Knowledge is priceless when you think about it…
KNOWLEDGE IS PRICELESS
Knowledge is priceless when you think about it…I started my career rather early.
In fact, it was so early that it was utterly unexpected. But that did not lead to anything I regret. As a high school dropout (don’t worry, I got my GED and am currently in college), I immediately took to web design at the age of seventeen (or was it eighteen? I was always bad at keeping track!). From there, things got interesting. Through the power of networking, I found myself working on film sets, managing musicians, and (of course) becoming a Life Coach and Counselor. That is just a small taste of what I’ve done in 12 years. Knowledge, however, bound me. The point is: I did all of this on my own. Without school, without question, and without hesitation. And you can do the same thing. Though I may have been blessed with a rather fine line of free time – which you may not possess, such as work and daily life – everything can be learned on your own. I honestly feel that knowledge is priceless. If you can learn something new on a daily basis, you are at step one. Step two is to venture out into the world and begin practicing. Networking is everything these days, and it does not always depend on “who you know” or “how much you know.” Rather, it is about finding opportunities and saying “yes” to every one of them. When I was asked to sit in as an Associate Producer for Nu Boyana Studios, I said “yes.” I had no idea what it took to fulfill that daunting position, but I did it anyway. That is how everyone should be living their lives…through conviction alone!
START THE VENTURE
Simple: venture out into the world, figure out what you want to do with your life, and begin mapping out the future. If you want to be a cowboy, learn to ride a horse and shoot a gun; if you want to be a doctor, you do not need the degree (after all, what is the true difference between my position as a Life Coach and that of a trained therapist? Yes, there is education required to hold that PhD, but what does it truly represent?). Instead, begin to examine life as a game. Think back to Kindergarten. In Kindergarten, we knew life was a playground! What happens with life? We grow up, and we begin to see the world through jaded eyes. This is a dangerous path to travel, I might add, because life begins to blind us to the smaller, pettier things. Begin to absorb the world around you; figure out what you want to do with your life…and then go and do it. No questions, no hesitations. Just go and do it. It’s that simple. Learning is a powerful tool. If it were not for learning new things, we would be no better than a rat in a cage. Start every day with a fresh glass of “I can do this” and get moving! Once again, I understand that life interferes with this capability. We have kids to attend to, work to do, families to uphold…but even with all of that, can you not take one hour a day to jump on Udemy.com and begin to learn new things? It is possible, so contact me if you want some help figuring out how to do this! Now, everyone I meet asks how I maintain a daily routine bound by distance. I simply say: “I’ve been isolated as a remote Consultant for so long that it has become common sense to track my days,” as when you work in isolation, you also find yourself wondering how yesterday went. To top that off, I have a bad enough memory, so I will go ahead and place the following words in concrete: keep track of every action you make. By doing so, you are paving the path for success.
WRITE DOWN YOUR DAILY TASKS
When you write down your daily tasks, starting with the day and time, as well as every action you make, you are able to look back upon the day and know that you did something worthwhile. Even better, you are able to look back on it the next day and recall everything you did. That allows you to further your day to pick up where you left off. Some of us, however, are bound by workload. In other words, it is simply not common sense to take the time to do this when your entire day is a chaotic mess. Well, think about this: can you take 2 minutes out of every day to simply jot down in one word what you were doing, what you were focusing on, or even what you may have learned? Start with a daily sheet of paper. Or use your phone’s “Notepad” feature. I tend to use a .txt document, as it allows for a more concrete narrative. Next, throughout each day outline in one-word sentences exactly what you are doing, what you have done, and what you need to do. Do this throughout the day. Next, at the end of each day, write down your thoughts. It does not have to be long, just enough to tell yourself a few wise words so the next day is equated as worthwhile. This helps with those of us who work at home, but what if you work for a company? What if you do not own your own business, or offer your own service? Furthermore, how much can you possibly write in such a scenario about “work?” It’s a simple answer after all: “work” is divided into multiple tasks. Say, you spend two hours in a meeting. So, write down in one word: “Meeting.” Next, you exit the meeting room and go back to writing a billing report.
JUST ONE WORD…
Write down in one word: “Reports.” It takes a lot of practice, but it is well advised that you do things like this. Soon, it will pile up a long list of tasks, leading to a feeling of accomplishment. It also allows you to know where you left off. If you write down “Report” or even “Billing,” you may remember more readily the next day that you forgot to finish it! If that does not make sense, you are out of your mind. And does it have to be only one word? Heck no! Write down as much as you want. I tend to find myself using power words when jotting down my daily accomplishments. Remember, the human mind is programmable, and it is also very simple. It requires small actions to accomplish larger goals. We cannot simply say: “I will own the world.” Instead, we have to carefully map out the steps it takes to get there. In turn, we are then able to attribute those steps as “goals,” which (when completed) lead to a sense of value and self-worth. I will not lie when I say: this method works. Every darned day.