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Automation will eliminate 375 million jobs by 2030

A storm is brewing.

I believe a lot of the people who are sitting back, living their comfy little lives are gonna have their world flipped upside down in the next 5- 10 years. They’re not prepared. Complacent. Ripe for the pickin’.

I think people grossly underestimate what’s happening.

We’re all frogs slowly boiling in the pot.

Technology changes so rapidly around us, we almost don’t notice.

Then, suddenly, everything we thought we knew vanishes and we’re left to try and pick up the pieces. Think about what’s happening with A.I. and robotics. How long before large swaths of our economies are simply wiped out?

It’s happening already. 

The auto industry in the U.S. has 127,000 industrial robots as of 2016. That’s predicted to explode in the coming years. The World Bank estimates that by 2030 75 to 375 million workers will be out of work due to automation and that 60% of occupations and 30% of jobs could be automated in that time.

But, that’s just one factor.

5G is coming.

VR is here and growing.

I don’t think people appreciate how fundamentally those things will change their day-to-day lives. Remote work for big companies is mildly tenable now. Imagine once your boss can harass you about the TPS reports on your VR headset.

“That’ll be greeeeeat!”

Of course, the short-sighted will snort.

But, there’s a whole string of Blockbuster’s Tower Records’ that say otherwise.

And, even if what I think is going to happen… doesn’t.

Who really questions that we’re in for a ton of disruption in the next 10-20 years? There’s no way around it. And, from it there will be winners and losers. The next Google and Amazon that go from their garage to multi-national corporations.

AND, the BlockBuster’s who go from dominant to dead.

This is the reality of the future we face.

All the more reason to stop relying on someone else for your livelihood. Some “tech-bro” CEO at your start-up or the stodgy old company President who can barely operate his email account.

Anyhoo, believe what you want.

I, for one, am going to continue you building my own little “empire”.

If you feel the same, freelancing is a perfect way to transition. Almost without question, whatever you’re doing now you could do as a freelancer… and probably make more. And, you wouldn’t have to re-learn an entirely new skillset.

You can leverage your current experience.

And, build your OWN business.

Instead of making someone else’s dreams come true.

But, like I said… believe what you want.

If you’re interested, I teach you what you need to know to methodically build your freelance business on solid ground… in my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course. All the details on how to enroll at no cost are here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/freelance.

Later,

John

January 17, 2019

Surviving the chaos of technology

In the mid-2000s, I got put out of business.

The rise of database-driven websites and applications like WordPress and Joomla made what I did obsolete. I rapidly lost all my clients. And, I had to go back to working at pizza restaurant.

Disillusioned.

Confused.

And, believing I was “destined” to live my life this way.

That’s what the chaos of technology can do. And, it’s happening even faster, today, than it was then. So, how do you survive? More, how can you GUARANTEE you’ll thrive as everything swirls around you?

Can you?

Funny thing is…

It’s simpler now than it’s ever been.

Technology changes.

People don’t.

In any case, this is what I discuss in the latest episode of the John Morris Show. What you’ll hear isn’t gimmicks or flash. It won’t “sound” secksy. But, in the world we live in, today, it’s more effective than ever.

And, it’s dead simple.

Anyway, episode is here: https://www.johnmorrisshow.com/jms386-guaranteed-success-the-no-hype-way-to-ensure-you-succeed-in-business-and-in-life/

Give it a listen.

Later,

John​​​​​​​

January 11, 2019

You have to be lucky to succeed

I’m one of those a-holios who doesn’t believe in luck.

Chance?

Sure.

Luck.

Meh.

I think you make your luck by being disciplined and doing the right things. Then, chance tends to more often fall in your favor. But, it’s not some ethereal thing you either have or you don’t. It’s driven by how YOU behave.

If luck were a thing, I’d be f!@#ed!

Cuz, I ain’t never got none.

I got a childhood full of horrors to prove that.

Soooo, you can imagine how rustled my jim-jims were when I read this:

“Luck is still a factor tho. Can you imagine how homeless someone like Trump would be if his father never gave him that “‘small loan of a miwwion dollars?’”

And, no not because I give two flying f-bombs about ol’ T-dog.

It’s the attitude.

To sit around and cry about someone else’s life. And, become so fixated on it you inject it into random conversations that have nothing to do with that person. And, it actually starts to infect your thinking.

You start to actually believe this “luck” nonsense.

And, that it’s actually important.

And, that you have no control over it.

