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Thanks Sheyi :-)
1 year ago on My Monthly Income & Expenditure Report – April 2012
@aaronchua Given that I explicitly stated in my post that I am not going to reveal my hourly rate, do you think I am going to here? ;-)
If you consider working 52 weeks without holiday "normal", I feel sorry for you! ;-)
@Ruth Zive Thanks Ruth! I will certainly keep you posted - in fact, I may well be specifically seeking your advice in the near future :-)
Send me an email if you'd like me to take a look at your applications and see if there's anything more you could be doing - happy to help :-)
@msharron Best of luck! That's a good looking site :-)
@deaconbradley Couldn't agree with you more regarding persistence and taking action. Thanks for the encouragement Deacon!
@richescorner Not to mention the fact that a large proportion of your potential for success is in the hands of Google. That is something I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable with.
@Justicewordlaw Thanks Justice - it's awesome to have your support!
@msharron As in a penalty imposed by Google where they drop your rankings by 50 or 100 spots? I'm familiar with the concept. As for negative SEO - do you mean over-optimization?
1 year ago on Leaving Work Behind Has Been Google Slapped!
@msharron Most of what you said went completely over my head, but good luck! ;-)
@Jim McKee If only it were that easy...
@richescorner Sounds like you've struck a good balance - congratulations! :-)
1 year ago on Why I Am No Longer In A Rush To Get Rich
Thanks for your kind words!
Your path sounds very similar to mine. I too built up a financial safety net and looked to establish some regular freelance work before quitting. The internet marketing side of things hasn't come to fruition yet, so it is almost solely the freelance work that has sustained me so far during these first 4 months or so.
1 year ago on 5 Reasons Why Quitting Your Job Is Awesome (Or, Why You Should Be In Business)
@SusieSimon Hey Susie,
Although luck often plays its part in life, my present situation has very little to do with luck. A year ago I was in a job that didn't fulfill me, and was struggling to see a way out. A year later, things couldn't be better. It wasn't easy, but it was certainly worth it. Just keep plugging away :-)
@GalynaParker Looking forward to Euro 2012 (even though England probably won't get out of the group stages ;-)). So many places to visit, so little time (and money!) :-)
@iRajChowdary Straight away, as far as I can tell...
1 year ago on 10 Reasons I Have Switched To Livefyre
@virtualend Forgive me for providing you with such a relatively short response, but you have left me with little to say! Your story sounds fascinating and your attitude to me seems really sounds. You might be interested to read this: http://www.leavingworkbehind.com/top-five-regrets-of-the-dying/
@Steve_Rice Hey Steve,
Here's the thing - I like where I am - earning a modest income, "getting by", but having huge amounts of freedom. It's awesome. But I also recognize that my attitude has a shelf life. I won't be content to be earning this much forever. But as long as I can see progress, I'll be content. That's how I see your "no final destination" comment. I'm not going to get to a point where there is "enough" - I'll always work in an effort to improve my life (and that certainly doesn't necessarily have to do with money).
@Jeffrey Trull Hi Jeffrey,
I have a similar concern to yours, although I approach it from a slightly different viewpoint. I worry about whether or not I am establishing a viable long term business that will earn me an income well in excess of what I need to support myself. I figure that the whole saving thing comes into effect automatically at that point ;-)
Nonetheless, you make a very pertinent point, and one that should be considered carefully. Perhaps I wasn't clear enough in the article, but working for future security is very much part of the balance, and something we must all be mindful of.
Define "more money", calculate what you would have to do to earn that money, then decide whether or not it is worth all of the work. You might surprise yourself.
I am not a minimalist - I like material things. But at the same time, I do recognize that the best things in life (family, friends, and quality time spent with the aforementioned) really are free. Getting that new 60" TV, or the Gibson Les Paul (guitar) I am craving right now, is only worth working for if the sum total of my efforts takes less away from the quality of my life than the material object brings.
Your fear that your efforts are all for nothing is one I can sympathize with. It is only recently that I have become truly confident that I can make a good living (and hopefully a great living) out of my work. It took nearly a year of doubt and second guessing to create that confidence.
Consider this though - what I *thought* was going to get me there, is no longer what will. And what I think right now will get me there, probably isn't it either - it'll probably be something else.
The point is Joe, as long as you are doing *something*, as long as you are driving yourself forwards with whatever ideas and projects you may have at any given time, you are drastically increasing your chances of making a better life for yourself.