A Time For Reflection
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I sit here, in my office, reflecting, contemplating on my life. My birthday just past six days ago on December 10. I’m now, dare I say, 45 years of age.
What have I accomplished in life? Where am I going with this business? Am I qualified to run an online business?
I started this business to support my family. My short term goal is to replace my wife’s income, so she can quit her job & stay home full time with my little boy.
My long term goal is also for myself to join the ranks of “the unemployable,” as I call it.
How are things going currently? I’m currently working a full time job, trying to find family time, while trying to run this business. It’s a constant struggle.
I’m still plugging away, but not quite there yet.
I’ve been in business, officially, since August of 2007, and I wonder…
When will IT happen? When will I finally accomplish what I stated out to do? When will I cross the finish line? Am I going to foul this all up, and let my family down? Will I be a failure?
These are all questions that have haunted & continue to haunt me today. They cloud my mind at times, leaving me in a haze. I’m confused at times…unsure as to what to do.
I need a plan of action, something to guide me along the way.
I MUST not fall back into “info overload.” I must focus & avoid distractions.
These things preoccupy my mind continuously…haunting me, terrifying me.
I ask myself, am I alone with these feelings? Is it possible that I’m the only marketer online who feels like this? Is anyone else afraid of failure? Do I stand alone, isolated online with these monsters of doubt & confusion hindering me?
Well, reason will have it, that I’m probably not alone with these feelings. I probably have company, although it’s something we may not all want to share.
However, we are at the end of 2012 & it’s time to take stock of myself.
We are living in turbulent times, to say the least. There is chaos everywhere.
I can either lay down, feel sorry for myself & pout…or I can start to rise from the ashes.
I can forge ahead with my business. I can actually develop a focused game plan to help guide me on the path I choose in 2013.
Part of that plan should be to help others combat what I struggle with on a daily basis. I can do some good this coming year for many others. I can help with the plight of dealing with “info overload.”
I’ve been to hell & back, so to speak. Others can benefit from my experiences.
Yes, yes…in 2013, things are going to change! I will regain focus & clarity in my life. I will get organized in my life & business, so I can finally be successful in juggling my full time job, along with my family & business.
I’ve neglected my family long enough. I will remind myself that they’re the main reason I’m in this online gig in the first place.
If others can relate to this post, please leave a comment below.
Also, I was debating whether or not, to repost earlier postings or not. I had a similar message in the earlier posts on this blog.
If you get a chance, feel free to read the earlier posts on my blog. I think you may get something out of it.
Thank you again & please come back again soon!


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A Time For Reflection — 43 Comments

  1. Hi George

    Long time no hear from. Great to see you have brought your blog back to life. I think we all question ourselves from time to time but I now have a great coach/mentor and I know that with a few months I will be making consistent money.

    I make little bits and pieces but like you I want more and I know that I am going to get it.

    Why not come and join me and see how easy it can be.

    To YOUR success

    Sue McDonald

    • Hi Sue,

      Oh my goodness! It certainly is great to hear from you. It has been an awful long time. The last I talked to you, we were both in a certain coaching program together.
      If you read through my blog posts, you’ll see that I have suffered for so long with the dreaded condition called “information overload.” It clouded my daily train of thought.
      I hopped around from different coaching programs, and that’s where I ran into you at.
      I’m glad you’re happy. I wish you a world of success.
      I’ve finally found my way, by going back to my eBay roots. I can think so much clearer now.
      We’ll have to catch up again soon & talk over old times!

  2. Hi George
    I can reassure you that you are not alone with your concerns….it is long and winding road to achieve online success in business. The goalposts seem to be continually moving….a new incredible plugin here or a shiny object over there offering many thousands of dollars at the click of a key. I feel that I am reaching the end of that road….in a tunnel ….yes…but I can see a light at the end. My one word of advice is focus….stayed focussed on a realistic goal and you will get there. Best of luck with your endeavours. Ian

    • Hi Ian, thanks for the visit & the great advice! Yes, it’s a constant struggle to stay afloat in the online world.
      That’s great that you can see the light at the end of that tunnel.
      I can also see that light. It’s what keeps me going. Best of luck with your endeavors also, Ian!

