5 Tips for Riding the Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster (in 7,000 Words)

December 31, 2014


No roller coaster here. Phuket, Thailand from March 2013.
No roller coaster here. Phuket, Thailand from March 2013.


(Thoughts and prayers to the families of the Air Asia passengers. Kelli and I have flown the airline like 30 times over the years.)


I felt like I had been shot out of a rocket.

After wrapping up my cyber speech I was officially on top of the world.

I had just spoken to a marketing class at prestigious NYU. Damn it felt amazing. I was so excited to be inspiring the next generation of the best and brightest by sharing my blogging tips with them.

I delved into how to make money blogging. More importantly I explained how to create a freeing, inspired lifestyle.

I talked about my house sit in Fiji and my trips to Bali and all that good stuff too.

I shared how to retire to a life of island hopping.

I was pretty much ready to jump out of the window at that point because I knew my wings would take me higher, and higher, and higher, up into the stratosphere.

Yep, things were THAT good.

I’d rarely felt better during my 6 year online career.

Hell, I *never* felt better during my 6  year online career.

I spoke at NYU. Or, I cyber spoke at NYU. It went off like nobody’s business.


Can it get any better?


Plumb the Depths of Hell


I wanted to kill him.

I physically wanted to reach through my laptop, through the internet, to grab this guy by the throat.

I actually, if the guy were in the room, would have beaten the shit out of him.

I am not a fighter at all, but I am kinda strong, and in those moments of rage, I was quite terrified at what I could do.

I’d been able to bench press over 330 pounds during my bodybuilding days. I still carried a fair amount of my raw, primal power, and if this guy were sitting in the room with me, heck, if I didn’t kill him, I’d have beaten the living stuffing out of him. To where, like, he’d have to visit a local hospital.

The reason? He insulted me, and even worse, he backed out from joining my network marketing team.


2 Stories One Human Experience


The first story – my highest of highs – occurred in early December, 2014.

The second story – my lowest of lows – occurred …well, like 3 or 4 years ago.

You’ll hear more about my highs here because even during my lean days, I was a grateful SOB and through it all, I have experienced a progressive series of highs, with a few lows here and there.

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Each story is, well, a story. A high high, and a low low, all from the journal of good old RB. Ryan Biddulph.

I live in paradise. Or, I have lived in paradise for the past 44 months. Fiji, Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and more than a few other tropical hot spots are where I laid my head. For like, months.

So I get that few folks understand my life. Or, understand that such a guy has had some low lows.

The point of this post – and this lead in – is to explain that you, as a blogger, will feel:

  • Elated
  • Disgusted
  • Generous
  • Greedy as hell
  • Joyous
  • Angry
  • Full of love
  • Full of rage

….and you’ll likely experience 1,454,987 emotions during your online career.

You are a human being. Each day will be a different story. Some will feel boring – days, and stories – others, will cause elation. Other stories may be terrifying, and others, life-affirming.

You will ride a roller coaster until you learn to take the golf cart. The golf cart, driven down a flat (largely), lazy, meandering country road.

I am leveling off a bit these days. Successes dwarf failures here on Blogging from Paradise™. I am becoming freer and I am taking people with me.

I am doing this, for you, because I believe in you and know that you can free yourself to blog from paradise.

Unless I share my story, explaining what you should expect, you’ll be blindsided. Strike that line; you WILL be blindsided no matter what, online, as an entrepreneur, yet if you know what to expect the shock of hitting a valley will wear off quickly, as will the drunken high of hitting a peak.

In truth, there is no peak or valley. There is no roller coaster. There are:

  • Feelings
  • Awareness

The problem is, most people believe they ARE the embodiment of feelings, so they tend to run around like wild animals, being drunk off of their high highs, and being terrified, depressed and enraged at their low lows, all because they believe that they ARE their collective feelings.


I Get Like “Most People”


I get like “most people” sometimes but most times I am bit more like the guy who understands this: we are awareness attending to feelings. If we can embrace positive or negative feelings – the objects of our awareness – the feelings fade and we move along. Like the golf cart driver taking a leisurely drive on a flat, lazy, country road.

We’re human so we’ll seek out the roller coaster ride at times.

We’ll get elated, and be through the roof, and hey, there’s nothing wrong at all with being joyous and excited. Great! The peak.

Then the bottom drops out. Being a human entrepreneur you’ll feel absolutely depressed, and miserable, and angry, and disgusted with yourself in certain moments. The valley.

Today I’ll help you understand how you can ride the highs and lows out, patiently, so that this blogging from paradise journey becomes an interesting, largely-good-feeling, freeing journey.

You are hungry to be free, right? That’s what I thought!


Benefits of Reading (and Using) this Post


  • Completely eradicate the urge to quit your blog
  • Ride the highest of highs to build friendships with influential – dare I say, “famous” – entrepreneurs
  • Work from a peaceful space
  • Free yourself from endless online worry (suffered by most online entrepreneurs)
  • Make more money blogging with less effort
  • Inspire your audience to know, like and trust you
  • Write 7,000 blog posts like you’re brushing your teeth in the morning (OK this one’s a stretch)

Seems like a wide range of benefits right? It is, because once you learn how to manage your emotions the world is your oyster.


Tony Robbins and Blogging from Paradise


I met a guy – a neighbor – who was Tony Robbin’s tech guy when we lived in Savusavu, Fiji. Cool dude.

The neighbor named Raja told me a story about Tony’s generosity, gratitude and just flat out developed gift, for making anybody feel like a special person.

I did more research on Sir Robbins. Turns out, he has an elaborate morning ritual centered on sitting deep in thought, thinking through his intent, then he jumps into a bath or stream of ice water to recharge his body and mind.

Tony talks continually about being pulled instead of pushed. Let God or the Universe inspire you, and speak to you, and pull you, to do amazing things, instead of trying to force yourself to do stuff, which almost always leads to miserable failure, and valleys, and failure, and depression, and poverty.


The 7,000 Word Blog Post a Week Guy


Ummm…..have you have tried writing a 7,000 word blog post? If you have good on you! You’re likely going places as long as the post was inspired, detailed, properly formatted, and most of all, uber helpful.

OK….now…..have you ever attempted to publish one, 7,000 word blog post per week? For like, a month? That gets a little bit trickier. Guys and gals do it, and I admire the hell out of them, because I know that it takes an intense desire to be free, to move your self into that mental space to, to receive the divine inspiration to get this stuff done.

There is no way in hell that Ryan Biddulph alone could publish one, 7,000 word blog post weekly while:

  • Doing fun stuff in paradises around the world (while snapping paradise pictures)
  • Running a freelance writing business
  • Running a blog coaching business
  • Exercising 1-2 hours daily
  • Massaging Kelli
  • Zipping around on motorbikes
  • Networking like a boss
  • Following the Knicks (Knicks losses)
  • And doing a bunch of other stuff

Example; after my latest post went live I hopped into writing my next post the same day. 1,500 words in and I’m still going strong.

Could I create a 7,000 word post weekly if I forced myself to do it? Or, if my energy sucked, to the point where each 100 words or so felt like a drag?

