Focusing on the future will destroy you – do this instead

A couple of days ago, a Twitter follower sent me this DM.

“…I have been learning and bettering myself tremendously in the past 5 years of my 20’s. My only issue is that after looking back on this time period in my 30’s I will feel like I wasted what youth I had left.

Any advice or reassurance you could lend to someone attempting to use these years in his life…”

A lot of people in their twenties have this concern.

I used to have them myself. So I understand it perfectly.

This concern is based on fear.

We fear missing out on things. We fear the unknown. We fear failure.

There will be times when you’ll be fearful. And that’s OK because we experience fear in one way or another.

Most kinds of fear come from a place of lack, or more specific, scarcity.

Scarcity, or the perception of it, is the real killer here.

People get worried about not having enough, so they panic… and because of the panic, their fears usually become a reality.

I suppose you’ve seen what’s happening in the world right now.

People get on social media and watch the news, so they see the photos and videos of people rushing to buy toilet paper and hand sanitizer… so all of a sudden, they too feel the urge to buy these items.

The perception of mass scarcity is playing out on a global level – when there is none (at least not for toilet paper and hand sanitizer).

Why Is Scarcity So Powerful?

“Scarcity is the feeling that a product or service is in short supply and about to run out.” – Neil Patel, Internet Marketer

Our brains haven’t changed much since the hunter-gatherers times.

Our ancestors had to get into unfamiliar places and uncomfortable situations to get their food and water – it was a matter of life or death some of the time.

See, scarcity was commonplace back then. We didn’t know if the hole in the mountain was going to be safe to sleep in. We didn’t know if we were going to eat or have something to drink later in the day.

And because we come from those ancestors and our brains haven’t changed that much since Fred Flinstone was roaming around the world, we still get worried about things running out.

Now you’re probably wondering, where is Jose taking me with this.

What I’m doing is giving you the bigger picture.

It’s OK to have the perception of scarcity.

Truth be told! Three weeks ago, scarcity took a toll on me.

I bought more toilet paper and paper towels than I needed– and I’m glad I did, because things got real really fast in the Dominican Republic with all the fake voice notes and fake posts people uploaded to social media.

Fear invaded me. Scarcity kicked it. I fired two of my employees. One for incompetence, and the other out of fear of the unknown – I did rehire the good one, though – but that’s a story for a different email.

It took me a couple of days to kick myself out of it.

But, even though I was feeling nervous, I never stopped working.

I used the urgency and the scarcity to double down on my efforts.

All of us have these feelings from time to time. It’s natural and nothing to be ashamed of.

What’s important is how you react in the face of fear.

You can’t control your natural reactions, but you can control the actions you take

In many ways, you can’t control your natural response and how you feel about certain events. But, you will always have the choice to control the way you deal with them.

And that brings us to this particular point.

Some people fear that their actions will lead them to look back in time and feel like they’ve wasted their time.

This, my friend, is normal.

But what are you going to do about it?

Right now, many opportunities are waiting for you to knock on their door.

So you might be worried that if you open one of these doors, it’s going to close off all the other ones to you. And you’re right. But you have to understand that thinking about the worst-case scenarios can drive you crazy.

That all leads to this…

As you age, your sense of urgency and scarcity will be different.
Urgency and scarcity are two of the many ways fear manifests itself in our life.

Urgency is the feeling you have when you need to do something before the timer runs out.

Both urgency and scarcity, if used correctly, can benefit you in unimaginable ways. Not only in sales but also in achieving your goals. The thing is some people have no idea how to use them to their advantage.

Now that I’m in my 30s, I have a different kind of urgency and scarcity.

I have to juggle my time between family, friends, and work. So the time has truly become a scarce resource to me, even though I have the same 24hrs as everyone else. This has basically forced me into investing my time with more care – something I didn’t do in my 20s.

See, during my 20s, I had a lot of free time and very few responsibilities. But all of that changed once I turned 25. My inner thoughts went from, “I want the new Playstation and the new Xbox” to:

  • “There’s not enough time.”
  • “This is taking too long.”
  • “All of this was for nothing.”
  • “What’s gonna happen to me in the future?”
  • “Is this really what I want?”
  • “Am I on the right track?”
  • “What if this doesn’t work out.”

