Last week I wrote about my social media adventures and the results I’ve had even though I’m not a social media guru. I also mentioned how my computer/technical skills were questionable, and it got me thinking about how someone like me could ever end up writing on a blog like Entrepreneur’s Journey and setting up a big part of my business as an online entrepreneur.
I’d love to share with you the story of how I came to be chatting with you here on Entrepreneurs Journey, for a number of reasons.
There are three reasons this information is valuable.
Number one is that it may be just what some of our readers need to keep going with their blogs and following their dreams.
Another reason is that Yaro’s last article spoke about the newbies in every audience. Some of you are well established entrepreneurs, others are more in the middle of establishing their businesses, and then we’ve some newly minted folk as well.This article will help beginners see how things can happen for them in a relatively short time and hopefully show how worthwhile it is to take this journey.
Lastly, one of the E-J writers, Kerry McDuling, wrote an article recently about the crucial role of forming relationships and connections, and what I’m about to share is a perfect example of what she’s talking about.
So, let me tell you the story of how I met Yaro☺, I promise, it’s a good one!
About two years ago, I randomly attended an Internet business conference with a friend. I had NO interest whatsoever in Internet business, because I was technically challenged beyond the scope of most people, and sitting in front of a computer was something I considered on par with counting the number of traffic lights I see every day…completely uninteresting and uninspiring to me. I went along because I wanted to hang out with my friend who had come to stay from out of town.
Whilst there, I saw Yaro presenting onstage and had one of those epiphanous moments. I love those moments! It’s happened twice with speakers on stage, and I see a lot of speakers, so Yaro was definitely vibing on some level.
In these moments, something happens – a shift takes place in you that makes you realize life has taken one of its quirky turns and you’re about to embark on a grand new adventure. Yaro’s way of working struck me as a really cool way to create a business and lifestyle. I’ve always been entrepreneurial, but I was never interested in typical business models.
I was blessed to have the opportunity to chat with Yaro over lunch shortly after and ask him some more about his life as an online entrepreneur. (Very quick sideline here to Kerry’s article, the reason I got to spend some more time with Yaro was because of a relationship I had with a business partner of his – I love the way connections work!) I mentioned that I liked the sound of his business model, but I had never ventured beyond the most basic of email communication, so I’d better start out simple. Yaro gave a little chuckle and agreed.
Whilst he was very gracious about my incredible lack of technical skill, I imagine he couldn’t help wondering what rock I had been living under! I’ve been extremely slow to embrace technology.
I attribute a big part of it to growing up in a very isolated place on an outback cattle station, (this is a ranch in American vocabulary). There was no telephone or mains electricity until 1988 or television until 1990. (Of course, we did leave the property to go on holidays all around Australia, so we knew about TV and telephones, but we just never had them at home.)
I refused to get a mobile phone until 2001, years after most of the world used them, and I had never even put a photo on the net when I met Yaro! Another big reason for my fairly acute aversion to technology was that I simply didn’t get the fun of it, and it was such unchartered territory for me that it was quite frightening and confronting to be so clueless.
Fast forward two years from the Yaro lunch meeting. By now, I’ve figured out quite a few things in regard to managing technology, which includes outsourcing a lot of it that’s still way beyond me. I’ve also been staying in touch with Yaro via Facebook and Twitter all this time, with the odd random encounter in person at business events and social gatherings.
On one of these random encounters, I was telling Yaro about my book on creativity. He mentioned that he was getting some other writers involved in his blog, and perhaps I might be interested.
With a mixture of joy and terror I blurted out that I would love to write a few articles! Joy because Yaro’s blog is cool, terror because I was agreeing to launch myself into a whole world of creative expression through blogging that was still relatively new to me, and I’m still somewhat freaked out about my lack of technical skill. But of course, here I am and I’ve been having an absolute blast writing posts since the beginning of the year.
Now, let’s look at this story in relation to following our dreams, being a newbie, and Kerry’s post on creating connections and building relationships for business.
Number 1: Just keep going and never give up on your dreams.
If I had allowed my fear and trepidation get in the way of learning something new that wasn’t particularly fun or interesting to me, there’s no way I would have made it this far. Luckily for me, the bigger picture of online entrepreneurship and what I’m doing was way more interesting and enticing, and this pushed me past my blocks. If anyone could have seen me, or even worse, been around me, as I swore and ranted my way through the difficulties I’ve encountered trying to figure out some pretty basic stuff, you would know how challenging it’s been.
Spending hours trying to do something and getting nowhere is one of the biggest dream crushers I can think of, but if we just keep our sites on our vision or goal, we can handle an incredible amount of challenge and keep going no matter what. For me, having a clear image in my mind of why I’m doing what I’m doing keeps me coming back for more every day, and because I truly love what I’m doing, I seem to be able to put up with any amount of struggle along the way.
Number 2: Being a newbie, I sincerely hope other readers who are new to online business can draw some strength and inspiration from knowing they’re not alone in their grand adventure. If I can be chatting away to you here within the space of two short years having come from a world of zero technological and online business knowledge, then you’re only limited to the degree you allow yourself to be. You can ask anyone who has known me for a while, if I can tackle technology and online entrepreneurship – seriously, anyone can!
Number 3 : In Kerry’s recent post on creating connections and building relationships, she spoke about the importance of making this a high priority if you want to grow and expand in business. She also mentioned a rough time line of 6 to 18 months “incubation period” after meeting someone and it leading to any possible business dealings.
Interestingly enough, it would have been around two years ago that my Yaro epiphany turned into a business proposition.
I expressed similar ideas to Kerry in my previous article about the importance of creating connections for business through social media. I wouldn’t even be here writing this today if it hadn’t been for my natural inclination and interest in creating connections and building relationships, both offline and online. Being highly active socially online or offline isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it seems like something we all need to figure out one way or another if we want to grow and evolve with our rapidly changing business environment.
There is more to write about this new business environment, but we’ll go into that in another post.
Once again, thanks for reading & I’d love to hear your comments at the end.
P.S. I’m hoping to have had a chance to speak with my friend Rowan Burn about the power of intention, consistency and congruency by the next article, so I can share with you the critical role of these elements in your creative process for blogging success.
An interesting side note, Rowan is another of those connections I made a few years ago. Rowan’s a gifted human behavioral specialist, mentor and speaker, and has amassed an incredible amount of knowledge and experience working closely with Dr. John Demartini – fingers crossed we get to hear from him☺.