No way!

I need to become inspired to do this and to get inspired – like Master Robbins – I have learned how to better manage my energy so that I am PULLED instead of PUSHED though my day.


Large Mammal Analogy from Paradise


Kelli and I see plenty of large mammals in paradise. Usually, they are working the rice fields. One of our faves is the monstrously large water buffalo.

This sucker dots the rice fields of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam regularly.

SE Asia farmers whack these big brute’s rumps with switches to get them going. It’s largely an unpleasant experience for these gentle giants, as they’re either stung a bit or they fear the switch, and they move their behinds.

Me and small mammals in Savusavu, Fiji.
Me and small mammals in Savusavu, Fiji.

This my friends is using the PUSH approach to moving forward. Since force negates, the farmer – and water buffaloes – need to put in more effort to get the desired result.

Now think of those good old cartoons you’d see on TV as a kid. Picture a horse being led by a carrot stick, attached to a contraption connected to the horse’s head.

This, my kiddies, is the PULL approach in action. The horse moves with no effort by the farmer. He’s just eager to get the carrot because he knows how sweet it tastes, and he’ll gladly move himself forward, not based on the fear of being beaten with a switch but because he wants to taste sweetness.

Most online entrepreneurs or bloggers are like the water buffalo, and the farmer, at the same time.

They beat themselves, and use scare tactics, and force, to get places, wasting their energy, and moving forward if at all, in a begrudging, ineffective fashion.

A select few free, inspired bloggers do the carrot stick thing except they go one better. They find another horse to bite the string, to sever the carrot from the contraption.

Then both horses can enjoy the carrot together, sharing it with joy.

They were pulled by the sweet taste of freedom to do the creative, ingenious thing, which led to a freeing, delicious experience.


Me and Tony Robbins


Right now, I see 2 similarities: we both live in Savusavu, Fiji sometimes (his resort and one of his homes is there), and we’ve both learned how to manage our energies so we can avoid peaks and valleys and so we can free ourselves and our audiences.

Now Tony’s quite a bit ahead of me in some ways, and in other ways, he can have his life.

I’ve no desire to do 12 hour seminars virtually every day, for weeks or months at a time.

I’d rather do what I do, inspire through email newsletters and videos and blog posts and then, SIT on the beach in Savusavu for 3 hours, while he does his seminars, either in Fiji or in some other spot.

Hey it’s all preference, but in the end we’re both freeing ourselves and our audiences through some inspired experience.

These inspired experiences transpired because we both had to ride the roller coaster ride of being an entrepreneur without falling off.


I Know You May Be Struggling


I know you may be struggling and suffering. I know you are looking for a better way to live.

I know you want to be free.

My intent with this post is to free you by sharing the most practical tips for taking this ride to some pretty remarkable places, whether they be Fiji, or Bali, or just, in your home, after you retire from the 9-5 to work in the paradise of your home office.

Are you ready for the tips? I know you are. Let’s dive in, shall we?


1: Why?



People are probably so sick of this right now.

I can see your eyes rolling.

I can hear your sighs.

The “why” question again.

I know.

I’ll play the “why” card until the cows come home.

Here’s why (hahaha I made a funny).

As a guy who’s broken his hand by punching walls in rage, and as a guy who’s spent the majority of his online career, smiling, and as a guy who’s fallen flat to the floor in despair (I really did that once from a standing position….pretty neat trick), and as a guy who’s like rented villas in Bali, and as a guy who’s done his best to inspire a bunch of people to free themselves…..

……I can honestly say…..

….that wanting to be free more than I feared being uncomfortable was the 1, driving, simple, practical force behind my story.

I helped myself by knowing why I wanted to help me.

That reason why was – and always has been – grounded in me wanting to be free.

Since I wanted to be free more than I feared failing or more than I feared doing uncomfortable stuff I did the freeing stuff and here I am.


Examples of Being Free


  • Choosing to cut my writing duties short for the night so I can watch an NBA game
  • Traveling the world for 44 months
  • Being a professional, full time blogger who works when he wants to work
  • Never using an alarm (unless I’m flying somewhere)
  • Being picky about the clients I choose to work with
  • Flying back home at Christmas time to be with my family
  • Feeling free enough to express myself through my blog and eBooks
  • Traveling anywhere, when I want to travel
  • Living in Fiji for 4 months
  • Living in Thailand for over 15 months
  • Seeing some of the most stunning, pristine tropical paradises on earth
  • Seeing rare animals like Jesus Christ Lizards, squirrel monkeys and dusky grey lemurs up close and personal (like, touching them, or being like 10 feet away from them)

I want you here. I know you can taste this life. This freeing life.

How freaking cool would it be to see a Jesus Christ lizard up close?

Kelli and I did, in Costa Rica.

I remember the day like it was yesterday.

We saw a primitive-looking lizard cruising on a tiny log, resting on a bank in the middle of a slow-moving stream.

As Kelli and I walked toward the bank the lizard started running….on the land….then…..as our jaws dropped…we saw Money run on the water!

Now you know why they earned their moniker.

The lizards run fast enough and are light enough on their feet where they skit or run on water.

It is a miraculous scene to behold in person. I frankly couldn’t believe the whole deal, when I saw it, because it’s not every day  when you see the laws of physics debunked in front of your eyes.

The deal is though I always knew deep down that I’d be living this life the moment I began working online. I went through highs and lows and wanted to quit at times but in the end, my love of being free, of experiencing ridiculously inspired moments like watching old Jesus Christ lizard run on water, well, that emotion and desire helped me overcome obstacles and it also helped me level myself off so I wouldn’t be experiencing so many highs, lows or doldrums.

What a freak!

I just progressively felt freer, and as this freedom momentum built itself up I naturally wanted to free my audience.

My kiddies, I love you, and I want you to be as free as I’m becoming.

This means you want to know why you’re blogging and you’ll want that reason to be to free you, and to free your audience.

Then you’ll do all the freeing but uncomfortable things to do to live a free life.

On to the next tip.

Calm yourself grasshopper! Just about half way there.


2: Establish a Morning Ritual


How you choose to feel dictates how you live.

Think through that line for a moment.

You’re making a conscious, deliberate choice, to experience your life the way you’re experiencing your life.

Sure you may not intend for certain things to happen and they do anyway yet, if you choose to work on your inner world, persistently, you’ll begin to make a series of freeing choices despite what happens in your life. Even if the happenings are kind of chaotic or difficult to deal with sometimes.


My Ritual


On waking I meditate for 40 minutes. I do a laying meditation since I spend a fair amount of time seated in front of a laptop during the course of a normal day.

Meditating on waking offers you a series of benefits, including:

  • Increased peace of mind
  • Acceptance of what is
  • Greater clarity of thinking
  • Increased creativity
  • Greater awareness of intuitive nudges
  • A more developed prosperity consciousness (yeah this means more money for you!)
  • Greater freedom
  • Less peaks and valleys (which means the rollercoaster rides will be less frequent)

Here’s why you should meditate; or at least why you should consider meditating, as a blogger…..Meditating daily helps you to see what’s stopping you.

