You will always be able to make money writing if you improve yourself with the same intensity as you improve your writing.
Think about it:
People are hungry for information that can improve their lives. So if you, the ardent self-improver, make a personal breakthrough, your experience will be valuable to someone who wants the same improvement.
Take my meditation epiphany, for instance.
I had one of those days where you feel like a strung-out crackhead without having had the benefit of smoking actual crack. My mind raced, I bounced ineffectively from one uncompleted task to the next, and I found myself afraid to stop and be. So I took a walk. When I passed by my park, I instinctively went to relax on the lush grass. And after five minutes of gazing at the clouds and the sky and the mountains, I realized that I was meditating, and it felt insanely good. I felt like me again, and I kicked ass the entire rest of the day.
After the experience I was inspired to write about it. I thought about why I had been so scared to be still that day…and why everyone’s so scared to break from the break-neck pace of modern life. Then I shared my simple way to get the benefits of mediation (relaxed mind, reduced heart rate, sense of peace) without the lotus position and the OMMMMMs.
And a lot of people found that valuable, because they want the same improvement. I worked on the article for one or two hours and sold it to Fitbit for $400. Here it is:
I’ve been able to turn my sidehustle into a full-time solopreneur career because I became obsessed with improving myself, which is freagin’ incredible. I write on my passions; I sell the product to the right publication; then I get positive feedback from the audience, which inspires me to write more, and to write better. People thank me for an article that hit home, and they tell me that even though they’ve heard similar advice from the Gurus like Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss, the way I wrote it made the information sink in. My experience made the difference.
How you can sell your self improvement for money, too.
You don’t have to be famous to do this. You don’t have to be inordinately successful. You just have to live like you’re getting paid to share your experience and be brave enough to pitch your value to large companies. If you learn the craft well enough, you will get paid to write. (That means study and practice every day! I recommend Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark and Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale)
I’m not suggesting that everyone become a writer. Few people are actually cut out for the demands and the self-discipline. But if you’re one of those nuts that can write four hours a day and edit till the sun sets….you can make a living by selling your self improvement.
Once you make the cognitive leap—once the possibility becomes real—you’ll look at each moment as something to be improved and shared. That’s when your life really catches fire, and your career too. You’ll look at each book as a treasure trove of ideas to try and to share. And every ounce of education you receive can be turned into pounds of profit. It’s a good life.
So for all your would-be writers…
It’s time to get paid to write! Which means committing to your self improvement journey like you’re getting paid. Start today with these three simple tips:
1-Commit to an inspired morning routine of gratitude, visualization, affirmations, planning and 30 minutes of exercise.
Spend five minutes doing each as soon as you wake up. No social media, no checking phone. The objective is to create an inspired attitude so that you’re up for the challenges and work of the day. Once you’ve done the first four steps, thirty minutes of exercise will flood you with endorphins and completely shift your attitude–which prepares you for the work you’ve planned for!
2-Refrain from checking email/texts/social media until after you’ve done 2 hours of real work.
Distraction and improvement are mutually exclusive concepts. If you want to take your self-improvement and writing into warp drive, you’ve got to eliminate your distractions and create focused blocks of real work. So schedule two texts/email/social checks per day, only after hours of real work, and only for brief periods. Turn off all of your notifications (texts, email, etc.) except for your phone, and instruct people to call you if it’s urgent.
3-Carry a daily planner with you at all times
Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves. But the only people who actually manage to do that are the ones who are reminded of the incredible things they can do on a daily basis to be an incredible person. So, if you haven’t picked up planning yet, do it. Write out the things you want and need to do to live an inspired life–like learning a language, taking excellent care of your body, studying your craft, and having some frickin’ fun!