Hey savvy readers! We have a guest post today from Jan Limark over at Brotherly Creative. He is a Junior Professional Web Content Writer helping bloggers around the world. His aim in life is to make blogging a real deal! Below he lays out 10 lessons about blogging that we all can learn from Stephen Curry. Such an awesome article relating the blogging world with NBA world. If you are interested in starting your own blog check out our how to start a blog tutorial. Enjoy! – T$C
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Lessons about blogging
You have started your online business through blogging. You have read all the guides and tips on earning income through blogging, but it wasn’t what you expected it to be. You liked blogging and being your own boss so you pushed through. However, there’s a catch. It isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It takes dedication, patience and hard work to create and maintain an online blog. Just like in basketball. You don’t exactly become an A-Star player overnight. I mean, not all of us are born with great skills. Some of us actually need to do the extra effort to become great at what we do. Just look at Stephen Curry. We know he is — He started as —And now, he is one of the biggest names in basketball. And here are 10 lessons we could learn from him and apply in our ventures on marketing:
“Every time I rise up, I have confidence that I’m going to make it.”
The first thing that we must learn in life is that we must greet each day with positive energy. There is something about waking up and feeling good about one’s self that attracts good luck or good karma. The universe seems to align with your goals and aspirations. Believe in yourself that you can do it and you will.
One of the many differences of successful and unsuccessful people is that the latter lack the faith that they can do it. It is what gives us confidence and seek our dreams. When you feel confident, you are more enthusiastic in your work and you are less likely to get discouraged and fail in your pursuits.
In blogging, confidence gives you that extra edge to aim those goals. Blogging can be hard work at first. It is fast-paced world and when you blog, you are opening yourself to so many opinions that can discourage you. But if you wake up every day and believe that it is going to be a productive day, then all those negative comments are less likely to affect you.
“I’m not the guy who’s afraid of failure. I like to take risks, take the big shot and all that”
We shouldn’t be afraid to fail because failure is part of our lives. And so are risks. When we take risks, naturally we fail. But we should not easily give up. People have achieved their goals in life not because they did not want to take the risk. So we should also not be afraid to take risks. In taking risks we are likely to achieve great things.
When you take a risk that means you are doing something. You want to become a successful blogging entrepreneur that is why you quit your day job. You invested your money on your blogging career. You are now on your path towards your dreams. Don’t be discouraged by the failures you will encounter and there may be many or few. They are temporary. There are always solutions to every problem. So move forward. Look back only to analyze your mistakes and learn from them.
“If you don’t fall how are you going to know what getting up is like”
Making mistakes allow us to learn and do better. When we fail we can look back at what we did so we won’t repeat it. We can look back and analyze the situation so we can create the best possible result. Besides, there is something about failing that allows us to appreciate success better. Therefore, trudge on and face those failures with courage and purpose. Besides, when you do not fall, you may not be doing enough to reach your goals.
There are so many mistakes you could make doing blogging. Your last post may not be as greatly written as your others. You failed to get the right tools to help you monetize your blog. Or, the content on your blog totally differs from the brand you wish to use. These are mistakes you should accept otherwise, how are you going to learn from it. Value your failure and use it to make the best of yourself and your endeavors.
“Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice”
We become successful because we want to. We invest our emotion, our time, our effort on a project which we want to succeed. We don’t engage in an endeavor which we know will surely fail from the begging, or on something which we know we are not committed on finishing. And it takes hard work, perseverance, and discipline to achieve something that we can be proud of. Therefore, success is a choice.
If you want to start blogging for money, you have to commit yourself on that goal. You cannot go into online business with your eyes closed hoping that money will soon be rolling in. That is not how it works. You really have to work hard because it will be slow in the beginning. People won’t go to you immediately. Especially if you are offering things which are already in the market. You have to think hard on what makes you unique. What can others get from you that aren’t offered anywhere else? You have to make sure that you create contents which are the best you could do. Because nobody want something mediocre.
Once again, you are in control of what path to take, what actions to take. Whether it be towards success or failure.
“Being a superstar means you’ve reached your potential, and I don’t think I’ve reached my potential as a basketball player and as a leader yet”
We must always try to excel. Dream big as the cliché goes. And never stop learning. Never stop making a better version of yourself. And to be able to grow as a person to help you in your journey, you must understand your limits and potentials.
If you are already contented with the life you have right now then all you got to do is make sure that you are always doing your best in your job. However, if you still wish to become more and do more, then identify exactly what your goal is. Then, identify what actions you are willing to take to reach it. Are you willing to take on more responsibility? Because reaching a higher goal requires bigger responsibilities and challenges.
When you have been doing online business for a long time and you feel like you need to earn more than what you are earning now, then you must be prepared to put in more hard work and discipline to reach your goal. Know your potential as well whether the time and effort you are willing to put in will be enough to reach that goal.
