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Being in a rut sucks, no matter what kind of rut we’re talking about. Welcome to my article, ‘how to get out of a rut in life.’ Follow these steps that I took and you too can get out of whatever rut you are stuck in.
Firstly, what is a rut anyway? It’s that annoying habit or that dull ‘same old’ routine in which you lack interest or joy, but it seems really difficult to change.
For me, the rut was either trying to find work because I needed the money or working in a 9-5 job that I wasn’t happy or fulfilled in. My CV didn’t qualify me for anything very exciting, and the work day with travel included felt physically and mentally draining. But for me, there really didn’t seem to be any alternative.
At a push I may have seriously considered university and tried to go down the road of a more interesting and higher paid career. But even then, I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted to do, except perhaps teach religion or something. Computers was what I was good at, but I was a thoughtful, creative, and almost contemplative type of person who just really wanted more time and better quality of life. But I wanted this while still being able to contribute and give value to the world in my own way by the skills I had and the knowledge I could share.
My Brainwave – Affiliate Marketing!
I remember receiving an email one day about a job offer. I’m not sure how they got my email, but it was really a digital product called Paid Social Media Jobs and the idea was that I would be trained to work online as a Social Media Manager. I found this very interesting, but what really got me thinking was this idea of working entirely online, by myself, full-time! So I got down to it and began research.
For some time I tried to go down the route of being a social media manager. It’s a kind of freelance job where you get hired by companies to run their social media for them since they are often too busy and a lot of them also lack the know-how of keeping up a productive and efficient social media presence. But this proved to be more difficult than I thought. You would be hired based on experience rather than on some random little qualification.
Sooner or later I learned that Affiliate Marketing was the primary way people made businesses and money online.
I found a course on Udemy that taught me how to run Microsoft Ads, (still known as Bing Ads) and I made money by following the course and running a few campaigns. I liked Microsoft Ads because they are significantly cheaper to run than Google Ads. However, it was still a real challenge to make profit. Running ads is a fine art.
I fell for some scammy products, and managed to refund one or two but one that actually made me money was this software called 12 Minute Affiliate. I learned that the traffic you could order from within the system was a bit pricey, so after some research, I discovered EasyTrafficNow, and this proved to be a good bit cheaper and still converted well enough. So I had a little business which could potentially grow a lot.
12 Minute Affiliate was very much an automated system. It didn’t teach you anything much about marketing but it could make you money alright. And it would automatically follow up with all the leads gathered from EasyTrafficNow. It could do this because it is designed to be connected to an autoresponder called Aweber.
A More Fulfilling and Enjoyable Approach
But I did realise that I wanted more than just an automated system that may or may not end up very profitable. I wanted to learn more and not have to keep buying traffic or blowing money on ad campaigns that were difficult to get right. At least, I didn’t want my entire business to be based on spending money to make money.
Eventually I came across Wealthy Affiliate where I got excellent training within a lively online community. They get you to build and grow your business on the go. There are action steps to be taken before you move on to the next lesson within two the courses.
[See also, Wealthy Affiliate, Does It Work?]
Once I joined Wealthy Affiliate, I knew I was in the right place and would never look back. I did slip up for a while by choosing a niche I was not very passionate about. But when I found the niche that was right for me, I stayed on the platform and grew to love it.
I now use 12 Minute Affiliate as a means to add email marketing to my business. On top of this, I also use YouTube, the strategy being to base the YouTube content around the content on my blog. For more tips on using YouTube, click Here.
But here I am, out of that rut and now doing the thing I should be doing, the thing I love and that makes me fulfilled and free. Running an Online Business!
A Few Steps You Can Take
So what did I do to get out of that rut exactly? Let’s break it down into a few steps and then see how you could do the same or similar things to free yourself and get wherever it is you want to be.
Step 1: Knowing what I wanted and what I didn’t want. Okay, so my first step was where I faced the issue of feeling unsatisfied in many ways with my day job. What I wanted was to contribute in my own way to the world rather than robotically working for some supermarket or small office. I also wanted better quality of life through more home time. I didn’t want ordinary employment. I wanted self-employment.
Step 2: Researching: Next I researched how to achieve the goal I had set my heart on. I put in the effort to get myself trained up, to think outside the box. With enough research and experiment, I finally found Wealthy Affiliate – the answer to my problems and the key to future success.
Step 3: Action Taking: Once I knew I was comfortable training and growing an online business with Wealthy Affiliate, I followed the steps and simply took action. I also took action by using 12 Minute Affiliate to build a huge email list.
Step 4: Consistency: A lot of people see clearly what needs to be done for online success, but then they don’t go ahead and do it! At least, they are not consistent, they keep wanting an easy option or for someone else to do their work for them. The solution I learned however, is to love and be proud of what you do. Be consistent and it soon becomes enjoyable because you get better and better at it; it’s what you do and becomes part of who you are. Consistency is the ultimate formula for success. But for God’s sake, be consistent in a niche you love! You can’t be in a long term business just to make money. You have to be in it to share your knowledge, your passion and as they always say, to provide value!
Leave some comments below if this has inspired you and let us know if you yourself are struggling in some kind of rut.
I wish you peace, motivation and great quality of life!