As I woke at 6 AM on Christmas today to blog, I think of the fact that most people desire to make more money but have no desire to be the person who makes more money. Choosing to do free, fun and sometimes uncomfortable things is the path. Be the person to become the person.
— Ryan Biddulph (@RyanBiddulph) December 25, 2019
That pretty much sums it up. Making money through blogging gets easier and easier if you BE the blogger who makes money but making dough feels scary, uncomfortable and downright unpleasant in moments. Easy money flows to you AFTER you make many scary, highly uncomfortable decisions as you follow your fun. I was up at 1 AM blogging last night after a fun day out with my family. AFTER I woke at 6 AM to publish that tweet.
Few bloggers woke at 6 AM and stayed awake until 1 AM to publish yet another guest post on Christmas but this is why few bloggers make money. Every blogger wants the movie-worthy life, money and freedom we all can experience but few bloggers want to face deep fears, help people and make uncomfortable but freeing decisions as they follow their passion. Ya ain’t getting the sweet without the sour, folks. Give. Receive. Live a dream life by giving freely of your time and talents. Do you want to live an epic life through blogging? Give an epic-ly generous effort. Giving leads to receiving.
Earlier this week, I watched a basketball game in Brooklyn. NBA star Kyrie Irving hosted a high school tournament. His old high school – St. Patrick aka The Patrick School – was one team in the showcase. Guess what? Now Kyrie makes $80 million a year – or more – between his contracts and endorsements. Everybody would love being one of the most skilled, talented, wealthiest basketball players on earth, but the last time I saw him play at St. Patrick high school in 2010, he was just a high school kid who asked his coach for cookies after the team won the Union County tournament in New Jersey. BUT, even though he was just a high school kid, he was putting in insane amounts of practice to become one of the most skilled players in America. Did he earn a penny from basketball? No. Not in 2010. He did not earn a penny from playing basketball until being drafted in the NBA, but he still practiced for 6-8-10 hours daily during the off season, plus he practiced like a machine during the regular season.
He GAVE freely of his time and talents for years before he made a penny through hoops, practicing for over 10,000 hours, for FREE. But now he GETS $80,000,000 a year for those 10,000 plus hours he spent perfecting his game, when he made zero dollars through hoops. Blogging is the same exact path. You GIVE freely, offering max effort and generosity, for months and years before big bucks flow to you. But then, eventually, more and more money flows your way along with freedom and other forms of worldly success. You need to make fun, freeing and sometimes scary decisions as you follow your blogging passion but doing so distances you from the herd, making you shine brightly in your blogging niche.