How Watching My Life Flash in Front of Me in Fiji Teaches Me and You 5 Blogging Lessons (Plus Stunning Fiji Pictures)

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Where to?  Nakagawa Waterfall, Fiji, please.

Where to? Nakagawa Waterfall, Fiji, please.

 

First off, I have to make a special announcement.

Just a few hours ago I received great news.

New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Brogan tweet-endorsed one of my eBooks….again!

The business advisor to Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Paulo Coelho, and to brands like Google, Disney, GM, Coke and Microsoft has endorsed the first 2 eBooks of the Blogging from Paradise series.

Wow am I honored.

 

for How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging….

 

for How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting….
 

 

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Or if you want to pick up both at once (at a discount), just click here.

OK…on to the post.

 

I was clinging to the top of a flat bed truck filled with lumber, hanging on for dear life. My hands were fixed to a steel grate, gripping with such might that my forearms would have been the envy of Popeye.

My feet were squeezed into an area about 3 inches wide, besides tons – literally – of load shifting lumber. To make matters worse I had to reach around 2 of my Fijian buddies, meaning that I was hyper-extended and that I had to stand on the tippy toes of my back foot.

As we traveled through the stunning Fijian mountain ranges on Vanua Levu, I thought, this may be it.

Great time to go out, with the Blogging from Paradise brand taking off, and with my new eBook release.

Really though, when the load shifted around some tight curves and when we were heading down some super steep, 10% grades, I thought I may be a goner.

I did learn a few clear blogging lessons though, and since I made it through the experience I wanted to share these with you.

 

Freeing Situations Are Sometimes Packed into Uncomfortable Experiences

 

I was playing the Fijian version of Twister. I had to grab the steel grate above the driver cab with both hands, all while reaching around a particularly tall dude, while balancing on my toes, back-foot-wise, and having just enough space to plant my front font solidly on the flatbed, with no space to spare.

During load shifts I felt the ton of lumber push me to the edge of the flat bed. I help on even tighter, being SO grateful for having guns, and shoulders, and pecks, from my strength training.

Unparalleled beauty in Vanua Levu, Fiji.

Unparalleled beauty in Vanua Levu, Fiji.

 

Even pulling myself up to the truck was a challenge. It ain’t made for hitch hikers, just lumber, back on the flat bed.

This 15 minute ride was one of the most freeing experiences of my life. My faith in self expanded at an exponential rate, I learned to dive into a crazy experience without thinking twice and I proved to myself that I could hang onto a truck, in a precarious situation, with lumber load shifts pushing me off balance, traveling up and down big mountain ranges, no sweat.

Well, with some sweat, but not too, too much. I got it done.

Freeing blogging situations are packed into uncomfortable experiences. The first blog post may make you panic, the first negative comment can drive you mad and the first video post may cause all of your self conscious junk to surface.

That’s OK. Embrace discomfort, to free yourself of these fears and limiting beliefs.

I trashed 3400 posts to build the Blogging from Paradise brand. Most freeing professional experience of my life so far, yet, even though I was clear, I freaked out for a minute.

If you want to be free, be prepared for things to get SUPER uncomfortable as you grow through the experience. I wrote a guest post on my friend Don Purdum’s blog recently about my challenges in life, but instead of referring to that post, I just want you to visit his home page.

Don became a wildly successful business owner by going through all types of difficult obstacles. Learn from him. Connect with him. Visit Don’s blog.

 

Convenience Comes at a Cost

 

We could hike for an hour and 20 minutes to reach the waterfall in Fiji or we could hitch on the back of a lumber truck, hanging on for dear life.

We took the second option. As my Fijian friend James said, girls in the truck and boys on the back of the truck.

(If you like videos, switch this bad boy to 720 HD and watch me chat from Fiji.)

 

 

I didn’t think twice about it; I had the time to hike the road but why not hitch to save an hour or more? I wanted convenience. I also knew buses didn’t come through these parts too much in Vanua Levu, so I better take advantage of the situation.

So we put our head down and we took the convenient route……which of course, came at the cost of some intense, physical labor. We got a free lift, money-wise, and we saved over an hour but the guys on top had to work to receive these benefits.

Bloggers, if you want the convenience of having a branded, professional-looking blog, you’ll have to pay for a domain name, hosting and for a pro theme. You’ll also need to pay in terms of time and energy, creating content, connecting with blogging pros and persisting to build your brand.

