A blogger is often a one-person army; a rising behemoth juggling various activities and amidst the hustle, often it becomes a tendency to say “yes” to everything – the next sponsored post, the next freelance writing offer, the next networking invitation…and everything else in between.
Chris Sutton, writing on Hermag, an entrepreneurial magazine dedicated to women, says:
Time is a commodity – and commodity holds tremendous value, often more than money does. When you’re plowing through the enormous challenge that you as an entrepreneur, what you have the least of is time because every minute of your day is spent obsessing over how to scale your business.
Chris built his freelance writing empire five years ago and his words of wisdom comes from vast experience. A couple of months into blogging in 2011, I was getting sucked into the devastating cycle of saying “yes” to everything. Work piled on and reached a state where I started to suffer irritation, anxiety, and procrastination.
With time, I learned it is as important to say No as it is to say Yes.
What Activities Should a Blogger Say NO To?
It’s hard to decide. Here are some gold nuggets to consider.
#1 A Casual Lifestyle
Blogging is unanimously associated with a casual lifestyle – carry your laptop, grab a drink, find an Internet connection, and get to business. As with any business trade, blogging needs utmost discipline.
Blogging isn’t a pajama party. Be disciplined about your work hours. Don’t be available for emails and social media discussions 24×7. Have certain business hours.
Say NO to casual work approach.
#2 Unskilled Endeavors
We get swayed by other bloggers flaunting their daily and monthly income sheets. We feel, “if she is building Amazon affiliate sites and earning so much, let me do the same” – that’s the ultimate incorrect method of thinking. Such thoughts play with your psyche and creates unrealistic expectations.
Suddenly, your interest in current blog evaporates and a desire to create a new niche site takes hold. You abandon the current and incomplete project to start a new project, and chances are you’ll abandon this one for a seemingly better proposition.
Say NO to getting swayed away by what others are doing.
#3 Single-Handed Management
Blogging in the starting phase is stark different from the moment the blog starts to gain recognition. The work multiplies manifold overnight. Emails, social media interactions, advertising deals, security management, writing and endless other activities consume all your time.
It’s necessary to stop being a lone soldier. Every blogger has certain limitations and instead of spending time to educate yourself on the same, start outsourcing it. For example, if you aren’t good graphic design, no need to teach yourself design. Rather, find talent and outsource the same.
This practice leaves you with more time to focus on the business structure.
Say NO to handling everything on your own. Relax and outsource.
#4 Blinded Follower
It’s a common trend to see new bloggers to blindly follow their mentors or other influencers to oblivion. How many times have we heard a blogger claim to become the next Neil Patel? The next Zac Johnson? The next Pat Flynn?
Why do you want to become a carbon copy of an existing influencer? Where is your identity? You have a name and if you’re serious about blogging as a business and as a career, build a brand in your own name. You need not become a copy of an established blogger to experience fame and recognition.
Say NO to being a blind follower, NO to becoming a carbon copy of a successful person.
When your mind is conditioned to say Yes always, it’s tough to train otherwise but it isn’t impossible. Read resources like 9 Practices to Help you Say No and 10 Ways to Say No that Won’t Damage Business or Relationships.
Saying NO is about conditioning your mind to understand and draw a difference between what is required and what is not required. It makes life, business, and relationships easier.
Do You Base Blogging Success or Failure on Your Email Inbox?
I clung to such a weird blogging habit for many years of my online career.
I based my blogging day success or failure solely on the number of emails I received. I sometimes did the even more foolish thing of digging deeper and based my success or failure on money emails. You know what I mean. Emails leading directly to profits like landing clients, selling eBooks or landing sponsored post opportunities. This was one of my biggest blogging mistakes for years because I held on to a predominant vibe of fear which deluded me into believing my success or failure depended on emails in an inbox.
I am as happy and free as I have ever been as a blogger and some days I receive a bunch of email and other days I receive little email. Email has nothing to do with your blogging success because email is 1 of a billion to an infinite number of channels through which you could tune into success and through which you can help people. For some bizarre idea, most bloggers base success or failure on their email inbox, checking their email every few minutes or every few hours. Meanwhile, I just wrote a hundred plus ebooks and promoted those suckers during all those hours you were needlessly checking email, trying to figure out if you were successful or not. I let go the email obsession a while back. Now it is time for you to let go your email obsession in order to free yourself and to become a more successful blogger.
I found out something neat after releasing my fear concerning email. I did not even want email. I wanted as few emails as possible because my prime intent is to profit 100% through passive income streams. Particularly, I intend to profit through my 100 + ebooks. This is why I promote one of my ebooks or more through every piece of content I create and publish daily. I enjoy receiving passive income through royalty payments via Amazon, Selz and Gumroad. Do I need emails to do that? Of course not. I can profit and spend a few seconds or a few minutes checking my email daily and that is pretty much my dream day. This dream day has been moving into form AKA happening quite a bit recently as I moved towards a passive income model slowly and let go the time sapping activity of scanning and responding to email.
Even when I do check email and respond I always include a link to one or more of my eBooks. I do not even specify in most cases the e-book itself. I respond to the email and drop my link. Inquiring minds may want to know, and click, and I receive another potential ebook sale. I am still building my passive income even as I actively check email but I needed to let go the email scarcity thing or the email judgment thing to enter into this space persistently.
