At the end of the day it doesn't really matter how you get to where you want to be.
What matters is that you start getting there.
And it doesn't really matter whether you have to flip burgers for a while.
Or work as a security guard.
Or serve coffee.
What matters is that you start getting there.
And keep getting there.
One step at a time..
When I started writing my first book I had this grand vision of becoming a best selling author.
I thought that I would generate thousands in passive income selling my ebooks.
Now four years later I still barely make any passive income with my ebooks.
Even though I achieved best selling status multiple times.
Which doesn't really mean a damn thing.
Because pretty much everybody gets best seller status on Amazon.
Sometimes it's already enough to sell a few dozen copies of 99 cent ebooks to become a bestselling author on Amazon.
By the way that's the trick most of these online courses use to get you to buy their courses.
They guarantee best seller status. Now you know...
Now don't get me wrong here, it's still a nice thing to achieve but a few hundred dollars just don't pay the bills.
So I had to find other ways to pay the bills.
Just like most authors out there do many different things at the same time.
Because self publishing and generating passive income with ebooks just doesn't work (anymore).
Unless you're famous or have a million followers.
And just like I said yesterday, there are a few skills we all have to master to become successful doing our own things.
Like it or not.
I didn't like it when I started out.
So I had to learn it the hard way.
And even these skills might sometimes not be enough.
So what can you do when nothing seems to work out?
What can you do when you've been trying to do your own thing, the thing you're passionate about, the thing you're really good at but you can barely make a living?
Probably the most important thing if you want to do your own thing, something you love and are passionate about is that you have to somehow achieve financial stability first.
Because doing your own thing, no matter how good you are takes a hell lot of time until you can make a living doing it.
And we're not talking about months here.
We're probably talking about years...
So you've gotta find other ways to make a living, to achieve financial stability while you're working on your own thing, doing what you're passionate about and what you're really good at.
And again, it doesn't really matter how you get there.
As long as you find something that pays the bills and you don't have to starve to death doing your thing.
I think this is probably the most important thing.
You've gotta have the basics covered.
Because if you don't have the basics covered you'll always make short term decisions.
But you just can't keep making short term decisions in a game that you can only win when you play the long game.
Again, it it doesn't matter how you get there.
As long as it gives you enough freedom and time to work on your thing.
Maybe you work a proper job for 1-2 years and save as much as you possibly can so you have enough cash in the bank to quit your day job.
That's what got me started.
Maybe you do a job that doesn't tax your mental bandwidth.
Nothing wrong about that.
Einstein worked a boring job in a patent office sorting files while he was doing his thing.
Maybe you flip burgers for a while.
Or you serve coffee.
Or you start an import-export business on the side.
Or you live in a cheap country for a while.
That's also what I did.
At the end of the day it doesn't really matter how you get there.
As long as you try everything you can to get there.
The truth is that you have to do a lot of things you probably don't enjoy doing so much to be able to do the things you love doing so much.
And getting there will be different for all of us.
For me I got there by building multiple side businesses.
So now I have multiple streams of income that cover my expenses.
And ebooks are just a tiny part of it.
Another part of it is dropshipping for example.
Or online courses.
Do I love doing all of these things?
Am I really good at all of these things?
Did I think I'd be doing all of these things when I started out?
No, not at all.
I had no clue about any of these things.
But these are the things that allow me today to do more more of the things I enjoy doing.
The things I'm passionate about.
Like writing stuff like this right here for example.
Or writing books.
Or living wherever I want to.
The truth that people rarely talk about when they tell you that you have to do your own thing or that you have to do things you're really good at is that it takes a hell lot of time until you might maybe be successful, until you might maybe be able to make a living doing your own thing.
And it doesn't really matter how good you are. Or how good you think you are. It takes time. A lot of time. And patience.
I know. Waiting is hard. Patience is hard.
That's why most of us will never be successful doing our own things.
Because we can't wait.
Because we're not patient enough.
But patience is the most important thing.
Apart from being really good and passionate about what you do...
And you just can't be patient if you don't have have enough cash in the bank.
If you don't know how to pay next month's rent.
So you've gotta buy yourself some time, you've gotta buy yourself some patience first.
And everything I've written so far is how you buy yourself some time.
How you buy yourself some patience.
At the end of the day it doesn't matter how you get there.
As long as you keep getting there...
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]