What will you be known for?
I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my life. (Yeah, I’m just gonna leave that right there for Y’all to let it sink in).
I’m 46 years old. The last few years have been a rollercoaster ride of reinvention and self-development. I’ve quit jobs, been fired from jobs, helped start a business, created a new vision for the way I wanted to work and live. Of course, it hasn’t been easy, but I’m still standing. Maybe right now a better statement would be that I’m getting back up again.
Through the good times and the bad, I’ve had a constant motivation in mind that has helped me to keep going. My family. Every decision that I make is with the intent of making life better for them. That doesn’t necessarily mean monetarily even though that helps. I’m talking about having the freedom and ability to live and work together in a way that teaches my children that they have options. My wife and I work hard to create. We were both bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and have committed to making a living by working for ourselves. Ownership is the path to creative/financial freedom.
How will you be remembered?
While it’s true that you can’t take anything with you in the end. While you’re here if you work toward creating something sustainable, something that contributes to our community, something memorable for your children, and their kids after them. You’ll have created a legacy.
A story worth sharing.
I started writing as a form of therapy for me to deal with the emotions I was feeling about my dad’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Over the years it has turned into so much more.
I started writing about my dad who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012.
Dad was an Entrepreneur, a talented writer, and liked to do things his way, or not at all. I hope that the stories that I share about my dad, his battle with Alzheimer’s, and how it affects our family will not only serve to honor his memory one day but possibly offer some insight into what to expect for other families that will, unfortunately, go through similar experiences.
I thought it was important to write about more than Alzheimer’s because my dad is more than a statistic. He's not just another Alzheimer's patient. Just like he was more than just an entrepreneur, he was more than just a writer. He did so many different things in his life. He was by no means perfect, nothing is.
Dad taught me:
Lessons in Life, Love, Family, Career & Style, but mostly just — Dad Stuff.
Clarify your vision
What is your goal as a content creator?
It took me a while to realize that I can “teach” / coach/train / advise others on how to make a living from their creative endeavors such as their writing, blog, vlog, or podcast.
The missing piece of my puzzle is getting there myself first. The vision is becoming clearer. Down the road this will be a post about — If I can do it, you can too!
By helping people clarify their creative ambitions, enabling them to share a part of their story, you leave a lasting impression on them.
Ask yourself, what do I have to offer?
If you are open to sharing your trials, failures, and success. You will be remembered as an altruist.
I’ve always been the type to leap before I look. That strategy has helped me to get ahead by appearing confident, or sometimes simply relieving the pressure of “going first”, it’s like ripping off a band-aid. Other times, I leaped and fell flat on my face. You’re welcome. As long as we both learn from my failures it’s win-win, right?
Can you use your expertise to help other creatives/writers / small business owners?
Maybe you excel at:
- Web design
- Content creation
- Social Media
Interviewing creatives and small business owners, helping them share their message with the world.
These are all of the ways that you can earn a living and monetize your brand. Soon you will start to see the email lists are starting to grow. Views and reads are increasing.
A tribe of true fans will begin to emerge.
Your commitment to making a living as a content creator is dependent on the consistency and quality of your efforts and how it resonates with your readers.
What will you be known for while you’re here?
How will you be remembered when you are gone?
What will you create?
You and I are living stories.