Have you ever wondered how do find your “thing”? You know – that thing that all those successful bloggers and online marketers talk about? It’s that one thing you can do really well and really enjoy that you can turn into a profitable business. Do you feel like maybe you just don’t have it? Perhaps you’re secretly jealous of all those people who were just born knowing what they were meant to do to earn a living.
Don’t worry, and don’t give up! That’s exactly how I was feeling just 4 years ago. I figured I was just one of those people who didn’t have a “thing,” and I was probably destined to just go to a boring j-o-b every day to pay the bills. In hindsight I can now clearly see how wrong I was! I was expecting it to be completely obvious and in my face rather than having to work and try different things just to figure out what it was.
Recently, I was reading a book called Money Making Mom, written by one of the most successful bloggers I know. Crystal has been blogging at Money Saving Mom for over ten years, and her blog gets millions of pageviews each month (not to mention it brings in tons of revenue). You really can’t get more successful than that, and I always thought she was practically born knowing what she was good at and what she should do with her life. I was surprised to read this in her book:
“Often, people will assume that my success as a blogger came from an immediate, instinctual clue that writing and online marketing were my things. In reality, that could not be further from the truth. I didn’t know what my thing was and had to stumble along a lot and make many mistakes before I uncovered my gifts.” – Crystal Paine, in Money Making Mom
I’ve felt the exact same way! So, if you’re not sure what your thing is yet, don’t give up. You have to try different things before you find it. It may surprise you to learn that I’m NOT the person everyone thinks always has a perfectly clean and tidy home! Even though I’ve always loved organizing and planners, I thought they couldn’t possibly be my thing, because my overall housekeeping skills have never blown anyone away. Obviously, I was wrong.
When I started my blog, I gave myself the freedom to pursue a lot of different topics, and it quickly became apparent that my thing was organizing. The other topics (like recipes and healthy living) just didn’t hold my interest like organizing and planners. When I created the Sweet Life Planner in 2012, I had never created anything like it before. I put it out there and doubted whether anyone would buy it. To my surprise, 10 people did buy it , and I loved it so much that I kept on creating.
Keep on looking if you haven’t found your thing. As far as practical advice:
– Give yourself the freedom to try lots of new things
– Don’t worry so much about whether you’re super good at something. Most beginners aren’t great, even if it is their thing. If you love it enough to wake up excited to do it every single day, then you’ll get way better with practice.
– What do you do or read for fun? For a couple years before I started my blog I read all sorts of information about online marketing. I just found it fascinating. That was a good clue that it was my thing.
Here is a recent scope I did on this exact topic if you want to hear more.
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