When the coronavirus hit, and we all were stuck at home, I got a cool idea! I thought, “Why not create something online that could help lots of people?” I was super excited and could see it changing lives. But soon, I found myself drowning in a sea of endless tasks. I was running in circles, feeling overwhelmed and started questioning, “Am I really giving my all?” This is my journey, a tale of excitement, confusion, self-doubt, and discovering what hard work really means. It’s about learning to cut through the noise and really focus on making my dream a reality!

The Spark of an Idea

Once the whole world went into lockdown because of the coronavirus, it felt like everything stopped. No more going out, no more parties, just staying at home. It was during this quiet time that a light bulb went off in my head! “I have so much time now, why not create something online that could really make a difference?” I thought. The idea of having my own digital product was thrilling! I was buzzing with excitement and could almost see it helping thousands of people.

In my mind, I saw messages from people saying, “Thank you! Your program changed my life!” I told myself, “You have to do this! You can help so many people achieve their dreams!” I couldn’t wait to get started. I was so pumped; I could feel my heart racing. I knew I needed to act fast before this wave of excitement faded away. So, I jumped on my laptop and grabbed a cool domain on GoDaddy. I was ready to bring my vision to life!

With a cup of green tea in hand, I sat down, thinking about my next steps. Being a Software Engineer, I knew the techy stuff I needed to do. I started making a list of everything I needed to launch my digital product. It was a long list! I needed a hosting space, a WordPress theme, a payment gateway, an email provider, and so much more. But I was ready. I could already see my website in my mind, the colors, the fonts, the layout, everything!

Every night, before going to bed, I would think about the words I would put on my sales pages. I was living and breathing my product, thinking about it all the time, even when I wasn’t working on it. The future looked so bright, and I was on cloud nine, ready to turn my exciting idea into reality!

Diving into Preparation

So, with my idea and a whole lot of excitement, I dived deep into getting everything ready. I had my list, and oh boy, it was long! I needed so many things: a place to host my website, a theme for my WordPress site, a system to manage learning (LMS), a way to get payments, a shopping cart plugin, and an email provider. And that’s not even all of it! I also had to think about marketing: setting up social media pages, creating profile pictures and cover images, and writing catchy taglines and copies.

I was buzzing with energy, ticking off things from my list. The domain? Done! I was on a roll, comparing different themes, looking for the best plugins, and imagining how my website would look. I could see the colors, the fonts, the images, everything! During my tea breaks, I would daydream about the look of my website. And at night, while reading, I would think about the perfect words for my sales pages. My mind was filled with thoughts of my product, even when I wasn’t actively working on it.

But, as I was getting deeper into the preparations, I started to feel a bit overwhelmed. The list seemed never-ending! I took a deep breath, trying to feel that initial excitement. It was still there, but it felt a bit diluted. I knew from past experiences that once I really started to work, the excitement would fully come back. So, I kept going, reading about and comparing multiple themes and looking for the best plugins for my digital course.

I was super busy, and it felt like I was working all the time. But, something felt off. I was doing a lot but not really getting anywhere. It was like running on a treadmill, moving a lot but not going forward. I was spending so much time on things like how my website would look and the words I would use on my sales pages. I was completely lost in my thoughts about the product, thinking about it all the time.

As the days went by, I started to feel a bit uneasy. A tiny voice in my head started whispering, “Are you really working hard enough?” At first, I ignored it. I was working day and night, putting my heart and soul into my project. Why was I having this doubt? But the whispering continued, and I started to wonder. Was I really giving my all, or was I just wasting my time? The dilemma continued, but I kept working, hoping to silence the nagging voice in my head.

The Nagging Doubt

As I was diving deeper into the sea of tasks, that little voice in my head kept getting louder and louder. “Are you really giving it your all?” it would ask. I tried to shake it off. I was working non-stop, my days filled with tasks, my mind buzzing with ideas. “I am working hard!” I would tell myself. But the voice wouldn’t stop. It was like a tiny bug buzzing in my ear, not letting me focus.

I was doing so much, but was I doing the right things? I was spending hours choosing the perfect theme, the best plugins, and the right words for my website. But was this what I really needed to be doing? I was avoiding something, something big. The real work, creating the digital course, the videos, the content, that was still untouched. I was stuck in the preparation phase, lost in the details, avoiding the main task.

I started to feel a bit uncomfortable. Was I really working hard, or was I just pretending? Was I just doing the easy stuff and avoiding the hard parts? The doubt was eating at me. I was running in circles, feeling stuck. I knew I had to face the real work, the main task, but I was hesitating. I was scared. Recording videos, creating content, that was new to me. It was unknown, and it was scary.

I had to face it. I had to face my fear, my hesitation. I had to stop running in circles and start moving forward. I had to stop pretending and start really working hard. The nagging doubt was still there, but I knew I had to prove it wrong. I had to show myself that I could do it, that I could face the unknown and create something amazing. It was time to stop doubting and start doing!

