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Blogging is Dead. Publishing is Dead. TV is Dead.
11
Feb
2014

You aren't late  to the game,  you are  right on time.    You don't need  permission,  you need a  game planThe most depressing thing a person with a dream, an entrepreneur or an artist can hear is that the future that they aspire to is gone. “You’re too late.”  “You should have started earlier.”  “You don’t have what it takes.”

Lies. All lies.

Seven years ago, I was wandering around a bookstore and began daydreaming about writing a book. A week later, I logged on with a horrible dial-up internet connection and googled “How do you publish a book?” The results were depressing. I remember learning that if I wasn’t famous, infamous or well-networked, it was a long shot.

As I kept searching, I read that another way to publish a book was to build a popular blog and show publishers that you have an audience. That same day, my next search was, “What is a Blog?

Can you imagine in 2006, years before blogs blew up,  how impossible that must have seemed to me?  Just like some things today may seem impossible to you.

But guess what? Nothing is impossible if you’re willing to do what it takes to accomplish it. (Tweet This!)

I never listened to the naysayers and neither should you. Earlier this month, my book proposal went out to publishers to review. It’s been a long road online, one that has come full circle, right back to the place I started. It’s exciting and terrifying and wonderful, and it is a continuation of me doing what I do- sharing what I’ve learned (just all packaged up in a new way).

In the meantime, I’ve read approximately a gazillion articles on the death of blogging, the death of traditional publishing and the death of TV. The only things these articles have in common is a very limited (and dare I say asinine) view of the future.

You have the world at your fingertips. You have the chance to learn what you need to know. You have the opportunity to create your own road. Nothing is dead; no time periods for success have expired, no one needs to give you permission to succeed.

You have the world at your fingertips.  You have the chance  to learn what you need to know.  You have the opportunity to  create your own road. from AlliWorthington.com

Can you tell I feel passionately about this?

What do you dream of doing with your life? Go find people who have done it and learn from them. Read their words, listen to their advice and arm yourself with information.

Learning from people who have been there and are doing what you dream to do is crucial. That was the vision behind BlissDom:  gathering together, learning from each other, sharing wisdom, building new opportunities.  And it remains the vision that drives everything I work on now.

Don’t listen to the naysayers who announce certain things are dead, and who casually announce you are too late to the game. There is no expiration date on your ability to be successful; there are continual invitations for people who see opportunity and embrace change. Blogs, Video, Publishing, Radio, TV aren’t going anywhere. They are evolving, and that is a great thing, because you can grow with it.

Keep hustling, keep gathering, keep building, keep creating, keep learning.

You aren’t late to the game, you are right on time.  You don’t need permission, you need a game plan. (Tweet this!)

During the past six years I’ve seen trends, platforms and fads come and go. I’ve bumbled along and failed often and learned a lot.

I’ve seen brilliant business people give up too early due to the uncertainty of building their dreams. Books that should have been written, businesses that should have flourished, messages that never had enough time to spread… don’t let that happen to you.

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What do you have inside you? What do you need to make your dream become a reality?

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Over the past 6 months, I’ve built of team of experts and coaches, and we work with people just like you. Who, if they just knew exactly what to do, could reach a new level of success.

Is that you? Are you tired of listening to the lies that tell you, “You can’t?”  I’m accepting new applications to work with people just like you.  To walk alongside you and teach you what you need to know. Click here to get the help you deserve.

Build that business, market the heck out of your product, get those clients, get that freedom, and never believe them when they tell you that you’re too late.

You are right on time.

 

 

  • mindimer

    My first blog was on Tripod in 2002, until this newfangled software called Typepad was invented. :)

    • http://alliworthington.com/ Alli Worthington

      Old school!!!

  • http://justoneoftheboys.com/ Ginger L

    This is such an encouraging message, Alli. Thank you so much for sharing – it couldn’t have come at a better time!

    • http://alliworthington.com/ Alli Worthington

      I’m so glad, Ginger. <3

  • http://inspiredrd.com InspiredRD

    I love your heart and your passion. You are amazing.

    • http://alliworthington.com/ Alli Worthington

      Right back at ya, Alyssa!

  • http://inpursuitofhappiness.net/blog Britt Reints

    Alli, this is the number one thing I’ve learned from you and I have really taken it to heart over the last few months:

    Make your own path. Don’t wait for permission.

