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What’s Your Why?

www.donnamerrilltribe.comWhen I first start working with a client who wants to take their business on the internet, my first question is   “What’s Your Why.”

We all have a main reason why we blog, or sell products and/or services via the internet.  But before you write another blog, before you put up your first or your 100th Squeeze Page, you need to know WHY you are doing so.

When I ask people this question, they usually say “to make money” or “I’m a Network Marketer and want more business”  “I want to affiliate products”  Get the picture?

But it goes much deeper than that.  There is a deep reason you have made the decision to be an Internet Marketer.

So as an example, I’ll use myself.  When I think really deep about this, and I have here is my answer:

I came onto the internet because as a psychic life coach, I have so many people that have to overcome obstacles.  So many that are caught up in a financial merry-go-round with their jobs.

Now, these people come from all walks of life, from the gal who is the head surgeon of a hospital to the gal who is unemployed, striving every day to obtain a job, or at worse, to keep her apartment and not having to be a burden to family members to live with them or be on the street!

Are you with me so far?

Being an entrepreneur for most of my life, I have learned to depend on myself.  Learned how to climb the mountains and walk the deserts of surviving my own financial difficulties in the past.  But the one think I had was Me!  

So I’ve learned how to be self sufficient, raise kids, and now live a comfortable lifestyle.  

My WHY is that because I have achieved so many road blocks and have “made it” so can my clients.  I listen to their stories that can be heart breaking because they are so unhappy, even if they are making tons of money.

Money is not the issue, it is the lifestyle we lead that brings us success and happiness.  

I explored at first and found that this platform was great for those who wanted to step out of their comfort zone and start a part time or full time business.

Sherry is a client of mine that is a math teacher, miserable with her job.  I told her she could be a virtual teacher and to make a very long story short, she now teaches via the internet for home-schoolers and also as a tutor.   

Bill is a wonderful therapist.  He is one of the best I know and not only does he have his own practice, but also teaches in a college.  Bill felt tired all the time.  I asked him the question “with all your knowledge and success, would you consider opening up a blog or website whereby you can help multitudes of people, rather than one at a time?”  After explaining the how-to, Bill is now opening his first website and is going to turn his books into kindle ones.

I could mention a hundred stories, but you get the idea.  This is my WHY….The pied piper, to open the door for others to obtain not only financial freedom, but to have their passions out there.

So What is your WHY?

Don’t answer so fast…think about it.  Share your story with others.
Share what is in your heart.  One of my clients said to me when I pushed him into a wall “My why is to lighten the load of my wife.  She works too hard and I want to be able to take care of her”  See  that is a Why from the heart.

Just let me know and let’s get rock’n.


Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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52 Responses to What’s Your Why?

  1. JanBierens February 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Being an inspiration to others is awesome and very rewarding. If one can make (a part) of a living out of doing that, that’s awesome too!
    My Why? Hobby and enjoying the social networking aspect of being online. It’s a great way to get to know people and if you’re a business person it can bring great opportunities.

    • Donna.Merrill
      February 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Hi and welcome Jan

      Thank you for sharing your “why” – being online is a great way of connecting to other people and business ventures.

      Thanks for stopping by,
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  2. Angela McCall
    February 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Why? I want to use the social media for marketing my graphic designs business. I’ve been freelancing for quite sometime before but doing a business online, this is a different, brand new whole game for me. It started when recession/depression hits the valley, I thought I’d go to a different direction in my career. Everytime there is a layoff, the very first department that gets laid off are the advertising & arts deparment. My husband is a Registered Nurse and we know that Nursing is a “recession proof” career. And so he suggested, “Why not go onto Nursing? You’ll never get laid off and you can find work anywhere in the world.”

