There is one thing you can do to be a more effective entrepreneur, employee, employer, spouse and friend. And this article from Inc. Magazine describes it to a T.
The turnout for the Timeless Search Engine Optimization Secrets Webishop this Tuesday was amazing! Due to so many people asking for it, I have set up another SEO Secrets Webishop for next week. Click here to find out more!
And, what a turn-out! I am already getting emails about it. Here are a few:
“I never seen this stuff before, I’m gonna be rich!” -David
“totally KOOL!” – Justin
“I am impressed with the amount of information while still considering our time. I am looking forward to watching the replay.” Annette
“Where are the free videos?” -Mark
I had an issue with my recording equipment so the free videos are being redone and will be available soon. Everyone who attended the Webishop will get an email as soon as they are available.
Thanks everyone for joining in!
P.S. I’m sorry if you were one of the people that signed up at the last minute. There was a glitch in the system that said you were in the webinar even when it was full. I’m working with the webinar people to fix that. You will be guaranteed a seat next week.
P.S.S. Seats are already filling up for the Webishop on Tuesday, sign up now!
This article in Inc. magazine shows the import of all team members in the decision making process.
Great article on how entrepreneurs can develop a (gasp) plan. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/289746.
5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn By Having A Job
The entrepreneurial lifestyle is very alluring. Making your own schedule, hand-picking your clients and determining your own rates sounds very enticing. The ability to get up whenever you want, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and not have to worry about the grinding commute is almost too tempting to pass up, not to mention deciding to go on vacation whenever you want.
But being a true entrepreneur means deciding not to do many of those things. In fact, being an entrepreneur, on average, is more grueling than working as an employee, and the employee lifestyle can teach entrepreneurs 5 much needed skills
1. Setting a schedule: The phrase “the early bird catches the worm” may have its origin in the 1600’s, but it is still true today. Most companies have set schedules for their employees. The standard is still an 8-hour work day. And, while part of the dream of being an entrepreneur is being able to rise and shine at the crack of noon, most successful self-employed people have a set schedule that they keep on a daily basis. Even artistic entrepreneurs, like Stephen King, have a schedule. He used to write 10 pages a day, no matter how long it took, every single day, even on holidays.
2. Customer Service: These days, it is very easy to return an item to a store that you do not like, sometimes even if you have already used it. Large company owners know that brand loyalty is non-existent these days, so in the 80’s a new slogan began to catch on. “The customer is always right” has been the bane of many salespersons’ existence for the last 30+ years. However, this saying does not mean that you have to bow down to an unruly client. Being an entrepreneur means you can pick and choose your clients. But, once you have decided to work with a client, it is part of your job to make them happy; and that may mean going above and beyond what you agreed to do. In fact, it is possible that doing more than what was agreed to is part of being a true entrepreneur.
3. Commitment: Think of this word, and associate it with a handyman, painter, web designer, or other service related business and you will probably think the two don’t go together. Unfortunately, that is sometimes true. But that is why commitment is so important. I know a web design company that gives a discount to every client that comes to them with a half-done web site where the designer disappeared. This company does no marketing because they are already too busy just from word-of-mouth. Keeping your commitments will help you stand out from the pack.
4. Getting Paid: How long would you work for a company if they stopped paying you? Getting a steady paycheck is probably the number one reason most people work for someone else. But entrepreneurs seem to relish in not getting paid. It has been reported that neither Bill Gates nor Jeff Bezos took a single paycheck from their respective companies the first few years they were in business. But, in general, that is a recipe for disaster. Pay yourself first. It’s your company, and you need to feel good about working in it. Give yourself a paycheck and, if you have to, loan some of it back to your company.
5. Job Hunting: There are very few people that stay with the same company their entire lives anymore. That is partly because pensions are gone and retirement pay is unheard of anymore. But it is also partly because there are many more companies than there used to be. In mentoring, I tell younger generations to work as hard and as smart as they can because people are watching them. If their boss won’t give them a raise, someone else will offer them a better job. And entrepreneurs need to keep this in mind. Not for your employees, but for you. If your business isn’t paying enough, it might be time to look at an exit strategy. Maybe your product or service isn’t as popular as you thought it would be. Or possibly working for yourself is harder than you thought. Whatever the reason may be, you don’t have to go down with the ship. And the advantage is that now you have the experience of running a small business. Whether or not it was successful, the experience is one that has many advantages.
What’s stopping you from making 2017 the most successful year you have ever had?
What is stopping you from making this year the most successful year you have ever had? I’m not just talking about money, I’m talking about the way you feel, the way that you look at yourself.
