This ONE Thing Can Help Your Business Succeed

This ONE Thing Can Help Your Business SucceedMan, do I have a passion. Well, maybe I’m starting a little too far along in the story here – let’s roll back the clock a little bit so you can see where I’m coming from.

I was watching TV the other day and I caught the end of a show about some investors looking to finance the next big product or company. The premise involves amateur inventors and entrepreneurs who try to achieve the American Dream by getting one of these super-rich investors to agree to go in on their ideas – usually with a sizable investment that would allow the entrepreneur to scale their operation in a big way or just launch their product.

During this particular episode, one of the investors was intrigued by the entrepreneurs’ idea, which would do something great for some poor people in Africa while providing a quality product to American consumers at a reasonable price. But this investor, however moved he may have been, responded with something that rang so true I wish I could repeat it to every single investor I meet without coming off as rude or preachy.

What did he say? It was something in the vein of, “this is great and it warms my heart, but HOW WILL IT MAKE ME MONEY?”

Now, before you whip out your list of expletives and email them to me (and compare me to a heartless money monger), let me explain why I think this is a crucial question to ask yourself if you are a serious entrepreneur.

I know most of us have a many things we’re passionate about. Some of these things run so deep in our veins that we feel compelled to make a business out of it. Generally, there’s nothing wrong with that. If you like to get creative with people’s hair or makeup, you may want to open a beauty salon or start a cosmetology business. When I was a kid I met a guy so passionate about baseball cards and comic books that he opened a local “Cards and Comics” store (this is where I met him). I loved going there because this guy knew his stuff. He knew everything that was going on in the various series of comics, and he knew which baseball cards would be the next best ones to save in a hard plastic display case.

I remember wanting to buy some cards off of him, and he wanted more than the cards were worth, because he said Darryl Strawberry and a few others were going to be HUGE.

Here’s the problem with this guy’s business, though: he was too passionate about the business and not passionate enough about making money. There was no question that this guy knew his stuff – he knew the product inside and out – but he didn’t know his business inside and out. The sad reality is that the best he could ever hope for, like the cosmetician or hairstylist, is to make a living, rather than make serious money. And again, if that’s what makes you happiest, then that’s almost all you’ll ever need. Maybe the people on that show I mentioned could start a nonprofit to help these African ladies and they could feel fulfilled for the rest of their lives. But… to make it big, this “Cards and Comics” guy, named Rob, needed to focus more on growing his business.

I found out much later in life that eventually Rob closed shop in the early 2000’s, which serves as proof of his biggest mistake. The key here is that, even a small business needs a plan for at least some growth. Even if to offset any unforseeables like a lawsuit, government regulation, or whatever. But his passion for baseball cards and comic books made him blind to shortcomings in his business. I’m willing to bet that, on a bad month, he convinced himself that the next big “crossover event” in a popular comic book would dig him out of a hole. Or perhaps the next Mickey Mantle would have a special limited edition card that would bring him a big payoff and keep him in the black.

His passion for the sport and the comics, however, blinded him to the possibility of Darryl Strawberry having substance abuse issues, or to Jose Canseco writing a bestselling book naming several top players as anabolic steroid users – which, of course, made many of these players lose all credibility as great athletes. So, cards that could have been worth thousands today, are worth $150 or less. Now, that may sound like a pretty good return on a card that only cost a few cents, but we can’t ignore the time value of money, nor the harsh reality of inflation.

The big takeaway here is that if you have a passion that drives you to open a business, you first need to have an honest soul-searching introspection to determine if your business idea is one that can truly make you a millionaire or if your passion for the product or service would overtake your passion for making money. If it’s the latter, you may be dooming yourself to becoming part of that infamous “80% of businesses fail” statistic – and nobody wants that.

Tips For Overcoming Fear And Overwhelm In Your Digital Business

Overwhelm In Your Digital BusinessWhen starting out on your business, the entrepreneurial journey cannot and should not be rushed. It is different for everyone because it’s a personal journey.

Often, new entrepreneurs in our community who feel overwhelmed send me little emails asking me “how long I think it will take for them to start seeing some sign of life in their new business”

If you are an entrepreneur and you find yourself often asking this question, know that you are not alone. But asking such questions certainly doesn’t help produce your success.

It is such a poor quality question that the best you can possibly get out of this frequency is more overwhelm and self-doubt.

In my little greenhouse this question was presented to me yet again by a new member who just joined our mastermind. She is not a newbie as an entrepreneur and has been struggling her way into success for a long time in her traditional business.

