Do you ever feel like you’ve been doing everything you thought you were supposed to do to build your career, but you still aren’t happy or fulfilled? Do you feel like it may be time to become self-employed?
Aaron Watson knows exactly how you feel. He shares when he knew the exact moment it was time for him to become self-employed.
He’s a digital marketing consultant and the host of the popular Going Deep podcast where he interviews entrepreneurs and innovators about how they face their fears and tackle their obstacles. And he’s a professional ultimate frisbee player!
Lots of great lessons in our conversation including:
- Why understanding your values is so critical for aligning yourself with work opportunities where you can thrive.
- We disccuss how his financial philosophy prepared him for self-employment.
- Why travel is one of the fastest ways to learn about yourself and what you really want out of life.
- How he defines “hustle” for himself.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Embrace discomfort.
- Self-directed learning.
- Become self-employed.
How Aaron Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:30am.
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Meet three new people each week. 2) Do at least 50 cold solicitations per week. 3) Be consistent and mindful with all followups.
- Superpower: Willingness to do thankless, repetitive tasks for a long periods of time.
- Regains focus by: Getting really disciplined about his to-do list, using a white board.
- 90-day goal: Selling over 250 tickets to pack his next event.
“I always knew what everything cost.”
“After a certain point, you learn more from traveling than from reading.”
“Hustle just means going above and beyond.”
“You just can’t get to the point where you can actually be good without fighting through that period of sucking.”
Aaron had this advice to share about getting unstuck and exploring a new business idea:
1) Go to as many people as possible for advice, perspectives, and feedback.
2) Be bold in putting your work out into the world.
3) Embrace feedback and criticism as part of an iterative process to get better.
Resources + Bonus Materials
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Getting Things Done by David Allen