Ahhhh… At home freedom. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The truth of the matter is that now more than ever people are desperate for a lifestyle change, especially one that allows them to have freedom of time, finance and location. I mean, who doesn’t want more time to do what they want? Who doesn’t have dreams of one day being free of debt or being able to travel this (still beautiful) planet without worrying about financial or career restraints? I do.
Every fu**ing day.
But here’s the problem: 80% of people who have these desires for change and prosperity spend most of their time thinking about an ideal lifestyle, but if you’re constantly thinking and reading about it – when will you actually have time to do it? Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:
Everyday after work, for the last 2 years, Joe Blow comes home and turns on his computer. He goes to the money making forums to check the action on his favorite threads. He’s always the first to order the latest “cash cow” hard copy from some guru-schmuck on Amazon.
He spends at least 3 hours a night absorbing methods and reading what other people have done/are doing. He hates his job. He can’t sleep at night and for the last 2 years he’s been waiting for his time to come.
The at home freedom. It’s gotta be out there, somewhere…
I don’t want to pull your pants down, but I’m sure some of you reading this fall into Joe’s scenario quite comfortably. You’re so caught up in the “idea” of the dream that you’ve accomplished very little towards actually making it a reality.
I get emails all the time from people asking me how they should get started with this, or if I have any suggestions for that. To be honest, most of the questions I receive can and have been answered 3743 times elsewhere online, but for some reason they assume I might reveal an untold truth – which is fair enough. And almost everytime I end with the same thing, “The best advice I can give you is to just write down your goals, the steps required to achieive them, and start doing the necessary actions to complete these steps little by little. Stick with it, and before you know it you’ll be where you want to be.”
I can’t stress this enough.
You have to start DOING. Once you start DOING you have to KEEP DOING. If it isn’t working, figure out why and DO IT DIFFERENTLY. Stop thinking, start DOING and fucking stick with it! Success is inevitable.
Let’s take me for example… Back in October I was not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I had been out of work and struggling to make ends online for over 4 months. My bills were past due, we were eating like shit and though I made a few bucks flipping websites, it was not coming together.
I was about to sell this blog, cash out and call it a day.
9 months later, in April to be exact, I cleared almost $4000 in profit, which enabled me to pay for a nice 1 week vacation to Vancouver – in cash – with enough money in the pocket to live like royalty for a week and get drunk with the SuiteJ clan.
Still waiting for the video footage.
Back in October I was spending way too much time thinking about how I should be doing things, instead of actually doing them, making mistakes, and doing them better. I was caught up with the success of those around me, instead of enjoying my own small victories.
Anyways – I really hope you guys get what I’m saying here. Anyone can do anything. I don’t care if you have a mortgage, 7 kids, 3 husbands and a midget housecleaner who you pay in peanuts and paint chips; the real at home freedom is there for the taking. Spend less time fucking around on Twitter and more time working on your goals. If you aren’t sweating then you’re doing something wrong.
I’m not kidding!
Assess your scenario. Write shit down. Develop the steps needed to accomplish them and DO IT. Whether it’s making $100 a day passively through a network of Adsense blogs – do it! If you want to flip websites for cash and be a pyjama pimp like me – do it! There is nothing stopping you but you.
I know I’m ranting, but so what. It’s the truth and you know it.
17 thoughts on “At Home Freedom: Stop Thinking And Start Doing”
Awesome post – it’s all very true! Here in the US people spend more time looking for the magic wealth pill or magic ebook that will make them a millionaire overnight, rather then just doing something about their crappy situation. Which makes them even more broke and unhappy – it’s a downward spiral.
.-= Ian Anderson´s last blog ..“My new weapon to cut the costs of my car” =-.
wow..exactly two weeks to go before I jump from the 80% Joe Blow club to the 20% Elijah club..I can’t stop thinking about this- same time two weeks from now, I will be traveling back home for a new world, a new start 😀
.-= Anand´s last blog ..Most Popular Ways to Share Interesting Links =-.
I want to be Jeni. Except for the Mexico thing. 😀
I actually have a fairly strict rule that aside from buying domains, I will not spend any more on my sites than what I’ve made. I’m a little short right now, but very soon I plan to contract out a few articles to a freelance writer friend of mine. Of course, if she’s too busy, I’ll be giving WordBoo a shout. 😉
.-= WordVixen´s last blog ..When It Rains… =-.
