I am always amazed at human nature. We are amazingly good at seeking out information that we need in order to change the directions of our lives, whether it’s through blog posts, courses, or asking friends. But when it actually comes down to putting all of that hard-earned information to use… well, that’s a whole other thing…
A while back I got an email from someone on my newsletter that said:
I think one personal productivity problem I’m facing right now is generating enough income; I feel stagnated as I’ve been in the workforce for 4 straight years and have had the same pay rate for about 3 years. The only increment I have had was in the first year, when I got a raise, but after that, it’s been steady. I mean, I’m thankful for having a job, but I feel that my skills and values are been sold short.
He then followed up in another email…
I really like your idea posted on the blog about making your own job and I was wondering how can I sell for you?
I really want to find a way to work less and make more; not only monetarily, but also more family time.
Always excited to help, I responded and gave him THREE ways in which he could sell for me and make anywhere between $10 – 20K per sale on some of the side business stuff that I do (just a note, this is not an earnings claim).
Two weeks later… no response.
My Biggest Pet Peeve
What stops most people from starting something on their own? Is it that they don’t have any great ideas that they can take to the bank? Is it because they don’t have a degree from an accredited university that tells them that they now have the ability to become an entrepreneur? Maybe it’s because they don’t have the right partners in place to be a success?
All that is bullshit... utter and complete bullshit.
That vast majority of people don’t start something because they are afraid. They are afraid to give up watching worthless television shows for 4 hours a day. They are afraid to give up playing video games for 2 hours a night. They are afraid to stop wasting their time associating with other lazy and unsuccessful people during the week.
I am a nice guy, but one thing that pisses me off more than anything are people who ask for my advice and don’t do anything about it (whether it’s following my advice or taking a different route but still acting on something). You Can Work Less is not here to entertain you – although it may sometimes. Your time is valuable, my time is valuable, and don’t waste both of our time by not taking action.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you need to veg out a bit and watch TV and play games, but if deep down you know that you need to do something more in order to provide for your family or enhance your career, or just to make more money, spending 20+ hours a week in front of the boob tube is not what you should be doing.
Action is the ONLY way to succeed
Stop being afraid. Whether you think you are or not, no matter how many ideas you have, they aren’t going to matter unless you do two things:
- Contact those who might want what you are selling.
- Asking them if they want what you are selling.
There is your list! You are now equipped with all that you need in order to start a business. Stop reading blogs (including mine) that give you tons of ideas of how to become an entrepreneur, how to hire overseas, how to price, and just start talking to your potential customers.
When I first started my business, I was so worried about finding a niche, what business cards I needed, and a whole bunch of other junk. Over the last 2 years my niche has changed over 5 times, and because of trying something, failing, and moving on, Revenue has been on a steady climb.
You need to fail to find your business. The only way that you can fail is to try to succeed.
You are always welcome to comment below, sign up for my newsletter, and email me, but don’t waste my time and yours if you aren’t going to do anything. Only those that are willing to take the risk of being rejected are going to succeed.
If I fail more than you, I win – Seth Godin