From Employee to Entrepreneur: 12 Rock Solid Tips for Retiring to a Spectacular Life of Island Hopping through Blogging
I wish the internet was working now.
I have 5 articles to place for clients. I want to share my latest blog post. I have an article to write too. Oh well. Dem’s de breaks on the road.
Here in Savusavu, Fiji the internet has been dependable. We rarely suffer through outages even though we’re in No Man’s Land.
Look at a map. Check out where Fiji is located; yep, in the middle of nowhere, a tiny string of islands dotting the vast Pacific Ocean.
If I had the old employee’s mindset I needed to shed before becoming an island hopping blogger I would have looked somewhere to pin this on someone else. They’d handle it, I’d be free of it.
The internet is out? Not my problem.
No worries, I could always blame someone else, or hand it off to them. Then I could refer our customers to a manager, or someone else to complain to, a few pay grades about me.
Ain’t gonna happen here folks. No manager overlooking Blogging From Paradise, save good old RB. I own it, so I’m responsible for my blog, my success, my freelance clients, my internet connection and all of the responsibilities which come with being an entrepreneur.
Employee to Entrepreneur
Make no mistake about it; I love my life. I am ridiculously free. I’ll be living in Savusavu for the next 13 weeks. After that it’s off to Bali, then back to the USA for December before we head off to some new tropical paradise.
I am free, and I know it, and I’m damn grateful for it. One thing that comes with being free, though, is accepting full responsibility for all that happens in your life.
When I worked for people as a security guard, or a client enrollment rep, or as an inside sales representative, I owned some stuff but pushed off responsibilities to folks who could better handle my headaches. They could then assume responsibility for any mistakes, failures or mishaps, and I could alleviate my stress over this sweet handing off of responsibilities.
These days, I am an entrepreneur. I own everything because I’m in charge. Sure I may outsource some tasks but at the end of the day it all falls down on the CEO, the owner of my freelance writing business, and of Blogging From Paradise.
When I made the energetic shift from delegating and cleaning my hands of some big task, to OWNING everything in my life, I was able to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.
Take today; I just wrote another article for a client. I’ll check the internet in a few, place the articles I need to place, finish this post, and all this fun stuff is going on, on a Saturday, at 5:59 PM. I rest, and play, and have fun, and darnit I am free, but the work part of the gig – which feels like play most of the time – is something that doesn’t end as long as you’re in business.
I own stuff. I own successes, and failures, and anything related to my online businesses, even if I allegedly had nothing to do with it. This is the first fundamental shift you must make to move from the employee to entrepreneur mindset, so you can retire to a life of island hopping and smart blogging.
Benefits of Thinking and Acting Like an Entrepreneur
So many benefits, so little time. Let’s list a few.
- Make as much money as you want to
- Live anywhere in the world while you make as much money as you want to
- Own all successes and failures; this is called, “being free”
- You may get to meet me in some tropical paradise
- Full creative control over your life
- Having the ability to inspire folks to become free
- Never being paid once a week again
- Never being told that you can work and take off from work at set times again
I am beyond blessed. Now, as I watch the sun set in Fiji, I have to laugh; 5 years ago my life was a blessing too, but I pretty much did stuff people told me to do, and got a check each Thursday.
This is neither good or bad, just such a vast difference from writing blog posts for inspired readers and articles for clients in a home with a million dollar view, nestled on a dramatic jungle cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in Savusavu, Fiji.
On to the tips….
Own everything that happens in your life, good, bad and in between. Some employees do this but many shift blame to someone else, and then refer customers to managers or higher ups, because they are trained to do so. I know I did, as a security officer and an inside sales rep.
The moment you own everything you are thinking and acting like an entrepreneur. I’m owning the internet being down. I could complain, or whine, or write this post. I wrote the post. I also wrote a post for a client during internet down time.
