It is rare that I take a video I've seen and make it into a blog post, but when I saw this one on INC with Tony Robbins, I had to share it with Misfit Nation as it gets to the heart of the matter and how to succeed in life.
I think Tony sums it up perfectly in this video and I hope it spurs you to think and challenge yourself in your life and work. Enjoy!
How do you know who you are?
It took me over a year to truly understand and answer this question. The journey changed my life.
So, who are you? How do you know who you are? Do you believe what you say and think?
These are really important questions to master your inner game and find your true self. Most people are a product of their surrounding and influences in life. Everything from parents, schooling, media, and culture to religion and social circles influences who you are and what you think. But have you ever stopped to ask if what you say and believe are truly your thoughts? Are they the ones you want to own or do you just react and what you say and think happens automatically?
Awareness is the catalyst to change in anything. You cannot affect something you are not aware of.
But what if I told you that many of the things you say and do were put there by someone or something else. Further, what if I told you these thoughts and natural reactions run you without you even knowing it? Then, what if I told you that you have a choice to let them to continue to run you or to choose your own path? Would you want to go down that road? You'd at least be curious.
You can change the whole trajectory of your life and your potential by choosing the way you think. Your subconscious mind has been conditioned to react in specific ways to specific situations. Some of these reactions you may like, others you may not...and are looking for the way to change them.
The formula for changing your beliefs is simple - implementing it consistently is incredibly difficult. But it has been done many times and changed lives. Here it is:
As I mentioned above, while this process is easy to understand and follow; it is hard to put into place on a daily basis and on the moment. So take it slow. Start with one area or type of situation in your life and focus on getting into a routine of Stop, Ask, and Choose in that area.
Lastly, you have to commit to this for your life. It is only through repetition and time that this process becomes natural and instant for you. When you do so, you will absolutely change your inner game and find your true self. Enjoy the journey!!
A man and a woman are standing on a street corner. The man sees another man struggling to get a taxi and shrugs it off as the way it is. The woman sees it and sees an opportunity to create a technology company that enables ordinary drivers to offer the extra seats in their car to people, give them a lift, and create an extra income stream for themselves. She calls it “rideshare.”
Of course, Uber already exists, but the point of the story is that the man has typical mindset and the woman has what I call an “entrepreneur’s mindset.”
Take my friend, John. John doesn’t look like a millionaire, but he is. John makes his living dealing in shit. Literally. Years ago, he was at outdoor event and had to use the rest room. There was only one issue; there were only a few “portable toilets” and the lines were a mile long. In asking one of the event staff why there weren’t more options, they told him that that was the most they could get and that were available. John, immediately saw a lack of supply where there was a lot of demand. He went out and bought some portable toilets and started a business. Nowadays, he not only has that, but portable trailers (If you’ve ever been to a marathon or half-marathon, you’ve probably seen them), and all kinds of other services across a number of states.
John, saw a need, took action, and seized the opportunity.
Everyone has this ability and has an “entrepreneur mind.” They just don’t always tap into it and use it to their advantage or their use it in other areas of their lives. If you have children, you are using your “entrepreneur’s mindset” all of the time. You are coming up with answers to the crazy questions you get, giving out advice on how to succeed, and even using your MacGyver skills to fix toys or pull things together to aid in some issue or problem that is going on.
But how do you take this mindset and flip to create more income and opportunity in your life? It’s simple, you need to remember one thing and use it all the time. You need to constantly be asking “How?”
How can this be done a better way? How can this be easier? How can I solve this problem or issue? How can we change the way things are done?
Asking “how” open the creative side of your mind to start thinking and looking for solutions. It helps you to look at things in different ways and see things differently. It helps you spot opportunities and needs.
Asking “how” activates the “entrepreneur’s mindset” in your brain and can dramatically change your life.
Make it a point to start observing something every day and asking how you can improve it or make it easier. You can start with a routine in your life or a cumbersome task you have to do. Don’t be afraid to fail. Innovate, experiment, and see where it takes you. Let your mind wander on “how” and see where it takes you.
Like I mentioned above, everyone has at “entrepreneur’s mindset,” we just need to take the time and ask the how question to tap into it…and take action on it. Figuring out a great solution to a challenge or problem without implementing it is worse than failing to put the solution in place. Go for it and make it happen. I’d love to get hear from you on trying this out in your life. “How” will you take action on this simple shift in thinking in your life? And after you do take action, let me know what you’ve discovered and /or created!
