When I first came to this forum a few years ago, I just happened to be kicked out of my own house because some asswipe made a fake title to my house, took out a mortgage and disappeared.
I did not know any of this until that knock at the door and did not know what to do considering I had a small child to take care of. He was 3 or 4 at the time...
I was sent on the IM direction by some older WF members and with their help, I started making some $$. Not a lot, but enough to get a new roof over our heads (a small trailer) with 2 acres of land etc.
I made a BIG thread on the OLD WF about it. For those that do not know, there used to be another forum until it was wiped out to make room for the one we enjoy today.
The person that did this to me was taken care of so there will be no questions nor answers about that particular time in my sons & my life.
My little boy did not complain once. Up to this day, we have learned how to do without and just use what we have.
Going from the little mini mansions to a completely ruined credit + a few other things that needed to be done because courts, police etc were of no help completely changed our lives.
We know now and are grateful for the little things like a good book, learning a new skill like Aquaponics, riding a bike together etc.
In short the tribulations that we went through, now that I see them from a different light, were a blessing to my son and I. My son and I are 1 today. The kid went from bratty to super respectful and understanding and I went from crazy clubbing daily to humble father.
After learning a few tricks here at the WF, winning a contest for John Reese's Traffic Secrets 2.0 also here and learning a few tricks at the unmentionable forums I was able to make enough money to just keep us surviving.
A few websites for clients here and there, pushing of CPA offers whenever we wanted and even building a full fledged "hosting company" for a client kept us afloat.
The Tools Learned
I started with HTML templates and then learned WP. I can also do WHMCS (hosting company software). Joomla & Tons of automated tools to make life easier.
A little bit of photoshop. Email scrapers and senders etc.
All of these tools have made me a "jack of all trades" if you will.
Bouncing Bouncing Bouncing
I have done tons of little jobs and some big jobs for clients that that I then forget about as I have been bouncing from thing to thing (not shiny widget syndrome)
Just bouncing between many different little things instead of concentrating on one like many of us have done.
Last week my son (who is now 9 years old) had a little fight in the school bus because some kids were calling him a "cracker" for days and messing with him. Never mind that my son is Puerto Rican & German he was the "cracker" of the week to these other bullies.
My son fought valiantly and lost against 2 other kids. Luckily, he was not suspended as we know a bus driver that was able to pull the security tape for us which we were able to show the principals and the other kids parents. Not to mention that I have one of those quiet kids that does not like to f**k with anyone.
His only problem, that I hate, is that he stands up for his little friends when they are called crackers and bullied etc. I keep telling him to mind his own damn business but he says that he doesn't like it when they call his friends racial names.
Anyway, we were talking about what happened and during the conversation my son asked:
"Papa, how do we get free? You know, like real FREEDOM?"
Profound question for a 9 year old and one I had no answer to at the time. Because I do not lie to my kid, I told him that I would have to think about it and find the right answer for us as "real freedom" means many things to different people.
Freedom - My Take on It
After pondering such a profound question from a child I came to the conclusion that freedom, real freedom is I am nameless new boat!
Let me explain.
I believe that I am Nameless was the person that was able to barter SEO for a yacht! So the answer for my child hit me like a ton of bricks.
Real freedom is enough money to do whatever the hell you want instead of being a slave for peanuts.
Freedom allows you to work from anywhere in the world while cruising the world in I am nameless boat.
Freedom allows you to go to the best schools and the better educated you are, the freer you are.
In short, being able to make the money that you need in command, being able to either send my kid to an awesome prep school or even home school him while we hop island to island learning and exploring together, that is freedom! At least to us.
The conversation I had with my son about freedom during fishing pulled some things to light that I was not aware of.
First, my son is starting to grow up. He sees that there are kids in his school that get away with murder each and every day. It turns out that my son wants to "try a private/prep school" for middle school.
With all of the political situations being bombarded on TV my son is aware that these political people are millionaires many times over and I asked him to do the research on "all of these government" people to see if can can find what they all have in common and that I would help him do his own research.
Lo & behold, the kid took me up on it and he started with Obama & Romney. A few of our senators and house members and multi millionaires in general.
Our "research" (remember it was done by a kid) showed that 90% of the people researched went to the best private schools and colleges in the world. Those that did not, placed their kids in the best schools in the country.
Then came the question of how can "we" become like that so we can be free like them.
My answer: "We need I am nameless boat but in order to do that we need to change the current reality to a new reality."
With the new goal of changing my boy's education to private / prep schooling it is now time
to do some things different and concentrate in what needs to be done. Concentrate in a few core services for offline companies and build a full fledged company around those services.
I am writing a plan in this thread tomorrow morning in the post right below this one to get your opinions.
I am Nameless - Reading You Backwards
Keeping with the theme I have going on with my boy about I am Nameless boat, I decided to read him backwards. I have read enough postings here on the WF to be able to tell those that do from those that teach.
I think I Am Nameless, John Durham and a few others are worthy of being read backwards here at the WF.
What I mean by this is breaking down ALL of their posting and threads from the very first one that they placed here in the WF as newbies to the ones they are posting today.
If you were to click on any warrior's name then view profile, there is a little tab call statistics. In this tab, you can search for all of their threads or all of their postings.
Once you do that, go to "the last page" of their results and viola! You are reading them from 'newbie' status to pro status so you can learn what makes these doers tick!
I Am Nameless is the first one I am breaking down because my son and I are going after that "boat" (freedom). I will then break down all of the other big players in the same fashion so I can 'grow as they grew".
By breaking down and learning things that work from the big boys, having the clear goal of placing Gabriel in private school and sticking and growing 1 company of related services that can be marketed to offline clients, I think we will be able to ride that boat to freedom...