Owning things rocks, because whether you screw up, or fail, or lack direction, or some unforeseen circumstance puts you behind the 8 ball, you’re free. You can creatively think through problems or ask others for help because you never gave away your power through blaming others.
You own your power, when you accept full responsibility for everything that happens in your life. Own it.
Surround Yourself with Winners
Winners breed winners. I began island hopping through blogging by hanging with winners. I let ‘em rub off on me. I retired when I decided to be like the winners I admired, making a bold ass move to leave the 9-5 behind.
Find winners on Facebook, or in Fiji. Connect with winners on Twitter, or in Bali. Chat with winners on Google Plus, or in Koh Lanta. Online or offline, I’ve found winners in the cyber world and in paradise wherever I’ve gone.
I’ve met successful business people in Koh Lanta, Thailand, shrewd investors in Chiang Mai, Thailand and winning professionals in Jimbaran, Bali.
You will think more like an entrepreneur and less like an employee when you surround yourself with winning entrepreneurs. They’ll rub off on you. I promise you that.
Never Down Employees
This post is supposed to be a celebration of entrepreneurs and employees. I loved most of my jobs and know that without working each job I worked, I’d never be here.
So yeah, working for other people rocks because it means you have health benefits in most cases, a steady paycheck unless you get axed and a nice, orderly environment through which you can learn your craft.
True entrepreneurial thinkers are so clear on their lifestyle and so steadfast in their belief system that they feel no need to bash employees.
This post simply shares a different way to live your life, based on changing your thinking, if you want to go that different way, or if you want to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.
Start Your Blog Now and Darnit Pay for Hosting!
The Universe digs speed. The Universe digs clarity. Becoming a professional blogger starts with becoming an amateur blogger, which means, buying professional, reliable hosting, so your site stays up most of the time, and also, so your site is nice and fast too.
The quick, definite and clear act of buying pro hosting and setting up your blog – or paying someone to do it for you – sends a loud, clear signal to the Universe…..
“This sucka is SERIOUS about becoming a pro blogger!”
Then, as that signal reverberates throughout the ethers, funny/neat/inevitable things start to happen:
- You find my blog
- You find this post
- You subscribe to my blog, follow my tips, and begin to mimic my lifestyle
- You generate prospering post ideas
- You find like-minded, driven, happy, focused entrepreneur friends who nudge you in the right direction, and inspire you to crush obstacles
- You gain your first reader, and first sale
- You become more and more creative, and the cool thing is, you are loving your job more too
- You do better in school
- You gain greater clarity in engineering your dream life
- Retirement is on its way
- You’re a smart blogger
- You network with authority bloggers
What happened? You made a firm, definite and determined decision to start your pro blogging career, and the Universe simply mirrored your decision back to you.
You were rewarded for your boldness and began to attract all ideas, people and circumstances you need to retire to life of island hopping through smart blogging.
Move Up a Few Circles
I recall a trip through Central Vietnam. We were taking the train to Ninh Binh, to see the stunning karsts and jaw-dropping scenery in that part of the country.
Kelli and I paid more money to buy sleeper car tickets. We had our own little room. It was sweet. We slept awesomely and were totally recharged for the following day.
If we stayed in the cheap seats, we wouldn’t have slept, and would have been darn miserable the next day, and wouldn’t have enjoyed our short stay in Ninh Binh.
This was moving up a few circles, spending a few extra bucks to have the premium experience, because it sends an abundant, prospering vibe to the Universe.
Online, you’d move into higher circles by surrounding yourself only with the most successful people in your niche. You’d comment only on authority blogs and share only the most quality content.
Think of sharing only premium content and hanging only with wild successes, and act on that thought, and you’ll be well on your way to become a globe-trotting entrepreneur.
Leave Being an Employee Behind
I’ve spoken to many former teachers who were miserable failures as entrepreneurs. They were still teachers. Or former teachers. They sure as heck didn’t think of themselves as an entrepreneur, so why would they think and act like an entrepreneur? Of course, they were doomed to fail, and rightfully so.
