I learned from Alonzo Pichardo that you publish content and confidently let it do what it does, never obsessing over stats and metrics and outcomes, and those numbers grow if you do things the right way for years.
I learned from Donna Merrill that you create value, build friendships 1 to 1 and when you need the money, it is there; plus, the money keeps growing as you keep creating and making friends and trust in the process.
I learned from Julie Syl-Kalungi that once you put in the work today you never need to do that specific work again; sure you do more work tomorrow, but the work you did not skip or avoid today lays the foundation for something special, and you’ll never have to do that specific work again.
I learned from Maxwell Ivey that tirelessly promoting yourself leads to increased blogging profits and greater clarity and confidence in self.
As an established, pro blogger, I learn from the successes of bloggers around me. I am always learning because if you stop learning, you stagnate, become fixed in your ways, and you cease scaling. Every billionaire masters scale. Jeff B and Mark Z are geniuses of scale. Both learn voraciously. I model some of what I do blogging-wise on concepts employed by these icons. Learning from pros – continually – is one such concept.
Ok; even though I have forgotten more about blogging during my 30,000 hours of blogging service than most bloggers will ever know, I see myself as a blogging baby in some regards. Why? I know my stuff but am humble enough to see signs and spot patterns and study success in bloggers around me. I am always open. Even if I do not follow a specific piece of advice I am humble enough to be open to following different strategies.
I rigidly tried to force success thru my email list for years. Eventually, I humbled myself, discovered some bloggers succeed without having a list, followed their example, largely ditched my list and my blogging success accelerated. I know a lot about blogging but I do not know it all. Being humble helps you grow and adapt. Being humble helps you change and shift. Being humble helps you scale as an established, pro blogger, when rigid established, pro bloggers hit a growth ceiling due to their pride, ego, and rigid way of only doing things their way.
Never Get Fixed in Your Ways
I constantly learn, evolve and succeed by NOT being fixed in my ways. I learn from fellow pro bloggers regularly. Envision yourself as a super blogger who takes bits and pieces from fellow bloggers along your journey. Perhaps you follow one blogging tips mentor but mine a positive quality from 5 or 10 or 15 bloggers.
Vet Your Mentors
Look at every dear friend and pro from the list above. EVERY SINGLE ONE walks their blogging talk. Each offers the advice then EMBODIES the advice, living genuinely, blogging genuinely, teaching and inspiring the masses. I follow their advice because they live their advice. Make sure you vet your mentors to ensure you learn from fellow established, pro bloggers. Do your homework. Do due diligence. Learn from bloggers who have something successful to teach and share.
Many pro bloggers have a tough time scaling and hit a growth ceiling because they are not regularly landing interviews on top blogs to expand their reach.
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