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When you feel like procrastinating

Awhile back, I had a guy ask me:

“ok jump in where I am wrong…. YOU ARE: a teacher, a developer, a business owner, a husband, a father, a dog owner, a homebuilder??? Do you have a personal assistant walking next to you, feeding you to save time?”

Now, I think the typical response is..

“Aw gee shucks. I just do my best!”

But, the truth is…

For me, that’s not really the case. A few years back, I made a conscious decision to push myself as far as I could productivity-wise. I’d just come off a big project where I’d failed to deliver several key parts of the end product…

And, the client was taking a hit because of it.

And, there was nothing to say.

It was 100% my fault.

And, it was because I’d let procrastination win.

So, I decided I was never going to let that happen again. That’s about the time I started doing these daily emails. At that time, I had one course… now I have over a dozen. And yes, the last 6 months, I’ve been building a house.

None of it is an accident.

It was all done consciously.

And yes, I sleep a healthy 8-9 hours a night.

Spend lots of time with my wife and kids.

Aaaaand, walk my (supposed be my wife’s, btw) dog.

How?

Well, when I made that decision, I decided to put myself through a productivity “boot camp” of sorts. I tried about every productivity “system” and “trick” you’ve probably heard of. 

And, I was just ruthless about it working FOR me or not.

And, what I found is that I ended up spending more time DOING the productivity “system” — whatever it was — than I did actually BEING productive. Which was a NO-GO for me, Captain.

So, through lots of trial and error…

I developed my own system.

It’s a simple 10-minute “routine” I do every morning.

To get me focused…

And, clear on what needs done that day.

And, motivated to actually DO it.

Now, I won’t say that this will work for everyone. I honestly have no idea. It’s not some fancy “scientific formula” based on the “neuroscience” of rocket surgery. It’s just this thing I do that works really well for me.

Anyway, if you wanna give it a try and see if it works for you…

I teach it to you in my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done course.

You can take that course for nothing over on SkillShare.

Deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

John

December 10, 2018

Gutenberg is a clunky, horrible mess

Spaketh the troll:

“The only thing laughable here is this smug, horrible take.

That’s what cracks me up.

Gutenberg is a clunky, horrible mess. I can see how the childish building block approach might appeal to an arrogant prick like yourself who believes that every sentence deserves a new line, but to real content creators who actually know how to write, it’s a nightmare. An actual blog, an actual article…something you clearly know nothing about, since you’re committed to this self-congratulatory “I’m smarter than everyone else” drivel you laughably call a blog.

I’m sure you’ll offer up some snarky reply about how it’s for developers and whatnot, forgetting that it’s also about the end-user and content creators. Of course, looking at what you’ve designed here, it’s clear that you don’t really know much about quality content or good design. More’s the pity.

In short, your take is bad, and you should feel bad. Sadly, you won’t. You’ll dismiss this as “hating”, just as you’ve dismissed all the valid criticisms of Gutenberg because, I don’t know, using it makes you feel special, important, and superior? I’m only guessing, but based on the attitude of this post and others you’ve made, I feel it’s a pretty accurate one. But hey, you do you, pal.”

–Troll

Oof!

The lady doth protest too much, methinks!

Anyway, notice how there’s no actual explanations here. No reason why. Just “it’s a clunky mess”. One bumbling line about “every sentences deserves a new line”… as if that has anything to do with Gutenberg.

Anyway, this is when you know you’re on the right track.

When, this is the best someone can up with.

Funniest thing is…

I guarantee this “real content creator” will be typing his blog posts in Gutenberg in less than a year from now. In fact, most of the Gutenberg “haters” will. It’s just how this stuff works.

Although, there probably still IS that one guy using Windows XP.

Anyhoo, t’aint no sweat off this gander’s back.

Keep using that clunky old editor if you like…

With your T9-enabled flip phone…

Riding your horse and buggy “into town ma”…

To pick up some spears and loin cloths…

Ok, ok… I digress.

