I have to be honest

Right now I’m broke and have plenty other things on my plate.

I have $0.02 in my bank account. I am a full time college student and single father raising a son. I work full time as a resident advisor for families on campus earning free housing for the work I do.

I graduate summer 2017.

So, why add more on my plate?

Well, once I walk across that stage, I want the peace of mind to know I have the skills to pay the bills and not have to worry if my degree will get me a job.

Recently, I have been reading about copywriting and how learning how to do it correctly can transform my life and those I write for. But how do you do it right? 

I know reading is not enough and that the knowledge has to be applied, but as I am doing the work, how do I know I’m not wasting my time producing bad work? How do I get people to hire me when I am just starting out and am not confident in my writing skills yet? 

The Damn Fine Words Writing Course.

I need to be a part of a community of like-minded people, I need a mentor that can steer me in the right direction and show me how to write for results.

I am ready to do the work asked of me by James for the next 10 weeks. I am ready to become a Damn Fine Writer this September.

September’s to Remember

The month of September has an interesting significance for me.

On September 1st, 2010, I was laid off. The local Internet marketing company I worked for let the entire sales force go.  Why? Because, the market was becoming saturated with fly-by-night companies and the owners were unprepared for this new flow of competition and unwilling to move past their outdated marketing strategy. The only thing they tried to do was compete on price and by the end they couldn’t compete at all.

I could not believe this happened to me- I WAS FIRED.

For three years, I busted my ass going from no sales to becoming one of their very best salespeople. I personally made their business $503,100 in new account sales and recurring income (2nd highest) and didn’t even get a goodbye from the CEO.

This was the first time in my professional career that I felt powerless.

I traded not only my time but also control of my future for money.

 

Realizing that, HURT.

 

I needed my power back.

 

So, I did what was I thought was logical and enrolled in community college to  earn my Associate’s Degree in computer programming because I felt like learning that would put me in position to either work for a great company or possibly freelance for myself.

 

But I hated it.

 

The challenge was exciting and stimulated me in ways that I couldn’t imagine but I missed dealing directly with people. I missed the sales process: qualifying customers, identifying their needs and then persuading them to take action to get results.

So, I went back to work for another Internet marketing firm but in an account management/retention position rather than sales job.

A lesson not learned must be repeated

Things went well for two years.

I was enjoying the work and got my Associates degree but I knew that an Associates can only get you so far so I applied and got accepted to the University of California, Riverside.

I needed my job to be there for me like I was for them. My supervisor would also talk about us being a team but I found out that was just talk.

I asked my job to work with me (move me to part-time temporarily) at least for the first quarter because as a transfer student, I would be low on the totem pole when it came time to pick classes. Long story short, my supervisor refused and August 31st, 2014 was my last day there.

On September 1st, 2014. I was unemployed again.

Well, it’s September 2016.  No one gets three chances, right?

I finally understand the lesson I need to learn is to take control of my future, my time and money.

I will never give a job power over my life.

I am taking it back.

The Reclaiming Process

I am the winner of the Damn Fine Words Scholarship. I am claiming it.

$250,000 in the next 12 months. That is my specific motivation for being in this course.

The results I want for giving my time and energy for a lifetime of learning is a Rich Life:

To me that means-

·      Taking vacations with my son.

·      Going to his school for lunch without asking a supervisor for permission.

·      Having the power to work from anywhere.

·      Possessing the skills to earn money while I sleep by creating campaigns, online courses and a blog that readers come to in droves because it speaks to them and answers their needs in a specific way.

·      Having the freedom to work out with a personal trainer, go on shopping sprees; send my mom and siblings money without worrying.

·      Flying first class

·      Sitting courtside at a Lakers game

·      Deciding if I want to work more or less

·      To have a college fund for son

·      To own a home

·      To have a Mercedes S65 AMG

·      To have a scholarship that sends kids to college

·      To be able to teach others how to achieve their dreams through example

·      Eat organic fruits and veggies and grass-fed meat

·      To take up surfing, dance lessons, and learn an instrument

·      To learn how to speak a foreign language

·      To take acting classes

And whatever the hell else I want to experience and enjoy as I am breathing.

Completing the Damn Fine Words course this September will help me reclaim my power, give me the skills to pay the bills and write to get results so others can do the same and that is why I must be a part of this class.

 

-Andrew Hardin

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