  3. Hi George,

    You are definitely not along in your thoughts. There are many obstacles to over come, its starts with Information Overload, then you get Shiny Object Syndrome. There are 2 things you need to succeed and get past these obstacles (I did see this on some one else’s blog last week, but I can’t remember where otherwise I would give them a mention), all you need is Focus and Perseverance. Then, its not a matter of if you are going to succeed but when. I have been making money online for over a decade and have been making a full time living for the last 5 years. I am still learning and hope to hit the big time in the near future. I often loss focus and now need to get back to my latest project, try and ignore all of the distractions and get on with it. I seem to get half way through a project and hit a brick wall. Perhaps I am scared of failure, if you don’t finish a project it can not fail.
    There are many emotions you need to overcome when in business, you need to believe you can achieve succeed and believe you deserve success (words from Stuart Goldsmith) but remember Focus and Perseverance.

    All the best and good luck.
    Roger

    • Hi Roger,

      Thanks for stopping by again, my friend! Congrats on being in business for so long. I’m happy for you that you’ve been doing this full time for the last five years. It’s quite an accomplishment, when you can say that I’m working on my business full time…that I’m able to sustain myself with my business, and not have to depend on an employer.
      On another note, fear is sometimes a good thing. It keeps you sharp & focused, to help you avert disaster.
      Bravo to you Roger!

  4. Write it down!

    You truly are not alone George with ‘Information Overload’ and also ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’ the battle for me is FOCUS and I find a written road map and my kitchen timer my most effective tools!

    • Thanks Kat for taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by again! I really appreciate that.
      You’re absolutely correct. Writing things down helps one to focus on the important tasks.
      Organization has always been a weakness of mine. I know I have to write things down. However, I complicate things by trying to find the perfect system to record everything.
      It sounds like you have a system that’s comfortable for you to combat info overload. Good for you!

  5. Hi! George….

    Glad to see you are making an effort, even though it reads a little down!

    Are you working on the EBay program that you indicated you might give a little whizzz in you
    last article?

    Will check back later to find out if you added your share buttons!

    C

    • Hi Cararta, I’m sorry my post didn’t have a bit more pep in it. I needed to get my thoughts out, as I thought it might help some to relate to it.

      My biz plan involves continuing to work in my offline niche, as well as getting back into eBay.

      So much to do, so little time. Thanks for keeping on me about the share buttons.

      I need a good swift kick sometimes. Take care!

  6. Hi George,

    As per most of your comments already you can tell you are not alone. I think the problem most face is being overwhelmed with way too much information, not exactly knowing the right steps to take, once we do we don’t know how and then how do we move about all the chatter!

    I’ve been online since you have but I’ve been making a full time income for a few years now. Nothing to write home about but it gets me by. I haven’t “stepped it up” though which I will be doing in 2013. I think a lot of us are scared of the unknown or those thoughts in our minds on whether or not we can actually succeed.

    Once we finally get rid of all that chatter everything will fall into place. I have no doubt that it will for you as well.

    Here is to wishing you a fabulous 2013.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hi Adrienne, thank you once again for your visit! It means a lot to me. You are making quite a name for yourself online. You are respected greatly, so I do appreciate your visits.
      The utter confusion online is absolutely keeping many from getting anywhere with their businesses.
      It took me a long time to get out from underneath it. I still struggle from time to time…wondering what direction I’m heading in. Like I said, it’s a constant struggle.
      I’m glad to see that you’re making a full time living from this. Never slight your accomplishments. There are plenty out there, that will trade places with you in a minute.
      Congratulations Adrienne! I also have great faith in what’s in store for you in the future.

