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TIE #028: Frustration is Your Friend (How to Start and Never Give Up)
It's okay to be angry, as long as it's directed properly.
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When I see someone start a one-person business and fail, it isn’t because they messed up or did something wrong.
It’s almost always because they gave up.
Why do people give up? They choose terrible reasons to start.
If you pick any one of these, you are out of your mind:
“The lifestyle looks cool”
“I have a friend who does it, it can’t be that hard”
“I want to get rich”
“Being my own boss would be fun!”
They are all fragile. Meaningless!
The first day where things don’t go your way and poof, you will act like you never wanted to start a business in the first place.
Trust me, I see it every day.
If you want to live a life where you never have to set an alarm again, you need to find your own deep rooted reason for doing so.
Here are some real reasons to escape the rat race:
“The thought of another human deciding how much I get paid makes me sick”
“Trading 50 years of youth for 15 years of elderly freedom while working a 9-5 job pisses me off”
“I grew up poor and am constantly broke as an adult, I can’t take it anymore”
“My children spend more time with their caretakers than they do with me and it’s killing me”
Understand the difference?
This is one of the few times in life where it’s a good thing to get mad. If you hate your current lifestyle, be angry about it.
Properly directed anger is what will keep you disciplined 7 months from now, when you’ve had a terrible day.
“What if I don’t feel motivated?” Fuck motivation.
Motivation is for people who don’t want it bad enough. If you are frustrated enough about your current situation, you won’t need any.
One of the greatest life “cheat codes” is to show up every day regardless of how you feel.
Make showing up as optional as brushing your teeth (which isn’t optional).
If you do this with a focus on something that is highly leveraged like a one-person online business, you can create the life that excites you on a Monday morning.
I know this because I did it.
Had I never gotten upset and angry about my former lifestyle, I would have never made it.
I’d be sitting here on Sunday morning, already dreading Monday morning.
If that’s how you feel now, you can do something about it or you can sit there and complain.
Only one of those options will do anything for you and you know which one that is.
As always, the choice is yours.
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