When I come home, I've got a wife and two small kids in a one-room place. I'm trying to absorb all this new information, the kids are making a racket, the wife's none too impressed by my sudden devotion to the computer.
I'm ashamed to say I got really ratty with the DADDY DADDY every five minutes at first, but thankfully I realized that I'm doing this for my family. Of course, I'd rather chat with my daughter than stare at this screen!
I STILL HAVE TO FIND A SOLUTION. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO CONCENTRATE AND GET STUFF DONE THE WAY THINGS ARE.
IM seems like a huge hump ahead of me, full of known unknowns and a whole heap of unknown unknowns. Everything I read just adds to the pile, it's making me feel dizzy.
I've decided it's going to take me a year or two of solid effort before I can feasibly start making returns. I've got to actually learn and be proficient in a few things:
C. Technical wotjumacallits (building internet sites)
That's fine. What I must do is find small, practical things I can do each day to flex my muscles at each skill. Just reading about it won't cut the mustard.
The day I joined this site is day 0 for me. I'm full of ideas and hope and the possibility of change. I can't say I'm making any progress in IM, but this new attitude is already making some changes in real life.
1. My private gig is tutoring. I gave each of the kids a plastic folder, with a design featuring my 'branding' but designed by the kids! They're all really excited about it! Such a simple idea, I know, but I wouldn't have thought of it a week ago.
2. I made a Sales Pitch to my boss at work! Started off well, but I got a bit tongue-tied and flubbed it. He said he'd put it before the board. I really should have done more preparation.
3. I used to be a bit aloof, now I'm ready and willing to talk to anyone about anything. I'll spend all day at work chatting if I get the chance. Work performance is hard to measure, I think being socially acceptable is probably going to do me more favors.
4. I'll give to people when I can. Good advice given here is like water in the desert to me. Some coins out of my pocket to someone so far down they're begging on the street? No sweat.