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Practical ways to become a better entrepreneur

Entrepreneurial Skills

Do you want to become a better entrepreneur? Every entrepreneur wants to learn and improve in some way or another. There is no one magic answer or solution to become a successful entrepreneur. However, one common trait of most successful entrepreneurs is their desire to self-improvement.

No matter how you define success, there are many common characteristics that are shared by successful business people. Even if you don’t match up to all of these characteristics, don’t worry; most can be learnt with practice and with a winning attitude. Set realistic goals and apply your mind through strategic planning. Make sure you set incremental goals and measurable stages.

There are many things one can do to become a successful entrepreneur. Some of fairly obvious, while other may not be. Here are a few ideas on how you can become a successful entrepreneur:

  • Follow your passions and do what you what you enjoy. If you don’t do what you enjoy, this will most likely reflect in the success of your business.
  • Invest in yourself and take a short course and continuously build and grow your skills.
  • Hire a coach to guide and mentor you.
  • Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Confront and work on your challenge areas.
  • What ever you do, make sure you believe in what you do and take your business seriously.
  • Constantly write and publish a blog to improve your personal brand.
  • Use a professional high quality headshot for your social media account and place a face to your name.
  • Create a competitive advantage and differentiate your business from your competition.
  • Make sure to develop a realistic and effective plan.
  • Review the reason you started your business every quarter and think about your goals and objectives you have set for yourself.
  • Balance your work and personal life.
  • Accept criticism, no matter who gives it to you.
  • Remember that your business is all about the customer. Get to know your customer and offer personalized attention.
  • Learn from your own mistakes.
  • Learn from other people’s mistakes.
  • No business can succeed on its own. So surround yourself with a top-moth business team.
  • You don’t always have to innovate; there is nothing wrong with copying.
  • Don’t let emotions cloud your decisions.
  • Update and optimize your LinkedIn account and profile.
  • The lifeblood of any business enterprise is cash flow, so manage your money wisely.
  • Find and read some inspirational books and grow your knowledge.
  • “There is an app for everything”, so let the app do the work for you.
  • Avoid taking shortcuts that might appear to be shiny opportunities. True quality is only achieved through focused effort over an extended period of time.
  • Don’t be afraid to have those difficult conversations both at work and home.
  • Take the time from your busy schedule to pause and reflect.
  • Take care of your health and exercise. Exercise transforms the brain by enhancing blood flow, oxygen, and increasing mental energy.
  • Present yourself in a professional way. Be aware of how you dress and look.
  • Never be afraid to try new things and accept failures along the way. Any path to success has bumps along the way. Failure is a way to improve your ability to succeed.
  • If you work from home, don’t forget to create a regular work schedule that includes time to stretch your legs and take lunch breaks, plus some days off and scheduled vacations.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you improve your entrepreneurial skills. Improving yourself does not happen by accident or overnight. If you truly want to be a better entrepreneur, grow your business, make an impact and difference, then you need intentional about changing.


True signs of a confident person

Self Confidence

Confidence can take many forms from arrogance to self-assurance. Some people try hide or mask their insecurities with false confidence, while others show true confidence and this has an entire different look and feel.

There is no doubt that people with high levels of confidence always have the upper hand over those people who question or are doubtful about their own self confidence. Confident people tend to inspire other around them and make things happen.

Your mental state has a direct effect on your ability to succeed. Confidence brings action and hopefully success resulting in higher wages and better chances of promotion.

Here are a few habits of confident people that sets them apart from others:

Happiness comes from within – Happiness is a critical element of confidence, because in order to be confident in what you do, you have to be happy with who you are. Confident people derive their pleasure and satisfaction via heir own accomplishments.

Confident people envy pass judgement  – Confident people believe that everyone has something to offer and don’t pass judgement. They don’t need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves

Only say Yes if you truly want to – Studies have shown that the more difficulty one has saying no, the more likely they will experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Confident people know that saying no is healthy and they have the self-esteem to make their no’s clear.

Confident people speak with certainty –  Confident people speak assertively because they know that it’s difficult to get people to listen to you if you can’t deliver your ideas with conviction.

They seek out small victories and accomplishments – Confident people like to challenge themselves no matter how big or small the victories and outcomes. When you have a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months.

Stay healthy and exercise regularly – People who exercise regularly tend to be more competent socially, academically, and athletically. When you feel good about your body an health your self-esteem will be higher.

Never seek attention – No one likes a person who continuously seeks attention. Confident people know that being yourself is much more effective than trying to prove that you’re important.

