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Turning hobbies into cash!

Girl Abstract

Girl Abstract

Stuart Young, London, UK

Hiya,

One of the first things I did 10 years ago when I decided I hated my job, and that I was going to change that somehow – was look to my hobbies.

It was more about creating another income stream than replacing my job. It was just something I’d dreamt about for years but had never tried to realise.

The hobbie with the most potential for me was painting. I like to create abstract paintings. Friends and family were the recipients (mainly my sister), and they always encouraged me to pursue selling them – except my dad who just said: “What on earth is it? Who’s going to buy that?” Very encouraging. 🙂

So I started looking into ‘how‘ to sell them.

I went to galleries and art shops and eventually got some interest in a couple of pieces – if I could get them framed the art shop would try and sell them. As luck would have it, I knew of a framing wholesaler near to where I lived so I dropped them in.

A couple of days later I went back to collect them and got into conversation with the wholesaler about creating some paintings just for him.

Before long I was painting in every spare moment I had and the wholesaler was selling them as fast as I could paint them. Being a wholesaler he wasn’t paying me much but, I didn’t have to walk round dozens of shops and galleries. I didn’t have to leave paintings here, there and everywhere ‘hoping’ one would sell.

Instead I just painted and got paid.

To date I’ve sold over 600 paintings! A nice trickle of income.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because you may have a hobbie or two that you don’t think you can earn anything from, and you might be right. But it’s well worth getting out there and finding out. And broaden your view – think outside the box. The money might be in teaching that thing you do. Brainstorm ways in which others might want what you can do.

The excitement of pursuing my hobbie gave me motivation to try other things too – within 3 months I no longer worked in the job I hated.

Go make your own luck

Enjoy

Stu

🙂

PS: If you are having trouble seeing a way out of your present job then grab a no cost copy of my new eBook ‘Do You Hate Your Job?‘ right here. And start broadening your view today.

PPS: To take a look at some of my other art stuff visit my art blog here

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Ever been down on your luck?

 

“Without the depths we find ourselves in from time to time we can never appreciate the heights that we can eventually reach.”

 

 

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Are you on an upward trend?

Are you on an upward trend?

Are you on an upward trend?

Stuart Young, London, UK

Hiya,

If you take a look at the financial markets you’ll notice there is an upward trend all the time.

Of course, here and there, from time to time, they go down – for a while. But eventually they pick up and continue to bounce back and continue to grow.

Life can often be like this – for everyone.

Everything is going along just fine, life is good, everything seems to be working out just dandy, then bam! A hitch. A stumble. Maybe even a fall.

At that point rather than thinking that everything has gone wrong, that your world is caving in, and nothing will be the same again – realise it’s just a blip on the graph.

Look back at your life, can you see any other blips? Trawl further and further back, surely there were some blips hear and there. You lost a job, a partner left you, or maybe you failed an exam etc.

You got over it right? At least I hope you did.

So here’s the thing, we must look at these blips as simply that: blips in an otherwise upward trend. A crest leads to a trough which leads to a crest and so on.

This perspective (bigger picture) may help you see that your present predicament is temporary and that You can choose to move towards the next crest.

Enjoy

Stu

🙂

PS: If you are having trouble reaching the crests, if you seem to find deeper and deeper troughs, then start somewhere. Your relationships, your health, your career. If it’s the last one then grab a no cost copy of my new eBook ‘Do You Hate Your Job?right here. And start reaching for those crests today.

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The top two reasons an employee feels engaged

Stuart Young, London, UK

Hiya,

Here are the top two reasons an employee feels engaged:

  • #1 The extent to which employees believed that their senior management had a sincere interest in their well-being.
  • #2 The extent to which employees believed that they had improved their skills and capabilities over the previous year.

Do you feel engaged at work in either of those two ways?

As opposed to the top 10 reasons an employee hates their job.

Stay tuned over the next couple of days for details of how you can get your f.ree copy of my new eBook “Do You Hate Your Job?” – which shows you how to change the way you think about your present situation if any of the above relates to you.

Related posts: What’s your potential?  Do you suffer from Blue Monday?

Enjoy,

Stu

:)

PS: To get your f.ree copy of my new eBook ”Do You Hate Your Job?” a full two weeks before it goes on sale on Kindle (which will help you take the next step in your career), just sign up for my f.ree ‘Ponders, Quotes and Questions‘ thought provoking email list here on the top right side of that page and you’ll get details soon.

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What is excellence?

How frequently are you being excellent?

How frequently are you being excellent?

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Why we MUST fail and that’s good!

Stuart Young, London, UK

Hiya,

When you read that title: ‘ Why we MUST fail and that’s good! ‘ – how does it make you feel?

When we consider that we can never really know anything because as we gain more data on a subject we alter our hypothesis about it, we must then realise that even though we gather knowledge, when we make decisions they are at least partially (if not wholly) guesswork.

To make the correct decision one must evaluate ALL the data. As data is infinite, all decisions must be made based on limited data. Therefore, all decisions are snap judgements.” ~ Alan Watts  (Paraphrased)

We see this all the time in the form of history repeating itself. Apparently we learn so we can avoid the mistakes of the past but as we’ve already posed – our knowledge is ALWAYS limited so however many times we try to decide on an outcome we are only guessing and therefore we are open to failing.

When we do fail however, we get an opportunity to assess, then alter our next course of action – realising always that we are still guessing as our new direction may be worse than the last. Even so, it would be an indicator of how to next decide and so on.

In conclusion, it is inevitable that we fail. As long as we are continually assessing the circumstances we can continue to course correct for the future. At some point we may conclude or even stumble upon success.

We’ve all heard the story of Edison and the lightbulb. If he hadn’t already tried 999 ways to invent a commercially viable version of it – and failed, he wouldn’t have got to the 1000th CORRECT way.

We must nurture determination, resilience, resourcefulness and reflection.

Related posts:

What’s your potential?

Do you suffer from Blue Monday?

Enjoy

Stu

🙂

PS: To get your f.ree copy of my new eBook ”Do You Hate Your Job?” a full two weeks before it goes on sale on Kindle (which will help you take the next step in your career), just sign up for my f.ree ‘Ponders, Quotes and Questions‘ thought provoking email list here on the top right side of that page and you’ll get details soon.

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What’s your potential?

That's a lot of potential!

That’s a lot of potential!

Stuart Young, London, UK

Hiya,

Ever asked yourself “What’s my potential?”

The answer by the way is: Unfathomable.

Yes – you can’t even imagine what potential you have. Take a look at the humble electron above. A tiny spark of electricity (electrons) start the chain reaction that creates the biggest unnatural explosion known to man.

Although electricity is a stream of electrons, it only takes ONE to start the reaction. From that one electron the output (final explosion) is a million billion times bigger – approx.

If you are that humble electron right now and you applied yourself in the right direction, taking tiny steps each and every day – think of how big a reaction you could create.

You DO have the potential. Question is: will you use it?

Enjoy

Stu

🙂

PS: To get your f.ree copy of my new eBook ”Do You Hate Your Job?” a full two weeks before it goes on sale on Kindle (which will help you explore your potential), just sign up for my f.ree ‘Ponders, Quotes and Questions‘ thought provoking email list here on the top right side of that page and you’ll get details soon.

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