How to turn peanuts into gold in 5 seconds flat

I’m in a business group, and the other day one of the members posted this little gem:

Brown envelope with words 'pay packet', peanuts spilling out

Don’t compare yourself to others. Give yourself the credit you deserve for your business success. 

“10 months ago I decided to leave my job as a secondary school teacher and make my side project my main job. At that time I was making about 1~2k a month and set a goal of reaching £10k/ month from my business by April 2016.

“I hit that mark last month for the first time (and then some).

“I realise that this is peanuts compared to what a lot of you guys are doing – but it’s a start.”

I think you’ll agree that’s a fabulous result. It’s such a great feeling when you hit that £10k a month mark – and it’s less to do with the money than you might think. The money is just a bonus. It’s about feeling like you’re succeeding at your chosen business.

And do you know how he did it? Bloody hard work and simply getting on with the stuff he needed to get on with. He din’t have a shitload of money at the start, as you can see; but he took enough risks and invested in himself and his business, and it paid off.

Because hard work and that kind of mindset does pay off.

But that’s not really what I wanted to natter about. Cos it was the last sentence that struck me: “I realise this is peanuts compared to a lot of what you guys are doing”… No! No, no, NO! Guess what: you can think of this cash as peanuts, or as gold. All it takes is a teensy-tiny shift in mindset.

I say this a lot, but that’s because it’s important: DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS. Look up to people, learn from them, model and adapt what they’re doing…

But don’t compare yourself. That way lies misery at worst, and dissatisfaction at best. And it’s distracting.

Plus, here’s something else: he’s not giving himself the credit he deserves. That’s an amazing achievement he’s shared there. He should be kinder to himself, and I hope he is.

Do you give yourself enough credit for what you achieve? I often talk about getting stuff done, not making excuses (because most of us do), and investing in ourselves… but I think perhaps I don’t talk enough about giving yourself credit for what you do achieve – while still pushing to do better.

So give yourself a pat on the back and a cheese scone. Then go and buy a copy of my book, Business For Superheroes Show. It’s the perfect read for a Sunday morning. You’ll discover all about how to grow your business.

You can get it here on Kindle, or here in paper form.



Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.

PS I’m off to a doubles trapeze workshop later today. It’s four hours long. Four hours. So I may not be able to move my arms enough to write to you tomorrow. We’ll see.

PPS If you’re not sure about having a read of my book, don’t take my word that it’s worth it. Here’s what Assumpta said: “I have read dozens of motivational books over the years but this one is different. It just tells you what works and what doesn’t, bits of it made me smile and other bits made me laugh out loud. I never write reviews but this book was worth the effort:)”

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