Below is a shortlist of experiences learned through my previous experience as an entrepreneur with Mixtape Madness, that I just couldn’t learn from google, Wikipedia or Forbes.
- Motivation vs Habits
Motivation is great for getting you started, similar to church on Sunday it get’s you pumped up. Watching videos from Gary Vaynershuck, Inky Johnson and Les Brown pull on your heart strings for sure and even helps stretch your vision to set ambitious plans. However the value is in following through on those plans in order to achieve those goals. Progress only comes from getting into good habits and getting things done everyday.
- Self Awareness
There is no magic formula or secret sauce for gaining self awareness. There are tools and tricks that can help, like the steps I set out in a past post (The Last Three). One thing that holds true is that it’s down to you and only you to decide what your niche is, no one else but you.
- Take Action then Talk
We all know people who have shared their ideas with us (indifferent if they were good or bad) and 12 months later you’ve forgotten about the idea and they are no longer talking about it. All great entrepreneurs build the product/ service first then let others talk after.
A lesson learnt during a morning run was that “The more I pushed myself to my limit, the further my limit moved”. I ended up running further than I had before, because I outlasted the pain as it was I told myself it was only temporary. The only limit that is stopping us is the one we put on ourselves. We were made for great things, to do great things and to impact others to be great.
- Patience is a Virtue
The parable of the Chinese Bamboo teaches us not to judge by the harvest we reap but rather the seeds that we sow. When you plant the seed, bury it in soil and water it every day, after one year you will see no growth. If you continue to nurture it and water it each day, after year two, three and four still no signs of growth. In year 5 something special happens, the consistency, patience and continued belief pays off. Finally the bamboo shoots from the ground and grows a staggering 80ft. You have to fall in love with the process, the difference between who you are right now and who you want to be, is what you do on a daily basis.
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