My number one priority as far as work goes is always going to be my full time employment. With the end of the year I had a project that had to take focus. This along with the Toys for Shots party I throw every year and the holidays really took up my entire December. Last year I said I wanted to be a little more transparent and I did these reports for the entire year. It was a fun little experiment but unless these are really helping or inspiring someone they are probably going to come to end. I do all of these manually and unless I find a way to automate they take up some valuable time. If you really want them to stick around please speak up and thank you for everyone who tuned into these all year long.
I feel like a broken record with these “excuses” each month but the simple fact is I can only do so much. With that I have to prioritize what is important to me and in certain months like this one things like The Blog, Social Media & The YouTube channel are going to suffer. With that said though I launched a new course this month called Merch by Amazon – How to start your own t-shirt business. I also doubled my best month ever in sales on Udemy which I am beyond proud of. Thank you to all of you who keep leaving me these amazing reviews in my courses. It really keeps pushing me to do what I do and LOVE what I do.
All of this along with moving into my very first home with my beautiful fiance really kept me busy this month. This is a picture of us in front of our new home and we are both so excited to start this next amazing journey. Until next month my friends, happy learning!
I am continuing my Black Friday sales on this Cyber Monday and through the rest of the month. You can get any of my courses for only $10 by using the coupon codes below. Happy Learning!
Learn Spring Boot – Rapid Application Development
Merch By Amazon – Hot to start your own t-shirt business
The Complete Apache Groovy Developer Course
This was a pretty slow month when it comes to YouTube and my Blog but I promise you that I have some good excuses. First off I got engaged this month and you can read all about it here. Another reason I have been pretty busy this month is because I have really been focusing on Amazon Merch this month. I am going to add My Merch earnings to this report card every month in case anyone wants to see it.
So this happened yesterday! I got engaged to my best friend in the whole world and couldn’t be happier. I really wanted her to be surprised so this happened before brunch right next door to where we live (and met) overlooking downtown Cleveland. Huge shout out to Pier W for providing such and awesome location for our engagement. The whole staff there was awesome and treated us so good. Please click on the image below to view the gallery.
About a year ago, I set out on a journey that has forever changed my life. The title of this article might be a little bit misleading but I had to get your attention so that I could share my story with you. My hope is that anyone in a similar situation will be inspired by this and take action now.
This story actually started about 2 years ago in November. I have always been someone who enjoys learning from a variety of sources. I enjoy reading books and articles on the web, listening to podcasts, going to conferences and even watching videos online. I loved watching videos online even if I knew the subject because I felt like I would always pick up one little tip or trick that would always make it all worth it. I can remember using www.lynda.com in the past but the idea of an online course was still very new to me. While you can find individual videos on YouTube for free it is very hard to stitch all of these videos together to teach you an entire subject.
We ended up getting 16 entries for our Groovy Book Giveaway. I threw a quick little Groovy script together and we ended up with a winner. Congratulations to Praveen Srinivasan and thank you to everyone who entered. If Praveen doesn’t collect the book in the next 7-10 days I will give it to someone else. Below is a sample script of how we pulled the winner and the recording of it.
// 16 entries
List names = [
println names[new Random().nextInt(2)]
This month’s book of the month is The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly. I finished last months book pretty quickly so I am already half way into this one. I am really geeking out over this book and I can already tell this is one of those books that I am going to read a second time.
A New York Times Bestseller
From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives
Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these deep trends—interacting, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning—and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other. By understanding and embracing them, says Kelly, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits. Kelly’s bright, hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place—as this new world emerges.
This was one of my more productive months on YouTube. I posted 17 videos this month and crossed the 100 total mark. I am really happy the consistency I showed this month. I am focusing more on getting content out there rather than it being perfect.
I spent a lot of my time this month focusing on my new course and Merch by Amazon. If you are following along you should of seen some blog posts and videos that have to do with my adventures into Merch. We setup a domain name that will forward to our store and even a facebook page. If you have a chance please check them out.
I hope you’re enjoying these report cards and I hope you had an awesome September.
If you are following along my “Book of the Month” for September was The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton. Before I get into the details I just want to get this out of the way right now. This is a must read and Inspirational on so many levels. With that out of the way there are going to be some spoilers here so if you don’t want to read them please move along.