What it takes to play the game...

advice Oct 18, 2018

Playing this game is hard.

True story, I started writing this last week, lol. It's DIFFICULT.

Things will happen - things that normally would just be like, inconveniences, right?

But now that you're on your own, self-employed, a whatever-preneur (don't), those same things get real, fast.

Check this out, just in the last three weeks:

Hurricane Florence - no school, interrupted vacation, etc
Sick child - no school for a couple days meaning Mike is home with kiddo
Hurricane Michael - no school for a day = no work for me
Then I got sick - Thursday through Sunday no work
Wife got sick - home from work and I deal with all kiddo stuff

Can I catch a break?

I can't imagine what it's like for people that have more than one kid, or have a full-time job plus side hustle plus kiddos plus plus plus...

Like life straight up hands you a big pile of crap and says "here's...this. Deal with it I guess."

And sometimes you have to make choices and deal with that nasty stuff on the plate before you do things like work on your website or market for new clients or write that next thing you put off last week.

Then you log on to the Facebook echo chamber of "just put in those hours bro and get it done!" and trust me for a second here - I know lots of actually successful people and none of them post that stuff on social media. So please unfriend those people, you have my blessing.

But I get it, it can get under your skin.

So today's message is for you - whether you've put things off or had life stuff happen or just didn't feel like it one day - it's okay to do that, and you'll be just fine.

Because regardless of what you might read, nothing you do in your business will be instant. It's all slow and incremental. Meaning there's never going to be a time where you go from working hard one day to "made it" (whatever that means) the next.

Literally everything about running your business is a slow, steady, incremental gain.

What's that mean for you?

If you have to cut something down to once a week for a while - it's fine.
If you need to take a week off to de-stress and gather yourself - it's fine.
If your kid is sick - it's fine.

In the long run, it'll be okay.

If the holidays are coming and your family expects you to step away from work - FIGHT THEM TOOTH AND NAI...I mean it's fine. Really. I'm fine. Yes, I'm sure.

Mike out.

PS. I had a few people reach out to me from the last email / post and I just want to say I really appreciate all the feedback and encouragement. Thank you!

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