How I Met Good Fortune Half Way – and You Can Too

By Mary Jaksch

This is my story of how I went from bust to boom. I was reluctant to write about all this, but people urged me to share it, so here goes …

Have you ever been dealt a devastating economic blow?

Maybe you lost your job, or your business went under. It’s a dreadful moment, because suddenly the future looks bleak and you have to pick yourself up and start again. And no matter what happened, you blame yourself.

But how to pick yourself up again, and what to do next?

I stumbled upon a solution quite by accident after I lost my mother’s inheritance through trusting the wrong kind of people. My journey as a rookie blogger and accidental entrepreneur led to a six-figure online business in under 19 months.

I’m quite a private person and am reluctant to talk about all this. But many people have begged me to write about my experience because they need to find a solution. A solution that works whether you’re a man or a woman, and whatever age you’re at. So I’ve decided to speak out and describe what worked for me. It may not work for everyone – but my story and the 10 tips I’ve put together – may well change your life.

Here’s what happened….

The year 2007 was bad. I lost all of the inheritance my mother had left me. My son Sebastian and I had decided to build a house and then sell it. But the plan went horribly wrong when the builder escaped to a South Sea island with a big chunk of my money, leaving our property half built and steadily degrading in the winter rains. In the end it had to be demolished and I ended up with debts, instead of with an inheritance. I’ll never forget the sense of shock and dread.

It took me a while to pick myself up after that debacle, and I started to think seriously about how to produce an income, and still retain my creative freedom.

Finally Sebastian came up with an idea. He said,

“Mum, I’ll make you a website. But you’ll have to write a blog.”
“A what?”

I had no idea what he was talking about. Then I started to research blogs on the Internet. It seemed like an amazing opportunity. I settled on ‘Goodlife ZEN’ as a blog name, bought the domain, and started with a free out-of-box WordPress theme. The start-up cost me $119 hosting fee for the year.

I know it sounds strange, but the moment I bought the domain was when my life turned around. But I didn’t know it at the time.

Tip #1: Just do it!

Nike is right. What counts is getting started. An idea stays just that without action. Even the smallest action allows the idea to materialize. Most people fail for one simple reason: they never get started. Luckily it’s no great deal to start a blog: hosting is cheap and you can get free blogging software.

Tip #2: Focus on your passion.

If you want to taste success – without getting burned out, it’s important to build your blog around your passion. What is it you would like to tell people about? What is the message you want to convey?

It doesn’t matter what it is you are passionate about. The Internet is huge and there is an audience out there for you, no matter what your passion is.

I was happy with my blog name, Goodlife ZEN, and was soon writing a weekly post. At first, people laughed at me because I put so much effort into something that didn’t show any results. For months I only had three subscribers, my best friend, my son, and my cat Sweetie (whom I subscribed out of sheer desperation). I was definitely not a ‘wunderkind’ blogger!

Tip #3: Be determined

Most people give up when the going gets tough. And with every endeavor things get tough at times. Have you got enough stickability to keep going? Calvin Coolidge, a former President of the USA, had something to say about determination:

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
~ Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933)

When I first started blogging, I checked out other blogs in the personal growth field and came across Zen Habits. I liked Leo Babauta’s style and thought, “I’d love to get to know him.” But to make contact seemed an impossible dream. Zen Habits already had over 50,000 subscribers (now over 200,000). And I was still a rookie blogger.

In January of 2008, Leo Babauta started WritetoDone.com, a blog for writers. I was excited and subscribed right away. It quickly became one of my favorite blogs.

I could see that Leo was struggling with writing for two blogs, as well as writing an Ebook. I was concerned, so I decided to offer my help. I asked Leo whether he would like me to write a guest post for Write-to-Done. When Leo emailed back with a friendly ‘yes’, I screamed so loudly that Sweetie fled under the bed, and my partner David came running in alarm.

Tip #4: Help others.

Yes, helping others is the most important thing you can do. Be helpful not as a strategic move, but because you truly care.

