Things always take longer than you think.
I felt this pressure yesterday. It suddenly started to gnaw at me.
"I need to get fast results," I thought.
But I don't.
Results will come; fast, slow, steady, in spurts...
This pressure is external.
In this case, it comes from seeing how others are creating amazing results.
🔥 10,000 new followers in 10 days
🔥 5,000 new email sign-ups in 5 days
🔥 $250,000 in 30 days
and so on...
Insanely impressive results.
It makes me think that I need to hustle.
It makes me think that I too, need to create crazy results like these.
(and I'm forgetting that I have created crazy results in the past)
But I don't need to.
I don't need to hustle - I'm anti-hustle anyway.
I don't need to create crazy results.
Focus on the process. Focus providing value.
Results will follow.
So, I won't focus on hustle or fast results.
I focus providing a massive amount of value > building an audience.
That is it.
Results will follow.
There can be other reasons for sweating to produce fast results.
One of the biggest ones is money or lack of. Limited funds or no money in the bank creates pressure. Tremendous pressure.
This pressure is tough.
Whatever you put out oozes desperation.
Desperation is no good. Everybody can smell it miles away.
When you are between a rock and a hard place it's incredibly difficult to peel yourself away from feeling desperate.
I have been there, my back against the wall. Desperate. In panic. Trying to slap something together to pay the bills. That was not the time to start a new venture.
It was time to buckle up and get things done.
I'm not quitting everything else to focus on Zero to One Million.
I'm not moving forward with reckless abandon.
I'm doing client work.
I'm doing this project.
It doesn't have to be either-or.
One day it may look different.
I acknowledge the external pressure. That's it.
Internal pressure, on the other hand, is another thing altogether.
I embrace internal pressure.
This is intrinsic motivation.
This is what keeps me going.
This is what keeps me growing and improving.
🧩 PUZZLE PIECES
External pressure should not make you distracted and chase squirrels.
Focus on the process. Focus on the audience (i.e. customers/community)
Good amount of internal pressure helps you thrive. Too much causes burnout. Too little = crickets.