On March 22, 2012, Jon Morrow, a noteworthy entrepreneur, offered a free webinar on how to launch a successful blog. I stayed and listened to him talk for almost 3 hours about his ideas. At the end of the webinar he offered his new program, 10X3. He is going to train ten bloggers for ten weeks for $10,000 per enrollment.
Jon talked about big numbers of email subscribers: it takes 2,000 subscribers to make $100,000 a year; 10,000 subscribers will generate a book deal; ProBlogger has 150,000 subscribers.
Truthfully I have never considered these kinds of numbers, for subscribers or for income. I asked him something like, “What if you want to make $20 – 30,000 a year?”
His response was, “Well, that’s ok if you want to be an underachiever.”
He offered some good suggestions that I will probably implement, but that one comment threw me into an emotional tailspin.
As always, I started asking myself a boatload of questions, after a few rounds of negative self-talk.
Whenever I react with a big flame of emotion and indignation, it’s my ego talking. I don’t view myself as an underachiever. I’ve been successful as a social worker and mental health therapist for 30 years. I’ve dedicated my life to helping people and believe it’s important to be of service to others. I have never earned much money doing this. Yesterday, my mother reminded me, “You took a vow of poverty.” And for years, it was true.
My husband earns a very generous income. We do not need another $100,000. Would I like another $100,000? Sure. What would I do with it? Travel and give it away. We have a lot of stuff, I don’t want more stuff.
Recently I’ve become aware of how uncomfortable it is for me to discuss my worth and value in terms of marketing. Putting myself out there is difficult. I’m trying to minimize my ego, not grow it larger. On the other hand, I don’t want to fail and I want to get my message out there.
What is my message? If you are unhappy with your life as it is right now or confused about which direction to take, I can help you. Lifelong learning is invaluable. Personal and spiritual growth is important and required if you want to create and adapt to changes in your life. Connecting with nature can give you peace. Discover your heart’s desire. Be peace. Be love.
I am searching in my own heart for the answer to this question, “Do I want to make a lot of money? If not, then what will determine my success?”
Jon mentioned that in order to succeed that you must be obsessed. I am. I see how unhappy and anxious people are and I want to tell them, “It doesn’t have to be this way. You can make things different. You can feel more contented and relaxed. Take a journey with me and I’ll show you how.”
I’ve been told that if you follow your passion, the money will follow. Jon got me wondering if this is true. And if it’s not true, how long will I continue to try?
I don’t know the answer to these questions.
What do I know for sure? (Oprah’s monthly question)
I made a commitment to myself when I started this business that I would work at it, that I would confront my fears, and that I would succeed.
Success for me does not mean that I need to earn $100,000.
I don’t think that makes me an underachiever. It’s not about the money and I guess I need to remember that. I do want to make enough money to pay for exotic trips but I also want to remember my spiritual principles. I want to be of service and help others more than I want to make a lot of money.
I also know that if I were younger and just starting out or dependent solely on myself to make an income that my attitude would be completely different. I have the luxury of being able to decide not to make earning that much money my goal.
So, even though I won’t be signing up for 10X3, thanks, Jon, for helping me to clarify my priorities. Again.