About me

Hi, I’m Mark, I’m almost 33 (at the time of writing which is May 2020) best known with the pen name “Striver”.

I opened Smart Striving because I wanted to create a site with a collection of articles and blog posts on how to learn to make money on the side, how to open a blog and, in general, how you can earn more money and live a better life for you and your family.

Right now it is very difficult to find a site with sound guides and with no copypasta content.

You can find the 9 methods to make money fast on every website. Here on SmartStriving, you will not find that BS.

Here I write good and free content and I try to write down what I learned during 10 years of trial and error.

I won’t fool you, there is also premium content, which I don’t give out for free because it took me time to develop those processes and because I spent money by doing that.

A bad start

When I was 19 I started college and, by the end of the first semester, I was depressed and felt horribly.

Everything was going downhill. I had failed 2 exams, I was in a new town and had no friends, and I felt inadequate in the campus.

Everyone is way smarter than me, I was constantly thinking.

Then, on dicember the 18th I had a burnout. I cried a lot and I decided to give up the college experience once and for all and begin to look for a job.

On finding a job

I came back home and my parents weren’t so happy about me deciding to leave the college behind. But they told me to start looking for a job ASAP.

And that’s what I did, I began to write CVs (empty CVs) and visiting every industry that was in the radius of 20 miles.

I got lucky.

One company called me for an interview. They offered me a job as a junior lab technician since I had the right attitude and wanted to learn and grow.

That was a big company and I found out that in these kinds of companies there’s a lot of internal politics. If you want to climb the corporate ladder, you need to do good work and to have a very high emotional intelligence quotient.

I became a top manager in that company and I can assure you that, at these levels, salary isn’t the best thing but the benefits are.

That’s why I write on this blog about how to manage your career, what is the most profitable careers, what are the trends for the future in the job world.

Learning to invest

After the promotion I wanted to learn how to invest my money and that’s when I first heard about Forex trading.

I read almost every forum on the internet, every single guide, forex trading system.

When I found out that the free material wasn’t working, I bought trading systems and some automated trading systems.

An algorithmic trading robot that promised me to grow my capital by the 50% every month.

Excited, I pressed the green button “Buy Now” and burned my first $997 on that thing. Obviously it didn’t work.

So, I tried to develop a very balanced approach to trading and investing. Now I can potentially make 5 to 10% per year on my investments without any effort.

When I feel particularly inspired to take action, I trade personally and manage to earn 4 to 6% in a month, which is not bad at all.

And that’s why I write about investing and saving money.

I opened (and closed or sold) 65 websites and blogs

You read that right.

I opened about 65 webisites and I closed (or sold) all of them.

Websites and blogs require a lot of patience and effort for the first year. Especially if you enter a very competitive niche.

That’s why I opened and closed 40 websites without making a single dollar from them.

Things changed when I wrote about things I cared most. I had a blog about videogames that was receiving a lot of traffic at the time and I wasn’t making money from it.

But then, when I had no more time to run the site, one user made an offer that I couldn’t refuse, so I sold the site for a very nice amount of money.

Don’t ever believe to someone that try to convince you that making money with a blog is easy.

It is not easy at all. It’s as hard as opening a business.

The website is your creature, and if you want to gain traffic, to start making some money with it, you have to sweat a lot.

But there are systems that guarantee a very high success rates, and that’s what I write here on SmartStriving.

A blog on striving for a better future

That’s what Smart Striving is. In life you have to sweat and to endure pain if you want to suceed in anything.

But you must follow systems that are working.

If you want to become fit you go to the most respectable fitness trainer you know. One who got results.

That’s what you can do when you’re trying to build a better future for you: learn systems that are consistently working.

I hope you gain a lot from this webiste.

Until the next time, Mark.