In January of 2015 I did not post a single blog.
I didn’t write a single article, and I didn’t write, or share my goals for the new year.
Because for the past month I have just put my head down and got to work.
A lot has changed in my businesses and I have spent a lot of time working on my offline business, which has always been real estate.
I wanted to write, but this article kept popping up in my head from one of my favorite business thought leaders, Gary Vaynerchuk.
The gist of the article basically says: just shut up and get to work.
For many reasons, that article has resonated with me for a very long time. When I look back at the things I’ve done, I’m not satisfied.
From a business standpoint, I’ve always wanted three things: to create multiple passive businesses, to continue to invest in Real Estate assets, and have a creative outlet (YouTube & Twitch) that can be monetized.
In business that’s all I want and need, but it is not always what I have focused my time on, until now.
Of course, there is more to life than just business – we all have a reason for “why” we work so hard.
For me, it’s for my family, and the ability to free up time to do other things I love that have nothing to do with business or money, but are more about helping others (i.e.- coaching football).
The catch 22 is that you can’t do those things that you love to do, without a business behind you. It’s a tough balance for a lot of people who work for themselves, myself included.
My Achilles Heel
One of my biggest downfalls (and motivators) is that I am extremely hard on myself.
Rarely, if ever, do I look back at what I’ve done in a day, week, or even month. I always look at what I didn’t get done, or how I could have gotten more done, which is extremely damaging over time.
Finding the balance of staying driven without resting on your laurels is freaking hard, at least for me it has been.
It’s the Bane to my Bruce Wayne, and my ultimate Achilles heel, and if you’re the same way, you have to identify it and address it.
There are a few tips you can use to help yourself (I picked up the 5 Minute Journal and highly recommend it), but the only thing that really works to correct you being-to-hard-on-yourself syndrome is to hit the pillow hard.
The days you work so hard on your business/family/whatever you love, that’s when you hit the pillow at night. You crash incredibly hard because you have worked your tail off all day on what is most important to you.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’m a master at it, because I’m not. I have off struggle days , and days where I don’t get anything done. But, if you put your head down and work, things will get better… they have to.
What I Got Done
Over the past month, here’s what I’ve been able to get done:
- Created and executed a marketing plan to acquire private real estate deals
- Closed 3 deals (Goal was 4 – not good enough)
- Delivered a Leadership Presentation at Grand Valley State University
- Re-launched the How To Get On Reality TV Podcast (now with video episodes)
- Formed a mastermind group
- Took a mobile game concept from idea to 30% complete with a new partner (more on this in future)
- Completed a 30 day pushup and plank challenge
- Published 2 episodes per day on my YouTube gaming channel
- Posted high quality dad joke on Snapchat (username: dangheesling) for 30 straight days
Even while I was writing this out, I had to catch myself saying “dude, you didn’t get that much done in January.” And it’s true to some extent, it’s a good start to 2015, but it’s not enough, and even if it was enough, it still wouldn’t be enough.
But that’s the pivot, or change in this blog moving forward.
I’m going to be sharing with you, physical actions I’ve been taking, what has been working, and what hasn’t, in business, my gaming channel, and even life – with the goal in mind that you can learn or take something away from these posts.
Whether it is motivation to get started on something, learning from something I failed at, or even sharing one of your own wins in the comments, I’m glad you’re here.
The blog isn’t going to fit into some easy to categorize niche, like “business” or “motivation” – because when you break down everything I do, from speaking, to writing, to real estate, to how to get on reality TV, to gaming, to coaching, none of it fits in a standard check box, but for me it all works… sometimes.
Thanks for taking the time out to read this post – if you have 30 seconds, I’d appreciate if you let me know one thing you liked about this post, and one thing you disliked!