But I’ve been working on myself and that’s the most important work
Even if you don’t get paid for it – Big Sean / Dark Sky (Skyscrapers)
While reading and thinking recently, I revisited the idea that one of the distinguishing marks of the successful entrepreneur is the commitment to working on the business and not just in the business. You know, things like designing the business itself, crafting its service and its messaging, building relationships with stakeholders, signing up customers, strategizing for long term growth. All of that is incredibly important to make sure the business runs smoothly and becomes more successful over time.
Then it hit me, even above working on your business, the aspiring entrepreneur has to work on themselves. You have to work on yourself. When I say work, I’m not talking about a passive gloss over your life hoping to think a little more positive or be more patient. I’m talking about training yourself like an athlete. Self Work starts with Self Knowledge – being brutally honest about who you are, what you want and how you work. Improve your strengths and leverage them to give you the advantage in the market place. Compensate for or eliminate your weaknesses. Play hard at the edge of your limits, stretch yourself and reach for the things you’ve always wanted but never had the guts to follow through.
Take a long hard look at yourself and answer two questions. What have you been stuck doing that has played a part in limiting your potential? What have you not been doing that could catapult you to a whole new level of living. Get cracking on those, remove the dead weight and stretch those wings. It’s time to fly.