2015 isn’t yet over, but it’s getting pretty darn close.
Because I plan to talk about my 2016 goals as the first post of 2016 and I want to make sure there is some nice actionable information inbetween, I’ve decided to publish my own review of the 2015 year now, and invite you to share your story as well.
What A Year!
This has been the most significant year of my life by far (other than the year I was born, I’ve heard that was pretty important!)
To start out, I have released 5 new products over the course of the year:
- Blogging For Money: Starting Your Very Own Web Business!
- Achieve Financial Independence And Retire Early!
- Kindle eBook Publishing – Achieve Success With No Marketing
- Email Marketing: Build A Huge List Of Engaged Subscribers
- And finally, a membership component to Help Start My Site.
This is far beyond what I had originally planned to do at the start of the year, and the fact that I have gone back and added new lectures to the majority of my courses is just icing on the cake. I couldn’t be happier with the products I’ve released this year, and I still look forward to releasing more in the future. Every business needs a product to sell, and the fact that I’ve added 5 new ones this year is just phenomenal to me.
I’ve also focused significantly more time on YouTube in recent weeks, and while my channel
hasn’t grown too much yet, this an area I plan to spend to focus on more in 2016 along with potentially Periscope. They say the future of TV is on platforms like these, and if it’s true, I know I want a piece of it.
Finally, a few other changes – I’m outsourcing much of the work I used to do on my own, which has freed up a lot of my time to pursue other ideas. I actually do run several other businesses alongside this one (non-IM related) so this has been really nice. Honestly, it just made sense – I’ve been able to put this time to other use that has actually made me more money than what it has cost me, so I look forward to outsourcing even more next year.
The Times They Are A-Changin’
When I say this has been the most significant year of my life, I don’t just mean in business. I have not had a more transformative year in my entire life personally than 2015. For better or for worse, the times really are a-changin’.
I started this year the same way I had many years before – looking to grow the businesses as much as I possibly could, wanting to make as much money as I could, and helping as many people as I could in the process. I had already enjoyed moderate success before this point and I was loving life, so of course I wanted more of the same. Why not?
Then fairly early on in the year, life threw me a giant curveball that I could have never possibly expected – I got a taste of what parenting is like.
While certainly not the easiest work I’ve done, it was by far the most fulfilling and I had never felt more pure joy and happiness than I did during that time.
I have to be careful what I say because I am fairly certain my family reads this blog, and the lot of them will jump on any opportunity to sue me. Anyhow, a lot has happened that I can’t discuss publicly and I ended up losing her.
And I have never been so down in my life. If I were to say what’s truly been on my mind, I’d be thrown into a mental hospital, so again, I must be careful what I say. I understand it’s not professional to admit these sort of things, but I have always been transparent and honest with you. Everybody has problems. You, me, the world’s happiest person, everyone. I don’t pretend to have a perfect life and you should be suspicious of anyone that does.
Please don’t ever think that having success or having lots of money will bring you happiness. It may make it easier, and you’ll be better off with both, but it requires a lot more.
I have never in my life made more money than I am now, but ironically, I have also never been more upset. But, life goes on.
Other than that, I have cut off contact with the bulk of my family, dropped out of college, ended a 3 year relationship, and the entire way I’ve structured my life has fundamentally changed.
When I say this has been the most significant year of my life, I mean it.
Let’s Hear About Your Year!
I didn’t publish this post just to talk about myself. I’d love to hear how your 2015 has been so far, both professionally and personally.
If you’re a non-MMO blogger, don’t hesitate to share your story as well. While the bulk of my commenters are make money online bloggers, the bulk of my audience is not. I encourage anyone working in any market – even if you don’t have a blog yet – to comment here and share your story. I really would love to hear from you, and I know many others would like to as well.
Here’s hoping your 2015 has been great, and next year will be even better!
– James McAllister