Let me share with you a secret for becoming a successful entrepreneur, or at least one who will never go without work. And the secret is hidden in a simple movement that will become the most rewarding gesture you’ve ever made.
Lift your chin up and then bring it down. Repeat a few times till you look like you mean it.
Still don’t know what I’m saying? It’s the Indian Head-Bob or if you wish to use words instead, then its the word ‘Yes’
When you’re clueless and on your own journey, much like I am, the Indian head bob (as described above) is a very useful skill to possess. It’s the singular gesture that conveys both enthusiasm and approval in a single neck movement.
And that’s definitely something you need to communicate when you’re looking for work in a territory, where you have no credibility.
Now before you go around bobbing your head, just a few words you need to remember.
- The first project offered to you won’t be the best one that comes your way. It won’t be the thing that makes your heart dance. In fact its not even going to be close to whatever it is that you want to do. It’s just going to be that thing that leads into that other thing. That first stone you need to step on when you need to cross a river. You know what I mean? So do it anyway. Take the step. Do the head-bob and take the job. Else you’ll keep standing on the edge, always scared to cross over .
- You might never be paid for your first job or might be paid in lunch or a coffee, and thats ok. Not for the rest of your jobs. But your first job, say yes. Because, right at the start, money doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter. What should matter is the experience and the work. Think about building your portfolio and making new contacts. Don’t think about money. Not just yet.
- If you’re offered something out of your comfort zone, say yes. I mean, don’t say yes if you’re a painter and are asked to fly a plane. Seriously, please don’t say yes then! But definitely say yes if you are a comic writer being asked to do an a tragedy. Going out of the comfort zone makes you do better than expectations sometimes. And even if you fail, you’d have learnt something new while at it.
There is only caveat to saying yes.
Don’t say yes when you don’t mean it. When you won’t be able to deliver on the work. When you’d rather bury your head under a pile of a month-old rotting leaves than do that work.
Then and only then, say no.
I promise you won’t regret it.