Stop idolizing people and do your work: A manifesto
I wrote this manifesto after talking to a couple of people who kept mentioning other businesses in our mini-shazams.
“Well, so-and-so does this or this person does that.”
“Did you see when that person did that?
My answer? Hell no.
I truly believe that my business has gotten so far so fast because I make a conscious effort to not idolize anyone. I’m only a devoted fan to music and movie stars, not some marketing/wellness guru. I don’t read many blogs and I am guru-free. I have a business coach, but that is it. I respect, I learn and I get jealous but idolize? Hell no. Why? It is a waste of time. It slows me down. It clouds my judgement. It prevents me from taking action in my own business. And I am sure this does this too. Have you ever noticed how inactive you become after you read someone’s work you really admire? Especially if they are in your field? Because even if you don’t notice it:
Every moment spent putting someone else’s work on a pedestal takes away from your own. Tweet this.
Without further ado, a manifesto:
Idolizing people is a waste of time. Respect works just fine.
Stop being a voyeur and get in there and do it.
Stop reading business books. Stop reading marketing blogs. Start asking the world how you can help (Tweet this)
Make this the year you stop learning and start doing. (Tweet this)
View everyone as your peer and not someone more powerful than you are. ( My mom always says: Oprah is just a woman who got a lot right, but I got a lot right too.)
Money is NOT a measure of worth. Money does not make you instantly happier, prettier or more worthy of anything.
We learn lessons from everyone we meet, not just the “successful ones.”
Inspiration is MOST effective in small amounts. Don’t spend hours with someone else’s work.
Carefully curate the resources and people you really trust
Get excited about someone else’s product but feel PSYCHED about your own.
Do not let your devotion to other people’s businesses eclipse the dedication to your own (Tweet this)
Like gurusnamehere but LOVE your work.
Be obsessed with your own contribution, for the LOVE OF GOD.
No one has all the answers.
Let’s be honest here. Guruname is great but does he/she have a twitter dedicated to their leg? Didn’t think so.
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