I struggled with this one for a minute. I was a former security officer, and a former penniless one at that, instead of being a successful, prospering, retired, island-hopping, kick ass professional blogger who inspires his readers to become retired, island-hopping, kick ass professional bloggers.
Note my About Me page: I’m about dwelling on my present success, not stressing my failures, because I left the employee days behind. Sure I note them, but I don’t dwell on them because when I did I seemed to attract only poor, struggling, unhappy former or current employees, and lemma tell ya, those folks are not good clients, because they have no money to pay for anything.
I am a success. I am a professional entrepreneur, retired from my former life. Knowing this, my visitors respond to my vibe, see me as a retired, professional blogger, and my vibe sets up prospering opportunities for me and my business partners wherever we go.
Spend 20 Minutes or more Daily Working on Your Mindset
When I first made the shift, damn were things crazy. I spend 2, 4 or even 6 hours a day on mental science, meditating, visualizing or affirming to uproot year’s worth of limiting beliefs regarding success, money and all types of zany ideas I was imprinted with by sometimes well-meaning but sometimes spiteful people.
Start off with 20 minutes a day. Work on your mindset. Professional bloggers think like professional bloggers and act like professional bloggers.
Rooting out non-entrepreneurial type excuses, like saying you have no money or time to start a blog, or that you can never be a pro blogger, is easy when you commit fully to honing your mindset.
Read self help books, meditate, visualize and affirm your way into become a positive, energetic, forward-thinking entrepreneurial dynamo. Become a pro blogger by going within to change the without.
Write Like Mad
“Writing like mad” doesn’t mean publishing a post each day but it does mean writing for 1, 2 or 3 hours – or more – daily, to become a professional blogger with serious writing skills. People notice skilled writers.
Skilled writers spend hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands of hours honing their craft.
Observe people who live ridiculously cool, dream-type lives. They spent years developing skills to become super at what they chose to do, and naturally, were rewarded through their diligent work with a sweet reaping season.
I’ve published – between my many blogs, and articles for clients – some 7,000 articles over my online career.
Hey, how many people do you know who’re living in Fiji for 4 months as professional bloggers? How many folks do you know retired from their security guard days to travel the world for 39 months, living in places like Bali, Costa Rica, and Phuket?
This took work folks! The Universe rewards the select few who put in the time, blood and sweat to hone their craft, so that they could make their dreams come true.
I’m not lucky; in most cases, I just spent more time writing posts, and honing my craft, than other bloggers or folks who felt that I got lucky.
I put in the time, improved my writing skills and here I am.
Become a Student of Blogging
Learn your craft inside out.
Become a student of blogging.
I studied how to create headlines, posts and sidebars. I learned the importance of white space. I studied SEO, and building an email list, and how to post calls to action, and widget placement, and all that good stuff to become an entrepreneurial, pro blogger.
Entrepreneurs need to increase their knowledge base daily to succeed. Read, study, subscribe, absorb and put your knowledge into practice to see the greatest returns.
I recall eating tremendous meals at our favorite vegetarian restaurant in Phuket, Thailand for many months. Our Thai friend/restaurant owner was a serious food devotee, someone who was a student of vegetables, and curry and spices, and all of the ingredients which created a stunningly tasty, delightful meal.
Entrepreneurs thirst for knowledge. They know a better way exists, always tweaking, pushing, nudging, testing and improving.
Learn. Become a blogging pro.
Move into Action….like, much of the Time
Professional bloggers who are able to retire to a life of island hopping, act. Stating a blog and writing a few posts is just the beginning.
Crafting quality content 1 to 3 times a week and connecting with leaders separates the amateurs from the pros. Pros know that pros outwork non pros. Simple as that. Sure you need to write, and to hone your craft, and learn, and tweak, but this is a complete, comprehensive, all encompassing strategy we’re talking about here.
