Opportunities: Don't wait, create!
March 13, 2016 by Stuart Rawlins
Stepping outside your comfort zone; Having a red hot go; Trying something new; Finding your thing! Do any of these sound familiar? In this article I will explain to you how by doing exactly what I have just mentioned could help you unearth new opportunities you had never thought of.
So what do you do when you need a website but don't want to pay someone thousands to build it? You don't know what you want it to look like and have no experience just to top it all off. Easy… build one yourself!
I can almost hear you thinking to yourself but I have absolutely no idea how to build one or even where to start. This is the exact situation I found myself in a few months ago, no website, no spare money to pay for it to be built and absolutely positively zero knowledge on how to build one myself.
Fast forward a few months to the 23rd of February 2016 and www.healthymindhealthyfuture.com is a fully functional website. WOW what a difference a few months can make. Was it easy? No, well some parts were but most of it was quite challenging. Did it all go to plan? Absolutely not, many late nights were spent on different online chat systems getting technicians to fix my stuff ups. Was it worth it? Absolutely 100% it was!
Ok I have to admit I had some help, and I was lucky enough that I managed to get that help from four amazing Australian authors. My pre-reading as I like to call it were all books purchased from my local book store for under $120.00 Australian dollars.
Now don't get me wrong I have a read a stack of books from authors from all over the world but on this occasion it was great to grab some books that were written by authors from my home country as it simply makes it easier to relate to and makes you feel more in touch with the author.
Pre-Reading = Increase in knowledge
UnProfessional by Jack Delosa provides an unconventional approach to today's ever changing business environment. An approach that challenges traditional strategies, methods and beliefs but an approach that has given Jack Delosa and thousands of his followers outstanding results. A different and inspiring book.
How to Retire in 12 Months by Serena Star-Leonard shows you how to turn your passion into an online business and how to monetise your knowledge, skills and life experiences to allow you to live a fulfilling life. Serena's book also provides great instructional information and motivation to keep you heading in the right direction.
Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs by Bernadette Schwerdt taps into the minds of some of Australia's top entrepreneurs and disruptors like Matt Barrie of Freelancer, Darren Rowse of Pro Blogger and James Tucker of Anthill Online just to name a few. This along with Bernadette's own extensive experience as a copywriter and presenter makes for amazing reading.
Web Marketing that Works by Adam Franklin & Toby Jenkins teaches you how to successfully earn attention online rather than buy it, beg for it or bug people for it. Touted as confessions from the marketing trenches this book is way more than that, it tells you what works on the web and then shows you how to do it yourself. Outstanding reading!
I then simply typed two of the most powerful words available to anyone and everyone who has access to the internet and Google, “How to” followed by "build a website” and off I went.
What followed was night after night of watching different tutorials on YouTube from all over the world, subscribing to e-mail newsletters from other websites and people who had walked the path I was currently on. Along with learning about things like wordpress, widgets, plugins and hex colour codes.
So what does all this mean? Well within two and half months I went from someone with absolutely zero knowledge, and I mean ZERO knowledge on how to build a website to someone who not only has built their own website, but who is now helping other people with the back-end processes of their websites. It also had a flow-on effect, as after finishing building my website I used the same principle to start a Twitter account called @HMHFuture and integrated that into my website.
It goes to show what you can achieve when you step outside of your comfort zone and open your mind to learning something that previously you thought was out of reach.
Learning new skills, gaining new knowledge, meeting new people and seeing situations from a different perspective are all methods of unearthing opportunities and creating your healthy future. #unearthingopportunties