What's your favorite small scale conspiracy theory? Reddit is the self-proclaimed front page of the internet. I thoroughly enjoy watching those YouTube videos where it's just the voice automator reading off Reddit posts and comments. I think they're hilarious. You may look at this site as a cheap place filled to the brim with useless memes and garbage. But in reality, there's a lot of information here and personal stories that we can dive into to see if what we want is actually what we want.
What if you think that you want to start a blog, but upon further analysis and doing what you want to do, you figure out you actually hate writing online and you don't want to do this and this sucks? Well, we need to figure that out before we get started so that we don't waste any time. This is crucial, and it should only take about an hour to an hour and a half of your time to research whether your goals are what you want. What we're looking for today on Reddit are personal stories.
There are countless subreddit stories and resources that you can dive into to see other people's experiences doing what you want to do. My problem when I went to college was I got a degree in marketing. I thought that's what I wanted to do. And when I got out of college and tried to get a job in marketing, I realized, "This sucks and I don't want to have anything to do with marketing at all." Why would I spend $60,000 getting a bachelor's degree in this?
It was a waste of time and money. It would've done me some good to either talk to someone who was a marketing major and actually got a job in marketing after school to see what it could have been like for me. If only I was smarter when I was 18. The good news is you'll likely be able to find anything on Reddit. And anything that you cannot find on Reddit, you'll be able to find via a quick Google search. This step is absolutely crucial. In many ways, this is the most crucial step.
Take any of the five goals that you just wrote down and do some quick Reddit searches. Let me start with "is Jiu-Jitsu worth it?" Sort posts by "relevance" and expand time settings to "all time." As I scroll down the page, I'm seeing a number of posts that I can click into. Remember, your only goal right now is to figure out whether what you want is worth it. We're not trying to figure out how to do anything at the moment.
I found a really great post: "Can you thank Jiu-Jitsu? Because I'd like to." In the post, I can read a personal story from a white belt who just got started recently and how much he's fallen in love with Jiu-Jitsu. It sounds pretty awesome, but I'm not quite sold yet. Let me search "Jiu-Jitsu, is it worth it." Again, I've scrolled down the page and found something within the first five results. Here's one.
"Is the Jiu-Jitsu commitment worth it?" Let's take a quick look at my third goal, owning real estate in the Philippines. Now I searched "owning land in the Philippines as a foreigner" on Reddit, and I couldn't really find anything. A better way might be to go to Google, type in that same exact search query, and then put "Reddit" at the end of it. I found a plethora of great results after trying this and you will too. I found "what will $400,000 American buy in property in Philippines." This is really a heck of a post here.
I'm getting all sorts of people telling me not to buy, to buy. And it's giving me a lot of information about whether I want what I think I want. Let's say I want to make a change to my goal. I can for sure do this. I haven't even started researching what it takes to buy property in the Philippines just yet. So I'll see what folks recommend. Maybe they'll tell me that I should buy property in Vietnam or Thailand instead. Well, I'll listen to them then. And I might change my goal based around that.
This is really what this goal is all about. It's just doing a double-check and making last-minute changes or tweaks to goals that we want just to make sure that we're on the right path. I'll give you one last piece of advice here. If for some reason you cannot find anything on Reddit about what you want to do, just do a regular old Google search. For me, it was hard to find information on Reddit about what it's like to own a media company in the Philippines or own a media company at all.
So I had to go on Google for that. And keep yourself organized. You know, sometimes you'll get sucked down a Reddit rabbit hole and you'll be like, "Whoa, how did I get here?" If this happens, just create a simple Google document with all of your goals listed and then type in the URLs of the places that you visited when researching, whether what you want is what you actually want. That way, you can know which search query led to where and which URL corresponds to which goal. If you want to make changes to your goals, make changes.
If you want to make another goal that you wrote down in the 100 goals, exercise, one of your main goals, go ahead and do that and do some research on that goal as well. Once you have good working knowledge of what you actually like, it's time to move on. We are out of the ideation stage of the course. The first third of the course is over. We're getting into the planning stage. I know, um, you know, it was a long journey for all of us.
But we just needed to be sure that these goals are what you wanted before I move on. Now we move on to Google University. This is one of the biggest lessons yet, and this is where the magic really starts to happen. So strap in and make sure that you're ready for this big lesson coming up with Google University. I'm going to teach you how to learn things for free, that you should pay money to learn.