Summary Lesson for Side Hustles from Self Discipline by Gemma Ray

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AFRAID TO FAIL? NO SIDE HUSTLE EITHER

‘Daisy, I’m a bit scared, what if I put in all this work and in six months, it’s just a waste? What if it does not work? What if no one ever buys my pastries?’ ‘That’s a legitimate fear Lola, but how will you know that nobody is going to buy your pastries? Replied Daisy. ‘What do you mean Daisy? ‘If you let your fears hold you back from starting your side business, how will you ever know whether anyone would have bought your pastries or not?’ ‘So, you are saying it is better for me to try rather than worry about whether it will fail or succeed?’ ‘Exactly,’ replied Daisy.

How many times have we ‘thought ourselves out of’ starting a side hustle idea that we had because we were so focused on ‘will it work or not?’ Whether it’s a mythical story or it actually happened, you might have heard about the conversation with Thomas Edison which went something like the following account:

Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, tried over 1000 times to get a successful prototype of the light bulb. A reporter asked him “How did it feel to fail 1000 times?” to which he famously replied “I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”

In other words, what Edison was saying is that, failure is part of the process to success and if we never try or start anything because we are scared of failing then we will never be successful at anything either. If Lola is going to be successful at her side hustle, she needs to embrace failure as part of the process and go for it.

Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fail – Confucius.

But how will you know unless you try!

Possess an attitude of ‘no fear’ towards failure and you’re on the path to success.

Also remember that, you never really fail, you just learn. Failure is a great teacher and in Edison’s case he learnt about 1000 things that didn’t work. We must approach our side hustle with that kind of mindset, try it and if something does not work, learn from it. But never, never give up. Never let the thought of it not working stop you from starting.

If Lola wants to know whether her pastry side hustle will be successful in six months’ time, then she needs to launch it. The same applies to you. If that side hustle idea on your mind is ever going to succeed, then you’ve got to start it.