And My Main Focus Is Going To Be…

Yesterday I made a post about being focused and listed some of the projects I spend time on. I also said I’m going to “dump” all but one of those project.

Before I tell you which one and why. What do you think I should focus on and why? I was going to make a whole post dedicated to that question, but… That’s too much work. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments though.

How I Came To My Decision

I had a number of tools to come up with what my main focus should be:

  • I’ve been listing my goals on a daily/weekly basis for more than half a year
  • I’m naturally passionate for some things more than others
  • My present set of skills and “personal branding”
  • Talking to people

Goals – My “daily” goals (it’s more daily some weeks than others 😉 ) give a pretty clear view on what I should focus on. It includes things I’m passionate about while also including REAL LIFE shit. I usually do 10 goals a day and, of those ten, half or more are directly related to increasing my monthly income. That’s something to think about.

Passion – While some people may struggle to find one passion I have more than a couple. My single longest running and deepest passion is my love of martial arts (tai chi) and Asian culture. If I based my decision on passion alone, I’d focus 100% of my efforts on building my tai chi school. Lucky for me I have a couple more things I’m passionate about. Things like technology, community organizing, gaming, economics, personal development… Some of these passions will do a better job at increasing my monthly income than others. 😉

Current Skills and “Personal Branding” (Note: I think personal branding is a somewhat douchee term. lol) If I’m going to focus on JUST one thing, leveraging the skills and name for myself I’ve already built up would be a really good idea (especially if I want to increase the monthly $ along with it). As much as I’d like to be known as a world renowned economist, the next Bruce Lee or “success guru,” I have a lot of work to do to get there. In the social/tech/gaming space I’ve already carved out somewhat of a niche. That’s something to keep in mind.

Talking to people – If I go back in time… people have been telling me to leverage my YouTube/social media success for a while. I have to give a shoutout to my homedog Romke (link to Twitter because, as they say, “The webbler’s websites go unupdated.”). I asked him a question that basically gave me the answer (feel free to steal this question and use it on yourself if you’ve been suffering from the same affliction as I 🙂 ):

Me: If you were an investor getting ready to invest $10,000,000 in a startup and I was on the team, what would you want me to be doing?

Romke: I’d want you to be the community organizer.

I didn’t put a dollar amount on the question when I asked him, but I think it’s an even better question that way. Be sure you ask someone that knows you well enough to give you a good response. Something else to think about is, even if community organizing isn’t my STRONGEST strength, if that’s what people were willing to invest in and getting investment (or paying clients/customers) was my goal, I should (in theory) start strengthening that skill!

What I Didn’t Choose

Here are some things REALLY close to my heart, that I decided to put the brakes on. That doesn’t mean I won’t revisit them again in the future, it just means I’m not going to let them take away from what I’m focusing on right now:

PwningLife.com – I REALLY want to be working on this RIGHT NOW. It’s just that… I really need to be focusing on pwning my life before sharing tips and tricks to others! 😉

Black Horse Tai Chi – My life has pretty much revolved around the pursuit of becoming a tai chi master (well… first karate master from watching Karate Kid) since I was about 6. It’s why I traveled to Asia, it’s why I learned to speak Chinese, it’s why I’ve started teaching tai chi. That said, focusing on this 100% and trying to make a living from teaching tai chi full time isn’t what I want to do right now. I can totally keep things rolling the way they are without taking away from my main focus.

The MilTownKlan – Man… I’ve gone on and off with this for a long time now. Explaining my goal with the MilTownKlan goes beyond the scope of this post but… if Pwning Life was the game I want it to be, then the MilTownKlan would be one of thousands of clans to join and “do battle” with. 🙂 It’s going on the shelf for now.

Low Hanging Sales – I just started this! How can I quit! Well, I’m not quitting. I’m just changing my roles so they will focus on my strengths and be in line with what I’m going to focus on. I’m sure my partner and I will have an update about that later on today on the website and YouTube channel. 🙂

Social Milwaukee

Boom. That’s what I’m going to focus on. I’m going to eat, sleep, dream, have sex with, build, love and make sandwiches with it. Social Milwaukee is going to start as a monthly meetup, but it’s going to be oh so much more than that as time goes on. Social Milwaukee is going to be where the online social media and community building tools/skills merge with old school, offline tribe building/community organizing. It’s going to be the city’s central location where people find out how to make the groups they’ve already created better, learn how to create groups or find a group to join.

