Leaving Work Behind

How I Plan to Make $2,000 in 16 Days

Written by Tom Ewer on September 15, 2014. 24 Comments

Time and MoneyLast week I revealed that I plan to turn Beginner Blogging into a six figure blog in less than a year.

Since then I have decided to adjust my plan somewhat. I now intend to earn a net income (i.e. minus expenses) of $9,000 per month from April 2015 onwards, rather than only turning over that amount.

My thinking behind this is straightforward: there’s little use in me turning over $9,000 if it costs me $8,000 to do so. To ignore expenses is to encourage a way of thinking that does not promote profitability.

If the original goal was challenging, this one is much more so, which means I have a lot of work to do!

My goal for September is to make $2,000, but I’ve generated only $600 in affiliate revenue so far this month. Last week’s post was about the bigger picture; in this post I want to lay out exactly what I intend to do to make an additional $2,000 in the next 16 days.

Why $2,000 more when my goal is only to make $2,000 total, you may ask? Well, I’ve got some expenses to pay for the month (perhaps $300), and I figure that if I aim higher than the goal itself, I have a better chance of succeeding. Keep Reading

Why Fizzle is Fuel For Your Business

Written by Tom Ewer on June 19, 2014. 12 Comments

FizzleIf you’re a regular LWB reader and spend any time in our Community Forums, you will have discovered by now that Fizzle is a hot topic within our community.

We once had an informal poll/discussion with regards to some of the best online business resources and Fizzle was mentioned many times over. Tom even wrote a a post telling you all about its features!

So, I won’t spend time covering things that Tom already has in this post, but what I will do is give you my insider account of the Fizzle experience and the benefits I have gained from my membership there.

If you are interested in building an online business and leaving work behind then you need to keep reading!

Alternatively, if you want to check Fizzle out straight away, get your first month’s membership for just $1 here. Keep Reading

The 100 Blogs You Need in Your Life (LWB 100, 4th Edition)

Written by Tom Ewer on December 10, 2013. 57 Comments

Leaving Work Behind 100The Leaving Work Behind 100 series is getting on for two years old. In that time I have published three editions (now four) of the list and featured many different blogs, past and present.

For those of you who don’t know what the Leaving Work Behind 100 is, the list you will find below is a collection of the top 100 blogs that can help you to quit your job and build a successful online business, as picked by yours truly. As always, I only ever publish a new edition of the list when I feel that it represents a big progression from the previous iteration, which is certainly the case with this fourth edition.

Read on to find out more!

What Makes this Different

As always, this edition of the LWB 100 is a carefully curated list of the blogs that I love the most. It is not hastily thrown together; it is well thought-out. Put simply, if a blog is on this list, it’s worth reading.

So with that out of the way, let’s talk about what’s new.

This edition of the LWB 100 contains over twenty brand new or re-launched blogs. Not only that, some of those blogs are amongst my absolute favorites. The fact that over 20% of the list is made up of brand new and re-launched blogs is testament to how quickly the blogosphere is developing. New entries are marked with a star.

As always, each site is categorized, but I have also included Facebook Like and Twitter Follow buttons for each and every one. If you like the look of something, subscribing is now only a click away.

There is one more new feature, and I consider this the most important: the blogs are no longer ranked in any particular order. When you visit this page, the list will be generated in random order.

Why? Well, I felt that the most popular blogs were getting too much attention, when in reality some of the less popular blogs are than their larger counterparts. I’ve implemented random ordering to address that and give all blogs equal exposure.

A Huge Bonus

I’ve also got something in addition to the list for you today. Something big.

I spoke with many of the bloggers featured below and asked them if they would like to share something with LWB readers as part of this edition of the LWB 100. Many of them were only too happy to do so, which led me to compiling an enormous collection of e-books, manifestos and videos from the likes of Corbett Barr, James Clear, Chris Guillebeau and Tyler Tervooren.

