The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence: What’s the key to success as an entrepreneur?

 

Is it skill?

 

Education?

 

Connections?

 

No, it’s something absolutely anyone can develop. It’s the power of persistence.

 

Mental Toughness and Success

What makes military cadets at West Point successful?

 

Research shows that intelligence, talent, test scores, and even physical strength have far less to do with success than simple grit. Grit, or perseverance and passion for long-term goals, was the key indicator of whether new cadets would successfully finish their first summer of training.

 

Angela Duckworth, who did the research on grit in West Point cadets, found similar results in other areas. She found that new teachers in tough neighborhoods, kids in the National Spelling Bee, salespeople, and more were far more likely to succeed if they scored highly for grit.

 

How Do You Develop Persistence?

If perseverance and passion for your goals are so essential for your success, how do you get there? How do you develop grit in your own life?

 

Here are some keys:

  • Be That Person. What you tell yourself about who you are will have a lot to do with whether you stick with your goals when they are tough. Be the kind of person that doesn’t quit.
  • Be Consistent. It’s not usually the big actions that help you win, but the small actions are done over and over. It’s the classic tortoise and hare – and the tortoise really does win.
  • Embrace Failure. Seeing failure as a data point instead of a defining moment is a big part of a growth mindset. Refuse to be afraid of failure.
  • One More Step. Choosing to take just one more step than is comfortable helps you create small wins, and helps you become a person that is persistent and has mental toughness.
  • Use Habits. Create habits that help you reach your goals so that you’re not starting from scratch every day.

 

It’s not easy to do these things on your own. Most people live in their comfort zone unless someone helps them move out of it.

 

Remember, this isn’t about climbing Mt. Everest tomorrow. It’s about becoming the kind of person who persists and is passionate about their goals. The kind of person who doesn’t fear failure and is consistent in their actions. The kind of person who goes all in

 

Because you deserve to have complete control over your time and money, I’ve helped many clients develop grit through my Failure Challenge and coaching programs.

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Got Skills? Transfer Expertise from Your Job to Your Business

Got Skills? Transfer Expertise from Your Job to Your Business

 

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting your own business? You’re not alone. Many people think that entrepreneurship is very risky – although, in some ways, it’s more secure than a day job.

 

What you may not realize is that you’ve gained tremendous skills from your current job and your daily life that can help you succeed in business. When you think creatively about what’s needed to run a business, you’ll realize you have many more skills than you think.

 

The Easy Step: From Job to Freelancer

In many cases, the job you have now is a service that’s needed by many companies all over the country – or all over the world. With the expertise you’ve gained, you can do work for clients on a freelance basis.

 

This shift is the easiest in terms of skill transfer, but it can be challenging to implement. In some companies taking clients in the same area as your job will be seen as competition and will be disallowed. If you aren’t able to build your business while working, focus on gaining marketing skills and perfecting your craft while saving money to make the leap.

 

When you make the jump to freelancer, you may find that your old company becomes a loyal client!

 

Skills Needed For Entrepreneurship

Maybe you’re not in a job that can become a freelance gig, or you simply hate your job and want to do something else. It’s time to start evaluating the skills you’ve gained and how you can apply them differently.

 

Organization

Keeping all of your paperwork in order and making sure your clients are properly cared for takes a lot of organization. In all likelihood, your current job requires you to stay organized and on top of details as well.

 

To build on this skill while you’re still working, learn to document processes and investigate what organizational tools work best for your personality and style.

 

Leadership

When you start your own business as a solo entrepreneur, you may think leadership isn’t that important. Actually, it is – starting with self-leadership and extending to traditional management and leadership as you grow.

 

Self-leadership includes things like internal motivation, time management, and staying on task. Traditional leadership includes communication skills, giving constructive feedback, and handling difficult conversations. Most jobs give you many opportunities to work on these skills.

 

Marketing

One of the most important skills in business is the ability to let other people know what you do in a way that encourages them to want to learn more. You may think that if you don’t work in the marketing department, you don’t have any marketing skills.

 

In reality, marketing is all about making genuine connections, finding out what people need, and serving them to meet those needs. Practice your listening skills, discover what the people around you need, and find ways to meet those needs. Do this in person, on social media, and through email.

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Not only will you gain valuable marketing skills, you’ll be building priceless relationships that can help you for years to come.

 

Resilience

Many people don’t realize that mindset and resilience is a key business skill. They’re too focused on getting a degree, becoming a manager, or leading the company in sales. The truth is, without the right mindset you won’t succeed in your job or in business.

