Casey Ames

How I turned $5k into $97,034 with a website I built

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Some quick notes before we get into this: I can’t mention the website URL due to the sale agreement  I started this website in late 2015 and sold it in May of 2019 This is my first website sale and was a decently passive source of income for the last 2 years of owning it. The last time I did major work on the site was March 2016. We’ll get more into those details below, but this could be considered passive, or my preferred phrase, low maintenance income. If you…read more

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My 2017 Review – Hiring an Employee, Moving Away from Seattle, and More

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With it being January, I have been reading quite a few people’s yearly reviews. I really have enjoyed reading them and felt inspired to write one. I feel like it’s a good way to get insights not only for myself on how my last year went, but to give you an update on what I’ve been working on. I have it broken into a few different topics, which are kind of randomly chosen off the top of my mind while writing. Maybe in the future, I’ll come up with a…read more

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Happiness is about Removal

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Preface: This is coming from a 26-year-old. My lack of life experience makes me think I am most likely wrong. But I’d rather put my ideas out in public and find out I’m wrong than keep them to myself and think I’m right. I’ve heard the phrase that happiness is more about removal than addition. I’ve heard reiterations of this often, but the most recent time that has stuck with me a bit was from Kevin Rose on the Random Show . And it seems to be pointing in the right…read more

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An Update from the Last Year

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It’s been almost exactly a year since my last blog post, which also coincides with a full year of my life, as I turn 26 today. I felt inclined to write a post somewhat summarizing and reflecting on this last year. With reflecting on this last year, I think I’d like to touch on why I haven’t posted in the last year. Why Haven’t I Posted Anything in a Year? I haven’t stopped writing over the last year. I’ve just stopped posting publicly what I’ve been writing. There are three…read more

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Why You Should Ignore the 10,000 Hour Rule

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There’s one rule that almost anyone references when it comes to learning something or becoming great at one particular skill. We all call it the 10,000 hour rule, which was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers . While I like Gladwell’s writing, it’s important for people to understand the problems with his 10,000 hour rule. It sends a great message that practice is important, and does include “deliberate” practice. However, it ignores a lot of factors and sets a standard that lots and lots of practice are all one ever needs…read more

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You Can’t Get Good Without Sucking

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If there is one thing we should learn during our childhood, it should be that taking a lot of chances is a good thing. However, I think this is actually beaten out of us throughout our education system. We’re trained to think that failing is a bad thing, which in turn makes us play it safe. This relates to my last post on a risk-averse middle class . We’re trained not to take chances, because when you take chances, you may fail. The problem is, taking chances is the only way…read more

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The Risk Averse Middle Class

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I’m not sure why, but I think it’s probably going against the grain that has highlighted this to me. I think the middle class is full of people terrified of taking risks. Most people, in general, are terrified of doing anything risky, but I think the middle class has certain forces within that make it even tougher. Now let me preface this a little bit. I’m talking about people who grew up and knew they were going to college. You may not have had all of your college paid for,…read more

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Humbling Myself

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It seems like the more I learn and read, the quieter I try to become. I include ‘try’ in there because it’s a process, with setbacks, like anything. The real meaning of the more I learn, the more I see that everything is way more complex than I once had thought of. This has been an ongoing thought for a while now. It actually started with a drunken conversation with one of my good friends. I was asking him pretty bluntly if there were any major flaws of me as…read more

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More Simplicity for More Sanity

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Since I do my reviews quarterly, transitioning into 2016 isn’t much different for me from going from Q3 to Q4 from a review and planning standpoint. I don’t review all of 2015, and I don’t plan for all of 2016, but it does feel different from the other quarters. Probably since quarterly planning is new this last year for me, I still have the habit of thinking in yearly reflections and goals. So since it feels different, and if I were to write up a quarterly review each quarter, that…read more

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I’m Going Nomadic and Leaving my Apprenticeship

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Yesterday Cory and I packed our bags, got a rental car and drove back to Seattle. Our lease was coming to a close, Seattle’s weather was depressing us, and we didn’t want to find a new apartment, since finding anything below $1,000 is getting tougher and tougher. Cory will be sticking around Spokane for the most part, but I will be bouncing around a bit more. Right now I’m back home in Spokane for a couple days, then will be heading to Boise next week for Christmas. Then it seems…read more

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