Connect with us

Entrepreneurs

5 Lessons You Can Learn From A Millionaire Trader

Published

on

Some of what you might read in this article could seem simplistic, that’s because success is simplistic if you let it be. This time you are going to see success from a different lens through an interview I did with the very Successful Millionaire Trader Andy Man who owns a business called Serman Traders and is the author of “How I Turned $1,600 into $1.7M In The Financial Markets”. Whether it’s trading or another business, the success principles are the same, but it’s crucial to have lots of different references from a variety of entrepreneur’s.

In 2006, Andy graduated as a civil engineer, and he knew nothing about the stock markets or trading. Once Andy got a job, he realised he wasn’t able to live the life he wanted even if he became a manager in the company. He started looking for alternative ways to make money and took a course in trading with his now business partner, Mike Ser. In 2011, Andy turned $1600 USD into $1.7M by trading silver using everything he had learnt. It was always Andy’s goal to become a millionaire by the age of thirty.

***The AHA! MOMENT Of The Interview***

The most shocking part of the interview was when I asked Andy how old he was. He started by thinking about it and then he couldn’t work it out. He just said I think I am over thirty. Andy is not a guy that remembers how old he is all the time like a lot of society, and he doesn’t even celebrate his birthday. By not focusing on his birthday, Andy says it allows him to focus his time on things that are more valuable. He says you must always think positive and whether your old or young there are benefits on both sides.

Your attitude towards success is something that Andy says will make a big difference in your entrepreneur life. If you don’t want to move, you will stay still for the next ten years. If you are motivated to achieve your goal then at least you have some hope to move forward. This doesn’t mean all the time that if you are motivated you will definitely achieve your goal, it takes a lot of hard work as well. Notice how the ultra successful like Andy always have a positive mindset? This is something that I have seen in every interview I have done on Addicted2Success.

Below are five Lessons Andy shared with me in the interview that you can apply to your life as an entrepreneur.

1. The psychology of trading can teach you a lot about entrepreneurship

In the beginning, Andy didn’t achieve financial freedom and he would lose money then make money over and over again. He says once you learn from your mistakes you get better everyday.

In the first year of trading, he lost money. The second to fourth year Andy worked on fixing up his bad trades. The mistake he was making was that he was able to turn $5000 very quickly into $100k, but then he would be too greedy on the profit side and would lose half of it. You need to secure your profit and try and ride the right trend and in 2011, with this strategy, Andy was able to turn the corner and start making some serious money.

No one is perfect and different people have different flaws. Try to identify yours and fix them, and then you can be successful. Once you know how to make money in the market, all you need to do is start to look back on your bad trades and fix those up, and then you will have more success. Andy knew to short (bet the price would go down) silver because it had happened before, and scenarios often repeat themselves in financial markets. The market for gold and silver goes up every US summer from June to August and has done so 9 out of 9 times in the last nine years. Andy puts stop losses in so he can know how much he would lose if he were wrong. Lose small and win big. You need to have a good risk management strategy otherwise you will do the reverse, lose big and win small – another lesson that applies to entrepreneurs.

The first year in trading is the toughest because you lose money more than you win, but you can never give up. Only 10% of people succeed with trading, and Andy keeps telling himself he will be part of this 10% – keep telling yourself you can do it. The hard part is staying disciplined. Being in the minority and staying disciplined will be traits you need to be an entrepreneur.

After making the $1.7 million Andy diversified his portfolio and allocated a large portion to real estate investing to get a passive income. Trading is not a stable income and Andy can’t see a big opportunity every single day so during the quiet times the real estate and Serman Traders income help provide the foundation for stability. Once the foundations are solid, this allows Andy to take calculated risks in his entrepreneurial endeavours and this is an important lesson.

2. The power of constantly learning

Driving a car is very similar to trading and being an entrepreneur, Andy says. At first he started with 1-10 leverage when he made his first million, now he is off his learner plates and uses 1-100. Just make money first and then when you get some consistency, then you can add more leverage. Trading is one of the ways to financial freedom if you take the time to understand it. A kid can do very well in trading because they follow the rules, but the older the person is, the more stubborn they are, and the less likely they are to be able to follow rules.

Part of Andy’s course involves making a daily video, which his students must watch to see what Andy is noticing in the market and where the opportunity is so that they can mirror it. The three things that people do wrong when they watch Andy’s video are they do nothing, miss the opportunity and chase the market, or they are too aggressive. If you follow the rules, then you will make money but most people can’t overcome the psychological limits that you need to have to be a good trader. There is nothing better than seeing mentors trade close to a live environment and being able to learn their strategies in the real world.

