to you for realizing that this is a skill that you could benefit from developing and recognizing that it can be developed. SO MANY people just assume it's something everyone can do and that it doesn't take any work. Likewise, a lot of people don't seem to realize how powerful a tool storytelling can be. So, good on you for that. There's lots of great advice above, and I suggest you start wherever is comfortable for you and just dive in. Allow me to emphasize this one point: In addition to studying the form and engaging in intentional practice, you will also improve this skill by consuming good storytelling in all its many forms. Read short stories (pick up a "Year's Best" anthology in any genre you prefer, or pick up any collection by modern masters of the form like Stephen King or Joyce Carol Oates.). Listen to radio shows and podcasts that tell slice-of-life stories like "A Prairie Home Companion" or non-fiction narratives like "Freakonomics." Listen to audiobook autobiographies by celebrities you find interesting. Watch YouTube videos by great storytellers like Casey Neistat (slice-of-life), Alex Hormozi (person development), and anything that references The Moth (autobiography). Listen to / watch stand-up comedians who specialize in storytelling as opposed to one-liners; among the best working today is Mike Birbiglia, and in shorter bursts, Taylor Tomlinson does an excellent job. Watch short-form anthology TV shows like the classic Twilight Zone or weekly news feature shows like 20/20 or Frontline. Whenever possible, read/listen/watch these things more than once: for the first time, just to enjoy the story; for the second time, to pay attention to how the story is being presented. Plus, exposure to a story multiple times will help you to internalize pacing. And, pacing is absolutely key to elevating good stories to greatness. If you have access to the subscription service "MasterClass", consume the presentations there daily. Each lesson not only conveys information, but it does so by way of telling a story.

All I can say is DAMN that's some consistent work. Wow! 1000+ contributions and an activity chart that didn't miss a day! Sheer happiness just looking at it. Really motiving. Great work @Corey Bennett Boardman 👑

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Aman Lata
Corey Bennett Boardman
Andrew Kirby
Shivam Jha
Allan R.
New comment 15d ago
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    @Corey Bennett Boardman I'm just so happy that you gave me a new quote to take out of context: "...raise up our friends behind." (Please don't ban me!) But, cereally folks, you're aces, Corey. Please stay engaged. We all benefit when you do.

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    @Corey Bennett Boardman

Uffda. Joined a while ago, but never really participated. I guess I start now. So, hello!

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Allan R.
Fedor Shatukho
Dragan Markovic
Corey Bennett Boardman
New comment 15d ago
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    Hey, @Matthew Walsh. Glad to see you here! I'm sure you saw @Andrew Kirby's "Start Here" and related posts. So, congratulations on deciding to participate, and... what day in the next week will you be posting your first/next piece of content? 😇

There was a quote I heard once which was “You are the average of the 5 people you spend your time with” which I’ve found to be very true. I’m in a big social group but they don’t have the values, views or purposes that I aspire to have.My mum says for me to mix in and do stuff with them.But I feel like there just dragging me down.What should I do? But unfortunately there are aren’t many people like us in todays world so how do we go around finding the groups we aspire to be with.

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Corey Bennett Boardman
Allan R.
Misbah Tariq
Mahmudul Hasan Hridoy
Merin Ap Martin
New comment 15d ago
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    @Misbah Tariq You had me at "@Corey Bennett Boardman is right."

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    @Boris Prekop "But u have to actively do it, not wait till somebody will help you." While we are quoting aphorisms from religious texts, your statement here reminds me of another one that expresses a similar point: "The Lord helps those who help themselves." You don't have to be religious to appreciate the wisdom of those words. 😊

So, here’s the thing: My success in business the last few years has a lot to do with Synthesizing even though from the outside looking in, it may not seem like I’m using Andrew's model. Feb 2020: I’m an author of 8 books (all on education) and speak 70-80 times a year for $5k-$10k a gig. I’m traveling all over the place and the money is good but the lifestyle is not with four kids and my wife at home. I have been building my course business for the last couple of years due in part to Uplevel and other courses and have yet to find a high ticket program that works in education, mostly selling $100-$300 courses that provide a ton of value at a price the market can afford. March 2020: Covid hits and almost all of my events get canceled or rescheduled. I’m running high on anxiety. All of my peers who are authors and speakers begin to have the same experience, except most of them have never created a course, much less built an email list or marketed a program. April 2020: I charge my first couple of clients a high ticket flat fee to get them started on a course Etc. However with money going down the drain because of canceled gigs most do not want to front cash to have something built (understandable). Pivot (epiphany) moment: Everyone who is an author and speaker that I’m talking with does not understand this business model of paying for a course or services. Why? Because they all work under the publishing and speaking model where a company takes a percentage of their work. They are fine with this and understand it. They prefer it. Now, I know it is not what a lot of "online gurus" recommenss necessarily, but it is something folks like Hormozi talk about all the time: Build for a true avatar. So, I start pitching partnerships instead of service (DFY) or course/programs (DIY). The deal with a partnership is mutual benefit. I only make money if they make money. And vice versa. I’m pitching these partnerships to already successful authors and speakers who have audiences. They are just not making money in a Covid world with no travel and speaking.