If you want convenience you’ll pay something for it, as nothing is free in this world.

Me and Kelli in paradise, by Nakagawa Waterfall in Fiji. Jurassic Park-like scenery here.

Me and Kelli in paradise, by Nakagawa Waterfall in Fiji. Jurassic Park-like scenery here.

 

Don’t worry though; the cost you must pay usually involves letting something go.

Like, you may have $1000 in savings and feel terrified to spend $100 on a domain and hosting. You’ll let go the money, and more importantly, the fear of going broke, if you want the convenience of having a branded blog. Letting go the fear, although uncomfortable, frees you, as you’ll allow money to flow to you, after addressing and releasing that fear of poverty bit which cripples many struggling bloggers.

 

The View from the Top Is Sweeter

 

The girls missed out yesterday. They were inside the truck, with a confined view of some stunning scenery.

The guys on the other hand had a confined, narrow view of the beauty around us. The roof and window obscured their vision. No such problems on the flatbed.

We saw jaw-dropping, dramatic scenery normally reserved for Hollywood blockbuster movies. I’m still digesting the images we soaked up yesterday.

The view from the top:

  • Is more prospering
  • Is more exciting
  • Is more inspiring
  • Is easier to convey to folks who crave the inspiration you share, because you’ve been there, and can share your experience easily

I’ve blogged from the bowels of the blog-o-sphere and I’ve blogged by hob nobbing with world renowned bloggers. I prefer the latter. Much sweeter view.

Sure you may fear letting go old buddies, who aren’t growing, but what’s the outcome of holding on to the fear, and your old buddies? You stay dumb, sick and broke. Pretty crappy view down there.

Kelli overlooking Savusavu Bay.

Kelli overlooking Savusavu Bay.

 

I accelerated my blogging growth at an exponential rate when I decided to connect only with top blogging authorities. The view up here is much better because I’m receiving the best advice, the most inspiration and I’m building a large, supportive network of friends around me. Each of these benefits helps me inspire more folks so I can take them with me to paradise.

It’s all about reaching the top and inspiring folks to do the same. You can’t inspire folks to reach the top of the blogging world in your respective niche if you choose to have a basement-level view.

Let go bad, low energy blogging matches. Network ONLY with the big dawgs to inspire the masses.

 

Listen to Expert Advice

 

On hoisting myself onto the flat bed I immediately grasped a few steel bands which secured the lumber.

Bad idea.

The trucker and my Fijian buddies immediately instructed me to grab the iron grate positioned above the cab. This solid, secure structure wasn’t going anywhere when we took sharp turns amid the Fijian mountains.

Not so with the lumber bands, as I quickly saw how poorly these support systems worked during a load shift.

I listened to the expert; the trucker. He took on many hitchhikers in the past and knows specifically how they will best stay safe in a particularly precarious, somewhat dangerous form of travel.

Guys, listen to blogging pros. Experts know what you should and should not do. Experts can share their mistakes with you, so you need not make these errors. Experts can spot in seconds what your newbie eyes may be missing.

Experts can help you see, if you’re a blogging vet, what you’re stubbornly clinging on to, that’s holding back your growth, so you can remove it.

I offer blog coaching services – link at the top of my blog – because I can help you cash in on my experience, through my insight.

Pay an expert to see what you can’t see, so you can grow your blog like a weed.

Simple. Easy peasy.

Speaking of expert advice, check out this expert-laden blog post from my friend Tim Soulo where he rounded up 50 top bloggers to share their taken on twitter. Brilliant post.

At the very least, follow expert bloggers to soak up their free, valuable, life-changing insight. Gobble up their content to cut your learning curve and to succeed more quickly.

If I held onto the lumber band I may not be here today, Blogging from Paradise buddies. Thank goodness for expert opinions, as experienced folks can be life savers, or blog savers.

 

Be Open to a New Way of Doing Things

 

The night before, James mentioned that we’d need to hitch hike to return home after visiting the national park.

Well, in my mind, I objected immediately.

Certain buzzwords popped into my mind when I heard, “hitchhiking”:

  • Unsafe
  • Murderers
  • Kidnappers
  • Falling out of flat bed truck

The list could go on for hours. I was closed to hitchhiking. Bad idea. Until the next day, when we ventured into a remote Fijian village, to see a stunning stream, and a “real deal” jungle, mountainous environment in person.