Where does it all lead? Most often, it leads to the “infected” sitting around, pissing and moaning about how “unlucky” they are and how all these other people “just got lucky” and if “I’d just gotten what they got…”

Wa wa wa!

Here’s my take…

I find successful people tend to be successful no matter their circumstances. And, unsuccessful people tend to make excuses no matter their circumstances. It comes down to deciding who you want to be.

So, who do YOU want to be?

In any case, take that for what it’s worth.

That’s my “get off my grass” old man rant for the day.

“Now listen here, sonny boy…”

(You know you just read that in old man voice! :D)

Of course, if you’re feeling motivated to take action based on this and web development or freelancing is your thing. Give the ol’ curricky (curriculum) a try. It’s a helluva dead simple way to actually make this happen.

And, you can access it for nada over on SkillShare.

All the details on what’s in there, how to get no-cost access and all that can be found right sheer: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/skillshare. Just steer clear of my petunias, okay bucko?

Later,

John​​​​​​​

January 9, 2019

Systems and science

When little JMO was a wet-eared freelancer…

This was the thing that frustrated me the most. It was like someone was crushing me in a vise-grip. On one hand, you have to spend all your time attending to clients and delivering… while on the other working ON your business to get new clients.

And, it never seemed like I had enough time in the day.

Something always suffered.

Drove me nuts.

My problem, then, is I was just flying by the booty of my denims. I had no plan. No system. Nothing to rely on. I just got up each day and hoped. I’d frantically check my Upwork invites… nothing.

Website quote requests… nothing.

Twitter, Facebook, Youtube… nothing.

And, every day, I’d panic.

Now what?

And, I’d try to come up with some grand scheme to bring a flood of new clients into my freelance business. And, I just kept chasing shiny objects. A new platform or some “trick” some online marketer was peddling.

Day after day.

Until I finally got sick of it.

What I finally got through my thick skull is…

You need a system.

You’ve gotta spend the time upfront to build a step-by-step system for consistently bringing in new clients. No guessing. No hoping. No panicking every day. Just grinding it out. Set it up then run it.

And, that’s what I did.

And, ended up working on projects for Inc. Magazine.

And, Tim Ferriss.

Michael Hyatt and Lewis Howes.

It’s a system.

And, it’s science.

And, it works.

In fact, I’m convinced that once you set up a system like this and run it on a daily basis (mine takes me less than an hour each day), your long-term success is guaranteed. Short-term, things happen.

But, long-term, you can’t lose.

I’ve just seen it time and time again.

All kinds of people…

From all different walks of life…

From all over the world.

The system has worked for all of them.

In any case, this is what I teach you in my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course on SkillShare. How to build a repeatable system for getting new clients. Creating a backlog of job invites and quote requests…

So, you have more control over your freelance business.

You can charge more.

Fire problem clients.

And, not have to worry where next month’s dough is coming from.

You can get started with the course without paying a blue penny. As a teacher on SkillShare, I can offer you an exclusive 2-month no-cost trial. You get access to the entire library of 21,000+ courses, including mine, during those 2 months.

So, sign up.

Take my course (and any others you want).

Then, cancel any time before the 2 months is up.

And, boom.

You got the course for nothing.

(SkillShare pays me for watch time on the platform. So, it’s no sweat off my back if you do this. Just be sure and actually take the course once you sign up! :D)

If that sounds good, the link to get started is here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/freelance.

See ya over there,

John

January 8, 2019

Big project managements lessons from building a tiny house

Do easy things WHEN they’re easy.

I’ve always been the “I’ll figure it out” type. It drives my wife nuts. She’s more of a planner. She likes to know how, when, where…

Every little detail.

Me? I usually just wing it.

I think a lot of developers are this way.

Goes back to the “smart” thing.

You KNOW you will figure whatever it is out.

BECAUSE, you’re smart.

So, meh…

Of course, I’ve had plenty of moments in my career that have slowly cured me of this. The project for Michael Hyatt was a big one. I was just gonna “figure out” the responsive stuff later.

Then, users started complaining and all eyeballs turned to me.

That wasn’t fun.

But, a recent one… I think a DEFINITIVE one…

Was with this house.

We had to trench in the water and electric lines. And, there’s a pole and a water meter both about 150 feet from our house. Problem was… we didn’t do it until halfway through the project.

Because, we weren’t sure where we were going to put the bathroom.

Which is where all those lines would come IN the house.