Anyway, if you ain’t into all this debating and just want to dive into Gutenberg without having to learn “yet another piece of software” all on your own, my new Beginner’s Guide to Gutenberg course will show you everything you need to know.

And, access won’t cost you a buffalo nickel.

Deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John​​​​​​​

December 9, 2018

Gutenberg is NOT a page builder

This is the mistake everyone keeps making.

I’ve heard it probably a dozen times now.

“As a page builder…”

“Compared to Elementor…”

“If you’ve used Beaver Builder…”

I don’t care what WordPress calls it. What any core committer might say about it… Gutenberg is NOT a page builder. Not yet, anyway. So, if you’re looking at it that way and comparing to other page builders…

Sure, Gutenberg sucks…

As a page builder…

For now.

But, that’s the wrong comparison, IMO.

Instead, think of it as a post editor. And, compare it to the old TinyMCE editor. THAT is what Gutenberg is replacing. And, when you do that… trust me, if you actually USE Gutenberg a little bit.

You’ll go back to the old editor…

And wanna blow chunks.

It’s just not even close.

So, use Elementor…

Or Beaver Builder…

Or Layers…

AND Gutenberg.

That’s how I’m using it.

And, you can throw that nasty TinyMCE editor in the garbage.

In any case, the reality is as a developer and/or a freelancer, your current and future clients are going to be using this thing… whether YOU like it or not. So, you’re gonna have to know how to use it.

If you want an assist…

And, don’t wanna have to figure “yet another” piece of software on your own, I created a crash course on Gutenberg that’ll show you everything you need to know. And, you can get access to it for nothing on SkillShare.

All the deets on the course and how to get no-cost access are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John

P.S. Here’s an early review of the course in case you’re wondering if it’s any good:

“This course is the ‘JIT’! – Just In Time for the release of WordPress 5.0 featuring the new Gutenberg editor. The course is great for all levels of users wanting to get their feets wet and start learning how to use Gutenberg inside of WordPress. John (as always) does a superb job of covering the topic content with enough depth and breadth to let you get in there and make something useful.” — Mark Zup

No-cost access: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

December 6, 2018

Gutenberg. The death of WordPress

People crack me up.

I remember when I first showed my mom a smartphone. “What the hell do I need THAT for?” You should see her now. Getting her off Facebook is like trying to get a politician to quit lying.

I remember when Twitter came out.

“This is so stupid. Why would anyone care what I’m doing?”

We see where that went.

And yes, yes… I even remember when the internet came out.

(Old jokes will get you BLOCKED! :D)

There were people who said it’d never be a “thing”.

People are so often horribly, awfully, terribly wrong about technology and what they will and won’t use. Like really, really bad.

Enter WordPress Gutenberg.

People HATE this thing.

Just check out some of these “reviews” on the repository:

“The update NOBODY wanted.”

“This is like hell in WordPress.”

“Please let us keep using Classic Editor!”

You’ve got articles speculating that Gutenberg will be the “death” of WordPress.

Gimme a break.

Funny thing is…

Before Gutenberg, if you ASKED people about the classic editor and TinyMCE… they’d have ranted and raved at you for an hour about how awful it was.

Now, it’s this amazing thing we shouldn’t DARE change.

In any case, my challenge for you and all these people is simple. Use Gutenberg for a week to create all your content in WordPress. Then, switch back to the Classic Editor.

I guarantee you you’ll go, “Eh. This sucks.”

It’s not even close.

So, no.

Gutenberg won’t be the death of WordPress.

In fact, I predict that a few years from now, WordPress will be stronger than ever… in part thanks to Gutenberg. And, we’ll look back at this and wonder why we fought it at all.

But hey… I’m sometimes wrong.

So, we’ll see.

In any case, if you’re ready to just dive in and learn this thing and want a no-look pass, I just launched a new course on Gutenberg. And, you can get access to it for the big double zero over on SkillShare.

