Time to have a coffee break question:
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Back to the questions …
One that got my attention though was from someone (wants to remain anon, no problem!) 😉 …
Thanks for this interesting question … and don’t take this literally, as in do it as I say, because this is just from my perspective, after all everyone is unique and has a unique set of circumstances, perspective, etc.
So, what did they ask? …
I just finished college (I’m 20 now) and applied for lots of jobs over the last 6 months (related to what I learnt) but to no avail, I feel I wasted three years learning something I may not yet or ever use, not sure what I should do, so if it was you, what would you do at 20 now, knowing what you do… or if you could go back to 20, what would you have done, if you were in a similar situation?
Well, that has two different answers really for me, 1, if I was 20 now, 2, if I went back to 1991, when I was 20, knowing what I know now, considering it was a completely different world then! 😉
First though, just wanted to say this to you… don’t let this knock you as the current economy is bad for many people, so you may well use what you learnt sometime, you are also young, so time is on your side and it’s what you do with it next that counts… as you already know, which is why you asked. 😀
You didn’t mention what it was you had learnt about, which is not a problem but it could have had got a different answer slightly, never mind… I’m sure some of the smart readers here will also chip in with a comment of advice or similar.
Let’s dig in…
If I were 20 now
1. If I were 20 now, which is the one you want to hear I guess seeing as you ain’t never gonna see 1991. 😉
Let’s presume you still live at parents, get a part time job just to help out and allow you funds for certain things you’ll need.
Well, that’s interesting because knowing what I do, I would most likely build a life around whatever my passions are, photography, cycling, writing, etc, and combine them all as much as possible and build a website/blog and learn fast, fail often but learn fast.
Go out and enjoy the passions as much as possible and build up a content folder, notes for post ideas, pictures to use, etc. That’s ya bread and butter on days you can’t enjoy passions, you get on with site and promoting, and interacting online with others.
Build a community of like minded people around it, find them at forums, social media sites, interact with them, like their stuff and share their stuff too, promote the heck out of the site/blog and promote the heck out of others websites too if they have them. Don’t spam anywhere or annoy people. 😉
Start an email newsletter at the same time but only post once a week and have several different aims with that. You want things in there that are nowhere else, not online on your website, so for example, you could share a few inside tips etc then also add maybe 5 top links of the week of other peoples sites etc. . . what you put out, you get back.
Always aim to get people on that newsletter. 😉 It’s the money maker if done right. 😉
This is what I would aim to do, and it’s not easy as alot of effort has to go into it to get that ball rolling but it can literally explode over night if the one person with influence sees and shares your site, a post, a picture, whatever.
Once you have started be an affiliate for related stuff to your passions and that should also fire up ideas of creating own stuff to sell. As well as earn a few quid from affiliate sales made. In the newsletter you could share good deals you find related to your passions and use affiliate links, but be honest with them about it, no one minds as long as we are honest. 😉
Find good deals but pricey stuff too, as well as the low priced stuff, all about % of sale and test it all out, work out your fans and give them what they want. . . 😉
This is important, the readers you have are most likely interested in your whole lifestyle, not just specific things. Aim to get at least 1000 genuine fans, fans who would buy something of yours, ie write a book, sell it, let’s say that book was £15, for a real book mind… just sales from the book directly is gonna get you earning, and you could have an e-book version selling for less, but likely sell more of them. Test and test it all.
Be mindful of this simple truth. The 80/20 rule applies everywhere in life, so you will find 80% of your success will come from 20% of what you do, so find that 20% and do more of that. 😉
Then it’s all about scale. 😉
If I could go back to 1991
2. If I could back to 1991 when I were 20. 🙂
Well, I was almost finished with a stone masonry apprenticeship, which were great days and I don’t think I would change that even now. I got to be honest though, it never really fired me up, I didn’t get out of bed excited by it, at all.
So, I think I would have learnt something else, using my head now I would have got into arty creative things like photography and drawing, painting, that sort of thing as I do enjoy it and could draw pretty well If I may say so. 😉
With the start of digital photography and all this internet lark I think I would have fared better than I did the first time round.
When young I had absolutely no interest in computers at all, but it’s not possible to ignore it so I would have dived in like I did many years later. Hence me here. 😉
The world was a very different place to now though.
Not sure this helps you much fella but I hope it gives you ideas, whatever you do do, OWN IT. 😉
What about you?
Would you change things?