Some months down the track, I began to think creatively about Write to Done and how I could maybe work with Leo Babauta to rescue the blog. That was a crucial moment. Because teaming up with others who are successful is a great way to advance.

Leo Babauta had a huge readership and a reputation as a super-blogger. What I had to offer was ‘sweat equity’ and vision. That is, I was willing to do all the hard work and create something we could both be proud of.

The most important thing here is that you need to build a relationship first, before you ever suggest a joint venture.

Tip #5 Team up.

You can be successful on your own. But it’s much easier if you team up with others. Because then you reap the benefit of synergy. Synergy means that the combined effect is greater than the sum of individual effort.

If you team up with someone else you need to focus on your potential partner. Here are questions you need to ask:

What does he or she enjoy doing? What’s a hassle for him or her? What benefits could your partnership bring to her or him?

After long deliberation I emailed Leo with a suggestion of how we could work together. Here are the benefits I listed:

  • You retain an interest – both creative and financial – in WTD,
  • You don’t have to kill off a beautiful brainchild,
  • You get ongoing income from WTD,
  • You can delegate all the drudgery of running a blog, whilst still retaining some enjoyable creative work.

I sent off the proposal and sat around, biting my nails. When Leo replied enthusiastically, I was beside myself with excitement.

When I first started as Editor in Chief, Write to Done had 4,500 subscribers. I was nervous about running a blog that was seemed so huge. But I soon hit my stride and subscriber numbers started to climb.

Now, four years later, Leo has handed over Writetodone.com to me completely. WTD now has over 32,000 subscribers.

Meanwhile I was busy gathering new skills. I enrolled in Teaching Sells, an amazing course by Brian Clark on how to set up and run online courses.

Tip #6 Learn new skills

For every new venture you need a new set of skills. I did quite a few courses in order to gain the skills I needed. I think it’s good to regard education as part of the startup cost.

I began thinking about how to use my new skills. I could see that people on the Internet don’t want to pay for information, but they are willing to spend money in order to gain new skills.

In October 2008, I emailed Leo and suggested that we create a training program for bloggers. He replied with, “I’m in!”
A few months later, A-List Blogging Bootcamps was born.

Tip #7: Don’t wait for others to have good ideas – create them yourself.

I felt elated about the opportunity, but I was also secretly terrified. Because setting up a course – with it’s own website and content – seemed like a huge undertaking. Actually, every step on my journey as a blogger has felt like climbing a huge mountain. My response to the challenge has been to create an overall vision, and then to walk forward, step by step, learning as I go.

Tip #8: Learn on the job

As bloggers, the best way to learn is to struggle, to ask for help, to research how others do it, and then to go ahead and do it yourself. Don’t wait until you think you have enough knowledge.

Back to my story…

When we finally ran our first A-List Blogging Bootcamp in August 2009, it was a great success. We had a bunch of great students and I loved every moment of the Bootcamp, even though it was hard work. Afterward, Leo and I immediately planned the next one.

To my surprise, I had created an online income!

Tip #9: Create learning opportunities.

A blog is a perfect platform upon which to build a business. The reason is that your subscribers provide a customer base for whatever product you want to sell. There are some strategies that make this easier, such as building an email list, and staging a launch in order to create a buzz about your product.

What product can you offer?

I recognized early on that information doesn’t sell well on the Internet. That’s because most people expect to get information online for free. But what people are willing to pay for is new skills. That’s why I focused on producing quality learning opportunities. I love teaching and mentoring – so it was a natural progression to start doing that online.

The great thing is that you can do this while your blog is still quite small. In fact, creating a course can help your blog to grow. And you’ll start to earn some money while your blog grows.

But gaining new skill is not the only thing people are prepared to pay for on the Internet.

I noticed after the first Bootcamp that people didn’t want to leave. They loved the conversations on the forum and the connection with each other and with Leo in the live online Masterclasses.

I emailed Leo and suggested that we start the A-List Blogger Club, a low-cost, ongoing training program for bloggers. It turned out to be the best idea I’ve had on my blogging journey.

