It’s all-consuming at times.  It’s a little intimidating as well.  The time you spend on the activities you think will help you build a business is often wasted.  But the key is to keep going.  Don’t let up and keep learning so that one day, doors will open for you.  What am I talking about?  The internet, of course!  It’s amazing how you can get lured into thinking that you are doing things the right way, the smart way.  Incredible numbers of hours are spent taking courses, reading ebooks, going to Facebook,  and browsing through forums.  There are so many distractions.  How are you ever going to sort through the noise and find that one thing that will lift you out of the malaise?

I don’t claim to have the answer.  Anyone who tells you they have it is probably lying or has an ulterior motive.  The one thing I am sure of as of this date is that some people find the thing that works for them and they prosper.  But a lot of people never find it, because they don’t persevere and work through the hard times to get to the good times.  Many people give up just before their big breakthrough.  I can tell you with certainty that I don’t want to be a quitter and miss out on what is just over the horizon.  So what does all this mean?

By writing all this out and getting it on paper (so to speak), I am able to think things through a little better.  I learned recently that I spend too much time piddling on various time-wasters.  I learned this by going through the very structured Keyword Academy.  I’m trying to follow the program exactly and see if I can duplicate their success with internet marketing.  I think that one of my really strong points is the ability to follow directions.  The Keyword Academy provides a clear path to building websites and marketing products that interest you.  I’m giving it a go, knowing full well that it will take me a number of years to see the results I want.  By following their lead, I can expect to achieve similar results – maybe better!  And I benefit by gaining a better understanding of how to market my website.

I haven’t given up on the travel writing plan.  I have some new ideas for query letters and editors to approach.  In fact, I have a trip to Italy coming up next year and I want to leverage that trip into at least three writing gigs so I can deduct some of the trip’s costs.  That would be awesome.  So I’m going to start sending out queries soon and try really hard to line up some writing jobs.

I challenge you to think of where you could cut out some distractions from your life and work on your chosen pursuits.  I have made changes to how much time I spend surfing, reading, and  generally wasting time.  Examine your daily life and start cutting out those things that just keep you from your goals.  Find more time to work on those things that will get you closer to your goal.  Spend less time on the time-wasters, and you’ll get where you want to go just that much quicker.  You’ll also be in a better position to recognize opportunity when it comes along, and seize it.

Whatever your thing, put in the time now and you can reap what you sow in good time.  And never, never quit!

Any words of inspiration out there?  I know most people are searching for that one thing that will carry them to the next level.  Have you found that “thing” and what was it that allowed you to get there?  I’ll bet attention to detail and hard work played a major role!  Let’s hear from you!

Check out Gordon Burgett’s website for excellent writer’s resources!

How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days
Test Your Niche Book First!
Travel Writer’s Guide (Trade Paperback Book)
How to Set Up and Market Your Own Seminar (audio series)

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