Do you know people who tend to start a lot of things but just can’t seem to follow through? This could be in business and in personal life. Most people are “dabblers” and are great at starting something but not finishing it or seeing it through because they’re not focusing on the importance of staying power which leads me to expanding on a favorite recent quote “Staying Power is greater than Starting Power.”

In this episode, I’ll explain why this quote is so important and guide you through 10 steps for building longevity (i.e. staying power) in your business so you make it through the long haul.

In this episode:

01:49 – Featured Review Shoutout
07:50 – 1) Have a mission
10:29 – 2) Make commitment
15:03 – 3) Be ok with failure
17:38 – 4) Expect challenges
19:42 – 5) Build routines
23:02 – 6) Enjoy mundane
26:07 – 7) Challenge yourself
27:39 – 8) Celebrate wins
28:56 – 9) Red flags mean change
31:06 – 10) Find good community

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You can also view the full transcription of this episode below.

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Full Episode Transcription #074

Josh 0:17
Hey, everybody, welcome into the podcast. This is Episode 74. And in this one, we’re gonna do something a little bit different than most of my podcast episodes, we’re going to look at a quote. And we’re going to dive into this quote, because it’s something that I found to be really important. And it’s an idea that’s really resonated with me for several months now. And I’ve heard a lot of different versions of this particular quote, but it goes something like this “Staying power is greater than starting power”. And what we’re going to do in this podcast episode is talk about what staying power is why it’s so important. And then I’m going to give you 10 actionable tips to help you with building your staying power in your business and why it’s so important than what most people have, which is just starting power. So we’re going to talk about that I feel like this is a topic that is worthwhile diving into again, I’m really passionate about this subject right now, I heard this quote months ago, at my networking group, I forget who said it, but I heard it and it stuck with me. And then as I’ve got to think more and more about it over the last few months, I’ve realized that a big part of my success so far in my journey over a decade in now is this idea of staying power. So I want to empower you with what I’ve learned with how to build that staying power. Now before we dive into this, I do want to give a quick shout out to a podcast review which I’m actually gonna I’m going to take you back to one of my first podcast reviews This was done in November of 2019. But it says insightful podcast with heart. Love this podcast I’ve been looking for Divi WordPress podcasts that involve a beautiful story and features some of the people in the Divi and web design world. This is very inspiring and motivating. So happy for all the actionable tactics and getting to know know people’s story. Highly recommended greetings from Love Pixel Agency that is from Chris Lee from love pixel agency, and you can find their website at Love Pixel I actually checked it out guys, I’ve really loved the website. It’s super cool. It’s a great, nice sleek way to utilize Divi. If you guys are looking for some site inspiration, check it out, because they’ve got some really cool things going on. I actually love your guys’s heart pixelize logo matches perfectly with the brand. So thanks so much for that review. I love hearing the podcast is been a good resource and encouragement and inspiration to you. And just as a reminder of you guys listening to this, and you’re getting a lot from the podcast, please consider just popping over and leaving a review. Wherever you listen, it would mean a lot to me and just mention your website and your name. And I’ll put it in the show notes for some extra SEO juice.

