Where Are Your Priorities At? It May Be Time to Pivot (Again)

As I mentioned in my last income report, it was very likely that there were going to be some changes both in my life and the way I’m approaching my online business/projects.

It’s all good things, fortunately.  Just not exactly what I had planned.

Sometimes, you want to keep pushing forward with something even when it’s not going as well as you expected.  And a lot of times, that is the right instinct to have.  So many people give up way too soon.  The challenge is is figuring out exactly where to draw the line and pivot to a new project or new approach.

In my case, there are a few things going on in my life that are basically forcing me to pivot, but it’s a direction I’m perfectly OK with.  I’ll explain.

Changes Bring More Changes

I hate making excuses, and everyone’s busy, but this year has been an exceptionally busy year for me.  In January, I launched The Daily Interview, a blog that published a new interview every day (it started as Monday-Friday and switched to Monday-Thursday).  I successfully published over 100 interviews, making lots of great connections in the process.

In March, my fiance and I began a search to buy our first home, a process that lasted until late July when we finally moved.  And later this year (November), we’re getting married.  So of course, wedding planning occasionally takes up some time.

And now, there’s something new to add to the list: I just received a big promotion at work, where I’ll be stepping into my first ever manager-level position as an accountant/CPA.

With the new role comes lots of new responsibility – something I’m excited about.  I know when I started this blog over four years ago, I wrote with the ultimate goal of leaving behind my “9 to 5” job and going out on my own as an entrepreneur.  I’m not ready to throw away that dream, but I am comfortable delaying it indefinitely.

I think a lot of times when entrepreneurial-minded people hate their jobs, they think that the only way out is to start a business and make it on their own.  And that’s obviously a very common path.

But there’s an internal struggle when that path is unsuccessful.

I’ve found that being employed doesn’t have to be this horrible thing that rules your life.  It took me awhile to find the right job (I’m currently working at my 4th company out of college), but after spending a year there as I have now, I’m still very happy and I think this could be a good long term fit.

While this might make me an unsuccessful entrepreneur, it doesn’t mean that I have to stop everything.  I like blogging, and I still have a desire to run my own business or some kind of revenue-generating project online, on the side.

Goodbye to The Daily Interview (for now)

One big change I had to make was “pausing” The Daily Interview.  I know a lot of people were enjoying it, and I really enjoyed it too.  But it’s a lot of work and requires a lot of time that I no longer have.

Instead of stopping interviews altogether, I will probably still do interviews periodically and publish them here, on My 4-Hour Workweek.

Also, and multiple people have suggested this to me, I’m planning to take a collection of the best interviews I did (maybe my top 50) and compile some sort of eBook (probably on the Kindle platform).  It’ll be a great way to showcase the interviews that I really enjoyed, and put them all in one place for people to read.

Stay tuned for that one.

What About the Blog?

As I said before, I still love to blog, and will continue to blog.  As usual, I’ll write about whatever is going on in my life when it comes to internet business and passive income.

I think a lot of you are in my shoes: You work a normal job, have no real plans of leaving, but are looking to make some extra money on the side.  That’s where I’m at right now.

I’ll probably also continue to focus on personal finance as well, because I think it goes hand-in-hand with entrepreneurship, making money online, etc.  You work hard for your money, so knowing what to do with that money is important.

One of my big goals, that I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned here, is that I want to retire early (maybe early 50’s, or sooner if possible).  To accomplish that, I need to be doing a lot right now to build up savings and sources of passive income for the future.  So expect me to discuss that more too.

And finally, I’ll still be publishing my monthly income reports.  I still own niche sites and still have sources of affiliate income, and I’d like to maintain those.  While there haven’t been any exciting changes in this area over the past year, I still like to track everything.  In the event that things do change, I’ll of course have more to talk about. :)

I think I have my priorities straight right now, and I have a pretty clear direction of how I want to pivot with blogging and my online business in general.

What about you? Have you changed course recently? Are you finding yourself in a similar position?  Leave a comment below!