For example, if you read my blog and think to yourself,

“How in the hell does this guy publish one 7,000 word blog post weekly while doing all of the other stuff he does online or offline?”

…well, if you think that thought, and harbor that feeling of doubt, you are clinging to a limiting belief rife with constricting thoughts like:

  • I am not prolific nor will I ever be
  • I cannot do what he does because he’s: talented, gifted, lucky, a hard worker
  • I am too lazy to do that
  • I am too busy to do that
  • I will never be that successful anyway so why bother?
  • Nobody would read my 7,000 word blog post anyway (they have no time, I am boring writer, etc)
  • I am a poor writer

This list goes on until infinity until you become aware that these ideas, these thoughts, these feelings, these limiting beliefs, that you cling to, are the energies you allow to stop you.

Meditation is a big old slap in the face.

I may appear to be brilliant or genius or inspired or some creative, prolific, automon, to some folks.

I claim none of those titles….what I did do however was:

*Hear, and listen to, the limiting belief that “I can’t write 7,000 word blog posts weekly”, and I let it go for good so I could begin writing 7,000 word blog posts weekly.*

Meditation was 1 vehicle through which I heard and listened to that crystal clear voice in my head. I actually heard it, speaking to me. The limiting belief was not me, so I let it go.

Meditating is a vehicle through which you listen to, understand and comprehend what’s really going on in your mind. Once you begin to understand what’s going on in your mind you’ll leave behind the negative, constricting thoughts and feelings, and you’ll generate inspired, positive, freeing thoughts and feelings, which will allow you to do neat stuff, like becoming a full time pro blogger who lives in Bali and Fiji for months.


The Roller Coaster Bit


I know more than a few well-meaning bloggers who flagellate themselves after not receiving 1, or 2, or even 10 opt ins to their list, daily.

They anger, and get more upset, then, embarrassed. Then they feel like a failure.

This predominant negative feeling of failure sticks with most bloggers for months, years, or for their entire online careers, which means that these bloggers fail for months, years or for their entire online careers, since you can’t outrun your feelings.

The secret – and meditating is the ultimate tool, I feel, for accessing this secret – is to feel your pain, and suffering, and anger, in minutes, or seconds, instead of suppressing it, then you move on to do inspired, freeing things.

Most people who fail blogging-wise or online business wise rarely feel their anger, their frustration, their doubt and their misery full. They bury it, and fight the feelings, and naturally, the feelings and their failure grow.

Many of these potentially free, awesome bloggers come to me with questions like:

  • Can you REALLY make money blogging?
  • I’m so sick of struggling for 1, 3, 5 years (or longer), what can I do NOT to quit?
  • Why are you so lucky/talented/gifted?

The questions are indicative of troubled, negative mind, filled with:

  • Doubt
  • Fear
  • Failure
  • Low self-worth
  • Envy or jealousy

In truth, I carried all of these emotions for many years and I still do here and there because I am human.

But the trick is, I meditate for 40 minutes each morning. Sessions could be for 5 minutes, or an hour. It’s really your call.

I just figure that if I meditated, I’d be able to identify the predominant negative emotions in my mind, I could feel them, instead of resisting them, then I could go on to do neat things to free me, and to free people.

Meditation helped me hear these voices, trying to bring me down, and it helped me feel my emotions. Once I felt these emotions – or large chunks of them – I could be largely free of them, since hey, you can’t get over something that’s already in you, right?

Anyway, I became super prolific and freer and happier after getting rid of my negative, dour, limiting beliefs in some areas of my blogging life.

This happened because I have meditated for the greater part of the last 5 to 6 years, almost on a daily basis. Some days, 5 minutes. Other days, 40 minutes. Some days, 2 hours.

Right now 40 minutes is the sweet spot for me.


Practical Tips


  • Find a quiet spot
  • Relax your body
  • Either lay down or sit with your back straight and legs crossed, or you can sit in your chair
  • Focus on your breathing, following the air in and out of your nose
  • When you notice some thought, feeling or anything other than your breathing note the object of your attention then move your focus back to your breathing
  • Continue this practice for the remainder of your meditation session

Now you have an idea of what to do, meditation-wise. Good.

After meditating I do 20 slow, deliberate pushups. Sometimes I do 100 quickies. Whatever floats my boat that morning.

After this I do 170 sit ups and about 100 leg lifts. Numbers increasing daily.

Exercising helps you to release your most creative, inspired energies. The type  of energies you may want to tap into if you want to publish a 7,000 word blog post weekly.

I also walk for at least 1 hour daily, later in the day, but since this tip focuses on my morning ritual I had to delve into the routine.

I then stretch for about 5 minutes to allow the natural flow of energy to stream through my body. Tension and tightness are both the great energy blockers, and when your energy flows freely you’ll be less apt to riding the rollercoaster that most bloggers ride.

Then, you’ll level off from a happy, peaceful, calm, inspired space.


The Roller Coaster Bit (Again)


I vividly remember my first day as a world traveler.

The Date: May 22, 2011.

The Place: Sanur, Bali.

I was seated outside of a hotel not 200 meters from the beach. I gazed at the bluest of skies. The smell of incense from temple offerings permeated the air, wafting into my nostrils.
This was one of those “highest of highs” moments.

Rewind a few years. I sold my car, and walked about 3 hours daily to the library for free internet access. During a brutal winter wind chill factors dove into -15 degrees Fahrenheit on some days.

Life wasn’t a picnic. The lowest of lows.

Meditating, and exercising, and stretching, helped me become aware of my bad habits, that led me into actions which created crappy results, and which also led me to believe that I’d be excited and on top of the world for eternity.

Meditating and exercising to start the day could darn well be the leveling factor that you need to follow to free yourself so that you can ramp it up a few notches as both a blogger and entrepreneur.

“Go within regularly to change the without.”

All the blogging tips and tricks and secrets, and all of the inspired ideas, and people, that you require now, to free yourself and to boost your traffic and sales, will find you when you allow them in.

Allowing goodness and freedom in happens with greater ease when you identify any mental blocks to this goodness and freedom that you cling to, and meditating and exercising helps you to identify and dissolve these blocks.

I hope you enjoyed this mini, mini eBook aka this tip.

Now on to your regularly scheduled programming.


3: Love Yourself


This may seem entirely unrelated to blogging tips, or blogging, or anything an online entrepreneur does but it’s the MOST relevant, important factor, next to blogging to be free, in a successful entrepreneur’s career.

Bloggers who get through the highs and lows, the peaks and valleys, the ups and downs, learn how to love themselves.

I know, I know, you may by rolling your eyes now, all of you practical tips fans, but you have to ask yourself one thing:

“Have I engineered a freeing – and prospering – enough lifestyle to where I could travel the world for 44 months straight, non-stop?”

(Note: “prospering” means among other things making enough money to pay for that lifestyle)

You know by now that I have engineered such a freeing lifestyle.

I am a digital nomad. Full time.