Recently I was asked what I thought the top 5 things are to daily to improve your life. It was an intriguing question. When you sit back and take inventory, there is a lot we do on a daily basis - so narrowing it down to the 5 most important things was actually a good exercise.
Here is what I what I came up with.
1.) Start Your Day with Some Form of Gratitude
This is something that I have made a habit in earnest over the last few years. Each morning, I take 10 minutes and write down 3 things I am grateful for. Sometimes they are very deep and other times they are something as simple as being grateful to be up early to see the sunrise. Everyone is different in what they are grateful for, but it is not so much the things you list, but the action of starting your day and putting your mind in a state of gratitude and thankfulness. This carries through your whole day and changes your attitude of how you approach things because you begin your day by thinking not of yourself, but from a place of gratitude and giving. You don't have to do what I do, but try implementing some form of gratitude to start your day and watch the difference it makes,
2.) Exercise - Even if it's 10 Minutes
Those that know me, know that I am a fitness enthusiast and workout in some form or fashion every day.
I don't need to go on about the benefits of exercise and being fit, but the one thing I have found is that, exercise, strategically placed in the day, can make a huge difference in your performance and energy to get things done. For example, I start my days early (5 am) and typically work for 2-3 hours before taking a break. I work best by doing concentrated working sprints with breaks in-between. I get the most done during this time of day or sprint and I am usually tackling my toughest or most important tasks during this time. So, by the end of it, my brain is fried and needs a break. That is when I go exercise. It allows me to clear my head, bust stress, and oxygenate my body. It energizes me for my next work sprint of the day and keeps the afternoon tiredness that a lot of people get away. Again, you don't have to do what I do. But, if you know the time of day that you need a strategic break and can do something - walking, jumping jacks, hand weights in the office, whatever - even 10 minutes will make a big difference for you.
3.)Tackle Your Most Important and Most Impactful Tasks First
I mentioned this above, but getting your biggest, most important things done first in the day should be your priority. It makes a huge difference in getting to your goals faster and allows you to be more productive overall.
4.) Spend Time Focused on Yourself
Each day you should set aside time to focus on yourself and bettering an area of your life. I have a secret, even though the Misfit Entrepreneur has grown tremendously, I still edit every single episode and write the show notes myself. Why? For me, this is personal growth time. We have such incredible guests, with amazing wisdom and strategies for success, every episode gives me new ideas and things to implement or try. By listening to each episode, editing it, and writing down the show notes, I cement many of these great strategies and pieces of advice in my mind. Everyone should set aside time to work on themselves daily.
5. Resolve to Give Each Day Everything You've Got
We don’t have much time in this world. Our lives are a blink of an eye in time. There is greatness in every one of us and to go through life without realizing it is a disservice to the world. You have more personal power than you will ever know. Have the courage and will to tap into it and maximize it every way you can. Give each day everything you've got and leave nothing back.
If you implement even just one or two of these daily into your life, you will amazing results and impact. Like anything, taking action is key. Which one will you implement first? Leave a comment below and let me know.
Everyone has the same problem. We all know the things we should do in our lives to better ourselves or perform at higher levels, but have trouble getting started and staying disciplined to make habits that stick.
The key to implementing anything - a habit, a routine, a process, a way of thinking, etc. is to have a system that makes it easy to do and that is repeatable.
Here are 3 things you can do to make a winning habit and make it stick.
1.) Start Small
One of the mistakes people make when trying to change their habits and implement new ways of doing things is that they implement everything all once. They attempt to eat the whole elephant and quickly find themselves discouraged or give up. We see this every year in January at the gym. People decide on New Year's that they are going to get in better shape and are "going to go to the gym every day and lose 20 lbs in one month!" Of course, we all know what happens. They get a week in, miss a few days, see they aren't on pace to lose "the 20" and give up.
This way of doing things doesn't make sense. To put it in perspective, do Astronauts train really hard for a week and then are ready for space? Of course not. They train for years and years...and if they are lucky, might get a chance to go.
I know you are not training to be an astronaut (or maybe you are - awesome), but the key is to eat the elephant one bit at a time. Start small. Make a commitment to go to the gym two days a week. Once you have mastered that and made a discipline of it, then you can add another day and go to 3 days a week and so on. This works for any habit you want to build, start small, get consistent, then add to it.
Remember, people overestimate what they can accomplish in a week and underestimate what they can accomplish in a year.