Write, network, learn, tweak, put your new found knowledge into action, work on your mindset, and engage in these acts each day, for 6 to 7 days each week, to be well on your way to become a professional blogger.
Professional office workers spend time working in an office. Often, they work for 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, for a square 40 hours. Entrepreneurs, especially island hopping pro bloggers, will be putting in 40 or 60 hours a week or more, learning how to do things effectively, then patiently putting their new found knowledge into practice, to gain experience and blogging wisdom.
Again, after a few breaks, it’s 7:47 PM Saturday night, Savusavu Fiji time. I’ll work tomorrow too. Probably until late into the night. Not because I need to, but because I want to hone my craft, and because I love being free, and I’ve learned from enough super successful entrepreneurs that you gotta work, to make this thing work.
Develop an Overpowering Reason Why You Want to Live this Lifestyle
During the lean years I knew why. Which is why I’m in Fiji now. I wanted to be free more than anything so I trudged forward during heartache, embarrassment, humiliation, despair, rage, anger and hopelessness.
Then, I realized that as I took my ego out of the equation that holding a purer intent helps manifest your goals more quickly and also erases many obstacles and the negative emotions you feel in reacting to these obstacles.
Point blank; I knew why.
Island hopping bloggers know why. Entrepreneurs know why. Each person who succeeds knows why.
Here’s the kicker; that emotion must overpower you, your being and any circumstance you may encounter.
Like, when I went bankrupt I pushed myself to do my online stuff because I was hungrier to be free than I feared being humiliated or going broke. Heck I already went broke. No sense crying over spilled milk.
Employee mindset types generally seek work to pay bills. Nothing wrong with that at all unless your chief goal is to do something other than paying da bills. If you crave having a home, family and all the nice little tidy trimmings which come with having a job, more power to you. Your “why” works for you.
If however you want to retire to become an island-hopping, tiger-taming pro blogger – like yours truly – your why will be, to be free, and it will feel overpowering. Your life will be built around your why.
People with similar reasons why will gravitate toward you. Obstacles may pop up but you can’t even see them. No reason to look at resistance when you can knife through it.
Know your why.
Focus on what you’re doing not what you’re facing. Focus on the processes not the obstacles. Know why you want to retire. Know why you want to be an entrepreneur. Focus heavily on the idea until it dominates your mind.
At this point you’ll have uncovered one of the great secrets to entrepreneurial success. Your success momentum will carry you through any circumstance because your “why” won’t permit anything else to happen. The emotion drives you to believe in your vision and to act on your vision instead of giving up when things get tough.
I am beyond elated to have island hopped over the past 39 months. I am beyond grateful to be free, here in Fiji. The free-feeling emotions I’m experiencing now were the free-feeling emotions I generated in New Jersey. I knew why back then and I am experiencing my “why” right now.
If you haven’t grasped this idea already, can you see how much of this entrepreneur bit is not about blogging tips or practical blogging strategies but rather working on your mindset?
The mind – or chosen thoughts and feelings – helps to mold your reality. Successes are driven by their why until they reach their goal. Know why and allow your reason why to dominate your being.
Pay People – or Buy Tools – to Handle Tasks
I offer freelance writing services. People can hire me to write their content for them. Most of these folks are busy people or organizations which have little time to create articles.
They are paying a person – me – to handle tasks. To become an effective entrepreneur you must do the same thing.
I pay for Hootsuite Pro to handle tasks. The tool saves me 2 to 3 hours a day. So I used it to free up my schedule and to think like an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs pay people to do stuff, to free up their time. I’m going to bed in a few hours in Fiji. I’m 16 hours ahead of EST in the US yet I’ll send out hourly tweets and a few updates to Facebook because of Hootsuite Pro, and a willingness to pay for a tool which saves me time, and which handles tasks that free up my sked, and allow me to sleep.
Think like an entrepreneur. Delegate. Pay people or buy tools to hand off stuff to folks or tools so you can live the internet lifestyle.
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