Overcoming The Fear of Starting

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Yesterday I finished off my article with the phrase, “life’s too short”. This phrase really resonates with me. You can find that article here: https://zhannypublishing.com/fastskilllearning/. Basically what the last couple sentences said was that people need to put their best foot forward and just start. But how do we do that when it is much easier said than done? Believe it or not, I had a huge fear of starting ZHanny Publishing. In the back of my mind I thought things like, “where do I even begin?”, “what if people don’t like me?”, or even “am I good enough?”. I’m confident when I say that we all have thought like this about different things at some point. The question arises then. What can we do to overcome our fear of starting something new? Imagine with me, if you would, a warrior fighting a dragon. In my article “Sometimes You Just Need a Quiet Place to Think” I found this awesome image that I feel represents the universal battle of overcoming the big obstacles. Before you read on, check out the image so you know what I am talking about. https://zhannypublishing.com/sometimes-you-just-need-a-quiet-place-to-think/

Did you take a look? Good. Let’s continue. How would you defeat the dragon in the picture? Would you run right into battle? Would you call all your friends and poke the dragon from all sides? The beauty of this analogy, is that there is no right answer but certainly some very wrong answers. There are multiple ways to attack it and successfully bring it down. Here’s what I would do to attack the dragon. Since I am not an experienced dragon slayer, I would observe the beast for awhile and devise what the first steps would be to take it down. Maybe I’ll take away it’s food source. Maybe I’ll find out when it sleeps. After figuring out step one, I’ll start working on and acting on these small goals. Each goal is it’s own major accomplishment. It is much easier to build up several smaller goals with a higher likelihood of success and still be able to act on it than take your chances by running straight up to it basically offering yourself as a sacrifice. I have found that the fear of starting something is very much so the same way as the above analogy. Writing a whole book in one night is daunting. Writing a few thousand words per day over a period of time is much easier to convince yourself to do. The ZHanny advice for the day you ask? Divide up those big goals into smaller goals. It is much easier to act on the smaller goals than to attack one big goal all at once. In my previous article I talked about how I learn the best by doing. Dividing up the big goals is the trick to the trade. You can achieve anything with the above method and mindset. Stay consistent my friends. You can defeat that dragon with the right tact.

-ZHanny

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The Fastest Way to Learn a New Skill

Maybe the eloquent nature of my writing has tricked you into believing that I am an experienced blogger (probably not). You would be incorrect about the experienced part. Blogging is something brand new that I am attempting to master. I had no website building experience, no previous blogging experience, and no real social media presence. All you see you here is relatively new. If there’s one thing that I know about myself, it’s that I do my best when thrown directly into the crucible. Learning by doing is the fastest way for me to know if I’ll like something or not. Something fun about myself is that I’ll commit to something that has a set time frame, just for the fun of it. This, in turn, forces me to learn how to do things just that much faster. I need a new alternator in my car? I’ll have it done by Tuesday. The water heater is leaking? I’ll take care of it over the weekend. You need heart surgery? Eh, that’s pushing it a little too far but you get the idea. I personally grow the most when forced into a position where I have no other choice but to problem solve. I fully realize not everybody is like this. Some people have different methods and I can respect that. The added stress that a constricted time frame and difficult situation can be taxing. Sometimes a bolt won’t come loose on the alternator. Sometimes the pressure relief valve won’t stay closed. Sometimes an artery won’t stop bleeding. Okay, two of those examples are real (or maybe all three). What I am trying to get at is that if you want to quickly learn something, the best way, in my experience, is to just start doing it. Learn what step number one is and just go. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Put your best foot forward. Life’s too short not to try.

-ZHanny.

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Three Powerful Tips For Hiring Writers/ Freelancers

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I remember hiring my first writer/ freelancer like it was yesterday. I was so nervous. Never in my life had I hired anybody. That day I was the person on the other side of the table. What did I need to have? What did I need to say? Ultimately the right person was hired for the job, however along the way there were many important lessons learned. Here are the three major ones that I came up with for you today.

