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I am Giving Up

I am giving up. There’s too much to do. The path that I have chosen seems too long, so tiring, so overwhelming.

But is it boring?

No, in fact, it is not.

It is quite interesting in fact. I just came back from Karachi, flew Business Class, stayed in a 5-star hotel. I was invited to Pakistan’s first Social Media Summit and it went great. Met some truly awesome people, had a great time, and even got offered to write for a few prominent media outlets.

And oh yeah, I am leaving for Thailand in 10 days’ time, God willing. I am able to afford all of the above partly because of my online earnings.

My offline projects are coming along as well, by God’s Grace. The dairy farming section of this blog is proof that I can mix my offline activities with social media (such as blogging). My target for November 2011 is a big one and quite challenging, but I think I can do it, God willing. That is exciting stuff. I will be able to help a lot of people, and make money in the process. All transparent and all very inspiring. God has been very, very kind.

But you were saying you want to give it all up? Seriously?

For what?

Wait, I am trying to think.

If you yourself just wait, then that would qualify as being patient. And that is what you really need right now, patience.

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The above dialog is not fiction. I just had that dialog with myself. I share this with you.

Giving up is easy. And it is very common. Many people would tell you – including tons of ‘self help’ books – that people give up because of the fear of failure. No.

The number one reason for giving up is the lack of patience.

Things take time. And you need to keep at it during that time. This, I assure you, is not easy.

It is the internal dialogue that gets to you. Causes you to rethink and eventually give in. And as everything starts from the mind – nothing more than a neuron firing – your work starts to suffer and you wrap up whatever you had built.

As I went on with the communication, I realized that the path that I have chosen, that of being a self-employed blogger entrepreneur (I still have to come with an apt title for myself though), is unique. I find it hard to find like-minded people. People who are doing varied, different things. True starters. I find comfort in reading Chris Gullebeau not only because his writings are inspiring, but because I can relate to his state of mind and his state of work. Somewhat.

Giving up, in that sense, does not come up as an option. I would give up, but give it up for what? This is what I do. I am a professional blogger, a published writer, a dairy farmer, an agriculturist, a presenter, a designer, an internet marketer, a salesman and a project manager – usually on the same day. This is too interesting, too enticing, too enriching and too rewarding to just give up on.

I feel like giving up because I am not as organized as I should could be. I feel like giving up because I know I can do better in all fields if I tweak one or two things within me. I feel like giving up when I get tired, when my work starts to actually feel like work, when I lose track of the bigger picture.

But patience, along with her best friend “time”, has a curious habit of leveling out your undulating feelings and rationale, and gently, almost imperceptibly, taking you to the next level.

Perseverance commands success, no matter how you define success.

Are you in?

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    • Thank you Roy!
      And I am in Phuket right now, and already writing down tips for traveling to Thailand, working on my blog from the free wifi here. I think I am in it (hopefully to win it!)…
      Come often m’man!

  1. Hey Momekh,

    Yeah a lot of people like to give up due to lack of patience. I think one of the best ways to be more patient with our craft (whatever it may be – blogging, farming, project management, etc.) is to actually have a PASSION for what you do. If you can enjoy something solely for the sake of doing, it’s not even patience at that point. It’s beyond it. Because you want to do what you want to do – there’s no “waiting” for something to happen – the act is rewarding in and of itself.

    Awesome thoughts, and I definitely share your mentality in a # of ways.

  2. I found your blog through your comment on the Art of Non-conformity. Keep up the good work – it’s inspiring and a joy to see. I’m pleased it’s working out for you, and I’m hoping to inspire through my blog as well.
    All the best to you!

    • Thank you for stopping by, Jessica. Glad that you’re here.
      Do come often, and your encouraging comment is appreciated :)
      Inspiring people, that’s the new drug I tell ya, and Chris is drug dealer in charge! :D

  3. Hello,

    I just found your blog. I am really excited about this because you seem to have very good information. I subscribed to your newsletter as well.

    I am new at IM. I have just started and I want to give up but I just started and I am going to hang in there. Giving up is too easy and I know a lot of people have missed out on opportunities by giving up. So, I am going to keep pressing on. I hope others will too.

    • Glad that you liked the info, JM!
      And especially when one is new at Internet Marketing, it is much easier to just give it up. Part of the reason is that because Internet Marketing is relatively easier to start, hence easier to give up on.
      I heard someone say that with Internet Marketing (and affiliate marketing – making money online in general), too many people give up just before the magic starts to happen! :)

      Rock on…

      God bless and good luck to us all!