All secrets are being revealed on ProBlogger this week! We’ve had the morning routines of superstar bloggers and online entrepreneurs, and also their number one life hack (especially for time management). Today, they share how they keep going when the going gets tough.
HEATHER ARMSTRONG: Author, speaker, and blogger at Dooce
One, I am the sole provider for my children. Keeping them housed, clothed, fed and happy is the highest priority in my life. Two, I love where I am in my life and cherish the experiences that have brought me here to do what I do. I stay motivated so that I can create even bigger and broader experiences.
Heather will be presenting the keynote session: The Courage of Compassion: Transforming Your Experience with Criticism
MRS WOOG: Mouthy 40-something housewife from the burbs. Blogs at Woogsworld
Because I have the best job in the world and I want to keep it.
Mrs Woog will be on the panel for: How to monetise a personal blog with Heather Armstrong
BENJAMIN MANGOLD: Director of Digital and Analytics at Loves Data + Google-certiﬁed expert for Google Analytics
Seeing people learn new things and exploring new ideas keeps me motivated. When you see things ‘click’ for someone it’s extremely rewarding. I also love it when I hear how the work and training we do at Loves Data has helped someone – it’s an incredible feeling to receive a card, an email, or a chocogram, from someone saying how much they appreciate what we do.
Benjamin will be presenting the session: Metrics that Matter: Google Analytics for Actionable Insights
KELLY EXETER: Owner of Swish Design, a boutique web and graphic design company.
Habit. I’m very good at negotiating with myself and can talk myself out of doing anything so relying on motivation to overcome this just makes life too hard. Instead, I’ve created habits around the things that are important to me/just need to be done. For example: writing and exercise are super-important to me but it would be so easy to de-prioritise them in amongst everything else going on in my day. So being in the habit of getting up early and doing them as the first order of the day every single day … it means I never have to go looking for motivation.
Kelly will be presenting the session: Blogging voice and the art of creating meaningful connections through writing
RUTH SOUKUP: Founder of LivingWellSpendingLess.com
Honestly, I don’t have to try very hard to stay motivated—I LOVE what I do! I can’t think of a job that I would enjoy more, or that would allow me to combine all the things I love. I get bored easily, but the blogging world is always changing. I enjoy strategizing & the process of trying to get ahead of the curve. My biggest problem is not getting motivated, but trying to find the time to implement all my ideas. This year my husband made me promise to take Sundays off, which I have, but I often find myself wandering around the house wishing I could work on my latest project!
Ruth will be presenting the keynote session The 5 Ordinary Habits of Extraordinary Bloggers, and breakout session Pinterest Marketing 101: The Three Elements of the Perfect Pin
NAT KRINGOUDIS: Women’s health revolutionist and fertility fixer at natkringoudis.com.au
If you are fully aligned to your vision, living and breathing it, it all falls into place without too much effort. It’s so important to fully integrate yourself in your message and what you do. The rest then will simply follow and flow. With this in mind, I don’t need to stay motivated, I’m generally always motivated.
Nat will be presenting the session: How to create your gangbuster e-product
BRANDON COWAN: 21-year-old co-founder and Director of Crazy Dog Apps
Simple (sort of)… I live my life using a bit of Steve Jobs’ philosophy – if I find that I am not enjoying something in life and know that I can do something better, I will make the switch or adjust my life accordingly. By always doing what I want, I will always be motivated to do what I do.
Brandon will be presenting the session: Creating Business Ideas
PAMELA WILSON: Big Brand System and Copyblogger Media
I really, really love what I do. My full-time job is Vice President of Educational Content at Copyblogger. I am running the day-to-day operations of the Copyblogger blog, which is an honor and a wonderful challenge, too.
Along with Editor-in-Chief Stefanie Flaxman and Chief Content Writer Demian Farnworth, we set the tone and editorial direction of the Copyblogger blog, and plan how we’ll complement the written information with editorial images that help tell the story of each post.
In addition to that, I’m overseeing the educational content offered at Copyblogger Media, and there’s a lot of it!
I’m a teacher at heart, so both of these jobs make me feel like I’m contributing to help people make progress in their businesses and their lives.
That’s all the motivation I need. :-)
Pamela will be presenting the session: Design 101: How to Use Design Basics to Polish Up Your Blog, and How to Create a Content Event That Builds Your Email List
DAN NORRIS: serial entrepreneur, award winning blogger and the author of the best selling business book The 7 Day Startup
I work on what I love and what inspires me at the time so who wouldn’t be motivated to do that? I do lose focus a little bit sometimes so I have a few things that pull me back into line like chatting with other entrepreneurs, listening to podcasts and speaking at and attending conferences.
Dan will be presenting the session: How to use your blog to supercharge your small business
CAROLINE MAKEPEACE: Co-founder of y travel blog
I think about my old life waking up every morning to an alarm to go to a job I hated and my first words uttered were “Oh F***!”. That memory makes a 15 hour day working on my blog easy to do. I also have a very engaged email communication relationship (which I’ll share more about in my session). Each week, I read stories about my reader’s lives, fears, hopes and dreams and I’m so so inspired to continue working to help them. I seriously would have quit if it were not for those emails.
Caroline will be presenting the session: From Blog to Business – the steps you need to take from to create a profitable business online
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The two points I strongly agree with, either love your job or develop strong habits and work ethic to do every task to the best of your ability and achieve all your goals. Always relying on motivation is impractical.
Couldn’t agree with you more, Cathy.
I vibe with Ruth’s take and a recurring theme here: loving what you do.
I publish an eBook to Amazon every 1-2 days. I have 42 books as of this writing. I’ve done so for 3 weeks….or longer? I forget lol! People ask me how I do it; I answer that you always make time for what you love doing, and if you aren’t, you’re missing the point. These folks are tops because they follow their passions.
Thanks for the inspiration Stacey!
I really love Kelly Exeter’s method of avoiding motivation, by doing certain tasks before you need to spark up the enthusiasm in yourself. I often hear that it is so important to get motivated before a task but I never looked at it that way.
The love for your work is indeed very important to keep doing what your doing. It makes you jump out of your bed with a smile instead of a curse word.
I guess this blog about 10 PBEVENT Speakers Tell How They Stay Motivated would be really helpful and inspiring too. Great share!
I love the opportunity to work from home near to my children, something that I was always dreaming before!
All is possible if you believe and do the business transformation work. Never give up and always have an open mind to a new way of thinking. Stay inspired! :-)
I simply love the attitude of BRANDON COWAN., Maybe ‘coZ I’m one of his age now…:-)
This completely true. Sometimes it feels too monotonous to continue the same work. To avoid one should find out some ways to motivate him/her self on the same job, at the same time experimenting on other stuffs. Personally I prefer to read start-up stories to motivate myself to get back to work and work even harder. :)
This brings to mind a conversation I had with friends over the weekend. Some were entrepreneurs and others were not.
The entrepreneurs in the group seemed to have a strong WHY as to why they did it.
Providing for your family is a strong driver but there were also other more personal goals that came up for example the burning desire to leave a legacy.
Sometimes I make my self accountable by sharing my goals and accomplishments to friends and family and make that social connection. I find that accountability motivates me to achieve my goals.
i am totally agree with you. I also apply the same method which always remember me my goals and this method really works to get motivated.
It is true; motivation can make a difficult task simple. Motivation fills our life with new energy – makes us going. Even monotonous job becomes attractive if there is the motivation of good income.