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Weekly Yo-Yo Tricks Compilation 3 – Voiceover

This week’s compilation contains tricks posted from the 11th – 17th of April with a voiceover commentary discussing some of the tricks shown, a few unboxings and a tutorial I posted during the last week, my episode of The Yo-yo Podcast, and the Komodo yo-yo giveaway.

Yo-Yo Podcast ep: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2mfneMKoukPOXl5iJFjs2v?si=EMP-rQBrT5uyVfcVzuRRsg

Yoyofactory 720 unboxing https://youtu.be/pEqeBxwtyW0

Komodo unboxing https://youtu.be/hGKMlhmlki0

Direction Changes tutorial https://youtu.be/j6O-PHRq7O8

K Catch tutorial https://youtu.be/8YSAv9kWYrU

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Some things are a changin

As most of you who come to my website know I have been spending a good portion of the last year if not the last two years focusing very heavily and intently on the pursuit of success. It has led me down many interesting roads, and though I have learned much I still have so far to go. I realized tonight however that while I am only on the doorstep, I have learned enough to know this time is different. Already I am staring out into this amazing world full of opportunity and I feel excited. For the first time ever I feel confident that my businesses will be successful because what I know now is that the only time you don’t get the things you wanted is because you gave up too soon. Looking back in my own life I know this is true.

If you make that simple idea your primary objective, you will get whatever you want. Look at Edison, Vaynerchuk, Jobs, Gates, Kern, Ferriss, Musk, Robbins, Proctor, Brown, Kanary, or any of the countless others that dedicate a good portion of their time, not trying to simply motivate you, but to awaken you. To shake your shoulders fiercely and demand you understand completely that the only reason you aren’t where you want to be is you aren’t doing absolutely everything in your power to move the line further ahead.

So long as you focus on always moving forward, making your way closer and closer to your goals, or better yet, your ideals, you will feel alive. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that you feel excited to be working on even the most menial of tasks, even the ones you have to do no matter what because there’s not a way to automate it yet. But so long as you know it’s just a single brick in the long road to where you want to be, it is nonetheless another step forward.

Generally speaking your goal as an entrepreneur is to make sure you are constantly placing bricks on the road to your objective. While you are doing that you must take regular breaks from “working in your business” and switch to “working on your business”. During these breaks your new objective as an entrepreneur to identify higher yielding opportunities that could place 100 bricks in a single move.

These “things to do” are most often scalable, for instance you could stop teaching all of your students one on one and instead teach groups. You still use the same amount of time and similar amounts of effort, but you get more in return for your efforts.  Making time to plan and research better methods of utilizing your time and resources, (“Sharpening the saw”) and then doing those high yielding activities when you switch back into “working in your business” mode will help you to catapult yourself forward.

So what the hell am I writing this for anyways? Well I’ve recently decided that I am going to start sorting my content in a way that feels right to me. I am going to make MikeMonty.net be more of an online journal where if I felt so inclined I could share my raw thoughts, show behind the scenes highlights of my personal life and occasional invasions by the two businesses I am building. It’s basically my home on the internet. All of my yo-yo related content is going to be migrated over to BurgeonYoYos.com in the near future, organized logically to be most useful to the end user, and I will post any yo-yo trick circles and Burgeon Yo-Yo related pictures I take. I may still have random yo-yo stuff leak into the MikeMonty brand because, obviously, with 14 years of yo-yoing under my belt it’s a big chuck of my identity.

What I realized though is that while yo-yoing is a big chunk of my life it’s not the only chunk of me that I am interested in sharing with the world. Take this for instance: I have been building websites since I was 10 years old. I may not be the best in the world but because of 17 years of experience in owning websites, testing out various marketing techniques, writing books, making video courses, building mailing lists, having online sales, analyzing websites and creating reports on how to make the sites better, written marketing plans, helped sell several thousands of dollars of websites by being able to deliver the results they wanted with the help of the team I had. So as that long winded humble brag suggests, I really enjoy a lot of this online stuff, even though I allowed my knowledge of development plateau way to soon, just by being in the space for this long I have learned a very large and valuable chunk of information.

I plan to basically give that information away on LilOak.com. It is my hope that because I am giving away all the knowledge I have first, that people will come to me when they need my help with something more advanced. I am excited to be writing these posts. I haven’t felt comfortable posting them anywhere until now, when I realized that this is my website and I can say whatever I want here! 🙂 (Within reason.)

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Why Yo-Yo String Color is Important to Think About

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If you want more information about the freestyle workshop you can learn more here: http://mikemonty.com/product/how-to-create-a-yo-yo-freestyle-3-week-course/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Unboxing the YoYoFactory D10 Nate Dailey’s signature

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVKoddGszu8″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]Mike “unboxes” and shows off the YoYoFactory D10 that Freddy Flores loaned him to make a review of. The D10 is the signature yo-yo of Nate Dailey.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Fancy Wrist Mount Trick

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNKm0-AMp48″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]In today’s edition of Trick Maker Monday or TrickLab, you decide, Mike shows you a trick he’s been working on off camera that involves a fun little way to get into a wrist mount he stumbled across a short while back and the trick he’s been building off of it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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A tour of my yo-yo collection and their stories

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/htwl0mAgYA4″ align=”center”][vc_column_text]I was asked recently if I could make a video showcasing my yo-yo collection and some of my favorite yoyos so I took some time to record that this week. These are the yo-yo’s you see behind me in each video and their stories.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Review of the Skyva by MagicYoYo and Jeffrey Pang

Mike reviews the Skyva (aka fingerspin machine) made by MagicYoYo and designed by Jeffrey Pang. If you have been seeing this yoyo around on Instagram and YouTube then you already know some of its highlights, namely its insane ability to pull off extremely long fingerspins. This review does touch on that, but also is an in depth analysis of the all of the Yo-Yo’s features and abilities.

Want a chance to win one? Mike (http://youtube.com/themikemonty) and Andrew Woodford (http://YouTube.com/FHZ123) are giving away two of the Skyva’s featured in this review and Andrew’s unboxing (link to come). To be entered to win one you have to subscribe to both of our channels and leave a comment on this review video and Andrew’s. On Friday the 29th of July, 2016 Mike and Andrew will go through their comments, see who commented on both videos, then see who of those people are subscribed to both channels. Those who are will be in the drawing. Winners will be notified by reply comment, youtube message if available, or any other method needed to alert the winner.

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Yo-Yo Review of the Big Dipper by CLYW

Mike reviews the Big Dipper by CLYW in this video. It’s a signature yo-yo of world yo-yo champion Zach Gormley. A positive review overall, a few items I think could be improved in future releases that aren’t technically a necessity but would show an attention to detail that would help. Definitely worth the $35 they recommend it be sold for.