    So I did just that. Left my graphic design career. Went back to school, took my prerequisites for Nursing. Waited for like 2-3 years, couldn’t get in. There was a huge waiting list. So I end up in the Respiratory Therapy program; went in the program for 1 year…found out this is really NOT my cup of tea!! And that my REAL PASSION in life is to work in social media & graphic designs. So I thought, why not utilize something that I’m already good at instead of hassling on something else. And so…Looked for my portfolio again in the attic…YES it was in the attic coz I was thinking, I wasn’t gonna do anymore graphic designs!! I couldn’t find my portfolio. And so, what am I gonna do now? I went back to school again and took courses on InDesign, Visual Communication, Photoshop….just to rebuild my portfolio. Heard the job from paid social media jobs about BLOGGING for advance social media marketer. And since I thought I have done blogging in Livejournal for 8 years before, I thought I could do this for my business also!! So, I’ve been blogging for 1 month only. And now HERE I AM and this is WHY. 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

      Wow Angela,

      What a road you have been on! It all gets down to living our passion. Only one month….so you are a newbie to this great world of blogging and you are rock’n the blog world already.

      That is so good to hear.

      Thank you so much for sharing your journey,

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  3. Kevin Martineau February 10, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    Hi Donna:

    Without the why we usually give up or burn out. With the why we find the energy and the desire to keep moving forward!

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  4. Sadie-Michaela Harris February 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Freedom is mine Donna, a few of my friends have dubbed me The Aviationaholic and they tease me that I have the life of Reilly … neither of which is true really! However I do call my laptop my lapshop and to all intents and purposes I can work form anywhere with an internet connection. i used to work 80 a week for myself so that I didn’t have to work 40 hours a week for some fool! Then I started working smarter with help from a remote team and we have interns from time to time too.

    • Donna.Merrill
      February 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      That is so Awesome Sadie!

      I call my laptop my second brain! lol

      Freedom is a great Why…and one of mine too. Just to be marketing and setting an example for those who are working for “some fool” trapped in fear that they may lose their j.o.b.’s……is something we can do for others.

      I always say that people learn more from action than from talk. If someone sees that you are financially free, they will nose around you to see how you are doing it.

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  5. Steve-Personal Success Factors February 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    As simple as Why sounds, not many of us ask ourselves that question. My Why comes out of my mission statement: to bring hope, understanding, and life solutions to Gen X men and women. My Why has morphed over the years, but that’s the main intent. The side benefits of building a retirement income stream by providing value to my readers has become another Why as well. And blogging feeds one of my strengths: written expression, research, and learning.
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Thank you Steve!

      I am loving all these comments and thank you for sharing your why!

      As you mention, it is your “mission” statement and that is important. That mission gives you the incentive as you grow for more why’s like your side benefits.

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  6. Viola Tam February 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Thank you for bringing back this crucial question! Indeed this is THE question to ask if we are here truly to help others. No, it is never the money! It is the deeper emotions. For example, one of my team members would like to make network marketing her main career because she is concerned about the financial future of the family….the stress that is associated with that!You have shared some very common stories here too. I love the last one! From the heart indeed! This is often the reason why stay-at-home mums want to start their own business. The constant stress their spouses are facing is often the strong \’Why\’.My \’Why\’ is knowing what I know about the power of network marketing, I am on a mission to educate stay-at-home mums that there is a better way for them when they are ready to embrace it! It is my way of practising ‘Social Work’. I finished my Uni degree as a mature age student in 2008. Since then, I continue to do my Network Marketing business. It is a blessing indeed 🙂

    This industry changes lives! Beyond money!

    Viola The Business Mum
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      What a beautiful share Viola!

      I know your mission of helping those stay at home moms will help so many women. Your success in Network Marketing is a great example for others, especially women.

      Leading by example is the best way to show others that they can have their own business too!

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  7. marquita herald
    February 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Great advice Donna. I also think it’s important to revisit that “why.” I know many of the new entrepreneurs (especially the women) I worked with when I was coaching had never really given any thought to their true wants and desires, let alone learned how to express them. The “money” thing is always the easy answer. But if they choose to stay with it, as they grow and become more self-confident then they are better able to get to the underlying “want.”
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Thank you Marty!

      Yes, I agree. When working with my clients it is the first thing I ask. What’s your Why? And of course, as we grow, we need to re-visit our why’s because that grows too.

