Personal life

Hey, my name is Jan Ranostaj I’m 39 years old husband, father and passionate to develop my skills to be a better husband, parent and entrepreneur which leads to (I hope everyone’s) ultimate goal to be happy.

I live in Slovakia close to Bratislava capital city, with my wife and 8 years old little sweetie daughter in our family house. I’m grateful for every day I’ve been given I can follow my passion and fulfill my goals.

In 2018 I started to run my own SEO and WordPress development focused service as a result of more than 10 years experiences in web development either by freelancing for clients or been employed in 9-5 jobs as a web developer.

My primary focus is to generate more traffic and leads to your site by optimizing websites in terms of technical perspective and content and architecture strategy.

Education

In 2005 I graduated University with a master degree in Mechanical Engineering. My thesis was about comparing two mathematical models applied to solve mechanical engineering problems.

The experiment required to conduct a lot of computations and software experiments which laid the foundations for my interest in software development and analytic thinking.

Career

I do remember when I created my first website it was January 2004 and I was asked by the University professor to help them out with a simple website for their upcoming conference.

I had no idea what it was required to build a website at that time, but I committed! Not sure if you remember these early “web development” days – tables based layouts, inline styles, lack of information, hard to find some good tutorials, etc. –  I felt like I’m building some very important and big thing.

And I did it, that was the first time I felt that anything you are committed to you can accomplish.

It was a great place to start and learn from. It gave me an initial impulse to move my career towards web development and IT.

I got my first job in 2006 in IBM building simple websites using their CMS system where I was supposed to edit and publish simple HTML code.

Of course, I was not satisfied with that type of job at all, I was killing my potential, so I and one of my co-worker established our first freelancing company while still employed in IBM – ( someone had to pay our bills, right? )

After a couple of years, we had well-running web design company which gave me a great opportunity to develop my skills not only as a developer but as a consultant and architect as well.

All that was running while being employed in 9-5 job which still was paying my bills, so I could invest more into myself 🙂

After more than 10 years we decided to split the cooperation and I went on my own way.

Turning point

It all begun in the middle of August 2018, I was just quick scrolling through the Facebook stream as usually nothing particular. (just fucking around as many of you probably do as well).

But one post hit my attention, not completely remember what it was about but I discovered Jesse Elder.

I do remember his calm and humble voice resonated deeply with me as heard that before, but forgot for a while who I was, how to find my power and to follow my own way.

I went through all his posts “Mind Vitamins” on youtube – it gave me a whole new perspective on my mindset and what I was doing probably wrong.

Five months later I figured out what my passion is, what I’d like to achieve and why. What value I have to bring in order to step up to the next level.

I came up with an idea to combine my solid web development knowledge with new marketing and SEO skills and provide service which will add more value to the client.

Present

I’m currently offering my SEO service for e-commerce and small business owners to rank for search terms that have impact generating leads.

I also have clients which I provide WordPress development – developing custom themes, custom plugin development, optimisation and page administration.

What I’m reading

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life – Alice Schroeder

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson

Clean Architecture: A Craftsman’s Guide to Software Structure and Design -Robert C. Martin

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

My Morning routine

This is my favorite part of the day. I try to prioritize and maximize my first 2 hours of the day.

It took me almost half year to utilize this routine, not because I was lazy or could not stick into the routine, but I have tried many options until I came with the one which would suit for me the best.

Although I had some setbacks and some little adjustments along the way (which I still have honestly)  it works pretty good for me. Here it is:

  1. @5:00 am
    Wake up +/- 5-10 min as do not set the alarm as I’m use to wake up naturally.
  2. 5:00 – 5:30
    Read a book I have next to my bed – I usually have a book which I read most often or is top priority on my list
  3. 5:30 – 6:00
    Journaling about my goals, practicing gratitude and thinking  – this is where I’m focusing the most from the whole day.
  4. 6:00 – 6:30
    Working on the most important long term goals this might include – writing post, working on my long term project, no clients work, no emails, no social media!
  5. 6:30 – 6:45
    High intense workout which in my case consists of  5×30 reps of push ups between each set I do 10 reps with dumbbell each day different part (biceps, triceps, shoulders)
  6. 6:45 -7:00
    Ice cold shower – I do this usually 5-6 times per week and I really enjoy this one. I do not start with warm and then slowly go to colder I just jump right into it 🙂 stay there for about 2-3 minutes and that’s it. This boost my energy for the whole day 🙂 I really do recommend this one. According to research cold shower has many benefits
  7. Ready to roll for the day 🙂

I do not follow exactly the same timeline each day it varies +/- 5-10 min but the key is to keep the routine each day as close as possible. It really helps me to start my day strong, even though your day might not be very productive your maximised mornings will make a difference.


Don’t wish for less Problems
wish for more skills

Jim Rohn

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