Here are just some of the items you will gain access to:

The list goes on. All you need to do to gain instant access to this resource is enter your email address below and hit “Get Updates”:

I’ll send the link to you straight away, at which point you can unsubscribe if you want to — no strings attached. If you do choose to stick around (and I hope that you do!), you can look forward to weekly updates from Leaving Work Behind.

Before You Start

There are a few things you should take note of before starting with the list:

  1. You can see all of the new and re-launched blogs at a glance by clicking on the header of the first column twice.
  2. Each blog has been categorized by a consideration of its main focus, and the entire list can be sorted by category by clicking on the relevant header. If you feel that a blog has been incorrectly categorized, please let me know.
  3. If you feel that a worthy blog has been missed off the list, please let me know! It may not have made the cut, or I may have missed it. Either way, I would like to know.

With that said, let’s get to it!

The Leaving Work Behind 100 (4th Edition)

Escape From Cubicle NationLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/pamslim‎"][twitter_follow_button user="pamslim"]
1Be a Freelance BloggerFreelancing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/BeAFreelanceBlogger"][twitter_follow_button user="sophielizard"]
Michael HyattEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/michaelhyatt"][twitter_follow_button user="michaelhyatt"]
chrisg.comOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/chrisgarrett"][twitter_follow_button user="chrisgarrett"]
Smart Blog on Social MediaOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/smartbrief"][twitter_follow_button user="sbosm"]
Get Busy LivingLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/Getbusylivingnow"][twitter_follow_button user="benny_hsu"]
KikolaniOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/kristihinespage"][twitter_follow_button user="kikolani"]
Reviews 'n' TipsBlogging[twitter_follow_button user="danielsharkov"]
Get Rich SlowlyPersonal Finance[fb_like_button link="http://www.facebook.com/GetRichSlowly"][twitter_follow_button user="getrichslowly"]
Derek SiversEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/sivers"][twitter_follow_button user="sivers"]
1The 30 Year Old NinjaLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/The30YearOldNinja"]
The Sales LionOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/TheSalesLion"][twitter_follow_button user="TheSalesLion"]
Build A Little BizEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/buildalittlebiz"][twitter_follow_button user="karengunton"]
Point Blank SEOSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/pointblankseo"][twitter_follow_button user="PointBlankSEO"]
1Tuts+ BusinessEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/FreelanceSwitch"][twitter_follow_button user="freelancesw"]
1Caleb WojcikEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/calebwojcikdotcom"][twitter_follow_button user="calebwojcik"]
1Justin JacksonOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="mijustin"]
Mike From MaineInterviews[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/MikeFromMaine"][twitter_follow_button user="MikeFromMaine"]
1Empire FlippersNiche Sites[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/EmpireFlippers"][twitter_follow_button user="empireflippers"]
Four Hour Work Week BlogLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/TimFerriss"][twitter_follow_button user="tferriss"]
Startup Lessons LearnedEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-Ries/204614639577692"][twitter_follow_button user="ericries"]
My Wife Quit Her JobeCommerce[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/mywifequitherjob"][twitter_follow_button user="mywifequit"]
Paid to ExistLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/paidtoexistofficial"][twitter_follow_button user="jonathanmead"]
Dumb Little ManPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/dlmblog"][twitter_follow_button user="JWhite"]
White Hot TruthLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/Danielle.LaPorte.Inc"][twitter_follow_button user="DanielleLaPorte"]
The Unbounce BlogOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/unbounce"][twitter_follow_button user="unbounce"]
Chris BroganOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/chrisbroganmedia"][twitter_follow_button user="chrisbrogan"]