All deetsies on that are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

Johannes “Gutenberg Ain’t S!@#” Morris

December 5, 2018

NEW COURSE: The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Gutenberg

If you don’t know…

Gutenberg is the new editing experience for WordPress 5.0 and beyond.

And, it is a drastic shift in how post and page creation works in WordPress… moving from one large block of text in the Classic Editor to small, individual blocks of text and media in Gutenberg.

And, the big thing is… this is only the beginning.

Gutenberg will continue to become more and more apart of WordPress moving into full-site layouts and theming and even, eventually, into the WordPress admin area.

So, if you’re using WordPress and haven’t yet…

It’s time to learn Gutenberg.

Which is why I created this new course.

The goal is to get you up to speed with Gutenberg.

What it is and how to use it…

So, if you’re a content creator, you’re not just prepared for the change, but can push Gutenberg to its limits to create rich content and layouts on our site.

Or, if you’re a WordPress developer, you can get familiar with the concept of “blocks” and how your clients’ editing experience will change so YOU can help prepare and educate them.

In the course, you’ll learn all about the new WordPress “blocks”, creating rich content, the convenience of “reusable blocks” and more.

Plus, we’ll build an entire site from scratch using WordPress Gutenberg.

Best part…

You can get access to the course for nothing over on SkillShare. All the details on getting that no-cost access is here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John

P.S. If you’re a Patron, the course is waiting for you here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/course-beginners-23124757

December 4, 2018

Why you’ll fail as a freelancer

There’s lots of reasons:

  • You’re just not that good at what you do.
  • You’re not very good at dealing with people.
  • You picked the wrong market and services to offer.

I could go on and on.

But, by far, the #1 reason freelancers fail is they never learn how to consistently get clients. They rely on luck or “word of mouth”. They try this and that, but never learn and apply anything consistently.

They constantly worry that one day the clients will dry up.

And, if that does happen…

They have no idea how to fix it.

That was me the first few years of my freelancing career. I’d gotten a few clients by pure dumb luck. I’d picked a few up off Upwork. But, I really had no idea how. I didn’t know what to do to get more.

And, I clung to those clients like a vegan to her tofu.

And then, one of them decided to move on from me.

It was going to be a huge hit to my income.

And, I had no plan.

All the crazy thoughts kicked in. What if I never get another client? What if I can’t pay my bills? What if I have to go back to a regular job? What if my wife and kids see me as a failure?

On and on and on.

The silver lining is all that gave me the motivation to figure this out.

And, I did.

In fact, I built a system so powerful that I was turning away 4-5 clients/month because I simply had too much work. Several of those were high profile clients I’d have killed for just a few years earlier.


Of course, I’m no genius (just ask my kids).

This stuff really isn’t all that hard actually.

In fact, I basically just took what other service businesses had been doing for hundreds of years and combined it in a unique way. Something, I’ve never seen anyone else talk about, but based on well-established, tried and true business principles.

So, it’s no big secret.

Or, overly hard to implement.

You just gotta know what it is.

In any case, that’s what I teach in my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course. And, you can get access to it for nothing over on SkillShare. All the details on the course and how to get no-cost access are here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/freelance.

Later,

John

November 30, 2018

The best freelancing tutorial I’ve seen

Got this review from Mehandi:

“This is one of the best tutorials I have ever seen on freelancing from any tutor. I will highly recommend this course among my peers and others as well.”

I mean…

Clearly, Mehandi is a bright fella.

But, for realz…

The #1 thing that holds most freelancers back is getting new clients. Not delivering, not managing their finances, not “work-life balance” or any other somesuch. Getting new butts in the chair.

And, the #1 reason WHY…

Is they’re shooting from the hip.

No real idea HOW they’re getting the clients they got.

No idea what to do if things slow up.

And, I get it.

I was the same.

