Wednesday, 10 March 2010

End Of Week Madness

I am writing my post now before a gauntlet of a run-in to the end of the week. The last couple of days have been relatively hectic too. For the first time in a while, my head is a little bit all over the place and I seem to have lost my drive and focus. I think when embarking on a challenge such as this one, being focussed is perhaps one of the most important assets. It could be that I am beginning to get fed up of the cold weather and or the busyness at work. It has got progressively worse and in fact for tomorrow, we will be roping in people from other teams to help out with our workload.

Talking of which, I am doing overtime tomorrow - working until 7-30pm which will be knackering. Then Friday is a night out with mates. There's a birthday bash on Saturday and finally Mother's Day on Sunday. Perhaps all I need is a little break! Apart from that, there is not much to report other than that I've finally got around to buying a sat nav and congrats to Arsenal on last night's thrashing of Porto!

Monday, 8 March 2010

A Long British Winter

Greetings from a library computer during my lunch break. This is where I must retreat to for internet access as my workplace does not allow us to use the computers during lunch. A little bit silly if you ask me. On a positive note though, I am preferring these lunchtime posts as I am a little bit more awake. Awake despite the double glass measure of sherry I had last night for ... absolutely no good reason that I can think of other than it seeming like a good idea at the time.

Yesterday I actually got my head down and did some serious work on my business website. I am very nearly in a position to buy the domain but there is still one nagging problem that I must overcome - I'll keep this particular problem to myself. Other than that, the weekend was not particularly productive - I have not yet informed my mate that we are about to embark on step 5 of the millionaire challenge and I have still not yet decided whether ot not to transfer my poker account to Perpetuum as yet.

For the time being I am content to worry about two things - my workload which is very busy and quite frankly something I am not looking forward to returning to in 15 minutes time; and also the weather which is even worse. This might very well be the coldest day of the year so far and it is March - we are meant to be in Spring. It is very sunny though - I may start wearing sunglasses if it stays like this.

Finally, congrats to The Hurt Locker which managed to overcome the Avatar juggernaut along with indie favourite Tarantino at last night's Oscars. Although I haven't seen any of the nominated films as yet, the one I've heard the best reviews for was Up. Here's hoping that one day an animated feature will take down the big prize.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Job Done

After my musings of previous posts, I decided to post a bit earlier in the day, when my brain is a little more kosha and I am not struggling to remember what I did 5 minutes ago.

Starting Roll: £1960.73
Petrol - £2
Work Colleague's Birthday: - £3
Day's Work: + £50.50
Finishing Roll: £2046.23

That was the action on Friday. And that conculdes the tricky step four. I think I'll have a short break before attempting the climb up what appears to be the insurmountable step five. One of my mates previously said he would join me on this step - I'll have to see if he's still up for it. For the time being I'll reduce my postings from 4 to 3-a-week, basically every alternating day.

Today has not been productive so far. I've spent the morning wondering whether Perpetuum Poker has enough action for me to migrate to. Still undecided. Perhaps I'll also make an outing to pick up a sat nav later today. most of my weekend though, I do hope to spend working on designing a website for the business. By my next post, I hope I'll have got this done!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Almost there

And surprisingly with a couple of days to spare. Work has been busy of late, the weather's still not picked up and I've still got a few dermatological issues but I've got a busy period ahead. I suppose the major thing I have to look forward to is a trip to Japan at the beginning of April. Before then, we have a couple of nights out with work colleagues, including an evening ice skating (!) - better get practicing. Also, there's a couple of night outs with mates this month.

Amongst all that I hope to take my business to the next level - in all honesty this weekend looks like being one of my few free ones and so would be the perfect opportunity to get my head down and working on it. I am also gonna have to turn down an offer of a trip to France with friends because I really cannot afford it time or cashwise. That's not forgetting too that I need to find a spare wheel from somewhere for my car.

Starting Roll: £1868.73
Petrol: - £4
Colleague's Retirement Gift: - £5
2 x Day's Work: + £101
Current Roll: £1960.73

But of course, let's take it one step at a time. Let's finish off the business in hand and get to £2000 before Sunday. It looks as though I've been let back in to the overtime circle at work - ironic really, now that I probably won't need it!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Poker Saves The Day

I was thinking today about how I should write my posts in the morning rather than after work in the evening. I woke up this morning and everything in my head was clear regarding what I had done the past few days and my plans for the rest of the week. After 8+ hours at work, the brain starts to clam up a little. Anyway I'll try my best.

