The Journey

In order to enjoy the journey, you must abandon the people pleasing part of you. The one that oftentimes is needed in order to navigate through life.

Trying to please everyone is a sure way to please no one. Trying to please some is also a sure way to displease all the rest.

Why compromise?

Why sacrifice time and effort?

Write for yourself. Write about what you’d like to read. The kind of stuff you’d genuinely want to engage with.

There’s simply no reason to do otherwise, let alone time.

I am by no means advocating for self-centred posts about what you had for breakfast, what your spouse did or what happened on a summer afternoon twenty years ago. No, no. Those are not the things that truly matter. They never did.

Ask yourself this question: what are the experiences that shaped me as a person? And in what way have they shaped me.

This should give you a ton to write about. Unless you’ve been living in a cellar for most of your life, in which case I doubt you’d be reading this book.

The significant moments in our life, the ones who make some people grey and wise, the ones that alter our destiny, are the ones we’d all want to read about, for it is always a good thing to learn from other people’s experiences.

This is a sure way to add value, which is what the Internet is all about. Value, entertainment, and connection, which oddly enough, is the title of the next chapter.

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This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, the Journey: A No Bullshit Guide to Blogging.

To be released on September the 1st.

Special offer: those of you who pre-order the book will receive a free criticism of your blog.

The Journey: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging, only $4.99 on my e-store here.

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Imagine

imaginationmotivationSuch a wonderful gift the world has given us… the power of imagination. We can make anything up in our minds. Create anything at all. Re-arrange elements, add or subtract…

It is said we spend about 30% of the time daydreaming. It is said we fall asleep imagining perfect scenarios…some times we sleep with them inside our heads too.

Tonight I’m going to tell you how imagination can help you get everything you ever wanted. Continue reading

Expectations

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – William Shakespeare
Odds are that you set your expectations too high. Why is this important? Why is this even in this book?

Because your expectations are going to work against you. And you are going to want to give up. When you write a post and no one bothers to comment, when it feels as if you are not having the results you wanted, which means you aren’t good enough, and maybe this isn’t for you.

I know. Been there, done that.

First month blogging, I had five hundred views in total. Not what I was expecting.

You’ve got to learn to act without expectation. Easier said than done, right?

But you’ve got to understand that results take time. Longer than you predict. Significantly longer. Also, you’ve got to simply do your thing and enjoy the journey(this is becoming a running theme).

Blog for the sake of it. Blog because you have something to say, not because you want to say something.

This might seem like such a big cliche to you, but we often forget that cliches tell the truth. One that is so obvious that we tend to dismiss it.

Then there’s this other thing: the things that some people spend lifetimes doing seem effortless. Ever watched a great athlete? Or a brilliant artist?

Heck, most people would think it easy to film themselves and upload said videos on YouTube.

It is not.

You find yourself thinking “I could do that,” you’re not considering the learning curve. You think it’s too easy.

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere…

That’s why expectations are bad. That’s why being result oriented is bad. Because when dreaming about said results, we always neglect to take into account the obstacles, the sacrifices, all the petty frustrations.

This is not a sprint, which is also why you cannot rely solely on enthusiasm alone to do the job.

As they say, patience is a virtue.

Let go of any expectations, and enjoy the journey.

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This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, the Journey: A No Bullshit Guide to Blogging.

To be released on September the 1st.

Special offer: those of you who pre-order the book will receive a free criticism of your blog.

The Journey: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging, only $4.99 on my e-store here.

Why To Never Give Up

I often say that perseverance matters a lot. Because it all takes hard work and discipline.

Being resilient means facing adversity. Also, nothing works the first few times.

You’ve got to understand that greatness is achieved, not offered. It is earned.

This is why you should never give up.

As long as you keep fighting, anything is possible. If you quit, you’ve lost.

As they say, you can’t beat someone who doesn’t give up.

Never give up!

The Journey: A no-bullshit guide to blogging

“Those who can do, those who can’t teach.”George Bernard Shaw

The so-called expert loses all credibility the moment he decides to ignore this profound truth: he doesn’t really know what he did to achieve his success.

Not the opening you were expecting?

Life has the quality of being random, which we hate(that is why most people are superstitious.) There are events that we cannot control, predict, or even influence.

That being said, if you choose not to read this book, let me give you one piece of advice that holds true: perseverance.

Is that all, you may ask. Yes, it is.

In my five years of daily blogging I discovered that even though one has no strategy, no knowledge, no relations, but works and works and works, one can usually get ahead of those who contemplate the perfect strategy over and over again.

Don’t think, just do is a principle that holds true in all areas of life.

And I’ll offer the following example: the first draft of any piece of fiction is awful.

The purpose, thus, is not to write a brilliant first draft, but to simply get it done with. Then you can edit.

The same principle goes for almost anything in life. It is important to get started, to develop a habit, then you can develop a strategy.

The Journey is a no-bullshit take of what’s supposed to work for those who are willing to persevere, while the previous statement makes it clear that they could do well enough without employing(or even reading) the principles found in this book.

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Guys, I am excited to announce the Journey.

I do not like the term “guide” but I had to use it in my title. What I do like to tell you is this: the book is helpful. I put a lot of effort into giving you “no-bullshit” advice. What I mean by that? Stuff that I know works. Common sense that may not be so common. Insights and inspiration. The right kind of mindset. Developing the habit.

Launch date? The first of September.

Special offer: those of you who pre-order the book will receive a free criticism of your blog.

The Journey: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging, only $4.99 on my e-store here.

The box


There are certain patterns of thinking that limit our possibilities, that hinder our potential.

Trying to play it safe, trying to be reasonable, trying to do what’s easy, our longing for future comfort, safety, or the idea that some people are gifted and we’re not.

We define our own selves. We also limit ourselves.

Fear is simply a story we tell ourselves.

The things we can (or can’t) do are rarely a reflection of actual abilities, but rather a reflection of our beliefs in said abilities.

There is no box. There are no limits. Impossible is nothing.

Cliches, right?

But it’s well to remember from time to time that all cliches become so because they are painfully true.

Thus, the trick is to revel in the posibility of reaching a certain level of mastery, the highest level of performance in any given field.

The idea is not to become the best, but to always become better.

Simple, isn’t?

As long as it takes

Dreams don’t come true through magic or by accident.

Dreams come true because you believe in them and are willing to work on making them happen.

You can do anything in life as long as you believe and don’t give up. Continue reading