The focus is going to be on real, authentic community building that throws ROI and stats out the window and focuses on real interactions and communication with the members of the group in ways that (currently) cannot be efficiently tracked. Whether you’re a business, nonprofit, school, church, etc. won’t matter. The only thing that matters is that you’re interested in building REAL communities (bonus for being communities that improve the city).

Imagine a city where EVERY single resident is the organizer of, learning to build or a part of an active healthy group. It doesn’t matter what the group is. Democratic/Republican, Gay/Straight, Graffiti/Anti-Graffiti, Beer/Wine(os). As long as everyone is a part of a group that is actively discussing things they’re passionate about, the collective consciousness of the whole city will get raise and the effects of that will (in my opinion) be monumental.

Anyhow, it’s going to be a marriage of a bunch of things I’m HIGHLY passionate about and interested in:

  • Economics
  • Social Media
  • Tech
  • Gaming (not the gaming you’re thinking about, more like gamification)
  • Changing the world
  • Milwaukee (and making it awesome.) I freaking named myself after the city.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Cowbell (mainly having more)
  • I’m going going to put a lot of the projects I’ve been casually working on totally to sleep for a while (like the MilTownKlan and PwningLife). The funny thing is, I haven’t really worked out the exact revenue model for what I’m doing other than (if you don’t catch the reference, see this video):

    Phase 1: Become the heavy weight king of the social community building world
    Phase 2: ???
    Phase 3: PROFIT

    Think I made the right decision? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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8 Responses to And My Main Focus Is Going To Be…

  1. Penney Morse says:

    Hmmm……not sure. I agree with putting Pwning life and the Miltownklan on the shelf. You went to England to meet a tai chi master, then you don’t do anything with that. If Social Milwaukee is the way you are going, make sure you don’t get too wrapped up in it and don’t stop doing tai chi.

    • miltownkid says:

      I’m TOTALLY still doing tai chi. Things are going really well with it matter of fact. I also think focusing on Social Milwaukee will, in the long run, have the greatest positive impact on where I want to go with tai chi. If I can bank roll tai chi with $ and experience from something else, all the better. The plan is still to move into a larger space when winter comes (so we can continue training moving step).

  2. Scott says:

    Has the economics degree been put on hold too? I think that would be a pretty good thing to have, although not totally necessary.

    I wish you the best with Social Milwaukee.

    • miltownkid says:

      It’s funny you mention that! I just went and sorted out my school standings so I could attend in the fall. I’m still going to plug away at my economics degree but part time and in a fashion that doesn’t interfere with my main focus. 🙂

  3. maugrassia says:

    About Pwning Life: After all this time, I finally figured out why it kept dying.
    You should check out Leo Babauta’s “The Effortless Life”. It’s in production on a Google Documents page open for everyone to edit, and he writes in it when he feels the inspiration to. It really changed my view on goals, and why Pwning Life didn’t always work. But that said, I think it could still work, somehow!

    • miltownkid says:

      Oh… Pwning Life works! 🙂 Still testing it out but, I have a feeling come January 1st, when I revisit the goals I originally laid out for myself and compare them to where I’ll be at the time, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

      That said Pwning Life, The MilTownKlan, Social Milwaukee, Black Horse Tai Chi, even MyDeadXbox are all in a state of constant evolution with things I learn from one strengthening the others. The reason Social Milwaukee is going to be so successful is because of what I’ve learned organizing the MilTownKlan and Pwning Life, trying to start a barter exchange, starting a weekly gaming club in Taiwan, etc.

      Then what I learn while I focus on Social Milwaukee will carry directly over to the next project I focus on (which just might be Pwning Life 🙂 ). I’m really excited about how the Social Milwaukee group has been growing. There are already 20 people who joined the group and I’m putting in the work to make that number continue to grow every day.

      I can’t wait to host that first meeting! 🙂

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