Recently I went through quite a flustering time in my life that I feel has really shed some light on developing my time management skills. Through my findings, I wanted to share them with you!
Having an entrepreneurial spirit is both a blessing and a curse. Let me explain.
As an entrepreneur, we are bred to think in ways that see opportunity wherever it lies. We have designed our brains to create these narratives that allow us to see ourselves far into the future doing so many different things! While this is a gift because it allows us to reach limits otherwise unattainable, it can sometimes bite us in the butt if we’re not careful.
Inspiration Turns to Action
In case you didn’t know, I run this blog by myself and at the same time am attending college. This in itself has proven to be a tremendous learning experience, as I have had to learn time management skills in order to better divide myself across all areas.
There came a point in time however, when I wanted to pursue every single entrepreneurial idea that had come to my head. I would get a spark of inspiration and before I knew it, I would act upon it.
I had established this deep notion that today’s culture has engraved in our heads that multiple streams of income are the only way to become successful and to generate real financial wealth. While this is a true claim, it can become confusing where to start for someone who is just stepping forward onto their entrepreneurial journey.
An Example From My Own Life
As I said earlier, there was once a time that I pursued everything that came my way. I had just created Minerva Money and was obsessed with the notion of creating financial security to better relay the information to all of you! I had heard that a lot of people were making money through drop shipping through many financial influencers on the web soon after I had established this blog. I had learned that you could sell products to customers without having to hold any inventory!
This seemed like something I could do. After all, I had been selling things on eBay and have had to worry about shipping and holding inventory while doing it!
To add, I have this deep passion for the people who express themselves on YouTube through whatever it is that interests them. I wanted nothing more than to express myself in the same way. The creative boundaries seemed limitless and created a calling within me that made my mind race just thinking about it.
Before I knew it, I had created a new drop shipping website known as The Pet Plaza. A website that allowed me to partner with local distributors and sell pet food without having to hold any inventory. Moreover, I was trying to film videos for YouTube, buying and selling things on eBay, running Minerva Money, and taking five classes in college.
Now don’t get me wrong, I was stoked at this time. I was grinding my butt off to be able to get one step closer to financial freedom. But I was way out of balance.
A couple of weeks went by and I had this gut retching feeling that developed inside me that I couldn’t quite identify. I knew that something was wrong but I was confused because I felt like I was doing everything right.
Wasn’t I supposed to have my eggs in a lot of baskets? Aren’t I on the right track to financial freedom? Most importantly, aren’t I fulfilling my goal of being a successful entrepreneur?
I had to be honest with myself. A voice inside of me was screaming the obvious answer I had been trying to deny.
It was evident that I needed to sit down with myself and do some major reconstruction in order to attain the balance that I needed to get rid of this gut feeling. It had been something that I wanted to put off because I had identified myself as a part of these constructs, all creations that I had major hopes and dreams for. But I knew that I had to be real with myself.
Then it hit me.
I realized that people don’t become successful just because they are good at a lot of things. As human beings, we are constructed in a way that allows us to develop ourselves into something amazing once we define exactly what it is that we are striving to attain. I had realized, my narrative had become way too large than what I could handle.
If I was going to make it anywhere in this life I knew that I had to hone in on one or two of those specific dreams and become that master of those before I could become the master of anything else. So, I had a choice to make.
Which dream to pursue?
I had to be real with myself. What dream was screaming the most at me? What goal could I wrap my head around doing for the rest of my life if need be? Most importantly, what pain was I willing to go through to achieve the end goal?
I had made my decision. Minerva Money and focusing on college were going to be my ultimate goals. They would allow me to master and better create a platform for my readers and allow me to become more in tuned with myself.
Ever since I have made this decision to master one dream before moving on to the next, Minerva Money has become something even more special than it was before. It has enabled me to better dedicate time towards it and has really let me check in with my “why” behind why I do things.
I encourage all of you out there who are trying to establish financial freedom to pick that one thing and just go for it. I know that it might be a scary decision trying to figure out which is the right path to go but I promise you, taking a step in any direction is better than no steps at all.
Become the master of your craft, and before you know it, you will inevitably find yourself becoming more valuable to society. In turn, becoming more fulfilled internally.
As always thanks for your input, it means the world to me to be able to serve you as the reader and hopefully provide some sort of value in your lives.
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Andrew Martinez, owner and writer of Minerva Money
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