So what’s stopping you? Do you need to create a new vision? Perhaps you need to figure out a new mission statement. Maybe you would like solidify your core values, or even define exactly why you are doing what you are doing. Why is the core of everything you do. If you don’t know why, keeping passion and commitment becomes much more difficult during the day-to-day grind.
But what if it’s something else? Have you heard about visions and missions and strategies many times before, but you still have never actually done one? Is there something inside that is stopping you from being more successful than you are? Is there a fear? Possibly a fear of failure, or even a fear of success? Both of those are very real concerns. If that is the case, please contact me. I would be happy to talk to you more about it.
Welcome to the Success Planning series of #Webishops (Webinar / Workshops). This series is five Webishops, and each Webishop has a secret in it. Some are being told during the Webishop, and some you get to figure out. But each Webishop has a secret that you don’t normally get told about each subject. For instance, your strategic vision statement should have an end date. A strategic vision, be it a family vision, business vision, team vision, should have a date it is to be accomplished by.
And, of course, the Webishops start with Why. Why are you doing what you are doing? This Webishop is out now. And, depending on when you are reading this, the next four Webishops in this series will be released approximately one month apart. www.webhshops.com is the only place you will be able to find these videos for up to 90 days after they are published. After 90 days they will be released into the wilds of YouTube, but for the first 90 days, only people that go to www.webishops.com will be able to watch them.
What is planning for success? What does your bright future look like? Why does it look like that? What needs to happen to make it a reality? And When will it happen? That is exactly what these Success Planning Webishops are about; they are about planning for your success, whether your success is determined by having more money, being happier, having more free time; whether your success is business, personal, family, team, organization, that doesn’t matter. This series of Success Planning Webishops can work with any of that.
I am hoping that these Webishops will help you be more successful than you ever have in the past.
Here are the five Success Planning Webishops:
- What is your Sizzle? Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about? What gets your brain going? What gets you up in the morning? If you don’t know exactly what that is, it’s very important to figure it out.
- What do you believe? What are your core values? Are they written down? Do you use them when making tough decisions?
- What does your amazing tomorrow look like? What is your vision for the future? Is it strategic and compelling?
- What do you do? What is your mission? Is the old style of mission statement right for you, or do you want to try a Twenty-First century variation?
- How are you going to get there? What is your strategy? Is it mapped out? Are you looking for obstacles before you hit them?
Each Webishop will not be available on YouTube for up to 90 days after they are available on Webishops.com. Be among the first to implement the new ideas you will get from them.
But if what I said in the beginning caught your attention, if you really are wondering if there is something internal stopping you, and you are not sure what it is, and you need to break through it, you need to get unstuck, contact me. I am doing these Webishops because I am a professional, certified business and life coach. I am giving you the tools you need to accomplish each subject, but I am here if you need more help. Together, we will schedule a free, no cost and no obligation, strategy session so we can see if we are a good fit.
I will see you at the next Webishop!
There are times I’ve talked with a person who was so smart it made my head spin. I’ve caught myself thinking “I wish I was that smart” at times.
But does being smart make a good business person?
An Entrepreneur Magazine article states that being smart actually makes for a bad entrepreneur, but at least part of the article is suspect. The author writes that: “some of the slackers are better suited for entrepreneurship than the “smart” people.” However, some of the smartest people in the world could also be considered some of the biggest slackers. For instance, Rick Rosner is considered one of the “smartest” people in the world, but his resume includes: Roller skate waiter, stripper, and bar bouncer.
It is true that less than 10 people in the Forbes 500 are among the top 500 smartest people in the world, so the best business minds in the world are not necessarily do not necessarily have the highest IQ, but I would not rate any of the top business people as stupid. In fact, I do not know of a single successful business person that is, but it does beg the question: How much of a role does intelligence play in becoming a successful business person or entrepreneur?
Personally, I think a person needs to be intelligent enough to recognize an opportunity and act on said opportunity. Steve Jobs did not make the first Apple computer, Steven Wozniak did. Bill Gates did not create MS-DOS, the software that launched Microsoft. He bought it from another company. Both were smart men, but it was more than intelligence, it was the willingness to use what they had to act on an opportunity.
Tony Hawk was a skateboarder. He loved to skate, and he took that love of skating to not only create a successful business but also a non-profit organization. In fact, there are thousands of people that are not among the top 500, or even the top 1,000 smartest people in the world who have very successful businesses.
There are articles on subjects such as: How to achieve success by being the dumbest person in the room, 50 famous people that failed at first, the 10 stupidest ideas that made millions, and more. What do these articles have in common? They were all about people that saw an opportunity and acted on it, regardless of how “smart” they were.
Of course, I cannot end this article without a major exception to the rule: The co-founder of Microsoft, billionaire Paul Allen, is reported to have an IQ of about 180.