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WARNING: Entrepreneurs Without THIS Skill Are Destined to Fail

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Lukas Hudecek - Node5 Founder and Entrepreneur

Let’s face it: being an entrepreneur is tough.

Every day you wake up, it’s a constant grind to get your products, services, and ideas in front of the right people.

There are no shortcuts, and there are a million-and-one different things vying for your attention at any given time.

Because of this, it’s really difficult to know where to focus your energy and effort.

  • Should spend more time on consumer research and product development?
  • Should you polish up your sales pitch?
  • Should you start a Facebook page, an Instagram, a Twitter?
  • Should you buy Google Ads?
  • Should you outsource your marketing to an agency?

Pages upon pages could be filled with things you “should” or “could” do for your business. And it’s a constant balancing act, between taking on new projects and executing to perfection on the old ones.

However, if you truly want to be successful as an entrepreneur and business owner, there’s one thing you MUST do that trumps all else.

And that is to invest in your relationships and your ability to communicate and connect with other people.

Because at the end of the day, it’s the clients you’ve connected to, the employees you’ve hired, the suppliers that depend on you, and the friends you’ve made that REALLY matter.

Beyond money, success, fame, or any “things” you might own, it’s the individuals you surround yourself with that are truly important.

But so often, us entrepreneurial types forget to spend time on this.

As we pursue our passions, we develop tunnel vision for achieving our businesses’ goals. And in the process, we neglect to spend time with the people most important to us.

Here’s the truth: Businesses don’t exist in a vacuum; they thrive because they solve problems for people.

So if you want to start a business, grow you company, or turn your operations around, you need to remember that the foundation of business is relationships and people.

Instead of just drawing attention to this potential problem, I wanted to give you three simple solutions that virtually guarantees every person you meet knows you care about them, you will help them achieve their goals, and you are a person they can trust.

 

Richard Branson Success is Connection-Quote
 

1. Listen up

Billionaire business mogul, Richard Branson, says:

“If you want to stand out as a leader, a good place to begin is by listening.”

Listening is a skill that many people skip right over. In the midst of our busy lives, it’s really difficult to always be present and listen to other people.

But listening is an all-powerful skill.

Not only is it a great way to show how much you care about others, but also every time you listen to other people is a great learning opportunity.

By taking time out your day to listen to others, you also uncover opportunities to help people.

And as an entrepreneur that should be your sole focus in life: helping people solve problems. Because when you do that, you acquire customers, referrals and employees for life.

People are an organization’s greatest asset. If you invest a few minutes each day into hearing what those people have to say, your business will see huge returns.

 

2. Show genuine interest

“It’s your unlimited power to care and love that makes the biggest difference in your life.” – Tony Robbins

And showing just how much you care about someone begins with truly taking interest in their lives.

As an entrepreneur you undoubtedly have people that look up to you. Showing them that you’re willing to slow down, ask thoughtful questions, and be curious about what they have to say, speaks volumes about your character.

When you do that for others on a consistent basis, you’ll have an endless line of people willing to go the extra mile for you. That could be your employees, colleagues, spouses, children, family, or friends. Whatever the cases, when you take an interest in those around you, you build an army of raving fans who will help you if times get tough, be a source of inspiration if you get discouraged, and be a constant recommendation source to fuel your business’s growth.

 

3. Be accessible

“Being available and approachable is necessary for effective leadership.”

Says Tony Dungy, a Championed, National Football League coach.

People constantly make snap judgments about you and, by default, how you run your company. If you’re always closed off and rude when meeting new people or interacting with clients, that’s going to leave a lasting negative impression.

On the other hand, if you take the time to give a warm greeting, open yourself up, be nice and attentive, people’s impression of you and your business will skyrocket.

This is especially important when you’re talking to colleagues. If you smile, make eye contact and have a positive tone of voice, people will gravitate toward you and respect you.

As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. So even if you’re on your way to a meeting or incredibly busy that day, never ignore others. Even if you just give them a few minutes of your time, those minutes generate huge returns in the long run for you and your business.

Remember as entrepreneurs, we aren’t acting in a bubble. The world is full of people, and those people have the potential to be our customers, employees, suppliers and friends.

Every person you meet represents a new opportunity to showcase not only what you stand for and care about, but also what principles guide your business day-to-day.

Don’t let relationships slip through the cracks. Continue to spend time nurturing the old, acquiring the new, and attracting the best people into your life. And nothing can stop you then!

Rob Allen is a direct-response copywriter and marketing consultant. He’s sold over $50 million worth of products online. Soon he's launching a podcast, where he's going to interview the world's top digital marketers to see what's working and increasing conversions right now. To get on the waiting list and receive pre-launch bonus materials sign up here.

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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Everyone wants success in their lives, but success can be defined in so many different ways that it can sometimes seem daunting. In this blog post, you will learn how to make success easier for yourself by defining what success means to you. (more…)

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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

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5 Changes in Your Habits That Will Help You Thrive

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