You Are One Course Away From a Fresh Start
Everybody can learn something new
I started out blogging by chance.
When you get fired and end up on unemployment you really start to think about things, like your resume, your life, and how alarmingly inconsequential you are in the grand scheme of things. Anyway, I got fired, and while I was contemplating the vast expanses of space and time, I saw a course on blogging by some chad named Tom Kuegler — so I took it on a whim. Why not? This young son of a bitch promised I could make money online and here I was in dire need of making some cashola.
Plus, I was primed for this type of gamble by the entrepreneurship workshop I’d recently taken. Who knew workshops were a condition of receiving unemployment benefits? There’s always a hoop to jump through if you aren’t rich, am I right?
Well, it’s probably not a surprise that being an entrepreneur sounded a heck of a lot better than tidying up my resume, and being a blogger sounded a heck of a lot better than finding a job. So I took one course on blogging, I made a dollar, and now I’m a blogger — easy breezy. One course is all it takes to do something amazing most people can’t do.
If you can learn one thing you can learn another
In quick order I proved the first time wasn’t a fluke; you can teach a thirty-something like me new tricks.
My second pivot was to take up freelance graphic design instead of focusing on blogging. After one course, about designing t-shirts of all things, I was somehow qualified enough to land jobs paying up to $400 per design. I built long-lasting relationships and made thousands of dollars, becoming a top-rated freelancer on my platform of choice.
When your accomplishments start adding up like that you really feel like the cock of the walk. And hey, when you’ve achieved a bit of success it’s okay to let out a little cock-a-doodle-doo every now and then.
The main lesson I soaked up while freelancing was that somebody will pay you to do a thing for them as long as you know more than them about it. Like even slightly more than them. Sometimes the value is in the client not having to do that type of work themselves, which means the bar to be hired is lower than a limbo stick. True story.
Another thing I noticed was a lot of freelancers were producing work that was no better than mine. In fact, some of it was worse. It took me one course to match their skill and get in the game. It puts things into perspective when you realize there are people out there making a living doing the work you wanna do when they aren’t anywhere near as good as you.
Imagine if you keep learning and sharpen your skills over time how good you’ll be. Like, what if you take two courses on the same thing? *mindblown
Now I wanna take one hundred courses
It’s been three years since I lost my job as a lowly shipping clerk, and I’ve learned a lot in that time. Mostly I’ve learned how much I hate working for other people.
That’s why I’ve started taking courses on art again and launched my Patreon to support my studies. So far I’ve amassed 9 out of the 200 Patrons I need to survive and focus on learning full time. It’s fun to think about where I might be if I take one hundred art courses. I plan to get there one day — I’m gonna make art for the rest of my life after all.
Speaking of art, this story was inspired in part by this quote from comic artist Dan Ekis:
“If you have any level of fundamental skill as an artist you are basically a wizard to the rest of the world.”
This rule goes for anything in life: blogging, drawing, dancing, etc. If you know more than most people about any subject, you’re a wizard.
So if you’re tired of doing whatever it is you currently do, and you wanna spice up your life, you can always take a course and learn something new. Roll up your sleeves, put on your wizard cap, and let the magic of a fresh start begin.