The Moment of Realization

The days were passing by, and that nagging voice in my head wasn’t giving me a break. “Are you really working hard enough?” it kept asking. I was drowning in tasks, my to-do list was growing, and I was feeling more and more stuck. I was busy, oh so busy, but was I really making progress? Was I really working on what mattered the most?

One day, I just stopped. I stopped and looked at what I was doing. I was running around, lost in a maze of tasks, but I wasn’t really getting to the heart of my project. I wasn’t creating the course, the main part of my digital product. I was avoiding it. I was focusing on everything else but that. Why? Why was I avoiding the most important part of my project?

I sat down, a cup of tea in my hand, and really thought about it. Why was I hesitating to create the course? Why was I scared to record the videos? That’s when it hit me. I was scared of the unknown. I was scared of stepping out of my comfort zone. I was comfortable with the techy stuff, the planning, the organizing, but creating content, recording videos, that was new to me. It was unfamiliar, and it was frightening.

I realized I was hiding behind the tasks I knew, the tasks I was comfortable with. I was using them as a shield to avoid facing my fear. I was pretending to work hard, but I was really just running away from what scared me. It was a hard pill to swallow. I was fooling myself, thinking I was working hard, but I was really just avoiding the hard work.

It was a wake-up call. I needed to face my fear, face the unknown. I needed to stop hiding and start working on what really mattered. I needed to create the course, record the videos, do the real work. It was time to stop pretending and start truly working hard. It was time to face my hesitation and overcome my fear.

I decided to focus on the essential tasks, the tasks that only I could do, and outsource the rest. I decided to stop being a perfectionist in the tasks I knew and start learning the tasks I didn’t know. It was time to silence the nagging voice in my head and prove to myself that I could do it. It was time to bring my vision to life and truly make a difference!

Embracing True Hard Work

So, there I was, having realized that I was running away from the real work. It was a tough realization, but it was also a turning point. I knew I had to stop avoiding and start embracing the hard work. I had to face my fears, my hesitations, and dive into creating the course, the core of my digital product.

I decided to focus on what was truly essential, the tasks that were crucial for my project, the tasks that only I could do. Creating the content, recording the videos, that was my responsibility. I couldn’t avoid it any longer. I had to face it, learn it, and do it. It was scary, stepping into the unknown, but it was also exciting. I was learning new things, growing, and moving closer to my dream.

I also decided to let go of the perfectionism. I didn’t need to do everything myself. I didn’t need to be perfect in every single task. I could outsource some of the work. I could ask for help. I could focus on my strengths and let others cover my weaknesses. It was freeing, letting go of the control, trusting others, and focusing on what I do best.

And you know what? The nagging voice in my head started to fade. The doubt, the hesitation, it all started to disappear. I was finally working hard, truly hard. I was facing my fears, embracing the unknown, and making real progress. I was no longer pretending, no longer running in circles. I was moving forward, one step at a time, getting closer to bringing my vision to life.

It was a journey, a journey of self-discovery, of learning, of growing. It was hard, but it was also rewarding. I was embracing true hard work, and it felt amazing. I was on my way to making a difference, to changing lives, and it all started with embracing the real work, the hard work.


So, that’s my journey, from a spark of an idea to embracing the real, hard work. It’s been a ride, filled with excitement, doubts, realizations, and learnings. I started with a dream to create something that could help people, got lost in a sea of tasks, and found my way to the true essence of hard work. It wasn’t easy, facing my fears and stepping into the unknown, but it was worth it.

I learned that real hard work is not about being busy; it’s about being productive. It’s about focusing on the essential tasks, the tasks that really matter, and letting go of the rest. It’s about facing our fears, stepping out of our comfort zones, and embracing the unknown. It’s about being honest with ourselves, stopping the pretense, and truly giving our all.

I hope my story inspires you to reflect on your journey, to ask yourself if you’re truly working hard or just pretending. Let’s embrace the real work, face our fears, and make a difference. Let’s stop running in circles and start moving forward. Let’s make our dreams come true and create a positive impact in the world!

Call to Action

Now, it’s your turn! Take a moment and reflect on your journey. Are you truly embracing hard work, or are you, like I was, lost in a whirlwind of endless tasks, avoiding the real work? It’s time to step up, face your fears, and dive into the essential tasks that will bring your vision to life. Don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back. Embrace it, learn from it, and let it propel you forward.

Start focusing on what truly matters. Prioritize the tasks that are crucial for your goals and let go of the rest. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, to outsource, and to lean on others. Remember, it’s not about being busy; it’s about being productive. It’s about making real progress and creating a positive impact.

So, are you ready to embrace true hard work? Are you ready to stop pretending and start making a difference? Let’s do it together! Let’s face our fears, embrace the unknown, and work hard to make our dreams come true. Let’s create something amazing and touch the lives of thousands. The journey might be tough, but the reward is priceless. Let’s start today!