On Sunday, I found a poker site called Perpetuum Poker that might be suitable for moving to - I will monitor it to see if there is enough action. However, as if by fate, this prompted a remarkable turnaround in my poker fortunes that very well may have saved step 4 just as it was facing oblivion. It was really needed - going through my emails at work, I realised that we haven't been told about overtime for over a month even though I know full well they are going on. This added to the fact that the workload is beginning to get on top of the team at the moment even with an extra staff member returning from annual leave.

I also need to be more careful with my burgeoning business - a couple of occasions now, I have left some written plans at work overnight. Not very wise. Talking of it, i am very nearly at stage 2 of the plans or perhaps stage 1b which will involve a bit of home studying. Anyway onto the stats:

Starting Roll: £1619.73
Petrol - £4
2 x Day's Work + £101
2 x Poker Sessions + £152
Current Roll: £1868.73

And all of a sudden, with 5 days still remaining, it looks as though I may very well be there. Tomorrow will be a bit of a shopping day for me - I'm looking for new shoes, trousers, some DVDs and a sat nav - I'll try and keep the spending under £80 if possible.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Onto The Final Week

Not a lot to report today. I went to the local supermarket today bacause I had read they has a special offer on the sat nav I wanted. When I got there I found the offer had expired so I cam back home. I'll have a look at another supermarket tomorrow. As for searching for alternative poker sites - I'll probably have a browse later this evening.

As for step 4 of the millionaire challenge - I am currently on £1619.73. This leaves me one week to get to 2k which is looking increasingly unlikely at this juncture. I will look to do some overtime if possible during the week and also have my usual poker sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings and we will just have to see how it goes. My business plan is still a long way from taking off and I have some website designing to do before I can even start contacting clients or suppliers.

Here's hoping that the weather picks up a bit too - a change in weather is said to spark a change in fortunes.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Pay Day

As it was the last day of the month. Friday's at our work are casual clothes day, helping to generate a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately, my Fridays always seem to extremely busy. I now have a nice large workload to look forward to on Monday. Not much to report to be honest - my thoughts during the week were focussed on my skin problems which I've already started to address with some results. Today, I began to focus more on my business idea. I am getting to the stage where I am going to have to make some key decisions.

Starting Roll: £1576.23
Haircut: - £15
Petrol - £2
Poker Session + £10
Day's Work + £50.50
Current Roll: £1619.73

So I am required to make a little under £400 in 8 days. Looking ropey. Tomorrow, I will continue my search for alternative poker sites to ply my trade. Am also looking to buy a sat nav system for the car. On a sporting side note, a bad result for both my local football team today and the England rugby side.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

A Millon Bucks

That is how I felt this morning when I woke up. Contrary to my last post title, this week has whizzed by. I have no clue as to why I was in such a good mood this morning - although I think I have finally recovered from my stomach illness, I am having a few skin problems both on my face and around my knuckles. I am making slow progress with my business plan, the weather's terrible, work is busy and I even had a drink the night before which I rarely do.

Starting Roll: £1445.73
Poker Session: - £15
Petrol: - £6
3 Day's Work: + £151.50
Current Roll: £1576.23

With a week to go, it's not looking too promising. I must say that day to day working is tiring - I come home knackered each evening, including this one! Tends to leave time for eating, emails + blog, washing and maybe a bit of exercise but little else. Still tomorrow's another day and the business plan continues to keep me going.

Monday, 22 February 2010

A Long Week Ahead

So we had a person move off the team temporarily and the team leader wasn't in which added up to a busy day and will possibly lead to a busy week. I even felt a little stressed today although perhaps that was due to the freezing weather and the fact that is is a Monday. My business plan is also moving along slowly, although before I can get it really moving I will have to have some a meeting with my business partner and perhaps talk to someone in IT about costs for creating the website.

Starting Roll: £1393.23
Poker Session: + £2
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £1445.73

A week and 6 days to make up more than half the difference - tough. Tomorrow I think I'll enquire about overtime although if there's no extra pay I won't be doing it. I also think I need to be a bit more disciplined. I've been making my own sandwiches which is a start!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

A Busy Weekend

It began with news of our first gold medal in yonks - congrats Amy Williams! Then came another dour poker session. I believe I will have to move poker site as I am simply not getting enough action in my preferred games to make it worth my while. Until I do, it will actually make more sense for me to do some overtime at work. Then it was onto my friend's 26th birthday celebrations - was a good night in fact and one I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Today, we stopped by another friend's pub as it was his last day managing there. Whilst he is in between jobs, he may be a perfect partner for my burgeoning business! In the meantime, I plan to spend the upcoming week doing more data gathering, looking for new poker sites and hopefully looking into getting some overtime done.

