Hey there, Leonidas here.
If you’re on this page, you are probably a bit curious as to who Leonidas is, yes?
My story consists of passion, persistence, and the unwavering pursuit of self-education.
Education & Career Dropout
I dropped out of university after 2 years of Pharmaceutical chemistry (2008). Having a GPA of 2.0 (50%), and the reality of spending hours on end within a lab didn’t appeal to me.
The next ‘natural’ choice seemed both a passion and a hobby, the study of computers. Not computer sciences, but computer technology in general. Yet, despite getting grades in the 80’s and 90’s, something didn’t appeal to me with working on Cisco routers, and configuring PC’s all day…
I graduated with a 2 year (of a 3 year program) diploma… nothing special. Even worse, was my huge disgust of the ‘conveyor’ belt graduation process, in an ironically refurbished car manufacturing plant. Useless, quickly defunct education for the masses.
So one more try, let’s try getting a business education (May 2010). I love business, it pervades my natural senses. How this and that make money… Yet, the classes were so incredibly bland, theoretically pointless, and to this point, just an ego validation based on grade-point averages. A simple library book was packaged and taught for $500 a class. I graduated with a 1 year business ‘certification’, but didn’t even bother picking it up this time. I didn’t care about an artificial accreditation really.
Yet, with these accreditations (computers & biz) I received a decent job right out the gate (Jan 2011). $41,000/year with a Fortune 500 corporation… yay! 4 months later, after a soul draining office experience (reoccurring theme among many in the corporate world), I left.
Immediately after leaving (2 days in between), I picked up a $50,000/year job at a semi-start up technology company. Everything seemed magical. Less bureaucracy, faster opportunity, we even had windows, and plant life! Tonnes of mobility. Yet, the haze and energy drain of office-life quickly came back. Even worse was the grind of getting to work, being a complete zombie in the office, and then dreading getting back home every day in mind-numbing rush hour traffic.
My magical window view of ‘freedom’ was of one of the most congested highways in the world! So 1 month in (30 days)… I quit my $50,000/year job! But of course, not without a backup plan.
While in highschool, I never had the comfort of having a girlfriend, so in university/college, I thought to myself… what do women enjoy?
Dancing! So I started a salsa club to meet women, heh. Interestingly enough, you can’t really run an organization unless you have complete undying passion for almost all aspects involved. I grew a huge passion for dancing, running the group, and getting the attention of cute girls. I would simply watch a couple YouTube videos with a partner, practice a couple times, and then teach it to the students.
At the same time I quickly learned marketing, branding, advertising, scheduling, organizing team members, web development, Photoshop design, social media, and softer skills like emotional awareness. After 4 years, the club had grown to 200+ salsa dancing students, and a team of 8 executives.
Yet, by my 5th year (entering ‘Business’ certification), I decided to hand off the club, and pursue a different direction… making money (and losing it all). I jumped on one of the most vicious gambling experiences ever invented, the FOREX!
For the next year (Starting May 2010), I was heavily invested in researching how it worked, why, and how to make money. The result by Summer 2011, was $4000/month of full-freedom internet money. Money was being magically generated using an optimized ‘trading’-robot I had spent months and months optimizing, all on a $200 netbook.
The long story of this was a HUGE roller coaster of slow steady gains, and HUGE losses, over and over, until reaching that $4000/month. The biggest risk was investing a huge chunk of my student loans, and a majority of my earnings from work.
Yet, while living on that kind of cash flow, the freedom to relax at the beach any day I wanted, eat whatever I wanted, and chase girls was my reality. My first real experience with ‘passive-income’.
It was absolutely awesome!
Risk & Losing Everything
By the end of September 2011, I had lost everything, literally, overnight. The Forex is a very tricky animal. Thousands of dollars, gone into the pockets of some gambling business.
Not only losing my own cash, but also losing cash from investors as well.
After 1 day of introspection, and over a year of that roller coaster ride, I decided to finally close shop on my Forex business.
And so began a very long series of jobs which weren’t congruent with the passive-income reality. Web development, promoter, tech support. Nothing compounded itself if more money was invested. Nothing could be leveraged effectively.
Freedom, Fun, and Adventure Business
My true philosophy is to own a business that allows you to travel, enjoy life, and be relatively hands-off. This is simple on the surface, but requires a complete congruence in your strategies, and focus.
A service business such as ‘web development’, still requires constant upkeep, and changes back and forth (unless you effectively leverage outsourcing). Promotions still requires a physical presence, and the pay isn’t particularly interesting.
My road to business success involves a complete synergistic understanding of; marketing, sales, networking, and technology.
Luckily, this is all possible with self-education, and failing many many times, and keeping your funds under control.
My internet money making only occurred after about trying and failing at 30+ different strategies. All of them are irrelevant at this point. But you learn how to piece different strategies together.
Also, if you are not reading at least 20+ books every year that can help you get further in your business, then start now.
Read and Apply Today
Finally, I have actively made this blog to give you some of the case studies that I have tried and failed with, or have succeeded with.
If you are not applying at least some of the freebies here, then maybe internet marketing isn’t in your reality.
Learn 20% of the time, and spend the other 80% actually applying.
I wish you the utmost best on your pursuits, and keep coming back for more great content.
Your internet marketing and call to action friend,
Quote For The Rest Of Your Life
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.