Your skills describe what you like to do and what you are good at. You wouldn’t hire or reach out to someone to do something for you if they didn’t have the necessary skills. This applies to you as well. There are hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills can help a person get a job, while soft skills will help the person be successful in life. Here I describe 3 soft skills that will change your life in a good way.
During the industrial revolution, manual labor was king, and learning hard skills was the golden egg. Today, with the information era in full swing, hard skills are still an asset, but the need for soft skills has taken over, and the mindset and ability to adapt is what differentiates those that want to have their manual-labor jobs back, and those who ride the new wave of knowledge jobs and businesses.
It’s no longer enough to be the smartest guy in the room. In order to succeed at work, you must get along well with all the people with whom you interact, including managers, co-workers, clients, vendors, customers, and anyone else you communicate with while on the job. These are the types of skills all employers value.
Soft skills are often the reason employers decide whether to keep or promote an employee. Some soft skills can be taught in school. But most you learn in everyday life and can improve at any time.
There have been numerous articles, blogs, books, TED talks, that list all the soft skills that a person need to succeed. I want to focus on three of them, because I’ve seen that when you master these, the others will also become part of your life.
People with this ability are more likely to understand tasks and projects, build strong relationships with co-workers, and also be able to solve problems and resolve conflicts.
Active listening can be accomplished using two components: attention and reflection. Attention involves holding eye contact, nodding, having good posture, and mirroring the speaker’s body language to show genuine interest in what they’re saying. Reflection is the repeating and paraphrasing of what the speaker has said to show that you truly understand what they’re telling you.
One way to demonstrate active listening is to allow the interviewer to complete each question and statement before responding. Do not interrupt and be sure that your response genuinely answers the question.
Public speaking is a soft skill that requires excellent communication skills, enthusiasm, and the ability to engage with an audience.
This soft skill comes into play in many scenarios. It’s important not only in the delivery of speeches and public talks, but also in professional presentations, training events, and motivational speaking. Consultants, coaches, managers, clergy, sales representatives, and teachers, for example, all have a reason at times to speak in front of others.
Copywriters, or Marketing Writers, are responsible for producing engaging, clear text for different advertising channels such as websites, print ads and catalogs. Their duties include researching keywords, producing interesting written content and proofreading their work for accuracy and quality.
Copywriting is much different than typical writing, such as writing an article, blog post, or other pieces of content. Effective copywriting works to drive responses and increase purchases. Copywriting is needed in most businesses for marketing materials for products, services, fundraising campaigns, and more.
How to acquire soft skills
A good way to work on acquiring or improving these skills is to work with a mentor. A mentor can give you feedback and give you an external perspective. He can also help you find opportunities to improve yourself.
I wrote an article on the importance of having a mentor, with additional insights. A mentor can guide you in your self-improvement journey. But don’t expect that your mentor will give a recipe to follow blindly. Instead, engage in a self-discovery exercise where you find the answers to your own questions.
I wish you all the success, and you can contact me is you have any questions!
Here I continue with some recommendations about new things you can learn, have fun, and even possibly get rewarded. It doesn’t matter your background, education, or age. These are meant for everyone because education is a beautiful thing to have. And remember that the more you learn the more you live. You live in your own terms thanks to the knowledge and wisdom found in the courses and training.
Knowledge liberates us from fears and uncertainty when we gather facts and get clarity about a specific subject. It also helps us understand other people’s point of view when we see a topic from their perspective, but such thing can only happen if we do our due diligence.
Hopefully one or more of these options will appeal to you, or someone you know. In any case, getting smarter is always beneficial for you and me.
Some people like to play video games, and some like to go further. This site allows you trade players, cards and do other transactions that, if you get good deals, you start earning coins, which can be used for other purposes. If you have soccer fever, this might be cool for to check out. It uses artificial intelligence to find the best deals possible, and it can work while you sleep. Pretty intriguing for gamers!
This is for those who struggle with their dog behavior. Sometimes the easy thing to to is to take them to “school” to learn, but with resources like this, you can do it yourself.
The Brain Training for Dogs member’s area is jam-packed with information owners can use to train their dog in the most effective way. It includes a puppy training section, two online training courses to boost intelligence, obedience, and behavior, over 100 articles tackling a huge range of behavior problems (as well as doggy behavior and psychology), and a private forum frequented by Adrienne, the course creator.
It’s worth checking it out, you might learn a thing or two about your dawg.
