You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
Life is hard and will always be. This came to me yesterday talking to someone that I looked up to, who is letting life get in the way of his talent. For the past few years of my life things have been good and bad, and honestly that is just the way it goes. If you’re waiting for a particular time in your life for things to ease up so you can go after your dreams, you will be waiting until they close the casket. The saying “Life gets in the way” is an excuse for laziness. Unless you hit the lottery or receive some kind of settlement, where you’re at in life right now is what you have that’s it. Now what are you going to do with it? When we started Art-n-Hustle I was out of work for 6 months and no job in site. During that period of time building the company, it made me realize many things but 2 gems will stick with me forever.
You always have time: Sleep is important don’t get me wrong this is something that I’m learning but you don’t need 8 hours EVERY night. Most of us waste a lot of time on futile things like twitter, facebook and TV. If you’re really honest with yourself and look at the time you spend on these things, you will see how much free time you have. This is time that can be spent developing your craft, networking, anything that will progress your brand and or business.
You don’t need money for everything: I know you need money to make money but that is not necessarily true for everything. A great mentor of mine asked me a question that put a lot into perspective. He said “You need money? No problem; however what are you going to do with my money? How are you going to turn my 10,000 in to 20,000?” Basically what he was getting at is, where is your plan? You may say if I only had 20,000 I could do this or that, but do you really know what you would do? What’s your first, second, and third step? If you can’t tell me what you would do with a lump sum of money why would anyone give you any? MAKE A BUSINESS PLAN! All it cost is your time, time that you should be willing to invest.