As an entrepreneur there are numerous ways to challenge and improve your self. Education is a popular way to add challenge to a lifestyle. But its also handy to have a little trick up your sleeve to really push your limits. And for me, it’s all about making the conscience effort to do one thing every day that scares me.
But before I explain the “how”, let me explain the “why”.
It’s easy to feel the world is against you. You look at other entrepreneurs and think they have it easy. It seems they can launch just about anything and with it comes a ton of success. And here you are, sitting, wondering why nobody is visiting your app. Now its easy to fall into the trap of believing there is nothing you can really do about this and all that's required is hard work and eventually something will happen. I used to think like this.
But then I started pushing my limits, putting myself out there and suddenly the doors started opening.
For me, asking others for things can be scary. Or used to be scary. There was a time where I was afraid to pick up the phone and talk to a journalist, thinking, “how could they possibly care about my product”. Yet, after doing it every day for a week, suddenly it didn’t seem so scary anymore. I moved onto to doing something else that scared me.
But whats more incredible about this is the change in attitude it has brought about. I’m starting to see through the irrational fears that I have (and everyone else does too) and doors are starting to get opened left and right.
I’ll take the high I get from succeeding while doing something that scares me, over sitting around, being “just comfortable”, any day.
By the way, credit for this of course goes to Eleanor Roosevelt.
Tracking Your Progress with Current.im
I want to give you guys heads up on an app I’ve been working on - Current.im. I wanted a simple way to keep track of what I did each day. Current.im is a daily journal which limits you to just 140 characters. Its a very fast and efficient way to record your days. Its currently in MVP (minimum viable product) form at the moment, but will be getting a boost of functionality over of the coming weeks. It’s of course free and I would love for you to try it out. Let me know if you come across any bugs.
More importantly, this app is all about ease of use and being able to update your journal anywhere. Therefore, I'll be using the great services of Tropo to add SMS functionality. If you would like a local phone number in your country to update your journal via sms. Tweet me here