Those who like to build their own furniture will love this. TedsWoodworking provides thousands of projects that can help you have everything your need at home. This is a very demanded product that can offer either big challenges for newbies, or additional variety of designs for those with experience. Either way, it helps to keep sharpening the saw!
If you’re interested specifically in building your own shed, this is a good choice. Ryan Henderson offers a step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow plans that include the complete materials list. Some examples are below. It’s like following Lego instructions.
This is the quintessential search for early learning. We all want to help our little ones to be smart, and this website provides great tools for that. Check the video and see if this can be useful. Some of the facts shown in the video might surprise you, but as long as you keep an open mind there will be more rewards that risk by trying it.
Reading Head Start
Learning is fun, when we focus on the things we love. Have an amazing learning experience! And don’t forget, the more you learn the more you live.
There are many ways to live a happy live. You can show love, forgiveness, or you can say no to toxic behaviors. Learning to find meaningful activities helps us find better paths in our journey. And it’s true, the more you learn the more you live.
More life can be manifested either in years of age, or in quality of life. Sometimes suffering an excruciating illness or living a life with no purpose can expose similar feelings.
Keeping the brain busy has become the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to engage in a rewarding learning exercise that regenerates the neurons and fills the day with exciting new discoveries. In some cases, the learning sessions will uncover abilities that the person never thought possible, due to some horrible paradigms like “I have no talent” or “nobody supported me”.
Once the mental barriers are conquered, we can pursue any… yes, any kind of learning.
Regardless of the results, regardless of the level of learning achieved, the act of thinking and trying to execute the new ability will be of great benefit. Embracing the struggles and celebrating the small victories is the name of the game.
And remember, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Some things to learn
Here I provide some ideas you can try in order to keep busy and get smarter. All the basic learning can be done online, but the application is the key to make it work.
Reading the lessons or watching the videos will create new braincells for you, but implementing those lessons will create the foundation to increase your knowledge and will give you motivation to keep learning. This is how you realize that the more you learn the more you live, searching for more knowledge and never being bored.
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1 – Learn to play the piano
Pianoforall is one of the most popular and respected piano courses on the web. Online since 2006 it is always amongst the first choices of anyone wanting to learn piano.
Pianoforall – Online Piano Lessons
All-in-one package. eBooks, Videos and audios
Works with all devices – PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones
All styles of piano covered – pop, blues, jazz, ballads, improvisation, classical.
Play-by-ear and learn to read music at the same time
Filled with tricks, tips and formulas to help people sound great right from the start
Easy to follow yet comprehensive
10 clearly laid out eBooks – 600 pages in total
200 videos – over 10 hours in total
500 audio lessons
Below are some excerpts from the hundreds of testimonials on the Pianoforall site. You may want to include some or all of these on your site. Remember to point out that ALL these testimonials are VERIFIABLE (you can request the email of the person who wrote the testimonial) – No other website has this feature! This is why so many people trust that Pianoforall is the REAL DEAL.
“I’m amazed! Once you get the rhythms down, you really can sound like a pro! Great fun! Thanks for making this available at such a reasonable price. Anyone who doesn’t grab this up is going to go the long way home!” T. Dwight Kidd, Alabama, USA
“This course is exactly what I have been looking for with all the shortcuts that have been such a mystery to me for years. Well done Robin an excellent product. Kind regards. Paul” Paul Saxon , UK
“It is simple, straight forward yet very effective. It makes the complex understandable and for those of us who don’t want to master music theory, it gets us playing quite well in a short time. I can’t say enough good about your program. Thanks again and keep up the good work!” Ed Doran, Muskogee, OK
“Hey Robin, Just wanted to say thanks for this course. This is a great way to get up and running fast for song writing on the piano. I feel like I owe you more money.” Mike, Nashville Tennessee
Check the sample video below.
Most people don’t really want to ‘learn’ to play the piano or ‘practice’ the piano, they just want to ‘play’ piano. ‘Play’ sounds like fun, ‘practice’ sounds like a chore. We get this image from childhood – some kid stuck indoors ‘practicing’ scales while all the other kids are outside the window ‘playing’.
So, first thing we need to do is to see our piano practice in a new light. See it as a way of accelerating the learning process so that SOON you’ll be able to ‘play’ piano and play it well. If you don’t practice and you just play old familiar tunes you move rather slowly. Yes, you’ll get better at playing those old familiar tunes but technically you won’t be pushing yourself to greater heights.
