Today it’s only a 30 minute video. It’s by FightMediocrity and it sums up what this is all about.
Today it’s only a 30 minute video. It’s by FightMediocrity and it sums up what this is all about.
When you are starting off, building your own company it will be a lonely path you go. I have heard this a thousand times before I started and I must admit: it’s true!
You will suffer weekends in the pub or having fun with friends shopping, drinking coffee, strolling through the park … to work. To get your shit together, plan out things you need to do and get it done. Those weekends will probably be essentially for a while. It’s the time you need to invest to get everything sorted and yourself and the company in the starting position. It’s not always fun but ideally when you are at this point you know why you are doing it.
And especially when you still work full-time all these over-hours and weekends you spend working can be actually fun. I know. It sounds quite weird but it’s your dream, right? You have the goal to leave the corporate world on one point and start on your own, right? You create the life you love, right? You do it because it’s your choice and you take full responsibility, right?
So this whole thing should mean that you are cool with that. I mean probably not for the rest of your life but for a certain time. The thing that might be challenging for you will be managing expectations. I mean, managing the expectations other have. Your friends, your spouse, your family they will expect you to spend quality time with them. There is nothing wrong with that. And I absolutely encourage you to do so. You can do it as “quality” time. Maybe a couple of hours less than you used to do but you can. Stop playing Candy crush or watching Netflix or any other of those time wasters will help you balance out quality time with loved ones and working.
But you will have to have a conversation with a couple of your closed ones that you life and your priorities have changed and are constantly changing. When you are on the entrepreneurial journey you are no longer living the normal life. You are no longer fulfilling standards set by society. Be clear on your priorities and your own expectations on yourself. Your loved ones will understand and they will want you to be successful. But don’t expect their lives to change. Get prepared and ready to walk the paths alone or with likeminded people on the same journey. You can! 🙂 remember, if it would be easy – everyone wold be doing it.
And when your loved ones want to understand what you are doing – tell them! Do not exclude them and don’t make it a “that’s so special kind of thing”. You don’t have to become a dickhead only because you have started your own company! No need for attitude!
My husband and me for example “check in” on a regular basis. We sit together over a coffee or breakfast and talk about the current process of my business. He knows exactly what’s going on and I have learnt to ask for his help. I mean of course not always. This is not the point. It’s your business, therefore you have to put in the work and no one else. But to pick a brain and to double check your assumptions it’s a great way to include your loved ones. We also schedule our quality time around our working schedule. Yes, this means to get a tiny bit more organised and plan but it’s not that much of a big deal. It’s only a question of priorities!
“The necessity of networking” sounds pretty serious… I know… and I truly believe networking IS needed to be taken serious. Absolutely serious!
This is a lesson I hard to learn. I mean, I always knew that networking is important. But I didn’t know that it’s actually that essential. When you are in sales and recruiting as I have been for roughly 10 years networks are the source for your referrals and recommendation. But when you build a company networking is one of the number one tasks to do.
I always had the feeling that in Germany networking was essential especially for the very high hierarchy levels. You know I’m talking about these cliche weekends and off-sites where managing directors, C-level and board members close the biggest deals while playing golf. I mean obviously this is not the real world. I mean. This is part of the real world but only half of it. Also in Germany there are many, many opportunities to network in professional environments like organised clubs (Rotaract, Lions, Rotary etc. etc.). But how many of us do really do this? I used to be in networking organisations since I was in school. On a regular basis. Actually on a regular on-off basis… it simply didn’t have this much of a relevance. It was no priority.
Since I moved to the UK and especially since I started my company I learnt to understand that networking is one of the most, if not the single most important thing to do when you are in business. And when you want to succeed. I find myself going to networking events at 7 am in the morning. And guess what I am not the only one. For many people this is a priority appointment during office hours. I also network a lot with likeminded people via Facebook groups or other professional networking groups like LinkedIn. I have received already so many incredible inputs. My thinking was challenged. I can pick a brain at any given time. I can deliver value to other people. I can be of help. It’s incredible. The results I achieved by simply talking and interacting with people are incredibly amazing.