And then, I figured out a system. I built out a REAL business. And then, I DID know how I was getting clients. I DID know what to do to get more. I DID know what to do when things slowed up.

I ain’t no genius.

This stuff ain’t rocket surgery.

It’s simply a matter of being able to set your natural skepticism aside for a second, learn the system and then as I like to say: “Run it!” Fire that ish up and watch the clients roll in.

Believe that or not.

I’m not gonna waste time convincing you.

And, it ain’t no sweat off this gander’s back.

But, if you wanna learn that system, you can… for nothing.

Deets here: https://skl.sh/2pOiF5g

Later,

John​​​​​​

November 29, 2018

Blood-sucking freelancers

Fair warning if you’ve never been told.

It’s important to never get too close to your clients.

It’s a recipe for certain disaster.

Something I learned the hard way…

I had this client once I really liked. When we started, she was super laid back and easy to work with. She wasn’t trying to re-invent the wheel. And, she was actually willing to listen to me and my thoughts on her site.

And, I felt like she really liked me, too.

She always was pleasant when we talked.

Always said nice things.

Even as we worked through a stickier issue with the site, she was great.
Then, one day, she forwarded an email thread from one of her staff members about some question they had.

And, I was tracing back through the thread to get some context…

And, that’s when I saw it.

The most vile, explitive-laced paragraph I’ve ever seen a client write.

Calling me every name in the book…

And, spewing venom like I’d never seen.

It was like a knife to the back.

And, a hard lesson.

It’s amazing how quickly a client will turn from “loving you” to telling everyone they know you’re a “blood-sucker”. It can happen in a heartbeat.

In any case, my solution was simple.

I immediately fired her.

Copied that paragraph, sent it to her and said, “I’m done”.

She begged for forgiveness.

Even tried to hire me, again, several months later.

Apologizing profusely.

But, nope.

No dice.

I refused to let her hire me.

I can forgive, but I don’t forget.

Of course, I could fire her and reject her constant overtures because I had a backlog of clients waiting to hire me. And, I had that backlog because I’d created a system for GETTING those clients.

Makes things a helluva lot easier when you freelance.

And, you don’t gotta “swallow your pride” with s!@#%y clients.

Anyway, I teach you how to build that same system in my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course. And, you can get access to it for nothing over on SkillShare. All the details on how are here: https://skl.sh/2pOiF5g

Later,

John​​​​​​​

November 28, 2018

I’m an uneducated moron

That’d be the conventional wisdom.

I only have my H.S. diploma.

No college degree.

Certainly no fancy-pants Master’s or doctorate. I’m just a lowly web developer building “boring” web sites for equally boring and uneducated people. To hear the know-it-alls tell it, anyway.

But, as I sit here…

On the land I own free and clear…

Looking at the house I’m building (and own free and clear)…

Pondering all the student loan debt I DON’T have…

I can’t help but think:

“This moron has done pretty damn well for himself.”

Some might call that arrogant. Other (smarter) people might see the lesson in it. Regardless, I think it’s becoming more and more obvious what a raw deal college is. And, specifically, talking about tech…

In my humble, but accurate, opinion…

There’s very few tech jobs that actually require a degree.

Sure, a few here and there.

But, far less than the screechers who will send me hate-mail about this would like you to believe. In most cases… a boot camp, an online course, hell just YouTube somtimes… will not only be cheaper, but give you a better education.

That and you don’t have to worry about all the “safe-spacers”…

And, purple-haired weirdos that tend to populate colleges these days.

In any case, do what you want…

I’m just giving you an alternate perspective.

You can be plenty happy…

And, do more than fine financially…

Without a bunch of letters behind your name.

(And, a bunch of zeroes in your debt column.)

Of course, as you know, MY coding curriculum is available to you for ONE zero… as in… zip, nada, zilch-o. Object-oriented programming, HTML and CSS, JavaScript, PHP, freelancing, Upwork and much more…

The whole shabang for nothing.

