Lessons That Pain Teaches You

29356496_1575863145783254_4806323293353148416_nMy aunt operates a successful Bread & Breakfast in JHB South.

She has a huge network, and I believe she would do amazing things in our business.

She has the right thinking.

I was reminded of this from a WhatsApp she forwarded.

Don’t like forward messages because I feel they lack the intimacy that comes with taking the time to write out one from scratch.

But maybe that’s just me.

The text she sent spoke about something I’ve known for a while now.

Part of the reason why I quit my previous job.

Working for a salary is good, the problem comes with having to start all over again on the next month accumulating that salary.

All your hardwork amounts to nothing when the 1st comes, either than securing your employment for the next month.

Well, even that isn’t secured depending on whether they fire you or not.

Having a job is grand.

With you getting better education to get you better paying employment, that has you spending more time in the office due to workloads and less time at home.

Because if you stop working, the money stops coming in, right?

So finding a way to replace yourself, so that you have a vehicle making money for you on the side, while you go to work. Or do whatever it is that makes you happy.

And a business or cashflowing investment does that for you.

Working for 40 years of your life until you retire.

Only to live the remaining 20 or so with a third of what your salary was when you were working is a sad position I choose not to find myself in.

So with every business failure I am making, I am learning.

This will eventually make me a better business owner in the long run.

Embrace failure and learn from lessons the pain is trying to teach you.

That’s how you become successful in life.

From the lessons that pain teaches you.

Will show you one day, maybe tomorrow, on what that message looked like that she sent.

That was the whole aim of this blog but I see it turned out differently.

~ Musa

The Annoyed Leader

obama-looking-pissed-annoyedNothing that annoys me more than the “L” word.

Being a leader comes with responsibility.

Hence leaders are paid more than followers.

And that’s what I want, to be paid more.

Just not liking what I need to become for that to happen.

Like someone once said, people want to go to heaven but are afraid of dying.

For you to reach the end, a process needs to be followed.

Much like what my mentor mentioned during our sit down yesterday.

Freedom is not free.

So for my bank balance to grow, I need to grow.

And the recommended books that teach leadership will help with that.

It’s a continous thing though.

Every day I need to read for at least 15 minutes.

The good stuff I’m feeding my brain with come out in the form of my actions.

And that’s how all things change, through your actions.

Leaders are readers.

And in the long run, what I am seeing as my current reality will differ.

Especially since associations are important.

She also mentioned how pain is your friend.

Without pain then there is no growth.

That means you are comfortable.

Yet success is at the end of your comfort zone.

Because if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, then you will keep getting what you are currently getting.

But the rub is that this process of reading needs to be consistent, for the Slight Edge to have the time to kick in.

That’s why I need to be in it for the long run.

Because leadership is not limited to business or work.

Those that you are in charge of are looking up to you as a leader.

I like how Simon Sinek puts it:

“Leadership is a responsibility. It’s not about being in charge. It’s about taking care of those in your charge.” – @SimonSinek

~ Musa