If there’s one thing that successful people have in common, it’s that they are early risers. From GM’s CEO Dan Akerson to Tyler Perry Studios head honcho, Tyler Perry, it’s 5 a.m. or earlier! And you’d be amazed at what you can do before 9 a.m.
To that end, let me share my Great 8 Start-Up Essentials:
1. An idea: It should be fleshed out because you’ve done the knowledge and have identified a potential market.
2. A business plan: Take this seriously, even if you don’t complete a model plan worthy of publication and even if you don’t plan to raise capital outside your personal savings and access to funds. You need a business plan to clarify the vision you have for your idea as well as for yourself.
3. Bookkeeping and accounting basics: Because you’ll likely have to wear a few hats in the first days of your business, you’ll have to get comfortable with some basic math to keep track of your business’s finances.
Follow These Six Words To Success
No one wants to stay in a job where you can’t control how much money you make, what hours you keep or where job security is uncertain. We want to have a handle on our own destiny, and the best way to do that is usually to start your own business.
These words, this formula, go way back, all the way back to 1953 from a book by Marvin Small called “How To Attain Financial Security And Self-Confidence.” READ MORE
No matter what you do in life, no matter what you find yourself excelling at, there will always be a few people around who don’t get it. Maybe they don’t want to. Maybe they are envious. Maybe they are just plain ignorant.
The 4 Toxic Types To Avoid
1.Haters First, you have to recognize them for what they are. Let’s start with the hater. This is a person who provides feedback, but it’s soaked in negativity. He or she is not interested in offering you encouragement or a compliment. That’s the person who wants to hurt you. He or she doesn’t have to have a reason. It’s just the way they are and the best thing to do is block haters from your life. Block their emails, block their friend requests and look at the caller ID on your phone and don’t take their call. Avoid toxic people like drugs and just say “no.”
It’s time for you to become the da Vinci of your own new self-portrait.
The great thing about New Year’s resolutions, June weddings, and August Back to School is that it offers everyone a chance to clean their slate and start new beginnings.
The self-portrait journal is designed to share the steps, methods and eternal truths that empowered me to discover my values, goals, purpose and ability to achieve results and experience profound fulfillment. Do them at your own pace. There is no time limit. They deserve your undivided attention.
Creating your Owner’s Manual will help you to understand how your life works and why parts of it may not be working. This exercise will help you achieve dramatic new levels of success in all areas of your life and to truly become rich from the inside out.
First, what does being rich from the inside out mean to you?
Grasping the reality of this current hard-hitting full-blown economic downturn and all-out crisis in your life is not an easy task. How you deal with it will determine your ultimate success.
I am proud of my identity and roots going from food-stamps-to-fortune. For me, being poor was never a factor that confined the person, rather just a temporary circumstance of sorts.
Each moment can change the rest of your life and the course of your direction. If you are not intentional with your actions, you will plan to fail. Successful people operate from the beat of their own drum, but they are intentional. Successful people don’t become successful by accident—it’s sheer, practical application of their talents and traits.
1. Hard Working: Running a business requires a lot of energy and drive. This involves the ability to work for long hours when necessary, to work intensely in spurts and to cope with less than a normal amount of sleep.
2. Self-Confident: To succeed, entrepreneurs have to believe in themselves and in their ability to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. This is often shown by a belief that “if you want something badly enough and are prepared to work at it, you’ll usually get it”.
3. Builds for the Future: the goal for most successful business people is to build a secure job and income for themselves, which is based on their own abilities. This means entrepreneurs understand that it may take several years to build up business income to a reasonable standard.
Today, we see an entire generation of new leaders and entrepreneurs alike struggling to make an impact. This is the age of social networking with Facebook, Twitter, Google and mobile technologies enabling people to connect with millions in geographically dispersed locations worldwide. Enterprises from home-based startups to Fortune 500 companies are restructuring workforce and productivity models using efficient collaborative network tools.
Whatever your profession–you will never be able to stand idle or underutilized. Dynamism is the new catchword and anyone who deals with the problem of constant upward mobility needs being ‘fit’ to keep up. It isn’t enough to be merely ‘good’ at one’s work, field or trade; one requires excelling to make the difference. To do so, one has to be totally up to date with the latest that is happening in one’s chosen field.
The biggest issue facing the people today–it is immaterial what your discipline happens to be or how old you are. Yesterday’s skill-set and yesterday’s knowledge has no value. One doesn’t have to be necessarily ‘with it’ but aware and current. You need mental aerobics and skill-set calisthenics to stay ‘in shape’ for the future. Doing this is not the easiest thing to do, but one’s options are limited to progress moving forward.
Uncertainty about this country’s and your own personal economic survival is anything that gives us a sense that we have lost control of our day-to-day means of survival. The end result is fear, anxiety, stress, depression and developing poor self-image.
How often have you looked at yourself in the mirror feeling depressed? Did you also realize that you end up carrying over this feeling for days on end and go into a deeper slump, that even your health gets affected? The final outcome you constantly feel discontented, frustrated and dissatisfied with the blame sitting squarely on our shoulders or rather your body. We often let negative perceptions of our self-image last our entire lives for years.
It’s rather perplexing how we end up creating a self-image that is so negative and unproductive!
Fear is a primary obstacle that prevents people from becoming entrepreneurs. Many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Fear is a disease. It cripples effective decision-making and most of the time accounts for the illogical actions that ensue. Our country is now deep into a historic financial crisis that has most people in fear of losing their jobs, healthcare and life savings. Learning to manage your fears can help you weather negative situations during hard times.
Many aspiring entrepreneurs have the dream of finding security by starting their own home-based business but maybe 2-5% of these people will actually apply their knowledge and unique talents. We should begin to discuss some of the techniques for entrepreneurs to learn how to manage and conquer their fears.
Think about what you want. When you doubt yourself by spinning the wheels in your mind on a worst case scenario, turn it around and focus on what you DO want. Visualize yourself building the new business. Create a new truth. Your mind will play powerful tricks, if you let it, so stop being your own roadblock and get back on track. See yourself talking to the interested person as they become a part of your business. You get what you focus on.
Getting into healthy habits, when it comes to money, is step one. Imagine not having to actually think about putting your financial house in order, because knowing what to do to reach your goals comes naturally. Wouldn’t life be so much easier (and less stressful), if you didn’t have to focus so much on making sure you are doing the right thing day in and day out to support your dreams?
I like this to going on a “diet.” Diets are for people who haven’t transformed their minds to automatically think a certain way that makes healthy living instinctive. The vast majority of those who have achieved optimum health and who maintain their ideal weights year after year don’t think all that much about what they eat and how often they need to exercise. Why? Because they practice a lifestyle that supports their health and fitness; they don’t need the structure of a “diet” as they are already programmed to live well.