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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

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

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

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 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

How to make 100K as a developer

New video just posted for you. In this one… a lot of developers wanna hit that 100K range, but don’t have a plan for how to do it. THIS is how you build that plan to make sure you’re grinding in the right direction. Give it a watch:

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

Later,

John

October 31, 2018

4 ways to work from home as a developer

I’ve worked from home full-time for 8 years now.

My little brother is going on 3 years. My mentor has worked from home full-time for ever a decade and a half. And, we all do it in very different ways. If that’s something you’d like to do, watch this video:

I’ll show you what I do.

What they do.

And, several other ways you can be a developer AND work from home.

Later,

John

 

October 30, 2018

Dreading tomorrow?

I remember this construction job I had.

I must’ve pissed somebody off, at some point, because I got relegated to “trash guy”. I remember I used to battle with my watch. It took everything in me to not keep looking down at it. I’d think an hour had gone by and it’d be just 15 minutes.

On this one site, I had my “spot”.

It was a bell tower for a church.

And, it had these loud ass steps.

So, I’d go up there, clean it up real quick then go take a nap in one of the nooks up there. Not because I was tired, but I was hoping I’d konk out for three or four hours and the day would be over.

If anybody ever came up, the stairs always woke me up.

Anyway, most people hate Mondays.

I always hated Sunday night.

As that feeling of “God, I gotta go to work tomorrow” slowly starts to creep over your body. “Is there some way I could quit? Maybe I’ll call in sick.” That anticipation was worse than the actual experience.

But, those were also the moments I was most motivated to make a change.

Eventually, I figured out how to channel that energy.

And, used it to finally, actually, make that change in my life.

In any case, if that’s you… if you’re thinking about tomorrow and dreading getting up and going to work… use it. That impulse to make a change is real. They’re moments of crystal clarity and tough honesty.

Don’t ignore them.

Wallow in them.

Make it hurt.

Feel it.

Then, get up and do something about it.

String enough of them together and you can make things happen.

And, of course, if you want assist when it comes to your web development and/or freelancing career, I’m here to help. I’ve got a whole curriculum for you to grind through and actually make that change.

It’s all there for you to make it happen.

Just gotta make that leap and decide to do it.

But, up to you.

If you’re in,  you can get access to the entire curriculum for nothing over on SkillShare. All the details on that are here: https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/johnmorris

Later,

John

October 28, 2018

The truth about wealth

I had this talk with my parents, last night.

Most people have a warped view of what wealth is.

I was telling them how my vision goes way beyond just myself. I don’t just want to have made myself wealthy. I want my kids and their kids and their kids and so on… to be wealthy. To build a kind of family dynasty.

Where the habits that lead to wealth are just expected.

The resources.

The knowledge.

That’s how legacies are built.

And, growing up the way I did, I NEVER want my kids or grandkids or great grandkids to go through what my brothers and I did. And, will literally spend the rest of my life working to make damn SURE it doesn’t.

Anyway, my dad said:

“Well, your mom and I are past that. We’ll never be wealthy.”

And, I was like hold on a minute.

What debt do you have?

None.

Student loans?

No.

Credit cards?

No.

Car payment?

No.

Mortgage?

No.

ANY loan?

No.

See, THAT is wealth. A lot of people equate wealth with a nice house or a fancy car. But, a lot of the people who own that stuff are buried in debt. You add up their net worth and they’re firmly in the negative.

Being ZERO net worth-wise is a win.

It’s a start.

Now, the land they own. The house. Every little thing puts them in the positive. And sure, if you added it all up, it wouldn’t be that big of a number for my parents. But, it’d be a positive one. And, that’s better than a lot of households.

Point is…

Don’t get too caught up in chasing the “appearance” of wealth.

Which is a lesson I wish 23-year-old me had been taught!

Instead, build real wealth.

Which is about profit, not just revenue.

Assets.

Eliminating debt.

Etc.

Anyway, take that for what it’s worth.

MY path to do all this included freelancing because it’s one of the simplest ways to get out on your own and start building your own legacy. I can’t hand my job down to my kids, but I can give them my freelance business.

In any case, if you wanna learn everything I’ve discovered in 14+ years…

And, build your own legacy…

Check out my new freelancing course here: https://skl.sh/2pOiF5g

Later,

John

October 27, 2018

Advice from a CodeCanyon success story

I got this from Mikhail:

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Another example of how simple this can be.

