ARE YOU HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH YOUR BUSINESS?
As entrepreneurs, we have a special connection with what we do for a living. We find significance, growth and fulfillment. When we use our businesses to feed our emotional needs, we sometimes become addicts. As the addiction grows, we cannot leave work behind and we spend more time there — so much more time that our spouses may think we are having an affair at work.
The Gift and the Curse of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs are a different breed of human beings. While most people would be comfortable living a normal and secure life, an entrepreneur feels more alive when they are taking risks in life. Entrepreneur is defined as a person who is willing to take higher risks than others. Because entrepreneurs have a higher tolerance for risk than most people, they also handle stress differently.
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I learned a great lesson of visualization and goalsetting by watching the McGregor and Mayweather fight this past weekend. McGregor says he visualizes each fight before he enters the ring. He manifests in his mind every single move his opponent may make so he is ready when the big fight happens. After the fight ended, I realized one thing. You can set goals and visualize things all day long… and I believe those things are key to your success… but they are not enough. We live in a society that tells us to wish for it and life will give it to you. Go get it…and it will be yours. Wanting something isn’t enough. Visualizing your success is not enough. Having the fire inside is not enough. You have to be willing to show up with a strategy. Nobody gives a fuck about how great you are or how much you [...]
Last week I received an email from an ex-business partner who was looking for an explanation of some transactions from over five years ago. My mind automatically wanted to know why this guy was dredging up the past. After I got past that, my mind jumped right to the blame game. I blamed him, the market and the situation for the money we lost. This caused my defenses to go up and I was drained. When we blame others, we are exuding a victim energy. You become a victim and blame others – it’s not me – it’s you. There is no upside when you play the victim. Every time you play the victim, you will lose. Every time you play the blame game, you will lose. You are responsible for everything that happens to you – even if people screw you, rip you off, harm you in any [...]
There is one word that can make you or break you. We are conditioned to avoid it and label it as wrong. If you can’t accept this word and use it to your advantage, it will break you. In fact, it was probably one of the first words you ever learned. You heard it from the time you were a child all the way through your adult life. It is one of the most powerful words in our language. That word is “NO”. If you learn how to use the word “No”, it can help you leverage the time you have. As businessmen, we can use this word to purge time suckers from our busy lives. We can use it to avoid projects that won’t make us money. Learning how to use that powerful word t o eliminate commitments from your life you don’t really want to do would free up a [...]
If there is something happen when you never feel ready? Have you ever felt like you weren’t ready to do something? As I reflected on this question, a Facebook notification reminded me of a time three years ago when I put on my first event in New York City. There were over a hundred people in attendance at the event. They had come to hear me speak about how to take their lives to the next level. I remember waking up that morning in my hotel room and feeling like I wasn’t ready for the challenge. Honestly, I wasn’t ready inside my mind. Your mind will never be ready to experience your purpose. Your purpose doesn’t come from your mind. It comes from your soul. The moment you feel like you are ready…like everything is happening for a reason… like things are finally lining [...]