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My April Monthly Income Report 2013

Welcome to my second income report. This is my April’s monthly income report. If you missed my first income report of January, February and March, simply click here to check it out.

Each month I will be writing a detailed report that goes over what I’ve done and lessons learned from the previous month, and I will list where my income comes from and exactly how much I’ve earned. By the way, 100% of my income is generated online.

For those of you new to CEOinfluence.com, you might be wondering why I care to post my income reports in the first place.

Here’s why:

Companies in the stock market share their earnings too, which gives people an idea of how the company is performing. Based on that, people can make a decision whether or not to invest (or continue investing) in that company.

Although my readers, listeners and viewers are not investing money into my company, you are investing time – time to consume my content as well as any time you use to execute the strategies and methods I share. It’s my responsibility as a person in this particular niche to be totally upfront, honest and transparent with you, and to give you a snapshot each month of how I’m performing.

The earnings, although I know that’s the first thing a lot of people look at, are just a part of the whole picture. What I’ve done and the lessons learned along the way are much more valuable in my eyes, and I hope they are to you too.

I hope you enjoy this month’s report, and make sure to sign up with your email below for completely free updates about the CEO Influence Blog (CIB), and more. If you would like to connect with me on Facebook – simply click here.

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What Went Down on April

What went down? Well, a few things happened on a personal and business level for the month of April that represented change for me.

Moving to the south

First, I made the decision to move to Savannah, Georgia for a couple of months in order to be close to my mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Below is a picture of her and I doing our morning walk under the hot sun of Savannah.

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I will not say it was easy – but I can assure you it was a learning experience and a blessing to be with her for a couple of months. The month of April was very challenging for me on the personal side, and I’ve learned that worrying about the future or holding a grudge about events from the past… do absolutely nothing good for me… nor for the people I love.

That being said, love, patience, prayer and a strong positive spirit kept me sane and with my feet on the ground. I’ve always found that the best way to help others is to lead by example. There is no better way, because it is the only way.

The “Get Money” event in Chicago

Second, during the month of April I went to the Empower Network “Get Money” event in Chicago from April 19-21. To say the least, it was a life changing event for me. Now, here is when I found out the real beauty of it…

I remember… exactly, a very specific moment when two of my affiliates where discussing with each other how the event was changing their lives for ever. I was right in front of them, but they were talking like I was not there and it game me the sensation that I was watching a short scene of a movie that impacted me in a tremendous way.

At that moment I realized that events were not about me… they are about the people that I connected with that are changing their lives for the better… whether it is emotionally, spiritually and/or financially. When I realized that the moment I made the decision to change my own life for the better (you can learn more about it by clicking here)… allowed me to touch other people’s lives as well. That is just beautiful.

A video sneak peek of what happened at the event

Below you will see a video from the event in Chicago of a 12 year old kid from Holland who made $12,000 in 4 months. He works on his online business for 1-2 hours after doing his homework everyday day.

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Lessons Learned During April

  • The Power of Events. Although, I knew that events can be helpful (I have been on many of them), but I’ve never experienced it the way I did in Chicago at the “get money” empower network event. I saw how a 12 year old is growing a successful business online that thousands dream of having, and I experienced with my heart and my own eyes… how my own affiliates were having important breakthroughs that translated to better and faster results financially and emotionally speaking. Events change many lives for the better, and I have learned that most people go to events looking for validation, experience, breakthroughs, social proof, belief and tons of networking opportunities. The next event will be in Denver, Colorado on July 18-21. If you would like to be part of it, you would need to become part of my affiliate team. If you are seriously interested in learning more, simply subscribe below and you will be taken to a page with a special video for you to watch.

