Do you know what this is?
Yes, that would be my shoulder!
But if you go about an inch lower than my shirt, you’ll find a lump. A lump that wasn’t there six months ago, or even two months ago. It’s a lump I discovered a few weeks ago while watching television with the Mister.
It feels like it’s smaller than half a green pea. It’s hard, but it doesn’t hurt. The mammogram tells me I should have a biopsy, which I’m going in for next Wednesday.
My mother’s side of the family, unfortunately, has had two deaths due to breast cancer… my aunt (in her mid 30’s) and most recently my grandmother. My mother and my cousin frequently get lumps, all benign, thank goodness. I’ve never had one until now.
So you can imagine the “Awww shit!” moment I had when I found that lump.
It wasn’t an “Awww shit, I’m gonna die,” moment. Because breast cancer runs in my family, I check myself all the time. Religiously. Even while I’m watching TV with the 3D glasses on.
I can assure you that little lump is as fresh as the morning dew.
Sure, I’m worried. But moreso about losing my hair and the little bit of curves I have, than following the white light.
The “Awww shit!” moment I had was partially because life is going so well right now that I don’t want to deal with a monkey wrench. I met a guy, fell in love, got loved back. I’m in the honeymoon of relationship happiness right now, and here comes this lump!
Yes, this is all very personal, and maybe you think it’s a little sad to hear about my boobie lump, but there is a very important point here. It has to do with all the cackling I’ve been doing about passive income for the past year.
Life is full of surprises, passive income is your insurance policy.
Regardless of what you do, I’ve always said that you should have a few ebooks in the fray just in case.
Just in case you get sick and can’t work on custom projects for a few weeks. Just in case you’re skiing and break a collarbone. Just in case your significant other has a heart attack and you lose ½ of your income.
Life doesn’t come with a smooth sailing guarantee. One day no lump, the next day “Awww shit!” That’s how life operates.
My solace is knowing that yesterday I got ebook orders. Today, I’ll get ebook orders. Tomorrow I’m banking on the fact that I’ll get ebook orders. If I feel like having the granddaddy of all meltdowns, I know that lying in the bed with the covers thrown over my head, I’m probably going to get some ebook orders.
And that’s comforting beyond belief. There’s NOTHING like doing something once and getting paid from it indefinitely.
So here’s what I want you to do…
If you’ve never written an ebook, I want you to come up with an idea for a 10 page report and hash something out in the next seven days.
It doesn’t have to be perfection in a PDF. It may not be something that makes you $5K next week. You may not get the swing of it until your third or fourth report. Get over it! We can’t all be six-month millionaires.
I just want you to feel what it’s like to sit down and put words on paper that you’re going to sell. If you never allow yourself to feel what it’s like you’re always going to look at it as some mysterious unicorn. And it’s really not as difficult as you think.
Don’t wait until an “Awww shit!” moment is breathing down your neck. By then it’s too late to think clearly.
Use your time to create products that will continue to generate income in good times and bad. And get started today. That’s an order.