This past summer, I had the privilege of doing something very different from my normal routine for a few days.
I’m going to be an extra on a popular Amazon Prime show. Look out for me in Season 2!
You may have heard about it. It’s called Marvelous Mrs. Maisels. 😄
The pay was small, but of course, I did it for the experience more than anything else. I think it’s important in life to be open to new opportunities and experiences. To go beyond one’s comfort zone and to explore other possibilities.
You never know where something may go. The more interesting things you do, the more interesting you become and the better your stories will be. 🙂
It’s Monday morning. ☀️
How do you feel about that? ☕️
Are you feeling pumped?
Are you dreading it, looking at the clock and hoping it will be over soon? 🕰
Your answer to this question can have a major impact on your life. When I was in school, I was no fan of Mondays. Sadly, I think most adults feel the way I did in school, or when I was in a job I didn’t like. I understand that some people look at their work as “just a job,” and that’s OK, although sad considering we spend most of our lives at work.
They may not derive much meaning or joy from their career. Perhaps, they truly come alive after work when they’re at home with their families or pursuing a hobby. Maybe they’re happiest on the weekends binging a series. Maybe travel and vacations are where they find their bliss. But, considering we spend most of our waking hours at work, wouldn’t it be nice if we loved our jobs or at least liked them?
It would certainly be terrible if we hated what we spend most of our lives doing. I know not everyone is like me. Not everyone has to absolutely love what they do in order to be successful.
Still, something to consider. And, with the Internet affording us unlimited opportunities and the ability to monetize our hobbies and interests outside of work, why not try?
Funny how entrepreneurship has become so glamorized in the media and popular culture. Being your “own boss” definitely sounds pretty cool and it is, but don’t think you have no one to answer to.
Ever been yelled at by someone you don’t even know for something you didn’t even do, and still apologized? I would be very surprised if you haven’t. Guess what? It happens to everyone in the business world.
Your boss probably gets screamed at more than you do. We all have to suck it up and “eat it” now and then. Responding with emotion can cost you dearly.
When you have your own business, all the responsibilities fall on your shoulders. You have to deal with a lot more punches 🥊 and you can’t blame anyone but yourself.
Sure, you can defend yourself when prudent. You don’t have to be a doormat. But, know that in a certain sense, it’s always your fault. You’re always accountable, especially if you’re in a business serving clients.
All of this keeps you humble and on your toes. Use it to grow and become better.
I want to preface this blog post with a sincere apology to the most loyal readers of my WordPress blog for not having posted here in a month. I see your likes and I greatly appreciate all of your support!!
Would love if you dropped me a comment now and then. I’m happy to engage and get to know one another.
By the way, if you’d like to see content from me more frequently, I’m active on LinkedIn and post several times a week. You can find me here: LinkedIn.com/ZevGotkin. Also, active on the ‘gram. Follow me on Instagram: @zevg1. I post stories documenting my life and business journey every day.
Now, without further ado, on to today’s blog post! 🙂
Had an awful migraine a few weeks ago. 🤦♂️
What a powerful reminder that all the work and motivation we have for our careers quickly falls by the wayside when we’re not feeling well. Health is something not to be taken for granted!
It’s hot out there today. Make sure to stay hydrated! 💦 If you get sick and you can’t work, all that hustle will be for naught. Remember to periodically step back, regroup, and refuel.
Push hard, but don’t break yourself. That simply doesn’t help you or the people you serve. 💪
The other day, a client asked us to do something that requires a bit extra effort and time on our part than is required by our arrangement.
“How much will it cost?” he asked. I was a bit surprised.
Until this moment, I hadn’t even thought to charge him extra for this service. “No extra charge at all!” I told him happily.
Thinking about it the next day, I realized that some people might have used that experience as an opportunity to make a little extra easy money. 💰 And, yet here I was feeling so great that I was able to tell him that it was no charge.
I realized that I genuinely feel happier providing value by giving the client a little surprise and delight than I do getting some quick cash. Obviously, we need to make a living and provide for ourselves and our families. I don’t work for free or on the cheap. But, I’m focused on the long-term. I strive to build positive values and long-term thinking into my company. Now, I don’t expect that this client will necessarily stay with us or refer us or even give us a good review, because of this event. But, I do think by doing good and putting out good into the world, we will earn a reputation and a legacy which will pay off greatly in the future.
I think in the entrepreneur/business world, hustle is often promoted even at the expense of taking good care of health. As if you’re going to be more on your game when sleep deprived, eating fried greasy food, and out of shape? I don’t buy into this myth and I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we know we can’t be as productive when we neglect health.
In the case of someone like myself who has a lot of restless, creative energy, but is given to distraction, exercise and eating healthy isn’t a luxury I can worry about once I’ve “made it.” It directly correlates with my mood and my performance at work.
My mind and my ability to problem solve is infinitely better when I’m physically active. This is one reason that I recently built myself a standing desk. And I work increasingly more on my phone.
The old days of making excuses for sitting around because I work in digital are obsolete.
I sit here typing this post on the locker room bench in the gym inspired and fueled by endorphins after a workout which followed a busy morning of prospecting on LinkedIn DM, follow up calls, and closing a new client.
No doubt in mind, this will power me through the rest of the day. This is the BEST way to start the morning and the week! 💪
There is a lot of talk about “providing value.” You need to give value to your audience, your prospects, your customers. Prospects have to be made to understand the value of what you offer.
At times, it sounds tired and cliché.
How many of us are really searching for additional ways to provide more value to others — not only to our customers but even to people in our personal lives?
Are you honestly being creative and thoughtful about how much value you can deliver or are you more concerned about what you get in return?
Something to think about over the weekend!