If Someone Handed You The Keys To A Ferrari For $1.00 - Would You Take It?

Last Update: April 30, 2020

That's an interesting headline isn't it? The idea behind it is the question: Would you jump at an opportunity or just sit on the sidelines and let it pass you by?

It's a common conundrum we face, isn't it?

When we're in a lockdown that no-one has ever experienced anything like before with time on your hands, it's strange the sort of things that you ponder and consider.

My time since it began, has been spent trying to juggle my business and supporting a vulnerable family member who has started to need more hands on care, especially as the self isolation rules mean that he can't have his usual care staff coming in to help him.

In my downtime between all these tasks, I've begun to ponder other skills I might or should develop to help me with my business. We all have to constantly improve our business skills, if we are to be successful, don't we?

One of them I came across thanks to my sister was a copywriting course. It turns out to be a fascinating subject, as it's all about psychology. Not at all what I've always thought copywriting was, which was plain old selling in print - a real turnoff for me.

Learning how people think, why people make certain decisions, why some people jump at opportunities while other people just sit and ponder.

That's what gets my little grey cells excited!

There was a TV programme a few years ago by Derren Brown, an illusionist, who perfectly demonstrated this difference in some people by putting a $10 note on the pavement (sidewalk to my American friends) and waited to see how many people saw it and picked it up and how many just walked straight past it.

Afterwards, he asked them how lucky they thought they were. He found that those who just walked past the note all rated themselves as unlucky, while those who picked it up rated themselves as generally lucky.

His conclusion was that there's no such thing as luck, just opportunities that we choose to act on or not!

Pro-active or re-active?

People watching has always been a favourite pastime of mine. Sitting in the park and trying to figure out where people might be going, what they are doing and what they might be thinking. It's a bit like being a social detective.

The topic of trying to figure out what requirements might encourage someone to want to buy my products, transferring that need into print, resulting in more people buying them and enabling me and my family to better survive this lockdown and come out the other end in good shape, has certainly got me hooked.

This is an essential skill I think we all need to learn, to be able to run a successful online business, isn't it?

As this is getting a bit long here, I've written more about it on my Wisdom-Wings blog. If you want to continue reading about what I've been studying, there's a link to it in my profile.

Take care, stay safe and keep smiling,

Sue 😊

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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Sue,

Nice to see you again, I hope you are keeping well.

I always stop to pick up even the smallest coin and then consider myself especially lucky. We should keep our grey cells busy, there is so much going on, certainly no time for dull moments.
With your copywriting course you will have a new challenge, I think that is great.

Stay safe and healthy,

Calmkoala Premium
Hi Taetske, always a pleasure to hear from you! I needed to find something that would be useful in future and that also gave me a few imposed deadlines for a while, to take me away from some scary stuff for a few hours a day. It's good having to concentrate in the 'present' for a while :)
Many thanks for taking the time to comment, have a Happy Friday! Take care and stay safe, Sue :)
CordeliaN Premium
Thank you Sue,
Great post, I liked your reference to Derek Brown, funny thing I saw him over 20 years ago when he was small time, He certainly impressed me then, however I now find him too spooky to watch..so many stunts have said this man is an evil genius, how in God’s name did he persuade anyone to do that, how did he crawl into their brain.

However he has a skill and if he can persuade a total law abiding stranger to go and rob a bank then surely we must be able to harness our own brain to take over procrastination, poor mindset into a winning formula... 🤞🤗
Calmkoala Premium
Hi Cordelia, I have absolutely no idea how (or why!) he does what he does? Really spooky :)
But you are totally right... mindset can be a 'self-fulfilling' prophesy, so choosing the path of positivity definitely seems the way to go! Many thanks for your kind comments, I wish you a positive and productive weekend. Take care and stay safe, Sue :)
CordeliaN Premium
I meant Derren Brown (not Derek.) darned spell checker ha ha
FKelso Premium
Entertaining post. Sounds like you have done some creative investigation during lockdown.
Calmkoala Premium
Hi Fran, many thanks for taking the time to read and comment, I really do appreciate it. I actually managed some time to do a bit of 'housekeeping' on my sites and put together a 'What I've Been Up To' post today... so I'm feeling quite virtuous!
Have a positive Friday, Sue :)
Dorrie1 Premium Plus
Great post and very interesting
Calmkoala Premium
Hi Dorrie, my pleasure and many thanks for your comments, Sue :)
megawinner Premium
excellent! 🥇🆒🆗🙏
Calmkoala Premium
Hi Florentino, much appreciate your kind comment! Sue :)