The Hard Truth: Why Other Entrepreneurs are Successful and You're Not
Are you ready for some hard truths? This may hurt a little but I am going to give it to you straight. You've been scrolling through your Instagram feed and sometimes you just have to stop because you are so darn frustrated. Why does she have 114k followers? How did she do that? How does she (or he I'm not leaving the successful guys out) afford _______(fill in the blank)? Seriously, why am I not debt free? Why is she so successful?
I'm going to break down the three very important reasons why others are having success in their business and why others are just getting by.
#1 Successful Entrepreneurs are Consistent
If you study all successful entrepreneurs you'll notice one thing that they all have in common - they all show up and serve their audience - consistently. People like to know when and in what way their mentor is going to serve them. Successful entrepreneurs stick to a schedule. Now, everyone shows up differently for their tribe, on different platforms, on different days, on their own schedule but they do it everyday or every week, consistently.
If you choose to blog as a way to communicate with your audience on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, actually post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you commit to publishing a podcast each week, do it. I am so guilty of not being consistent with my podcasts. When I skip and week (ok, yea, I have skipped months) people forget that you even have a podcast. You lose that engagement and you lose your momentum.
If I was giving myself advice years ago the very first piece of advice I would give is this. Be consistent. Do what you say you are going to do. Hold yourself accountable to keeping a schedule even if you are your own boss.
#2 Successful Entrepreneurs Choose want they want Most over what they want Now
I have to give credit where credit is due on this one because I did not come up with this (I sooo wish I had!). In a recent podcast episode of Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield she interviewed Rachel Hollis. Rachel is an author and owns a media company, the girl puts the "boss" in girl boss (seriously she's amazing). She was laying it all out there and when she said this it just stuck.
She was talking about how people often complain about not having enough time. Or if they are trying to start their business as a side hustle that it seems impossible to carve out time in their day to do the work. That's when she said that she doesn't watch TV. That she wakes up early. That she finds time when there is "none". She has 4 kids people! She admitted that she has never seen an episode of Game of Thrones and yet the same people who tell you that they don't have any time can tell you exactly what happened, episode by episode of every season.
That's when she said this "you have to choose what you want the most over what you want now." She is a freakin' genius. I get it. You know what I want? To be a successful self employed business owner who not only is debt free but who never has to worry about money again. That's what I want the most. So, while my husband is watching re-runs of the Big Bang Theory (which I really love, btw) I am in my office typing out this blog post.
Make the time.
#3 Successful Entrepreneurs are Relentless
Yep, you read that correctly. Successful entrepreneurs get told no over and over and never stop trying. Successful entrepreneurs will do whatever it takes for how long it takes to achieve their goals. They don't let anyone else tell them what they can and cannot do. If there is no door to walk through, they climb through the window. If there is no window, they get out the chainsaw and make a hole in the wall. They are relentless.
It's easy to look at successful entrepreneurs and think "oh, they have just always been successful". Come on, you and I both know that everyone had to start somewhere. Everyone starts out with zero Instagram followers and an e-mail list of two people (their mom + their sister are the only two people who signed up for the "newsletter".
Remember that the people who you are viewing as successful have probably been at it for quite sometime. Did you know that Marie Florio started her business journey in 2000? She has been consistent and delivering to her audience for 18 years! That's a long time and you know what? She put in the time, she got back up when she was pushed down and she's killin' it.
So, next time to start comparing yourself to others keep in mind that you are not in the same chapter of your business journey. If you are consistent, find the time and never give up you'll get there. I promise.
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