When it comes to your business, you can't have "temporary determination". Temporary determination is when you get your "beach bod" all ready for summer, but as soon as it's fall again, you wear baggy clothes and skip going to the gym. You need something more than that to turn your business into a revenue-generating success.
People have told me, "Jim, you are militant about your schedule!" And I am, that's the truth, but having a schedule and sticking to it strongly will ensure that you're living the dream lifestyle you want to live!
You know how people say most small businesses fail within five years? Well, why is that? Because they run out of money? The truth is, small business owners run out of money because they don't have the guts or courage to invest in themselves and their business. You need to take risks to grow!
When you're an entrepreneur, you never turn it off. The line between your business life and your personal life is blurred... and I'm here to tell you that IT'S OKAY! This is not a bad thing; we're just wired differently!
Going to seminars, taking classes, reading six new books... that's all busy-ness, not productivity or business building. Education is great as long as it's actually helping to build your business.
"Extreme Motivation" is when you know you should do something for yourself or your business because it will make you a better person—but you care about people more than yourself, so you do it for them instead. You can use this to grow your business faster!
Today, I want to talk to you about saying "yes" to the things that would be considered "high revenue-generating activities"—when you are in the zone of your genius—and saying "no" to everything else. Yes—this is one instance where saying no is crucial!
And by "it", I mean your crazy, lofty, and ambitious goals. Those kinds of goals are the ones that are going to take your business to the next level, and if your friends are judging you for that, you should probably get some new friends.
My wife always says, "Jim has the patience of a gnat!" That's maybe not super great for marriage, but it's served me well as an entrepreneur. It makes me hopelessly impatient to get things done! You want to be impatient when you grow your dream business.