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Do you ever dread going to work?
Do you ever dread working on your blog?
I dreaded both.
The blog part started about 7 months ago. You see, I decided to start a blog to teach people English. The problem? I don't like teaching English.
It's hard to imagine what thinking process led me to start that blog. Well actually it's not.
I live in Spain. And the market for learning English here is HOT. I have to actively stop people from breaking down my door begging for English classes. So I figured...that'll be true online too!
Well, my growth on said blog was slow. To say the least. By the end of the 7 months I had only about 4000 page views. I was losing money like crazy, and I never made even a single penny.
Plus, I was losing steam and fast. I just didn't care about teaching people English. I didn't! So the blog felt like a boring, up-hill battle. And I was losing.
The point of having a blog is to enjoy your work isn't it? Well...that and quit your day job, and travel the world as cash flows into your account effortlessly!?
So I decided to give up.
(Learn more about the art of giving up here)
As the wise Dave Ramsey always says, "Don't run from your job, run TO your passion"
I had wanted to run away from that sinking feeling I got every morning on my way to work.
But I wasn't running to something.
I need to run to something.
1. Starting a blog about your passion.
This is probably the 1 millionth time somebody has given this advice on their blog.
But...that doesn't mean it's not true. Clichés become clichés because they are true things that happen over and over again.
Listen, I tried it the opposite way. I chose a niche that I thought would make me money. I didn't really like that niche, but I thought it was lucrative. It wasn't.
So even though this advice falls into the category of "non-advice" I promise it's something you need to think about.
They say something like 80% of new blogs fail.
And now I know why. I needed to connect with what my heart was telling me, and dedicate my life's work to something I truly cared about.
2. Why following your heart matters.
We only get one life. Yep that's right folks, I know this is shocking news. :)
So, do we want to waste time doing things that don't align with our higher purpose here on this planet.
Ah! warning some "woo woo" words coming up:
You have a higher purpose on this planet. It might be to help others, it might be to inspire others, it might be to build things, it might be to devote your life to raising a family.
But you DO have a unique purpose, and it's about time you harnessed it. Because doing anything other than your heart's truest, deepest desire will drain you.
It will drain you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
So here is your permission to STOP dedicating your only life to things you don't want to do.
Read this book, and you'll know what I'm talking about:
3. When giving up isn't really giving up.
So remember earlier in this post when I said that I gave up on my first blog?
Well I'm not ashamed of it.
Remember when I said 80% of new blogs fail.
Mine failed. Miserably.
And I'm not ashamed of it.
That's because I believe in failure, and I believe in giving up. (read more about failure)
I believe in failure because it teaches you about how to succeed. If you know that pouring milk on the floor is a difficult way to drink milk, you might try better options, and soon you'll be drinking milk out of a cup like the super smart grown up that you are!
I believe in giving up because we gotta cut the crap out of our lives. I spent a long time feeling super angry and annoyed that my mom was the way she was. But guess what...all that anger, annoyance, and impatience was futile. I got nothing out of it.
Just like I got nothing out of my English blog.
You gotta move on folks. Especially from things that aren't working for you. Be realistic and harsh when dumping the things that you don't need or want in your life anymore. (read more about giving up).
Just get rid of them, and move on to the more awesome parts of your life.
Just do it...and thank me later.
Trust yourself. Trust where your heart leads you. And live the life YOU want.
Please remember that the advice and opinions given on this website are anecdotal and unprofessional. I am not a doctor, I am not a therapist, and I am not a healthcare professional. Please consult a doctor before doing any of the recommended activities on this blog.