Young entrepreneurs must stay motivated in the summer. Keep your eye on the prize and keep that entrepreneurial spirit fresh and energized. Sometimes all it takes is a kick in the butt to get us going again. Entrepreneurship ain’t for the weak-hearted. Or the lazy. Don’t let a lack of motivation keep you from succeeding. Get up. Go to work.
It’s summer. It’s hot. But the heat is on for your small business too, so Get Up and Get To Work!
There are many ways entrepreneurs motivate themselves. Successful business owners know themselves and typically do not lack motivation for long!
Young entrepreneurs should look for best practices that can be easily followed. Build your new business plan around a schedule of 8 hours of work, 8 hours of recreation, and 8 hours of sleep. Balance is a great motivator and acts as a great way to get through more challenging times. As a new entrepreneur, your first milestone will be landing victory over your desire to stay up late and sleep in!
Great entrepreneurs never say never. They know bumps in the road mean days of low productivity. They know they’ll find ways around them though and use those stories as a source of motivation and a great tool on other days when they find it hard. Successful people are balanced and find creating a business and running a business means finding a reason for starting each day fully energized!
Be like them. Use your business needs to create business goals to help you stay focused. It’s a key to your success, and it’ll keep you going. It’s hard to lose motivation when you’re going places!
Every entrepreneur goes through this. Reach for the motivation that comes from within. Learn from others. Knowing the path from starting your business to the point you reach your goals is like a river that ebbs and flows.
Maintain control of your schedule and use these reasons to make you want to follow through.
“I have a lot of growing up to do. I realized that the other day inside my fort.”
– Zach Galifianakis
It’s time to get out of your own way. Here are your summertime reminders to GO TO WORK.
It pays to have guts, brains, and a great work ethic. The payoff comes in the form of steps – building blocks – and in the form of cash when you cross over into the green. The upfront cost is brainwork and sweat equity.
Your best practices include a need to take breaks, hang with the right people, and keep an eye on your wellness factors.
To maintain that 8:8:8 you’ll set alarms, manage your tasks, and keep striving. Expect positive outcomes. Those outcomes won’t be a bonus; they’ll be earned.
You KNOW it’ll be worth it. Starting a business is motivational.
You’ll go through a lot of “stuff,” but you KNOW if you work at it, your bank account will look like a phone number.
“If at first you don’t succeed, laugh until you cry and try again tomorrow.”
“As a startup CEO, I slept like a baby. I woke up every 2 hours and cried.” – Ben Horowitz
“It’s a difficult race, but THIS isn’t a rat race; this is YOUR race.” – DD
“You have escaped the matrix. Unless you revert.” – DD
Starting your own business ain’t for the lazy or the unmotivated!
“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc
“The Lord gave us two ends: one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most.” – Ann Landers.
“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime is doubly so.” – Douglas Adams.
“Instant gratification takes too long.” – Carrie Fisher.
“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.” – Sarah Brown
“Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re finished.” – Leslie Nielsen
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese
“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
What was your motivation for starting a business?
It all started with a crazy idea and a reason to bring it to life, right? But you knew…
“Anyone can cook… but only the fearless can be great.” – Ratatouille
“If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
“I felt like I needed a 6 month vacation, twice a year.”
“The mountain of paperwork on my corporate desk made me envy the trees that died to produce it.”
“Don’t underestimate your abilities. That’s your boss’ job.”
Find motivation in your mission statement.
Coincidentally this is also where the money comes in.
“Money isn’t the most important thing in life but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale.” – Zig Ziglar
“People say money is not the key to happiness, but I have always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.” – Joan Rivers
“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.” – David Lee Roth
“All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.” – Spike Milligan
Focus on your goals.
“I just want to lie on the beach and eat hot dogs. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.” – Kevin Malone, The Office
“Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” – Dwight Schrute, The Office
“Always give 100% unless you’re donating blood.” – Bill Murray
“A peacock that rests on his tail feathers is just another turkey.” – Dolly Parton
Entrepreneurs love rewards!
You get to be the CEO of your life!
“The reward for good work, is more work.” – Jonas Salk
“Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now.”
“The best view comes after the hardest climb.” – Alex Quin
“Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”
Remember, you get to inspire and motivate others who still need cubical advice because they ain’t YOU!
* After all, dream teams for Corporate Joe don’t get to take naps at work.
* Offer a work tip: Stand up. Stretch. Take a walk. Go to the airport. Get on a plane. Never return.
* Suggest they join the crowd. The brain is a wonderful organ. it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” – Robert Frost
* Tell them to just be honest and say, “I don’t wanna work. I just wanna bang on the drum all day.”
* Paraphrase William Castle. Tell them not to fall for the expert who explains a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make them think the confusion is their own fault.
* Ask them if this is a true statement. People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. Thomas Sowell
* Do they remember sanity? Like when people would say, “you don’t have to be crazy to work here. We’ll train you.”
* Tell them their keyboard displays magical powers when they hit the escape key. Tell them to keep trying.
Your entrepreneurial spirit
You chose this why? Oh right….
** So you’d never have another day of outward smiles and inward screams.
** So you’d say goodbye to dreadful Sunday nights thinking, “I must stop Monday from coming, but how?”
** So you didn’t need an endless supply of stress balls to throw at co-workers and bosses who stressed you out.
** So you would stop saying, “I haven’t even gone to bed yet and I can’t wait to come home tomorrow.”
** You are getting up today and going to work because you believed “living the dream” was a real thing. ‘And guess what? It IS.
Successful entrepreneurs start with a plan and use achievement as a source of motivation. Cash helps too, though. I get it.
Staying motivated as an entrepreneur and working long hours so you look forward to fun and the greatness that is summer, but you’ll feel accomplished at the same time.
You know, YOU GOT THIS.
Remember your “why.” Stay focused, and stay positive.
You know the easy button is BS. Today, get up and DO something for the future you.