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6 Effective Ways To Become A Well Known Authority In Any Niche

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Best-selling author and Authority Expert “Brian Horn” helps entrepreneurs and celebrities leverage their knowledge to gain authority status in their industry. Brian is a pro at amplifying his clients message and shows them how to convert their new audience into high paying customers.

Brian has been profiled and featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Forbes, Advertising Age and Inc Magazine named Brian an “emerging business leader to watch.”

The Wall Street Journal said:
“Horn’s ability to make a client into the Google Authority of their niche is simply remarkable.”

I was fortunate enough to have the chance to interview the main man “Brian Horn” to discuss the many different ways that people can better position themselves to become a force to be reckoned with and an Authority in their niche’.

So let’s read on, as Brian shares his 6 Ways to become a well-known Authority in any field.

 

6 Ways To Become An Authority

 

1. Position yourself

Don’t just focus on getting more traffic, or getting more sales. Take it back a few steps. Instead, start positioning yourself as the educator and advocate for the success of your prospects and customers. So now and then, go back to that one statement and ask yourself “Am I educating my prospects and customers? Am I advocating for their successes?”

A great example of an authority would be “Richard Simmons“, he’s been active since the 70’s as a health and fitness personality. You see him online and on TV Infomercials, and sure he is funny and sometimes over the top but let’s look at 2 things that he does to position himself as the authority in his field:

– He is an educator: He puts out daily content in the form of e-mails and messages on his site, videos on a regular basis and he’s always cranking out new DVD’s.

– He is also an advocate: Unlike all the other fitness products that are usually showing fit people working out, Richard will spend a lot of his time sitting at the bed side of people who are so morbidly obese that they can’t get out of bed and he’s crying with them, showing them he understands what they are going through. He tells them that he was also a heavy guy before and he shows them he really cares about them by putting himself in their position.

 

2. Micro-specialize

You really need to refine what you’re offering. Get super specific about what you are offering, and who you are offering it to. That way you will also have less competition. Instead of offering, let’s say “Marketing Services” where you will be competing against the likes of Seth Godin and everybody else that is really well-known and big in that field, you specify that you, for example, will just help Small Businesses in the Health Care industry with their Facebook promotion. With something that specific, you have very little competition. You can become really good at it, you learn more and more about Facebook, how people in the Health Care industry talk, how they think, what their pains are and what makes them successful.

You have micro specialized yourself to be the expert for their needs.

 

3. Know that people don’t care how smart you are

A lot of people think they have to be smart to be an authority. People will try to impress others with their knowledge, when most people couldn’t care less about how smart you are. I do a lot of authority building with Dentists and Dr’s and one of the things I tell them is that “people do not care about the diploma on your wall, you need to get that completely out of your head.” Nobody calls the dentist’s office and says “Well…. what does his diploma say?“.

If people have paid a lot of money for education, events and info products, I’m all for that, that’s great but at the end of the day people just want to know whether or not you can help them.

 

4. Know your type

There are 4 different Authority types that we use to help people position themselves:

1. The Mr. Joe Every Man Type: The “I can do it, you can do it!” type of person.

2. The Cowboy: Someone like Gary Vaynerchuk. A little over the top, calls out, is controversial and likes to curse a lot.

3. The Soldier: A protector type of person. This works great within Financial industries and is represented through a Dave Ramsey or a Suze Orman personality. They appeal to people who have been beaten down by a situation and they are there to protect them. So a Suze Orman or Dave Ramsey type of person would say “The credit card industries are evil, they have ben praying on you but follow this simple advice and you will be protected from those bad guys“.

4. The Wizard: Someone who has a very specific type of knowledge that doesn’t try to push-off on other people or make them just like they are, they try to help others to become a little more like them.

Tony Robbins is like a wizard. Tony doesn’t say “Hey come to my events and you will be just like me“, there’s no way you are going to be like Tony, but you can use his teachings to be a little bit more like him, and a little bit of that rubs off on you to want to be better.

 

5. Quit buying lots of products

I see people all the time that say “Ok, I’m just going to read one more book, I am going to one more seminar“, just because they get that hit of Dopamine, they think they are doing something better.

It is much more effective to focus on your mindset, focus on getting a good strategy down that is repeatable and that you can expand with instead of buying all the products ‘YOU THINK YOU NEED’ before you can start.

 

6. Know that people love people with flaws

So we do this in two ways. 1. Is with back stories. So if you are a Mr.Joe Every Man Authority, you would be someone who has lost a lot of weight and is now a fitness advice person who says “Hey, I lost 300 pounds, now I’m fit and you can do it too“, or “Hey I was broke, living in my truck so I learned how to invest in Real Estate and now I’m a millionaire“. Those back stories work great because they show that they were a failure before and it resonates with a lot of people.

The 2nd way is by poking fun at your self and showing a little self-deprecation. Someone who is a great example of this is Oprah Winfrey, with her weight struggles. Oprah does a really good job at this, she talks very openly and honestly about it. She doesn’t try and hide it or tell people not to talk about it. People love that about her.

