Let’s Go, We Have Work To Do

Dominic Lawson
5 min readApr 4, 2021

StartupNation, we often hear that success is the result of hard work and facing adversity. However, not everyone has the right attitude or work ethic that is required to make that happen. And when you are a new entrepreneur, it’s something you have to learn, get used to, or develop more. It’s common to daydream, avoid work, or procrastinate. Since we have been enduring a pandemic on top of that, many other distractions come to mind. A strong work ethic is useful and admired, ultimately building the type of business or life you want to develop. Many of the most successful people in the world are known for having an unrelenting work ethic.

So StartupNation, here are some things to try to lead to a more productive and successful workday.

1. Now, StartupNation, this one has a bit of a plot twist, so bear with me. Avoid time-wasters. Television, Social Media, text messaging, email, and the internet are good ways to waste time. Having a strong work ethic requires focusing on work. Look, I get it. I have friends on social media, dropping funny memes and videos that bring me instant joy. And I love my Disney+ and Netflix as I have several shows that are waiting on me to watch the season finales. But look at it this way, for the most part, all of that stuff you are distracted by are going nowhere anytime soon. However, your window for that business deal or the perfect date to release that book may be closing faster than when you tried to sneak back into the house as a teenager.

**Plot Twist**

However, you can use those same mediums to get work done if you are creative. For example, I watched Oprah’s interview with Meaghan & Harry to get all the royal tea and learn from one of the master interviewers of our time, Oprah Winfrey. Also, I have lost count of how many times I have gotten paid speaking engagements from commenting on something on social media or through emails, dm’s text messages, and more. Looking while those things can be distractions, you can also turn them on their head and be productive with them if you are creative. The point is being intentional and not wasting time. If you’re wasting time, you are not working…and if you are not working, you are not making money.

2. Build up your work ethic muscles. StartupNation, let me ask you something. Would you go to your first

Dominic Lawson

Serial Entrepreneur and host of The Startup Life Podcast