So, onto the jungle blog post!
I get contacted daily by folk in the ‘real’ world with offline jobs, looking to change their lives and go virtual in some way, often-times as a virtual assistant. One of the many questions that consistently comes up is, “Will I be able to survive?” This is an interesting question, and the answer depends entirely on the individual. If you are stranded in the Amazon jungle, will you be able to survive? The virtual jungle is similar in many ways. Here is a brief survival guide to starting your expedition in the virtual jungle. Yeah… I mean doing business online, but virtual jungle sounds so much more interesting.
Are you strong enough?
The virtual jungle is not an easy place to get through, along the way you will find there will be things you have to fight off in order to survive. These could be negative thoughts and your own feelings of potential failure, they could also be people saying it’s impossible for you to make a decent living online, or even people who try to stand in your way. Most of the time those people are either jealous, or don’t see your true potential and what you are really capable of achieving. Being able to fight off the negativity, non-supportive vibes and develop a positive mindset is essential to your success.
Are you committed enough?
If I helicoptered you down into the middle of the Amazon, and your only way out was to get out off your own steam, can you commit to seeing it through, or would you be quitting when things get tough and asking to be air lifted out? The virtual jungle is the same, once you start, and you throw yourself in, you cannot quit, no matter how long it takes for you to get to the other side, you have to stay committed and believe you will get there. This is a journey, the destination is where you ultimately want to be, but all of the growth, development, thrills and excitement happen while you are on the journey, make the most of it, these are the times you’ll look back on and be glad you stuck to it, and didn’t give up.
Do you need a guide?
Imagine how much easier it would be to navigate your way out of that jungle with a guide who knows it like the back of their hand, and maybe…
- They are naturally gifted in knowing where they are going and how to get there (The Naturals).
- Or maybe they studied hundreds of maps (The Studious).
- Or maybe, they walked every path they could find to simply see where it took them (The Experienced).
You’ll find that the ‘natives’ are a great place to start to help you find your way out. Learn from someone who knows their way around the virtual, online business jungle, has done the things you want to do, and achieved the success you hope to achieve. Whatever you decide to do online, if you don’t want to spend weeks and months going round in circles, experiencing problems, and difficulties, and spending hours and hours wondering whether you are on the right path or doing the right thing, seek out someone or something to learn from.
Take this post for example, I often read information about doing online business, what works, and what doesn’t, but I need to test it myself before I can use it to help potential clients or other VA’s, satisfy my curiosity, or use the technique in my own marketing or business – I am one of those people who walks the paths to see where they take me. It’s a fact of business that if we need to know about an industry, we need to learn, and I keep learning everyday… I have the drive to get out there and try new things, just for the sake of it. Then act as a guide and pass that information onto you guys.
If you start with these 3 basic elements for survival in the virtual jungle you won’t go far wrong. You will be surprised how far you can get with a positive mental attitude, determination and the right guidance and direction.