Proper, structured piano practice helps you stride forwards. I say ‘proper’ because a lot of people have an idea that practice IS just playing songs over and over. Practice needs to involve unchartered territory. The golden rule is – ‘practice what you CAN’T play, not what you CAN play’.
2 – Sing, sing, sing!
Wouldn’t it be great to shock those around you with a new singing voice?
Have you ever found yourself alone, singing a song… maybe out of tune… only to realize a co-worker or family member listening and making fun of your ability? Singorama can help you with that.
You can train your voice and become a brilliant singer! Unfortunately, most folks think great singing is a ‘gift that you are born with’ so they don’t bother trying to improve or move past their self-perceived limitations.
Many have cheated themselves out of the satisfaction and joy of singing beautifully.
They have missed out on a rich life experience.
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Why? Because they tried it a few times in their life, and because they weren’t amazing at it straight away, they decided they were terrible.
You too can maximize your singing range with, vocal agility and resonance – with FAST results.
With some simple daily vocal exercises, you’ll notice a stronger voice with greater agility in no time!
3 – Learn to Draw like a Master Artist
I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my drawing skills. I do this by hunting around the Internet to see if I can find new tutorials. Yesterday I stumbled across a cool pencil drawing site that I think is going to make a HUGE difference, especially if you want to draw realistically.
It is a pencil drawing course that specializes in taking beginners and teaching them how to draw in a realistic style. The course itself is online video, so you can access it from anywhere in the world – the videos worked perfectly on my tablet and phone.
Each class is two hours long so you can even draw with which watching the video, nothing is left to the imagination. The course starts off by showing you all the equipment you need and the basic strokes. Even in this video I picked up a cool tip for erasing.
What I like is that each lesson builds on the previous so you are never thrown into the deep. Each class has it’s own concept or technique that you need to master, for example, in the second class you learn how to spot the different tonal values. In this class Nolan (the instructor) uses different styrofoam objects to show you the light affects the tonal values. The way he explains it makes it so easy to understand, like theory being explained in a practical way.
Learn to Draw like a Master Artist – Click the image to learn more.
With each class you get a downloadable template which you can print out and use that to transfer to your drawing paper. You then also get a high quality photo of the reference and the final drawing. They are laid out in the pdf in such a way that when you print it out, each are exactly the same size. This makes it easy to judge sizes while drawing.
In each class you complete a drawing project. Like in the second class you draw a realistic spoon. At the beginning of the class I though it was going to be difficult, but after watching the explanations at the start of the class and the practical demo, it turned out to be quite easy.
The next four lessons are also still life drawings. There is an onion and garlic still life, transparent wine glass, rose and an apple drawing. In each of these you learn all about creating texture and depth in your drawings as well as drawing negatively and how to draw reflective objects.
From there you start drawing portraits. Nolan shows you how to draw all the major features like the eyes and mouth. What I liked was that he shows you what to look out for with each one. Once you have completed say the ear class, you will be able to draw any ear and not just the one from the class itself.
What really makes this course stand out from the rest is that it goes much deeper than any of the other courses I have seen. There are even classes on how to draw material textures and hands.
You will be amazed at how quickly you progress! – Click the image to learn more.
I am still busy with the course myself – it’s massive (there is over 32 hours worth of video in this course), but I know that my drawings are going to move up a few levels when I’m done. It’s totally worth it. Another slam dunk! Definitively another great example that the more you learn the more you live!
The course is brand new, so is currently on a launch special at less than half price. Why don’t you go and check it out for yourself, you may be able to still bag yourself this bargain as well.
4 – Learn to Cook Healthy
You can get a free book that explains some hard truths about the foods we eat. Also,
Book – The Fat Burning Kitchen – Click the image to learn more.
learning about how our digestive system works plays a key role in selecting the best food and the way to cook it.
This book can be an excellent way to both know how your body processes foods, and the right way to define a healthy way of eating.
Not only you will learn how to nourish your body properly, you might end up improving your cooking skills and your health.
The Fat Burning Kitchen book is a great resource in your library. It will affect your life positively, and that of your loved ones too.
It goes without saying that this is a great example of how to improve your life by eating healthy. Literally, in this case, the more you learn the more you live!
5 – Learn How to Sell Tour Photos
This is the kicker. You can turn your photos into a side hustle that makes you money while you sleep. Photojobz is a website that allows you to take your photographic skills to the next level.
