Sunday, 3 February 2013

Why haven't you authored a book yet?

If you have completed high school, university or college why haven't you authored a book yet. If you are underemployed then you should really think about authoring books. When I was in college I authored 17 books before leaving. I also self published an 90 minute long album of video game music before I left as well.

You can author as many books as you like. You can learn new skills by going through the motions of creating something and selling it. Chances are you learned none of those skills in your entire school career. But remember all of those essays you wrote? Why not use all of those skills to write a book or 12.

One thing that is clear about finding a job in this current state especially if you are young is that you have to take what you know and apply it usually in a different way. So what are you waiting for. Find a topic and get started. There is no excuse not to start.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

What self releasing says to an employer

When you are an employer like myself there are two kinds of employees you hire. You hire people to simply do the job and there are employees who you want to think. If you self release you will be never hired as a person who will simply do the job. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

For me I am a thinker and I like to solve problems and be creative I am not an employee that simply shows up work then leaves. I like to live and breath the company.

The only problem is that after 2008 there are far fewer thinking jobs and far more doing jobs.

Self releasing tells the employer that you can get up in the morning and create results. Self releasing is the easiest way for you to put yourself in a different camp then all of the gossipy blowhards who don't release. On top of that you can make money along the way. When I released Circa my life changed for the better. I got contracts and I really put my name out there.

It makes sense that employers want to hire the smartest and the most ambitious. But the hardest thing that I had to learn is that being smart and ambitious and a critical thinker will not land you a job as a "grunt". "Grunts" just fill the position and aren't supposed to think outside the box. Don't get me wrong grunts are great and they help a lot.

So next time you apply for a job and you don't get hired perhaps it was because you showed initiative where initiative was frowned upon.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Opportunity costs with online education versus real world education

I much prefer learning online versus learning in the classroom. In the 1990's I much preferred learning on my own versus learning in the classroom. Today we are actually really lucky that you can learn a variety of topics in your own home for a fraction of the cost it would normally take. 

If you want to learn something all you have to do is buy a course and learn it. By the end of the day you can cram more information in because real world factors are taken out of the equation. You don't have to commute your body to a place to hear somebody speak. You don't have to wait for people to get settled. With online education you just learn. 

On top of all of this the people who like to teach online (like me) generally try to give something real world schools cannot. This something is practical application right away. In most of my courses I say that you should release what you create. In most schools they are very against you self releasing and I feel that it is a huge secret to success to actually release something because all of the lazy people are not releasing anything.

When you think about it releasing your own material makes so much sense today. It almost should be mandatory to release something it can even be as simple as a math book for kids. 

So really it makes a whole lot of sense to just start learning as soon as possible. Schools probably won't get this right for the next 10 or 20 years so anybody hoping into the online education boat will naturally be ahead of everybody else.