If you've been wanting to change your life, maybe by starting your own business instead of "working for the man", or maybe by ditching a job you hate, or even if you've been out of work and getting nowhere fast, maybe it's time to "get off the schneid" and take matters into your own hands.
Wikipedia defines the phrase, "Get off the schneid" as:
"To break a scoreless, hitless, or winless streak (i.e., a schneid). According to the Dickson Baseball Dictionary, the term "schneid" comes to baseball via gin rummy, and in turn comes from German / Yiddish "schneider," one who cuts cloth, i.e., a tailor."
If you're in a scoreless, hitless or winless streak, if you're scared whitless or if you're just plain clueless and you want to change your life, just how can you "get off the schneid" and move on to bigger and better things?
Here are 14 tips (or steps, if you want to follow them in progression) that could change your life and help you get off the schneid:
- Find your passion. What is it you really like to do? If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do in the way of working, hobbies, travel, etc. Live's too short to not know what it is you most like to do. Me? I'm a web geek who enjoys writing. That's why I do what I do. If I won the lottery, I'd still do it.
- Know your abilities. What are you good at? Where does your experience lie? Are you naturally talented in some area? If you're thinking about doing something where you have absolutely no experience, are you confident you can learn to do it and do it well?
- Know your limitations. What might you have to do that you're sure you'll hate? Can you get someone else to do that part for you, or do you need to rethink. If you're going to set up shop as a solopreneur, you can only do so much without involving more people. Will it be enough to sustain you?
- Look around you. Who's doing what you want to be doing? Whom do you admire? How did they get where they are today? What's stopping you from becoming more like them? Can you reach out to some of these people and ask for advice or possibly intern for them when they get too busy?
- Fill in gaps. Is there an area you're not really knowledgeable in that you need in order to take the next step? What is it, and where will you have to go to get the knowledge you need? How much of your time will it take and how much will it cost?
- Develop a plan. Your plan doesn't have to be a couple hundred pages of boring text, but sketch out your ideas on paper and worry about cleaning them up later. When you're sitting there with your coffee in the morning, what are you thinking about? When an idea strikes you, right it down and flesh it out later.
- Set goals. These can be income goals, they can be time goals, they can be educational goals or, preferably, they may be all of the above. If you don't have any goals you'll have a tough time understanding if you're making progress. Ever.
- Don't be stupid. Base your decisions at least in part on facts. Don't bet the farm on your idea if you can't afford to lose the farm. Maybe start with one pile of hay and see where it takes you. Just don't burn down the barn in the process.
- Get buy in. Your family, and especially your spouse or significant other, need to be on board with your plan, whatever that may be. No business or job is worth losing a loving relationship over. None.
- Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, watch out for your health. Treat yourself occasionally as you attain your goals. Know your limits and abide by them. No business or job is worth putting yourself into an early grave. Others can sense it when you're stressed out. They'll want to avoid you.
- Just do it. What are you waiting for? Hell to freeze over? Someone to save you? A handout? You'll be waiting an awfully long time. Get over yourself and get on with it. You bear the primary responsibility for making your dreams come true. You may not succeed in the end, but you'll have a heck of a lot of fun and get an awesome amount of satisfaction in trying.
- Learn from your mistakes. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Don't let people screw you over. Stand up for yourself and take control. Then move forward. Let me hear you roar!
- Reach out for help and guidance. No one person knows everything, not even you or the Amazing Karnak. Admit when you need help and then get it from someone who's qualified and willing to give it to you.
- Be flexible. As you go through the process of discovery, you may change your mind as often as you might change a toddler's diaper. That's okay. Life's a process. Learn from it. Grow from it. Thrive in it. Make whatever adjustments you need to, put on clean undies and move on.
This is your life. Get off the schneid if you're on it. Get over yourself. Get out there and start winning!
What suggestions would you give someone to "get off the schneid"? Have you been on the schneid, thinking about commenting on a blog post and haven't done it yet? Live a little. Get off the schneid starting right now. The world wants to hear what you have to say.