Monthly Archives: July 2012

My Immediate Goals and How I Intend to Accomplish Them

As an avid reader of the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris, I’ve made the longterm intention of freeing up as much time as possible  to be able to concentrate on things that will better myself and enrich my life. One of the main principles of the book is to optimize and work with absolute efficiency. Trim the fat and operate on a lean budget. The ideas of the book have made a strong impression on me because one, I’ve always loved travel and two, I intend to maximize life to its full potential. The big question is – how?

My Immediate Short-Term Goals (Deadline: October 15, 2012)

1. Make at least $1500 residual income.

2. Save at least $3000 to start my business

3. Blog about life in NY and accomplishments at work.

How I Intend to Do This:

A. To make at least $1500 in residual income, I plan on finding a high-demand, low-competition product with strategic keywords and basically test a couple of products out first I plan to choose 4 products and test them all. The most profitable product among the 4 will be optimized and monetized to its full potential . Check out this amazing interview on Mixergy about Sophie Kovic, the founder of Flockstocks. I’m not going to lie, it’s very daunting writing about this goal because the possibility of it not being accomplished is very probable, and if there’s one thing I hate, it’s letting myself down and not reaching my goals.

B. To save $3000 in 2 and 1/2 months will be a bit of a challenge but I know that this is very attainable. My monthly expenses only amount to around $600-$800 because my parents are still covering my rent as I slowly become independent. With that in mind, I can easily save $1500 to $2000 of my income each month, which means I’ll have $3000 by October 15, 2012.

C. The third goal is the simplest. Obviously all I have to do is get in front of my computer and write. The only challenge is being inspired to write something worth reading. In my mind, writing something without substance is just a waste of time.

Moving to NYC is NOT What You Think It Is

Since moving to NYC there’s a couple of thoughts or ideas that easily got confounded. 

Here’s a list of things people told me about NYC that aren’t really true.

1. Rent is astronomically expensive.

– While this may be true in Manhattan, it’s actually quite easy to find a reasonable room in NYC if you take time to do a bit of research . For instance, you could get a room in Astoria, Queens for $600 a month. The area is nice, safe, and clean, and it’s only 35-40 minutes to downtown Manhattan. Likewise, I know a girl who lives in Chinatown and pays $600 a month. It’s not luxury by any means but at least you’re smack dab in the middle of Manhattan. 

2. New Yorkers are unfriendly. 

– Coming from Texas, where everyone carries the southern charm, I was surprised to see how friendly New Yorkers actually are. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are going to be some weird, creepy people from time to time but what city doesn’t? I think a lot of people get NYC wrong because everyone is just so uptight and focused on what they have to do that they appear to be very tense. People just mind their business here and that’s it. Meanwhile, if you ask for directions, talk to people on the subway, or just meet people in the park, you’ll actually come to learn that they’re quite as friendly as people from the south. 

3. The cost of living is outrageous. 

– I think this statement is a bit misleading. First, you don’t need a car in NYC which eliminates a huge chunk of your monthly expenses like gas, car maintenance, and car payments. All you need to pay for is a metro card and occasional cab rides. Second, rent and utilities are pretty manageable. Depending on where you want to say, it won’t be insanely expensive. And last – food. I have to admit, food is probably the single expense that is more expensive than anywhere else I’ve been to in the U.S. with the exception of San Francisco. A decent meal in NYC will set you back around $10 – $15. You could get some food from food trucks like Gyros and Chicken Over Rice for $5 but over time, it gets pretty old. 

To be continued…

There’s Life After College

Introduction

My name is Gabriel Hernandez and in May 2012, I graduated with an economics degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Great! Now what?

This is where my story begins. I’m part of the millions of lost college souls who just got out of the bubble and are now looking for direction. On the 10th of July, I decided to fly out to New York city. Without a job or any prospects whatsoever, I made the leap hoping that along the way I’ll meet the right people and just land a gig that will keep me afloat. It’s been two weeks since I got here and things have been great. I’ve met so many people, and am now working in a  sales and marketing agency downtown. I’m not quite sure if the job’s for me but somewhere along the road, I’ll figure it out.

So What Exactly Am I Doing? 

That’s a good question. To be honest, I’ve got some things that I want to do in life and I don’t really intend to do something generic like work 8 hours a day, climb the corporate ladder and end up being a CEO so I can start working 10 hour-days. There seems to be something wrong in that.

My top  goals:

1. Travel

2. Make residual income that will allow me to travel

3. Start a business (Life is too short to be working for someone)

I wrote this blog because I feel like there’s a ton of fresh college kids, who like me, ended up not working at Goldman Sachs but instead landed a more non-traditional route. I hope to inspire people by accomplishing great things in this journey just as I was inspired by great people in my life – my parents, Tim Ferris, Chris Guillebeau, Seth Godin, the guys of the Shark Tank especially Mr. Kevin O’leary and Robert Herjavec to name a few.

Cheers.

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