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First step's always the hardest - Say What? #34

Hello everyone! With the rise in the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia (and worldwide), I hope that ever
March 8 · Issue #34 · View online
Say What?
Hello everyone!
With the rise in the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia (and worldwide), I hope that everyone here is taking the correct precaution. Bring hand sanitizer and/or wipes, wear a mask when you’re sick, and go to the doctors if you’re not feeling well!
This week’s issue will be talking about taking the first step in trying something new, hope you enjoy it!

My 'first step'.
As some of you may know, earlier last month, I started my resume review & career consultation service. It was an idea that has been brewing in my mind since I started my #FreshGrad101 series, so from back in 2018. But I never actually turned that thought into action until last month, because I thought, “Eh, if I don’t do this now, I may never do it.
Taking that big step to actually say “Yes, I can and will do this” is a big thing. And actually putting a price down for the service was not easy. Too many questions pop up here and there.
“How much is too much?”
“How little is too little?”
“Would people even want to pay for this?”
“Can I even get people to want to hire my service?”
When you sell a product (a shawl, a bag, a pair of jeans, etc), people can see what they’re paying for. They can physically hold it in their hand and inspect it, and it’s easier to justify the cost for the product (cost of materials, quality of materials, etc).
On the other hand, with a service, especially with a resume review and/or career consultation, it’s not as easy. You can’t always see the service (the consultation and advice you’re receiving), and even when you can (i.e. comments given on the resume, etc), it may not justify the cost of the service.
And how would you rate a service? When you buy a product, you’ll rate it based on the quality, the feel and look of the product, and how comfy or fashionable it is. But with a service, it’s more subjective, which is why I was so reluctant to actually do it.
But, I did it (even if it took me a while to do it). I took the first step and started it up.
Achieving Your Dream: How to Take the First Step
The first step is always the hardest.
I’ve left Physics for a long time now, but I think Newton’s First Law of Motion (Law of Inertia) fits super well with this situation.
An object at rest remains at rest, or if in motion, remains in motion at a constant velocity, unless acted on by a net external force.
Taking the first step is always the hardest part of anything we do. In my case, it took me 2+ years to actually start it. I had a lot of things holding me back, including the insecure thoughts in my head that go all “Who are you to be selling this service to people? You’re a nobody.”
Here I am, a little over a month in, and I’m actually glad that I took the leap. I’ve had a couple of people reaching out to me for my services, which reinforced the idea that this service is needed by some people. I don’t actively promote it, since I didn’t want to take on more than I can manage, but I’m happy with how it’s going on so far.
Mind you, I’m still figuring things out as I go along, so I don’t have a set ‘procedure’ with how I do the review, as it all depends on the customers. Every customer has different needs and present with different problems and issues, so it’s a little hard to come up with a ‘catch-all’ solution for everybody.
But I’m slowly learning, and with every new person that I work with, things start to get easier. I start to build a pattern with how I review people’s resume, about the things I talk about and focus on, and the examples and explanations that I give to people.
The ball has been kicked into motion, and now I just have to keep it rolling.
My 2020 resolutions: A year of growth. - Silent Confessions
Take baby steps if you must, but never stay put.
Wherever you are in life, and whatever your dream(s) is/are, make a conscious effort to work towards your goals. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Don’t hold yourself back, just because you’re comfortable with how life is at the moment. Try something that you’ve always wanted to but never had the chance to do. Go out there and explore what the world has to offer.
You don’t have to make drastic changes in your life. I’m not telling you to quit your full-time job/study to pursue your dreams, wherever it may be. But I am telling you to take that first step. It doesn’t have to be a big step. Baby steps would do just fine, as long as they’re consistent and are in the direction towards your goal(s).
Want to be a business owner in the future? Start small by learning how to be an agent or a drop-shipper.
Want to be financially independent and retire early? Start by learning how to manage your expenses and attending talks on investments.
Want to be a world traveller? Start by saving money and travelling around neighboring countries, before going to other continents.
Whatever your goals are, set a plan on how to achieve it, and put it in action. Put the fears aside and push on through.
Signing off for the week with a new post!
I’m starting a new series (?) on the blog, inspired by Suraya of Ringgit oh Ringgit and other personal finance bloggers. I wanted to do a ‘monthly expenses’ review post every month to help me understand my expenses better. It’s also hard for me to be upfront and transparent about my spending, but I guess there’s really no need to be ashamed of it.
So, if you haven’t already, do check out the latest post below!
My February 2020 expenses update. - Silent Confessions My February 2020 expenses update. - Silent Confessions
Until I see you again in two weeks, stay awesome and take care!
Nazu xx
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