My colleague Lisa just posted something that caught my eye and really struck a chord with me.
You really ought to read it, it’s short and to the point (not at all like some of my ramblings.
But here’s a synopsis for the time and/or click impaired:
We were talking about how I created my online business and she told me something that caused me to write this post today.
Like many people, her daughter is quite the skeptic about what I do. Something wasn’t quite adding up to her.
After hearing my story, she asked her mom…
If Lisa is so successful with her sites, then why aren’t all her friends and family doing it too?
Huh? … You would never hear someone say, If her restaurant is so successful then why don’t her friends own a restaurant too?
So why are online businesses perceived differently? I think it’s because the start-up costs are low and the Internet is so accessible. Someone once told me, I’m on the Internet all day on Facebook anyway so an online business should be right up my alley. … After all, it can’t be a real business because you aren’t driving into an office building to sit in a cubicle all day. I mean…. it’s just the Internet, right?
Bzzzt, Wrong. Fail. Spending 12 hours a day on Facebook, Twitter and occasionally throwing up a website in an hours and then bitching a month later that it didn’t earn money. That is NOT working online.
I’ve written many times about real people making money from the “Rest of the World” while living in the Philippines (and I mean Filipinos and foreigners as well). Or dividing their time between the US and the Philippines, mainly by developing and operating their own business.
Surprisingly, these are some of my least popular and least comment articles. A great many people SAY they want to have enough money to live in the Philippines … and a great many of my Filipino readers SAY they want a decent way to earn a living while they live here in the Philippines, but most people can’t be bothered, it seems, to actually DO anything about it.
Never mind though. The facts of my life are I live in the Philippines.
I earn a non-trivial income from honest online business ventures, and I enjoy helping people.
So I am going to keep writing, no matter who chooses to read it … or more importantly who decides to stay sitting on their ass thinking of reasons why they can’t, and how many decide to actually take action to help themselves and push off from the shore. If nobody else cares, I do … and that’s all that counts.
“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. (my emphasis) And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”