People are willing to pay for being part of a supportive community.

We started the A-List Blogger Club with only forty-five members. But we soon began to grow, and we now have over 800 members.

Tip #10: Create a community for ongoing success.

Everyone wants to belong. If you create a community where members feel welcome, supported, and appreciated – you are on to a winner. And if you can incorporate a training component as well, people will be happy to pay – and stay.

Within 9 months, A-List Blogging grew to a six-figure business. I was gobsmacked…

Learning new skills, working hard, and dreaming big finally paid off. I’m still not completely debt-free, but I hope to pay of the last of my last debts within the next six months.

These days I help other bloggers to succeed. And even those who laughed at me when I first started, come to me for help. There is one important piece of advice I give everyone: be trustworthy and loyal.

Your main asset on the Internet is trustworthiness. It’s not hard to find mentors online who will lend you a hand, or even team up with you. But the crucial thing is how you treat those who help you. If you treat them well, and are helpful, friendly, loyal and trustworthy – you’ll thrive. However, if you pull a fast one, the online relationship will not recover, and you will lose your mentor’s crucial support.

My story shows up some simple truths:

  • You can recover from adversity if you are willing to start over.
  • Creating a blog is one of the fastest ways to create a new, successful career.
  • An online business has super low start-up costs and high earning potential.
  • People pay for skills, so creating online courses is a great way to make a living
  • Create a warm, welcoming community and people will flock to it – and pay for membership.
  • Be helpful and decent, and others will lend you a hand.

Was I just lucky?

My ‘lucky’ strategy is to meet good fortune half way.

What made me successful is hard work, creative thinking, a desire to learn, and the courage to say ‘yes’ to seemingly impossible challenges. Along the way I made plenty of mistakes. But I tried to learn from them. I’ve really got no special skills for this venture. But I’m like a little terrier who just keeps on digging to find the rat.

I hope my journey will inspire you to try something similar. I can’t promise that it will work for you. But if you have the courage to become a blogger, learn new skills, and create a business on the back of your blog, you’ll have a good chance of success.

I don’t want to blow our trumpet here, but the reason Leo and I created the A-List Bootcamps and the A-List Blogger Club is to create a short-cut to success for bloggers. Because we know how hard it is to find all the knowledge you need, and then to put it into practice. And we know what a difference it makes to find mentors along the way.

But all the help in the world won’t work if you don’t take action. A simple first step is write down three things you are passionate about. And then to think about how others could benefit from your experience and knowledge.

Don’t worry if the start of your journey is slow. Everything worthwhile takes time to grow.

As you know, I was reluctant to break my silence and write about my journey from bust to boom, but I hope my story helps you to continue walking ahead, even when the journey gets tough.

 

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  1. It’s a great story Mary and with your winning attitude you desrve that success.
    .-= Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot´s last blog ..Blogging Rewards Blogger’s Winning Attitude =-.

  2. ami says:

    Thank-you for sharing your story Mary. I love the fact that you and Leo managed to create these wonderful, peaceful websites – without hitting your readers over the head with insistent sales pitches. But even while being ‘zen’ you reached out to create some great income opportunities that benefit both you and your readers. A great lesson for the non-sales people among us – there’s opportunity in hard work.
    .-= ami´s last blog ..Facing my fear – at last- victory =-.

  3. cathy says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Mary and your valuable insights. The inspiration I get from you and leo and the entire a-list community is priceless and very much appreciated.

  4. Mary , It’s easy to forget that all successful people once started at the bottom. But persistence and determination, right?! Thank you!

  5. Mary, I am so inspired by your success. It really is true that the harder we work, the luckier we get. The A-List Bootcamps and Blogger Club have helped me take off in the blogging world. I knew how to write, but I didn’t really know how to write for a blog. I continue to learn more and more from the club and the members. They rock (and so do you)!!