All the details on that are right cheer: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/skillshare

Later,

John

November 26, 2018

I can smell your excuse from here

Once upon a week ago, I got a YouTube comment from a student of mine:

“Really? I made 35k on Upwork in the last 12 months. Seems like a good scam to me :)”

This was in response to the typical loser-screech of the Upwork haters that come out of the woodwork every time I do an Upwork video… calling Upwork a scam or whatever the excuse-word of the day is.

Then, some dingbat responds to her with this doosie:

“35k on Upwork? That’s because you’re a woman, you’re privileged and people pay you more.”

Lol.

The excuse-gerbil is spinning at maximum speed on that one. It sort of reminds me of all the excuses people make about why they can’t become a developer. Not smart enough or not “techie” enough (whatever the hell THAT is).

When, really it’s just about persistence.

And, hard work.

And, a little belief in yourself.

You can whine about everyone else and their “privileges” all you want. At the end of the day, nobody cares and it won’t change anything. You’ll be right where you are. And, they’ll be right where they are.

That or get off your arse and make it happen.

Anyway, for a lot of new freelancers, the problem with Upwork is they just don’t understand how it actually works. That it’s an algorithm-driven platform with very specific goals. And, that despite is “propaganda”, the client is king on Upwork.

But, once you do get that stuff.

Understand what its goals are.

And, how its algorithms work to support those goals.

Tweaking your profile and your bidding strategy to manipulate those algorithms in YOUR favor becomes obvious.

And, Upwork can become your little piggy bank.

Anyway, that’s what I teach you in my freelancing on Upwork course here: https://skl.sh/2EhufQC

But, fair warning… leave your stinky excuses at the door.

Ain’t nobody got no time for that s!@#.

Later,

John​​​​​​​

November 24, 2018

The BEST Black Friday deal

This time of year, boy!

Cracks me up. I assume your inbox was pounded with about 1000 Black Friday emails like mine was. CTRL+A. Delete. 😀

I used to HATE this time of year.

In fact, it was right about this time, several years, ago I hit rock bottom. I remember, I was going into town to get the kids some gifts. And, I already felt awful because they weren’t really getting much.

Because we were basically broke.

And, I also had this thing I really wanted.

And, I was driving, trying to figure out how I could do both.

And, for a brief moment, the thought of just getting what I wanted and saying “Ah, the kids have enough” flashed in my mind. And, it was like instant shame. I couldn’t help but think of my dad.

He used to do that s!@# to us all the time.

Christmas.

Birthdays.

He’d go “shopping” for us and come back with all this stuff for him…

And, little to nothing for us.

So, I felt like a complete dirt bag when that thought even crossed my mind.

And, that was the moment I said “NEVER AGAIN!”

Never again would I feel this way.

I will NOT become my dad.

And, I made a bunch of changes in my life.

And, I fortunately HAVEN’T been in that position since.

But, the biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is persistence. Which is why I harp on it so much. It’s not effort or hard work or intelligence. It’s simply the ability to keep moving forward.

No matter what comes your way.

Stay focused on what you want.

And, continue to pursue it.

In the face of anything and everything.

It’s hard as hell, sometimes.

But, it ALWAYS pays off.

So, if you’re feeling it this time of year. And, things aren’t exactly how you might wish them to be. Remember…

NEVER AGAIN!

Steel your mind and get after it.

Anyway, one of the things that trips people up is learning how to get paid to do all this. It’s one thing to learn how to code. It’s a whole other to learn how to get PAID to do it. AND, paid well.

Becoming a freelancer was one of the things I changed when I hit rock bottom.

And, it’s been a god-send.

Completely changed my life.

Once I learned how to do it right.

Anyway, I’ll teach you everything I’ve learned along the way, becoming a 6-figure freelancer, in my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course. Best part is you can get it for nothing over on SkillShare.

Zip. Zero. Nada.