Do any of these thoughts ring a bell?

It wouldn’t surprise me if they all did.

So what can you do to battle your fears of missing out, your fear of the unknown, and this scarcity that can drive people nuts – funnily enough, the advice I’m about to tell you will work at any age 🙂

Tip #1: Listen to people who are more experienced than you.

What you’re experiencing right now is NOT new. You’re not the first one to experience this, and you will not be the last one.

Stop wasting your mental bandwidth thinking about the worst-case-scenarios.

Spend time thinking about the things you could be doing, and take action upon these thoughts.

Do you want to do everything half-heartedly, or do you want to do one thing and do it well?

You may feel like you have unlimited opportunities, but really what you have is a small window—a small window to determine how the next couple of decades play out.

I know that sounds scary, but I’d prefer to tell you a scary truth over a pleasant lie.

While everyone is either panicking or binge-watching Netflix, it’s time to double down on your efforts!

It won’t feel nice. It will be uncomfortable. It will suck sometime. But your future is built on the actions you take RIGHT now.

Tip #2: Realize the past is gone, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

What you did yesterday, a year ago, five years… there’s nothing you can do about that.

You cannot change the past. Once the moment is gone, that’s it.

Sometimes you’ll feel regret, sometimes happiness, either way, it’s in the past.

Make your peace with that.

All you have is NOW, the present moment.

Even right now, as you read this, you’re using your time to take in what I have to say.

I understand how precious time can be, so thank you and I hope you take action from this.

Whether you’ve made bad choices or hit hard obstacles, isn’t important now. Your distant past is not important now. Your past frustrations aren’t important now.

The only important thing right now is, what are you going to do about it?

Tip #3: All you can do is take the right actions.

“Right actions?”

The right actions are the ones that lead you to your goals. Thing is that you’ll only know if they are the correct ones by taking them.

Taking the right actions is all you can do. And only you can take those steps.

No one else will be able to do the work for you.

To see if the actions you’re taking are the right ones, constantly ask yourself,

  • How do I feel about what I’m doing right now?
  • How do I believe I’m going to look back on this period in five, ten, twenty years from now?
  • Does this action make me feel like I’m wasting my time?

Tip #4: Set rules for yourself by writing down a NOT-To-do List.

People rarely think about the things they need to stop doing.

This is where your not-to-do list chimes in.

Your Not-to-do list is composed of actions that you must actively reject to become a productive champion.

Your Not-to-do list leverages the power of the most powerful word in the world.

The word NO.

What Should You Add To Your Not-to-do List?

  • Activities that continually break your focus into pieces
  • Actions that reduce the quality of your work
  • Decisions that make you feel unproductive and unworthy of your successes
  • Ideas and thoughts that take up your precious mental bandwidth
  • Activities you can delegate
  • Ideas, choices, and rules you won’t compromise
  • Stuff that doesn’t lead to your current goals

Tip #5: Use scarcity and urgency to win

A goal without a deadline is a pipe-dream.

A deadline will give you the sense of urgency you need.

I always say to myself that urgency is both the “God of Money” and “God of Getting Things Done”.

Why the “God of Money”? Urgency makes people buy (that’s why you see marketers using the “Price goes up soon” tactic)

Why the “God of Getting Things Done”? Urgency makes people take action – having no urgency means you’ll take your time to get things done, and “taking your time” is for losers.

If you don’t have a deadline, you won’t have the urgency to get it done.

That said, don’t give yourself an impossible deadline.

If you have a goal of making an extra $30,000 this year, make sure you don’t say to yourself you’re going to make the $30,000 by the end of the day.

You’re still bound by the laws of reality. Right?

So be realistic with yourself. Going from 0 to $30,000 in a day is not realistic unless you win the lottery or sell crack on the streets.

Now, what about scarcity? How can you use it to force yourself into action?

The Not-to-do list is one way to use scarcity in a positive way.

This list is meant to limit your choices, which could result in creating a sense of scarcity that could help take action.

Another way of using scarcity is by creating a budget for your personal and business spending.

If you’re having issues with planning your budget, get the World’s Simplest Income Planner for free by clicking here.

Telling yourself that you can only spend, let’s say, $3000 this month is an easy way to use scarcity to better your life.