Weekend Starting Roll: £1412.23
Poker Session: - £19
Current Roll: £1393.23

So I'm pretty much still where I was before the weekend except I now only have 2 weeks to reach the 2 G goal.

Friday, 19 February 2010

An Uphill Battle

The last 3 days at work have been very busy and frankly not much fun. One person has left the team due to stress, I was told I wasn't allowed to do overtime until next week and I was unable to make much progress on my new business idea. Still its Friday now so shouldn't complain.

Starting Roll: £1304.77
Petrol - £6
Birthday Present - £3
New Work Shoes - £34.99
3 x Day's Work + £151.50
Current Roll: £1412.23

This gives me another 2 weeks and 2 days to earn £587.77 which is becoming a taller order each time I think about it. On a side note, I am slowly but surely recovering from the stomach illness that's been plagueing me over the last couple of weeks and I should be back out and about for a friend's birthday over the weekend. Tonight, I look forward to hopefully what will be our first medal in this year's Winter Olympics.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Step 4

I should've posted yesterday. I was feeling quite fresh yesterday and quite knackered today. And what's more, with one of the girls likely to be off tomorrow, I've got a huge workload to look forward to. One pleasant surprise though over the last couple of day's is my Mum's belated birthday gift which could help towards this difficult step.

Am still not back to full health following my bout of food poisoning but am in high spirits as my business plan is moving along at a nice speed even though most of the work at this stage is data gathering and entry. Yahoo Answers came up with jack all as its been prone to these days and I really do think that it'll be difficult to make any serious moolah from overtime over the next few weeks. But anyway here's the current state of affairs after 2 days:

Starting Roll: £1048.77
Petrol: - £4
2 x Day's Work + £101
Mum's birthday present: + £180
Poker Session: - £21
Current Roll: £1304.77

So this leaves me £686.23 to make in 2 weeks and 5 days. By my very rough calculations this will mean that working my normal hours will leave me about £190 short. One good poker session perhaps? 20+ hours of overtime is unrealistic, ah well I'll have to get my thinking cap on. In the meantime, there's Champion's League football on tonight - go Man Utd!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

The Plan

Still not fully recovered from the stomach bug I picked up earlier this week. This is definitely the worst bout of food poisoning I can ever remember having. As such, I've decided to forego the poker this weekend and concentrate on my plan of attack for step four. I basically need to make around £950 in 3 weeks.

3 weeks work will give me approx £725 (including the petrol expenses). This gives me around £225 to make in the hours around work. Yahoo Answers has suggested painting a neighbour's door for £150 or organising a football tournament with a £30 entry fee. I really don't think either of these are realistic. If I could paint doors for £150, I'd quit my job and where am I gonna find free land to organise this footie tourn and more importantly who is gonna pay that £30 entry fee?

Well, first option is overtime, but I think that may be a bit shaky for me for the time being since I've been late and sick recently. I may be allowed to do some next month though. I have also lined up do some dog walking at lunch breaks for £50 a month. That probably also won't start until next month. Which for the time being leaves me poker to get me through - £75 a week probably means I'll have to play for 4 hours each week, should be fine as I usually aim for six.

In the meantime I am also working on a secret business idea I've had and will probably working on it throughout next week - this will hopefully be a source of some substantial extra income if all goes well. As for step 4, it starts Monday.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Still Here

I guess it was always going to happen - first the efficient run of daily updates came to an end when my last post was a day late. And now I'm a week late! However, the longer the time periods, the harder it is to maintain these daily posts. Not that I ever seem to run out of things to say!

So anyway where were we? My birthday weekend was unevental apart from a meal at a restaurant and a negative poker session earlier during the day. I also spent a fair whack on treats for people at work. Tuesday, however saw me pick up something nasty which led to me taking first sick day off work in over 3 years - guess the run had to come to an end sometime. Looking back I'm pretty sure it was a dodgy curry that caused the illness and I can't say my stomach has ever felt worse. I had to take Thursday off as well - which might have been a good opportunity to update my blog if I hadn't felt so rough!

