Picture this: we’re sitting around a campfire in Yosemite on a crisp September night.
We’re wearing cute flannel shirts, artfully scuffed jeans, and drinking out of those blue and white metal mugs that L.L. Bean sells.
We’re taking turns swapping stories of wonder and woe.
I shift on my camping stool, lean in, and terrify you with the tale of how my ego and self-absorption stymied my career for, oh, A DECADE.
I put the flashlight under my chin for a more atmospheric effect and begin.
For 20 years, I’ve been getting paid to write; it’s been my sole source of income for a decade now. And according to Glassdoor.com, I earn significantly more than the average writer.
“I’ve been doing this for so long and supporting myself so comfortably, I must have it all figured out!” I’d smug to myself.
Every time I’d encounter a course or a coach or a program that promised to teach me how to write sales copy or Instagram comments or pitches, I’d internally flounce and toss my hair, believing that I didn’t need it.
What could these youths teach me that I, a seasoned veteran, didn’t already know?!
True, I’d occasionally read a blog post or download a freebie about how to write for ______ purpose, but that was about it. I refused to believe that there was more I could learn or that I needed to know something more than what I could glean from Googling or a library book.
Did my sales funnel covert? It was … fine. Were my launches hugely successful? Successful but not, like, hugely successful.
(This is where my story takes a turn. The plot thickens!)
Then we decided to buy a duplex. Duplexes are expensive.
Committed to accruing that hallowed 20% down payment, I decided I was going to try something different for my next course launch. I was going to suck it up and take a course about sales + launch writing.
Even if I thought I already knew a lot about writing.
Even if I was worried it wouldn’t work.
I bet you can see where this is going, dear reader. I took this course and had the best launch of my career. I made double what I’ve made on any other launch; my sales page converted at 18%. Industry average is 2.3%.
All this happened because I finally got over myself and realized:
- maybe someone else knows things that I don’t know
- within every skill set there are incredibly specific subsets
- what I was doing – half-heartedly reading blog posts – wasn’t working
Too bad it took me ten years to get over myself and figure this out.
Just because I’m an expert at playing the flamenco guitar, doesn’t mean I could play lead guitar for Guns N Roses.
A ballerina doesn’t assume that she could land a lead role in a tap dancing musical.
I guess what I’m saying is: If you’ve been trying to change something in your life – your health, your career, your relationships, your habits, your spending habits – and the things you’ve been doing haven’t been working?
Maybe it’s time to try something new. Maybe it’s time to get over yourself and your ego and your belief that you can journal and Youtube and library book your way through this.
(And when I say “you” I mean “me too OH GOD I AM SO DEEPLY INCLUDED IN THIS NARRATIVE.”)
If muscling your way through change with a library book, a journal, and some Youtube tutorials worked - things would be different by now. Click To Tweet
- Going to therapy
- Enrolling in a college course
- Enrolling in a Community Ed. course
- Taking a class on Udemy or Skillshare or Lynda
- Finding an accountability buddy
- Joining a group on Meetup so you’ll have meetings to attend and friends with similar interests/issues to talk to
- Finding a support group
- Join an online forum or message board
Change is possible! We can all learn new things and get new + different results. It starts with acknowledging that maybe it’s time to get outside of our heads and start taking action.