Skills Introduction: Overchoices

There are many ways to make money online and each has it’s default checklist of stuff you need to learn before you start. You can easily find now a map towards success already drawn out for your specific goals. I’m not saying these maps are incorrect but I think it’s pretty obvious they’re incomplete at best. If they weren’t then anyone could just follow the path and get there, everybody would find success. And yet we know that’s not the case. Maps are useful and you’ll get to learning to figure them out eventually but more important than that is how you use them. Information is power only as long as you understand how to use it.

Overchoices

In these fast-paced times we live in we are inclined to rely on formulas and checklists. When we go somewhere we rarely stop to think what road to take and when we do it’s only a choice between 2 options. We streamline our decisions to a process of remembering what we learned about the decisions of others. Some would argue that this is efficiency, others are going as far as to call it a modern plague. We like deciding for ourselves and most of us are perfectly capable analysing stuff around us and making sense of it. The problem though is that there’s just too much stuff around us. When there are too many things to choose from we tend to freeze and avoid making a choice at all. This is commonly known as overchoice.

Constant small steps

I bet that at least once in a while you too regretted not going on an incredibly simple track that would have made your life so much easier. Be it writing a few pages every day if you are a writer, coding for half an hour every day on your project if you are a developer. It doesn’t even have to be something as well defined as that. It could be about learning a foreign language, it could be about helping someone out. The Pareto principle states that 80% of effects come from 20% of the effecting causes. When it comes to learning or building something up, you do most of the work in a relatively short period of time, what takes a lot longer is mastering it but that’s another story.

Just push forward

Instead of gathering maps on what we’re set out to do, we might as well just start doing it, trusting our instincts. The maps are not going anywhere, they will always be there if needed for course correction. What is not commonly known is that most of these maps/guides/how-to focus on that final 20% area that gives you an edge in the subject. This is why these guides do not just work for anybody. Many people try to follow them step by step ignoring the essential 80%. Some of them are lucky, others already have or know some missing parts. But most will fight an uphill battle completely unprepared  and are doomed to give up sooner or later. Gathering information is useful but there’s also a point when by simply acknowledging the huge amount of information you don’t know incapacitates you. There’s plenty of time to figure how to get good and by the time you can put that information to actual use you might as well be far on that 80% that’s just getting moving.

 

The choices we make

There are many ways you can start earning money online. There are businesses you could invest in right now that would make you a millionaire in a year’s time. There are the small decisions, the choices you could make with a push of a button even today. Choices that are overlooked, understimated or even looked down upon by others, choices that could shatter to pieces the course of your life and build on top of that a new road, the road that you don’t even dare to dream for.

So what is the problem?

There isn’t one. You wouldn’t call not seeing the future a problem. You can’t hold it against yourself that you are not more that you can possibly be. And this here is the tricky part: making easy money online is not something you can just choose to do, it’s something you have to achieve. This achievement is not directly proportional neither with the number of hours you dedicate to it, neither the amount of information you absorb about it, it is not dependent on any predefined conditions.

It’s just something that clicks in your mind, a once random pattern that is now a clear shape which you can describe and recreate. But for that to happen you need first to overcome a few obstacles.

There are no money recipes on the Internet!

You are probably surprised that this site is not what you expected it to be. “Easy Cash Online”? There are hundreds of those sites, right? And then there are even more thousands of sites copying them, recycling the old exaggerations and myths to the point that they might fool you that there’s a whole science behind it. There’s not. You won’t find a how-to guide on becoming rich. Not a real one anyway, there’s probably an “Easy Cash Online” site out there selling exactly that.

Embrace the chaos.

When it comes to this, I think there are two types of people: those that prefer certainty and those that adventure in the unknown despite the fact that they prefer certainty as well. It’s the old problem of risk vs. reward. But the problem itself is not about measuring the risks or measuring the rewards, it’s about at the very least to be able to see them correctly. Most people will not see the reward in something until it strikes them in the face or until a couple of his of her closed ones get it first.

We as human beings need order and patterns to make sense of things, we are inclined to dismiss what we can’t comprehend as either chaotic or inconsequential. There were people laughing at the Internet when it happened. You would tell people that you were trying to make money off this new thing and they would laugh it out and treat you like a naive fool. There are things out there right now that are the future, that will shape the world as we’ll know it and you can be part of them for next to nothing.

You just need to keep your eyes open and think for yourself. When you’ll find about it from others it’s probably going to be already too late to get a piece of the reward.