Start a Side Hustle, Build Yourself an Empire
by Tim Denning
- “The way you frame things in your head can help you push past your perceived limitations. Side hustle is an easier way to explain to yourself how you’re going to use the skills you have to charge money. Business is nothing more than having the courage to charge money.” — Tim Denning
Small Pursuit + Effort + Consistency = Momentum
Momentum x 5 to 10 Years = Potential Empire
- Focus on your interests, not a business. Your interests and curiosities will lead you to a small pursuit. For some people, framing it as a business, frames it as something that’s complex and overwhelming.
- “Stress, in the beginning, will destroy the interest you’re nurturing. The moment that your interest needs to make money, because your life depends on it, you’re screwed.” — Tim Denning
- Having a process is important. Tim explains, “Process just means noticing what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. Your process helps you find the time and automate the tasks that need doing.If you don’t have a process then life’s accidental problems will get in the way of your tiny side hustle you’re trying to build.”
- “Charging money too early is a mistake. By aiming for mastery in a field you’re interested in, you build up enough knowledge to create value.” — Tim Denning
- “Uniqueness just means working a side hustle your way, and not being afraid to unleash your awesomeness on the world. Because your unique view of the world is awesome to a bunch of somebodies.” — Tim Denning
- For every four weeks, one is going to suck really bad. Prepare for the suckiness. Embrace the suckiness. It won’t last forever.
Five to ten years?! We’ve all heard the phrase, “time flies when you’re having fun.” Side projects should be fun. Hard work, but fun. Gradually, the goal is to get lost in the fun and to make the small pursuit a part of your life.
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