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The 52-week guide to becoming an entrepreneur – Week 46

IMG_2958 - Version 2This is the forty-sixth post in my epic journey going from lawyer to entrepreneur.  You can read the previous entry here, and next week’s entry here.

Astonishing that we have only six weeks remaining.  Writing this series has taught me one thing for certain: writing an ongoing weekly series of blog posts for an entire year is a lot of work.  Even though each of these posts is fairly small, the simple act of sitting down and writing every week, consistently, is hard work.  It does not come easily.

And that speaks to one of the big takeaways from this week: commitment.

Without my commitment, right at the start, to take this series on, I have no doubt that I would have given up.

Some days, I wake up and have zero desire to write.  I don’t want to open my laptop, I don’t want to type words, I don’t want to take another photo of my socks and shoes (no matter how damn good they may look today).

I just want to crack a beer, play some video games, and watch Game of Thrones.

But I haven’t done that, and the reason is because I’m committed to something.

Creative endeavours are notoriously challenging to make a living at, because some days, you get up and you just don’t feel creative.  No matter how much you want it, you don’t feel like doing that thing that your creativity produces.  Steven Pressfield wrote about this exact thing in his book The War of Art.  

In a lot of ways, entrepreneurialism is a creative endeavour.  Perhaps the ultimate creative endeavour.  There’s no precedent for what you want to do (or at least, not the exact thing you want to do).  There’s no one there to tell you that you’re taking the approach in the wrong direction, and there isn’t anyone that is calling you in to their office telling you that the work you did was or was not good enough.

The only thing that will really keep you going, through the ups, the downs, the fear, the inspiration, and every other part of the ride, is your commitment.

Steve Chandler compared struggling coaches to a truck driver.  A struggling coach doesn’t have a system.  When they wake up and don’t feel like working, they mill about.  They say they don’t feel like working and they choose instead to spend their time doing something else.  They wake up to a bad e-mail and decide that today isn’t the day to take on that project they’ve had set aside.

Contrast this with the truck driver.  The truck driver doesn’t have a choice about how they feel.  They wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, and head out to their truck.  Whether they’re feeling happy, sad, motivated or tired, they go out and drive truck.  Whether its raining, sunny, thundering or clear out, they go to work.  Their mood is irrelevant to whether or not they do their work.

The missing ingredient is commitment.

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