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.
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....
Well, let me start off by saying everything isn't for everybody. As you know from my last blog post, I rock with the side hustle. As a matter of fact, I rock with all forms of entrepreneurship (it's in my DNA), so let's not make that an issue. However, while we talk about sidepreneurs and validate their hustle, we don't always address the issue of transitioning from sidepreneur to full-time entrepreneur. Here are a few tips to help you decide when it's appropriate to take your side hustle full-time.
Look, I get it. You've decided to become an entrepreneur, so you want people to recognize your swag, and nothing gives you street cred as a business owner quite like business cards that announce your presence to the world as a 'Founder' or 'CEO'. However, you can't lose sight of the fact that the most basic role of an entrepreneur is to sell. As an entrepreneur, if you can't sell, you won't be in business for very long.
Because people value their time so highly, they are willing to pay a premium for the convenience of saving time. If you want to make a big splash as an entrepreneur, you will want to develop an idea that will solve a problem by saving customers' time. Here are a few simple steps to get you going in the right direction.
As an entrepreneur, as in life, you will be faced with challenges. Often. If this realization is a deterrent, then you might want to consider alternatives to entrepreneurship; perhaps the assumed job security of the corporate world might be more to you liking, in that case. For the true entrepreneurial spirit, on the other hand, challenges are merely opportunities to prove how powerful the determination to achieve our goals really is, how badly we want it.