Josh 2:59
All right, now let’s talk about staying power over starting power. And why it’s so important. And it’s probably pretty clear. The reason it’s so important is because most people have starting power, which means they’re all amped up to start, whatever they’re doing, start their business get going on something. But what happens a few months in, that’s usually when things start to get a little more difficult, because the honeymoon phase wears off. And then you start to really get into the grind of doing something in this guy’s applies to every area of life. So of course, this is really big and true in business. But it’s also very prevalent in relationships, how many people are really good at starting relationships, but not so good at staying in relationships or staying with relationships through the trials and the tough times. And I find that this correlates big time in business because again, when you start a new business endeavor or a new service, you’re all pumped up. And sometimes those feelings of energy. And you know, the the big adrenaline rush from starting something new will carry you through some initial tough times. But then once you start getting three months, six months into something, that’s when it gets a little tougher, and that’s when you’re going to see what you’re made of, if you can either stick it out and push through it, or if you just either gonna quit or let it fizzle out. This is also really important with burnout as well, which we’re going to talk about here. So there’s all kinds of reasons why staying power is super important for the long haul for longevity sake. I’ve really again, I’ve thought about this more and more and I realized it’s, and we’ll talk about this a little bit but the idea of having a sustainable pace and really focusing on what you can do to go day by day and not burn yourself out and enjoy what you do is crucial. So that’s what we’re going to dive into. That’s why it’s so important. And a couple other final points I want to make before we dive into these 10 Tips is to recognize that most people are dabblers. And I hope that’s not you said maybe you, you might be dabbling into web design right now. And that’s, that’s fine. You have to start dabbling into an industry or something to see if it’s for you. And if it’s not for you, that’s alright too. But most people are dabblers, meaning they’re going to do something for about three months to six months, and then they’re going to fade away. Again, just like in business as it is, in real life. This is why so many relationships, I find go three, six months, and then they’re over. This is why a lot of people start working out for a couple months, then next thing you know, they’re not doing it anymore. In business, this is why a lot of people will tend to dabble from one thing to the next. If you guy I have a ton of friends and associates and people I see that are constantly going from like one pyramid networking kind of scheme to another or one month are in this business. And a few months later, they’re in this business. And I will talk about the times there are two pivot and to do something different. But there’s also mostly a case of people just dabbling and they just can’t stick with it. They just can’t stay, they just can’t stick with something. So most people are dabblers. And if that is you, I’m hoping that this episode will be a wake up call for you. And it’ll be a challenge for you to maybe push through and to stay with something for longer than three to six months, in all areas of life. And again, we’ll talk about times to move on. But for the most part, you just need to stick through something. And these tips are really going to help you out. And the really cool thing about as just kind of an overall idea here to help you with staying power. The really cool thing about web design is that web design is not going to get boring. I think this is one reason a lot of people tend to change careers and jobs. And even just even if people are doing freelance, they just taint change 10, excuse me, tend to change what they’re doing all the time. That’s because a lot of industries get boring. But web design is never going to get boring, mainly because it changes often. And it’s constantly updating. There’s a lot to keep up with. But there’s also a lot of things that you can do in and around web design itself. If you like SEO, you could do SEO, if you like copywriting could do copywriting in conjunction with web design, you could do graphic design, social media video, there’s all these things that you can still do in and around web design, that’s going to keep it fresh. So keep that in mind as we move through this. So Alright, let’s dive into my 10 tips for how to build what I like to call your staying power, which again, is going to keep you fresh, it’s going to help you with longevity for your business. And we want to make sure that you’re not a dabbler, but you can stick through stuff. And then one of the biggest foundational things I recommend that you need to focus on is to have a why.

1) Have a WHY, a deeper mission

Josh 7:50
Number one, figure out your why what is your mission for your business, whether it’s just web design, or whatever you’re doing have a mission greater than just money. And it sounds elementary and will like duh. But the fact is most people start a business and they go right to money. And they don’t think about what they want to do with that money. But they don’t want to think about a deeper reason and a deeper mission behind their business. And I’ve talked about this before in a couple episodes, but a lie can change drastically depending on where you are in the world, what you’re passionate about. It can also change depending on whether you’re a single person or you’re younger, or if you have a family. And if you have people in mouths to feed like I do. I’ve got two baby girls. I’ve got a wife and my y right now is my family. Now I have a deeper why as well. I’m big on giving to some local ministries that are helping the community that’s a big thing for me as well. Those are kind of my my big why’s. But that has changed over the years. When I started out I didn’t have a family my why was to just help people and to basically just try to get through the first you know, my I was almost not to be had have to resort to a blue collar cabinetmaking kind of job that I had previous to becoming a web designer. So my y has shifted dramatically. And I would encourage you to think about your why. And ideally think about something where it’s going to help you pull through some of the tough times. because money is not going to help you do that. It’s just going to make you stressed out it’s not going to be something it’s very surfacey. Pure profitability and money while is really important and why I while I’ve encouraged you to take that very seriously. The most important thing you need to have in your business as a foundation is a why. Another quick example is my web design agency. We give a large percentage off of our net revenue to an adoption foundation. My CEO Eric was big on adoption. He was able to adopt to kids with the money that he was able to generate from his maintenance plan when he went In my maintenance planning course, that’s how we got connected initially. And he was so passionate about that, that he decided a big thing when we merged our businesses together is that he wanted 10% of the revenue to go towards adoption. And that’s a big why for our agency, and we let clients know that so have a why doesn’t have to be something that drastic, it can change, but have a why more than just I want to make a certain amount of month, or a certain certain amount of money per month. That’s a big one. That’s your foundation.

