Think Like a Millionaire & Hustle Like You’re Broke

I have been in various leadership positions for years in all types of settings (corporate, personal, social, volunteer, etc). I’ve had the opportunity to work for and with some of the best leaders, and also some of the worst. I have made mistakes as a leader, some very costly, but I have always tried to learn from them. Leadership holds a special place in my heart, because it is the one thing that you always have the opportunity to be, or become no matter your job, title, endeavor, journey, situation, or circumstance. Your ability to lead people without authority is the difference between helping people, and leading them. MINDSET IS EVERYTHING.

Here’s the deal: no matter what you’re doing, or what you’re struggling with if you want it to be successful and grow in your career or see personal growth, you have to step up and be a leader. You have to think like a millionaire, and hustle like you’re broke. What does this mean?

When you think like a millionaire, you give and do selflessly. You are not thinking about how something will or won’t effect you financially or circumstantially, or what you will or won’t gain from it. When you think like a millionaire, you aren’t worried or bogged down with envy or jealousy for your coworker that just go a promotion; or your friend that just retired early. All you see is the amazing growth opportunity for those around you, and how you can help encourage their growth. You aren’t worried about investing your time into someone, or something else that may or may not benefit you. You lead, help, develop & grow people that might not be your subordinates, or even on your team because you are a LEADER. You aren’t worried about someone you’ve mentored moving past you in the org structure, because as a leader you’ve already seen the potential in others, and what an opportunity for those people to step in and up! You exude confidence and courage when facing the insecurities and skepticism of others, by GIVING things you don’t have to give, being humble, and showing grace.  When you think like a millionaire, you move boundaries, climb over mountains, and you take risks. When you think like a millionaire, people see you as a millionaire. You know and understand that the term millionaire is in the eye of the beholder. It doesn’t mean you act like money grows on trees, or that you’re making it rain, or that you have a bunch of things. It simply means you are rich: rich with faith, rich with drive,  rich with opportunity, and rich with blessings.

When you hustle like you’re broke, you walk the talk. You demonstrate everything you want your team, business builders, and potential business builders to be AND MORE. You are the example, the benchmark. When you are in a leadership position, your mindset is simple: you succeed because of them and you fail with them. When you have been put in a leadership position, you have to hustle – like you’re BROKE. Every time you are inconsistent, you throw a wrench in not only your business, but your team – and you are all slowed down. Every time you feel defeat, or take something personal, your team & even your prospects, customers, & colleagues feel it too. Every time you’re “just not feeling it”, or want to quit… so does your team. When you hustle like you’re broke, you know and understand your WHY, and understand WHY your WHY is so important. When you hustle like you’re broke you see the “NO’s” as a blessing, because each rejection only makes you that much more prepared for the next one. When you hustle like you’re broke, you know that the work you’re doing today and the time you’re giving NOW isn’t for your goal this month, it’s for your goal next month. When you hustle like you’re broke, you are not only doing the work, but you are teaching your team just as much as you are learning from them. You are not waiting for it to come to you, or wondering why it hasn’t happened, because you’re already pivoting to your next move and plan. You challenge and push yourself to an uncomfortable level, when you hustle like you’re broke.

If you don’t want to be a statistic, if you are feeling stuck, down, defeated, tired… whatever the case I would challenge you to think like a millionaire, and hustle like you’re broke.

There is not one single successful leader, I know or have seen, IN ANY BUSINESS that got where they are by thinking like they were poor and had nothing to give…. Or hustled like they were content and didn’t want to be better or do more.

The thing that distinguishes leaders from non-leaders is mindset. You have the opportunity to step up and be a leader. No matter your defeats. No matter your circumstance. No matter you situation.

What Are You Doing? Do Something.

Trying something new!! Work smarter, not harder. The first of mini videos incorporated throughout my blog… I might do this all the time, who knows!

What are you doing? What are you changing?  What are you protecting, prioritizing, not prioritizing – etc etc. Here’s what I mean…

 

Now, go DO SOMETHING. 😉

Happy Friday.

xoxo

Find Your Reason & Own It

Oh life… you’re always slapping me around. Yesterday I touched on my passion for helping others be the best version of themselves, and achieve things I know they are capable of. This is true, but something I was reminded of is passion isn’t always a good thing if you can’t keep it grounded. I can often let me passion suck me in and out comes projection and judgement… although that is NEVER my intent. Do you know how many times I hear… “not everyone is like you, Meagan!” or “you’re the exception, not the rule Meagan!” As I sit here and sip my coffee and think, oh the damn irony of this. I never ever intend to project my own self-expectations onto others, but my passion can have a different impact if I don’t keep it grounded. Add it to the list of self-work, Meagan!

HERE IS MY TRUTH

I exude confidence because vulnerability terrifies me. I am a exceptionally well spoken, and an articulate written communicator because I keep walls up to avoid letting my body or actions do the talking or show emotion. I coach and mentor people on so many things daily, because I have more confidence in others than I do myself somtimes. I hold myself to a high expectation, because I put more pressure on myself than anyone else does for fear of failure.

ONTO SELF-MOTIVATION…

I am self-motivated, and while some may not agree I will politely disagree with them that self-motivation is a choice. It’s not a trait, or a characteristic. You make a choice to have it, or not. I wrote a blog a while back you can find in my archives about motivation. In this post I talked about motivation techniques and strategies from the leader perspective. I wanted to reference this because guess what… you aren’t always going to have someone trying to motivate you. Self-motivation is a fundamental building block of self-love, acceptance, inner-strength, and self-care; as it is the reason you FIND that pushes you to do something for YOU, and not because someone is telling you, pressuring you, or encouraging you along the way. You have to FIND what that is folks… find your “why”… because no one can tell you what that is except you. You can make the choice to find it or not, but there is always a why. Everyone is capable of finding their self-motivation.

If you want to develop this then start here:

  1. Dig deep in side you, 3 or 4 layers for the reason. Reflect. Meditate. Pray. Whatever you do. Write down your thoughts, come back to them later.
  2. Surround yourself with others that are self-motivated. Support is so important!
  3. Set milestones that get you to a bigger goal, and celebrate them.
  4. Own it. Understand what own it means to you.

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I will say this, if you don’t want to find your self-motivation… then ok, cool! You will still survive life, have accomplishments, and get things done. You’re not going to fall a part if you don’t develop this skill. However, you are only hurting yourself when you are not accepting and humbled by someone else’s support, feedback, and encouragement if they are trying to give it to you. If you can’t do it for yourself why wouldn’t you want someone else to help you stay on track and be accountable? I’ll tell you why… because psychologically we hate to hear something we already know, out loud from someone else. Life secret: When people try to motivate you, or hold you accountable… it simply means they care about you, and they believe in you enough to do so.

Are you going to let someone help you? Are you going to help yourself? How amazing would it be to have both?