How I made $10,000 from Wrestling a Lion (Blog Growth Metaphor Here Guys)!
Insert picture of me posing next to the lion I’ve just wrestled looking defeated, with a crumpled towel thrown on the floor.
The thing is, I’ve neglected to tell you some vital parts of my epic tale. Like maybe I had a little bit of help, maybe I had some distraction techniques to give me the upper hand which I failed to mention, or maybe I didn’t wrestle the lion on my own. And maybe, just maybe if you look a little bit closer, you’ll notice the lion is actually not a lion at all but someone disguised as a lion! Gasp!!
Okay nope I’ve not lost my marbles nor have I actually wrestled a lion (in fact I adore lions and wouldn’t advice anyone in their right mind to take one on). I’ve been meaning to write this for a while now and one morning woke up and that title simply popped into my head. The lion is a simple metaphor for what I’ve been noticing many articles doing the rounds are based on. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the people who write these kind of posts, because I write guide posts myself along with many of my colleagues. A huge majority of these articles really provide amazing tips and techniques if you’re looking to start your own blog business, or simply thinking of taking your business to the next level.
But like a lot of things in life, it’s super easy to be distracted by all the glitz and glam and focus your energy too much on the pieces of information which in fact may hinder your growth. When it comes to these kind of articles, the key to truly making the most out of them is for you to filter out the useful information from the ‘not so much’ useful information. Knowing how much I made from wrestling the lion is irrelevant to you because this can be influence by so many other factors, but knowing HOW I wrestled the lion (if that’s your kind of thing!) is of more value to you. If you focus too much on the money quoted, this can end up distracting you from the most valuable information, as you’ll focus too much on comparing yourself to others achievements. Because when we sit down and have a look at the bigger picture you’ve no idea:
How much they may have known about a specific area beforehand.
What they did to bulk up their knowledge.
In most cases you’re not being given the entirety of the story, so mincing them exactly is not guaranteed to give you the same results.
Don’t compare your BEGINNING to someone Else’s MIDDLEJon Acuff
Use It To Grow Your Blog
Learning to filter out the useful information is super important when building your blog business, because if you spend your time absorbing the not so useful information within an article, not only is it a waste of your hard energy, but it can end up shifting you into a Fixed Mindset – you’ll start to feel down about what you’ve accomplished so far, instead of being proud of your growth and being driven to learn more you’ll feel defeated, and even worse maybe giving up.
Like the age-old saying goes, if you try to run before you can walk, 99.9% of the time you’ll end up in that downward cycle of I don’t like to say it, but crashing and burning out. Then instead of picking yourself up, you’ll start to feel like there’s no point. How do I know this? Well I’ve been there… More than once, feeling rubbish about all the time and effort I’ve put in and for what? Why even bother? It wasn’t until I learnt how to stop absorbing and focusing on useless information did I start to see the results I wanted, and my Biz goals became a reality.
Ask Yourself One Question
So how do you do it? How do you learn to filter out the useful info from the not so useful info. Okay guys so this is what I want you to start doing, any time you see an eye-catching article you just have to read (and it can be with any article, business or personal). I want you to start filtering out the information which actually affects you! Ask yourself this one question:
– How can this piece of information change my life, OR change my business?
So an article titled How I gained 2,000 Twitter Subscribers in One Month. Knowing the number of subscribers gained is not as nearly as important as the techniques used, and remember that number is more than likely influence by others factors which may not be mentioned!
I would love to know your thoughts on these kind of articles. Do you find them entirely useful or do they make you feel less about your own achievements?
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