So, by that time the house was half built…

And, we couldn’t trench underneath it.

And, we needed to.

So, we had to do that part by hand.

Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever dug a 2-foot trench into the rock-laden Missouri ground in the middle of winter… but, if you want a test of your manhood…

Anyway, it took us about as long to do that 10-foot section of trench…

As it did the other 150 feet we could do with the trencher.

Had we planned better and made some decisions earlier…

That 10-foot stretch of trench would have been easy.

But, we MADE it hard.

Since then, I’ve been on a “how can we make this easy” kick.

Point is…

Yes! You are smart.

You can and WILL figure whatever it is out.

But, everything doesn’t have to be hard.

Apply that intelligence to do some pre-planning.

And, ask “how can I make this easy?”

I don’t make promises a lot.

But, this I can promise you…

You DO that with your projects…

Your life WILL get easier.

And, a lot less stressful.

Speaking of making things easier…

Same goes for learning web development and freelancing. You don’t have to make it hard by going it alone. There’s plenty of help out there to teach you what you need to know to make a damn good living doing this.

And yep!

I think my training curriculum is one of the better ways to do that because I work hard to go beyond the surface of just “what to do”… whether it’s learning a language or setting up an Upwork profile… and teach you WHY.

So, you’re empowered.

And because you can get started with the curriculum for NOTHING over on my FREE tutorial site here: https://johnsfreetuts.com

But, whether it’s my curriculum or someone else’s…

You don’t have to go it alone.

Find a good teacher.

And, dig in.

And, make it happen.

In any case, take all that for what it’s worth.

Later,

John

January 3, 2019

The hardest lesson I learned in 14 years as freelance developer

I’ve always been smarter than most of the people I know.

It might sound arrogant, but it’s just something I’ve always known. I was constantly told how smart I was growing up. All the things I’d do with my life because I was smart. How “easy” I’d have it.

After a while, I started to believe it.

And, I began to believe that “being smart” meant I was destined to be successful.

That, one day, it’d just happen.

By 28, it hadn’t happened.

And, I remember I would sit there and stew over it. “How can all these dumb people be so successful? I’m so much smarter than all of them and here I am broke. What is wrong with me?”

Man, what an arrogant prick!

But, I remember the night I broke.

It was in a New York City hotel. 

It was for a mastermind that I felt like I had played a big part in making happen. And, I’d watched a client of mine profit off it while I played errand boy all day. I felt like such a chump.

Which IS an extremely jaded view of what actually happened.

But, that’s how I felt at the time.

And, to make matter worse…

I had to go to THAT client, like even more of a chump, and ask for an advance on my per diem for that trip. Because, I was so broke, my wife and kids were out of food and had no money to eat.

It was like everything hit me at once.

I couldn’t help it.

I just started crying uncontrollably.

That was the day I said, “Enough is enough.”

That I was going to stop WAITING for “it” to happen.

And, I was going to MAKE it happen.

I was going to stop sitting around whining about “I’m so smart, why can’t I make it?” And, I started valuing hard work, persistence and patience over intelligence.

And, when I started doing that…

That’s when things started happening.

I came across this quote, recently, that really sums it up for me:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

Man, that hits hard, doesn’t it?

If you’re someone who’s always thought of yourself as smart… and that your intelligence would carry the day. To realize, it won’t… necessarily.

That it’s possible to be super smart and a complete failure.

More than possible… it’s common.

My point is this…

How smart you are isn’t as important as you think it is.

It took me an emotional breakdown in a hotel, 1000 miles from home (while my wife and kids went hungry) to get that through my thick skull.

Please, please, please…

Don’t let it get to that point for YOU.

As we roll into 2019…

Make a commitment to MAKE “it” happen.

To forget about how smart you are.

And, embrace persistence and hard work.

Don’t wait around for your life to happen.

Or, assume “I’m smart, so one day…”

It won’t.

In any case, if you’re a freelancer or web developer, I’m here to help. To take my 14+ years of doing this and pass what I’ve learned onto you. So, you don’t have to go through what I did.

And, that’s what my training curriculum does.

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, freelancing and more.

And, you can access it ALL without paying  a single penny.

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

But, whatever you do…

Make 2019 the year you MAKE this happen.

Later,

John

P.S. If you prefer Patreon, you can get access to all my courses, plus even more “unofficial” tutorials and videos here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/patreon.

January 2, 2019

If you want friends, be unsuccessful

Just read this tweet from Ed Latimore (former heavyweight boxer):

Groan at that if you want, but it’s true.

