I was so excited when Ann Sieg asked to interview me about my blog and my business last spring. I’ve mentioned before how much I have admired Ann as a mentor, teacher, and leader in the home based business industry.
I’ll share a link to the interview at the end of the post, but since I’m in such a different place now than I was when Ann and I spoke, I feel the need to fill you in first.
Life Lessons from Ann Sieg:
One of the biggest lessons Ann has taught me is to adapt. Life changes quickly, and those who are able to change with it and stay ahead of it are the ones who will succeed.
My life changed when I had my son. His sweet surprise arrival made me stop and evaluate life as I knew it and what I wanted from it. That exploration into my values led me to learning about online marketing, to Ann Sieg’s Renegade Network Marketer book, and eventually MLM Blog Secrets and Code with Ann Sieg and Ty Tribble.
It only took a few months from the time I started to implement their teaching until I was consistently generating leads and earning a small, but real income from my online business. During that process, I discovered how much I love helping others and seeing them reach for their goals in ways that expand their comfort zones made them nervous, and caused them to do things they wouldn’t have done otherwise.
As I my business grew, my confidence grew and with that my focus changed. I went from approaching my business with self serving monetary goals, to wanting to make a bigger difference for others. That kept me pushing forward, practicing and learning more about marketing so I could teach it on my blog, until I marketed myself, unexpectedly into a dream job.
Going from WAHM to Working Mom
If you’d have told me last spring, when Ann interviewed me, that I would be working outside the home, I would have laughed in your face and said NO Way! It would have been as absurd to me as you telling me, as I was getting started online, that Ann Sieg would want to interview me.
But the “being adaptable” lesson, Ann taught me came into play once again when I was offered a job at FatWallet.com, an online coupon company specializing in helping others save money on the things they buy to live and give.
Before taking the job, I went through some major soul searching and evaluation of my goals and values once again. I wondered if I was selling out on myself and my family by taking the position. I worried about the impact it would make on our family, and I even had some insecurity in myself, wondering if I rally could play in the world of big business with the skills I’d developed in my small business.
But I knew that becoming their social media manager would be an opportunity of a lifetime, to expand my knowledge and take my experience to a completely different level. And since the company was also behind my personal goals and offered me the flexibility to be a mom first, I decided to take it.
Ironically, or maybe not so ironically, it’s given me the opportunity to do even more of what I love. While I’m not a full time work at home mom now, I’m just as engaged with my family and even more fully engrained in the blogging and social media marketing world than I ever have been.
I still get the fulfillment of helping others, and recently received an IM from a friend I had given a pep talk to, before he presented a webinar on SEO:
“Your support was incredibly helpful, you lit a fire under my ass, motivated me, helped me prepare for things that wound up being life changing.”
And I get to expand my blogging, social media, copywriting and seo knowlege through trainings that I probably wouldn’t have attended otherwise. I’m leaving tomorrow morning for L.A. to attend Blog World Expo, LA, and then flying from there to Las Vegas to attend Pubcon, both of them conferences to help me learn and network with other bloggers around the world.
I know that right now, as unexpected as it is, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and I have no idea of what tomorrow will bring, except that it will be wonderful if I remain open to change, continue to adapt and more than anything take a chance to do whatever gives me the biggest butterflies and makes my heart beat faster!
If you’re sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else succeed online or your struggling in your business, I recommend with total confidence that you go read Ann Sieg’s Renegade Network Marketer book, and implement everything Ty Tribble teaches in MLM Blog Secrets and MLM Blog Code.
So, here’s the interview with Ann Sieg on The Renegade Blog. Enjoy it and remember that you’re capable of so much more than you believe you are. Blogging can truly transform more than your business, it can transform your life if you let it.