Earlier this morning, my friend Jake shared this article, "Hard Things You Need To Do Everyday to Be Successful".
Now Jake is a really successful dude in my eyes. [Go check out his photography blog - Urban Prairie - if you don't believe me.] He is creative and entrepreneurial and interesting. I can only hope I come off that way to others. So if he shared this article, I knew it would be good.
|I'll argue any day that these people (my family) make me want to be successful in one way or another.|
Family inspiration aside, let's look a little deeper at the list featured on Business Insider. The first thing on the list from author, Dan Waldschmidt spoke to me.
You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.Sometimes (okay all the time), I get nervous talking on the phone to people I don't know. I get clammy hands and do awkward half laugh things. I also end sentences with "...so..."
Not my proudest moment.
But, I still make these calls. Whether it's to someone about some cattle I'm interested in purchasing, or someone who wasn't exactly pleased with my latest photo shoot, or to a new doctor's office --- I have to make these calls. No one else is going to do it, and it's not anyone else's problem. But, sometimes with these difficult calls great things happen.
Like you get a job! Last year, I got hired over the phone to work for Focus Marketing Group.
Another on Waldschmidt's list -
You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
But, then I remember that the creative part of my job allows me to follow my guy. Sometimes it's just intuitive that I take a step to the left or ask the child that I'm photographing to tell me a joke in order to get a giant smile on their face, or I flip the flyer from landscape to portrait style. Often times, these
So, it might seem crazy to our customers that I suggest something off-beat. These
And maybe my favorite from the list -
You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.Every. Damn. Day.
I have people tell me that they're too busy to make something happen or change something in their routine. Or they complain on Facebook that they have no time to do anything. Excuse me - if you have enough time to post on Facebook ... you're not that busy. The world we live in today, everyone is busy.
Busy is an annoying word in my book.
The definition of busy (according to www.dictionary.com) is -
Waldschmidt ends his article with this, "The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.