And then Friday - end of the week - managed to make it in to work but to be honest am still not back to full health. As the deadline for the current step is tomorrow, let's see where I am with the figures:

Starting Roll: £889.27
Weekend Poker Session: - £19
Birthday Treats: - £19
Birthday Presents: + £50
Petrol (Mon, Tue + Fri) - £6
Work (Mon, Tue + Fri) + £151.50
End of Friday Roll: £1048.77

And so I actually made it before the weekend. I also did it with some 2 days to spare which is promising, considering I was out of action for 2 days. So onto step 4 - now the gears are rising. Before I start this step, I hope to outline a rough plan of action for it. This will also give me a chance to give updates on my current business ideas and employment situation in the posts I make before the next step.

On a final note, one UK euromillion winner pocketed £56 million last night. I had a strong urge to buy one but forgot in the end! Makes you wonder what if?

Saturday, 6 February 2010

A Few Drinks

I got some birthday gives at work today which was really nice. Athough I promised I would bring in some homemade treats on Monday - and I am now beginning to wonder what food I it is I am supposedly going to be making. I also went out for drinks afterwards with a former work colleague and almost lost my birthday gifts in the process (I left them in 2 bars and they got handed in both times).

It was a good catch up and we talked a bit about possible business ideas. One thing we both agreed was a good idea was buying and selling of property. I've always thought this would be a good final business to get involved in although on that would obviously require a lot of money. Having said that a mate of mine whom I'm looking at houses with has suggested would could buy a run-down place to live in and spend our spare time doing it up before selling up and moving on. I think its a good plan myself.

Starting Roll: £858.07
Train: - £2.80
Evening Out: - £16.50
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £889.27

So this leaves me 8 days to chock together £110.73. I decided not to do anything for my birthday weekend as I haven't really planned anything - or perhaps I am just plain lazy.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Calm before the storm

The next few days could see some big fluctuations in my bankroll as a planned night out on friday along with my birthday weekend approaches. So I enjoyed this relatively quiet day. Am absolutely knackered mind so will keep this post short today.

Starting Roll: £814.30
Petrol: - £2
Sweets and Newspaper: - £4.73
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £858.07

Leaves me £141.93 to gain in 10 days to complete this step. The sweets were for my work colleagues - Cadbury's Creme Eggs... yum!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

A Slow Day

A day that did actually start very well. I was given a bit of a shock as my car passed its M.O.T. first time and not only that but it was all done and dusted in time for me to arrive at work without being late. The workload at the office looked pretty good too and all was fine until my computer crashed for the fourth time in four days. I think IT have finally fixed it but I'm not counting my chickens and we'll just have to wait and see tomorrow.

My spare time at the moment is currently being pre-occupied with looking for and applying for new jobs as well as thinking about whether or not I should arrange something for my birthday this weekend. I will also be looking ahead to Step Four as i think i will have to do some pre-planning for that step.

Starting Roll: £815.80
Petrol: - £2
MOT: - £50
Day's Work + £50.50
Current Roll: £814.30

So I now have 11 days to make £185.70.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

A False Economy

That is my what mate calls the poker world and to a certain degree he is right. However good I get at poker, it would be extremely risky to turn professional. I would say not even worth considering unless I thought I could earn at least 2.5 times the amount of a salary job. Talking of salary jobs, my job hunt is going slowly in that I have yet to get an interview but I believe patience and persistance will win the day. In the meantime, I can be content with the fact that tonight's poker session has almost guaranteed i will be on step 4 (so long as don't blow it all at the weekend!).

Last weekend I spent some considerable time thinking about what things I could do in my spare time and hopefully over the next few posts, I will have a chance to share some of those ideas. For starters, I have been thinking of trying to create a new type of food - possibly an alternative to the sandwich / wrap. However as yet I have not come up with anything substantial so the food industry will have to wait while i look at some other ideas.

Starting Roll: £551.30
Petrol: - £2
Day's Work: + £50.50
Poker Session: + £216
Current Roll: £815.80

Leaving me 12 days to earn £184.20. All of a sudden it looks a lot more promising! Especially as i already knew I would have spend some money on the car this week - starting with tomorrow morning's M.O.T.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Step 3 begins

Not a good start today, I get caught in traffic in the morning and end up getting into work an hour late. An hour late! The most I'd ever been late before as a result of traffic was 15 minutes. My workplace is after all only 5 miles away and yet the journey took me an hour and 40 minutes this morning.

They'll dock my pay for it so I guess I should overtime at some point to try and make it up. On the plus side, I had a midweek poker session finish in the black for the first time since I started this challenge. This step is undoubtedly going to be toughest yet and the first one I'm not completely confident of completing within the timescale. Yahoo Answers came up with no ideas for me. It did however suggest that I may be able to pass my MOT despite my wheel problems - here's hoping they're right.

