We've all heard it: "it's not about how often you fail, it's about how often you get back up again".
This quote and countless variations of it are a common sight in any book, blog or social media group about entrepreneurship. And while the message is true, it's not very useful.
That's why in this post, I'll share a method for turning this cliché into action. And you'll discover the one thing no one tells you about what it really means to "fail fast and fail often".
A year ago, I announced a new productivity experiment and invited you to join in. I created a simple spreadsheet where I would track 3 areas of my life on a weekly basis:
A year has passed and so it's time to look back and asses: did this productivity experiment work? Should I have done things differently?
Let's find out!
If you look for advice on how to be successful and make it as an entrepreneur, you'll soon encounter "follow your passion", "do what you love most", "dream big and go after your dreams" and other variations of this same idea.
For the most part, this is awful advice. Often given by people who are either delusional or just happened to get lucky themselves.
In today's post, let's take a look at why the idea of following your passion fails and why swinging too far the other way is also not the right solution.
We've all been told a dozen platitudes about failure. For example, that it's not about how often you fall, but how often you pick yourself back up.
This is technically true, but if all you do after a fall is pick yourself back up and keep going, you're missing out on possible the most powerful learning tool at your disposal...
If you've been frustrated because you constantly have ambitious goals and you constantly fall short of them, the strategy I'm sharing with you today might just change all that.
If you're a content creator, you'll love the technique I'm sharing with you today.
Whether it's writing blog posts, creating videos, hosting webinars and livestreams or creating podcast episodes, content creators all face the same problem: you have to keep coming up with new ideas. You have to keep producing content and keep it fresh and interesting.
In today's video, we'll look at a setup I create in Trello, which solves this problem. It may seem strange, but setting up this system actually makes you more creative and makes it easier to produce more ideas.
The story goes that if you work hard, you'll eventually get rewarded. If you just put in the effort and stick with it through the hard times, it will pay off, right?
Unfortunately, for many of us, that "sticking with it" part seems to drag on forever and the paying off part is nowhere to be seen.
And yet, still no success in sight.
If this describes you, then maybe you've been stubborn about the wrong things.
Recently, I've published a lot of content about productivity. Productivity is important, but let's make sure we don't put blinders on, here.
Productivity alone is not enough.
You can be super productive, squeeze many hours of work out of every day... and still make zero progress towards your goals.
Today, let's take a look at how you can combine productivity with strategy, to make sure you aren't just spinning your wheels real fast.
Everybody loves a good success story. It's inspirational to read about someone achieving the kinds of goals we dream about and seeing how they did it.
Unfortunately, the kind of success story we typically see might be eroding our ability to get things done. If you expect massive, breakout success, how motivated can you be for the daily grind. And how do you feel when your level of success absolutely pales in comparison with every story you read about?
You may be suffering from procrastination and a lack of productivity. Feeling stuck, even. But in this, there's also a potential advantage...
Doing focused, deep work, being productive and avoiding distractions and procrastination is getting harder for everyone. It's not just you.
I would go so far to say that focus is a rare and somewhat exotic skill, these days. And that means that if you learn it - if you build this skill - you gain a massive advantage over (almost) everyone else.
Some people always come up with new ideas, always see new business opportunities and love to start projects that solve some problem or change the world in a better way.
This is often referred to as being "multi-passionate" or being a "multipotentialite".
If you're one of these people, you have strengths to be reckoned with... but you also have a big, problematic weakness: you're great at starting things, but you suck at follow-through.
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be good at getting sh*t done. It's no secret that I believe your personal character and skills determine the success or failure of your business.
Reading that might fill you with dread. After all, you've not been particularly productive. In fact, it seems that you're more distracted now than you used to be. You spend more time procrastinating and less time working with deliberate focus, on what matters most.
Why is that? Are you getting lazier, somehow?
Actually, that's not it. Your ability to focus hasn't gotten worse, but your environment has changed... and if being productive is crucial for entrepreneurs then succeeding is slowly becoming more and more difficult.
Watch the video to see why this is and what you can do about it.
If you're an entrepreneur, you need to hustle 24/7. You need to be always on. You need to make superhuman efforts and far outperform the average 9-to-5 working chump.
And getting a solid 8 hours of sleep just doesn't fit that picture, does it?
This is the kind of message I'm seeing a lot in entrepreneurial circles. More specifically, I've recently seen the spread of the idea that entrepreneurs ought to wake up at 5 AM or earlier, to get some extra productive hours in.
It fits the picture of the look-at-me-I'm-working-so-hard hustler, but it has little to do with real productivity. In this video, I explain why I think getting up super early is the dumbest trend in entrepreneurship.