Thank-you for reading it. I have to confess that it was without a doubt the hardest article I’ve written so far. I essentially sat down one morning and drudged up five years of experience and emotions, leaving me utterly spent but feeling lighter.
Also, I’m not sure ‘courage’ is the right word for you and your story, or at least what you have experienced with the loss of your father. I respect that you don’t want to ‘write about him’ out of respect for him.
I myself no longer had any respect for that version of me or the ‘self’ that I had been regarding my soul-less hunt for money, and so felt the need to exercise that part of me, even if just for my own catharsis. Although I do have respect for the experiences, as I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. As you say, “if something has been learned then it’s time well spent.”
SEO is about as soul-less as seeking money, so I feel sorry for the author more than anything. Like you point out, it’s an ever-changing landscape, so it seems shaky ground to build an income on. Experience has taught me that the best thing you can do is invest in yourself and your own growth.
Whatever you spend the most time on, and invest the most energy into, directly affects your soul. My belief is that if I’m selfish now I can be selfless later, which may or may not also represent the authors belief, so I guess judgement is best reserved.