Yep, you’ve heard it right. So if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, hit the “X” button in the top right corner of your screen. I don’t care much about the bounce rate (an internet marketing term about how long visitors stay on your blog) of this blog. But, before you leave I would like to tell you something first; if you’re not self-centric in a “certain way” you’ll never fully achieve your potentials. So yep, be self-centric and use your time to do something more productive rather than reading this post. I’m self-centric that’s why I’m going to write for myself and you my friend will either learn something from what I do in life or succumb to your self-induced boredom. If you still want to read what I have to say, thank you and I hope you get something out of this post. Now, let’s proceed.
My confession is simple. I created this blog for my own self-centered reasons. Some of the most common motives include establishing me as an influencer in self-development industry, selling products, ads, getting sponsors, improving my writing skill and career, and growing my client base as a paid accountability partner and coach. These are common goals for bloggers and it’s entirely fine and expected from anyone who blogs. Bloggers should attract audience and that’s a cardinal rule in this industry. To put it more bluntly, we demand and seek attention to further our own interests. That’s how money flow into our bank accounts. It sounds like a very lucrative way to make money but it’s not that easy. This is why many spam their readers because they want more attention, traffic and money (I don’t do that). And sometimes, the need to attract web traffic leads to many forms of deceptions.
Beyond the monetary reward and a number of readers who would occasionally drop by on this blog, my plan in starting this blog is to test as many lifehacks as possible and publish my results in the most transparent, accurate, and honest way without over-promoting any product, tool, method, or service. I just want to produce authentic materials that would not only help me make money but also help me discover what really works for me (that might also work for other people). This objective may sound self-centric and selfish but in one way or another people can benefit from the contents that I produce.
This is the kind of self-centrism that can add value to other people’s life. It all starts with personal interest. If you’re a blogger and someone who publishes intense self-centric contents with selfish aims like most of the blogs out there, do not be guilty. Self-Interest and egocentrism can be turned into proactive mechanisms of self-awareness, self-discovery, and personal accountability. Here are some ways to turn self-interest into valuable community assets:
Teach and Coach
If you’re mastering a particular skill, try teaching it to another person or a group of people. Aside from helping others, you will also earn extra cash. Teaching refreshes your memory about a particular topic or skill and you don’t have to be a licensed teacher to do so. We’re in 21st century and there are a lot of platforms you can use to teach other people for a fee. You can teach and coach on the following platforms:
- Udemy – a web-based video tutorial platform where you can create courses/tutorials and attract paying students.
- Skillshare – this is the same with Udemy. You can also teach and get paid on this platform.
- Liveperson – Apply as an expert on this platform. Solve other people’s problem and earn extra cash.
- Coach.me – if you love coaching people and encouraging them to stick to a plan, this platform is for you. You will be paid as someone’s accountability partner. That’s what I do :)
- Elance – Generally, this is a freelancing site but you can also offer your coaching and teaching service on this platform. I have one client who hired me to do weekly coaching for online marketing. You can do it too.
Blogging can be a powerful way to transform your life. Many successful bloggers can attest to this claim. There are still genuine souls out there who literally make money out of their passion. Sometimes, the benefit of blogging goes beyond monetary gains. And it’s not only about showcasing your expertise or writing skills. Blogging can go beyond the innate egocentrism of man. It is also a tool to keep you accountable and responsible to your craft and personal growth. Blogging opens door of self-awareness by sharing what you have in mind. By sharing what we know and what we think of a particular subject, we get to know ourselves better and articulate our own set of beliefs. Aside from rediscovering the inner you, you can also explore the bounds of your creativity. As for me, this blog serves as my diary. This also serves as one of my tools to be accountable to my goals. I make it sure that I document what I do to achieve a particular goal. As the welcome statement of the home page says, this is the backend of my freelancing life.
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Join a Mastermind Group
A mastermind group is like a support group focusing on one particular interest. In my case, I’ve joined a blogging mastermind group to keep myself on track in blogging. So far, the benefit that I’m getting from the group is very rewarding. It pushes me to publish something every week. It’s very encouraging to connect with like-minded people who are working hard to reach their dreams and goals, particularly in blogging. However, remember that joining a mastermind group is a two way street. It’s not always about you. It’s about everyone in that group. The ladies that I’m working with have been so encouraging that I’ve pressured myself to publish this post even if it’s 2 days behind deadline. Here’s a shout out to the awesome bloggers I work with:
And yes, sorry I missed the deadline >_<
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I’ve never judged self-interest and self-centrism as a negative attribute of a person. In fact, I see it as a necessary element to go beyond the bounds of being a human. The only challenge that we have to face is how to reconcile our self-interest and self-centrism with the interest of our fellow men in way that it becomes fruitful for everyone.