We are living a connected world. You can simply reach out to every one you want. It’s as simple as this. Only drop a message. How cool is that please?
Seriously I am totally bought into the whole networking hype and I think it should be an essential topic in school “how to network properly and why”.
How do you network?
If you could pick any person – with whom would you love to have breakfast? 🙂
Recently I was engaged in a group discussion of aspiring, ambitious entrepreneurs who build online businesses. The discussion was basically how to avoid checking the analytics continuously and avoid obsessing about website traffic or engagement rates.
I think everyone who is trying to build a business online knows this feeling very well. This feeling of checking and checking and checking … Checking whether something has already gone viral or shows anyhow a payoff for all the work.
It does suck. I mean seriously. You put in a ton of time and effort to create something valuable – a blog post, a newsletter, a downloadable freebie or whatever. You give away value, a lot of value, for nothing. Nothing in return. No charges, nothing. I mean of course you at least want to expect the numbers to go up. But they don’t. Not immediately. It takes a whole lot of work and dedication to get the numbers up.
What I found most helpful was, I believe Gary Vaynerchuk has said it once, that it doesn’t matter how many followers you have! What matters is who is following you. If you only want to increase numbers you can easily purchase followers and even likes for your accounts. That’s bullshit. There is simply no point. But what is valid is when only one right person watches your videos, reads your blogs and in general loves and supports what you do! Imagine Oprah or someone like her would become a fan of what you are doing. Her promotion channels are so massive – so is her influence. If this is your industry you want to settle in there is probably no better support at all.
Therefore let’s try not to obsess about numbers. Let’s follow our course. Let’s deliver value – a lot of it and just be a little bit patient. Good things sometimes take a while.
And in case you have an amazing blog or are any how on the same journey please do get in touch!
This looks like a happy morning kind of day! 😉 Good morning everybody! Have a fab one!
Having worked 10 years as an employee in a corporate environment the entrepreneurial journey is pretty different. This means there are daily changes to be made to adapt to the new environment. So, I thought it might be interesting for you guys to share what my day has looked like in some detail. Please be aware that every day is pretty different and my tasks do vary a lot. But here is a real day in the real journey of becoming an entrepreneur and building my business.
So, I started the day pretty early with an early bird workout at the gym. I like to include my workout as a first task in the morning to get some me time. And also to set myself up for the day. Usually my days are pretty unforeseen and my schedule can get mixed up easily. Therefore I love to have my workout done before the “official working day”.
After my hour workout I went back home and attempted my first call. When you are self-employed you don’t have a boss any longer. But this doesn’t mean you don’t have to match expectation and be totally free. I swapped my boss for stakeholders if you want.
So the first call was a conference call following my Hogan qualification. The time was super beneficially spent as it added a lot of value.
After this, I had another call where I exchanged information for a client meeting I design together with another company. This is something I very much love – having the flexibility to cooperate with other companies and brands to deliver the best value for my clients.
Then I had a third call, again a cooperation and some brainstorming. This is something I can recommend every new entrepreneur out there. Buddy up with people who are on the same journey and who’s brain you can pick. While doing so be willing to deliver a lot of value to your sparring partner. You might won’t see a direct return but you are in it for the long game, right?
Around 1pm I prepared myself a quick, healthy not to heavy lunch. I like something small like maybe an avocado or a salat – depending on how much I need. I also love some homemade juices and green smoothies. You can check out my favourite ones here.
After this I worked my to do list and checked my e-mails. Yes, I do not check my e-mails all the time as I like to focus on the task I am currently doing. I do not believe in the whole multitasking concept as I believe I am better of with focusing on what I am doing and do it mindfully. I also try to stay away from my mobile. One of the apps that help stay motivated to do so is “forest”. I have introduced this app in an earlier post. You can access this one here. After this I had another call scheduled with an accountant to get a quote.
