Why You Shouldn’t Skip The Intro Chapters
Do you ever skip over the 101/Basic/Foundation stuff and fast forward to the end for those “Advanced Tips”?
You are not alone! Here’s why that’s a huge mistake!
I recently started taking some e-courses on things that I’ve been doing for years. Things that people have come to me for coaching on and I have been able to provide lots of help with from running a business to self-love itself.
It was so tempting to skip through the intro chapters. I think, “I know this. What can you possibly teach me that I don’t already know? I’ve been doing this for years!” It was a pompous, arrogant thought out of ego. Then I paused and thought, “There’s a reason you’re taking this course, and this person is more successful than you. And even if they weren’t, they might have a different perspective that could spark an idea in you. Listen.” So I did.
You know what? In the first modules of the first two e-courses I took, I had giant lists full of notes and ideas! I had to keep pausing the MP3s and videos just to keep up. I was inspired! It wasn’t always the exact way they taught how to do something, but sometimes I’d say, “Oh, that makes me think of *this*.” That’s how inspiration works!
I also thought about how when I craft an e-course, I want people to start at the beginning, whether they’re an expert or not. Things are built how they are for a reason! Foundations start at the bottom, whether it’s with building a business, creating a mindset, or starting a ritual.
When people come to me and tell me they didn’t get anything out of a service I offer and I ask if they did the worksheets or watched the videos and they say no, I’m like, “Right okay so…”. I didn’t want to do that. To myself if anything. I wanted to invest in my business and personal development, and if I’m going to do that, I’m going to do it fully.
It’s super tempting to skip to the last chapter and download that glossy overview PDF of the Top Ten Tips On How To X, but without the meat of the chapters, you have nothing to stand on. Just an outline. It’s like reading the back cover of a book and trying to write a book report on it.
If you want to make a change, you have to do the work. It’s not glamorous, but it is simple.