We’ve all done it before. You’ve looked at someone who is successful at something and thought, “if only”!
The thing is, whilst some things seem to happen just by chance, good luck or bad luck, a huge percentage of the time people put themselves in the situation that creates that luck. Nothing just happens. As someone who comes from a VERY strong Christian family I have my fair share of aunties and uncles that put it all in God’s hands and then proceed to do nothing to help things along.
Fact: the Lord only helps those who help themselves is not just a statement. If you’re in a room sat in prayer the whole time, you are NOT going to find a job. Who will make the job applications? Who will practice for the interviews on your behalf?
This is not a post on religion but a post on ACTION.
Those that take action just seem to have a little more luck than those that don’t. For every single person you admire for their skill at something you best believe that the basis of that skill is a set of actions. Indeed, research backs this up: How To Attract Good Luck: 4 Secrets Backed By Research.
One of the skills I am currently trying to learn is makeup. I make it habit to learn something new every year either for fun or for my business and this year it’s makeup. I keep wishing I could wear makeup as well as the YouTubers I’m watching forgetting that these gals (and guys) have been doing it for ages. They didn’t become that good overnight.
I normally take professional courses when I want to learn a new skill but for now I am watching YouTube videos and dropping strong hints that I want a makeup course for my birthday. I hope the Good Husband is saving up because the course I want to do is £1,000 ($1,600).Eeeek, I here some of you say. Yes, I know it sounds like a lot but once I master the skill and do my own makeup tutorials on YouTube I’ll probably get some makeup gigs for weddings or events that will pay me £200-£250 each so it’s an investment.
I’ve wanted to learn makeup for a long time now because it fascinates me.Indeed, many of the things I do for fun frequently end up earning me some dosh.
Back in 2006 or so I did a course in therapeutic massage. Fast forward to 2008 and bonuses in investment banking were VERY BAD. I wasn’t broke but I needed more cash to fund one of my property renovation projects, so what did I do?
I printed off simple flyers advertising massage for women and put them through a few doors in my neighbourhood; before that day I had two clients. I wanted women only because I didn’t want to put my safety at risk. Sometimes making money is that simple. I already had essentials oils and base oils so two massages later I had another £100 (=$160) in the bank.
When I did the massage course I never planned on using it to earn but in the end it was another skill I could use to better my financial self. I didn’t do the massage thing for long because I was too lazy but I could have easily had two clients a week with minimal effort and without changing my lifestyle at all. Just to be clear that would have been £5,200 for the year or $8,320. Not bad for a hobby business that has almost zero costs.
My point is, what do you want in life?Importantly, what are you doing to get that thing? If you’re doing research and planning how long have you been doing that for? Sometimes you just need to start. You will figure things out along the way. That’s how life works.
Most people, even the billionaires you see today, don’t always know the final outcome that certain actions will have but they know that if they take no action then they can be 100% certain that nothing will happen.
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1/8/2015 06:04:05 am
Heather, I love you for this write up. Though I read through your Friday Foxtrot emails and have never commented, this one hit me right in the gut.
4/8/2015 04:05:23 pm
I'm glad you liked it Rose, may you create lots of good luck!
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