Why You Need to Start Now by Nadia Chaudhry

If you had a grenade in your hand and pulled the pin, what would you do with it? Would you keep holding it? No, unless you’d like to have you hand blown off? Yeah, didn’t think so. Would you have any hesitation at all to throw it? Absolutely not, again because you don’t want your hand to be blown off. So tell me, why do you hold onto your ideas when holding onto them gives you just as little as a blown off hand?

It’s time to get serious and start getting stuff done. The only way to do that is starting right now. Let’s change the way you think of your ideas.

We all have that one juicy idea, that one thing that we’re hoping is going to make us a whole bunch of moo-lah and catapult us into stardom and success. Well, let me tell you something. Most people don’t get rich with just an idea. In fact, people usually go through a few ideas before they reach a successful one. Hate to burst your bubble, but ideas aren’t worth anything. That great idea you have, it’s zilch, zip, nada, nothing. However, if you act on that idea, then it can be worth something. I can give you a way out of the madness by creating a little insanity. Don’t think of your ideas as ideas

Start thinking of your ideas as a grenade

Get the grenade. Get an idea, it doesn’t have to super developed. In fact, it shouldn’t be super developed at all. Think of a solider reaching for his grenade, how much foresight does he have before he throws it? Not very much, because he’s acting on instinct based on the circumstances around him. He just tears it off his belt. Do that with your idea. Imagine you’re in a war zone and yank that idea into a basic form. This means deciding what you want to do.

Have that grenade in your hand and pull the pin. When a solider pulls a grenade off his belt, he’s almost immediately ready to bite off that pin. Immediately take action on the idea! This gets the ball rolling.

Let go of the grenade! Throw it out into the world and let it do its thing. Watch for the reaction. Now, reach for another grenade.

I held a live grenade for 6 months

I got a secret. I didn’t use this tactic with the launch my blog, NadiaChaudhry.com and I regret it so much. It took me 6 months to decide to pull the grenade off my belt. I pulled the pin and wait another 6 months before actually throwing it. Now, imagine if it’d really had been a grenade, I’d be blown to bits!

Now, I’ve learned to treat my ideas as grenades, to just pop that pin and throw it! You learn way more from experience than twiddling your thumbs like a school girl!

Here are some actionable tips to help you:

  1. Start quickly and start cheaply. It’s possible. If you sorta, kinda want to start blogging…? Just do it! Start off by trying a WordPress.com site. Now, do it. It’s free. If you want to sell your crafts, try Etsy. Business come in all shapes and sizes, figure out which method can get you up and at ‘em this week!
  1. Get an accountability group. Get 3-4 close friends and let them know EXACTLY what you’re up to. As humans, we care about what people say to some degree, so use that to your advantage and get the power of guilt working for you. I’ve done this and my productivity has skyrocketed. Specifically, tell them your plans and give them a solid deadline. For example, I’ve told my accountability group that my new free action e-book on starting a business online is coming out December 6thGiving yourself a deadline is when you pull the pin on your grenade. Brag and boost about what you’re going to do, because if you don’t, you’ll look like a tool and it’ll blow up in your face.
  1. Create a time chart. I have a time chart in excel with these columns: “What I Did,” “Time I Spent,” “What I got out of it,” and “What it meant.” This shows me whether or not my action steps are giving me the results I want or just time wasters. So, if you’re constantly brainstorming, record exactly how much time you’re spending (or wasting) only thinking about it. No matter how much time you spend thinking, it won’t GET you anywhere. It should be an eye opener!

Now over to you, imagine your idea as a grenade. Tell me, in the comments: What’s that great idea you have? Decide to pull the pin and throw the grenade. Come up with 3 things you can do today to get it out into the world. Who knows what can happen? I’ll reply back and give you advice/references!

Nadia Chaudhry is a clever and mischievous freelance writer and entrepreneur dedicated to female solopreneurs.  She holds secret powers to amping up a business’ personality through storytelling. She also re- kindles love between people and their long-forgotten or hidden dreams turning them into an inspiring and bold business. Click here to subscribe. Oh and she loves a game of dare or DARE, check it out.

Mini-Entrepreneurship and Crafts

Many internet people have heard of Etsy correct? If you haven’t where have you been, seriously?

Young people that are just striking out on their own have so many tools today to become micro-entrepreneurs. With just some time, effort, and an internet connection you can make some cash and get your feet wet in the world of online sales.

I first started in high school. I had a friend that was addicted to bidding on Ebay, specifically on car parts, that didn’t really interest me. However, I saw that I had a lot of old books, clothes, and trinkets lying around my room. I got in the habit of reading many Minimalist blogs such as Zen Habits and The Minimalists, I thought to myself what do I need all of these things for? Someone might have a better use for them than how I let them collect dust.

I cleaned out my room and took pictures and posted them up on a very simple and free Ebay account. No bells or whistles, but in a month I did manage to make $100. Yes, I know that doesn’t seem like a lot for a month’s work, but for high school – that seemed like a lot of money to me.

Etsy came on the scene and it was like Ebay, only so much better. You could sell handmade crafts, zines, and clothes, as well as “vintage” things! I’m still running a little Etsy shop where I sell my zines. There’s something special about getting something in the mail. Yes there’s the other world of online affiliate marketing, ebooks, and information sales. But for young people that are just jumping in to make a few extra dollars, it’s a wonderful opportunity.

Hope you’re living a BellaVie!

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Going back to handmade and (mostly) ethical

I just finished watching “Handmade Nation” a documentary on Indie Craft and DIY Culture, needless to say I cannot wait for the next Renegade Craft Fair. There’s this going back to nature and anti-consumer sentiment that has been growing.  

Having something handmade, whether it be a zine, book, scarf, or craft is special. There’s a story behind every item. This is why I love and advocate fair trade practices and ethical businesses. That’s why I only partner with businesses that will use fair trade materials, organic inks, and things that will have a low negative impact on our environment.

That’s why I partnered up with Replica Chicago to make my tees, and that’s why I make zines. I like knowing the businesses and artists behind the art. After discovering the art and craft of the ethnic minority groups in Yunnan Province I was very eager to go and connect with them. Collect their stories, and have their goods available to share with others.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!