Hello; Today, I am writing the first post for my new blog, and I’ll admit that I’m scared. This blog and most of the posts will be different than what I would do to promote the midway marketplace website. I’ve been scared before, and I always manage to find a way to move forward. In this case I had to remind myself that while the subject is different, it is still blogging which is writing. And I have always been a good writer. So, here we go.
You see, I never thought of myself as being an inspiration. I have always seen myself as just a guy working hard to support his family and build a life. Also, there are blind people out there who have done far more impressive things to me than running a business, having a blog, or doing youtube videos and google hangouts.
Luckilly for me I have a lot of good friends out there who have convinced me that what I am doing is special. I have heard it often that there ar so many people out there who have no physical or emotional difficulties that aren’t doing anything with their lives. I have decided that maybe the good Lord, the universe, or whatever you are comfortable calling it has more in store for me than being an amusement equipment reseller. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy helping people buy and sell their rides, games, inflatables, concessions machines, and other items. But I can believe that it isn’t the only thing I was meant for.
Through my work in the amusement industry I am known as Mr. Midway. My good friend Lorraine Reguly of Wording Well recently told me “you are Max first and for most not simply Mr. Midway”
My good friend Robin Hallett of robinhallett.com recently wrote this in a reply to my comment on her post Th abundance series part 1: How to stop pushing the abundance away “I always have the sense there is a greater purpose for you above selling amusement equipment. While I am never ever opposed to having a day job which supports our true calling, I do want to encourage you to begin to see that your true calling probably has a lot less to do with amusement park equipment, wink wink!”
My friends at The Brian the Hammer Jackson radio show Brian, Kelly, Carrie, and Ellen are very dear to me. And Brian has said on more than one occasion that whenever he doesn’t feel like working on his business; he just thinks about me. It feels good to hear this, and it makes me want to help motivate and inspire more people.
And I can’t forget my good friend Adrienne Smith of adriennesmith.net who was one of the first to tell her community and the net about the blind blogger Max Ivey.
So, I am now considering the possibility of doing coaching or mentoring as well as public speaking. I have gone so far as to offer myself as a coach on a free basis to the blind and visually impaired community. Doing this gives me a way of getting my feet wet. If I find out that I enjoy doing it, and if it turns out I have a talent for helping others; then I can worry about a website, fee rates, etc later. And as part of my Indiegogo campaign to raise money so I can take my youtube show about the amusement industry out on location I am offering private coaching and public speaking as two of my inducements for people to contribute.
Where did the idea come from?
This blog grew out of an exercise. A few weeks back I was feeling unmotivated myself. Since my friends had ben telling me I should share more of my story, I decided to see how much of my journey I could remember. It was more interesting than any of the jobs I needed to be doing, and it turned out to be fun. I was surprised by how much I was able to remember once I got started. The writing came much easier than I thought it would. It got me to thinking that maybe there is a book in me. As I wrote more I started thinking what am I going to do with it when I get it finished. So, I sent a few emails to publishers asking their opinion of my idea. I was told it probably isn’t marketable for most publishers, so I should expect to self publish. I know some people who have gone the self publishing route and done so very successfully. I then found out that posting parts of my story in a blog post doesn’t preclude me from later repackaging it and adding to it to turn it into a book. So, that’s what I have decided to do.
What to expect
Basically, I am going to tell my story. I’m not going to go back to my childhood. I’m going to start from about ten years ago when my transition began. I’m going to do my best to not only tell you what happened but how I was feeling about it at the time. I welcome you to call me out if you think I am not being honest enough or sharing enough. If people don’t get the whole story, then how can I expect them to want to listen to me. I will also be sharing new challenges, set backs, and victories.
Why the name
When choosing a name for the blog, I wanted it to be honest too. To me owning a business especially an online one means that you are constantly learning. You can never know it all. And if you ever think you do, something in the internet landscape will change bringing you new skills to learn. And the best bloggers and online business owners are also teachers. Obviously, this site was started to introduce myself to those who might need some help with their business or personal lives. I think the title says it all. I am a blind person sharing what I have learned about building a business and growing as a person. And I will be continuing to learn, grow, and improve. I expect to also learn from th people I help. And I hope you will follow along as I continue my journey.
Sharing is caring
I can’t end a post without asking you to comment on it or share it with your friends and family. However, I still have to install the sharing buttons. And I will also be looking into adding comment luv to this blog. So, for now I’d just appreciate it if you would tell people about the blog. And whether you post a comment or send me an email, I’m looking forward to your opinions of the new blog and my goals for it. I plan to tell my story. How well people respond to it will determine how far I go with it.
Thanks for reading this post. I know we are all busy, so your time is definitely appreciated. I also want to thank all my friends in the blogging community and on social media for all your love and support. You should know that I’m here for you if you need help with anything. I’m excited and still a bit scared about this process. Well, that’s it for now. Thanks and take care out there, Max