Hi there 😉 I’m going to be very personal in this blog post. Maybe you will not care about what I’m going to write, and that’s fine. Maybe you’ve experienced something similar, and then perhaps finding out that you’re not alone will make a difference.
In this blog post I’m going to talk about wanting to help others; knowing the evil inside you; and finally reaching a good place.
No, don’t worry. I’m not going to get religious 😉
Right, here we go. Let’s start with the evil inside me.
I was born in Denmark, one freezing cold (what else in Denmark) November night. To be more precise: The 17th of November.
That makes my astrological sun sign the Scorpio, and I once read that a Scorpio knew that a knife could be used to other things than cutting bread.
This means that we’re aware of the our own darker sides.
When I was talking to a friend in World of Warcraft, about how I didn’t feel that I was a good person, once (yeah, you do other things than just play night elf in that game), he asked me:
What do you love the most to do?
And I said: Oh, I love to help people and to make them reach their goals.
That moment, I realized that I maybe wasn’t as bad a person as I thought I was, because this was the truth. I really do love to help people with things I know about. I hate to help in the kitchen, because it makes me feel nervous, but when it comes to things that I know, I am only too glad to help.
If you play World of Warcraft (WoW) more than a few minutes, you’ll hear this question from other players: “Where do you come from?” And when “a little town outside Darnassus” (insider joke) hasn’t satisfied the curious asker, and when you’ve told some of your story, they will ask: “And what are you doing? Do you go to school? Or do you work?”
When I told people that I was a writer and that I made my living online, they said: “Oh, can you help me? I want to do that, too.”
And of course, I wanted to help.
But before I go on, I will interrupt myself to quote a short bit of text, written by Steve Scott (I’ll come back to him, in a later blog post). What triggered this blog post was this:
In early 2011, I decided to focus on the concept of “Internet Lifestyle without the Bullshit.” This is a specific niche because it targets anyone who is willing to work hard for an online business.
(You’d be surprised at how many people don’t fit this description.)
(The bolding is mine.)
And yes, I got very surprised. I offered my time and knowledge with pleasure to my friends, and some of them didn’t even get started, before they came up with excuses. One even said: “Don’t rush me!”
To be fair, there was one who actually wrote several articles, but then stopped.
Well, I cannot force people to take action. It’s their choice. But I wanted to make them happy… Still, they decided differently.
The same happened on this blog. I got a lot of emails from people who wanted help to get started, but when I pointed them to a solution, I never heard from them again.
That was until…
I changed the tagline of my blog from something about “money making ideas” to the more direct “for action takers and money makers”, and that’s maybe where things started to change.
At least in my mind, I wasn’t attracting people who just wanted to be fed with finished turn-key products that would take no efford from them (sorry, they don’t exist) to people who were well aware that:
No, not necessarily hard work, but still enough to make a difference.
Then I created Squick Money, and I was surrounded by action takers and money makers! And I love it!
It’s so awarding finally to be able to help!
Give somebody a fish, and he’ll cry and tell you that he doesn’t know how to cook it, and that he’s starving. There’s nothing wrong with the fish, but with the mindset of the receiver.
The problem is finding people who wants to learn how to fish, rather than just being fed by others. But when you find them, it’s such a great feeling.
That’s where I am now. And I’m happy.