My daughter, Mia Mei, has her own blog. She writes there somewhat regularly. What can I say? They don’t make 4-year olds like they used to.
Yesterday she wrote a post “How to get to car engine, um, Carnegie Hall.”
It got me to thinking about what I have learned from Carnegie that has helped me to be a better blogger.
Carnegie made a killing in oil and steel after coming to the US at the age of 13 and getting a job as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory for $1.25 week. I used to work for $1.25 an hour, but never that cheaply for a week. But, then at the time, I could buy gasoline for .25/gallon. Let me see…I worked for 5 gallons of gas an hour. This morning that would be equal to $18.45/hour. Not bad I guess, for a first job. But, I digress.
Andrew Carnegie said, “As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”
I talk to a lot of bloggers, wannabe bloggers. Far too many people spend way too much time talking about blogging and not nearly enough time pecking at their keyboard and hitting publish. It’s what you do that matters, not what you say you will do.
Carnegie also said, “The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.”
How often I am asked, “How much time do I need to spend blogging?” The purpose of the question is what’s the minimum amount of time I can spend and still make money at blogging.
The answer – the universal principle of you get out of something what you put into it. I give blogging 100%. The result is that revenue from my blog pays my mortgage.
Tell me. Where do you get inspiration and motivation to blog better?