 

  •  The Power of Passive Income. This type of income is income coming to me every single month for work I did once. Most people focus on earning a paycheck from their hard work at their jobs, which is fine. The only issue I find with that is that if I don’t go to work… I simply don’t get paid. That is the reality for most people. Now, I’ve learned that If I truly want to create time and financial freedom I need to focus on growing my passive income, and that is exactly what I have been doing for the last 6 months. Let me tell you this: it has been the best decision I’ve made. Because of this type of income… I am able to be in Europe (at the time of writing this post) for the first time, and not be worried about how I am going to have more income coming for next month. I call that peace of mind. I was also able to be with my mother in order to help her through her challenge against cancer, and that for me is priceless! Doing what I want, whenever I want and with who I want… I call that Unstoppable Freedom. Below is a simple definition of passive income…

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Income Breakdown (April)

Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I absolutely appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please contact me!

 Affiliate Earnings (from CIB + other sites)
  1. Blogging System – $477.00
  2. Inner Circle Mastermind – $1,000.00
  3. Costa Rica Intensive – $1,000.00
  4. $15K Formula – $1,000.00
  • Total Income with Empower Network: $3,477.00
  • Total Income for the Month of April: $3,589.39

 

A Quick Note on my Affiliate Earnings:

I’ll be the first to admit that a significant portion of my total online income comes as a result of my Empower Network Business – from the products that I recommend as an affiliate, which are products I’ve used or am extremely familiar with and have helped me in one way, shape or form.

I believe in total honesty and transparency, and that’s why I decided to include the income from CIB and ALL other sites on these reports as well. It wouldn’t feel right hiding this from you.

With this community comes great responsibility and I will never take it for granted. I will never promote something just for the potential income that can come from an affiliate offer, even though those opportunities are definitely there.

I’m incredibly grateful for everything and I will continue to give back with valuable content and my experience in return.

Well, I’ve written enough for today! Thanks for your support, and I wish you all the best!

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My January, February and March 2013 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my very first income report. I’ve decided to make this monthly income report about the first quarter of 2013.

Each month I will be writing a detailed report that goes over what I’ve done and lessons learned from the previous month, and I will list where my income comes from and exactly how much I’ve earned. By the way, 100% of my income is generated online.

For those of you new to CEOinfluence.com, you might be wondering why I care to post my income reports in the first place.

Here’s why:

Companies in the stock market share their earnings too, which gives people an idea of how the company is performing. Based on that, people can make a decision whether or not to invest (or continue investing) in that company.

Although my readers, listeners and viewers are not investing money into my company, you are investing time – time to consume my content as well as any time you use to execute the strategies and methods I share. It’s my responsibility as a person in this particular niche to be totally upfront, honest and transparent with you, and to give you a snapshot each month of how I’m performing.

The earnings, although I know that’s the first thing a lot of people look at, are just a part of the whole picture. What I’ve done and the lessons learned along the way are much more valuable in my eyes, and I hope they are to you too.

I hope you enjoy this month’s report, and make sure to sign up with your email below for completely free updates about the CEO Influence Blog (CIB), and more. If you would like to connect with me on Facebook – simply click here.

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What Went Down in January, February and March

What Went Down? Well, in order to tell you what happened in the first 3 months of 2013 – I would have to share with you… what happened in December of 2012.

By December of last year, I was completely broke. In fact, I only had $3.50 to my name, barely no food in the fridge, frustrated, with no income, sleeping on a friend’s couch and not a clear path to follow. By December… CEOinfluence.com was one year old, but with no revenues, and of course, no clear vision, mission and structure.

I remember asking myself, “What In The World Am I Going To Do To Get Out Of This Hole… WITHOUT Having To Work For Someone Else?” I also asked myself, “What Can I Do To Make Money Fast?…. What Am I Good At?”

The Idea That Helped Me Start Changing Things Around

I started writing down all the things I was good at… and to be honest, it took me a while to write the first one. When I came up with a handful of “good skills”… there was one of them that got me thinking. I was building a decent amount of following on Twitter – by that time it was a little bit over 10,000 followers, and I said to myself, “I can create a webinar teaching others how to build their twitter following and build relationships almost on 100% autopilot… without becoming a spammer.”

