Welcome to Open Source Your Life. My name is Alec Monaco, and I like to tinker with things to make them work better. This kind of thinking has allowed me to master skills quickly and successfully in all aspects of my life, including my adventures in online business! So, what exactly is open-source?
“Open Source by definition, is code that is freely available and may be redistributed and modified.”
So how does this apply to you? Open Source Your Life is a blueprint for success built by the stories of triumph and failure, and shared by those who have been able to attain insurmountable success in every aspect of life.
I never realized it, but I’ve always been an entrepreneur.
As a young boy I saw opportunity in things that the other kids overlooked. Every time our neighborhood held events I would set up shop with a lemonade stand. People already had the cash on them, and who could resist a cute kid with a good product. Needless to say, I cashed out on the success of my first business venture moving on to bigger, and better things.
When I was a teenager, I loved to surf. I didn’t live near the beach or have a car, but somehow I made it to the beach almost every week throughout high school. So I asked myself, “What do I have to offer?” An extra surfboard and wetsuit I had won in an essay writing contest, and a free surf lesson to anyone who offered to drive me to the beach would do it! If I didn’t find any takers for the week, I took the train to San Francisco and a bus to Pacifica from there, all with a seven-foot surfboard in hand. All entrepreneurs live this lifestyle and share a similar story, and when we have a passion for something… we make it happen!
When I decide to learn a new skill, I put everything I have into it. When you wake up each day with purpose, its hard not to get excited. Some describe it as “getting the bug”… but whatever it is, it turns me into somewhat of a curious insomniac.
In high school I worked for an airbrush business doing tattoos at corporate events. I loved the creative flow, and quickly honed my skills enough that I was eventually fired. Why? Because I had practiced too much. I had become the only employee who could ditch the stencils and do freehand airbrush work, and the other employees hated me for it. You will find this principle applies to all forms of success, and others will always doubt you, doing everything they can to make you like them; its only when they stop trying that you should worry. Seeing a new opportunity, I starting an airbrush business of my own in an untapped market and had more business than I could have ever asked for.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Ghandi
A little later on I found myself a few mentors who showed me the inner workings of online business and the opportunities you gain when you put value on your time and believe in yourself. I have tried everything from working a day job, to freelancing, to owning my own business and more… and through my experiences I have gained the skills necessary to become self sufficient, and now I hope to share my story with you as you write your own.
Open Source Your Life is an experiment. It is a framework built around duplicating the success of others. Here I hope you’ll find the tools you need to finally succeed in all aspects of life, from fitness to business and beyond. Join the movement, and follow along as I tackle new and exciting opportunities, including all of the risk and reward that comes with it!