I was replying to emails of my subscribers and noticed some common patterns
- They all want to earn money online
- They are at least graduated in some subject (all have a basic level of English skill)
- They have developed certain skills in their jobs but are not aware of how to monetise
- Life fucked them up in one way or other
I could relate with them because life fucked me as well in 2014 when my first startup failed and I almost lost all my savings of 7 years of my job.
Life fucks everyone whether you like it or not.
You have two choices at that time –
- first, cry about your misfortune and
- second, learn from the incident so that you can take better decision for your future.
All my life,
I worked as a software engineer because I had graduated in Computer Science. I did not know anything about online business, marketing, or sales when I started my first company in 2013.
I was numb when my first startup did not work out. I not only lost the money in my startup but I also quit my existing job.
The worst thing was that I did not know anything other than computer programming – and that too only C/C++.
What would you do in that situation when you have no job, no money to start another company, no skills to get the work that you desire, and (but) have a responsibility of a 6 month kid?
Honestly, I was afraid of going back to the same boring IT job that was paying me well enough but the work environment sucked the blood out of your creative nerves. There was no creative (impactful) work happening in my job but I used to spend my entire day in managing the excel sheets and attending meetings.
That was not the reason I learned computer science. I thought I would be working on creating something that will impact the lives of millions of people in a positive way. But, the fact was that the impact of my work was not even visible within my team. They were under utilizing my potential.
I was no longer motivated by the money that I was getting to do the shitty IT job.
But, I developed skills to see my future. You can also see your future based on the following three things:
#1. Based on your current role in job
When I was working at my job, I looked at what my colleagues were doing and what my manager was doing. My team members wanted to get promotion as a manager and my manager wanted to get promotion as director of engineering.
There was a clear sequence. I told myself if I will keep doing what my team members are doing then I will also become a manager and then senior manager and then the director.
I just saw my future without consulting with an astrologer.
That’s an easy way to see your future, right?
I was not excited at all to live the kind of professional life that my manager or director of engineering department was living. They were also working for more than 9 hours a day. They were also handling the pressure to attend the client meetings at the odd hours (late night & early morning).
They did not look motivated to do their work because they were also not loving their work.
They were also missing the family functions and marriages of their friends. They were also not spending sufficient time with their kids and family. They were also getting limited vacation time.
At the end they had nothing more than a little more salary than what I was earning.
A fatter salary cheque could not excite me to live the future like that.
#2. Based on where you feel the enjoyment
I left my job and started working on growing my own startup. The first method was no longer applicable for me to see the future.
Yes, there was a role in my startup but there was no fixed pattern or no sequence of growth.
I was handling too many activities (software development & design, architecture, product management, finance, operations, sales, and marketing). It’s difficult to predict the future when you have only 4-5 members in your startup and everyone is involved in too many things.
You know what,
I started seeing my future based on my enjoyment factor in work.
I was feeling tremendous enjoyment in learning digital marketing and startup growth.
I was sure that I wanted to pursue the role of marketing head, after shutting down my first startup.
I did not have money to start the second venture so I joined a startup that already launched a tech product but did not have anyone to take care of their marketing.
Note: I had very small experience of in digital marketing but I got a chance in startup because I offered to work for free to prove my worth.
My suggestion: If you are on the learning curve then don’t expect the money for the skills that you have not yet developed.
I learned the marketing skills very fast,
because I was feeling tremendous enjoyment in growth hacking & running marketing experiments.
If you have any such skill then you too can become excellent in your work. You will lose the track of time and it feels like 2 hours even when you have worked for 5 hours.
#3. Based on what you did in the past
This is very easy,
And can be applied to your life no matter if you are doing a job, freelance work, startup, or just vehla-panthi (doing nothing).
Look at what you did in the past 6 months and past 2 years.
If you thought about starting a blog or a startup 6 months before – but did not take action because of any reason, then the chances are you will be at same position after 6 six months, because your situation has not changed, right?
Another example- 6 months before you thought that learning a new skill is time taking and you can’t invest 6 months of time in learning writing, designing, or marketing skills. Rather you tried to do other things that can give you immediate money.
You created accounts on various freelance portals, tried to grab the work from facebook groups, and signed up for quick money making schemes/websites.
You know the results. You can’t make money without investing in yourself and learning something valuable.
If you keep on doing the same things that you have done in the past 6 months then you know your future. Expecting something spectacular to happen is being foolish.
You will be at the same place where you are today, thinking that you should have started learning 6 months before.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
The right time to start anything new is TODAY. If you start now and keep improving yourself 0.1% everyday then you know what you can become after six months.
Now consider another scenario:
Six months before,
- You started a blog on reviewing the books that you read,
- Or reviewing the games that you play,
- Or reviewing the places that you visit
- Or just publishing the interviews of people you met
- Or how you were taking care of your plants (or cats, dogs, fishes)
Anything.. I mean anything that you were doing out of your interest.
You would have 25 articles even if you have published one article per week. That anyone can do no matter how busy they are with their job or family.
Wait, read more benefits:
You won’t just have 25 articles but your latest article would have improved 10 times than your first article (Congrats, you have improved your writing skill)
You would have learned how to manage the blog in WordPress, that’s easy, but you can’t learn without starting a blog. (Congrats, you can help someone in managing their blog)
You would have learned how to check the analytics in Google and what causes the fluctuation in website traffic. You might not be an expert, but you would have learnt the basics of how Google works and how to get traffic from search engines (Congrats, you know something about SEO)
Similarly, you would develop certain skills related to designing good images for your blog, creating facebook page/groups, promoting your content on social media. (This is valuable for any startup who is looking for social media marketing interns)
The most important: You would make good relationships with interesting people in your domain. These good relationships are the most valuable currency for humans.
Just Before You Close the Browser Tab
I feel good to connect with you today and share my perspective on how to see the future and get what you really want from life. All without the help of any astrologer!
These techniques really worked for me and I still take guidance from my mentors who have walked the path on which I am walking now.
If you apply the 3rd way of seeing your future then you can see big results in the next six months.
Imagine, how much you could learn if you would have started something as simple as a blog (that can be started in 10 minutes using this step by step guide).
With the skills of those 6-month learnings, today you could have applied for
- High paying work as a freelance writer
- A full-time writer with a company
- Freelance designer or video maker
I started a blog 3 years back that gave me so much knowledge and freedom of my expressions.
And I am making financial progress with the side skills that I learned through blogging.
The choice is yours!
Aim for the learning and the money will follow you.