  7. George, believe me when I say you are doing great! Much better than the magnitude. I haven’t worked for anyone but myself for more than 40 years (and yes, it was sometimes scary and hand to mouth) but like you, I was determined to make a go of it. I first sold a few things on eBay probably back in the late 80s or whenever it was started. I have followed many gurus from John Thornhill to Jim Cockrum for many, many years and have beentheredonethat with all the shiny things and promised roads to success. Thank goodness, I didn’t have to depend on internet sales to pay my bills but a B&M business did. Since I retired I have still been seeking that “golden opportunity” and I can tell you I am happier to be doing FBA than I could have imagined. I’m still new and small but it has been profitable from the start.

    Just keep your determination and work up a plan that you, and your family, can all live happily with and with their support and your determination you can’t fail. Congratulations on following and living the American dream.

    • Hi Bill, thanks for your visit & kind words! I appreciate the vote of confidence in my accomplishments. I’m trying my friend.
      We’ve probably followed many of the same people. I respect Jim Cockrum & John Thornhill, among others.
      I see that you started with eBay, like most others. However, you’re succeeding with Amazon FBA. Good for you. Many are doing great with FBA. It’s a proven opportunity.
      I however, don’t want to get into selling commodity items at this precise moment. It’s just not right for me.
      I’m glad you’re doing well there & wish you continued success!

  8. Hi George! You just read the minds of probably thousands–maybe millions–of us out here that suffer from the same disease! The dreaded info overload disease. .

    The only cure? One thing at a time. 😉 Only when I finally focused on writing and building books for Kindle did I start to see the light again and begin to come out of my daze! I must also write everything down like you do. If you see something that might benefit you in the future, write it down in a big notebook (I like the ones divided into 5 sections). I also LOVE Evernote. This is an online FREE program where you can file away all that stuff that threatens to rob you of your brain cells. Then you can always go back to it later. Once you start building your business, then you will see where CERTAIN products will benefit you.

    I don’t think a lot of people compare the online business world to the real brick ‘n mortar world–but you build the business the same way–one brick at a time–one step at a time. I now look at all these products a little differently. They are tools that I file away in my toolbox and when I need a tool, then I can pull it out again. I don’t think about it much until that time.

    You are now taking the proper steps, and you will be successful, George. It is not a matter of IF, but WHEN. I am rooting for you, my friend!

    • Hi Penelope, what can I say…I love your enthusiasm & your support of me. I really appreciate you & our communication with each other.
      I’m glad to see that you have a system in place to help you focus & avoid falling into the abyss, which is “info overload.”
      Thanks for your input. I’m constantly looking for the perfect system for me.
      A simple 5 subject notebook is brilliant. I’ve also heard of Evernote. I’ll have to check that out.
      Thanks again for your kind words. By the way, I’m also rooting for your inevitable success!

  9. I would like to thank you for sharing your perspective on “information overload”. I felt the same way until about two weeks ago. What I have come to realize is I need to change my work habits and focus on asking for help. Focus is my biggest problem. Working from home isn’t always as easy as it sounds, distractions galore.

    Like you, I am always looking for the perfect system to accomplish my tasks. This year I am simplifying not complicating my job. My family is first and always will be so they are going to pitch in and be my assistant when I need it. I am going to reward myself along the way as I reach each of smaller goals to get to the large picture of making a living on ebay. Rewards are a great incentive for me, it’s like being on a diet and fitting into that new pair of jeans…it feels magnificent.

    I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to put this out there for all to read. I now, more than yesterday, feel the need to focus and achieve my goals. Best wishes for your success in 2013.