 

If you want to hear more great advice by Brian Horn on how to master the art of Authority then tune in to his podcast shows with Jack Mize, an Online Media Marketing Strategists for small business owners and local marketing consultants.

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I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. Leopoldo

    Jan 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Every weekend i used to pay a visit this web site, because i
    wish for enjoyment, for the reason that this this web page
    conations really pleasant funny information too.

  2. My BIG problem in the past has been what Brian mentions in #5,… buying too much.

    By keeping up with the most recent product launch promotions, one ends up simply (AND ONLY) chasing the next shiny object, which, in the long run, makes one just spin their wheels, leaving them unproductive and without focus.

    Without focus, you end up NOT being able to do #2 – micro-specialize. Sure, you’ll have a smaller audience, but MUCH more responsive and receptive to what your business (goals, messages, promotions, etc.) should be about – serving your clients, making them awesomer!

  3. LM Smith

    Apr 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Great Post. Brian you are setting a tone for Professionals to listen to and take notice. Looking forward to the Movement!

  4. David Taylor

    Apr 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Great tips for building success

  5. Kreedos

    Apr 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Excellent article. I find that exposing ones flaws shows humility and makes you more attractive.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks man! I totally agree. Huge part of being relatable is opening talking about your flaws.

  6. victor

    Apr 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Finding your niche can sometimes be hard to see and feel, as they say you can see the forest but not the trees. Many people don’t like being seen when we get that pat on the back specially in Australia. But the majority of us secretly inside want to be recognized by our peers. this is a hurdle we have to jump over.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      I’m from Texas, the Australia of the US. 🙂 Same way here Victor.

      The bigger issue is people not believing they are worthy or every ready to be seen as a top expert.

      But once they realize that they ARE ready…right now, and then hit that level…they see its not so mysterious and unattainable.

  7. Naomi@business start ups

    Apr 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Brian,

    Great post. It’s given me a few amazing ideas.

    I really liked “#6 Know that people love people with flaws”

    For me, It’s important I connect with my customers on a personal level. I want them to be able to relate to me. I don’t want them feeling intimidated and therefore i’m unapproachable.

    After all, we were all beginnings at some point.

    naomi

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks Naomi! Personal connections are the most important.

  8. Ani

    Apr 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Just in time, as I am making my first steps in becoming online entrepreneur 🙂

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Good to hear Ani!

      Create it and do it. Best thing in the world…

  9. Stewart A. Alexander

    Apr 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Brian, you’re an ambassador for the authority marketing industry, it’s great being part of the same movement. Really good interview, filled with fundamental principles that will never age.

    Thank you.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Glad to have you on board Stewart. You’re doing it right.

  10. james simwanza

    Apr 14, 2014 at 8:23 am

    wonderful

  11. Donna

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t think this really applies to women. Women are judged differently than men are.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

      There are a lot of women entrepreneurs, leaders and top experts.

      While, unfortunately, many times women are judged differently than men…these methods work for both genders.

    • James

      Apr 17, 2014 at 5:15 am

      Thats a pretty weak excuse and you did not Favors for all females writing this.
      BTW My Director is a female and writes for many top tier websites and magazines and would never settle for that excuse.

      Maybe you should read some perspective articles.

      All the best.

  12. Emily Filloramo

    Apr 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Great reminders in this post. Thank you for reinforcing #2 on micro-specialize. I have found that to be very helpful in getting my message across.

    Combined with #6 of exposing my flaws and my old “baggage” and how I went from point A to point B helps people to understand why I do what I do.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Emily!

      Microspecialization has been a key for me too.

      …and I love when people expose their old baggage and tell the story of their rise. Good stuff.

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How to Change Your Bad Habits for the Benefit of Your Business

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If you are like most people, you probably like to complain from time to time about the economy, about the markets, about how things are changing too fast or how you don’t get enough time. Moan moan moan!

However, moaning doesn’t solve problems. Instead, you can follow the “No BCD” theory and avoid blaming, complaining and defensiveness. This way you will have a totally different outlook, handle situations a lot better, and take control over your destiny. A really practical way to do this is to develop better habits.

What are the bad habits you have?

Everyone has different bad habits, but when it comes to business here are the 4 most common ones:

  • Lack of focus: Every single day, there are going to be things you intend to do and then you “run out of time” or succumb to distractions. But if you’re honest, you had the time and there was a way – you just lacked focus.
  • You’re too kind: How many times have you taken on a project which wasn’t profitable, because you “felt sorry for them”. Not only does this actually hurt you, but it also in many ways hurts the relationship you have with that client or customer.
  • Promising and not delivering: Whether it’s something you said to your team, your clients, or your suppliers, if you’re not matching your words with your actions, over time others will believe you less and less.
  • Leaving opportunities on the table: So often people complain in business they don’t have enough (money/sales/support), when actually they do – they just didn’t ask for it. Within your existing network there is probably everything you need, you just have to ask.

