This one came out over a decade ago but I still think of it from time to time. I can picture myself in my parents basement watching it on Muchvibe. Wishing the phone would ring a little more.
I was good, why isn’t it ringing more?
So when Jully sung “Even when the phone don’t ring” it spoke to me.
But then she sings:
And even when it ain’t going on
You gotta still keep being strong…
And finally the hook:
“By the sweat of your brow…”
In other words, focus on the process. Focus on the hard work and on what you can control.
Valuable lessons for an entrepreneur.
We want the calls and emails to come in. We want the sales. But how do you get them?
Not by complaining. Not by saying “whoa is me” but rather, by putting our heads down and getting down to work.
Reminds me of something I heard Jerry Seinfeld say when he was feeling down on himself. He was in his apartment and having trouble coming up with jokes so he went for a walk. He saw construction workers working as he walked by. He stopped feeling sorry for himself. Not like they needed inspiration. They were were just working.
He started approaching comedy with the same blue collar lunch pail mentality.
Just like working out, you aren’t working hard if you aren’t working up a sweat.