By in Persona Paper

Life Is Difficult and the Coins Continue to Stack Up

I read many complaints about life: How difficult it is to succeed. How slow it is to achieve. How others or circumstances are to blame for it all.

I have my moments when I complain because I feel beaten down, like a failure, and find life difficult, whether it be due to circumstances beyond my control, or someone else's behavior aimed at me at close range, or my own misgivings.

Yet, I have greater trouble believing that success and achievement are out of reach, because I am a victim of some conspiracy.

I suppose that I have tested these theories here at Persona Paper recently. I have written about them rather extensively in the last two months, for those who are interested in researching it.

But just in the last four days--96 hours--I have evidence to prove that with a little bit of effort, even when one has life outside of the Internet, there can be success.

It requires three things: 1.) Examine the definition of "success," 2.) plan something that can work for you, and 3.) put it into action. The rest of it will take care of itself through momentum built.

In the past four days, I have spent approximately two to three hours daily reading, commenting, and writing. This has been my result:

  • August 15th 9:30 a.m.-- Coins 2236 valued at $3.35
  • August 18th 9:30 a.m.-- Coins 2700 valued at $4.05
  • August 19th 9:30 a.m.-- Coins 2892 valued at $4.34

In four days, that is a gain of 656 coins or an average of 164 per day. In the last 24 hours alone, there has been an increase of 192 coins.

I have written and submitted 12 articles in the same 96 hour period. So, this success is not coming from writing 10 to 15 per day, but an average of three per day.

I share only some of my things on Twitter and Google+. I no longer have a Facebook account.

I have no other explanation than for seven weeks, I worked my tail off to get into the habit of doing--taking action. Now, I am working less than half the time, putting in an effort to simply read and interact with others, and write about 3 a day. That is it, folks!

Now, there are some who will likely jump onto the money band wagon, to try to convince me or anyone willing to listen that 8 to 12 hours of effort over four days earning only one dollar is hardly worth the time. They certainly have a right to believe whatever they want to believe.

But I would likely have a few questions for them:

  • What is the ratio of time you spend between negativism and positivism?
  • Does your negative attitude bring you better results, i.e. increased coins?
  • If things are so bad, why do you continue?
  • Would you please tell me something good, because I need your help with that?

No matter how you may measure success and achievement, what you find in life is more about choice of the lenses you wear to view it, and the attitude you maintain throughout.

Copyright 2015 - Coral Levang. All Rights Reserved.

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Coins: 2894, +58 coins in 3 hours; $4.34, 21%

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MegL wrote on August 19, 2015, 1:35 PM

Some people follow the latest trend, clicking on every shiny object that promises instant wealth. It isn't there. Focusing on one thing and working away at it, provided it is something you enjoy gives a much better return in terms of peace and enjoyment.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 1:52 PM

Agreed, MegL

JohnRoberts wrote on August 19, 2015, 1:58 PM

PP like many things in life require a patient steadfast plug along approach to get there. Sometimes being consistent and steady are all that's needed to meat a goal.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 2:03 PM

JohnRoberts Very true.

Petra wrote on August 19, 2015, 2:22 PM

Hi Carol; I define success as just being happy. If you can make someone smile or feel good about themselves, then you are successful. Being kind to one another will always be reciprocated. Like the saying "What goes around comes around." You would be surprised where that small act will lead you. It can open doors, new relationships and make new friends. Suddenly your world is full and you life changed forever. If you follow your passion no matter what it is, success will follow. My daughter who is quadriplegic followed her passion. Over the period of twenty years, she has written three books. It was slow going because between hospital visits, and life threatening complications, she has to write with her mouth. Although she hasn't published them, she is successful because she is happy doing what she loves, Writing." Because she followed her passion, she has given inspiration to everyone who met her. Life is funny; You never know what's around the corner. You have to live each moment like it's your last and don't sweat the small stuff. I am glad you are taking it a bit slower. I don't believe the people here write just for the money, I think they write because they have something to say and also because of the friends they can make in the community. Carol, I hope you find the happiness and success you are searching for. I'm a new here and this is the first post. I'll be following your posts and comment on them when I can. Be happy my friend, life is good.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:24 PM

Most people want instant results like you used to get a bubblews. If it does not give that they feel it is not worth it

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:32 PM

Hi Petra (Coral here, like in the ocean) ...
I am looking forward to reading more from you, and learning about you and your daughter.
As far as challenges and life, and the happiness that goes along with it, I know this more than you know. emoticon :winking:
Yes, life IS good.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:33 PM

I so love you, &AbbyG ... just that. emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:34 PM

I know, Eva. I think some think that other sites are giving promise of the same. I love it here, and the people that we have. That is what is "worth it" for me.

Kasman wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:50 PM

1 - 50/50. 2 - No. 3 - I enjoy it. 4 - One of the reasons you are successful here is you consistently write quality stuff and leave meaningful comments on posts. Other members appreciate this. It makes a change from ''what I had for breakfast''.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:55 PM

Kasman Thank you. Hugs.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 6:06 PM

Kasman It took me about 35 minutes to get it written and uploaded, but there is a post that is dedicated to you. emoticon :winking:

Kasman wrote on August 19, 2015, 6:36 PM

Thank you - fame at last! I knew it would happen some day emoticon :smile:

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 19, 2015, 8:21 PM

I know, we need to be persistent and patient with this site. That is what I am doing.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 10:10 PM

If it weren't for Mrs. K., I would go to the ends of the earth for you to make you famous. emoticon :grin:

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 10:13 PM

I believe it is possible. For me to be able to do this, with few who are really active, then imagine what we could do if we bring more in. There have been many who have signed up in the last week. What if we were to all welcome them, and encourage them, add them and start by mentoring and supporting?

One person cannot do it all. It takes all of us. I refrained from saying "a village." LOL

cheri wrote on August 19, 2015, 10:42 PM

I also have those moments and I just want to stay strong until that moment passes

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 10:59 PM

cheri We all have those moments. I have to take action to get through the moment; I cannot take a passive measure. Sometimes, it is very difficult.

bestwriter wrote on August 19, 2015, 11:17 PM

The less you involve people the less will you have to 'tackle' issues.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 11:29 PM


BarbRad wrote on August 20, 2015, 12:53 AM

i get my satisfaction in doing a good job on my blog posts most of the time and earning a few daily pennies here and on myLot and a few other sites. i expect they will begin to add up one of these days, but I know I'll never make the money I used to online.

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 1:12 AM

I don't think any of us will, BarbRad

Paulie wrote on August 20, 2015, 3:20 AM

Your progress on Personal Paper is outstanding. You are a gifted writer and definitely great at networking. You also must be very good at managing your time on PP. Keep up the good work!

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 5:47 AM

Thank you, Paulie . I appreciate the compliment. I know that the networking is key. I'm simply doing what I know. The managing time, not so much. emoticon :winking:

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 20, 2015, 7:12 AM

If you are on an online writing site just for the money, good luck with that. I am here to share with folks from around the world and to sharpen my craft. I do like seeing the coins pile up, and may not have come here originally without that incentive, but they are not what keeps me coming back.

CoralLevang wrote on August 20, 2015, 10:48 AM

Exactly! It really does feel like "home" for me here, DWDavisRSL !