I live the internet lifestyle.

So even if you resist this self-love tip a bit bear with me because it will give you a glimpse into how to weather the highs and lows of being an online entrepreneur.


The High Highs


If you love yourself you’ll feel at peace during the high times of your blogging career.  Actually, you won’t get as high, as frequently.

Example; sure I was excited after I spoke at NYU. Ryan Biddulph speaking at NYU? This was a high! I felt so awesome inspiring the best and brightest marketers of today and tomorrow at such a prestigious institution.

Yet, I didn’t allow the honor to define me. I didn’t base my self worth or confidence on receiving the opportunity to speak at NYU.

I largely know how wonderful I am. Not from a cocky place. But from a clear, confident place. This knowing helps me embrace blessings, without getting all wrapped up in the blogging blessings, if you know what I mean.

If I love me, as is, all the good and bad stuff that may happen from time to time doesn’t define me, because I’m at peace with being me.

During periods of super high achievements I can be elated about the achievement and still feel happy and confident, after the emotions subside a bit.

Folks who don’t love themselves find themselves in a crater when things settle down after a high blogging achievement.

It’s like, your self-worth, and confidence, and love of self, is hinged on achieving something or receiving something, and when that achievement or activity fades away, or when you don’t get as much stuff (money, lauding, etc) the self hate bit grows and you love yourself less, and then, the bottom drops out.

Or you just grow bored with the blogging bit and throw in the towel.


The Low Lows


The bottom of the rollercoaster ride feels like the bottom of a rollercoaster ride because you lack a sense of balance and a sense of self love.

For example, I would beat myself mentally and physically after I received scant opt ins through my email list, like, 3 to 4 years ago.

I would go into a rage, and I’d punch walls, and do other whacky stuff at times, because deep down, a decent part of me hated myself.

The valleys felt like hell, an unending hell, and I just wanted to escape.

After a few of these violent episodes I decided to:

  • Spend more time on personal development
  • Smile more
  • Be more grateful for my good
  • Love Kelli more
  • Be more loving of myself
  • Surround myself with positive, loving, successful people
  • Be more gentle with myself when I felt self-hate arising from within my being

I noticed something neat happen: I became happier. I joked around more. I smiled more. I laughed more.

I busted people’s balls, more, joking around, teasing in a good-natured way, and more than anything, I finally began to conquer one of the problems of folks, who really, really, don’t love themselves….

I stopped taking myself too damn seriously!!!

As a rule, I was a serious idiot who took himself seriously for the first few years of my online career.

I still do it now, but since I largely love myself, and accept myself, I usually don’t take myself seriously at all.

This means, the valleys ain’t happening much.

So someone may leave a largely unflattering review of my eBooks, yet, I feel OK with it….most of the time.


I love me, and accept me, so folks who don’t love themselves, and spend time critiquing others, instead of resisting the urge to write a negative review, have no bearing on me.

Or, they are free to share their preference, because it has no bearing on my view of self, or how wonderful I am.

They have their take. I love me, and accept me most of the time, so I have my take.

It’s all good!

Besides, I’d rather agree with these lovely folks, who generously shared their reviews of my Blogging from Paradise eBooks.

Blogging from Paradise eBook Review from Adrienne Smith

Review by Sarah Arrow

Review by James McAllister

Love you. Use my practical tips shared above (the most recent bullet point list).

If you can love you, and more than that, accept yourself, you’ll not be prone to the circumstances of life, the stuff which torpedoes most online entrepreneurs.


4: Write 2,000 Words Daily (or More)


Blogging from Paradise is directed towards blogging entrepreneurs.

Blogging entrepreneurs will become richer, more successful entrepreneurs – who don’t go through the peaks and valleys bit non-stop – made creating a habit.

If you create regularly, feeling predominantly awesome about your creating, you’ll become good at what you do. When you become really good at what you do people will pay you money for what you do.

When people regularly pay you money for what you do you’ll not experience all those valleys/low points/depressive periods consistent with being broke.


Kyrie Irving and Me


We met like twice. Really nice kid.

For those not in the know Kyrie Irving is one of the most brilliant, talented basketball players on earth. He’s only in his early 20’s which makes the feat that much more amazing.

I followed Kyrie’s career at St. Patrick’s high school in New Jersey, before he went to Duke and became a star with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.

Becoming one of the greatest basketball players in the world required him to do a few things:

  • He needed to develop immense confidence in himself and in his abilities
  • He needed to practice honing his basketball skills (which would help give him immense confidence in himself and in his abilities)

Kyrie estimates that he *already* had practiced 10,000 hours before he was 18 years old. If you’ve read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, he postulates that people become virtual geniuses, or at least, really good at what they do after practicing their skills for 10,000 hours.

Kyrie hit that threshold as a kid so it makes sense that he’s probably the best dribbler on the face of the earth as well as one of the best finishers around the basket as a young blood in the NBA.

It was fun to watch his rise because even though he was already stupid talented as a higher schooler he just got better and better each year he played; first at Duke, then, each successive year he’s had with the Cavs.


How Does this Help You Avoid the Peaks and Valleys?



If you become really good at something, you know it. So nobody will get you off of your game.

Take my posts. I am learning and growing and freeing me from a humble space yet I know my posts are helpful, and valuable, and good.

If someone comes along to share feedback that my posts are garbage, I know that they are either:

  • Clinically insane
  • Intensely jealous
  • Drunk or stoned

Now, I am no arrogant SOB. Far from it. I self-deprecate more than the average bear, but think of it: if I write 6,000 to 10,000 words or more daily, I can write. I have found my voice.

I know my posts will help free you, because I’ve spent goodness knows how many hours working on blogging, and writing.


The Best Analogy


If I pick up a glass of water to drink, I know with certainty that the glass will reach my mouth and the water will flow down my gullet. I have no doubts when I reach for the glass that I will be enjoying the cool, refreshing water. No doubts whatsoever.

After I hit the “Publish” button on Blogging from Paradise I know that the post will rock. I don’t quite yet have the level of faith as the prior “drinking a glass of water analogy” but I am fairly clear on my writing ability, or more importantly, my ability to inspire you through my blog posts.

When I hit “publish” the faith and expectation of knowing the post will rock kicks in immediately.

I developed this level of faith and expectation by writing. A bunch.

One of the greatest newbie blogger mistakes is simply not writing daily.

One of the greatest new blogger habits to build is to write daily.

Fall in ♥ with writing.

I’ll start you at 2,000 words so you can hit the ground running. I want to free you so there is no sense playing small, and I also want to attract folks who are willing to let their love of freedom win over their fear of doing uncomfortable things.

The blogging lessons that I’m sharing today will do you little good unless you write daily. Bloggers blog. They network and they pretty everything up by working on their presentation but more than anything, they write from an epic, freeing, inspired space.

Otherwise, when they don’t practice writing, stuff like this happens.


Desperate Vietnamese Spa Girl


“Hey YOOOOUUU, come to spa!”

I recall the cute girl in Hoi An, Vietnam, pleading Kelli to go to spa after we rode by on our bicycles.

