“The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.” — Brooks Atkinson
Spring is in the air and change is in the winds. With that, I’ve taken a lot of time to reflect on the future of this blog and my life.
My first year of blogging and my quest to liberate myself from the 9 to 5 has been an adventure. In the past year, I’ve learned a lot and made countless a few mistakes.
The sales from Reclaim Your Dreams has allowed me to start working part-time at my day job. I’ve gone from working 40 hours a weeks (5 days) to 32 hours (4 days). Not a huge difference, but every step toward doing what I love for a living adds up.
The success of Reclaim Your Dreams
I thought about writing a whole post about how I launched my ebook and what made it successful, as well as what mistakes I made that you could avoid. I think it would have been worth it, since I feel I did pretty well for my first product launch. But I’ve decided to put that on hold right now.
If you want to launch a successful ebook (that makes money while you sleep), I suggest picking up Naomi and Dave’s How to Launch the **** Out of Your EBook. It made me think about a lot of stuff I would have completely missed, had I not read it. It was basically the difference between my ebook bombing and it succeeding. Click here to check it out.
So if you’re a blogger and you’re thinking about writing/selling an ebook, that’s what I recommend.
That’s the recap. The rest of this post is about the future of Paid to Exist and my life, really. I’ve been really preoccupied with things like: how to make more meaningful connections with people, how I can have a greater impact on people living their dreams, and lastly, how I can make that impact while furthering my goal of working for myself and quitting my day job.
Firstly, I’m going to be more candid, personal and transparent in my writing. I’m going to hold back less and give it to you straight. If you think I’ve already done this, well, it’s going to be brought to whole other level. I also want to get to know my readers better. If you ever want to chat or just say hello, don’t hesitate to send me an email.
Secondly, I’m going to start doing life coaching. I’ve been coaching a few people that bought Reclaim Your Dreams and so far, I really, really dig it. It gives me a chance to connect with people on a more personal level and have a greater focused impact. I’m not sure exactly what my niche is, or who my target audience is yet (who I can help the most), but doing it for free right now is helping me figure that out.
Lastly, I’m going to start doing more product reviews on this site. I’ll do my best to make them as unobtrusive and non-gimmicky as possible. If there’s anyone who hates gimmicky, it’s me. So, I will only recommend stuff I think fits into the unconventional, renegade groove of Illuminated Mind. If it doesn’t meet those qualifications, I won’t recommend it.
So a couple of things:
If you’re serious about reclaiming your dreams and living deliberately, but need some help getting unstuck in certain areas of your life, send me a note. I’m doing coaching for free right now, until I get enough paid clients. Let’s see if we’re a good match and if so, maybe we can accelerate your progress. (Note: I’ll only coach those that have purchased and read my ebook. It gives us a meaningful mutual framework for working together)
My mission with this blog has also been to provide a fresh approach to the topic of self-development. I think there are enough words in print out there for the masses. I like to think that I’m speaking about the same truths, just delivering it in a more accessible format for some people. Not everyone fits the Tony Robbins bill; I get that. But just because some people vomit at the thought of “gosh darnit, people like me and I’m worth it” type affirmations, doesn’t mean they don’t want to improve their lives. That’s where I like to come in.
Phase one of this blog is complete. Phase two will be about exploring alternative paths for me to deliver that “less boring” side of personal development, full time. Ultimately, phase two is about me making a sustainable income from this, so I can devote myself completely to the renegade bodhisattva way. This means pursuing things like creating more books/products, doing the occasional recommendation of cool stuff, and also life coaching (scary, huh?).
So I hope you’ll join me.
This should be interesting…
Lastly, I want to connect with more of you as readers. So if you feel so inclined, please leave a comment and introduce yourself. What’s new with you?
Also, if you’ve read Reclaim Your Dreams and you have any questions, please let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.