After 10 years of helping people wherever I could find them, while helping my brother with pancreas cancer, I learned about how people use search engines to find information and help. I liked the idea of people finding me rather than me finding them. I felt, if I helped enough people, they would donate enough to pay for me and the website. I would research subjects I already had some knowledge of and provide links to the other sites, along with my own help. This way, I'd provide an additional service of ruling out the absurd sites and link spam common in search results and offer a summary of the help available.
That was a pretty lofty goal, considering I knew nothing about building websites, getting registered with search engines or anything beyond email and web-surfing. Still, 6 months and $ 23,000 later, we had founded a non-profit corporation (E-Home-Fellowship, EHF) and were online at www.way2hope.org with our first 10 pages. It was another 6 months learning how to promote a website and get other people to look at it. Finally, about 12 months into the project, the traffic came in like a flood. My site had grown to 20 pages at that time and we were receiving over a thousand visits a day. People from all over the world were visiting and asking for help. Then I was in for some more learning.
What experiences have you had with delayed gratification? Has there been anything big you've done that didn't require waiting?
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