Final Words

Hopefully, you’ll have found this helpful.

Again, stop focusing so much on the future because it hasn’t happened yet, and it’s always changing.

All you can do is influence your own with the actions you take today.

Whatever you’re up to have a great day.

Take action,
– Jose

One Hour Every Day To Change Your Life?

Things aren’t as hard to master as you think.

How long does it take to master a skill?

If we’re being honest, mastery will take years of toil.

There will be frustration. There will be giving up and starting again before you even begin to scratch the surface.

Then and maybe even then you might only ever be a journeyman.

Ask yourself; do you need to get to be at that level?

How good do you really have to be?

Do you need to be a master?

It’s easy to begin.

Here’s a secret the masters don’t want you knowing. Whether it’s piano, copywriting, programming even learning to drive.

It doesn’t take that long to get up to average.

All it takes is one hour every day for four months.

Let’s do the math, that’s 120 hours.

You can do one hour a day, can’t you? If you’re sitting there saying you don’t have the time, be honest.

What can you cut out?

Really, how much are you missing out on by devoting an hour to a new skill that has the potential to make you some money?

Get started now, and you’ll be glad you did.

Now here’s the thing. Starting is easy. A new project is hands down one of the most joy-filled things you could ever embark on.

What you have to understand and this is the harsh, brutal truth. A truth you don’t want to accept is you have to be consistent.

Being consistent is the hardest part.

Doing an hour every day, when you think about it sounds easy, but the reality is your mind is going to do everything it can to stop you.

That’s what you have to push through.

Being consistent is more important than being good.

At the end of the day, people prefer someone average and consistent.

They want someone average but reliable over someone brilliant but a risk.

The question you have to ask yourself, do you want to be reliable?

If you do, then you do not give up as soon as you get bored.

If anything, that is when you have to force yourself to sit down and do the work.

If you do, you have to be aware of the first person you have to be reliable to is yourself.

How do you do that?

You do that by putting in one hour every day.

Multiply Your Salary By 7 Fast, Legally and Ethically

In 2009, I got my first job as a web designer.

I learned a lot during this stage of my life, but the salary… it was a laughing stock.

Back then, I didn’t have a car, so I spent half of my money on transportation and low-quality food.

After 4 months of lousy work (even on Saturdays), a new possibility aroused: a new job opportunity!

They offered me 2x my current salary.

Thing is, I did not feel comfortable in this new company. So I decided to change jobs again. So I joined an institution where I also doubled my income.

I was very comfortable in this new job. I had few things to do. Meaning, I was mostly free to do whatever I wanted. However, I decided to change my job again.

And again I doubled my earnings.

In this last place, I worked for 5 years. They offered great benefits and I was able to obtain several salary readjustments that practically doubled my income once more.

In my case, I was able to multiply my earnings by 7 in just 4 years.

For my safety, I can not say how much money I earned while employed, but I can tell that I was mostly OK with my salary.

How to earn more money being employed?

If you paid attention, there is a well-marked pattern in my work life history.

In just 4 years I changed jobs 4 times.

At the beginning of my career, I could say that I changed jobs an average of 1 time per year and that each time my income doubled.

Online Business is great. See, I do live from Internet Money. But, this wasn’t always the case.

If you want to earn more money being employed, send your resume everywhere and at all times. Always keep your eyes opened for a new job opportunity.

Also accept every job interview others offers you, even if you do not have the desire to work there. By doing this, you’ll meet many people, but more important than all, they will get to know you.

Many people will tell you that changing jobs so many times is a bad idea. Screw that!

Changing jobs works because companies rarely provide significant salary increases. In general, it takes a lot of time to climb up the corporate ladder.

Last words.

Many want to work for others.

Not everyone desires to manage their own company, or make money online. And, in many cases, you can have an excellent life being employed.

For this reason, I praise all those who love their jobs.

So passing around your résumé, and change jobs fast.

If you think that changing jobs will help you make more money, share this article.

Live Intentionally Book Review

You’ve tried every single tactic in the book.

You’ve started and stopped pursuing to build several power habits.

You’ve read multiple books. You’ve done your homework. You’ve sought guidance with that friend you trust.

But the truth is that you still feel you’re not living up to your potential.

