Sunday, 26 May 2013

You earn money by producing value

The UK society doesn't value people playing chess much. Sure, it may develop your mind but people on the whole aren't willing to pay money to sponsor or watch it. This explains why one of the best chessplayers in the UK, Luke McShane, has a job in the city instead of playing chess much.

Overall when earning money the more rare or valuable your talent or skill is, the more you will get paid. So somone working in a supermarket won't get paid that much, because there are a large number of people who could do that, but a 'star footballer' will get paids hundreds or thousands times more because apparently not many people could do that. And people like watching football.

Sooo... how does this relate to YOUR GOALS? You have to discover something that people value and will pay you for which YOU like too.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Fifteen Thousand

My first post here, I could barely write.

Four years after my novel came out, not that many people had bought it. Just come through a very stressful sales job. Now we’re nearly four years on from that... Just goes to show that you can lose things if you don’t practise. I haven’t spent as much time writing as I used to, but I honestly think I’ve created some killer minimalist posts on this blog.

Anyway, here’s a link to some of my best posts

The last one is probably the most relevant. Bit of clarification on it, everyone at any time is doing what they think is best for themselves. That doesn’t mean it is best for themselves- eventually too much drinking and smoking will kill you. But getting your goals is having a clear idea of what you want, then working with and sometimes against people to make sure you get them. And of course, people often get what’s best for themselves by working together with others. To do that you need quality people and ideally you should be helping each other towards your goals. Bluntly honest, I haven’t always been great at that, but I feel now I have a very strong network.

Anyway.... fifteen thousand. If you think of the numbers as people it’s hard to take in. Even if only one thousand five hundred properly read the blog it’s still a massive number of people. People ask me why I write, and it’s always pure self expression for me. I never write hoping other people will like it. Some of the things I’m thinking of writing now will be quite controversial, and probably turn a few people off. But really, that’s the kind of things I should be writing. You only live once, and I want people to say when I die that I’m an original writer.

Still, there’s part of me that does get a hit knowing the people like it. Pretty much all of the people I like read my blog, and I’ve reconnected with some real winners through this. Hope I inspire you all to express yourself more.

I definitely see me getting to six figures. Will use more time for writing and publish in different places. Here’s to the journey.