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The dream. Living the life. Freedom. Living by your own terms.
There are many words to describe this thing that so many are after, and for many reasons.
Each year you make a New Year’s resolution in hopes that this year will finally be your year.
So you begin the year with a bang, knocking down your goals one-by-one.
A few weeks later, reality kicks in.
You’re back to the old vicious cycle of getting up, going to your 9 to 5 job, going home and then start to relax with a bit of tele’. By the time you know it, it’s bed time… and so the cycle repeats each and every day.
You get “busy”. You get caught up. You stop making time to work towards your dream.
Does this all sound too familiar to you?
I’m sure you’ve gone through a time when you dreamed, “One day I’ll start my own business doing what I truly love and enjoy”.
Just the thought of living life by your own terms seems so far fetched.
It’s been over 10 years since I first had a taste of online business and it hasn’t always been easy.
I’ve had many setbacks, challenges and felt like giving up all together.
I’ve been privileged to have people admire what I have achieved and do and how they wish they could one day live the dream.
People have this misconception that just because I work from home, I am living the dream and have it “easy”. That it partly true but it didn’t come without a lot of dedication and long nights putting every effort to make it work.
Yes, truth be told, it’s not easy, but I love what I do, regardless.
So if you’ve ever wanted to chase your dreams or need some inspiration to help you continue it, I’d like to share my story, experiences and words of encouragement with you.
Let me share my story with you first as I feel you might be able to relate to it…
Before I started my business, I was working 6 days a week in a supermarket filling shelves and serving customers at the checkout, wondering if there was anything better out there than this dead-end job I was in.
My boss would turn up to work in a nice car while I was working ’till my bones collapsed. I was envious and that motivated me to seek out other opportunities.
I wanted freedom. I was fed up slaving away, taking orders and being fixed with what time I had to start and finish work.
While browsing online for home businesses I could start, I found one particular one that interested me. Little did I know it was about selling overpriced health products to friends, family and neighbours.
I have nothing against it but selling $80 green tea just wasn’t my thing.
That was short lived in just under six months but the mentoring that was provided in the program was priceless.
It introduced me to a book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad. It completely changed my mindset about work and money.
In my pursuit to finding what other opportunities were out there, I was surrounded by a lot of negativity and naysayers.
Family, friends and even my boss were really against what I was doing — telling me that I would never make it and that it’s “too hard”.
That negativity made me push even further. I didn’t let them put me down though, instead I trusted my instincts and kept going.
I made my first breakthrough when I created an online giveaway.
I emailed software and other digital product owners and asked if they would like to contribute their product in my giveaway.
In a matter of hours a received dozens of replies, and in just over a month I launched the giveaway.
It was a success.
All those nights burning the midnight oil paid off.
As happy as I was, I didn’t quit my job just yet.
I still had to earn my own money and have some security to supplement my living.
I slowly reduced my work days from 6 days, to 4 days then from 4 days to 2 days as my online income grew.
By the time I knew it, I was making a full-time living and called it quits at my supermarket job. Hooray!
The BIG lesson?
Success is sequential.
It’s a progression and it doesn’t happen overnight.
You know those products guaranteeing success? Well, there’s no such thing.
Those who appear to have succeeded overnight most likely spent years learning and trying new things before making it.
You can’t expect to know everything before you get started, and that’s one of many reasons why you’re struggling to even get ahead.
Before I even made my first sale I had to learn what a domain name was, that lead to how to create a website to taking payments from customers and then to working out how to do proper bookkeeping.
To this day, I’m still learning and that’s one of the great pleasures of working for yourself. You learn, you implement, you watch it grow and then reap the benefits. So keep reading those books, blogs and trying out new things.
Don’t live life with regrets that’s filled with woulda, coulda, shouldas.
It’s okay to have big audacious dreams.
When you make that initiative to STEP UP, things will just magically come together and you’ll attract the right people and opportunities you didn’t see before.
And what about time?
I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as having “no time”. You make time. Everyone is given 24 hours in a day but it’s how you use it that’s going to make a difference.
I’m no productivity guru but I know that to get things done you set your priorities — you write down your goals, set deadlines and do it.
Would you rather wake up knowing you’re doing something you truly love or dread?
I think the answer’s simple.
So go ahead. Take that first step, second step or wherever you are in your journey.
It doesn’t have to be hard. It’s about doing one small thing at a time that’s going to give you big results.
What is it that you can do right now?
Perhaps it’s registering a domain name?
Writing an autoresponder sequence?
Connecting with a potential JV partner?
Even if you’re not in online marketing, if you’re a photographer for instance, why not take those extra snap shots on the weekends? Upload a photo on Instagram and Facebook? Connect with at least one person in your industry?
It doesn’t have to be big.
Just by doing one thing today, you’re already a step ahead to reaching your dream.
Living your dream starts now.
I hope this blog post inspired you one way or another. I truly believe that you can do it.