2) Make a commitment

Josh 10:29
Number two, make a commitment. So when you’re starting a business, or maybe implementing a new service, or trying something new out, if you don’t have above even just a goal, I didn’t say make a goal, I said, make a commitment. Because if you don’t challenge yourself to stick something through for at least a certain amount of time that’s feasible, it’s very likely that you’re going to jettison and bail, when things get a little bit tough, which they are going to get, they are going to get tough. No matter what it is, particularly web design, there’s tech problems, you’re working with people, different personality types, things are always going to get a little hairy. So one thing that I really found to be super beneficial was to make a commitment. And it doesn’t have to be like a lifetime commitment. But it has to be at least something tangible, that you could get to this could be like a three month thing, if you’re going to start your business or roll out a new service commit to something for three months to see how it goes to reevaluate, to see if you need to pivot, if it’s feasible, and if it’s worthwhile, make a commitment that you’re going to stick to and that’s actionable. And feasible. Again, like timelines, make sure it’s not something that’s going to potentially break your bank. Like, if you say, I’m going to start my web design agency, and you gave yourself six months to do it. That’s a decent commitment. That’s something that’s reasonable. But you also want to make sure if you are barely making anything within six months, you have to look at your finances in your business is that, you know, is it feasible, or you’re gonna put yourself too far in debt within six months, is it something where you have to build your web design business on the side while working somewhere else, that’s a lot, that’s a good option as well. But either way, make a commitment that you can stick to and stick it out. And that will also help you pull through those first few hurdles. I do this on a micro, I was gonna say you could do this on a macro level, meaning bigger commitments like annual commitments or several months or whatever, you can do this financially, you can make commitments to make a certain revenue number, you could also make micro commitments for like sticking with deadlines and getting stuff done. Some examples of commitments that I do are, I always do this with courses, whenever I release a course, I always set a pre order date. And I give myself a deadline, which forces me to get the course done in that time. Because if you give yourself several months to do something, you’re going to figure out a way to stretch your time out to do it in you know, several months, whereas you might be able to get it done in a month or two months. If you give yourself a deadline, or commitment. I actually just did this with my membership. I just launched my membership to founding members. And I gave myself a commitment to work on that. And I actually gave myself a deadline of beginning of the year 2021. But I ended up getting it far enough along where I felt open to opening it up. But I made a commitment to do that. And even like on a micro commitment, something we’re doing inside my membership is we have an area in there for challenges, memory challenges. And I made a commitment that I’m going to read a book, I’m reading a book called company have one right now great book. And I’m going to read this by the end of November 2020. This was my goal, I haven’t been doing too much reading over the past few months, I made a commitment, I’m gonna get back into it. And that’s my commitment. And I’m going to do it by November. So there’s macro and micro ways to commitment to create commitments. But either way, if you do commitments early on and ongoing, it’s going to help you with staying power. Last example on this was when I first started doing tutorials, mainly Divi tutorials on my YouTube channel, I made a commitment that I was going to do one tutorial a week for 12 weeks. So three weeks or three months of tutorials and that commitment, that public commitment. I told everybody once a week come back here new tutorial. Not only did it do wonders for jumpstarting my brand, Josh Hall CO and growing my YouTube channel, but it also gave me some accountability because I had made a public commitment that every week when they show up here, there’s going to be a new tutorial. And it forced me to do it. And there were times I was like, I don’t feel like doing a tutorial this week. I’ve had a lot to do. But having that commitment and doing it over and over really built some staying power muscle in me to can continue to do tutorials really well from there on out. And I was able to have some light at the end of the tunnel. So I knew within three months, see how it goes. There’ll be some light at the end of the tunnel. And that’s a good idea to have as well with commitment. But just that idea of having something to look forward to and some accountability, all really important and you can do this on purpose. Big or small level, but either way, number two, make a commitment.

