This post is a bit late. I’d like to say that happened because I had some epiphany and was stuck in a cave somewhere revelling in the insight.
But that didn’t happen. Well, the cave part, I mean.
I did get an epiphany though. Okay, maybe more than one.
Let’s get to it.
So last week was a bit unusual, compared to the weeks before it. I mean, the previous weeks were all the same – blogging during the day and night, going to the bill-paying job at night while still on my grind, etcetera shmetcetera.
Last week, I decided to take 2 days off.
Now you’re like “What? Tomi… No, you didn’t.”
Yes, I did.
And that brings us to one of my epiphanies:
#1. When it comes to your success, you make all the rules.
Yes, there are tried and true methods to achieving success, and I’m not saying you should break those rules.
One rule you shouldn’t break, for example, is “Work hard to get success”.
Don’t even dream of breaking that one.
If you do catch yourself dreaming of breaking it, you need to wake up and apologize to yourself, to the rule and to all the self development authors from Anthony Robbins to Zig Ziglar.
Now, here’s what led to this epiphany.
I had been grinding day in day out for the past… umm.. month or 2, and had gotten to the point where all I could think about was my dear 500Naira writer business. And while it’s been moving little by little and growing daily, it was starting to feel too much like work.
I know… I know.. it’s supposed to feel that way. Because it’s work. It’s a business, and I gotta treat it that way.
But part of why I started looking into online business is so I could do what I love, create the life of my dreams and actually enjoy it.
I’d been too focused on just the first 2, been grinding so much with little to no enjoying. Actually, if I’m being honest, zero enjoying.
I’d also been focused so much on business at the expense of the other parts of my life, you know, like my health, fitness, my room (trust me, a few days ago, you won’t have wanted to visit me… I didn’t even want to visit me), etcetera shmetcetera.
Then came Saturday, and I was like… Okay, Tomi, you need to stop and slow down for a minute.
What’s the point of being your own Boss if you can’t take a day or more off when you want to?
So I did. And those 2 days opened my eyes to more interesting epiphanies.
My verdict? Totally freaking worth it.
Then I realized: “This is my business, I make the rules… and if anybody else doesn’t like my rules, then they should go start 500 Dollar or 500 Rand Writer and do their own thing.”
So while you’re creating an online business, remember to enjoy the process and actually enjoy what you’re doing.
Life is too short to not enjoy every single minute.
Now, that’s #1. And I think I had one more epiphany.
#2. Stop trying to think outside the box. Think like there is no box.
Sounds funny, right?
No? Well, I never said I was a comedian.
So here’s what happened. I’d been hustle-jamming (yes, I just invented that word) with my best friend/partner-in-crime/homie-who-knocks-me-down-to-earth, Esosa, and then he hit me with a question:
“Do you think you can be a good MC for a party?”
And I was like: ” Uhh…”
Esosa: “Cos you have the craziness and the personality traits to do it.” (I’m paraphrasing here, don’t remember his exact words… but it was something like this)
That question got me thinking.
I’d thrown parties like that, back in my 5th year in Med School.
(yes, Yes I did. TGIF, Baby! And if any of my fellow TGIFers back on 9th floor, Pyatom Obshezhitiye, are reading this… Quagmire, Vajaneah, Cookie Smurf, I-Slender… WAZZZAAAPP!!!).
So, I had done it before, meaning I could totally do it. And this time, it could actually get me paid. I started to wonder why I hadn’t thought of it before.
It turns out I had been thinking (or trying to think) outside the box in some areas but I was still boxed, packaged and sealed in other areas.
I cracked my head open a bit and came up with more things I could do for business that would not just make me money, but that would be a ginormous amount of fun.
Before you start thinking: “But, Tomi, can you really do so many things?”, yes, I can. As a matter of fact, I thrive when I’m so busy hustling, learning, having fun and generally just moving forward.
Ask almost anybody who knows me personally, and they can tell you I have a tremendous amount of energy and once I’m hyped, I can keep going when other mortals are tired, and just want to chill.
Anyway that’s me. How does that apply to you?
Re-examine how you’re thinking. If you’ve been trying to think outside the box, stop. Eliminate the box completely.
Okay, now think.
Trust me, you’ll begin to see things you haven’t thought of or seen before. Don’t worry about whether you fit someone else’s politically correct definition of the right way to think. When in doubt, see #1.
Those are my 2 kobos from last week.
By the way, last week, I:
- consulted for a soon-to-be amazing newbie blogger
- landed a customer for my course (If you’re in Abuja, and you wanna take my crash course in online business, you need to hit me up here)
- got a few prospects for my course
- decided to hold off on one ecommerce business indefinitely (Yes, that one I’d been yakking about)
- got another idea for an ecommerce business which I would begin working on this week.
All in all, a kick ass week. And this week is gonna be more amazing. Now, I’m thinking I’m going to be taking my weekends off to think and plan, and write these weekly posts on Mondays instead of Saturdays as I initially said.
What? You don’t like that?
Sorry, but no sorry, I make the rules for my business.
As should you.
Have an Amazing Week.
Keeping it 500 as per freaking usual,
Author: Tomi Joshua
Tomi is a case.
A bit brash, at first blush. But ultimately, he means well. There are very few things he won’t say or do in the presence of tolerant company (especially when it could make for a good story later).
Tomi is a Doctor, writer, certified inbound marketer (Shout Out to HubSpot), Digital Hustler, and online business addict.
He is most likely to be found dancing to the beat of his own drum, even in accapella.