Oh and the bad news over the weekend was that Murray lost - got completely outplayed in fact by a Federer that was at the top of his game.

Starting Roll: £507.50
Sponsoring Work Colleague - £4
Poker Session: + £4
Day's Work + £43.80
Current Roll: £551.30

That gives me 13 days left to make £448.70. By no means a done deal. Oh yeah, and I did not win anything on the lottery on Friday. Quite frankly, I was half hoping not to - I am beginning to believe that if I do make some serious moolah, I would like to earn it through innovation and hard work rather than by sheer luck.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Step Two Finito

I did not win the Lotto on Wednesday but I still have a ticket for the Euromillions draw tonight. the odds of winning significant amount are so long that I don't know why I bother. On the plus side, I was able to complete step two in half the allotted time although for step 3 there won't be all that much rolled over. I'll be getting on Yahoo Answers tonight for some suggestions and look forward to a weekend sorting my car out. I expect I'll begin step 3 on Monday.

Starting Roll: £459
Petrol: - £2
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £507.50

And of course the Fed did make it through to Sunday's final and is looking in pretty decent form. Murray's gonna have his work cut out if he wants his first major this weekend.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Scrapyards and Ebay

That is where I'll be spending my weekend. A mechanic friend who I visited today told me that there is no way of me refitting the spare tyre so I will have to get a new one. Bummer! I didn't have a great day at work either - my computer crashed during the afternoon and when IT support fixed it I had a complete mental block and could not remember my password for the life of me. Perhaps I am going senile at 25! Still almost the end of the week and in fact it's pay day tomorrow.

Starting Roll: £410.50
Petrol: - £2
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £459

This gives me 6 days to earn £41. Congrats to Muzza for reaching his second grand slam final - all eyes on Federer tomorrow in the semis.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The expense of having a car

Today was a better day although I was unable to take my car for an MOT as I couldn't get my spare wheel back in cradle under the car where it normally sits. I'll give it another crack tomorrow morning as time is ticking for me to get it sorted. When eventually I do, it will cost me £50 which I feel I should add to my expenditure along with the cost of road tax which is also due at the end of the month. Alas, owning a car is a bit of money dragger but in all honesty, for me also a necessity.

I bought a couple of lottery tickets today as I'm feeling pretty lucky. Also, when I pay my road tax, I notice that I will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a new Seat Ibiza. Needless to say I don't intend on getting my hopes up of winning either.

Starting Roll: £365
Petrol: - £2
Lottery Tickets: - £3
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £410.50

Thus leaving me 7 days to make £89.50. Back to tennis and Federer managed to make it through to the semis - he always does. Murray up tomorrow against the tricky Cilic - fingers crossed for him (and on the lottery numbers!)

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Miserable Day

Yes a bit of a dour day today as the post title hints. Another bad poker session has led me to decide on not playing poker on wednesdays, again simply due to the fatigue factor. I've also had problems with the car. With an MOT due, I am having a mini crisis as my spare wheel is not particularly roadworthy. I won't go into details but my plan to take the MOT tomorrow is now in serious jeopardy. And to top it all off it is bloody cold.

Starting Roll: £331.50
Petrol: - £2
Poker Session: - £15
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £365

Leaving me 8 days to patch together £135. The only upside from today was Andy Murray getting through to the Aussie Open Semis.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Step Two

Ok round two here we go. £500 is the target and I've got 10 days to make it. My weekend was fairly unproductive - applied for another job, began preparing the car for an MOT, played a little more poker. Also finally got round to watching Slumdog Millionaire. Thought it was quite touching.

Anyway Yahoo Answers weren't much help to be honest - the number one suggestion appears to be to sell stuff on Ebay or Craigslist. This would be fine if I had much stuff to sell. Fortunately for me, I fancy my chances of working my way to the next step and it helps that I finally managed to trun around my bad streak at poker this weekend.

Starting Roll: £295
Petrol: - £2
Poker Session: - £12
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £331.50

So that's just another £168.50 to go in 9 more days. Oh yeah, one final thing - I've decided not to play on Thursdays or Fridays as my knackereredness towards the end of the working week does seem to affect my play.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Step One (Now) Complete

Hooray, no mucking about this time - job done. And with three days left to spare. I'm thinking of starting step two on Monday which will give me the weekend to chill out and maybe get some money-making ideas together.

My mate SG has agreed to join me in this challenge - however, as his job is substantially better paid, he will join me at £2ooo on step 5 (should I get there).

