Asking the Hard Questions

I’ve been avoiding the hard questions lately, and I believe it’s holding me back.

For example:

What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it makes everything else easier or unnecessary?

How do I provide value to this person?

What is the most important thing I can do with my kids right now?

How do I strengthen my relationship with my wife?

How do I deepen my testimony and understanding of the gospel/my religion?

What is the one thing that I can do to double sales for my company in the next three months?

What can I do to raise the financing I need to make our movie?

How can I achieve more by doing less?

What I realized tonight is that I’ve been living my life in a way that doesn’t get me anywhere. It’s like treading water. Or like this:

In this case, I’d define hustle as asking the right questions (so that you know what direction you’re heading) and then doing the work once you get those answers.

You can’t hustle if you haven’t spent the time to ask the right questions. Hustling without direction is just being busy. It also leaves you wondering why you haven’t progressed toward your goals, why you feel discouraged and depressed, and why even try if it isn’t working?

The first big question I’ve answered tonight, which is “what hard questions should I be asking?”

I’d ask you the same…

What Does “Hustle” Look Like?

Come on, you know you’ve googled that before.

I have.

I’ve got a great personal example for you from the last two weeks. Adding it all up, I’m guessing I spent 50+ hours working on rebuilding and relaunching my wife’s photography website from scratch. I mean COMPLETE redesign. Continue reading What Does “Hustle” Look Like?

When Gary V. Talks, You Listen

This week I was able to attend the inaugural Entrepreneur Simplified Entrecon at Utah Valley University. For a first run, it was pretty well put together, and I thoroughly enjoyed most of it.

Better than that, there were two HUGE opportunites. First, Alan (my business partner) and I got awarded scholarships to ES’s retreat next week, a $3500 value. We get to go for free, so that’s pretty exciting. I know a number of people that have gone through it and said it was lifechanging, so I’m excited to see how it goes.

The other one? You guessed it: I got to meet one of my favorite people that I’ve followed over the last few years, Gary Vaynerchuk. Continue reading When Gary V. Talks, You Listen

Morning Routine

After two months away from the gym I finally started up a new 12 week program again today. 

As soon as I hit the gym at 5:30 I quickly remembered how much I miss the regimen of getting up and starting the day that way. There’s something awesome about getting up when it’s still dark outside and hitting a half empty gym. 

You’re part of the 1%. The few that have enough discipline to get up and get out the door. Something about it just makes you feel awesome. 

There’s a night and day difference between how your day goes when you start off with a routine, one that ultimately turns your mornings into habit so you can get on with your day easily. It’s huge to not have to fight with yourself to get up and get started, it’s like you reserve that energy for later on when you need it. 

Do you have a morning routine? What are the things you can’t do without in the mornings?