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  8. Rick Lelchuk February 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    If your WHY is not strong enough to overcome the “why nots” you’ll never make it. It’s the reason Napoleon Hill spent so much time on “burning desire” and your “definite chief aim.” What are you willing to give in return for achieving your WHY? It’s part of the deal.

    My WHY is to offer people choice and options, pure and simple. This gives me a great deal of latitude in which to express it. I want to open new realms of possibility for people where only there were deadends.

    Thanks, Donna for a great lesson.

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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      Hi Rick!

      Thanks for sharing your why. Seems like we are on the same page because deep inside we want to offer people choice and options in their life.

      And yes, a good point here of having your why overcome your why nots! I just love Napoleon Hill!

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  9. Anne February 7, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    My Why is to let others see what I’ve faced and how I’ve come through it. This is to help them see that anything is possible – no matter where you’re from or how bad your life has been.
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

      Oh Anne, you said it all in only a few words!

      I believe that anyone in the “helping” profession has been through so much in their lives, that they want to share their story and be a good example of how others can grow!

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  10. Neamat Tawadrous
    February 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Great Post and I love your story Donna.

    I do what I do for my family. I adore my three kids and my husband. They make me jump out of bed every single day and keep me going even when I encounter challenges along the way.

    Thanks again Donna for such a great reminder and for letting us express our why.

    Be Blessed,


    • Donna.Merrill
      February 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      Hi Neamat!

      As it is often said: “Family First” We hear that all the time in the blogging and marketing world.

      When you have children, they are such motivators of getting out of bed and being the best you can be for them.

      My daughter was my motivation and my “why” when she was young. As a single mom, I had to do or die, so to speak. I had to create my own business and be near her. I didn’t want to leave her with strangers and commute back and forth, spending all my time away from her.

      So I opened up my own business. My office was just a few blocks away and I made appointments around her schedule.

      Maybe it is because I’m a Libra, but I need balance in my life lol.

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  11. James February 5, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Hey Donna, really great question and essential to building life long happiness.

    I found my “why” in several ways. Why I blog: because I LOVE helping people make breakthroughs and overcome their own self imposed limitations. that moment when someone sees things in a different way and realizes that they created the problems they hate so much is absolutely amazing, and it inspires me to keep going every day.

    Why I monetize my blog: my family… if I spent the first 3 years barely monetizing and doing the minimum I had to in order to get by. I loved what I do but didn’t really care about the money.

    Now that I have a baby on the way and a wedding coming up, my family deserves a better life than we have and I am motivated every day to do what I can to provide for them.

    • Donna.Merrill
      February 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Well Congratulations James on your new family!

      That is a big “Why” to give yourself a push to monetize your blog!

      The real why about helping people I can certainly understand. It is such a wonderful experience when helping a person breakthrough their self-imposed limitations.

      When that happens you just want to break into a happy dance! I know the feeling James. Keep it up.

      Thanks so much for sharing your story,

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  12. Carol Lynn February 5, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Sometimes I worry that I have so many “whys” that I don’t really know why! I do what I do to help others – teaching is a real passion of mine and I always felt that if I could help other people with those lightbulb moments, it would be worth everything! There’s the why that’s more about me – I want to be independent! I want to be my own boss, plan my own life, be responsible for my own success and failure. And also I want the freedom to do it. More whys: I want to be able to spend time with my family, to not have to depend on someone else for my livelihood, to get satisfaction out of what I do. I need to write a whole why essay 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      I can see you know your “why” so well Carol!

      Helping others first is a great “why” because energetically speaking, it raises vibrations and thereby will pull people toward you like a magnet.

      That good old Law of Attraction at work!

      As for your other why’s, I think that most of us have the same way of thinking. We want to be our own boss, have time for our families, and not depend on another to make or break us.

      With this comes an awful lot of responsibility. But I know you well, and believe you are a responsible business woman.

      Many thanks for sharing your “whys”

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  13. Sue Price
    February 5, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Hi Donna

    Great question. I am going to answer that by saying my why is a result of all things I no longer wanted. I have had businesses and employed people for much of my life. Had huge overheads and ups and downs. I was over that.

