We are the best liars to ourselves
Let’s start with the word patience. This week was completely nuts, we did so much in one week. I reflect on the week from designing a number of things, shooting products, and making trip to Utah down and back to make a video, and then on top of all that to write a blog post and make a millennialpreneur video everyday. You add that up and I tell you what, it can be exhausting.
The reason why I said patience is in our line of work is if you work 60 hours a week you don’t get paid or rewarded for it right away or a next paycheck. Megin and I have been hustling and creating some amazing opportunities and I tell you what the future is looking so freaking cool. If I can be a little transparent and real for a second.
Being an Entrepreneur, we are the best liars to ourselves.
What do I mean by that? It happens like this: reality is that you think you are the best because you have keep your confidence up, then a bill collector calls and you lose all your motivation because you question yourself. Why we are the best liars? it's pretty simple actually, we constantly are selling ourselves on being okay. Good example, and this real life for me.
Woke up yesterday started killing it with my morning groove, little brother comes over and is talking about how he is going to get a job right? So I do the nice thing as brother and design and help him with his resume. That’s cool no biggie, and then the madness begins. One call from a bill collector about some stupid $10 fee to zero out that account. Then an email from a client that you had 6 months ago that can’t print their images from walmart. Then next phone call is a HOA lady who doesn’t take a card over the phone you have to mail her a check, and she wants it now and she lives in Utah. Hello people it's freaking 2015 get with the times. You see it's already 1 o’clock in the afternoon by this time and a lot of my time and energy has been used.
Then I do what I do a lot of times. I shut off my phone. I start cranking on a design for one my bigger clients. I got my headphones on and I am just cranking. It’s the best when you can get in the groove and you are just creative because you get some much done. Crushed the design and now it’s hurry up and wait to see what they say right? Meanwhile Megin is doing product photography in the other room for Lulu Bella and has two girls over to model. She is killing it and we are getting caught up with everything.
6:30 rolls up and we have everything done on the to do list for the day. Great day right? We should be able to shut off our phone just enjoy a night together right? Nope! We went down to the Klim open house to check out all of their new gear which freaking dope. I get a text message on friday from a old client asking about if I can find a customer service number for them, and then another text about a file, which after the day I had I freaking snap.
Now is where we notice as Entrepreneurs we are great liars to ourselves. We work for people anytime because are growing a business and clients daily, but when those clients call or text in the middle of your personal life, you make it seem you are all nice and joyful that they text you in the middle of your date with your wife. That’s the stuff you don’t see in Entrepreneurship. You have to be nice in text or person when someone ask for things at weird times in the day or late night. I know this has a negative tone today but I want stress that it is stressful working for yourself. It never stops whether you drove 8 hours that day or worked 12 hours because your clients want things done as fast as you can. You can ask an Entrepreneur and they will tell you that the grind sometimes is to be positive when you are not.
I will be honest, I am still not the best at juggling everything from taking care of myself, my personal life, my marriage, then work and growing our business. It's a daily battle. If I am given work I get in and get the work done, I don’t waste time because I want too much in life and I love my job, but I’ll be transparent there is pain in growth and some of that is doing things you hate and that’s where I need more patience in life and in business. Rome wasn’t build in a day, and neither were a million dollar dreams.
Let’s all try to be a little more honest with the guy in the mirror every morning, to allow ourselves to improve. Be a little more real and patience with the guy in mirror and the guy on the other side of the email or text or phone call.