Smart Passive IncomeInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="http://www.facebook.com/smartpassiveincome"][twitter_follow_button user="patflynn"]
Adrienne SmithBlogging[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/AdrienneSmithnet"][twitter_follow_button user="AdrienneSmith40"]
Pushing SocialOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/PushingSocialHQ"][twitter_follow_button user='pushingsocial']
Income DiaryInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/IncomeDiary"][twitter_follow_button user="IncomeDiary"]
Create As FolkLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/createasfolk"][twitter_follow_button user="laurasimms"]
1Moz BlogSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/moz"][twitter_follow_button user="moz"]
Live Your LegendLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/LiveYourLegend"][twitter_follow_button user="_scott_dinsmore"]
ViperchillInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/ViperChill"][twitter_follow_button user="viperchill"]
Prolific LivingPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/ProlificLiving‎"][twitter_follow_button user="prolificliving"]
Exile LifestyleLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/colin.wright"][twitter_follow_button user="colinismyname"]
Jeff KorhanOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-Korhan/113842352010798"][twitter_follow_button user="jeffkorhan"]
1Advanced RiskologyPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/advancedriskology"][twitter_follow_button user="tylertervooren"]
Shoe MoneyInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/shoemoney"][twitter_follow_button user="shoemoney"]
1Writers in ChargeFreelance Writing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/writersincharge"][twitter_follow_button user="youngprepro"]
1Eventual MillionaireEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/eventualmillionaire"][twitter_follow_button user="eventualmillion"]
Write To DoneFreelance Writing[twitter_follow_button user="WritetoDone"]
Steve PavlinaPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/stevepavlinaLLC"][twitter_follow_button user="stevepavlina"]
Income PressInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/incomepress"][twitter_follow_button user="joeykissimmee"]
Location 180Leaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/Location180"][twitter_follow_button user="seanogle"]
QuicksproutInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/quicksprout"][twitter_follow_button user="neilpatel"]
Alexis GrantInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/writeralexisgrant"][twitter_follow_button user='alexisgrant']
ConversionXLOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/ConversionXL"][twitter_follow_button user="peeplaja"]
eCommerce FueleCommerce[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/andrew.youderian"][twitter_follow_button user="ecommercefuel"]
Brian GardnerInternet Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="bgardner"]
Occam's RazorSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/avinash.kaushik"][twitter_follow_button user="avinash"]
1Entrepreneur BoostInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/EntrepreneurBoost"][twitter_follow_button user="ChrisGuthrie"]
1James AltucherEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/JAltucher.Blog"][twitter_follow_button user="jaltucher"]
Freelance FolderFreelancing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/FreelanceFolder"][twitter_follow_button user="FreelanceFolder"]
Blog Marketing AcademyBlogging[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/groups/blogmarketingacademy/"][twitter_follow_button user="davidrisley"]
Tropical MBAInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/Tropicalmba"][twitter_follow_button user="TropicalMBA"]
Seth GodinOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/sethgodin"][twitter_follow_button user="ThisIsSethsBlog"]
Entrepreneur's JourneyInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/yarostarak"][twitter_follow_button user="YaroStarak"]
Make A Living WritingFreelance Writing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/makealivingwriting"][twitter_follow_button user="TiceWrites"]
Famous BloggersBlogging[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/famousbloggers"][twitter_follow_button user="FamousBloggers"]
Men With PensWeb Content[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/menwithpens"][twitter_follow_button user="menwithpens"]
Jonathan FieldsEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/jonathanfields"][twitter_follow_button user="jonathanfields"]
