Good morning, Believe Nation, today’s message is push more! Over to you, Jennifer Aniston.
I wake up every morning ? Entspresso keep me going ? I wake up every morning
I was saying the other day to somebody, I think all actors who are, maybe, gratefully are successful, sometimes if you are identified with something like Friends, you almost feel like you’re an actor in a closet, always trying, like, I want to do more, you know what I mean?
“To keep pushing myself and to keep challenging myself and taking risks, I think it’s important not to get lazy and stay safe.” – Jennifer Aniston
And it’s always, there’s always a little bit of a struggle and a challenge. But I find that exciting, you know what I mean? To keep pushing myself and to keep challenging myself and taking risks, I think it’s important not to get lazy and stay safe.
Evan: This is a really important message, and one that entrepreneurs really struggle with, because when you don’t have a boss, it’s really hard to push yourself to do more. Entrepreneurs struggle with pushing themselves out of their comfort zone because there’s nobody to report to! And yes, we report to our customers, if we’re under a deadline, or a customer wants to get this thing done by a certain time and you’re pushing yourself hard, you’re crushing it to go out and get that thing done on time, but if your customer isn’t pushing you hard, then it’s easy to be a little bit lazy! Not that you’re going to sleep in all day, but you’re not pushing yourself to be the best that you can be.
“Entrepreneurs really struggle with, because when you don’t have a boss, it’s really hard to push yourself to do more. ” – Evan Carmichael
You maybe taking a little extra long at lunch, you may be coming a little late to the office, you’re going to be spending more time just browsing around on social media, or just being a little bit of a slacker than you should be, because there’s nobody to kick your butt. There’s nobody to say, “Let’s do this,” because when you commit to somebody else, you’re much more likely to follow through.
And when there’s nobody for you to commit to, as entrepreneurs, we are our own boss, there’s nobody we’re committing to besides ourselves, we’re going to let ourselves down a lot. And so I think the capacity and the willingness to push yourself consistently, hard, makes the difference between a really successful entrepreneur, and just an average, mediocre one. And so how do you push yourself harder when you are an entrepreneur? A couple ideas, one, have important goals.
Have goals that you look at consistently, daily, that are big goals, that are meaningful, that are important to you, remind yourself why you’re doing this, to get the energy to get up and want to push harder every day. Two, have somebody to kick your butt. Whether it’s a mastermind group, whether it’s an adviser, whether it’s an online group, something, somebody that you’re committing to to say, I’m going to get this thing done. I have a mass friend group that we meet every month, and in between, you have a weekly phone call with somebody in your team, and you’re pushing each other.
“The capacity and the willingness to push yourself consistently, hard, makes the difference between a really successful entrepreneur, and just an average, mediocre one.” -Evan Carmichael
Because if you come to that next meeting the next month and you didn’t do what you say you were going to do, the group starts holding a little bit of flame to your foot, say like, “What’s going on? “You’ve been saying that you’re going to do this “but you haven’t, come on, let’s get in shape.” You don’t want to come to that meeting and not have done the things that you said you were going to do, and so that accountability is really important for entrepreneurs. And then three, we talked about it a ton on this channel, the environment and the routine. It’s so easy to get up for one day.
It’s hard to get up consistently, it’s hard to keep that energy level high, and so, build whatever gets you pumped and excited into your morning routine consistently. So whatever you start your day with, think about what makes you come alive, again, if it’s watching a video, or reading a book, or viewing your goals, or listening to some music, whatever it is. For me, it’s being around famous entrepreneurs, successful people, and seeing what they’re doing. Yes, their strategies helped me, that’s part of it, but a big part of it’s just seeing people going off doing amazing things, makes me want to push myself harder.
“It’s hard to get up consistently, it’s hard to keep that energy level high, and so, build whatever gets you pumped and excited into your morning routine consistently. ” – Evan Carmichael
They push me to do more, because the people around me aren’t really pushing me to do more. And so whatever gets you excited, whatever makes you feel like you want to push a little bit harder, build that into your daily routine as opposed to having it randomly happen because you turned on YouTube at four o’clock in the afternoon. Build it in, every day, so you’re pushing yourself harder.
Evan: So the question of the day today is, how do you push yourself? How do you keep yourself accountable to doing the things that you say you’re going to do, and reaching your actual potential? What do you, leave it in the comments below, I’m going to join in the discussion. I also want to give a quick shout-out to Cathy Cashmere from cccinspire.com, Cathy, 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 enjoyed it.
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 again tomorrow morning for another shot of entspresso.
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Interviewer: And what compels you to get involved in a project? I know that’s kind of a hard question, because it’s probably so many different things, but when you think about projects that you get involved with, what are some of the key elements?
Well, I think, it can be really anything that gets you interested, I just want to make sure I’m going to be challenged the whole time, because I know if I’m not given obstacles, I get kind of lazy, I don’t really engage in the way I want to, so, if I know something’s going to constantly be throwing challenges at me, not in like, I want to have fun, I always want to enjoy what I’m doing, but something that is going to be, that’s part of the fun, I think, is getting all of the challenges of it.
I took this big risk and quit school. I quit the one thing that was surefire, and went and became a model, and got really bored really fast, and didn’t love being a coat hanger, and then I became an actor, which was like a coat hanger that talks, and then, and then I ultimately just came full loop, it came back around, and by the way, when you talk, you’re generally not even speaking your own words, you’re speaking somebody else’s words, and try to make it sound really real.
And I then did full loop around and started looking at technology again, and started getting interested in technology, and started getting interested in engineering, and started really getting interested in solving problems. Solving my own problems, and then solving other people’s problems and what the value of that is, and so whether it’s technology or philanthropy, or actually even performing, or being an actor, I started to make it about solving problems. And I think that that’s probably the single biggest thing that, as an angel investor I look for in entrepreneurs, is people who genuinely want to solve a problem, a real problem, a problem that exists not just for themselves, but sometimes just for themselves and then it sort of turns into this wave effect that solves other people’s problems.
And sometimes by trying to solve your own problem, you’re solving everybody else’s problems. ‘Cause generally, if you want to affect the world, you have to change yourself first. Everybody tries to go out and change the world by changing other people and other things, but the real way to do it is by changing yourself, and sometimes making those really uncomfortable choices to go up against everyone in your life that you look up to, and take that risk to go be a model, or go do this thing that nobody else is doing.
Basically, what success meant to me was the opportunity to be useful, so somebody else might entertain me as a choice, but it also meant that I could use that event of the success to do something different than what was expected. I could go to another genre, I could go to another kind of role. I could go from the success of Witness to the opportunity of Mosquito Coast. And people say, “Woo, wait a minute. “Might not be the best career choice,” and I thought, well, I don’t have to make the best career choice, I have to make a choice that will challenge me and be interesting for me.
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