Being an entrepreneur is not about following the rules (quite the opposite) but you have to learn not to be stubborn and take the time to understand your business.

3. Plan your day for success

A day in Andy’s life involves waking up at 6am to catch the markets and trade for around two hours as well as catching up on the market news. In the afternoon, he trains his students all around the world and then late in the day he will host some live seminars in his office at night at around 4-5pm. At 7pm, he spends time with family and then between 10-11pm he will start to do the daily videos. The day then finishes between 11pm-1am where Andy does a final two hours of trading the Gold / Silver market.

The key is to be able to focus on what you’re doing, Andy says. You have to know your schedule well and plan ahead, so you know what to do. Andy always plans his trades ahead of time before the markets open. A lot of people don’t have a plan, and they plan to fail. You will get very emotional during trading if you don’t have a plan. A plan helps keep you calm and on course.

To avoid distractions like social media Andy delegates these tasks and has learnt to say no to interruptions and distractions. When delivering training Andy has his full focus with the student and doesn’t let his phone or anything distract him because he is trying to deliver the maximum value he can. Outside of trading Andy is married with a young daughter and he says allowing your loved ones to know your schedule well avoids unnecessary distractions and means that if they’re calling you it must be urgent – keep your phone on silent so you can focus.

Have a notebook next to you at all times to record your thoughts. It’s always good to write things down along with a weekly to-do list – try to work smarter rather than harder. Think before you do, if you do and think at the same time you will be very inefficient and be doing things that are unnecessary. Also, don’t forget to always leave some buffer time between appointments and build in breaks into your schedule even if you don’t plan on using them, just in case.

Plan for a busy day now and then, and know what your worse day looks like. Once you know your absolute worse day, plan how you are going to manage it and build in the meals, so you don’t starve and have no energy. Andy knows that every Tuesday is going to be a crazy day, so he knows how to deal with it.

Running your day as a trader is very similar to running you day as an entrepreneur, just focus focus focus and make sure you enjoy life at the same time!

4. Always be on a journey to mastering personal growth

We have different goals and priorities in life and natural strengths and weaknesses, which are determined by our personality type. The key is once you know your weakness you must not continually repeat the same mistake. If you do this, you will be very likely to go into a natural loop of failure. As an entrepreneur, you probably won’t notice the mistakes you make because they are too minor. When you talk about money though, a lot of people get more sensitive. It sounds easy to overcome your mistakes, but it takes time due to the psychological aspect. A good entrepreneur recognises their weakness and learns from their mistake – it’s that simple.

Andy found himself to be up and down as an entrepreneur until one day he sat down and looked at what mistakes he was making with the mindset of finding a solution. There’s only two ways to do anything, avoid making a mistake or try and figure out a solution. Once you have your solution, you need to write it down on paper so next time you see the same situation, you don’t make the same mistake again. This realisation was the key turning point for Andy to become successful and start making a profit from his trading.

To grow you need to keep yourself inspired. It’s always good to hear other people’s stories and experiences so that you can draw inspiration from them. Talking and engaging with them will deepen the learning even further. Try to broaden these moments of inspiration from different areas, and one’s that you may have nothing to do with like marine biology. Outside of variety don’t limit yourself to the same class of people either. Spend time with poorer people, middle-class people and rich people. Each of these classes will teach you different laws of success.

Between the ages of twenty to thirty most people stop learning new things. To grow you will need to be open to learning something new all the time and remember you don’t have all the answers to anything – no one does. Finding inspiration can also be found in attending meetups, talking to your friends and teaching students. Andy’s students often reveal to him things about life and networks that he has not yet tapped into.

For Andy to continue his own journey of personal growth, in 2011 after he made millions, he went on a missionary trip to China and started helping out handicap children. While staying in very poor surroundings on this trip he began to see that he is the one that is really fortunate and this motivated him to spend time helping other people. When you help other people you see the happiness even more, and you know that your wealth has helped create this. The lesson here is that even if you have nothing you can be very happy as well. If you find yourself being very aggressive towards making millions then attempt a trip like Andy did, and you will come back feeling more humble and not be so obsessed with money.

The lesson here is that even if you have nothing you can be very happy as well. If you find yourself being very aggressive towards making millions then attempt a trip like Andy did, and you will come back feeling more humble and not be so obsessed with money.