Dollars and RosesInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/dollarsandroses‎"][twitter_follow_button user='dollarsandroses']
Kaiser the SageSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/jason.acidre"][twitter_follow_button user="jasonacidre"]
Buffer BlogPersonal Development[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/bufferapp"][twitter_follow_button user="buffer"]
1James ClearPersonal Development[twitter_follow_button user="james_clear"]
1Amanda AbellaLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/coachamandaabella"][twitter_follow_button user="amandaabella"]
1Chris DuckerOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="chrisducker"]
Sparring MindOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/SparringMind"][twitter_follow_button user='SparringMind']
Rise To The TopInterviews[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/risetothetop"][twitter_follow_button user='TheRiseToTheTop']
Social Media ExaminerOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/smexaminer"][twitter_follow_button user="smexaminer"]
1Gregory CiottiOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="gregoryciotti"]
Foolish AdventureInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/FoolishAdventure"][twitter_follow_button user="TimConley"]
1Nathan BarryOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="nathanbarry"]
Zen HabitsPersonal Development[twitter_follow_button user="zen_habits"]
1Making it AnywhereLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/MakingItAnywhere"][twitter_follow_button user="anywhereists"]
1Wake Up CloudLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/WakeUpCloud"][twitter_follow_button user="henrijunttila"]
Steve Scott SiteInternet Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/authorityaffiliate"][twitter_follow_button user="stevescott1"]
MixergyInterviews[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/Mixergy"][twitter_follow_button user="mixergy"]
CopybloggerWeb Content[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/CopybloggerMedia"][twitter_follow_button user="copyblogger"]
ProBloggerBlogging[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/problogger"][twitter_follow_button user="problogger"]
Matthew WoodwardSEO[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/matthewwoodward.co.uk"][twitter_follow_button user='MattWoodwardUK']
The Suitcase EntrepreneurLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/suitcaseentrepreneur‎"][twitter_follow_button user='suitcasepreneur']
Marie ForleoLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/marieforleo"][twitter_follow_button user="marieforleo"]
Daily Blog TipsBlogging[twitter_follow_button user="danielscocco"]
1Virtual Miss FridayFreelancing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/VMFLtd"][twitter_follow_button user="VMFLtd"]
1Give Me Back My Five BucksPersonal Finance[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/givemebackmyfivebucks"][twitter_follow_button user="krystalatwork"]
Social TriggersOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="http://www.facebook.com/socialtriggers"][twitter_follow_button user="derekhalpern"]
Niche PursuitsNiche Sites[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/pages/NichePursuitscom/209882025692724"][twitter_follow_button user="nichepursuits"]
Passive PandaEntrepreneurship[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/passivepanda‎"][twitter_follow_button user="PassivePanda"]
Duct Tape MarketingOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/ducttapemarketing"][twitter_follow_button user="ducttape"]
The Art of Non-ConformityLeaving Work Behind[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/pages/chris-guillebeau/211421872236488"][twitter_follow_button user="chrisguillebeau"]
KISSMetricsOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="KISSmetrics"]
1The SparklineOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="Fizzle"]
Man vs. DebtPersonal Finance[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/ManVsDebt"][twitter_follow_button user="ManVsDebt"]
The Word ChefOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/mywordchef"][twitter_follow_button user="TeaSilvestre"]
Danny BrownOnline Marketing[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/SocialMediaBusinessMarketing"][twitter_follow_button user="dannybrown"]
1The Write LifeWriting[fb_like_button link="https://www.facebook.com/thewritelifesite"][twitter_follow_button user="thewritelife"]
Firepole MarketingOnline Marketing[twitter_follow_button user="DannyIny"]

