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Changes Ahead

It’s been 11 months now that I’ve been writing at Ending The Grind and I can honestly say that it’s become an obsession. I’m obsessed with trying to find like minded people who are trapped in their jobs and desperately want to get out. I’m obsessed with building an online business which will allow me to quit my soul sucking job. And I’m obsessed with creating a unique and inspirational blog.

To be honest, if I didn’t want to quit my job, I would probably never try to monetize my blog. I really enjoy writing, connecting with cool people, and creating the friendships that come along with blogging.

However, I DO want to quit my job (the sooner the better), and therefore must start creating valuable products and services in order to turn this from a hobby into an actual business.

Creating Something Unique and Remarkable

Over the last few months, I’ve been brainstorming, collaborating, and researching, trying to figure out what I can offer that would be highly valuable to my readers. I’ve been working with an awesome woman who has opened my eyes up to all the possibilities and has given me some great ideas.

I was also very excited by the awesome feedback you all provided with the survey I ran in July. I’ve taken the information to heart and believe that the product I release will be extremely useful and inspirational for you.

What I am trying to avoid at all costs is creating something that falls into the “just another information product” category.

Personally, I don’t think the Internet needs another eBook. Don’t get me wrong, there are some incredibly useful ones out there, like The Zero Hour Workweek and A Brief Guide To World Domination,Β  but my idea is to do something different. I want to create a product that is unique, useful, personal, and can make a difference in people’s lives.

So here’s my idea:

  • A real and personal look into my life as a middle aged (40) year old man who is completely trapped in a miserable job and is as far away from living his dream as possible.
  • A “reality” style blog that journals my daily progress towards replacing my day job income with that from my online businesses. It will journal my thoughts, plans, sacrifices, ideas, successes, and failures. This may be in audio, video, or text formats.
  • A deep and honest look into how I plan to get out of debt, build up savings, plan my departure from the corporate world, build my online business, and recreate my life.
  • A step by step guide of how and why I am doing all these things.
  • My idea is to create a highly personal and interactive community and to teach people that it is possible to live the life you want.
  • There are many ways I could package and sell something like this, but my initial thought was to create a membership site and charge a nominal fee, like $4.95/month or so.

Now, this is just in the “idea” phase and this is far from set in stone. The last thing I want to do is contribute to the noise on the Internet by adding another average product.

I really love the idea of building a close knit community that can share in my journey and learn from my triumphs and mistakes. I also think that this will be highly inspirational for people who are in similar situations and have resigned themselves to the idea that life is just going to suck.

It doesn’t have to!

This is why I really need your feedback. Before I spend a crazy amounts of time and energy on this, I need to know if you are actually interested. I need to know if you would be willing to become a member of such a community if I were to create it.

I also would love to hear what would make you say “I’ve got to be a part of this right now”!

So, please take a moment and answer these 3 short questions!

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