For me, one of the major turning points in my life and career is when I stopped seeking out friends and instead sought “allies”. An ally of mine, Michael Skye, taught me this. And, it can be life-changing.

A friend is someone who comforts and consoles you.

They excuse and justify your shortcomings for you.

They’re rationalize your failures.

They’re good to have in your life.

You need that, sometimes.

But, if that’s ALL you have.

You have no one to hold you accountable to your best self.

That’s what an ally is. An ally doesn’t accept you for who you are, but sees you for what you could be, what you WANT to be. And, they hold you accountable to continually seeking and honoring your best self.

They push you.

Challenge you.

And, don’t make excuses for you.

When you fail and seek their comfort…

They give you none.

Instead they ask, “Now what?”

And, I’ll just say this. If you want to be successful and actually achieve the things you want in life, you NEED allies in your life. In fact, the more I’ve invited allies into mine, the more successful I’ve become.

So, while you’re thinking about 2019…

And, all the things you want to accomplish…

Make “more allies” one of them.

That one resolution, alone, can help you achieve all the others.

In any case, that’s how I see my role for you. I’m not your friend. I’m your ally. Which is why I hammer away at the excuses and the bullshit. I won’t let you off the hook. I won’t rationalize your shortcomings or failures.

I see you for what you could be.

And, I’ll continue to do so for as long as you listen.

Anyway, if starting a freelancing or web development career is in your plans for 2019 plans, I really do believe my curriculum is one great way to make that happen. My freelancing courses are top-ranked on SkillShare.

And, my web development courses the same.

And, you can get access to them without paying a single penny.

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

But, fair warning…

There’s no hand-holding.

I will challenge you throughout.

If you’re ready to take that challenge and make 2019 happen…

Let’s get started: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/skillshare.

Later,

John

P.S. If you prefer Patreon, you can get access to all the same course, plus all my unofficial courses and tutorials there. Learn more about that here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/patreon

January 1, 2019

If you want to actually KEEP your New Year’s resolutions

Can we just skip this whole New Year’s resolution charade this year?
I sit back and watch it every year.

And, it’s the dumbest thing we do.

“Hey here’s this list of things I know I’m never gonna do, but it’s this number on a made-up calendar, so hey…. why not pretend I’m actually gonna have the motivation and commitment to stick with it?”

I don’t know, maybe I’m just a grinch.

But, it’s so silly.

That said, let me extend an olive branch.

I DO think it’s possible to keep New Year’s resolutions.

To use the natural motivation you get this time of year and parlay that into actually meeting goals and changing your life. You CAN do that… but NOT if you do it the way you always have and never followed through.

You’re not going to suddenly have extra will power this year.

You have to change how you do it.

In my experience, there are 3 big mistakes people make when setting their New Year’s resolutions that makes it more of a “wish list” (they can brag about on Fakebook) than something they actually plan on doing.

  1. Setting result-oriented goals
  2. Expecting perfection
  3. Sharing their resolutions

So, what ends up happening is you set a goal like “I’m gonna lose 20 pounds”, you make an elaborate plan to reach your goal and you go on Fakebook and tell everyone what you’ve “decided”.

The problem is you think you’ve actually done something.

All your friends say “Yay! and “So proud!”

And, it’s like simply “deciding” is actually DOING.

It’s not.

Then, as the REALITY of eating right and working out sets in…

You realize, “This is gonna be hard.”

And, most people give up.

And, it happens year after year after year.

If there’s one thing you can do this year to give you a fighting chance of actually keeping your New Year’s resolutions… dont’ share them. With anyone. Don’t give yourself that social cred until you actually earn it.

If you can’t do that…

I mean hey, it’s your life….

You can do what you want.

But, if you share your resolutions, you won’t keep ’em.

That I know.

In any case, there’s a reason I no longer set New Year’s resolutions. It’s because I spend the rest of the year planning and goal-setting and chasing what I want. This time of year is no different.

So, there’s no point.

And, a few years back, I developed a system for managing my short and long-term goals that’s been incredibly effective for me. It lets me run a business, homeschool my kids and build my “forever” house.

Without getting overwhelmed.

Or stressed out.

Or, constantly dealing with procrastination.

I have no idea if it’ll work for you, but if you want to learn it, I reveal it in my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done class over on SkillShare. Best part is you can take the course without paying a single penny.