Did I Know How To Host A Webinar? Absolutely Not. The honest truth is that I was not in the position to let the fact that I did not know HOW to do it – to stop me. All I knew was THE REASON I had to make it happen.

The funny thing is that even before I had the training together… I already had done… a very simple sales letter with a video of me explaining why it was important to master twitter marketing. I also shared the details about what I was going to teach exactly and I started promoting the webinar on Twitter and Facebook. I sold each spot for a $49 one-time fee, and I used Paypal to receive the payments.

To tell you the truth, I did put my heart into that webinar. Was it perfect? NO. I made many technical mistakes – some were out of my control, but some others were caused by my inexperience. But I also gain tons of experience, good friends, and some of them became part of what is now my affiliate team – The Unstoppable Freedom Team.

Back To The Beginning Before Everything Changed

Back in December 2012… that idea I just shared with you… opened the door for me to buy some groceries, and join a unique affiliate program that truly changed things around for me – financially, emotionally and physically. For you to have an idea… it took me from nothing to over $10,000 in my first 90 days in affiliate commissions.

Now, that may not seem a life changing amount of money, but for me… it meant more than just an income. Those $10K represented a REAL breakthrough, a possibility, the beginning of something way bigger – Unstoppable Freedom.

Many people asked me, “Ricky… what about all your bills and debt?” 

Well, I had tons of bills, and debt (which most of it is already gone). At that moment I made the decision to invest in myself and take the risk to invest on my ability to build a business online. Bills and Debt… were not a priority for me – period. I know some people lose sleep because of debt and bills, but I made the choice to rise above it all. Thankfully, I am on my way to be completely debt-free by the end of this year. To say the least… I feel truly blessed.

Here is a summary of lessons I learned during the first 3 months of 2013:

  • The Power of Focusing on One Business. One of my biggest mistakes in the past was trying to build multiple streams of income at the same time when I was just getting started. Every time I heard of the “next big thing” or big launch… I had to get on it… “to make more money.” That was the wrong mindset and it cost me a lot of frustrations, and a lot of money. When I decided to focus on this one business and built my network around it – that is when I started creating success and inspiring others. I basically stopped my “shiny object syndrome” and I committed to implement the power of focus.
  • Keeping It Simple. By nature, I am a creative individual and tons of ideas come to my head all the time, but that was getting me unfocused. I was jumping from idea to idea and I was over complicating myself so many times. So I have decided to follow what other successful people were doing and that was – keeping things stupid simple. I simply followed the system already in place every single day… for 90 days straight.
  • The Power of Making a Committed Decision. I realized that the only way I was going to change things around financially… I had to make a committed decision… and a decision is only a decision when you follow through with daily consistent action and when you start with the “I will make it happen no matter what” mindset. This was so crucial to me, because it made me reach inside for the real reason… that “thing” that pushed me every morning to get on it with passion.

“No Alarm Clock Needed – Passion Wakes Me.”

 

 Income Breakdown (January)

Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I absolutely appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please contact me!

 Affiliate Earnings (from CIB + other sites)
  • Total in January: $2,991.00

 

 Income Breakdown (February)

Affiliate Earnings (from CIB + other sites)
  1. Blogging System – $150.00
  2. Inner Circle Mastermind – $400.00
  3. Costa Rica Intensive – $1,500.00
  4. $15K Formula – $1,000.00
  • Total Income with Empower Network: $3,050.00
  • Total in February: $3,062.30

Income Breakdown (March)

Affiliate Earnings (from CIB + other sites)
  1. Blogging System - $375.00
  2. Inner Circle Mastermind - $700.00
  3. Costa Rica Masters – $3,000.00
  • Total Income with Empower Network: $4,075.00
  • Total in March: $4,130.19

An awesome first three months! I am basically… giving myself a raise every single month, and that is a great feeling.