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy

Think about it. You can look at each of these bad habits and replace them with new and better ones. Imagine…

  • If you created habits that made you focus better: you’d be more productive, with the same amount of time.
  • If you learned good ways to set boundaries: you’d have a better time delivering your services or products, and you’d feel more rewarded.
  • If you kept better track of your promises: You’d feel less stressed and overwhelmed.
  • If you picked up on more of those opportunities: You’d make more money, and inject welcome energy into those who are ready and willing to work with you. The side effect would be that you could delegate things you don’t love and aren’t good at to others more capable, and replace those activities with the things you love!

Breaking those bad habits

Over the years, I have managed to create more boundaries and space for me to be efficient and effective in my work. There are ways to do that  – some habits I have learned from others who have experienced and overcome similar issues, and some are the product of my own experiments. See below!

1. Sprints (for productivity)

I have to say this is so effective. I meet at least one other person at a coffee shop or members club – if it’s not in my office with my fellow team members. We plan to do 30 or 45 minutes of work and do between 3-5 sprints in a session. Blocking out 4 hours together I find works well.

We each say what we will work on and then we get going. No talking allowed, focusing only on the task we talked about. When the timer rings we stop, compare notes on progress, have a mini break and do another one. It’s honestly my most productive time, and it makes you realise how much time we waste on distractions and even moaning about having too much work on!

“A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It’s an undo-it-yourself project.” – Abigail Van Buren

2. A tiny assignment (for motivation to break a bad habit)

I have done this now twice with 2 different friends. We talk about the bad habits we each have, whatever they might be. We give each other a new rule or habit to follow over a two week period. It has to be a “SMART” goal assignment – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

3. Low hanging fruit (for grabbing opportunities)

You simply make a list of people you already know who:

  • Fit into your target market but don’t work with you yet
  • Fit into your target market but haven’t worked with you for a while
  • Experience problems you know you can solve
  • Have their own network of contacts or audience which is very similar to the people you want to talk about
  • Have the expertise in things you find challenging, and very likely the answers to your current challenges

Once you have this list, you come up with some drafted initial outreach scripts for either text, email or phone calls and then you work through your list – sending out the requests, hellos, questions, etc. If you draft your communication well, considering the mindset of the people who are receiving these outreach messages, you will find each conversation will be at the very least a learning opportunity and would certainly lead to more “yeses” than if you didn’t do this exercise.

4. The minimum criteria (for setting boundaries)

If you find that your bad habits involve you saying “yes” too often when you should be saying “no” – then this one works great. You just need to write a specific list of criteria to answer the question “Any time I will do this, I need the following things to be true first”.

For example, you only take on a client who pays less than a certain minimum threshold, who has made a written commitment that they will comply with your specific set of guidelines for their responsibilities during the project. There are so many ways you can use the “minimum criteria” technique and you can share your rules with friends and colleagues to hold yourself accountable.

Now, with all this insight I hope you feel more motivated and you can’t even remember your excuses anymore!

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Starting a Business in College

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College is a time of opportunity. Students are given a chance to learn a variety of new skills and to put those skills to use. One way to do this is to start a business. Starting a business isn’t something you should jump into without careful consideration, though. You need to take a look at what you stand to gain from it and what negative aspects come from starting a business are.

Sole Proprietorship or Partnership

The first distinction that needs to be made when you start a business is what kind of business it’s going to be. Will you be the sole owner? Will someone else be co-owning with you? If it is the former, this is referred to as a sole proprietorship. The advantages of this type of business are the fact that they are easy to start up and close if need be as well as giving the owner the flexibility of being their boss. Owners of this type also retain all profits earned.

There are downsides to this type of ownership. The biggest one is that the owner has unlimited liability. In other words, if the business fails, struggles, or falls into debt, it’s entirely on the owner.

On the other hand, if a student wanted to start a business with a friend, they could go into it as a partnership where each person holds a certain level of responsibility for the company. For one, two students starting a business can pool their resources and knowledge. Unfortunately, the development of a partnership doesn’t take away the idea of unlimited responsibility for the owners if they are general – meaning equal – partners.

“Never start a business just to make money. Start a business to make a difference.” – Marie Forleo

A Chance to Do Something Important to You

When a student is in college, they might end up taking whatever job they can to make ends meet. After all, the price of college is high, and many college students work entry-level jobs. It means that the posts you work at the start of your career might not be the ones that you are passionate about.

Owning a business, on the other hand, gives you more freedom. This is because a student’s business can be revolved around anything they are knowledgeable about. It gives them a chance to find their passion and profit off of it while having a job that they love.

The opposing side to this is that college students do work on lower funds than someone who has settled into a career further down the road and has savings built up from that. It means that for a student, start-up costs can be a little more challenging to reach.

The silver lining to that train of thought is that college students are only starting their career. They don’t have to worry about leaving a job that they’ve been working on for decades to take a risk and start their own business.

It Takes Dedication

Starting a firm, as we’ve pointed out, isn’t something that you do on a whim. The owner has to be dedicated to the business to have a successful company. It can be difficult at first because many people start their own business with the idea that they will create their hours. The truth is that you will probably find yourself working overtime and doing every menial task that the company needs to be done at first

It is mainly because you will be starting out on your own. Even if you have a partner, you won’t have employees to start out so there won’t be many delegations of tasks. If you are genuinely passionate about a topic, you will be able to find the dedication it takes to get your business off the ground. Remember, as the company grows, you’ll be able to hire more help – if the industry is a success, all responsibilities won’t fall on the owner forever.

