Time Doesn’t Change Much, But Something Else Does 72

Time Doesn't Change Much, But Something Else Does

We’ve often heard that time changes everything.

But does it really?

Is that the reason why you haven’t seen some of your best friends for months, or is it that you never found the right moment to call them?

Is it time’s fault that you’ve been at the same position for years and are still saying that promotion is just around the corner? Or is it your lack of initiative, never going the extra mile and showing that you’re the perfect candidate for it? And even you never saying out loud that you want the job?

The Things We Like to Blame on Time

We use time as an excuse. And not only in this case.

We also blame it for never being enough, although it’s us that haven’t acted quickly or haven’t stayed consistent.

The proof is that some people get more done in 24 hours than others in a week.

We blame it for not coming in the right moment. But if you think about it, time is always around us in one way or another, but where were you at that moment when action needed to be taken?

We blame it for making us wait so often, but it’s us who choose to do that. I know people who never wait, simply because there’s always something to be done.

We blame time for not being able to help us, when we’ve lost someone for example. But it’s us not doing anything to let go of the grief, not meeting new people to feel alive again, and just letting the emptiness take control over us without doing anything.

The One Thing That Has The Power to Change It All

It’s not about time.

It’s all about action. Whether you’ll act now, or you’ll do nothing.

Here are some examples:

  • not spending your life with your soulmate may be simply because you never went to talk to him/her when you first met and knew there was something special;
  • success itself is a result of actions, specific ones that are taken daily;
  • feeling inferior to anyone is a consequence of you never speaking up, never expressing opinion and showing that you’ve got rights too;
  • being part of the crowd means just following the mass, doing what they do – which is not action, it’s just unconsciously going through your days and living in your comfort zone;
  • not having the amount of money you want means you’re not taking risks, not working your ass off, not trying new stuff;
  • often employers are not looking for the most qualified and educated worker, but for the one who just goes to them and lets them know he wants the job and is ready to go beyond average;
  • even more often can we see cases of students who don’t study that much, but have better grades, are given more opportunities and are respected by professors. And that’s simply because they’re initiative, show up every time, make connections, take chances, think of ideas and share them, attend events, etc.

All these arguments make sense, right?

The only thing that doesn’t is us expecting to see improvement while doing the things we’ve always done and waiting for chances instead of noticing and grabbing them.

And time is just an excuse.

Whenever there aren’t any people around, bad stuff hasn’t happened recently or life doesn’t seem unfair, people choose to blame time. It’s just easier this way. It gives them comfort – they keep living the same way without doing anything, and yet don’t feel guilty and are sure it’s not their fault.

But it is.

Luckily, blaming, faults, mediocrity – these are all things we’re not born with.

It’s our individuality we need to nurture.

All the goals in life are waiting for us to achieve them, the best job and education are out there for us, great people are walking this planet and we may end up spending our life with any of them, because we’re worthy of love and respect.

A tiny action is what’s needed. For a start. And then you’ll have the momentum.

Most importantly, whenever things don’t go according to the plan, you aren’t satisfied with your life, or don’t see any progress, you’ll know it’s just you not taking enough action.

Have you ever blamed time for anything you don’t like in your life? Did it help?

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One Guy’s Journey from a Work-at-Home Transcriptionist to Starting an Educational Institute 7

One Guy's Journey from a Work-at-Home Transcriptionist to Starting an Educational Institute

This is an interview-style post with Mahesh Kumar.

Hey Mahesh. What do you do?

I’m the Spokesperson of the Transcription Certification Institute, an Ellensburg-WA based educational institution that provides an in-depth online transcription training and certification course.

The online course, which is created by industry leaders, enables transcriptionists to gain a well-rounded understanding of the field and become a professional transcriptionist for better job prospects and higher wages.

How did you start your career?

I’ve started my career as a home-based transcriptionist and have experience of 8+ years in transcription industry. I’m currently on a mission to help work from home moms and make them aware of one of the straightforward and lucrative way of earning money from home, i.e., transcription.

I love writing and so I regularly share my words through my blog. At present, I am working as the spokesperson of Transcription Certification Institute.

What inspired your journey?

I was not cut out for regular jobs because of health and family issues. But, I wanted to earn decent money.

Most work from jobs required me to be online during fixed hours. That did not work for me.

A friend referred me to a copywriter who needed transcription services in an extended time frame. This was my first assignment and exposure to the industry. I had issues with grammar and lots of difficulty in understanding accents. My transcriptionist friend gave me the very first lesson in punctuation. It was a great lesson.

That was the aha moment!

I wanted to share it online with all other new transcriptionists. My expertise in transcription was still limited but my interaction with other transcriptionists. And other work from home professionals found that there was no organized information in this industry.

That’s when with the help of the team we created an ebook as would serve as a handbook to transcriptionists. It was called Everything You Need To Know About Work From Home: General Transcription Business Opportunities.’ It’s available on our website for free.

What is the transcription business about?

It’s a dream that allows parents, caregivers and those with disabilities to stay at home and earn.

We call ourselves Team TCI. None of us has complete skills but together we have made a dream into a business that is sustainable, profitable and manages to help others earn more.

We like to think of ourselves as not just one single successful business owner but a team of accomplished transcriptionists and hedonists who have come together to share their expertise on a platform that is globally accessible to all.

Our objective is to make you a better transcriber so that you can earn more at the same time. 

Through our internship program, we ensure that new wannabe transcribers get a foothold in the industry. Our job board aims to bring transcribers and employers together on one platform to make hiring and finding jobs easier.

We are 9+ years old but the journey has only just begun.

What were your biggest challenges when setting up the institute?

How to Write a Successful Business Plan

Together, we had 2,459 dollars to spare!  This was just enough to put up a website and host it for a year.

We had no budget, no marketing plan and no strategy.

More than money we invested our skills, time and above all intent. When we launched, making money was not the objective. The objective was to share information, educate and in the process recover the costs.

We were totally bootstrapped. In fact, we all transcribed extra hours to generate money.

Each year we invested the money earned in the course, it’s upgrade, website upgrade and more. All exams are manually graded and that is expensive.

What do you offer on the website and who can benefit from it?

We offer a course in general transcription.

Our course is for anyone who wants to work from the comfort of their home, enjoy flexible timings and the ability to choose workload. The course is very popular with parents of young children who want to be around when they grow up, ex-serviceman with disabilities, single moms and others who want to work from home.

Some would say that there is nothing to be learned in general transcription but that would not be true. I did start out without training and if it not had been for the help I received my career would not have been successful.

In fact, as the popularity of transcription as a career option grows getting a foothold in the industry is becoming tough. That is why we came up with an internship program that gives hand on experience to new transcriptionists and exposure to the industry.

The job board benefits them by bringing employers and transcriptionists on the same platform.

What’s one thing you do to unwind?

We were introduced to meditation a few years back and to unwind we like to meditate.

What’s your favorite book?

It keeps on changing but time and again for inspiration, I find myself reaching out to The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. Never stop dreaming! Give context to your dreams!

Check out the story of how one guy went from a work at home transcriptionist to setting up a transcription institute and help others start working from home.