    • Hi Carol, I really appreciate that wonderful comment of yours. I’m sorry to see that we’ve suffered from the same affliction.
      I’m happy to see that you are finding ways to break out of its clutches though.
      There’s nothing wrong with saying to someone, “I need help.” There’s no one out there who knows it all.
      I agree with you, working from home isn’t easy. There are tons of distractions to deal with on a constant basis. The family might think, since you’re home, you’ll always have time to interact with them.
      It’s important to lay down some rules. There’s a time for play & a time for work. When it’s work time, they have to give you your space, so you can FOCUS.
      Also, setting achievable goals is critical to your success. Equally as important, is rewarding yourself for reaching them.
      So, I applaud you Carol! Come back again soon, so you can vent again. Keep up the great work!

  10. Hey George,

    That info overload thing is well known, as you know it’s about focus. Around the end of December I make a yearly plan.

    What do I want to accomplish this year? What products do I want to develop? What niches do I want to try out?

    These are all a mixture of big products and small ones (so that I can get something done quickly) as I finish products I tend to slow down as I find doing sales pages and affiliate materials a bind.

    I break all this down into 90 day chunks and then into 30 day, then weeks etc. Just paint the yearly plan and the 90 day ones with wide brush strokes and add the detailed planning on a weekly or daily basis.

    I use a large desk diary and plan out what I need to do each week, I then make a list at the end of each night of the 5 most important things to do the next day. I find that it makes me more accountable.

    Of course things do not always go to plan and remember to plan in family time and days off all work, no play etc…..

    Avoid distractions, I sent my cable service back and have not missed it.

    I only look at e-mail at the start of a session and the end which is when I check out Facebook.

    I hope this helps and that the year ahead will be both fulfilling and profitable for you.

    Your Friend

    Rob

    • Hey Rob, it’s great to hear from you, as always my friend! Thanks so much for stopping by.
      You seem to have a good system in place to prepare for the year ahead, and to basically get yourself organized on a daily basis.
      You make some great points. I’ll have to look into some of them.
      Bottom line, avoiding the distractions & being organized are essential to help one FOCUS, and avoid falling into traps.
      Take care my friend. Talk to you soon.

  11. Hi George,

    Feelings of overwhelm, doubt and fear of failure seem to be part of the rite of passage to internet marketing success. I’m sure almost everyone succeeding or trying to make money online would admit to these feelings and challenges.

    I’m also sure you’ve hit on the right solution: focus on one method and persist. You’ve just got to come up with ways to ensure you do this.

    The method of working that Robert Corrigan gave above is pretty much how I try to work too. I use a timer to keep myself working and I’ve started to call my To Do list a Get Done list, just to encourage me to consider outsourcing a little more of the work. I also do a review of what I’ve achieved every three weeks and look for ways to improve my progress (once a month means only 12 reviews a year and fortnightly sometimes seemed too short to get things completed).

    As for trying to find a perfect system for recording things, perfection is an enemy. Get something moving, then improve it over time, but never expect to perfect it.

    Hope this helps. I’m sure the very fact you are concerned about your progress and are looking for solutions means you’re going to make progress in 2013.

    All the best

    David

    • Hi David, your words speak volumes as to your level of wisdom, my friend! Thanks so much for your comment.
      You & Rob Corrigan seem to have great systems in place to stay focused & avoid the pitfalls.

      I like the fact that you call your To Do list, a Get Done list…well done.

      Also, as they say, don’t worry about getting it perfect, just get it done.

      The very best to you in 2013!

  12. Hi George
    I found your blog through the Bloggers Roadmap group on Facebook.
    I know a lot of people that have been in the same situation as yourself, it can be so easy to have information overload, we are all eager to succeed at the beginning and thing we have to sign up for every free book/report etc and then like you say we get bombarded with emails….
    Glad you have bounced back and know that you are not alone in this, make 2013 a GREAT year!
    Pauline

    • Hi Pauline,
      I’m so glad you found me through our Facebook group. Did Dan Sumner put you up to putting the free plug for his group here?
      Just kidding…Dan is a good man!
      Information Overload is rampant today. You hit the nail on the head.
      Many of us sign up for every offer out there. Then we just stare blindly at our inbox, with all the marketers’ emails inundating it.
      First step…unsubscribe from all the email lists. Start over with one or two from marketers that you feel comfortable with.
      The rest will flow nicely.
      I hope your 2013 is a great one also, Pauline! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Hey George, first of all I really appreciate your transparency here.