People overestimate what they can accomplish in a week and underestimate what they can accomplish in a year
2.) Have a Meaningful Incentive or Anchor
In order to stick with something, it has to have meaning for you. You must have a solid "why" for doing it. Using our example of getting into a workout routine and losing weight above, just saying "I want to workout more and lose weight is not enough." There is nothing associated with it - nothing to anchor to. But, if instead, you say, "I want to workout more and lose weight so that I can run a mile with my son/daughter and be able to do more with them as they grow," it is meaningful and anchors you to a purpose - something you can come back to as to why you need to continue on and keep your commitment.
Find the meaningful incentive and anchor for your new habit and keep it forefront in your mind and in front of you as you start putting the habit into place.
3.) Commit to Daily Focus and Make Yourself Accountable
No matter what habit you institute, you will need to commit to some sort of daily action to foster the behavior and make sure you apply it. It can be taking 5 mins daily to visualize and tell yourself that you will keep the commitment or scheduling specific time for it in your calendar. One of the best ways to make sure you commit daily is to have an accountability partner. Find someone who will commit to holding you accountable and that you can rely on the keep you going. It is a lot harder to skip something or not do it when you know someone will be asking you about it and holding your feet to the fire.
Bonus! 4.) Automate
With today's technology at our fingertips, you can pretty much automate everything. For example, you can set up daily reminders in your phone to tell you to do things or ask Siri to remind you at a specific time each day. You can put things in your life to keep your habit forefront. A good example of this is a goal board or putting a message or picture of the meaningful incentive/anchor on the mirror in your bathroom to look at each morning while you brush your teeth. The point is that you can set things up so you don't have to think all the time and can have natural automated reminders to keep you going.
Lastly, nothing happens unless you act. So, get going, pick the habit you want to achieve, start small, make sure to have a meaningful incentive/anchor, commit to yourself to be accountable, and then automate and make it happen. Here's to your success!
I was recently asked this question and it got me thinking.
First, less is more. People think they need to adopt all of the success habits they see that high achievers use. The truth is that what works well for Tony Robbins might not work the same for you. The key is to know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses. You want to put habits in place that maximize your strengths and at the same time improve on your weakness.
For example, if one of your strengths is that once you start on something, you are very good at finishing, but a weakness for you is you procrastinate and have trouble starting in the first place; you will want to put a habit in place that allows you to maximize and overcome both. A good idea for this would be to force yourself each day to tackle your biggest challenge first before you can go to anything else. This will force you to overcome your procrastination and allow you to focus on getting your most important item completed.
Before implementing any habit you should make sure that you can leverage the habit to help you in multiple ways. That being said, over the years and through working with some of the top entrepreneurs in the world including several billionaires; I have noticed a few habits that are consistent across the most successful that can help anyone. These can be used for any area of your life.
Leave Nothing to Chance
Leaving nothing to chance is all about planning and strategizing for success. The most successful plan their day, week, month, and set goals for the year. They want control of their success in every form from their business to their wealth, health, and so on. You can do this too. Plan each day. Know exactly what you have to do to reach your goals and work that in daily, weekly, and monthly. This habit will make a huge difference in your life as it gives you purpose and causes you to be deliberate in going about your life and success. Here is a link to a great resource from a friend of mine and performance guru, Craig Ballantyne, to help you in this area. The Perfect Day Formula
Choosing Your State of Mind
Another habit that the most successful practice is control over their state of mind and emotions. Simply put, they choose their attitude and approach to their life each day. They don’t let themselves be controlled by emotional reactions or outside influences. They control the state of their mind and this power helps them to achieve more and think more clearly. How do they do this? There a lot of ways. It can be different for each person and this is where knowing yourself is important. What are you prone to have negative reactions to? What makes you “fly off the handle?” What types of situations derail you? Once you know what these are, you can start to recognize your reactions and stop them, redirect your focus to what you can control, and move forward. I have a few habits that I have found that work well for me. They may benefit you as well. Here is a short video and some resources on them.
Walk into any highly successful person’s office or home and I will bet you there is a personal library somewhere. High achievers are voracious self-developers. They know that they don’t know everything and that in order to grow, they will need to learn and challenge their assumptions. They are always on the lookout for new ideas and how they can use them to reach their goals faster. They truly understand that knowledge is power and use this fact to gain an edge in their pursuits. It is incredible what you can learn and the worlds that will open up to you by getting in the habit of reading just one book a month. In fact, after a few years, it’s amazing where you will be. Below is a picture of one of my bookshelves. I have multiple others like it. It is so nice to be able to pull a book off the shelf and read about a specific topic or when an idea hits, grab one that has expertise on the subject. I honestly don’t know how I managed to read all these over the years, but I am truly grateful for having done so and would not have accomplished half of what I have without this habit!