Here’s the deal; the language barrier played a part in this marketing approach, but really, business was a bit slow. Maybe she could have shored up her presentation somewhere to dissipate the desperation and to use attraction marketing more freely.

She screamed this plea most days we rode by.

I am not kidding.

It was mostly funny to us, but a part of me knew that she needed to find a better way to attract both old and new business versus yelling at previous customers.

You my blogging kiddies need to practice and practice and practice, to avoid the uber high highs and low lows which torpedo most online careers.

Again, be high! Enjoy the peaks but don’t allow the peak itself to define you or you’ll crash and burn after the feeling or elation wears, and after the experience passes.



5: Make a Gazillion – or a Handful – of Good Friends by Supporting them


My kind, generous friends help me out, tons.

They make my blog what it is because without them I am writing a diary, point blank.

I am debating whether or not to list out all of my friends here.

Well maybe not all of them, but at least a handful will get love from me.

A gazillion friends will:

  • Pick you up when you visit the valleys
  • Keep you up when you’re feeling inspired
  • Teach you how to make money blogging through their collective wisdom
  • Teach you how to build your blogging community
  • Teach you how to deal with obstacles
  • Promote you aggressively, expanding your presence quickly
  • Write glowing testimonials and ebook reviews

OK, here are some of my dear blogging friends who you absolutely should follow.

Don Purdum, for online marketing wisdom.

Donna Merrill, for blogging and marketing made simple.

I already mentioned Sarah, James and Adrienne above. Follow them!

Glenn Shepherd for internet business wisdom.

Kelli Cooper (not a dear buddy, but my fiancee) for inspiration, for conscious creation.

Fabrizio Van Marciano for smarter blogging tips.

Matthew Capala for growth hacking, SEO and entrepreneurship.

Naomi Dinsmore for tips helping you to escape the 9-5.

Richard Martin, for helping you build a profitable internet business.

Sue Anne Dunlevie, for giving you a step by step blueprint for beginning bloggers.

Marie Forleo (not a dear close friend but wow is she teaching me a bunch about branding!) for success and leadership

How can you make friends with folks? Easy. Be a friend to become a friend.

Comment on authority, relevant blogs.

Share blogger’s content on social networks.

Form bonds through email.

Do all that good stuff, keep writing to improve your game and you’ll naturally become a popular dude or dudette who can get through the ups and downs of this entrepreneurship bit with peace and grace.

Now we’re going to wrap everything up.

Sound good?




Know why you are blogging or why you’re running an online business.

Tie that reason into freeing yourself and your readers or customers. Once you blog to be free, and to free others, you won’t be as phased by the ups and downs of doing this blogging bit.

Next, you’ll want to establish a daily morning ritual to prepare yourself for your work/play day.

I am big on meditating, followed up by short bursts of exercise or stretching.

You do what vibes with you. I do suggest doing mental work and physical work and staying away from the computer on waking is the way to go, because diving into your work day without aligning yourself is a path to ruin.

Have a freshly picked Fijian banana on the way out.
Have a freshly picked Fijian banana on the way out.

Working on your inner world and exercising raises your energy to peak levels, which immunizes you from riding the rollercoaster. You’ll be more level, peaceful and calm throughout your work day.

Love yourself. Lack of self love is the root of online failure, frustration and all of that garbage.

When you, love you, as a blogger or as a human being, you won’t beat yourself up (low lows) nor will you crash after the high highs.

Write 2,000 words or more daily.

Hone your craft.

Enjoy your craft.

Do you work a 9-5 job? If so, how many hours did you work the job before you became proficient at the job? More than a few, methinks.

Blogging is no different my kiddies. If you write a bunch, and polish your skills, you’ll be able to make an impact and you also won’t be suffering through the rollercoaster ride bit, because you’ll see steady, incrementing blogging success.

Make a gazillion friends.

If you write for yourself, you’ll be publishing a diary, and you’ll be taking a wild ride.

If you write with a gazillion friends in your corner you’ll become free, rich and happy.

Make a gazillion friends.


Your Turn


How have you weathered the roller coaster ride of being an entrepreneur?

What tips can you add to this list?

How do you stay level through your blogging journey?


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  1. Keep on inspiring Sharon! With each day you’re becoming more and more free, and I love what you’re doing at Digital Nomad Wannabe!!

  2. Sharon Says:

    Some great tips! It is very hard to stay focused and not depressed/anxious/stressed when working online and trying to build an online business, particularly as most of the world does just not understand. I think I get more frustrated by all the people who don’t realise I actually work (and work hard!) than I do by failures!

    My biggest thing is to just keep looking at the big picture and do my best to trust myself that I didn’t take this path easily. I know I can do it!

  3. Wow what an experience Donna! You, Dave and me have been there and we all used inner work to keep the dream alive. Thanks Donna!!

  4. Hey Ryan,

    Being an entrepreneur is like riding a roller coaster. You may get sick the first time, but ask you keep going on that ride, you just get used to it.

    As you know, I have been an entrepreneur most of my life offline. Then began my journey online which was a new roller coaster ride. But to me, it all comes down to our mindset. How to deal with those ups and downs, ebbs and flows.

    I watch my husband wake in the middle of the night, pacing the floors, because whatever is bugging him in his head about business wakes him up. I just shake my head because he watched me go through the journey of self care, and guess he is not ready for it. Not my monkey,not my circus. He will get there in his own time. And this is a fine example of how my love of my life and business partner has to be dealt with.

    I’m at a point were it is all live and let live. Why? Because I went through endless hours of therapy to fine tune myself. I loved doing rapid eye movement therapy via EMDR. It cleaned out my subconscious mind. Whatever junk was in there, it was replaced with positive thinking. Wow…found myself addicted to that one!

    We, as entrepreneurs must know ourselves. We must have the confidence that we know we are doing the best we can out there. And not give a you know what about others. It’s pure focus.

    But this has to be reinforced on a daily basis. Meditation, prayer, whatever it takes, we need to set time out and go into ourselves to reinforce our “power.” Our true essence and know what that is.

    I do see those pushy marketers out there and have “called them out” by gently asking about what they are pitching to me….only those who have the nerve to FB message me with a hard sell. I ask them about it and they usually have no clue of what the heck they are selling.

    They are like little robots repeating what they are told to do. To me, that is not marketing. Marketing comes from within. Yes, I can help you, or even better: No, I don’t think we are a fit. Yep..I’ve said that to some people because I knew they had the mentality of those get rich quick ideas and wouldn’t budge.

    If we are out here, writing and giving, we do have products to sell. And I rather have people coming to me, than promising them the world chasing after them.

    I like seeing you in New Jersey Paradise because the laptop lifestyle and being an honest marketer is living the lifestyle of paradise from Bali to New Jersey lol.

    Many thanks for the mention, I truly appreciated it!


