Bio: Aspiring author, blogger, and coach Drew Tewell is on a journey to his dream job, full-time author, blogger, and coach. Join him on his journey at Maybe even start your own. You can also follow him on Twitter.

It all starts with a dream.

Five years ago I began to dream a new dream. I wanted to become a coach, helping people with their finances, careers and personal development.

Over the next year I narrowed down my coaching offerings to focus on just work and careers. I had experience helping people with work related issues and decided to start there. So I registered my business with my state. Enough with the planning, time to get started.

While continuing to work at my day job, I worked on my business on the side. Early on, I listed my business on Google and found I was able to rank consistently in the top five coaches when someone searched locally for a career coach. After six months, I landed my first paying client.

Eventually, I began to write a book based on the material I created and was able to get a well known career blogger to write a blurb for it. In October of 2011, I published it on Amazon through CreateSpace. After nine months, I sold my first copy online.

All this took place over a period of around three years. And as I mentioned earlier, I kept my day job as I worked on my coaching business and book.

During the next year, my focus shifted from coaching and turned to blogging. After getting advice from someone that worked with best selling authors and reading Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform, I decided to focus on building my platform online to pursue another dream of becoming a best selling author.

As I look over these last five years, I now see that I got it backwards. Although what we are talking about is not black and white, it would have made more sense to start with blogging.

If I would have started blogging five years ago and really focused on building my platform, I would have had a better shot at getting a book publishing deal (which is a good step, for me, on the road to becoming a best selling author). Then, over time, I would have built an audience to offer my coaching services to.

So why didn’t I start with blogging and not coaching? I didn’t know what I know now.

What You Can Learn From My Experience

What is your dream? You may want to be an author, blogger or coach, like me. Or maybe, you want to be something totally different.

Whatever your dream is, it is going to take time. And usually the bigger the dream, the longer it takes. [Tweet “Doing something great does not happen overnight. It takes years. @drewtewell”]

So if you have big dreams remember:

To do something great you have to become someone great.

Anyone that tells you something different is selling something.

Don’t buy it.

What have you been learning lately related to your dreams?

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About the Author Alex

Drew Tewell says July 24, 2013

Thanks for having me over, Alex!

    Alex Barker says July 24, 2013

    Drew, the pleasure is all mine! Thank you for being my FIRST guest blogger!

DS says July 24, 2013

The phrase, “I didn’t know what I know now,” is one we can all relate to. Thanks for sharing your points here that will allow others to accelerate their learning. It’s interesting how you can use different channels to gradually build a following.

    Alex Barker says July 24, 2013

    You should check Drew out! He has an awesome goal to guest post once a week! It’s a great goal

      DS says July 24, 2013

      Thanks Alex – you’re absolutely right. Drew has big goals, and delivers excellent content.

    Drew Tewell says July 24, 2013

    Thanks, David! It’s all about learning.

Charles Hutchinson says July 24, 2013

Your message that “It’s going to take time” is actually good news. Any endeavor worth pursuing is going to take time to develop properly, especially if it’s going to endure.

    Alex Barker says July 24, 2013

    I’m finding that out more and more Charles. It takes time to pursue greatness. It won’t come overnight like I previously hoped 🙂

    Drew Tewell says July 24, 2013

    Thanks, Charles! Things do take time, so hopefully we enjoy what we’re doing. If not, we’re in for a long ride.

Dave Arnold says July 24, 2013

Great post, Drew. Very authentic! 🙂
My favorite quote: To do something great you have to become someone great. That’s golden!

    Alex Barker says July 24, 2013

    That’s my tweetable moment Dave! Thanks for joining the conversation

    Drew Tewell says July 24, 2013

    Thanks, Dave! It’s about the success journey, as John Maxwell has talked about.

Dan Black says July 25, 2013

Great post Drew,

This post is full of golden wisdom. I’ve learned building relationships and a platform is so essential.

    Drew Tewell says July 25, 2013

    Thanks, Dan! You do a great job of connecting with others.

    Alex Barker says July 25, 2013

    Dan, I’ve gotta know, what’s your end goal? I’ve followed you for a while now and I wondered, what is Dan’s end goal? National Speaker? 😉

      Dan Black says July 26, 2013

      WORLD DOMINATION or to be able to write, coach, and speak full time whichever comes first. Boom!!!!