“Happiness is always a choice. You can’t wait for circumstances to change you have to create your own fortune and look for ways to be happy each day”

5. Switch your mindset from employee to entrepreneur

When Andy used to be an engineer he got paid to work but the responsibility was nowhere near as much as what it’s been since becoming an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, you get paid for results not for showing up. Some of the work you do you may not get paid for. For example when you develop a product as an engineer you get paid through the process where as when you do the same thing as an entrepreneur you don’t, and it’s a very different mindset to get used to. During the times as an entrepreneur when you’re not getting paid, you must be able to tap into your optimism otherwise you won’t be able to get through this stage.

There is no ceiling on your income as an entrepreneur at any one time whereas working a job can be more restrictive, and there are annual limits to your earning capacity. As a trader, you can make as many millions of dollars as you like but Andy reckons he had to learn to not be too greedy. He used to have nothing but when he had something his mindset changed, and he wanted to preserve it and use it as a platform to build off of.

The way Andy explained this phenomenon to me was that before you become an entrepreneur you are all about capital gains, but once you become an entrepreneur you start thinking about how to maintain and increase a positive cashflow.

If you would like to enrol in Andy’s trading courses then visit the Serman Traders website where you can sign up for the priority list and receive a free copy of Andys eBook “How I Turned $1,600 into $1.7M In The Financial Markets”

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

Advertisement
2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Tim Denning

    May 19, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Agreed Lawrence and the fact that Andy didn’t have any experience at trading Gold/Silver shows that you can make money in anything if you put your mind to it.

  2. Lawrence Berry

    May 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    These are some great tips from Andy. His ability to learn from his failures, combined with the determination to focus and master his craft was the defining thing in his success. With so many distractions in the world today with all the social media an technology, it really makes it hard to focus on a single task for so long. We have become a very distracted and impatient society, but we must move away from what the masses do in order to be extraordinary.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entrepreneurs

Want to Be an Entrepreneur? It’s Impossible Without These 3 Characteristics

Published

on

characteristics of entrepreneurs
Image Credit: Unsplash

They go by many names: self-employed, 1099 Contractor, Side Hustle, CEO, Business Owner, or Agency Owner, but our favorite term is Entrepreneur. No more working for the “man!” Be your own boss, set your own hours, answer to no one is the cry of everyone that has ever had to punch a clock, ask to take a bathroom break or be elated with a 5% raise. Why would anyone want to work for someone else for 40 years when they can work for themselves and make millions?

If you could only will things into existence by belief, we’d all be the boss. With over 300 Million people living in America today, only 15 million of those are self-employed full time.

We’ve all heard of the Pareto Principle, right?  The 80/20 rule? In sales, business ownership, and entrepreneurship that means only 20% have the right skills, masteries and characteristics to succeed. My personal experience in observing thousands of other entrepreneurs makes me think Pareto might have under-promised and over-delivered. Seems as if only 5% have what it takes.

So what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? I believe all the books, podcasts, blogs, webinars, and self-help seminars on this subject could be summed up with the following three simple characteristics:

1. Working Smarter and Harder than Mark Zuckerberg presenting before Congress

At the end of the day, a millionaire mindset cannot be paired with a part-time work ethic. I wholeheartedly believe that there are two types of entrepreneurs in the world: the work horses and the lame ducks.

Entrepreneurs put in more hours than anyone else. It’s mandatory to succeed. Yet, they are not empty hours wasted on non-productive activities. You have to be efficient with your time.

The lame duck entrepreneur can be described as continually using their time to do something well, that needs not to be done at all, as Brian Tracy says. They’re busy doing mundane tasks that are not sales generating activities. While a work horse entrepreneur has developed a system that focuses only on the most important sales generating activities and either eliminates everything else or delegates the rest to an assistant.

You have to have an extraordinary work ethic to make it as an entrepreneur these days. There are 1000 other guys right behind you clawing and scraping to win. Do you have the smart, dialed-in, planned out work ethic required to succeed? Do you have that drive to succeed? I hope so.

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.” – George Bernard Shaw

2. Downloading more Data than the IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence

“Always be closing” is the mantra at the sales seminar. It should be scrapped and changed to “always be learning.” Closing is easy, but if you stop learning, you won’t have the right product or service for long.

Some studies say that knowledge is doubling every 12 months. Think about that for a second. If you had truly gained mastery in a subject and waited a year or two, you’d now be a dinosaur. It’s been said that most people don’t have 20 years’ experience, but one year of experience repeated 20 times.

