Why I Gave Up Hard Liquor, Blogging, And Life Lessons Only You Can Learn Yourself

I gave up hard liquor.  (And other things non-related to alcohol or my success).

September. 2012. Me, a park bench, and the pavement. As I sit there spewing up on my feet (yes my own feet, both of them), I thought, no VOWED, to myself: I WILL NEVER DRINK AGAIN, just like any good drunk would.

The 2 buzz balls, 5 shots of Patron, and 2 Cranberry and Vodka’s that I had drunk earlier burned my throat as it came out… and onto my feet (did I mention it was in the middle of a crowded Downtown Baton Rouge?)  Yes, these drinks made me their bitch. And I was completely at their mercy (and believe me, Patron was not feeling too merciful that night).

I woke up not knowing where I was, with missing pants, NO clue how I had gotten into bed (and even worse where my pants had gone), and a RAGING hangover that lasted for 3 days.

I tell this story with such affection because it was the moment when I decided I no longer needed hard liquor in my life. You know how you have those moments when you never forget them. I’ve had those moments when it comes to building a business.

You see, building a business has a lot to do with learning and perfecting your craft. You should always work to be the best at whatever you are doing. But the thing lots of people don’t realize is that building a business will cause you to grow and change spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. In order for your business to grow, YOU have to grow.

Here’s the tough part about success: YOU have to fucking CHANGE.

If change wasn’t necessary than you’d already be successful. There is no way you can expect to produce something if you don’t DO anything different. *Steps down off high horse*

And Patron, Buzz Balls, and Vodka… not producing what I want. Not even getting me laid.

So I gave up hard liquor, because my God, how many times should you throw up on your own feet before you decide to do something differently?

If you want to be successful you’ll have to give up some things too. And no, I’m not talking about a 40-day I’m giving this up for lent kinda thing. You will have to CHANGE your habits. (There’s that damn word again *cringes along with you*)

10 Things You Should Give Up If You Are Serious About Building A Business

1. Complaining because it’s just plain annoying. Plus, it serves no purpose whatsoever.

2. Being Oblivious- you need to pay attention to EVERY aspect of your business. In other words: Keep your shit tight.

3. Inconsistency- the killer of all things related to success.

4. Doing Everything Yourself- because that shit is IMPOSSIBLE and unnecessary. You can’t control and do everything.

5. Being Cheap- if you don’t stop this be prepared to grow 800x slower than everyone else who is investing in their business.

6. Being An Unhealthy Slob- because you can’t be fabulous if you don’t feel fabulous. You are just more brilliant healthy.

7. Waiting For____ – it’s never going to feel like the perfect time. You have to just GO!

8. Being A Copycat -your true power lies in your ability to be as fucking weird as you naturally are :-)

9. Self-Doubt- YOU CAN DO IT. There, fixed that.

10. People Who Drag You Down- Spend your time with people who support and believe in you.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments what you’ve learned that you had to give up since starting to build your biz.

Oh and I’m not gonna lie, I really hate when people use the words: ROCK, KILLER, BADASS… yeah yeah we know.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    i AM HAPPY TO SAY I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS FAR INTO THE GUTTER.i DID TRAVEL TO L.A. MANY YEARS AGO TO ASK A FRIEND WHO HAD BEEN THERE HOW IN THE WORLD A SOBER PERSON KNOWS WHEN HER HUSBAND HAS REACHED BOTTOM, OR IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR HIM TO REACH BOTTOM? AS YOU KNOW, THERE IS NO ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION. i’M GLAD YOU FOUND YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS AND THAT YOU ARE RECOVERING EVERY DAY!

  2. says

    Woohoo Angie, congrats! I love your style, and your story. We need releasing to promote acquiring. Letting go drinking, drugs or anything we abuse opens us up to controlling our lives again. Then, we learn that we can only do so much, and leave the rest to the Universe, trusting along the way. We need to work persistently and consistently to make this bit happen. No other way around it. Thanks for the inspiring share! I’ll post it to kingged(dot)com to boost your traffic :)

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