“Don’t wait for the right moment to start a business. It never arrives. Start whenever.” – Lauris Liberts

Leadership

We already looked at the fact that owning a business means that you are in charge of all the goings on within your business. As such, this is an excellent opportunity to show your skills as a leader. If you don’t have strong leadership skills, this is a great chance to develop them fast because, without them, you will be watching your business go under.

Leadership doesn’t just mean organizing teams and delegating tasks. You will also have to take responsibility for less desirable functions within your business. For instance, as the owner, it is your job to fire someone when it comes time to let them go. It isn’t a job that anyone wants, but it is a task that needs to be done to keep a business running smoothly.

It all boils down to risk and reward. Starting and owning a business in college is something that can bring you a lot of good as well as a lot of bad. If you want a company to succeed, you have to consider both sides of this and decide if starting a business in college is the right choice for you.

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4 Tips to Overcome Your Toughest Hardships When Starting a Business

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Successful entrepreneurs have long been known to embody specific traits that can be very useful in many aspects of life. Some of these traits include hard work, devotion and continuous solid effort. The different skills that entrepreneurs naturally gain through years and years of professional experience, have equipped them to effectively manage and continuously expand their business.

Nonetheless, if we backtrack to the beginning of most entrepreneurs journeys, we see that the majority of them almost always faced professional or personal challenges when first starting a new venture.

Entrepreneurs usually endure professional trials better than anyone else because they were prepared during the early stages of their careers. Yet, the power of perseverance, devotion and quality performance is truly tested when faced with powerful hardships at a personal level.

To provide some context in regards to these hardships, let me ask this question. Would you effectively run your newly established business if within the first three months, you were faced with the fact that a family member was admitted to the hospital, another got divorced after 20 years of marriage, and you were left by the woman you had decided to spend the rest of your life with?

New entrepreneurs can ensure their way to success when involuntarily having overcome personal challenges life has thrown at them. After all, the true measure of an entrepreneur’s character and ability, is in how they handle themselves in the face of adversity or failure.

Below are 4 tips to overcome life hardships when starting a business:

1. Focus on your business

Hard work is an important technique that can help you forget. Focus on your business and daily tasks and you will find yourself momentarily forgetting about the personal issues that may be troubling you.

In other words, all kinds of activities including office work, home chores or small errands will help your mind break the loop you may find yourself in. Not only you will be doing something productive, but you will also get the opportunity to improve your business during this unexpected situation.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” – Walt Disney

2. Welcome the support of your friends and family

Being dealt with a bad hand doesn’t mean that there are no people willing to help and support you. Your family and friends are still here and willing to provide you with the emotional comfort and empowerment you need to go through this.

Make sure to contact them on a daily basis and let them know of your thoughts and issues, by becoming a part of their lives and engage in activities together. Participating in social events is a great way to keep your mind busy, meet new people and experience new things.

3. Practice acceptance and let it go

We sometimes find ourselves creating the perfect fantasy where all aspects of our lives are perfect, thus, it may be so difficult to let go of or accept a sudden turn of events. Focus on accepting the situation as is by reflecting on it.

Try meditating, take deep breaths and appreciate the people and things you still have in your life. One day you may find your own explanation as to why these events may have happened.

“In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

4. Read on a daily basis

Reading can provide an abundance of mental health benefits including stress relief, anxiety reduction, knowledge increase, and improved focus and concentration. Similarly to focusing on your business, reading can help you to briefly forget about personal issues while learning something new.

With reading, you will be able to develop different perspectives which can help you better evaluate life, self-reflect and even perceive everything from a different viewpoint.

Regardless of the techniques you choose to follow when life throws personal hardships at you, it’s important to remember that this is not an overnight achievement. Nevertheless, you can focus all your efforts on getting on with your life and continuously improving yourself.

How have you overcome hardships in your life? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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3 Ways to Make Your Startup Feel Like a Booming Business

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Being an entrepreneur is a hugely popular day dream. Well over 50% of people want to be their own bosses, according to a survey from Forbes. However, only 4% of those surveyed are actually entrepreneurs! Why is entrepreneurship such a popular dream that many cannot achieve?

The problem is, many people approach running a startup without a solid plan. They hear about the benefits of being able to set your own schedule, develop your dreams, and ignore the realities of setting up a small business.

As Richard Branson says, “To be successful you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running.” Success will only come if you are well prepared for the daily challenges of entrepreneurship. You need to be organized, focused, and connected to achieve your goals.

Your startup will feel like a booming business with a these 3 tweaks in your daily routine:

1. Stay Organized

Organization is crucial when it comes to running your own business. As an entrepreneur, you’re responsible for meeting all deadlines and getting your product and content out on time. You need to become a hardcore planner.

The best way to stay on top of everything is to create a to-do list and a routine to stay productive. Traditional work environments have routine built into the system, but it’s something you’re going to have to purposefully cultivate in your team. The best way to do this is to make sure your intentions are clear.