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Corey Bennett Boardman
Nivas K
Allan R.
New comment 15d ago
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    Congratulations on pivoting successfully. I love reading stories like this. I gotta chime in with Nivas: where might we learn more about your story?

Did you know that Ragul MD got banned? He was accused of using bot accounts to manipulate his score. I did a podcast with him to hear the situation from his side. #21: Ragul UNCENSORED - Why He Got BANNED From Andrew Kirby's Community YouTube: https://youtu.be/PzMXYFZHyTw Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2TyEgm2i6D843gj9cpP9Vd Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-sheasby-podcast/id1554112665 All Links: https://linktr.ee/thesheasbypodcast

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Nivas K
Owen Sheasby
Dragan Markovic
Shivam Jha
Wiktor Romanowicz
New comment 15d ago
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    "I artificially boosted my standing in an online community for 30 days. Here's why that's not the answer." 😇

Officially launched my free Skool group! Stoked to fully replace my FB group with Skool. Niche: Vegan Health & Fitness For Sustainable & Fun Weight-Loss The screenshot below is my sales flow, inspired by @Andrew Kirby - thank you @Andrew Kirby ! It was perfect timing to adopt a new sales flow for me as for the past couple of months I've been working on rebuilding my flow/programs because I transitioned OUT of 1:1 coaching. My sales flow was going to be content > webinar > self-paced course + membership. But the idea of building a community in a free group with super helpful free content resonated more with me and sounds a lot more fun & authentic. With an upsell of a membership & an inner circle. I also created a landing page for it, this idea was inspired by @Shivam Jha when he shared a landing page he created for this group - thank you @Shivam Jha ! Open to your thoughts & feedback :) TIA

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Zahida A Khan
Corey Bennett Boardman
David Jones
Tristram Samoa
Yelina Perez
New comment 16d ago
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    Wow. I see a lot of potential here. Looking forward to seeing how this model works for you!

Here's a fun exercise inspired by a conversation I had with @Andrew Kirby earlier today that will help you find more clarity in your business... comment your answer down below. Fill in the blank: I help ____ go from _____ to _____ thru _____. Guidance: I help <WHO> go from <OLD LIFE> to <DREAM LIFE> thru <METHOD>. Rules: no commas, and no use of the word "and". My example: I help vegans go from having zero online income to having a full time online income thru coaching memberships. Note: the <METHOD> is the least important part, since you'll likely have a variety of ways you help, but try to put something that encompasses everything you do into 1 word, like @Andrew Kirby has done with the word "synthesizing".

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Andrew Kirby
Gabriela Toderean
Gemma Sugrue
Shivam Jha
Christian Vandaos
New comment 16d ago
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    @Rafał Sienkiewicz Yes! Exactly! Or... if they don't have money, if they have the prioritization to get it (and thereby become monetizable at that point.) In many ways, that's what is happening here at this Skool. Andrew is building a community to help us become financially successful through synthesizing, but rather than trying to monetize up front, he's allowing for the financial benefits to accrue over time... at least, that's how I'm reading the situation (and I'm sure Andrew or others in-the-know will be kind enough to correct me if I'm misunderstanding.) I'm still thinking this all through, so I hope you all will pardon me if I step my foot in it from time to time -- I think externally moreso than internally. (Hence, blogging and journaling and, well, commenting in conversation here.) I'm still processing, but this distinction that Rafal makes is crucial.

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    @Gemma Sugrue Mmmm. Mastermind. An excellent vehicle to add to our toolboxes. Also: I'd like to know more about this (feel free to PM me), insofar as I'm a singer (albeit not a very good one) who is going into the recording studio soon....

