I had some magic beans. They’re not what you think.
I earned more than $10,000 last month.
That’s before taxes, but after expenses.
Pardon me a moment, while I scrape myself up off the floor.
Once a month I write an income report for a subscription blog I write with a friend. The last three months in a row, actually, I’ve earned more than $10,000.
I’m not going to lie. That number puts my heart in my throat a little bit.
I earned it two ways (although with far more than two income streams. Including a big fat $17.50 from this Medium account right here.)
Writing and teaching.
The idea that at 47-years-old I’ve brought my life around to where I’m earning a six-figure income doing the two things that I love the most is truly incredible. Really, it’s mind blowing to me.
I pinch myself pretty regularly.
There are people who do what I do (write books, write blogs, and teach online) who make more than me. A lot more than me. Millions of dollars a year.
But I don’t care about them. (I mean do, as people. But they’re unicorns.)
What I know is that a decent, solid income is possible doing what you love.
If you find your niche. If you put the effort into it. If you dig in and learn and keep learning. If you start to teach what you know. If you create every day. If you stay positive and give it time and make goals that you have control over.
I made $10,000 last month and the two months before that. And at least $8000 every other month in 2019.
I made $80,000 a year for each of the two years before this one.
The year before that? I was making $9 an hour as a teacher’s assistant and my publisher had dropped me. I was pretty sure my writing career was completely over.
But then I had an idea.
An idea for a book.
And idea for something to teach.
An idea for a community.
And instead of waiting until everything was perfect or until I knew what I was doing or until I had enough followers or until I had enough money — I just started.
(It’s important to know that I’d had lots of ideas before these ideas and I’d started those, too. Sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn’t. But I always learned from them and they were the foundation for these ideas.)
Trust your ideas. Trust that if you put the effort and the time in, it will pay off. Maybe not in money right now, but in experience and education that will be the foundation for the next idea.
Keep learning. Keep working. Those are your magic beans. They were my magic beans.
When you learn something new, use it. When someone who has done something you want to do teaches you something, try it. Really try it, don’t just think about trying it.
Here’s a story:
I knew that if I wanted to do this thing, I needed an email list.
So I started researching. And every time someone who had built an email list taught me something, I actually did that thing.
I didn’t roll my eyes and say no way, I’m not texting all my friends and asking them to join my email list. I literally did it.
I didn’t say I don’t even know what kind of opt-in freebie I’d make. I figured it out and made one.
I didn’t say I don’t know how to make a landing page and I don’t even have anyone to send to one. I just made one.
Every time someone ahead of me on this path told me to do something, I did it.
And last month, I earned more than $10,000.
I have a business.
I get to write and teach for a living. A good living.
The moral of this story, friends, is this: There are two magic beans.
One is called learn. The other is called work.
Take them together. Take them often. Then see what happens.