Last post, I discussed what you need to do when faced with option paralysis prior to picking your next project.
Now you need to know why this is important.
Normally you’d think “well, yeah Adam. I need to make something cool and fun – what else were you thinking I’d do??”
Well, I tend to think you’d watch Netflix. Or complain about how hard it is to actually finish making something really awesome!
So I want to encourage you to start and finish. The best way to do this is to remember why you’re starting in the first place.
Relationships and Opportunities
Have you ever known someone who complained a lot about how much their job sucks, but they never do anything about it?
There’s a lot of different varieties of that same issue you’ve probably run into before.
You might even be that person.
The person complaining here is essentially putting their foot down demanding that others should present them with great opportunities. Generally, in their mind, they’ve somehow earned this – and other people should be aware of what they’ve already done.
If you have half a brain, you’ll understand that this is not how the world works.
If you’re sad about that, get over it, sunshine!
The first benefit of you doing something really cool is this:
People may actually notice and give a shit.
Put in a more politically correct way — It opens an opportunity to build new relationships.
To put this into code form — cool_shit = relationships++ and cool_shit = opportunities++
Hopefully you understand that now.
The more you push forward on your own and share what you’re working on, the more people tend to notice and the more opportunities are likely to open up to you.
If you’re still unsure of this, understand I’m writing this from experience. After releasing my book on audio scripting for beginners (which nobody asked me to write), I had 3 different companies contact me. I now do contract work for one!
Have you ever jumped on a project that you know exactly how to do? Probably not.
Usually, we jump at new projects due to the challenges and opportunities. Though we may be a bit nervous, the truth is that we actually enjoy having the load of a challenge on us.
Really take a moment to think about this – you don’t actually enjoy mundane, easy projects. They’re fine every once and a while, but most often you prefer a challenge.
Crazy, huh? All this time you probablythought you hated the stress of difficulty.
When you do cool, new things – a clear benefit is you get to learn new skills and have fun. While getting stuck is frustrating, the emotional boost you get from breakthroughs in learning is very much worth it.
The best part, which you may not realize, is that you can immediately pass this knowledge on to others!
“But Adam,” you protest. “I don’t know enough to teach anyone yet! I’m still a novice at this subject!”
And? You know who you can teach? The version of you from yesterday, who didn’t know what you know now.
Yes, that person does in fact exist, and they need to hear from you.
Building Habits and Routines
If you’re thinking long term (and you should be) then the most important part of doing something cool is simply building the habit.
The majority of people who start something, never finish.
The majority of people who come up with great ideas never start them.
This is why “being an idea person” is completely worthless. I’m happy to give most people my ideas. I have a lot, and I know most of you won’t execute on them.
I will, because I’m regularly building the habit.
Think about this. If you started and finished every idea you had, then you would have one hell of a resume, right?
So why don’t you try and get 3/4 of the way there? Even half way is better than zero.
I bet you it’ll take a considerably shorter time than you think.
So if at this point I haven’t convinced you to get to work, or you need a swift kick in the ass, get in touch with me!
Copyright 2016-2017, Adam T. Croft, all rights reserved.