Hey Guys, how are you? I hope well... I would like to ask a question about Youtube from someone who is already well into the game. Next, the subject I intend to start with is linked to how to be a calmer and less reactive person, I see that this gets in the way of many things in life, I myself am a great example. Until the end of college (about 3 years ago) I was very explosive about every little thing, and that got in the way of everything, from friendships, jobs and relationships and the change after solving that was extreme. I wanted to start talking about it, but I have a question here, I wanted to do it in the form of a documentary, not literally because I think it would look weird, but doing something more cinematic in the style of James Jani channel, have you seen it? I think he's great. I think simply saying something I did is pretty saturated, I know that as much as the intention is to help, I need to draw attention to what I want to say. If you can leave your advice on this I would be very grateful.

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Corey Bennett Boardman
Rex Loyer
Allan R.
Adailson Graff
New comment 17d ago
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    I'll check out the James Jani channel, per your recommendation. In the meantime, I'm going to echo @Andrew Kirby's advice (and Corey's sentiment expressed above): Start, Then Learn (Don't learn, then start.) You suggest a given style has been done to death, so you want to try something different. You have an idea in mind as to the new format you'd like to try. So, do it! The only way to blaze a trail is to head off in the direction you'd like to go and hack away at it. I have no idea if what you're proposing will be engaging because I can't see what you're envisioning in your head, but once you start and you produce your first piece of content, then you can solicit feedback from your fellow Skool-mates and any other trusted allies to give you honest feedback, and then you apply the 1% rule (try to improve your next video by at least 1%, and again, and again) until you see the potential start to take shape or you get enough feedback to convince you that another avenue might be more productive. Your first delivery doesn't have the be the perfect representation of what's in your head. Just do something to get started, and then build from there. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

90% of podcasts quit before episode 3. Of the remaining 10%, a further 90% quit before episode 20. I am proud to announce the release of our 20th episode. #20: INRIS (@Allan R.) - Divorce, Time Capsuling And Living In Seattle We discussed marriage, divorce, relationships, computer programming, living in Seattle (and whether or not it rains there ;) ), time capsuling, synthesising, books and more. YouTube: https://youtu.be/saoecGNBab0 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5eZgbfruIUZagCVETxL6VB Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/20-inris-divorce-time-capsuling-and-living-in-seattle/id1554112665?i=1000585941235 All Links: https://linktr.ee/thesheasbypodcast

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Nivas K
Owen Sheasby
Obai Othman
Rex Loyer
Bernard Nwakor
New comment 17d ago
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    @Obai Othman You are very kind, my new friend! :-)

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    Owen, congratulations on hitting this awesome milestone! Given how long you and I spoke, I was wondering if you might count this one as *three* episodes! 🤣 You are a great interviewer, and that is a skill that is very much in demand these days. Keep up the great work. And, as always, if there's anything I can do to help as you build your media empire, please don't hesitate to ask!

What do you guys think about spending your time and money getting a college degree? I see a lot of people reaching great heights of success without a college degree. Most popular personalities are @Andrew Kirby , Iman Gadzhi, Sebastian Ghiorghiu..I've almost watched all of their videos on YOUTUBE..and I'm kind of convinced that getting a degree doesn't really matter if you're planning to become an ENTREPRENEUR. I personally feel like starting your own business doesn't require a college degree..I hear this from famous personalities like Robert Kiyosaki , Grant Cardone. I've also read the book RICH DAD POOR DAD and listened to some of their podcasts. What do you guys think, let it be straight forward...please do let me know through your comments.

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Yelina Perez
Ragul M.d
Michael Berezny
Thomas Rümmele
Aman Lata
New comment 19d ago
  • 4 likes • Nov 6

    There are *so many* factors involved in evaluating whether college is/was/can be "worth it:" - Was the college a good fit for you with regard to social environment, resources, teaching style, subject matter, etc. - Did you learn the subject matter you went there to study - Did you learn how to think critically - Did you encounter people who helped to bring out the best in you - Did the environment challenge you to think in new ways or did it reinforce your own preconceived notions or did it enforce conformity in thinking - What debt obligations did it saddle you with when it was over, and was/is it a level that is appropriate for what you got out of it - What did/do you want out of college, and did college in any way facilitate you getting that? Is college necessary to be successful? Obviously not! Does going to college guarantee you'll be successful? Obviously not! Does a college degree make you a better person? Clearly, 100% not! Is college totally pointless? So very obviously not. College is like a job or a romantic relationship or having kids or engaging in a hobby. Is getting married worth it? Is having kids worth it? Is your job worth it? Is collecting stamps worth it? It depends. It can be, but that doesn't mean it will be.