3) Be Ok with the worst case scenario

Josh 15:03
Number three, talked about this a lot in some interviews on the podcast. And that is to understand and be okay with the worst case scenario, this is really important for those of you who are just starting your business, a lot of you who are coming from different industries, or maybe you’re coming from academia, where failure is just the worst thing in the world, and you’re terrified of giving, getting an F on the test. If that is you, if you’re going to be an entrepreneur, and you’re going to do web design, you have to be okay with failure, and you have to be okay with the worst case scenario. And what I mean by that is if you start your business, and again, going back to like the three to six month type of timeline, if it doesn’t work out, worst case scenario, what would happen? Most people generally think of like the absolute worst thing, and sometimes it’s way worse than it would ever actually be. And what I mean by that is, you start your own business, you feel like, if I fail, everyone’s gonna hate me, no one’s gonna like me, you know, I’m not going to be respected, I’m going to end up living on the streets. Let’s be honest, how many of us are really going to be living on the streets, probably not, not a high percentage, the worst thing for me, and my family is, God forbid, either one of my businesses just tanked. For some reason, worst case scenario, we would move in with our parents, and by golly, I would figure it out. That is the absolute worst case scenario that would happen to us. And I’m okay with that. I’m okay with going for and assuming the risk because the freedom of web design is so worth it. And the lifestyle I’ve been able to build, working from home being with my girls and being with my family is so worth trading that in for, quote, unquote, stability in the corporate world, which as we all know, through COVID is not so stable. But in any case, think about the worst case scenario, say, Okay, this would be the worst thing that could actually happen. I’m alright with it. And then guys never think about that, again, put it in the bottom of your drawer. Don’t think about it, just move forward, stay optimistic and look up from then on out. That way, you’ll know worst case scenario, not gonna be that bad. The worst thing that’s ever happened to me is we were late on a couple mortgage payments. That is the absolute worst thing that was years ago, before I had my maintenance and recurring income going. And that was the worst thing. So that’s not too bad. Considering I’ve been an entrepreneur working on my own for 10 years. That’s not so bad. couple couple, I wasn’t even that late on the mortgage, I think it was 15 days late or something. So I didn’t even hit my credit. Not a big deal. Alright, so be okay with that. We’re saying case scenario, never look back.

4) Expect the trials/hard times (don’t let it catch you by surprise)

Josh 17:38
Number four while we’re in this kind of lower mindset here, let’s just get this out of the way, expect trials in hard times, do not let those catch you by surprise, expect that there are going to be some hardships, and there’s going to be some really good months, and there’s gonna be some not so great months, and there’s gonna be some really great clients, there’s gonna be some not so great clients, and you’re gonna have website projects that go awesome, you’re gonna have website projects that don’t go so well. Do not let that catch you by surprise. If you expect that. And not you don’t have to be pessimist, you don’t have to be like, Oh, I just know it’s gonna be terrible, I’m just you know, you’d have to be that pessimistic negative person. But just know, there are going to be some times that there’s going to be some valleys, and it doesn’t matter if it’s just, you know, web design or even in relationships, relationships are the same way. A lot of times, it’s really good. And you go through some fights to get through some arguments, go through some disagreements and differences. Those are the valleys, you have to get through those. But don’t let that catch you by surprise. And business. In particular, if you start web design, and you feel like everything’s gonna be hunky dory, and you think it’s just gonna be rainbows and butterflies, or whatever gets you excited, then it’s gonna come crashing down when you go through something. And then if you aren’t expecting that, that can likely derail you completely and cause you to want to leave the industry or quit. And I don’t want that to happen to you, I want you to expect that stuff’s going to happen. And then that will give you some muscle to be prepared for that that way, when you’re going through something and you have a tough client or you don’t have a good month, you say, you know what, I don’t have to deal with this client or I’m gonna stand my ground I was expecting this. Or you know what, last month was amazing that a bunch of project started and this month is not so great. But hey, I expected this that’s why I saved some money in the bank account, so I’m not killing myself every month, then you’re good to go. So expect trials in hard times that will help you so it doesn’t catch you by surprise. Okay, we’ve gone through some of the the downer stuff now let’s talk about some fun stuff.