  1. Have all your project information ready to go at a moment’s notice. Yes, you will be one the asking the questions to begin with. There will be a time at the end of the interview where they will ask questions back. In my experience with writers, they’re a smart group of people. Like really smart. They come up with some of the best questions from multiple perspectives. Try and think of all the aspects of the projects and write them down before starting the process. Things like deadlines, payment schedules, thorough explanation of the plot, examples of writing and video links, multiple ways to contact you, so on and so forth. Everything. Check out these links (first three tips and last three tips) There is more great related advice on hiring over there.
  2. Only interview a handful of the applicants that you feel are good candidates for the project. This first one feels silly to say, but I personally took on way more than I could chew when interviewing. Was it good experience? Yes. I interviewed people all day long looking for the right person. This, however, meant that I burnt myself out. It became a chore, and we all hate that feeling. You might feel bad not interviewing everyone, but your an entrepreneur/ leader now. These are the decisions that have to be made.
  3. Here’s the third and final bit of advice I have for you today. Have confidence in the way you present yourself and the way you speak. This is a tough one when you first start. Trust me, I understand. I have found that awesome final products are a result of confidence. You are the orchestrator of the project. Nobody else. There are some things that you can do that will help with this (like following #2) but ultimately it will be up to you. Some of the coolest projects that I have been apart of or that my team has done were a direct result of confidence all around.

So what do you think? There are a million awesome tips that could have been put in here. What are some of yours? Give me some from both perspectives in the comments below or by following the links!

-ZHanny

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Life Changing Solution to Chronic Complaining

Quite literally, the first thing I thought of when I wrote that title was, “ZHanny, your readers are going to think that you are going to complain about complaining!” (Complaining-ception) Jokes aside, I see your point of view. Allow me to use this opportunity to educate and help solve the problem instead of escalate it. I’m all fired up today for your viewing pleasure. If you have read any of my previous blog posts, I’m sure you’ve realized that I’m a do-er and a fixer. It should come as no surprise then that I feel like one of the big problems this day and age is a lack of personal responsibility and learning from past mistakes. We all have those one, two, or ten acquaintances that are a victim of the system. There’s nothing that they can do and there’s nothing that you can say that will change that. “The credit card interest rate tricked me!”. “My boss has it out for me!”. “The government put me in this position!”. “Our employee turn over rate is very high. I wish all the other managers would get their crap together.” There’s a few vitally important things missing from those above statements. In fact, the three big ones that come to my mind right now are 1. an attempt to solve the problem, 2. a moment of self reflection, and 3. the other person’s point of view. When listening to people like that, normally you never hear those three things. It’s always the other person’s fault and that individual needs to change. It saddens me to to realize that most of the people who read this article are the fixers and solvers of the world due to the fact that complainers do not think there is a problem. Why would they search this article out or click on it while scrolling in the first place? Unfortunately with complainers the cause is normally a much deeper problem that quick fix approaches can’t solve. An issue that is impossible for one tiny blog to fully cover. If you feel that you’re a complainer, and you’ve landed here, I would just like to congratulate you for finding this article. The first step to fixing the problem is realizing there is one and learning how to take care of it. Good job! To start fixing the root of the problem I invite you to learn how to see things from more than one perspective. This is easy to say and hard to do. It’s something that I personally try to work on and strive to achieve every day. This is a constant struggle for all of us and a life long learning experience. Some of the most rewarding things in life are the fruit of successfully implementing this practice. Something truly worth working toward.

