Getting out of my cocoon | Week 13 Recap

Week Recap

What a weird title right? Getting out of my cocoon. Well, it’s necessary for you to know why.

If you’re new here, Hi. My name is Engin and every week I do a recap of what I have done the previous week and what I’ve learned from it. I have a lot of things going on so chances are that you might learn some of my mistakes or benefit from what I did right.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch

What? Nintendo Switch? Yeah… I bought my oldest son a Nintendo Switch which he begged me for at least 4 months. My oldest son, Mehdi, is now 6 years old and I promised him I would buy him a Nintendo Switch on his birthday which is on July 31st.

I couldn’t wait so I bought him one and you should see the joy in his face. As a matter of fact… here it is:

This taught me a valuable lesson. I can’t always afford such luxury as a Nintendo Switch for my kids or any other toys. Every month I have to count every penny that I have earned and make sure that I can get through until the end of the month.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Every month we still have at least 60% of my salary in our savings account so we are doing pretty well but we did run into a very hard time not so long ago that we are trying to be very careful with our spendings.

My point at what I’m trying to make is that even though I don’t want to buy everything my son wants in order not to spoil him, I really want to have the choice that I can without worrying if I have the money or not.

Every time my kids want something I have to look into my wallet and I hate that part of my life which made me realize that what I’m doing right now, with this blog, with affiliate marketing, with everything I am on the right track.

I am going to make it with passive income.

It’s not going to be easy and there might be some days where I really want to quit. At those moments this article will remind me why I’m doing it.

It’s for them…

The Reason I live
The Reason I live

Getting out of my cocoon

Coming out of my Cocoon
Coming out of my Cocoon

If you’ve read some of my articles you’d probably know that I am a big introvert when getting in touch with new people. I’m awful at places out of my comfort zone. I usually spend time at the corner either watching what’s going on or browsing 9GAG on my phone.

Not anymore. Last week I visited my first seminar on my journey to success. The seminar I attended is called the “Worldwide Influencer Network” or WIN for short. Last Wednesday they had a seminar with the subject “Networking to Build the Life and Career of Your Dreams” which was hosted by Alessio Oliveri who is such a nice guy.

Thanks to the faithful trains in the Netherlands that always leave on time (sarcasm) I was 20 minutes late. My first train that should have left the train station at 17:00 was canceled.

I hate being late. I am someone who’s always at least 20 minutes early.

When I got there in Amsterdam the seminar already started and Alessio was already giving his presentation. After about 5 minutes he said that we have arrived at the part of the seminar where we’re going to do speed dating. Within this speed dating, we’re supposed to start with exchanging e-mail addresses and say why we are here and what we’re trying to gain from this seminar.


I was already freaking out a little bit.

The idea was that you get 4 minutes to do your speech without being interrupted and after 4 minutes the person across you will get 4 minutes to talk and do his/her speech.

After just 30 seconds within my first-speed date session, I immediately felt comfortable which is weird because I’m not like that. I started talking about my blog, about my other “black hat” websites and what I’m trying to do.

I’m not used to people to listen to me. Normally it’s that people are waiting for their turn to talk but the first person just sat in front of me, looked me in my eyes and just listened.

That’s where I started to come out of my cocoon and started to realize that we are here to actually do networking.

So why was I scared?

… Don’t know…

But I do know that this will not be the last seminar that I’ll attend. This week I will attend another gathering and I’m already looking forward to it.

It is important to have a network of people you can rely on or at least ask questions in subjects you have little to no knowledge of.

Let’s hope this week we’ll be as successful as last week.

Thanks for reading,

Engin Soysal