In the previous article in this series, I discussed the importance of identifying “your calling.”
Your calling is something that you would willingly do every day if you had no other life complications getting in your way. It’s something that you do out of necessity — almost like breathing. When you embrace your calling and use it to create something of value, you can make a living doing what you love every day.
My calling is to write. Through writing I can captivate, inspire, and share myself with readers as I tell my stories.
From 2001 to 2003, I kept a blog while I was attending college. For the uninformed, a “blog” is the coined term for a “web log,” defined as any website consisting of dated entries.
My choice to create the blog wasn’t because of some class assignment, nor was it some bandwagon that I was hopping onto so that I could fit in with my peers — it was something I did creatively for my own enjoyment. I scraped together a spare computer that I configured as a web server, laid out a design for a web log, and began writing in it almost daily.
The blog contained my trials and triumphs as a college student. The blog was where I put myself out there for all to see, if they wanted to see me.
I wrote about people I met, places I went, classes I had, and girls I pursued.
I wrote about relationship struggles, life struggles, and the lessons I learned.
I wrote about the experiences that defined me as unique, and developed a surprisingly large audience of interested readers.
For every entry on my blog, I averaged two hours of writing. The first hour was spent getting all of my thoughts out, and the second hour was spent meticulously editing the wording. I kept an ever-growing list of entries that I wanted to write, but limited myself to writing only one entry per day.
These methods I was using are the proven methods of successful professional bloggers, but I was never taught how to write this way — I did it without having to be taught, because writing is my calling.
Thanks to the Internet, I have been able to share my writing with an infinitely large audience. The best part about an audience this large is there will always be someone who appreciates your efforts. Even if most people forever remain unaware of my presence on the Internet, there will always be some that find value in what I’ve created that willingly seek it out.
There will be readers that consider me to be their muse. There will be readers that view me as a rambling idiot.
There will be readers who agree with what I have to say and become inspired to create positive change in their own life. There will be readers who read what I have to say simply to disagree with me.
There will be readers that visit my site and discover precisely what they were searching for. There will be readers that discover nothing except how they wasted their time.
When you take your idea to the Internet, you’re talking to everyone. People are bound to disagree, be offended, or even try to boo you off the stage — but for every person who turns their nose up at your decision to follow your calling, there’s another who applauds you graciously.
Try and imagine what you would do in the face of a million onlookers. Take your calling and transform it into something that can be presented as something of value to another person. Creating value is the second step of my method for automating your income online — so your next task is to develop an idea of how your calling can be presented in the online medium of the world wide web.
The idea for LifeReboot.com came to me during a time where I wanted to change myself radically so that I could live a more enjoyable life. Once I discovered how I could do that, I naturally wanted to share that discovery with everyone searching for the same steps.
I began sharing my story online, and now I’m doing what I love every day.
[Next article in this series: How To Automate Your Income Online 3 – Know Your Limitations]
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