    For me that’s a big step towards making a real change in whatever you’re doing online to be able to provide for your family but most important, you need to have the right drive to make it happen.

    I have a big problem with information overload myself, being an IT guy I’m obsessed with wanting to have more and more information even if I don’t do anything with it.

    I recently purchased 50GB of PLR products, the only way I could take that of my head was downloading it all to a hard drive and then I was able to focus on what matters, which is finishing a training I’m putting together for quite some time now.

    My recommendation would be to do just that, do whatever you must to ease your head of those distractions and focus on what will bring a money related result.

    Doing anything else is just a time wasting activity.

    I know you’re already on the right way because you are aware of what the problems are so I hope you can overcome this very soon and can look back at this with a smile.

    All the best George!

    Sergio

    • Hey Sergio,
      Thanks for stopping by! You beat me to it. I was actually going to your blog today to check it out.
      So much to do, so little time. Yeah my friend, info overload can affect any size marketer, from the gurus…all the way down to the beginner.
      It doesn’t discriminate. It’s an equal opportunity affliction. You’re spot on with your solution.

      In your situation, you downloaded your PLR products, which could’ve been a distraction, to a hard drive…clearing your mind of them.
      You have to do whatever you have to, in order to focus. Like you said, doing anything else is just a time wasting activity. I like that!

      How do you like this…There are plenty of ways to make money, but until you’re profitable in ONE way, everything else is a distraction.

      If you ever want to talk about ways to combat info overload, let me know.

      All the best to you also, Sergio!

  15. Hi George,

    Couldn’t resist, all filled out and waiting…

    Loved reading the comments….When you make an

    effort and get acquainted, people are really nice and helpful.

    Have a good Christmas if I don’t see you again!

    Cararta
    aka ArtaGene
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    • Hi Artagene,
      Thank you as always for your visits. Your support is overwhelming. I really appreciate it.
      I’m glad you liked the comments on my blog. My readers are adding tremendous content, adding to the value of my blog.
      I appreciate everyone who visits & comments here!

  16. George: I saw your post on one of the Facebook pages I follow. Curiosity brought me here. I discovered I’ve known you since before you were born. Yes, I’m that old. You are me.

    • Hi Roger,
      I appreciate the visit & your kind words. I’m glad you see similarities in our styles & mindsets. That’s quite flattering.
      Thank you again!

  17. Hi George

    First of all kudos to you for keeping going whilst holding down a full time job, and spending time with your family too!

    I am not surprised it is a struggle!

    But you are spot on that you need a plan – and what better time of year to make that plan than at the beginning of a new year.

    I have been making my plan – being into social media I found I was spending (wasting) too much time aimlessly chatting, reading etc
    So my plan has a strict social media timetable – I have listed the numbers of posts on each platform I will do each day.
    Then another part of my plan is my product creation plan – I have a product being launched in Feb and 2 more half done so have planned my year to release 4 products and am creating my social media content around the promotion of those products. I already feel much more organised than I have this year.

    By the way George – look at how many comments you have on your post – that is remarkable in itself!

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family
    Sue
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    • Hi Sue,
      Wow, what can I say? I really appreciate your comments! I’m so glad you stopped by.
      You seem to be setting yourself up as an expert in social media. That’s something I really need to get up to speed with.
      As far as a business plan, you’re spot on with your synopsis.
      A business plan is essential to one’s success. It’s a visual reminder to help one stay focused. Without a plan, one can easily fall astray & lose sight of their goals.
      I wish you much success heading into the new year. You have some exciting plans for 2013!

