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Try NOT Going at This for the Money

Several posts have gone up about dissatisfaction with the rate earned here on this site so far. And, although I really wanted to write about something other than PersonaPaper this time, but I see some folks feeling some pain and I want to help.

What is your “mission statement?” If your mission statement either begins with or includes “to make money at...” or “to make money by...” or some variation thereof, slap yourself. Hard. Now.

No, it's not.

The action of making money is a result – not the mission. If your mission – truly, deep-down, in your most private, secret places in your heart is just to make money, yours is a sad, tasteless life, indeed.

I don't care how well off you think you are either. It's an illusion and I pity you.

Money is a tool and nothing more. The idea of writing is to carry a message out to others. Allow me to try illustrating.

Perhaps you've heard of Chef Gordon Ramsey, of “Hell's Kitchen” fame. (If not, this is the Internet. Go look him up.) Have you ever once, on his show, heard him talk about the money, when it came to his work (Beyond the prize for the contestants, I mean.)? No. It's about the food. It's not even really about the food. His passion is to make others happy by feeding them well.

In the course of making others happy by feeding them well, he happens to have become quite a successful chef. And, as a result, he has become wealthy.

Take his money away and he would probably end up with more, as long as he's still working from wherein he finds his passion – making others happy by feeding them the highest-quality food.

Those who go for just the money have the cart before the horse.

Maybe I can put it like this: Pretend the government came in and started requiring all writers to write one post a day – absolutely free. It could be any topic. It could be any style but it had to be every single day and you were given nothing for it.

What would you write about? There's your mission, my friend. Others will feel your energy right through their screens. That energy – for better or for worse – will bring you your readers and therefore your money.

You can keep sending out your otherwise inert energies, programmed with “I need money” and you can bet they will return with “Yes, you do need money, don't you,” as sure as anything. I've made this mistake myself for years, so I know it works.

Or, you can send out your energies, programmed with what you're passionate about and the Universe itself will also respond in kind. (PersonaPaper itself just so happens to be the second time those energies came back to me with precisely what I - and others - focused upon.)

The choice is yours.

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Ellis wrote on July 25, 2014, 9:06 PM

Nobody is going to get rich on this writing site or any money is about the best anyone can hope for and most of that will be gobbled up in the cost of running their computer.. The people who become the regulars will be the people who are passionate about writing, do it for the camaraderie of being amongst like minded people or people who like to write simply as a hobby. Those that hope to get rich will come and go..

LoudMan wrote on July 25, 2014, 9:25 PM

Nobody got rich from AC either but look at what it ultimately lead to for so many. As for what I'm going to achieve here, I'll determine this, for myself. :)

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on July 25, 2014, 9:45 PM

That is true when you love what you do and become successful your rewards will come to you don't think of the rewards before the actions :)

NeldaHoxie wrote on July 25, 2014, 10:13 PM

Hey you're the one who said he wanted to make a living blogging. Sad but true money is necessary to live - and I like living well. however i love to write so writing for a living is fun.

momathome wrote on July 25, 2014, 10:41 PM

Actually I don't do this (writing) for the money anymore. That was how it started when I wrote on Bubblews last year but since my husband is now working and able to pay most of the bills, my other online work takes care of all the bills I need to cover myself. Therefore, these writing sites are now my social networks (since I hate facebook) and whatever I earn on them is just a pleasant bonus.

LoudMan wrote on July 26, 2014, 1:20 AM

Ellis BTW, I find you to be one of the best, really. You are. &TheresaWiza We agree. PaperDaisyFlower7 Yup. It's the give-to-get principle. NeldaHoxie That's true. But if it's only about the money, it won't work. The mission is what it should be about. The money will follow. Momathome This IS far better than Facebook, isn't it?

BTW, y'all. Speaking of money, have you seen the latest announcement from admin? :)