Business Coach : Seeing Opportunity
-One thing I will say is interesting about Thrive, and the opportunity to interview a lot of these entrepreneurs, the entrepreneur is either working late nights or starting early. Most of them tend to start early, but it is very typical, from a Thrive business coach, to correspond with me, via email or text, between the hours of 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning. And almost all of us have families, wives, kids. Some of those female Thrivers have husbands.
But they get up at 4:00 and 5:00. And basically, we all are working probably 50 or 60 hours a week. Now, it’s our passion area too, so we don’t feel like it’s a horrible thing, but we’re all up planning.
But it’s interesting, is that the entrepreneurs who I meet, who really say, I didn’t have time. I just didn’t have time this week. My kids got sick. I ran out of time to get this done. I ran out of time to implement.
We all have the same amount of time, it’s just a matter of how are we going to use that time. Because I know for me, to be a good dad, and to be a good husband, and an entrepreneur, I just have to start earlier. Somebody else it might be staying later, but yo–
-It’s getting up early. Now, I like to get up early. But you have to stoke the fire of desire. You’ve got to keep it alive, you’ve got to keep it focused.
-If you stoke the fire, they’re going to keep them with the heat. I gotta keep my tie loose. The fire of desire is just too hot.
-Exactly, we got that going. And so what I find here, that people, when they get really clear with what they need to do, they just they go after it. When they don’t make it really clear, they start to drift. And they say, well, I put in 50 hours, and it’s still not working. A business coach will tell you that 50 hours is nothing.
Well, when you take a look at it, you probably have about 25 hours of focused time, and 25 hours of drifting, and playing on Facebook, and who knows what else. You’re not really creating and building your bus– You’re giving birth to something. It takes time, and attention, and focus to deliver that baby.
-Now, I’m going to read you a couple notable quotables, and I want to get an action step from you on this, OK? So Will Smith– we all know Will Smith. he’s an award winning actor, musician, rapper guy. He says, I’ve viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. Same with any other business coach.
Tiger Woods– amazing golfer. Tiger Woods says, people don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.
Tim, if I’m a Thriver watching this, what’s an action step that I can take to begin developing a legendary work ethic, like Will Smith, like Tiger Woods? What’s something I can do?
-Well, I like to ask a question. What is the best use of my time right now? So I’ve had that in my index card here. Just when I walk or move around it moves, and I feel it, ah, OK, I remember that.
OK. But another thing that I think is the difference that makes a difference, Clay, is that you wake up to plan the work, and then work the plan. The people that are able to plan the work and work the plan move much quicker in their success. People that want to plan the work and work the plan, but they fog the outside of that window and never touch it, they’ve always have an excuse. And so are we going to be defined by an excuse, or are we going to be defined by the fire of desire.
-The fire of de– speaking of the fire of desire, real quick. And this has nothing to do with the fire of desire, actually. Just it’s a segue for me to get to what I want to share, because is something you and I have talked about, and it’s a weird deal. And after watching this, we’re going to put like black bars on the screen, or we’ll make sure that we don’t make this an appropriate visual.
But I meet a lot of successful entrepreneurs who literally, they’re spending time in the bath, or in their favorite chair, or they go for a walk while they’re thinking their day and planning their day. Any business coach will tell you to find your own routine. But they all have their own method to get up and plan their day. I tend to spend about two to three hours a day–
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– –in the bath, which is why I’ve gone through now, like, four motors, the jets. I’ve gone through four–
TIM REDMOND: Do we have a a visual of him being in a bath here? We’ve got to do that here.
-Yeah, yeah. That’s been deleted off the hard drive. I didn’t know the camera was on, but anyways–
-I think these guys are pretty creative though.