Last week, a reader asked me this: “How is freedom going? I would love to be the mouse in the corner to hear more about what you are working on, how it is going and what you are feeling in this new adventure. ”
So, I figured I’d share my reply with you too, since you’re probably curious as well. And what better way to share it than through real conversation. The kind where I actually use my mouth and speak, instead of just pushing buttons on a keyboard. So, here are my thoughts on this new adventure:
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I’m Terrible at Being Productive
It’s my own fault, but I’m struggling with productivity. I’ve built in what’s possibly too much fun time. I also take calls and sit on chat during the day. These two things are likely no-no’s and I’ll be probably turning them both off during work dedicated time.
I’m Not a Better Writer Than You
On a consulting call with a reader the other day while helping him make his website awesome, he talked me up as some sort of awesome writer. The truth is, I’ve never written anything I didn’t have to before this blog. Writing continues to be extremely challenging for me. I don’t do this because I love writing. I do it because I have a mission to get my message out there and connect with awesome people like you to work together to change our lives for the better. Writing is just a piece of it that I have to do. If you’re thinking you could never write like I do, I call bull. Yes, you can.
I’ve Tabled Two of My Side Initiatives
I’ve temporarily tabled two of my side initiatives:
- How to Use Mint.com – Video training on how I use Mint.com to manage my money.
- DIY Small Business CRM – Video training on how to build custom a Quickbase business application.
I’m not sure if I have the passion to keep these projects alive. My goal with the Mint site was to create content that can be packaged into a resource guide on using Mint.com. Mint is something I believe in that can really help with finances. I use it and it’s really helped me. Could I create really useful stuff for you guys? Perhaps, but for now, I’m tabling it.
The Quickbase project was created as a free training site for people either already using Quickbase or thinking of using it. Quickbase is an online software service that allows businesses to save all kinds of information for all kinds of purposes. I built a custom application around it at my previous job and saw how awesome it can be. My thoughts were to eventually offer upgraded services such as consulting and premium video training for a price. For now, I’ve tabled this too.
Reader Engagement is WAY UP
You rock. Yes you. Reader engagement is blowing me away here on this site. I’ve asked for you to get in touch with me and you have. Thank you so much. My email inbox is now exploding with emails from you all and I love it. If you haven’t emailed me yet, please do so. I want to hear from you and connect. I’m not like the big bloggers. I’m actually able to respond to you.
One note on engagement. Ninety-nine percent of you are encouraging. One percent are the opposite. Someone just said to me this morning that he “guarantees” I’ll fail at this venture and be back to the 40 hour work week within 2-3 years, having to earn all my money back. I’m not going to respond to things like that. That attitude isn’t welcome on this site. We’re positive here. We believe that every one of us can achieve what we set out to do. If you’re reading this and have a attitude like this commenter, please leave and never come back.
I’m Focused on Adding Value and Relationships
Sure, I have a deficit in my cash flow right now. However, I am not worried about it. What I am worried about is building relationships and adding real value. I’m going to the Financial Blogger Conference in less than two weeks and I’m stoked! I’m even initiating a meetup to hang out with people like Mr. Money Mustache, jlcollinsnh and the Mad Fientist. How sweet is that going to be? Heck yeah!
Also… Me, An Expert?
I never saw the connection between this site and helping you guys create your own sites until last month. Now, I see it. In order to do a lot of awesome stuff like connecting with people who think like you, holding yourself accountable and getting started with your own online platform that you can eventually turn into a lifestyle business, starting a site is an AWESOME move. If you decide to do it, let me know and I’ll help you do it.
Like always, send me an email (email@example.com) and let’s talk.
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