We returned to the road at 12:42 PM. The next bus would arrive at about 5 PM. Meaning we’d be sitting in a tiny shaded area for 4 hours.

No……way. I became open to hitching a ride back home REALLY quickly.

Within 15 minutes James hailed down a pickup truck, worked out a deal with the driver and we were off to Savusavu.

Why?

I was open to a new, exciting experience, a new way of doing things, or in this instance, getting from Point A to Point B as quickly and effectively as possible.

Turns out, the driver and his passenger were kind, thoughtful guys, who even stopped at the scenic overlook for us to snap pictures, for 10 minutes.

Yeah, imagine a “stranger” giving you a ride in NJ, then taking time out of their “precious” day to let you take pictures of some site.

This is how Fijians are folks; kind, generous, thoughtful people.

As for the blogging lessons, I used to publish between 5 and 10, or sometimes, 60 posts daily to 2 blogs. I wrote 200 word posts and filmed 30 second videos.

Look *really* closely. See Kelli and I in a jungle stream? Right in the middle of the shot. Fun day in Fiji.

Look *really* closely. See Kelli and I in a jungle stream? Right in the middle of the shot. Fun day in Fiji.

 

It wasn’t working, this approach.

I opened myself up to a new way of doing things on my old blog and saw greater success, and then I accelerated my blogging growth by being even more open to do a new way of things on Blogging from Paradise.

As you can see, it hasn’t hurt me, being open minded.

If you’re struggling blogging-wise, open your mind. If you feel 600 word posts rock, open up to publishing 2000 word posts. If you feel it’s impossible to write 2000 word posts, open up to practicing your writing by setting aside 1 hour daily to write 500 to 1000 words, daily, not for publishing but for practicing.

If you feel you have no time to write for 1 hour daily, open up your mind to the idea of cutting out television time.

If you feel that you CAN’T GIVE UP TV for 4 or 5 nights each week, stop reading my post. You’re destined to become a professional TV watcher, not a professional blogger. Stop wasting my time, and your time.

Open your mind, observe folks who are doing things on the blogging front which are promoting their success, and take a different tact. Being open has worked well for me, actually, it’s done miracles for me, and it’ll do miracles for you too.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Tim Soulo

    Hey Ryan! Thanks a lot for including me in your article!

    What a creative way of presenting information.. didn’t see anything like that before :)
    Tim Soulo recently posted…50 Respected Bloggers Gave Me WRONG Advice On Twitter Marketing. Oops!My Profile

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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Tim my pleasure! What a cool write-up you created, and yep, I have some different takes on blogging from here in Fiji. Thanks much :)

      Reply
  2. kelli

    Hey Ryan
    Your connections between your experiences and blogging never cease to amaze me. This was an excellent post and you brought up so many helpful nuggets of wisdom. Your point about freedom being wrapped up in uncomfortable situations was particularly poignant and probably one of the most important realizations people have to make in order to improve their life, no matter what it is they are after, whether it is becoming a successful blogger, starting a new business, or letting go of energetic drags. Great, great stuff!
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Letting go energy anchors is SO huge KC. Thanks much!

      Reply
  3. Leena Shah

    Hi Ryan :

    This is Beawteen Article Great Work I like It Thanks For Sharing me presenting information , Thank A Lot

    Regard
    Leena Shah
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Thanks much Leena ;)

      Reply
  4. Andrew

    Hey Ryan,

    Great post. I want to touch on something that you said here and I want your opinion on it.

    “Letting go the fear, although uncomfortable, frees you, as you’ll allow money to flow to you, after addressing and releasing that fear of poverty bit which cripples many struggling bloggers.”

    I completely agree with that. I feel that in order to be truly successful, you do have to let go of that fear and of your inhibitions. And I think that there’s alot of people out there that are truly afraid to do that.

    And the reason I think they’re afraid is because say that doesn’t work out for them, then they would have to let go of their dream. Say they had that last $1000 and they spent $400 on courses, webinars, etc to grow their learning curve. And they do everything but they still don’t succeed. What are they to think?

    I believe many people don’t do certain things, or are afraid to do certain things because they’re afraid of losing that dream and having to accept their reality.

