I’ve had such a powerful day! I have one more thing to do on my to do list to really knock today out of the park. But before I do that, I wanted to come and lay some track for anyone reading.
Today is the type of day to document, because, it already comes on the heels of a powerful week. Monday, I was able to deliver an amazing day of coaching service at a local non profit after school program. Tuesday I was teaching my graduate-level Teaching Strategies course, and Wednesday I was teaching my graduate-level Teaching Seminar course. Each time getting positive feedback back from my students. I’m always surprised when students praise my teaching practice.
Teaching practice and coaching practice is hard! Shit! I’m finding in my entrepreneurship and research that teaching and coaching is about constantly evolving, and challenging yourself. It’s about communication. Its about the transfer of knowledge, and the equipping of tools.
That’s hard, but we here are EDGE-ucational Media Company, LLC believe it to be possible to strategically equip yourself with tools and lived experiences, in an effort to craft the leadership journey you want to live here on Earth. We believe that is possible and curatable in the living moment. We believe you the reader in this moment holds the power to determine your programming and ultimately where your path will lead, and the impact you will have.
Getting back on topic – as a company we had one of the strongest days of the year today. And we’re still conquering items on the to do even down to this post. the to do list we start the day with is the guide for what can be a powerful day of creation, or a wasteful day of consumption.
Today’s to do list – written during our morning journal time:
Mind by Edge-ucational Media Company is tasked with sharing
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control over your own knowledge acquisition and skill development. We know that
a well conditioned and purposed mind is a precursor to making powerful personal
and neighborhood change.
Out goal is to provide you with the resources necessary to
mastery your most passionate desires in an effort to make a better change here
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With these tools we encourage and support your creating
world-rippling positive change. We welcome your patronage as we continue to
engage in research and experimentation.
Paladin, Why did you start this
business? What is your business? How does all of that go together?
Well, I’m glad you asked. I’ve been
focused on creating business ever since this blog first started in 2012. Which
is quite some time ago. At the time, I was embarking on my journey to be a certified
teacher with the New York City Department of Education. Through the years I’ve
learn, researched and experienced so much. Mainly the understanding that my
voice has power. And that my skills deserve to take up space in the world. Many
moons ago I thought about opening and running my own school. The school’s goal
being to educate new leaders within a program & community that saw every
individual as an asset worth developing and investing in.
Where is my school you ask? Well, it
is right here! SkoolHaze the blogging platform I created to leave a trail
behind me for someone like you to find – has taken me on a journey that lands
here, with the development of EDGE-ucational Media Company, LLC.
But what Paladin… you’re a trainer
what makes you think you can start a business, run a school, impact peoples
lives? Well, I’m much more than a personal trainer first and foremost. Although
that is one of the skills I’ve cultivated to share with the world. In actuality,
I’m a madd scientist! A researcher and explorer. A historian here to find the
best ways to personal holistic, whole-person, whole bodied enlightenment.
EDGE-ucational Media Company, LLC
operating casually as My Edge Media is my opportunity to share media, of all
types to help you get the edge up in your life! My reader, visitor, and leader.
Here you can find, connect with and cultivate your voice of power! Through My
Edge Media, I aim to share resources that will help leaders like you change the
EMC, like me, is dynamic and robust
with its creativity. Still we rely on three major pillars for our work. We
focus on the mind, body, and soul. All tools and resources are curated so that
our readers, and customers who visit & frequent our services are connecting
with stimulus designed to fine tune, and refine one of the three pillars of
their person. EMC, LLC is successful by helping you reach your best self. While
we understand our product diversity can seem disconnected on the surface, know
that everything we share & produce is purposed so leaders like you can feed
and fortify your mind, body, and soul.
Here at EDGE-ucational Media Company
our focus is empowering you so our collective world can be a better place! We
thank you for tagging along with us on this journey. We want to encourage you
to return often to find our new content and tools.
