The inspiration for this post came from a conversation with my boss. We were talking about the struggles I’ve had hitting deadlines while starting a business.
His answer is the best piece of advice I’ve had so far as an entrepreneur so I had to share it.
I’ve always found myself trying to plan things – I want to get this strategy done by this time, I want this client on board at the end of this month etc. etc.
I was missing almost every single target.
Things just kept popping up!
I was going in to a lot of my projects blind, I had no prior experience and found I consistently underestimated the time it would take to get my head around things, designing a site for example.
So I told my boss about what was going on (I work as a Digital Marketing Exec at a business launchpad and incubator in Brixton – my boss specialises in start-ups).
What he told me both re-energised me and comforted me.
He said in the first year to two years of a business there is no point in planning.
No point whatsoever.
As long as you have your head down and you are working that is all that matters.
Keep learning, keep bettering yourself.
The words of Gary Vaynerchuk rang through my head at this point.
“Wrap your head around not giving a fuck about any advancement til you’re 29, but then every day try to get better, you will fucking win.
Just close your eyes til you’re 29”
Needless to say this doesn’t apply to every single goal there is – obviously some goals will need to be met at certain times. My point is don’t set unnecessary expectations upon yourself that aren’t needed. As long as you are working and learning that is all that matters.
Let me know in the comments if this helped! I would love to hear from you guys.
If your goals are client based make sure you aren’t wasting time in our post on “Learning How to ‘Qualify Out’ in Business” – click here for link