I read an article recently all about the drinking culture in the UK. It’s a bit off point to “Can I Make Money Online?” but bear with me…
It started with a guy in the US saying the British people drink like they don’t want to live. The response from Gavin Shipman was one of the most accurate descriptions of the British culture that I’ve ever read. It was almost like hearing about my life up until this point.
It is quite long so let me paraphrase for you…
At a young age: You get a sip of your Dad’s beer at the footy and maybe a glass of wine at a fancy meal (you are allowed to drink in pubs/ restaurants as long as you are with an adult and food- if you’ve ever watched the Inbetweeners you’ll know what I mean!!)
As a teenager: You and your mates find the local dodgy corner shop that serves you alcohol without ID. You get drunk in the park and the rebel in you gets a “buzz” from this.
At Uni: It’s finally legal for you to drink in bars and clubs even though you’ve been going to them for the last 2 years with a fake ID. It becomes the biggest sport going to see how much you can pre-drink before you go out to drink some more. Don’t forget the nightcap/ after party when the clubs close. Your education becomes a distant second in your priorities in your first year (and only becomes a closer second as you move through).
As a young adult: You need a job so you go to London (or any other city). The money is good but the price of everything is extortionate. If you don’t go to the pub you don’t see your friends. You always go out for just one drink… but there is no such thing as “just one drink”. Next thing you know you wake up on the train in a town you’ve never heard of.
Drinking at the weekend seems like the only escape from the monotony of city life and the horrendous rush hour commute. You’re considered a recluse if you don’t go to the pub.
As a “Grown Up”: You move out of the city and have kids. Your life still revolves around work and the escape of having a beer at the weekend. It won’t be long until you take your son to watch the footy… and the cycle begins again.
Funnily enough in my head… it has everything to do with it.
When I logically think about this culture, it makes no sense. Why would people willingly (and continually) put poison into their body to lose self-control and feel dreadful the next day?
The reason there is such a binge drinking culture in Britain is simply because that’s “normal”. It is exactly the same reason that everyone goes to work from 9-5, often in jobs they can’t stand.
NO! Absolutely not.
You may have heard the quote, “you are the average of the 5 closest people to you”.
Imagine if your 5 closest friends or family members all made their income online. Do you think it would still seem “weird” or “too hard”?
This is another reason why having a strong community of people around you that are doing exactly the same thing is so important. Wealthy Affiliates offers this support. Unfortunately, this is not something we learn at school or from any “formal education”. If you want to have a change in the way you go about daily life, you’re going to have to change something yourself.
“The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Albert Einstein
Something that I have learnt in recent years is that there are lots of things that aren’t quite right in the world. War, crime, poverty, the financial system, the impact on the environment (I could go on…)
However, what I have realised is that is so much easier to change myself than change any of these things or change anyone else (I can feel a Michael Jackson song coming on here…)
We can learn pretty much anything we want by using that magic Google button or even just asking Alexa. Yet unless our thinking changes, nothing else will.
If you want to find out more about what I’m up doing online click here.
“To help others live the life they want by showing them it is possible”
Mike, Make Time Online
Hi, welcome to Make Time Online!
This is a place where you can follow my online journey into finding a way to make money online to create more time in my life. The journey will include different programs that I try out and tips or training that I find most useful.
I have been living a life following “the script”. I grew up in England, went to school, university and then got a job as a teacher. I bought a house and got married (obviously the best decision of my life as my wife, Sarah, is possibly the greatest human being on the planet and a big reason as to why I’m starting this!)
But I’ve always felt like there is more to life than just waking up and going to work for someone else.
We were sitting in my parents living room in August 2017 when I said to Sarah, “do you fancy writing a blog with me?”
I didn’t realise what the impact of those few minutes on that sofa would have…
We have always loved adventures and exploring the world, so we decided to teach internationally… We now live in Qatar, with summer all year round and South East Asia a short flight away.
This has created soooo many opportunities for us in our personal lives but also in our financial lives.
We now own a property investment company in the UK and have met some people who are literally “crushing it” (stealing the words of Gary V).
The thing we have noticed about all of these successful people is that they are completely normal.
No different to you and me.
Nobody comes from a family of MILLIONAIRES or can do extraordinary things.
They are just ordinary people who use their TIME much better than I have ever done.
There was something else in common about these successful people we started to meet and spend time with…
They all earnt passive income.
To me, passive income means spending time today that pays you over and over again… even when you sleep… or sit on the loo!
The two main ways that I have seen to make PASSIVE income are:
So back to that day sitting in the sun on the sofa in Essex, the day before we flew back to Qatar…
I spent 10 minutes searching for how to create a blog.
WordPress jumped out at me, so I set up an account.
A few minutes later…
We hopped into this mysterious world of “blogging”. I have since “met” (online) some amazing people who are not only doing this full time… but are earning MILLIONS of dollars a year.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking “Yo bro… I don’t want to sit in front of a computer screen all day!” or “I don’t even know how to change a lightbulb, let alone do techie stuff!”
The fact is you don’t NEED to do this to make money online.
I have learnt so far that you definitely do NEED to put in TIME and EFFORT… but there are systems that you can put in place or people that can do things that you don’t want to.
Plus… are you telling me that you’ve never put TIME and EFFORT into your job?
Without a doubt, the Internet is the best place to put in TIME if you’d like to get paid over and over again.
I have become aware of how many people have problems that could be solved by 2 things:
TIME and MONEY.
Going to school was always a bit of a nuisance growing up… It got in the way of playing sports and seeing my friends!!
Seeing education as a teacher has made me realise what a disservice it does for children in today’s information age.
Knowledge is money today.
Yet schools channel people into getting a full-time job.
Full-time jobs take away your TIME… and it’s pretty hard to increase your MONEY.
The worst lesson we pick up from school is trading our time for money i.e. go to work and get paid for the amount of time we put in instead of the quality of our work or value we add.
I told some colleagues a few years ago that I wanted to change the WHOLE education system. After the mocking that you would expect from a bunch of PE teacher’s someone asked, “but how?”
… well, this website is “the how”.
Our learning doesn’t stop when we leave school… Remember guys every day’s a school day!
The number one goal of this website is to show you a way that you can make money online.
It is possible and it is being done by normal people all over the world. It does not require ridiculous amounts of money to be able to do it… and no you don’t need to code!!
I’d love to hear from you and what your story is.
Keep changing for the better,
p.s. Find out more about the program I am using and would HIGHLY recommend to anyone interested in making money online.