Plant Your Flag 2

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  1. Tom says:

    Thanks, CJ for sharing.
    My business yardstick started with just three requirements: had to be location-independent, run on autopilot as much as possible and be easily scalable.
    You helped me to define my sacrifice. As I still work, over last year I went for quick money doing overtime – sacrificing my family time and taking away time to build my affiliate marketing business. Hence year has gone by and I am in the same place. This has to change.
    I commit to stop chasing quick money for building a long-term sustainable online business.
    To you both, have a Happy New Year!

    • CJ says:


      I am so glad to hear you have found clarity on the sacrifices that need to be made to fulfil your dreams. This is never easy. That is why it’s important to have a strong reason for doing what is needed to succeed.

      I appreciate you sharing how the post helped you. For me and SJ that is move valuable and encouraging to us than silver or gold.

      Have a great New Year!!

  2. Hi CJ and SJ, This was a great post! Very practical application in figuring out what’s important to someone wanting to start a business and evaluate what might need to be sacrificed to move forward! Thank you and look forward to reading about your success moving forward!

    • CJ says:


      I am glad you found the information helpful. It amazes me how simple it is but very profound if you apply it.

      Look forward to following your blog as well.


  3. Atif Perwiz says:

    CJ, I have been on the hamster wheel for quite along time and only now feel that I have come off it. I love your exercises that help us see where we currently are. You are right we always look back and forward, but where are we know never. That is key to understanding you next step. Great post as usual, Many thanks. Atif

    • CJ says:


      I cannot begin to express how excited I am to hear you have gotten off the hamster wheel. You have come along ways in such a short time period and it’s still just the beginning of your journey. I Know it has been a rough road getting to this point but the Future Is So Bright You Got TO Wear Shades.


  4. Hey CJ and SJ – Great read! Very informative containing a lot of value especially the considerations to make and how to get off the hamster wheel! Look forward to reading more of your posts and following your journey. Wishing you both a successful 2024!

    • CJ says:


      I am glad you found the information informative and of great value. It is so hard to get off the hamster wheel. Most people keep going round and round on the wheel and never get off. My hope is that this post helps individuals to find there way off the wheel and able to move forward toward their dreams.

      If I can help you in anyway please leave a comment and let me know what you need assistance with.

  5. Alan Lim says:

    Well said. Choosing the right niche is definitely important.

    Many years ago, I used to have a site in the dating niche. It took me a lot of effort to get it to making 4 figures per month but after a few years, I started getting burnt out and stopped maintaining the site. So I went from making 4 figures to zero.

    I think it is very important to choose a niche that you can see yourself working on for at least the next 10 years.

    • CJ says:

      Alen, it’s so easy to get burned out and get stuck in a rut when your working at something your not passionate about. Russel Brunson once shared that he was making 50K a month online but woke up everyday hating what he was doing at that time. The good thing is we can stop adjust and move forward. The saying goes if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. I have found my love in online marketing. It is something I enjoy and cannot wait each day when I can work on it and server others in the process. Just thinking about it now gets me excited.

      My hope is that the information in the post has helped you move 1 step closer to your goals and fulfilling your WHY.

  6. This reminds me one of my teachers at University when he used to say: “we need to hurry-up, let’s slow down”. The hamster rush hard in the wheel but goes nowhere. I like the idea of taking the time to mark the point where we are to better evaluate what we need to do next to go further. Rushing leads nowhere, often wrong decisions are made. The outputs of a project dictate the inputs for the next one. Thank you for sharing this. It made me think.

    • CJ says:


      It is so true that you must feed good in if you want to get good out. My day job is working in I.T. and one of things I have to battle is everything has to be done right now without any planning. Then management wonders why things didn’t go smooth. I have found it to be of value to stop and evaluate where you’ve been, where you are at and where you are going. For me I need that clarity. However, we must balance that with the need for it to be perfect. Some end up with analysis paralysis and just keep planning and never take action. We need to make sure we don’t exchange one trap for another.

      Thank for sharing!

  7. Michael says:

    Hey guys – great sharing, vulnerability, and leadership by example here on your blog. Thanks so much for sharing, and for striving to honor the Lord first and foremost.

    “Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.” Prov. 19:21. As you align your plans with His guidance and counsel, I look forward to seeing how He leads in your life.

    • CJ says:


      As the Lord pours his blessings into us, so it is my desire to pour those blessings into others. My team and I have a heart to server others on their journey and allow God to give the increase. Thanks for your comment and and let me know how I can help and serve you.


  8. Tony says:

    Hi, this is quite a challenging blog for me…. let me explain a few of the things that have me thinking….

    “In Luke 14 the Bible tells us we should first count the cost, whether we have sufficient resources to finish.”

    Whilst that is sound advice, I have just committed to a new house build where I do not have all the money I need to finish. For me, I counted the cost, knew I did not have enough money, and started anyway as that need to earn that extra is a huge driving force.

    I also struggle with what God-centred means, I guess it is clear to you, and I would substitute it for something like, “is in keeping with my feeling of what is right,”. When you put that down,.. what did it mean to you? what makes a business God Centred? By the way, I am not expecting an answer, just showing you how your blog has challenged me to think! Not a lot of blogs do that.

    The sacrifice question is also a challenge, because to be honest, at present, I have not sacrificed any expenditure to help meet the 40k shortfall in my build. I seriously need to thin about that and start to make some changes.

    This blog has not been an easy read, and that is a good thing, so thanks for that.

    • CJ says:


      Thanks for your honest perspective on this post. It is said Iron Sharpens Iron. I’m also glad to see that it challenges you to reflect and evaluate your current situation. I hope in someway that it helps you move forward with your goal of having your online business generate the revenue to build your house. SJ and I built our home during Corvid and we enjoyed going through the process. I hope it’s an enjoyable time for you and your family.

      PS. My goal in my posts isn’t just to tell my story but also to challenge my readers to take the next step. So, thanks for your thoughts they are encouraging.

      I look forward to following your journey

  9. CJ says:

    Thank you for sharing some of the steps you accomplished along your journey thus far.

    • CJ Ransom says:


      It has been my pleasure sharing mine and SJ’s journey with you. Every blog post we publish not only comes from our experiences but also comes from the heart of servant.

      Let us know via a comment how we can sever you.

      CJ Ransom

  10. Robert Klein says:

    CJ, SJ and Shadow,

    I like that attitude stated in your “Who We Are” page. CJ you, “improvise, adapt, and overcome” regardless of the obstacles. My Dad was in the Navy as well.

    SJ certainly compliments your team with her compassion to help, encourage and give of herself selflessly to others.

    And what better way to round out the team – as everyone knows, “Only the Shadow knows!”.

    With the guidance of your team in this blog, I believe anyone can find their way to finally get off the hamster wheel.

    Thank you for your belief in me and my success.

    • Robert Thanks for the compliments on my blog. It defiantly is a team effort and it brings me great joy to help people get off the hamster well and start moving forward. I know you can do this! Just keep moving forward. CJ

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