Browse Month: September 2017

experts

Why You Should Stop Listening to So-Called Experts

How are me and you different form Elon Musk? No doubt, in many ways. But one trait in particular and that is asking permission. In the forums, here and elsewhere, I constantly see inexperience take the better out of the young ambitious entrepreneurs.

I get it, I have been where you are now for a very long time. Every step had to be confirmed. I constantly looked for guides, tips, and tricks, for new strategies and step-by-step how-tos guides to confirm that what I have planned would work.

I wanted success even before I tried.

Should you do it?

failure

Yes, you should. Whatever you want to try and do, just do it. Will it work? I do not know. Probably not.

But here’s the kicker. Failing makes you better, while the never-ending process of getting ready moves you backwards.

You didn’t expect you’re getting better by reading all those guides, right? How can you? You don’t even know what you don’t know yet. Only failing can reveal to you the truth about how much you don’t yet know but should.

A Story to learn from

For 15 years I have enjoyed playing games online. One day, after my biggest day yet, $500 win in casino, I decided to invest that money on something I could build. I started looking for a niche.

I was paralyzed. Despite having a few general niche ideas, I couldn’t make the choice. I followed marketing influencers like Neil Patel, read all their guides, etc.

Which is crazy!

It’s like those French 101 lessons you took in high school. Yes, you did learn something but if the trip is only after a couple of years, you are going to learn everything again. Similarly, social media strategies haven no use to you if you are still writing your first blog post.

Imagine

neil patel

Imagine you are writing a book or making a movie about your road to success. Perhaps, it would be nice if it looked like a dentist’s 1-page pamphlet with 3 main points – you started, never made a mistake, made lots of money.

But it doesn’t work like that.

Take any success story, real or fictional. You will see that 99% of them were built through blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice.

It may be a cliché, but one that is worth remembering:

“If it was easy, everyone would do it”

Let yourself fail. You are only baking that story of yours more interesting.

Conclusion

My point is, geniuses of the industry can be useful, in certain times. But for the most part, they just distract you from your own goals. Honestly, the last three content strategy (pick any theme) tips you read on Facebook… weren’t they about pretty much the same thing?

Still want to dedicate time for learning? Fine. But do it only after you completed your business tasks for that day. This way you know you continue doing what is most valuable to you.

senior engineer