What COVID-19 has taught me

The Journey begins

Well 2020 has been quite the whirlwind hasn’t it? Especially for us Australians!!! We have had bushfires, drought and now COVID-19 which has affected the whole world.

Their has been pro’s and cons through this pandemic, for me their has been some awesome pro’s, life has significantly slowed down, the air seems fresher and skies clearer, then is no sense of time, people aren’t rushed and the importance of communication with friends and family has become a priority again.

COVID, has changed the world, it has sped the muted predictions of what our workplaces will look like after this pandemic and also what economies will look like, but especially how we live our everyday life.

I’m currently on some leave from my workplace, not because I had too, I just wanted too. My travel plans have been extinguished for this year, but what it has done is that I have been able to save again, and start becoming financially better off. And I have used my time to not only relax but expedite some side-hustles which has yielded positive results so far.

How have you all dealt with this pandemic? Is their anything that you have done differently? Anything that you have put off that you have done now? Started some Side-Hustles yourselves?

With change comes opportunity and I think that is evident here. Use your time wisely, explore opportunities and think about your current situation, especially employment. I think you will see big changes within your workplaces, even to the point of where you work and how you work! They are the two key things here. Have you had to work from home? Did you enjoy it? What was productivity like? Are their too many distractions or do you have a home office?

Another opportunity I see is domestic travel within my home country of Australia. The pandemic has made me realise what I have on my doorstep. Im currently on the south coast this week and a simple walk today really bought about how much I love it here. Its so open and free and fresh. So many people on the south coast and all around Australia need us right now to explore our own backyard, because its not bad at all.

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Importance of a Side Hustle….. with a Mentor

“A Winner never quits and a quitter never wins”

I came across side hustles when I started my minimalist journey some 18 months ago, during that time I have tried some unsuccessful ventures but it never stopped or wavered my intention to start a successful side hustle. As the title states it’s my opinion when starting one that you have a mentor beside you, one that has been there and done that and most importantly successful at it.

The ones I have started weren’t successful because I didn’t have someone beside me committed in full or not there to guide me when mistakes were made, the positive though was that I somewhat self-learnt those mistakes in a way. Just over two months ago I went back to the gym, my intention was to get my “summer body” but I can’t explain how I have gained not only the benefits of the gym, but a whole lot more than I could imagine.

My personal trainer, also, is a successful business man and side hustler with a great online business of which I wanted to be my hustle as well. The problem is just starting. That’s the hardest part. Not to embarrass this person, but they have never waivered in offering their time and expertise for free whenever I have needed their advice. I can’t thank this person enough, this person is also a lot younger than me, but what sets them apart is their drive and passion for what they are doing, and best of all willingness to share their expertise.

Ive been mentored every step of the way, invited into their inner sanctum of knowledge and it’s just been wonderful, best of all it’s started really well which just breeds and builds confidence. We chat regulary out of our PT sessions which has been great, and made a really good friend out of it too. What has been important is that i’m set small goals each week to achieve, taught more resilience, which is most important and the encouragement to keep going cause it’s very easy to give up, or go “this is too hard” or well I’ve done it now.Things like that.

What a side hustle with a mentor also does is that it opens up new ideas as your confidence grows, you begin to excel, and start enjoying some success and naturally want to do more or grow your current venture. It’s important that you use your mentor to bounce ideas off, ask questions as all this helps you grow. I hope this is the little bit of motivation someone needs reading this that has always wanted to start a side hustle. But have a mentor first.