Learn to Sell Your Photos – Click the image to learn more.
Your smartphone is capable of producing high quality images that can be used by others who need them. You might need to check the documentation for your specific device so you can take advantage of its features and generate breath-taking pictures.
So, grab your camera and start taking photos!
Where Do I Work? You work online as a freelancer. Be your own boss! Work when and where you want!
Upload and instantly sell to millions of potential buyers. Check the video below.
Learning during the Summer is different that normal school life. School can be fun for some kids. For others it can be exhausting. Everybody has different ways to learn. Either kids or adults can face challenges when trying to learn or master a subject. And a lot of times in school for students is the teacher’s way or the highway. As parents we can face the issue of not having enough activities for our kids during summer, but if we create amazing experiences, that’s a way of learning. You can support your kids’ learning during the Summer by planning some ways to learn while having fun, and also by challenging them to read and learn about subjects that they don’t get to learn at school.
Technology and the internet have made possible to learn anything with practically no investment and with the speed of light to get started. A few years back, reading a book could not happen for days due to the time waiting for paper books to be delivered. We had to go to the bookstore, sometimes to find out they were out of stock and on to the next place. Today, the online versions allow you to immediately support your kids’ learning during Summer or any other season.
Monthly unlimited subscriptions are a great deal for avid young readers or multiple siblings. Hey, even parents can benefit from this too!
Kindle for Kids
Personally, I love Kindle from Amazon. Whenever I’m listening to a podcast or a webinar, and the speaker mentions a book that is helpful, I immediately look for it and buy it with 1-click. The best part is when there are promotions going on, because I can buy several 99-cent books!
In all fairness, not all books are excellent, but bumping into a bad book can also teach us a lesson about the author, the topic or the audience. I’m using those lessons and applying them to the book I’m writing. And guess what… the desire of writing a book always comes from absorbing those stories and experiences found in the written letter. And it’s there, waiting for you kid to read so he can let his imagination fly and become creative, ingenious, amazing!
A World of Content for Kids to Explore
But Summer Time is Vacation Time! -you might think.
Yes, it is true. It’s fun time. There are a lot of activities and fun trips available to experiences great vacations. I wrote an article about that entitled The Summer of Me! about the subject.
But it’s also true that learning and having fun can be a great combination. Parent can also create a reward system, just like the one available at your local library. But in this case based on the online learning experiences, which can be by reading, listening or both.
My kids have had great experiences using online resources. I’m sure your kids will have them too!
Life is a precious opportunity to be thankful. Thankful for the life we have, regardless of our struggles. Thankful for the time we get to spend with our loved ones, and to cherish all the experiences lived together.
Today’s world is full of disappointments, and it’s no wonder that a lot of people face the inevitable decision to spend most of the day working to be able to provide the basic things for their family. They work hard day in and day out, with the illusion that after 30+ years of hard work they will have saved enough to “enjoy life”.
Oh boy! How has that worked out?
Millions of people dying because of the illness acquired during their hard-working days. May of them with no access to basic medical care or without the means to buy the cheapest medicines.
It’s a brutal reality. It cannot be sugar-coated.
The promises of our family and teachers that we should study hard, get a job, work for 30 or more years, save money, and enjoy life in our late years has… just vanished.
The new world is different, and requires a different mindset, a different approach, a different way of working.
Regardless of your financial goals, the knowledge and information inside your brain can be your greatest asset. And the platform to produce results with that information is a couple of clicks away. The internet is the best option to find those who relate to you and your message. All around the world there are people waiting to hear from you, to connect with you and to engage with you.
Are you ready? Or are you doubtful, skeptical? It’s not your fault. You have been taught to follow the rules… rules created a long time ago, for people who don’t want people like you or me to change. Because the way things are is beneficial for some people, but not for the rest of us. They want to keep everything to themselves, while we keep working for a minimum fare and keep spending it all, so it goes back to their big pockets.
Is up to you to keep living with an old mindset, with an old mentality, with an old set of results. Remember that insanity is trying got get different results by repeating the same process over and over.
I have decided to take a different path because we are living in different times. Is undeniable that many jobs are gone, many others will come back being different, and only some people will be able to get them. Those who are getting ready, adapting, redefining themselves.
In a sarcastic cartoon there’s a speaker asking this question to the audience: “Who wants change?”. Everybody in the crowd raised their hands. Then he proceeded to ask: “Who wants to change?”. All hands went down immediately.
