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Take a chill pill… (metaphorically)

I need to remind myself of this more often.

 

While inundated with productivity articles, it’s easy to feel like you’re not doing enough; not hustling enough, not smart enough, not further along than you currently are.

 

Every once in awhile, I come across something — a quote, an article, something in nature — that reminds me to chill the hell out and take it one step at a time.

 

I recently came across an article in Entrepreneur called To Succeed, Chill Out and Take One Thing at a Time by Jason Fell. Pretty self-explanatory headline, but it’s the content that made me take a step back and breathe.

 

Jason interviews Jeff Laub, one of the cofounders of Blind Barber, which is a barber shop with alcohol and coffee! šŸ˜® (#ThumbsUp)

 

In a hilarious setting of chatting while getting haircuts, Jason asks Jeff what it was like jumping through all of the necessary hoops to get the business up and running. If you think about it, blending a barbershop, a lounge, and a cafĆ© can’t be an easy feat.

 

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Screenshot taken from Entrepreneur.com.

 

Jeff saidĀ a few things that stuck with me.

 

“Well, for one, we didn’t care. We were committed to our idea and were of the mindset that there’s a way to make it work.”

— Jeff Laub, cofounder of Blind Barber

 

Word. I feel the same way. You have to be the biggest advocate for your businessĀ and know itĀ can work. Embrace the hoops and take them on as they come.

 

He goes on to say,

 

“I think a lot of times people get caught up in all of the hoops that you have to jump through. You know, list them out one by one, tackle them, and you’ll realize it’s really not that difficult.”

— Jeff Laub, cofounder of Blind Barber

 

I go back and forth from kicking ass to struggling with this. Just like scheduling a workout routineĀ or meditation into your calendar, it’s important to list out the growth hoops in your businessĀ so you can know which ones to tackle first. Every time I do this in my calendar, it helps.

 

The last thing that stuck with me is this.

 

“The first no doesn’t mean never.”

— Jeff Laub, cofounder of Blind Barber

 

I need to constantly remind myself of that one. It’s so easy to get discouraged when you try something and get rejected the first time (or fifty times, but who’s counting?). It’s important to know that the rejection(s) could have been for any number of reasons. Stay focused, stay encouraged, get back on the horse, and figure out a different path to the same goal.

 

So, new mantra: take a step back, breathe, and take it one step at a time.

 

Thanks, Jason and Jeff, for keeping me positive and motivated.

 

Stay on the horse,

Mike

 

Ps – This blog is about my journey while growing my startup,Ā Connect and Haul. It’s a free search engine to help people connect with great junk removal services near them. Need a washer and dryer hauled out of a basement? Need to liquidate a house? Give it shot byĀ posting a jobĀ for free. šŸ™‚

 

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