I feel the need to dispell a myth that we’ve all been told over and over again. It is interesting that an idea can be repeated so many times that it becomes common knowledge, yet it’s completely unfounded.
What do you do first thing every morning?
This is the question that I have now asked 45 brilliant entrepreneurs — each at different stages of success — but the answer is always the same (except for 2 of them).
The first time I mentioned that this answer is the opposite of what we are all told to do, Chris Guillebeau told me, ‘You need to write a blog post about this’.
So, here we are. Not the most thorough analysis on the topic, but hey, this is how I roll.
The fact that people can run super successful businesses while doing the one thing that every business consultant, personal development coach, or writer tells you not to do, is not the shocking thing here.
The shocking part is that many of us, myself included, think that to become awesome we need to do exactly what everyone says we have to do.
Even more shocking is the fact that someone as successful as Chris Guillebeau would preface his answer with, I know this is the wrong thing to do, but I check my email first thing in the morning — and he is not the only one, in fact, he is the norm.
The most common trait that I am finding in all of the guests I have had the honour to interview, is that they are all confident in themselves and how they have chosen to run their businesses.
Some of them want to build $100 million per year empires and others want to sleep in and perhaps not work today, both are right.
Make your choices and act confidently.
Of course, I am not saying that you cannot learn from others, because you can — and should! What I am saying is: what someone else does is not necessarily what you should do.
Why do we all feel that checking our email first thing in the morning is the last thing that we should do, yet nearly all of us do it?
Are we looking to self-sabotage our businesses? Perhaps we are excited by our businesses and can’t wait to see what may be waiting for us in our inboxes.
Whatever the reason is, it’s your reason. Take that, be proud and confident of the choices you make, because they are the best choices for you. If they aren’t, then change those choices to something that makes more sense for you and your business.