Good morning Believe Nation. Today’s message is Go Hard, over to you G Easy.
Go hard and then when you think you’re goin’ hard, then go harder, like that’s really it, just hustle. You know what I mean, there’s nothin’ in life that you can’t put enough work in every single day and not get better at, you know what I mean?
Like if you want to be good at something, you know what I mean, like you can’t just like not do it every day and not get better, it’s the same shit with music. It’s the same shit as learnin’ how to play an instrument or somethin’, if you spend you time practicing your craft, like ya know, that’s really it. It’s just, ’cause nowadays with the internet, everything is so accessible and everybody in the world is a rapper, you know what I mean.
“Go hard and then when you think you’re goin’ hard, then go harder, like that’s really it, just hustle. ” – G Easy
Everybody’s puttin’ music out so it’s like how do you stand out, quality’s always going to matter. But also bein’ different, you can’t try to be different. Ya know what I mean, but you just got to be yourself.
Evan: Every major breakthrough that you’ll have in your life will come from raising your standards. Every major breakthrough that you’ll have in your life will come from raising your standards. You may tell yourself that you’re working hard. You may think that you’re working hard right now in your business, maybe for you working hard means ya know, x number of hours and in the past, whenever you worked less than that, you felt like a slacker but now you feel like you’re working hard. Maybe compared to your friends or your family or the people around you, you’re working really hard. Maybe they tell you you’re working really hard. So you feel like you’re working really hard.
But you’re not getting the result that you want. And maybe it’s time that you need to raise your standards a little bit. I bet if I came in, if you said that you’re working hard and I came I and audited your day, there’d be a ton of wasted time and I’m not just talking about now you need to wake up an hour early or two hours early and get more work done. Sleep the same number of hours, look in the 16, 17 hours that you are awake, there’s a lot of wasted time in there, whether it’s checkin’ your social media, refreshing your email all the time, responding to a crisis that isn’t really a crisis, not spending your time on the valuable things that you need to do to grow your business, constantly being interrupted and distracted and it’s not their fault they’re interrupting and distracting you, it’s your fault for allowing it to happen.
There’s a ton of wasted time in what you’re doing every single day and as long as you think that you’re working hard, as long as you think that you’re doing your best, then you’re never going to do better. If you say this is the best I can do, you’re never going to do better and you’re going to be stuck where you are. Now you’re happy where you are, great. But don’t complain that you want more. Don’t complain that you want more and you’re not willing to raise your standards and put in the work and get better to get there.
So I look at the change in my schedule where now I’m recording all my videos as a test, all my videos in one day, once a month for the entire channel, making 70 videos in one day and when we first came up with this idea, I’m like I like it, I like the push. I don’t know if I can do it, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to sustain but I want the challenge to test it and see because I already thought I was doing a lot ’cause everybody around me would say, listen, you’re making three videos a day, that’s crazy. How do you make three videos a day where most people working hard is making, even a video a day is considered working really hard.
We’re doing three a day and to record them all once a month is nuts but I want the test. I want to see where my limits are. If you’re never pushing for your limits, then you don’t know what you can do. If I said the best I can do is once a week, then that’s what I’m going to stick to doing. And I’m going to be wasting some time. So I’m going to try, this is our first test. Doing once a month, can we make it happen? Can I still be good making 70 videos in a day? Can my team handle the influx and get everything ready? Do I lose momentum and I’m okay with failing.
I’m okay with it not working out but I’m not okay with not knowing and so you want to be taking on challenges to push yourself, to understand where your limits are and work on busting through them. Every major growth that you have in your life, every single major move forward will become by adjusting your standards. When you demand more from yourself, when you start teaching people how to treat you, that’s when you’re going to get the next major breakthrough in your life and in your business.
So the question of the day today is I’m curious. What was the last standard that you raised for yourself?
In your life or in your business where you said, I’m no longer willing to tolerate this anymore. My new standard is up here, this is what I want to accomplish, what was that last one for you. Leave it in the comments and we’ll join in a discussion. I also want to give a quick shout out to Tom Pelton. Tom, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word, it really, really, really means a lot to me, man, 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. 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.
For four years, I street performed here before I got my record deal. I was on the streets with a little bitty keyboard with glasses on like I was Stevie Wonder, ya know. Hustilin’, ya know, with a big Chitlin Bucket. I paid my rent and my mom’s rent off of street performin’. But I would only do it three days out of the week. Just three weeks but I would be I can’t talk no more. I can’t even talk because I was like singin’ for like eight hours straight for people goin’ to work and comin’ from work. And then I would hitchhike to LA but I lived on the beach. Cardboard box and big beach towels I slept on.
On the beach?
On the beach. Every day and then I wake back up and, and when I wake up I sing again and I came, I hitchhiked back to Chicago and then I got discovered. But I did all that for like six years, street performing.
Well, a lot of artists don’t know that they got to get on the God damned road and tour, you know what I’m sayin’, you got to get the people knowin’ about you, man. Not just your hot single, man, you got to get out there and politic, how do you politic? Through tourin’, man, you know what I’m sayin’. Merchandise, you got a shirt with your name on it. You got a hat with your name on it, you know, these people are walkin’ billboards, you know.
“It take a little money to start your own label” – TechN9ne
You got to get out there and politic, man and that’s how we did it, man. We just stayed on the road, if there were like seven people in the audience when we went, we didn’t say, okay, we ain’t goin’ back to San Diego ’cause they’re only seven people there or we ain’t goin’ back to New York ’cause we only had 10 people there. We kept comin’ back and hammerin’ ’em over the head.
And the seven turned to 100, the 100 turned to 500, ya know what I’m sayin’, to sellin’ out every time so we had to change venues, you know what I’m sayin’. You got to get out there and politic, you got to get out there and tour, you got to get out there and sell your merchandise, man and a lot of people, ya know, they ain’t going to tell you this but it take a little money to start your own label, you feel me? It’ll take a little money to start it, you know what I mean. So all you niggas sellin’ that in that hood, put it into somethin’ good.
A lot of people don’t realize it’s like, you got to work for somethin’, you got to want it, ya know. I thank the man up above I was able to change my life and do what I’m doin’ and got a second chance with education, I educated myself even though I was in the streets, I educated myself. And I thank the man all the time, like you know what, you got to have a good piece of mind ’cause a lot of people, they just want you to give ’em somethin’. Even these orders of the day, I’m like from all this to friends or whatever, everybody lookin’ for a handout.
No body really want to work no more, you know.
I feel the same way, a lot of interns and people like that, when we came, we was bustin’ our ass.
And now people expect things.
See, people don’t know, like I actually sold Cds out of the trunk of my car. I went from city to city, now, you know, guys are comin’, they want, they look at a guy like me, man, you know, put me on, you got a mixed tape. You want me to give you some money. I’m not givin’ you no money for no mixed tape. You know what I’m sayin’, a mixed tape is free. You got to get your hustle, you got to build your brand. And then get the opportunity, if I had opportunity to get with a Master P or somebody, you know, but I guess this generation don’t want to learn, like I say, everybody gettin’ high, you know what I’m sayin’, the syrup is killin’ the whole, this generation.
You now, a lot of people don’t recognize opportunity if there’s not a paycheck attached to it.
Yeah, sometime you don’t have to work for the money. If you do what you got to do and you’re good at it, the money going to come, you got to love what you doin’.