Do you read Budgets Are Sexy or Making Sense of Cents? How about Smart Passive Income? ESI Money or Money Boss? I read them all, though less often than I should. They are all at the top of their game.
- J Money recently turned down a $1 million deal for his sexy blog bunch.
- Michelle is making $100,000 a MONTH from affiliate income…and created a course about it.
- Pat Flynn is…well, Pat Flynn (Google “king of online money”). He’s making millions a year.
- ESI Money just pulled off early retirement.
- Money Boss sold his previous site for beaucoup bucks years ago and is restarting a blog empire.
Shared Qualities of the Successful
Do you know what they have in common? They are sincerely wonderful people. I’ve met them. They are awesome. But more importantly for our class today, they’re positive people and are all more motivated than squirrels are for nuts.
Yep, positivity and a “can do” attitude is what it takes…makes you gag, right?
Well, suck it up. I know for a fact that those two ingredients make the recipe for success. How? Because that’s how I grew BFS so quickly when I started in 2010 and how I’m growing Crystal’s Cozy Care Pet Sitting now. Why am I not filthy rich and/or retired yet?
Because I stopped being positive and motivated. Well, at least not at all times.
My Little Detour
My main online business was centered on the world of link sales. When a business wanted to rank higher in search results, they would pay bloggers to mention their business and link to it in their posts. Then they’d rank higher thanks to the link juice. I negotiated the deals between the businesses and the bloggers for a commission. It was super profitable in 2011-2012.
Then Google changed its ranking algorithms, and link sales were decimated. Not annihilated, but actually decimated…I started bringing in around 10% to 20% of what had become my norm.
Obviously, that was a pretty big glitch to my plans. Not as obviously, it apparently kicked my ego’s ass too. My optimism took a beating and my motivation belches out like bad engine backfires.
I’m Choosing Optimism, Dammit
Well, screw that. It’s been a few years, I’ve created a successful pet sitting business with my occasional bursts of motivation, and I’m back to blogging out of the love for it. No more pouting about future plans that were pooped on by Google. My future is waiting for me to create it right now.
How to Be Optimistic
Okay, so this is fine and dandy if you are naturally a positive person, but how do you create a better mindset if you usually expect the worst?
- Surround yourself with optimists. Good moods are contagious.
- Get busy. If you are truly involved in something, you won’t have time to dwell.
- Fake it until you make it. Just acting peppy and perky actually leads to you being peppier and perkier. Wild, right?
Don’t believe optimism and persistence are all it takes to succeed? That sounds pessimistic to me… 😉
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!