Self Doubt… Time To Start Failing.

It’s funny to me how willing people are to question themselves.  I experience it constantly at work.  People who are afraid that they won’t be good enough at a potential promotion so they never apply.  People who are unwilling to take on a task or complete a task because they are afraid of their workmanship.  These are people who are often already doing the tasks associated with the promotion or have set examples of craftmanship in the past.  It’s irrational…

And yet, it’s constant.  And I’m no giant when it comes to overcoming it.  I have doubts that I’ll be able to run an online shopping site, learn how to dropship expertly, or create and maintain a podcast.  But like this blog (which I might be moving to a hosted site), I plan on bypassing that “confidence barrier”.  I am commiting myself to going beyond any self doubt, just like I committed to writing three blog posts a week.

And the beauty of that?  I know for a fact that I’m going to fail…

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I know that I won’t be as successful the first time I try a podcast, or shop, or whatever comes up.  I know that it won’t be incredibly successful (with a potential lucky exception)…  But I know that I will learn…

That’s one of the many things I’m good at (I didn’t say I lacked confidence, I only said I had self doubt…).  I can learn, and research, and grow and become an expert in any of the items I’m discussing.  We literally have the internet at our disposal…  The only thing you need beyond that is time, will power and a mind that can grasp it.

So, yes, I will fail.  My first podcast will not be professional immediately.  It will not make much money (Affiliate marketing for example).  But I will learn from it…  And I plan on taking that first podcast and continuing to make it even while I start others.  And as I use that first podcast to learn how to do it well, I’ll use that knowledge to make others stronger from the start.

Same thing with this blog and others.  I’ll learn how to write better (and use less parenthetical statements!).  And I’ll start other blogs.  I already have several ideas I think would be fruitful.  Several of them will be awful.  I welcome the awful one’s, those are the one’s that will make the good ones great.

Self Doubt is something we all deal with, even at home.  Am I a good enough father, provider, mother, wife, husband?  Could I be better?  Well, I am sick of the self doubt when it comes to writing, to podcasting and to making money online…  Time to start failing…

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How can we monetize?

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I’m struggling with several things in my life.

From government programs taking away my son’s liberty, to how I’m going to spend my weekend (spoiler: I’m going to be working around the house).  What’s at the top of my struggles right now?  How to monetize an online presence…  I am hopeful that this blog will help me to advance in that direction for instance.  But hope, is not substantial…  My Grandmother had a phrase, “Want in one hand and spit in the other and see which one fills up faster.”  Same thing applies to hope.

So, what should I do outside of just hoping to monetize the blog and other online initiatives?  Currently, I’m looking into affiliate sales, podcasting (still working on how best to monetize that), utilizing this blog, andonline dropshipping sites.  There is nothing more liberating for a citizen than to become economically independent.  Capitalism is the golden bar for liberty.  Anybody who tells you otherwise is inexperienced or power hungry.

I’ll use this blog to document them and my successes and failures.  In the long run, even the documentation of them might serve to help with monetizing.  I’m going to improve my writing as I continue (feedback welcome) and the successes AND failures can find their way into a book.  Even a What NOT to do book would be helpful (actually that would be helpful to me right now).  I’m shooting for at least three posts a week on what I’ve been working on/researching.

I would appreciate your help with this as well…  Tell me what I’m doing wrong.  Sign up to follow this blog, comment, share.  I absolutely need to gather people who are interested in adding supplemental income and are also willing to follow and share their journeys with me.  When I am going down the wrong path, I would LOVE to hear WHY.

Share your stories with me…

You can also follow me on twitter @IamGreeneye

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