As noted at the beginning, the habits that will work best for you will be personal to you and allow you to maximize your strengths and turn your weaknesses into strengths. Take time to self-reflect and decide what these are for you. Best in your success!
One of our subscribers sent me this infographic and it was too good not to make a blog post, so with their permission, I am reposting it here. Enjoy!
There are a million articles and books on success that serve up concepts, platitudes, and quotes. This wisdom is nice and is needed. More importantly, the wisdom needs actioned on to be of any consequence. Just reading a quote or concept does not put you on a better path to success. It may make you feel good for a minute, but that is about it.
Outside of platitudes, mantras, and quotes; there are some brutal truths about what it takes to truly succeed that cannot be ignored and everyone should know. Here are 10 of them.
1.) The world doesn't give a shit about you, your idea, or how great you think you are or can be.
The world simply doesn't care. It is up to you to make something of yourself and grab your version of success. The sooner you realize this, the better. You cannot just cling to "hope." Hope by itself is not a strategy. But hope backed by committed action and unwavering, relentless pursuit of a dream can move mountains. Show the world how big of a mountain you can move.
2.) You will not truly succeed (defined as being among the best in your chosen field of expertise) without a deep passion and obsession that causes you to commit fully and sacrifice even the smallest comforts to reach it.
If greatness and high levels of success were easy, everyone would accomplish them. The truth is that most people go through their lives with their brakes on. You know the type. The people that talk about all the amazing things they could be doing and should be doing. They dream and dream and dream, but stay stuck in the same dead end job or position they have always be in. They never even give it a shot. And one day they wake up and realize what they missed and they can't get it back. Don't do this to yourself. Seek out and find the one thing you have a deep, unending passion and obsession for - the mission from which there is no turning back and then go. See it through to every end. And realize that the mission/vision you start out with will change many times along the way, embrace that, roll with it...and see #3 below.
3.) An idea means nothing, execution means everything.
Just because you have an idea or dream, even with great passion, doesn't mean it will be remotely successful unless you execute and act on it. Ideas and dreams happen every second, but unfortunately most of them never come true. That is because people don't act on them. Execution should be your focus, even more than the dream. Always be hustling and putting effort into exactly what you know is needed to make things happen. Plan for it and plan again, again, and again. Write down every step and action needed and then follow them maniacally. And see #4...
4.) You will need to become extremely good at the little things and develop a good attention to detail.
A big part of success in your execution comes down to the little things. Successful people don't do one thing exceptionally better than others, they do a lot of little things just a bit better. The win in the margins. You will need to commit to doing this as well. That means doing to the things you don't want to do like documenting your processes and creating SOP's (standard operating procedures) for how you operate so that others can follow them. It means being structured with your time and deliberate about what you do every hour of the day. It means making sure you are spending time on tasks that are the highest value priorities and either removing or delegating the rest. It means thinking at higher levels and learning from people that have been and done what you want to do.
5.) You will need to seek out new friends and level up along the way.
As you grow in your success path, you will need to seek out new friends and mentors and spend time with those that can challenge you and help you reach new levels. This will require you to spend less time with those that don't do these things or worse, attempt to hold you back. Sometimes it will mean the end of a friendship or partnership.
6.) The only real motivation comes from within.
Reading a meme, watching an inspirational video, or hearing a speech will motivate someone for about two seconds if they aren't motivated themselves. True motivation comes from within and you will need to get a good understanding of what that is for you, because you will need it. The road to success is not always sunshine and lollipops and you will have to be willing to do what no one else is willing to do. During these times is when your grit and determination will need to manifest itself and you will need to ignite your internal motivation engine to make that happen. Look inside yourself and know what motivates you.
7.) You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.
Here's a shocker. Whatever you are after in your pursuit of success, it will take very hard and very smart work. You must have both. I know people who work very, very hard, but never reach new levels of success because their mind is stuck in a way of thinking. You must be constantly thinking about and challenging your assumptions and perceived limitations. You must work smart with your mind in addition to the hard physical work you will do.
8.) You will want to quit many times.