Perhaps you fear for your future and you dislike feeling powerless while trying to take full control of your life.

And you might even have reasonable hate for the belief that no matter what you try, you’ll stay stuck in the same place.

Let’s be clear, now.

You know you have massive potential inside of you. You can feel it in your bones. And you have even experienced the sense of full control sometime in your past.

Imagine for a while the truly elite lifestyle you could have if you stuck to your goals and followed through the promises you make to yourself.

Let’s make it simpler.

Picture your perfect day. Maybe you crushed all your tasks one after the other, you felt like a productive silverback gorilla after that. That same day you managed to ignore the cravings for your favorite junk foods and avoided the harmful stuff you struggle to avoid. And, just for fun, you were able to successfully face some of your fears.

What a difference a day makes. Yes?

Now, imagine multiplying this magnificent day times 90.

Some time back, I read Harsh’s (from the Life, Math, Money blog) newly released ebook Live Intentionally.

It’s so new, that even if its an e-book, I can still smell the freshness of its digital pages.

This gem of an ebook sets the tone for people who are seeking live up to their full potential.

The simplicity in which Harsh explains his ideas is superb, and the ebook flows like a mighty river.

He perfectly reveals the following for each of his ideas:

  • the what
  • the why
  • the how
  • and the when

I’ve read many books in my life. Most ebooks are stuck in the “what” to do. They usually lack the why, how, and when.

Live Intentionally doesn’t. The e-book over-delivers (something rare in today’s world).

In Harsh’s own words, “Live Intentionally is a 90-day self-project that aims to help you achieve your potential by giving you all the tools you need to become a strong, calm, and purposeful individual.”

It’s a compelling read. And I think many will find immense value inside its pages.

Live Intentionally is a simple framework that seeks to help you understand your past and what you want out of life, take control over your mind’s inner voice, become more disciplined, and transform yourself into a person of prevalent substance.

Live Intentionally is a 90-days challenge of cold, hard effort. It’s both a guide to living intentionally and a guide to level up your life.

The ebook reveals the following ideas:

  • The most powerful habits you should build to win in life.
  • Simple ways to remove bad habits such as smoking, watching porn, doing drugs.
  • A workbook to help you track your progress.
  • The secrets to fixing your internal monologue.
  • Why you should reframe problems as opportunities and how to do it.
  • Masterful ways to cultivate discipline, self-control, and mental toughness.
  • Proactive measures to deal with hard to handle urges.
  • The absolute best way to improve your ability to manage your emotions.
  • How to start meditating and the best smartphone app to get started.
  • A guide to constructing your mental narrative to build level up your life.
  • Dumbproof way to conquer your body.
  • Why nutrition is a critical component of living intentionally and how to fix your diet.
  • The most straightforward morning routine that will define absolute momentum for the rest of the day.
  • And so much more.

At the moment, Live Intentionally has a price of $19.99. And Harsh has even included a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee. Which makes it a safe investment for anyone who decides to jump into the Live Intentionally train.

When you’re ready to Live Intentionally and discover the secrets of how to live a life well lived, click the magical link down below.

I want to start to Live Intentionally now.

– Jose

P.S.: This is what other trusted creators have to say about Live Intentionally:

To any young man looking to fix himself, his life—I encourage him to sincerely read & more importantly execute the crisp advice this actionable book contains.

He will 100% see changes.”

– Fateh Singh (@fatehshernu)

The book is an easy read & is delivered in an entertaining fashion. Follow the framework to a tee & you are bound to see massive personal growth.”

– Arman Chowdhury

“It is a book of action, none of the cookie cutter filler nonsense. Each aspect of one’s life that has to be taken control of is shown in a practical manner WHY it’s out of our control, and HOW to regain it back.”

– Benjamin George

P.P.S: Really! Grab a copy of Live Intentionally pdf here.

(Almost) Anything You Want

Freedom

From the beginning of time man has searched for the philosopher’s stone, allegedly capable of turning regular metals into valuable gold.

It’s understandable. We all want to have more and be more.

You could Thanos your way into fewer struggles, leaving the average life, and no more suffering (*finger snap for the win*).

Unfortunately, no one has yet found this “mythical stone.” Maybe it’s hidden….

Dunno. 

