How do I get started?
Where do I begin?
Here’s a simple process. Follow this strategy and you can only fail if you fail to follow instructions.
1) Find someone who’s already “on.” Offer work for them for free, in exchange for an education.
This is the path that Robert Kiyosaki explained he took as a kid in his allegorical book Rich Dad Poor Dad.
The already-established person who’s teaching and employing you — they know the ropes. They know the game. They know everything that you need to know.
Your payment is in the proximity you enjoy as their employee / apprentice / mentee. Call it what you want — you need to earn your keep. Show up ready to work.
That said, understand: “teaching” does NOT necessarily mean anyone sitting with you for an hour (or even five minutes) every week and talking to you one-on-one.
That’s called coaching, and that has a price tag.
Your education is in the fact that you’re in the room when and where things are happening. Your job is to use your senses of sight and hearing to take in everything you’re around.
You create your own education. Don’t expect it to be handed to you — that only happens in school.You create your own education. Don’t expect it to be handed to you — that only happens in school. Click To Tweet
Re-read the previous sentence.
Re-read it again.
After you finish school, no one will EVER force you to sit down and shut up and listen to them talk, ever again. It must be a personal choice.After you finish school, no one will EVER force you to sit down and shut up and listen to them talk, ever again. It must be a personal choice. Click To Tweet
Possible failure point: the unproven people who aren’t good enough to command any significant money, yet think they’re too good to work for free.
WTF. Figure that out.
2) So, all you need to do is listen to watch and take notes.
Pay attention. Treat your (unpaid) job as if you’re an investigative reporter, there to learn every detail of what’s happening.
(This learning period can last for years…)
The failure point of this is the people who are asleep at the wheel, simply not paying attention when they should be. They blow their opportunity by not being on-point.
3) Once you feel that you are properly educated (read: you know enough to get started), start doing your own thing ON THE SIDE.
(Oh, yeah: if you’re providing solid value to the person you’re learning from, you can eventually earn a paid position.
If you have to ask for this position, you’re either not providing enough value or haven’t done so for long enough. Expect a minimum 90 days of consistent effort before you even think about it.)
You don’t need to jump out of the window right away. I know that’s what all the amazing entrepreneur stories sound like, but it’s both not true and not needed.
Plus, you’re not even sure that your thing will work yet.
Continue to lean on your boss / mentor for advice and knowledge.
If you chose the right person to begin with, they will be more than happy to see you taking initiative and striking out on your own, however small.
Failure point: it’s not the person who fails at striking out on their own — but those who’s grown too comfortable in their current place and never aim to go further. You fail by default.Failure point: it’s not the person who fails at striking out on their own — but those who’s grown too comfortable in their current place and never aim to go further. You fail by default. Click To Tweet
4) Continue building off of what you know. Trial and error. Learning. Adjusting. Adjusting again.
(Points 3 & 4 can take more years…)
5) Become the established “on” person from point #1 and give back to the next wave of up-and-comers.
This giving back completes the cycle that you started.
It pays it forward to someone else the same way someone paid it forward to you.
And it cements a legacy for you, since you’ll die one day too, like everyone else. Make sure to leave something behind that keeps your name alive.
This can be in the form of coaching, mentoring, writing a book, making videos, starting a charity, telling your story and having it recorded, etc. Anything that can speak for you when you’re not there to speak for yourself.
Failure point: those who never codify their experiences. All that knowledge and experience, forever lost.
A damn shame.
Where are you on this path right now? What needs to happen to get you to the next step? Reply and let me know — I read all responses.
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