Ten Life Lessons From Two Years of Blogging

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Last weekend I celebrated my twenty forth lap around the sun. Twenty four!

This is probably the part where I’m supposed to say how old I’m now getting/feeling, but in reality I spent the day rolling around in the gym, eating, laughing my head off, and playing with Lego (seriously, that Chima stuff is incredible).

There was however, one thing that I realised amidst all the brick building and food munching, and that was that this month marks the second anniversary of my Health Room adventures. I’m not sure of the exact start date, but suffice to say it’s been around two years of blogging, recording, freelancing, planning and generally just winging it…

I’m definitely still a novice player in this whole online content creation game, but I do feel like I’ve learned a lot over the past few years. I almost feel like I’ve gained more useful knowledge and experience in this short space of time than the whole time I was in school, but that’s probably a bit of an exaggeration.

This week I’d like to share with you some of the most important life lessons I’ve taken on board on the journey. There are probably a few more, but ten is a nice round number.

If you’re someone who’s playing with the idea of becoming a budding entrepreneur, or if you’re just feeling like you need a bit of reassurance that things have a funny way of working themselves out in the end, hopefully you’ll find this somewhat useful.

PS. I’m a little scared that two years in, I’ve now become that stereotypical blogger. I’m sat writing this post in a Starbucks sipping on a smoothie, which is something I’ve never done before in my life…

1. Hard work trumps inspiration.

Sometimes coming up with ideas and even putting together coherent sentences can be a massive struggle.

When those times ensue, it would be really easy for me to pack things in and wait for some inspiration to hit – that free-flow state where everything seems to come naturally without that much effort. The reality is that if I did that, if I sat around waiting for inspiration to show up, then I wouldn’t get that much work done.

Sometimes you’ve gotta just grind through those tough times and show up consistently in order to be rewarded with those times where inspiration is there – even if you’re doing something that you love. And the more hard work and consistent effort you put in, the easier it is to tap into that inspiration.

Takeaway: Work hard, consistently.

2. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but that’s okay.

No one else does either.

Not that famous A-list blogger, the established business, or the cool startup kids. They’re paving their own way and making things up as they go along.

There’s no secret formula or set way that things have to be done to achieve ‘success’. It’s up to you how you define success in the first place, and which route you take to get there.

Sure, you can learn from people who have gone before you, and you probably should. But you shouldn’t get hung up on mimicking their every move. As the old saying goes, its better to be a first rate version of you, rather than a second rate version of someone else.

I forget where I was going with this, but anyways…

Takeaway: Don’t be scared to do things differently and pave your own way.

3. Creating something and sharing it with the world is extremely satisfying.

This site really has been one of the most rewarding projects that I’ve undertaken.

I get some silly ideas, type them out into a somewhat readable blog post, and they get shared to thousands of people all around the world. Even if one of them finds what I’ve shared useful and makes a change to their life for the better, that’s amazing!

And you don’t have to create a website or a blog if that’s not your thing. It can be anything – a piece of music, a story, a jumper or a scarf – anything that you’ve transformed from an idea in the cloud, to something of value that benefits you or someone else.

Takeaway: Make something, and share it.

4. Having a blog is a great way to keep learning.

Like I said in the intro, I’ve learned a shed load of stuff over the past few years.

I’ve learned how to build a website, how to write good, how to set up an email client and autoresponder, how to film videos and edit the crap out of them, how to fix my posture, how to plan ahead, how to sell products, how to soak beans, how to sell myself as a freelancer (not in that way), how to change habits, how to make products about changing habits, and much more.

The list goes on, and I’m not definitely saying that to brag by the way.

I just wanna get across to you that by committing to something and being accountable to an audience, you’re forced to keep learning and growing, which is a good thing!

Takeaway: Never stop learning, and be accountable to others.

5. Being comfortable is overrated…

There are quite a few things that I’ve done since I started this site that have really taken me outside my comfort zone.

I’ve no problem hiking across a mountain in the freezing cold or entering a martial arts competition, but speaking on camera or doing a live online webinar scares the crap out of me.

It would be easy for me to forgo those things, but I don’t want my own insecurities and past self-esteem issues to hold me back from doing the things that I want to do, and sharing the things that I want to share with people.

Every time you take a step out of your comfort zone, it expands a little. Those big scary things suddenly don’t seem that scary anymore.

Takeaway: Do stuff that scares you, often.

6. Going solo is overrated

I used to pride myself in being a bit of a lone wolf.

I’d tackle my problems alone and keep things hidden from others, partly because I didn’t want to burden them, but also because I didn’t want to seem weak.

The truth is that I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the support of my parents, my sister, my lovely girlfriend, her family, my friends and my business advisor. I’ll call him Tim, because his name is Tim.

I’ve hit a few first-world low points since I started the site and had a few crisis moments where I wasn’t sure if I could make this work, but they’ve always been there to give me a kick up the bum and put me back on track.

Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to ask for help – you need it.

7. There’s a lot more that I don’t know, than I do know.

When I first started this site out, my intention was to explore and share ideas in healthy living, and to continue to grow and learn. However, I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t a tiny part of me that thought I already had things figured out.

However, these past two years have reinforced the fact that completely figuring out this health thing is a ludicrous idea. Or Ludacris, if you prefer.

My diet is constantly evolving. My movement practice – constantly evolving. My ideas about mindfulness, productivity, sleep, sustainability, disease prevention – they’re always changing in some way. Three’s always more to learn, and if you want to, always progress to make.

Takeaway: Perfection is an illusion. Just do your best with what you have, and keep moving forwards.

8. Managing your finances and taxes is a little daunting…

But it’s not nearly as scary as its made out to be.

The same could be said for a lot of the things that I’ve had to figure out over the past few years. Fixing my website every time I broke it with code that I didn’t understand. Going on conference calls with businesses to discuss a new project that I didn’t know that much about…

Most of the time though, worrying about the situation was often much worse than the situation itself.

Takeaway: Things are rarely as scary as you make them out to be in your head.

9. This online health space is filled with some awesome people.

Sure, there are always gonna be a few difficult people that you have to deal with non and again – those that are hard to communicate with regularly, don’t want to pay you, or just generally like to complain or cause trouble. But honestly, they’re the real minority.

Most people that I’ve stumbled across over the past two years have been amazing. Whether it’s the great people that I’ve had the chance to interview, the bloggers that have given me a chance at writing for their site and given me valuable advice, or the awesome readers who leave comments and send me emails – thank you all.

Takeaway: Not everyone you meet in life is out there to harm you. Actually, the complete opposite is true most of the time.

10. If you want to do something, just do it.

I know, it’s cheesy and cliché and all the other words that mean the same thing.

But the truth is that just a few years ago, Health Room was just a small idea inside my strange shaped head (my girlfriend calls me pleb head – I’m not really sure what that means, and neither is she).

If there’s an idea that you’ve been sitting on for a while and you’ve just never got round to acting on it, my advice would be to start in some shape or form.

That doesn’t mean you have to quit your job, burn all your bridges and then figure things out. It means making a bit of a plan, and then taking small steps each day towards the life that you wanna live.

Takeaway: Two years ago would have been a great time to start your new website or business idea. But the next best time to do it, is now.

If you’re an entrepreneur, or indeed a person who lives on planet Earth, what life lessons have you learned that you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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