For this Monday, I’m going to share some of my personal thoughts. Please do not take it personally because it is how I feel. By no means am I trying to target anyone.
First of all, my blog has surpassed 55000 views!!! This is amazing to me, because if it weren’t for the translations, I would have not have achieved this until many years down the road.
Before translating, I would get about a hundred views a week. Now, I get hundreds of views per day.
Although most people come for the translation and they don’t give a shit about me, it is still nice that they want to continue reading my translations.
It pushes me to want to be better.
My goal is to get more views. (That’s not my only goal, but I’m only talking about blog related things right now.)
I want to help/inspire more people. The more people that read my blog, the higher chances I have of making an impact on someone. (NOTE: Not all posts are motivational. Some are just my own opinions.)
More views = more ad revenue. Last month, I qualified for word ads, and I think I may be able to make a penny per view. Haha (still better than nothing. I will find out some time soon).
More views = people like my content and/or my translations = more motivation to push myself. Although no views doesn’t mean my content or translation is poor, but having views help a lot.
So, why am I writing this post?
I didn’t write it to show off. I am writing this because I want to help you set goals.
First, you need to determine what your goal is. What do you want to achieve? I will use me as an example. Ex. I want ______ views by __________.
After you have a goal (whatever it may be), you have to take ACTION.
So, I ask myself, “What have I done TODAY to help my goal? Did I post up a new post? Did I translate another chapter?”
If I don’t do anything, I won’t get anything. <- THIS IS THE FACT.
I have to work my ass off if I want to see results.
It’s actually a very simple concept; yet, it can be so difficult for us to follow.
In order to be successful, you have to be:
CONSISTENT & PERSISTENT
You need to have a strong WHY. WHY are you doing it?
With the right motive, it can help you tremendously during difficult times.
One of the reasons why I hate working for the government despite the good wages and benefits is that, as long as you show up and do your job, you will get paid.
That is a good thing. But you just keep doing the same things over and over again. You don’t grow at all.
I worked at the library part time for 8 years while I was in school. It was a good job because of the stable wage; and because it is under the City of Toronto, it is unionized (This means, we can go on strike and demand for more $$. We have people fighting for us.)
Every year, I would get a raise. I knew exactly how much $$ I will make depending on the hours I worked.
But I felt like a book slave.
For the most part, all I did was shelve books. I had/have practically memorized the whole dewey decimal system. If you asked me where cook books were, I would tell you, “Non Fiction: 641.5” If you asked me where Plato was, I’d tell you, “184” One guy was impressed I was able to tell him dogs were at “636.707” without thinking.
But it’s brainless work.
I felt like a robot. I just followed orders.
Or a passenger.
Or a sheep.
I wasn’t in control of my life.
Money controlled me.
I want to be the pilot.
I want to be the one who decides where I want to go.
I want to have the control.
And that’s why despite how difficult translating is, I am still willing to do it.
I’m the one in control.
P.S. I know money is important, and we need it to survive. Some people have no choice but to work like a robot in order to pay bills. Personally, though, I need something more meaningful.
P.P.S. If you work for a government, I’m not trying to insult you. It’s just how I feel. Again, I need to say this in case people take my post too personally.