Social Media is the fastest and most effective way to get everything you want in life.
— Jess Bousa || CEO of Exponential Media
I am always thankful. There's never a day where there is not something to be thankful for. But its all about perspective. I see life differently than most. I see the good in the worst of the worst, the potential in the problems and life in dead things.
I love watching how people respond to their friends when they do something they don't like, agree with or support. You really get to see a person's true colors come out by what they do and say following the questionable action.
Some of your greatest supporters will come from the seasons of your greatest struggles. They are watching to see if you stand up and fight or flee. They are watching to see if you are unmoved by the haters or if you cave in. They are watching and waiting to make an investment in you.
There is never a shortage of patients but with an oversaturated market place whoever gets the most attention books the most appointments.
I don’t remember ever reading a book in High School. I do remember the only reason I graduated HS was because the administration wanted my brother and me out of the school system bad. They were tired of putting up with our shenanigans so they made sure I graduated. Following HS graduation, I failed and failed until I found purpose.
I would argue one of the greatest assets needed when starting anything from scratch, climbing to the next level in a career or becoming successfully self-employed is not greater resources at your fingertips, better mentors, clearer training, more marketing, branding and leads. All of those plus many others are definitely ingredients of a strong foundation and extremely important to the process but there is one attribute that is disproportionately more vital than all of those to the long-term success of an idea, career, calling, and especially a startup. The superpower under the microscope is desire. The desire to see your dream become a reality is the difference maker from the good and the great entrepreneurs, self-employed individuals and anyone stuck in career who wants more.
The investment I make in Caleb & Hannah’s way of thinking is the most important work I will perform on this planet. The 6 ways of thinking that are a priority to me for them to embrace so that they can become more successful than me are:
The right idea will attract the startup money even if it’s from your mom or a qualified investor. It does not take a whole lot of money if any to start some businesses. You can start with your first customer or two or ten and use that money to fund the next steps. You can use other people’s money at times to get it off the ground and then pay them back. Don’t let money or a lack of it keep you from your dream of meeting a need with your business idea, securing a legacy for your family and making an impact on your world.
There is a formula for starting something from scratch that has stuck with me for over 10 years. It’s what I do every day no matter what level of success I have achieved or failure I have experienced with a business, team or task.
Who are you? Anyone else out there like me unsure of the answer to that question at times? Or maybe you need to rethink your answer before you drift?
Are you controlled by your past? Are you a people pleaser? Is money your main motivation?
I struggle with all three depending on what day it is if I’m honest.