Disaster may come at any given moment. Normally I try not to but sometimes you just can’t help expecting the worst. Why is that?
When you have worked hard to get things set up, spent hours and hours on the project and had very little sleep while a lot of other things that usually do require attention, all paid the price so you can get things set up as quickly and efficiently as possible, you will do everything within your capabilities to make a success of it.
I have been blogging for a while now. I started early 2011 with my own personal blog called Reast4Christ. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing but I knew I wanted to write and at the time it was writing about my spirituality that got me very excited.
As I developed and my experience grew with blogging, one site wasn’t enough any longer, opportunities arose and so I found other interests that got me just as excited when they came to mind.
Then at some point reality hits you between your eyes and you realize all over again that you are a human being with a set given amount of ability. Yes as you gain experience and your skills increase, I agree that certainly so does your abilities.
However, there comes a time when you feel you can handle only this much at this stage or time in your life. You have enough on your plate and you feel that you are not comfortable taking on another project until you have at least completed one of the previous ones.
With experience you discover what you’re good at and what you love doingâ€¦You discover what you are able to do to make the biggest impact you possibly can without feeling overwhelmed or pressurized to stop doing whatever it is that you are doing because you are not happy with your lifestyle.
No, you discover your passion. Well, at least that’s what I believe you should aim for: Do everything you possibly can to discover what you are sincerely passionate about and then do that for as long as you can. Some of us get to that stage very early in life. Others sadly, never get there.
I discovered my passion a few months ago as I was writing my next guest post for another blog I regularly contribute to. I realized that I absolutely love writing a blog post on a certain topic when the idea comes to mind. And afterwards I absolutely love interacting with others whom have read my post.
I have met quite a number of good friends this way. I have built another good portion of irreplaceable connections with other people within my niche through this medium of communication. I received a number of other business opportunities as a direct result of blogging and interacting with readers.
I decided that I am passionate about blogging…
The thing is, it’s all good and well doing what you love and perfectly fine when you spend all your time doing just that. You learn as much as you possibly can, listen to as many podcasts, teleseminars and attend live webinars on your subject as you can find.
But wait… how do the bills get paid?
The good side of this is if it’s your passion we are talking about; if it’s really something that you can do for hours and hours without end or never get bored with, chances are you are able to exercise your passion for a living.
Yes, you can turn your passion into reality and earn a full time income doing what you love.
Mine is freelance blogging. As mentioned earlier, I have been guest blogging for a good while now. I am a regular contributor to a number of sites on a regular basis. I have a good portfolio of posts and articles that are published online. I have a good number of testimonials from clients and other people whom I’ve worked with through my guest blogging.
I kept things afloat, i.e. paid the bills doing custom WordPress development and graphics design with a small hosting company and a handful of clients that helped me to put food on the table. But I wasn’t exercising my passion. I did it and still partially do it because I have the skills to do it. I don’t necessarily hate that part of my live as I did develop those skills as part of my growing journey and have achieved quite a number of successes with it. However, I believe I was born to write.
I recently discovered that earning a living while exercising my passion, which is blogging, is highly achievable.
How did I discover my passion?
I read a guest post by a guy named Tom Ewer. He is the founder and author of Leaving Work Behind. He wrote the post for YoungPrePro a while ago of which of course I am a fanatic fan. Bamidele, the founder of YoungPrePro did an interview with Tom around the same time.
I read this post and the interview feeling amazingly inspired and motivated like I haven’t been about anything for a very long time. Yes, not even the day when I left my well-paying Systems Admin J.O.B. to pursue my freelancing career did I feel that excited.
Why did the guest post and interview inspire me that much?
Tom is a freelance blogger. He is earning a good living doing what he does best and loves it in the process. He has the kind of lifestyle that he desires and he travels as much as he can without being restricted by his location in order to earn his living.
Through my blogging, I realized that I was doing what I am sincerely passionate about, with a certain degree of freedom in that I am able to do my work from anywhere in the world. I am able to work at my own pace and determine my own schedule. Yes I do need to meet deadlines and I have to deliver content at the schedule of the client in many instances but I am able to leverage that in many forms.
Tom and I share very much in common, except Tom is able to pay his bills and I am not yet, through freelance blogging at least not yet.
I knew there and then: “I can do this!” I realised immediately that I can take this and run with it with no specific end destination in sight.
I knew that to get started I need to do somethingâ€¦
What action did I take?
From reading Tom’s guest post and Bamidele’s interview he did with Tom, to the Freelance Blogging Life.com site that is currently online â€“ it took me exactly one week.
From the domain registration, site design (no standard theme was used as I use the Catalyst Framework for most of my WordPress developments, which means everything you see is what came from my thoughts) and all graphics except the images and profile photos, all the content â€“ everything on that site took me exactly one week from idea to reality.
ACTION is what it takes to go from idea to reality.
Between idea and reality there must be some form of execution or idea will never get to being reality. As simple as that.
If I didn’t take action right that very same day I read those posts while I still had the inspiration fresh in my mind, I probably wouldn’t have had Freelance Blogging Life running today.
I knew in order for things to change I had to do something to get things started. Yes there did go a lot of planning, research and ideas into the whole process but things moved relatively quickly as I took immediate action.
I believe if you have an idea, a strong enough desire to see your idea succeed and you are willing to take action and do everything you possibly can to implement that idea, but more importantly, if you keep persistently at that idea â€“ chances are at some point in the future that idea will become reality and eventually it will succeed.
But action is required…
Without action an idea stays an idea. Without action a dream stays a dream.
Now that I have my new site set up and everything in place in order to follow through with my idea, I need to take more action in order to land those freelance blogging gigs. I need to look out for decent writing opportunities.
I have done my homework and I know what is required including everything that needs to be in place in order to be a successful freelance blogger.
What will make me the best at what I do?
Action. Taking massive and persistent action will turn me into an expert over time. I have been taught since a very young age and have achieved a lot of personal goals proving the fact that good things take time and when you’re persistent with something and you keep improving as you learn while you go forward, at some point in time you achieve a certain level of success with it.
How many light bulbs did Thomas Edison have before he finally got the one that made light?
I’d love to hear how you have or plan to turn your dreams and ideas into reality.
When you thought of something in your past that you are still exercising to this day â€“ what steps did you take to turn those thoughts into your current reality?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments and inspire possibly inspire another to turn their idea into reality.