When I was about 5 years old I discovered my first love – video games.
It all began with a nintendo entertainment system. There was nothing more important in my life at the time than Super Mario Brothers.
My passion grew as I grew, going from nintendo to the sega master system, to the mega drive, the super nintendo, gameboy and onwards to the playstation.
Games like Zelda, Mario, Bomberman, Golden Axe, Street Fighter 2, R-Type, Tetris, Final Fantasy, Wipeout, Ridge Racer and many others were my life.
I was so passionate about gaming that I would ride my bike down to the newsagent at my local shopping center to see if the latest magazine was released, so I could read about and see screen shots of the games coming out next.
This was my first real hobby, the first thing that I was truly passionate about and would spend time “studying” every day.
Next I Discover Roller Skating
Of course nothing lasts forever, and around the time that I became a teenager my passion for gaming began to wane.
As I settled into high school I developed a new passion – roller skating!
The “Skate Arena”, a local roller skating rink, became my new home. I would go to as many as three different skating sessions a week, and practice at home as well.
In a couple of years I mastered roller skating. Then someone clever came up with the idea of putting the wheels on the skates all in one line, rather than two-by-two, and the rollerblade was born.
Although hesitant at first to make the change, eventually I bought myself a pair of inline skates and quickly transitioned to this new form of skating.
For much of high school, skating was my life and the thing I enjoyed doing the most. In fact I still skate today for fitness, fun and to get around quickly, but nothing compared to the passion I had for it when I was younger.
Enter Magic: The Gathering
Eventually skating became second fiddle to a new interest, this time a card game. The game, called Magic: The Gathering (or just “Magic”) combined two of my favorite things at the time –
- Fantasy (elves, dragons, wizards, etc)
- Competition (in particular, winning!)
I played socially for fun at first, but eventually played in a tournament and a new passion was born – I wanted to compete and win Magic tournaments.
I spent the rest of my high school years and part of my university days buying cards, studying strategies, practicing and even winning tournaments occasionally. I also traveled, attending tournaments in Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Sapporo Japan during my gaming “career”.
My time playing Magic happened to coincide with the rise of the Internet. Thanks to a free Internet account as part of my university studies, my first use of the World Wide Web was reading up about Magic tournaments – who was winning and what cards they were using to do so.
Eventually I grew tired of keeping up with the constant changes to the Magic card pool (they release new sets every year) and I was entering an important stage of my life – young adulthood.
My interests became more about setting myself up for an independent life. I wanted to make more money and figure out what kind of business I could start to do so.
Around about this time I became intensely interested in online business. The dot com boom had come and gone and I was keen to see where the Internet could take me.
The rest of this story you could say is history, all well documented in the archives of this blog.
The last twelve years of my life have been devoted to various different websites and online businesses, all of them for a time the focus of my passion.
Passion Is Why I Succeed
Each time something new has become the focus of my life I’ve dived in and fully immersed myself in it.
I lived and breathed video games, skating, roller blading, magic cards and then entrepreneurship as I’ve grown up. Each one of these activities has been more than a hobby. They were activities I practiced and studied and became much better than average at, for example…
- I was part of the 1998 Australian Team for the Magic World Championships (I came second in Australia that year).
- I was able to rollerblade backwards down huge sets of stairs (this would freak out most people just watching it!).
- I could speed through levels of Super Mario World using quick reflexes that only comes from way too much playing.
- And of course, I’ve built many successful websites that have turned into significant income streams.
One thing I haven’t mentioned yet, which I know you and I share as a mutual passion for, is blogging.
You very likely read this website to learn how to use a blog to make money.
I certainly understand where you are coming from. Blogging, and turning my blog into an income stream large enough to live off, was my passion for at least two solid years straight until I achieved my goals, and almost 7 years in total as a blogger.
This is something I focused on and became a true expert at. I had a goal and realized it and even pioneered several innovations in the field.
Shortly after reaching my goals I made the decision to teach what I did. My passion went from learning and practicing, to teaching others (though I was still learning and practicing!).
The result was six months laying everything I knew about how to make money blogging. That focus turned into the course, Blog Mastermind.
It’s Time For A New Passion
As you can tell my passions change and I feel again that I am moving on to a new phase in my life.
As a result, I’ve made the decision to take a break from teaching courses, which may end up being a permanent one (and no, I am not giving up blogging, I still love to write).
I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that Blog Mastermind, which has been a best selling course for almost five years straight, is closing.
Friday is the DEADLINE.
This is your last chance to see all the work I put in to create a course that I believe can make anyone into a profitable blogger. Obviously that only applies if you work, but the steps are there for you to follow.
To encourage you to give my course a shot before it’s gone forever, I’ve knocked almost 50% off the price.
You can join right now – over 100 people already have in the last few days- at this webpage:
I look forward to seeing your passion come through in your blog.