The Key to Making a Living: “Get Shit Done”

This post is excerpted from my Land Your First Great Job After College course.

Steve Sims is the CEO of The Bluefish, a luxury concierge service.

He delivers amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the elite. His clients include Richard Branson and Elon Musk.

Here are a few of the Bluefish experiences his clients have enjoyed:

  • Visit the International Space Station
  • Submarine trip to the Titanic
  • Be James Bond for a weekend (Turned a software mogul into James Bond in Monte Carlo)
  • Private cooking lessons with LA’s finest executive chefs
  • Sing on stage with Journey

He describes his job simply: “I get to spend rich people’s money.”

How did he earn this amazing job? Steve will tell you in four words:

“I get shit done.”

Want “an amazing private dinner in Florence”?

Call Steve. He’ll get it done.

Any American employer will tell you that their biggest struggle is finding employees who can execute, take charge, and be leaders. We need people who get shit done… yet young people are riddled with insecurities, self-doubt, imposter syndrome.

And so they wait on the sidelines. They dream small. They wait to be told what to do.

Your job — ANYONE’S job — is to GET SHIT DONE.

You don’t have enough information?

Get shit done.

You’re not sure what to do because no one is giving you instructions?

Get shit done.

You’re confused, anxious, and overwhelmed?


Do whatever it is you need to do to get the job done. Get us from point A to point Z. Pick up the phone. Ask people for help. Cut a deal. Just get it done, whatever the job calls for.

Do you think Steve got a degree in delivering amazing experiences for the elite?

Do you think he’s following in anyone else’s footsteps?

No way. He just gets shit done.

The key is deciding what needs to get done…

… and then constantly moving toward it until IT’S DONE.

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This post is a lesson taken from the Land Your First Great Job After College course.

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Charlie Hoehn is the author of Play It Away, Play for a Living and Recession Proof Graduate. His work has been featured on NPR's TED Radio Hour, Forbes, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review. Previously, he was the Director of Special Projects for Tim Ferriss. Currently, he is the Head of Video at Book In A Box. He lives with his wife and daughter in Austin, Texas.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. fangenator

    Totally agree with this. Sometimes you just have to get it done even if you don’t have all the info or the perfect plan.

  2. Madhan


    I read your ‘Recession proof” its awesome.. :)
    I would love to read more how to get shit done.!!

    In this article, how Steve started connecting world’s most powerful people..

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