Hey guys, this is Adam. I know it has been a long time since my last article, but I will start writing again. I haven’t gone anywhere; I've been focusing on other projects and things in my life that needed attention.
People often ask entrepreneurs, athletes, and other successful people, “What is the key to success?” They want a magic formula or path they can follow to get there. While there isn’t a step-by-step process to find success at whatever you’re doing, it boils down to three things: self-awareness, hustle, and discipline.
Gary Vee is all about delivering free content. His philosophy is that if you offer massive value to people, they will want to do business with you. If you follow him on Snapchat, Instagram, or YouTube, his videos are all about motivating people and giving advice on how to start a business.
I took the week off from my day job to relax, reflect, and finish my upcoming book. During this week I’ve been thinking a lot about what really motivates me and what my values are. This is something people don’t really think about, or they aren’t honest with themselves.
We all have different sources that we draw inspiration from. Some people look at athletes, movie stars, and entrepreneurs. I am inspired by countless people, both celebrities and people in my own social circle. Who doesn’t love a movie or TV show where the main character fights against all odds to defeat the villain and save the day? One of my biggest sources of inspiration as a kid was Anime.
When I was 24, I spent months brainstorming business ideas. I knew that I wanted to start a business but wasn’t sure how a young guy with little money and experience could start one. I had already learned all about Richard Branson and how he defied the odds to become a rich, successful entrepreneur, but there was something else missing from the puzzle. Weeks later I was browsing the bookstore and picked up a book that looked interesting: Rise and Grind by Daymond John.
I have never liked working for others, that’s a fact. I got my first job when I was 16 working for a guy who did a lot of odd jobs. Mowing lawns, installing docks, shrink-wrapping boats, things like that. I had a few other manual labor jobs because that’s the best I could get as a teenager and the pay was decent. I never had a great work ethic because these jobs were not careers to me, they were temporary jobs to help me pay for college and other expenses.
I had a fun year in Buffalo, but I had a cloud hanging over my head. I kept wondering ‘What if I had moved to Tampa?’ I kept thinking about the warm weather, beaches, night life, all the reasons I originally wanted to move down there. After a week in my new Buffalo apartment I was already regretting the decision and beating myself up for it. I felt like I missed the boat and was watching it sail away.
I remember MLK day back in 2011, my senior year of High School. I had gotten my wisdom teeth taken out two days earlier and was still feeling tired from the surgery. I was playing around on my family’s computer and was seeing a lot of trending videos related to Martin Luther King, Jr. I never knew that much about the man, other than he was a preacher and fought for the black community and their civil rights for years. I also knew, like everyone else, that he was perhaps the most famous and impactful activist in American history.