5) Build a sustainable routine (don’t burn yourself out)

Josh 19:42
Number five, as I mentioned on the outset of this is to build a sustainable routine. And there’s a couple books on this idea of sustainable pace that I’ve read that I would encourage. One is It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work, which is by the guys from Base Camp love that book, it really kind of solidified this idea of just keeping things at a, again, sustainable pace. You don’t have to kill yourself every day. There are times in business where there’s a deadline or there’s a little more work one day or one week. But then it doesn’t have to be every week, you don’t have to work 8090 hours a week in web design, you can I work generally less than 35. Last week, I worked a lot because I launched at the time of recording this at least, I just launched my membership. So I was working a lot to get all that ready. But this week, fairly chill week, I’m not I really don’t have any deadlines, or it’s a very, it’s a chill week after this, I’m taking my dog and my littlest daughter for a walk other ones napping right now. So that’s what I’m gonna do, it’s gonna be a fairly easy day just got back from the coffee shop to do some writing and some work. So like this week’s a little bit different. So I’m able to, and then cool with having some days and some weeks being really busy, but then following it up with a much more chill type of week. And you can do that when you’re on your own schedule, and you work towards a sustainable pace. Another book I would recommend on this subject is called Deep Work by I think it’s Cal Newton, Newton or something like that. Deep work, check it out. It’ll help you really build your day around segments where you can get a lot done, but not kill yourself. And you can avoid the notification trap that a lot of people fall into. But either way, build a routine that is sustainable, this is going to help you avoid burnout. This is also aside from having deep work segments. And turning notifications off, you can also plan your day and your productivity around stuff you like to do. So one big thing I’m really into right now is getting as many walks in a day as I can get from my golden retriever because she’s getting a little pudgy. So I got to keep walking with her. But I, I generally don’t ever neglect to walk, even if I’m super busy, we’re gonna go out and get our at least two walks a day. And ideally, I also don’t put work over time with my girls, if there’s something that, you know, we I want to prioritize over the work I’m doing now, obviously, I get stuff done in a very productive, but I have really worked at integrating work and my lifestyle together. So you want to build a sustainable routine, again, whether it’s exercise, whether it’s how you’re doing time blocks, and segmenting all the work you’re doing one big thing that will help with this as well is to create a segment of your day for reactionary work. So those are things like, you know, widget breaks on a site, or client has some updates have a segment in your day for those so you don’t open your email all day and you’re not constantly playing whack a mole have a reactionary work block in your day. And that will help you keep things sustainable for the long run. And don’t want to stress yourself out this happens early on when people get fired up about their business and and they think working from home is great. And then next thing you know, you may have left that nine to five, but you traded that in for a 24. Seven, that’s very dangerous. So you need to build a sustainable routine. And the beauty about web design is you can totally do that. And working around your lifestyle.