A Quick Note on my Affiliate Earnings:

I’ll be the first to admit that a significant portion of my total online income comes as a result of The Empower Network Blog at RickyFigueroa.com – from the products that I recommend as an affiliate, which are products I’ve used or am extremely familiar with and have helped me in one way, shape or form.

SInce I started in January 1st – I must admit, my main intention was to make money. But during those first 90 days… I read a little book titled, The Go-Giver and it changed how I see life and do business forever. Now, my main focus is to help others create their own success story. One of the reasons I have a new vision and mission for The CEO Influence Blog is due to five powerful principles I learned from that book. Because I believe in total honesty and transparency, I decided to include the income from CIB and ALL other sites on these reports as well. It wouldn’t feel right hiding this from you.

With this community comes great responsibility and I will never take it for granted. I will never promote something just for the potential income that can come from an affiliate offer, even though those opportunities are definitely there.

I’m incredibly grateful for everything and I will continue to give back with valuable content and my experience in return.

Well, I’ve written enough for today! Thanks for your support, and I wish you all the best!

Cheers!

The Truth Your Family And Friends Can’t See About Your Entrepreneurial Journey

As an Entrepreneur… Often, you will experience many failures. Often, in your entrepreneurial journey …you will experience how people who live with you… or the closest ones in your life… ONLY see your struggle, but they don’t seem to see and feel your success or how close you are to reaching your dream. Often, many of them will think they know what is it like to be an entrepreneur, but they have NO IDEA… honestly.

People often notice the struggle and failures, but they can’t see further and deeper than just what their eyes can see. They can’t see your sacrifice, your 100% commitment to a cause, your vision, the purpose bigger than yourself, the huge fuel and passion for accomplishment and helping others, the commitment to help your team grow and not baby sit them. It’s something bigger and more powerful than the sole purpose of making money.

Often, people wish for their lives to be easier, but they never decide to become better. They choose to WAIT until you bring home the “big mula” and the Luxury Cars to start taking some action to help themselves. The fear of failure paralyze them – Ironically, fear of getting out of their own misery. They choose to remain in their comfort zone over pursuing happiness and their  dreams. Ironic, huh?

When misery hits them harder.. they start looking for something or somebody to blame like a big shadow, but they never blame themselves. They are too scare to look deep within… because its way out of their comfort zone. They prefer to focus on others’ mistakes and failures to avoid confronting their own.

My friends, when you are a target of these kind of “attacks” (dream killers) – You should not take it personal, but do not let it bring you down, second doubt yourself or stop you from reaching that goal! NEVER let that happen.

I don’t care if its your mother, your father, your brother, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your wife/husband, your best friends, the President of the United States… I DO NOT CARE WHO THEY ARE! You Will Not Let Them Put You Down… No Matter How Broke You Are. Do you hear me?!

Make the DECISION and take the ACTION to surround yourself with uplifting people, successful ones that truly want to see you succeed. Those who are willing to plant seeds to help you grow… those are the ones you need to surround yourself with. Sometimes, you have to step up alone and even walk alone when nobody else is willing to stand by your side.

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

Never settle for staying mediocre, just to fit in the bunch of people who surround you that don’t believe in your dream. Inspire them to be great… by YOU being great. Inspire them to get out of their comfort zone… by YOU getting out of your comfort zone constantly. I’m sure you get the picture, but if you don’t… here is a quote that I believe all of us should live by:

“BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD” ~ Gandhi

The truth is… I still have faith in them and I have faith in YOU. Here is the kicker… it doesn’t matter how much I believe in them and their power to change their lives for the better… if they don’t BELIEVE and take MASSIVE ACTION.

Let me ask you, my friend:

Are you experiencing (or have you experienced) this kind of struggle with your friends or family while you are (were) pursuing your dream? If yes, What things have you done to overcome the pain of not having full support from your closest love ones? Do you still struggling with that?

 

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