    I was also over the commute, not having time freedom and the life I really wanted. I also wish I had not missed out on my daughter when she was young.

    So having a home based business is my answer to those and my why is “to have time freedom, on big overheads, no employees (other than outsourcing) and no commute. To also have a business that I can run from anywhere.

    I also want to help others with young families not miss out on their kids when they are young.

    Thanks for the great post Donna.

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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 5, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Great Why Sue!

      Oh that darn commute! What a waste of time it is. Also you have experienced your own business most of your life and now you have that “why” to bring it to young families so they won’t miss out on their kids growing up.

      Let’s face it. That is enough Why for anyone. That’s why I had my own business for years too.

      As for a large business, with employees, etc. It can be a big headache and for what? I once had a chance to do that, but I declined because when you put it all together, you come out with almost the same amount of money in your pocked as you would having a one man show!

      I like working alone too.

      Thanks again,
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  14. babanature February 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Hello Donna,
    This is an interesting write that i had to join. My why is why! about my blogging carrier? i started it all alone with no one to give me direction or how to turn what i have into money and honestly it was frustrating because 3months in a roll i had nothing off my blog. The spirit of giving up was never in me because blogging is my passion so after some month, i got a friend who showed me how to and gave me the ropes to my blogging success.
    my point is; if i had given up, i wouldn’t have met him and if i hadn’t met him i would still be working somewhere out of my expertise. At the end, my why is just why! Thanks 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 5, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      What a great Why!

      So many people mis-understand the blogging tactic. It takes time and there is no quick fix! As we all enter the blogging world, we are like little lost souls. Until….someone comes along and reaches out to us to give us a hand.

      I think that is the best part of it all. I’ve been at this business for almost three years now and find that there are so many people on this earth that I have made friends or business partners with. It amazes me how someone across the globe can become a best friend.

      That is the true beauty of it all for me. There is always people there to answer a question or to give you support.

      Never Give Up!

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  15. Barbara Charles
    February 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Hi Donna. I like that. Finding a why that is related to the heart is one of the best ‘why’ you could have. I keep running into people who feel that my why is too generic. My why is to make sure I leave my children with something that will make their lives easier when I’m gone. But it is the driving force for my success. For anyone to understand it they would need to know my life and how life was such a struggle being young. I want them to not have to worry about that. A ‘why’ some other people may not understand but your why based on your heart and your love is a powerful ‘why’ indeed. Thanks for making us think about a true ‘why.’ Great article cause it makes you think, re-evaluate and confirm. Love it!
    Thank you,
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 5, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks Barbara for sharing your WHY!

      I don’t think it is hard to understand at all! Leaving a legacy for our children is something we all have in common. Especially those like me, who brought up my daughter as a single mom. I started from nothing and was able to grow her up, send her to college and still help her out.

      I did all that running my offline business, then investing. It does come from the heart and that’s why I wrote this article.

      When I teach someone this is the first question I ask. It may take them a minute to answer, or it may take them a longer time as I push through to their heart.

      We need to understand our “why” so we can keep that energy going all the way to our goals.

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  16. Tonya Stephens February 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I have more than one Why. I had a great career in medicine and was ready to retire. Unfortunately,I was injured on the job. One year and one day later after my recovery…they told me they had to let me go. I worked there for almost 40 years.
    One of my whys is to be a success working for myself….I want to live a great life and prove to myself I can be a success outside of the career and retirement they took from me.
    My other why is to free my husband so he can retire…he’s @ retirement age but keeps working so I can have medical insurance…he’s older. I’m learning the internet so we can travel.I will be able to work while we are on the go. I also want to help my 2 daughters..one is in college.
    I guess I have lots of whys…thanks for listening.
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 5, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      Well Tonya,

      Those are great Whys! It’s a darn shame what they did to you after your injury. That’s one of my pet peeves these days. People work for a long time thinking they are “safe” in the work place. But during the past several years, things have changed drastically.

      I think this was a blessing for you Tonya. Working on the internet can bring you success even when traveling. Also, it frees up your time to see your family. Just pack your laptop and go!

