How can you grow a business it if you’re stuck in a 9-to-5 job? Is it really possible to create a project on the side with the little time you have?
This is the 1st article out of 3, where I'll explain every single step you need to follow. No stone will be left unturned.
There are many skills an entrepreneur needs to have, but in the end, everything comes down to a single, concrete thing: a well-designed plan.
When we see people who became successful online, we never see the long, complicated path they walked to reach that point.
We assume that they’re been luckier than others. Talented, but lucky.
Wrong. When you look at those successful entrepreneurs, you're looking at relentless, persistent people!
You have no idea how many hurdles they faced, how many depressed and self-doubt moments they lived, and yet they didn't give up!
Real success isn't the result of a single action. It's the result of a lot of right activities kept every single day for a considerable amount of time.
This sounds like a matter of motivation, but motivation has a small part in all this.
When we watch an inspirational video, or we read an exciting article, we feel powerful, ready to take action and hopeful about our future.
Unfortunately, this feeling doesn’t last long.
Motivation is one of the biggest pitfalls for fresh entrepreneurs, cause exciting content is everywhere. While we’re looking for inspiration, we miss the critical thing: organization.
All the people I mentioned above had an excellent long-term plan, focusing on just a couple of things.
One of the worst and most common mistakes in building an online business is to waste your energy with too many channels. We can spread our message with blogs, podcasts, youtube channels, social media…
The plan instead should focus on not more than a couple of things, so you will never run out of motivation and time.
Why coaching is a game changer
If all this can be achieved on your own, why do you keep reading that every entrepreneur should find a mentor?
The majority of people thinks that you need a mentor to learn new notions. That’s not accurate. On the web, you can find everything you want to learn.
A mentor is instead a person that keeps you accountable and draw a strategy that helps you reach a goal.
It seems stupid, but I’ve learned it on my own skin after I hired for the first time a gym trainer.
I knew how to use the machines, I knew which exercises I was supposed to do to get the results I wanted. And anyway, after years and years of training, I’ve never reached the body I wanted.
Having a person training me changed everything.
He shaped a personalized strategy for me, and he pushed me over the limits. I would have never approached the gym 3 times per week at 6 am on my own.
But at the same time, I would have never learned what my right diet was, without this person’s knowledge.
A mentor can teach you new notions, but the most important things you'll receive are about accountability and planning.
Motivation isn’t reliable cause it’s limited.
What you can do right now
Hiring a mentor, as I said, is always the best option. But this doesn't mean that you can't reach the same result on your own.
Personally, I started my business and created my plan on my own. It took longer, and it was more difficult than having someone helping me, but I hit my target as well.
Knowing I didn’t have much time during the week cause of my 9-to-5 job, I organized the light daily tasks from Monday to Friday, and I left the challenging duties for the weekend.
In the 2nd article of this series, I’ll show you the 3 (FREE) tools I used to create my plan and kept me on tracks along the way. See you there.
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