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20 Responses to “Where Are Your Priorities At? It May Be Time to Pivot (Again)”

  1. Well, it’s probably not just the dream of leaving the 9 to 5, but also having the money to live a really great life. If the traditional job offers you that, there’s no reason not to follow that route :) Blogging will (hopefully) be here forever and you will get your chance to get back and make your original dream possible. There’s no hurry, so good luck!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Calin – my thoughts exactly.

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  2. Don’t feel bad for pausing your Daily Interview. It’s decisions like this that make us entrepreneurs. We have to try things, and when they’re taking too much of our time and not providing a return we have to can them. Love the rest of your stuff, keep it coming!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Shane, I appreciate it!

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  3. Frankly, I have no use for most of the “interview” type things, because I’m just done with the notion that “look at me, I’m making X” often translates well to other people. This is part of the reason I’ve stopped reading Pat at SPI, because he vacuums up large amounts of money from large amounts of people who will never achieve even modest successes. This isn’t a slam on him– I think he’s honest and his site is first-rate, but I think too much of this has just become over-saturated. But, anyhow, I’ll look forward to whatever emerges. I’ll soon need to do more than tread water myself!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I know the interviews aren’t for everyone. Personally, I enjoy reading about those who have just started seeing (modest) success because it’s a lot more realistic and attainable. I have less interest in the multi-millionaire entrepreneurs (although they occasionally have a pretty interesting story).

    Thanks, as always, for the comment Mike.

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  4. Hi Eric,

    Congratulations with the upcoming marriage and the promotion! With so many events happening it makes sense to focus on this site. I will be following along. Best of luck man..
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Jake!

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  5. I too have just landed a new job – though it’s one with a new company rather than a promotion at an existing company. But while the job requires fewer hours than my old one, I’m also commuting far further.

    This is actually making me more tired than my old job and is cutting down on the work I can achieve online.

    Hopefully I’ll get used to the new travelling arrangement in the next few weeks and can then get back to “business at usual” but right now I certainly feel like my sites aren’t being given the love and attention they deserve.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’m not a fan of long commutes, but at least the job requires fewer hours. And hopefully you enjoy it more too.

    From my experience with a long commute (used to commute 60-90 minutes each way, depending on traffic), you do get used to it. Not to say it’s ever enjoyable, but you get used to it.

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  6. Nice post

    Priorities always change and I feel it is really good. We all have work to do and we do it regularly . But are we happy with it. I guess not all, so why not take a step forward, a diversion from our regular life which helps in leading a more comfortable or dream life. Having an extra source for income is always better. Blogging or internet marketing is one such thing. I truly agree that changes make big changes.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I totally agree, Sagar – thanks for the comment!

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  7. Hi Eric

    Congrats for the grand success. What we expect don’t exactly come to us, be happy for What you have now. The success you achieved don’t seem so small, its a dream of so many peoples. Expect the Best and Work for it. Priorities are always set according to the need which is most important for us.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Ankit!

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  8. I think you are smart for merging the two sites into one. A blog is notorious for taking up a lot of time. And when you have a full time job, that can make it even harder (I am in the same boat-just now got a full time job).

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Mike – yes, a full time job makes everything a bit more difficult. :) The good thing is, if you enjoy (or can tolerate) your job, it makes everything else in life a little bit less full of pressure.

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  9. I for one am very sad to see the Daily Interview go away. As someone who loathes her 9 to 5, these interviews helped provide hope that I too could someday break out of my cubicle that in prisons me Monday through Friday. It was so useful to hear different perspectives about what was working and what was not.
    Should you become re-engaged, there is definitely an audience out here.
    Congrats and continued success to you.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks a lot for this comment, Nikki. It helps to be reminded that there actually were people out there who really enjoyed the interviews. At some point, I will be back with more interviews. Thanks again.

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  10. No wonder priorities change. I can understand, it is difficult to keep up the passive work with the job you have. I have experienced the same. That is why I am also trying to alter my own priorities and focus on as fewer things as possible to simplify my life.
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  11. I wish you continued good work-sharing, thank you. I’ve been following your work continuously

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