      Good luck to you,
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  17. Adrienne
    February 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Oh Donna, you’ve got everyone spilling their guts here. Good job girl!

    Okay, my why is financial freedom. I was sick and tired of living paycheck to paycheck. That’s no way to live. I don’t even want to be filthy rich but of course I wouldn’t turn it away. But seriously, that’s not my goal and it’s like Raena shared in Mark’s speech (which I’ve heard many times as well).

    I just want the freedom to never have to worry about where the money is coming from. If I want to go on vacation I will. If I don’t want to work tomorrow I won’t. If I want to spend time with an ill family member I will. It’s the freedom of choice, to do what I want when I want.

    Now to get there I love to help people. When I was trying to “figure” out what I was going to do it didn’t matter which direction I went I just knew I wanted to help others. It brings me such joy! So everyday is a great day for me and I love what I do. The rest will fall into place when it’s suppose to.

    Thanks for getting us started Donna. Now, you enjoy your week.

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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 5, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Hi Adrienne,

      Well, you certainly are helping people with your blog. One only has to visit it and see all the followers you have…and they are loyal ones too!

      Now if that ain’t social proof I don’t know what is! You write from your heart and knowledge. When I visit your blog, it is like visiting an old friend – that’s your nature! Also, I come away with a learning curve.

      Thank you my friend!

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  18. Chery Schmidt February 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    HI Donna, I do not have to thing twice about my why “My Why is My Grandson’s”Bredan & Alias! When my boys were growing up I Missed Their entire childhood, being a single parent I had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet Well when my first grandson was born I made a promise to myself and that was to NOT Miss out on my grandchildren’s childhood. I know there is more to this Donna but this is the most important goal! I do love your story Thanks for sharing Sure makes one think! Chery 🙂

    • Donna.Merrill
      February 5, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Hi Chery,

      Now that’s a wonderful “Why” you have. I’m sure many people can identify with this. Working multiple jobs as a single mom sure makes you miss out on things.

      Now you are blessed with grandchildren! You won’t miss a beat.

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  19. Corina Ramos February 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    My why is to help others find a work/life balance. The day after I quit my office job I sat in front of my computer almost in a frozen state not knowing what was to come next and even regretting the decision to leave my job.

    I’ve always heard and read about moms having the best of both worlds and I wanted that, like Christi said, I deserved it. And even with all the responsibilities I had that made my dream look impossible I did it and I want others to get theirs too.

    When I started I learned a lot about what I needed to do and what not to do. For the most part every one I’ve talked to or reached out to have been helpful and there are a few who weren’t and that’s okay, it just taught me to be the kind of person I want to be toward others.

    I’m not making lots of money, heck I didn’t make a return financially last month, but I did help the people who reached out to me, was happy with my help and it moved them a step forward and that is the best payoff yet!

    Thanks for letting me share my story.

    • Donna.Merrill
      February 5, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      I know what you mean Corina!

      Starting your own business and being a stay at home mom is quite scary! But as you said, you reached out and people started to respond. This is the best part of doing an internet business. Not all will help you, nor can you help all.

      Any business offline or online takes persistence, learning (always) and patience. I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my life and can tell you that patience is a virtue!

      Give yourself time celebrate each step along the way!

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  20. David H. Paul February 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    My why has always been build around my kids. I’m doing what I’m doing to clear every obstacle between my kids and following their bliss. My kids are all brilliant people with amazing gifts to give, and it is my joy and passion to see them become All they where meant to be. So be it and so it is.

    Lately my why has expanded to include my beautiful wife, Shauna. For years, most of our marriage, we where in conflict. Last year at this time I vowed to forgive myself for the state of our relationship and to welcome seeing Shauna in her highest light. The results have been amazing, as Shauna and I are now best friends and amazing lovers 😉

    So, now my Family, whole and complete is my why. What drives me every day is to be the very best husband, father, and friend I can be. So, everyday I thank God for all the blessing I have and for all the blessing I am receiving, and that list Always starts and end with my family.

    To your Peace and Prosperity,

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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      Oh that is lovely David!

      “Family First!” is what most people say! My kids are grown, so my Why years ago was the same as yours. When I first started my offline business, my daughter was my “why.”

