As I sit here on the first day of 2011, I reflect upon the last five years. That’s how long I have now been making a living exclusively on the Internet. It’s been a wild ride, and continues to get even better. Except for a disappointing first year, where I made almost no money and tried to do everything on my own, making a living in this way has far exceeded any expectations I may have had.
I have become an entrepreneur during these five years. That means that I create new products and services and promote other people’s products in order to make things happen in my business. There is no boss or supervisor to guide me. I guide my own business, and earn as much money as you choose.
I have become a writer. I now write each and every day. This writing has enriched my life on a personal level. It has also allowed me to spend my time as I choose, writing when and where I want. I had dreamed of being a writer years ago; now it is my reality.
I’m still a teacher. When I left the classroom to come online, I knew that I would miss having students. Within a year I was teaching classes on the Internet. Now I have students all over the world who benefit from what I can teach them.
It’s easier for me now than it was five years ago. I was willing to be the newbie who had no clue about making money online for as long as it took. That means I had to humble myself to the others who were already successful. That was a good lesson for me, and the reason I persevered during the recession. I have continued to increase my income each month during this time. No job will ever offer that possibility.
The technology is now easier. I know what to do, and how to outsource the rest. Just because I know how to do it doesn’t mean that I should. This has saved me time and money so that I can write and create new products. There are other people who enjoy doing the things that must be done. It feels good to give work to others while I do the things that I enjoy more.
The best part of the past five years has been connecting with so many incredible people. These are my students, my mentors, my colleagues, and others whom I would never have met if I hadn’t made the decision to change my life. I cannot even imagine not knowing each and every one of them. A huge ‘Thank You’ to each of them. If that’s you, know that my connection with you is a special one.
So what will the next five years be like? No one knows, but I can tell you that being in charge of your own destiny feels very good. The best way I can describe it is to tell you to think of a time when you were still a child, and you dreamed of growing up and doing exactly as you pleased. That did not have to be a childhood fantasy. Being an entrepreneur in 2011 gives you opportunities and choices. Now that’s a dream come true.
What do you think about all of this?