A lot of us have been in the rat race for some time. It is an endless self-defeating pursuit. Pointless to an extent. Yet, we all move with it, aiming to get the cheese. To some degree, some of us “settle” while others aspire for more. And this does not necessarily mean running quicker in the race, but making new leaps. New decisions. Changing lanes.
During our employment, we seek time off and use leave allocations to de-stress. The most familiar way of doing so is travelling. During these times, or even our mere hang outs with our social circles (friends network), a lot of talk and catching up happens. At this point in our lives, they usually do not evolve on rumor mongering or pubescent fanfare. No, not anymore. Some of them involve next travel plans and how to make money.
Now most of us (unless you get lucky enough), live on a paycheck-to-paycheck life. Sadly, that is the reality. Worry not, since there is a chance for change. There are a lot who have started and succeeded, without enough money to do business. So we know it is possible. Right now, it is possible to reach people simply based on shared ideas or values (age of the geek, baby!). This is perfect for most of us. I could say — it has never been easier. If you go online and search for ways, you would find a myriad of how-to’s and step-by-step process. It hurts your brain, I tell you.
How do we do it? The key is to connect the work you love with something that other people love. These may not be all the things you love to do. For sure, one thing you do love, you can also monetize.
“I’m learning quickly, once you quit one thing, it gets easier and easier just to leave situations rather than deal with shit.” — Doug Cooper,
Some tips I learned, and we all have heard these somewhere, I am sharing with you:
- Turn your general idea into a specific idea. What’s the product or service? Who is going to buy it? How will you get paid? Again, be as specific as possible.
- Don’t wait to get going. Aim for 30 days or less to actual startup time. Do whatever it takes to make that happen — get a free website from WordPress.com, sign up for a PayPal account if you don’t have one, and put your offer out to the world even if you don’t think everything is 100% ready.
- Tell everyone you know about what you’re doing. Don’t spam people, but do contact your friends to say, “Hey, I’m doing this thing — want to help? Can you spread the word?”
- A bonus, fourth tip: after the offer is out and you get initial feedback, commit to a process of continuous improvement. Every day, identify 1-2 actions you can take to further develop the project. Even if they’re small actions, the process will help you focus on being proactive instead of constantly responding to things.
Oh yeah. Once you make that decision to leap, DO NOT QUIT. This will be a tough and challenging phase, I kid you not. Through the process, make the necessary adjustments. No matter what, DO NOT QUIT. It will be worthwhile in the long run. I always say that to myself too (I’m doing it right now).
Abort, Retry… Fail? Not an option. Keep on “keeping on.”
Do you have some thoughts on this? Any tips? Please hit the comment section below and share.