  5. James keep on writing! You’ll find your voice 😉 Not a theme guy at all but my friend Philip Dews is. He’s a designer so he’d be a good hire but he may be able to point you in the right direction, theme-wise, if you don’t want to work with a designer. I suggest him though; he built this blog and all my eBook covers and lemme tell ya, he’s worth it! A Plus dude too. His blog: http://www.brumdesign.uk/

  6. James Savage Says:

    Ryan, Thanks for the info!

    I’m wanting a theme that is fast and editable on the dashboard so I don’t have to hire a designer. So hard to find both combinations. I’ve been looking at the “Best” theme with myththemeshop.com. It seems to be very fast and editable.

    Do you know anything about their themes?

    Love your writing. I wish I could talk (write) and talk(write) and talk(write) like you do.

    Thanks again,

  7. James LOL I love your domain name! Here you are dude: Paper Cuts theme.

    It was hacked though; out of the box it was Paper Cuts, which is a free theme, but my designer Phil Dews made all the adjustments in my pickiness that needed to be made to make it look similar to the feel of my old blog….branding stuff.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  8. James Savage Says:

    I love this blog, especially the BLOG THEME.

    How do I get this theme? Not exactly like this but the same framework.

    Your web pages load super fast and my internet is slow.

    I would love to know.
    Please email me.
    James Savage

  9. Adrienne no worries and thank you for your fab comment and for the reviews! Ditto on meditating laying down. So much sitting during the day. Great to see you again!

  10. Adrienne Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    I finally made it by, sorry for my delay. I’m actually still on vacation but didn’t want to be even further behind than I already am.

    First I want to congratulate you on finally starting to build your list. I can’t believe you haven’t been doing this all this time. Those are the people you continue to share your new books with and they in turn will tell all their friends. Heck, you already have a bunch of awesome community members that will do that for you but you’ll have even more now. Bravo my friend, it’s never too late to start.

    Glad to know your speech went well, I’m not surprised at all. I knew you were really excited about it and how cool is that. I’m sure you’ll have many more invitations in the coming year.

    I always enjoy what you have to share because you take us along for the ride. Your ride is much more fun though because you’ve been to all these really cool places. You’ve also learned a lot of very valuable lessons along the way too so who wouldn’t want to learn from you.

    You meditate for 40 minutes every morning? Wow, that’s a long time and I also mediate laying down. I’m just much more relaxed that way and you’re right. We sit all day long so this way I get a little bit more time in that position. I agree that it’s a fabulous way to start your day and your way of thinking.

    Thanks for the mention and I finally got around to writing your two reviews on Amazon this weekend. Again, sorry for the delay but a promise is a promise!

    Great share Ryan and Happy New Year! I know yours will be amazing.


  11. Linda smart move on taking that blogging break 😉 And congrats on your weight loss I found it SO inspiring!

  12. Don Purdum Says:

    Oh yah, Samson and Delilah are my babies! Best dogs in the world!!! I love your posts, keep up the great work Ryan, you’re an inspiration.

  13. Linda Bibb Says:

    Spot on article, Ryan. I couldn’t agree more that mental attitude is vital to a prosperous life. You become what you think about. If you constantly think “I can’t afford that,” or your bills are too high, you have a poverty mentality, and that mental attitude is your reality.

    Attitude conveys to the keyboard, too, and IMO no sane person wants to read or subscribe to a blog with negative, stinky-attitude posts written by Debbie Downer. Nope, much better to have a prosperity mindset.

    Also agree that balance is key. Thanks for sharing that. Like you, I like to start my day with non-work-related activities that will balance my day and bring me back to center. Meditation has never worked for me, but prayer and Bible reading do. That’s how I begin my day … okay, that and a fresh cup of hot coffee.

    Dang, I miss kopi Bali! But I digress.

    About those mental distractions that pop up: I actually stop and write them down so they get out of my head and stay there. Then when I’m working, I can reread them and take any appropriate action.

    Rollercoaster? Ummm…yeah. December was a slog, partly because I was so depressed about what we’d accomplished in 2014 and didn’t want to write that year-in-review post. I finally gave myself permission to take a much needed blogging break when I realized deserved it. It was starting to feel like a 24/7 job, and that’s the opposite of what blogging is supposed to be: freedom.

    Fast forward to Jan. 1 and I’m blogging again and enjoying it. It helped to realize that I had an accomplishment to be proud of and brag on–the 170 pounds we lost in 2014.

    Thanks to you, I intend to spend more time encouraging my blogging friends this year. And I’ll make some new ones, ones that are influential. That tip alone is gold!

    Have a great day,

  14. Happy New Year to you and the fam Don! Don’t forget Samson and Delilah 😉 Love your comment, your story and your life because we resonate on a deep level. Here’s to a fun week and of course, Thank You for reading!

  15. Fabrizio that pillow fight with your kids and the protein muffins baking sounds fun! Keep on vibing high and thanks for reading!

  16. Fabrizio Says:

    Ryan… Happy New Year to you buddy and your lovely lady Kelli, cannot wait to see what you have in store for 2015. I don’t meditate as much as I used to, and when I do try, I can still hear my screaming kids in my head, oh no wait… they’re not in my head, they’re in the background having a pillow fight when they should be asleep, so dad can get some work done lol.

    I’m all for exercising mate, hitting the gym 3 times a week and eating super health helps me not only to keep fit and healthy, especially in this line of job sitting down for long hours, but it also boosts me to an all time high to work on my online business and my blog.

    When I’m not feeling much in love with myself, it affects my productivity, so there’s only one thing for me, getting crazy and having a massive pillow fight with the kids, then baking protein muffins and stuffing our faces, usually then I’m good to write.

    Loved your video dude, earth is paradise, well most of it anyway ha ha, where there’s family there’s paradise. Thanks a trillion for the epic mention, I’m truly honoured my friend, great to be in your community, keep inspiring us.

    Stay safe in paradise buddy – Fabrizio

  17. Don Purdum Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Happy New Year!!!! Can you believe how far we’ve come since this time last year? I almost cannot remember it.

    Man, I have to say I completely get you!!! I was in a low place 2 years ago and it was really bad. But, it was also mostly my own fault. The wrong people were in my life, I was making some bad decisions just hoping for the best and I am grateful every day for an amazing wife of 21 years who just tells it to me like it is.

    I broke free of the stories I was telling myself and of the people that were holding me back who were only using me for their own selfish purposes.

    I have to tell you, today it’s a whole different world and my business and life are exploding in ways I could have never imagined even six months ago.

    I have amazing mentors, friends and online relationships that inspire, encourage and enable me to go places I could have never gone on my own.

    You are an inspiration Ryan! I have been an entrepreneur for ten years. I’ve made money, lost money and I’m making money again. We never quit and we never make excuses. Instead, we learn and make ourselves better every single day!!!

    It really is a roller coaster but it’s one worth being on. I learned in my days in the Navy and Army that things are never as good as they seem or as bad as they feel. Enjoy each moment and cherish the good times and endure through the hard ones.

    The online world is much more competitive than the online world. Our prospects are constantly being pulled and pushed and distracted. Figuring out how to navigate the waters and make a difference can make those climbs and falls less steep and make one more money.

    Thank you for the kind mention my friend!!!