      I wanted to lavish her with everything and my step kids too – Of course, my husband also.

      Thank you for sharing your “why”

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  21. Mayura
    February 4, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Hey Donna,

    This post reminds me a recent comment you have left at my place implying your WHY dear 🙂

    Wonderful indeed and I remember the day I’ve got to know Donna 🙂 You have been telling about how you helped a girl to find customers online. I’m impressed and still you never cease to impress me 🙂 You are always been a doer.

    I think it’s very simple for me ’cause I’ve started blogging to share information that would helpful to others Donna 🙂 Then I asked why only information as I can help with my technical skills and build my own business without being dependent. Even I had no confidence much at first, I did it.

    There’s no other happiness for me than devoting for honest people with what I can and looking at their happiness Donna 🙂 You know the feeling of helping someone and saving ’em from troubles, no? Sometimes I over-do, but enjoy a lot.

    It will benefit a lot for me as I hate doing a day job, I can be more time with my family, be independent, obtain financial freedom for my future goals and do what I love for the rest of my life.

    I haven’t got things I love in most of my life, and I’ve started changing that 🙂 I’ll prove the power of willingness Donna.

    Thanks for bringing this topic here and you are an inspiration for me dear 🙂 I’m not a client of yours but as a friend, I can say that.

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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 4, 2013 at 11:21 am #


      Thank you for your sweet reply.

      You help so many people on your blog. I certainly learn something new each time you post. So you see my friend, you are giving your knowledge to people who need it.

      I know my true “why” but I must say that since I started blogging, I have found the most incredible people on the planet…like you!

      I always say it and I’ll say it again…you are one of my best teachers!

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  22. Harleena Singh
    February 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Wonderful Donna!

    I think all of us have hidden ‘why’s’ in our lives and we need to sit back and think, just as you mentioned, about the reasons of what we do and why we do it.

    I liked the people you helped realize their reasons and suggestions you offered too. I guess speaking of myself, my why is to just help out others without having anything whatsoever presently to think about myself – through my blog. My writing projects are what I actually earn from, but those are apart from what I offer my readers and commentators at my blog. Sharing all that I learn, accompanied with my experiences – in a way to help them overcome their problems in life and see the positive side of life.

    All of us have got our reasons for blogging, or why we work. But it’s good to sit back and think about what got you started and why you do it too.

    Thanks for sharing and reminding us about it. 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 4, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      It is helpful to sit back and re-visit our “why” because with all the work we do, we sometimes will forget it.

      We all have that why and it is very deep in our hearts. Some people never even asked themselves that question. They are so busy building a business, that they forget why they are doing it.

      Yes, we want to pay our bills, exceed our life style, but more than that, our why is what motivates us.

      Thanks for sharing your why,
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  23. Sylviane Nuccio
    February 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    First thing first, my why was freedom form a J-O-B. I have never ever like to go to a job, and follow orders from someone. I always thought that it’s a terrible way to live your life.

    Now, what got me to start a personal development blog is because I would have loved to have access to a personal development blog that would help me understand some of the deep questions that I used to have.

    Well, when I had such questions, there wasn’t any internet yet, but now that we have the fantastic opportunity to own a piece of online estate, what better than use it to help and teach people about what we know an love.

    I want to help people through my coaching as well for the same reason… so many people need help to understand what’s going on into their lives and why.

    At the end of the day if I can’t help someone by my own experience and accumulated knowledge, and make a living doing it. There’s nothing better than this.

    That was a great post, Donna.

    • Donna.Merrill
      February 4, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      My feelings exactly Sylviane!

      I could never understand working a JOB, whereby I only was allowed a certain time to eat, to sleep, and two weeks of vacation, which really means my own life. To me it is being in prison!

      I am also like you where I like to share and help people. I’ve been through the “pain” and I have spent many years learning how to change.

      Now that I can master it myself, I just want to shout it out to the world.

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  24. Christi Johnson February 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Donna…my WHY has changed so many times over the years, but I am now at that place where my WHY is mature and probably not going to change anymore. My bottom line is that I DESERVE to succeed in life and in business. I work hard, and my work deserves a payoff. For me, that is more motivating than anything I have ever previously used.

