I was promoting one of my articles on my Facebook page when a thought occurred to me: what if I had not opened a Facebook account over 6 years ago? And what if I had followed my good judgment and created a twitter account 5 years ago? How many followers would I have amassed by now and how could that have affected my blog promotion via social media. Naturally, I followed that stream of thought and wondered the things I could have done differently 5 years ago and how they could have affected my business life today. The aim of this article is to let you, my reader, know the importance of starting now. One of the keys to overcoming procrastination is to do it now. My personal motto is: if it has to be done, do it now! I wish I had done these 5 things differently 5 years ago.
1. Keep my niche blog active
I love blogging. I love that I write and someone somewhere reads what I write. I started a niche blog 5 years ago (weight loss niche). I loved it because I was engaged in a fitness program at the time and was excited about the things I was doing and how they could help someone else lose weight and stay healthy. The blog wasn’t making me any money and traffic was low so I shut it down. Looking back now, I wish I had continued working on it. If I had, I’m sure things would have turned out differently on many fronts by now.
Lesson: don’t quit. You would never find out how successful you could be if you quit.
2. Write 1 article daily
If I had continued writing, I shudder to think about how good I would have become today. I love writing. It’s one of my hobbies, that and reading. I never really practiced; I wrote only when I had to. When I stopped blogging, I stopped writing. Looking back now, I should have committed myself to writing one article everyday whether I used it or not, no matter how crappy it was. People who love to write and practiced writing make full-time income just doing what they love. Now that I’m having to write more consistently, I notice how rusty I am and how much better I could have become if I had stayed disciplined.
Lesson: practice makes perfect. Have the discipline to work on your skills regularly
3. Create a twitter account
I used to think of twitter as another social media network I could do without. As a blogger now, I know better. I should have done this long ago – I posted my ‘Hello World!’ tweet 3 weeks ago and got 1 re-tweet. Of course, having a twitter account is a matter of preference. I never would have thought about it if I had not started my web project but I’m glad I have. The community and networking is amazing. I could air my mind – and frustration – on president Buhari’s personal twitter handle without batting an eyelid or waiting till my friendship request got approved, I could start a protest using a hash tag, I could support a cause or help someone while staying anonymous, the list is endless. I really should have done this 5 years ago.
Lesson: Pick things when you can. They might come in handy in the future.
4. Read more books
I read a lot of books in those years (I still do) but they were mostly novels. I read to entertain myself. I could finish one book in day which was an amazing feat given the circumstances. If I had to do it again, I would read more of self-development books and biographies. Reading novels was fun and exciting; it shaped my life a bit and I love it. But biographies would have taken me to heights I’m yet to imagine.
Lesson: read to learn.
5. Make more friends
I don’t see how I could have done this though because I’m mostly an introvert – perhaps if I had read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie or books like that. But then apart from family, friends are all we have. And the more friends (reliable friends) we have, the better. I’m happy with the friends I have now. They are the most wonderful people on the planet. Yes, you. We are friends now, aren’t we?
Lesson: Expand your network; make more friends
Conclusion: I have done everything in this list; only wished I had done them earlier. Now, you have 2 options: you can start doing things now that will help you 5 years from now or you can write an article about things you wish you had done differently 5 years from now. What is it going to be? Let me know in the comment box. Here’s a tip: don’t be like me; start now! *wink*
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