Magic Mike’s Advice For Growing Entrepreneurs

July 3, 2012

Oh dear…have you seen Magic Mike yet? It’s….good.  And not just for the greased up mancandy, for the plot yo!  Soderbergh knows what he’s about.   As I was driving home last night, I was thinking about all the pretty big deal life lessons that were addressed in the film, which is essentially about a man with a dream, stuck in a job he doesn’t love…sound familiar?

Here is Magic Mike’s advice and life lessons for a fledgling entrepreneur.  Nothing too spoiler-y that you can’t discern from the trailers.

People are darn comfortable with you, just the way you are.
Which means, when you try to rise up, change jobs, launch your dream, create a better life for yourself, you’re often impacting the way that other people see you and interact with you.  If you’re lucky, they’ll roll with the evolution and support you.  But, sometimes, they take it personally. They’ll think you’re criticizing their life choices by your desire to change.  Sometimes if they’re a smarmy strip club owner, they’ll actively try to hold you down for their personal gain.

Life lesson: you gotta’ fight for what you want.

It’s cool to have two (or three or four) jobs when you’re trying to launch your dream
Money is important! Save what you earn so that when the time is right, you can invest it in yourself.

Life lesson: You gotta hustle & have a good safe.

But don’t wait for the time to be “right”.
Because it never is. Ever.  The best you can hope for is ‘good enough’. You can save, wait, and read economic reports all day long, and all that’s going to happen is someone is going to give you a good reason to spend your money before you can channel it into your best life.  “I’m not ready” is fear dressed up in ‘rational’ clothing.

Life lesson: Leap before you’re “ready”. 

Trust yourself
Because leaving your established life for the economic unknown of entrepreneurial business owning is rocky.  It’s unstable.  It’s muddy and confusing and some days, really.freaking.hard.  If you don’t trust yourself, you’ll never make it.

Life lesson: You are your own captain, boat, sails and wind.  Trust yourself to make it happen.

And seriously, save your money.

Ellen Ercolini is a life and career coach dedicated to helping you figure our your life passion and purpose, so you can have the profession (and profits!) you want.  Curious how she can impact your life? Schedule a free superhero session with her here.

Put more you in your business

(regardless of your myers-brigg)

8 thoughts on “Magic Mike’s Advice For Growing Entrepreneurs

  1. Hey lil lady…this was awesome! And not just because I can’t wait to go see this movie. These lessons are simple and completely understandable. And thanks for giving us all permission to have multiple jobs in order to save up for when it’s time to take a leap. When I was first starting out, that concept was really hard to grasp. I felt like since I knew I had this big vision, that taking a stupid job was embarrassing. Or meant that I was selling out. Quite to the contrary, it was allowing me not to stress out so much about money that I was unable to be creative about my business. Also…this is brilliant: “You are your own captain, boat, sails and wind. Trust yourself to make it happen.” Total tweetable. 🙂

    • Aieee TOTAL tweetable! Thanks for pointing that out to me…sometimes I am in such a daze with my own work. And YES to working a few jobs to make the Big Dream work. I think this is like the black sheep of personal business building, and it needs to be talked about more. Thanks for sharing your story Sally <3

  2. Hey Ellen, great post made me chuckle. I have not seen Magic Mike yet, but perhaps I will now. I really liked your headline “don’t wait for the time to be right” that is so true. If I had a nickel for every persona that said they were waiting for something to happen before making a move…I would be a rich woman. The time is now. Absolutely.

    • The time IS now – and here’s the thing that people don’t realize – you’ll figure it out from there. I see people get stuck in the ‘waiting game’ because they think the big move they’re waiting on is an absolute. Nope. It’s all full of variables and is going to look different than you think, so you might as well jump, move, whatever, and refine your actions from the next place. Thanks for the comment, and I adore your last name 🙂

  3. Haven’t seen the movie but after this, I’m tempted! I was once asked to use my marketing skills to help promote a male strip joint owned by a couple of dentists who put themselves through dental school by stripping. It’s a crazy world!

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