Those questions apply to you and me.
What are your answers?
It only takes a small step to find out if you’re ready to change your mindset, your way of getting started in the online business, to prepare yourself to create income using your knowledge and the internet. To be financially free and to control the amount of time you spend working versus the time you spend with your family.
Denying the current state of things comes with a hard lesson. A lesson that in the past caused a lot of people to miss out the great opportunities when big change happened.
When we try to be perfect, that just shows how imperfect we are.
We are born with potential, not with abilities. We are a white canvas, a blank book, an empty recipient that starts being filled when we see the first light coming out of the womb.
Potential translates into success when we say “dadda” or “momma”, or when the first smile is drawn in our face.
Walking, running, speaking, singing, reading… nothing comes with us at birth, it’s all acquired with time and practice. And the journey is hard, full of disappointments, full of obstacles, full of hard falls.
However, we keep going, we strive to conquer such obstacles during our childhood. We want to become better, and we put down the effort to do so.
As we grow up, the motivation to improve fades away, mostly because we feel that we have reached the pinnacle and there’s no more room to become smarter, as we take for granted that the years of education and experience give us enough to navigate any storm we face in life.
What really happens is that we avoid acknowledging our fears and our need for help. We feel that accepting failure is embarrassing, incorrect, out of the question.
And what has that accomplished?
Embracing our struggles liberates us. We move on faster when we embrace the fact that we are imperfect and that we are part of an infinite chain of helping and being helped. Accept the fact that there’s here’s always someone ready to help you, and there will always be someone in need of your help.
And when you’re helping, your struggles become your best tool. When you share your struggles, you might be providing a life-changing advice to someone, because they might be about to make the same mistake that you did, and now, by learning from you, they can make a different decision. Your struggles become golden nuggets of wisdom and by sharing them you show your vulnerable side and with that… your transparency. Because nobody believes in perfection. When someone talks only about perfect things, we don’t believe that, and we walk away from such individual.
In the journey of self-improvement, you will face a lot of unsavory situations. It’s fine to try to avoid those, but if you can’t, you need to make a conscientious effort to find the lesson in it. That lesson will become the next golden nugget of wisdom that you can share with others. That’s when you improve… harvesting the life-lessons and sharing them.
The human brain is a white canvas, an empty book, a recipient for information that shapes our life in ways that make us dream, imagine, innovate, create, invent, and re-invent. Our brain is always ready to learn more, regardless of any circumstances.
This generation is sometimes referred as the knowledge era, because we have access to great amounts of information from a lot of sources instantly.
We have an awesome opportunity to invest in our own education using mobile devices that help us learn on the go, wherever we are, without worrying about transportation, dress code or schedule. It’s there, 24×7, every day of the year.
The more education you get, the more opportunities will come knocking on your door. That’s how you stack the odds on your favor. That’s how you make your luck.
The journey towards a more fulfilling career begins with a single step. By enrolling in business skills training courses, you’re proving that you’re committed to reaching your goals.
Whether you are looking for individual professional development or need to provide your staff with quality business training, there is a comprehensive library of business skills courses to .
In these highly competitive days, you need to learn critical skills such as:
✔ Competency Development
✔ Project Management
✔ Career Development
✔ Personal Development
✔ Management Leadership
Time is money, and when you enroll in online business skills training, you’ll be able to learn on your own schedule from the comfort of your home or office. You’ll never lose your work progress and with built-in knowledge checks and exams, you’ll be able to retain information and implement these critical skills into your work life.
The price of education can be high, but the price of ignorance is way higher. Your friends and colleagues are getting these skills for their next job. Don’t be left behind!
Getting smarter can be easy. It’s just a matter of getting started!
Nobody can measure the struggles you have gone thru.
Only you can go to that place that is your first memory and re-live in your mind each and every experience you have had, and only you can judge your own actions, your decisions, the consequences of such decisions, and the lessons learned along the way.
That is the power of your free will.
Free will to recognize your imperfections, your defects, your challenges, and your opportunities.
But most importantly, you can recognize your best qualities, your strengths, your unique way to approach your own life and to make better decisions. You have the courage to continue your self-improvement journey. You know what you need to become better, to become smarter, to become wiser.
Once you figure out those qualities, it becomes a matter of time to realize that you can use your qualities to your advantage.
You are better than to perform repetitive work over and over.