@Ian – Yeah dude, one of, if not my very first post on this blog was titled “Internet marketing and magic buttons” and it talked about exactly that. Doing something is the best thing to do 😉
@Anand – I’m so exited that you’re about to take the leap, I have absolute faith that you will make it work. Desperation and lack of choice can sometimes be the greatest sources of genius.
@WV – Word, boo. 😉
.-= Elijah´s last blog ..WordBoo.com =-.
“I don’t care if you have a mortgage, 7 kids, 3 husbands and a midget housecleaner who you pay in peanuts and paint chips; the real at home freedom is there for the taking.”
DUDE….YOU OWN THE INTERNET!!!!
.-= Nota Bene Consulting´s last blog ..Can YOU Find SuiteJ? =-.
I do agree with this, and the hardest thing is to actually DO something. There is still something to be said for dreaming, but if you’re still stuck doing something you hate then that’s not doing anyone any good. I’m still working out my goals, but I’m thinking I’m just going to write them down and have them in front of me every day. When I feel like giving up, they will be there and I’ll remember that there is no such thing as giving up! Because you’re right, it’s all there for the taking 🙂
.-= Web Career Girl´s last blog ..Hubbing Along =-.
Thanks Elijah. For me though, it was not out of lack of choice. I have plump job offers. Just that I want to throw myself into the desperation to see how far it can go.. fingers crossed 🙂
.-= Anand´s last blog ..Interesting ‘Did You Knows’ From Yahoo South East Asian Country Sites =-.
@Neal – If bloggers can’t talk about midgets and paint chips, what they hell are we all doing here?
@Ruth – I have to admit, I’m not the best at writing everything down, but I do have 2 whiteboards that I frequent in times of creative outburst. I also keep tons of notepad files floating around my desktop to keep me focused. Goals are how you win in the game of life.
@Anand – Exactly dude, take it as far as you can go. Take the leap. Sure, we could both be making 60k per year at some office job, but if it’s not what we want to be doing, then why bother wasting the precious time?
That sounds great – I think developing a method that works for you is the best. Unfortunately I always change, one day writing down works, the next I create loads of documents on the computer. But at least I’m starting to understand what works 😉
@Ruth – Sometimes chaos leads to genius!
.-= Elijah´s last blog ..At Home Freedom: Stop Thinking And Start Doing =-.
Damn bro, that’s deep, lol. It makes me realize that although I’m doing pretty well site-flipping, and am very content with it, I haven’t gotten a chance to do all the side-projects I have in mind.
I’m actually going to write a To-Do list right now and list all of my goals for the next 2 months with due dates and everything, like it’s high school again. Then I’m going to MAKE SURE I execute the plans.
And yes, that means, we gotta get started on our projects as well. I can’t recall how many million-dollar ideas we’ve come up with in the past 3-4 months and are yet to do them, lol. Shit, that reminds me… I gotta finish the dropshipping sites, those domains are just sitting there…
You know you couldn’t have said it better. It’s all about just doing it, especially if you know things are working properly. If you can find a legitimate solution to complete you life’s dream just run with and don’t turn back. Total awesome post!
.-= jay @ work at home´s last blog ..Need Help With Google Adsense? Ask Lisa! =-.
On point kid! I love that I can get a constant flow of E&V goodness again man!
straight to the point and smackin cats on da booty
I love it
Now go get it!
.-= Normal Joe´s last blog ..Being consistent builds trust with your target audience =-.
Yeah, man!! I spent a good deal of my life being the person you described. But I gotta tell ya, old habits die hard! I still such with unstructured time. But when I know specifically what I want to get done, everything is peachy!
Thanks for the kick-in-the-ass, awesome post!
.-= Scott Quitter´s last blog ..Self-Employment Progress Report for July 2009 =-.
I’ve thought about selling my blog too! But I’m going to stick with it at least until we’re free, then I’m not sure what to do with it? Maybe I’ll combine all the posts into a big get yourself out of the rat race ebook… maybe a real printed book?
.-= Ian Anderson´s last blog ..“A car now could conceivably become very cheap” =-.
Great post. I totally agree with you. Momentum is everything when it comes to online ventures (offline ventures as well). Perseverance is key and only those that continue to push day in and day out deserve the spoils.
Congrats on the success.
.-= Phil Hogan´s last blog ..How I Read 7 Books a Month and How You Can Do The Same =-.
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