Are You Working Today?

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That's a question that I saw posted in a group that I'm a member of over on Facebook that caused me to pause and reflect.

The question partially, by it's very nature, suggests that anyone who works on New Years Day must be a bit of a workaholic, and should therefore be ashamed.

Many will interpret that question as, "Are you one of those poor miserable creatures who never gets to take time off and enjoy life and time with family and friends.

I've even had friends post private messages to me say, "You never shut down... always working!"

They are partly correct, but that's also partly because I'm just a type-A personality :-)

I DID work today, and have probably done at least some type of work every day since I started my online business nearly 20 years ago.

The difference is that I literally DO view my work as fun, and not as some drudgery.

I do what I do because I gain satisfaction from it, honestly believe that it helps a lot of people, and know that it affords my family and I, and a lot of others, a life that we couldn't have if I were in most other jobs.

Here's the thing...

Many of my friends will spend HOURS hanging out on social media, chit-chatting with friends, enjoying themselves, yet feeling that they really should be getting some much needed work DONE.

They live lives of quiet desperation, and unhappiness.

I look forward to getting to work everyday, and RARELY shut down. Many would consider that second point sad, but when your work is your passion, you perhaps fall asleep wrestling with some challenge, and while you are asleep, your subconscious mind works on it (and comes up with the solution), and when you first get up, you are ready to record that answer before you forget.

I too spend HOURS some day on social media, and I do consider this forum a form of social media.

However, while I appear to be just wasting time, I am researching, setting up projects or joint ventures via private message, indirectly link building, and just getting to know my customers (and letting them get to know me).

When I post pictures to Facebook, it's not just because I think that they are cute, it's because I have learned how to use those pictures as a part of my sales message.

For example, I've posted pictures of my travels to many different countries, of me on half-a-dozen cruises, of hanging out with friend at conferences, and of just hanging out in some fairly exotic places.

Sharing ALL of those pictures is MARKETING to me. It's sharing the message that the laptop lifestyle is real, that when you network more you do create greater success, and even that life doesn't have to be all drudgery.

It conveys the message that even if I'm not 100% aware of the causes of my success, success is there, and that merits watching... and that is marketing/working :-)

So, I'll ask you, "Are you working today?"

... and a second question, "Are you enjoying it?"

Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author chyan007
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    Yes sir ,I am working partially will jump in with full throttle on 4th Jan,

    and i would like to wish you happy 2016 ,May you have this as your best year ever

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
      Originally Posted by chyan007 View Post

      Yes sir ,I am working partially will jump in with full throttle on 4th Jan,

      and i would like to wish you happy 2016 ,May you have this as your best year ever

      Cheers
      Chyanit

      Thanks Chyanit.

      Even though the year has just started, things are already set up to make this my best year early.

      I hope that you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016.

      Willie
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      • Profile picture of the author chyan007
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        Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

        Thanks Chyanit.

        Even though the year has just started, things are already set up to make this my best year early.b

        I hope that you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016.

        Willie
        Hey Willie,

        Thank you, I have sent you the request to get my self added on the training, as I would to further learn about list building from a great mentor like you

        Chyanit
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        Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

        Thanks Chyanit.

        Even though the year has just started, things are already set up to make this my best year early.

        Willie
        Good for you...
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  • Profile picture of the author Durell217
    That is the beauty about marketing because it's so fluid that basically anything can be used to directly or indirectly promote your business. This allows people to come up with very creative marketing strategies that work extremely well. I am also liking what I do and my only regret is not starting sooner. Thank you for your post sir. Happy New Years!
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    Just an hour first thing then spent the rest of the day family
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I am a little off in my head.

    I am not working here. This is fun.

    However, it does create some traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    So, I'll ask you, "Are you working today?"
    I am. There are tasks that need doing.

    There was a turkey farm down the road from where I grew up. People would always comment on their working on holidays. The owner once told me, "Those birds don't know it's Christmas."