A solid to-do list is a good place to start. By ensuring a plan from when you wake up to when you end up in bed, you can make sure no moment is wasted. Use technology to achieve this goal as there are options on calendar and to-do-list applications on the market that can help you better plan and organize your day.

Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and Microsoft Outlook are all solid options since they can act as your personal assistant, making your day run seamlessly. Utilizing them helps you track events, plan and organize your schedule in a few simple clicks.

The core functions of the calendar apps are to show upcoming schedules and alert on important deadlines. To better understand the power of these apps, you have to actually get down to it and test them out. The one you choose depends on whether you are an Android, Windows or iOS person.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo DaVinci

2. Stay Focused

When running a small business, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. If you’re focusing on small tasks, your energy will be depleted when it comes to the bigger picture of your business. In a study at the University of California, Irvine, found that interruptions that cause you to lose focus will result in stress and pressure. According to the report it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to a task after a distraction.

Tasks like scheduling and answering calls eat up time that could be better spent developing your team and product. This is where outsourcing comes in. By seeking out professionals, you can ensure your clients are cared for 24/7, while you get to the real work. By figuring out what tasks need to be performed by you and which do not, you’ll free up your time. Get a big business result with small business costs!

3. Stay Connected

Another way to help cultivate success in your startup is to make sure you are connecting with customers. It’s important that this feels authentic because people know when businesses aren’t being genuine and they will respond accordingly.

This authenticity is a benefit that startups have over big businesses. People will naturally assume that small businesses are more genuine than corporations. Prove it to them by being consistent and trust worthy.

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

Excellent communication and interaction with clients is necessary for your startup. You’ll want to build up a solid base of loyal customers, and the fastest way to do this is to provide exemplary customer experiences in every interaction. To help you better handle this part of small business and help monitor how you connect with your customers, consider investing in a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

Through a CRM you can find and woo customers, because you are able to track how customers interact with your company. For example, a CRM program will let you know if you are getting leads from your social media campaigns, and how many people remember your marketing materials.

Big businesses use CRMs to get clients, by tracking where they connect, how frequently they buy from them, and where the connection stops. If you use a CRM in your small business, you’ll be able to compete, while still remaining genuine.

Running a small business isn’t for everyone, but there are certain traits you can develop within yourself to make it happen. By staying organized, focused, and connected, your startup will be able to compete with bigger businesses.

Do you have a business venture? If so, what is it and how do you plan on succeeding in the long run? Let us know in the comments below!

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35 Quotes to Inspire You to Live a Life of Contribution

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Contribution is defined as something that you contribute or do to help produce or achieve something together with other people or to help make something successful. May these quotes inspire you to make a positive contribution to the world so that you may help advance humanity to a greater level. (more…)

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  1. Leopoldo

    Jan 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Every weekend i used to pay a visit this web site, because i
    wish for enjoyment, for the reason that this this web page
    conations really pleasant funny information too.

  2. My BIG problem in the past has been what Brian mentions in #5,… buying too much.

    By keeping up with the most recent product launch promotions, one ends up simply (AND ONLY) chasing the next shiny object, which, in the long run, makes one just spin their wheels, leaving them unproductive and without focus.

    Without focus, you end up NOT being able to do #2 – micro-specialize. Sure, you’ll have a smaller audience, but MUCH more responsive and receptive to what your business (goals, messages, promotions, etc.) should be about – serving your clients, making them awesomer!

  3. LM Smith

    Apr 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Great Post. Brian you are setting a tone for Professionals to listen to and take notice. Looking forward to the Movement!

  4. David Taylor

    Apr 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Great tips for building success

  5. Kreedos

    Apr 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Excellent article. I find that exposing ones flaws shows humility and makes you more attractive.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks man! I totally agree. Huge part of being relatable is opening talking about your flaws.

  6. victor

    Apr 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Finding your niche can sometimes be hard to see and feel, as they say you can see the forest but not the trees. Many people don’t like being seen when we get that pat on the back specially in Australia. But the majority of us secretly inside want to be recognized by our peers. this is a hurdle we have to jump over.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      I’m from Texas, the Australia of the US. 🙂 Same way here Victor.

      The bigger issue is people not believing they are worthy or every ready to be seen as a top expert.

      But once they realize that they ARE ready…right now, and then hit that level…they see its not so mysterious and unattainable.

  7. Naomi@business start ups

    Apr 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Brian,

    Great post. It’s given me a few amazing ideas.

    I really liked “#6 Know that people love people with flaws”

    For me, It’s important I connect with my customers on a personal level. I want them to be able to relate to me. I don’t want them feeling intimidated and therefore i’m unapproachable.

    After all, we were all beginnings at some point.

    naomi

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks Naomi! Personal connections are the most important.

  8. Ani

    Apr 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Just in time, as I am making my first steps in becoming online entrepreneur 🙂

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Good to hear Ani!

      Create it and do it. Best thing in the world…

  9. Stewart A. Alexander

    Apr 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Brian, you’re an ambassador for the authority marketing industry, it’s great being part of the same movement. Really good interview, filled with fundamental principles that will never age.

