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!