    ... and a second question, "Are you enjoying it?"
    Work ain't work when you're having fun! I freakin' "love" it! IM is my social media/video game all rolled into one.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I did my volunteer hours at the animal foundation yesterday and today, too. The dogs need walking and cats need petting even on a holiday.

      Now that I live closer to family for the first time in 20 years I plan my work around holidays and family schedules. Of course, that's after working straight through the holidays for many years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    I'm working too. I even worked on Christmas day. And yes, I enjoy working and feel bored and tired when not working. My mom's a workaholic; I'm a workaholic. It's in my blood.
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    • Profile picture of the author whland
      Originally Posted by Joan Altz View Post

      I enjoy working and feel bored and tired when not working.
      Me too. I've always got to be doing some kind of work. I don't think I could ever retire.

      I couldn't stay the whole day with my family at Christmas. I went to my parents house and opened presents and ate dinner but after a few hours of hanging out there with family I told everyone that I'm gonna be leaving now and getting back to working on something.

      I didn't have a job to get back too but I wanted to find something to do at my house.

      I can't just sit around all day. I have to keep busy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketer01
    I am always working or researching for my next project
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  • Profile picture of the author MissWrite
    Agree 100%. I am always working. I like it though, so it's more like having fun while making money.
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  • Profile picture of the author oppyeaunome
    I'm working and I have many of my friends telling me that I am a workaholic. The thing is I have things that I want to get done before this year is over and for me I just see it as another day. Nothing more , nothing less.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Even some goo-roos work on New Year's day.

    They buy more traffic, send an email to their list, withdraw commissions from their affiliate back office, and help others by replying to emails.
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    • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
      Absolutely. Today will be a normal day of about 13 to 14 hours.

      I don't just have dreams. I have goals and now it's on to the next one.

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      • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
        Originally Posted by Enfusia View Post

        Absolutely. Today will be a normal day of about 13 to 14 hours.

        I don't just have dreams. I have goals and now it's on to the next one.

        Patrick
        I hope that I don't end up working that many hours today, but I have some fairly ambitious goals just for the month of January, and they are not going to fulfill themselves. I do plan on putting in more hours early in the year and less hours when the fishing and boating season rolls around... when I plan on living mostly on the water or at least on a beach!

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      • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
        Originally Posted by Enfusia View Post

        Absolutely. Today will be a normal day of about 13 to 14 hours.

        I don't just have dreams. I have goals and now it's on to the next one.

        Patrick
        Hey Patrick, no disrespect by any means. I just want to know why your *normal day* consists of 13 to 14 hours?
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        • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
          Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

          Hey Patrick, no disrespect by any means. I just want to know why your *normal day* consists of 13 to 14 hours?
          Hi Randall,

          Yes, that's correct. I took a 1/2 day off for Christmas and I'll take a 1/2 day off for my birthday on Jan 6th (that's not a joke).

          Those are my work hours 7 days a week.

          I train at the gym or do cardio for 1 hour 6 days a week. I train in martial arts 30 min 3 times per week. I read for 30 min per day every day as well. I sleep 6 hours per night to be sure I'm good in that dept.

          It's pretty easy when you are driven beyond belief to accomplish your goals.

          The reason is that I have 3 businesses. My wife, daughter and I are planning on traveling full time within the next year. Mostly Europe and Asia. Then we are looking at paying cash for a decent house in that 1 to 2 mil range in Budapest after we travel for 18 months. Love that city.

          So, no worries, I felt no loss of respect for your question at all.

          What are you working for?

          That's the real question we need to ask ourselves isn't it?

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          • Profile picture of the author TheGMa
            Of course I'm online every day. It's what makes me smile, a LOT.

            Plus, I've left myself no option but to be a smashing success this year, hitting at least 1 leaderboard, laughing all the way to the bank. Oy. Such a burden.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGMa
    WILLIEEEEEE! Hugs to you, old friend. So glad to see you here. It's been such a long time - what? 14-15 years?

    I'm still online, but this time to build some money instead of a huge nonprofit. I bookmarked your site, and my partner and I are following your lead.