    Thanks for all that you do,
    Courtney
    .-= Courtney Carver´s last blog ..You’ve Come a Long Way Baby =-.

  6. roberto says:

    Mary, I’m so inspired form this post. Simply Thank you!
    Roberto

  7. Adversity has such a powerful impact on our thinking and it takes true resolve to focus on anything positive. My simple process is to ask three questions:

    1. What worked (something always does)?
    2. What did I learn?
    3. What will I do next?

    Typically, I will find something positive, no matter how insignificant, to keep me going.

    Coach Charley

  8. Suzy says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I myself just started a “personal development” blog and I am in the beginning stages with no subscribers and wondering if it is even worth it in this vast ocean of blogs with the same topic. I know I am passionate about my subject and I enjoy reading yours and other blogs that are similar. But now I am inspired to write some kind of ebook or course. I just linked your post to my latest.
    .-= Suzy´s last blog ..Top 5 places to get your work done if you are self-employed =-.

    • @Suzy,
      I was just listening to Darren Rowse live today. He said: “The first 1000 posts are the most difficult. Then it gets easier!”

      There’s a lot of room for PD blogs. What you could maybe think about is how to differentiate your blog from others. Questions you might ask are, Personal development for ….? or, Personal Development plus ….? See if you can add a twist.

  9. Hi Mary,
    Thank you so much for sharing this story. It’s so inspiring to hear how people make great things happen. Keep trying and keep working – so simple, be we all need to hear it.
    I wanted to tell you how wonderful your last A-List video was on “How to Keep Motivated.” I watched it on a day I was feeling just like you described.
    You’re really making a difference for bloggers around the world. Thank you!
    Take care,
    Melissa Gorzelanczyk
    .-= Melissa Gorzelanczyk´s last blog ..How to Turn Ideas into Actions =-.

  10. William says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and advice. I’ve found myself in a financial bind and you give me hope!
    To your success!

    • @William,
      I hope you find a way out, William. Financial trouble can make us feel trapped and hopeless.

      I have a simple strategy that helps me. I say to myself, “And the way forward is ….” My mind then tends to fill in the missing bit.

  11. georgina says:

    Hi Mary, thank you for sharing this..I am in a shift right now and recently with the help of some great people I have met have been exposed to resources and tools that have lead me to my purpose and passion. Goodlife Zen is awesome and definitely giving me inspirations and tools to move forward. I started a Single Woman’s Support Network via FB Fan page and last night I decided to do a blog so the timing of this article is awesome and I wanted give you a heartfelt thank you for inspiring to move forward. gb

  12. Joe Wilner says:

    Mary,

    This is a truly wonderful post! I’m glad you decided to write it. It provides some serious inspiration and perspective that everyone has to start somewhere, and with persistence and focus results really can come. I’m glad your situation has turned around! Thanks for the references to resources as well.
    .-= Joe Wilner´s last blog ..How to Learn a New Skill and Understand More =-.

    • @Joe Wilner,
      Hi Joe, yes – it’s easy to forget that we are all beginners at some stage of the journey. And – with luck – we can retain the mindset of a beginner as we move along. Keeps us grounded and on a learning curve :-)

  13. […] morning I read an inspirational post on the blog, Goodlife Zen, “how I met good fortune half way- and you can too“. It explains better than I can how you can change your life and find good fortune by […]

  14. Scott Dinsmore says:

    We are all so grateful that you’ve shared you’re story and all that you’ve spread as a result. It is amazing what you’ve done for so many people. Reading your story gives me awesome inspiration for follow my own dream with my blog in helping others find their own path to personal freedom. Your story makes it all so real. Your point about getting started is so crucial too! That’s exactly what I wrote about in my most recent post about the most dangerous word in the world being ‘Later’. Now is the only time to dive into something!

    More than anything, Congratulations on your success Mary!

    Onward and upward thanks to your help and all the others in this awesome community,
    Scott
    .-= Scott Dinsmore´s last blog ..The Most Dangerous Word in The World =-.

