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What will you be doing a year from now?

I had a great chat today with a gal who’s starting a brand new podcast and hired me to help her get it off the ground. She’s just about ready to go and we’re just now putting the finishing touches on the little details like artwork, music, stuff like that.

Toward the end of our call today, she said something that was music to my ears.

“This is what I’m going to be doing a year from now, so I want to do it right.”

That’s not verbatim what she said, but it was words to that effect.

It hit me between the eyes personally because that’s been one of my biggest weaknesses as an online entrepreneur. I have this tendency to get the shiny object syndrome and just chase whatever seems cool at the time. It’s something I’ve worked on over the last year or so, with varying results, some of which are positive.

So I was gratified to hear her say that, and believe me, it wasn’t because of any influence I had on her. It’s her and her years of experience as a professional, and that professional mentality will no doubt translate to success with her new podcast.

Plus I have a solid client for the foreseeable future, so that’s a nice bonus 🙂

What will you be doing a year from now?

It’s not a question that gets asked a lot, what with our attention spans that span a few seconds at most with anti-social media and the like.

I finished my purge of my Facebook account today, and I must say it feels pretty good. It’s a big distraction if you ask me. Getting “updated” on the goings on of people I knew 10 years prior prevents one from the things that really matter, like making a living, planning beyond 5 minutes into the future.

These days, any time I think about taking on a new endeavor, I ask myself, “Will you be doing this a year from now?” If the answer isn’t an immediate YES! I just don’t do it.

It changes the perspective thinking in those terms. If I start a new podcast and it seems like it’s getting low numbers, I just say, “That’s okay, it will be doing better in a year.”

The long game. It’s a mentality I’ve learned the hard way. And so has anyone who’s accomplished anything of any value. But it’s the only game to play if you want to have a lasting impact.

It’s a mentality that I’ll be teaching at The Easy School of Hard Knocks over the years (Yes, it will be around a year from now ;). Right now I’ve got a few simple courses you can check out and purchase if you can brace yourself for some serious sticker shock.

More will be coming soon.

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