Month #6 | Keep going ($1.4K MRR)
This month I didn't experience crazy growth. A very modest (but still very healthy) 20% increase in MRR. Churn is still pretty high, so I can't relax. I have to keep bringing in new customers. June is gone. That means we are half way through the strangest year in recent memory. Wild fires in Australia in January. A global pandemic in February. Huge riots in the US in June. Who knows what the next six months have in store for us. It may sound fucked up to say, but for me personally, it's turning out to be the best year of my life. I've never been more focused and driven. I moved to Milan in the beginning of the year. Little did I know that I was moving into the wolves den. The place that would become the epicenter of the virus outside China. Like everyone else, I had to quarantine and stay in my little room in Italy for months. Couldn't speak the lingo, didn't have anyone apart from my Italian room mates. Not even my girlfriend. I only had my thoughts. Those were the most self centered months of my life. I wish it weren't true, but I think it's the reason I had meaningful results. In six months I surpassed my craziest goals. My goal was $500 MRR. My crazy goal I couldn't even say out loud without feeling stupid was $800 MRR. Now I'm at $1.4k MRR and we're still only half way through the year. But that doesn't mean I'll stop working hard. I have never been more motivated and happy in my life. Motivated because I have found something I genuinely enjoy. Building internet businesses. Happy because after more than two years, I don't feel like an idiot anymore. I have started to reap the results of my work at last. Building a business is stressful, but I have a defense mechanism. I don't see Cyberleads as my life boat. The project that will feed me or my children. The business that my life depends on. For me it's business school. I'm learning a lot about myself, the way money works, competition, ethics, stress management etc. And most importantly, I'm enjoying the ride. And I'm going to ride this MFer till the wheels fall off. I'll give it my all, and whatever happens happens. I can't control the output anyway. I have to remind myself that from time to time. Even this month with my lack luster growth. I didn't do anything different, it just didn't grow that much. Next month I'll do more of the same and also try some new things, and let's see what happens. Focus on the inputs, not the outputs. After all, focusing and stressing about things you can't control is the definition of insanity. At the end of the day, you are not your project. You are not your business. You are not your MRR. You are just you. PS: Here's to another six months full of adventure! Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for following my journey. And of course for all your lovely messages you send me. They mean a lot to me.