 

The right mindset includes believing you can succeed, anticipating problems and how to overcome them, managing your emotions, handling fear of failure, and overcoming imposter syndrome. Often, these mindset changes require outside help from a coach.  You simply can’t overcome your blinders without an objective view to help you.

 

Ready to Go From Job to Business?

While I’ve only scratched the surface of the transferable skills that come from a job, you are probably encouraged that you’re more ready for a business than you thought.

 

If you’re ready to make the move from a job to a business, you’ll need someone to help you apply your skills in new ways and work on your mindset challenges. You can join the amazing individuals and businesses that have worked with Plan to Succeed Coaching and started or grown a company. With an average return of multiple four figures can you afford not to start?

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Personal Branding: Its Essential

Personal Branding: Its Essential

Answer quickly: What does Gary V have that you probably don’t have?

 

Nope. It’s not hustle, a ridiculous work ethic, or a million dollars.

 

It’s a personal brand.

 

What does Gary V sell? He sells himself, and he does it very, very well.

 

I mean, it’s as simple as the fact that I can say “Gary V” and you instantly know what I mean. So why does it work – and more importantly, how can you create one too?

 

Why a Personal Brand Works

People do business with those they know, like, and trust. A personal brand helps people feel that they know more about who you really are, which helps them develop the “know, like, and trust” factor.

 

When you develop a personal brand, you don’t focus your messaging on what you sell, you focus your message on who you are and why you’re driven to serve others. This helps tie into another key marketing principle – people love to shop but they hate to be sold.

 

If you’re focusing on portraying who you are and why you’re serving your audience, you avoid the feeling of “selling” while you are, in fact, boosting the credibility of your products and services.

 

Finally, people buy based on emotions and justify their decisions with logic later. By building an effective personal brand, you’re building a bank of positive emotions with your targeted tribe. When they see that you have a product or service for sale, they’ll be more likely to buy from you.

 

How to Build an Effective Personal Brand

I want to get one misconception out of the way right away – an effective personal brand does not have to mean that everyone likes you and you offend no one. In fact, you may turn off a large group of people.

 

What matters is that you connect deeply with your target customers. You want to build a loyal group of followers – a tribe – and that means you have to take a narrow focus that appeals especially to them.

 

Let’s look at Gary V again. He’s got an incredibly passionate tribe who hangs on his every word. People who want to hustle at the level that Gary does. People will sacrifice everything in order to succeed. To them, Gary is a hero.

 

And then there are detractors. Have you ever had someone write in Inc magazine that your theories could destroy others’ businesses? Gary V just shakes it off. He’s not for them, he is of his own tribe.

 

Some other methods that will help you build your personal brand:

  • Have a Clear Message. Know what you’re portraying and to whom. Gary V started with a message based on a single word: Hustle. Your message should have that same focus and clarity.
  • Be Consistent. As someone building a personal brand, you have to keep your public persona consistent. Share the same message and focus on LinkedIn as you do on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
  • Be Unforgettable. One benefit to being controversial is that people remember you. Love you or hate you, they remember. As someone building a personal brand, you can’t afford to be bland or sound like everyone else.
  • Focus on Exposure. In order to build your personal brand, you have to be visible. Be active on the same social media outlets your customers frequent. Create content – videos, and writing – that gets shared.
  • Be You. You won’t be successful if you try to be another Gary V or another famous person. Those folks are taken. Be you, connect with your tribe, and watch your brand grow.

 

What do people think of when they think of you? Not sure? By clarifying your message and focus you can increase the business seeking you out versus chasing people down!

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Your Community is Vital to Your Success

Your Community is Vital to Your Success

 

Being well-connected to your community is vital to your business’ success. And I’m not just talking about your community of customers and followers – I’m talking about the actual city or town that you live in.

 

In business, it’s not just what you know but who you know. A good friend of mine has invested herself in building a brand behind her name. She has become quite a bit of a digital nomad, however, if you walk into our town everyone knows of her. If they don’t physically know her they can at least recognize her from her presence in the community and social media.

 

Her visibility in the community gains her the social proof to be seen as an authority. People go to her first because they see her and associate her with success for their programs and events. Her name has become synonymous with connectedness.

 

Being known and having her reputation enter the room before she does lowers people’s concern about working with her, it also builds know, like, and trust factors! This is how you draw people to what you are doing authentically and without having to be salesy.