    Thank you.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Glad to have you on board Stewart. You’re doing it right.

  10. james simwanza

    Apr 14, 2014 at 8:23 am

    wonderful

  11. Donna

    Apr 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t think this really applies to women. Women are judged differently than men are.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

      There are a lot of women entrepreneurs, leaders and top experts.

      While, unfortunately, many times women are judged differently than men…these methods work for both genders.

    • James

      Apr 17, 2014 at 5:15 am

      Thats a pretty weak excuse and you did not Favors for all females writing this.
      BTW My Director is a female and writes for many top tier websites and magazines and would never settle for that excuse.

      Maybe you should read some perspective articles.

      All the best.

  12. Emily Filloramo

    Apr 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Great reminders in this post. Thank you for reinforcing #2 on micro-specialize. I have found that to be very helpful in getting my message across.

    Combined with #6 of exposing my flaws and my old “baggage” and how I went from point A to point B helps people to understand why I do what I do.

    • Brian Horn

      Apr 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Emily!

      Microspecialization has been a key for me too.

      …and I love when people expose their old baggage and tell the story of their rise. Good stuff.

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How to Change Your Bad Habits for the Benefit of Your Business

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If you are like most people, you probably like to complain from time to time about the economy, about the markets, about how things are changing too fast or how you don’t get enough time. Moan moan moan!

However, moaning doesn’t solve problems. Instead, you can follow the “No BCD” theory and avoid blaming, complaining and defensiveness. This way you will have a totally different outlook, handle situations a lot better, and take control over your destiny. A really practical way to do this is to develop better habits.

What are the bad habits you have?

Everyone has different bad habits, but when it comes to business here are the 4 most common ones:

  • Lack of focus: Every single day, there are going to be things you intend to do and then you “run out of time” or succumb to distractions. But if you’re honest, you had the time and there was a way – you just lacked focus.
  • You’re too kind: How many times have you taken on a project which wasn’t profitable, because you “felt sorry for them”. Not only does this actually hurt you, but it also in many ways hurts the relationship you have with that client or customer.
  • Promising and not delivering: Whether it’s something you said to your team, your clients, or your suppliers, if you’re not matching your words with your actions, over time others will believe you less and less.
  • Leaving opportunities on the table: So often people complain in business they don’t have enough (money/sales/support), when actually they do – they just didn’t ask for it. Within your existing network there is probably everything you need, you just have to ask.

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy

Think about it. You can look at each of these bad habits and replace them with new and better ones. Imagine…

  • If you created habits that made you focus better: you’d be more productive, with the same amount of time.
  • If you learned good ways to set boundaries: you’d have a better time delivering your services or products, and you’d feel more rewarded.
  • If you kept better track of your promises: You’d feel less stressed and overwhelmed.
  • If you picked up on more of those opportunities: You’d make more money, and inject welcome energy into those who are ready and willing to work with you. The side effect would be that you could delegate things you don’t love and aren’t good at to others more capable, and replace those activities with the things you love!

Breaking those bad habits

Over the years, I have managed to create more boundaries and space for me to be efficient and effective in my work. There are ways to do that  – some habits I have learned from others who have experienced and overcome similar issues, and some are the product of my own experiments. See below!

1. Sprints (for productivity)

I have to say this is so effective. I meet at least one other person at a coffee shop or members club – if it’s not in my office with my fellow team members. We plan to do 30 or 45 minutes of work and do between 3-5 sprints in a session. Blocking out 4 hours together I find works well.

We each say what we will work on and then we get going. No talking allowed, focusing only on the task we talked about. When the timer rings we stop, compare notes on progress, have a mini break and do another one. It’s honestly my most productive time, and it makes you realise how much time we waste on distractions and even moaning about having too much work on!

“A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It’s an undo-it-yourself project.” – Abigail Van Buren

2. A tiny assignment (for motivation to break a bad habit)

I have done this now twice with 2 different friends. We talk about the bad habits we each have, whatever they might be. We give each other a new rule or habit to follow over a two week period. It has to be a “SMART” goal assignment – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

3. Low hanging fruit (for grabbing opportunities)

You simply make a list of people you already know who:

  • Fit into your target market but don’t work with you yet
  • Fit into your target market but haven’t worked with you for a while
  • Experience problems you know you can solve
  • Have their own network of contacts or audience which is very similar to the people you want to talk about
  • Have the expertise in things you find challenging, and very likely the answers to your current challenges

Once you have this list, you come up with some drafted initial outreach scripts for either text, email or phone calls and then you work through your list – sending out the requests, hellos, questions, etc. If you draft your communication well, considering the mindset of the people who are receiving these outreach messages, you will find each conversation will be at the very least a learning opportunity and would certainly lead to more “yeses” than if you didn’t do this exercise.

4. The minimum criteria (for setting boundaries)

If you find that your bad habits involve you saying “yes” too often when you should be saying “no” – then this one works great. You just need to write a specific list of criteria to answer the question “Any time I will do this, I need the following things to be true first”.

