The only thing we’re ever taught in life is how to take
orders and be an upstanding citizen. How to be a cog in the
wheel, able to take orders and fulfill repetitive functions
with great efficiency.
But where were the classes about how to be self-sufficient,
autonomous and self-motivated? I sure don’t remember any
and this leaves so many of us in a very tough situation when
we finally do start working for ourselves after many years
taking orders from our higher-ups.
Suddenly we have to start making tough decisions, managing
our time, planning for the future, handling insane amount of
infuriating minutiae and at the same time maintain some kind
of normal social life and maybe even some hobbies
Not an easy road to travel.
However, when one has the right attitude about it, it gets a
lot easier. The first concept to adopt is that being a
successful entrepreneur is a skill. That’s right, just like
anything else from fishing to the hula hoop, learning to run
a successful business is a skill that you learn through your
standard, rough-and-tumble, grazed knees
The skillset for being a successful entrepreneur encompasses
a LOT of different facets. From handling clients to
delegating well to planning. These are all things which need
to be practiced. And here’s where a little strategy comes
in. If you’ve read more than 5 business books you’ll
likely have noticed that a lot of these authors contradict
each other about how to do it well and that if you just
follow their method, you’ll be a huge success.
This is simply not true.
The fact is that implementing anything that someone else
does in exactly the same way is nearly impossible without
closely shadowing that person for a year or more. A whole
lot of important details are lost in the written word
through interpretation and bad information timing.
A far superior goal is to become a scientist. A cold,
calculated, inquisitive scientist that takes in information
and immediately tests it for yourself to see if it works or
not. Once you’ve done this a few hundred times you begin to
develop your own success blueprint. One that is customized
and personal to you.
This is the exact reason why success is so hard.
There is no set plan for it. We literally have to forge our
own route through testing and this is how it’s worked for
everyone who got successful at anything.
The reality is, not everything you read is going to work for
you. In fact, not even 10% of it will. So by this logic it
makes sense that those that test out tons of advice will
find the strategies that work tor them the fastest and
hence, they will succeed the quickest.
It’s just that simple.
The problem happens when people idolize their heroes,
romanticize certain philosophies or principles and they
don’t approach it from a logical perspective. They let
emotions get in the way and often this makes them stick to
an approach no matter how unsuccessful it is for years
without questioning it, all because their favorite guru told
them it will work. A classic example of this
is…well…everything: weight loss, Amway, making money,
It’s time for all of us to grow up by only placing value in
things that work for us personally, and not expect any
tactic, secret or strategy to be our savior.
Let’s save ourselves. That’s a much better plan.