Elite Blog Academy Review: Spoiler- it's AMAZEBALLS!
Elite Blog Academy, the program I’ve used to launch and create a successful online business from scratch is now open for sale TODAY! (Ruth always gives away some great bonuses to those who buy in the first couple of days so don’t miss out! Check it out now!!) So, I wanted to give an honest elite blog academy review & of how it AND creating & owning a business has changed my life!
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First I’ll say, EBA gave me a framework and a formula. It gave me ground to stand on and, eventually, jump from.
As a mama of four under nine, who was also working full-time, who was also engaged in my community, who was also doing endless piles of laundry and dishes, a framework and a formula was EXACTLY what I needed to let myself listen to the little voice of my heart.
Do you have that little voice?
Mine was telling me that it was time. I had been afraid for too long. I had thought about starting my own business for YEARS. And, for years, I let fear talk me out of taking the jump.
After a number of “wantreprenuer” fantasies of businesses and ideas (photography, anyone? A craft school in my basement!?), it wasn’t until I invested in EBA that I knew how to make the jump from my J.O.B. to the calling that had been stirring inside me – to be a business owner that helps women find their Greatest Worth, empowered to live with intention and find beauty in all areas of their lives, including their finances.
STILL, FEAR LURKED AROUND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
Fear that I would waste the money it cost to invest in EBA. Fear of failure. Fear of people laughing at me. Fear of the technology I needed to learn. Fear of not looking the part. Fear of not having time. Fear of being terrible at it! Fear of my co-workers rolling their eyes.
So. Many. Fears.
But, I couldn’t ignore that Little Voice. Persistent and patient, it refused to be silent. I sat down and worked through the fear setting exercise that Tim Ferriss lays out in his Tools of Titans book.
First, I named the worst case scenario and gave it a value of 0-10 based on how it would affect my life. Then, I wrote down the best case scenario and scored it on the same 0-10 scale. My worst case was about a 4 and my best case was a 10.
I REALIZED I WAS ACTUALLY CONSIDERING GIVING UP A “10” CHANGE IN MY LIFE BECAUSE OF THE FEAR OF A “4” HAPPENING. THE LITTLE VOICE: 1; FEAR: 0.
I jumped into EBA. (Did we have the money at the time to invest in such a thing? No. Of course not. But we have to take risks to reap rewards. And an $800 price-tag seemed like a small risk if I was on my way to a “10” reward in my life!)
From February to June of 2017, while working full-time at my day job as a physical therapist, I worked diligently through the content of the first module:
I set up WordPress.
I designed the blog.
I wrote 15 pillar content posts and an About Page and created an Avatar and hatched a tagline and wrote an elevator pitch.
I FOUND MY FOOTING, AND CREATED ALL OF THIS OUT OF NOTHING.
All by using the clearly articulated framework and formula in EBA. The Little Voice: 2; Fear: 0.
But, having a website – no matter how pretty or helpful or unique – is NOT the same as having a business. It’s important – as Ruth says over and over: content is king – but it’s not enough; a business requires willing and engaged participants, a business requires a tribe. I knew it, and, worse yet, fear knew it. For months, as I worked through the first module, Google Analytics looked liked this:
In other words, it looked generally flat. The Little Voice: 2; Fear: 1/2
Despite the data points suggesting otherwise, I travelled across the country in September to attend ACTIVATE (which is the conference that is a part of EBA). Even though I was scared of what people would think of me and my tiny, baby blog, I went anyway. It was exhausting and inspiring and clarifying and confirming. I came home knowing I was doing the right thing at the right time. The Little Voice 10; Fear: 0.
IT WAS A PIVOTAL MOMENT IN MY LIFE.
Amped up and clear, The Little Voice was no longer little. My husband and I, over many late night conversations, knew this moment was an opportunity to live into something that had only been theoretical – how to be a family guided by a willingness to embrace uncertainty and remain whole rather than continuing to follow the status quo with expectation and obligation.
By late Autumn, I completed Module 1 of EBA and moved into the unit focused on growing my audience and building a business. Empowered and fueled with a focused commitment to the proven strategies and tactics spelled out in EBA, I watched as the data began to pivot as well.
In January, I attended my first EBA VIP Mastermind retreat with a cohort of amazing, established business women, confidently sharing and questioning and belonging (a really rad story, but for another day…), when I realized it: success is more than pageviews, subscribers and percentage changes. And the deepest parts of my success were assured long before this moment in Florida.
While I had inertia on my side – the analytics all showed that I was moving in the right direction – my success was guaranteed when I choose to listen, finally, to The Little Voice and trust that I was worth the investment in EBA.
My success is that I DID IT! I took the jump and created my business. The framework and structure EBA provides helped me, finally, see what I am capable of, and that I am worthy. EBA helped me become capable of “Doing It Scared,” as Ruth says.
I “Do It Scared” weekly at this point. For example, this week I’m going to stand up in front of 50 local businesses in my town and give an elevator pitch for Greatest Worth and hand out business cards.
That is scary stuff.
But, I’m doing it.
I’m still here, and I’m doing it. And it was EBA that gave me the ground to jump from.
I’ll never be the same.
Go after your dreams friends.
See you at ACTIVATE 2018!