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“Everything you do now is for your future.” 🌟 ~Mel McSherry

“Everything you do now is for your future.” 🌟 ~Mel McSherry
By Jessica L. Williams • Issue #273 • View online
My Monday chiropractor/physical therapy appointment had me moving on to doing more physical activities, which was a sign that my neck/shoulder issues were improving. By Thursday, however, the pain returned, so we had to pause the physical activity and work on reducing the inflammation. That made me feel like I was taking two steps back rather than continuing to move forward and bummed me out. I shared this with my chiropractor, who said that progress is often not linear, it ebbs and flows a bit, and often, it looks like:
  • Your muscles don’t hurt as much or as long.
  • The overall pain is better than before.
  • There is not as much discomfort during movements.
But all of it is on the journey and path to healing. The other thing? I’m more aware of when I need to take breaks, relax my shoulders, and change my posture.
A similar philosophy applies to business. Some weeks are great: we are getting speaking opportunities, clients are booking our thing. All is right in the world. Others, we hear crickets, question whether this entrepreneurship thing is right for us in the first place, and struggle to find the motivation to keep going.
When you take a step back and think about it, it’s all progress because we continue on this path. And while on the surface, it might look like things are not moving forward, we could be:
  • Getting the pause we need to think strategically about some things that we couldn’t do before
  • Finding it easier/quicker to write or create or publish our next thing
  • Creating systems and processes to make it easier to work when we get that next client or opportunity.
Awareness is progress. Creating white space is progress. Being open to whatever is next is progress.
It might look like doing the cha-cha (one step forward, two steps back), but trust that you’re learning, growing, and improving as long as you take those baby steps.
It’s all progress.
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  • 🎧. Listening: Side Hustla! Podcasts. I’m starting a playlist that will feature podcast episodes helpful to us building our part-time businesses. A few are there now, and the list will continue to be updated, but let me know if there are others we should add. Shout out to Josh Spector for the idea, and you can check out his Marketing Podcasts playlist here.
  • 📚. Reading: The Baby Shower. I love a good thriller. The setup for this one is that the woman attends a baby shower, sees the mother-to-be through a mirror/window, and realizes that she’s not pregnant! 😱 Say what now? 😜. Cue suspense music. It’s a fast and good read so far - I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Companies that started as side projects while founders worked FT jobs:
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- eBay
- Apple
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