Think about this for a second: Why has man searched for this stone since the beginning of time?

Could it be to for the gold?

Maybe to keep us warm during cold winters?

Or have a healthy body?

Gold is not the end of the equation.

Nor it’s the food, the warm, or the health.

It’s valuable because you can use it to exchange fear for freedom faster.

Of course, the stone is a myth. But there’s a lesson behind this.

People want shortcuts to:
* Freedom
* Wealth
* Relationships

And shortcuts exist! They are called books.

Just think about it.

You can exchange fear for freedom by reading and applying new knowledge.

When you learn a skill, you can exchange the acquired knowledge for freedom, wealth and better relationships (it’s like having your personal philosopher’s stone, kinda).

But learning a new skill is not enough.

You need to know HOW to learn.

Most people never realize that the time they spend learning a skill can be shortened DRAMATICALLY.

That in itself makes rapid skill acquisition a highly valuable meta-skill.

Meaning: wealth could pour into your piggy bank faster when you learn your skills faster.

What I created for you could be your own personal “Philosopher’s Stone.”

I named it “Unf*uck Your Learning: Proven Ways To Learn Anything Faster.

With this guide you’ll learn:

  • A very unusual, but effective way to truly focus
  • Best hacks to promote godlike focus
  • Smart ways to reduce your learning time and retain more information
  • The 3 things that you need to fix immediately to make learning a fulfilling enterprise
  • The exact 6-step process I’ve used for the last 10 years to learn anything.
  • The Simplest and Only Goal Setting System you’ll ever need that actually works.
  • The uncensored process behind my personal journey while learning to code.
  • … and many more

Get it today and see your mental capacity soar.

Unf*uck Your Learning: Proven Ways To Learn Anything Faster

The Dirty Little Secret Of Making Your First $1000 Online.

José Rosado

There’s something funny about making your first $1000 online.

The rush. The dopamine. The uncontrollable happiness.

This is feeling is only surpassed by what you felt when you made your first $100.

And this doesn’t even come close to the feeling of making your first dollar online.

I’ve been a web designer for more than 10 years. 

I’ve been involved in massive projects, and still, none of them made me feel as I did when I got my first $100 and $1000 doing online business.

Funny how that works.

There’s a simple way to get your first $1000, by the way.

You see, there’s a process behind it.

And it all starts with making the decision to earn money online.

There is a caveat though.

You need a skill or a product you can sell.

Most skills are marketable online. And even if they weren’t 100% compatible with online business, you could always find a sales angle to make them sexy for your client’s eye.

The simple way to start your online business

First, you need to select a hungry market.

The hungrier markets are:
–> Health
–> Wealth
–> Relationships

Second, you need to create an offer.

For example:

If you’re a web designer, offer them a webpage.

If you’re into financial consulting, offer a fancy way to control money.

If you’re into fitness, keep it simple with a “before and after” pictures, then sell some consulting or a short ebook.

The trick is to keep things simple at first.

What if I’m into chemistry? Some chemists know how to make candles and soaps. Make them and sell them to the Health, Wealth, and Relationships markets.

“Dude, what are you talking about?”

Bear with me.

Imagine you’re a chemist and that you want to start selling candles.

How would you sell your candles to the different markets?

It’s all in the wording.

Health → Heavenly Touch: candles for relaxing with lavender and chamomile

Wealth → Touch of Gold: hand-made abundance candles

Relationships → The Flame: kinky candles to spice up your sex life

Let me repeat, It’s all in the wording.

So, I’ll end this post with a quick challenge for you.

  • Write down 3 of your best skills.
  • Choose the one you like the most (flip a coin if you can’t decide)
  • Slap a price tag on a 3 tier offer

AND

Here’s the dirty little secret about making your first $1000 online:

Drumrolls, please.

You have to be a shameless MOFO.

Stop caring about what people will think if you send them a direct message, or send them an email out of the blue.

You won’t see their reaction once you put a target on their back. 

So it’s easier on your ego.

You see, you need to promote your offers. This is the only way to make money online. Promote, promote, promote.

Put your ego aside and post your offers EVERYWHERE.

Then, and only then, people will start throwing money at your piggy bank.

BTW, here’s a second little secret: start small.

Get your first $100 first.

