Reconnecting With The Fight
As I was doing my usual internetting the other day, I came across someone saying that she “needed to reconnect to the fight”. I wrote that down because it resonated with me. I also saw a friend comment that she wants to give everything to her children but wasn’t the struggle what made her into the person she is now? There is lots of talk about millennials being entitled but I definitely disagree. I’m a millennial and I definitely don’t expect anything to be handed to me. I work for everything I have and so many of my contemporaries are the same way. We are starting our businesses. Making our side hustles our main source of income. So where is this false perception of millennials coming from?
It’s because no one has patience anymore. When we follow others on social media we are seeing their highlight reels. We rarely see the years of work and struggle that came before those pretty pictures. It seems like everyone is an overnight success. No one is out to play the long game but can you honestly blame them when there are advertisements all over social media on how to make six figures by the end of the year. When no one talks about the struggle it can make you feel like you are failing at your business when in actuality you're right on course with everyone else.
I love Casey Neistat and Gary Vaynerchuk. That is no surprise if you know me personally. These two guys made it cool to put the work in. Both of these men are very vocal about how much work and time it took to get them to where they are now. They are lifting the veil on what it is like to be an entrepreneur. It's not just thinking of a cool idea and getting an angel investor to give you 50k and that's it; you're a success. It's not throwing up a few blog posts and watching the blogs hits come rolling in. It's a constant battle to keep working, keep putting out content, and to keep learning.
I struggle with this all the time. Especially since it's the beginning of the year while everyone is talking about their new year's goals and resolutions, it can feel like you're already failing a few days into the year. We need to remember that the things that we want don't come easy. We have to just start and put in the work. We have to reconnect to the fight and embrace the struggle. Nothing worth having will be handed to us. We have to make the effort to work towards accomplishing our goals. Find a few friends and become accountability partners for each other. Use the Pomodoro system to track how long it takes for you to get work done. It's very easy to get overwhelmed at the mere thought of getting to work. It's ok. It's part of the fight. It's fine to start small as along as you just start.
What can you do to reconnect with the fight? Share your ideas in the comments.