Getting started is often the hardest part of doing anything. There's probably a pretty good quote from someone smarter than me about that (What's that about the first step is always….?), but regardless, I have experienced this truth more times than once.
Before we get into the internet marketing and online business aspect of it, I'd like to share some personal experiences with you that illustrate this idea very well.
I've moved around quite a bit, and every time I do, I can't really imagine what it would be like to live somewhere else. I get very entrenched in my surroundings. I like my friends, know the city, have my daily routines.
I know what coffee I like and where to get it cheap, I know where the good bars are, what the local bands names are, and what the weather is like during each of the seasons.
But for one reason or another I decide to move on, and it always starts with something small.
- Sending an email to apply for a job
- Checking dates for cheap plane tickets
- Leaving a comment on a blog asking a question
- Ordering the Lonely Planet book from the internet
These things may seem small, but they are in fact the very first step to a huge change.
How do you think I ended up in China?
The idea was born one day, I looked up “How to get a job in China”, and within a week I was interviewing on the phone from a cafe in the Czech Republic.
What if I had given up before I started because it was ‘too complicated', or I ‘didn't know how to do that”?
I'm also notorious for moving around from hobby to hobby.
I played guitar for a 6 years, I learned Czech and Chinese. Most recently I bought a setup to brew beer in my garage, and of course for the past 3 years I've been building my internet marketing business.
I would like to say I was good at each of these hobbies. In fact, my Chinese was awesome when I live there (I'm slowly losing it now).
And the same concept applies here. I didn't jump into it knowing everything. My first Chinese lesson was learning to count to 10 in a bar. My first guitar lesson was Smoke on the Water from my buddy in my living room. I haven't even put my beer kit together, but I started just by placing an order on the internet.
So how did I start internet marketing?
How it Relates to Internet Marketing
I made horrible websites
It's shocking what I tried to do in the beginning – just creating some horrible websites. I couldn't even upload a picture correctly! I was busy trying to format the damn thing using HTML (that I remember from high school, 10 years back), when all I had to do was use the media editor.
I had a WordPress.com blog with size 12 font, red, with a black background, 3 blogspot websites on the topics of horse grooming kits, coffee enemas (don't ask), and Chinese books for kids.
Needless to say, I sold nothing, and have never publicly admitted to making these.
Bad Quality is Better Than No Quality
The point is that I had to start somewhere. I had to make mistakes, and learn from them. Could I have made a website like onemorecupof-coffee.com on my first try? NO WAY!
And I'm still doing things like this.
My YouTube channel is not even 2 months old, but I learned how to project my voice better, edit, render, and upload videos faster, have learned how to use the YouTube platform more efficiently, and am making more progress every day.
I knew nothing about creating graphics 1 year ago. Through necessity and lots of failures, I was able to learn the basics of Gimp, and now I can make quick edits to pictures I need for logos, thumbnails, or my blog in a few minutes. Easy stuff!
And writing articles used to be a real task for me. I hated it, so I just slammed them together without really caring. That was a mistake, but at the same time, writing crappy articles allowed me to type faster, get my ideas down more clearly, and now I can get a 500 word, high quality article done in about 10 minutes when it used to take me 1 hour or more!
My advice is to pick something you want to learn how to do, then just go for it. It doesn't matter if you don't know what the first step is. Ask someone online, call someone, just do ANYTHING, because it's better than doing nothing.
- Want to make a video? Do it.
- Want to learn CSS? Look it up.
- Want to start using social media more? Start today.
A tiny step in the wrong direction is better than no step in any direction.
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Have you created some low quality work that you were able to learn BIG lessons from? Tell your story in the comments below.
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