You have to continually be learning and staying at the forefront of your niche. Watch the early adopters, test the waters and figure out a way to improve upon what they’ve done. Find someone that has mastered an area that you want to excel in and buy their course, attend their seminar, or read their book.

Experience is a teacher, but it’s a difficult way to learn. Find those that have trail blazed the path before you and implement what they tell you to do. Every successful entrepreneur has had dozens if not hundreds of mentors over their lifetime. It’s been said that your net worth is equal to your network. To succeed you have to continually hit the books.

3. Treat your Finances like you are Warren Buffet’s Hedge Fund Manager

Guess what? You can have the strongest work ethic in the world, you can watch every YouTube video and listen to every podcast created for your niche, but if you’re broke all the time, you’ll never succeed. You have to have some money to make money.

Now what I’m about to tell you used to be common sense because it’s very basic, but balancing a checkbook, creating a budget, spending your money wisely is no longer common knowledge. If you do not have a budget written out, that accounts for every dollar coming in and every dollar going out, then you are doing life wrong! Look up a simple online budget and put it all on paper.

Make a budget for your personal finances. Then start a business checking account. Drop in as much operating capital as you can. Then, create your budget for your business. Write it all down. Take what you’ve learned from your mentors and apply your exemplary work ethic and go make some money.

Pay yourself a meager salary until you have enough money saved in your business account to pay cash for a mid-sized sedan. Then give yourself a raise! Learn what your cost per acquisition is and pull that lever over and over again.

Be willing to invest in your business. Buy the courses and materials needed to grow in your niche. Investing in your business wisely and prudently is the only way to scale up your business and be truly successful.

“Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

There’s a reason that the richest 1% own half the world’s wealth. They have the drive to work harder and smarter than anyone else, they’ve invested in the best mentors and coaches, and are continually learning to stay on the cutting edge in their field. Additionally, they’ve mastered the simple money management skills that are necessary to fund the whole endeavor. Do you have what it takes?

Which one of the above 3 characteristics do you think is the most important to succeed? Share your thoughts below!

Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs

9 Reasons Why Attending Networking Events is Crucial for Entrepreneurial Success

Published

on

networking tips
Image Credit: Unsplash

No matter how big or small your business is, as an entrepreneur, you must attend as many industry-relevant networking events and conferences as possible. Communicating with other like-minded and motivated people can take your business to the next level and lead to startup success.

Shockingly, 30% of new businesses don’t make it past the first 24 months. By attending networking events and conferences, you can acquire the tools required to ensure your business doesn’t fall into this percentage. Essentially, attending events could save your business. What’s more, most networking events and conferences are free or incredibly low budget.

If you’re still on the fence about attending events, here are 9 of the most notable benefits for your startup:

1. To learn from the best

No entrepreneur, no matter how talented they are, can possibly know everything about everything. Attending networking and conference events is a chance to learn from other entrepreneurs who have been in similar positions and learn from their gains and their loses.

2. To create contacts

In today’s digital world, where most communication happens online, there’s nothing more valuable than face-to-face interaction. Networking events allow for these valuable interactions and to create contacts. The good thing about networking events is that they often allow for speed networking, allowing for multiple interactions in a set period of time. By partaking, you can massively extend your network base.

3. To generate customers

Depending on the type of networking or conference event, and the services you offer, you may find customers. A good way to generate customers at an event is by engaging in discussions about your services and by presenting in front of the crowds.

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye

4. To learn about the industry

Often, entrepreneurs are too busy growing their business that they forget to see the wider industry and disruption can come as a major surprise. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to be prepared and attending events can shine a light on any industry changes, giving you time to plan and prepare ahead.

5. To find partners

Networking and conference events often have a specific topic and theme. Therefore, the people that attend the event are usually in a similar industry and have much in common. These events are perfect for finding new business partners by finding people that complement the services you offer. It can be useful talking to competitors too as you can potentially work together for an optimised version of a project.

6. To meet investors

The best way to engage the attention of an investor is by speaking directly to them. Face-to-face conversations can build trust and begin the foundation for a future relationship. Investors often attend networking and conference events to get to know the up-and-coming businesses in the industry.

7. To be inspired

Once you start networking with like-minded people it’s easy to find creativity, be inspired and come up with new ways to advance your business. You will come away from the event with new ideas and a new lease of life on your business.