  18. Hi George,

    I think if you want to achieve success then a fear of failure is only natural. But you musn’t let this paralise you. Instead it should be used to spur you on.

    Never be frightened of making mistakes in your quest for success. I’m sometimes guilty of this. This works against you also as you end up doing nothing for fear of making that mistake. Mistakes are inevitable, everybody makes them and you’ll be no different..

    Your reasons for wanting to succeed are honest and again this should be used as a motivating factor.

    Another good point to remember though George, and this is something I tell to a lot of people, is don’t rush your business. Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals and don’t expect that everything will happen all at once. It’s a gradual process which I think a lot of people don’t get and that’s why there is such a high failure rate with online businesses.

    If it was easy then everyone would be jumping on the bandwagon.

    Get yourself a mentor. Take time to formulate a plan, even if it takes you a week. Stick solidly to that plan and keep your focus until you make that plan work.

    Your end goal should be the pride of your family when you finally succeed.

    Stick at it George and success will come your way.

    Regards,
    Dean.

    P.S. Give me a shout anytime if you need help with anything 🙂
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    • Hi Dean,
      Thanks for your visit! You make a lot of good points here.
      Don’t strive constantly for perfection…just get the job done. You’ll reach your goals much sooner with that mindset.
      Focus on the task at hand. Have a game plan in order to know in which direction to head towards.
      Lastly, following someone who has already been to where you want to go to is great advice. All successful people have had mentors.
      Thanks again, Dean!

  19. Hi George,

    You speak for so many of us in the feelings and experiences you’ve articulated in this post. I can’t think there’s anyone who’s tried to make a go of this business without going through that overwhelming sense of overload. It’s not just the volume of ‘stuff’ we’re confronted with every time we go online, it’s the speed with which everything moves and changes, and keeping pace with it all can sometimes seem an impossible task. And it’s particularly challenging when, like you, you’re working full time.

    Last year I did a course that involved setting up a Facebook Page – I spent literally ages learning how to set up this wretched page and within weeks Facebook had completely changed everything with the new Timeline etc. I was almost in despair at the prospect of starting from scratch! I went through a patch when I almost jacked it in, because I couldn’t see my way forward. I was also confused by the plethora of different strategies recommended by various ‘experts’ – which to choose?!

    I think Sue Worthington’s hit the nail on the head in saying that you need a plan – and I think that involves deciding what you’re NOT going to do, as much as what you ARE going to do. At the end of the day, there just isn’t time to do everything, and there’s a risk that you end up doing nothing properly if you try to do it all. I know at least one very successful IM guru, for example, who does hardly anything on Twitter and doesn’t teach SEO – but he’s an expert at other strategies, which work very well for him.

    It’s about finding out what’s going to work for you and using your time wisely – applying the old 80/20 rule is always a good tactic, to make sure you don’t waste pressures hours on unproductive activities.

    I’m so grateful to you for writing this post, George – I’m sure lots of other people, like me, will be able to relate to it.

    I wish you every success in 2013 – have a great Christmas!

    Sue
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    • Hi Sue,
      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed my post.
      Info Overload is a dilemma that affects so many, and prevents them from ever seeing any success in their businesses.
      People get overloaded for so many reasons. However, you pointed out one reason in your comment.
      Earlier, you tried setting up a Facebook page. You spent much time trying to figure out how to do it. In the process, I’m sure you were frustrated. This can often lead to someone losing focus & giving up, thus not accomplishing anything.
      For tasks such as this, that you may only have to do it once in your life…why spend the time trying to figure out how to do it. You would be better served by outsourcing this activity to someone who already knows how to do it.
      Then you can focus that time that you saved on other money-making activities. Follow?
      Sue Worthington always hits the nail on the head. A business plan is essential to one’s success. It’s a visual reminder to help one stay focused. Without a plan, one can easily fall astray & lose sight of their goals.
      Sue, may you & your have a Merry Christmas also! The very best to you in 2013!

