by Tanea Smith
Secrets of a Side Hustler: 3 Ways to Stay Motivated at Your 9 to 5 while working your side hustle
After months or in some cases years of juggling a full time job and working on your side hustle there will be days when you feel as though you can’t take it one more second. You just don’t have it in you to read one more email, go to one more staff meeting nor schmooze with yet another client. You’re just, well, done. Finished. Through.
Listen I get it. After almost 20 years in Corporate America I’ve experienced every single emotion from “Amen for this job” to “Jesus get me out of here”. I mean at his convenience, of course!
Please keep in mind, Mama said there’d be days like this and she never lied. If you’re truly not ready to throw in the towel at the day gig, here’s what you should do:
Pump Up Your Jam
Again and again and one more time if you need to. When the temperature begins to rise and you feel the sweat well up on your brow cue your motivation music! Either in your head or on your ipod crank up the volume. My one hit wonder is “Think” by Aretha Franklin. There’s something about the Queen yelling “Ohh Freedom, yeahhhh Freedom” that helps me glide right through to 6pm. Don’t argue, just press play.
Look On The Bright Side
I know, I know. You’ve looked. But take one more glance and imagine these 2 words in each lens of your rose colored sunglasses, “Cash” & “Benefits”. Your day job is supplying the lifeline to both of these. Contrary to what some may say America has not quite recovered from the economic downturn. I don’t know about you but I rank my health & my coins pretty high on my “can’t do without list”. Before you hit send on that “good riddens & goodbye” email, adjust your optics.
Soak It All In
Yes even the ugly parts. Perspective I find is everything. Remember when you first applied for the job you now hate? The primary criteria for being hired was that you had to have experience. Everything from contacts & business etiquette to systems & training is knowledge that you can take with you on your long journey through entrepreneurship. Sean Combs once said, “Learn everything you can from everyone you can and one day you’ll be glad you did.” Please take heed. Every single experience is an education.
Remember, just because your body sits at a desk that doesn’t mean your mind can’t be free. Hustle on!
As a teenager mother living on welfare back in 1994 Tanea Smith made a conscious decision that she would defy the odds and would not become a statistic. She began what has culminated into an 18 year career as an Executive Assistant on Wall Street in New York City. With the acknowledgment that gratitude & ambition can dwell in the same apartment she knew that despite having a “steady” job the click she felt in her spirit to do & be more was too strong to ignore. After the birth of her 2nd child in 2007 she used her creativity & life’s experiences and created a witty & empowering stationery collection, She’s Got Papers.
While the “papers’ are keeping America connected one handwritten note at a time, in 2013 she expanded her platform. As an Inspirational Business Speaker Tanea motivates, educates and frees other women in Corporate America who desire to start their own businesses on the side.
Tanea has been featured in Essence, More, About.com, American Express Forum & The Wendy Williams Show.
Tanea has spoken at St. John’s University, City College of New York, New York University. She has a PhD. in Thriving Despite The Odds. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity.
Connect with her on Twitter @inspiredbysgp
See the stationery collection at: www.shesgotpapers.com
Get free launch while working tips at www.taneasmith.com
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