A lot of unusual things happened with my first client. Right from how I signed him to how I got fired, everything has a great story behind it. Like I said in the title, I made my first client who is a Travel Agency owner over $50K in revenue in 6 months and at least 10X of that in Life Time Value of the customers. I was charging him less than a $300 service fee since it was my first time + $500 ad spend per month. The amount of money I made him was insane by Indian standards. I signed a contract with him for 6 months when I signed him as a client that denies me the right to increase my service charge before the contract expires. So after 6 months were over, I more than doubled my service charge to $750 and a contract period of 3 months instead of 6 because of the demand my agency had then. Mind you, $750 was the least I was charging at that point. Anyway, the client was pissed. He fired me saying he can learn digital marketing by watching a couple of videos on YouTube and decided to do everything by himself. (Which he failed to do and overpaid someone else to do it btw) Now, this incident taught me a very important lesson about how the human brain works and human psychology. This was also one of the first business shocks I ever received. Do you remember the first business upset/shock you faced?

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Rafał Sienkiewicz
Christian Vandaos
Nivas K
Allan R.
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    Not my first business upset, but definitely a business "shock:" A friend used to say I would do the most work I could for the least pay. I didn't quite understand what he meant, but I was always trying to sell my skills/services/products/whatever to small business owners and the like. I kept hearing, and thought it was completely obvious, that the best thing to do was to try to sell to people/businesses who had money. But I didn't *get* it. I didn't wrap my head around that basic concept. I'd hit the pavement and do everything I could to convince small businesses that they needed my services (I was a web developer before that became a thing, for example), and then try to brute force the work, and then had to hound my customers to actually pay up. At some point, I ended up doing database work at a guns-for-hire shop that specialized in finance databases for law firms. I'd previously done computer work for small law firms, and man, they were always looking for the cheapest support they could get. *This* company, however, catered to large law firms. In fact, they tended to support the top 100 law firms in the country. And, whereas I used to have to beg and plead for menial gigs that barely paid my share of the rent in a small, shared apartment, this company was hiring me out for over a couple hundred bucks *per hour*. And they were paying me $30 per hour. Because that's what I originally said I was willing to work for. Folks: whenever possible, sell to people who have money. Don't try to sell to people who don't/won't pay for your services. Incidentally, after enough time had passed and I felt I had proven my worth to my employer, you better believe I asked for a hefty raise. And they paid it. Why? Because they had money! And I was helping them to make more! Unlike your first client, @Nivas K, this employer was big enough to appreciate that what they were paying me was peanuts compared to what they were making from me. When I doubled my asking price, they gladly paid it and then... they changed my title to "Senior" whatever and they bumped up my billable rate by another huge amount. So, they continued to make tons more money off my efforts even after I asked for a huge raise.

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    I should note that @Rafał Sienkiewicz made an important distinction on another thread: it may not be so much pursuing clients/customers/partners who have money, so much as who have the appropriate priorities that will help them to value your worth. If the small businesses I'd helped out earlier on had recognized/appreciated the value of what I offered them, they wouldn't have had any qualms about paying the bill once they realized the benefits of my services. Same for your first client, Nivas. This, in turn, brings us to Andrew's formula of "I help ___ to go from ___ to ___ through ___." The goal is to *help* people/businesses/organizations (and, consequently, enjoy the financial and other benefits of providing that help), but in the end, you can only help those who *want* to improve.

Hope you didn’t mind me recording. These videos are UNLISTED. No one can see them unless they are in this group Sunday 16th October 2022 (Joel explains his business and Minecraft discussion lol)- https://youtu.be/RqHi-r9vDEE Sunday 30th October 2022- building a second brain. https://youtu.be/iEAvKlDeI_4 Sunday 6th November 2022 fasting, dopamine detox, silent retreats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rVXba6tGHI Meeting Graphs Arrow indicates direct question. A cross is a contribution. The graphs show who talks the most, asks the most questions and who is listening on the sidelines. They are a mess I know lol. I wonder if you will find them at all interesting/ valuable.

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    Owen, this is both awesome and hilarious! I think sharing the calls here is useful, plus it allows us to go back and revisit a conversation if we want to remind ourselves of something or get clarification on something that we remember chatting about earlier. Your charts are fascinating! I sometimes worry that I'm babbling too much or that I'm not being sure to get lots of perspectives when I ask questions of my own, and it's interesting to see that *all* of us have days where we contribute more and days where we contribute less, and that's reassuring to see the natural ebb and flow. I also love the comments that denote who showed up late (which often corresponds to how much somebody actively participated). "XXX very late." "YYY even later than XXX." Hilarious!