-ZHanny

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Mind Blowing Way to Achieve Your Goals

Quite a few years ago now, my wife and I bought our first home together. It was a fantastic deal at the time, however there was a catch. The building needed to be renovated. As the new husband I was I boldly stood up and announced, “I can do that! Don’t you worry about a thing!”. I had never fully renovated anything by myself before. Little did I know at the time, renovating a whole home by yourself is a lot of work. I didn’t just bite off a little more than I could chew, I bit off the whole thing and started to run away with it. As the Youtube construction worker I was, days upon days of framing, wiring, and sheet rocking started to get done. 72 hours (sometimes more) a week was getting put in at my job then the rest of the hours were devoted to the new house. I won’t lie, I actually enjoyed the work! I went full bore ahead on this job! After months of this cycle, the burning passion that I had started out with began to dwindle. The twinkle in my eyes started to fade. Alas, I had completely burned myself out. I took on too many things at once. Now don’t get me wrong. I made some serious progress on that house. However, this was at the cost of loathing construction work. Something that I once enjoyed now something that immensely disliked.

Months passed before I could convince myself to jump back into the home renovation. This time was different. I learned a lot about myself and the way that I operated those first few months. Yes, I could go full bore ahead and make a serious dent in the work, but this time I was going to take it slower. I was going to evenly divide up with work and stop when it was time to stop. With this new configuration of my time, slowly but surely, the work got done. I even grew to enjoy the projects again. All of a sudden, the renovation was complete. My wife and I were left with a fantastic new home.

Building a business is very much the same way. There’s a lot that goes into the process. Some might even say an overwhelming amount. Take it one day at a time my friend. Write down what you need to do and divide it up into manageable chunks. Take it from me, it’s easy to get burnt out when looking at the big picture. As long as you are attacking the small chunks consistently, trust me, your projects will get done. You might even still enjoy it at the end of the day!

-ZHanny

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Support Groups? Cheerleaders? What’s that?

So this just happened the other day. There I was, minding my own business when out of nowhere I get asked, “so I heard you started a business awhile ago… what do you do?”. Many of us entrepreneurs know the way that this conversation goes most of the time. I told the individual about the spiderweb of things I do on a daily basis and the end goal that I was trying to achieve. So many hours have been spent educating myself, growing my social media, working on my horror books, writing my blog, so on and so forth that I get really into talking about this subject with people. What my business stands for and tries to accomplish is so different from all the traditional jobs around me, it’s hard for people to relate to and understand. I totally get it. Are you ready for the response? I bet if you’re reading this in the first place, you already know the answer. The individual says, “That’s cool. It’s a good thing you have your job to fall back on.” We all get this kind of response or have this conversation at some point in time when trying something new or different from the norm. Am I hurt from this individual’s response? Nope! I am pretty much dead to those kind of comments anymore after getting them so many times (I’m sure many of you can relate). However, when I first started trying to think outside the box, ohhhh boy, it impacted me immensely. The backlash that I got before was crazy, especially from my previous workplace. There were many a times after I graduated where I just stopped progressing the things I was doing so that people would make my work life easier again. That “new fangled internet thing” is just bad news you know? Was it their fault that I stopped? Absolutely not. It was mine. Nobody truly stopped me except myself. As entrepreneurs one of the hardest lessons we learn is that in the face of hardship we need to keep on keeping on. Yes, there is lessons to be learned along the way but take people’s word with a grain of salt. I heard this quote the other day on the job and and just have to use it. “It’s like water on a bird’s wings. Just let it bead off.” At the end of the day you can be a glass half full or a glass half empty person. Take it from your pal who wants you to win. You’ll only succeed if you are drinking from a glass half full.

