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I have started to say no to boring

I’m about to reveal something to you. It’s going to be sort of a sneak peek of my 2014, and I’ll be telling you some personal things about 2013, things that you had no clue was going on in my life. But, that’ll happen tomorrow. Today, I want to focus on why I didn’t settle for boring, even if boring was making me money.

It’s no secret, that I’m on a marketing adventure, a journey to face my passion. It’s been hard. It’s been difficult. I’ve been reading books about how to run my business as a solopreneur, I’ve been talking to a lot of experienced people, and I’ve been hustling to get my business up and running as fast as possible. On the other hand, it’s no secret that things have been easier than I thought they would be. I’ve stumbled on to some amazing clients and some of the projects I’ve been working on has been fantastic.

But, I’ve been having a difficult time. I was saying yes to every single project I got the chance to work on. I needed the money to get by. But, most of the time, I said yes to the projects, because it was easier to say yes than to say no. I really don’t like to say no. That was the reason. Some of the projects didn’t do anything for me, other than make me the money to get by. So, instead of just keep doing “boring” projects. I’ve finally started saying no.

Don’t get me wrong. The projects wasn’t always boring. It was just that I needed to discover my real passion, before I committed myself to the projects and to the clients I wanted to work with. And, it’s better to say no, when I have little or no time to do the projects, than to say yes, and tell people that they’ll get the results from me eventually (… and I don’t have a clue when I’ll actually be ready to work on the project).

One of the things I’ve been thinking a lot about, is how little time I’ve had to write lately. I have been writing every single day, but when I was saying yes to every project, I was spending all my time, working on things that made me money, without thinking about what was making me happy. I kept working, every single day, on projects, without having a plan for my long-term business.

Now, I finally have a plan. It might sound like a silly plan to you, but to me, it makes sense. You might not understand why I am relating it to Matt Farley, because I’m not going to be doing anything like what he’s doing, but hopefully you’ll get my point soon.

Matt Farley is a musician who’s written more than 14 000 songs, that’s more than 100 songs a day. He publishes the songs on Spotify and iTunes and he makes enough royalties to, well, to make a living doing what he’s passionate about. I’ve been listening to some of his songs, and I suggest that you listen to the poop song (Poop into a Wormhole). You should listen to an interview with Matt Farley at the podcast over at On The Media, and you’ll understand why I really like this guy.

No, I’m not going to start making music. And, I’m not going to write and publish one hundred blog posts or articles a day. What I’ll be doing, and what I’ll be revealing tomorrow, is my philosophy for a happy life. Matt Farley is doing what he’s passionate about, and that’s what I’ve been searching for.

I’ll give you a clue: it’s got something to do with the Vegetarian festival and UNICEF.

7 responses to “I have started to say no to boring”

  1. Pat Balvanz says:

    Good for you! Boring is out. Can’t wait to read about your philosophy for a happy life.

  2. Carolyn Nicander Mohr says:

    Hi Jens, That’s fantastic. When you can turn away work you are in a good spot and will become even more desirable. Congratulations on your wise decision and upon reaching this important milestone.

    • Thanks Carolyn. I’ve been turning down several interesting projects lately, but I believe that I’m doing the right thing. I need time to do exactly what I feel is the right thing. And, hopefully you’ll see some of the results fairly soon.

      – Jens

  3. Aahna says:

    Hi Jens,

    Most of us do things for earning money, we actually sideline our real passion. But if you can work on your real passion and can earn money as well, then you’ll be able to enjoy your task and will be able to give your 100%, It even won’t make your feel boring.

    • Hi Aahna,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. It took me a long time, to figure out what I wanted to do and what I was passionate about. But, now, it’s so much easier to keep moving forward and working hard.

      – Jens

  4. Hey Jens,

    Ah, yes I can relate back to this 😀

    I have a hard time saying no too! (In the end, I end up being frustrated at myself for agreeing to do something…..the problem is I might do the thing I agreed to do..but, I might also sacrifice some of personal projects – like my own blogging time – to do it).

    I have been paying a little more attention to this..time is a precious thing..and we can’t just waste it like that.

    As for boring..I just read an article about a new research yesterday suggesting that people who went through boring tasks had a higher chance of being creative (I know, it doesn’t really have much relevance here..but, I just wanted to mention it :D).

  5. Casey says:

    I am a vegetarian and am a loving person, so seeing the end made me happy. Go for it and thank you for the wonderful article.

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