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.

What the heck am I supposed to do with my life?!?

It’s that time of year, students have returned to classes, the mid-drifting begins from

I’m going to rock this year! I’ve got all my supplies, I’ve got my organizer, bring it!

to

I hate this class. Maybe I want to switch my major? But I’m paying for this… What do I really like to do.. ahhhh!

*Enters rabbit hole of no answers*

My favorite vlogger made an amazing video that sums up what I have learned. After having many breakdowns along the way – and still figuring things out – I’ve come to a level of relative contentment after watching it.

Why are we asked what to do for the rest of our lives when life is not something that can be so easily planned out? What if you like one thing but not the other? What if you thought you liked something, but after having some experience doing the actual work… was it what you imagined? Maybe, maybe not.

But don’t settle. Keep your options open and surround yourself with people that will support you, and create stuff. I’m currently working at 3 different places – I am learning a lot about myself, and about what kind of work environment I like.

I feel like I can’t be working for somebody else on their projects. I have to have my projects – speaking of which big things are in store! Pun intended. I’ve moved my bigcartel store to Etsy where I have my zines but I’m in the process of book writing. Yes, I know – one at a time. But I’ll update you more on that soon. I’ll be having a pre-order soon for independent copies and what exactly it will entail.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

Melody talks on PBS about the Global Education Partnership

Melody talks a bit more in an exclusive interview about what we will be doing in China with the Global Education Partnership. Inspiring students, cultural exchanges, and connecting with fellow human beings. That’s what education is about, the connections.

After reading the books from AERO, I realized how much the connections with students matter. Look out for a few book reviews I will have posted up soon.

I will also be contributing to a few alternative education magazines in the upcoming month which is quite exciting! The voices are getting louder, and the education model that has been here for ages is not what it used to be. With all of the globalization and and intercultural relations it is of paramount importance to change with the times.

Hope you are all living a BellaVie!

Penpals, Snail Mail, and Zines

Recently Nerdfighteria has shown itself to being really made of awesome, it has also shown the power that the internet and individuals collaborating really have. In less than a week a Nerdfighter Penpal group was formed and people were matched … Continue reading

Things that they don’t teach in schools

This conversation has been brought up many times since I began researching educational methods and studying for my TESOL certification. There’s a distinction between general education (the classics in literature, basic mathematical skills, history, etc.) and life learning. Is it … Continue reading

The BellaVie Interview with Tony Venezia

1. What got you interested in art and specifically animation?

One of my earliest recollections is watching Disney’s “Skeleton Dance” on the Mickey Mouse Club when I was three or four. Since that time I have loved watching animated films. My brother drew all the time when I was growing up. I always wanted to be able to draw like him, but my teachers and family didn’t see things the way I did and convinced me I couldn’t draw. I have a very competitive nature. When I was in high school (at Willowbrook), I made my first animated film. This won several awards including on in a college level competition. My cinema teacher, Ralph Amelio, encouraged me to continue making films. And I did. My next undertaking would take on my fear for drawing. I made my films “Super Carrot,” which involved drawing and coloring over two thousand pictures. The more I did the more I wanted to make more animated films. In 1978 I move to California to attend Graduate school at UCLA and earned my MFA in animation. From there I started working in the field of special effects animation and in 1983 started my own special effects business where we worked on projects for almost every major film studio and television network.

 

2. What are your favorite animations and films?


There are a number of animated films that stand out for me. “Wabbit Twouble” is probably my favorite Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd film. (Although there are so many great Warner films it’s hard to pick just one.) I don’t think anyone will ever top the artistry and craftsmanship of Disney’s Pinocchio. Frederick Back’s “The Man Who Planted Trees” is an amazing, powerful, and sensitive work. Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker’s “1933 version of “Night on Bald Mountain” is one of the films I would bring with me if I was deserted on an island, as well as Oskar Fischinger’s “Motion Painting #1.”

 

3. What habits did you develop to get the results you wanted with following your passion?

When I made my first animated film in high school, I realized for the first time in my life I could excel at something. I feel my work in animation is as much a part of me as my arms and legs. Early in my animation education I realized that if I wanted to really be good I would have to learn how to evaluate my work. That means taking the attitude that anything I create can and should be improved. Sometimes the improvements come during the next project. But it is an ongoing and everlasting quest for learning and growing. I have not had much trouble doing the work. Even in my early films, I wanted to animated and would find the time to do so. One of my biggest problems has been and still is the ongoing battle with organization and planning.
4. What advice do you give to students that have an interest in animation?

If a student of mine has a true passion or wants to discover if they have a true passion for animation I encourage them to pursue it to whatever degree they want. When a student tells me they would like to work for Disney or Pixar one day, I fully believe they are capable and take that goal very seriously. The only thing that will stop them is themselves. To exceed in animation, a person has to be driven and disciplined. These skills can be acquired, but again that is up to the individual.

 

5. What were the best resources that helped you?

Meeting animators that I respect. While in California I met people who had worked on Disney classic features, went to school with one of the originators of The Simpsons, took a class with CG pioneer John Whitney, worked for Doug Trumbull. It is impressive that some of the big names in animation will take a phone call from a student. There are animation organizations that are helpful as well. ASIFA is an international animation organization with local chapters. AWN.com is a great website for animators and people just interested in animation. Attending The Ottawa International Film Festival is inspirational.