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The 100-Hour Project

by Shawanda Greene

Abstract mind map on napkin and a cup of coffeeToday marks the beginning of The 100-Hour Project.

Question: What’s The 100-Hour Project?

Answer: A project…that lasts 100 hours.

I wanted to be vague and not tell you what The 100-Hour Project entails, but writing about some mystery goal is exhausting.

What I’m about to say may sound crazy, but here goes.

I wanna be a money rock star – a personal finance awesomenist, if you will.

My 100 hours are dedicated to creating a kick ass, live presentation.

I can hide behind my blog, Twitter, Facebook, and in other cracks and corners of the internet. But I make my best impressions in person.

I’m energetic, articulate, graceful, gorgeous, thoughtful, and modest too. ;)

Face-to-face meetings are where I really shine.

For the next 10 weeks, I’m carving out 2 hours a day, 5 days a week to accomplishing my goal.

I could’ve quietly worked on this activity without nary a word, but that’s no fun.

Because then, I wouldn’t be able to invite you to find your own 100-hour project.

It could be anything. Like organizing your home, learning to play the guitar, studying a foreign language, or picking ingrown hairs out of your significant other’s face (some people really enjoy this).

Your 100 hours could result in an actual product, or you could use them to become better at something that’s important to you.

Personally, I’d rather your 100 hours focus around an income producing or expense destroying activity, but what do I know?

The reason it’s important to set goals like this is you’re forced to think about how long it takes you to do something and then break it down into manageable activities you can work on every day.

For instance, here are a few things I’ll need to do in order to create that kick ass, live presentation I mentioned earlier.

  • Learn the basic characteristics of a kick ass presentation.
  • Find content that entertains, engages, inspires, and informs.
  • Locate organizations, groups, and conferences who’re interested in hearing what I’m saying.
  • Practice delivering  my presentation.
  • Network with other individuals who’ve done what I aspire to do.

The biggest challenge to successfully completing my goal is lack of organization. My ideas are, literally, all over the place.
No matter how great they are, ideas are useless if you can’t find them.

As always, my vision must be protected from naysayers.

Although 2012 just started, I’ve already found Hater of the Year. I met this awful character at a Super Bowl party I attended last night.

I wouldn’t knowingly associate with someone who embraces a loser mentality and continually tries to influence me to do the same. However, you occasionally encounter these patheticians against your will. Separate yourself from them immediately, and forget everything they said.

Now, I have to ask, what’s your 100-hour project?

This post was featured in the Canadian Finance Carnival #75 at Canadian Finance Blog.

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Emily Hunter February 7, 2012 at 6:07 AM

This is funny because I have been talking about doing 20 hour projects for a while now, but hadn't gotten around to writing the post about it. You've inspired me to actually sit down and write the post. What I've found about X hour projects is that they really seriously spur you to thinking from beginning to end, and they're perfect for those who don't have a long attention span (like me) — I will often write short ebooks in that length of time. Thank you for this post, and being an idea generator!

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Jen February 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I’ve already written three books, sold out one and sales on the third is happening. It very slowly. I love the 100 hour idea. I’m going to apply it specifically to the promotion (and sales) of my titles. SO GLAD I DISCOVERED YOUR BLOG! You speak directly to me!

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bobcat February 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM

It would be nice to see more of other peoples ideas about 100 hour projects. It is very inspiring. Great idea!!!

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