    I believe this is very true in the sense of money making opportunities.

    What are your thoughts?

    – Andrew
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Andrew, I think that when you feel super clear, and awesome, about your life’s path, the money numbers and stats don’t affect your vision, no matter how much both fluctuate. Clarity is the key, and I feel so few do things from a place of clarity that they bail when forced to embrace their fears. Awesome question and great take ;)

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  5. Brittany Bullen

    Ryan,

    You know what stuck out to me here? The fact that you talked about how you’d rather promote your blog through networking with pros than doing anything else.

    Sometimes I wonder how effective it really is, doing things this way, but ultimately does it really matter if that’s what you enjoy? Isn’t that why we do all of this in the first place?

    You’re a smart guy, Ryan. You see the big picture. Well done.

    Brittany
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Yep Brittany, the more we see ourselves in a place of power the more we network with pros, and the more lives we touch. Thanks so much Brittany and hey, likewise!

      Reply
  6. Catherine Holt

    You certainly do have a lot of fun blogging from paradise don’t you Ryan! Congrats on the new ebook too. I’m sure it’s as good as your first…if not better!!

    Your very last paragraph made me smile. I would say most (if not all) of my friends would cringe at the thought of giving up 4-5 nights of tv a week. I generally only watch tv and I consider it to be a treat night….lol.

    Building success wont just happen. You have to make it happen. Yes, you can spend a lot of money on a flash blog design, but ultimately it is you that has to connect, engage, share and publish. If you can’t do that, then your sparkly new blog wont be much use to you.

    Keep enjoying those crazy Fiji rides!!
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Will do Catherine, and wow did I find it tough to let go TV at first. A bit of self analysis and an intuitive nudge moved me in the right direction. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  7. Don Purdum

    Hi Ryan,

    You are really on to something here! One’s mindset is critical to their success. You are in essence a sum of your thoughts.

    If you don’t think you can do it, you won’t. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. If you choose to be negative, so will everyone else around you. If you choose to make excuses, you will fail.

    You really nailed it: “If you want to be free, be prepared for things to get SUPER uncomfortable as you grow through the experience.”

    Being uncomfortable requires that you be willing to take the risk and overcome your fears. It’s interesting, if you think about it 99% of the things you fear will never happen.

    Yet, many live their lives not doing things because of what might happen that’s negative.

    But when you choose to see what can be and will be because of a positive mindset you can do what many say is impossible.

    Endorsements from celebrities… quitting a successful blog… starting a new one to pay for traveling the world… All things most people say can’t be done.

    Anyone can do it IF they will stop letting their fear keep them from their potential and their dreams.

    As you illustrated, an open mind will enable you to go to higher points!!!

    Thank you for the mention Ryan and congratulations on the endorsement of your new ebook! I look forward to reading it. I’ll be sharing your article around my social media.

    ~ Don Purdum
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Don, thanks SO much! It really is my pleasure as you have so much goodness to share with our audience. Keep moving in the direction of your fear, and you’ll be shocked by what happens. Thanks again.

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  8. Mandie Sanders

    Ryan,

    You’ve done it again, my friend. Once again, here’s a post I could not agree more with!

    “If you want to be free, prepare for things to get SUPER uncomfortable.” YUP! It’s the old no pain, no gain concept. We grow ONLY by challenging ourselves and getting the hell out of our comfort zones.

    Your point about fearing the money situation is right on, too. Is it scary to make an investment in your dream when you have more money flowing out than in? It sure is, but releasing that fear is the only way to succeed. It really is.

    Your hitchhiking story reminds me of tramping through the Irish countryside with my sister. At first she was horrified at the suggestion, but after 2 miles of pushing her giant suitcase she couldn’t stick her thumb up fast enough. Haha (And yes, it turned out perfectly fine!)

    Admittedly, I get distracted by the shiny Interwebs on occasion, but I actually haven’t owned a TV in years. Before I left for my trip I realized that my TV was just collecting dust in the corner, so I sold it. Haven’t missed it at all.

    Great post, sharing as usual!:)

    – Mandie
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    1. Ryan Biddulph (Post author)

      Hi Mandie, I gather that Irish hitchhiking story must have been interesting. The interweb can be a bit distracting for sure…..glad you ditched your TV, great move. Thanks much!

      Reply

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