6) Enjoy the mundane

Josh 23:02
Now number six, kind of as a an addition to this idea. That is to enjoy the mundane. Because the reality is as an entrepreneur, and even web design or whatever industry it is. There’s I don’t want to say it’s boring, but you just there’s a lot of mundane things to do. Email is not a sexy thing. Like it’s not, you know, you’re not like, yeah, you might tell people like I started my own business. And we’re in six figures now. And I work for myself and I work from home. And it sounds like Wow, that is awesome. And that is awesome. That’s super cool. But what is the work, you’re behind a screen, you’re probably answering email support stuff, you’re writing stuff like it’s actually fairly mundane kind of stuff. It’s not dangerous, exciting work for the most part. It is exciting from a standpoint of the the the impact you’re making and and deliverables. But it’s not. You know, like, if you watch somebody do web design or watch somebody, even myself right now recording this podcast, I’ve got a mic in front of me my screen in front of me. It’s it’s not like super exciting. So there’s a lot of mundane things in business. And you have to figure out ways to enjoy that. And you also kind of have to expect those as well. Like, there are times where you just do the stuff repetitively. And you’re going to have to just learn to kind of enjoy that. And you can do this on a variety of different ways. I know for me, one thing I do is when it comes to emails, and now with my membership, I’m doing a lot of coaching and I’m really involved in that. Answering questions. I like to switch up my surroundings for that work. So I generally go to a couple local coffee shops, it’s gets me out of house, it’s a different scenery. I just like I’m more, I think more productive in those environments. And I enjoy that. So what would be fairly mundane. In my office, I try to get out and switch it up. But you could do this in a variety of different ways. You can do it with listening to a podcast while you do stuff listening to music. I was able to listen to music and podcasts with certain type of work that I do. thing with coding when I was really doing a lot of coding, I would always listen to a podcast and really or music when I was coding. When I was designing though I was a different part of the brain, I couldn’t listen to podcasts as much. So whatever you do to help get you through the mundane do that. For those of you who have your own place, or you have a family, you probably recognize that dishes pretty much take up like 30% of your adult life, just keeping up with the dishes. And then for those of you who have kids, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t have kids get ready, because you’re going to spend a lot of time doing dishes, I feel like we just and I, my wife is a stay at home mom, and she does dishes all day. And I still do a ton of dishes like it’s just crazy. dishes, all dishes. So what my wife and I both do is that usually our podcast time she listens to a podcast while she does the dishes, I listen to the podcast while I do the dishes. So we’re enjoying the mundane, and you should have definitely the same idea for business for the mundane kind of stuff that you are going to have to get through. We’ll talk about delegating here. But that’s, that’s something you’re gonna have to do. No matter how much work you dish off on other people, you’re gonna have to do some mundane stuff, get used to it, try to enjoy as much as you can.

7) Create little challenges for yourself

Josh 26:07
Number seven, create little challenges for yourself. I found that as a human being the way you move forward, and what keeps you young and keeps you active and pumped is little challenges. There’s physical things you can do. Of course, I mean, I, I’m a big proponent of trying to do as much as you can physically if you want to set a challenge for yourself to work out a few times a week, or walk every day for a few weeks or whatever. But even business wise having little challenges for yourself are really great way to to freshen things up. And to keep you going. practical example examples could be obviously bigger examples, like certain revenue goals or launch of a product or something like that. But you could also have challenges that you have full control over, which is like how often you’re going to reach out to clients this month. Or maybe you’re just going to be wild one month, and you’re just going to randomly send clients a note and just tell them how much you appreciate them, and you really enjoyed working with them. Challenge like that is going to go a long way. Not only will it help you stay fresh, but it’s going to reengage your clients as well. So there’s all type of little things you can do as far as little challenges. I know, for web designers who are doing the design and development, one thing I would encourage you to do is to set a challenge for yourself every project, learn a new CSS trick or a new design style, or if you’re using Divi try playing with a new effect that you haven’t done yet. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with those challenges to you know, make more time and more work for yourself. But a little challenge, every website will go a long way I used to do that I loved it. I still do it when I’m building out sites. So great little challenges for yourself.

8) Celebrate your wins

Josh 27:39
Number eight is to celebrate your wins. I’ve talked about this a lot as well on a few different episodes. But this is a big, big opponent of creating staying power because you want to constantly celebrate your hard work. I found that as you go along in business, it’s harder and harder to reflect and to just think about what you’ve done this here are the recent projects you completed. And I really want to encourage you to just take that seriously, take time to celebrate your wins. Because sometimes you’re so busy that by the time you launch a website, you’ve already got a bunch of other websites in the queue, you’re already trying to manage those. And I want to encourage you stop right there. When you launch a website, go out, go to restaurant, get a drink, whatever you want to do to celebrate your win. Do that. And this is actually I keep on talking about my membership. But I’m so pumped up about it right now, we have a little section in the membership for that to celebrate wins and successes. So if you’re a part of my membership, not only can you dish that out and celebrate it, but you’re gonna get a lot of support. To give you some high fives and digital pats on the butt. So celebrate your wins, though it’s a big one, if you stop celebrating your wins, that’s a problem because you’re just not gonna enjoy life as much. And life’s too short to not enjoy it. So do that.

