Good morning, Believe Nation! Today’s message is Don’t Stop Working. Over to you, Bill Burr.
I enjoy annoying people. I don’t know why. Not like the whole crowd, obviously, ’cause then I’d be bombing. But there’s a segment that’s when I’m having the most fun. When 80% of the crowd is loving it and then there’s that 20% just going, just looking around like, “How are you laughing at this?” People don’t notice.
Sometimes I can see them and if I can figure out what they’re reacting to, it becomes a game to see if I can get them to yell at me or get up and start to leave. Other than that, ’cause there’s a danger once you put together an hour that works. You can just stop working and just joke.
I’ll just show up, I can drink all night. I’ll walk my way through the radio. And I just keep doing this hour that I have memorized and I’ll be thinking about doing my taxes as I’m doing my jokes.
But then what happens is everybody else catches up with you. And the next thing you know, you’re that guy onstage going “What’s up with the Carter administration? “This is crazy.” And you become that guy.
Evan: Too many entrepreneurs get bored of their businesses and they fail. Too many entrepreneurs let the success any success that they had in the past be chains from them achieving more. It happens so often. It’s crazy how much this happens. At the start of being an entrepreneur we leave our jobs.
We leave what most people are doing We leave what most people are doing to go off and do our own thing. To be crazy, to be wild, to have our own business. Set our own rules, be our own boss. This is how we start off. And then you start to get some customers, then you start to make a little bit of money, maybe not huge money. Maybe you have made huge money. But you start to make a little bit of money.
“Too many entrepreneurs get bored of their businesses and they fail.” – Evan Carmichael
And what happens so often to so many entrepreneurs And what happens so often to so many entrepreneurs is once you start making a little bit once you find the thing that you’ve made some money on then that’s all you do. And you stop innovating and you stop growing and you stop building. And you just focus on this one thing. And that is death for an entrepreneur because we love creating new stuff.
We love exploring. We love trying out new things. And as you grow and you evolve and change as a human being what you need to do is bring that to your business. Where too many entrepreneurs get bored of their companies because at the start they love it ’cause it’s a reflection of who they are, what they want to do. And then as they start building it they grow and evolve as a human being but they don’t grow and evolve their business. Their businesses are stuck doing what they wanted to do a couple of years ago.
“Too many entrepreneurs let the success any success that they had in the past be chains from them achieving more.” – Evan Carmichael
What Evan loves doing five years ago is not the same thing as what Evan loves doing now. And so as I build and grow as a human being I bring that to my business. I try new things. I like to explore. And if you find yourself really getting bored then what you need to do is pass on some of that business to somebody else. What I try to do in my company is I build up a business to the point where I can either hand it off to somebody else or I drop it.
Most projects that I start by the way, don’t work. Most of the new things that I’ve put out don’t work. Most of the new series we’ve created for the YouTube channel they don’t work. We’ve cut more series for this YouTube channel than most people ever create ’cause it didn’t work. A combination of maybe I’m not as passionate about it anymore and you guys didn’t like it either. So we dropped it.
That’s okay, that’s good. And so most of the things that I tried to start, I’ll put my own energy and effort into. Just me. When I started a YouTube channel, it was just me. It was just me. And I had no lights and no microphone and a really bad camera. It was just me. And I built it to the point where I was able to make some money off of it. And then I hired somebody and then I hired another person, I hired another person. Built up a team.
But most projects for me don’t even go that way. Most projects, I try build it up and it doesn’t get anywhere and so I drop it. Move on to something else. But that experimentation is key. You can’t stop working. You can’t stop building. You can’t stop evolving in your company. If you are bored right now. Most entrepreneurs look to I need to sell this business and go do something else.
“As you grow and you evolve and change as a human being what you need to do is bring that to your business.” – Evan Carmichael
It’s because you’ve let it get so far apart. The person that you were when you started the business and the person that you’ve now become and you haven’t brought your business with you. You’ve gotten so far apart that you’re ready to leave it and do something else. Find a way to inject the new self into your business and make it catch up with you constantly. And if there are things that you don’t enjoy anymore and you don’t want to do. But still add a lot of value and still make money, great.
Hire somebody on your team who loves doing that work. And give it to them. And if you can’t afford to hire somebody to do it. Then stop it. Kill that project ’cause it’s not financially worth it. If you’re doing projects that is not making enough money to hire somebody else to do and you don’t want to do it anymore, then just drop it. And start working on the work that you love ’cause that’s where you’re going to come alive.
That’s where you’re going to create magic. You need to evolve with your business. Look at a great band like The Beatles. Maybe the greatest band of all time. Their first album was not the same as their second album was not the same as their third album. The reason why they had so much sustainability was because they evolved their business as they evolved as human beings.
If they stuck to just doing the same album every time they would be a one-album wonder. And nobody would pay attention to them anymore. But as they grew and as they evolved. Their business grew and evolved around them. And so who do you want to be? Do you want to be The Beatles or do you want to be a one-hit wonder? Time to decide.
So the question of the day today is, I’m curious. How have you evolved your business with you?
I’m curious, from when you started your business to where you are now. How have you grown and how have you introduced new things into your company? I’m really curious to find out. Please leave it down the comments below. And we’ll join in on the discussion.
I also want to give a quick shout to Steven Ratson. Steven, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word. It really really really means a lot to me and I hope you’re enjoying it.
Thank you guys so much for watching. 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.
Evan: Hey, Believe Nation. Thank you so much for watching. If you want to learn more about this subject, get a little bit deeper on it. I’m going to share some extra bonus clips that I hope you’ll enjoy.
Interviewer: Why do you still care enough to keep, you’re at a point in your life where you could go back. You could do your month in Vegas, and Florence Henderson could open up and you could go and hit a couple of balls and then some pinball. Why do you still care so much?
“Always going to be seeking and looking and going and trying to challenge yourself.” – George Carlin
Well, I’m not comparing myself to any of these people, believe me. But you wouldn’t say to Picasso. “When are you going to put those brushes down? “Get rid of the canvas, you’ve done it.” I’m an entertainer, first and foremost, but there’s art involved here. And an artist has an obligation to be on root.
To be going somewhere. There’s a journey involved here. And you don’t know where it is and that’s the fun. So you’re always going to be seeking and looking and going and trying to challenge yourself. So without sitting around and thinking of that a lot, it drives you and it keeps you trying to be fresh, trying to be new, trying to call on yourself. Call on yourself a little more.
And I think some of that is just, well first of all if you do very well and you make a lot of money, when you look back on your experiences and running a company or starting a company. And there’s almost a kind of disbelief in like how did I, did I really go through that? Did I really deal with all of that pain and headache and hassle and intensity? And this is one of the reasons why people who are founders are often so bonded together like people who’ve gone to war.
They’ll never forget those experiences. But to get up and do that again But to get up and do that again over and over again knowing full well each time exactly what’s in store for you. I think that is more rare I think that is more rare and it definitely requires that you’re not willing to rest on your laurels. I can’t sit back and say, okay I’ve founded a bunch of companies. They’ve been tremendously successful. Therefore all my companies are going to be successful. I have to be as paranoid and as edgy about each new company. and as edgy about each new company.