Its time we all had the web platform to sell our dreams and skills to the world! Here are 6 quick steps to help you move from idea to creation with your website idea.
1 – Decide that you’re beast enough to create a website for yourself!
Sometimes we play in the grey space of wanting to do something, but not knowing if we’re worthy. If you find yourself pondering “Should I….” lets use this as the very exercise to train us to lean on the side of YES!
We perfect the course the more we run it. And we refine ourselves as we grow. Once you’ve decided you are building a website. The rest comes easy.
2 – Start Compiling Your Portfolio (Physical and Electronic)
If you had to select 5 skills/traits/services you wanted to sell to the world. What would they be? What examples from your past can you use to serve as proof of these skills? Name the skills that your portfolio showcases.
Collect items in one digital space, and one physical space that showcase your skills. Portfolio pieces should demonstrate: What you do, What you sell, and What you present.
These can be current things and/or future goals. I’m big on loose interpretation with prompts like these. Save samples of work in a secure and accessible folder. I recommend Google Drive. The word file and the pdf file.
If you don’t have these things (this moment) is actually the time to start doing that. Building a portfolio of your work.
3 – Research and purchase a domain name
Once I developed a sufficient portfolio, I was curious if my name was available as a url. www.PaladinJordan.com
It was, so before anyone else could grab it, and before I could try to talk myself out of it I grabbed the domain name. If your business does not already have a name. Go with whatever version of your name you can lock down. I would NOT waste more than a day thinking about my domain name. At the end of the day as long as its short, and rememberable people will use it, and you can always change it later.
You can easily check across the web to see domain and social media availability by using Namechk.com.
You can also easily purchase a domain name for cheap from one of the following domain services. I’ve used GoDaddy.com for both my SkoolHaze and PaladinJordan domains. But you can also try NameCheap.com, or HostGator.com.
Note: Please note that purchasing a domain (your online address) is different than purchasing your hosting. Think of hosting as the online house that comes up when people type in your domain (web address). Domains and Hosting can be purchased by the same service. I have not done this.
4 – Find and gather your most powerful pictures and video –
If you have not already been saving these in a specific place, take some time to identify the strongest images you’ve seen of yourself over the years. You primarily want these images to convey you as Strong, Purposeful, in Action, and exuding Confidence and energy toward the goal of your website.
Never underestimate the power of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media for pictures and evidence of your success. These are great pictures and can get you started. You may want to consider having professional pictures taken specifically for use in your future branding. Once I knew I was serious about creating my website. I knew I would have to get some type of pre-planned high quality pictures taken of myself. Get your friends to be paparazzi with their phones.
If you feel like you don’t have pictures, (this moment) is actually the time to start taking and collecting more pictures of your creativity, your results, and of you.
5 – Write your website copy
The part that took me the longest to do was write the copy for my website. Copy, is a publishing word for the text being used. I’ve been trying to get some free tools up for a while. And have created a 6-page Website Building Workbook to help you draft out your website copy. The Website Building Workbook is a great tool to print and fill out as you prepare to build your online space.
The sooner you have your website copy, the sooner you can build and share your website to the world! I recommend shooting for 300 to 500 words per page. Feel free to use more or less. Do not try to be perfect. Perfection will make you procrastinate more than you need. Once the copy is drafted. Identify pictures that go with each page. Format the text in a word publisher. Get an idea of what your page will look like visually before you begin the actual design.
Want help developing your website copy. Download the free Website Building Workbook here!
6 – Research and Purchase a Web Hosting Client
Again, Web Hosting is the internet apartment building/house where your website lives. You can own the domain, and when people type it in, it will lead to an empty lot parked on the internet waiting for you to host something. Hosting is structure that houses the “physical/graphical” pages and platform for your website. There are many different hosting services. I would choose between Squarespace, WordPress.org, or Wix.com. Once you choose your hosting client, upload your website copy into the service building out your pages bit by bit. Aim to keep the look and formatting of your site as close to it was in your mock ups as possible.