Today’s message is Become irreplaceable. Good morning Believe Nation, it’s Evan. My one word is believe, and I believe in people more than they believe in themselves. And my sincere hope is that if you see in yourself what I see in you, you’ll be able to change the planet.
Become Irreplaceable – Priyanka Chopra
When I was very young, I was 19, and I was doing the first few movies I remember the producers would say, “Well, if she can’t work it out “it’s fine. We’ll just cast someone else, “girls are replaceable.”
Subconsciously, it really worked on my mind, and I started picking up parts which were strong, which were not just the damsel in distress waiting for someone to rescue me. Now 13, 15 years later the movies that I do, I’m irreplaceable.
My thought about Become Irreplaceable
If you want to be a success in whatever you’re doing then you have to be so good at it that you’re irreplaceable. If I can swap out your product or your service with somebody else’s really easily then you’re never going to stand out, you’re never going to really build a successful business.
It’s going to be a race down to the bottom for price. If I can’t tell the difference between what you’re selling and what your competitors are selling then I’m just going to go with whoever is the cheapest.
And that’s where a lot of entrepreneurs are playing. Now price is always going to be important, but it’s not always the most important thing for a majority of a lot of customers.
You just haven’t done your job to stand out enough. I think it’s also really important to balance your ego with your humbleness. I think it’s important to have both.
I think a lot of entrepreneurs and a lot of people play on one side of the spectrum and not enough of the other. And so a lot of entrepreneurs, we don’t have enough ego, we don’t have enough pride, we don’t have enough confidence in ourselves to go out and charge what we’re worth, to feel like we’re worthy. I think a lot of entrepreneurs could boost their prices 20, 25, 30% and not see a dip in their customers.
I think too many entrepreneurs just underprice themselves because they don’t have enough confidence in what they’re selling and what they’re doing. I think too, though, you balance it with humbleness because if you are not humble then you’ll never grow.
“If you want to be a success in whatever you’re doing then you have to be so good at it that you’re irreplaceable.” – Evan Carmichael
And you’ll never learn, and you’ll never try to get better, and you’ll never try to keep improving because you think you know everything. And so if I look at my YouTube channel as an example, I’ve had a number of conversations with different people talking about my channel, and often it’ll start with me saying all the things that I want to work on.
Like I need to get better. I need to create better content. I need to make three solid videos a day that people love and every series is leading to growth to the channel and is having a big impact on the audience reach.
And a lot of times the natural reaction from people will be to try to be supportive and say, “Well, you’re making three videos a day. “I’m making one a week,” or, “I struggle to make one a week. “You’re already doing great.
You’re already having such a “big impact, you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.” And this is where the danger comes in because if I just lived to their expectations, You know, I’m just some big fish in this tiny pond.
“You can improve your skills and your hustle, and your drive, and how much practice you put in it, and energy, and there’s always something new to learn.” – Evan Carmichael
It’s easy to feel good about myself, right? It’s easy to say, “Well, you know, you’re right.” If I compare myself to all these other YouTube channels where they’re making one video a week and that’s really hard and that’s really good for them then I lower my standards to where they’re at and what they see as excellent.
Or for me, I have greater standards for myself. And so I push myself to want to do more. I believe the editing can be better. I believe the filming can be better. I believe I can be better.
I believe the content we have can be better. Everything can always be better and that’ll push ourselves to go out and do it.
And at the same time, I think my channel is the greatest YouTube channel, period. I think my channel is a gift to humanity. I think if a YouTube channel was going to win a Nobel prize it should be my channel.
I love my channel, I consume my own channel more than any other channel and I think it’s a gift to humanity, I do, I believe that, and it needs to get a lot better. Right, so embracing both sides.
And so I think feeling that same way about your business, feeling like the work that you’re doing can always get better, can always improve.
You can improve your skills and your hustle, and your drive, and how much practice you put in it, and energy, and there’s always something new to learn. You’re never done learning, as soon as you stop learning you’re done.
And you’re also providing a lot of value. You have a great product or a great service. There’s a lot of love that goes in. There’s a noticeable difference between you and somebody else, the rest of your competition.
Feeling that because if you don’t feel that, you’re customers won’t feel that either. If somebody gets on the call with you or meets with you and you can’t, with pride, explain why you’re different and why you’re better, and for them to see that result.
If they can’t see it they’re not going to pay you more, they’re not going to pick you over somebody else. And that means, ultimately, you can’t grow your business as big as it should be. It’s the balance, humbleness plus ego/confidence become irreplaceable.
So the question of the day today is, I’m curious, what is the thing that makes you irreplaceable?
What’s so special, unique, different about your business that nobody else can do just like you. Leave it down in the comments below, I’m really curious to find out.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Dev Gadhvi. Dev, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book and doing a review on your channel for your audience.
CareNation, for doing the interview with Lily, and all the love and support you’ve given for my book, “Your One Word.” I really appreciate it man and I’m so glad that you enjoyed the read.
Thank you guys again.. I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself, and whatever your one word is. Much love and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
You know, in your life you will start a job and this is what I say that every single new person coming into Pixar, no matter what you do make yourself indispensable to that organization.
Make yourself indispensable. Where people, after you’re done with your job people cannot imagine the place without you. And without asking for a thing your career will be set.
You can be a history maker or you can be liked by everyone around you, you can’t be both. I mean the very nature of living your personal greatness and doing something otherworldly in our world of ours means you’re going to have to think differently from the majority.
You’re going to have to install the habits and routines that most people don’t do. You’re going to have to live, talk, breathe, walk, work, produce, create in a way that most people who are card carrying members of the cult of mediocrity just don’t buy into.
I mean you look at most people out on the world today, and this is not judging, this is just reporting, but they’re addicted to entertainment, they love gossiping.
They’re negative. They’re toxic. Anyone who wants to do anything great, they want to bring them down. They dismiss the game changers and they’re just coasting through life.
And so the very nature of you stepping up your game, living your greatest potential, owning your craft, dominating your field, and living a life that’s legendary means you’re going to have to leave the 5% and make a decision to live as very few people do.
And what does that mean? It means you’re going to be laughed at. It means you’re going to be ridiculed. It means you’re going to be misunderstood because leadership is a lonely sport. And it means you just might be hated.
We talk about coolers, we talk about closers, and we talk about cleaners. Cleaners are going to get you that end result over and over again. They are so well prepared and their instincts are so sharp they already know what to do.
If there’s a person that’s producing exceptionally, there’s a reason behind it. It’s the process, the constant challenge to get there again, and again, and again is what drives these individuals. Everyone talks about “We want to be legendary.” You want to be iconic, don’t settle for legendary.