How do you know when you are done? How many hours, days, weeks and months do you put in to something before you realize that it’s just not going to work for you?
This is a question I have been asking myself a lot these days.
In this post I’d like to ask a few questions, and come up with almost no answers.
The struggling musician
I bet we all know a struggling musician who is trying really hard to make it happen but just can’t get there. Its a very sad things to see.
So why is it happening? Why aren’t they getting anywhere? Are they lacking talent, drive, marketing skills? Does everyone else see it except them?
Or is it that they just don’t seem to have the “karma” to make it happen? Like something invisible is holding them back at every possible opportunity.
Blogging and online business is a lot like being a struggling musician. And like that musician, we need to know when the gig is up.
Harsh I know.
How do you know when you are cooked?
So what are the signs of being done? How do you know that you just aren’t going to get anywhere with this gig? Its a tough question but one I have asked a lot. Here are some ideas.
1. You can’t break even
If you are struggling to break even after a set period of time then there is a good chance you just aren’t doing something right. Sometimes this can mean a re-structure, sometimes something else.
2. You could be earning more and feeling happier elsewhere
Recently it occurred to me with one of my main projects that I could go out and get a job in a cool office with nice people and earn double what I earn now. That is a big realization to have. Is all the attachment you have to “your own business” really worth the struggle if you could go to an office and make more money, friends and so on?
3. Your health is taking a dive
As you might have picked up with my posts over time, I have had a few issues relating to my health that have been caused, primarily, by working home alone in my office. Yes, blogging can damage your health. And not just your waistline and heart, it can make you depressed, stressed, anxious and isolated. If your work is affecting your health it is high time you learned how to deal with it or got out.
4. You’re not helping people
One of the big tests for me is whether or not I am helping people. This one thing can outweigh a lot of other counterarguments. For example, if you are writing a blog that doesn’t make much money but helps a lot of people around you then it is a good reason to keep going with it. If, however, your blogging is not doing any good and your mood is affecting the people around you then the whole thing just seems pointless.
But what about diligence, persistence and not giving up?
That is the clincher. Sometimes these thoughts about giving it your best shot and so on are just your fear masquerader as a reasonable excuse. Before you give up something that it important to you you need to really figure out why you are doing it. And sometimes the best way to do that is to figure out why you started it in the first place.
What would it take for you to quit?
I’d really like to know what it would take for you to quit your blogging career. How do you know when you are cooked? Please leave a comment and let me know. Also, if you quit something already and have something to say about it I’d like to hear too.