  15. I am glad you decided (were pressured) into sharing this. It is helpful and an interesting read to boot.

    Love your blog design too by the way, very user friendly!
    .-= Papier et encre´s last blog ..Sketchbook Project- Best of Brooklyn =-.

  16. […] You can do a really good job at anything in life. Like be a step mom, freelance writer, soccer coach, fashion designer, father, blogger. You just have to care, work hard and keep trying. […]

  17. Damon says:

    This was awesome! Thank you.

  18. Rae says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! My own story also includes a total financial melt-down because of misplaced trust, so your experiences give me hope. I JUST started a blog and I’m learning the ropes with help from my husband and my two grown sons. I haven’t even told my friends about it yet. Thanks for inspiring me!

  19. Ingrid says:

    Thanks Mary for such an inspiring post. I think you are so right about finding 3 things one is passionate in and to be mindful of how to give back.
    Isn’t it great how we are drawn to read inspiring thoughts on those days when we need a hand. You’ve given me one today. Thanks. Ingrid

  20. Peppy says:

    Dear Mary,

    What a great inspiration your story provides … and it shows another important ingredient you seem to have – COURAGE. I kept thinking “What courage” when reading the steps you took in your journey, especially to email Mr. Babauta!

    Mary, my life took a dive due to illness (ALS and most recently Breast Cancer) and, since I no longer can work with my husband, I have been thinking of ways to utilize my enjoyment of writing to help out. I started a blog and have been developing some ideas for a new one but have found I’ve been mentally sabataging myself with negative thoughts such as – I’m a beginner with limited interest, I can’t run around and make contacts nor can I contact people via phone due to a trach, blah,blah,blah … so your article came at a good time for me.

    Thanks for the reminder to quit feeling sorry for myself and DO SOMETHING!

    Peppy
    .-= Peppy´s last blog ..Deafness Linked to Wheelchair Usage =-.

    • @Peppy,
      Hi Peppy, you are dealing with big challenges. As a blogger, that’s a great opportunity. For example, there are many women with breast cancer out there who feel isolated and afraid. If you can write about your journey, about what you learn along the way, and inspire others, you will flourish and your life will have a new depth of meaning.

      Go to it and get that blog rolling, Peppy!

  21. MoneyNing says:

    Interesting story! I am so glad that the online world helped another fellow blogger, as it did for me.

    It’s amazing how much potential a seemingly simple website could have. And for those who want to be financially free but just don’t want the unneeded attention that comes with success in the offline world, the electronic world is just the ticket!
    .-= MoneyNing´s last blog ..Retirement- Are You Relying Too Much On Your Home =-.

  22. Ellen Daly says:

    Mary, what a great story – I’m so glad you were persuaded to put it into print. You are an inspirational leader in the first place, and having been with you and Leo in the pioneer A-list bloggers class, I knew that. But to learn your personal story makes me relate to you as a real person and feel like I can do what you did. Many thanx! Ellen

  23. I love posts that emphasis creating…not reacting or following but creating everything from opportunities to skills to our entire life. Your story can serve as a catalyst to many and allow them to begin creating their own good fortune and life magic. Bravo on your success and the joy the process brings. :)
    .-= Clearly Composed´s last blog .. The Life Journey- Do You Trust Your Ride =-.

  24. A real top ten for starting again Mary. A beautifully crafted post which doubles as a true story with meaning and the steps from aaargh to yesssss! The true elements show anyone that adversity can be beaten and success achieved. You talked the talk about the walk you walked. Plenty will be inspired by this and for that I congratulate you.
    .-= John Sherry´s last blog ..How To Be The Author Of Your Life……With Just One Piece Of Paper! =-.

  25. Aileen says:

    Mary, you are an incredible inspiration! Thank you for sharing this post and your case study – it really twists my brain (in a great way) to see possibility and it challenges my mental chatter of excuses.

    I love this “Even the smallest action allows the idea to materialize.”

    Thank you for sharing this with us, your readers. It really is incredible.
    .-= Aileen´s last blog ..Survival Tips to Beat the Heat =-.

