How often do you try something new?
If you are like me, it’s not as often as I’d like. With the family and work, there’s just not enough time (or energy) to go check out the newest foodie spot, grab beers at the taproom or even learn new skills.
But, ever so often there’s an opening — or an interest exciting enough — and you make time for it.
I’m in the beginning of one right now.
Interestingly, I don’t really have any hobbies. I’ve tried things over the years, some that I really enjoyed but nothing really stuck…each falling by the wayside for one reason or another.
I kinda outgrew paintball…golf got expensive (if i didn’t want to melt in the Florida sun)…and brewing beer simply took up too much time.
In an effort to change that, I was on the lookout for a new hobby. Many months went by but I finally found one. One cool thing about this new hobby is I get to buy new tools and build out a workshop. Plus, it is something wifey and I can work on together…or at least collaborate on.
The part I like the most so far is working with my hands. Spending all day at a computer is surprisingly tiresome…the screen just sucks the life out of you.
There’s definitely something primal about this new hobby of mine.
If I’m 100% honest with you…*creating* is really what I am enjoying. (This is a theme in what I ultimately enjoy but more on that another time).
So, what is this new hobby you ask?
Not what you expected? Yeah, I think most would be shocked to hear it too.
My good friend Bill reacted with “what’s up Jesus?!” when I showed him the picture of my current project. (for any non christians, the bible indicates Jesus was a carpenter before he started his ministry).
One of the things I’ve learned is you don’t know what you don’t know. I’ve probably made more trips to ye olde hardware shoppe in the last couple weeks than I have in the past year. It seems there is always one more tool needed to get the job done.
Even though I read through the plans several times and thought I knew everything I needed, some gotcha would pop up.
Anyway, here’s the point.
This sort of thing can happen to you when diving into something new.
Let’s say you like what I talk about each week and want to start your own email marketing campaign for your biz.
No matter how good of a writer you are or how much reading up on email marketing you do, there are going be things you miss or don’t get quite right from the beginning.
You don’t know, what you don’t know.
Can you do it?
Sure. You might end up like me making several trips to “the hardware store” like I’m doing with my new furniture making hobby, but you can definitely do it.
The tool you might be missing could be how to do market research, or how to structure your emails, or how to choose and setup an email autoresponder or how to come up with regular content so your emails don’t look like all the other crap in your customers inboxes.
It will vary depending on what tools are already in your workshop.
Question is…do you want to do it yourself?
If the answer is “the thought of taking time away from other things makes me cringe.”
Or, “I don’t have the energy to learn and struggle through something new right now.”
Then, I wouldn’t suggested it.
Only DIY if your heart is in it. Otherwise, you’ll be like my kids and see a chore instead of something you enjoy and benefit from.
If you see the benefits but your heart’s not in it, I can help.
Just, let me know your interested by replying to this email and we’ll chat about it.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, I currently building a farmhouse bed for Micah so we can transition Christian out of his crib. I think it’s coming along pretty nicely but I might be a lil’ biased.
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