  20. Hi George,

    This is my first time on your blog and must say most of what you talked about relates to me! ok, we are almost at the same range in age, I will be 45 in a few months. Have a family I’m catering for. I full time job to take care of. And beside my blog, I’ve a freelance writing business to attend to! I started on this business venture to have a better life for the family but today I must say I’m too far away from them trying to attend to every aspect of business and job life.

    Though I have not really had any big disappointment that made me feel as if things are not happening (I’ve always felt positive knowing that one day break will come!) however, this year I had two site hosting problems that lead to the blog going under on the two occassions. The last one which happened at the start of December really got to me that some negative thoughts crept in. But, wonderfully I was able to come out of it with more inspired that I decided to do a blog series I called the 12 Days of Christmas inspiration where for the first time in the history of the blog I did a daily post each one an inspiring peace. Though the series was aimed at the blog readers but it actually helped me to stay positive and also help me plan some new things for the coming year.

    I want to agree with you therefore that deciding to help those who are going through what you are going through right is the best way to go. Find a way out of the situation right now and then turn that into your story. I’ve always told myself that nothing good comes easy. And as you know the time required for building a bungalow is not the same required for building a skyscraper! So, you have to ask yourself which are you building?

    Stay positive.
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    • Hi Chadrack, thanks for the awesome comment! The same way you related to my post, I also related to your comment.
      We share much of the same experiences in our lives currently. I think we can take some inspiration from each other’s situation.
      I will have to check out your blog to see that blog series you were writing. Kudos to you for following through with your plan.
      You’re spot on in saying that I have to ask myself…am I building a bungalow or a skyscraper? I like that analogy.
      What are my goals for this business? Where am I going with this? What is my actual purpose for being in business?
      Hmmm, food for thought. Thanks again, Chadrack! You’ve got me thinking.

  21. George,

    I so loved your blog and Identified with it. I have asked myself time and time after how can I continue to build my business and where do I want to take it. Being that I am in a competitive industry, I always need to make sure that I am on top of the latest trends. I teach and train new to the industry planners who want to become event planners. However, I realize that it’s not enough. So, I am looking at my why and where I want to be in a few years. So, I am refocusing, looking at my why and looking at a plan B. What I see now is that most business owners lack a plan B.

    • Hi Janet,
      Thanks so much for your visit! I’m glad you can identify with the content on my blog. I’m trying to get this info out there, as I feel it’s that important.
      I know what I went through for so long, not being able to focus. I hate to wish that on anyone.
      I applaud you for stepping back & refocusing. Also, you’re spot on about having a plan B. Others should definitely follow suit.
      Thanks again!

  22. Hey George,

    First of all well done for sharing such a personal post. It takes a lot to share such personal feelings on your life and situation.

    Your plan for 2013 should involve like you say focus. It’s time to stop buying and start creating. There is a point in our online lives when we simply have to quit buying info products and start producing and sharing the knowledge we have spent so much time learning!

    I always say we need balance and structure in our lives. If you can plan times when you can work and have understanding people around you, you will succeed in your dream George.

    I agree with Chadrack, nothing is easy and we have to fight for what we want. If you want it bad enough and work for it, success will come.

    Good luck in 2013 George 😉

    Dan
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    • Hi Dan,
      Thanks for stopping by! Thanks also for the kind words!
      It took a lot for me to pour out my feelings. I like to be somewhat private.
      However, I feel it’s vital for me to get my story out there, as it can help out many from falling into the same pitfalls.
      You’re spot on when you say that it’s time to stop buying & start creating. Success will come with true focus.
      I’ve basically stopped chasing all the bright & shiny objects. I have my focus pretty much secured.
      As far as creating, at the moment, I’m creating quality free content for my readers to benefit from.
      What will be my final goal for this blog…I’ll be honest, Dan…I haven’t the foggiest clue.
      But, I’m going to enjoy the ride while I can. Thanks again, my friend!

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