Chris Hardwick was once like you or me.
He dreamed about making his mark on the world but struggled with the best way to break onto the scene. He procrastinated, failed, and got discouraged. He sat on his couch and watched TV instead of making his move.
He also spent sleepless nights wondering how he’d forge a path for himself and be happy with his career choices.
Eventually, he did forge that path, but he didn’t make his dreams reality overnight! Everything Chris has accomplished is a direct result of his hard work and his bootstrap mentality.
Need some proof? Check out some of his titles and accomplishments:
Today, Chris Hardwick is the founder and CCO at Nerdist Industries (which was recently purchased by Legendary Entertainment), the host of the Nerdist podcast, a stand-up comedian, a musician in a comedy rock band called Hard n’ Phirm, a freelance writer for Wired magazine, the organizer of an Olympic-torch style lightsaber run called “Course of the Force,” and a published author of a self-help bestseller, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (in Real Life). Formerly, he was the host of Web Soup and MTV’s Singled Out, and an on-air gadget expert for G4’s Attack of the Show. His list of achievements goes on and on!
He even hosts a live after show called The Talking Dead, where fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead come together to watch cast interviews and discuss episode plot twists and character developments. The man’s a bloody genius (pun intended).
So, how did Mr. Hardwick go from zero to entrepreneur?
It’s simple, if you think about it: He got off his butt and started doing! Here are 3 inspirational tidbits from Chris Hardwick’s unconventional self-help book, The Nerdist Way, which will hopefully kick any foot-dragging, wannabe entrepreneur into action!
#1: Trick your brain into making a change.
You know that little voice inside your head that tells you it’s okay to eat ice cream for dinner because you’ve earned it, or convinces you to watch TV in place of working on your pet project? You don’t have to listen to it, and you should actually ignore it altogether. Convince that little voice that your good (positive) desires take precedence instead of coming up with reasons to justify bad (self-damaging) actions. Give it a try! I thought it sounded too easy as well, but it really works. Mastering this Jedi mind trick is half the battle to get where you need to be.
#2: Embrace the uncomfortable.
There’s a difference between being legitimately uncomfortable and being a whiny little wimp. Stretch your comfort zone to include things you might normally ignore, like designating time for your business plan each day or finding the motivation to exercise on a regular basis. Does change suck? Yeah, sometimes. But is change also necessary in order to grow as an individual and to learn from your experiences? Yep. That’s why you shouldn’t go so easy on yourself. Chances are, you’re on the right path if you’re somewhat uncomfortable with your new plans because that means you’ve initiated (worthwhile) changes.
The formula Chris uses is: “Uncomfortable = New Experience = Growth.” Enough said.
#3: Push yourself to succeed at something you love, even if you don’t feel like it.
What do you suppose would have happened if Steve Jobs replaced all of his innovating and developing time with eating junk food and playing video games? We probably wouldn’t have half of the shiny Apple products that we have today, and he wouldn’t be among the most admired people in the world. Similarly, you can’t limit your potential by pushing it aside; you have to work at your passion until it becomes a fine-tuned machine. You’re going to wake up some days and groan about how sucky work is, or you’ll gnash your teeth at the idea of spending time writing instead of spacing out. However, you certainly won’t get any better at it by ignoring it. You owe it to yourself to succeed, and no one is going to hand you that experience on a silver platter. You have to make it happen on your own!
Don’t worry, these 3 tips represent only a fraction of the knowledge you’ll find in The Nerdist Way, so there’s no excuse not to read it from cover to cover. I’d highly recommend it for any procrastinating entrepreneur (and/or any physically or mentally inactive nerd) who is itching for a change!
At the risk of sounding creepy, I don’t think of Chris Hardwick as a celebrity (even though he is); I think of him as a friend. His book’s conversational tone made me forget I was reading a self-help book and made me think I was speaking to a close friend instead — a close friend who wanted me to succeed. My exposure to him began back in 1996, when he was still the charismatic host of Singled Out, and it’s been a delight to see him transform into the multifaceted star and nerd godfather that he is today. If he can transform his life, then so can we!
Now get out there and do your thang. The longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be. What’s wrong with seizing your moment right now?
What’s your favorite aspect of Nerdist Industries? Is there any other entrepreneurial advice we can get from Chris Hardwick? Do you listen to or watch any of the projects he’s associated with?