Can I be honest? I’ve been having a lack of motivation lately. I’m really not sure where this lack of motivation came from. I’m in a really happy space in life. It’s a pretty good season and I’ve had some really good wins lately. But still when it comes down to it, I didn’t have the motivation to write and shoot my videos.
During a recent trip to Barnes & Noble (a place I love to go for inspiration), I picked up Maria Hatzistefanis’ book, How To Be An Overnight Success Making It In Business. After a few nights of watching it lay beside me on the nightstand, I finally picked it up and started reading it. And I couldn’t put it down.
Maria is the founder of luxury beauty brand Rodial and its teen counterpart Nip + Fab. She began her career as a beauty writer before getting fired from her job and ultimately starting Rodial. In How To Be An Overnight Success, she chronicles her start, struggles and success. And you know what? She wrote in her book that as an entrepreneur she is not always motivated every single moment of every single day. That sounds so familiar. 😊
I realized that I’m definitely not alone in my lack of motivation. This seems to be something that all entrepreneurs go through from time to time. We just have to be honest about where we are and take action to find things that reignite that passion in us. Just as I sought out books at the bookstore to help me get back my motivation, Maria also suggests ways to stay inspired and motivated including: mediation, exercise, attending conferences and decluttering.
Of course we know that no one is an overnight success. There is a long journey that happens before anyone becomes successful and that doesn’t happen right away or overnight. Maria is very honest about how long and what risks it took her to make Rodial a success. This entrepreneurial journey is different for everyone and you cannot compare your journey with others. The road to success is not cut and dry. There is grey area. What worked for your friend’s business may not work for yours. So concentrate on your journey. Do things that keep you motivated. When you are questioning the why, keep going. Your success is determined by your perseverance.
How To Be An Overnight Success is filled with great advise and reminders from someone who has lived through the entrepreneurial journey and found success through failures, taking risks and overcoming. Each chapter is filled with personal stories and tips to make you an “overnight success.
In the beginning of the book, Maria breaks down what it really means to be a successful entrepreneur. Running a business is not something you get into because you want to make a lot of money. It can be years before you see a return on your investment. Being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 job that demands plenty of sacrifice. Don’t worry. She has plenty of questions for you to answer to search your soul and see if you are truly made for running your own business. If you are struggling with a period of lack of motivation, How To Be An Overnight Success will definitely get you inspired and ready to continue on your path to success.
Have you read the book?
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