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It is easy to do things when they are easy. No one likes to do the hard things. As I’ve been working on launching my business, I’ve been focusing on working on the easy things. The things that do not require much time. The things I know I have knowledge on and do not require me to think outside the box. Every time I look at my to-do list and I glance at an item I know is hard, my first reaction is to skip it and go to the next easy one. …


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This has been a crazy month. I never thought that I would quit a well paying job to pursue my dreams. In the month of April, I finally pulled the plug and April 2nd, 2021 was my last day as a full-time employee. I took a bit of a leap of faith and decided that it was time to chase my dreams. Over the last month, I have been busy trying to earn money and also building out different income streams. This has been the first month in my life, where I could completely focus on the things I wanted…


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Rejection is hard. I’ve never been very good at handling rejection. Maybe I didn’t date enough when I was younger. Whatever the reason, I struggle with rejection. Every time I apply to position and do not get it, the news of rejection just completely ruins my day. Because I do not deal with rejections very well, I try to position myself in situations where I minimize my chances of being rejected. This has worked pretty well for most of my life but it has come at a significant price. By playing it safe, I have missed out on numerous opportunities…


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Fear and Uncertainty

Today, I’m starting out my fourth week of being an entrepreneur. Four weeks in and I still have doubts that just like to fill my head. I’ve managed to make enough money to cover all my expenses and I continue to build out new sources of revenue, but still that fear lingers in my mind. I wanted to share my tips and tricks for how I’m dealing with fear and uncertainty. As I’ve been sharing my journey with friends, family, and community, a few have reached out asking me questions about why I started going down this route. Many share…


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I used to be a very hard worker. I was young, full of energy and wanted to climb the ladder all the way to the top. I remember my first internship, my manager gave me a week long task and I finished it within a few hours. I distinctively remember working 36 hours over a weekend to get our production servers back up and running. I used to go above and beyond for my manager and for my team. Then, one day, it all went away. I realized that if I worked super hard, or worked just enough, I’d get…


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If you have been following me, then you know that I’m trying to grow out 18 sources of income. I’ve been slowly growing and scaling a few sources over the last few months, but now that I am 100% dependent on these income streams, it is time to enable more streams of income.

Current Income Streams

I first started with freelancing. This business is doing well and is helping me stay afloat. Next, the podcast is growing every day and I have a few ideas for growing in that space that I’m excited to start implementing. Writing is my third and probably my…


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When I quit my job, I had some savings saved up. But, after skipping a paycheck for the first time and paying a huge property tax right after, let me tell you first hand; not having a steady income stream sucks. Watching your bank account go down after every bill just hits a little different. My wife and I have been smart about this and we planned for one of us quitting our jobs for a while, but this isn’t for the faint of heart. Every time I have to spend money, I really think about it now. I double…


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Introduction

Now that both my wife and I are at home, we find ourselves busy with work but there are a lot of things that need to get done around the house. I’m lucky enough that my wife is a software engineer and we speak the same “engineering” talk. This special communication that we share made us realize something recently. We are already practicing the Pomodoro technique with our kids, why not start implementing agile at home as well. I proposed that rather then arguing about who does what and when things get done, we should treat our daily schedules and…


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In 2019, I read a magnificent book by Marie Forleo. I had never heard of Marie before and I only stumbled upon her book because she was on an interview with Gary Vee. She had just launched her latest book, Everything is Figureoutable, and I knew I had to read it. At the beginning of the book, she shares her life story about how she became a life coach. She had a couple of successful jobs, but things just did not feel right for her. Job after job, she felt a void, a feeling that she did not belong in…


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Being an entrepreneur is not something you do, it is something you are — Gino Wickman

Now that I am 100% dedicated to building out my business, I have started listening to more podcasts. One of my favorite podcasts is Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn. Pat’s YouTube series, The Income Stream, is one of the major reasons as to why I quit my job to pursue my dreams, so it seems fittingly that I listen to his podcast now for motivation. Recently, he published two episodes that discussed the concept of an entrepreneurial leap (e-leap). The concept here is…

Alex Ortiz

I’m an engineer working professionally in San Diego, CA. I’m trying to improve every day and use this space to document. Connect: apetech.me/social

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