    I hope you and Kelli are enjoying a Happy New Year!!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

  18. Jacqui thanks so much! I recall your luxurious note – from your post – and can’t agree more. Likewise!

  19. Lorraine amen to that! And I loved both interviews; the blind woman post was so touching, inspiring and real. Thanks so much 😉

  20. Andy stand up paddle boarding looks awesome. We saw a few SUPers in Phuket and in Bali too during respective high seasons. Thanks much and we’ll meet soon!

  21. Good to know! Thanks so much for letting me know as I love commenting on John’s blog. Happy travels when you travel 😉

  22. masterjani Says:

    Forwarded from johnchow blog by reading “how to live in most countries”. You are doing great man. Will try to get tips from you, when i plan to visit another country.

  23. Andy Willis Says:

    Wow Ryan!!!
    Another inspiring blog post, it would take a comment the length of a blog post to provide worthy comment on all the great tips and advice you have shared, probably best if I try and summarise my thoughts instead (although I would like to know if a lengthy comment can go towards your suggested “write 2000 words a day”).
    Firstly I can’t agree more with the concept of exercise and meditation to start the day, I do one (exercise) and not the other but will now try and include both as part of my daily ritual. I start everyday off with either a walk, bike ride or a SUP (stand up paddleboard) surf, the latter being my latest obsession.
    I can vouch for the fact that it is both physically and mentally the best thing anyone can have as a habit.
    Loving myself ….I’ve been through the tough times in business and more so in personal relationships (a long marriage that is no more), and having been single for the past couple of years I’ve had the time to think about me and I have worked out what a great bloke I am, so yes I now love me, its a great place to be in, so I can vouch for that one too.
    I feel more free and happier than I’ve ever been!!!
    Now the blogger/writer thing, as I’ve mentioned before I’m new to this so I do have the doubts of I’m not a writer, who would read my posts, I find writing so hard etc etc…
    It’s the start of a new year so I’ll be kicking it off with following your advice and writing everyday, that’ll be tough for me but I’m going to do it.
    I will incorporate other parts of this post into my plan for 2015 too, so thank you Ryan for being such an inspiration, I look forward to catching up in person one day somewhere in the world, keep me posted on where you’re hanging out.

  24. Ryan, the power of meditation and also affirmations is POWERFUL. I know; I’ve been using them for about 1.5 years now and, let me tell you, I have made huge strides in my life ever since!

    I began my freelancing business.
    I published my first book on Amazon.
    I devised a theme for my old blog (Lorraine Reguly’s Life) of True Tales Tuesdays and Featured Fridays, I moved that blog to my own self-hosted site (Wording Well), I have had over a dozen guest posts published on various niche blogs (two were on blogs that had not previously allowed guest posts!), I wrote an ebook, I’ve earned money from both writing and editing, I’ve had a short story published in an anthology, I won a short story writing contest (which was published in an anthology), and this is only the tip of the iceberg!

    I also interviewed a blind man, and even a blind woman, and obtained answers to questions most of us are too afraid to ask but have always contemplated.
    I’ve edited more ebooks in the last couple of months than ever before.
    I write more, and I’m motivated to write.
    I’ve made awesome connections with many people online.

    I’m now loving my life!

    I can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring!

    The publication of at least two more books – one one blogging, and one called Letters to Julian (Julian is my son, and this book will be a collection of the letters I’ve written to him during his lifetime).

    I’m stoked for the future! I can see you are, too!

    Rock on, Ryan!

  25. DNN thank YOU for your support!

  26. Amen Maketta agreed on each point 😉 Thanks so much for sharing and see you soon!

  27. Jane thanks so much! Keep up the great work, keep on meditating and you’ll get clearer and clearer. Plenty pics coming soon!

  28. Hi Ryan,
    Wow – a catapulting read!

    “Freeing” is a word that particularly resonates, as does the part about knowing your ‘why.’ I launched my entrepreneurial venture in 1997 in order to be ‘free’ to be my own boss. I knew my overarching why.

    Over time, the way to maintain a feeling of ‘free’ has evolved. If I don’t reassess, regularly, the people, processes and routines I engage in, then I find my life getting cluttered and unclear, thus negating aspects of that freedom. If I get too cluttered, I start to feel pushed, and the ‘vibe’ from that is not a good one.

    For example, In 2015, I’m committed to feeling more ‘luxurious’ in my day-to-day (one of my 3 Words is ‘luxuriate’), whether working (writing/interviewing clients/business development/business administration) or frolicking in the lake, with my husband and dog, Roger. I think this ties directly into being ‘pulled’ vs. ‘pushed.’

    As well, LOVED your High Highs section, especially the part about not getting as high as frequently. Also, THIS resonated,”I largely know how wonderful I am. Not from a cocky place. But from a clear, confident place. This knowing helps me embrace blessings, without getting all wrapped up in the blogging blessings, if you know what I mean.” <- Yes, I do know what you mean.

    Thank you so much for the 'pull' of your words and conversations, Ryan! I look forward to reading and engaging more with you and Blogging From Paradise in the coming year!


  29. Glenn I dig your feeling and the Moody Blues take. This is the path to happiness and of course, self-acceptance. Thanks dude!

  30. Todd good to hear! Keep that energy high my friend and keep on recovering. You guys are on the right track!! Blessings and thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  31. Todd Butterworth Says:

    We just discovered you and we love you. We are retired and looking to build a business online – Social Security is not enough! Keep it up, dude, you are inspiring. I had a stroke and Mama is almost overwhelmed (45 years married this year). Meditate! We got it!

  32. Hey Ryan,

    Wow! This is the second time within the space of a month where I’ve been featured on a ‘recommended bloggers’ list – I must be doing something right! Thanks so much for that, I feel truly honoured! 🙂

    With regards to the rest of your post, awesome stuff as always! I especially identify with tips 1 and 4:

    I’m with you 100% on the subject of knowing your “Why”. I, too, talk about this often and, if they haven’t done so already, my readers and subscribers had better get used to it, as I ain’t letting up any time soon! It is THAT important!

    Point number 4 reminds me of when I was learning the guitar waayyyy back when I was 16. My friend’s dad, who was teaching me, ha a saying: “There’s no room for false modesty in music”. Of course he wasn’t suggesting that you should be big-headed. Rather, if you’re good and you know you’re good, then there’s little sense in pretending otherwise.

    If you’re good at something there’s absolutely nothing wrong in acknowledging the fact and this begins internally. In order to make the best use of your talents you have to be comfortable and happy with who you are and what you can do. Sure, there will always be room for improvement, but that doesn’t mean you should belittle the talent or abilities you already have.

    To take the music application a little further, it also reminds me of an interview with Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues that I read a number of years back. I can’t remember the entire context but, in a nutshell, he was talking about how he feels when people don’t like songs that he’s written. He explained that his attitude is pretty much one of, “Well I like it and I wrote it for me. That’s all the matters.” So again, it highlights how you should be comfortable with who you are. There are going to be haters and even downright screwballs, but you should never allow them to dictate what you do or how you feel. It’s important to have the inner strength, satisfaction and confidence to just say, “Okay” and move on.