 

Interested in seeing the same results yourself? Here’s how you can build relationships in your community.

 

How to Build Relationships in Your Community

Engaging with your community isn’t just about building your brand and reputation, although it will do that. It’s about having an authentic focus on being involved and caring about the people in your city or town.

 

Be a Partner or a Sponsor

A great way to build community relations is by being a partner or a sponsor in an academic or charity setting.

 

What ways can your business connect with a local school or university to hold events or offer internships? Can your company offer scholarships as part of a community-wide contest? What other organizations can you partner with?

 

You can also look for charity events to sponsor or partner with. If your company has a focus on helping children with a fun run related to schooling or children’s health would be a great sponsorship.

 

Fun and Games

Consider having your organization put up a team for a local softball, basketball, or bowling league. Or, look for volleyball leagues, billiards leagues, or bean bag tournaments. Not only will your employees enjoy bonding outside of work, but your business will be a participant in community events.

 

Whether your company’s team wins or loses is far less important than the fact that your company is involved in the community in a playful, fun way. You don’t always have to be selling or building your brand – sometimes it pays to just relax!

 

Volunteering

Encouraging individual employees to volunteer in their spare time is great, but why not take the next step and bring together a group from your company to give back to your city? You can even allow people to volunteer for part of their paid hours each month.

 

There are a ton of different ways to volunteer as a group, including Habitat for Humanity, helping at food banks, cleaning up the sides of the road, and more. Get creative and make a difference!

 

Why Your Community Matters to Your Business

Your company doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Being connected to your community has been a fundamental part of the health of a business for decades.

 

Being well-connected to your community not only builds goodwill and brings in customers, it helps you attract the top talent from your area. Your company will be a desirable place to work, and you’ll be able to retain your best workers more easily.

 

Community connections also help you win major business accounts. Why not be the supplier of choice for the industries in your area? Why not show your commitment to relationships and social responsibility and reap the rewards of being a good neighbor?

 

When you take the time and energy to build real, long-term, valuable relationships within your community, you’ll strengthen more than your market position. You’ll also build morale among your staff, become a desirable place to work and reap the intangible rewards of giving back in ways that matter.

 

Are you ready for valuable relationships in your business? Have you been asking how do I get to the next level, and break through the noise?

 

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Five Myths of Entrepreneurial Success

Five Myths of Entrepreneurial Success

 

As Millennials become more and more of the workforce, entrepreneurship is surging in popularity. The millennial generation favors independence and meaning in their work, and don’t see becoming a senior executive as the apex of their careers.

 

It’s no surprise, then, that 67% of millennials have a goal of starting their own business. Being an entrepreneur is hard work, but you get to shape the company and set the vision yourself. That, along with incredible flexibility and purpose, makes entrepreneurship ideal for young adults.

 

There are, however, a lot of unfortunate myths surrounding entrepreneurial success. Believing these myths can hold you back from creating the impact you intended to make. Before you set out on your entrepreneurial adventure, make sure you don’t believe these five myths.

 

Myth #1:  You Can Never Quit

Many entrepreneurs go into business with a “burn the ships” mentality – that is, they cut off all opportunity to change course, and feel like they have to stick with their idea no matter what happens.

 

Unfortunately, this can lead to dismal results. Sticking with an idea that doesn’t have a good fit with the market is one of the primary reasons businesses fail. It’s vital to be willing to pivot or even abandon a product or service if it’s not something that other people want to pay for.

 

If you can’t sell your product or service, you are digging a financial hole and not making any progress, or your business is ruining your personal life, quitting could be the best decision you’ve ever made.

 

Myth #2: You Can Be Prepared for Everything

The Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”, is also an important mantra among entrepreneurs. Planning for how you will handle challenges (distributor falls through? Less demand than expected? Turned down for financing?) is an important part of being successful as an entrepreneur.

 

You should also have some plans for success – how you’ll handle production for a big jump in demand, making sure your servers are strong enough for a surge in website traffic, and more. However, don’t think for a minute that you can be prepared for everything. Being adaptable and able to adjust to changing circumstances is essential to entrepreneurial success.

 

Trying to be too prepared can be a delay tactic – a way to prevent yourself from taking action on something that scares you. Don’t hold back – over-planning won’t help you, it will just make you more frustrated if things don’t go the way you expect. Instead, take reasonable precautions and be prepared for change. For more information here Read.

