People tell me all the time: “I’d love to write and self publish a book but I don’t know how.” My response is always the same: “I had no clue what I was doing when I self-published my first book.” Then they look at me as if I have some magical powers that they do not possess. And I think to myself, “How sad.”
In this day and age, saying you don’t not know how to do something, and then using that as your excuse, is just a copy out. Why? Two words: Google and YouTube.
You can Google just about anything and you will get a plethura of potential guides and answers to your perplexing questions. For example, if you don’t know how to write a book simply type: “How to Write a Book” into Google.
Here is the first result to that simple search:
Unsure about how to actually publish the book you’ve written? Google to rescue! Here are the first three results:
Yet, amazingly enough. I’ve had many coaching clients who have NEVER considered Googling any of these things. Don’t know how to do something? GOOGLE IT! It’s how I learned EVERYTHING I know today about writing, publishing, and building a business as an author. Honestly.
So reading about something is not the best way you learn something. No problem! YouTube has millions of videos that will SHOW you how to do something. If you type: “Formatting an eBook” into the YouTube search you get tons of great video results. Try typing in: “Create a Book Cover” and you’ll see some great videos (but you may want to read this blog post I wrote: How to Create a Book Cover Using Canva).
I learned how to set up my website, set up an automated email newsletter, design a book mark, and make a video book trailer using YouTube.
My point here is don’t let the fact that you don’t know how to do something stop you from doing it. It’s really just an excuse. You have the power at your finger tips to learn ANYTHING! So go out there and just do it.
What have you said, “But I don’t know how to do it” to? And what one thing can you Google or search for on YouTube to learn? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!