  26. […] How I Met Good Fortune Half Way – and You Can Too: Talk about taking a bad situation and spinning it into something amazing… Mary’s story […]

  27. Dawn Bennett says:

    Mary, really disappointed – thought your sight was intended to be a genuine spiritual aid. Seems like it’s just another internet site selling stuff.

  28. […] with the latest post from Goodlife ZEN – How I Met Good Fortune Half Way – and You Can Too http://goodlifezen.com/2010/08/02/how-i-met-good-fortune-half-way-and-you-can-too/. Mary Jaksch was writing about going from boom to bust thanks to blogging. I wonder, I thought as […]

  29. Hi Mary
    i am a huge fan of your work and Leo’s as well. i hope to get in on your a-list bloggers club. this story feels like my story. although i lost a lot of money in a different way… it all seems so familiar.
    i had to start over & rebuild. but i could not bare the thought of working from home living my creative dreams. if my nightmare didn”t happen i never would have had to reinvent myself… and so i’m thankful for the disaster. truly thankful.
    i have a long way to go, but I’m heading in the right direction.
    this article has really inspired me to keep going!
    it gives me more hope… and i’m just so excited!

    i thank you so much… truly AMAZING.

    soo happy for you!! xxo, kim
    .-= Kim Klassen ~ Kim Klassen Cafe´s last blog ..2 for texture tusday music- art- joy &amp peace eDition =-.

  30. JC says:

    I am late to the party but it’s funny how easily I can relate to all of this. Over a year ago, I experienced a similar financial crisis. I had to opt out of finishing my undergrad work, get a job I hated and literally sulk for a while until I figured out what I was going to do.

    I worked hard, got most of the debt paid off, got back into school, started a blog that is now almost 2 years old and going strong and have about one year left to finish undergraduate studies.

    I’m pumped to read that despite the adversity, you kept your nose to the grindstone and refused to give up. Most would’ve caved in, gave in to some job they hate and be miserable the rest of their lives.

    Thanks a lot for the story. I’m glad I clicked over from WTD!

  31. JC says:

    @Dawn – I think you’re just misunderstanding the point of Mary’s post. Thus, why cannot she provide the way she moved from a dark period of her life into a more prosperous, exciting period?

    I didn’t catch any affiliate links or blatant promotion. She simply stated how she got from a yucky place to a much nicer place in life.

    please correct me Mary if I’m off base here.

  32. Hi, Mary. I feel like I’ve sort of been through a cyber odessy the last few days, and my head/spirit are reeling. It started on Monday when I read a NYT Online article entitled “But does it make you happy?” which led me to a blog called Rowdy Kittens which in turn led me to Zen Habits and you. It’s kind of like when you have been eating poorly and then you start to get the nutrients you need – and you start craving those foods that get you feeling great. That’s kind of how I feel, if not also a little overwhelmed by my own thoughts on simplifying, minimalizing, focusing, improving. I love that you have taken this opportunity with this post to also address some of the financial aspects of blogging. I am among those people who have been blogging away, thinking how I can maximize the effect is has on my life in a positive way, getting stuck for solutions, being frustrated with the blogger format, trying to decide my exact genre/tribe/tribes, oy. e. ve. :)

    So I think I need to do a spring cleaning of my head and read your work, Leo’s work and hope that a spot opens up soon on A List Blogging.

    I am in agreement with you. On a lot of things. A whole lot.

    Thank you.

