You are probably expecting a different method where I start teaching you how to utilize your video game skills. However, this is the most important step you will need before you even embark on the journey… and that is your mindset.
Before we get into having the right mindset, let me start with a familiar story…
You love video games. So do I. If you are here, most of you are in one of these situations:
- Going to college/university and unsure of what you want to do
- Stuck in a job you hate but do it because either the money is good or it pays poorly and you stay due to lack of options
- You don’t have a job
- Addicted to video games and also need money to sustain yourself
I have been in all 4 situations and it is not fun. I grew up in a rather poor family in Malaysia. At the age of 17, I moved to the US as we tried to start afresh here. I picked up a job at Starbucks and worked there for 6 years while trying to figure out what I wanted to do.
Just like any other kid, the logical step was to go to college here. The problem is after 3-4 years in college, I became extremely disillusioned with the education system. Most universities will cost $20,000 or more. If you go to any prestigious university, then it will be a lot more. Most of us are not rich enough to have our parents pay 100% of our tuition. That means we have to work a part time job to pay for school or get financial aid.
Either way, you are fucked…
80-90% of college students will be doing the same thing when they graduate, which is finding a job! You get paid a fixed salary and have to drive through terrible traffic with 80-90% of other people. The worst part is that you don’t have much time to enjoy playing video games and other fun stuff…
Now, I am not saying that there is anything is wrong with that, but if you want to become wealthy and have the freedom to choose what to do daily, there are better options.
Instead of doing what everyone else is doing, you can use your knowledge of video games and learn how to make money doing it. I personally have done it myself and currently am supporting my family with this with plenty of free time to play video games or do whatever.
2014 was the first year I made a significant amount of income from video games through a video game blog. Needless to say, I quit my job, dropped out of college and pursued this full time. Fast forward to 2016, I just hit 6 figures a year by selling one of my gaming sites, helping a startup company build mobile game fan sites and also running my own entertainment blog for myself.
If a college dropout that used to live the SGF(Sleeping, Gaming, Fapping) lifestyle can make it to 6 figures, so can you. 🙂
Below are the Pillars of Wealth that I follow and I highly recommend you follow if you want to succeed.
Pillar 1: Surround Yourself With Successful People You Want to Emulate
This one wasn’t obvious to me until my mid 20s. As they say, you will probably earn the average of the sum of your 5 closest friends. If you hang out with a bunch of friends that go to a day job, then you are more likely to do the same. If you hang out with a business owners, you will likely to follow suit as well. We tend to get competitive among ourselves. If you friends starts doing something cool, you want to do the same as well. This is the nature of humans.
If you ever played any MMORPG, you will see all these high level gamers decked out in the best gear you would dream of having. If you actually care about the game, you would start becoming competitive and play a lot and get a high level character with insane gear to become the coolest kids in the block. Where can you actually see normal people give up their social lives, family and even wife/girlfriends to become powerful in a virtual world? Not too many places! But we can describe this situation in one word – Competition!
Apply this in real life. If you want to become a rock star guitarist, go to a popular guitarist that already has achieved that status. If you want to become a pro gamer, go to spots where you see all the hardcore players playing in whatever game you are playing and see how they do it. If you want to start a successful business, go talk to people that already run successful businesses and are living the life you want…
Most importantly, don’t go learn that from professors in college that have never started a successful business in their lives. The list goes on and on…
Pillar 2: Take Responsibility for ALL of Your Actions
Oh boy, this one took me a while to learn. I used to blame my parents for my lack of success in my life. I would tell my friends that my parents are “strict” or “not giving me enough money to go to school”. I was quite the spoiled brat.
The truth is, I can work smart and focus on building my video game business instead of playing all day and goofing off. Nobody owes me anything, including my parents. I could have had worse parents. To be honest, I am now grateful that I have an awesome dad and mum. They raised both my sister and I unconditionally, despite all the hardships they faced. They did their best to their abilities.
The moment I stop blaming anyone else for my own failures was the time where I started growing fast and actually see improvements in my life. I highly recommend you do the same.
Pillar 3: Stop Complaining
I used to whine and complain pretty much about everything. The weather, the bad co-worker, the “mean” teacher and what not. Complaining doesn’t solve the problem. Taking action to fix the issue by talking to the person that can resolve it and your problems will be gone.
For the past year, I came across Will Bowen’s complaint free world movement. The key was to successfully not complain for 21 days straight. Basically, any form of complaint such as the weather or gossiping were not allowed. You are given a purple bracelet that you wear on your wrist. If you catch yourself complaining, you switch the bracelet to the opposite wrist. Initially, it was hard for me. I switched often. However, after a few months, I got better.
Funny enough, 7 months later of doing this, my income went from about $4000/month to $9000/month without changing much of my business practices. I also sold one of my gaming sites for five figures. You wonder how is that possible? Well, the moment you stop complaining, you start attracting positive people into your life. People that used to complain around you will stop hanging out with you. It is a win win situation!
Pillar 4: Mapping Small Actions Steps to Achieve Your Big Goals
Creating small achievable that leads up to your big goal is really vital in making sure you keep moving forward in the right direction. For example:
Goal – I want to create a $3000/month passive income online with YouTube.
If you are just starting out and have no idea how to do it, then this can be a bit daunting. Start breaking it down a bit more.
- Step 1: Create a YouTube Channel
- Step 2: Make 4 quality videos for “Overwatch“(or whatever game you choose) every week.
- Step 3: Get 2000 subscribers within the first 3 months through reddit posting.
- Step 4: Grow YouTube channel every month by 2000 subs = ~66 subs per day
- Step 5: Monetize it with Amazon affiliate items that generate $60 per day and 40,000 views per day from YouTube at $1/thousand views
Now you have a better idea on how to get to your goal. Everyday, you will be going over these steps to make sure you are following it. Avoid doing anything outside of these and you will be well on your way to achieving your goal.
Pillar 5: Taking Actions that Gets You Paid
This carries on the previous pillar. Initially, you will want take action in working towards your smaller goals. But eventually, once you have started getting to $1000/month, you will want to start re-investing into your business by outsourcing certain tasks that isn’t an action that generates income. Let’s use the previous example above.
In the YouTube Channel goal, the most important step to getting paid will be steps 4 and 5. Step 2, making videos and then promoting the videos will help you get there, but you are going to need tools to speed up the process. Outsource your intro videos if you suck at creativity. You can get them done cheaply on Fiverr.
You will want to invest in tools such as a decent camera, video/audio recorder to improve the quality of your videos and making your life easier. Increasing quality of the video(be it informational, funny or entertaining) will make promoting your videos a lot easier. You will then want to take massive action into promoting your videos to increase subscribers. More subscribers = more views = more $.
Pillar 6: Believe that You can Do It!
This one is huge! You need to have the confidence and belief that you are going to make it, no matter what you do. Throughout the journey of entrepreneurship, you will encounter many ups and downs. You will fail here and there. If you can’t get past any of the hurdles, you will give up. That’s why confidence and belief is so important. You want to be able to shrug off your failures, and get one step closer to success. Failed today? No problem! Let me dust myself off and try again!