My First 90 Days as an Entrepreneur

by Robert Syslo Jr

I had somewhat of an idea of what I was getting myself into. I knew that it would be uncertain, I knew that it would be scary, I knew it would be the most uncomfortable thing I ever did. I left my $350k year job to venture out onto my own at 30 years old. The first 90 days were very interesting to say the least. Leaving was actually a very hard decision to arrive it and it required serious planning, serious and ethical steps to make sure I left on the best of terms.

The company I worked for, I left with a new department, new employees, training videos on my position for the next person to come in, a full fledged advertising training program. It was important for me to fill up the holes or any cracks left over until the very end. I worked and made calls to clients right up to my last day at 6PM.  For me my integrity and doing a great job even to the last moment, is super important. Anything less than that, is repulsive to me and incomprehensible.

That was it. 6:05 I was out the door, and never looked back. I immediately began working on my two new ventures the next day at 4AM. I stayed in a routine and went to the gym everyday. My new partner and I worked diligently on this new program, and I spent all of my time studying. I completely stopped all social media, only went out for drives. I had about 90 days of savings to carry me.

For me my first-priority was to economize, I lowered every debt I had, cut spending to almost zero and ended up staying at my home most of the time. I couldn’t complain about that, a million dollar condo on the ocean in Miami, pretty sweet deal, I had all I needed. I for the first time experienced a very unique sense of freedom. I had no one to report to, it was just me everyday. Me holding myself accountable everyday, and creation the way I wanted it to be. My previous job offered a very unique experience, I saw things I never had before, worked with people I never thought possible and got exposed to a world of entrepreneurship that was infectious to me. I began to look forward to the future after 5 years of what is it that I wanted to have in my life and asked the question did I do what I intended? I knew that if I did not do, what was aching in me I would live with a regret that would never go away.

Then the throws of entrepreneurship began, fears, doubts, considerations flooded my mind. Daily I spent about two hours working on my own self and personal development to ensure I stayed focused and sane. I hustled harder than ever, limiting my time to only training for 8 hours a day, working on myself for 2 hours, eating right and ensuring I was rested. Social interactions, going out completely dropped off and I made a huge sacrifice for my own view of the future. I sacrificed comfort, conformity, stability for my freedom. In this moment, I do not regret it. I find myself proud that I was able to work up the confront to even place myself in this position. I realized that if I did not do what I intended, if I do not communicate and create the way I intended, I would be very miserable in life.

Am I fearful? I am. But I use its energy to drive, I use its energy to reinforce my persistence. I realized that in the toughest moments during the first 90 days, the only thing that mattered was how good my persistence on this course was. I could have said no this isn’t going to work, and at times I definitely did, but persistence quickly rebounded me. If there is one thing I know about myself, is my persistence, some call it stubbornness, which is there too, but without persistence it just doesn’t work. I remember people calling me asking me where I was, if I was alive, where was I, and I briefly explained what I was up to, but carried on. I do not really have time for anything else other than my mission and the direction. All my energy and attention was pulled towards the goal and it is still there.

This is written only as the first steps, there is much more to go, but I found it uniquely interesting what happens when you duck your head down for 90 days without looking up at anything else.

My world became impenetrable to anything from the outside. Locking off social media, locking off everything that I considered to be a distraction, made the focus easier and much more effective. I was in control now and I exercise that control with strict discipline. For me social media was the biggest trap of focus and it was removed. Life became more enjoyable after this, my relationship got better and she works with me every day to build up this dream I have.

I was able to hire 5 employees within the first 60 days, train them daily and get them moving in the right direction. Currently we act as a small cohesive powerful team, highly disciplined and effective at what we do. We still have a mountain to climb. But doubt, does not exist in my universe. Control is imperative, and doubt, distraction, anything negative, or remotely negative, lasts no more than 3 seconds in my world. It is cut out immediately, because the mission, the expansion is critical. Tolerating anything in my world or with my crew that is less than optimum is a distraction of time and energy. It is gone always.

There is much to do, there is much to see and create. But I am excited and the future is the thing that interests me, and how many people I can help is what interests me. I’m in it for the game.

Ever persisting.

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Due to a signed Non-Compete with Cardone Training Technologies I, Robert Syslo, cannot sell video production or advertising services to any current clients, competitors or close affiliations to the Grant Cardone brand, Cardone University, and 10X Productions clients until after December 2019 (1 full year after my resignation). Requests for work will be denied from the viewpoint of ethical integrity and legal documentation. Any requests for business with Robert Syslo will be cross-checked with Cardone Training Technologies to remain in business ethics with my signed Non-Compete.