Do you feel like you’ve got this business thing down? Are you excited every day to go into your business and work on all the “business stuff”? That’s what you most look forward to right?
You don’t care about being creative and and honing your craft, you love working solely on the business side of things - no need for all that creative stuff.
Said no creative ever.
Most creative entrepreneurs really don’t possess an innate and keen sense for business. (Not all, but most). And I have a feeling you’re in this boat, where the business side of things just doesn’t come naturally to you. I mean, you know you need it, but it’s like you’re driving the struggle bus when it comes to operating your business. You’d much rather just focus on the creating part right?
Of course! That’s the fun part! That’s why you started your business in the first place.
But here’s the kicker…
you’re going to spend about 20% of your time on the creativity side (being actively creative, creating the art, etc…),
and about 80% operating your business (the day to day tasks, planning and growing your business).
Now before those percentages freak you out and make you want to run for the next available 9-5pm… I want to encourage you with some food for thought.
You were born with creativity yes, but you had to learn your craft. You had to learn how to cultivate your art and your creative side, you’re still learning to this day and getting better all the time.
This is exactly what you need to do for that “business side” of yourself too. All this “business stuff” is simply learnable! Anyone can learn these things and make them happen. We all have our strengths, but day-to-day business activities are learned tasks, not innate strengths - which means they’re available to anyone.
Don’t underestimate yourself!
I want to show you how you can easily grow your business in just 30 minutes a day (or less) depending on how quickly you read…
Because here’s the deal, in order to grow your business you must grow yourself.
“Your income can grow only to the extent that you do.” ― T. Harv Eker
Reading is your ticket to business success. If you want to grow your business, read at least 10 pages of a book every day. (Or if you’re like me, you can read by listening - Audiobooks are seriously my jam).
“An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” —Benjamin Franklin
Reading books, articles, blog posts, newsletters and even sometimes those incredible Instagram captions can teach you something new - and that’s the key - to learn something new every day. Challenge yourself to read for 15-30 minutes a day and watch your incredible growth start to take place.
Here’s a fun stat:
the average millionaire reads at least 1 book a month
...and if reading one book in a month seems impossible to you, think about it this way:
The average book is around 300 pages, there are normally 30 days in a month, so that would mean 10 pages a day - which equals about 15-30 minutes read time - and that’s totally doable.
I was never a reader. In fact in school I HATED reading. I was required to read certain books and I barely made it through… I basically would read enough to get a passing grade and then never pick the book back up again. On top of that, I also have dyslexia and am thusly a VERY slow reader. (Though my speed has increased the more I read, I also think this is why audiobooks are my jam!)
The strange thing is, the first business book I picked up, I loved. I couldn’t get enough of it, so I picked up another one, and then another. (I’m not addicted - okay maybe a little...). So for me to now say that I LOVE reading… is frankly, really really weird. Even I’m still getting used to it. But since I started my business, I’ve read over 40 business books and about 10 non-business (because sometimes I just need that creative break). ;)
So here’s my challenge for you:
I want you to choose a book from my list (click the button below) and either purchase it or rent it from your library. Read 10 pages a day and while you read this book I want you to note any ideas, insights or inspirations that come to you and either write them down or tell someone about them. After this month, I want you to notice how you feel. Confused or Confident? Lost or Empowered? The same ideas or brimming with new ones?
As you can probably guess, I’m betting on the fact that you’re going to feel confident, empowered and excited to put your new insights into action.
And here’s one more piece of encouragement to read every day (in case you needed just one more nugget):
If you want to grow your business,
read more books.
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ― Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
Do you accept the challenge?? Let me know in the comments below.