What I’ve learned – week 1

I’m really loving this writing gig. I’ve not made anything from it yet, but I find it really rewarding crafting ideas and then sharing them with the world.

I’ve also learned that in order to succeed you have to be prepared to put your work out there and risk people saying,

“Alastair, your writing/blog/opinion is sh*t!”

For a long time I’ve been afraid to share my thoughts and opinions in written form with those close to me, so I posted without updating my local social media links like Facebook and Twitter. I was worried what people who knew me would think as I couldn’t hide behind a veil of anonymity. But I’ve come to realise that this is ridiculous.

Look, if friends of mine don’t like what I write, that’s fine. It probably is mostly crap, at least for now, but hey – I’ve got to start somewhere. People who create, write, paint, photograph, build etc – at some point they have to launch their work to the world and risk being ridiculed. The only other option is to not launch, and if I do that, well there is no hope of me ever achieving my goal.

I also learned that of all the people out there, 1/3rd will like me, 1/3rd will hate me and 1/3rd don’t give a toss about me. Whatever I do, this’ll be the same. So it’s not worth getting hung up about the 2/3rds of the population who at best don’t care at all what I do or say.

I learned that Podcasts are the way to go. I hold myself up as a pretty tech-savy person, but yet I’ve never listened to a podcast until yesterday. I know, where the hell have I been? Instead of wasting journey time, I can learn more from people I admire. In my 6 hour work car journey yesterday, I learned how Gary Veynerchuk needs reading for advice on nailing social media promotion, Lewis Howes made millions using LinkedIn and Webinars and Tucker Max proved how no one really knows anything, even though many people pretend to know it all – 300 of the top book promoters turned down his million selling debut book. And these people were the experts who’s sole job was to be able to spot the next best thing. 300 of them got it wrong!!

I learned all of the above by subscribing to The James Altucher show podcasts.

And finally I learned that removing baby sick from velcro is really, really hard to do.

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