    I couldn't wait to post this HUG, so now I'll go back to read what you wrote after the first sentence. MEGA GRINS, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your lovely family, and hell yes - I'm working today. It's a bit of an addiction, yeah?

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    Not working today. Not working tomorrow either.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

    So, I'll ask you, "Are you working today?"
    Yes, i am. I'm working so that soon my money can work for me.

    Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

    ... and a second question, "Are you enjoying it?"
    I will when it happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I worked for a few hours today, not becasue I had to but becasue I really enjoy working on my business.

    I even partied on New Years Eve, after everyone went to sleep I worked on some stuff even though I probably wont use any of the content I wrote becasue of all the "refreshments"

    But I did a little work today between watching movies and playing Xbox
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  • Profile picture of the author jogunn
    We know how you feel. People see us always lurking on social media, but for us, that's our life. We are researching trending items, checking out competitor pages and honing in our craft, so that while we may be working on holidays, we're working smarter, not harder. And of course, we enjoy our work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Newton
    Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

    ...It conveys the message that even if I'm not 100% aware of the causes of my success, success is there, and that merits watching... and that is marketing/working :-)...
    Well said Willie.
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  • Profile picture of the author swamuluk
    Yes , we worked on New Year . As we are working in startup company everyday is great day to us. working together , sharing memories , lines of code , positive vibrations in new year always motivates us .
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  • Profile picture of the author megalinktraffic
    As i know willie is a pioneer in Im known him ten years back
    and is good to see his message across.. yes being IM my passion
    i do work everyday because i love making money online...
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I took the day off on New Years Day, but I have been working from 5am on a Sunday which is perhaps more questionable. I consumed a rather charming sausage casserole for breakfast. Some won't like this concept (some will rage considerably), but it just defines brilliantly the allegorical dish of the day. Some will have a taste for it, others don't.

      Once upon a time in my locality people would drink in their masses and drink masses of drink on New Years Eve and the next day would see many a person dead to the world and the world dead to them.

      Now, however, people are out and about with their families going for meals and drinks out flocking to pubs and restaurants. Likewise, I imagine people to be equally as active with their minds fresh for work.

      Ye old 'If you are working on new years day, you didn't drink enough' is but a saying of the past, if indeed that were ever said.


      EDIT: It's not even Sunday. Calendar bearings are lost entirely. Bring on normality.


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    Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

    So, I'll ask you, "Are you working today?"

    ... and a second question, "Are you enjoying it?"

    Willie
    I enjoy what I do so I don't consider it work, but yes working today!
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  • Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

    The difference is that I literally DO view my work as fun, and not as some drudgery.
    I am with that ethos.

    Enthisiasm married to aptitude gonna spark us all along some.

    But I am also aware of burnout.

    I do not want a focus so all-consumin' that it burns up my life force only to serve itself.

    Plus also, I do not take kindly to bumpin' into stuff while zoomin' around in a blitzo trance.

    So I figure you gotta skinny dip in the pool of goofo sometimes, lose all focus and fizzy out on undirected speculation.

    It is a cool way to make naive links an' touch on seemin' unessentials, an' I guess the point is, when you are shootin' at targets an gettin' all focussed an' drilled down an' directed, you gotta actively generate a broad outlook or you jus' gonna hit the same target evry time.

    Mosta my best stuff happens when I am not actually doin' anythin'.

    It is vomit of subconscious, as you say, an' I cut her time a lotta slack cos she always delivers.

    (The slacker your scrotum, the more room you got to roll with your balls, I guess.)
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      I consider myself pretty lazy.
      Today, I spent about 3 hours writing my next book, and will spend a few hours reading a necessary book on marketing....to review, which then brings me more buyers.

      150 years ago? When we were farmers? pioneers? What did we do besides work?

      I think that this leisure time is a newer phenomenon. Vacations? How many people took vacations 100 years ago?

      I consider myself lazy, because I don't do hard physical work. I own a store. When a customer asks, "Are you working hard?"..I sometimes say, "Are you kidding? I stand around all day, talking to nice people that give me money. The only way it could be easier, is if I were laying down".

