Work smarter, not harder

Wouldn’t life be grand if we could help everyone all the time? I wish it were that simple! Sometimes, I get asked a question that I would love to be able to solve, and I don’t know the best answer to give. It’s either something I haven’t experienced myself, something I had never thought about before, or something I just don’t feel like I have the ability to analyze all angles fairly.

So today, dear Split Aces reader, I’m asking YOU to help me give advice to this ambitious woman on a mission to create a life of freedom in business doing what she loves online. After reading the article, “When What You’re Doing Isn’t Working,” I received an email from a woman asking for advice. I asked her if it would be okay for me to anonymously publish her email on the blog to see if others could help her out, and she welcomed the idea.

Help a girl out, and please share your thoughts!

She would definitely appreciate anything you’ve got to offer, and to be honest, so would I. I would love to know what others think about this, as I’m sure that there are so many people out there struggling with the mentality that there are too few hours in the day and too little money in the bank.

Initial email:


I’d really like to know why all my effort hasn’t paid off.  I get up at 3:30 each morning, blog and work on web stuff, then go to work at 7:30, home at 5:30 in time to do it all again. I clean houses on the side to earn extra, but now an unexpected car repair bill has surfaced today, and I’m wondering why is it that I’m working so hard and not getting anywhere?

I want to work from home, not the cubicle. I want residual income, not income I have to earn scrubbing toilets.  I want a new car, not a clunker.

I’m working on my 2nd website and an e-book that is almost ready to go.  My affiliate marketing techniques are not making that much $$. I’ve earned a whopping $36 one time from Amazon.

– Split Aces Reader

My response:

Thanks so much for responding to the article. I’m amazed at your ability to hustle to make ends meet – it’s actually very inspiring. I read your email yesterday, and I decided that I needed at least a day to come up with a response that may be of use to you.

What I came up with, is that I don’t have an exact answer. I wish I did! I do know, however, that while cleaning houses on the side is certainly a way to keep extra income trickling in, that it’s not going to get you any closer to your real goal of making money online. If your extra side projects are taking away from your ability to accomplish what you’re working toward, then it’s time to reevaluate what you’re doing, how you’re spending your time, and how you’re marketing your brand every single day.

Who are you connecting with? How much are you writing? What is the quality of your writing? Have you reached out to people with your ideal audience about guest posting? How’s it going with your e-books, and how are you going about selling those and spreading the word about your products?

There’s no doubt that you’ve got a full plate right now, and I definitely know how frustrating that can be! Working almost 3 full jobs is exhausting – especially when you feel like you’ve hit a wall and don’t know what to do next.
Like I said in the article, ask yourself every single day what you’re doing to improve your business tomorrow. What can you do differently, big or small, to make an improvement?

Would you mind if I used this email (anonymously, of course) to crowd source some advice for you on the blog? If not, no worries – I just think it may be useful to get some other opinions as well!

Either way, I think you’re incredible for reaching out to me about this in the first place. You know what you want, you see your success, you just need to create that path to get it to the next level. Keep up the great work!

One last email:

Dear Jessie,

I’m elated that you took the time to consider a well-thought out response to me, and didn’t just blow me off as you had every right to do.

I’m very encouraged by what you said. I was talking with a friend of mine just this week, another baby boomer like me, and we are amazed at what your generation is doing, how you don’t accept the idea that an 8-5 job is the way to go, that you design your life on your terms. We see your successes and we want to know the secret! We were raised with a very strict work ethic, so we excel at that. We’re not afraid of work, and when times get hard, we just work harder! We have come to realize, however, that we must work smarter, not harder, and we’re willing to do it… if someone would just point us the right direction!  That’s why I like to read about young people like you and what you’re doing.

We realize the Internet is THE WAY to go, so we’re stumbling around trying to figure it all out and make it pay.

I REALLY, really like your comments about my side projects taking away from my ability to accomplish what I’m working toward.  Ouch, you nailed one of my main problems, and I can see that you’re right.  And the questions you asked about my writing really have made me stop and think. I reached out to one person about guest posting, but that never came about, so I haven’t done anything more in that area, but you make me realize I should pursue it.

I’m going to spend some time chewing on all you said, and try to figure out what I need to do differently.

You have my permission to use my e-mail anonymously or otherwise, however you see fit. I think other baby boomers would be interested in your ideas and guidance!

Now it’s your turn. What would you say to this woman to help her out? How would you solve this issue, and what should she do first? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, and ask around to your friends if you know of someone who may be able to offer good insights, as well!

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