January is Here: Let’s Get Started

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For about two months last year, I sought advice from everyone on a single question. To start off 2019, Unfiltrd is dedicating an entire month to it.

What makes a self-starter?

You know the people. You may be one of them. They don’t wait for permission. They can follow just as well as they can lead. They can teach themselves almost anything and know the right questions to ask to move their work forward. This self-starter attitude and lifestyle helps them take initiative in the workplace and beyond. These are the people who arrive to the meeting with solutions and not just the problem and a chorus of ‘ummm…’ or ‘Let’s wait and see.’ They get shit done.

As I grew into a professional role with increased opportunity for mentorship and management, I often came up against is how one person can be such a natural self starter while someone else is constantly waiting for you to give them permission, describe the next step, and/or receive feedback before proceeding. Also, how do you teach that self’-starter behavior or inspire that? Is it natural? Is someone born with the hustler gene or can they develop it over time?

I’m still stuck on this topic and it has led to some of the most interesting conversations amongst my friends so I’m opening it up to this community as the theme for January. Sound off in the comments below or follow along with our content as we try to figure it all out. Okay, it’s a month, we’re not going to figure it all out but maybe we’ll have a better understanding?

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3 Comments

  • Yikes I struggle with this. Sometimes I am like : "am I not cool because I am not an entrepreneur?" or that I prefer my 9-5 and my side hustle got to be too much and that and I really just wanted to focus on my job and then my home life.
    I do get shit done but only when it matters to me. I can motivate myself to do great things and I do think some of it you are born with but some if it is a learned skill or even situational.
    Like I think self starting is particularly hard for me when I am dealing with anxiety and not the "omg i have anxiety" type but rather the real diagnosed in and out of panic attack anxiety. When I have that part of my brain under control, I feel like I fire on all cylinders.

    • I love this takeaway.
      You are totally cool even if you aren’t an entrepreneur or side hustle. You are cool as long as you are showing up for your own life.. I developed the self-starter attitude long before I ever started a business and used it in my 9 to 5. It’s really just taking initiative which I agree can be hard when you are dealing with Anxiety. You really have to focus on breathing and hitting the bare minimum necessary for survival versus focusing your energy on going above, beyond, and taking on more.
      There are so many benefits of a 9 to 5 and I feel like it gets a bad rap when it really has so much stability and structure built in that can be quite comforting and empowering. How did you make the decision to let your side hustle go?

      • It kind of happened just naturally, I had less time for it, it wasnt as successful, and i wasnt enjoying it anymore. So I made the decision, I would rather have other priorities.

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