Maintaining your creative side takes persistence. It’s like a muscle that you need to strengthen and when you neglect it, it tends to fade. Strengthening your creative side to the point of turning it into a business, on the other hand, is a whole other level of persistence that takes a little extra work. In that case, you may need to find help outside of yourself to really succeed. We found an article on Entrepreneur that speaks directly to that issue and offers the solution of finding a ‘life training partner’, written by contributor Joel Gascoigne about his experience with his co-founder Leo. Check it out below!
As I continuously work to improve myself, I’ve found that it helps to always have a “training partner”—for my day-to-day work, my entrepreneurial goals, and my personal projects like writing.
A few years ago, I consistently had a weekly meeting with my great friend Khuram, in which we discussed our achievements and challenges to help each other keep pushing forward.
Today, my co-founder Leo and I act as personal trainers for each other for our work and life goals.
Here are four ways Leo and I work together as training partners to improve ourselves and meet our goals, in case you might want to give this method a try, too:
One of the activities Leo and I have built as a habit is to sit down together for 20 minutes at the end of each day and plan the key tasks we each want to do the next day.
We’ve found that whenever we plan the day ahead, we’re much more productive, we procrastinate less, and we feel happier as a result.
This is something I can definitely recommend you do with your co-founders—or, if you’re part of a team, you could try it with a co-worker.
Whenever there’s something I need to work on that I find myself struggling to get started with, I will book a slot with Leo to ask him to work through it with me.
This is especially useful for analyzing and brainstorming, where you need to map out many things and come to some conclusions.
Although I do it with Leo, I am mostly leading it and it is one of those cases where simply explaining something to someone can help me a lot.
We’ve had many different iterations of the structure of our mastermind sessions, and they’re still evolving today. Some teammates use this structure today:
Each of these sections serve a slightly different purpose and combine to create a very productive session.
In addition, we also have one-on-one mentoring meetings with a slightly different structure—instead of performance updates, it’s become a more open-ended way to work through challenges, get advice and brainstorm together.
When I originally started blogging, I wrote every post completely by myself. When Leo came on board, I naturally started discussing future posts with him, and he was super encouraging and interested.
Now when I write, I deliberately brainstorm many of my articles with Leo, right down to the individual sections. It makes my writing task much easier, and the posts are better as a result.
Today, our whole Content Crafters team collaborates closely on everything we publish—accountability and collaboration makes ideas stronger.
Author: Joel Gascoine