1) When I first started in business I thought I had no skills and it took me
quite a while to get over that "in over my head" feeling that was always present.
When I was a kid I had a paper route - in order to make decent money
I had to grow my route - I did that by knocking on doors and convincing
people to buy a subscription.
I also had a weekend corner on long beach island to hawk papers.
(for you who don't know "hawk" means to hold up the paper to passerby's and
yell out the different headlines in order to get them interested in buying)
That corner was coveted by all the hawkers ... you had to get there super
early to claim it and often you had to physically defend it.
As I got older I started handling commercial accounts. That required me
to go into the store - get the account - and then handle billing and delivery
and the delivery amount was based on the day of the week. Wed and Sunday
were always the largest orders for ALL stores simply because of coupons.
BTW; that was my first experience with adults NOT being honest.
It's amazing how many adults will try to screw a kid out of a few dollars.
any way - the point is with just that ONE thing I did
Unbeknownst to me I had established all kinds of skills
and I am sure many more things.
Unless you lived in a cave and did nothing with your life, you probably
have skills, you already have a foundation.
The key for me was to use what I already knew in the new situations ...
that and I had to learn to trust myself - specifically my judgment.
Half the crap I have been successful with ... came about because I
did not know what I was doing.
Because I did not know what I was doing - I looked at things differently
then other people who were successful in my field .
When I talked to these "experts" about my ideas I almost always
heard things like - "that wont work", "that's impossible", "that's not how
things work" and on and on.
At the time it was pretty dejecting...however... once I stopped listening
and I started doing things my way ( the supposed WRONG way )
That's when I really started growing.
So - IMHO - sometimes not knowing anything is a good thing.
It means your not constrained by what others are...
and when you're not constrained by convention - you will excel
Now that doesn't mean "don't listen to advice" --- It means question
everything. If someone says no - you need ask "why not"
and then if the answer doesn't make sense to you ... you might be onto something.
My final thought;
When you're stuck and want to bang your head on the wall.
Take a step back, in almost ALL instances you will realize that
your making it to complicated.
Go back to basic's - simplify what ever it is you're having the issue with.
I swear - it's the key to success.
OK - I'm done rambling.