Deciding What to Do… Opportunity

Deciding What to Do… Opportunity

Do you have issues with this? It’s crazy to think that I am talking about a situation where too much opportunity is causing stagnation…

Opportunity is Everywhere

I’m not bragging when I say this, but opportunity is everywhere. I think most people become immune to seeing it around them. Then there is another group completely that has the issue I have, I’m good at seeing the opportunity but not so good at picking which one to go with.

Every Opportunity Seems Damned Promising

Currently, everything I’m looking at seems awesome. Now I must admit from the time I started this post till now some of these opportunities feel more right than others, but the same problem persists because the ones that “feel right” are the hardest long shots of all of them.

Could I be too optimistic? I mean I certainly think it’s possible.

Breakdown of Current Opportunities

Hektech and Better PC Health – these seem somewhat obvious, but I have made some key changes in the last month to Hektech, and I have planned for months to do the Let’s Build a Business for Better PC Health. Growth is slow and in the future sometime I will explain some major problems I have. If you don’t know what Hektech and Better PC Health click the links of each to find out more

YouTube – This is really a small part of a bigger whole at this point, however, it could be a great opportunity. Right now I have my personal channel, Hektech, and BPCH along with another random channel that I have not done anything with but have plans to make some fun top 10 type videos on. YouTube does allow for people to make better than an average living but most of the people who are doing this have been on there for years and make high-quality videos.

Blogging – I have met a few people in the recent months that make more than you or I could possibly imagine from blogging… We are talking about over $100k monthly. I don’t think I write anything that could make that kind of money, but I could see myself doing that for sure.

Sherece’s Stores – Last on this list is Sherece’s stuff, Sherece.com and Baking Is My Yoga (Facebook and Website). We are looking at doing a Kickstarter for the latter and we already have Sherece.com running. I want to give her enough attention so that she can be successful as possible.

This leaves out the other people I am working with… It leaves out CL Harmon and The Mannford Reporter, it leaves out NJ and our planned PTA site, and at least 3 more people I can think of without trying!!!

How I Look at Each Opportunity

Well without trying to sound like some kind of nut (I likely do) I look at them damned optimistically. Hektech or Better PC Health could be extremely successful beyond the limits of “owning a freelance job”… wildly I am telling you. They are both businesses that have completely automatable systems. They could be staffed by people with minimal skill and they both would provide huge value for their customers.

YouTube, if you didn’t know it, creates millionaires. No Joke. Finding whatever it takes to make some videos that get to 1 million views monthly. I think I would only need 1 or 2 videos to do that monthly to live very well… I have heard many people get side gigs and other work from their YouTube videos, I do hope for that.

Blogging is one of those things I have always said I wanted to do, but just never really did the “right” way. People want to see consistent material of a certain quality.

Last on this list is my lovely wife’s stuff. She really has some stuff that looks like it has huge potential.

But I still Feel Stuck…

When it comes to BPCH and Hektech; I just can’t seem to figure out how to get it rolling like it should. I think that is the main reason I am doing the Let’s Build a Business on YouTube. Which brings me to my next point YouTube I see as a very long shot and not something I am banking on at all. It is kind of like blogging, however, maybe I can get it right this time around. I don’t expect to make any direct money from this. Much like YouTube, I could see how it could generate income in other ways. With Sherece’s stores I feel like I can help a lot, but don’t know all that I need to know. I for sure don’t feel I can give her the time and attention she needs or deserves.

With all this opportunity, in a way I feel stuck on two sides; which do I pick and how do I do it right? What I end up doing is just everything, which actually seems to help, but it is hard to think this is the optimal way of doing things.

 

Not Knowing the Best way to Deal with a Problem

I have started this post numerous times but never finish it. This time, I am just going to keep it short and sweet because I think I have a solution.

For those of you that don’t know, I have hypothyroidism. The reason I never finish this post is because this story involves so much. It involves a lot in the way of general practitioners not knowing what I think they should. It involves 2.5 years of constant blood tests and a much longer time of just not feeling like things are right yet.

