Hello 48 days friends --
I'm frustrated and excited at the same time. I'm frustrated because I've been searching on and off for the last year on what my future looks like. I want to find that work I love. I want to have flexibility, freedom and be passionate about the work I do. I'm excited because I do know God has something for my life but I just can't pinpoint at this time what exactly that is.
Let me first say that my current position (full time, benefits, solid pay) is not a bad job. I don't dread getting up each day and going to work. But it's not fulfilling. It's not where I want to be the rest of my life. I know I have gifts I can apply and can thrive if I find that niche so to speak.
No doubt my number one passion is sports. I have a history of sportswriting, 8 years to be exact, writing for local newspapers. This is not the current position I work in but it's something I absolutely love doing.
I guess if I could have work revolving around sports / sportswriting I would be happy. But, looking at the web there are so many basketball / baseball / football blogs that I'm not sure where I fit in. I can't provide up to date sports info because I have a full time job that requires my time.
I feel like I'm rambling a bit but let me continue. Like I said before my goal is to have that flexibility with work. One of my goals of 2012 is to have my wife stop working completely. We have a second child due in September and I really don't want to have her continue working.
I've been researching Internet Marketing but it seems like there is so much to learn, it's overwhelming at times. I also enjoy Sales and Marketing (my current position) and would be open to work-from-home jobs in that area.
I have so many thoughts and I want to thank Dan for the daily inspiration of his blogs, podcasts and this community. Patience is a virtue, I know, but I want to start acting soon and I'm just not sure what to act on. Any thoughts are welcome.
Don't make this an overwhelming or complicated process. We can continue to read, learn and grow - and never take action steps to change our current situation. Don't get trapped in an unending search.
Start with the basic process of identyfying your:
1. Skills & Abilities
2. Personality Traits
3. Values, Dreams and Passions
From those you will see patterns emerge that will blend in certain kinds of work.
Dan, you are right I am making this harder than it needs to be.
"Don't get trapped in an unending search." Wow, that hit home. That is exactly what I am doing right now.
Thanks for the reminder to go back to the basics. I think I will get my handy notebook out and brainstorm tonight.
I highly recommend you either join a workshop or get a copy of No More Mondays, 48 Days to the Work You Love, or the audio program Dream Job. Once you get these get on the 48 day program. I've been noticing that it is easy to get stuck in the R&D phase of job searching, but getting into the process is so important.
Also, get connected with as many people in the fields you find you are most interested in. In my own case I have been connecting as much as possible with the homeschool world in order to do public speaking while at the same time connecting with community organizations around me so I can do coaching, workshop training, and teaching. Those connections I have been making with others are very powerful.
Here are some other books I might recommend for you:
Trust Agents - Chris Brogan...(and that other guy...)
See You at the Top (Book or Nightingale-Conant audio) - Ziglar
Linchpin - Seth Godin
Most important though is to get onto a plan. The 48 Day schedule is so helpful in moving you towards implementation. Tell as many people (who won't get you in "trouble:-D ) that you are sticking to a 48 Day program so that when you get to days 15-20 you can rely on your friend's peer pressure to keep up the schedule.
I hope something big happens in your life in the next year. Your goal of freeing your wife is very worthy of some major efforts.
I should have mentioned in my original post that I have read both of Dan's books. The books are very inspiring and I can't wait for his new one in August. The one mistake I did make while reading is not making notes or jotting down answers while reading. I think I will re-read each one and do that. I just saw the other day Dan has a 48 days worksheet to go through while reading and I'm going to try that. Is that the 48 days schedule you were referring to?
Start a free blog on wordpress.com and see if you like doing it and if you can get an audience/following. Just because there are others out there doesn't mean you can't carve out a niche and make it work. I have similar fears with my site, www.TheCallofMen.com, but I'm working on it.
If you do enjoy writing but the world of online marketing seems daunting to you, I would recommend looking at sites like hubpages or squidoo. I've got a couple of blogs on wordpress and a site, but I also write on Squidoo and find the format to be really friendly to those that are new to doing marketing online. Each "article" can take a few hours to put together. One of the things I tried was writing about several sets of things I'm interested in and enjoy and then I watch my stats to see how well they do. It's a good way to get your feet wet and see if your topics are of interest to the general public.
I believe there's an interview on the work at home success podcast with a squidoo writer ("giant squid") that talks about an college basketball article she wrote that made her thousands during March Madness. If you get the hang of affiliate sales, you can really do quite well.
Thanks, Bonnie! Great insight! I've been trying to figure out how to use Squidoo in my context. I'm working out all the affiliate marketing, writing, speaking, etc. I especially like your angle of trying out several things to find the ones that resonate with your audience best!!
Brent, I'm next to you on the road to finding work I'm passionate about. This looks promising. In the meanwhile, I've been selling stuff on eBay. Not my ideal thing, but something interesting... Keep your chin up!
These are some great tips. I have been working on my blog for the past month or so and this is really helpful. Thanks for sharing.
It sounds like you have an idea of what you are passionate about. At some point, the best thing you can do is move forward and try it out. I think the power is in starting. I think Scott and Bonnie`s comments about setting up a blog are great! A blog is free, and you will get a sense of how you feel about writing, learn about online marketing, and be developing an online portfolio of your writings.