Today, I’m celebrating a special occasion, namely: the 200th episode of my Play to Win Podcast. And today, I’m talking about the 5 lessons I wish I had known when I started out in 2020. The thing about entrepreneurs is we’re really harsh on ourselves and rarely ever see our achievements for what they are. That’s why I want to be extra grateful for all the things I learned these past few years and how much I’ve grown.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
1. Nobody has your vision
A mistake I made a few years ago, was that I started listening to other people’s opinions too much. But why would you listen to an external person who isn’t really all in on your business? When people, who have no idea about your vision or your business, start sharing their unsolicited advice, you’ll end up feeling scared to make any further decisions at all.
And then it’ll take you a lot of energy and time to snap out of those feelings, so if there’s one thing I could tell you, it would be to keep trusting that intuition. No one truly knows your long-term vision as well as you do. Just remember that your vision and opinion are unique and you shouldn’t let other people’s advice take that away from you.
2. Consistency is key
Often, we start something with the idea of being consistent, but then there’s one week where you don’t have the time or you tell yourself you’ll do it tomorrow. But then you never actually go out and do it. And I think it’s because as high achievers and as creatives, we constantly want to do new things and we want to innovate instead of focusing on consistency.
And naturally, there are one hit wonders who bring in the results with one crazy product, but that’s not the type of business you’ll want to compare yourself with. In the normal world, the consistency will bring you the results, not some magic formula.
3. Growth isn’t linear
People have the tendency of hyper-focusing on the moment instead of the journey — I know, it sounds like I’m a wannabe inspirational guru but it’s still the truth. Growth isn’t linear and sometimes you need to focus on the accumulated stuff to know how well you’ve been doing.
So, take the time to take a look at what you’ve accomplished the past couple of years. How many people have you helped? How many podcast episodes have you released? Instead of focusing on the now, or the last 3 months, focus on how far you’ve gotten since you started.
4. Not everything has to be smart
Not all of your decisions have to be smart or strategic, not everything has to be well thought out. You should make the space to be unproductive, to have fun in your business. So, the fourth thing I wish I had known sooner is that I would have left some room in my calendar just for fun stuff.
5. What’s your good enough?
Allow yourself to act perfectly imperfect — you’re allowed to try and it’s okay if you don’t succeed. You don’t grow by being perfect. The thing is, you should always use your good enough as your baseline. So, if you catch yourself looking at other people and taking their standard as your own, just ask yourself, is this your good enough or their good enough?
Just remember that perfection doesn't actually exist because everyone has a different standard for it. Instead, focus on being good enough. I believe that understanding your values will help you determine what ‘good enough' means for you.
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Watch this episode on YouTube or listen via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and search for episode 200 of the Play To Win podcast.