Your job is to grind.

Mine is to point you in the right direction.

In any case, I’ll keep it short, today. If you wanna become another success story like this… yes, of course, I truly believe in my courses and the fact that they’ll help you get there… and faster.

BUUUUT…

Don’t do what 90% do.

Don’t join up and then do nothing.

GRIIIIIIND!

Hit it hard.

Squeeze very last drop out of it.

THAT is how you win.

Anyway, if you want to know what to do and HOW, jump into my curriculum. You can get access to it for nothing on SkillShare. All the details on that are here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/skillshare.

Later,

John

October 25, 2018

The best freelancing advice you’ll hear

This from the Joelsuf-inator:

“One thing I’ve discovered is that doing this DOES require the same kind of productivity as a full time job. Just because you’re making money from home does not mean you can just cut your commitment levels in half. In many cases you should be tripling your commitment. I’m discovering this now. Sure I can pick anytime during the day to work, but I better be productive for 8-12 hours a day like with any kind of job. Separate learning from marketing from doing work.”

I literally can’t say it better.

As sure as the Earth ain’t flat…

If you follow this advice, you’ll eventually succeed.

I can’t tell you how many freelancers I’ve talked to who get into it thinking they’re gonna work 4 hours a day, right from the start, and make more than they did working their 9 to 5.

You can get there.

But, not until you’ve put in years of work.

Building your reputation.

Upping your prices.

Honing your execution.

Getting to that point requires you to be willing to put in triple the effort. This is why I say, for most people, freelancing is either in your DNA or it’s not. Some people hear what I just said and think:

“Why the hell would I do that?”

Others are so allergic to a 9 to 5…

They say:

“Whatever it takes.”

If you’re the latter, heed Sir Joelsuf’s advice.

And, you almost can’t lose.

Now, the caveat here is making sure all that hard work is actually productive. If you’re gonna run 100mph, make sure you’re headed in the right direction. Otherwise, you’re running yourself ragged for nothing.

And, as you know, that’s what my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course is for.

It’s the map.

The big mile markers along the way to get you to a REAL business around your freelance services. So, you can methodically build it to the point you can work as much or as little as you want.

Make as much or as little as you want.

And, ensure all your hard work pays off.

In any case, you can get access to it for nothing over on SkillShare.

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

Later,

John

October 24, 2018

How to stop being lazy

Man!

Been doing this Keto diet and today was a cheat day. So, had a huge stack of pancakes for breakfast… and my body is reeling. You know when you’re laying down and your arms feel like they weigh 100o lbs?

Yeah, that.

Anyway, got me thinking about this tweet:

I’d retweeted it and said:

Used it again this morning to get this email out.

I thought, “Okay, just figure what you wanna talk about”.

Just do that one little step.

Now, here I am typing this whole thing out.

Same with web dev projects.

Don’t think about everything you have to do. Just look at the list of things left to do and find one you think you can get done in 5 minutes and do that. By the time you get done with it, you’ll “strangely” want to keep going.

Before you know it…

It’s three hours later and you’ve got half your list done.

And, it’s works over and over and over.

Almost 10 years now for me.

Anyhoo, use that as you will.

Of course, if learning how to code and how to freelance is one of the things on your list, I can give you an assist. You can get access to my entire curriculum of web development and freelancing courses for nothing over on SkillShare.

So, you don’t have to waste time figuring out WHAT learn.

It’s all there.

Anyway, details on all that are here: https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/johnmorris

Later,

John

October 14, 2018

My hands were shaking as I sent the fax

I was 21.

I’d been promoted to manage my first store. I’d been there a couple months and had turned around a failing store. I was set to get promoted in a few months and start making close to 6 figures.

I still remember the day I quit vividly.

I’d been wrestling with the decision for a few weeks.

For a kid like me…

Growing like I did…

This was a golden ticket.

A REAL way out.

But, every day I was there I felt myself dying inside just a little bit more. I KNEW this wasn’t who I was meant to be. I knew I was meant to do more than sell shoes in a little mall store.

So, that day, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

My heart wasn’t in it.

As a manager, I had to fax in a written notice. And, I remember my hands were shaking as I put the letter in and hit the buttons. As soon as the fax stopped and I knew there was no going back…

A sudden rush of dread swept over my body.

