“Raina,” you’re saying, “this blog is supposed to be about making money! Why do you spend so much time talking about planning?”
Well, a couple of reasons, one of which is that I’m good at planning, and feel comfortable pretending to be an expert on it.
But more importantly, it’s that a lot of people’s ideas go awry not because they lack the knowledge or skills or talent to achieve their dreams, but because they don’t know how to get from here to there. In other words, they fail because they don’t know how to make a plan.
I believe that you can monetize yourself right now. You have the desire to engage in your hobbies and interests, and could be convinced to go out there and dabble in podcasts or writing or freelance consulting. So while I will get to how to do all of that stuff, I think it’s more important right now to ensure that your experimentation is focused and helpful to your efforts.
I bring this up today because I’m about to begin a series on planning. My Annual Planning post included an overview of steps for planning, but I want to go back and revisit each step individually, and talk about the details of how to evaluate your environment, and so on.