It has been a long time since I've sat down to write an entry as long as this one, and while I've been eager to come back here and share more of my experiences with you, I just couldn't figure out what to say. Even when there was an interesting idea for an article popping in my mind, well, I just didn't feel like writing.
I've been sincerely struggling to get back to blogging, mostly because I believe that to take my businesses to the next level I would have to stretch myself way beyond my comfort zone. I would have to put a lot more of me in everything I do online.
Back in 2013, shortly after writing about the death of my blog, I realised that the success story of many online entrepreneurs are intrinsically related to how much they are willing to put themselves in the first line of fire for their businesses.
In other words, they are willing to share a lot about their personal take in life, to be more transparent about their struggles and, of course, to be open for the criticism that follows. I knew I would have to do the same, but I just wasn't ready for it.
I used to worry that going down this path would eventually prevent me from finding enough time for myself. You see, I'm sort of an introvert, at least to some degree, and having some time for myself is an important part of my life.
I still wonder how easy, or hard, will it be to find that quality time once I get all of the inbound marketing strategies I want to implement rolling, but I figure the best way to deal with it would be to make this a non-issue by talking about it here.
If you just happen to be struggling with something similar, I would love to hear your story, so please, by all means, leave a comment below—or get in touch. The one thing you should know about me is that I never, ever, never, judge.
With that said, let me take a big breath (sigh) and dive in a little bit deeper.
The past few years have been the most challenging period of my life, and while I'm still not out of the woods I'm getting quite close to the edge.
In short, I've been in a long retreat. All I've done during this period of self-imposed isolation was to work as hard as I could to improve old skills and learn new ones. I had to take a few steps back before being able to take a big step forward.
It turns out this was the best decision I could have possibly made.
The proof of the pudding is in the writing of this article, but to help you put things in context, let me give you a bit more details on what exactly has happened.
During these past years, I've sharpened my design skills, I taught myself how to code a website, how to SEO my way into getting first page on Google, how to hack growth into building a mailing list, how to leverage social media to build my personal brand, and I even built a few money making websites along the way.
Seriously, I'm making affiliate commissions daily on this site while sleeping.
Taking the time to improve my skillset helped me to build the confidence I need to take a step into a new direction. I'm happy to say is working as expected.
If you are in a similar situation, let me give you a friendly advice: figure out what you need to do and be relentless. I've literally worked 7 days a week 16-18 hours a day with very little time to rest at all. There were times that I couldn't tell if the day of the week was a Wednesday or a Sunday. Even now, every day is a business day.
Looking backwards, I almost can't recognise myself. The person I am today is miles away from the person I used to be. It's quite an odd experience to remember your past experiences this way, but I guess this is just an unexpected side effect of becoming a slightly better version of myself.
With the advantage of hindsight, I can tell you with no shadow of a doubt, that every single person on this Earth is capable of that sort of change, you just need to be willing to sacrifice your old self for the better version you're working to become.
Phew! Where all of that leaves me now?
I'm finally taking that crucial step in putting myself right in the line of fire by producing online courses on the topic of logo design and branding.
I'm working hard to make these the most resourceful and helpful courses you'll ever find online, and I'm counting with your help to be sure they are all of that.
I welcome you to join me on Facebook where I'll be making announcements about these courses and a lot more. I'll send out free access codes on the launch day—not defined yet—as a way to say thanks for your support.
That's all friendly folk, get ready to see a lot more about me out there.
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