So I graduated recently with a Major in Computer Science with a minor in Cyber Security. But for the last 3 years, I've been working in social media and influencer marketing space just out of sheer interest. So I got to wondering how many of my fellow synthesizers are working in industries that are totally unrelated to the degree they majored in. Please comment below what you majored in and the industry you are working in right now. If they are not related, why did you choose the industry you are in right now?

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    Dual majored in History (American and European) and Russian & Soviet Studies. Masters degree in Political Science (International Relations). At one point, had planned on teaching at the University level. Decided academia wasn't for me. Currently I'm a high-level database design architect, having never taken a single computer programming class since high school. 😇 Thing is, I don't see university as vocational training, and I always knew that I could fall back on computer work if need be. (Even while I was studying history and R&SS, I was working on campus doing computer programming jobs.) I saw college as a place to study and try new things and challenge myself by being surrounded by the sharpest minds of my generation. No regrets. Well, for undergrad, anyway. That masters degree is another story, but it has nothing to do with universities per se. I'll also note that whenever I write fiction, I draw upon all those things I learned back in college. I don't think there's a single short story that I've sold that didn't include things that I'd learned at university, and I mostly write science fiction! YMMV, of course. 🙂

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    @Nick Verardi Niiice. Looking forward to hearing how you ended up running your construction business!

That's what I felt like doing a year ago, last March. I started my channel January 3, 2021 (STEP 1) and posted several videos. I was excited and put a ton of effort into it. But then I hit the "Dip". People weren't watching and I got out of bed with a "vulnerability hangover" every day. As my feet hit the ground next to my bed I thought, "I will just stop and delete it all of it. Who do I think I am?" 🤢 Then in April, a video that I had previously posted, somehow latched into ranking in search and started to pick up steady views. I'd like to say that I was strong enough to keep going by myself, but this little push was desperately needed. Mother Algorithm threw me a bone. She's not all bad. 🦴 After that, I took months to put out a few different videos, but not because I was procrastinating anymore, but because I was learning what I needed to learn to put out videos that more matched the vision I had for them. I still wasn't completely happy, but I was getting better on all fronts of the Youtube creation cycle. By September I was cranking out fresh videos consistently along with breaking up older longer videos and releasing them as more digestible clips. (STEP 2) A few of these then even got picked up by Browse and Search as well. Plus, I felt like my content was getting better. My first video was no cuts with a title card and a sprinkle of music. Now my edit timelines look like a murder scene. 🔪 I even started to make money on Anchor by releasing my videos as podcast episodes (STEP 3). By the end of December and into January I had spikes on multiple videos. But then it fell back down. Was I a failure?! No, the numbers just fell back to about November's average, but I had already adapted. The reality is that I had a spike, and I'm still picking up subs. But it won't be exponential every day. And part of me wants to blame the recommendation system, but I know it's actually on me. I need to make a better product, especially in the thumbnail and title department! Quantity plus quality WILL get seen. I've already seen it happen. Just do it again. And again. And better. And then again.

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Benedek Santa
Corey Bennett Boardman
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    Thanks, as always, for posting your thoughts on your progress so far. I truly enjoy learning from you. Regarding posting your subscriber count: I think it just looks more like you're a "regular YouTuber" if you post the subscriber count. If you don't, it feels like something is missing, or something is broken on the page. Like... something's not working right. Sometimes mystery can be enticing, but in this case, it feels just... off. Incomplete. That said, my subscriber count is low enough to where I'm painfully aware that my count is Very, Very Low. Even so... there's something kind of cool about it visibly going up week over week... Just a thought.