8. To build recognition

Recognition can be one of the biggest obstacles for a start-up. Online marketing may not have the desired outcome if you don’t spread the word effectively. Networking is a great opportunity to meet potential customers and build recognition by engaging on your product or services. Most networking events allow for startups to stand or pitch in front of attendees which is a great opportunity to build recognition around your product or service.

9. Because you’ve got nothing to lose

No matter what industry you’re in, you’re guaranteed to pick up something when attending a networking or conference event. From making valuable connections to finding out what customers think of your product, there are many benefits to events.

“Behind every successful person there are many successful relationships.” – Joe Apfelbaum

From gaining inspiration to learning about the industry, building recognition to generating valuable connections, networking and conference events are crucial for event success. However, turning up to an event is simply not enough. You must put as much effort in as possible by talking to as many people as you can.

When networking, get out of your comfort zone and engage with people of all job levels and all industries. When it comes to business, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.

Once the event has ended, always follow up with your new connections via an email, phone call or LinkedIn message. It’s important to get in touch while you’re fresh in the mind of your connection to lay the foundation of future cooperation. Lastly, always remember events are fun and never take them too seriously.


Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs

6 Creative Ways to Hype Up a New Product on Social Media

Published

on

product launch
Image Credit: Unsplash

It’s the week before the big product launch, and you’ve been asked to help with a big marketing splash. The problem is despite brainstorming for a few weeks and pushing out a few tweets to build the pre-launch buzz, you’re out of ideas. But merely wondering how to help the new product capture the minds of prospects and customers doesn’t really help.

Here are 6 creative things you should consider to generate excitement for your product in the target market:

1. Create a goal

Don’t limit your awareness program to merely “make people aware” of the product. Go beyond the ideal definition and expand it. There has to be a goal that assists you to measure the success of your program.

This goal can be the number of followers you drive to your webpage, or probably the ones who sign up for more updates. Find out what other options work best for you and let them guide you through the awareness campaign. The key is to make it measurable and ensure if your website is any good; it is fully geared to be not much more than a giant lead magnet.

2. Sell smart, not hard

No matter how much effort you put in, if you don’t do it smart, they’ll lead you to failure. Just because you are leveraging social media, doesn’t imply you can aim in the dark and wait for the arrow to hit the target miraculously. Make sure you very well know the problems that you are trying to solve.

Analyze the people affected by those issues and what attracts them. Leverage social media, but target your buyer personas. New products are often a great time to reconnect with existing clients and prospects. A fantastic way to do this is by getting your sales team to share the content and measure the engagements and click-through rate. Once you have the comparative view handy, you can make the most of social platforms.

“Working hard is very important. You are not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.” – George Lucas

3. Strike a chord

Personalization is the key to hit the sweet spot in the hearts of buyers. Have the sales team personalize the message. Give your employees the chance to explain the value to their networks.

Write high-level social copy for the various vertical markets you serve and then set the team lose in honing the conversation online. Done effectively, the click-through rate can go through the roof!  

4. Build engaging content

Consider buyer personas while drafting the social copy of your content. And take note, we are referring to buyer personas, not a persona. It includes more than one streak of your ideal buyers.

Invest time in understanding the critical aspect of each of them. Make sure you know what your product has to offer to each of them and translate that understanding to explain this value proposition. The better you do at segmenting the message, the more clicks and engagements your content will produce.  

5. Don’t reveal too much

Sometimes, marketers get carried away and unveil too much of the information in the pre-launch phase itself. What is left for the final big reveal? Apparently nothing but the product itself. And mind you, dear friend, curiosity killed the cat because she could not withhold it. Why not leverage this mentality for your product marketing as well?

Build anticipation and create mystery around the product. Drop hints, create hype but make sure you have some excitement reserved for the actual launch. Don’t disclose every significant twist.

“Content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust. Trust drives revenue.” – Andrew Davis

6. Narrate a story

Compelling narratives are a powerful way to engage people with your product even before it hits the shelves. Let the existing buyers talk about their experience with your current products. Not only will it talk about your offerings, but it’ll also highlight the positive relationship with existing clients. That’s something that can pay dividends when building a bond with the new ones. Additionally, you receive attention from followers of the customers you are showcasing.

Is your product launch is just a few days ahead, and you need to create product hype on social media? Well, it is quite a task to make the pre-launch ripples. But these six creative strategies can help you get the job done effectively. Use these ideas to showcase the hard work your product team has done and ensure a successful product launch.

Which one of the above 6 ways to market a product do you believe is most important and why? Share your thoughts below!

Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs

5 Skills I Learned in the Military That Helped Me Become a Successful Entrepreneur

Published

on

things learned in the military
Image Credit: Unsplash

The moves I’ve made in my career from the military, to the mining industry, to running a multinational business in Latin America, aren’t linear. It’s not every day an ex-Australian military officer finds their niche in Latin American business.

Graduating from Australia’s Royal Military College and Defense Force Academy, I served as a commissioned officer in the Australian Army for nearly 11 years, completing operational tours to Central Asia and the Middle East.

The transition from various Army engineering and infantry roles through to managing a team of legal and financial executives was neither quick nor painless. But, as I entered the company formation process, I found my military service played a significant role in shaping my entrepreneurial fitness. The skills I developed in the Australian Defense Force supported me through several commercial iterations more than once.

Here are some of the key connections I drew between core military values and those I apply to the boardroom environment:

1. Be calculated and decisive

Unsurprisingly, a crucial requisite of military functionality is working quickly and effectively under pressure. This rings especially true for the strategic planners of operations: the commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

My military role made tough demands on me to decide on the best course of action for myself and my team. When deployed overseas, making the wrong decision or not making a decision fast enough could mean failing our mission, and putting people in danger.

In business, it’s vital to understand, analyze and communicate the risks involved in the options laid out before you at various stages. Making offers to clients, moving into a new market, investing large amounts of money into projects. And decisions need to be made based on this analysis before these opportunities pass by.

I can confidently draw on my experiences in service to act fast and capitalize on opportunities as they become available, and make tough decisions in high-pressure situations.

“You cannot make progress without making decisions.” – Jim Rohn

2. Resilience is key

Resilience is fundamental to success in any military career. In training and on operations, one soldier’s spiralling morale could put an entire section in danger. Military personnel are vetted for their adaptability and mental strength from day one, using tried-and-true techniques to push people to their limits.

Having a high level of resilience allows you to cope when things don’t go to plan in business. Investments might not show returns as quickly as hoped, a competitor snatches up an important client, or a difficult situation arises between staff that needs careful management.

I can confidently draw on military-learned techniques to support my own and others’ resilience in the office. Being able to maintain a high level of morale among teams fosters productivity and a willingness to ‘soldier on’ in challenging situations.

3. Leadership and cooperation

People in leadership positions are those that others turn to for advice and support. As a leader, you have to be prepared to make tough decisions that others can’t or won’t. A high-performing team has a courageous, empowering, and communicative leader at its helm.

This is as true in the military as it is in business. Building the right team and driving them to success is both challenging and rewarding – whether the outcome is securing a key logistical foothold to allow aid and other supplies to travel into a war-torn area, or seeing a newly-opened office secure its first major client.

4. Discipline

Not every soldier has an easy time appreciating the ubiquity of drills in their military workplace, nor their role in underpinning the success of a smooth operation. But a lack of discipline is tantamount to putting oneself and others at risk. Ignoring lawful orders, or not applying proper first-aid to a fellow soldier, are a couple of examples of this.

To me, commercial discipline means being professional always, even in stressful or frustrating situations. Maintain integrity in everything you do, and don’t cut corners. Carrying out proper legal and financial procedures means staying compliant under local law, and avoiding complications with authorities.

Staying committed to an objective and refusing to drop standards enables you to build a credible reputation for your business that clients hold in high regard.

“We don’t have to be smarter than the rest, we have to be more disciplined than the rest.” – Warren Buffett

5. Cultural awareness

Finally, but no less importantly, showing respect for cultural customs in business is essential for cultivating strong professional relationships. Being aware of your cultural background, and sensitive to those of others, will help build social connections, and make you more relatable to others.

Foreign militaries operating in troubled parts of the world understand that building trust with local individuals and communities is imperative. Without that trust, moving around becomes difficult and more dangerous. To gain trust, soldiers must show respect for people’s culture and way of life.

The same is true in business. A small hiccup such as not shaking hands, or giving an air-kiss to a new acquaintance here in Latin America could start an entire working relationship off on the wrong foot. Cultural sensitivity shows a willingness to embrace people and their society. Never underestimate the significance people place on this element when evaluating your suitability as a professional partner.

It’s no secret that commercial success requires passion, hard work, and dedication. Don’t be afraid to call upon your own and others’ previous experiences to find solutions to problems or forge ahead with complex projects. For military personnel considering testing out their business acumen, be confident that your years of service to your country have also set you up for success in the world of business.

Continue Reading

Trending