Email has no meaning save the meaning you assign to email in mind. I talk about this in my blogging mindset ebook:
…. not so much specifically but in the general concept that you succeed or fail based on the vibe you maintain or based on the mindset you cultivate. Succeed as a blogger by thinking, feeling and acting like a successful blogger. To do this you need to create a successful blogger mindset in most cases because we tend to think, feel and act like failing bloggers as newbies or struggling bloggers. Face your fears. Feel your fears. Clear your fears. Lay the foundation for a successful blogging campaign.
Develop an abundance mindset, as I discuss in this video:
Email is just one of a billion to infinite streams through which you can help people and receive money. Let it go. Do not judge your blogging success or failure on numbers on a screen. This is lunacy. Follow your fun. Nudge into fears. Create and connect. Monetize through multiple income streams. Be generous. Trust in the blogging process. Success will find you.
What Bosch Products and Dishwashers Can Teach Us About Business
Business is what makes the world go round. It’s not just about the money that is generated from a business, it’s the service provided and also learning how to better cater to the needs of your audience, while also evolving over time.
Whether you have an offline retail or service business, a website or blog, or even working as a freelancer to start making some money on the side and doing your own thing — they are all unique in their own ways, and also providing you with a journey that you learn from day after day.
Bosch, one of the most popular electronics and service businesses in the world today has created some of the more important products in millions of households around the world, while also building quite the reputation for themselves.
With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at their latest Bosch 800 Series Dishwashing Machines, and comparing it’s features to that of an online business, or to the life of an entrepreneur.
After all, these products are all created for the ideal usage from their customers, which is the same way your blog, brand, or business should be built as well.
What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from a Dishwasher
When you think of a dishwashing machine, you probably just think about how you have to load dirty dishes into and then click a button.
Much like a business or a marketing strategy, there are many different components to a dishwasher to make sure it’s always working, cleaning as much as possible, and also worth the monetary investment that someone has to make to acquire one.
With all of this in mind, lets take a look at some of the more important features, settings, and factors in place that make Bosch’s line of dishwashing machines not only top of the line, but also for comparing a business to a dish washing machine as well.
Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Highlights and Features:
Building Your Business Like a High-Quality Dishwashing Machine
Sure, the idea of business your business off the same elements of a dishwashing machine might seem a little off the wall or crazy, but it actually isn’t.
Think about all of the moving cogs and components that make up some of the most important electronics and appliances in your house today. Now think about your business and how many different moving parts are built into that as well.
The more efficient and optimized your business is, like that of a quality dishwashing machine, then the more likely you are to find success with your overall business.
The next time you are loading up your dishes and about to turn the dishwashing machine, why not think about how each peice is similar to that of your business as well?
Do You See Yourself as a Struggling Blogger?
Yeah. Good luck succeeding if you see yourself as a struggling blogger. You cannot outrun your self-image. You cannot outmaneuver your energy. How you see yourself is how the world sees you. If you emit a struggling blogger vibe then people will see you as a struggling blogger and choose to stay away.
In essence, you wave a big red flag that tells people to avoid you because nobody wants to get advice from a struggling blogger. What does a struggling blogger know how to do? Struggle. Why would bloggers want to learn how to struggle? We want to learn how to succeed. We follow successful bloggers. But in the same regard, do not brag about yourself all day long as the most successful bloggers put their attention on their readers most of the time and allow their community to spread their successful word for them. People who brag about themselves all day long just do not believe in themselves. This is low self-esteem at play.
Bizarre bloggers carry some weird idea that bragging about their struggles makes them proud, or attractive, or someone to follow, for other people who struggle. This is a stupid idea. Guess what happens? You and hundreds of other struggling bloggers all get together and complain, whine and moan about your struggles as you struggle forever because nobody is teaching each other How To Succeed. Does that sound like a fun blogging career? I do not think so. I sometimes see these groups on Twitter and Facebook. Struggling bloggers crying in each other’s beer. Who cares? I have compassion for struggling bloggers but I have enough respect for them that I see them in an empowered light. The problem is they are a little bit lost. As a matter of fact, it is because I have compassion for these bloggers that I see them in an empowered, not struggling, light.
Ultimately, nobody cares that you struggle because people want to win. Nobody cares that you struggle because people want to succeed. People will simply exit your blog and follow a winning, successful blogger to learn how to succeed and how to live your dreams. Sure you can share some of your struggle but don’t build your entire freaking brand on being a struggling, broke blogger or you will get to be a struggling, broke blogger for your entire career because where your attention and energy goes, grows. You create your blogging struggles and you create your blogging success depending on where you put your attention and energy. A hundred percent of the time you are the source of your blogging struggles and you are the source of your blogging success. What would you rather do? Struggle or succeed? Any sane human being would rather succeed and live their dreams and live a fun, freeing life over struggling.
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Lose the struggling image. Adopt a new, fun, freeing, successful image. Focus on abundance. Count your blessings. Release the starving artist image and you will also release fellow struggling bloggers who only hold you back, in your comfort zone. These are not true friends. These are fear filled folks who say they mean well but only hold you back because they are not teaching you how to succeed, but how to struggle like them. Let them go. Allow them to find their own way. Your job is to be an empowered, abundant, grateful, generous servant who creates and connects their way to the top of your blogging niche. Why? You get to help other struggling bloggers in increasing numbers leave their struggles behind so they can live their dreams.
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