Doing The Work
This blog is primarily aimed at aspiring and current entrepreneurs who have some interest in the digital realm. Whether you’re looking at various types of freelancing (full time, or as a side gig), interested in e-commerce, or even have an idea for an app you would like to develop, the internet is awash with potential opportunities for ambitious people with hustle.
All that being said, and speaking from experience, some work may be required before you get started. I’m not talking about work as in tasks, or even learning how to do said tasks.
A lot of people just talk about The Hustle.
What I’m referring to is emotional work!
Have you ever felt like there were things holding you back from doing what you knew you could do? Maybe you couldn’t identify these thoughts or feelings? Did you ever think it wasn’t rational?
You see, many of us have limiting beliefs on multiple levels. Where might we pick up this emotional “baggage?” We may get it from many sources: our parents, our peers, and society at large.
I should make it clear here that I’m not a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or Therapist, and have no training in that area. This is general advice, and not meant to be professional counselling.
Many of us struggle with limiting beliefs from exterior sources, and then those beliefs get internalized.
If you’re going to be successful, you’ll have to overcome these limiting beliefs. One way to work on this is to realize that society’s expectations are often quite arbitrary, to the point of nearly being meaningless sometimes. If you have self-confidence issues, I personally find that positive self-talk can be quite helpful.
Have you heard of the show MythBusters?
In MythBusters, hosts went through various scenarios (often action sequences from movies or TV, for example) and attempt to prove if something was scientifically possible or not.
Well society has promotes a lot of myths. Some of these myths are simply outdated advice based on the experience of previous generations. Other myths are blatant lies pushed by interested parties.
We’ve all heard the “go to college/university, get a good job” myth that is being widely debunked, especially with the rapid changes in the economy (unless you’re working in a field that specifically requires a degree).
The “dream” of buying a house with a white picket fence, starting a family and getting pets is great for lots of people. But that doesn’t mean it has to be for you – or maybe it’s not the best time in your life to be focusing on that. That’s OK.
I wouldn’t recommend being too focused on living up to other people’s arbitrary expectations, or just fitting in. Some of the most celebrated people in society have been misfits earlier in their lives. Einstein was expelled from school.
Focus on your Hustle, whatever that Hustle is!
Till next time.