9) Recognize any red flags for change – burnout, change, time to delegate or scale, etc

Josh 28:56
Number nine is a big one too. But as we wrap up here, recognize any red flags for change. And what I mean by this is these are the red flags that are going to be signs of burnout, or signs that you might need to change something in your daily routine or your services. Or maybe it’s a red flag that you know what, it’s time to delegate this task, or it’s time to maybe scale my business or do something different. The burnout thing is the big one. If you feel like you’re just waking up and not enjoying your work and not enjoying your day, look at your day, figure out what you need to change. Maybe you need to drop some services, maybe you need to focus on what you want to do. Maybe you need to raise your rates and get some better clients. There’s a lot of things practical things you can do to avoid burnout. Some of it is you just give yourself some constraints and start doing things that you’d like to do like I said with walking or whatever it is. One of my members shout out Joshua JB. He’s getting his PS5 here soon and he said that’s something that keeps them fresh. So I’m like by golly if you need to take a break to play some PS5, cool do it as long as It’s not eight hours a day and you’re not getting your projects done. That’s all right. So whatever it is for you do something that’s going to energize you and keep you fresh to avoid burnout, and recognize those red flags for me. One, when I realized that I was just was feeling done with doing proposals and stuff was when I was working on a proposal for a $4,000 website. And I just did not feel like doing it whatsoever. And it realized now I could have just hired that out and brought in somebody to do proposals. But I also realized, I don’t even want to do the onboarding, the offboarding. I’ve been doing it for almost a decade. And I just wanted to focus on what I do here with podcasts and courses and my membership with JoshHall. co. And that was the start of me getting ready to sell my business, it was like the red flag for me. So just be vigilant to those red flags. And don’t bypass them, like, really think about those. And if something comes up and you realize, you know what, I don’t want to do this anymore, then that’s okay. You don’t have to feel bad about that. Start working towards making that change. So be reckoned to be a very vigilant of any red flags.

10) Surround yourself with good community (don’t go it alone)

Josh 31:06
And then finally, this is a big one. Number 10. Surround yourself with good community, this is absolutely key for staying power. Because you can’t go it alone, you really can’t. surrounding yourself with good community that’s gonna be your, your, your mastermind, your friends, your people who are going to help you because we are going to all get to those times where we need somebody to come alongside us and help us through answer some questions, or just get a different perspective and make us feel better. You’ve got to surround yourself with good community. Now there’s some free communities i have i’ve started the Divi web designers Facebook group, that’s a great place for support. It is over 22,000 people now. So unfortunately, we try to weed out all the bad apples we can but sometimes you just never know what kind of response you’re going to get. So that’s a big one. But there’s all sorts of Devi meetups going on right now virtually and in person. I think there’s some in personnel. But there’s Debian meetups, there’s WordPress meetups, all kinds of digital communities. And if you are somebody who is serious about your web design journey, and you want to take it to the next level, I would invite you to be a part of my membership because not only will I coach you directly, but you’ll have access to just an incredible, incredible community. We just launched this thing and we’ve got founding members that are in now. And it’s already become the most positive and amazing engaged place on the internet. I swear I’m barely on Facebook now because the community so that’s an option for you as well. You can go to Josh Hall co slash membership to find out about more about more about that. And you can also feel free to contact me and I’ll answer any questions you have. But I would love to do that with you. And then you’ll get my support and support of some amazing people like minded web designers from around the world who are all serious about building each other up not tearing each other down. Like you’re fine with a lot of free communities. So even if it’s not my web design club guys, join some sort of mastermind or a premium community or really good free community if you can find one, don’t go it alone.

Josh 33:06
So real quick recap. Number one, have a why, have a deeper mission. Number two, make a commitment to yourself that’s reasonable and that you can stick through. Number three be okay with the absolute worst case scenario, you’re probably not going to end up on the streets despite your mind thinking about that. Number four, expect the trials and hard times. Do not let those catch you by surprise. Number five, build a sustainable routine to help avoid burnout. Number six, enjoy the mundane because entrepreneurship is often quite boring most of the day to day stuff. Number seven, create little challenges for yourself, keep you fresh and pumped up. Number eight celebrate your wins you launch a website by golly, go pop some champagne or have a coke or whatever whatever you want to do. Celebrate your wins. Number nine recognize any red flags for chains. And then number 10 surround yourself with good community. All those combined will help you with staying power because staying power my friends is way more important than starting power. Don’t be a dabbler have some fun, enjoy the journey. And I’ll see you guys on the next episode.

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