UPDATE: thanks for all these replies, I no longer have a problem with low energy, I honestly don't even know what helped me, maybe I started to be more strict with waking up and going to sleep, every day at the same time, and the morning walks, but I'm still open to hear, what helped you guys maximize your energy hey guys, so I need some help and thought this will be a great place to ask it, I have low energy, and I just don't understand why, because logically it feels like I do everything right: - I have 8-9 hours of sleep every day - I go to the gym 3x a week for one hour - I go cycling in nature for 30 minutes every day - I try to eat healthy (no seed oil, sugars, or processed food) - my room has a lot of windows, so I got sunlight in the morning - I don't use any electronics 1 hour before bed and have blue light blockers here is what my day looks like: I wake up at 7 am, sit down in front of my computer work till 12, then I eat my first meal, (so I intermittent fast 16:8) after it I go back and work. at 2 pm I go to the gym, at 3 pm I go cycling and after it, I usually do some work outside for an hour, then I'm in front of my computer till 9 pm, I turn it off and go to sleep at 10 pm I'm a noob when it comes to high performance and energy optimization, but if anyone has solved this problem, and has some expertise in this field, I would love to hear your advice these are my ideas on why I have low energy: - I spend too much time in front of my computer - I only eat 2 meals a day (btw I usually feel this tiredness afternoon) - maybe not enough water? - lack of supplements? - my diet is not good enough, thinking of changing to a carnivore fruit diet also, I don't drink coffee only some green tea sometimes and I meditate, journal, and read before bed, Idk if this helps

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    I'll note that you *might* have a physical problem that is independent of the many excellent factors mentioned here. I learned recently, for example, that fatigue is a natural response to having Covid-19 even if your body's initial response to Covid-19 is to have very little in the way of symptoms. I'm sure Covid-19 isn't the only ailment that can result in long-term fatigue. I'm not a doctor, and I'm not going to use anecdotal evidence to try to diagnose your challenges here, but I've been in your situation and have learned that sometimes it's NOT a failure of attitude or diet or exposure to the sun or vitamin D... sometimes it's a genuine physical reaction to some other environmental factor that may not be obvious. It might be time to consult with a doctor if this situation persists. For what it's worth. (And, believe me, I'm usually the last to seek the advice of a physician. Even though I know they tend to know more about how the body works than I do. Western medicine is both expensive and annoying. Still, it's worth a shot.)

My time at this school has added incalculable advantage in the way that I think, prioritise and learn. I owe this to Andrew and my fellow synthesizers who are in the trenches playing the great online game. Here's a website for Synthesizer School. https://andrew-portfolio-abli.vercel.app/ • Please use desktop view, it is not mobile optimised. • You might see your face in there. Please let me know if you would like me to remove or add you. • Please share your feedback and suggestions. Let's make this website a high converting landing page for this incredible school and community. PS: This is a permissionless project. I would like to see it come to life. We are all in a unique position to leverage our skills and resources to make this community the highest leverage community for creators. Let's make it happen synths.

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    Well done, Shivam! This is a well constructed gateway. Hmmm. Thinking I'll need to learn React at some point....

I was cleaning up my Youtube subscriptions and made a list of great content creators that you may not know about. Bryan Harris (Growth Tools) - Email Marketing Daryl Rosser (Lion Zeal) - SEO Maxwell Finn (TikTok Insiders) - TikTok Ads Ran Segall (Flux Academy) - Web Design Brian Moncada (Adspend) - Youtube Ads Julian Shapiro (Demand Curve) - Startups Drew Sanocki (Nerd Marketing) - Ecom Dan Wardrope (Flexxable) - Leadgen Holly Starks - Balck Hat SEO Max Perzon - SMMA Nikolai Bain - Webflow Mike Williams (Everything Marketplaces) - Marketplaces Morten Storgaard (Passive Income Geek) - Affiliate Sites Ross Hudgens (Siege Media) - SEO Vlad Kuksenko (Talk Shop) - Etsy Blair Enns (Win Without Pitching) - Value Based Pricing

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    Another essential reference post. Thanks for consolidating and sharing this list!

#Build an information capture system all of that technology is fun and dandy ,but nothing beats a simple pen and paper literally. I just have a note book and a paper and the friction point on it is like 2/10. I used digital products, but they are too friction full or too clunky. Think of the og philosophers all they had was their pen and paper.

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    Do any of y'all use Microsoft OneNote? I'm finding it handy, especially because I've got it running cross-platform on my PCs, Mac, and iPhone. But, I haven't quiiite turned it into my second brain just yet. (Still need to go through the recommended materials in this section and research Notion.)

#15 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die Great book I've read through it. Its a lovely flip through if you are stuck. Actually the trio of Austins books are great. Show your work is excellent!!

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    This is the first book from the list of 15 that I've ordered (although I'm tracking the others and the recommended books here in this thread for future consumption, as well.)

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I'm a movie-going, radio announcing, story writing, bass playing, music listening, politics analyzing, book reading, pop culture synthesizing dad.

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