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Episode 43 – When Your Side Hustle Is Really Just a Hobby

As a Success Charger, admittedly, you’re different.  You see opportunity where others only see roadblocks, but let’s be honest about this one.

What is wrong with simply having a “hobby”.  Why does EVERYBODY seem to think they have to be “hustlin” or “grindin”.  When really, so many of those same people, are just…well….”Strugglin”.


Dan Pink’s book, Free Agent Nation, rocked my world when I read it nearly 10 years ago.  In the text, he explains how the world is basically shifting from what we think of as a traditional employment world, to a “gig economy” world (I’m pretty sure “gig economy” is a newer term, but you get it, right?)

There’s only one problem.  Too many of the very companies who would prefer to pay for talent ONLY when they REALLY NEED IT, have build vast systems to support a “traditional business model” and they often find themselves ill-equipped to actually execute on a plan that the “gigsters” would LOVE…. Being able to work on projects as a free-agent on an “as-needed” basis with enough frequency to be able to effectively blend work with the lifestyle they prefer.

I think we’re on our way to seeing Pink’s reality, it’s just taking longer than many people would like.  Leaving many with a strong DESIRE to be a free agent stuck in a purgatory between what they really want and the harsh realities of the ever-expanding cost of living.  (Television used to only cost the price of the TV itself, you know….and it wasn’t that long ago.  Now….$200+ month is not uncommon just for the “content”.)

So this week, we beg the question, “Do you REALLY have a side hustle, or is that stuff you work on after work just a “hobby”….and by the way, there is NOTHING wrong with having a good ol’ fashioned hobby.

Sound off in the comment section below or  drop us a quick note at podcast@ideacharger.com and let us know your take.

Does your side hustle make money?  Do you actually do anything for fun anymore, or are you  trying to “monetize” EVERYTHING you do?  Or, are you a hipster who still goes to coffee shops for the **gasp** actual coffee?

How To Build The Life You Really Want and The Steps Toward Success You Must Take Today! (Ep 24)

Building on the momentum of recent weeks, in Episode 24, host Scott Cooksey shares how 2016 is off and running with intention and purpose.

Sharing how he practices what he suggests on the show, Cooksey reveals his “ONE BIG GOAL” for this year, shares what he is doing differently to achieve it, and why making time for your family and loved ones is important NOW….while you are building the life and business you really want!

One important fact to remember is that “nobody is responsible for your success but you” and further more, it is not anyone else’s responsibility to make sure YOU get what YOU want.

The only question that remains is: What will you DO about it?

The simple questions and steps you need to take are all included in this podcast episode. Just remember that you don’t have to be perfect right away, but you MUST move the needle in the right direction.

Share YOUR “Big Goal” for 2016 in the show notes at www.IdeaCharger.com/Episode24 and if you haven’t listened to Episodes 21-23, and you’re at the point of wanting to (re)gain control of your own life and business, this would be a great time to give these lessons a listen.

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The Secret to Becoming Memorable

You look down, they know you’re lying and up, they know you don’t know the truth. Don’t use seven words when four will do. Don’t shift your weight, look always at your mark but don’t stare, be specific but not memorable, be funny but don’t make him laugh. He’s got to like you then forget you the moment you’ve left his side. And for God’s sake, whatever you do, don’t, under any circumstances…

– Rusty Ryan, Oceans 11, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2001

The 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven is one of my favorite, go-to movies whenever I just want to relax and be entertained. The witty banter, funky music and…well, who doesn’t enjoy a good ol’ Las Vegas story?

In the above scene, Rusty Ryan, played by Brad Pitt, offers advice to Linus (Matt Damon) just before he steps into their latest con scheme.  The goal is for Linus to “sell” the con, and put into place yet another important piece of the complicated scheme to rob a Las Vegas casino.

Certainly, I am not endorsing your undertaking an elaborate con.  Rather, I ask what are you doing, deliberately, to sell your own capabilities to those around you to make a legitimate, positive impact toward achieving what you deserve?