 

Myth #3: If You Build It, They Will Come

Having a great idea is the seed of entrepreneurship. But it’s only the seed – there’s a lot you have to do to nurture it and encourage it to grow. Unfortunately, some entrepreneurs assume that if they build their good idea, the world will flock to their door.

 

Many business owners think they can spread their idea simply by posting on Facebook or Instagram. While that’s a start, being active on social media isn’t enough. You have to market yourself in a way that stands out. Consumers have a huge number of options in every category, and all of the information is at their fingertips thanks to the internet.

 

Instead of practicing “random acts of marketing”, create a marketing plan that allows you to systematically build awareness about your company, move people through your sales funnel, and gain customers on a regular basis.

 

Myth #4: Winners Don’t Work

There is a certain segment of entrepreneurs who are looking for a “silver bullet” that will allow them to make large amounts of money without working very hard. I see it all the time in Facebook ads, where gurus claim to be ready to show you how to “earn six figures while working 10 hours a week”.

 

First, let me tell you that the only way they’re earning six figures – if they even are – is by selling the idea of “no work” to others. Secondly, the idea that winners don’t work – or that they only work for a few years and then sit on their laurels – is not the foundation of business success.

 

Instead of looking for a silver bullet that doesn’t exist, take the attitude of the tortoise from the “Tortoise and the Hare”. Slow and steady consistent work wins the race.

 

Myth #5: Mindset Doesn’t Matter

On the other hand, there are entrepreneurs who understand the need to take action but focus on grinding it out every day to the exclusion of working on their mindset and personal and professional growth.

 

Being a successful entrepreneur takes more than long hours. It takes learning and making changes in your internal world as well. Some of the mindsets that are vital to entrepreneurial success include:

  • If you don’t have a clear vision for what you want the company to be and what purpose it serves, you won’t be able to be successful over the long term. You also need to learn to communicate that vision effectively to others as your business grows.
  • Believe in Yourself and Your Business. Believing in yourself and your business will give you the emotional resilience you need when you encounter setbacks. Buy In
  • Willingness to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone. Brandon Burchard said, “Mediocrity begins the precise moment you swap love for a challenge with love of comfort.”
  • A Bias Toward Action. Learning is vital, but it isn’t true that knowledge is power. Knowledge is only potential power – true power comes from acting on the new understanding.

 

Having the right mindsets will help you take the right actions, which will help you succeed. You can’t overlook the importance of working on yourself from the inside out.

 

If you’re ready to embrace entrepreneurial success in 2017, I’m here to help. I’ll help you identify limiting mindsets, take action to make changes, and break out of any false beliefs you have. Join us today here to connect with a group of Firestarters in the Fired Up! Entrepreneur Community Growth.

Buy In

Buy In

Don’t ever give up. Believe in yourself or no one else will. My personal saying is: ‘I’d rather die knowing that I tried to do what I love.’ Adrienne Bailon.

Speaking as a business owner for the last two years working with coaching clients one thing often overlooked is the buy in. Whether that’s to a skill or ability, relationship, task or business the percentage of your buy in will determine what you get back. Maybe you’re not used to hearing buy in, maybe you think of it as commitment, tenacity, or faithfulness. Don't ever give up. Believe in yourself or no one else will. My personal saying is- 'I'd rather die knowing that I tried to do what I love.'At the end of the day what you have bought into as valuable for your life takes time, energy, and resources from you.  There’s a reason you’re here. There’s something you’re looking for that says this is the way. This is the path, you’re going to be alright.  You are in charge of your buy in. No one else will ever buy in more than you do to your project, task, ability. I’m here to invite you into an opportunity to buy in to what you’re doing.

Picture with me for a moment the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with the leap of faith or view the clip here. He is standing in the cleft of a rock, he knows where he needs to go and sees no way to get there. So he takes a moment, steadies himself and buys into the mission.  or take any Olympian, for example, their life reflects their buy into the dream. They make sacrifices and live how very few will ever choose to live, and have huge payoffs. What you are willing to do when no one is watching determines How well you do when everyone is watching. being 100% committed gives you the fuel to get back up when you’ve fallen for the 12th, 60th, or 1200th time and try again. There are lots of examples of the Edisons, Rowlings, Sanders, Sandburgs, maybe we are waiting on you.

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So start today, start somewhere, but go all in. Write the book, join a club, gain a skill, become a marine biologist, English teacher in the middle east, open that business. Don’t live life wondering if there’s something you are meant to be. Become who makes you proud. Bet on yourself, grow, change, improve. One day you will wake up a completely different person who has accomplished what today you could only dream.