The alarm clock went off and Steve couldn’t even bring himself to turn it off. He shuffled like an injured turtle to the bathroom while it continued screeching from his bedside table, hating himself with every step, swearing for staying in his thankless job at the office.
Standing in front of the sink, staring into the cursed mirror at his three a.m. shadow, the cold of ceramic tile beneath his feet wasn’t what he felt at all.
What he felt was the emptiness in his soul. And ran to the toilet to regurgitate his self-loathing.
After washing his face, he straightened his back, and as if the devil himself had been exorcised from his miserable body, he was rejuvenated. On fire. Almost literally.
He KNEW what he needed to do. He KNEW the why behind his staying at that forsaken office. And he was done with it.
The reason he’d lost so often at the battle called business, the reason he was still in his $750/month rental hole-in-the-wall and not in his dream condo on the West side?
He was the reason for his loss. He trucked along. Doing what he was supposed to do, when he was supposed to do it. And he kept things “under control” living this way.
But “under control”? Never earned what he wanted.
Sitting down at his desk, answering emails, checking the company’s social media, sneaking in a few reads of his hero’s blogs, none of it scored him the big moula. Sure, everything was “under control”, but that’s not how you make it big.
And with his realization, he was done.
Steve walked into the office, did what he had to do to survive, after all, he had just “woken up”, not lost his mind. Leaving this job wasn’t an option. YET.
But when he had time, he delved into his ideas and started developing the business that he’d wanted to start 5 years ago.
Working that plan, everyday, Steve’s “luck” changed. He shifted into the pattern of success that he’d grown tired of reading about online.
He was up every morning before work, working his grind. He was home while everyone else was out, working his grind. When it was time to relax, he was working his grind.
And two years later? He walked out of that office door for the last time. The businesses that he worked so hard to develop were thriving enough to allow him to survive on them alone. That wasn’t all. He had sold two other ideas that made him enough money for a down payment on that condo and he was living his dream. Hustling. Grinding. Making his mark.
That’s what business is all about. If you want to make it, you can’t sit still. You have to constantly move forward. You have to constantly make mistakes (which ALSO move you forward). You have to develop your ideas, your strategies and your plans.
Because, in business, if everything seems under control, you’re just not moving fast enough for success to find you.