Wishes are for Aladdin, be your own genie

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Aladdin (Courtesy: Disney)

Disclaimer: I’m not an expert or a guru at anything, just sharing some advice that’s worked for me.

 

Many times we say we wish something could be better about our lives. I’ve done it a lot. But now instead of wishing for stuff or opportunities, I’m focusing on making these things happen. There’s no lamp and there’s no Genie. Change has to come from within.

Two people, I credit for this outlook are my buddy Tom Harness and someone I’ve never met before, Gary Vaynerchuk. I started following @GaryVee on social media just over a year ago and continue to deploy the tactics he discusses on his videos, live streams and podcasts.

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His advice is simple and doesn’t require paying for a subscription. One of his principles is content is king. He’s the reason I’ve started a “blogging streak” on my wrestling site, My 1-2-3 Cents. There has been fresh content every day on that site since May 26, 2016. It has helped build awareness and show readers I’m consistent. It’s lead to more views on that site which is one of my goals. Gary has also been a driving force in encouraging me to not care what other people think about my goals and to forget about luck and focus on hustling.

As mentioned, my other go-to guy in the world of social media, marketing and life, in general, is my buddy, Tom. He’s one of the most uplifting and positive people I’ve ever met and is the one who got me hooked on Gary Vee. He also believes in me and has hired me to do some freelance blog writing for his clients. 2016 was a great year for that. In fact, his encouragement led to the creation of Kevin Hunsblogger (he even coined the name).

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Tom invited me along with his team at Harness Digital Marketing to MDMC17 in St. Louis. The digital marketing conference opened my eyes to a whole new world. I’ve made connections and picked up tips that have lead to other freelance gigs. But there’s always room for more, so if you are in need of content, let me know.

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Branding has become a big part of what I’m doing in 2017. There are new projects on the horizon that I am looking forward to. This is just a quick look at what I’m doing. Remember, wishes and luck don’t lead to success. Hard work and sacrifices do. There’s always a way, you just have to be open to finding the path, which may not be the one you like, but adapt and conquer.

I do still wish for a pool on hot summer (late spring) days like this one. But that’s not going to happen either without hard work. Maybe one day this website will be getting updated poolside.

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