What Now?

Simple: start exploring!

I would recommend that you sort the blogs by category and pick a few that are of interest. Alternatively, if you’re familiar with the LWB 100 then I would recommend you take a look at the new blogs. And you can of course bookmark this post and come back to it whenever you want to find out more on a specific topic.

Please Take A Moment To Spread The Word

The LWB 100 took me a staggering amount of time to put together. I would be extremely appreciative if you would take a moment to share it with your friends and followers. Thank you.

If you would like to feature the list on your own blog, you are more than welcome to do so, but please – link back to Leaving Work Behind.

Finally, if you have been featured on the LWB 100, please feel free to feature the badge found at the top of this post on your blog!

How I Attracted 2,000 Visitors to a Brand New Blog [5 Steps]

Written by Tom Ewer on December 6, 2013. 50 Comments

CrowdMany people believe that a blog’s growth must follow certain “rules” — that you have to pay your dues over a period of weeks and months before you can expect to attract a sizable audience.

But in reality, one can build a blog and start attracting visitors tomorrow; it’s just a case of getting a few ingredients right.

With the above in mind, in this post I want to share with you the story of how I attracted around 2,000 visitors to my brand new blog and what ingredients were necessary in order to make it happen.

How a Brand New Blog Attracted Nearly 2,000 Visitors

If you are a regular LWB reader you will know about my relatively new blog, Healthy Enough. I say “brand new” above because I made some major changes last weekend which, when combined, were tantamount to starting from scratch.

In short, I turned my entire blogging strategy on its head. Instead of enormous 2-4,000 word articles once per week, I decided to start writing concise and actionable 4-600 word pieces every day (at least for the time being). To bring a clear focus to that approach, I decided to create a minimalistic theme that puts visitors’ focus entirely upon the content and allows it to be easily read across multiple platforms.

The new Healthy Enough.

The new Healthy Enough home page.

In the end I took down all of the articles I had written to date and started entirely anew (although I am re-purposing sections of the old articles to create new ones).

On Monday I started by publishing an article on fad diets featuring the opinion of Alan Aragon — the nutrition advisor for Men’s Health Magazine (amongst other things). I had asked Alan to answer one simple question: what he thought the single biggest change the average person can make to positively affect their health and fitness was.

My original plan was to include Alan’s answer amongst many others in an epic roundup post, the likes of which you see all over the blogosphere. However, that didn’t jive with my new content strategy, so I opted to make an entire article out of Alan’s quote.

I wrote up the article in about thirty minutes and hit Publish. before I went to bed on Sunday night I sent Alan a quick email as follows:

Hi Alan,

Although I had planned to include your answer in a larger piece, it inspired me to write a standalone article, which I’ve just published: http://healthyenough.net/alan-aragon-fad-diets/. It’s only a quick read (I like to keep things short and snappy on Healthy Enough). I hope you like it!


Tom Ewer

The next day, my analytics for Healthy Enough looked like this:

Clicky Analytics

It turns out that a few hours after I had sent my email, Alan had replied:

Love it! Shared it on Facebook to my 5000 friends & 4580 followers 🙂

Healthy Enough saw 1,283 unique visitors pass through its virtual doors that day, which places it amongst the top five traffic days Leaving Work Behind — a 2 1/2 year old blog — has experienced.

Of course, the traffic has since plummeted and things are more back to normal; one share does not make a blog. But that single share (and all of its associated shares) have brought nearly 2,000 visitors to my site over the past four days, despite the fact that the blog is (to all intents and purposes) only four days old. I have no doubt that the number of visitors from that single share will exceed 2,000 before the week is out.

How Did I Do It?

I believe there are five distinct reasons why I was able to get off to such a great start.

1. Design

Let’s face it: most new blogs look terrible. The design is typically amateurish. I’m not judging — I’ve been there and done that.

The problem with poor design is that it can persuade people that your content isn’t worth reading before they’ve even read it. If the above article had been posted on a typically amateurish-looking blog, the chances of Alan sharing it would have dropped precipitously.

That’s one of the reasons I chose to go with such a simple, minimal design. You might tell me that you don’t like it (and your feedback, as always, is welcomed), but I don’t think you can say it looks bad per se. It’s plain, simple and well-presented. In short, the design lets the content speak for itself, which is precisely what worked in my favor when it came to getting the article shared.

2. Content

There is of course no chance that Alan would have shared my article if it had been crap. I had to write something good to provoke the share.

I believe that the article has two broad characteristics which largely defined its success:

  1. It’s concise, well-written and engaging — i.e. it has something of value to offer the reader, but does not ask them to sacrifice anything more than a couple of minutes to read it.
  2. It takes Alan’s opinion and uses it as a basis for a rounded argument against fad diets.

