WA Lied! You're A Farmer Not A Business Blogger!

Last Update: March 22, 2018

I know what you're thinking; What the hell is "Eddy with a y" babbling about now?

Well let me break it down. We have a lot more in common with a farmer than you think. Now keep in mind I'm a city boy raised in The Bronx, New York. So with that said my analogy below may not be perfect. So my country folks, feel free to chime in. lol But I think everyone can understand the general message. So let's get into it.

Old McDonald Had A Farm...

A farmer has to invest a lot of upfront time, money and hard work to plant and maintain their farm. They plant seeds and initially you're not seeing a lot of return for your work. But they still have to water the seeds, fertilize the ground, keep weeds and pests away, etc. So with that said a lot of time and money is being spent upfront without seeing anything in return.

Depending on the type of crop it can take weeks or months before the seeds grow into plants and then even longer before they produce the fruits or vegetables. Once the crops are actually ready, then goes the work of actually harvesting it, etc. So this whole process can take weeks or months.

But the farmer is patient and understands that this is a long term effort that will pay off. They don't decide that they're going to give up because some weeds or insects popped up. They don't call it quits because there was some stormy weather. No, the farmer just continues to work on their crop and patiently waits for it to be ready. Because in the end they know that the farm will eventually produce if they continue to tend it.

They don't doubt the process because they've seen it work before via their own experience or other farmers.

Be The Farmer...

Your business is just like a farm and you need to be a farmer. You need to have the patience and work ethic of the farmer. For a farmer it may mean weeks or months. For you it could mean months or even a full year before you see any results. And then it may require even more months and years to see life changing results where you can harvest the fruit of your labor.

But until then you have to keep planting seeds (writing optimized articles), working through any weeds and rough weather that may come along (fear of writing, technical issues, doubts, laziness, insecurities, etc).

The worst thing you can do is just give up because all you're focused on is the dirt in front of you and not the harvest that is down the line. If farmers thought like that and gave up, we'd all starve. Fortunately they don't and we can all eat well because of their patience and hard work.

So why don't you stop staring at the dirt and starving your own dreams because you're being impatient and treating this like a job instead of a business. Be a farmer, remind yourself that you're planting seeds that will blossom later if you continue to work and not wait until you see results to do more.

Are You Built For This?

That said not all of us are built to be farmers. Some of us need to be 9-5er's where you work certain hours and get a pay check soon after. Some of us have immediate bills and don't have the luxury to be patient. Well my friends then this isn't for you and that's fine. You have to take your talents to places that meet these needs. But I suspect for many others it's because we're just impatient and have self doubts. This article is for you folks.

If you feel like you are being a farmer and aren't seeing results then I would encourage you to read my cheat sheet here. If you need inspiration from other farmers then read this, this, or this.

Hopefully this article gives you a better perspective. If it doesn't, then maybe this article will. But if it does, feel free to chime in below and more importantly share it with others. I know you run into fellow members that have a self-defeating mentality or doubts. Maybe this article will help encourage them. So spread the love if it helped you change your mentality. Someone right now needed to read this. Hopefully it's a turning point for you.

Take care ya'll

"Eddy with a y" is out of here.

"Mic drop here..." lol

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marmar463 Premium
I enjoyed reading your article and you hit the nail on the head. I need to be more patient with the business and it will produce for me. I am a newbie and just starting out in the business. I am learning and trial by error things are slowly coming together for me. I just don't want to fail. I need to work at home because I have a disabled husband. So failure is not an option for me. Best wishes in your business endeavors.

Mary
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EddySalomon Premium
You can only fail if you give up. But you will run into obstacles and mistakes. You can't be afraid of making those mistakes because that's how you lose forward.
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marmar463 Premium
You are absolutely right. I am not giving up by no means and I am not going to fail by any means either. Thank you for your words I greatly appreciate very much.

Mary
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Mary
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amyr2017 Premium
Excellent analogy and thanks for the great post -- another great from Eddy with a "y" -- !!
I'm a 9 to 5er but I'm working toward this so that eventually maybe I could work part-time and run my site part-time -- or dare I dream big and hope to run this full time?
Wondering if you know of any other full-timers working on this transition?
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Amy. I've made that transition and it took time. You want to make sure your business can support your expenses for several years. Then you should also save up at least 6 months of your expenses before you finally make the jump. You want to just have a nice cushion either way. But it can be done.
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amyr2017 Premium
Agreed — that’s why I’m thinking that a more realistic goal might be to work part-time and count on this for the other part-time...!
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EddySalomon Premium
You can do either. For me eventually my business income had surpassed my 9-5 by many times over and was doing it a few years. So I felt comfortable leaving it. So you have options either way. Do what's best for you.
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Urolin1981 Premium
Resonating, but what does "y" or "a y" really mean? Please explain it and I mean it - truly, not for fun or sarcastic, because English is my third language.

Like you, I admire Eddie for being a wonderful writer, who has drawn many readers than most WA members around. Why? He could tell the real live events which we all can relate to in our daily life.

Keep in touch for more mutual support...; all the best to health and success...


James
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amyr2017 Premium
Makes sense... thanks.!
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EddySalomon Premium
No problem.
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amyr2017 Premium
Thank you, James.
Eddy spells his name: E-D-D-Y, so he calls himself “Eddy with a Y” because most of the time, Eddie is spelled with an “ie” at the end. That’s all....!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Amy. It's happened like 3 times in the comments so far. lol
My name is literally spelled right near my picture. lol
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Urolin1981 Premium
Thanks for such a teaching note to help me break the darkness of ignorance. Much appreciated,


James
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amyr2017 Premium
I know — hey, I got your back. :-)
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Urolin1981 Premium
Welcome and I inched ahead. Thanks. James
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TimMcKinlay Premium
I think this is really the perfect analogy. As you say farmers KNOW their crops will produce, it's just a matter of when. So they keep at it through thick and thin. Eventually, their crops will produce, based on the efforts they put in when all they had was a patch of dirt.

Thanks for sharing Eddy, I know many folks will benefit from this.
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Tim. Are you counting down the days to Vegas 2019? Lol
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TimMcKinlay Premium
Yeah I'm looking forward to it man, looking like we may hit up Japan for a couple weeks prior too. First time attempting snowboarding so will be fun :)
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm so jealous. Japan is definitely on my bucket list. I just have to work myself up to the flight. Enjoy the snowboarding. I hear it can be a lot of fun and painful. lol
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Djefferds Premium
Hello Eddy, I am a real honest to god farmer. Your story hear is very good. I was pleased to hear you say that people would starve If we farmers don't do a good job of handling or crops and livestock. The one thing about growing a crop is you can see it grow. It is not same as marketing because you cannot always see it grow. I really like this blog.
Dave
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks David. It means a lot coming from a real farmer. And yes I know how valuable the work you guys do for our society is. So thanks.
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DBlanchard Premium
Wow Eddy, what a great analogy!

It really does feel exactly as you explain. We plant seeds but they don't become plants before they are ready to come out.

In the meantime, you have to fertilize, water and take precious care of your crop.

So I guess I'm a farmer. :D

Thanks for the inspiration.

Denis
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Denis. That's exactly what we all are in this business and have to treat it like that so we don't miss out on the harvest.
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DBlanchard Premium
Yeah very true. The harvest is what we all have to look forward to!!

Thanks again Eddy with a "y"
From Denis with the missing "n" :-)
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EddySalomon Premium
Lol. Exactly.
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