Can you remember that one major thing you did that transformed your work and ultimately your life?
When you look back on your life, will you remember some of the key people that really made a difference to you?
In our lives we often make decisions that can radically change your life forever.
We also meet people who somehow make a much bigger impact on our life than they even realise.
In these days of social media, it is possible to have such life changing encounters with someone on the other side of the world, whom you may never meet in person.
Today I would like to share one such encounter and why it made such an impact on me.
And if you are a blogger, I would also like you to consider joining me at a very special virtual Bootcamp, starting this Sunday – “How to Make Your Blog Pay the Bills”
Regular readers will know that I have been blogging now for over 3 years, though I have only treated my blog as a serious venture in the last 8 months or so.
During recent months, my subscriber numbers have shot up to more than 1,000 and I have created a wonderful community of people around my blog.
My blog and my writing style was dramatically transformed last August after I took part in a Blogging Bootcamp run by Leo Babauta and Mary Jaksch, both of whom I now consider to be friends.
If you haven’t heard of Leo Babauta, where have you been?!
Leo is a world leading blogger whose blog Zen Habits now has over 170,000 subscribers and is transforming the world with his message of simple productivity.
Please do check out Zen Habits today and be sure to subscribe.
So how has this Zen like man changed my life?
Well, my connection with Leo started in August 2009 when I took part in his first virtual Bootcamp for bloggers, which he ran with Mary Jaksch. The rest is history as they say.
Here’s how Leo’s blog and his first Bootcamp impacted my life and my own blogging:-
1. Firstly, I really liked where Leo is coming from and his message, which totally resonated with my own values of doing good through my work and making a difference through my books and my blog.
Leo’s first published book – Power of Less – is an Amazon bestseller and he also has a number of powerful ebooks such as this simple guide to a minimialist life.
2. Leo showed me and other bloggers that it is possible to follow your passion and be successful.
Leo is now a full time blogger and gave up his job a couple of years ago.
At the same time, I learnt that it’s possible to retain your values and integrity, and to run a blog and online venture without any hype.
3. Through Leo’s blog I have learnt and I continue to learn many simple tricks and tips on being more productive in my working life and also leading a healthier and generally chilled out life.
Believe me, getting me chilled out is quite an achievement!
4. I have met many inspirational and talented people through Leo’s bootcamps and the blogosphere since. The best thing is I have created many online friendships with bloggers around the world.
I now have friends in every continent and maybe one day, I should go on a world tour, visiting all these new friends and spreading my message :-).
5. As well as making new friends, I have found some key mentors for my life and my blog.
Mary Jaksch of GoodLifeZen has been a real gem for my growth – do check out her amazing blog – she is the most helpful person I have ever known.
6. The beauty of writing a blog is that you discover and learn so much from other talented and gifted writers. I have discovered a wealth of life changing and inspirational blogs – and will review some of these in a future post soon.
7. I have also learnt about new exciting ways of spreading my message, connecting with like minded people and creating revenue streams with integrity.
Leo and Mary run their Bootcamps and blog with total integrity and they are a great role model.
There is so much more I can do with my blog and spreading my message through social media, I feel that I am only just beginning my work.
8. I also learnt how much fun blogging can be. For a while it had become a chore – Leo and Mary helped me reconnect with my passion for writing – and also for connecting with people in the online world.
The times when blogging became a chore was probably reflected in the quality of my writing.
If you don’t enjoy something why should you do it?
Either do something else, or somehow reconnect with the passion.
9. Finally, I would like to think that my writing has genuinely improved over the last 9 months. This has resulted in opportunities for my articles to be featured on some of the world’s top blogs, such as this article about the lessons in minimalism to be learnt from Gandhi.
All in all it’s been quite a journey for me – and I feel this is only the beginning. And it all began with Leo Babauta, his blog and his first blogging bootcamp:-)
So what’s next?
This is my invitation to you:-
At the same time, do also subscribe to Mary Jaksch’s blog at Good Life Zen.
If you are a blogger and you would like to take your blogging to a new level and make a living out of it, then I invite you to join me at Leo and Mary’s next virtual Bootcamp which starts this Sunday 16th May and runs till next Thursday 20th May.
(Please note that this is my affiliate link – and I thank you in advance for supporting my blogging efforts).
Here’s a bonus for you:-
If you decide you want to enroll in How to Make Your Blog Pay the Bills, and you enroll through my blog, I shall personally review your blog and send you a summary with top tips on how to take your blog design and content to the next level.
I shall also give you a 30 minute free telephone coaching session – we can focus on your blog or indeed any life topic you like.
Just e-mail me at Arvind at ArvindDevalia.com with your name and contact information once you have enrolled.
Remember, enrollment is now open and the virtual Bootcamp begins on this Sunday, 16th May 2010. See you there.
Thanks everyone for your listening – here’s to a Zen life all around!