I cannot stress the importance of the second characteristic enough. In a blogosphere filled with “30 Experts Talk About…”, I went in completely the opposite direction and focused on just one expert in one post.

What are you more likely to share: a roundup in which you are one “expert” amongst thirty, or a post that focuses solely upon you?

3. Depth of Content

If this truly had been my first post, Alan might have been reticent to share. After all, would the blog be around next week, or the week after?

So although I was starting from scratch, I spent last weekend writing up articles based upon the previous enormous articles I had written and scheduled them back to September 2013 (when the blog was first launched).

When it comes to launching a blog, I recommend this course of action. Don’t start with a handful of articles that you’ve just published — date them so that they stretch back for a period of weeks, or ideally, months. That way, your blog doesn’t look brand new, even though it might be.

4. Outreach

If you read my email to Alan above, you may have noticed that I didn’t actually ask him to share. Quite frankly, asking people for shares is something I have grown out of. I never liked doing it — it left a bad taste in my mouth.

Instead, I now focus on two things:

  1. Letting my content do the talking: if it’s good enough, people will share it.
  2. Building a long term relationship: someone might not share my post first time around, but hopefully that first interaction is just the beginning of a valuable relationship.

If Alan hadn’t shared the post, that would’ve been fine. But by reaching out to him and showing my respect for his opinion by writing an article based upon his opinion on fad diets, I have established a modicum of recognition in his mind for my blog. That’s something I can work with in the future.

I don’t mean for that to sound like I’m trying to “manufacture” relationships, because I’m really not. The fact is that I like a lot of what Alan has to say about health and fitness and he seems like a good guy. Why wouldn’t I want to be acquainted with him?

5. Luck

Finally, we must not ignore the key factor of luck.

I might write another five of these posts and not get a single share. That’s the nature of the beast, but it shouldn’t discourage you. If you put enough high quality content out there and work on establishing genuine relationships with influencers in your niche, I strongly believe that everything else will take care of itself in time.

It just so happens that I hit the jackpot with my first post. That won’t always happen. I understand that I may not experience that success again for some time (although I will certainly be trying to replicate it).

You have to be philosophical about blog marketing: it won’t always work. But the more times you try to make it work — the more times you give it an opportunity to work — the greater your success will be in the long run.

Like the old phrase goes, you make your own luck.

Putting It Into Practice

I was speaking to James Clear yesterday and he told me a quick story about a friend of his who had gotten in the best shape of his life over the summer with a specific training program. That friend was almost ruefully re-living the way he felt at the time. In response to that, James’ thought-process was clear: why did he stop? If he had discovered a training program that made his friend grow strong and feel great, why did he stop doing it?

The moral of the story is this: once you find something that works, do it again and again.

When it comes to Healthy Enough, I have a handful of different strategies I will be using to promote the site. The “expert opinion” strategy detailed above is one of them. Now that I have had a taste of success with Alan’s post, I will be making sure that I give myself the greatest chance of repeating that success by publishing many more similar posts. Here’s another one that I published yesterday (and no, the author hasn’t shared it yet ;-)).

So, if I have inspired you to try something similar to my one-post expert roundup strategy, remember that luck plays a big part, and repetition is the key to sustained success. Good luck!

Image Credit: James Cridland

Thinking Of Giving Up? Read This.

Written by Tom Ewer on November 21, 2013. 21 Comments

Update: This post was originally published in June 2011. It has been re-edited and expanded upon. Enjoy!

"Give Up" written in graffitiThe path of leaving work behind is littered with obstacles and at times your efforts can seem entirely fruitless.

If you are reading this, you may well be considering throwing the towel in. If you think that you’ve had enough, then you may as well close your browser down now and turn the television on.

Still with me? Great!

That’s all we need — the small ounce of staying power that still exists in you. We can develop that into something much stronger. As long as there is still a scrap of determination left in you, we can exploit it to better your chances of success.