Now, THAT is a “Black Friday” deal you can’t beat.

All the details on that are here: https://skl.sh/2pOiF5g

Later,

John

November 23, 2018

How to ask for a raise as a developer

Don’t just go in and ask.

Have a plan. And make sure your plan includes these three things… I learned from my brother as he went from 40K to over 110K in about 2 years:

Later,

John

November 21, 2018

The freelance nobody wants to hear

There are no secrets. There is no magic. The keys to success as a freelancer are boring, non-sexy and deadly effective… once you know them. Watch the video to learn them:

Later,

John

November 20, 2018

Do developers need a college degree?

“You don’t need college degree to be a web developer because people with advance college degree create libraries so that people without college degree can get a job.” 

That’s the comment I just got on YouTube.

🙄

Yeah.

Sooo… let’s tear this guy a new… ahem…

I mean, here are my thoughts:

Later,

John

November 19, 2018

How to become a full stack web developer

I don’t hear many developers talk about #4 here.

But, it’s so critical.

If you start your web development career by picking a language, you’re making it much harder on yourself. And, that’s what #4 in this video addresses:

In any case, if you wanna know how to methodically become a full stack web developer, give it a watch. It’s my recommended path to make a lot fewer mis-steps and get there faster.

Later,

John

November 14, 2018

The best freelance websites for beginners

This is not some massive list of sites.

I just don’t think that’s all that helpful. Instead it’s 3 specific sites and process for starting and growing as a freelancer and USING the sites to encourage that growth. So, if you’re looking to get started freelancing, watch this:

And, I’d appreciate if you’d share it with any other new freelancers you know.

Later,

John

November 13, 2018

How to become a web developer without a degree

It’s 100% possible.

In fact, I think degrees are mostly worthless for WEB developers.

But, there are three things colleges normally figure out for or dictate to you… that you’ll need to figure out on your own. Otherwise, you’ll wind up wasting a bunch of time and muney learning things you don’t need to.

Or, in ways that don’t suit you.

Anyway, I reveal those three things here:

Watch, like, share.

Later,

John

November 9, 2018

How to start a career in web development

Begin with the end in mind.

After almost 15 years of doing this web development thing, if there were one thing I could go back and tell young Johnny, it’d be to think a helluva lot more about where I wanted to go with all this.

The answers wouldn’t have been perfect.

They’d evolve over time.

But, I’d have felt lost a lot less.

I’d have been more motivated.

And, I’d have wasted a lot less time.

In any case, if you’re smart you’ll learn from my mistakes. This new video has the big ones and the things you need to start your career in web development, be highly successful and do it much faster than I did. Give it a watch:

And, I’d appreciate if you’d share it with any young developers you know.

Later,

John

November 8, 2018

How to get clients for web development

I learned this when my brother got into insurance.

It was all but required for any new insurance agent and the primary way they went about drumming up those first few clients and building the network they’d use to reliably get clients the rest of their career.

Going around with him…

I quickly learned how hot a commodity I was as a web developer.

And, had people asking me to build them websites from day one.

It was easy to see why every insurance agent did this.

Anyway, that’s #4 of the 5 tips I reveal in my latest video on how to get clients for web development. If you wanna get paid to do this, but don’t necessarily wanna work for “the man”… give it a watch:

And, I’d appreciate it if you’d share it with any developers you know.

Later,

John

November 7, 2018

How to become a professional developer

I’ve been a developer for over 14 years.

And, I’ve worked with developers from all over the world.

And, when people ask me “What does it take to be a PRO developer?”… I’ve noticed there are three tell-tale signs. Things you’ll see pro developers that others simply don’t or can’t.

And, if you can do these things…

You can pretty much write your own check as a developer.

Anyway, just uploaded a new video on it here:

If you want to take that next step, give it a watch.

And, I’d appreciate if you’d share it with any other developers you know.

Later,

John

November 6, 2018