-ZHanny

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Sometimes You Just Need a Quiet Place to Think

The phone alarm goes off. My groggy eyes look over at the alarm clock. It’s 4:00 A.M. Well I suppose I better get up. This guy needs to get to work on time. I roll out of bed into the brisk night air and quickly put on my uniform (to help retain just a little heat). Two days worth of food gets packed into a cooler, then thrown into the back of my car. After some steaming hot coffee gets poured into my travel mug, I am ready for my several hour drive to work. I admit it, I loathed getting up this early at first. This quote from Blaise Pascal sums up my initial experience exactly. “All of humanities problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” It also might stem just from being excessively tired. I don’t know. One of the two is right. Maybe both depending on the day. As the weeks and months passed driving to work that early, I realized something. My ability to think creatively and clearly was increasing. I did not always drive in the silence but forcing myself to be in a position where I had to be alone with my personal demons was making me a better version of myself. Before my brain would hound me on the, “what if’s” and the, “I can’t believe you did that’s” of my daily life. Now this is just a great opportunity to learn and move onto the next thing. I am actually to the point now where I look forward to the long drive! What better an opportunity to hash out ideas? Knowing very well that sometimes my lesson that I learned from my own experience is obscure, I imagine you ask the question, “So… you want me to get up early early and drive to work?”. To which I respond, “that might not be a bad idea, however not quite the point.” When was the last time that you forced yourself to sit alone with yourself in the quiet? It’s a strangely worded sentence, but there is really no better way of putting it. After I was able to calm the storm in my head it was amazing how clear, creative and concise my ideas were! You don’t have to hop in a car and start driving in order to achieve the same results that I did. Maybe your quiet place is the gym, a long walk, or wrapped in a blanket on the couch. In a world where there is always background noise, videos, and activity going on it is tougher now than it ever was to find a quiet place to think. (Here’s another great example of a quiet place- https://zhannypublishing.com/the-power-of-having-your-own-workspace/) I can tell you from my own experience that there a few things in this life more beneficial than accepting and learning to be with yourself.

Enough about me, what about you? Are you one of those people that enjoys being in the quiet? Do you think better in the noise and distractions? I want to hear your thoughts on the subject! Let me know in the comments below or on my social media!

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How to Stick Out of The Crowd When Advertising

There I was yesterday, on a stair climber about 2000 steps into my workout staring out the front window of the workout facility. More on that here: https://zhannypublishing.com/how-zhanny-comes-up-with-great-creative-ideas/ It was beautiful outside at a crisp 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun was shining. There was a light wind coming from with East. All of a sudden, something caught my eye. Something that I had never seen before. Walking on the sidewalk was an approximately 30 year old gal skipping happily towards the West. What ZHanny? You’ve never seen a girl before? To which I respond, “Awh, ya got me!” I’m just joking around, but this gal reminded me of something very important in business. This happy girl was wearing bright yellow and black cheetah ears, zebra leggings, and bright rainbow clothes. Everyone was staring at her, and she loved every second of it. It was clear that she was trying to stick out of the crowd. As she continued to merrily skip onward handing out what looked like business cards as she went, I noticed a large logo on the back of her clothes and words underneath. She was successfully advertising for her business and products. She grabbed my attention and everyone else’s just by walking down the street. I couldn’t help but appreciate the genius and guts of this lady. Now what’s the lesson you ask? No no, you don’t have to go home and find your zebra leggings and cheetah ears, that is unless you want to. There’s a bigger lesson here. In advertising, you need to stick out of the crowd. Imagine walking through the grocery store. There are thousands of items on the shelves yet you only grab a few things. Why? What about those items grabbed your attention? I know in the kindle publishing business, grabbing people’s attention is one of the most important things that you can do when designing a cover image. In fact, that’s how most will decide to buy the book in the first place. Seeing that lady, for me, was a great reminder of what it takes sometimes to stand out. No you do not have to start skipping down the street, but the idea is so practical and transferable to many aspects of business.

-ZHanny

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Practical Ways to Free Up Time for Building a Business

I was recently asked by a professional and leader in the field, Nathan Hirsch on Twitter (https://twitter.com/realNateHirsch/status/1056222172203679747) about ways that I feel are best to free up a little time during the day. Anyone who has read any of my previous blog posts knows that I am a story teller. What better way to answer this question than to talk about my own story.

