About Phil

Phil JohnsonI know… “I don’t know what the f#&k I’m doing.” seems like an odd slogan for an “authority” site.  But there’s a reason for it.  First, nobody ever learns absolutely everything about what they’re doing.  There’s always something new to learn.  And honestly, even when I think I know what I’m doing, I still feel like I don’t.  So I don’t profess to be an expert about anything I’m writing about on this site.

But I do work hard to become knowledgeable about these subjects.  And I dream of the day that I know what the f#&k I’m doing.  I needed a good place to act as a swipe file for all the cool stuff I learn about each of these subjects.  And so, why not share them with you?  I’ve also found that I learn better when I have to explain things to others.

I have a peculiar way of cooking.  I’ll find 10 different recipes for the same dish, pick out all the ingredients I like from each one and create my own unique version of it.  It’s also how a lot of my music and comedy is created.  It’s how my teaching style has evolved.  What that means is I might not say anything mind blowing at first because I’m learning from others just as they did.  But when those ingredients come together in just the right way, we might have some magic.  Or we’ll have BBQ Fried Rice.  Which I love and my girlfriend hates.

One of the most frustrating things I’ve encountered while trying to learn, despite the immediacy of the internet, is getting good current and reliable information.  Have you bought an ebook on some subject, read it, and realized it was awesome information… 2 years ago?  Yep, me too.  So I’m going to do my best to let you know what works NOW as much as possible.  We all have to be sharks now.  Stop moving and you die.

Or sometimes everyone is espousing the same advice but we don’t know if it’s true or everyone just thinks it’s true because everyone is saying it.  I want to dig in and find what’s actually true and useful.

Big Whiz Bang isn’t a site for everyone.  It’s for some of the people, some of the time. As you can see from the menu, there’s a lot of eclectic stuff going on here.  And these are all things I participate heavily in.  And really, they’re a lot more connected that they might appear at first glance.

I’ve always been a huge proponent of having multiple streams of income.  As much as I love live performance, I like to go home sometimes too.  So I want to be able to earn a living both at home and away.  And I want other passive money coming in no matter where I am.  And I want that money growing and working for me.  Plus, when one stream of income takes a temporary dive, you have another stream working to take up the slack.  Or so I thought…

Right now, I’m on the beginning of an upswing after a couple really tough years.  All my multiple streams of income took a dive at once.  Fewer gigs (which means fewer album sales), fewer music students, a tough time in internet marketing.  And all that leading to being less able to invest more money.

On top of that, I had to file bankruptcy. Not due to my own finances. But due to a business deal gone bad. A former business partner (who I hope meets a really untimely end) charged up thousands and thousands of dollars in my name and then left me hanging with it.  There are lessons in there too.  Something else to write an article about. 🙂

You see, the other frustration I often have in learning is seeing how someone dragged themselves up from the bottom.  And right now, you’re watching me climb up from the bottom.

Now, I’m not totally desolate.  I don’t carry any debt besides my mortgage.  And I’ve trimmed back expenses even more than I ever thought I could.  I haven’t had to pull any money out of my investments.  And my monthly cash flow is just starting to arc upward again.

As much as I love some of the experts I get advice from, it sometimes hard to make their techniques work because they’re already working from a base of success.  So I want to show what’s it’s like to start from close to the bottom.  I want you to join me on this journey back to financial comfort, back to meeting my goals as an artist, entrepreneur, and general all around happy person.

Here’s another thing you should know about me.  I hate marketing.  HATE it.  I would so much rather be able to just put out a quality product, say “here it is” and have people respond to it.  But it just doesn’t work that way.  People simply respond better to marketing that triggers the right impulses in their brain to involve themselves in something that’s good for them anyway.

With that in mind, I really try to stay away from things that are dishonest or shady in any way.  If it isn’t going to positively impact someone’s life, I’m not really interested in it.  Not to say I haven’t tried a few techniques here and there, but they make me uncomfortable and don’t usually last long.

So what’s the goal here?  I feel like there needs to be a tangible goal to work towards that, when met, will allow me to change every word on this page to the past tense.  Maybe I’ll even celebrate by crossing out the “don’t” in my slogan. 🙂

Let’s make that goal adding $100,000 to my net worth.  There’s a lot I can do with that money.  Some of it awesome (supporting charities, releasing more art, taking my girlfriend on that European vacation I owe her).  Some of it I hope I don’t have to do (let’s not talk about those).  I’ll have to figure out a way to keep track of that on this site.  Possibly income reports like some other sites offer.  Or maybe one of those big telethon money thermometer graphics. 🙂

So let’s do it.  Let’s you and me start from the bottom and learn and work our way to the top. Make your own goal number and let’s shoot for it.  Participate in the parts of this site that appeal to you and ignore the parts that don’t.  I look forward to getting to know you and your goals better and seeing us both succeed.

Leave a comment below and let me know what your goals are and what you want to learn here.

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