Can I Do This If I Can’t Sell?

Starting tomorrow, I am going to start a 5-week challenge to start to ship some of my ideas finally. As important as I think it is to make sure that we that we actually try to release our ideas onto the world. We also have to keep in my mind the fact of that matter that should this idea exist and who would benefit from them. I have been thinking about sales a lot and being able to make one of this challenge.

One of the best feelings that I have had in the last 6 months was selling a copy of a course that I made. Release and finishing a product was one thing. But, that validation of someone taking out their credit card and say yes to something that you make is second to none.

I keep this list handy with me when I am thinking about ideas.

Products Anyone Can Make

  1. Book
  2. White paper, research guide, compilation
  3. Course/workshop
  4. Screencast, video, or podcast/audio

But, tomorrow is day one of our challenge to make and ship your ideas. May just might be a challenge in sales.

Getting Off The Bench

Today, is going to be some prepare work for the challenge. Week 1 for me is going to be releasing a new ebook. I’ve had an idea for some short stories for months now. I haven’t been able to get this out the door. I have some work done on it so it is the perfect project for a short week. I had some people yesterday reach out to me asking what are some ideas of things they can ship.

So, if you want to get in on the challenge. For week 1, I would say to pick something that you have already started to work on or something that might just require blocking off a time. A few good examples would be starting a blog, setting up your computer to live stream on Twitch, sign up for Medium, deploy that unfitted website.

For week 2, let us go into that idea folder. If you have that one project that has been lingering around or an idea that seems to surface once a month. Let us start looking at that one. What is the smallest piece of that project that we can get live? Is it a landing page to start collecting emails, maybe it is finding design help to get the web app rolling.

The key is doing something small early and getting that momentum going for the week.

If you want to share your work and follow along with my progress leave your email here.

April Ship It Challenge

Do you have a notebook or a list somewhere of some ideas that you thought were just amazing? Have you ever been out with friends one day and came out with a killer t-shirt idea? Or even worse have you made something and shared it with the only friend and then put it away to never be seen again.

I am one of those people who rarely ships but ends up collecting a bunch of ideas and concepts that I believe in. But, I don’t ship. I make excuses and blame the world. But, I don’t ship.

If you can relate to any one this. I want you to join me. April is going to be the month of the ship. There are 5 Sundays in April and the goal is to release something new each Sunday. The only rule is that you have to make one thing a week for the month of April. The size and scope of that thing are up to you. But, you just have to ship something. It can be anything you have been wanting to release or even want to relaunch.

If you want to work on one big idea this month. Break that out into pieces and try to hit a weekly milestone.

Here is our schedule
Week 1 – 4/2/17
Week 2 – 4/9/17
Week 3 – 4/16/17
Week 4 – 4/23/17
Week 5 – 4/30/17

If you want to join me on this journey and share what you make. I want to see it. Let me know your email address here.

I will reach out to see if I can help in any way to help you to release your idea to the world.

If enough people signup I will setup a newsletter to sink out your work to the list so we can all enjoy your new work.

I will also be documenting as much as I can for each project. Time to work the first launch is a few days away.

Creating A New Vision

One thing that I sometimes focus too much on is work/career and projects. These are some of the things that take up all of my brain power. Something keeps holding me back from getting the things that I want doing in life. I am making to many excuses and I want to try and find out what I want to accomplish.

This week I wanted to start it off with a concept called “The Artist Date.”

“The Artist Date is a weekly solo expedition to explore something that interests you.”

I just wanted to do something that would take a few hours off from the grind. Sometimes, I know we have to grind it out and we have to go all in. Sometimes we need that freedom and we need to take a walk or do something for ourselves. I want to make sure that I do this once a week. I felt great. I felt less anxious. I felt like I was ready to keep creating.

Here are a few Artist Dates that I want to try.

  1. Take a walk on a nature trail. Take your camera.
  2. Choose a fantasy mentor. Take time to read their books, watch their videos, learn about their life as an artist. Let them inspire you.
  3. Write A Poem
  4. Take A Road Trip
  5. Mediate in a Field

I Told My Inner Critic To Shut Up

I published an ebook on the Kindle store this week. I was just messing around with formatting and options. I was curious to go through all of the steps and see what it would take to get something in the store. I have a lot of writing that has never seen the light of day and I bundled up something that I had laying around and I wanted to see. I wanted to do the whole process. I thought that by going through the steps it would take some of the mystique out of it and I can see that I should continue with an idea that I had for an ebook.

I played with all the setting and wrote my name in the author field and I did all the stuff. Then I hit a button and I was hoping to just save it as a draft but I ended up publishing it for review by Amazon. I was terrified when I found out what I have done. I looked for ways to cancel and bring the book back into the dark corners of my brain. I looked and I looked. But, to no avail, the red pending was still on my screen. I walked away thinking that I would just remove it once it would go live and nobody would see it.

Then, I started to think about it and I got excited. I got excited that one of the things from my goals list would be done. I ended up starting to rewrite some chapters and pieces of content. I find myself wanted to tell people about it. “Hey, I Did I thing..”

I know it was not my best work. I am almost embarrassed by it. But, I feel like hitting submits take some of the stigmas out of doing it in the first place. You never love the first go at anything. You make mistakes, you forget things and you learn along the way.

Sometimes you just have to fucking ship something. Here it is in all its weird glory!