Posted by: draknor | December 14, 2011

New Ideas

As I mentioned in my last post — actually, never mind. I didn’t mention it!

So this week my girlfriend & I are having a “staycation”. It’s like a vacation, but you stay home instead.  Obviously its very meaningful for her, since she’s not going to work this week.  But I wanted to make it meaningful for me, too — how to do that?

First, I decided I would not really work on my “business stuff”.  No calling agents, no posting more flyers for classes, etc. I wouldn’t turn down a gig if I got a call, but I’m not being proactive this week.  I wanted to give my mind some space this week. In that vein, I started doing a little research into Internet Marketing (IM).  In a nutshell, it’s (typically) selling informational products online.  It  can be digital products you create (ebooks, videos, etc) or someone else’s products that you sell & then get an affiliate commission on. I checked out some free material and one or two “special offers”, just to get an idea of what’s out there.

I’ll be honest — I’m not wow’d.  There’s this giant ecosystem of people selling info products to each other, about how to sell more info products.  It reminds me of the feeling I get from MLM schemes — the guys at the top showing how much money they make, while most of it is generated from the guys at the bottom trying to just start out.  (Please note that I don’t think any of these ARE actually MLM’s!)

So it’s something I’ll look more into, but I’m definitely going to pick a different target market than “other schmucks trying to make a buck online”!  I actually emailed one guy that I purchased a “special offer” from, and he said I could definitely build up to a business generating $3-5k/month, but that it would take some time.  Good to know.

On another note, my girlfriend told me about an article she ran across on Facebook called Regrets of the Dying. It’s the observations of a palliative care nurse about the 5 most common regrets that people had, facing their own end.  Not really surprising, once you read them, but this really struck me:

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. […] All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

Wow. Just…. wow.  Not that people regretted working so hard — that’s not a surprise.  What’s a surprise is that it came from EVERY MALE PATIENT she nursed!  She notes some women had this regret as well, but generally these are folks from an older generation where women were not commonly the breadwinner of the family.  That’s just not true anymore — more women are working, building their careers just as men have done for decades.  Which means to me, that in 30-50 years nurses will be saying that EVERY patient will have this regret, not just the men.  That’s a sad state of affairs.

Which got me to thinking about a couple of things. First, I definitely made the right choice in leaving my job, starting this blog, and exploring my life.  And second, that despite there already being a thousand bloggers online talking about leaving your 9-5 and making your life truly your own — maybe there’s room for one more.  Because I still have a lot of friends on that work treadmill.  So maybe I do have a message of my own to say.

And just like that, ideas started rolling in for me — ideas about info products to create, ebooks to write, messages to communicate.  I’m not giving up on real estate photography, or martial arts; I’m just adding more options!