I don’t know about you, but I am “scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwin’ away my shot…”
If you’re one of the millions of people who enjoyed the hit sensation Hamilton, you may recognize this tune. Consider it our theme song for today.
I believe being scrappy and hungry is one of the under-appreciated keys to success. Sure, we say things like “hard work pays off,” but we tend to look at the people who’ve “made it” as capable, confident, and poised, forgetting they were once just getting started — scrappy, hungry, and willing to take a shot!
Their goals were worth it to them. Going after their dreams was worth the risk of being judged, getting it wrong, and putting in the work.
What about YOU? What are you scrappy and hungry for?
My clients often tell me they want to serve people, make an impact, grow a business, create change in the world, further a cause, make more money…the list goes on. They claim to really want it, but they’re not doing anything about it.
So my question for them and for YOU is this: If not now, WHEN?
Because I’ve asked it so many times, I have a pretty good idea what your answer is: “I don’t know.” And there’s a good chance you’ll follow that up with, “HOW do I know?”
I’ve noticed we humans have a hard time recognizing when we’re ready. There’s no clear-cut way to know for absolute certain, of course, but there are some telltale signs —
- You’re miserable.
- You have an “itch” that keeps nagging at you that something isn’t right.
- You’re daydreaming a lot, scrolling social media, envying folks who are doing what you want to do.
This is the universe, your internal guidance system, or whatever you believe whispering (or shouting!) at you that it’s time to TAKE YOUR SHOT.
But here’s the sign you most likely won’t get: an undeniable sense that you absolutely, without a doubt, feel ready. If you’re waiting for that, you’ll be waiting forever.
You’re going to have doubts. That’s normal. DO. IT. ANYWAY.
Get scrappy, listen to your hungry desire, and give it a real shot. Make your dream a priority.
Want to write a novel? Wake up every morning and write 1,000 words before getting out of bed.
Want to grow an audience on social media? Start posting valuable content every day; learn what they want from you.
Want to build a business? Focus on getting ONE customer or ONE client, and grow from there.
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