78: The Final Episode of the Decade
In this episode, we recap what has been an unreal 2019 and incredible decade.
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In this episode, we recap what has been an unreal 2019 and an incredible decade.
What’s up to the attics. Welcome back to another episode. It’s unreal. Like it’s hard to believe that we’re already staring either it was not only the end of 2019, but the end of this decade. So it’s been an absolutely insane decade. As 2010 started, I was bartending spending too much money drinking with college buddies. But in the middle of 2010, I started my first big boy job as a restaurant restaurant manager. And that was one of the craziest times in my life. You know, I like talking about the struggles, I like reflecting on some of the opportunities that I’ve had along the way, because they helped me appreciate more of what what they have today.
You know, at that time, I was broke making only $28,000 a year, I was going to friend’s birthday parties with $25 in my checking account, and zero credit, I couldn’t even float it for another few days with a credit card, I had no money. It was stressful. I was working my face off, I was working insane hours. Average week for me was easily 50 hours in the restaurant in 12 hours commuting. That was just while I was training, and I was commuting two hours. So one one way or one hour each way. And then I got to the point where we had opened our restaurant that I was hired to open and the hours just rose to anywhere between 70 and 95 hours a week, not went weeks with zero days off 12 to 15 hour days, sometimes longer. And don’t forget the fact that this was all being done while I was earning a salary of only $28,000 a year, you could do the math on that the average the the money I was making per hour was not very good. In fact, in a lot of times it was less than minimum wage.
But you know, went through it made it through. And along that time, you know, I really worked my face off for the better part of a year and a half. I showed initiative to grow and took it upon myself to learn new skills and to grow my network that was key. This led to a great promotion, and ultimately office hours that helped me balance out all the craziness that I was working before. I was working a nine to five, I was working pretty much 40 hours a week. And then there was the commute. But that wasn’t too bad. You know you fast forward a few years is 2014. And I was feeling the need to have more of a creative outlet. And it led me right back to a childhood hobby. That hobby was right here and website design. Did you’ve all heard this story before, and I’ve talked about it here on a few past episodes.
Actually, if you go back through the library, you can check out any of the episodes, especially some of the earlier ons, or early episodes where I talk about my journey. But if you’re interested in hearing that whole thing that’s forward again another year and I launched my side hustle of key linear media and I was in 2015. Since then, I’ve managed to make around $50,000 in additional income while doing something that I really really love doing. And I get to work with some cool people. So I quickly found out how hard it would be to grow and make the time spent worthwhile. While with proper or without proper systems. I spent most of 2016, trying out new systems and building my workflow. And in that time, I found how much I really loved teaching.
I started working on YouTube tutorials that are uploaded to my personal channel while I worked out the kinks, figured out the hardware i’d need and also while I tried to find my voice. When I felt like things were at a decent starting point i large launched the keygen linear media YouTube channel and started working on content that I thought would serve anyone working in WordPress and Divi. But I quickly realized this was going to be a beast of an undertaking. And I stopped. I pivoted to the world of podcasts when anchor massively overhauled their platform. So they made it so easy to get a podcast started and distributed and actually earn a little bit of money. But I just couldn’t say no. The db addicks podcast officially launched in early 2018. And I’ve loved creating each episode. They keep me deep in the trenches with what Elegant Themes is doing with Divi. But they also forced me to stay in touch with marketing, business hot topics, so I can share them here with you guys.
This podcast podcast has been a huge success in my mind. Too many of the number may sound small and not really that impressive. In fact, you might think that’s not a whole lot when you think about YouTube numbers and you know big stars. But to me, I’ve got a captive audience of nearly 90 people each week who show up and listen to each episode. Now that number may be including different people along the way. That’s okay. But I know you’re listening right now. And this is as good a time as any for me to say a huge thank you. I look at each number as a human. And I appreciate the fact that you give me any of your attention and time. It’s still crazy for me to think that I’m saying that what I’m saying is actually interesting or useful. So thanks, I appreciate you.
If I go back from the beginning of this podcast, I’ve made a whopping 60 bucks in sponsored ad dollars for maker sponsorships. I look at it as money for doing something I really love. And honestly, I would do it for nothing. Anchor just gives me an opportunity to drop an ad and make a little bit of money if you listen. So obviously, it would be unreal, awesome to have official sponsors and make more money per episode per episode. But that’s really not my priority. My priority is and will always be to focus on finding a flow that works best and content that brings the most value to you. The Super mind blowing fact is that some of you are listening from the other side of the world. So to me, like we live in an amazing, beautiful time really is crazy awesome. So I can’t thank you enough for hanging out.
For the year and a half, we’ve been doing the Divi addicts podcast, and for coming back each and every week. Next week is going to be the first episode of The New Year, the new decade. And we’re going to lay out what you will be able to expect from us in 2020. We thank you again, we appreciate you coming back. We’ll see you next week. Next year, hit next decade, Have an awesome day, happy new year. So if you’ve made it this far, I really just wanted to come out here and say you know, this episode is one of those that kind of puts a bow on a lot of the things that we’ve been doing it’s really a big thank you it’s it’s a look back at the decade look back at some of the struggles to get here. And really what’s brought us to this point so I’m super appreciative of the fact that we’ve made it here we’re almost 80 episodes or 80 or so episodes. And you know, we do this or I specifically do this hoping that somebody who’s listened on the other side of this microphone gets a little bit of motivation and decides you know, I want to I want to take up a passion that I love and figure out how to make a business out of it.
It’s not easy, doesn’t happen overnight takes a lot of sacrifice a lot of work a lot of hours logged that you don’t necessarily get paid for to create this content to put out to the world to show them your passion for what you do. But I can promise you that it does bring with it a lot of benefits yeah sure all the hours locked and make this podcast have resulted in what you heard in the podcast earlier it’s 60 bucks right sponsored ad $60 so not a whole lot but it is what it is and that 60 bucks is just gonna keep building into this account until it’s something else and you know maybe you become the the funds that give us the next microphone increase the the sound quality here. Maybe it’s allowed us to go into the bank account for a discount that we allow, you know to give the Devi attics or Devi builders layout membership, a big discount. I don’t know, I’m just spitballing here, but I wanted to say I appreciate you and I wanted to put a bow on this decade. And yeah, I just wanted to say thank you one more time. That’s really it. Have an amazing, amazing, New Year. Be safe, and we’ll see you next year.