    Great stuff, buddy! I look forward to your next post. 🙂


  33. Jane Brown Says:

    Hey Ryan!

    This is a piece! I really enjoyed reading it. You have so much to tell!

    Firstly, I bow before your 40 minutes meditation in the morning, I would fall asleep, lol. I try to do 15 minutes around 8 p.m., but I really suck at it. I`m not disciplined. It`s hard for me to sit down and write every day the same time or meditate, or anything else I should do regularly, but you seem to be a master of it!

    Secondly, I love the ‘love yourself’ part, you are so right. It`s really crutial for anybody who wants to succeed no matter in what aspect of life.

    I think all beginner bloggers should read this blog post to learn about, blogging, love, attitude, discipline and the way out.
    I love reading your blog (and your ebook, of course, you know that already :D). I wish I could write like you.

    Oh, I almost forgot. I like your new camera, the picture is clear and bright. 🙂

  34. Maketta Says:

    Hello Ryan,

    I like reading long blog posts.:) I think those are the best ones. I think as a society we are always in a hurry. It’s not good at all. I really like how you keep it real in your blog posts. I can relate to a lot of the things you said. Learning to control your emotions is a biggie. I think as bloggers we all have thought about quitting at one time or another. Especially, if you aren’t seeing results quickly. We live in a got to have it now society. What we come to realize it takes time. Just because it might not be happening now doesn’t mean it won’t. I do believe once we make the decision to keep going no matter what is when the magic happens. Everything is a learning curve.

    Don’t listen to the people who tell you that these blog posts are too long. They don’t know what they are talking about. What they need to do is take the time and read them so they can learn something. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  35. DNN Says:

    Gotta give it to you Ryan,

    Yo’re certainly blogging your little heart off over yonder there on your end! (smile)

    Your blogs are so nice and long. Search engines love you. And, DNN is learning from you too.

    Thanks for keeping us inspired buddy. Kudos! 🙂

  36. Regi that’s a keen point. Money and other outcomes can cloud our minds but if we purify our intent – a bit – all will come together nicely. Thanks!

  37. Hahaha Tor! Bodybuilding does help – at least in the past – but that magic fruit can be found in some regions lol….thanks so much dude!

  38. Hey Ryan,

    Now this is what I call awesome! Read this in 3 parts. It is just too longgggggg but hey, it’s great stuffs.

    Being an entrepreneur for some good years, I think the biggest problem is being clouded with things like money. They are huge killers and if you are too focused on them, you are in trouble!

    Great stuffs and sharing this around right now!

  39. Tor Refsland Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    thanks for writing an awesome post.

    I have to admit that I was kind of relieved when you mentioned that you used to do body building. That explanation ended my theory of you having found a magical fruit in paradise that makes you so buff (without training) 😉

    In other words: you are a normal human being (without magical fruits), that means that if you can blog from paradise and create your own destiny – others can too 😉

    When you were mentioning the Jesus Christ lizard, I chuckling a bit.

    Ryan, do you know why the Jesus Christ lizard can run on water?

    Because it`s WHY to be free in paradise (and not working 9-5) is SO strong, that it can literally run on water 😉

    To master your thoughts and having an iron clad belief in yourself, are important key factors when it comes to succeeding.

    Mind becomes matter.

    Thanks again for your ass-kicking post.

    Tor Refsland

  40. Thanks Jack, likewise 🙂

  41. Thanks Mukesh!

  42. Hi Ryan,
    This is my first visit on your site and really got so impressed.
    What a nicely written five Tips for Riding the Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster.
    I like all your tour pics on beach.
    Thanks for sharing…..

  43. Jack Says:


    This was solid. There is so much substance here. I read it in chunks throughout the day and each time I came back because I liked what you did, what you said and the journey you took us on.

    Nicely done.

    Hope 2015 is your best year ever.

  44. Thanks Ben, so fun to hear “the rest of the story!”

  45. “I had created this false illusion that the successful bloggers had some magical skill set that I could never have.” Bingo! James, that was MY life for so many years. Meditating helped me release this limiter. Thanks much!

  46. Hi Ryan!

    This post really took me down memory lane for a bit. Like you said, we’re humans. We have our bad days. I’ve had my days where I vowed to quit because I thought I wasn’t good enough. I had created this false illusion that the successful bloggers had some magical skill set that I could never have. Really, that was just a justification for the fact that I was being lazy.

    I have come to learn that the only person responsible for my life is myself. If I fail at something, it’s completely my fault. And I have the choice to get better and try again, or loathe in self-pity and get nowhere. The reason I’m still blogging today is because I chose the former. I believe anyone can become a professional blogger if they put in the time, effort, and sheer hard work necessary to become one (as others already have.)

    I’m so glad meditation is rising in popularity and was really glad to see you are helping that happen. People do not take enough time in life to sit down, relax and reflect. Meditation has helped me learn not only about myself, but also many important truths of life.

    Meditation is the single most powerful tool most people do not even know they have.

    Anyway, thanks for another great post Ryan and thank you so much for the shout out. I certainly wasn’t expecting it so it was a very nice surprise.

    I’m not sure how but I missed a few of your other recent posts so I’m going to get around to reading those ASAP. Here I was thinking you were taking some sort of vacation when really my Feedly was screwing up.

    Have a great New Year Ryan!

  47. Ben Murray V Says:

    Amazing post! I certainly relate to almost all of this being an entrepreneur myself. I know when we all listen to entrepreneur interviews it seems that everything goes perfect and successful entrepreneurs who really know what they are doing come out from no where to run 6 and 7 figure businesses. We often don’t hear about all the struggle or learning that took place before they ‘made it’ overnight.

  48. Cool Renard and yep I sometimes get restless too at those points 😉 What vibes with you, works, and you have found your sweet spot. Thanks much!

  49. Sue it’s so funny right? Those simple little loving affirmations work wonders. You deserve it my friend! Happy New Year!

  50. [ Smiles ] Ryan, I have never even ventured to do a post that contained 7000 words. I usually get a bit restless when I have reached around 600; my aim is for nothing shorter than 1500.

    For the record, I think that you are a very talented writer and that you were born to do this.

  51. I was loving this post, Ryan, expecially the part about loving yourself. On “bad” days, I repeat “I love myself” over & over & I always feel better.

    So I was loving this post and then got to the part where you gave me a shout out. What a nice surprise!

    Have a happy & healthy New Year!

  52. I appreciate both the nice words, and the spur to greater massaging 😉

  53. kelli Says:

    Hey Ry
    First off…the ‘massaging kelli’ has been falling a bit short lately so we are going to have to pick that back up again!

    This was a kick ass post for a dozen reasons. Like you always do, you give great tips and insights regarding the mental aspects of success. These ups and downs are common and you writing about them will help people know that this experience is not just happening to them. You give great tips for getting through it. Seeing what you do first hand, I can attest that following this advice is a surefire recipe for success with blogging. You never cease to amaze me!