Leave a comment This is not my first blog. It’s actually not even my second blog. This is, in fact, the third time I have attempted to create a substantial internet presence, and needless to say, the first two times I failed. I’ll let you in on a little secret as to why that is… it has to do with making money. I won’t lie; when I started those blogs I entertained ideas of making some money off of them (the same applies for this blog, incidentally). I had dollar signs in my eyes, so to speak. But the more I was reading about making money blogging, the more I realized how unlikely it would be, until I became more and more discouraged, finally putting off the writing of content altogether. Then just the other day a thought occurred to me, something rather simple but slightly profound. That thought was this; if I put all of my effort into developing my blog, if I stuck with it with religious fervor, not listening to any nay-sayers and forsaking my daily allotment of television viewing and socializing, then… my blog still might not become a success. However, if I just quit now, fearing the possibility of not succeeding, then my blog will have become, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a mega, colossal failure. Sure, success in anything requires more than just persistence; it requires things like hard work, a dose of talent, and even a dash of luck from time to time. But to quit something just because of the possibility that it might fail seems to me now almost like a form of cowardice. This strikes me as funny actually, because I consider myself pretty well-versed in what it takes to be successful. I’ve read the books, listened to the speakers, and downloaded the podcasts. It seems however that there is still a leap to be made from knowing what it takes to be successful, and actually applying that knowledge in your actions. So my challenge to all of you out there is this; examine what you think you know and believe about success. Then examine if those beliefs you say you have are readily apparent in your life. If not, then think about what you can do to reconcile the rift between belief and action.