from the Get To Know Me series.
I’m a family man that wants the best for my family, and more than I had; that wants to reach all of my creative and financial goals, and create opportunities for my loved ones; that wants to burn black holes in the dark memories.
I used to be a teacher. Taught 4th and 5th grade for a decade. Got out of that because I was burned out and even more dissatisfied with the state of the industry. I stopped believing in the system and no longer cared more than my students did. The writing was on the wall. So I left teaching and found internet marketing and to a greater-more-specific degree, content and copywriting as a freelancer, and in-house marketer for names you prob’ly know.
I do earn a full time living and support my family. We’re not hurting like many others are out there. But it’s still not enough. And recently, I have had to ask myself, “What do I really have in all this?”
I don’t have my own traffic, don’t have my own digital assets, don’t have my own email list. I won’t have anything if I don’t wake up tomorrow and do it again, and again and again, etc. I’ve been going nearly five years in this manner, and though it has it’s perks like I never miss my child’s dentist appointments, leave the house at a whim, enjoy an empty gym at Noon, “punch in” at midnight in my long underwear with bed head, and I’ve exceeded my teacher’s income, I still find myself feeling like I’m a flat tire away from disaster.
So where’s the ideal starting point for someone like me (and maybe you too if it applies)?
I have the confidence, the necessary skill set and ability to create my own business (around me as opposed to being in complete service to others). I think the answer is just one day at a time. One blog post at a time. One new connection at a time. One new customer at a time. Doing those things for a long time. It’s like Seth says, “drip, drip, drip.”
With this post, I want you to know the shoes I’m standing in right now. I’m barely out of the starting gates, but I know I can do this, and I’d like for you to know you can too.
I know one thing… I’m going to do this before I REALLY have to.