When you decide to become a blogger, or an online marketer, it can be a tough mountain to climb.
For many of us, we have little spare time and even less in spare capital. This makes our investment in our new business seem less than extraordinary. Your work ethic will have to make up the difference.
That being the case, climbing the Mt. Everest that is the world of making money online seems every bit as daunting as climbing the real thing!
First, you Have to Come up With an Idea.
You know you want to make it online. You look at all the possibilities that the “Dot Com Lifestyle” can grant you. The money, the vacations, the freedom!
It doesn’t matter the obstacles in your path or limits on what your current knowledge are. You don’t know how you will, but you know you’re going to make it happen!
Next, you Have to get Online.
Whether it’s a simple sales page or a blog, like this one. In order to be online you have to be, well, online.
If it’s your first attempt, not only do you have to get everything done, but you have to learn it as well.
Knowledge is power. I get that. I love learning! Anyone who knows me, knows my most popular quote is, “Not all education revolves around a building.”
However, it can seem like quite the uphill battle to get this all done during what you previously considered your “down time.” Your time to relax and unwind.
That time you spent napping or playing video games has suddenly become your second job.
In some respects, your day-job can start to seem like your time to relax- considering how much time and energy you need to invest in your online business when you’re first starting out!
And if that’s not enough, then comes the backlash!
Haters are Going to Hate
When you decide to make that plunge into the world of online business, things change.
This can be extremely hard, especially if you were quite the social butterfly before you decided to make your online journey.
As much as blogging and being online has become the norm, if you tell your friends you’re going to make a living online, expect some criticism.
Some of us may be so lucky to have that unwavering support of family and friends, but a lot of us aren’t so blessed.
Picture being a janitor, walking into your work one day, and telling your buddy that you’re starting a blog. What kind of reaction do you expect? A hardy pat-on-the-back with a thumbs up attached to it? Or probably, some snickers with the occasional remark about how no one wants to read about how to clean a toilet with industrial cleaners.
(Note: Cleaning blogs can do quite well. I simply make this example to let you know that you’re not anchored online to what you currently do for a career.)
How to Believe in Yourself When No One Else Will
The problem with that last example is it speaks to a lot of people’s range of thinking. Their thought pattern stays inside of their box.
If all you’ve ever been is a janitor, why would they think that you could be anything else. Why would you? Have the confidence to know that you can be anything that you set your mind to.
Too many people are set in what they see. They only see what’s active in the here and now, not the potential of what could be.
While it’s hard to know how many jobs one will hold in their lifetime, a 2012 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics studied nearly 10,000 “baby-boomers” and found that the average amount of jobs held between the ages of 18 and 46 was 11.3. And it’s not like they found their dream job at 46. Some of those studied may still be changing jobs today!
Your current situation, or job, does not define who you are or who you’re going to be. The only one who can make that assessment is you!
The point of this post is that no matter who you are or what you do, you have the power to change it. You have the power to decide your future.
If you’re a blue-collar construction worker, why can’t you blog about fashion?
If you’re a white-collar accountant, why can’t you sell e-books about home improvement?
If you’re passionate about something, the only thing that’s stopping you from realizing your dream, is you!
I labeled this article for the “Digital World” with its aim being directed at those who are creating their business online. However, I hope that you can find some motivation from what I write that you can implement in all aspects of your life.
Please share your thoughts below and share with anyone you think may benefit from reading this post.
Wishing you great success!
P.S. If any of you are pursuing passions online that are completely different from what you do at a day-job, I’d love to hear about it.
Among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power.