Good morning Believe Nation!
Today’s message is make your presence count. Over to you Trey Songz.
There was a point where I was putting out a new song every week. It was, Trey Songz music Monday, I put out a new song every Monday for like two and a half months.
Before my mix tape came out, which was Anticipation, which got 50,000 downloads the first night. Ready came out. Ready’s had six or seven singles I think that has a lot to do with it. Going on tour with Jay-Z, who’s an international superstar. That definitely brings a lot of attention to my name.
I performed with Stevie Wonder on the BET Honors. I kissed Toni Braxton on stage. It was a lot of steps toward where I am now and I think that it’s just beginning even still. That’s why this run is so jam packed, my schedule.
That’s why I’m in a different country everyday cause I need to make my presence felt and even when I come back next time I’ll work even harder to make my presence felt because I’m working here this time like I’m a new act.
My manager told me we gon’ come out here and we gon act like it’s 2005 and what that means is act like I just got to make it. So, I don’t feel as though I’m a superstar here yet. I’m working my way there.
So one of my personal goals is to wherever I go that my presence is felt. I want to make sure that the thing I’m spending my time on has an impact. I’m heavily driven by impact.
And it’s not from an ego point of view, not that when I walk into a room you need to worship me, that’s not the goal, but wherever I’m spending my time that things are going to get better.
That if I’m spending my time in this business this business is going to get better and it’s going to help the community.
If I’m spending time making videos for you that you are digesting them and using them and helping them to make you get better and build awesome businesses that impact our culture. It’s the goal. If I felt like these videos were not having an impact on you then I would stop making them.
Good loyal audience coming
I would still consume them for myself cause the number of habits that I’ve picked up that it wasn’t having an impact on you guys but has an impact on me so I just keep doing it for myself. I look at the morning gratitude series as an example.
I had a YouTube series where everyday I went on and shared three things I was grateful for and encouraged you guys to come on and do it with me. And we had a good loyal audience coming and doing it but it wasn’t having an impact I wanted and so I cut the series.
“Value your time more preciously and to do a severe audit to look at where you’re spending you time and are you having a positive impact on your customers, on your suppliers, on your friends, on your relationships, and everybody around you. Make your time count.” – Evan Carmichael
I still do it personally every morning with my wife, but I don’t share it with you guys because I want to make sure that the things that I’m spending my time on is worth while.
I think everybody should have the opinion that wherever you walk into, whatever room you’re in, whatever business you’re in, you’re going to make it better. It’s your goal to make it better.
To help people, to elevate, to lift.
Again, not from and ego point of view, that I’m amazing and I’m going to do this, but from a genuine desire to make things better, to help people, to elevate, to lift. If you are not making things better, you’re either making things worse, which isn’t great, or you’re just apathetic and is that the life that you want to live?
Do you want to walk around going into all these rooms and the rooms are your life, your business, your friends, these different rooms of you daily existence and just be apathetic and not really caring what happens?
Where if you go in with the intention of my time matters, my life here is limited, I want to make every second count. It shifts your perspective and I think it’s really important.
One of the things I do on a fairly consistent basis is look at my schedule. I look at where am I spending my time. I live and die by my calendar. Where am I spending my time is the most precious asset that I have, I’m never getting it back, Where am I spending it?
Make your time count
And doing a constant audit of are these the right places? Should I still be making YouTube videos? Should I invest that time to go off and do something else, or not?
And the things that always tips the balance for me is are these things leading to a major impact or not? My goal is to help a billion entrepreneurs. Whether I reach that goal or not it doesn’t matter.
It’s the process, it’s the work that I’m doing has to have the potential to help a billion entrepreneurs. If it does, I’m into it. If it’s not, I’m not going to do it. And I encourage you to value your time more preciously and to do a severe audit to look at where you’re spending you time and are you having a positive impact on your customers, on your suppliers, on your friends, on your relationships, and everybody around you. Make your time count.
Question of the day
So the question today is I’m curious what are you spending time on that you probably shouldn’t?
That’s not really having an impact, that you’re not making your presence felt, where are you wasting your time that you want to change in your life or your business? Leave it in the comments below I’m super curious to find out.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Ibby Hadeed thank you so much Ibby for picking up a copy of my book “Your One Word” it really really means a lot to me and I really hope you’re enjoying the read.
So thank you guys again 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 guys again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
Appreciate The Process
I always tell people the biggest benefit to my career was probably in the beginning of things, I hated the most, like how long it took me to get to where I feel was where I was getting my just due. My first album came of course at the crib it’s going crazy just got to make it got to go and wonder woman everything.
And our nucleus on the East Coast, but I wasn’t as successful as I wanted to be for a very long time, but the older I get the more I appreciated that process that learning curve. The ability to grow gradually so I didn’t have to learn everything in front of everybody. I didn’t get catapulted immediately into success.
That gave me appreciation for the journey to get to success, it gave me appreciation, it made me work hard. That’s why I work this hard as I do now today cause I feel like if “Got to make it” would’ve billboard chart topper success, my first single ever, I don’t think I’d have the same work ethic, just be honored.
#Believe In Yourself
I love to do music so I’ll always rap. The funny thing about it is when I was rappin’ and singing it was something out of this world. Oh he’s going to sing and rap? But he’s an R&B singer.
And the beauty I love about music nowadays is that you have artists that almost everybody do both. I think that’s a great part of the evolution of music is artists being creative and believing in themselves no matter what box that people try to put ’em in.
Cause no matter what you trying to do with your life other people going to try to put you in this box, so you got to push through.
Do What Makes You Happy
But I’m not in it just for the money, you know the cars, cars, clothes, hoes, I suppose. And that’s the tricky thing about that song when I say I suppose it’s kind of like thinking in hindsight, it that really what success is? No it’s not.
That’s what success is perceived to be and what we’re taught that it is through the TV, through movies, through videos, etcetera. But success is really what makes you happy in your heart. Making music makes me happy.