Entrepreneuring Is Bloody Difficult: True Tales from --- you guessed it, oh clever one! -- an Entrepreneur
I cut my finger deeply on a tin of mushroom soup.
I was very busy. I was multi-ing a thousand tasks plus getting supper on. I whipped out the can-opener, opened the can except for that last half-inch (do you do this too?), and dumped the soup into the pan. Did NOT immediately deal with the very sharp, newly-serrated tin lid standing erect on the counter.
Swiftly grabbed for the salt, and bam, cut. Deep.
It was so deep and bled so much, I was mesmerized at first. The artist in me thought the blood streaming into the sink was quite gorgeous, actually. So naturally, I took a few photos. As you can see.
Eventually, I realized I should stop the blood.
My finger hurt. Throbbed. It took ages to heal, because the lid went so deep. And I now have a rule: I NEVER let myself leave the open tin can standing with its deadly lid up.
Speaking of blood, how about enterpreneuring? Bloody hard, eh?
I don't know if I'm just particularly stupid, but you know how everyone talks about how hard it is to start your own business, how most new businesses fail within a few years, how it takes a long time to really build momentum? And you know how you just thought, "that won't be me. I'm sure that's the norm, but I am not the norm. Wind will fill my biz sails, the sun will shine on me, and I will have clients coming out of the wazoo in no time at all"? Uh, riiiight.
And then, just as you're realizing how bloody hard this is and how it takes a really long time to build up your good name, ten thousand little businesses pop up all over on the internet telling you how they just made a kajillion dollars and YOU CAN TOO, if you just purchase their program showing you how to be them. AYIIIIIIIIII! Some of them are awesome. Some of them are mediocre and may improve in time. Some of them are money-sucking charlatans. Yeah.
It's easy for me to have FOMO --- fear of missing out.
I add, add, and frantically add to my To-Do list. It all seems so important. What should happen first?
I'm hasty; I start one task, then turn to another. I lie awake at night and think about the things to do and to finish, and the things I may have already forgotten about but seemed vitally important on Tuesday.
In the face of all this pressure, I decide to follow the advice of the jagged tin can. Here is my most magical, 3-step program that will turn your business into a seven-figure . . . wait, I'm just kidding.
Here are three obvious points that you likely already know, but I need to be reminded of today, and perhaps you do as well:
1. Slow down a bit, and do one small thing right.
Like open a can, dump the can into the pan, and then rinse the can and recycle it. Done. Finito. One tiny thing, but it's completely done.
It's not sitting around on the counter, waiting to slice open your hand or worse yet, your housemate's. The mushroom soup remnants aren't hardening on the side, turning your recycle-rinse into a serious scrub. You never have to see it again.
2. Take the sliveriest sliver of a moment to celebrate finishing that one thing.
The To-Do list, I suspect, will exist in perpetuity. But you did a thing! You finished it! Give yourself a self-high-five (which is the same as a single clap, fyi).
You never have to do that exact thing again! This thought gets me through the most annoying, dull tasks. "I'll never have to fill out my iTunes Podcast details again!" "I'll never have to set up PayPal again!"
Personally, I was born to create, not to do admin. But right now, admin gets me there. So I'll do it, and I'll celebrate every tiny completed task, even if it means just writing down in my work journal "Fill out Podcast details" and then viciously crossing it out out out AFTER I already did it . . . that counts as my celebration. [evil grin]
3. Do another small thing right.
I tell myself, the only thing I can miss out on is taking my next step. I don't need a thousand distractions. Even if the offered help is solid, I'm not ready for fourteen webinars on how to build every kind of social media following yet. My list. One thing at a time. Chug-a-chug-a-choo-choo!
Sometimes smiling, sometimes crying, but certainly entrepreneuring the crap out of this day, one minuscule (yet completed) step at a time,
Coach, Writer, Entrepreneur, Human Being
P.S. Feel free to use the comments below to vent about your entrepreneurializationshipicity trials, troubles and triumphs. But if you gloat too much or try to sell something, we will all frown quite viciously at you. And I'll delete your comment.