  33. […] Jaksch is the Chief Editor of Write to Done. Enjoy more of her posts on her blog Goodlife ZEN and join Leo Babauta and Mary in the A-List Blogger Club (we’re accepting new members right […]

  34. […] will provide the skills that enable you to pursue new and exciting endeavors. Mary Jaksch of Goodlife Zen suggests the importance of including education and training as part of starting a new project. […]

  35. […] Mary Jaksch – Goodlife Zen – and co-publisher of The Daily Brainstorm & co-founder of the A-List Blogging club, editor-in-chief of Write to Done – Mary’s personal story is very compelling. If you haven’t read it – you absolutely must. You will be inspired. Here’s the link: How I Met Good Fortune Half Way – and You Can Too. […]

  36. Sandra Lee says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful success, Mary! This is a terrific and inspiring story. It helps to know that you only had three subscribers for awhile.:) I really laughed when I read that you subscribed your cat. You have a good sense of humor!
    .-= Sandra Lee´s last blog ..3 highly effective stress reducers =-.

  37. Miguel says:

    Another example of how taking risks pays off. In writing this very post you took a risk, and your story came out to touch so many people, like me.

    I just love Goodlife Zen!

  38. Anthony Zullo says:

    Truly inspiring story. Sometimes, it’s about luck, but if you’re never looking, you would have never found it.

    I plan on blogging very, very soon! Not today, but most likely tomorrow. I know that I’m just going to have to Just Do It.

  39. […] An author, Zen Master and psychotherapist, Mary keeps her word to give “practical inspiration for a happier life.” She’s beautiful because she keeps it real, like this post on how to meet good fortune half way. […]

  40. Hey Mary,
    Thanks for sharing your story, had been curious about how you got started. Seemed like you suddenly appeared on the scene!

    I’m glad you found something you really enjoy and it’s taking you where you want to go.

    Looking forward to meeting you and the others next weekend.

    -Neal
    .-= Neal – Sax Station´s last blog ..“Say what is a good sax cd for ideas on sax…bird ” =-.

  41. […] As my friend Mary Jacksch wrote in a great post on her blog, “meet good fortune half way”. […]

  42. Barbara says:

    OK, Mary. I am ready to go!!!! Signed up for your updates to help me along. Jumped right in while still writing my game plan as I just could not keep sitting around without a clue of what to do.
    Looking forward to receiving your posts.
    Barbara

  43. Loved your story. Hit home with me on many levels. Thank you for sharing it.
    Carolyn
    htt://www.boomersfitnessconnection.com/

  44. MDR513H says:

    I am glad that you were able to recover all your losses. And I just hope that the builder would be able to suffer his irresponsible action of taking your money. Thanks for the interesting tips and your story is definitely an inspirational for other people.

    /Kristen

  45. Your smile says it all, Mary. You are smart and hard working and willing to jump in and make life happen. What a great story. And great advice. As always, thank you. Beth

  46. Sarah O says:

    What an inspiring story! And to think it’s been sitting in my in-box all this time and I somehow missed it! Of course you are an amazingly talented woman with copious amounts of tenacity – but still your story gives me help. Learning to blog and build and online business certainly does seem like a series of overwhelming mountains to climb – it’s all so confusing sometimes. But when I see how far you’ve come in four short years I feel re-energized and motivated to keep learning, keep writing, and keep sharing.

    Thank you so much, Mary, for sharing your story! ~Sarah

  47. Lois says:

    I LOVE ‘Write to Done’ its a great blog for writers and for writers who aspire to be successful writers.

  48. Amandah says:

    Thank you for listing “tip #6 learn new skills.” Today, someone said to me, “I don’t have time to learn these new skills and quite frankly I don’t want to.” I was stunned. How can you grow a business if you don’t learn new skills?

  49. Ani says:

    If more people like you wrote more posts like this one less people would give up half way through :)

  50. Tessa says:

    Hi Mary,

    I knew there was a reason I connected with you from the start. You are a winner, and no winner can win without having failed first. Life is a learning curve, and each step takes us further along our path of where we want to go. Good for you and thank you for sharing your story with me as it is so inspiring. Your whole attitude is great and is worth emulating. I love your articles, every one of them. You are a bright light in this world.

  51. Lana says:

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you for your great tips woven into your life’s story. I was wondering what else people could want from the Internet except free information. I feel your compassion and peace between lines. Thanks again. Glad to find you.
    Lana’s last post How to overcome procrastination

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