Figure out what’s yours and what’s someone else’s
As an entrepreneur—especially when you’re small or just starting out—it can feel like there’s so much to do.
You have to learn to write, to sell, to create a landing page, to do customer research, to record and edit videos, to create content for social, maybe a podcast … there’s just so many things. And that’s not even counting the actual teaching or coaching or what have you.
It’s a lot.
The key, though, is to know what of this is yours to figure out, and what is someone else’s to figure out…
Who's in charge
It’s a lot of pressure being an entrepreneur. Especially a solo entrepreneur.
All the responsibility rests on your shoulders.
The fear of making the wrong decision.
The fear of not being able to make ends meet.
The fear of wasting your money. Your time. Other people’s attention.
The fear of what other people think. The fear of judgment or criticism.
Fear of failure. Fear of success.
It’s a lot to deal with.
Whenever I find myself in this situation, I stop and ask: Who’s in charge?
I wrote last week about community and connection.
I’ve been thinking about an idea that I wanted to run by you.
I want to create an office here in New York, and later on another one in Austin.
It would be a place where I and other New York/Austin-based team members would work out of at least 2-3 days a week.
But it would be more than that.
It would be a gathering place for the tribe, the community.
A place where you, as the proud owner of information business, could come and record your co…
Community and connection
I’ve been feeling a bit lonely lately.
Are you feeling the same?
I got a great team I get to work with. A great wife. I get to travel and meet people, which I love.
But my day-to-day when at home, working, in front of the computer, is draining me.
Yes, I get to hang with people on zoom.
But it’s not the same as hanging with people IRL.
Do you feel that way, too?
It’s interesting because I used to love that. If I could avoid having any contact with people, that was the best. Just leave me …
You know when it's right
If there's one lesson I've learned (over and over again) this past couple of years, it's that when a working relationship is right, you know it.
In fact, I'd scratch "work" from that sentence.
If you question the relationship, it's cause it's probably not right.
Your gut knows.
But so many times, I've tried to make it work anyway.
I deeply care about the people I work with.
I see their potential.
I see what's possible for them if they want it.
I see what we could create together.
We need you
We need you to lead us.
If you ever felt that pang of, "Boy, I wish somebody would do something about this" ... well, guess what? That somebody's probably you.
Abigail Adams wrote to her son John Quincy Adams: "These are hard times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call out great virtues."
That's exactly how I feel about the times today. It's the perfect time for a genius. The perfect time for you.
Traditional, routine jobs have gone away. They've either been automated …
A leader listens to themselves
You cannot find the answers you need in a book. You cannot find the answers you need in this email.
The only place you’ll be able to find them is inside of you. And the way you find those answers are by listening to that voice inside.
It tells you what you like and what you don’t. What feels right and what doesn’t. What inspires you and what doesn’t.
It’s the only place you’ll ever find the answers.
Do you agree? I'd love to hear from you!
How do you want to feel?
How do you want to feel?
Because that's really the only thing that matters. That's all we ever strive for: To feel a certain way.
Why do you want to be successful?
Why do you want to be in a relationship?
Why do you want to have kids?
Why do you want to be a leader?
Why do you want to look good?
Because of how it makes you feel.
Many people want to be rich so they can feel worthy. Worthy of their parents' love. Or to prove themselves to a parent or teacher or sibling or friend or whateve…
Limits to growth
It seems most people will only grow so much, and then they stop. They reach their level of comfort, and they decide, this is good enough.
I don't understand that mindset. To me, it's always good enough, and never good enough, at the same time.
There's nothing in my life that I feel must change, must be any different. And yet, there's nothing in my life that I'm not excited about improving and learning more about every day.
It's not about getting to any place. It's not even about the outcome –…
THIS is the single most important thing to develop...
What is it?
Why do we need it?
A lot of people think courage means you're not afraid.
Courage is not the absence of fear.
It's the ability to take effective action in spite of fear.
Courageous people are not less afraid. They feel the fear and act anyway.
I talk a lot about fear because it's really the underlying thing that holds us all back from being fully alive, happy, successful, healthy, and wealthy.
Fear is the thing that stands between you and everything you …