Sorry for not writing anything for a month – I have been very BUSY recently and just arrived back from holiday.
I spent my days off in my hometown, and the smell there took me way back in time. It’s interesting that the environment around my hometown hasn’t changed much since I left there. People are still friendly and smiles from them come easily. The price of living here hasn’t changed much either. It’s not expensive compared to what I spent in Bangkok. The children here enjoy playing soccer with their friends on the playground. I love the feeling of the fresh air here and the wind blowing through my hair.
When I was child, all I needed was my mom and dad, riding a bike with my bros, eating snacks, and getting some sleep. Each day I woke up and had breakfast. I asked for some bucks from my mom to buy sweets and rented books and videos. I enjoyed reading comics and watching anime at the end of the day. Some days, I went out and played soccer with my bros and dad. This was enough for me to be the happiest boy alive.
Anyway, when we grow up, it seems like we make our life more complicated. Instead of a bike, we need a car. Our home seems too small to get some sleep in, so we need a bigger and more beautiful one. Hanging out with friends appears to make us happier than having dinner with our family on a Friday night. It seems like money is also a part of happiness. Most of the time, we forgot what happiness truly is.
Various people we have met may influence us. We are all human. What other people have, we usually think we also need – even if it’s not. For example, we were happy enough with a general cellphone, but when we saw that our friends got a new iPhone, we would do everything to get one as well.
General coffee that we thought was delicious tastes poor when we know Starbucks. We used to enjoy having tea with our neighbors on a Sunday afternoon, but it seems boring when we know our friends go to the pub. Nothing is enough when we don’t really know what we want.
Back to five years ago, when I’d just started making money from Google AdSense, I thought I want to make only $100 a day. That was enough for me to get some food and pay my bills every month. Anyway, when I achieved it, I moved my goal to $1,000 a day. Even if I made $1,000 a day I’d still want more, even though making $100 a day is more than enough to live in Thailand. It’s an infinite loop.
After I spent time in the playground in my hometown, I talked to myself and asked why I needed to try so hard to achieve bigger and bigger goals. Yes, working hard is always good thing, but you should make some time to relax. I have been working very hard recently and sometimes been moody when my VA’s don’t deliver what I expect.
From time to time, I feel very tired and not happy with what I’m doing after I’ve worked for many long consecutive days. I need days off and a better work-life balance. Many people say that we may not be able to make money from an internet marketing business in the long term. Things can get difficult or income can even disappear for some day, so we need to work hard to get as much as we can today. I agree with this statement, but I think it’s not necessary to work so damn hard.
Because there are many things we need to do apart from making money, it’s important to get a good balance between work and life. There are many places in the world waiting for us to explore. Our mom and dad also want to spend time with us. Many poor and disabled people are still waiting for help. So with all this in mind, I still decided to go beyond my limits, but not as aggressively as before. We are not living in this world alone and were not born to work all the time.
Sometimes you need to take a break and spend time with yourself to discover what you really need in your life.
Bank has been working in the affiliate marketing industry since he was an undergrad in 2008. His favorite traffic source is PPV (Pay-Per-View). In 2013, he started sharing his journey on this blog AlcheBank.com and developed AffLanders.com to help people create PPV landing pages.