Are the lights on?
I just got done listening to an Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast from John Lee Dumas (great podcast btw). The guest was JD Roth, former owner of Get Rich Slowly and current blogger at More than Money. JD’s response to one of John’s questions really hit me. The question was, “can you please tell the fire listeners about a lightbulb moment you had?”
JD’s answer wasn’t what I thought I’d hear. He said his lightbulb moment was more of a dimmer switch than a lightbulb. It was a slow progression not an instant aha moment. I believe more now than ever people are in desperate search of this aha moment. They’re looking for the fastest way possible to make a million dollars or lose 50 lbs. “Aha” means I figured it out and sold it in the same instance.
Trouble is the world doesn’t work this way. I hate to be your dream crusher, but “aha” isn’t realistic. You may have a better chance of winning the lottery. JD’s lesson was it’s going to take some focused effort and work. Oddly enough the pursuit of his dream required patience.
Back to the lightbulb/dimmer switch.
I give an immense amount of thanks to Justin Wise (@justinwise) and his Think Digital blog. My wife follows Justin’s sister on Iowa Girl Eats (an immensely successful food blog) and recommended I checked Justin out. My dimmer switch was on. The light was extremely dim, but the power was flowing to the light.
This step was what I’ll refer to later down the road as “ignition.” It got me started. I dove head first into Justin’s teachings and maybe more importantly his network. I dug into his podcasts, I followed Casey Graham, and I got introduced to Pat Flynn on Twitter. I link to each of these guys as they’ve provided me with a ton of value. A TON! I don’t care if you’re interested in launching a blog, starting a business, or just getting deeper into the learning process. These guys will help.
I’m learning more about business now from a multitude of different angles and business possibilities than the pervious five years combined. I’m using their teaching here in my blog and with team’s in the office. The results are simple. A Keen Mind is growing by the day and I’m seeing great results in my professional life.
The dimmer switch analogy is terrific because it’s real life. Not some fairly tale we’re bombarded with daily on social media. It takes time, an immense effort, and more focused power to reward the light we’re all looking to achieve.
ACTION ITEM: The first thing I’d do is subscribe to John’s Entrepreneur On Fire podcast. There are nearly 500 episodes with really great content available. The second thing I’d do is take a hard look at your goals and your dimmer switch. Is it on? If not, START. If it’s on, focus on the next steps you need to take to burn that light a little brighter!