“Did I just f!@# up my life?”

As it turns out, that was the best decision I ever made. There’s been a lot of ups and downs and a helluva lot of work… but, I couldn’t imagine how angry and full of regret I’d be now if I hadn’t done it.

In any case…

I imagine you might be in a similar spot… and while I’m cautious about telling someone to give everything up and pursue their dream… I can tell you, while it’s terrifying, it may be the single best decision you ever make.

Something to consider.

Anyway, web development was how I ultimately got out and built the life I really wanted. Could be the same for you. Just gotta put in the work. I’ve got a whole curriculum of coding and freelance courses to help.

And, you can get access to them for nothing over on SkillShare.

Details on all that are here: https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/johnmorris

Later,

John

October 10, 2018

I shouldn’t be a developer

My older brother was a programmer.

But, I never really was.

Back in the 90s, he used to program games for us to play our little Apple computer. I remember one time I watched him for about five minutes and was like “f!@# that!”. He’d spend hours just sitting at his computer typing away.

As a kid, I couldn’t understand it.

Kind of funny to think about now.

Anyway, what I’m getting at is…

I was not “born” a developer.

About the furthest from it.

I grew up loving sports. In fact, I didn’t think much about computers until I was almost 20. I used them, but that was about it. I worked construction and sales. I didn’t even start learning web development until I was 23.

If you listen to some know-it-alls out there…

I shouldn’t be a developer.

Yet, here I am.

I make my entire living from the internet. I’ve worked from home for over 8 years now. I get to homeschool my kids. I’m building a house. And, I make more as a web developer than I ever did anything else.

I don’t say all that to brag…

But, to give you HOPE.

I get a lot of people, who grew up like I did… not excessively interested in tech or “born” a developer… or who are maybe a bit older, who ask if they can make it as a web developer. And, the simple answer is “Yes”.

You don’t need to be some prodigy who started at 7.

Or, uber “nerdy”.

Or, have all this stuff just come naturally to you.

I was a 23-year-old, tech-illiterate jock when I started.

I labored for years learning my first language. It took me almost five years. I constantly questioned if I was in over my head. And yet… here I am. THAT is why I constantly harp on “persistence” and “grinding”.

It’s not cause I’m some Gary Vee fan-boy just parroting what he says.

It’s because I’ve been through it.

I’ve done it.

And, I BELIEVE it.

Anyway, do what you want with that. I think those who grew up like I did and are going through what I went through will understand what I mean. For YOU… focus, grind and DON’T QUIT.

You do that.

Long-term… you results are pretty much guaranteed.

Of course, I’m here to help. I’ve got an entire curriculum to TEACH you web development and, in my not-so-humble opinion, help you learn it faster and more deeply than a lot of the training out there.

Because, I focus so hard on the WHY behind everything.

Anyway, that’s for you to decide, but you can get started with these courses for FREE on my free tutorial site at https://www.johnsfreetuts.com. So, there’s nothing to lose.

Get in…

Grind it out…

And, make your life happen.

That’s ultimately what it comes down to.

Later,

John

September 27, 2018

I almost killed this guy

It was Iraq.

I was a Combat Lifesaver, which meant we got a little extra medical training. And, I’d volunteered to work at the on-base hospital, because they were short-staffed. So, whenever we had a “mass casualty” type event, I went up there.

That day, a mortar round landed on base…

Right in the middle of one of the unit’s meeting.

There were over 30 people that got hit.

And, the hospital had 2 doctors and 2 medics.

We had to fill in the gaps on the rest of the casualties. The ones hit the worst went to the doctors and medics. The rest to us. That was the first time I was responsible for someone all by myself.

He had shrapnel wounds all across the front of him.

And, he’d broke his arm.

But, he wasn’t seriously hurt.

The only real risk was him going into shock.

So, the big thing was to get an IV in him, get his wounds dressed and arm in a splint and he’d be just fine. Now, we spent a lot of time practicing IVs. And, I had the distinction of never having missed in the dozens of times I’d practiced it.

But, as I went to give this guy an IV.

I was literally shaking.

I kept trying to calm down…

But, my hands just wouldn’t stop shaking.