For example, you only take on a client who pays less than a certain minimum threshold, who has made a written commitment that they will comply with your specific set of guidelines for their responsibilities during the project. There are so many ways you can use the “minimum criteria” technique and you can share your rules with friends and colleagues to hold yourself accountable.

Now, with all this insight I hope you feel more motivated and you can’t even remember your excuses anymore!

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Starting a Business in College

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College is a time of opportunity. Students are given a chance to learn a variety of new skills and to put those skills to use. One way to do this is to start a business. Starting a business isn’t something you should jump into without careful consideration, though. You need to take a look at what you stand to gain from it and what negative aspects come from starting a business are.

Sole Proprietorship or Partnership

The first distinction that needs to be made when you start a business is what kind of business it’s going to be. Will you be the sole owner? Will someone else be co-owning with you? If it is the former, this is referred to as a sole proprietorship. The advantages of this type of business are the fact that they are easy to start up and close if need be as well as giving the owner the flexibility of being their boss. Owners of this type also retain all profits earned.

There are downsides to this type of ownership. The biggest one is that the owner has unlimited liability. In other words, if the business fails, struggles, or falls into debt, it’s entirely on the owner.

On the other hand, if a student wanted to start a business with a friend, they could go into it as a partnership where each person holds a certain level of responsibility for the company. For one, two students starting a business can pool their resources and knowledge. Unfortunately, the development of a partnership doesn’t take away the idea of unlimited responsibility for the owners if they are general – meaning equal – partners.

“Never start a business just to make money. Start a business to make a difference.” – Marie Forleo

A Chance to Do Something Important to You

When a student is in college, they might end up taking whatever job they can to make ends meet. After all, the price of college is high, and many college students work entry-level jobs. It means that the posts you work at the start of your career might not be the ones that you are passionate about.

Owning a business, on the other hand, gives you more freedom. This is because a student’s business can be revolved around anything they are knowledgeable about. It gives them a chance to find their passion and profit off of it while having a job that they love.

The opposing side to this is that college students do work on lower funds than someone who has settled into a career further down the road and has savings built up from that. It means that for a student, start-up costs can be a little more challenging to reach.

The silver lining to that train of thought is that college students are only starting their career. They don’t have to worry about leaving a job that they’ve been working on for decades to take a risk and start their own business.

It Takes Dedication

Starting a firm, as we’ve pointed out, isn’t something that you do on a whim. The owner has to be dedicated to the business to have a successful company. It can be difficult at first because many people start their own business with the idea that they will create their hours. The truth is that you will probably find yourself working overtime and doing every menial task that the company needs to be done at first

It is mainly because you will be starting out on your own. Even if you have a partner, you won’t have employees to start out so there won’t be many delegations of tasks. If you are genuinely passionate about a topic, you will be able to find the dedication it takes to get your business off the ground. Remember, as the company grows, you’ll be able to hire more help – if the industry is a success, all responsibilities won’t fall on the owner forever.

“Don’t wait for the right moment to start a business. It never arrives. Start whenever.” – Lauris Liberts

Leadership

We already looked at the fact that owning a business means that you are in charge of all the goings on within your business. As such, this is an excellent opportunity to show your skills as a leader. If you don’t have strong leadership skills, this is a great chance to develop them fast because, without them, you will be watching your business go under.

Leadership doesn’t just mean organizing teams and delegating tasks. You will also have to take responsibility for less desirable functions within your business. For instance, as the owner, it is your job to fire someone when it comes time to let them go. It isn’t a job that anyone wants, but it is a task that needs to be done to keep a business running smoothly.

It all boils down to risk and reward. Starting and owning a business in college is something that can bring you a lot of good as well as a lot of bad. If you want a company to succeed, you have to consider both sides of this and decide if starting a business in college is the right choice for you.

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4 Tips to Overcome Your Toughest Hardships When Starting a Business

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Successful entrepreneurs have long been known to embody specific traits that can be very useful in many aspects of life. Some of these traits include hard work, devotion and continuous solid effort. The different skills that entrepreneurs naturally gain through years and years of professional experience, have equipped them to effectively manage and continuously expand their business.

Nonetheless, if we backtrack to the beginning of most entrepreneurs journeys, we see that the majority of them almost always faced professional or personal challenges when first starting a new venture.

Entrepreneurs usually endure professional trials better than anyone else because they were prepared during the early stages of their careers. Yet, the power of perseverance, devotion and quality performance is truly tested when faced with powerful hardships at a personal level.

To provide some context in regards to these hardships, let me ask this question. Would you effectively run your newly established business if within the first three months, you were faced with the fact that a family member was admitted to the hospital, another got divorced after 20 years of marriage, and you were left by the woman you had decided to spend the rest of your life with?

New entrepreneurs can ensure their way to success when involuntarily having overcome personal challenges life has thrown at them. After all, the true measure of an entrepreneur’s character and ability, is in how they handle themselves in the face of adversity or failure.

Below are 4 tips to overcome life hardships when starting a business:

1. Focus on your business

Hard work is an important technique that can help you forget. Focus on your business and daily tasks and you will find yourself momentarily forgetting about the personal issues that may be troubling you.