Starting Roll: £246.50
Petrol: - £2
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £295

Another way that I am breaking the original rules of the Doubling To A Million Challenge will be by allowing myself to carry some money over onto the next steps. Therefore I will trying to turn £295 into £500 in 10 days.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Day Three

Aargh, this post was meant to be titled Step One Complete! but it looks like my poker exploits have forced me to delay for at least another day. I was looking forward to blogging how pleased I was at completing the first step with more than half the allotted time remaining but hey ho - this challenge was never going to be straightforward.

A word on my poker sessions: I have been running extremely badly of late but my statistics still say that overall I am earning around £25 an hour from playing - thats more than 3 times my current salary earnings so I think it will be worthwhile continuing despite recent setbacks.

Starting Roll: £209
Petrol: - £2
Poker Session: -£11
Day's Work: + £50.50
Current Roll: £246.50

That gives me 4 days to earn £3.50. Should do that by 10am tomorrow. On a side note, the snow never came and hopefully won't come now until the end of the year.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Day Two

Although I am currently in a stable job that should see me through the first few steps, I should probably use this opportunity to look ahead to how I will complete some of the later ones as my current earnings will not achieve those targets. I have options to do overtime, I generally earn more than I lose at online poker and i suppose i could do some odd jobs at lunchtime and at the weekends. But to make a million, realistically I suspect there will need to be a certain amount of entrepreneurship involved.

For the meantime, another day at work, another jump closer to completing step one:

Starting Roll: £167.50
Petrol: - £2
Poker Session: - £7
Work: +£50.50
Current Roll: £209

So that means 5 days left to make an extra £41

If you hadn't guessed already, I live in the UK which is why I am dealing in pounds. We are expecting some proper heavy snow tomorrow which might affect work.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Day One

Well it might be an idea to start day one on the road to a million to tell a bit about myself. I am in my mid twentys and I currently work as a customer service advisor. Its a boring job and one I've been meaning to leave for a while. But whilst I am in a job, I may as well use it to breeze through the opening steps.

Now I know that I only get paid at the end of the month but I can roughly calculate the amount I earn in a day's work along with with my expenditure (in this case the petrol needed to transport me to work). I have also tried to enlist the help of the oracle-like community that is Yahoo Answers in my quest. However my opening question of how to make 125 pounds in one week received exactly zero answers. Maybe it was a silly question.

Anyway, Day one has been a bit like this:

Starting Roll: £125
Petrol: - £2
Day's Work + £50.50
Poker Session - £6
Current Roll: £167.50

So i still have six days to make £82.50. Should be achievable.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

The Challenge

I - like a lot of other people out there - want to make a million. I have no idea how I'm going to do it but I thought I would make a game out of it and blog my efforts to the world on the small off-chance that I pull it off. After sifting through a number of pyramid type schemes and get rich quick systems, I came across the Double Your Way To A Million report by Stuart Goldsmith. Here is an example link:

Doubling Your Way To A Million

Although it does not tell you how to make a million, it is a system that makes this goal seem achievable - the idea being to find 1 cent and then attempt to double it 28 times. This in turn has inspired a number of like-minded optimists to take on the challenge and create blogs documenting their trials and tribulations. Here are a couple that inspired me to get started, they are well worth a look:

Doubling To A Million Plan
Doublng Challenge

Now the above bloggers have decided to stick to the rules of the original report - I, however, am only interested in making a million and I care not by which method I use. But perhaps the point about setting targets will be useful so I am setting out the following steps to aim for:

Step 1: £125 to £250 - 1 week
Step 2: £250 to £500 - 10 days
Step 3: £500 to £1000 - 2 weeks
Step 4: £1000 to £2000 - 3 weeks
Step 5: £2000 to £4000 - 1 month
Step 6: £4000 to £8000 - 2 months
Step 7: £8000 to £16000 - 3 months
Step 8: £16000 to £32000 - 4 months
Step 9: £32000 to £64000 - 5 months
Step 10: £64000 to £125000 - 6 months
Step 11: £125000 to £250000 - 8 months
Step 12: £250k to £500k - 10 months
Step 13: £500k to 1 million! - 1 year

As you can see, i am giving myself a longer timescale to complete each step as the difficulty will increase. I am also starting on £125 rather than with absolutely nothing to save a lot of time and cut down the steps.

Well, I have no idea how successful this will be but I think a challenge is a good motivator so lets see what happens. And if you come accross this blog and want to share your own experiences or give advice then please feel free!

Let the challenge begin!