Everyone tells their story differently. For some, the plot never changes. They walk through all of the doors they planned to, and end up exactly where they expected to be. This can be a comforting or boring sentiment, the outlook depends on the type of person you are. Mine begins in a tin shack in Santa Rosa, California. I can confidently tell you that this story undergoes MANY changes. Since little shack livin', I've resided in 5 different states and 16 houses. I've dreamed of being a Biomedical Engineer, artist, skateboarder, DJ, salesman, and clothing designer. I like risks, and I like change. I've tried a simple story before, but It never lasts long.
This drive to excel in a variety of fields is what led me to entrepreneurship. An entrepreneur is an individual who creates a business or businesses, usually resulting in high risks to finance and sanity. Imagine that! Someone coined a professional title that describes my professional life perfectly. Currently, I have four sources of income. I'm not gonna lie and tell you that any of these bring me a steady supply of money. But, that's what being self-made is all about: Building something from the ground up, and sticking around to see the final masterpiece in all of its glory. It's about the process, not the instant gratification. If you want a surefire method of getting rich quickly, then self-employment is not for you. But, if you are driven to better yourself on a daily basis to actualize a long-term, successful future, you might appreciate what I have to say about staying self-motivated.
REMEMBER TO DO YOUR WORK
My to-do list for today has over 20 separate tasks! This is typical for those who have multiple long-term goals. Get a day planner, and look at it every second that you aren't doing something else. My days are filled with tons of little tasks like these that are easy to forget about and difficult to consistently complete. To be successfully self-motivated, you've gotta keep track of everything. Make yourself remember that things need to get done. You aren't finished until you sleep.
PRACTICE WORKING ON ONE TASK AT A TIME
I can't stress this enough! I tried multitasking to complete things quicker in my day and it drove me insane. I'd mess up on the most obvious of details. My work was finished quicker, but it lacked quality. Slow down, and focus on the first task on your list. When it's finished, check it off, take a moment, and move onto the next.
FINISH WHAT YOU CAN
You don't need to be a superhuman to be a successful entrepreneur, you just need to consistently work hard. A voice of reason once told me, "Write down 2 things that you NEED to finish today, and 1 thing that you probably WON'T get done." This little trick has helped me immensely. The 2 most important things in my day get finished, and I know that there is work to do tomorrow. I accept that this task can wait, but that it needs to get done at some point. After a few days of staring at the unfinished task, it will bug me so much that I just do it out of spite. It's funny, the projects that I don't want to work on initially have been some of the most successful in the long run.
BE PROUD OF YOURSELF
It's so easy to forget all of the success that I've achieved when unfinished tasks freely roam my thoughts. It's human nature to think about what still needs to get done. This is good motivational pressure, but I don't let it consume my thoughts. Remember that we are only as good as our mindset. I actively remind myself that I do work hard and I get results.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: Work hard every day until you go to sleep, because hard work DOES pay off. Give yourself a break. Chances are, you probably deserve it. Don't forget about the success that you have earned, remember how far you have come.
Do you have advice that others could learn from? Comment below, I'd love to hear it.