I’m not sure about you, but I’ve got about 50+ domains for “projects” that have never gone anywhere.
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Alright, here comes some tough love.
Most of you are not acting like founders.
You’re not focusing on actually building a business.
Maybe you fell in love with the idea of starting a company (being a founder)… and once you started you decided it wasn’t fun (hard work)
Well today that stops.
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Today I want to share with you something that’s near and dear to my heart… the idea of getting unstuck.
Recently I was sitting down with a friend of mine and I was asking him what his plans were for the rest of the year – since we were already half way through the year – and he told me that he just didn’t feel connected to his business anymore.
His business was doing well – he actually hasn’t worked a whole lot – and his business continues to go along. But what really threw me off was that he used the word “comfortable”… he said, “I just feel comfortable.”
There’s a great quote that’s going to summarize everything that I’m about to teach you today:
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” ~ Aristotle
When I was raising money for our first round of funding I got some great advice from one of our “quarterbacks”, Travis Kalanick (now CEO of Uber).
“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”
― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa
Most people don’t realize how hard it’s going to be when they start a business.
What matters most is if you are willing to continue during the struggle, when there’s nothing clear that says it’s going to get better, or that it’s going to work at all.
That is the essence of entrepreneurship and building a business.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
~ Maya Angelou
I’m always getting asked, “How do I discover my passion, my gift and my purpose in life?”
I’m often asked how – in a 2 year period – we were able to:
The truth is… very little sleep and hacking away at our approach to getting work done.
I believe most people don’t mean to be lazy. They typically aren’t producing because they haven’t improved the way they work. Everyone is capable of 3-5 times more output by changing a few simple things around in HOW they work vs. WHAT they work on.
The other day I had an entrepreneur come to my house with $2000 in cash to give me, and here’s why…
Every time I go to an event I like to collect 4 or 5 entrepreneurs that I don’t know, and if I feel like they have good energy and are good people in general, I invite them to lunch.