it starts off in a familiar way: The Four-Hour Workweek. That book got me hooked on finding a muse and the idea of passive income. The freedom to do whatever you wanted? Hell yes. The problem was, I didn’t have any good ideas. Each one I tried was half-assed, and I kept moving onto the next.
Fast forward about two years and I had consumed literally thousands upon thousands of online content – articles, podcasts, videos, books. Every time I’d read an article, I’d be hopeful and think “this is the one”. But it never was.
I was the epitome of a wantrepreneur.
I wish I could say all that reading was just a waste of time, but that wouldn’t be completely honest. I did learn exactly one thing from all of it:
All the magic happens after you nut up and just get started.
I finally said “fuck it” then started a blog and created a profile on Upwork. I used the blog to practice my writing, then I used Upwork to eventually get paid for it.
Instead of waiting for the perfect idea or opportunity, I just went for something. That’s when the cool stuff started happening:
- A month in, I was guest posting on popular blogs such as Pick the Brain.
- A week after that, I was ghostwriting for a dude on the Huffington Post.
- I started getting more offers coming to me for guest post opportunities
- I’m currently helping a friend by writing for his blog, and I’m in the process of becoming the chief editor. Never in my life would I have imagined this. My day job is in engineering, so this was quite the unprecedented side-gig.
In my non-entrepreneurial life:
- I was getting promoted and given more responsibilities at work. This was because I was volunteering more and trying things out.
- I got engaged because I stopped overthinking things. I couldn’t be happier.
- I found out that I love running after 27 years of hating it.
- I take cold showers almost every day because it’s not crazy, it makes me feel awesome.
I’m by no means bragging by sharing this with you. Who am I? I’m nobody special at all. I’m just your run-of-the-mill engineer with a knack for writing on the side.
I don’t make tens of thousands of dollars per month from it, but what I do make is about an extra grand each month. I’m still growing and developing as a writer, and I’m learning how to scale up my business in the process.
Someday, I hope to make enough from it to quit my day job, but for now, I’m happy where I am. Mostly because I’m not stuck in the never-ending abyss of lifestyle design and passive income.
My average-Joe advice for any wantrepreneurs out there waiting for the perfect idea to come across your desk. Just start doing something. Anything. And learn as you go instead of sitting on the sidelines.