Today guest contributor is my friend and founder of Man Vs. Debt, Adam Baker, though most people just know him as straight up Baker. He’s also the creator of You Vs Debt, a 6-week online course designed to empower your battle against debt.
I’ve been having a business identity crisis lately.
For the last several years, I’ve been sharing the intimate details of my family’s life and finances on my blog.
What started as an online accountability journal has blossomed into a full-time business with the potential to reach tens of thousands of readers. I’ve been extremely fortunate and undeniably blessed.
But I’m far from perfect, and recently I’ve been terrified.
Terrified of what the next step looks like.
Terrified that the next step will be the one the locks me in.
Over the years, I’ve realized that I can help change people’s lives in a couple different areas.
I can show people how to break free from financial lives that keep them trapped. I can teach people how to sell their crap and eliminate their excess clutter. And I can train people on how to grow online communities to raise awareness for their messages or businesses.
I’ve accomplished the first step many creatives struggle with. I know what specific problems I can solve quickly for people.
I know exactly where and how I can change lives.
But I’m still afraid.
I’ve had a couple book proposals outlined for well over a year. I have the connections, the market, and the ideas. But I’ve not written a single sentence of a single page.
I’m scared of being pigeon-holed into a specific topic or niche.
I’m scared of writing the personal finance book and being labeled a finance guru.
I’m scared of training people how to spread their messages online and being labeled a sell out.
I’m scared to spend months recording a video course and having people label me a douchey internet marketer.
But you know what I realized?
More specifically, spending my time running from hypothetical labels sucks.
I decide what happens next. I decide which labels stick and which don’t.
And until I take action, people wait.
I can change people’s lives, but not while hiding in a dark corner of the room.
Nothing changes… nothing evolves… until I suck it up and ship my best work.
There will always be something to be afraid of. There will always be a label waiting for me.
When they tell the story of my life, I’m not content with being a “good man who worked hard.”
I want to look back at my body of creative work and be proud.
I want to look back and see that I’ve improved the lives of the people I came in contact with.
I want to leave a legacy.
Like me, you have a choice.
You can choose to wait. Or you can choose to start building.
I’m done stalling. I’m tired of waiting.
I’m ready to put the best of myself out into the world.
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