The Startup Project: OLEO Part 9 — The Million Dollar Mindset

The front tires were up on ramps, giving me just enough room to get underneath. I slid my body under the 2010 Mercedes until my face was almost pressed up against the undercarriage of the car. My fingers are numb from the cold and the wind as they grasp at the small ratchet, swinging back and forth undoing bolt number 1 from the skid plate. Bolt number two was even trickier. I still had 10 more to go and it wasn’t getting any warmer outside. 15 minutes later the skid plate was down, my hands were throbbing, and I could finally do the oil change. My mind wandered during that 15 minutes — between uttering horrible profanities — to thinking about if this was even worth it. I could very easily skip over a few steps, save myself the trouble and time, and no one would be the wiser.

One full hour later the oil change was complete, the car was perfect, and I was $100 richer.

In the moment that experience kinda sucked. I mean, the amount I was getting paid for the service didn’t feel worth it. The problem with that is that my success in business is dependent on providing such an outstanding level of service that it is a no-brainer for customers to come back… how could I possibly give that kind of service if I felt like it was a chore to do?

The problem that day was with my mindset.

From now on, I’m going to do my best to do everything like I was getting paid $1,000,000 to do it, no matter how small or large, or what the actual compensation is.

It’s difficult to do it for everything — obviously you can’t be at 100% every single day, but if I can be at 70 or 80% most of the time I’d consider that a win.

Of course I’m only going to do this with things that align with my goals and where I want to end up.

Think about the kind of reputation you would build if in every interaction you were paid $1,000,000 to listen to and genuinely understand the person you were interacting with. I bet your own story and interests would take a back seat, you would begin to listen better, and you would quickly become known as a great conversationalist.

Imagine how your boss or even your subordinates would react if you performed every task like you were being paid $1,000,000 to do it well.

It’s about intention and it’s about effort. I don’t believe in any of this “if you can dream it you can do it” nonsense, but there is something to be said about the “million dollar mindset” and how it can bring you riches.

As long as you’re patient.


Thanks for reading,




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