1. The people you surround yourself with is a massive factor in your success.
Who you surround yourself with matters.
When it comes to business and all creative endeavors, there will be ‘good’ people and ‘bad’ people.
Bad people will tell you every reason why your idea won’t work, but won’t have an alternative solution.
Surrounding yourself with these types of people can create doubt in what you are doing and stifle your progress.
They may even want to see you succeed, but the way they can talk to you drains you from wanting to try.
Good people will challenge your assumptions and push you forwards forward.
They can rip your idea apart, by giving you alternative solutions to try and different perspectives to think about, all in the name of making your ideas better.
They believe in you, despite the potential negatives.
Communities enable individuals to succeed. When you surround yourselves with like-minded individuals fighting for their dreams, you naturally want to help each other become better.
2. You need people to talk to openly
Starting a business is hard on the easiest days. Without help to open up about problems you are facing and pressures you are feeling, you’ll eventually implode.
Or at the very least you’ll feel isolated. ‘I feel so alone’ ‘I feel like no one is helping me’ ‘I’m so stressed out’’.
Take a break. Find someone to talk to, be it a therapist or someone else in your community who is trying to build their own dreams.
Hard work makes a difference, but shouldn’t come at the expense of your mental wellbeing.
No one gets anything accomplished if you stress yourself into oblivion.
3. It doesn’t take much money to start
Don’t get me wrong, money can help. A lot. Especially when it comes to peace of mind and wellbeing. But it doesn’t take much to validate your ideas.
Anyone with the will and a couple of hundred bucks can set up a website and get making.
Money isn’t a barrier, it’s an amplifier.
There are exceptions, of course, but exceptions aren’t great excuses to not try.
You can be flat broke and still be creative and innovative. In fact, you’ll probably be more innovative because you’ll have to think differently and come up with interesting solutions to your problems, beyond just throwing piles of money at them.
The question to ask yourself is, “Is money what’s really holding me back, or is it fear?”
Sometimes it might be in fact money, but often it’s the latter.
4. Your idea doesn’t have to stay the same
Or in other words, you can change your mind about it.
Actually, you need to be open to changing your idea.
Because ideas aren’t fixed. They morph and grow based on the market, the information you have, and who you are. All good things.
But if our idea needs to grow, yet our mind is fixed and made up about it, then we’ll likely get nowhere. Everything changes, eventually. So must we and our ideas.
And last but not least,
5. Give First
The biggest lesson of them all.
Give first means to help others without expectations of anything in return.
Helping shouldn’t be about what you get out of it. You might naturally benefit from helping others, but that shouldn’t be the reason why you do it. It’s the same as donating to charity.
You should just be giving to charity just so you can get a tax write-off. If you do, you’re missing the entire point (and benefit) of giving.
Giving First feels good. That’s the reward. To see others succeed and to be grateful that you made a small invisible contribution to make it happen.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1630
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