I started my first official business when I was 19 years old. I had just gotten arrested for smoking weed in New York, and had a huge wake up call that I needed to change my life around and start contributing to society instead of just coasting along in life.
I spent my life savings at the time on a state of the art website. That website opened up doors and helped me land clients that a 19 year old never dreamed of getting – it was my first lesson in marketing – branding is everything, perceived value is king.
I took the profit from my business and continued to grow, travel, learn, and invest in myself.
Since that time, I’ve worked full time jobs that sucked the life out of me, and I’ve worked one hour gigs that paid thousands of dollars. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from all of this, it’s that the people who prioritize personal goals over money are the real winners. Anyone can make money. A lot of people make a lot of money. But if you are sacrificing your body, your mind, or your relationships, it’s not worth it.
A big moment for me was when I was scaling my business and was continuing to take on more and more clients, and making more and more money. I realized I was stressed, I wasn’t working out or eating healthy, and I needed a change. It was at that moment that I flat out said no to clients, and cut down the hours I was putting into my business. I was still making a sizable profit, but now I was able to focus on exercising, educating myself, and also enjoying the fruits of my labor.
That ended up allowing me to focus more on the clients I had, making them happier, and making me more money. In the end, if you are listening to these gurus, memes, and entrepreneurs who are saying you have to work 80 hours a week, they are wrong.Don’t do that.
Get paid, but also strive for happiness. It will help out in the long run.
Dylan Welch was born in New York, and studied film, media, and communications in college. After graduating, Dylan lived in Italy for two years, working as a Marketing Director for an international travel company. Afterwards, he moved to San Diego and has been working in the television, film, and media industry. Dylan has produced over 1,000 television shows and worked with ABC, NBC, CBS, Spotify, Apple, and Amazon. Dylan owns a full service media and marketing company, providing production and distribution, marketing, and PR services to local and national clients.