All the details on that are here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/nobs

Later,

John

December 29, 2018

My biggest regret

I think about my death quite a bit.

Probably more than is healthy.

I think nearly dying when I was 8 years old did something to me, because as far back as I can remember I’ve felt this way. And, the biggest thing I think about is…

Regret.

In my head, I want to regret nothing.

But, 37 years on this planet has taught me…

Nothing ever works out exactly how you want.

So, what I fixate on is…

WHAT will I regret on my death bed?

It’ll be something.

Will it eat me alive inside because it’s something ultra-important? Or, will I be able to shrug it off because of everything else I accomplished?

I don’t know.

But, that’s what gets me outta bed every day.

I guess that’s why when I was 21, I walked away from the most promising career I had. I’d just been promoted to manage my own retail store. I was good at it… really good. It paid well. And, there was lots of opportunity for growth and advancement.

I was on a fast-track to everything you’d think I wanted.

But, for me, it was a no-brainer.

I COULDN’T do it another day.

That vision of me on my death bed haunted me.

“Is this really what you wanna do with your life?”

“A  shoe salesman?”

“Is THIS what you’ll be proud of the day you die?”

“Don’t you want more?”

I did.

And so, I walked away.

The journey from there to here has been a long one.

It’s been hard.

And, scary.

And, I’ve questioned it, at times.

But, it’s been 1000% WORTH it.

In any case, I don’t yet know what my biggest regret will be. I’ve got plenty of good candidates. But, I get up every day, busting my butt, to ensure whatever it is, it’ll pale in comparison to everything else I’ve accomplished. 

That’s MY motivation.

And, hopefully, this gives you some motivation, too.

To dig deeper into your learning.

Or, finally put yourself out there to get paid.

Or, grind for that promotion.

Whatever it is.

Don’t let “not making a living as a developer”…

Be YOUR biggest regret.

In any case, I’ve got a whole curriculum to help you make it happen. From HTML and CSS, jQuery, PHP, MySQL, freelancing and more. If you’re ready to grind, THIS is, in my not-so-humble- opinion the best place to start. And, you can do it without paying a penny.

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

Later,

John

December 28, 2018

My success secret weapon

I gotta chuckle a bit.

Did you read that subject line like, “Really John?”

“Could you be more cliche, buddy?”

Heh. I’m just testing you.

Seeing who trusts me enough to open this email, anyway. 

Anyhoo…

I got something like that for you, today. Because man… today, I was feeling like a real turd. I’ve been talking all this “productivity” game.

And here I am today feeling unmotivated as hell.

Didn’t wanna send this email.

Feeling overwhelmed by my house.

And, not wanting to do s!@#.

At least, I WAS about an hour ago.

Now, I’m good to hook.

Typing away…

And, about to jump back into this house building.

What happened?

Simple.

I exercised.

I know. F!@#ing brilliant, right? “Oh John, you so smart. You like Bill Jobs. Or, Steve Gates. Me not worthy!”

I know, little buddy.

Take in my awesomeness!

But, for real.

It sounds simple, but it’s highly effective.

It’s a great way to knock all the cobwebs outta your head.

In fact, for me, it works every time I do it. Which is why I do it every time I’m feeling like a purple-haired milleni– er, I mean every time I’m feeling lazy.

Now, if you’re smart enough to look at that and go:

“Huh, lemme try that.”

Instead of blowing it off because it’s not some mind-blowing, super-genius insight. And, smart enough to know it’s not about how smart-sounding something is, but whether it actually works or not.

And, it’s about whether YOU actually do it or not.

Then, you’re welcome.

Hopefully, it works for you like it has me.

Also, YOU might get something out of my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done course. It’s simple, yet highly effective, insights into how to handle procrastination, stress and overwhelm.

So you can keep motivated.

Productive.

And, focused on your long-term goals.

But, if you’re looking for “like totally rad life hacks, bro”… t’aint for you.

Anyhoo, you can get no-cost access to it on SkillShare.

All the details on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

John

December 13, 2018

The truth about becoming a web developer

I seriously feel like Scrooge, sometimes.

The grumpy old man, scoffing at the kids and their little “hacks” and gimmicks… imploring them not to get all wrapped up in every shiny new object that comes along… knowing full well they’re not gonna listen.

I especially feel it when it comes to LEARNING web development.

I get all these emails or YouTube comments or Facebook messages from aspiring web developers about staying motivated and getting through the hard parts of learning to code…

And, they’re always look for some “tip”…

Or “strategy”…

When, the truth is…

You can’t “hack” your way through that.

