Stop learning. Start doing

Manilla shippng tag, modelling paste, The Crafters Workshop stencil and Ranger paints

Manilla shippng tag, modelling paste, The Crafters Workshop stencil and Ranger paints

I went to a workshop a few years ago and one of the speakers mentioned they had spoken at a few events and would often see the same people at each event.  Year after year. They were learning and learning.  Taking notes.  Asking questions.  Buying courses.

But they never did anything with what they learned.  They didn’t start a business.  They didn’t take the leap.  They didn’t try anything they learned.  They didn’t have the courage to at least give it a go and see what happened.

Given half a chance, I would sign up for so many more courses than I already have.  Oh, if I didn’t have That Day Job….  But alas, I have to limit what I’m doing.

I’m currently doing the Blogging For Your Creative Business with April from Blacksburg Belle which I am loving.  When I first decided I was going to go after this big, wild, crazy dream, I did a more technical blogging course which taught me how to set up hosting, file transfers from my computer, back ups and all that kind of stuff.  Both VERY different courses, even though they are both on blogging.

I’ve also got a course sitting there waiting for me from Jane Davenport on how to use my art suppliers called Supplies Me.  It’s a fun art one after all the business learning I’ve been doing for the last 18 months.  Mumma needs some fun! (Furry kids counts as being a Mumma, right?)   I’ll be going on to that once I finish April’s course in a few weeks.

I’ve also got an ebook from Mayi Carles waiting for me that I am about half wayf through.  It’s about writing an ebook and it is brilliant!  But I’ve had to put it to the side to focus on opening my Etsy store.  But I can’t wait to go back to it.  An ebook is definitely something I see myself doing further down the track.  The operative words being ‘further down the track’.

I’ve banned myself from buying any more ebooks, courses or classes until I finish the ones I already have.  I read somewhere recently that 20% of people who buy a course or ebook never open it.

When I did my first blogging course, it was all in video.  I would watch the video through the first time.  Then I would re-watch it, doing what they did as it played.  I worked through it day by day, week by week.  And in the end, I had a blog all set up.  I was quite chuffed with myself.  It was scary as hell, pressing all these buttons because someone told you to, not really knowing how it all worked and why.  But I did it.  And I got where I wanted to get to when I bought it.

If you decide to do a course or buy an ebook as part of going after your big, wild, crazy dream this year – promise me you’ll read it or watch it.  You’ll try what you learn.  You’ll have the courage to take a leap of faith.  To do something that is waaaay out of your comfort zone but could give you so much.

Pinky promise me, okay?

Coral.  xo

PS – I’ve started posting on my art blog  My latest post is about starting my first ever year long project – The Tag Journal Project.

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3 Responses to Stop learning. Start doing

  1. Bev says:

    I hear you! There are so many great courses/ebooks out there, and I definitely feel like I want to try them all, but right now I’m focusing on April’s course as well. Trying to stay on top of that and not get sidetracked by all the other goodies out there!

    • Coral says:

      Hi Bev – I’m loving April’s course. Lots to do but it’s all really good juicy stuff. I have to make rules and deals with myself, otherwise I’d go crazy with courses. Damn you Day Job! I’ve love to hear what other courses you’ve done and which ones you loved the most.

  2. aaron says:

    I split my personal hours as
    core development (mind, body,soul, spirit)
    learn (things, skills to learn)
    action (apply, do your ideas)
    it works at times

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