5 Things I’ve Learned While Building My Empire

Somewhere around the age of twelve or thirteen I began to tell people, “Keep this, it will be worth a lot someday” when I signed something. I don’t know what caused me to start saying that and I don’t know why I stopped. But, somewhere along the line I did. Probably in that same somewhere where I lost myself in effort to be somebody, but that is another story for another day.

I completely forgot about having the yet-to-be-famous signature until recently when I was at a local coffee shop and went to sign my receipt. And out of my mouth before I even thought about it was, “keep this, it will be worth a lot someday.”

I have since remembered not to forget that many years ago I knew I’d be building this empire. Also on my list of things I need to remember not to forget are a few important things I’ve learned along the way. You even get this list without having to provide your email in that annoying floating box, because I have learned people hate those.

All the information you will ever need is free and at your fingertips.

  • Make use of libraries.
  • Watch YouTube videos
  • MIT and Khan Academy have entire college course work FOR FREE on the web.
  • Sign up for a few mailing lists of people who are successfully doing what you want to do. Read their books, blogs, and newsletters — lots of good stuff is given away there.

Learn from those who are actually doing something bigger and better than you, rather than those who are talking about doing things . 

  • Building a company is much like being a new parent — everyone has advice to give whether it’s wanted it or not (and it’s usually not). I made costly mistakes early on by putting too much value on the advice of people who weren’t bigger and better than me.
  • Don’t get snobby about it. Good tidbits come from unexpected places. Listen well but don’t allow each suggestion to change your course of action.

Know where you are going.

  • Get crystal clear on what you are doing and why. Be specific, the universe does not interpret what you probably mean. If you don’t know where you are going, you run around being totally useless while wasting time, energy, and money.
  • Don’t get bogged down in the how. Stay focused on what you want and be open to how that happens. We only know what we know and there is a lot more out there than that.

You have to show up every day. 

  • Showing up doesn’t have to be hard. One of the biggest piles of bullshit I have come across while building my empire is this idea that being a business owner/entrepreneur has to be hard. Says who? Says people who have made it hard, that’s who. No thanks. I have better things to do than work 80 hours per week just to say I am my own boss.
  • Showing up sometimes looks like taking a very long nap. Or running away, like I did when we were trying to buy a house.
  • Showing up mostly means answering emails and doing laundry, but most importantly it means listening to the still small voice we try so hard to ignore.

Be authentic. 

  • You can’t show up if you are acting like someone else.
  • Create, don’t imitate. Have you noticed how much of the current branding has the same teal, orange, and gold tones with the same sweeping cursive font? Yeah, me too.
  • You do you and your people will show up for you. 

Sarah offers a humorous, down to earth approach to radical self discovery. Mentor, author, and leading innovator in her field, Sarah eases the learning curve of this thing called life. Click here to set up your personal consultation. You can also check out her book, Mindful Energy : A Journey of Transformation. 

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