In other words, all kinds of activities including office work, home chores or small errands will help your mind break the loop you may find yourself in. Not only you will be doing something productive, but you will also get the opportunity to improve your business during this unexpected situation.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” – Walt Disney

2. Welcome the support of your friends and family

Being dealt with a bad hand doesn’t mean that there are no people willing to help and support you. Your family and friends are still here and willing to provide you with the emotional comfort and empowerment you need to go through this.

Make sure to contact them on a daily basis and let them know of your thoughts and issues, by becoming a part of their lives and engage in activities together. Participating in social events is a great way to keep your mind busy, meet new people and experience new things.

3. Practice acceptance and let it go

We sometimes find ourselves creating the perfect fantasy where all aspects of our lives are perfect, thus, it may be so difficult to let go of or accept a sudden turn of events. Focus on accepting the situation as is by reflecting on it.

Try meditating, take deep breaths and appreciate the people and things you still have in your life. One day you may find your own explanation as to why these events may have happened.

“In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

4. Read on a daily basis

Reading can provide an abundance of mental health benefits including stress relief, anxiety reduction, knowledge increase, and improved focus and concentration. Similarly to focusing on your business, reading can help you to briefly forget about personal issues while learning something new.

With reading, you will be able to develop different perspectives which can help you better evaluate life, self-reflect and even perceive everything from a different viewpoint.

Regardless of the techniques you choose to follow when life throws personal hardships at you, it’s important to remember that this is not an overnight achievement. Nevertheless, you can focus all your efforts on getting on with your life and continuously improving yourself.

How have you overcome hardships in your life? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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3 Ways to Make Your Startup Feel Like a Booming Business

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Being an entrepreneur is a hugely popular day dream. Well over 50% of people want to be their own bosses, according to a survey from Forbes. However, only 4% of those surveyed are actually entrepreneurs! Why is entrepreneurship such a popular dream that many cannot achieve?

The problem is, many people approach running a startup without a solid plan. They hear about the benefits of being able to set your own schedule, develop your dreams, and ignore the realities of setting up a small business.

As Richard Branson says, “To be successful you have to be out there, you have to hit the ground running.” Success will only come if you are well prepared for the daily challenges of entrepreneurship. You need to be organized, focused, and connected to achieve your goals.

Your startup will feel like a booming business with a these 3 tweaks in your daily routine:

1. Stay Organized

Organization is crucial when it comes to running your own business. As an entrepreneur, you’re responsible for meeting all deadlines and getting your product and content out on time. You need to become a hardcore planner.

The best way to stay on top of everything is to create a to-do list and a routine to stay productive. Traditional work environments have routine built into the system, but it’s something you’re going to have to purposefully cultivate in your team. The best way to do this is to make sure your intentions are clear.

A solid to-do list is a good place to start. By ensuring a plan from when you wake up to when you end up in bed, you can make sure no moment is wasted. Use technology to achieve this goal as there are options on calendar and to-do-list applications on the market that can help you better plan and organize your day.

Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and Microsoft Outlook are all solid options since they can act as your personal assistant, making your day run seamlessly. Utilizing them helps you track events, plan and organize your schedule in a few simple clicks.

The core functions of the calendar apps are to show upcoming schedules and alert on important deadlines. To better understand the power of these apps, you have to actually get down to it and test them out. The one you choose depends on whether you are an Android, Windows or iOS person.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo DaVinci

2. Stay Focused

When running a small business, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. If you’re focusing on small tasks, your energy will be depleted when it comes to the bigger picture of your business. In a study at the University of California, Irvine, found that interruptions that cause you to lose focus will result in stress and pressure. According to the report it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to a task after a distraction.

Tasks like scheduling and answering calls eat up time that could be better spent developing your team and product. This is where outsourcing comes in. By seeking out professionals, you can ensure your clients are cared for 24/7, while you get to the real work. By figuring out what tasks need to be performed by you and which do not, you’ll free up your time. Get a big business result with small business costs!

3. Stay Connected

Another way to help cultivate success in your startup is to make sure you are connecting with customers. It’s important that this feels authentic because people know when businesses aren’t being genuine and they will respond accordingly.

This authenticity is a benefit that startups have over big businesses. People will naturally assume that small businesses are more genuine than corporations. Prove it to them by being consistent and trust worthy.

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

Excellent communication and interaction with clients is necessary for your startup. You’ll want to build up a solid base of loyal customers, and the fastest way to do this is to provide exemplary customer experiences in every interaction. To help you better handle this part of small business and help monitor how you connect with your customers, consider investing in a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

Through a CRM you can find and woo customers, because you are able to track how customers interact with your company. For example, a CRM program will let you know if you are getting leads from your social media campaigns, and how many people remember your marketing materials.

Big businesses use CRMs to get clients, by tracking where they connect, how frequently they buy from them, and where the connection stops. If you use a CRM in your small business, you’ll be able to compete, while still remaining genuine.

Running a small business isn’t for everyone, but there are certain traits you can develop within yourself to make it happen. By staying organized, focused, and connected, your startup will be able to compete with bigger businesses.

Do you have a business venture? If so, what is it and how do you plan on succeeding in the long run? Let us know in the comments below!

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