There are tons of learning “how to be successful” in this era. We’re in the YouEconomy, so almost everyone is doing a side hustle, or looking at something other than the 9-to-5 job. Entrepreneurship is a viable option nowadays. In my opinion, there are a couple of keys to success in my experience, but there is one thing you have to do every day to be successful.
Here it is. Surround yourself with positive people who can pour into your goals. Sounds easy, right? Not exactly. This is much harder to do if you don’t know those individuals. Looking for like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs don’t all frequent the local coffee shop, meetup or your favorite networking spot. You have to be intentional.
DISCLAIMER: you cannot have the attitude you’re owed anything. Successful people keep their circles small to avoid those looking for handouts. In their perspectives, they’re not done and more work has to be done. Being mediocre isn’t an option.
Don’t get this misconstrued with other advice you have learned throughout the years. It’s not a statement of “only do” this and results will occur. I’m not saying that either. Being intentional with the entrepreneurial mindset doesn’t attract them to your front door. Hence, being intentional is more than just hoping and waiting.
In order to stay intentional, here are some easy tips to keep in mind:
- Everyone has problems;
- Everyone needs a solution;
- Bills don’t pay themselves;
- Everyone has some sort of money/currency; and
- People buy/donate to what they know, like, and trust.
Your goal is to be profitable every day. The simple formula is to have more sales than expenses to have a net profit. Even though it sounds easy at times, developing your pipeline for prospects, leads and customers can be overwhelming. This is why being intentional to surround yourself with the right environment of people is critical.
When you surround yourself with these right people (probably not all at once), they will talk about their problems and how they solved them. If they had help with it, more than likely they’ll share their contact information. Most of the time, it was their grit. But if they couldn’t figure it out, they contracted it out or possibly bartered. Over time, you’ll see how you can be the solution to someone’s problem.
Don’t be scared to fail forward. A professional mentor can help you navigate some major pitfalls, so don’t be embarrassed. We all have to start somewhere. As Zig Ziglar stated decades ago, “it’s not where you start it’s where you finish that counts.”
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn
“Success isn’t owned. It’s leased and rent is due every day.” – JJ Watt
I write this because my business is personal because this service is for the advancement of all humanity. My failures and successes are for your gain. No strings attached.
Nathan A. Webster, MBA
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