When You’re Just Getting Started, Turn Up The Volume

Try doing things faster. Much faster.

Yes, quality trumps speed. But speed trumps inaction.

(Most of us aren’t at a place where we should be obsessing about quality. Yet.)

Sometimes it’s easier to get something done quickly with a few errors and literally just “push” it out than to wait for it to appear in your lap fully formed. Getting things done more quickly is an insurance plan against inaction.

I have a morning routine that I faithfully execute with very rare exception. You can read all about that here.

With so much time before the day officially starts, sometimes I abuse all that free space.

I’m up at 4:45. I go to the bathroom. I’m on the phone. Scroll, scroll, scroll.

I walk into the kitchen and make myself a coffee. Extra black. Sip, sip, sip.

Now it’s time to read. Usually I pick something meaty. Scan, scan, scan.

Writing is next. Sometimes I’ll sit there just staring at the screen. Think, think, think.

There’s nothing wrong with going at your own pace, but it’s nice to purposely pick up the pace sometimes. Try switching things up and see how you perform when things are double speed.

Turn. Up. The. Volume.

Cut out all the leisurely pauses. Get to business. Focus on purpose.

Ever seen Ronda Rousey enter the ring? Her eyes are narrowed, shoulders square and pulled back, fists clenched. Stomp, stomp, stomp. She marches into the ring. Now that’s a woman with purpose.

When you inject more purpose into your activities, it naturally narrows your focus. The distractions on the periphery just fade into the background.

Try thinking of your work like that.

This is the manner of thought I’m adopting to get a lot more work done. Like, a LOT more work.

Last weekend, I shot 15 videos for YouTube. I just set the camera up in my house and started talking. Didn’t script it. Didn’t care. The goal was production, not perfection. It was easy to do this. SO easy. I’m mad that I didn’t do it earlier. I’ve had this awesome camera for almost 2 years.

Yesterday, I went in the studio to make the first #Rich20Something mixtape. I came in there with the beats and a few ideas for what I wanted to do. I didn’t obsess about the “does this sound good” thing. I just asked myself “can I get 5 tracks done today?” I banged em out. We’ll mix them later.

If you’ve seen my video regarding Tupac and The Urgency of Creation, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

This morning, I rose from the dead and stomped to the kitchen. I sat down at the computer and immediately started writing this post you’re now reading before the coffee was ready. I don’t care if it gets shared. I just care that it gets done.

Volume is a powerful force for creating hits in any industry. Especially when you’re getting started.  

Volume is a better formula for making something go viral than any algorithm or any tactic.

Stuff the ballot box in your favor.

Think Lil’ Wayne circa 2004-2008. He had a studio on the bus and he was just ripping mixtapes out at a sickening pace. A lot of the songs were good. A lot of them were trash. But for every 100 songs, 5 solid hits would appear. Did people obsess over the underwhelming tracks? Nah. Everybody forgot about the 95 and focused on the 5.

5 hits is a lot of hits.   

Pretend that there’s a studio on your bus. Bring whatever you need to get your work done with you and do your thing on the road.

Turn up the volume.

Kanye said, “Lock yourself in a room doing 5 beats a day for 3 summers.”

Try that.

You’ll probably surprise yourself with your own brilliance.

If you want to learn more about how you can turn up the volume, order the Rich20Something book today and level up your business.

Daniel DiPiazza
@Rich20Something

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Rich20Something. A millennial business mastermind, he has successfully started three consecutive freelance businesses and scaled them to over $100K in revenue with zero startup capital. His work is regularly featured in Time Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox News, and Yahoo! Business. His debut book, Rich20Something, publishes on May 2, 2017.

  • WittyEarner

    This article is amazing man I love it. I felt the energy just from reading it.

  • CherylGnad

    I agree with a commenter below…I felt the energy reading this! Yes often I do surprise myself with my own brilliance at just “winging it”! I’ve learned that I do well – or just good enough – to look good! I don’t shy away from “banging it out”! Great article and focus!

  • coachroland

    Great post!

    Thanks for the reminders and inspiration 😉

  • Hey Daniel,

    I’ve been following you on Facebook for a while now, and love your content bro! I know you’re taking a break from writing content at the moment, but I noticed when you started upping the amount of videos and short notes you were producing!

    Keep up the good work!

    Dan

  • Arielle Simone

    Wow! Thanks Daniel. I really needed to read this today. Speed does trump inaction. So I need to stop waiting for those “perfect” pieces of content and get to it. If I turn up the volume (and add this to a daily writing routine like yours), I KNOW those solid hits will appear.

  • Kelsey

    I agree… I get so focused on perfection. This can really be detrimental to success in the long run. Sometimes we need the confidence to know our work has strong, solid points… even though it’s not absolutely perfect. And that is the way it should be. It is in this moment that we’re on the road to success. Thanks, Daniel, for your inspiration.

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