As she now seeks to transition into the online business, she’s realizing that those same methods can only produce the same old results, which is a far cry from her heart’s desire. The new freedom and success that she would love to enjoy in her digital business is going to require a new mindset.

When she asked me ” how long is it going to take?” I told her the same thing I am going to tell you, if that’s something you often wonder.

It will take only as much time as is needed for you to manifest the prosperity you desire.

Stop asking such low quality questions! They can only sabotage the goodness that’s trying to make its way into your life.

Albert Einstein is among the brilliant minds whose known to place emphasis on asking high quality questions.

If you go to Google and type in a low quality question, you can only receive a low quality answer. All the answers are there, but you will only have access to the answers that come close to your question.

Similarly, if you go to life and ask such low quality questions, you can’t possibly expect the highest and best answers to make their way into your experience.

So, do yourself and your business a huge favor and stop sabotaging your incubating success with those negative thoughts. This is why we have meetings in my little greenhouse, because I realized the need to create a space where fellow entrepreneurs can come and feel safe enough to dream, to mastermind and to nurture the seeds they’ve sown in their business.

Since fear is one of the biggest evils in the world, we must always be on the lookout for the tricks and seductive measures it may use to lure us in.

It isn’t that fear is powerful; rather it’s our minds that haven’t been properly trained and developed.

After many years of poor mental and spiritual diets, our mental muscles are frail and so when we have a big dream, when we go after prosperity and freedom through digital entrepreneurship, we’ve got to make sure that certain measures are also at hand to help strengthen and develop the right mental attitudes and maintain the right atmosphere.

So if you have been struggling with overwhelm, that’s OK just learn to move through it quickly.

If you are the kind of person who feels like you have too many ideas that you don’t know which action to take first, that’s OK too, just don’t allow yourself to become paralyzed by that.

I can’t tell you how many people I talk to who feel stuck because they don’t know whether to podcast, shoot videos, publish articles, write a book, create a course or do webinar trainings first.

Listen, the choices in the online world are endless, if you get caught up in the hype that marketers sell us each day over “which big thing to do now to gain 1000 subscribers fast” you’ll never start anything!

Stop being blown away by the winds of online marketing and start following your own game plan.

Designing your digital lifestyle and living life on your own terms begins with learning to carve out your own best path, not blindly following gurus.

If you struggle with thoughts such as:

  • What if I fail?
  • What if I become too successful and end up losing my family relationships, friends etc.
  • What if more success means more hard work?
  • Will things change if I have more money?
  • Who am I to really think I can create an online empire.

These are all just patterns of thought that form your paradigms. It is the paradigm that you seriously want to work on so that you can renew your mindset to one that favors the growth and success of your business.

The topic of paradigms and your mind would require an entire lesson of which time doesn’t permit here, but I certainly encourage you to check out our website because there’s a downloadable complimentary lesson on the mind and paradigms.

For now, here are a few tips that will help

Whenever you catch yourself in that space of overwhelm, self-doubt, discouragement and fear, do the following:

1. Take 6 deep breaths paying close attention to your breathing.

2. Acknowledge the achievements you’ve made in your life. There are certain things you’ve accomplished so far, bring those to mind, acknowledge that, and celebrate it.

3. Connect to your vision and ground yourself in that. Reconnect with why you’re even choosing this entrepreneurial path. What is your big “why” – and this is where your purpose comes in.

If the driving power for this chosen path isn’t something deep, passionate and beautiful, you won’t be able to fuel yourself into victory. The right desire is all-important; so make sure you get very clear on yours.

4. From this space of having connected with your vision and falling back into alignment with it, consider what you have now, where you stand, that you can use to move forward.

Learn to start with what you have, where you are, not what you don’t have.

Stop seeing what you don’t have or what’s missing in order for you to move toward your dream and start finding what you’ve already got working for you. And I will not accept that you don’t have anything – there’s always something.

We live and move and have our being in the midst of divine intelligence and divine love; there’s got to be something no matter how small that you can use now. Ask the divine power breathing you, and He will give you a clue as to what you could use.

5. It’s time for inspired action. Take just one baby step action today that will move you toward your vision.

Something that will move you a step closer in the direction of your dream and that desire that you hold in your heart. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just make sure it’s meaningful, in service to your dream and that you enjoy doing it.

Finally, may I encourage you to just allow yourself to be in the flow of your life and the season that you’re in.

If you stop trying to force things to become what they aren’t yet ready to be, you’ll dissolve many of the aches, pains and frustrations that currently surround you.

