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Earn on Your Own Time
Maybe you’re a success by society’s standards, but your work doesn’t give you the satisfaction you want. You’ve made your way up the corporate ladder, gained executive status, led teams, and even landed a six-figure salary with a 401(k) and extensive health benefits. Given this, waking up to go to work every day feels like a hassle. Vacations and weekends are your life, and you spend them relaxing from the work week. You may wonder why, despite having a title, rank, and a good income, you are unsatisfied. You keep looking around your office, thinking to yourself, “There has to be more” or “Is this it?” Your ideals aren’t being expressed in your work, and you’ve decided it’s past time to align your values and career.
Be Your Own Boss
Your corporate work makes you feel suffocated, and the idea of living every day like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day makes you want to pull your hair out. You are, at your heart, a creative individual who desires to be energized and inspired every day. Your job, on the other hand, is sucking the life out of you. You want to be able to choose when you go on holiday, how long you work, and who you work with. You picture yourself in the driver’s seat, with more power over your fate. You’ve seen plenty of cuts, reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions. You want to leap out of your skin at the possibility of another meaningless conference call or meeting, of having to repeat another acronym, or of having to use words like “low-hanging fruit,” “bandwidth,” and “thinking outside the box.”
Learn from Top Bloggers in the Industry
There’s a lot that goes into making a great blog, as you and I both know. However, one of the reasons these blogs were so popular in the first place is that the bloggers who managed them viewed them as businesses from the beginning.
They didn’t just post on a daily basis, either. Effective blogs figured out what issues their followers were having and generated content to fix them. They have got their act together and optimized their websites for search engine optimization. They also learned about email marketing, social media marketing, monetization, and a number of other subjects. Essentially, if you want to be a successful blogger, you’ll need to learn how to run an online company rather than just a blog.
Make an Impact
Being a blogger requires a substantial time commitment. You can’t just start writing and expect to be successful right away. You must cultivate your online relationships in the same way as you would any other relationship. You might very well make a good living from your blog in the future, but that may be a ways away. However, you should first concentrate on your first (and most important) target, which is to communicate with people on a personal level. You’ve committed to coming up with new ideas on a regular basis, and you’ve made the commitment not just for yourself and your business, but also for the people you’re trying to meet. There are many steps that you can go through as a new blogger in the beginning.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.Walt Disney
Blogging supported me in finding my calling. I would have been published in magazines and written more books by now if I had started earlier.
What is the explanation for this? Because blogging taught me how to practice, edit, and write on a tight schedule. What else does a writer need to know? But I would have started blogging earlier even if it hadn’t launched my writing career (which it did).
Here are some of the reasons why I will still do it (and why I believe everyone can and should start a blog):
Blogging instills discipline in you. It is an important skill to be able to sit down and write once a day, once a week, or at whatever pace you choose. It forces you to learn the tough lesson that delayed gratification will lead to some of life’s best moments. Writing is one of them, but there are others as well.
Blogging helps you to be self-aware. I’ve already mentioned how blogging supported me in better understanding myself and my place in the world. But I’m not the only one who feels this way. One of my colleagues, told me that he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life until he started a blog. He realized what was necessary when he sat down to compose. Since Jackson started a blog, he now leads a global group of people who are rethinking how they do work.
Blogging gives you a place to express yourself. Even if we don’t consider ourselves authors or speakers, we all have something to say. A blog offers you a place to say what’s on your mind without fear of censorship or criticism, and to communicate with those who share your beliefs.
We live in a wonderful era, one in which we can publish ourselves and share our best ideas with the world: one in which we can stand onstage at a TedX event and hit a million people, or post a video on YouTube that is shared around the globe, or write a blog post that reaches even one more soul.
It’s an exciting time — at least for those courageous people who want to take a risk and speak up. I suppose the question is, will it be you?
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