Honing in and maintaining…

As I tweak my blogs to where I want them, I am seeing the lifecycle of my business unfold.  In the beginning when I was not sure about anything, I did a LOT of research! I mean a LOT! I started by just Googling things like “blogging for money” and “make money from my blog”.  I didn’t know there was so much info out there on the subject! However, after I went to many different sites and blogs on the subject, I honed in on a few.  The few I chose simply appealed to me for the following reasons:

1. I saw success. I want to learn from people who are or have been successful – and right now, my definition of ‘successful’ is the bottom line.  Because of my desire to make this my stream of income, I need to see that others have made a living doing this.

2. They appear honest.  When they share information with the public about their successes, they are being transparent about failures as well because they too are on a journey to learn more.  I don’t want to learn from someone who believes they have conquered it all and has already arrived.  I want to learn from the mistakes that have been made but can’t if they don’t talk about them! I want to learn from someone real and taking this ride of life like I am.
Having said that, in my next post I will acknowledge the 2 people I have chosen to follow .
I will talk about them as well as a couple of practical steps I’ve taken to get started in my business.
As always I welcome comments. Whether you’re a pro watching me spread my fledgling wings or if you are behind the learning curve I’ve already been thru. Thanks!

Personal Growth

Like many others, I have a impressive and diverse library.  I have books about breastfeeding (I was a breastfeeding counselor for almost 2 years and am very passionate about it) and on the other end of the spectrum books about business.  The business category of books includes books such as Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki, How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie and Learning the Business by Michael S. Clouse.  I love learning the way to do things by the people who have the wisdom – people who have been there.  These 3 men are all very successful in what they do.  If you have not read any of these books and you desire to be better than you are today, I highly recommend at least 1 if not all.  I personally revisit these books often.  However, it has been a little longer than often this time around.  I am reading Rich Dad Poor Dad again right now and let me tell you…right off the bat, it inspires me!! It has inspired me so much that it is now required reading for my 13 and 11 year old boys! Choosing to live above mediocrity is something that is taught at an early age.  I wasn’t taught or discipled in that area, but my parents were both entrepreneurs.  I saw them start businesses and fail several times.

Having said that, in order to succeed at something difficult and something that has road blocks – one must see that it is possible and obtainable.  Sitting in the mindset of “I’ll never have that” or “That’s too hard” will not get you beyond mediocrity.  I know because I am one that has tried and failed many times…failed by GIVING UP! It IS hard if you want something beyond the usual! However, I am tired in my life of settling for the usual and the easy! I want more than what I have and I know God has given me the ability and means to get there! I want more for my children! I want more for our finances and our travel and our ministry of giving and helping others! You can only bless others with what you have!

So far as the blog is concerned…the money-maker…that is a means to an end! It may not be the perfect answer right now and it may not make me rich, but I’m going to try something else if it doesn’t produce the results that get me out of mediocrity and I’m going to teach my children as I drive this train! I hope you will follow me because no matter what I do (legal and ethical of course) I cannot fail if I continue to get up! And if nothing else, you will see that even the successful had to start somewhere and they had to get back up…MANY times.