I did my best, but I missed. And, as soon as I did, he freaked out. Starting yelling, “Do you know what the f!@# you’re doing?” I’ll be honest, I damn near cracked. That moment was just so intense.

All the chaos around me.

This guy screaming at me.

And, my mind racing about 100 mph.

It was almost too much.

Thankfully, I had a friend. Melissa. She was running around just helping everybody she could. And, she saw the guy freaking out and came over. I told her what happened and she said to me, “You got this. You’re the best of us at this.”

Then, she looked at him and said:

“He knows exactly what he’s doing.”

“Just relax and let him do his job.”

He calmed down.

I calmed down.

And, I nailed the IV on the next attempt. Got him bandaged up and after a few minutes, he calmed way down and we were in the clear. I remember every time I saw that guy on camp after that.

It reminded me of how I almost failed…

And, how someone else almost died because of it.

I had thought I was prepared.

I’d even gotten little cocky because “I never missed”.

But then, I missed when it mattered most.

My point of telling YOU this is… this is the reason behind why I constantly push you to put yourself out there. Apply for that job, take that client, put up that profile. I know it’s not exactly the same…

And yet, it some ways it IS.

Because this is YOUR life at stake here.

And, the truth is…

You can practice in your head all you want.

Prepare as much as you can.

But, nothing will fully prepare you for the day you go “live”.

You just have to suck it up and do it to know what it’s going to be like. For me, after that day, I trained harder than I ever had. It gave me new meaning and purpose. And, the next time a real situation came around… I didn’t miss.

So, I know it’s scary…

And, you likely will fail in some way.

But, you HAVE to do it if you want to move forward.

And, if you stay calm, stay focused and just GRIND…

You’ll get through it.

And, that’s when the world opens up to you. Once you conquer that initial fear, suddenly anything becomes possible. And, you’ll feel a whole new purpose and energy to everything you do.

So, the line is cliche, but it’s also true:

Just DO It!

That said, I had a friend. Someone who helped me through it. I’m honestly not sure what I would have done had she not been there. If you want the same kind of assist, I have a whole curriculum of training…

To teach you everything I know about making this work.

And, help you get over that initial hump of fear and doubt.

And, you can get access to it for nothing over on SkillShare.

Details on that are here: https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/johnmorris

But, whatever you do… go for it!

It’s the only way forward.

Later,

John

September 23, 2018

Tattoo this on your fookin’ forehead

I got this from Jen on Facebook:

This is one of the things that drives my inner grumpy old man to drink.

We live in this world where a whole cadre of charlatans well-meaning self-help “gurus” bloviate teach about how to “channel” your inner confidence. All, you gotta do is stand on your head and rub your belly while chanting “ooooooom”.

Or whatever B.S. stuff they’re teaching these days.

And, I mean… yeah.

Some of that stuff can be helpful.

But, the simplest, most effective, most guaranteed to way to generate ACTUAL confidence on a day in, day out basis… is from competence. In fact, tattoo this s!@# on your forehead (not really, tho):

Confidence comes from competence!

All the chanting and “oooom”-ing is meant to get you into action.

But, if you never actual do things that are scary to you…

You never actually EARN that real confidence.

I think this is why people who go through my stuff report this same kind of rise in confidence. Finally, someone who refuses to pat their head and fill them full of rainbows and butterflies.

No.

It IS your fault.

It IS your responsibility.

It IS up to you.

Chant and “ooom” all you want.

Then, when you’re done, get up and actually DO something.

Apply for that job you’ve been scared to apply for. Put that profile up on Upwork you’ve be procrastinating on. Start that YouTube channel. Learn that language. I don’t know what it is for you… but I know it’s something.

Something that as soon as I say all this…

Comes immediately to mind.

You’re thinking about it right now.

Trying to find out way out.

A way to NOT have to do it.

STOP!

DO IT!

It’s your dragon to slay!

So, slay that b!@#%!

Whew!

Okay, got a little fired up there, but you get the point.

Nothing happens until you do this.

That’s the reality.

Anyway, if you want an assist with the web development side of things, I’ve got a whole curriculum of courses for you to grind through, learn, act and EARN that confidence in your web development skills.

And, you can get access for nothing on SkillShare.

Details on that are here: https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/johnmorris

But, regardless…

DO something.

Life is way too short to not at least CHASE the kind of life you want.

Later,

John

September 18, 2018