The reality is that this is the hardest damn thing ever to do. Not because it’s hard to make money or hard to reach success or any of that shit.
It’s the hardest thing ever because it’s so damn lonely!
For many of us, we come from a world where we bust our asses day in and day out. We work for “the man”. We’re laborers. For most, not by choice. But still, even though we work in these odd jobs that many of us hate, we’re not alone. It’s not lonely.
Why? Because we work with about 10, 20, even a 100 other people. Depending on the company you work at.
We’re surrounded by other people. People that do the same thing as we do. You could say they are like minded only because they can relate to you and vice versa.
We have the chance to interact, talk, and enjoy the company of others in our workplace. I remember when I worked at Wal-Mart, the best part of my day was at lunch time. A group of us, like 10 or 15 would sit together and just have a blast for an hour.
I miss those days. Not so much the work, but the people. I really miss them.
Even outside of work we know a ton of people that are just like us, 9 – 5 type of people. So even though we don’t work at the same place, we still understand and relate to each other.
When we make the move to this Marketing thing, we’re literally alone. Hell, it’s not enough that we don’t know shit about marketing, building a site, getting leads, and making money, but then you add the fact that you know absolutely no one that does this. It’s overwhelming!
When you try to talk to your co-workers about it, they look at you like you’re crazy, or worst, like you’re trying to sell them on some MLM crap.
You’re family just thinks you’re going through a phase, and the worst part is that you’re spouse doesn’t really get it. The one that you heavily rely on the most for support.
We’re so use to having people around us that do the same thing we do that we take for granted something as simple as interaction.
It’s a tough thing this thing of ours. It took me many years to figure it out. Long after I got use to being alone in this. To find and talk to people that have to same interests or do the same as I do. Like minded people.
Even though now I know all these like minded people, I still find myself alone in this. I only see these great people once in a while in marketing events, or skype calls, or social media sites.
It’s not the same.
Right now, as I’m writing this rant or whatever you call it, to me I consider it work. And right now I’m working alone.
It’s 12:21 AM. May 7, 2013. My birthday. 21 minutes ago I turned 37. My wife and kids are sleeping. It’s just me, my laptop, and a cold beer.
This is outside of my normal thing I do here on this blog, but I just thought I’d get a little personal with ya. To let you know how it really is. What to expect when you come over to “the other side”, lol.
It’s not really that bad, but the loneliness can get a bit discouraging at times. It’s enough to make you call it quits. Believe me, I’ve been there.
I know exactly what you’re going through right now. How hard it is to get started, get the ball rolling, get things moving forward instead of backwards, or worst, not moving at all.
I think that’s enough for now. I think I’m just rambling now. But one more thing before I go and have a few more beers.
When you finally reach success, it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame of loneliness. But we’ll talk about that on a personal note.
Peace and I love ya for free ;-)