From Slacker to Success: How I Turned Myself Into a 6 Figure Entrepreneur

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Hi everyone! I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I used to be the most UNmotivated, lazy person you’ve ever met. I don’t care what it was – school, job tasks – I didn’t care at ALL.

It wasn’t until I had my son that I even cared about success, but still, the drive eluded me and I just basically clocked in and clocked out like a robot. The only thing I did was wishful thinking – I wished I would win the lottery, basically.

Somewhere along the way, I realized nobody was going to promote me to a successful position. I didn’t have it in me to brown-nose my way to the top. And I hated working for other people – really, really hated it.

I had to work hard to change my thinking. And I didn’t even realize I was actively doing that until it changed and then I recognized the difference. Not everyone automatically is born with that drive to be a success. It just wasn’t in my personality. I was bored.

When I look at other success stories, I find that many of them are like me – people who didn’t get it or have it initially, and then learned how to adopt those successful characteristics along the way.

Here’s what happened as I morphed from slacker to success story:

#1 – I quit being negative.

I really used to focus on all the ways I was getting screwed over instead of what progress I could make. When I started focusing on that, it made me welcome the obstacles and challenges because it meant I’d overcome something – a win.

#2 – I quit quitting when I’d fail.

I used to hate failing. It would freak me out and really get me down. Then I started learning that that saying was true about every failure being a lesson. So I started looking at it like that – a badge of honor showing I was trying, and then weeding out what didn’t work until I found out what did.

#3 – I quit trying to be like my competitors.

Spying on them is great. Learning from them is fantastic. But nobody needs two of anyone. It’s scary to put yourself out there as something unique, but that’s what people WANT. They want your way of thinking – they already have everyone else’s. So do things the way you want to. Hell, that’s the fun of being an entrepreneur – no boss to tell you what to do, how to do it, or when it needs to be done!

#4 – I used to hate learning and now I crave it.

I was a B-C (and yeah sometimes D or F student). When I had Dylan, I became a straight A Dean’s list student. As an entrepreneur, I used to find learning absolutely exhausting. There was so much to learn, things kept changing and I’d end up almost in tears.

Until I changed my thinking. I developed an appetite for learning kind of how, if you’re not used to eating breakfast and you start doing it anyway – two weeks later, if you wake up, your mind and body are trained to be hungry. I started welcoming new ways to thinking, new skill sets I could learn, and new or different strategies that were available to me. I found it helped me grow my business tremendously.

#5 – I found the right way to set goals.

Before, during my slacker days, I either had no goals or I set ones that were totally unrealistic. You ought to see my goals now. They’re bite sized. They’re appropriate for my business. They’re ones I can follow through on without fail so that I’m not disappointed in myself – and they propel me forward in my pursuit of success.

#6 – I learned how to pace myself.

I used to (okay I still do sometimes) go hardcore at something and burn out FAST. I’ve been practicing the art of pacing myself BIG time – especially these past few months. And my year is going FANTASTIC!

If you pace yourself correctly, which means being patient and persevering through obstacles, you’ll find yourself far ahead of the game than if you pushed yourself too hard, too fast and burned out.

If you’re not taking the time to work on how you act and think as an entrepreneur, then you’ll have a harder time succeeding. It’s NOT all about technical tasks and networking. A lot of what makes you succeed is how you’re handling things overall.

Spend a little time each day working on this aspect of the business.

Tiff 😉

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17 Responses to From Slacker to Success: How I Turned Myself Into a 6 Figure Entrepreneur

  1. Joe Cepeda says:

    Hi Tiff 🙂,
    This post really hit me as I’m looking at where I am and disgustedly thinking where I could be and it just seems so simple, six easy steps. That’s all it takes 😟

    Were you ever aware of your final goal, entrepreneur, or did you fall into it as a result of wanting to own your life?
    Have you changed directions as you found one line of business was great (for someone else) but was not for you?
    If I remember right 😇, you have been influenced by a coach, was that always there or did you engage that later in your business?