I used to have crazy working hours as a fire fighter. We would work seventy two hours in the week (three total days). On top of that I picked up a nine to five job for all of my days that I was not working. I had to stay ahead of my student loan debt you see. (More about how I feel about that here)

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As I worked all those hours, I daydreamed about the future. What could I do to free up some time? How could I position myself so that I could maybe start up my own business? First thing’s first. Here was my biggest wall blocking success. I was trading too many of my hours for money. Unfortunately for me, this meant I needed to find a different job. At the time my hours were so crazy that there was no possibility of me doing anything for myself. I am sure a lot of you can relate to working too many hours. Now now, don’t go out there and just quit your job, dearest reader. This next part takes time and a lot of researching. Many months of internet browsing and networking were done to position myself where I needed to be in order to start fulfilling my own dreams. Finally I found it! The perfect job where I could bring in a steady paycheck and start my own business at the same time. Taking this new job freed up many days each week to progress my business at the small cost of driving outside of town. Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘I can’t just quit my job.’ You’re right, don’t do that. Things may not line up perfectly at first. There’s never been a more perfect time to work towards it. There are a few simple, practical ways I’ve found to free up some time to dedicate toward my future in the midst of my otherwise crazy, hectic schedule. Things like: make a to do list each day, delegate, get more sleep, wake up early, and the list continues into the infinity. This is truly something that I could talk all day about. I might even have to explore this topic further in the future. So thank you for the question Nathan. This was a fun article to write!

-ZHanny

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Where is The Responsible Place to Get Money for Your Start Up Business?

Once upon a time, ZHanny wanted to start his own business. Alas, he did not have the money needed at first to do what he desired most. All the other start ups around him had the same problem. The motivation for each of them was very similar. The start ups wanted to give back to the world and maybe make passive income one day. Every one of them had great ideas, yet one by one all the other start ups started disappearing like coins dropping into a dark well. “Where did everyone go??” Exclaimed ZHanny with sadness in his eyes. Yet none responded to his calls yelled out into the abyss. ZHanny then trudged on all alone into the sunset with plenty of money still in his pockets from not following the crowd and making a battle plan before rushing in.

(Sorry, I needed to get some creative writing in for the day)

All these businesses and individuals gave up hope very quickly after running out of money, being intimidated by the process, or burying themselves eyeball deep in debt. So what does one do to resolve this problem? Here’s the  three cornerstone ways that I kept my head above the water.

Ready for the biggest one? I have been significantly living below my means. This is not something that just started either. Living below my means has been going on since I graduated college many a years ago. Heck, I am still driving a beater car that I fixed up myself. This method is a sure fire way to, slowly but surely, build wealth for the things that you wish to accomplish.

Did it stop there? No no no my dear friend. The next step for me was to sell my extra possessions. We all have those items in the corner of the room or packed away in boxes that just gather dust. Here’s several examples of thing that I sold to gather a little extra cash. I sold my PS2, my old Super Nintendo, my GMC truck that just sat in the driveway, a ton of video games. You get the idea. Those where things that I got rid of, I’m sure you can think of several things in your life that you do not need anymore. The third and final way is something that could be it’s own post. Maybe in the future I’ll go into more detail about it.

Be creative in the way you spend your money. This requires a little more explanation complete with an example. Remember all those other businesses that were in the fairy tale? They went out and bought brand new items. Here’s a good example of this. A brand new computer desk we’ll say costs anywhere from a hundred to thousands of dollars. The best desk I own is one that I found for five dollars at a second hand store. I saw it, and immediately saw potential. It was obvious from it’s appearance that it was an artist’s table covered in layers upon layers of paint. The table however was solid wood with a great design. I brought it back to my home and spent a day delicately sanding, staining, and painting it. Now it’s looks better than brand new and is a highlight of my office. This is just one example, but the principle spreads into anything that you decide to spend money on.

To wrap this all up, make a plan for your money and be creative in how you use it. Think outside the box. Sometimes you need to swim against the current to achieve where you want to go.

-ZHanny

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