As part of my Day Zero Project, I will be answering the 50 Questions That Free Your Mind. For each of these, I will blog an answer and then it will be linked here as well. Some of these will have longer responses, some will be extremely short. But by the end of the Day Zero Project, I will have answered all of these.
No. 7: Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
At this point of my life, neither.
For the most part throughout my life, probably the latter.
See, with the realization that I am unemployed, it’s hard for me to say I am doing something that I believe in or that I am settling for something I am doing. I am doing what I can to move ahead, to get to where I want to be. I am trying to better things and get to a point where I am doing what I believe in.
I’ve been trying to start that now, too.
With this blog, I realize I have a tool that can help me beyond an outlet to write about whatever. Truthfully, I don’t know if I could ever get thousands and thousands of daily followers to this blog. I don’t understand some things in regard to getting it out there and I don’t really follow one niche. Still, I think I could get some sort of a following, just based on the different topics. So, I have some things I am working on in the backgrounds. I also have some writing projects I am working on to go with the blog. Though they are in the early stages, if they come to fruition as I hope they will, it will be a different feel to the blog at times.
The reason I think that this would be doing something I believe in is because it’s the type of writing and reporting I like. It’s not all negative. There’s no swirl on it. It’s just honest reporting. It helps me build my blog. It helps me build my portfolio. It helps me build me, personally. Maybe it will lead to something. Connections. Employment. Happiness. Who knows.
Basically, I’m eventually looking to re-brand my blog and myself.
Though it will keep a lot of the things I do now (as I discussed in my recent State of the Blog address), it will add a few new dimensions. When I did the State of the Blog address, I kept these things under wrap — as I am doing now for the most part — as I don’t want to jinx anything. I’m excited about this. And this is something more of what I believe in.
If this doesn’t happen, I won’t be any worse for trying. There’s only so much I can do. But it’s helping me change my outlook on things, which, in turn, shows I am trying to do more things that I believe in, rather than settling for the status quo.
Through all of this — the re-branding and changing of my blog in the hopes of having it grow — will help me individually. It will help me grow. It will help me focus, get a grip and realize in this world I need to take things myself. I can’t sit back. I’ve applied for countless numbers of jobs out there and received little or no feedback. The ones I have heard back from have fizzled out. I have my thoughts on some of these and, unfortunately, in the end I didn’t fit with these companies wants and needs, for whatever reason. That’s fine. I keep plugging along. I refuse to think that this will end in anything other than something good.
So, now I’m going to really step it up to see what I can do about improving my chances, my odds and my life. Maybe my idea with this blog will eventually lead to bigger and better things. Maybe it will just crack open a door. Maybe it will just give me some peace of mind (which is fine, too!). But in the end, it’s time to start taking a few more chances in life. Maybe, hopefully, this direction of doing what I want to do here will eventually help me realize what I am going to be doing moving forward — if that makes sense.
So the short answer to the question is that I’m doing neither. I was doing the latter. And, now, I’m truly looking to be doing the former. If that all makes sense.
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