When you first started out in your business, you were probably so excited to get to work each morning, to see the ball start rolling and to watch the progress you were making. In that “honeymoon phase” of business-building, it’s so easy to love your business and feel fulfilled in your work.
But what happens when that initial excitement wears off? And what happens if you find yourself doing things you don’t necessarily love, but that keep the business moving (at least a little)? It’s hard to love everything about our businesses, but it is possible to craft a business that you love for the long haul.
That’s exactly what Dustin and Danielle are talking about this week on the podcast.
[9:50] The importance of checking in with yourself and how you feel about your biz
[10:26] How your happiness impacts your business
[10:59] The dangers of sticking to the “blueprint” others have created
[13:40] The 3 things you need to love your business
[13:50] Why the people you work with matter
[19:00] Why “doing what you love” instead just a cliche
[21:30] What Bill Gates says you should do with your life
In this episode, Dustin and Danielle talk about the 3 ways they stay in love with their business:
There’s always stuff that you’re not going to l-o-v-e in your work. There are always going to be cranky clients, days where you just want to stay in bed, and — ugh — taxes. But with these 3 tips in mind, you can love more of what you do every day.
But how? Dustin and Danielle do a deep dive on each of these tips in the episode this week, so make sure to check it out. But here’s a brief rundown:
Work only with people you love. This means everyone, from your clients to your virtual assistant to the financial planner you hire. Fire the ones who give you ulcers. Hire people to take on the things you don’t like doing — there is always someone out there who loves doing the things you hate.
Do what you love. In that vein, stick to your talents. Don’t do everything for your business, no matter how much you hate it or how bad you are at it. The more you get to do what you love about your business, the more likely you are to stay in love. Not sure what you love? Check out the Ikigai Worksheet Dustin and Danielle created just for you 😘
Drive your business. You created your business to give yourself the life you want. Every action you take should move you toward that goal. If you’re following someone else’s blueprint or looking around at what other people are doing, you’re going to fall out of love with all of it.
During the episode, Dustin and Danielle also touch on the importance of committing to your relationship with your business. As the driver of your business, it’s your duty to plan and implement things that make your business fulfilling for everyone. Most of all, it’s not a one-and-done event; you’ll need to reassess your relationship with your business from time to time to make sure it’s working for you. Hopefully, the Ikigai Worksheet and this episode can help you do just that!
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