Am I a successful Entrepreneur? An Entrepreneur that has created and sold multiple companies for millions of dollars? An Entrepreneur that has flown across the Pacific in his private jet? NO, not unless you count day dreams as accomplishments, which turns out the more you daydream about finished projects and accomplishments that aren’t finished, the more you won’t complete them. From the books I’ve read and my own personal experience, you have to keep your head down and take it 1 step at a time rather that look at where you are headed.
I honestly lost my way for a while, but I feel like I’m back on track. I’ve never lost my creative mindset and I’ve never thought of myself as an employee of any company, but rather an asset sold the to highest bidder until I am capable of doing it on my own.
Currently I’m working on multiple projects and feel better about where I am in life. I know that it will take me a while to get where I want to be, but I’m willing to take it step by step this time. I realize not everyone will have a private jet and the odds of me having one are very slim. But, in all the things I’ve read and studied, I’ve learned an important rule which is probably the most important rule…
NEVER STOP LEARNING!
It’s a fact that some of the most successful people in the world read and learn things as much as possible. Elon Musk, perfect example, continues to learn new things constantly. When he was a kid he wouldn’t put things down and even when he started his companies would spend sleepless nights at his work figuring things out. I believe that’s the main reason I’m putting all these links together, its because I’ve learned so much from these resources and I want to cut down on the learning curve for other people. Enough about me, time for the content!
Its almost a new year and its time to get you motivated. Why not read about people who have been successful, maybe it’ll help to light a fire under your ass and get you out there to start working on your own side projects.
Now I learn a lot about the entrepreneurial spirit through reading articles online daily, but my greatest source of knowledge is books and a podcasts. I plan to send out some of my favorite books in these posts and reference them, and don’t worry if I haven’t read it/loved it, I won’t recommend it.
Drum roll please…..
The first of the books I’m going to recommend is “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson
Every time one of my friends says they are looking for a new book to read, this is my immediate go to! Mark Manson does an amazing job of laying out our lives and making you realize you’re not special. That’s right, you’re not special and that’s OK. Truth be told just because you’re not special doesn’t mean you can’t become special. It just takes hard work. This book truthfully screwed me up mentally. It made me realize that I might not be destined for great things and I might have to work harder to try and achieve my goals, but I shouldn’t care about the small stuff while I’m working my ass off. I’m going to push myself as hard as I can, and I can’t let small shit get to me while I’m trying to get where I want to be.
The second of the books I’m going to recommend is “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.
This book is just a great read! It talks about how creating small habits for ourselves can change us for the better. It talks about how a habit of gathering in certain places without food can stop violence in third world countries, how a new CEO to a company who focuses on worker safety can increase profits and many other interesting facts. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and honestly after writing about it, I’m in the midst of picking it up again.
Lastly, I recommend “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance
The funny thing about this book was how little I knew about Elon Musk. He risked his money multiple times and bet on himself continuously in his life. Its honestly very interesting the things he went through and leads you into his life as it is now. It takes you step by step from when he started Zip2, to X (Paypal) and then into his current companies.
Finally, it wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t give you my favorite podcast of all times. I started following this guys podcast in 2008 and he honestly has been a HUGE inspiration to me throughout my life. He has come a long way and grown his fan base into a massive crowd and has always focused on helping others to achieve the things he has achieved.
Without further ado, “The Smart Passive Income Podcast” created by Pat Flynn
If you don’t know him, Pat basically was an architect that created an online site to help himself study for the LEED architect exam. He became certified and was working as an architect when he was downsized due to the recession. He put his website and study notes into an online e-book and started selling it. His first month he made 20,000$ and never looked back! Give him a listen and do yourself a favor, start from the beginning, some of the entrepreneurs he interviews from the start are just amazing!
Welp, thats it for me. This is the first of many posts/emails I’ll be creating, so I hope everyone enjoyed reading this stuff!