Make This Year Different

DiceMaking change is difficult.  No doubt you have found changing old habits, processes, systems and perspectives always less than an easy task. Making change successful, however, is more than just rolling the dice.  Here are some simple IdeaChargers to get you started:

  • Read More
    Become a student of the world.  Pick a topic-any topic.  Learn about something you know very little about. Hell, read a novel instead of yet another business book.  Just read.
  • “Wing It” Less
    There is no substitute for experience.  There is also nothing greater than being prepared BEFORE you need that experience.
  • Stop Repeating What You Know
    Offer more insight into what you know.  Quotes are convenient. Knowledge is power. Opinion sets you apart.
  • Build Connections Before You Need Them
    Spend 20 minutes per day reaching out to people you already know.  Find out what/how they are really doing and connect them with someone else, then, step back. [This is a longer-term strategy for results and one which averagely successful people most often overlook.]
  • Be You
    You have a gift.  You are unique.  At all costs, do not let your gift become a commodity.  Dig in and get to know yourself, first.  Then, share it with the world!

New years resolutions are convenient, but unnecessary.  The time to begin your own path to success starts now.  Practice the above five concepts above, and watch what happens.  Here is my promise:

You Will Be More Memorable!


Are You Already A Step Ahead?

Share how one or more of the above points have made an impact on you already.  Or, hold yourself accountable by posting a comment to put how you plan to make yourself memorable.

How To Fix America

GroverClevelandPopularVoteMapAs I write this post, it is Election Day in the United States.  This particular election is dubbed the “mid-term” election, as it is the midpoint of the current presidential term.  For many states, this is a key opportunity to set the stage on both the federal and state levels of government for the opportunity to make changes for the next two years.  Hope. Change. Better. Worse.  You have heard it all before, right?  Well, sort of.

Have a conversation with any toddler, anywhere in the world, and you will get an example of “cause and effect” thinking.  While the child’s brain develops, they begin to learn that when they do “this” then “that” happens.  Of particular note in our house, for example, is when bad behavior results in loss of privileges like watching her favorite shows on the iPad. [Who knew a two-year-old in 2014 would be a fan of the 80’s sitcom A.L.F and the comedy classic I Love Lucy…at least THIS week?]

As an adult, another truth begins to emerge.  Watch any well-written television drama, read a great novel, or simply pay attention to the decisions you make in your own life and it becomes quite evident that “what happens to us” is more a collective result of multiple actions, rather than a simple “cause and effect” result.

Enter the “disconnect”

We have a problem.  This water-based marble hurling through space that we call “Earth” isn’t sitting still, nor is its future completely dependent upon a single decision by any one person.  If you watch the political ads in any campaign cycle, you’d think the End Times were upon us…and it is all the fault of ONE PERSON–namely whomever the political opponent the ad’s producers seem to be attempting to discredit in favor of their own candidate.  I hate to break it to you, people, but it just isn’t that simple.

What we need in this country is innovation.  Perhaps it is YOUR IDEA that has been cooking in your brain over the past few weeks, months or years.  Maybe YOUR COMPANY has collected the talent, resources and capital necessary to launch the NEXT BIG THING, but you cannot seem to get it launched due to that ONE OBSTACLE in your way.  Or could it simply be that your mojo is in need of a reboot?

Here are the facts:

  • Infrastructure is horribly expensive and often already out-of-date by the time it is actually put into service.
  • Employers feel squeezed by regulations, lack of employee loyalty and global economic pressures.
  • Employees feel squeezed by an ever-connected workplace, a lack of employer loyalty, and wages that have simply NOT kept up with the true cost of living in America today.
  • The Democrats blame the Republicans.
  • The Republicans blame the Democrats.
  • Lobbyists blame everyone, but most importantly….
  • It has ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY—You are out of excuses!

Turn off your cable news stations.  Stop buying into the hype and Niagra Falls-like bombardment of misinformation coming at you today.  The solution IS SIMPLE.

Figure out what YOU want, need and are willing to work for.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and PLUG IN YOUR IDEA CHARGER.  It’s time to move ahead and make success happen for YOU.  It’s really not up to anyone else.

DAMN THE TORPEDOS!

Sound off below and share you are going to DO FIRST to change your trajectory and get yourself back on track! You are not alone. Let’s get you POWERED UP! Tell us what you need!