Do you ever feel that the demands of your job are too much? If so, that’s not a surprise. Modern-day life demands much of us as human beings.
That has been the case for decades. And often, those high demands result in burnout. Researchers have studied the phenomenon of burnout from the 70s. The results? It’s not good.
Research shows that high levels of burnout is associated with the following issues:
- Sleep disturbance.
- Memory impairment.
- Neck pain.
And there’s more. Burnout increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
And there’s even more. But I think you get the point.
Life is pretty awesome, isn’t it? But it’s also scary.
I often hear grownups say: “Do you remember how awesome it was to be a kid?” For most of us, that’s true. When we look back, we see how simple our life was.
When you’re young, you play with your toys, go to school, hang out, play sports, etc. But as you grow up, life gets more complicated by the year.
- First, you have to decide whether you go to college or not.
- Then, you have to decide what you want to become.
- You have to get a job.
- You start thinking about settling down.
- You get a car.
- You get a mortgage to buy a house.
- You have bills to pay. Maybe you have debt.
- Maybe you get a dog.
- How about marriage? Yup. Definitely.
- And then kids.
Everybody knows them: People who know everything. At least, that’s what they believe.
I’m not the type who gets annoyed quickly. Really. I can’t think of many things that bother me.
I also don’t get annoyed with people. Sure, every time I see an idiot online promising you to make six figures with six months, I raise my eyebrow. And yes, I don’t like judgemental people—who does?
But I don’t see the point with getting upset about 99% of the shit people get upset about.
I always think: So what? Plus, you don’t know everything about people.
However, there’s one group of people that seriously annoys me; know-it-alls.
Procrastination has been around since the start of modern civilization.
Historical figures like Herodotus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and hundreds of others have talked about how procrastination is the enemy of results.
One of my favorite quotes about procrastination is from Abraham Lincoln:
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
The funny thing about procrastination is that we all know that it’s harmful. Who actually likes to procrastinate? No one enjoys doing that. Me neither.
And yet, procrastination was the story of my life. When I was in college, every semester, this would happen:
How often do you talk about your own failure? If you’re like me, not often. I think it’s a universal thing that we often try to cover up our failures.
It’s not cool to say that you’ve failed. We prefer to talk about success. That’s also true for most books, articles, talks, etc.
Yup, everything is always great. Except, it isn’t always great.
But what’s wrong with failing? And what is failure? It’s so subjective. I think we’re often too quick to judge ourselves.
In the moment, failure is this ugly thing that you want to go away quickly. When I look back at my own failures it’s the same. There are things like failed jobs, business ventures, relationships, etc.
Do you have a long list of goals that you want to achieve? No matter how small or large your goals are; some of us never even start.
The main reason is because we know that the first step is the hardest. How do you even set that first step? How do you go from zero to one?
- From zero revenue to earning your first dollar.
- From zero followers to one follower.
- From unemployed to getting á job.
- From zero users to one user.
In the beginning, it’s not about finding your dream job, becoming a multi-millionaire, having 1M followers.
No, it’s about taking that first step. Your first pleasant job. Your first reader. Your first user. Your first sale.
Here are 7 steps that help bring you from zero to one.