        Alex Barker says July 27, 2013

        We need to connect! Want to do an interview for this segment? I’d love your thoughts and input on my show

          Dan Black says July 27, 2013

          Yes, we do. I’d love to do an interview. I’m very busy for the next month. Let’s plan on doing it toward the end of next month.

jodyberkey says July 25, 2013

Drew, this is a great and timely post to read. My husband and I are just really starting out. We’re quickly realizing that although we have a ton of great ideas and can help a lot of people in our niche (endurance training and injury prevention for runners, cyclists, and triathletes) we don’t have a platform or a following, so it really doesn’t matter what we have to offer until we find our voice and until people can connect with us.

I literally just put the books “Platform” and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” on hold at the local library after I finished reading your post. Right now I’m going to start a list of podcast topics. It’s time to do what you advise and think backwards.

Look how effective of a coach you are. You just inspired immediate action in me! 🙂 Thank you. Keep up the great work!

    Drew Tewell says July 25, 2013

    Thanks, Jody! I really appreciate that. And let me also say, you will not be disappointed with Platform, by Michael Hyatt. It’s a great book. Very practical.

      jodyberkey says July 25, 2013

      Yep, I’m slowly realizing there is no need to reinvent the wheel. I need to be thoughtful, deliberate, and learn from smarter people who have gone before me.

    Alex Barker says July 25, 2013

    I’ll repeat what Drew said and say BOTH books are excellent reads. Are you creating a podcast Jody?

      jodyberkey says July 25, 2013

      We’ve been dabbling in video podcasts for awhile. We started doing more last summer as part of our summer travels. We interviewed triathletes throughout the country as we traveled. We’ve done some as needed injury prevention podcasts for our 13-in-13 Half Marathon Training group. We’re just not consistent. We’d like to develop a regular schedule and do biweekly podcasts with an emphasis on running, cycling, triathlon, and overall injury prevention for endurance athletes. (

      I listened to Pat Flynn’s podcast the other day (, and it made sense to more intentionally tap into this underutilized medium to build an audience and help people. So far we’re in the planning stages.

        Alex Barker says July 26, 2013

        Yes, Pat’s podcast is a huge inspiration to m too! Let me know if you need help with your podcast 🙂

          jodyberkey says July 26, 2013

          Thanks, Alex. Writing is my preferred medium of communication by far, but I’m going to try to stretch myself into podcasting regularly because I’m starting to understand the benefits of it. I just need to make sure we can be consistent. I think an editorial calendar will go along way in helping with the organization of it all. Thanks for your offer to help. I just may take you up on that. 🙂

Luke Roland says July 25, 2013

Drew thanks for sharing this. It’s always good to learn from someones personal experiences. I loved “the bigger the dream, the longer it takes.”

    Drew Tewell says July 25, 2013

    Thanks, Luke! It something I need to be reminded of myself frequently.

Jacob Miller says July 26, 2013

Great message Drew! I am glad I am blogging before writing my book and going into public speaking and personal development. Random side note! I am from the UP just like Alex! Alex where do you reside? I grew up in Menominee, but now live in the Green Bay area. You can check out my blog that sometimes has UP scenery here:

    Alex Barker says July 26, 2013

    That’s awesome Jacob! I live in Norway, which is close to Iron Mountain. We should connect, perhaps in a physical present sense. LOL I connect with others online that meeting someone in person would be very refreshing!

      Jacob Miller says July 26, 2013

      I was up in Norway in June! I ate at Blackstone Pizza! I love going up to the ski hill in the summer and fall to just see the horizon. I will be in Menominee this weekend to visit family, but meeting up sometime would be amazing. So cool to connect with you. I go up to Lake Michigamme quite a bit too. head to my website and send me an email and we can connect!

    Drew Tewell says July 26, 2013

    Thanks, Jacob! Your doing things right. 🙂

Arlen Miller says September 17, 2013

I came to your site from Justin Carper’s site. After I came home from Brentwood, and was scouting around online, I saw your picture and I’m sure I saw you at the conference. Thanks for writing, thanks for doing, Mr. Alex. Other people’s journeys can be so inspiring and instructive. Thanks for sharing Drew’s story.

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