Have you had a recent challenge in your life? Of course you have. We all have. For all of us that live on earth (I assume that covers everyone that’s reading this article), there is just no way to escape the occasional pain and challenges that come within the passing days, weeks, months, and years of our lives. We might lose our job, have a miscarriage, lose our best friend in a freak accident, or maybe even suffer physically ourselves. Whatever the case may be for you, these are your challenges. These are the struggles you have to face when you get out of bed every morning. But, just know that you’re not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
My current challenges have been thrown at me all at once recently. My once married status abruptly transformed to single at the end of last year, and with this came a new mountain of debt that I certainly didn’t expect. It has been a struggle to find the funds to pay off this debt within the allotted 6-month time-frame, and just when I started feeling good about it I discovered that I had an additional $6,400 tax bill to pay this month. This definitely qualified as a challenge.
What Did I Do?
I discovered this new tax debt after meeting with my accountant in early March. With only a month to go before I owed the $6,400, I had to figure out a way to make some more money, and fast! Fortunately, I had some cash in the bank (just in case I DID owe some money to the IRS), but I still needed to come up with $1,000 in 30 days time.
In order to come up with the thousand bucks, I figured that I needed to utilize a skill and a network that I already possessed. That led me to my website of course. What could I do that other bloggers would pay for without even thinking twice about it? After a few hours of thought, I had my answer. Articles! Every blogger feels burdened with their writing schedule at times. If they commit to writing an article every other day, that means that they need to come up with nearly 4 new topics every day! It doesn’t take long before the creative juices dry up and writing gets a bit tiring.
To overcome this burden of writing, many bloggers either hire staff writers (as I have done on this site – hope you’re enjoying their stuff by the way) or they purchase articles from an outside resource to post on their site. Quality staff writers can be costly and hard to find, and articles can cost $25 or more as well, so I decided to offer my services and sell articles at a low price of $10 a piece.
In order to make a lot of money in a short period of time, I knew that I had to do two things effectively – (1) I needed to gather interest in my services and (2) I had to etch quite a lot of time out of my schedule and write quickly. Luckily, since I’ve often reached out to my fellow blogger friends in the past, they were glad to place orders for my articles. The first order was for 2, then another for 5, and yet another for 11! In those first 30 days, I received orders for 63 articles!
Wow, 63 articles. That is a ton! By basically setting a timer for 15 minute intervals (I tried to write one article every 15 minutes), I was able to bust out 4 articles every hour. Sometimes I was successful, sometimes not, but I was typically pretty close. With this strict schedule, I was able to complete all of those 63 articles in the 30 day time-frame!
The Future Opportunity
While I didn’t quite get to my $1,000 goal, the article orders are still coming in strong (so I will soon have the money in full). At this moment, I have a backlog of 84 articles. And, it seems like every day I continue to get more orders. What began as an initial struggle to make a few bucks has really flourished into a future opportunity! As the word spreads about my quality articles, more and more people are coming out of the woodwork to place more orders. I truly believe that I can develop this further and materialize a very profitable venture. What once was a desperate attempt to make money could potentially be a future business!
What Is Your Opportunity?
As I said when I began this article, we all have our challenges in life. But, we have a choice in how we respond to these challenges. We can either lay down in defeat and wallow in our own self-pity or we can create a future opportunity. Perhaps your struggle wasn’t financial like mine, but there are still future opportunities.
Let’s say that you recently discovered you have terminal cancer and have only 6 months to live. No one would blame you for being upset and sad for the remainder of your life, but by doing this, you have not even begun to explore what opportunity there might be for you out there! Some of you may be asking yourself, “What opportunity? You’re going to die shortly. How can there possibly be opportunity in that?” There are plenty. Perhaps there’s something you can do (undergo tests or agree to an after-life biopsy) to increase the knowledge of doctors all over the world, which would allow them to find a cure for everyone else that contracts this terrible disease after you! Or, instead of being a bump on a log, you could decide to share your faith with other hurting souls in the world and inspire them to keep pressing forward in this life, just as you have chosen to do.
Through every challenge there are future opportunities. Will you decide to keep your eyes fixed on the struggle? Or will you find the opportunity?
What are some struggles you’ve had? What good came from them?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.