In the past few days, my wife and I have been busy organizing and packing up our things for a move at the end of next week. We aren’t going far but the act of having to pack up everything you own and move it to another location is a big task no matter the distance.
The last time we moved, we made a point of getting rid of a lot of the “junk” we had accumulated over the years. There’s no better time to do this than when you are going to be clearing out your old home.
Out with the old, in with the new and all that.
So why am I telling you this?
Well, just last night I was digging through a box of random stuff and came across something that made me smile.
Tucked in between a copy of Linchpin by Seth Godin and a Miles Davis Kind of Blue CD was the first cheque I ever received from Amazon.
My first thought was “How the hell did I never actually cash this?!?”
It took me a second to realize that when I received this cheque in the mail, I got it into my head that I wanted to hang onto it for a little while. I wanted to “savour the moment” and actually had it hanging in my office on the wall for a while as inspiration.
How it made it’s way from my wall down into a box of books and CDs is a mystery that perhaps will never be solved but I am so glad I found it.
It instantly transported me back to the feeling I had when I was first getting started online.
The rush. This works.
My online business was profitable long before I was generating income on the Kindle but anytime I figure out how to bring money in from a new source, the feeling is always the same.
It’s a total rush.
Finding this cheque was a reminder to me of that feeling and, to be honest, a total kick in the ass to get that feeling again.
Whether you are new to online marketing or a seasoned veteran, I would say that there is something to be said for capturing the moments that define your business and what you’ve accomplished.
Take a screenshot of that 15 cent day on Adsense.
Grab a capture of the first time one of the bars on Clickbank cracks $100.
Whenever you need a bit of inspiration and a reminder of what fun this whole passive income thing is, you can look back and smile.
Like I did when I found that cheque.
Now my only concern is if it’s still valid.
Perhaps I’ll just stick it back up on the wall of my new office next week.
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