My first experience with making money online was with Amazon Affiliates. I got $3.75. I jumped out of my chair to tell my wife about this ground-breaking achievement. $3.75, fam. $3.75.

If you’re wondering about how to create your offer, I have something for you.

So, if you want to learn:

  • The Simplest Market Research Methodology To Get Into People’s Mind
  • Simple Steps To Create Your Offers
  • The Fastest Way To Select Your Niche

You can do so by watching my Freelance Hero Learning Series at Sovereing University.

Bear in mind, that by subscribing to Sovereing University, you’ll get instant access to the following:

  • How to Make Money Online This Month learning series (5 lessons)
  • Freelance Hero learning series (10 lessons)
  • 7 Days To Faster Learning mini-course (8 lessons)
  • Write Your Ebook In 7 Days course (31 lessons)
  • 14 exclusive interviews with battle-tested hustlers
  • 5 in-depth videos about online business

What Reading Dozens Of Books Taught Me

José Rosado

Back when I was 20 years old, I spent an awful lot of time reading all sort of “self-help” books.

I read them all.

Unfortunately, it took me a long time to notice that I was wasting my time by only reading and reading.

“But José, learning time is never wasted time.”

Hear me out.

I wasted time trying to memorize stuff, trying to understand complex topics, getting all flustered up because I thought I was not intelligent enough to learn the new skills I set my eyes on.

You see, people are constantly bombarding you with

  • “Go to College”
  • “You need to pay a teacher”
  • “Study this, or that”
  • “Spend 10 years doing this, and you’ll be rich”
  • “Rote repetition is the only way”

This makes most people get stuck.

In my case, I said to myself, “There must be a faster, easier way to learn new skills.”

The good news is that there’s a better, faster way to learn anything.

And I used these ways to learn the skills that help me make enough money to work from home.

Learning money-making skill is the #1 way to guarantee your success.

It’s not a college degree or memorizing stupid definitions that will help you.

It’s swiftly learning, practicing, and merging some of the following skills: Web Design, Coding, Copywriting, Sales, Marketing, Social Media Ads, Persuasion, and Psychology.

These skill will help you find the success you’ve been looking for.

And there’s a whole bunch of weird techniques to learn them faster and save time.

So, to learn the money-making skills I developed a unique system for Fast Skill Acquisition.

I called this system Unfuck Your Learning.

So get your hands on these weird, but sexy tricks for rapid skill acquisition.

Dear Saray, this is how you create your first website.

I promised to teach my baby sister how to create websites.

This is the first email I sent her.

Prologue

Saray,

It was June 17th, 2005 when I received the call.

“José,” said my father, “your mother just gave birth to your baby sister.”

I got mad!

A couple of months earlier I told my mom not to dare to give birth to you while I’m on my senior class trips.

“Don’t worry, José. We will wait for you”, she told me back then. But, nature had a different plan.

My lousy teenage temper soon began disappearing as happiness started taking its place.

But I still had to wait two full days to meet you.

While I was returning to the capital, I asked my teachers to leave me near the clinic.

It was 5 o’clock in the afternoon when I arrived. The sun was setting, painting the sky apricot orange.

While getting off the bus, I watched as my euphoric classmates screamed with joy. We lived through three wondrous days of enjoying the beach, delicious food, and good company.

I said goodbye to them, knowing that I would never see most them again.

Walked down the bus’ stairs, went to the luggage compartment, took my suitcase and walked towards meeting you.

As I entered the clinic, my heart jumped with joy, and I was able to reach.

I saw you.

Then I carried you for the first time. I swear to God you opened your big, beautiful, pitch-dark onyx eyes and smiled at me.

What a day!

This is the first memory I have of you – thank you for that, my pretty girl –.

I want to continue to see your smile. And that’s why I agreed to teach you how to create web pages.

You’ll love it.

So let’s start this new journey!

First things First

Let’s download a text editor.

A text editor is a software for writing code.

I suggest you use the Visual Studio Code editor – who we’ll call VS Code from now on.

Let’s open https://code.visualstudio.com on our web browser and download VS Code.

Done? Let’s install our new friend then.

Bear in mind that VS Code is available for Mac, PC, and Linux. Therefore, we can use it on different computers and operating systems.

