It’s Monday, the Sun is shining, and the weather is finally warming up this week.
All those things combined puts me in “work-mode”, and I wanted to start the week by sharing some of my favorite snippets from one of the best (in my opinion) entrepreneurs out there: Gary Vaynerchuk, a.k.a. Gary Vee.
I bought his book Crushing It! a few weeks ago and read half of it it one night (yes, it’s THAT good). Something about all his books has this effect that instantly gets ideas flowing in my head- I wrote 4 pages of thoughts and content and I was only on page 15. I think I just love his “no time for excuses and bullshit” attitude. If you want something bad enough, you have to get off your ass and work for it. It doesn’t matter if you’re tired from working all day, only have 20 minutes to either sleep or work on your business… If you have a passion and love for whatever it is you’re creating, you’re gonna hustle 24/7.
This post will probably become a 3-parter because there is so much content I want to share (I would 1000% recommend buying the book so you really get the full effect). I want to help inspire you and creating these posts also helps engrave this words in my brain, so I’m kinda killing two birds with one stone here.
I’m breaking down the sections Gary Vee covers below along with a few pieces from the book I loved. His words are in italics and I’m elaborating after:
My Fave Snippets From Gary Vee
◊ “Your intent will be reflected in your authenticity. You will be a thousand times more successful if you wake up eager to share and create something because you believe the world will enjoy it rather than because you’ve calculated that this is what you need to do to become an Instagram celebrity. ”
Ok, this really resonated with me. With all the algorithm changes on Facebook and Instagram and everything becoming so strategic, it’s super easy to completely lose sight of why you started your blog or business in the first place. I can say that I’ve honestly lost 80% of my drive to be creative and write posts and take photos because I feel like no one is going to see it anyway. The majority of my day is spent trying to figure out which hashtags to use, what kind of photo to post, what catchy caption to write, and trying to see what everyone else is doing & replicate.
It’s fucking exhausting.
Over the last week, I’ve just determined that I’m going back to what I did in the beginning- posting content that I loved and not really caring if it was going to get me 7381723 likes. I’m taking words from Gary Vee and getting back to my authentic self. I’m going to be patient and know that I’ll be growing organically when it’s my time.
◊” Figure out the best platform to showcase your true self, your craft, your joy, and your love for what you do”
Make Sure You’re Passionate About Your Business!
◊ “There’s no point in trying to be an entrepreneur without passion. Your business can’t just be a job; it has to be a calling”
With so many people trying to become their own bosses over the last year, I know it can be so easy to just try and pick a business idea because you think it’s going to be lucrative. Money is driving factor for any job, but if you’re going to build an empire, you HAVE to love what you’re doing.
Example: 3 years ago, I decided to become an Arbonne consultant. Arthur’s sister is a consultant and she and the people around her were making so much money and working for themselves, I decided I wanted to do it too. Problem was, I wasn’t passionate about it. I actually hated it. I’m not a pushy person and I get so nervous speaking in front of other people, and I was so desperate to make money, I actually ended up not ever getting any sales. I made the choice to become a consultant so I could make the kind of money these other consultants were, not because I was truly in love with the products and loved hosting spa parties for people.
Flash forward to the business I launched 4 months ago, and it’s a totally different story. I love what I do, I love helping other creatives and biz owners, and I’m always eager to work on it.
If you feel yourself getting burnt out or having that lack in drive, it’s time to switch gears and either change how you’re running your business or find something else to do that you’re going to want to work 24/7 on.
◊ “When you’re passionate about what you’re offering the world, whether it;s a sales training method or vintage toys, the quality of both your product and your content will more likely be what it needs to be to get noticed, valued, and talked about.”
◊ “To live in line with your passion will probably require that you go slower than you might want to. Bide your time; you cheapen yourself when you make deals while holding your nose”.
Patience is NOT my strong suit. When I want something, I want it right then. This is probably why i have 8 tattoos and hate 2 of them (but that’s a story for another day). But that impatience 100% carries over into my biz. And I need to get so much better about slowing down, enjoying watching it grow, and taking it all in.
My business partner, Joanna actually said the other day “we have been in business for 4 months. We are business owners. Let’s take a few minutes to really just let that sink in”. When you’re so busy being impatient, you forget to take the time to just kinda be happy with the journey you’re on.
Be patient, love every minute of your business journey, and know that things will fall into place at the right time. Don’t sell yourself short by dropping your prices crazy low because you need the money even though you know you’re worth double that… Don’t say “yes” to everything that falls in your lap.. Just be patient.
Ok, whew.. This has turned into a monster long post (that hopefully gives you a little boost). I will definitely do a few more posts like this if ya want?? Lemme know below!!
Alright babes, off to schedule social media content and get some shiz done.