$0.45. That’s the amount of change I’ve found on the ground in the past two months. 1 Quarter, 1 dime, and 10 pennies. And every single time I see one of those shiny little friends my eyes grow wide and my heart happier!
$100.00. That’s the amount I was paid last week for a 1 hour consulting session on blogging. Also very exciting and warm in my belly, but oddly enough only 50% as much as finding stray coins? ;)
Weird, huh? This is the thought that crossed my mind this morning as I was out there scanning the streets w/ Baby Money like we do every day. I couldn’t help to notice how much MORE I look forward to finding free money on the ground over earning it. Especially when talking about blogging and social media are some of my all-time favorite things to do! (Whether I’m paid for it or not)
The best guess I came up with is that finding money on the ground comes as a nice *surprise* you weren’t really counting on, whereas going out and earning it is more of a routine based around every day scheduling. Not that I count my mentoring money as something solid and essential, or that it doesn’t feel GREAT to tget the business, but it does all go into the “life’s bills” pot vs. the “holy crap, a free dime!” one.
So then naturally you start asking yourself – “How can I capture even MORE free money and awesome excitement?! There’s gotta be a way to ramp this thing up, right? What if I take 10 walks instead of 2 every day?? What if I just walk around the entire city for 8 hours straight? How much will that net me??” :)
But the problem with this line of thinking, of course, is that life doesn’t work that way. Yeah I’ll have a grand ol’ time dicking around the city and making a “thing” out of it for a day – and maybe even triple, or better yet, quadruple my findings! Imagine that! – but come day two and day three, it all starts turning into a “job” again and you’re right back to where you started from. Except down three solid days of hustling and real income-generation.
These are the things we entrepreneurs think about :) Always trying to find that *perfect* hustle out there that nets us tons of (recurring) cash, while at the same time immense pleasure. Where we can say things like, “I don’t work for a living – I play!” Or, “Look at all the smart passive income I have! I barely work at all and watch it all flow in!” Even though, contrary to belief, we DO work more than the average person out there and it’s rarely ever passive.
I used to tell people all the time I make passive money from this blog until some (much wiser) person asked me how long it took for me to write my post today.
“Um.. two hours, why?”
“And how long did it take you to knock out those emails? And then respond to everyone’s comments? And market your site?”
“Yeah. Very passive.”
The truth is, there’s rarely any free money out there for the taking. And even less chances of doing nothing for it, yet magically becoming rich later on. We can dream and scheme all day long about it, but it’s probably best not to quit our day jobs anytime soon. Unless you’re the guy who created the Pet Rock. (Genius!)
I guess that’s the point to all this rambling today. It’s great to think about cheating the system and reaching your goals faster, but you also have to remember that most good things take time. And everyone around you is sitting there in the same boat along for the ride. You’re certainly not alone.
So, to all my pretty little budgeters out there, I say keep on working hard! All that time and energy you’re putting in WILL pay off big time down the line. You just gotta keep on hustlin’ and enjoying those small wins along the way :)
And, if anyone would like to have some more J. Money in their lives anytime soon, please do let me know. If I can’t survive off the pennies from the street, I can at least go for the next best thing with the consulting! :) Just imagine all we can talk about in an hour! The joys are endless!
PS: That’s a real snapshot of all the coins I found up there, along with an old school $100 bill… They may not be pretty, but they’re still FREE MONEY!!
UPDATE: I’m now up to $.55 found – woo! Came across not one, but TWO shiny nickels on my late afternoon walk today. That’s a 25% bump in one scoop! And what funny timing :)