These are the first blog posts I ever wrote. I found them worth sharing again as I asked myself the question… Where do I start?
Simply asking this will hold 99% of us back, and stop us from ever taking that next step. We all have this passion; a desire to do something meaningful with our lives, like we were made for something better. The reality for most of us is, unfortunately, exactly the opposite.
So to answer the question…
Right here. You see the paragraph that came before this one? This is where you start. The question therefor is not where to start, but rather… when?
You don’t need to quit your job to start a business, and I would actually advise against it. You want to be your own boss? Okay. You think you’ve got what it takes to make it happen? Fair enough. But let me tell you, from one aspiring entrepreneur to another, that keeping your day job for the time being is a hell of a lot better than collecting bottles and cans to fund your project.
Also keep in mind, I am right there with you 100%. If you are sitting at a Starbucks, bumming some free Wi-Fi with your homemade coffee in one hand and your dog ‘s leash in the other, that’s okay! But somehow as you toggle between email and inspiring podcasts, you came across this site and found it worth your attention. For that I owe you something of value, yes? I think so. So here it is:
Close every tab you have open, all except for this one. Because my goal here is to guide you on the way to success as I attempt to find it for myself, and through my failures and achievements you may even find your own.
One thing is for sure: The only difference between you and I is that I started now. Right now. So either dive in, or stand at the edge of the pool wondering what could have been. Your life is a string of choices. Choose wisely.
Don’t Quit Your Day-Job Before Reading This
I figured since I touched on the subject earlier, that I might add a little about the subject here. There is one personality trait that divides the successful from the failures, and that is the inability to accept less from life.
We are the type of people who give a hundred percent at everything we do.
So if you have a job that pays the bills for now, then good. But in order to be successful there are a few things to keep in mind
1. Do you like your job?
If the answer is yes, then you are doing it right! If the answer is no, then ask yourself why you still work there? You know what you are worth, and if the job you currently hold, is holding you back from reaching your full potential then its time to spend some time interviewing for a new one. If you like what you do, then keep with it
2. What do you do well?
You should be working somewhere where you can feel proud of the work you do. If you work somewhere where you can gain some experience in whatever field you aspire to dominate one day, even better! Find your passion and hone your skills until the time comes to venture out on your own
3. Does it fit your lifestyle?
I once worked a job for a company listed as one of the best to work for in the world, but let me tell you that when you are working fifteen-hour days, everything else crumbles around you. Make sure you have time to dedicate to not only building your business, but for yourself! There is a hierarchy of needs that must be met first before all else, and if you let yourself slip away you won’t have much to offer when your time needs you most.
4. Could you work remotely?
If you have read the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, you already know this is possible. If you think your job could be done more efficiently from home with less distraction, or simply have a desire to travel more and work less, consider the remote work option. For those of you who have doubts about whether or not you could pull something like this off, grab yourself a copy of the book mentioned above here: The Four Hour Work Week Book. I promise it will change your life!
5. Do you have a reason to succeed?
This is perhaps the most important of all. If you truly wish to stay motivated, you need to give yourself something worth fighting for. You can have a day job and be a successful entrepreneur by night, but without motivation you will never get anywhere. This is why those who are let go from their jobs, with a family to support seem to make it happen more often than others. They have something to lose. So give yourself something to lose, or walk away entirely.
So there you go! Work at a place you can be excited to wake up and go to, and learn as much as you can. Stop living for the weekends and take pride in what you do. Make time for yourself and surround yourself with people and things that are going to enrich your life. Try the remote-work approach and see if you can swing a few extra days off here and there. And finally, give yourself something to lose so that you will stay motivated.
Get Yourself A Mentor
This is a step that most seem to let their pride shield them from.
If someone were to walk up to you and asked for your advice, what would you say to them? Would you have anything of value to share?
We all walk around hoping one day to bump into some billionaire who will share with us the secrets to their success, but that only happens in movies and lets face it, those movies don’t seem to end all that well.
I have had many mentors along my career path, and some I still have today. Whatever it is that you aspire to do, find someone who has already done it. Find them, and ask them for advice.
A good mentor can show you the ropes, and the advice they share with you can be as valuable as all the time and money spent avoiding the mistakes they made. They are there to help you succeed and when you finally do, make sure you become a mentor for someone else in need.
Just remember when you finally make it to pay it forward.
Little Steps, Big Goals
This might be something you already do without knowing it, or it may be something that from this point out you do because you read this article. Either way here it is:
Every day I make a list of things I need to get done in order of importance. When something is finished I cross it off that list, and move on to the next thing. The biggest thing holding most of us back is the failure to take chances. Most are so afraid of failing, that we never actually give ourselves the chance to succeed.
But picture this: Before you lies a giant rock-wall a hundred feet high. At the top of that wall is everything you ever wanted in life. Now, you know that you want more than anything in the world to reach the top of the wall, but you’re just not sure how to get there.
You know you can’t reach the top today, but every day you strive to grab that next hold and reach just a bit higher. Over time you learn how to position your body to combat gravity, and how to place your feet for rest. Eventually you surprise yourself, because although you only got a step closer each day, you realize that you are getting stronger and you feel more confident on the wall.
By the time you’re close to the top, you are so confident in your hand and foot placement, you know that even if you don’t make it today, you can climb back down and tomorrow you’ll be that much stronger and closer to reaching your goal.
This is how we reach our goals in life. One step at a time. Everything you do should be geared towards helping you reach your goals and every day is a chance to take another step and try something new.
Make a list. Cross something off. Everything, else begins to fall into place.