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The Idea Series

I want to get rich. There’s millions of ways to do this and most don’t work out. But I’m stubborn - and to be perfectly honest I’d be okay with being only mildly rich.

Comfortable might be a better word.

The ultimate goal is to reach the point where I no longer worry about next month. I don’t want to think about the electric bill, or the mortgage payment, or how much I’ve spent on groceries. I also don’t want a big fancy house. The one I’ve got is perfectly fine.

(I realize this is basically everybody's goal.)

So in order to get from A -- here -- to Z -- rich -- I really need to get off my ass. People don’t make that money by working their 9-to-5. Granted, they often go in the other extreme and do nothing but work. I don’t want that, either. I want something I can work on just occasionally, hours per week, until it can either become something to replace the 9-to-5 or until I can sell it and ditch the 9-to-5.

How? By writing down ten ideas every day. At least ten. You may have heard about this before (as urged by one James Altucher here). And if I don’t think I can get to ten then the new goal for the day is twenty.

So I went out and bought myself a nice pen (Zebra F-701) and tiny little notebooks (guest checks to start, but if I don’t like them I’m switching to a Leuchtturm1917 notebook). I went out to a locally-owned cafe, bought a cold brew coffee, and got to writing.

On that first day over twenty ideas came pouring out.

I know it won’t always be like this. Some days I will really struggle to hit the five-mark, let alone ten. But I have my motivation and soon I will have accountability. How? By blogging about the past week’s ideas every week. Maybe some of them will turn into articles on this blog. Maybe some will actually turn into good projects for me. The only way to find out is to do it.

Doing this, I think, will help me in a lot of ways. Through the power of habit I’ll be able to spot those places in everyday life that have a Need -- the kind of Need that can be addressed by a technology, service, or other, that I can fulfill.

Establishing this routine and sticking to it will give me the courage to find and establish other routines that maybe I’ve been avoiding for some reason. This blog is another such example: writing, frequently and steadily, is the only way to get better at writing.

So as I add to the list of ideas, and as I write each blog post, I’ll add them in a chronological list below for easier review. One post, one week.

This article was updated on October 15, 2018