Installed? Yes!

Let’s open it

Black interface?

I imagine that this is somewhat weird for you.

But believe me when I tell you that this will make the time in front of your screen more pleasant. Also, your eyes will thank you.

New File

We have VS Code opened. So, let’s create our first file.

Click on the File menu and choose the New File option.

By doing this, VS Code will create a new file called Untitled-1.

If you wonder why it’s called like that, here’s your answer: we have not saved the file yet, and it has no name.

Notice that the interface changed a bit. We’ll see a new tab with the ugly Untitled-1 name. It will also have a column with the number 1.

I want you to know that text editors assign a number to each row of the file. This is only for reference. Your code will not have those numbers attached.

Therefore, each time we press the enter key within our file, the text editor will add a new row.

Let’s try this out.

Place the cursor on row 1 and click on it. Then, press the enter key five times. Now, our file has six rows.

We will now save the file by pressing the key combination Cmd + S (or Ctrl + S if you are using Windows). Click on the File menu and then on the Save option to continue.

Let’s name it index.html and save the file into some folder.

Why do we use the name index.html?

HTML is the language of web pages.

Internet browsers – such as Chrome or Safari – read the HTML code that lives within .html files. Bear in mind that .html a file extension. A file extension is a suffix at the end of the file name that indicates what type of file it is.

Other file types accept HTML code as well. But, for the moment, I prefer to keep things simple.

Another reason to use the name index.html is that this is the default name of the home page of a web page.

The home page is the page that the internet browser will open when we enter a web page.

For example, if we enter www.rosa.do, our browser will load index.html and show the home page that I created for my site.

On the other hand, if we go to https://rosa.do/about/, the browser will load a different web page.

Keep in mind that a web page is hosted (lives within) on a server.

A server is a very powerful computer. In it, we can store different types of information and files, such as our new index.html.

Servers usually know that index.html is the main page. For this reason, we named our first file index.html.

I will talk more about this topic soon enough. If you want to learn more about it, read the article “Understanding the Index.html Page on a Website.”

Your first webpage

We already save the file and name it index.html.

Let us take a closer look at the interface.

Notice that the Untitled-1 tab now says index.html. This means that we saved the file successfully.

So, what can we do now?

Let’s write the ! (exclamation point) sign on line 1 of our index.html.

As soon as we add the exclamation point, VS Code will show us the following snippet.

What is a Snippet?

A snippet is a programming term for a small, re-usable code.

VS Code has many shortcuts and snippets to help us create web pages.

When we write the ! sign within a .html file, VS Code will know that it has to look for the snippet that we saw in the previous image.

Each snippet has its own shortcut, which is usually a sign, a word or a combination of characters.

Note: snippets are linked to the file type. The snippet that VS Code looks for when we write ! in a .html file will be different from a .css file. In fact, a .css file will not have a snippet assigned to the exclamation point. By the way, we’ll talk more about CSS later on.

Open the Gates!

Let’s click on the snippet (or press the enter key).

Puff! Magic.

We now have our first HTML code.

Let’s change some things.

Let’s replace the code on line 7 with the following one.

<title>My First Website</title>

Then, we’ll add this to line 10.

<h1>My First Title</h1>

Press the enter key and insert this code on line 11:

<p>This is my first paragraph. I am very happy. This is my first website.</p>

Press Cmd + S to save the changes.

Opening our webpage

Let’s find our index.html file.

To speed up the search, right click on the index.html tab. Then, click Reveal in Finder (or Reveal in Explorer if you’re in Windows).

VS Code offers us this option so that we don’t have to search the file on our computer.

Open the file with Google Chrome (if you do not have Chrome, download it here).

Double click the index.html file.

NOTE: The file might open in Safari if you are using Mac or in Internet Explorer if you are using PC. It’s may also open in VS Code.

If the file opens in VS Code or another program that is not a browser, proceed to open the browser (use Chrome) and click and drag the file over it. Chrome will be kind enough to open it.

WELL DONE!

We have just created our first web page.

We’ll talk more about HTML in our next encounter.

I’ll explain in depth all the weird terms we saw during this tutorial (<title>, <h1>, <p>, etc).

For the moment, let’s relax and treasure our new achievement!

I’m proud of you.