One of the reasons people hesitate to take action is that they drown themselves in excuses. People who succeed could use all the same excuses though. It’s not the existence of potential excuses that’s the problem. It’s the willingness to succumb to them.
“I don’t know how” is perhaps the biggest and lamest excuse of all.
If you don’t know how, do it anyway. Once you do it, then you’ll know how. Of course you’re never going to know how the first time. Nobody does.
People often think they’re supposed to succeed with a process like this:
1. Set a goal.
2. Figure out how to accomplish it in a step by step manner.
3. Follow the steps to complete the goal.
When they can’t complete step 2, they get stuck and procrastinate. They also whine a lot, which I hate.
A more realistic approach looks something like this:
1. Set a goal.
2. Figure out one small action that might move you closer to that goal. Worst case, just guess.
3. Take that action from step 2.
4. If you haven’t accomplished the goal yet, repeat from step 2.
Last year I didn’t know how to create a song. I didn’t know what the steps were. I couldn’t use the first method.
But I was able to complete a song using the second method. I could guess at the first step, which was to run GarageBand on my Mac for the first time. Once the program was running and I looked at the interface, I had some ideas for what the next action step might be, such as “Create New Project.” Within that same session, I created my first song. It was awful and only 12 seconds long, but it got me started. And within a week or so, I was able to create something that was about 3 minutes long and at least tolerable.
It’s the same thing with building virtual real estate. No one knows how to do it at first, but they do it anyway. You just guess at a step and do it. Then you guess at another step and do it.
Keep adapting and acting till you get somewhere interesting.
If you think you need to know all the action steps before you start, you’re just being goofy and paranoid. Even if someone else gives you the action steps that worked for them, they probably won’t work quite the same for you. The inputs will be different.
You can try following a recipe, but it will come out a little differently each time.
Don’t psyche yourself out before you begin. With any sort of passive income stream, you’ll learn as you go. To a newbie that may seem like a scary thought. But once you get used to it, you’ll see that the uncertainty is what makes it fun
Our goal is to find multiple income streams, and the more passive the better.