    While, in the eyes of some, that might seem remarkably selfish, it’s really not. In 2011, I almost died, and a hysterectomy saved my life. With the concerns that my husband and I have faced in marriage, I work hard for specific reasons. I just realize that life is short and time is precious. My why is that my life matters – to me. And I intend to see myself through to the end of this journey with the utmost faithfulness to whatever I pursue.

    Thank you for this. I appreciate you more than I can express!!
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm #


      That is a good “selfish” – People think it is a dirty word and it only is when you deprive people. But my friend you do not. You are all over the place go giving. I see you all the time.

      If we don’t love our “selves” we cannot love others. I see that you are on a focused path and nothing will stand in your way.

      After a health issue like that, our eyes open and we do see that life is too short to waste time. Your life MATTERS! Not only for you, but for your family and those who you train in your business.

      Plus, I know you are a woman of faith. People with faith succeed far more than people who don’t have it.

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  25. Raena Lynn February 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    My “Why” has always been freedom. I can’t have freedom strapped to a nine to five working like a slave and doing something I hate. Freedom will allow me to do what I want in my heart. That is to be able to be with my girls more often. I don’t like being away from them and with freedom, I can visit, or fly them in anytime I want. When I feel free, I feel happy. A a happy mother is a wonderful gift for their children. My girls LOVE when they know I am happy. It works both ways.

    I am generating an income and I’m in the process of scaling up and when I reach my planned numbers, I have a list of things I want to do with and for my daughters. That is my most important “Why” and I have a list of many more in order of importance.

    I always seem to go back to freedom when people talk about making money online. I have to share this short part from one of my blog posts that included Mark Hoverson’s speech at a live event. For me it was so profound…You visited and commented on it:

    “Honey, I’m going to be good for one walk around the block a day.
    And don’t give me any BS.
    Don’t give me any guilt.
    Don’t ask me to do anything.
    Don’t ask me to do any yard work.
    Don’t ask me to day anything at all.
    I am going to this basement and
    I’m walking with the family around the block
    one time per day until we are free.
    And not rich.
    See the difference?

    I just love that. When I get frustrated or circumstances get rough, I go back to what he said. “Until we are free. And not rich. Free.”

    Raena Lynn

    PS I wish you and David well. Both of you have it rough right now. I know everything will be okay. Hang in there!
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    • Donna.Merrill
      February 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      What wonderful words from Mark Hoverson Raena!

      Also I appreciate you sharing your “WHY” and it is wonderful. When I reach that goal I want to put my daughter in her own business. Once things upscale in this business, I know I can do it.

      My other businesses support me and David….Yes I’m the “bread winner.” I like it that way. Am I free? Yes 30 years of freedom. But with freedom comes responsibility.

      I cannot let my clients down, and I have to keep on top of that in my psychic business.

      I need to always be on top of things in my small antique business, buying and selling, but that is so much fun. It is like going on a treasure hunt, purchasing things I love at a low price and flipping it.

      As for my real estate properties, I am getting rid of them one by one because the internet business calls for more of my attention than those pesky people wanting more more more! lol

      So there you have it! More on my why.

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  26. Sarah Arrow
    February 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    My why is a Why Not? As a child I had many dreams and ambitions and as I grew older they all dropped away and so did my interest in life. After a severe bought of depression I decided to start a personal blog and like my business blog it grew. And then I decided I wanted to be paid for what I did for others, for free. The transition was all mine, people were happy to book me, although in my heart I’d fear not being good enough.
    And then I decided to hell with other people, why shouldn’t I do what I want? And at that point I started living again, and life got better and returned to being an adventure once more.

    • Donna.Merrill
      February 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      Thank you Sarah for sharing your story!

      I had a bout of depression a time ago. I look at it as a gift now. If it wasn’t for that dark hole I was in, I would have never bounced back in a new way of life.

      I believe depression teaches us so many things. I used to feel not good enough, but after that bout, I said “to hell what people think” also.


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