How It All Started

St. Louis, MO 3 years ago... 

So I was trying to get a job as a pizza delivery guy.

I had a stable job. I was supporting my family. But I felt like something was missing.

Not only did I loathe my job, but we had another kid on the way. So even with a professional background, a professional degree, and a professional job, I figured I’d start delivering pizza so I could make some extra dough on the side. (Logical, right?)

And little did I know, trying to get a job delivering pizza was one of the hardest things I ever had to do!

 

Why Was This So Hard?

I kept getting rejection after rejection--yes, from pizza delivery places!--because I didn’t have what it took to “deliver pizzas”. Seriously?!

You can imagine how this felt. Was I really not good enough to even deliver one lousy pizza?

Bruised ego aside, I still held on to my dream of making a little more money so that I could enjoy spending more time with my family, supporting them, and actually doing work that I enjoyed.

So because pizza places were throwing my resume out the window, this was the exact point in my life I started blogging and selling products and services online. And I happened to get introduced to one of the most raved about writing softwares on the ‘net...

 

Scrivener

 

Now, I’m a tech-geek kind of guy. So even though I had heard that Scrivener wasn’t all the peaches and roses it was supposed to be, I knew I could overcome the ‘steep learning curve’ and “mind boggling” issues I’d heard so many people dealing with.

It couldn’t be that hard, right?

I Had Never Been More Wrong In My Life

Can you imagine this?

I get Scrivener.

I open it up.

And I immediately slap my palm against my forehead.

What Was This Alien Force That Hijacked My Will to Write and Left Me Feeling Like I Might As Well Quit While I’m Ahead?

I went from a self-proclaimed ‘tech guy’ to feeling dumb, frustrated, and even ‘crazy’ because I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how this darn thing worked. I was drowning in all of the ebooks I was writing, blog posts for the other 2 websites I run, and I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.

 

How could a tool that’s supposed to help you write more...make you feel like you’re not getting any writing done at all?

 

  • I couldn’t figure out how to import any of my writing from Microsoft Word to Scrivener…
  • I couldn’t figure out how to get all of my research notes in Evernote over to Scrivener…
  • I couldn’t figure out how to even revise any of my work! I would lose all of my old versions when I needed them the most.

 

So With Deadlines Hanging Over Me...

Blogs to be scheduled...

Drafts to be revised...

And books to be published...

 

What Did I Do?

How did I solve the mind boggling Scrivener problem? 

I put my nose down and invested all of my energy into figuring the thing out. All those thousands of hours I could have been writing I spent on reading every Scrivener book,

...watching every tutorial,

...reading every comment

...in every forum

to see if I could find people like me...people who understood what I was going through!

Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Did this guy seriously waste his life trying to figure out a piece of writing software?

I’m sure you’ve felt like this before, but when you’re deep in the process of something, you feel like you’ll never get out of it. And I did think of all the other things I could have been doing with my time instead of trying to master Scrivener...which I did end up eventually doing.

But Instead...

 

 

I Stumbled Across Something That Would Change The Course Of My Life Forever

I Created ‘Learn Scrivener Fast’ to Make Sure You Never, Ever Struggle with Scrivener Again.

Ever!

 

Oh and remember that guy who said if there was a course on Scrivener he'd buy it today?

Well he showed up and helped me spread the word.

Which changed everything.

Again.

And the rest is history!

Michael Hyatt

“This is awesome! I love Joe’s training style. I highly recommend the Learn Scrivener Fast program! VERY well done and so worth it.”

Michael Hyatt www.michaelhyatt.com

 

28 Quick Facts About Me 

 

  1. I'm a family man first and foremost
  2. I love things organized.
  3. I love to learn
  4. I love to teach
  5. I am from St. Louis, MO - Go Cards!
  6. I played basketball in high school & still do when I get the chance.
  7. I like to think of myself as a hybrid between a jock and a geek...a jeek (see what I mean).
  8. I married my high school sweetheart (best decision ever made)
  9. I love nicknames and rarely call anyone by their first name.
  10. I have an 8-year-old daughter name Gracie & a brand new baby boy name JJ
  11. I'm always reading at least one book
  12. I'm a recovering perfectionist
  13. I've edited this page like 50 times already (I did say recovering perfectionist right)
  14. I'm obsessed with Apple products
  15. I'm a huge fan of templates (as you will see)
  16. I'll choose beef jerky over chocolate any day of the week
  17. I need 2 cups of coffee before I can talk to anyone
  18. I can't stand cloudy days
  19. I'm pretty much an introvert but I'm not shy
  20. Quotes are my favorite - Joseph M.
  21. I love efficiency and finding the easiest way to do things
  22. I've seen Toy Story close to 20 times (and enjoyed it close to 19)
  23. I prefer instrumental music over lyrics - love me some smoooth jazz
  24. My perfect day would be a mixture of family, sunshine, golf, good food, & the beach
  25. I'm frugal except when it comes to food and gadgets
  26. I have a passion for helping others
  27. I have 2 blogs that I created and write for EfficientLifeSkills.com and BetterBlogImages.com
  28. I'm a HUGE fan of Scrivener (who knew right!?)

 

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