The honest truth is, not every Earn1K student finishes my course.
Even though I designed it as an 8-week course to force you to take action.
- Some become too busy with new clients
- Some ask for a refund before even seeing the material
- Some get busy or distracted with life
- Others just aren’t that commited yet
And that’s totally okay. It’s why I offer a 60-day refund, full guarantee.
Some people have written to me and complained that I only highlight superstars. So today, I wanted to tell you a story about a student who didn’t take my course that seriously. He didn’t even finish it! But his story is worth hearing.
Joaquin is a 30-something engineer that lives in Puerto Rico. He was getting stressed out whenever he watched an Earn1K lesson, so he put it aside. He wasn’t disciplined enough to follow through.
Yet soon after he quit the course, he earned $1,200 for a four hour speaking engagement.
Huh? How did that happen?
Here’s the story.
I make $120,000, but…
Ten years into his career, things were going pretty well for Joaquin. He was earning $120,000 a year as a project manager in Puerto Rico – but it wasn’t what he wanted. “Working on my own has been on my mind since forever. I want to be by myself, not working for someone else for the rest of my life.”
But like many of my students, Joaquin was worried about stability. “We’re going through a recession, going through hard times, sometimes the answer is building something on the side.”
He found this site, read a few posts, and signed up for my free newsletter. When the course opened up, he decided to join. “I was sold by the blog posts. Ramit had already built that confidence and my trust towards him through other channels.”
Joaquin would read case studies like this one. “It just provides proof and facts of people that have done this and been successful. That’s why I signed up.”
But soon after signing up, he realized the pressure of taking on too much was making him anxious every time he engaged with the material. “I wasn’t too disciplined. I wanted to be self-dependent on financials and stability and not on someone else, but when you are still working for someone else your mental bandwidth is only so much. I felt like I was going over my bandwidth.”
“It wasn’t that I didn’t believe it would work, it’s just that I was recently married and at work things were crazy.”
So he put the materials aside.
I earned $1,200 in four hours
Even though Earn1K was on hold, Joaquin kept reading this site. “That’s where I found the courage to do the speaking gigs. Ramit’s teachings have taught me you’ve got to have this ‘yeah, I can do it’ attitude if you want to get somewhere. That’s what I’ve gained from reading his stuff.”
So he took his interest in life coaching, combined it with project management expertise, and offered a free seminar at a professional institute. “It was kind of to test the waters”, said Joaquin, “and to build some good will. Plus I just love public speaking and putting ideas out there to see what happens”. Soon after, the institute’s management reached out to him, “are you interested in giving a working session at our annual meeting in November?”
Result: $1,200 for four hours of work.
“I signed up for Earn1K, then I got the money back with the four hour gig. You are going to spend your money on this, and you will get it back.”
Building the life you want…
Now Joaquin is back in Earn1K.
“At the beginning of the year I decided what I wanted to use the program for was to build an online shop – ‘art at the intersection of meaning and productivity’.” He’s selling canvas images, called Neuron Igniters, with sayings like ‘humans are not resources’.
“Before Earn1K I tried to be everything to everyone and wasn’t getting anywhere. Earn1K has really helped me narrow down the target market.” Now, Joaquin has set a goal to earn $1,000. He will sell to individuals first, “the kind of people that like to get shit done” and then move on to target organizations. Earn1K is helping him build his dream business on his own schedule.
On his first crack at Earn1K, Joaquin realized that he was too busy to give Earn1K the attention he needed to. So he set the lessons aside and waited for things to cool off a little at work and home. That’s why Earn1K comes with lifetime access. With his second attempt, Joaquin is on the way to building the life he has always wanted.
“I’m really happy about doing my own thing”, he added, “that has been on my mind since forever.”
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