“You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.”
Henry Ward Beecher
Life is hard. This simple yet profound truth came to me yesterday after talking to someone that I look up to, who was unfortunately letting life get in the way of his talent. For the past few years I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. I realized that if I waited for a particular time in my life for things to ease up so I can go after my dreams, I’d be waiting until they closed the casket. Things won’t change unless you do something to change it. Action, no matter how small, is a catalyst.
When I started A&H, I had been out of work for 6 months with no new job in sight. During that time, I learned many things, really quickly. But 2 gems will stick with me forever:
1.) You always have time. Sleep is very important, I’ve learned that the hard way. But you don’t need 8 hours EVERY night. Most of us spend a lot of time on things like Twitter, Facebook and TV. If you’re really honest with yourself you will see how much free time you have if you cut back a bit. This is crucial time that can be spent developing your craft, networking, doing anything that will progress your brand and/or business.
2.) You don’t need money for everything. It takes money to make money, generally. But not at every point. A great mentor of mine asked me: “You need money? No problem! However, what are you going to do with my money? How are you going to turn my $10,000 into $20,000?” What he needed to hear was a plan! You may say if I only had $15,000 I could do this or that, but do you really know what you would do? What’s your first, second, and third step? If you can’t layout a detailed plan of action, why would anyone give you money? Make a business plan, all it costs is your time. Consider it an investment in yourself. You’ll reap the dividends.
Illustration by Cameron Knight