      It's not a bad life.


      By the way......Immensely well written post, Mr. Crawford.
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Today is Sunday, that's my Black Sabbath albums listening day.

        It's back to conventional day job work for me tomorrow. Fortunately, as a college, it closes for 2 weeks over Xmas. In that time, I prided myself on doing as little as possible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

      I am with that ethos.

      Enthisiasm married to aptitude gonna spark us all along some.

      But I am also aware of burnout.

      I do not want a focus so all-consumin' that it burns up my life force only to serve itself.

      Plus also, I do not take kindly to bumpin' into stuff while zoomin' around in a blitzo trance.

      So I figure you gotta skinny dip in the pool of goofo sometimes, lose all focus and fizzy out on undirected speculation.

      It is a cool way to make naive links an' touch on seemin' unessentials, an' I guess the point is, when you are shootin' at targets an gettin' all focussed an' drilled down an' directed, you gotta actively generate a broad outlook or you jus' gonna hit the same target evry time.

      Mosta my best stuff happens when I am not actually doin' anythin'.

      It is vomit of subconscious, as you say, an' I cut her time a lotta slack cos she always delivers.

      (The slacker your scrotum, the more room you got to roll with your balls, I guess.)
      I would pay to hear you talk with Willie Crawford for an hour. But you would have to talk like this post. I think it would be fascinating to listen to. Heck, I'd love to spend an hour talking to you myself. What an interesting layered perspective you have. A real gift.
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I would pay to hear you talk with Willie Crawford for an hour. But you would have to talk like this post. I think it would be fascinating to listen to. Heck, I'd love to spend an hour talking to you myself. What an interesting layered perspective you have. A real gift.
        "(The slacker your scrotum, the more room you got to roll with your balls, I guess.)"

        That was the bit that really did it for you, admit it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
          Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

          "(The slacker your scrotum, the more room you got to roll with your balls, I guess.)"

          That was the bit that really did it for you, admit it.
          I admit, I scan these threads...and that exact sentence really popped out at me. And I thought, "Who's talking like that in a Willie Crawford thread?".
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      • Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I would pay to hear you talk with Willie Crawford for an hour. But you would have to talk like this post. I think it would be fascinating to listen to. Heck, I'd love to spend an hour talking to you myself. What an interesting layered perspective you have. A real gift.
        Ha!

        Make an innocent scrotum remark an' look what happens.

        But it is weird cos a related post is doin' the rounds on Mind Warriors right now.

        An' before I forget...

        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        By the way......Immensely well written post, Mr. Crawford.
        ...I concur with that sentiment.

        I guess my point is that I am a believer in Bohemian frippery as a force for meaningful gestation.

        Not alla the time, an' not for the Canadian mounted police, but I figure you gotta have plenty slooshy blendo space interspersed between the whipcracks.

        So I am equally against the 24/7 workaholic ethos an' the (increasingly evident) 'Earn $1m per Second Just For Bein' Maedea Molecules' mentality.

        I work, but then I wanna go do stuff.

        Like with evryone, my subconscious hits on solutions to problems I feed it, but I kinda wanna be around more when it happens, an' that requires reflection.

        (Bad timin' on the new doobie avatar earlier today, I know: jus' bein' playful.)

        Seein' as we are OK with scrotal input, can I make a potentially lewd analogy?

        Think of cummin'.

        You wanna be asleep on the job?

        It happens, and you are momentarily vacant?

        I figure most people wanna be there when it all fires off, especially if ur datin' a chemist with a handkerchief fetish.

        Way I see it, there is cool stuff goes on durin' the creative process, an' that is an O I wanna see.

        So I make time for it, make sure it ain't smothered out by overenthusiastic finalities.

        Too much fixin' blitzes the fluxin'.

        But, yeah — as long as you don't lose sight of the Canadian mounted police an' go drift off in a dream.

        (Gonna switch my avatar to mebbe goggles or a snorkel tomorrow cos I figure people might not take me seriously with dooberal collateral iconography bustin' outta my face.)
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