Playing your cards right

#22 on playing our hand, adversity, building hype and belonging

Hey 1,670+ friends, it’s Hannah here from Quoted Visually!

Goodness me, that is a jump of 230+ of you in 2 weeks! If you are new here via Sahil Bloom, welcome 🫶 I try to keep these fluff-free, so let’s dive in ⤵︎

1. On playing our hand

Let’s imagine we’re playing a game of cards together.

To enjoy the game, we’d both need to accept the hand that we’ve been dealt, and play to our best abilities, right?

So at no point would we say, “my cards aren’t good enough. I can’t play.”

Or, “I’m never going to win with these cards. I quit.”

Or, “I want your cards.”

We’d get nowhere and feel pretty miserable, right?

The same goes for the cards we’ve been dealt in life. We can’t blame our cards for our unhappiness or our misfortunes.

But our ability to work with what we have IS what sets us apart.

Just like how chefs are not defined by their ingredients, but by how creative they are with the ingredients they have.

The sooner we ACCEPT the hand we’ve been dealt, the sooner we can play to our advantage.

Some things will not change, but we may be able to play ourselves into a better hand. The one condition is, we have to play our cards.

2. On adversity

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of equal or greater benifit”

- Napoleon Hill

“It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determins how your life’s story will develop”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf

3. On building hype

Wow, Daniel Priestley dropped a value-packed podcast episode with Steven!!

He’s given us a masterclass on how to use a waitlist to build hype and bring customers who are super excited about our products through the door.

I got so excited, that I joined his free webinar and then booked to see him live in London later in the month… I’ll share the experience when the time comes!

4. On belonging

For those of you who don’t know, I am 2+ years into my journey as an accidental “creator” by sharing visuals online.

But for a long time, I have felt isolated!

Yes, I didn’t build such a huge following on my own, community played an enormous role, but I still felt like a lone wolf at home.

Because when you go all in on your business, there is just YOU!

But something has changed

I no longer feel like an individual posting on social media.

I feel like an active participator in a community!

I feel like I BELONG!

Some visual friends: Janis Ozolins, Michael Boorman, PJ Milani & Kacy Maxwell.

And it’s all because I started going to events. I started making an effort to SEE people in real life or on Zoom calls.

So if you are in a lonely phase and feel isolated like I did, know that connection is within reach, you just have to initiate it!

And it won’t take many meet-ups to feel like yourself again. A little connection goes a long way, especially if you are a bit of an introvert.

5. On Quoted Visually

I am writing this newsletter with zombie eyes 🤪

I have been “working” non-stop on preparing the Quoting Ideas Visually course. Yes, I need to follow this with appropriate rest.

But sometimes we just need to raise the stakes, to push our projects over the line, otherwise, we’d be chipping away at them for months.

As my good friend Sonal Baskharan says: “find your critical path.”

Here is a sneaky peak of the Quoted Visually community. It is cooking up nicely

I am also welling up to see 130+ of you on the waitlist now 🤯🤯

I hope to launch it in a week or two and I’ll be looking for a limited number of beta testers from the waitlist ❤️

I won’t be spamming this newsletter so if you want to be one of those people who gets in at a reduced rate and gets a 30-minute call with me, you NEED to be on the waitlist:

That’s a wrap! Feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions, requests or feedback. I will respond at my earliest opportunity. Made with Beehiiv 🐝

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