May 272014
 

I got up the other day and put on one of my newer shirts.  It is a nice grey polo style shirt.  It also has my company logo on it.  I turned into a small child when that arrived.  I was so excited.

Of course I ordered it myself but that is beside the point.  I have a shirt with my company name on it.  I ordered business cards with my name on it.  I also got a pen in the mail that I didn’t order with my company name on it.

These are all little and seemingly petty things but they really motivate me.  They are something besides a computer screen that legitimizes my business.  It doesn’t matter that I have made or ordered most of them, at some point IBM and Microsoft did something similar.

I will be that big someday but for right now, I have to start somewhere.  These little things keep me motivated to make my business work.  They make me want to work harder, and better.  They make me want to be worthy of a brand.  I want to get to a point where my brand is important to people and I have to order more things with my name on them.  I am excited.

I have a slew of things coming for the next couple of months that I hope will pay the mortgage for a while.  I have e-books and affiliate books that I am working on and I am also working on a full rewrite of my wife’s website.

In about a month, the new Brenda’s Quilt Shop website will be live and filled with table runners and quilts.  Something to keep in mind, they make great Christmas gifts.  I will be asking for feedback on some of the sales copy for these and offering prizes….stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.  My blog is growing in a fantastic way and if you are reading this, you are a part of that.  Thank you!

Please join the conversation below!

-Justin

You can always check out the ebook I have right now,

I have put this story together in a lovely little e-book that will be available at my Store for $2.99!

PS tomorrow, part 2 of The Man With The Hazy Suit on Fiction Saturday!

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  9 Responses to “Stupid Little Things That Keep Me Motivated”

  1. Happy Birthday to your little one.

    These are excellent ideas to me. Something I hadn't really put to thought for motivation but now I want a shirt and so forth. Got some thinking to do now. Can I ask where you ordered it? Was it local or through some site? Thanks Justin

    • business cards were vistaprint, shirt was from from a site http://www.queensboro.com. I got a deal right before christmas but they are not too bad on prices. they do charge a fee to set up your logo though. I need one with my blog address on it now so I can advertise. I also got some signs from vistaprint for my wifes site for not much money. we had a magnet sign on our car and one in the front yard. I still have a big banner that I haven't put up yet. Start with cards, they are almost free. and fun..

  2. Maybe your own line of kettlebells is next?

  3. If business cards and shirts with your company logo are able to help you stay motivated, then I say “Go for it!” They really do give you a more “professional” feeling, don't they?

    All that matters is that you stay motivated and want to keep improving — and it definitely sounds like you do! I always like hearing about people who love what they do and never grow stagnant. Keep thinking of what you're going to do next, because hopefully bigger and better things are in the future. Never give up.

    • thanks for the pep talk! and yes it is fun to have tangible things with your company name on them, it gives a certain legitimacy to what you are doing. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Another very strong and powerful post. I’ve been reading through some of your previous posts and finally decided to drop a comment on this one. I signed up for your newsletter, so please keep up the informative posts!

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