“Be the best version of yourself in anything you do. You don’t have to live anybody else’s story”
When you want to be successful at something, you got to be the best version of yourself. You can find that person in yourself and not in anyone. Sure, you can always look to someone for inspiration. Someone who will inspire you to be better. But, the best of someone may not be what is best for you. We have to travel our own paths in life.
We are all unique. We may want similar things, but we need different things. We go through different circumstances. So we can’t let other people define our lives. We can’t let others’ success and failure be the measure of yours.
The best thing about blogging is it allows you to be unique. It capitalizes on what makes you different. There are so many similar topics on the web right now, but what attracts readers is your story. So, discover yourself and that which makes you unique. Improve it to be the best you can be.
“I want to practice to the point where it’s almost uncomfortable how fast you shoot, so that in the game things kind of slowdown”
Through determination and practice, one can achieve great things. When we are determined to become the best at what we do, we need to do it often. As the cliché goes, practice makes perfect. We may never be perfect, but we can get close to it. We can push our limits and be the best of what we do when we work hard for it.
To be the best at what we do, we cannot solely rely on our abilities or on luck. Success is achieved with hard work, persistence, and faith in our selves. Sometimes it’s the number of hours that we put into what we do that makes it a success. Most especially in writing; the more time you do it, the better you get.
In blogging, you do not become the best blogger on your first post. Unless, of course, you are one of those gifted few. But then again, they wouldn’t be great at what they do if they haven’t put effort in improving and becoming what they are. So every one of us can be great at something if only we try hard enough.
“I can’t say enough, how important my faith is to how I play the game and who I am”
We cannot put enough emphasis on the importance of faith in one’s self in all the aspects in our life. We cannot move forward if we are holding ourselves back. When tackling a difficult problem, we can’t let our previous mistakes blind us from finding the solution. We cannot let our previous failures result in doubting ourselves. We must look at our failures as part of our learning process so we won’t do it again.
As we go through life, we face many difficulties. Most of which, we are bound to fail. It is the fact that we always get up and try again that gives us the chance to succeed. Therefore, it is imperative that we believe in ourselves that we can and will do better every time we fail so we can reach our goals.
You may not get enough traffic in your blog or site in the first few months as you expected. And if you quit now, you will never be able to achieve your dream of becoming a full-time blogger. You must never forget what made you do it in the first place and that you did because you believed you could.
“Success comes after you conquer your biggest obstacles and hurdles”
Nothing in this world comes easy. If it is easy, success isn’t as sweet as we expect it to be. Sometimes, when we want something really bad, we have to face challenges that we think we can’t handle. And all we have to do is overcome and win the challenge so we can move forward towards our goal.
These obstacles can be utilized to your advantage. So, sometimes, there is no real need to worry over those challenges you are facing. Sometimes, all you have to do is look at it at a different view. These obstacles and challenges you face can teach you lessons you will not learn when you choose the easy way. Sometimes, these challenges can help you in the long run because if it ever occurs again, you already know what to do.
Blogging can sometimes be demanding. And most often than not, bloggers tend to copy the works of others without permission just so they could satisfy their audience. Do not make that mistake just so you could increase the traffic in your site. Because, sooner or later, instead of increasing your audience, you may be losing them and getting a lawsuit in the process. Besides, your audience didn’t come to you because you copied the works of others. They came to you because you offered something different. Something that only you could offer. So be wise in finding solutions to your obstacles because it will determine whether you become a success or a failure.
“There’s more to me than just this jersey I wear.”
In choosing your brand, you cannot let others decide on what it would be. The person who knows that is you. Besides, their opinions are usually temporary. What may be trending today might be a thing of the past tomorrow. So focus your attention on things that you can control. Because if you continue to do this, you might be setting yourself for a lot of failures and disappointments.
On the other hand, there are times that we are so focused on creating a brand so we could stand out that we forget to pay attention to other details. Of course, your brand defines what you are and what you offer for your future audience. It can make-or-break you. But, your attention should also be given to other aspects which are equally important. Like, will you be able to carry through the concept you wish to take?
When we want a successful and sustainable online business, we must find joy in what we do. When we are happy, we create great things. The basis of finding your brand should not only be based on what is in trend today. It should be based on who you are and what you can do. You can push yourself past your limits, but if you are not happy with what you are doing then you’ll eventually fail. So, don’t let yourself work for your brand, instead let you brand work for you.
The Bottom Line
Stephen Curry is known to be the best player in the world of basketball. And he can prove it with the awards he has collected over time. What makes him great is not just his prowess inside the court. It is his work ethic, his attitude towards his successes and failures, and his humility that makes him more than just a great basketball player.
He is an inspiration not just to aspiring basketball players but to individuals who wish to succeed in life as well. His journey in basketball has taught us many things that we can use in our daily life. He taught us that we can take charge of our lives if we commit to it and each our goals through hard work. Most importantly, he taught us to discover ourselves and believe that we can be just as great as he is. “Because greatness is not just for the gifted few”. It is for everyone who desires and works for it.
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