“Craig! Help me Please!”
“I don’t know anything about blogs.”
“But you know about computers! You understand this language!”
“Let me teach you how to Google…”
This was a fairly common exchange in our household. Especially during the week I was moving the blog over to WordPress. It usually ended with me making a rude hand gesture and collapsing into a heap on the couch.
I was in over my head and the learning curve felt more like a learning curve felt more like a learning vertical line, straight up.
Slowly but surely things were figured out. Sometimes through trial and error and sometimes because when my patience ran out, Craig was there to swoop in and Google for me.
Nobody know what they’re doing when they start something new. True there may be background experiences that some can draw from, but we’re all still just figuring it out.
Here are my tips for starting something new with gusto:
Have faith that you can learn.
This is probably the biggest obstacle for me to overcome. Believing that I can learn what I need to in order to accomplish the next step is not my go to mode when it comes to taking on a project. I tend to make mountains out of mole hills. However as my loving husband so sweetly points out, there are infinite resources for learning a multitude of new things, right at my finger tips. Thank you Google.
Invest time in reading books.
Books not only give you information they inspire as well.
“Because you are capable of more than you realize, and in trying, you learn something new and you push past possibility. ” The Art of Work by Jeff Goins.
Incredible right! Just one sentence and you are wiser and motivated. I highly recommend The Art of Work by Jeff Goins to help you listen to your life and find your portfolio of callings.
Another book I found to constantly spark ideas is The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. Seriously I listened to this one on audio book in my car and I kept having to pull over so I could jot down my ideas on my phone before they disappeared.
Curate a team.
I have a team of people I have chosen to help me build my vision. Some of these people I bounce ideas off of, some I collaborate with for writing projects, and others I pepper with questions. (Most of the people on my team don’t event know they’re on my team… makes me feel like a secret agent or something.) Even though I generally work by myself I do not work alone.
Change the way you think about failure.
We create a lot of art projects around here. Some are gorgeous masterpieces and others are well flops. When you’re 4 or 7 or 10 or even 33 years old getting your ideas to move from your brain to your finger tips and be the thing you imagine in your head can be kind of frustrating when it doesn’t work out. To help with the meltdowns we’ve developed a mantra that we say often. “Art is an experiment. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s OK.”
You could adopt the same phrase for nearly anything “Blogging is an experiment. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s OK.”
Don't give up.
Go ahead and revamp. Brainstorm new ideas. Allow your experiences to funnel you to the next step in the process, but don’t throw in the towel and certainly don’t label your work as useless. Just in case you need some motivation, here is a list of 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed at First.
How about you? Do you have any tip on starting something new with gusto? Are you starting something new right now? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment