Why I Never Want to Retire

Why do you want to retire? Retirement is the prequel to death.

The Old Young Man

When I worked at Apple I had an awesome manager there who I really connected with. When he was on the floor and it was slow we always had killer conversations about goals, passions, dreams, women and living a fulfilled life. During one of our conversations we started talking about how he used to work at Best Buy and why he started his career so young. Through this conversation it came to the surface that his goal was to retire at 35 (when I knew him he was 27) and that he was on track to do it by 34. Now I am not talking about “retirement” where he has to live a minimal lifestyle the rest of his life. I am talking about golf every day, trips every other month, houses, boats, rich experiences. Your probably thinking shit, how? That’s for another time. But what I do want to talk about is the thoughts this conversation solidified in my head.

The Idea of Retirement Makes Me Gag

Did you ever watch Spongebob? There is an episode where Mr. Krabs retires. I always loved this episode. It showed a man who dedicated his life to working and earning money now attempting to find new ways to fulfill his life. I related to that, I never want to quit working.

One of my major goals is to peak when I die. I learned this from high school. So many people I graduated with when I see them in person or they randomly come up in my newsfeed on Facebook seem to be talking about the glory days of high school. They peaked in high school. And this taught me something about myself and about life. In reference to myself I never want to be a has been who talked about the past and about life it taught me that high school was a stepping stone, a petri dish for my self esteem and work ethic while for my peers it was everest. It made me realize that throughout my entire life each place I am at, at any given moment is just a step to the next. With that said, I am going to explore and enjoy each step but always in the back of my mind know that there is another step to take after all I can learn from the current one has been exploited.

Gary Vaynerchuck always talks about how he lives for the hustle and I can relate to that. It is the challenge, the constant pursuit that is fulfilling, not reaching the goal. When you reach the goal it almost seems, bitter.

So this is why I had my problems relating to my ex manager. I never want to stop. I never want to quit. My greatest fear is that one day I have to quit because I know that day, the day I can’t hustle anymore, the day I can’t make things anymore, the day I can’t think anymore is the day I begin the down slope, the day I reached my peak, and the day I accepted death.

Take Microments

My goal instead is to take what I call microments, short periodical retirements. In all reality when I graduate college I plan on taking my first microment for the first three years of my young adault life. That’s why I am building out the company melonkiss.com and making it a sustainable machine that I can manage from anywhere.

The point is that this is a marathon, it’s about industry. And everyone fucking says this again and like I know I am just fucking beating a dead horse but cliche is the most real truth that exists, that why it is cliche. Never forget that.

Don’t get a job or start a business or do anything when it comes to your life because you want to retire, you are not doing yourself the fucking justice you deserve by retiring. When you retire, you choose to peak. Never, NEVER fucking choose to peak.


How To Download Etsy Customer Emails 2017

This post was written in 2015.

Etsy just updated their seller backend in Feb of 2018 and I’m currently researching a new way to access the emails.

This post was last updated 21 Feb 2018. Thanks for you patients. -Cody

how to collect blog posts from your etsy data

A while ago when I first started getting into e-commerce I had a facebook marketer in Boise named Koby Conrad (btw, Koby is unreal at Facebook marketing) tell me that email marketing alone can keep a company afloat.

He told me the story of a jewellery company based out of Boise he was consulting for who had been in the e-commerce business for 10 years and over those ten years had amassed an email list of 50,000 people.

I know some of the digital marketers out there right now are probably shitting themselves about that number but at the time I didn’t realize the value of this number and I doubt you realize it too.

It wasn’t until a year later, about a month ago, that I realized how valuable that email list is. An email list, when used properly, can drive about 16% of traffic and have a 1-3% conversation rate.

You have an email list of 50,000, you send out an email to your list once a week which is best practice, you are getting a 1% conversation and your average sale makes you
$10. That’s $20,000 per month. Yeah.

Ok, so that part of the email list is common knowledge to most but what is more valuable in my eyes is what else you can do with that list.

You start a new blog that fits your demographic and psychographic.

Email them.

Write an ebook that fits the demographic and psychographic.

Email them.

Get the picture?

So let’s collect those Etsy emails.

How To Collect Your Etsy Emails Semi-non Manually

how to collect etsy emails from sales data cody schneider 2So our goal is to collect the emails of each of our previous customers. What sucks though is that the email data can’t be downloaded from Etsy already in a file and can only be viewed when you click on the customer’s name. This means you would have to manually click and copy and paste every email.

Fuck that.

This is when I wondered if the email data could be found in the page source HTML. Bingo, it can :)

The next steps will show you have to scrape the HTML data and pull out the emails. You don’t need to know how to code for this, all the tools used are really easy, user-friendly and free.

1 Go to your Etsy sales data under the “all” tab.

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2 Left click anywhere on the page using the Chrome browser and click on the ‘view page source’ option.

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3 On the right side of your screen, you’ll see something like this.

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4 Press command a to select everything on the page and then command c to copy it all.

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5 Paste the text you just copied into this website app extractemailaddress.com and then click extract.

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6 Copy emails extracted and paste into google sheets document.

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7 Repeat steps 4 – 6 for each page. This part sucks, but it is better than making like 40 clicks instead of 800.

If you don’t want to do this manually, you can download the Chrome extension I made that does it for you : )

8 Put your new email list in Excel and use the function below to delete the semi-colon from the end of the email addresses.


Inside the brackets your want (cell where email is, what you’re replacing, what you’re replacing with. So we are deleting the semi-colon and replacing it with nothing.

The full function should look similar to the following.

=SUBSTITUTE(A1, “;”, “”)

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Apply this function to all your emails.

9 Next, select the whole column and use the remove duplicate function in Excel to remove repeat emails.

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You are done dude.

I hope this helped you out and if you have questions ask them below.

As always, if you feel like supporting me please link back to this post : )