    • http://alliworthington.com/ Alli Worthington

      The permission part is what tends to trip us up. No more! :)

  • http://blog.aspiringimagesbyrachel.com/ Rachel

    I get comments like this all the time as a photographer where people say “Well, now everyone can afford a fancy camera so what makes you so special?”. Part of it is BLOGGING and, of course, the majority is the training and skills I acquire by learning as much as possible – every day. No boat missed, just gotta do better and BE better. :-) Great post.

    • http://alliworthington.com/ Alli Worthington

      Preach, Rachel!

  • http://www.terilynneunderwood.com/ TeriLynneU

    Oh Alli! I needed this today. Thank you. I started blogging on MySpace in {gulp!} 2004. What an encouraging word! And powerful reminder that we are not helpless in the process!!

    • http://alliworthington.com/ Alli Worthington

      Myspace! 2004! Old School indeed. Love it!

  • Lexie Lee, LPC-S

    Thank you for the inspiring message. I needed it as I just got off the phone discussing my new big idea. Maybe we need a policy to avoid naysayers and surround ourselves with positives.

    • http://alliworthington.com/ Alli Worthington

      Love it, Lexie!

  • http://chloeofthemountain.com/ Chloe

    Good points. We tend to forget that the death of one thing means the birth of another. The saying, “The universe abhors a vacuum” exists for a reason. As long as people read and seek out knowledge and entertainment, blogs, books, and visual media will exist in some form or another. But these forms may change as habits and preferences evolve.

    I still watch TV, but I watch it on Amazon or Netflix where I can avoid the commercials and watch my favorite shows when it is convenient for me. I no longer have any cable or satellite though because they were a waste of money. Someone looking at my media consumption might assume that I’m not watching TV, but I am, just in a different form.

    Same with books. I LOVE bookstores and I’m sad to see them dying, but why would I leave the comfort of my home to go to a bookstore to buy a book when I can buy that same book in under a minute from my bed? I am sad to admit that I’m part of the cause of the death of the bookstore. But the truth is that those big box bookstores killed independent book stores and now Amazon is killing them. Reading continues, but the forms and the methods are changing and evolving.

    Blogs? Blogs aren’t dead. But consumers are getting smarter and choosier. Blogs that are nothing more than a series of sponsored posts aren’t interesting to anyone. And bloggers running around reading and commenting on other bloggers isn’t really influence. Step outside of the blogosphere for just a minute and you’ll find that the vast majority of people have no idea who the “big bloggers” are with the possibly exception of Ree Drummond who has managed to make the leap to both books and TV.

    Honestly, I believe that people who have something to say will always be in demand in whatever form their method of self-expression takes. The question every blogger needs to ask is what is their message and are they delivering it as authentically as possible. A meaningful message delivered authentically will always be in demand.

  • http://reporterofhope.com/ Dorette Skinner

    Thank you for writing this, Alli! I’m a newbie at everything mentioned above (and below) and sometimes it can be so overwhelming! You are an inspiration!
    * Permission to keep on dreaming :-) *

  • Ryan Johnson

    Great post. I do grow weary of the “X is dead, and you missed it!” posts. There is always room for something if it is done right. Westerns were ‘dead’ before ‘Unforgiven’ came out and pirate movies were dead before Jack Sparrow. The same is true in marketing/content creation.

  • http://lifeloveandlattes.com/ Kylie @ Life Love and Lattes

    Thank you SO much for this. I am sitting here with my morning coffee, a day of writing ahead of me, and this post has left me motivated, inspired, and so confident in the direction I am heading – I cannot thank you enough for that. After a year and a half of ad hoc freelance writing jobs, which I viewed as a ‘hobby’ despite registering my business, and having almost completed my first book – again, something I was doing as a ‘hobby’, I have recently felt the timing was right for me to drown out the voices saying that this isn’t a career, and that I am not good enough, and I am diving head first into making my dream a reality. I AM good enough, my writing IS my career, and I am going to realise my dream – it is no longer ‘just a hobby’. Thank you again for your encouraging words.

  • http://lifeloveandlattes.com/ Kylie @ Life Love and Lattes

    Thank you SO much for this. I am sitting here with my morning coffee, a day of writing ahead of me, and this post has left me motivated, inspired, and so confident in the direction I am heading – I cannot thank you enough for that. After a year and a half of ad hoc freelance writing jobs, which I viewed as a ‘hobby’ despite registering my business, and having almost completed my first book – again, something I was doing as a ‘hobby’, I have recently felt the timing was right for me to drown out the voices saying that this isn’t a career, and that I am not good enough, and I am diving head first into making my dream a reality. I AM good enough, my writing IS my career, and I am going to realise my dream – it is no longer ‘just a hobby’. Thank you again for your encouraging words.

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