I think we’ve created such a “life hack” culture that the youngins seem to think there’s a “hack” for everything. Feeling uninspired. Life hack! Procrastinating a lot lately. Life hack! Arm got chopped off… life hack!

Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.

Sometimes, you just gotta sack up and grind through it.

And, what matters in those moments is commitment.

How committed are you?

Think about that for a second.

Really ask yourself:

“How committed am I?”

Would you do whatever it takes to make this happen?

If so, you’re in good shape. And, you just need to realize that sometimes, some things are going to suck. Every day isn’t going to be rainbows and butterflies. “Love what you do and never work a day in your life” is a trap, in many ways.

But, if you’re committed, it won’t matter.

If this is what you really want, you’ll keep going.

That said, procrastination and burnout are real things. And, while there’s a certain amount of “you just gotta gut it out”, there are things you can do to not get so overwhelmed and stressed out as you go through all this.

These are non-hacks.

The purple-haireds would call them “life hacks”…

To make them sound secksy.

But, really they’re just common sense.

Anyway, using this stuff I’ve created and released 5 new courses in the last 6 months… all while running a business, homeschooling my kids and building a house. I know there’s no way I could have done it without this approach.

Of course, I have no idea if it’ll work for you.

I’m not some productivity “guru”.

But, if you wanna learn what I do…

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

And, you can get no-cost access to it on SkillShare.

All the deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

J​​​​​​ohn

December 12, 2018

Productivity leeches

It’s funny.

This time of year always gets me a little reflective. I want you to think about this, though. Why? I mean… why are you here? Why did you sign up for this mailing list in the first place? Why are you trying to learn development?

Or freelancing?

Or whatever the reason you’re here is… why?

We’re all pushing toward something greater. For me, it’s “retiring at 40” and spending as much time with my kids before they leave the house. Teaching them everything I know. Giving them the childhood I didn’t have.

What’s yours?

Stop and think about it for a second.

What does a day in your ideal life look like?

What do you do when your first wake up?

What’s next?

And, next?

As you imagine it, it sounds great, right?

Well, here’s the reality…

No matter how close you actually get to living that life, there are always going to be annoying things you don’t want to do that you HAVE to do. I bet the vision you just had probably didn’t include getting the oil changed in your car.

Or, getting groceries.

Or, scraping ice off the sidewalk in the middle of winter.

Or, any number of things you find annoying…

But, still HAVE to be done.

And, that’s where most people get tripped up. They let those HAVE-TOs kill their motivation. They just hang over your head like vulture waiting to pounce, sapping all your energy and making you feel miserable.

No matter how much you get done…

No matter how good your life gets…

No matter how much you accomplish.

They’re like little leeches sucking all the happiness out of your life.

That’s what I found, anyway, as I was going through all the different productivity and “time management” trainings I put myself through. Trying to get my s!@# in order and stop procrastinating so hard.

I knew if I ever wanted to actually GET that life I imagined for myself…

I had to handle this once and for all.

And, I’d just come off an epic failure CAUSED by procrastination.

And, none of these systems really addressed it.

As I did them, I always just felt like I had this cloud hanging over my head. Increasing my stress, making me anxious and killing my motivation no matter how many boxes I checked off my to-do list.

Anyway, that’s one of the things about the “NO B.S.” system I finally discovered.

It tackles these little leeches head on.

No kitty-footing around them.

In fact, they become an essential part of the system.

They’re what make it work.

And, help INCREASE your motivation.

When done right.

Building my house the last six months, while running my business and homeschooling my kids, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this “hack” (that’s not really a hack at all, but just common sense).

It’s proven its effectiveness to ME 100 times over.

In any case, I have no idea if it will work for you. I’m not some rocket-surgeon who dissected the brain and figured out which pound of flesh to press on. But, I DO know that if YOU are actually going to get that life you imagined earlier…

Being productive…

Staying motivated CONSISTENTLY…

And, taking “massive action” will be required.

And, IMNSHO, you can only do THAT after you’ve slayed these productivity leeches.

In any case, believe and do what you want.

If you want to learn the system I discovered, I teach it to you in my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done course over on the SkillShares. And, you can get no-cost access to it. All the deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

John

P.S. In case you’re wondering here’s a recent review of the course:

“Brilliant info. Highly recommended!!!” — Billy Peacock

Get started here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

December 11, 2018

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

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

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

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 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 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