    Love your material and your kick in the pants, thanks much,
    Joe

    • Tiffany says:

      Even when I started working for myself as a freelancer, I had that “employee mentality” because i was working for marketers – some of whom made me feel like a nobody. I had to break free of that and the process of learning and being OK differentiating myself gave me confidence and made me hungry for success.

      I have definitely changed course many times. I like multiple branches and consider it a perk of an entrepreneurial life. I don’t have to wear one hat – I get to wear as many as I please.

      Ah my mentor helped me with the technical stuff. He helped me get comfortable learning. The mindset was just a growth process on my own that arose from not wanting to be held back.

  2. Joe Cepeda says:

    wow, this is amazing and priceless information. Thank you.
    I’m working on the “employee mentality ” right now and am struggling with learning to let go of the idea of a paycheck cushion and instead take on the role of an entrepreneur.

    Thank you so very much for your willingness to share at this level.
    I’m very grateful for you

    • Tiffany says:

      Do it smart – I switched over slowly – working paycheck half the time and for myself. The first 2 years are tiring and you end up sometimes earning less but then you take off.

  3. Ann says:

    Wow, #5 and #6 describe me. Yikes.
    However, thanks, Tiff, your words and work around
    show how I can re-do myself.
    Thanks so much.
    Ann V.

  4. Roy Peterson says:

    I have been reading your blogs a little more regularly. I attended a 3 day seminar this weekend and pretty much decided I was going to do the things you laid out in your 6 changes. Number 5 with the realistic goals and 6 are probably the most important for me. Looking forward to seeing those changes in me.

    • Tiffany says:

      Go for it Roy! Every day is an opportunity to make progress. If you have a bad day? Get up tomorrow and make it happen.

  5. Roxanne Karr says:

    How did you find a mentor to help you with the technical ‘stuff’? It’s the technical challenges that eat up my time and cause me to endlessly struggle.
    I’m new here and am really enjoying what you have to offer.
    Thanks Tiffany!
    Roxanne

    • Tiffany says:

      He found me actually. We were in Warrior forum together and I’d ask questions and he’d message me. He began making me step by step videos to show me. But honestly, everything’s out there on YT basically. Want to know how to set up a blog? YouTube. How to set up an email autoresponder? YouTube. 🙂 Any time you don’t know how to do something, just ask and I’ll try to help if I know.

  6. KonaGirl says:

    This is a great piece of writing. I am pretty good about “to do” lists, but such a procrastinator when it comes to setting goals for myself or making a business plan. This article obviously hit home for me! Setting bite-sized goals instead of unrealistic goals makes so much more sense. It’s one of those AHA moments with, “why in the world didn’t I think of that before?” Thanks so much, Tiffany, for the motivational advice. I found it quite helpful.

  7. Jen says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    I started out with a great entrepreneurial mindset, also around the time my son was born back in 1998. I set my goals with great enthusiasm and worked diligently on my business. After failure, after failure my gusto began to wane and I felt exhausted from the constant try, try and try so finally gave up and resorted to being a Virtual Assistant, working for a boss. In my heart of hearts I still want to be entrepreneur, but I feel like a hamster on a wheel trying to cope with everything that needs to be done daily so I never get my own business off the ground. That leads me to another thing, the uncertainty of what my business should be. My passion is not a profitable niche and I’ve heard successful gurus say that in order for one to be truly successful, you must be passionate about what you do. What are your thoughts on that?

    By the way, I loved your blog post. It kind of gave me a kick up the … 🙂

    Regards

    Jen

    • Tiffany says:

      Well most niches can be profitable. Either tangible or digital. Sometimes there’s a way to find a co-slant to it (a co niche). If you want to email me and let me know what it is, I’ll help you brainstorm.

      Otherwise, if it’s truly unable to be monetized, then I’d find another thing that interested me! 😉

  8. Jen says:

    Thanks Tiffany,

    I’ll send you an email.

    Regards

    Jen

  9. Hi Tiffany – Wow, what a great post! I’ve always had a pull to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t follow through with it until I was almost 50. And I have definitely felt like a slacker in comparison to some (including you.) 🙂

    I love this so much that I shared the link to it on my blog at http://freestyleauthor.com/finding-success-when-you-feel-inadequate/

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