I’ve learned a lot in my time as an entrepreneur. It’s been more of a journey than expected and my life experience has brought me here with a different perspective than many. Coming from a mainly academic background and being more of an analytical mind, I believed you examine the data, put in enough to get the goal and you quickly reach it.
Funny enough, I think it’s why I mastered every video game and how to get an A in graduate school level class with very little effort beyond what I knew was required. Entrepreneurship is nothing like that, and just what you think is enough work and a sure thing most likely isn’t.
The point of this is not to drive you into apathy and tell you not to be an entrepreneur, but rather it’s to show how to actually reach the summit instead of spending all your time in the basecamp. Success isn’t always necessarily about approach or level of self-development. It’s not to say that all those things are not important, but they are not the defining characteristic of what separates someone like Gary Vaynerchuk and Grant Cardone from someone that will never achieve; the defining element is tenacity, its drive, its obsession.
“Whether you’re 9 or 90, stop trying to fix the things you’re bad at, and focus on the things you’re good at.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
I’ve noticed that when I am in action, things don’t seem to bother me as much and even more seems to go right. You may call that momentum of all the collected activities, but I call it operating on another level. It’s when I stop taking as much action, not working towards my goal that the depressed feeling tends to get me. You know exactly what I mean you may have had 10 great experiences that day taking yourself and your business forward, but one that did not go right, and it may not be that bad, but you dwell on it, then you’re left feeling unsuccessful.
Less than a year ago, I started a podcast called Create Your Own Life, that took off like wildfire, created high-level press coverage and helped me to meet many of the people I admired most. I’ve noticed an interesting point along that journey, and it relates to the level of action I took and when I took it. I worked really hard on getting high-level entrepreneurs and had great success at it, but I learned a different viewpoint along the way about what success really looks like.
I read a book a number of years ago by Darren Hardy called “The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster,” and I think it’s the best way to describe the journey that I and many of my colleagues have been on over the years. At first, I learned that you can not always manage events but you can always manage your reaction to them, later I learned that was not even fully true.
I worked hard for certain opportunities to promote my show and certain guests I thought would be my big break, the single thing that would get me to greatness. I realized that single moment and the “overnight success” does not actually exist, and for every Justin Bieber that is discovered on YouTube there are millions of people betting everything they have on success that will never happen.
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” – Darren Hardy
I learned that big breaks don’t happen to you, but they happen because of you. Full-responsibility is the only way that will ever happen, having the tenacity to want the success of my mission as bad as breathing that’s when success happens. Previously, I learned that my greatest error was every time I thought the big break was coming, I didn’t just ease off the accelerator, I let it go completely.
Not only did the big break not happen, but I was further away than when I started; most likely taking even more time to reach my current destination.
Real success actually comes from hard, consistent work and keeping the accelerator pushed to the floor. As for those events that you think will be you big break; grab as many of them as you can, because it’s from consistently shooting for the stars that you reach the moon.
Do you want to be successful? Don’t stop when you think you made it, push even harder; that drive is what separates real entrepreneurs from the mere mortals.
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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.
It’s incredibly common for nerves to creep in and to feel overwhelmed and apprehensive when it comes to networking – even when it isn’t new to you. But how can you become more successful at it, feel less self-conscious, and make networking work for you and your business?
Here’s a few tips to help you embrace every business networking opportunity you get, so you can grow your business and achieve your goals.
Rock up with confidence
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.
Get more leads and referrals
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!
Grow your business
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.
We know that it’s not easy, going networking for the very first time. And that’s why we want to give you all the advice and tools that you need so you can walk in with confidence and make the most of the opportunity.
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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