How it All Started
Prior to January 2017, I had zero knowledge on blogging and what it even meant. Hence, my mindset on blogging was very limited. I understood blogging as an online journal for people to share their stories and be recognized as publishers. I had no clue that someone can actually make money from blogging. Little did I know, some people were actually generating a full-time income from it!
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At the beginning of 2016, I made a promise to myself that I’ll start my own business. First and foremost, I wanted to pay off my student loans and then help my parents retire. I saw my parents go from paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. It was something I couldn’t stand. I hated having to worry about electricity, hydro and mortgage bills all the damn time! All in all, I hated this mediocre life.
And what did I do to change all of this? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. On December 2016, I came home after work and started reflecting on how unproductive I’ve been throughout the year. I hadn’t achieved a single goal I set for myself. Fair to say, it was a very low point in life for me. I felt like I was being left behind in the race and I had to change my mindset very soon if I were to ever turn my dreams into reality.
And so I did just that.
I am a strong believer in the Law of Attraction. The Law, in a nutshell, states that: Visualize success and success will come crawling to you. Your success lies within your mindset – positivity breeds positive results.
I’m a strong believer of this law because it totally changed my career around in corporate sales. As a result of following this law, I went from being an average salesperson to a top performer in the company – just by changing my mindset. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t have, I started focusing on how I can achieve it. I stopped saying I wish and started saying I will.
I’m grateful to my mentor for introducing me to this concept. Just like my mentor recommended to me, I strongly suggest you read one of the best self-development books of all time, Think & Grow Rich by Napolean Hill. Hill himself insists that the philosophy taught in this book can help people succeed in any line of work, to do and be anything they can imagine.
Celebrities like Oprah, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Denzel Washington and many more are firm believers and followers of this law. Check out this inspiring interview by Jim Carrey as he explains the power of visualization.
While sitting at my desk, I too visualized myself being a successful entrepreneur one day and becoming my own boss. And let me tell you, as soon as I started to visualize, everything changed. As soon as my mindset shifted, I felt this sudden burst of positive energy inside me. It was truly transformational – something that can’t be described in words.
Right there and then, I opened Photoshop and created a wallpaper (see screenshot below) for my phone which read “I will be a millionaire before 30.” By creating this deadline, I gave myself a natural urgency to achieve this goal no matter what the cost. Since I use my phone every day, it would make it really easy to visualize my goal – constantly helping me stay motivated towards my dream.
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As a result, I gave myself 2 months (until March 2017) to have an online business up and running. This deadline instantly triggered the cerebral cortex of my brain; my mindset went from being lazy and unmotivated to “LET’S F*KIN DO THIS!” within a span of 5 minutes.
Let me tell you, it felt FRIKIN’ AMAZING!
During my research, I landed on an income report of a successful blogger. After reading about their journey and the amount of income they were making on a monthly basis, I was hooked! I instantly saw blogging as a business I could thrive in and jumped right in it. After doing plenty of research, I was able to choose an affordable hosting platform, HostGator. It’s one of the best hosting sites in the industry and with its 1-click WordPress Install, I had my blog up and running in less than 1 hour!
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That being said, I certainly don’t want to give off the wrong impression and make it seem like blogging is a run in the park. Blogging can be very time consuming and like any business, it’s a learn-as-you-go process. It takes a lot of upfront work and constant motivation to get your blog up and running. But if you put in the work now, you will definitely reap the benefits later 😉
Fast forward to March 09, 2017, I was successfully able to launch my own online business within the 2 months time-frame I gave myself! It honestly felt so rewarding. By giving myself a goal and a realistic deadline, I was able to follow a structured path. Most importantly, I was able to visualize my success during that exact time frame.
I made over $300 in my first month of blogging by monetizing my blog through partnering with an affiliate network called AWIN, formerly known as Affiliate Window. The best thing about their network is that the site is very easy to navigate. You can literally find deals on anything and everything! However, they do ask for a $5 upfront deposit to sign-up, but you get your money back with your first monthly payment. Furthermore, AWIN is great for beginner bloggers because they don’t require a certain amount of traffic on your blog to sign up.
Well, that was my short story on how I went from being a couch potato to a laser-focused entrepreneur. If I can give one advice to anyone, I would tell them to get up right this moment and start following your dreams. Make sure you follow your dreams before someone else makes it a reality. No matter how small or stupid the idea may sound, you first have to take action on it.
I have this written on my wall to constantly remind myself why I’m doing what I do:
While they sleep, I grind.
While they party, I research.
While they flirt, I network.
While they dream, I live it as a reality.
Let me ask you:
Why did you get into blogging and what keeps you motivated?
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