There will be so many times you want to quit and this will be your biggest challenge because it is so easy to do. Quitting is instant gratification. One decision and your done - all your problems washed away. Or are they? Quitting is tough. It is tough mentally, physically, and stays with you over time. Quitting what you truly believe is your mission will stay with you for the rest of your life and hurts the soul. Failing is different. Failing can happen, even with every effort, option, and action exhausted. You can get back up and try again after failing. Quitting is the end. My advice if you truly have found your mission - never, ever, every quit or give up. It is often right after breaking through a time where you want to quit where great things happen.
9.) You will have times where you are out of balance with your family and loved ones and must be willing to admit to it and work to come back in balance.
Relationships are work. Whether with your spouse or significant other, business partner, etc., you will have challenges and must be willing to work hard to get through them. You will be closer after having done so. Being obsessed and doing whatever it takes to reach your goal will put you out of balance at times. In fact, it will most likely be when you are on a hot streak and everything is going well because it is fueling you and you are putting in more time seeing the success in front of you. Be conscious, especially if you are married with a family, of the toll this can have on them. They know you are not doing it on purpose and that you love them, but you will need to do a balance check once in a while. I learned this over time and am fortunate to have an amazing wife that supports all that I do. In fact, a secret I learned is to work in short bursts ( a few weeks or month of highly intense, concentrated work) and then follow them up with some scheduled downtime to bring things back in balance. It makes a big difference.
10: Success is built on consistency
No matter how good your idea is or how good you are...or even how hard you are able to work, if you are not consistent, you will not be able to attain and sustain success. That is why structure and routine is so important to succeeding. You must be willing to commit to consistent action toward your desired success and not skip the little things or "take the day off." You can schedule these things in your routine, but should not "just wing it." It is like an exercise routine. Once you start to slack off or skip a day here or there, it begins to fall apart. Remember, how you do anything is how you do everything.
It is easy to think that people succeed because they have something you don't or are lucky. But in reality, they have embraced the brutal truth of what it takes to succeed, make the sacrifices, do the the things that others aren't willing to do, and never quit or stop. You can do this to. Get going.
What is the most important mindset for an entrepreneur? This is probably one of the most important questions an entrepreneur can ask. I truly believe that your mind is the secret to success in anything in your life - business, health, wealth, relationships - everything is impacted by your mind. And I have seen the amazing results and destruction that the mind can bring to countless entrepreneurs. Let me explain.
I can rattle off a bunch of "mindsets" and outlooks to develop, but let’s get a little deeper and start with an important question, “Where do our thoughts come from?” Most have never stopped to really think about where the thoughts they have originate and why they have them in the first place.
The fact is that our thoughts come from the conditioning we have gotten ever since we were born. Think about it - everyone is born with a clean slate mentally. We all start blank and with the same opportunity to create the success and life we want. No one said when you were born, “Beautiful baby, too bad they’ll never make more than $30,000/year.”
We are taught and conditioned how to think and act in all areas of our lives. The sources of this conditioning are varied: Family, Friends, School, Media, Culture, Religion, etc. All of this impacts you from the moment you are born going forward. And don’t get me wrong, there is a ton of amazing stuff we get from it, but there are things that we do retain that hold us back.
Another thing most people don’t realize is that we have two minds, our conscious, and subconscious. The conscious mind is the one you are aware of and use when you “think to do things.” But how much do you think to drive a car or throw a ball, or even react with a response when asked a question or talking with someone. For the most part you don’t - you just do it. That is your subconscious mind and it is the part of the mind that runs you without you even knowing. It is the part of your mind that has saved all this conditioning throughout your life and goes to it to respond to the circumstances that happen to you in your life.
This subconscious reactionary conditioning is what gets us into trouble and derails our success. If you have ever doubted yourself or “felt” like you cannot make it or do something, that is from conditioning in your mind. And the subconscious mind has automatic responses ready for every type of situation you can think of from how you see money to opportunities to your self-worth and view of yourself.
Let’s use money as an example, was there anything growing up you heard about money from influences around you? Maybe you heard things like “money doesn’t grow on trees” or some other sayings. Do you say them today? Why? If you stop and think, do you actually believe them? Money does grow on trees. You can write an E-book on a topic and be selling it on over 50 different channels creating new income for yourself in about a week - all without spending a dime and just a few hours of concentrated work.
One thing I have always taught people is that “awareness is the catalyst to change.” For all the credit we give it, the subconscious is actually quite dumb. It is the rudimentary, animal part of our brain. It is very basic in how it functions. It simply is programmed to react to each scenario a specific way.
