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Motivation, it comes and goes. Here today and gone tomorrow. Self-discipline, it's what we're all about. Self-discipline is the process of building habits that actually stick. If you are like me, you must have read countless blog posts online about motivation, followed motivational speakers, watched their videos, and believed in the hype. But to me, they never gave the solution for what I was looking for.
Recently, I came across a few articles about growth hacking and how you could improve business relationships with your clients. Running a business is always a matter of relationships. You give X and expect Y in return, paid in full without arguments. Keep doing X for others and then they owe you Y in return.
Imagine this scenario, you receive a new enquiry, you ask all the usual questions, the response is great and the client seems like a great match. You’re too excited to get this project slip that you forget about all your other existing commitments; you then decide it’s best to book a call for 10 pm tonight.
When I was ten, I joined a local martial arts class. I had no idea how much pain awaited me during the following eight years of training, fights, and tournaments. Soon after, I tried to become a graffiti artist, but gradually grew out that desire and wished to learn how to become a musician.
I've been working for myself for a long time now. In those 10 years, one thing I’ve found really difficult is to say no. No to people, jobs or things around you. It could be your friends or your family, it could be your clients. It's hard because you don't want to disappoint them.
For the past three years, I've been running traditional businesses centred around design. By ‘traditional businesses’ I mean they follow the traditional revenue model of a typical design agency: we would have enough clients to pay the bills, and then create interesting side projects which would become popular and profitable.
It's a hot and humid evening and I’ve just fired my developer. This is the last item on my to-do list but It’s already 11pm, I could do with a nice cold shower and a bit of Silicon Valley. My brain is pestering me, though, and my phone is buzzing. All signs point towards finishing this post.