But…Can’t I Just do it all Myself?
Sometimes, when you’re promoting an online course, someone will ask you, “but, Erin. Can’t I just do it all myself?”
OF COURSE YOU CAN!!
If you want to DIY your tech or your health or your skills or vocation in writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, coaching, marketing, sales, photography, cooking, scrapbooking, ANYTHING, then you ABSOLUTELY can.
You’re smart and capable, and we live in the information age.
You can check Pinterest and Google and YouTube and opt-in to free content on Facebook where a million experts have given you a million systems to achieve a million results.
OF COURSE you can do it yourself
In fact, if you came to me and said, “Erin, I want to do blah blah, but I don’t know how”, then I will lovingly and firmly say, “bullshit”. Maybe you don’t know how to do it right this second, but you have everything that you could ever possibly need in order to learn how to do it to complete and total mastery.
Online. In books you get from the library. You can compile resources like nobody’s business.
I have a couple of things to say about this DIY mentality:
1. Are you actually DOING it?
Maybe learning the ukulele isn’t a super high priority and so you google a few songs per month and pick away halfheartedly and feel super satisfied by being a campfire gal (this is me, when it comes to the ukulele
But if you’re just using “can’t I just do it myself?” as a means of procrastinating because you’re never actually GOING to do it yourself (or maybe you start and never finish), then that’s just one more way you’re putting off your dream of being a ukulele star.
2. There are some things that DIY just can’t replicate very easily
Like: Community. Accountability. Support. Inspiration. Shortening the learning curve. Efficiency
When I first started my own online business (which was more a of a hobby back then), I did a lot of it myself. I don’t regret it. I learned a lot. I built my first two websites before I ever paid for courses or coaching.
and I still have a TON of faith in my ability to figure shit out as I go. I google EVERYTHING. Seriously. I’ll show you my search history some time.
My least favourite thing is for someone to ask me something they could have googled.
Okay, I hate things worse than that, but it irks me when people don’t use the resources at their disposal. WE USED TO HAVE TO GO TO A LIBRARY FOR THAT SHIT! OR JUST NEVER KNOW THAT TINY TIM AND NICK GILDER WERE BOYS UNTIL WE WERE IN OUR 20’S!!
In the past two years, I’ve spent about $12,000 in educational and coaching expenses in my business. Probably more. Because as soon as I realized that:
A) someone who had gone before me could shorten my learning curve
B) having a like-minded community and a coach who were going to support me when I was down and ask thought-provoking questions and inspire me was INVALUABLE as far as resources go
I’m now at the point in my business where I have a few key staff members who do some of the things that I used to do for myself in my business.
And even though I wish I had started taking courses and hiring aligned coaches and mentors WAY sooner in my business, I DON’T wish I had hired people sooner
I wouldn’t have known what to hire them FOR.
I wouldn’t have known if they were doing things the way I had wanted them done
I would have had the blinders on because I was scared of what I didn’t know and could have easily been taken advantage of or wasted money and other precious resources because I didn’t know what questions to ask or how to delegate effectively
So. If you’re asking me, “Can’t I just do it myself?”
My answer is, “yes. of course you can”
but, “are you, really?”
and, “do you really WANT to?”
If you desire to learn in a fun, supportive, woo-woo environment and learn the systems and tools that I use, IN ADDITION to busting down your blocks and working with a community of high vibe women, then you NEED to click this link and check out the sales page for my new course, Techy Business Stuff for Creative Women who Hate Techy Business Stuff.
Registration closes on April 14th. That means you have less than 36 hours to get IN.
I promise it won’t take away from your scrappy, tenacious, DIY rep.