I think having an accountant and professional partner on your side from the beging is a beneficial investment. Sure, it costs you some money but these people can also help you to keep on track, give some guidance and can help you grow. But you definitely do not need the most expensive service. There are great offers with a lot value for money.
My afternoon started with another unexpected call. I will attend a networking event tomorrow – an amazing opportunity to meet interesting business people and get some attention. As professional networking is a super important topic I will do a separate post focusing on this.
Then I worked my schedule. This means to get some content for my training. Structuring my social media activities to get some traffic. Digging deeper into content and form them into helpful bits and pieces for my trainings. This stuff takes a lot of work and can be a lot of fun. It’s what I’m passionate about so I like to fully absorb into these things. I will put my phone on mute during this time – no more calls. No e-mails, only creating content.
With having two focuses on my business – training and consulting, there needs to be a bit of planning be involved. Therefore I like to schedule the things for priority and lay out the tasks in advance to get the best out of my time available. With being a startup this does also mean to not having every eventuality ready. I will have to stay flexible in my content creation – depending on what is mostly demanded from my clients. In general I believe this is a necessity as you want to keep your content up to date.
After this there will be some more planning -outlaying, creating and scheduling some social media content and plan out what to post when on which platforms.
How do you structure your days? What do you focus on?
In case you might have noticed I am a little bit behind with my daily posts. The reason is super positive as my business is kicking off! Whoop whoop. But I will definitely try to keep it up and to keep track. Today, while being in the Gym, I was listening again to Grant Cardone‘s book “the 10x rule”. In one chapter he lists the habits of successful people.
One of those habits of successful people is to be uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable in the sense of leaving the comfort zone. Choosing to do the things you are scared of doing. Pushing your own boundaries. Someone ones said “a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever growths there”. The magic usually happens out of the comfort zone.
Funnily enough I had today also two totally unrelated conversations about this topic of becoming uncomfortable. Of taking full responsibility for one’s life and make things happening. We all have the opportunity to choose, day in and day out, whether we let things happen to us or whether we take full responsibility and decide.
There is a massive power in the thinking and the state of mind of “I can do everything but I don’t have to do everything”. Do you already decide or do you react?
Of course, we can’t always influence the things around us. Events are happening to us and to our loved ones. We get rejected and we don’t get always what we want in the first place. Pretty often actually we won’t get it even in the third place. But we have the option to decide how we want to react when things are happening. Do you want to accept the rejection? Or do you stand up, adjust your crown and try again? Do you feel like a victim to all the stuff happening towards you or do you decide proactively to act?
We truly have the power to decide how we want to live our lives.
I’ll keep it short and will simply link a video by Gary Vaynerchuk down below. It’s a video about real entrepreneurship, the journey of becoming an entrepreneur and the whole fakepreneur movement on Instagram just now.
That’s it for today – everything said. Time for some “real work”.
Take care guys.
“When opportunity doesn’t knock build a door” (unknown). Since I started my entrepreneurial journey this sentence is somehow a daily mirror of what is happening and how many doors are opening.
I feel like I have thrown myself out there so many doors have opened and opportunities have knocked.
I think the most important as well as the most scariest step is to really stop hiding and throwing yourself out there. Loosing the fear of being seen, noticed and maybe criticised.
Since I started my journey I had the chance to meet and network with a couple of pretty amazing people. I get supported in ways I would have never ever thought being possible. Things have just happened. I can’t explain why but it feels like “the harder I work the luckier I get” kind of thing is true.
Another aspect I believe is to actually open the doors one builds. With that I mean to have an open, growth mindset. The willingness to constantly challenge one’s thinking. To invest and give without knowing the return. There won’t always be returns. I think you actually have to open a couple of doors to figure out what’s behind each.
As already mentioned above the probably scariest part is to throw yourself out there. And with doing so it’s pretty often linked to the fear of being criticised, judged or rejected. But to be honest – what other people think is non of your business. It’s simply not. It’s their business. Their problem. There is not always a point for you to care. Do your thing. Do you. We all are unique – and that’s the beauty of it.
Btw. most people will be anyway way to busy living their own life’s to even care at all.