I can spend all day telling you to persist and work hard, but by now, you will probably feel like those paths are well worn by the dusty boot heels of your failure. You need something more. That’s what I plan to give you.

Leaving Work Behind Is a Hopeless Venture

The above statement is absolutely true for every single person who has tried and given up.

It clearly was a hopeless venture for them, as they reached their breaking point without experiencing the requisite level of success. For everyone else who is still trying, leaving work behind is possible; you just have to figure out how.

The Formula for Success

In logical terms, success is achieved by executing a very simple formula:

Endeavour + Competence + Time = Success

You can translate that formula into three steps:

  1. Undertake to succeed
  2. Carry out that undertaking with adequate ability
  3. Follow steps 1 and 2 until success is achieved

From an objective perspective, if you do not succeed, you did not apply yourself properly and/or did not apply yourself for long enough. It’s that simple.

My Experiences With Prolonged Failure

When I first started on my journey to leaving work behind, I had no idea how I would create a successful online business. But I started anyway — I picked what I thought was a good opportunity to make money (niche sites) and I ran with it.

Fast-forward several months and I had nothing to show for it. In fact, I had lost money. You can see this for yourself by scanning through my monthly income at the time.

I could have given up then. After all — my efforts had resulted in nothing but failure. Fortunately, my drive to succeed was strong and I still believed that success is ultimately a matter of persistence.

Then, in September 2011, I got the break I so sorely needed: I landed my first freelance blogging job. I didn’t hesitate to grab the opportunity I had discovered. Three months later I quit my job.

Fast-forward to present day, and in October 2013 I made $5,661 from my writing business.

It all began with that break back in September 2011 — incidentally, with an opportunity that I never saw coming. I had never imaged that freelance blogging would be the solution for me. It’s a good thing I didn’t give up when all I had to show for my efforts were failure.

Knowing When to Change Tack

The main moral of the above story is that persistence is so often the key to success. But there’s more to it than that — your persistence must considered. After all, there does come a point when you have beaten a particular venture to death.

If you are certain that whatever you are doing is not going to reap sufficient rewards, consider a change of tack. You are not giving up by doing so — you are making a smart decision to move onto opportunities that are more likely to get you to where you want to be.

The ability to recognize when you will not be able to achieve your goals is extremely valuable. It will help enormously. Giving up will not.

Are You Sure You’re Not Capable of Leaving Work Behind?

If you have read this far and still think that quitting your job and building an online business is impossible, fine. I will not try to persuade you otherwise. However, I do want you to consider three questions:

  1. Are you happy with your personal situation?
  2. Do you enjoy your job?
  3. Do you have as much money as you would like?

Why do I ask these questions? Because the act of leaving work behind, executed correctly, can positively affect all three areas.

If you are sure that you cannot succeed in your online venture, then what is going to replace it as your ticket to improving all three areas of your life? If there is nothing, are you truly ready to give up on the meaning of life?

The Alternatives

If you’ve decided that making money online isn’t for you, you need to find what is.

Find something that can catapult you to better things. There is no person in this world that is as happy or successful as he or she possibly can be. While leaving work behind is most often typified by quitting your job and building a successful lifestyle business, that is not the only path.

Alternatively, simply exist and accept what you have, and try to find peace in that. Not my preferred option.

There is always room for personal improvement. I strongly believe that anyone can carve out a niche for themselves. It does not have to be making money online. You could find happiness and fulfillment in youth coaching, plumbing, or business consultancy. Who knows? The point is, if you haven’t found that niche, by halting your efforts you are giving up on the potential for a higher quality of life and resigning yourself to the status quo.

A Concluding Question

What would you rather do — frustrate yourself trying damn hard to make things better for yourself, or simply accept that you will never be content? I’ll pick frustration every time.

Don’t forget that the Leaving Work Behind community is here to support you. Join us on the forums, share your concerns and frustrations, and we will only be too happy to help.

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