So guess what? If you were able to be conditioned a certain way in the first place, you can certainly re-condition it another way. The way you want it to be for yourself.
As a young entrepreneur, this is the biggest secret you must become aware to. The fact that you can totally recondition your mind to the way you want to think and act.
Well, it starts with being aware and hopefully I explained it well enough above that you are now aware…and a little bit excited. If you look at every successful person or model of success that you have; they have either figured this secret out or naturally just do it. I was not a natural. It took me a lot of hard work on myself and putting some habits in place that I still do today to keep my subconscious in check. You can do it to.
Here are the 3 habits I suggest people start with to change their conditioning:
Like anything, gaining control over you mind is work and you will work on it the rest of your life, but once you are aware, gain control of your attitude, develop your inner coach, and control your emotions, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish and where you can go. You will operate from a world of true choice. Choosing for yourself who you are and want to be. It is the ultimate in personal power. Here’s to your success!
If you are looking for some free resources to help you with this, go to the following link below:
Harnessing the Power of Your Mind
How can I start a business with no money? This question has been asked a million ways and times. The truth is many businesses, some very famous, started with and as nothing. Consider this: Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google, HP, Harley-Davidson, and even Yankee Candle Company started out of garages with no money. In fact, I love Yankee’s story. At 16, Michael Kittredge, the founder, made scented candles in his garage out of melted crayons as a gift for his mother. His neighbors took notice and asked if they could buy some of his candles, so he started mass producing them!
And that was in 1969. Today, it is so much easier to start a business or startup with no capital. But, it does depend on your startup. For example, if you want to create the next Tesla, you are probably going to need some capital. But, let’s put that aside for a moment. There are some very important ingredients you need that cost nothing to get your startup off the ground. These must be present to succeed with any startup…and eventually attract money.
First, you must be focused and obsessed with your idea and vision. You must eat, sleep, and breathe it. If you don’t have this level of passion, then don’t start - find what you are so passionate and obsessed with that it consumes you (in a healthy way). A good way to test this is if you would have the same passion and put the same time into it whether you were getting paid or not.
Next, you must take action and execute on your idea. It is always 5% idea and 95% execution in anything, especially startups. There may be some things you need money for, but there is a lot you don’t when starting out. Execute on everything possible that is in your control.
You will also need to learn to pivot. You may have a grandiose idea for your business and what it should be, but remember, even the most successful businesses started as something other than they are now. Amazon started very simply as an online bookstore. It is important to narrow your focus to what you can do at this time with the resources you have.
Whatever your startup is, you can start on it and you can do a lot for it. You will have to innovate and think differently. Let me give you an example of creating a million dollar business with no money.
We once had an excellent idea for a product line, but we did not have the expertise or resources to build a major piece of technology we needed to make it work. That did not stop us. We went out and pitched our idea to the companies that would use it. After 15 pitches, we got one to sign on and started the agreement process. While that was going on, we took the fact that we had a written agreement and went to several companies that had the technology we needed. We showed them the agreement, explained our plans on how we would market and make the solution a success and asked them to become our partner. One of them signed on, We agreed to a revenue share (not ownership) since all we had to do was plug their technology into our solutions (that we originally built with no money, just sweat equity). It was a win-win for everyone. If we failed, the technology partner was not harmed, since they didn’t really have to do anything, but let us use their technology. The initial customer got in on the ground floor of a new solution, at ground floor prices - and if it didn’t work, they didn’t pay. There were a lot of late nights and questioning on if we would make it, but we were obsessed with making it work and through ingenuity, will, and shear hustle, we did. This solution does over a million a year in revenues today and continues to grow. We did it with no funding, but just a great idea, execution…and innovation. Find a way or make a way.
Whether you already have your idea and vision or are looking for it still, it will always be true that “necessity is the mother of invention.” If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen. In today’s age, it is easy to start an information business with no money such as a blog, podcast, Youtube show, etc. You could sell your services (ie special knowledge). Or you could just be obsessed with a niche on Instagram and get 100K+ in followers and start to get influencer marketing dollars. Remember, as I said, how you start out will not determine what your business becomes in the future, but you need to start. You can parlay a blog, podcast, Youtube channel into a million different things. Here is a good article from Entrepreneur mag that can give you some ideas if you are still looking. No Money to Start a Business? No Problem. Try These 5 Options.
Lastly, if you are still in need of funding, remember that people invest in you in a startup. You are the company and it’s future, so if you are not totally buttoned up and all in, it will show easily. Here are the top 3 places to start for funding: