Personal Growth Record

Since 2015, I’ve been doing an annual review of my business vision and goals, sharing it with my entire contacts list. As a solo entrepreneur, this allows me to have an objective feedback on my own work, make me accountable to my network, and provide my friends, partners, clients and contacts, a better and crystal clear understanding of who I am and what I do. 

In January 2018, I’ve decided to share these wins, fails and learned lessons each month on both my blog and on LinkedIn.

Feel free to let me know what you have in mind while reading this in the comments section. I’m very interested in everyone’s feedback and questions. May this inspire you and help you in your own business.

may 2018

Here it is—May is over and summer is about to come here in Europe. The past month has not been as productive as the previous one for severals reasons—several holidays, an almost week-long startup boot camp, etc…

But I’ve still made some progress, especially in publication and social media.

My biggest realization this month is that I thrive thanks to my ecosystem, the local incubators, accelerators and through word-of-mouth of startups I’ve worked with.

But what if I had to restart from scratch?  

Thinking about this was exactly what I needed. My current network is mostly based in France, even though I offer online courses to the entire world.

So this month, I go international with my speed one-on-one meetings, setting up my profile on a worldwide freelance marketplace. I’m excited and scared at the same time to see how people will respond to my profile and my personality, even without having previous “online” recommendations.

By the way, you’ll also find at the end of the post the introduction video I created just for that which includes a few testimonials (thanks to Alexandre, Vincent and Deborah who appeared in it)… more coming soon.

Goals results

Lessons learned

 

Pure online income results

 

April 2018

April just ended a few days ago, and it has been a very productive and focused month for me. What about you? What did you achieve last month that you are the most proud of?

For me it’s simple. I’ve created the best course I’ve ever done: a course that summarizes everything I’ve been doing for startups since 2014. This will be one of the best help for any founder without a strong technical background (although someone with a tech background might learn a lot from it too).

So if there is one news to take from this email, it is to take advantage of this course. And did I mention it’s currently free too:
https://myctofriend.co/zerotomillionusers

With regards to the other projects: I’m moving forward on public speaking. I will also be mentoring at a startup boot camp with 800 students in Montpellier Business School in less than 10 days. It will be an exciting event, and I’m looking forward to hearing all the great ideas for sure.

And in terms of my online business, I now have three (amazing) paid courses and a new free one. Next stop is to improve my funnel, email communications, and social media.

Goals results

 

LESSONS LEARNED

 

Pure online income results

 

march 2018

The great conference in Malta — which you can watch at the end of the post — led me to add a new focus on public speaking (who knows, soon I might be doing an English TED talk!).

My online sales are still very low, but the interest I got at the event overseas reassured me that my topic is a worldwide problem that people need solved. I’m also on my way to improving my communication skills, especially on social media where I am just starting to get a feel for (at last).

Holding off on book writing led me to review my plan for my next course — it will be a general introduction for early-stage startup founders. It will be called Startup tech challenges: From 0 to millions. Look out for that at the end of this month.

To read more details about this month’s retrospective and watch the recording of my Malta presentation, click the button below.

Goals results

Lessons learned

 

Pure online income results

 

February 2018

In the beginning of 2018, I’ve decided to share my monthly goals, results and doubts, so that I can get objective feedback on my own work. Working as a solo entrepreneur, this makes me accountable to my network and provides my friends, partners, clients and community a better and crystal clear understanding of who I am and what I do.

I have been doing well in terms of creating my online courses. 

This past month, several unexpected things happened. Some good—like being invited to teach in the startup program of Montpellier Business School. Others, more difficult—like my ghostwriter is no longer available to help me in writing my first book for startups.

If you want to read more about my February goal retrospective and as well as my goals for March, click below.

Goals results

 

LESSONS LEARNED

 

Pure online income results

 

january 2018

This 2018 is the year that I focus on creating online courses. This past month, I’ve been streamlining many of the processes I’ve been doing, putting systems in place to automate them. Unfortunately, I did not reach the goal I set few months ago, which was to earn my first $1,000 from my online courses before January 31st. 

On the other hand, I learned a lot, and things are getting clearer when it comes to my value proposition and may organization. Lastly, I got some great feedback from partners and clients that went through my online courses. The value is there, and I’m now gathering testimonials videos to share with other people the results of my advice.

Goals results

 

Lessons learned

 

Pure online income results

 

goal setting 2018

In 2017, I recorded an increase of 30% in my turnover.

This 2018, I want to reach an 80% increase! Sounds insane, doesn’t it?

I’ve worked hard to put a system in place to reach those goals, and sometimes I feel that it would be a reward for all the preparation and the work that I’m about to do in 2018. No matter which way it goes, I’ll be as transparent as I’ve always been with you and will let you know throughout the year how things turn out.

DECEMBER 2017

I set two main goals at the beginning of the year. The first has been achieved, but not the second one.

GOAL 1: Get leads and prospective clients automatically and convert them into paying clients easily

DONE: This one has definitely been achieved! I’m very happy to record a 30% increase in revenues compared to 2016, getting more interested prospects than I can actually handle.

GOAL 2: Sell digital products instead of only trading my time

FAIL: I consider this one as not achieved as the online course revenues are still very low. However, I actually wasn’t consistent in video production until the end of the year where I started producing two courses on the roadmap definition and on selecting a provider for a startup. I will definitely catch up on this in 2018!

Goals results

Lessons learned

 

Pure online income results

 

Goal setting 2017

So, here is how I define my entire strategy for 2017…

“Think BIG!”
Life is too short to keep it small! So, let’s dream big. We are limitless! Our only limit is our mindset and our ability to learn.

Imagine what your perfect life would look like five years from now. 

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Marc Anthony

Personally, building startups is not the only passion that I have — I also love adventure, travelling and martial arts. Travelling is exactly like building a startup. We start with an idea, we make some plans, we imagine and expect many things along the way, but there are always some unpredictables things that happen. Some good, some bad, but the experience always makes us come back with a new skill set and often a new perspective of the world and of ourself.

DECEMBER 2016

Investing too much time in one project. I had a bigger project than usual this year, and being too involved in a project for two to three days a week for months at a time removed the objectivity that I should have when I help startups. Even though it would have been easier for me to make money from only a select number of clients per year, I wouldn’t have been able to learn as much as I had by working with just a few.

Reaching the maximum productivity that a consultant can handle. In June this year, I was truly overwhelmed and wasn’t able to do anything else than other than work for my clients’ projects.
Meeting many young entrepreneurs that cannot afford my services who need some help. This is one of the reasons why I built the new online training platform for startups.

Goals results

 

Lessons learned

 

Pure online income results

 

September 2016

It’s September, which means we have about three months left to achieve our annual goals.

I’m working hard to reach mine, and as a fellow startup founder and CTO—help you reach yours too.

Let me share with you what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks, and hopefully, everything will be ready to hit those goals for November 2nd!

Goals results

 

Lessons learned

 

Pure online income results

 

MAY 2016

 A few days ago, I shared with you I was traveling to London for two events, the FinTech startupWeekend and the youpreneur webmarketing community event.

I’m currently on board a plane flying back home. Since it was a very busy and intense weekend, I’m wondering what my takeaways from it are.

Goals results

 

Lessons learned

 

Pure online income results

 

Goal Settings 2016

To begin this new year, I want to share with you all my goals and challenges I will face in 2016. This is more than a simple “Happy New Year” message to all my contacts and readers. I want to share with you in the same manner as I did in 2015 results post. You will find below that I am sharing with you many details about my business and my personal roadmap for 2016.

DECEMBER 2015

 

I want to conclude this amazing year by sharing with you what I have accomplished and how much I’ve learned during 2015. After shutting down my startup in 2014, 2015 has been the perfect year for my transition from one startup project to more than 15 projects from other startups that are all paying clients.

Lessons learned

 

Lessons learned

 

Pure online income results

 

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