I know when things are good I can live a consistent life waking up on time, staying awake and focused through the day, and not falling asleep so early that you’d think I was a grandpa. But things over the last couple of years have not been good as I call them.

Most recently after my last doctor, the one that got it right, retired. When this happened, I thought, no big deal I can find a new doctor… Let me just shorten this up by saying I was wrong.

I went to the health clinic near my work, and after they ran the most expensive test, and the doctor made me feel like he didn’t listen or care. My tests came back on the high side (indicating I need more medication), however, instead of looking at the symptoms I was reporting and the past history of levels that had worked for me I was told, “you are within the normal range”.

Now to understand the frustration here you have to realize that I have been through this before. I have been in and out of the doctors offices’ spending God only knows amounts of money. And now I FEEL like I am back at square one.

It doesn’t help that nearly everything that I have had go wrong with me in the last 6 months or so is related… Yes, 6 months. I am making an appointment with a specialist in the next week, I had felt like I could not take the time off of work or my boss would stroke out.

Trust me when I say this is much shorter than the other versions. There is just so much to say about it because it affects almost everything in your body and mind. From how tired you feel (with regard to sleep and physically), to how you think and remember things (not well). I really hope seeing a specialist will put this to bed for once and all. Because the costs of not taking care of it are far too great.

PS – I haven’t paid the clinic. Shame on me for not writing a letter to explain why I have not paid them. But much like these blog posts on the subject; there is too much to say and only so much paper in the world. I guess I just need to keep it short and sweet and send them the money when I can anyways, maybe they will be able to invest in some updated charts and information.

Success vs Failure; Do you know what it means to fail better? – Leadership NB Prompt #8

Identify ten popular items that at least one person you know can’t stand.

  1. Beatles (Car & I’m sure the band too)
  2. Onions
  3. McDonald’s
  4. iPhone
  5. Android Phone
  6. Mac Computers
  7. Windows Computers
  8. iTunes Radio
  9. Podcasts
  10. Coffee

When someone criticizes a true success (Avatar, Star Wars, the iPhone, pizza) that doesn’t automatically mean the thing is bad. It means the person criticizing it is keeping score of something different, has a different worldview, wants different things!

The purpose of this exercise is to help you understand that even GREAT stuff isn’t universally liked. Create a list of popular things that some people don’t like to help you stop looking for universal approval and instead, realize that leadership is about being important to some people, not liked by all people.

They’re some missing components here. When I watching the video I was thinking about what an important message it is that failure happens. How vital it is to understand that what may appear as a failure to you can be a success to someone else.

Did you ever consider that?

Plenty of people try again and again, and sometimes they fail, but when they fail at the right things, I don’t see it as a failure. I’d rather fail at trying to get a charity off of the ground that is looking to help a group of people who need it. However, I’d rather not start a business that is looking to overcharge or overwork the same group by dismissing them as unsophisticated or unimportant. On that same note, if it was a business that provided a fair wage to those people or charged a fair price, you’ll find me again. For some that might seem obvious, but I know plenty that can not draw the distinction here. They pine for the doing something meaningful and demonize profits at all turns.

Let’s take a moment to look at the difference. Most of the things I have tried that have not worked out didn’t have a strong component of profit built-in or some alternate source of funding. Often, these failures boil down to a couple of different factors, a strong willingness to avoid the important questions or such a strong desire to not be an “evil” (read profitable) company. If you don’t make enough money to pay the bills, keep your employees happy and healthy, or whether a few storms. Then you do not make enough money.

I’ve gone a little far off of topic here and am almost out of time. What I want to get at here is that people who can take that experience and learn from it have turned a failure into an opportunity.  Those that charge on and scream damn the lack of profit, work harder, work longer, the customer is always right. Have the wrong kind of failure for success and they will eventually pay the price.

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