Lets be honest, blaming someone else is awesome. Making excuses and putting the blame on another person is fun. However, when you work for yourself, there’s no one to blame. When you have your own personal brand and image the only person responsible is you. When you make promises and don’t deliver, ITS ON YOU! Most people cant handle that responsibility. Entrepreneurship is not all fun and games. Its not luxurious, it’s not as lucrative as it looks on social media and other media platforms. Entrepreneurship is responsibility. You take the fall for everything that gets done or doesn’t. The only person you can ever blame in entrepreneurship is yourself. Can you handle it? I don’t even consider myself an entrepreneur yet. Do I have entrepreneurial tendencies? Without a doubt! But the work, commitment, and dedication required of a true-bred entrepreneur is unbelievable. If you think your working hard right now, your probably not. There’s always something more you can be doing in the 16 hours your awake in the day. Here are some tips I use to stay on track during my daily hustle.
1. Write: I’ve stressed how important writing is in previous articles. Every night before going to sleep I recommend writing down a small list of only things YOU MUST DO the next day. Always ask yourself before going to sleep what is the most important thing that needs to get done tomorrow and write those down in a list. Read that list right after you wake up in the morning. Writing is a very powerful tool and it has helped me get more things done. Writing after your failures is another important tip. I always write down in a notepad, this didn’t work because of this and I wont do this again. Incorporate writing in your everyday activities and you should see a splurge in productivity.
2. Accountability: Hold yourself accountable for your actions. The best way to do this for me is to tell others what I’m going to do by a certain date. For example, “ I’m going to release an article every Monday”. Now if I let my Monday pass without writing an article, I’m going to cringe inside because I know not only am I letting myself down but I’m also letting my followers down. When you have set dates and promises to other people, you are going to work harder. Nobody wants to be the person who just talks the talk. Hold yourself accountable and deliver on your promises.
3. SPEED: After waking up and getting situated for your day just fucken start. The hardest part of your day is going to be starting. Move fast and you’ll be surprised as to how much you get done. Don’t tell yourself let me relax for a bit and watch some YouTube and then I’ll start working. NO! START NOW AND KEEP MOVING. Start with the hardest and most important task you needed to tackle for that day and then you’ll be surprised as to how much you get done. Because the tasks afterwards are less challenging and important your self-esteem will be through the roof and your productivity will just keep getting better. Lets compare this to weight lifting. Lets say your max bench is 205 and your goal and the hardest task for you at the gym today is to get 5 reps of 205. After you bench 205 for 5 reps, 185 for 7 reps becomes much easier on you and you lift it with more force. 150 becomes a joke and you rep it 10 times. Same thing applies to your hustle. Tackle the hardest task first and get it over with. Move fast and you’ll be unstoppable.
I’ve talked about this before but entrepreneurship is marketed in such way that does more harm than good. Being an entrepreneur is the next big thing however, the hustle that goes behind it is shown way less than the bling and cars that comes with its success. Unfortunately, that success can take decades to come but that’s absolutely fine because the process and the grind is what should be appreciated. Love the grind; love the hustle and the process. The success will come one day and even when it does, there’s still more to grind and hustle for. Always move the bar higher and move with speed and hold yourself accountable. And always remember, it aint easy HUSTLIN’.