You are better than receiving order and to be instructed to obey, not to think.
You are better than staying in an illusory comfort zone that will not last long, and that will cause you grief instead of joy.
Those qualities of yours… they are awesome! And you need to make the best use of them.
Never quit trying… never surrender your dreams… never stop learning.
I’m cheering for you because I’m sure you will succeed.
You work hard during 40 or more hours per week; you deliver your highest quality in everything you do. However, you don’t feel appreciated, you don’t receive the promotions you think you deserve, and in the worst case, you are deemed disposable, your job is terminated and your time an effort spent in the company is a total waste.
Or maybe you’re still in a job, but the conditions and the stress you’re exposed to are taking a huge toll on your personal life.
It’s not your fault. This is just the result of system that was part of your upbringing, which taught you that you are supposed to walk a straight and pre-defined path: go to school, get good grades, don’t deviate from what the book says and find a job and keep it for the next 30(?) years and then retire and enjoy life.
But… where are the jobs? Where is the security? Where is the American Dream? Is life fully enjoyable after 60 or 70?
The conditioning of the educational system puts most of us at odds in these changing times, where all the promises from the past have evaporated like an ice cube hitting a red-hot surface. Industries and markets are changing faster than the school curricula; it’s impossible for them to keep up.
That’s why… now it’s time for you to start “deviating” from what the traditional books say. And for that it’s necessary to get rid of the next five reasons excuses that keep you from being an entrepreneur:
“Be creative, but don’t be weird, don’t be different”. We have been conditioned to bow our heads and just follow instructions. That’s considered normal… to follow the crowd, to wait for things to happen, to have someone else dictate your fate. But entrepreneurship requires to unlearn this way of thinking and rewire your mind, so you don’t keep waiting for things to happen, for the economy to bounce back, or for the jobs to come back. The job of your dreams exists only in your head, which means you need to create it. You are capable of great things, but it’s only up to you to decide to switch from a victim mentality to a winner mentality.
Beware, the road to success is filled with challenges, but the new mindset will help you conquer any obstacles and to keep grinding until you reap the fruits of your efforts without depending on employment (or unemployment).
Lack of Time
Life gets busy, and the workplace keeps demanding more and more from us. Today it is easy to check your email from your phone, even from your wristwatch, which triggers the need of getting online to address the potential request that could be the key to keep your job. Again, it’s not your fault. It’s just too much pressure. And at this point it becomes even more critical to consider starting an online business.
“What?” – you say. “I’m burning the midnight oil as it is!”
One thing is certain: the demand for your time will not decrease when it comes to an employment. It will keep growing. And while becoming an entrepreneur and keeping a job seems like trying to face a tsunami, the advantage is that once you get started, it becomes easier, and the time spent in growing your business will be less over time, and once you are comfortable with the income you are achieving, you can fire your boss and hire yourself full time. Yes, the time required to get started is considerable, but the prize is… well… priceless!
I don’t know where to begin!
That’s why you’re here! It’s the same process for a baby to start walking. He has no idea what he’s doing, but getting started, while difficult in the beginning, it becomes easier after some time. So, start with baby steps. Do basic research, consume free online content, read books about entrepreneurship, follow blogs, podcasts, subscribe to newsletters to receive information.
After you use the basic information to decide if this is path you want to follow, decide on a mentor that can guide you on your journey. Find a person that has implemented a successful business online and be coachable. Yes, ask a lot of questions, but also trust the process. Remember, hard work and patience will always lead to good results!
I don’t have money to get started
A lot of us have been there, no surprise. After all, you would not be reading this if you were already wealthy. But the key difference between winners and losers is not having resources (money), but instead being resourceful. This includes coming up with creative ways to access financial resources to get the ball rolling. It’s always difficult to reach out to family or friends to come up with an investment, but that’s what being an entrepreneur sometimes mean, to convince others that our business plan is solid and that will be successful. Other resources can be used, like credit cards, loans or savings. Here you need to assess your risk and be mindful that your business needs to start producing results to cover the initial money you used. This puts more pressure on you, but the difference is that the end result will be fulfilling and totally worth it!
Remember, if you’re resourceful, you will make it happen!
I’m not sure if I can succeed, it’s too risky
Same as life. Same as your job. Same as every time you drive your car. Risk is part of any business. Without risk there’s no merit because anybody could do it. Any known entrepreneur will validate this… that risk is always an inherent component of any enterprise.