Life is perfectly unfolding, divine intelligence is all around you and as long as you do your part to the best of your ability and in true faith, life will always deliver far richer manifestations than you could ever produce through willpower.

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Work

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Work“When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.”

Your work can represent eight hours of your day, which is a third of your life. It’s important to enjoy it as much as you can to live a happier life. How you feel about your work will also affect other aspects of your life including your sleep, health, relationships, interests and hobbies. Let’s get into the 5 ways to enjoy your work.

PASSION

The first thing that is very important is to find work that you are Passionate about. Your work plays an important role in your life, as it will improve other aspects of your life.

So how can you find something that you are passionate about?

Look for other things in your life that you like doing. For example if you play guitar, you could open up your own guitar shop and even teach guitar lessons.

WORK FOR YOURSELF

The second factor that plays an important role in your enjoyment of work is to Work for Yourself or become your own boss.

If I would have to give you the number one reason to work for yourself, it would be that you would have more freedom and flexibility in your life, as you could create your own working hours and have more time to enjoy other things outside of work.

DIFFERENCE

The third factor of enjoying your work is to truly make a Difference to people’s lives with your work. How many businesses out there truly make a positive difference to people?

Maybe McDonald’s is one of them? (Just Kidding)

Whether or not you work for yourself for someone else, try to find something that you can actually see that you are making a positive difference to people’s lives.

For example helping people grow their businesses, become happier, live healthier lives and so on.

BALANCE

The fourth factor to enjoy your work is to find Balance between your work and your free time. Learn to find your optimal working times and conditions.

If you’re working too hard and for long hours, you’re probably too stressed to enjoy your work, but not only that, it’s affecting the time outside of your work too.

In this scenario try to cut down your working time (provided you work for yourself) while maintaining the quality of your work and accomplishing what needs to be done within allocated time periods.

LIFESTYLE

The fifth and final factor to enjoy your work is to actually focus on putting your Lifestyle needs before your work needs. This includes your own needs, family and friends.

After all, what is life without yourself, your family and friends?

You should start to spend time with the things that matter more than your work. You will start to enjoy your personal life much more, making your work also more enjoyable.

Remember, focus on enjoying your work alongside your lifestyle so that you can wake everyday bursting with energy!

Overcome the Fear of Becoming an Entrepreneur

Becoming an Entrepreneur“Less than 1% of people have the courage to face their fears, take risks, create their own businesses, change their lifestyles and become an entrepreneur.”

Everyone experiences fear in their lives, even the most successful entrepreneurs out there. The people who became entrepreneurs have had to face and overcome their fears before they became entrepreneurs. But most people can’t overcome this fear, so they carry on living ordinary lives working for the boss.

Fear can take many forms such as being afraid to change, being afraid of the outcome of failure, being afraid of what others think you are doing etc. Fear also disguises itself as excuses, for instance ‘I’m not ready to start my own business because I don’t have time’. Underneath this excuse is fear.

I am here to share with you 3 Key Concepts that will gradually diminish the fear of becoming an entrepreneur.

THE VISION CONCEPT

Having a Vision of how you want to live your life as an entrepreneur is a powerful concept. Creating a vision first starts with realising what you really want your life to be like in the future. You will start to focus on the thing that is driving you, and this will be a big part of your Courage and Motivation to take the leap into entrepreneurship.

Creating a vision will not only drive you to achieve what you want, but your fear of achieving it will start to naturally fade away because there is no stopping you if you have a powerful vision backing you up.

THE BELIEF CONCEPT

Having a strong Belief goes hand in hand with your vision. You can have a great vision, but if you don’t Really believe in it, you can’t be an entrepreneur.

To really believe in something means that you will continue to pursue your belief no matter what struggles you will face to get there, and even more importantly no matter who tells you that it can’t be done or it’s not possible.

A strong belief will not get rid of your fear completely, but it will allow you to face it, and overtime your fear of becoming an entrepreneur will start to fade away.

THE ACTION CONCEPT

The last piece of the puzzle is taking Action.

If you haven’t developed a vision and belief system, then at some point in time you will give up because your mind-set is not in the right place. When your mind-set is built up and ready to go, then it’s time to apply yourself as an entrepreneur.

Once you start taking consistent action in your life and business, overtime you will start to see results, your motivation will improve and most importantly your fear will get to a point where it seems like it doesn’t even exist anymore.

Remember the 3 Key Concepts

1. Create a Vision of what you want
2. Have the Belief that you can achieve it
3. Take Action to get there