Having Enough – A Tale In Motivational Quotes

Twelve long years ago, I started a business. At first, with my best friend and then latterly, just me. It was a roller-coaster. I did some cool things, I had a following, life was good.

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It was hard work but I hustled hard and I loved it.7a1f1d762d7af6ebde5fdf99c42d4907

 

I worked on it every single day, alongside my day jobs, even when I moved to Thailand. Sometimes whilst I should have been doing other things, like seeing my friends and family and living life and having fun.

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After about 9 or 10 years, I began to question what my motivation was. Why was I literally running myself ragged?  What was the reward?

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I shook it off and rebranded – big mistake. My lofty search engine position was gone overnight. I stopped selling stuff. I handled the rebranding badly, and fell into a bit of a cycle of having great ideas but no enthusiasm, and I guess was a bit business-depressed.

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Time went on. I sold less and less. I still had ideas, but I kept them to myself. My confidence in myself and my abilities withered away.I still kept at it though, plugging away making a tiny, tiny profit.

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Progress is progress, right? However small the step is. But you know what? I kinda stopped caring about progress. I started to think about freedom instead. And I felt guilty.

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I have no idea why I felt guilty. Who was I letting down? No one was picking up what I was putting down, so what was I feeling bad about?

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Dear reader, I was afraid of letting myself down. Like somehow I was going to have some sort of internal tussle forevermore with myself.

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The third cure for me is immersing myself in water. I talked it over with family and friends, my closest confidantes and the answer seemed so clear.

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I had seen this quote a while ago and it stuck in my head, bouncing around the empty walls but it took me nearly 2 years to come to the conclusion that I wasn’t giving up at all. I have simply had enough of this path and wish to find a new one.

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Why should I feel like I’m letting myself down? I shouldn’t, so I won’t feel guilty. I will celebrate the 12 years of success and think of all the things I’ve achieved in that time. It’s actually pretty cool to be able to say – I was awesome at what I did, and now I don’t want to do it anymore.

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I’m almost at the other side of the bridge already and I’m loving it. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I still panic a little about being bored (ha!) or not sharing my creativity with the world, but then I remember – I AM AN ADULT AND I CAN DO WHATEVER I LIKE.

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I can do all of the things.Thanks, tiny potato!

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I am so ready for a new challenge and doing things to make myself and my loved ones happy.

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Ain’t that the fucking truth?

So, the end is literally nigh. At midnight (GMT) on Tuesday May 31st, 2016, The Bellwether will close its virtual doors and I will give a massive sigh of relief and drink a bucket of wine to toast all that I have done.

And it feels fucking fantastic.

More news shortly on the final month and the treats in store for you, which are many and varied – think major discounts, exclusive never-before-seen items and free shit.

You can find the original sources of all of these images at this Pinterest board.

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