The Secret to Success Without Genius or Money


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I’ve been writing this blog for about three years. Want to know something awesome? A surprisingly large percentage of the people I first “met” in blogging about Etsy are still creating and selling online.

They still have Etsy shops. They still have blogs. They’re still going strong.

Some of them have had lots of sales and great success. Others have struggled a little more, yet they press on.

I admire anyone who is still creating and selling after three plus years. It shows so much about them and the heart that beats inside them.

  • It shows they love what they do.
  • It shows that they have heart and determination.
  • It shows that they persist, learn, grow, and improve.
  • It shows a true belief in the idea and future of the handmade movement.
  • It pretty much just shows they rock!

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful {wo}men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated {people who continue to struggle}. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” John Calvin Coolidge

{little edits by Kim :-) }

Press On!

~ Kim

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  1. says

    love the (little) edits! I am going on 3 years I think and it is so cool to see people that were starting when I started – I’m not the greatest success, but at least I am still “pluggin’ along”.

  2. says

    What a wonderful reminder! You can’t cross the finish line if you drop out of the race. I will continue to run, walk, and sometimes plod on…but I’m here to stay!

  3. says

    Thank you!
    This post is very encouraging to me ..
    This is ‘what I do for more than two years .. Resist and do not give up, because I desire to succeed.
    I want my shop features!
    Often it is difficult for me to continue this post and help me!

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