I’ve been an online entrepreneur for a little over fifteen years now. I’ve dabbled in a number of online ventures and I have seen many online business opportunities come and go. A lot has changed; including all of the technical aspects you need in place all the way through to how an online business can and should be run.
However, if I could pinpoint one thing that has remained consistent during this time it has been my mental approach and mindset. In fact, this is something that every entrepreneur needs to have in place to achieve success.
Below are five traits that I have not only helped me succeed in my own businesses, but that I have observed from some of the most successful entrepreneurs:
Perhaps one of the most crucial elements is the need and requirement to be consistent. Consistency is not just about showing up, but consistently trying to improve and find better ways of doing things.
Regardless of the type of business you are running, it’s important to take a long-term approach. Success does not typically come overnight – it snowballs and is the culmination of a lot of tiny steps that add up.
Putting in the effort on a consistent basis is what enables you to make real progress.
2. Working When You Do Not Want To
There are aspects or processes to every business that will not be typically enjoyed. Unfortunately, it’s just a part of life. Equally, there will be times when you feel a little bit off, a little bit flat, or demotivated. It can happen for a multitude of reasons.
Either way, in order to be truly successful, you do need to put the work in. Even if at times you do not want to. Sure, there will always be distractions, but being able to grind through those days when you do not feel up to it can make all the difference.
Usually, you’ll find that when you just begin, it’s enough to get you in the spirit and before you know it, you’ve overcome the resistance.
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” – Thomas Edison
3. Exploring New Opportunities
No business or industry can, or should even, attempt to remain the same. Industries change, markets develop and customers have new interests, requirements, or expectations. For these reasons among others, it’s important that you routinely seek out new opportunities. This could be both internally or externally to your current business.
Having an open-minded approach is all part of this. It’s about being able to look subjectively at what you do and proactively look at ways to stay ahead of the competition. If you don’t, then your competitors will and you’ll be left behind before you know it.
4. Forging Your Own Path
Part of the allure and perhaps the main advantage of being an entrepreneur is the ability to forge your own path, be your own boss, and live life on your own terms. Sure, risk comes with the territory, but there is something about knowing you need to succeed in order to pay the bills.
The desire to work for oneself can be a huge motivator, and knowing that it can all come tumbling down takes it one step further. Working for somebody else is always an option of course, but having either left that path or the thought of having to re-enter the 9-5 is usually enough to ensure that this does not become a reality. Often once an entrepreneur works for themselves, going back is simply not an option.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
5. Having Fun
We all want to live our best lives, and of course making time to have fun is all part of that. However, when it comes to running our business, we should never forget that we should enjoy the process. This is essentially why we do it.
We should enjoy the challenges, but we should also cherish those times we close a deal, make a sale or exceed our targets. If you are not enjoying your business then not only will it make it harder, but it will also result in lower discipline, effort, and ultimately your results will suffer.
One of the best things you can do to enrich your life and your business is finding out exactly what you enjoy doing. Make that the majority of your day, and simply outsource the rest. Get others to do those tasks you dislike or take up time. Spend your day running the parts of the business that you personally love.
Entrepreneurship is not simple; yet a change in mindset can have profound improvements in your success and the satisfaction you derive from your business.
I have come to believe that anyone can be a successful entrepreneur if they truly want it enough. It may take some people more time than others, it may even be a rockier journey, but with the technology we have at our fingertips today – there is a wealth of opportunities to pursue. Just do not let your mindset be the limiting factor!
What trait do you believe is most important for you to become successful? Share your thoughts with us below!
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Are you completely new to networking?
Then this article is a great place to start. Networking isn’t hard on paper…you go along to online and in-person meetings, make new connections and build relationships, and those relationships lead to more work so you can grow your business! The challenge is that in reality, it isn’t quite so straightforward, as our emotions get involved and make things much tougher.
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If you want to keep those nerves at bay and ooze confidence at networking get-togethers, you’ll need to downplay it rather than seeing it as a big occasion. Try not to put pressure on yourself and see it as a casual meet-up with a bunch of people with similar goals to you. To help you relax in the run-up to the event, be sure to set achievable goals and expectations before you go.
Keep your chin up and your goals in mind – positivity is key. One easy goal for your first networking meeting is very simply to speak to one other person and see where the conversation goes. Introduce yourself and your business, but take the time to listen to their story, too. It’ll only take a few minutes and will be over before you know it, so it’s nothing to fear. You may even enjoy it and want to speak to a few more people, too!
Where to go networking
If you’ve never been networking before, it might not be very easy to find a group – but only because there’s so much choice and you don’t know where to start your search! Groups come in different sizes and styles, so it’s important to find one that suits you and your business. Informal, formal, big, small… the choice is yours.
For your first meeting, start small to ease yourself in – a big group could prove too daunting, and stop you from feeling comfortable enough to get involved. After all, you want to make a strong first impression!
If you’re wondering which group to opt for in the long-term, give a few a go! Get a feel for them, speak to as many people as you can, and see which one suits! You’ll know when a group feels right for you, and you can see where those all-important relationships are most likely to be built. If a group doesn’t feel like the right for you, give a different one a go.
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This will happen for you, as long as you put the effort into building those relationships. If you take the time to get to know people, and then check in with them and support them, they’ll see you as a trustworthy and reliable contact who they can call on. And when they feel that way, those leads and referrals you’re looking for will come a-knocking.
Once you’ve made relationships with people who you trust, and they’ve had a positive experience working with you, you can even ask for referrals! But don’t rush this, as you don’t want to inadvertently push people away or try and force the relationship along too quickly.
When you do get an opportunity to work with someone you’ve met at a networking group, go above and beyond to offer more value than they’re expecting, as then, they’ll be much more likely recommend you and introduce you to more of their contacts!
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By investing your time and effort in networking, you will gain more business through the relationships you make, and you will be able to grow your business.
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2023 is just around the corner, and you have the chance to make it the year you make networking work for your business. And the benefits could be incredibly amazing for your business, just like they have been for ours, and many business owners we have worked with over the years.
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