Yesterday was one of the most productive days I have had in quite some time. Years in fact. I was so busy that I completely missed writing a blog post, which should be on my daily to-do task list! [Read more…] about One of the Most Productive Days in Years
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Finally, it is all starting to come together; I'm getting ready for the Good Stuff. After dealing with adversity for quite some time, I am healthy, have a positive forward movement, and am achieving success in multiple areas of my life.
Yes, it is a bumpy ride, but it seems to be smoothing out as each day passes, and I'm getting ready for the Good Stuff.
So, what does that mean for me? First, my health is 100% better than where I was just a few months ago. That makes a significant impact, as I've started working out in the gym to ensure I don't go backward.
Getting Ready for Blog Success
In January, I started to rebuild my blog, writing about the companies appearing on Shark Tank, and am in the process of preparing new content that focuses on Affiliate Marketing education, and how to make money online with your niche. Watch as I launch new material this summer and fall.
The results of this blog are surprisingly good, considering most content is available for a few months, and my traffic is 100% organic search results(That means I don't pay anything to get my audience).
Getting ready for the Good Stuff comes with pain in the process of achieving success, and it's hit home recently. Part of the challenge is having others see you achieve some success.
You begin to attract attention, and people expect a lot. You expect a lot of yourself. We want to have it all, and we want it right now.
Patience is not my friend, and regardless of how well you do, people still judge you on your past. That hurts, and that causes you to steer off course, as you try to keep things together.
Getting Ready for more pain to achieve success
Getting to the Good Stuff comes with great pain, and you'll have what you want coming into your life, but watch it slip out of your grasp. When that happens, you have to suck it up, get back on track and move towards your ultimate goal.
The process of Getting to the Good Stuff is an accumulation of experiences over the last several years. I read the Bible Cover-to-Cover, completely changed the direction of my life by finding out who I am through an extremely challenging process, and even learning who I want in my life.
My desire to succeed is so great, that I took a day job, something that I have not had in over twenty years! All the while of achieving tremendous success with my blog and online business.
The next step is a simplification of what is in my life. Making it more accessible to function and accomplish what is most important is paramount to taking success to the next level, and that's a painful process.
I'm going to have to walk away from what I want most as it turns out, which lacks cooperations and the support I need to achieve real success. Sometimes life works out that way, and those hardest moments are a sign of our most significant strengths, as much as we would like the results to be different.
Regardless, I know what is necessary, without and am doing what it takes. I am Getting to the Good Stuff.
Every entrepreneur fails at some point. It is part of the road to success. Most entrepreneurial start-ups fail at a rate of between 75%-90% depending on the source. That means, if I start ten businesses I will fail in at least seven, and likely nine of those opportunities.
Entrepreneurs fail in small ways through business development, and even in personal development. And then there are the massive failures where your business completely collapses, often leaving you on the hook for debt without income to support your burden.
It is because of failures that I am changing my focus on what I am going to be talking about on my blog going forward. I want to focus on the failures partly because I am in a failed position right now and have been for some time, and because I think to talk about failures will help us move towards success.
Investors prefer to invest into entrepreneurs who have failed verses entrepreneurs without experience. Some lessons come from failure that you can’t get at school, and hopefully, make you sharper in your next venture.
Entrepreneur Fails in Business and Personal Life
Entrepreneurial failures go beyond the business itself as many entrepreneurs, myself included will dig in placing everything on the line. When entrepreneurs like me fail, we lose everything and often have massive debt. In my case, I through everything I had at my business that collapsed in 2008. I had enormous credit card debt, personal guarantees and leveraged all of my assets.
People thought that because I owned a new house, a Ferrari and a late model Cadillac that I came out without pain, which was not true. All of those items and more were leveraged beyond imagination as I put money in thinking I would be able to raise the necessary capital to recover. All that stuff is gone, and I am still underwater.
Unfortunately, I have yet to completely recover and have no assets. I still have debt, and because of recent surgery, once again have been living without any income. Needless to say, this places me in a desperate situation as I am unsure how I am going to survive the next few months. I am having complications that are interfering with my ability to work, minus being able to write more as of recent. The downside of entrepreneurship is there is no safety net.
An entrepreneur fails despite having many talents
Yes, I have many talents, but I haven’t been able to put them to use. Yes, I am incredibly frustrated, and I could write about them, doing the “fake-it-till-you-make-it” strategy, but that’s just not me. I don’t have the energy for that.
That brings me to my next option, and that is being brutally honest and writing about my failure as an entrepreneur. Nobody wants to write about failure, especially focusing an entire blog on entrepreneurial failure, so why not be the first one? I figure that the experiences that I am about to share are valuable to a lot of people.
Maybe you are an entrepreneur who recently failed, or are headed for failure and need some help strategizing on what we're going to do next? Perhaps you will read about my failures and avoid making some of the same mistakes? Maybe you are thinking of investing in a business and will see similarities helping you to come to a more informed decision on your next investment.
Whatever your reason, reading about failed entrepreneurial ventures and life will surely help you to think differently.
The Value when an entrepreneur fails
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If you have failed in entrepreneurial ventures, you surely know the value of an entrepreneur with extensive experience sharing stories.
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I used to have people ask me, “what am I going to do?” I would always say, “I don't know but I will think of something!” Almost always, I would figure something out and come out of the storm with something big.
Now, I don't have people asking me, “What am I going to do?” Instead, I have people tell me I am doing the right things, and my struggles will make for a great story in the future.
How I approach life is changing greatly. In the past, boundaries were something that were for people who wanted to live by rules, but not for entrepreneurs. Now, I find myself appreciating boundaries more than ever. You can thank my walk with Christ for this change.
If you have watched the movie “Founder”, I find myself identifying less with Ray Kroc and more with the McDonald brothers. My focus previously would be to emulate people like Ray Kroc, but my personality is more inline with the McDonald brothers.
Having that inter fight causes you to have to answer the question, “Now what am I going to do?”
I've spent the last year plus developing my walk with Christ, and now I have a clearer picture of who I am and what I am about. Unfortunately, that comes with a ton of baggage from the past that causes me great pain.
No longer is coming up with the quick fix an option for, “what am I going to do?” and instead, I'm fighting through looking for a more permanent solution to life's challenges.
I know my current struggles will contribute to a strengthened future. Yes, this is going to be another great story, probably the best one yet. But, I'd much rather not face the challenges that are in front of me. I won't dwell on that too much as I'm here, and the problems aren't going to pass me by.
We'll have to wait and see what I am going to do, as I am not quite sure at the moment, but with a lot of help from the big guy upstairs, I will think of something worthwhile, hopefully better than ever.