OK, so here we are, a week deep into 2019….and at least half of the people I know have already bailed on their New Year’s resolutions. Big surprise, right? Actually, this is par for the course for most people. The reality is that the whole idea of making New Year’s resolutions more or less guarantees you’ll fail.
Last week, we talked about the importance of networking and some of the more common networking styles people use. Here, I just want to explain how to network effectively, with a few pointers that can help you take your career or your business to the next level.
By now, I'm sure you've heard the adage: your network determines your net worth. And if you allow me to channel my inner Robert Kiyosaki, "The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work." So, it goes without saying that if you want to build a dynamic corporate career or become a successful entrepreneur, you're going to have to work on building a strong network.
Have you ever noticed that people who are always winning have certain traits in common? Think about it. They usually are very positive. They seem to have abundant energy. And they seem to handle stress better than other people. I know what you're thinking: "That's all gravy, but how can I attain those traits so I can start winning, too?" Have no fear, the answer is near....
For most people, success is a marathon, not a sprint. Take a moment to have a real conversation with yourself and ask yourself if you are passionate enough about achieving your goals that you are willing to do everything it takes to achieve them. If not, you'd better have a good Plan B as a backup. Chances are, you'll end up working for someone who only had an 'A' game because quitting was not an option.
So, what exactly is a business coach? People frequently confuse the roles of mentors and coaches, so without being too detailed, I will briefly outline what business coaches do.
A coach helps a client (a person or an organization) to enhance awareness for the purpose of setting and achieving goals in order to improve performance in specific areas. This is a behavioral approach to performance management that takes a holistic approach to overcoming obstacles the client is facing.
I'm sure you've heard it at least once before. You know, the anecdotal tale of the woodcutter who works tirelessly sawing wood for days on end, becoming increasingly less productive because the incessant sawing dulls his blade. The simple solution to his declining productivity is to occasionally sharpen the saw.
I have seen far too many people dream of success in various fields not achieve their goals because they either: A) lacked an intrinsic motivation for attaining the goal, or B) employed a strategy that wasn't properly aligned with attaining the goal. The root cause of both problems is failing to ask yourself, "Why?"
Since my last post, I have received a deluge of inquiries about how a person living paycheck to paycheck can invest. I'll admit it: at first blush, the thought seems too daunting to be plausible, but rest assured there are strategies that you can use to put you in position to invest, even on a shoestring budget.
Have you ever noticed how many elderly people are still holding down jobs? I don't mean consulting jobs for which their expertise is paid a premium. I mean jobs that pay a pittance hovering around minimum wage. Look how many greeters at Walmart, for example, are old enough to be your grandmother - or great grandmother.
I think the free in freelance confuses people sometimes. It's kind of like the way many Americans understood the word entrepreneur in the 80's: they thought it was a French word that meant unemployed street hustler, thanks to Eddie Murphy's (in)famous SNL sketch.