BIZ NUGGETS #18: START BEFORE YOU’RE READY

 

“What is not started will never get finished” - JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

 

I couldn’t say this any better myself really. How will you know what you’re capable of if you don’t allow yourself the chance to try?

Be big, bold, proud and get started even if you feel like you’re totally unprepared for the journey.

The great thing about being an entrepreneur is that you can learn as you go! It’s like you’re building the plane as you fly!

Terrifying, but necessary if you want to land safely.

With the right mentors, supporters and colleagues around you, you’ll be able to figure it out and find out more about what you really want than if you just think about it.

 

Progress and clarity come from engagement, not thinking.

 

The perfect time to start was yesterday, but the next best? Today. 

 


BIZ NUGGETS #17: FEAR LIES TO YOU

 

Fear is; False Evidence Appearing Real.

If you’re afraid of the thing you want to do, chances are, you should do it.

 

There are two kinds of fear.

Real, crippling, life-threatening fear which you would face if you were say, standing in front of a Death Adder Snake in the middle of the Australian outback. That fear is super legit and if you found yourself in that situation, you’d probably be questioning every decision you ever made…. Ever.

Totally fair and reasonable.

The second type of fear is the unreasonable fear which prevents you from taking chances and following your excitement.

You see, this kind of fear likes to disguise excitement as terror, and likes to keep you small because being small is safe.

This fear is the kind of fear you actually want to follow, because with this fear, the thing you’re afraid of is likely something that will truly do awesome things for you. Have you felt this fear?

It’s like stage fright or that nervous energy you might feel before you perform. If you’re developing an idea or creating something new and you feel this fear, chances are, you’re on the right track and you should keep going.

This fear is lying to you. Nothing is on fire. No one is thinking about the next thing you’re going to screw up, and the consequence of allowing this fear to control you, is that you stay stagnant. This fear wants to keep you small and safe.

Don’t trust it. Dive into it and keep going.

 


BIZ NUGGETS #16: PURSUE THE HELL YES

'IF IT'S NOT A HELL YES, IT'S A NO' - MARIE FORLEO
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” - ALBERT SCHWEITZER

 

 

This one should be pretty self-explanatory, but let me break it down.

 

If there’s something you’ve been asked to do, or think you should do but you aren’t sure about it, ask yourself; Is this a hell yes?

If not, it’s a no.

 

And, if it’s a no, you don’t need to do it (unless its like, taxes or something important that you do have to do. In which case, buckle up and get it done asap).

Always, always, always make sure that you LOVE the thing you’re creating because if YOU don’t love it, no one else will!

And remember, whenever you say yes to something, you’re saying no to absolutely EVERYTHING else you could be doing instead.

 

Don’t waste your life on “meh”, pursue the “hell yes!”

 

“How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable.” - SETH GODIN
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BIZ NUGGETS #15 FROM LITTLE THINGS, BIG THINGS GROW

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."   —WARREN BUFFETT

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” - NAPOLEON HILL

 

 

Start where you are, and take small, measurable actions each day.

Think of the ripple effect.

One drop in the water can start a reaction where the ripple becomes larger and larger as it moves from the starting point.

Be the person who does one small thing each day and you will set yourself on a steady path to success.

Why do we tell young musicians to practice just 10 minutes each day at first rather than 60 minutes once a week?

Because small, consistent action brings greater results than larger, sporadic “cram sessions”.

 

From little things, big things grow.

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BIZ Nuggets #14: FAIL FORWARD

 
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” - BILL GATES
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - THOMAS EDISON
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - WINSTON CHURCHILL

 

Failure is the entrepreneur’s secret weapon.

It’s also the musician’s secret weapon, so you’re already ahead of most.

There's not much that’s worse than feeling like you've poured your heart and soul into something, only to watch it crash down around you leaving you with only broken pieces of your once brilliant idea.

Hello, massive recital where my instrument fell apart mid-way through...

If you're worried that by failing you're not cut out for this entrepreneur thing - It’s not true!

If you've ever taught a young student how to play a musical instrument, you already know what I'm talking about when I say that failing = progress.

How do students get better at their craft? They practice.

And at its core, what is practice?

it's failing over and over again at something until you no longer fail any more!

We all worry about this idea of failing, when really what we should be thinking about is learning.

No matter what your craft, or purpose or venture is, if you've never done something before, you're learning how to do it!

And you're going to be learning... until you aren't.

When you fail, try to keep moving forward. Learn from it and try again.

Fail Forward.

After you fail forward enough times, you will arrive at your destination.

It might not be elegant or graceful, you might arrive with bruises and cuts, and be bleeding from your knees, elbows and forehead, but you will get there.