In this episode, I’ll be chatting about the concept of doubt and how it will stay with you forever and ever.
It isn’t something that only occupies the unsuccessful; it is something that pervades every soul on this planet, no matter how successful they are.
Even the most influential people! People might be at the pinnacle of success, but they are still going to wonder, ‘Am I an imposter? Do I even know what I’m talking about? How did I get here? They are going to find out I’m a fraud and kick me out.’
The despair, the heartache, the fear, the doubt, the anxiety, the joy, the ups and the downs, the plunge and the high… Every entrepreneur who decides to take the plunge goes through this drama in their heads.
The problem is we let the stories we are tell ourselves about ourselves and about the process control our decisions.
I wanted to become an entrepreneur a long time ago. When I was 22, which was ten years ago, I realized I didn’t want to do the 9-5 thing forever. I wanted to build something of my own.
But it took me ten years to get to the point where I decided to finally take the plunge. I had all the excuses you could think of! (more…)
In this episode, I’ll be talking about one of the easiest ways to feel bad about ourselves as new entrepreneurs. It’s called Comparison syndrome, that is, comparing your stuff to the experts who have been in the field years longer than you. Stop comparing yourself to others!
These gurus have been slogging it out in the field for decades longer than us, but for some reason, we have this incessant desire to compare ourselves to them, and then make ourselves feel terrible about the comparison.
It’s the worst feeling on the planet, but for some reason, we love to torture ourselves with these comparison thoughts.
I’m sure you know what I’m talking about here. We see our website and then we see theirs, and theirs is much better. A lot better.
Then, we see our e-Book and we see theirs, and theirs looks nicer, prettier, more professional, and the colors all match up perfectly. Even if nobody’s perfect you start thinking that they have to be the exception.
How did I move from being an utter and complete failure, to the success I am right now? One simple technique. Consistency.
I know, I know! It isn’t as exciting as winning money in a lottery or hitting a really great penny stock.
But it is the only thing I know of that has been the secret to success for hundreds of thousands of people. Those people who are quietly and boringly making a tiny little bit of progress every single day in their chosen fields are the ones who end up being ‘Overnight successes’ ten or fifteen years later.
That’s the thing about success – it’s all about little gains over a long period of time, leading to the compounding effect (something Darren Hardy speaks about in his book ‘The Compound Effect’).
In fact, success is BORING.
I think of this story whenever I think of boring consistency. There is a track and field centre near my parent’s house. When I would be going to an early hot Yoga class on the weekends, I would drive past it around 7am (my class was at 8am, but I like to get there early to seep in the warmth). I always noticed this young man (late teens) running on the track every morning, by himself. He had a hoodie on (it was winters in Toronto), and he would be going around the track over and over again. (more…)
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In this episode, I’ll be talking about my own journey (a somewhat “rocky” journey) of quitting the 9-5 and starting my own online business based on my passions—meditation, spirituality, and digital nomading. Quit your job? What?
We all want to quit the cubicle, travel the world, and work on a business that is based on our true passions (at least I think so based on the people I meet). We know we need to get out of that shit, but most of us don’t do it.
The answer is easy: we are afraid.
But there are reasons – really great reasons in our heads that say we cannot quit our 9-5 to pursue our passions.
I had a long list of my own reasons – fear of failure, of the unknown, of disappointing my parents, of succeeding, of taking on too much too fast, of poverty, of bankruptcy, of being on my own, of jumping into the abyss, and much more.
I still quit my job. And you can quit your job, too!
You know why?
Because the reasons didn’t matter anymore. I had to get out and do my own thing. It was time.
I knew if I delayed any further I would be delaying forever! I didn’t want regret to take over my psyche.