“If happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there.” – Shawn Achor
Today, I’m happy.
Today, I’m successful.
Today, I’m launching my biggest creation in a long time (at least since Grant was born and my finger painting series from pre-school).
Start Investing with $100 (SIW100) is now available to anyone with an Internet connection!
The Work Has Only Begun
Normally when I have a big announcement, I consult how other people have approached them. But not today.
You’re getting just unfiltered emotion and an “in the moment” experience.
I’d love to tell you that launching SIW100 is a crowning achievement for me…but it’s not (yet). Understand that I’m insanely proud of SIW100 and believe there is massive value for so many people who need this.
But the launch of Start Investing with $100 is only the beginning. As of publishing this announcement, only one person has purchased the online course (thanks Lindsay!) and that’s because it was only available to the fifteen person pre-launch team before today.
SIW100 won’t be a crowning achievement until months or years from now. See, that’s the thing about investing. Unless you’re doing it poorly, you probably won’t see any major life changes from learning the principles or skills to become a confident and clever investor.
As my cousin J.R. would say, “There’s information, there’s knowledge, and there’s wisdom.”
I’m offering up information in the course – along with checklists, decision guides, cheat sheets and more – and a path to convert that into knowledge (and action). But only the people taking the course can convert their new knowledge into wisdom.
It’s up to me to empower them to make their own decisions. It’s up to me to help them shed investing-related fear, intimidation, and stress.
But it’s up to them to become successful long-term investors.
And guess what? They probably won’t know if they are for months or years. After all, besides the surprising mental and emotional benefits of kicking butt at investing, my primary goal of helping people’s purchasing power overrun the forces of inflation and taxes isn’t quickly achieved.
So I’m cool with it taking a while before the “thank you” emails start rolling in from course alumni. I’m cool with initial lackluster sales that only pick up as my guest posts in the next month spread awareness of this awesome resource I’ve poured months of energy into.
I’m cool with having spent over 30 hours combing through 39 investment company websites from four countries – as well as way too many live chats with these companies and too many Google searches to count – to create an Investment Company Decision Guide in Module 4 that turns a multi-hour selection process into a two-minute exercise. That doesn’t even count the energy I spent trying out three virtual assistants to complete the guide for me. And it doesn’t include wasted time sending custom surveys to these companies asking them for data that should be easily accessed on their websites.
Making Version 1.0 Better
I’m taking the software approach to Start Investing with $100.
The current SIW100 website and the student’s only content is just version 1.0. I have plans even this Thanksgiving week to make the experience for everyone – students and non-students alike – much better. Version 1.5 will be a silent release and some people won’t even notice. That’s cool though. I’m putting in the extra work for the folks that will notice and will benefit.
For example, I spent all day yesterday creating a Start Investing with $100 intro video. I certainly didn’t have to and I know most people won’t watch it (except you, right?).
Can’t see the video in your email, RSS feed, or browser? Click here.
This proves three things:
- I’m willing to do work that goes unappreciated or unnoticed
- I can do a dynamite voice-over, but my screencasting skills still suck
- I need to allot less time for open-ended tasks like creating a product intro video
But I’m so freakin’ committed to my student’s success. I’m so eager to transform them into helpful alumni for the next generation of people in the class.
It’s like Rappin’ 4-Tay said in his song “Problems:”
Each piece of life is like a puzzle, can you solve ‘em. Stress’ll drive you crazy when you’re dealing with these problems. Problems, problems – How you gonna solve ‘em. Man, I’m going crazy trying to deal with these problems.
The students of SIW100 have problems (who doesn’t, right?). Most of them I can’t do a damn thing about. But I can make investing move from the problem category to the productive category. That means there’s energy left to resolve other problems.
This announcement isn’t a stealth sales technique. I’m not clever enough to pull that off even if I wanted to (and I don’t). I’m a terrible marketer and lament that I’ll have to become a good one if I want my products to sell and my message to spread.
But I’m as good a promise keeper as I’m a bad marketer.
So here’s my promise to this awesome community. If you…
- Read the SIW100 FAQs
- Explore the course reviews
- Understand the passion behind SIW100
- Listen to the free audio crash course version
- Consider buying SIW100
…then I’ll do anything to build an even better version of SIW100 and other products that solve real, unmet needs.
This course could be worth $5 or $10,000. I’ll continue building the investing foundation that puts more people into the $10,000 column than the $5 column. Just don’t take this as a guarantee that you’ll make money from investing, let alone maintain your purchasing power against taxes and inflation.
If you’ve temporarily exhausted your skill and mindset improvement budget on other things, it’s all good.
Please think of me next time you have a budget to upgrade yourself. Also remember our friends at Second Harvest Heartland appreciate the 5% pretax donation I make on all income related to Value of Simple (including SIW100).
…And a Promotion
Not everybody can afford to pay $80 on Start Investing with $100. So I’ll come up with periodic giveaways, contests, and scholarships to get it into deserving hands for free.
Launch day seems like the perfect time to get two people a free lifetime scholarship to the course.
So here’s the deal. Answer the question below in a comment on this post or on the Value of Simple Facebook page by 6:00 pm CST on Friday, November 23rd. I’ll select two people with the best response for a free scholarship to SIW100.
How would your life improve if you started (or restarted) investing with solid principles and new skills?
The two winners will be announced in a post next week. I’m excited to see your responses!
One last note.
To those who take the course and develop yourself beyond the scope of investing, rock on!
To those who appreciate why I quit my job to pursue creating stuff like SIW100, here comes appreciation right back at ya!
I couldn’t do this without the support of our community. I wouldn’t keep working so damn hard if I didn’t get the encouraging emails that make me smile.
I’ll continue to need your help so please, keep it coming with authenticity and value.