Many businesses will fail. But the main reason for failure is the lack of adaptability and resiliency to keep going while others stop, to keep learning while others thing that there’s nothing more to learn, to look at the business as a living organism that produces value, as opposed to think of it as a cash machine.
In the digital era we don’t need to produce physical products. We live in times where knowledge is the new currency. It’s the most valuable asset that a person can produce. And it’s right there, between your ears. Your brain contains knowledge that would allow you to write thousands of books. And that’s how you succeed.
So, what’s stopping you from getting started?
Check this online course that can show you in 15 daily lessons how to succeed online…
It’s critical to adapt to the changing times we’re living in right now.
It’s no secret that for many people the skills they have and that have been generating income are no longer useful, at least during these crazy times. Yes, many are hopeful that the jobs will come back, but the waiting time is going to take a huge toll on and the demand for employee is not going to be the same as it was before.
Because the companies will not simply hire back all the employees they had. It’s a normal strategy to slowly reactivate the jobs and progressively try to go back to the prior levels of productivity. That means that at the beginning only a few people will be employed and for others the situation will get worse.
Learning new skills is a necessity. Here are three high paying skills that you can start learning today.
You have knowledge, you have skills, you have experience. All your life you have been doing some things that other people want to learn. Let me give you an example. If you were a cheerleader in your early youth, you have some tricks that you can share with other, and if you put your own spin to the way you explain those, that’s your branding. If you know how to dance, you can help others do the same. If you have kids and have apply some things that helped you raise your kids successfully, that’s a skill other parents need.
Your brand is the particular way you have to demonstrate your skills. It’s unique, it’s not copying anybody else. It’s your own way of presenting a solution to a problem.
You might say that the skill you have is already out there in Google, YouTube, TikTok or Instagram. But such skill with your own signature is not.
I grew up in the 70’s and when I heard on the radio songs like Staying Alive or Night Fever or More than a Woman, I was sure it was a girls’ band. Then I realized that it was a group of bearded dudes with a very special signature: a high pitch voice that presented the songs in a unique fashion that was accepted by millions of people all over the world.
So, your brand is something that you already have, you just need to refine it and make it specific so the people that relate to you can find you and follow you. And that’s the beginning of the journey where you put yourself out there in order to create value.
Branding is not about being a celebrity. It’s about helping people. You need to understand that nobody cares about you unless you care about people.
And to create value to show that you care about people you need to apply the next high-paying skill.
Expressing our thoughts and ideas sometimes requires writing them down in an organized way. Delivering a message that describes a real problem and then presents a great solution is a skill that requires practice and constant evolution. The ideas that live in your mind need to be written in such a way that the reader can perceive the benefit of paying attention to your message and to follow your recommendations.
Copywriting can be exhausting or it can be easy. It all depends on the clarity of your business proposition and the power of the solution that you intent to deliver to your audience. Learning copywriting is essential to communicate with your potential clients, and it doesn’t have to be formal or serious. There are plenty of entrepreneurs who’s branding is totally relaxed or casual. Presenting your personality in your writing is a sign of authenticity and allows people to know you better.
Finally, if you want to do business, you need to learn sales.
It doesn’t matter what industry or field you work or worked before, you have done sales.
Have you been interviewed for a job? That’s an act of selling. You’re selling your skills, your experience, your value. All this with the purpose of landing a job. Once in the job, you better be selling yourself highly every day to keep that job.
In your job, in your neighborhood or in your family you have a reputation. They refer to you with labels that describe your personality. Well, for good or for bad, this is the result of you selling your personality to those people.
What I’m trying to say is that selling is not a scary thing, but is a skill that demands rewiring our minds to understand that when we are rejected at the moment of trying to make a sell, we need to treat this as just another step in the process of closing.
Some people say that they are not made for selling, but that is the same as saying that a baby is not made for walking just because a few falls happened during the process.
There are millions of people that need help, and your skills are the perfect match for them. But without a branding platform where they can find you, without the right message to present your solution to their problem and the right way to persuade them to buy your solution there is no business. And this can apply to any product, either physical or digital. You can create your own training course, or you can promote products from other businesses, and you can make a commission. You can start with a product and then move to other product. In any case, the common skills to achieve success online are the same: personal branding, copywriting and selling.
Everybody wants to make money online, but learning the core skills is essential and is not that difficult, you just need to invest in yourself and be coachable so you can apply the same steps that other people have applied already.