Becoming an Idea Machine

James Altucher is a man I admire, for both his story and his work. I recently came across his philosophy on becoming an idea machine, and using entrepreneurship to give your life purpose. Being philosophical myself, I found his methodology very interesting and thought you’d enjoy a synopsis (and of course my own words).

James writes:

I was out of ideas when I googled “how to kill myself “.

A rather startling beginning, James shows us just how serious his situation was. He was sure that three things would happen if he kept up with life: he would go broke, no one would ever kiss him again, and he would die because (and here’s what I loved) self worth = net worth.

What a powerful realization that was for me. As entrepreneurs, we get caught up in the fantasty of fame, fortune, yachts, islands, etc… and factor that into our net worth – our wealth. But it turns out, we may have been looking at this from the wrong angle. Once we strip away what I like to call our “gross worth” (this being money, power, and fame) what are we truly left with? Our self. Our own self worth. So in theory, James is absolutely right, our net worth is in fact our self worth!

Now how did James dig himself out of such a grave situation?

I started coming up with 10 ideas a day and I’ve written about this several times before: it saved my life, my career, my friendships, made me better friendships, partners, opportunities, a wife, better relationships with my kids, and lots of kisses!

Ten ideas a day?? That’s insane! Even though I’m always thinking of new, innovative ideas, I rarely get to ten solid and sensible ideas. James encourages us to exercise our “idea muscle” and preaches that if we don’t exercise our idea muscle, it will atrophy and we would lose the ability to be creative.

And so James encouraged people to write down 10 ideas every day, no matter what. He goes on to say that the first three are always the easiest, then the next two are harder, and the last five become nearly impossible. But he says to write down any idea, no matter how silly. For instance.

They should improve squeezable mayonnaise containers by adding 35% more mayonnaise for the same price.

That wasn’t so hard now, was it? Good luck with the next 9.

 

If you want to check out James Altucher’s article or even the rest of his blog, you can navigate to this link: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2015/01/faq-on-how-to-become-an-idea-machine/.

 

Have a great day brainstorming!

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Selling T-Shirts Online

T-Shirts: everybody shops for, buys, and wears them. On a hot summer day or a lazy winter morn, a T-Shirt can and will always come in handy. As I searched for something to wear today, I found an old T-Shirt of mine that said “Kiss me I’m Irish”. We’ve all indulged in those funny, one-liner tees at some point in our lives. And so it hit me – I remembered how in the past few years there has been a spike in novelty T-Shirts. If you’re an active Facebook user, I’m sure you’ve seen these types of advertisements pop up on your News feed.

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Well, have you ever clicked on it and explored where it takes you?  Have you ever wondered what efforts went into creating that T-shirt and why Facebook decided you were the best audience for that particular piece of Merchandise?

For the person/company posting the advertisement it provides them with an opportunity to create passive income with only a minimal amount of effort.  This income can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Albeit many campaigns fail miserably, crash and burn, implode… but there is still hope for your own personal T-Shire venture.

I have one word for you: Teepspring. You might have heard of them, but Teespring specializes in free, online T-Shirt design & sales. You can basically design a tee, setup a sales campaign, and then market them according to your audience demographic and age group.

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You may be wondering what makes me qualified to give consult anyone about successful Teespring campaigns.  In the past few months, I have managed to make a few thousand dollars creating and selling apparel via Teespring.  Here you can see just a few examples of Teespring campaigns that I have run, and where my returns fit these profit ranges.  With only a little bit of creativity, my tutorial, and a minimal amount of experience, you could be well on your way of creating your own passive income.

As I mentioned, my success with T-Spring has been rather rewarding. Although the marketing can always present an issue, the development and pricing of the product can be relatively easy if you follow the right steps. Here is an example of a successful Teespring campaign I have run.  I spent about a total of thirty minutes working on setting this up.

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Not to mention that I started a campaign several days ago, and if you subtract out the advertising costs, the following is the total I made with just 30 minutes of actual work (designing, customizing, & branding).

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Now that I have tested the waters and mastered my own Teespring domain, I want to extend my knowledge to you. Over the past week or so, I have been researching, collecting & compiling information in order to provide you with a Blueprint, aimed at providing a viable, T-Shirt business plan.

Within my Blueprint, I provide all the necessary information to create a design for your T-Shirt or other apparel, develop a customized Teespring campaign, advertise to the right audience, and setup a proper public image for your new T-Shirt business.

If you are interested in obtaining the Blueprint for this idea, all you have to do is subscribe to my mailing list. Really – there’s no catch! I just want to be able to provide you with the best service that I can, along with the ability for me to build a personal connection with you in the process. My personal consultation is also available upon request.

I wish you the best in all your ventures!

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AnyCard: Customized Gift Card

A little while ago, I had to pick up a gift card for someone. I wanted to get them a gift card to a certain chain restaurant, as I knew they would enjoy it more than any of the other options, but when I got to the store it appeared as if they ran out.

Although I was bummed until I went to the next store, this got me thinking. During the holiday season, almost every worthwhile gift card is sold out due to either popularity or general appeal. Or say that you are going to get a gift card for a friend or family member, but cannot decide on each one. That’s where AnyCard comes into play.

AnyCard is a card which has a specified amount of cash ($5 – $500) and can be customized to resemble the gift card(s) you originally intended to buy. The idea behind AnyCard is that the base card has a blank front, and includes stickers to several popular chains / stores in the geographic area. One can then use these stickers to customize the cash card and to show the person they intend to give card to, what places they thought of them using it at. It almost adds a bit more personality to the blandness of buying someone a gift card. (I, for one, welcome gift cards!)

The deployment of this idea would involved getting approval/sponsorship from the companies whose sticker logos you would be using on the blank card, as well as the vendors to accept your product. For the creation of your blank cards, it would be worth checking out OmniCard, as they specialize in custom bulk gift cards (a subsidiary of GiftCards.com). Sticker creation can be done through a variety of online and offline vendors, so it really becomes a matter of preference. As long as you have the rights to the company logos, you can check out StickerGuy or StickerGiant, as they are reputable bulk sticker vendors.

This idea is rather generalized, as I was looking through some of my scribbles over the past few weeks and found this idea jotted down. It’s worth looking into – I still think that something like this has potential, given the fact that I personally ran into the problem of not being able to find the card that person wanted. So having a unique solution like this available to me would be a great plus!

I hope you enjoyed this idea, and the many more to come. Feel free to share my stuff with friends or complete strangers! Or if you’re new to my site and think I’m worth your time, I highly recommend subscribing to my mailing list – it goes out once per week and delivers great content right to your inbox!

Either choice, I wish you the best of luck in all your ventures.

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