Nothing wrong admitting when you are wrong – Confident people aren’t afraid of making mistakes or being proven wrong. They like putting their opinion out there to see if it holds up, because they learn a lot from the times they are wrong and other people learn from them when they’re right.

Identify opportunities and take them – Confident people are able to see opportunities and take them instead of focusing on the negative or what could go wrong. No such thing as failure, rather failure is part of the path of learning.

Never afraid to ask for help – Asking for help and assistance is not a sign of weakness or lack of intelligence. Confident people know their own personal strengths and weaknesses and they look to others to fill the gaps. Asking for help is also a way of learning and improving one’s skills.


How get noticed and promoted at work

Career and personal development
Going to work every day and completing your daily tasks might not be enough if you are looking to be noticed or promoted. In order to get great assignments or that promotion to high level jobs, you will need get yourself noticed and stand out from your fellow team workers end employees.

Do you feel that no one notices you? You are never chosen to be part of new projects? There is a new employee who is always get new assignments? Are you asking yourself why you never get noticed at work?

You might feel that you are an introvert at work and better at brainstorming tasks and tasks that demand your  inner world of thoughts, ideas, reflections and even memories. A common mistake made about introverts is that they are thought to be timid and afraid. Even-though extroverted people get more noticed at work, there are ways to level the playing field and get ahead in the workplace.

The reality about getting noticed or that promotion, is that those individuals are doing far more than just getting the work done. In other words, doing your job and being good at it, is just not enough. Getting noticed and likable at work is a huge indicator of career success.

Here are some of the best ways to get noticed at work.

  • Make sure you do an excellent job with every task, every day.
  • Step forward and raise your hand and volunteer for projects and assignments.
  • Step out of your comfort zone and work hard at getting along with your fellow employees.
  • Take initiative and assist your boss with their to-do list.
  • Avoid all office politics and stay focused on growth, innovation, and opportunity.
  • Avoid all gossip mongering and never talk smack.
  • Prove yourself to others through your work.
  • Take credit for your work without bragging.
  • Use social media to connect and contact individuals prior to face-to-face introductions.
  • Get involved and participate in the office’s extracurricular activities.
  • Don’t wait for others to ask for help, rather make an effort to help and assist others around you.
  • Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone.
  • Focus on business development and bring in new business opportunities and become an asset for the company.
  • Become an expert in something and then people will turn to you for advise and help to solve problems.
  • Always be a team player.
  • Your your listening skills to connect with others.
  • Test your ideas and ideals through constructive conflict.
  • Network with others and build strong one-on-one relationships.
  • Share your success with others around you and make share the momentum that you are creating with others.
  • Do more than is written on your job description and expected of you.
  • Prove your value on a daily basis ad become an asset to the company.
  • Define and create a career plan and share it with your manager.
  • Be a silent influencer and keep people wondering what you are up to and curious.

Habits to improve your interpersonal skills

people skillsOne of the most common and ignored job descriptions today is that you need to work well with others. Little do you know, this is not a request, rather a critical part of any job and non-negotiable. In other words, if you don’t work well with others, consider yourself fired. This will happen over and over, no matter where you work until you find yourself in a lonely job working alone.

If you, however, learn and develop your interpersonal habits when it comes to working in a team or with others, then this could lead to leadership opportunities, higher salary, and a far more rewarding job description.

Listed below are some habits that if implemented correctly will ultimately result in success for individuals and teams. Some might seem silly and obvious but then this will mean that everyone can do them and get them right. I can guarantee from the list below,you know someone who will get some of them wrong.

There are many ways and habits that will enhance working relationships and teamwork. Some habit don’t take much effort to do and adopt but offer the largest benefits. Some of the habits in the list might seem trivial. But if you start to get  a few of them wrong or right, this might mean the difference between getting fired or keeping your job. Or even a promotion.

Here are a few recommendations:

  • Always remember to put your phone away.
  • Take the time to spend time with co-workers.
  • Never interrupt others when they are talking just to get your ideas out.
  • Always do things with a win-win in mind and not at the detriment of others.
  • Never forget to brush your teeth and be aware of bad breath.
  • Reply to emails immediately even to say that you received the email and will respond in more detail later.
  • Be aware how you say things, Be honest and tactful in your communication.
  • Always respond to all emails you receive. When you receive a response, don’t forget to say thank you.
  • Be aware of your body language when you are around others.
  • Before you click the send button, double-check what you have written and make sure you are sending the email to the correct person and included all attachments.
  • Be aware of the noise level you are making when, for example, you are listening to music.
  • Make sure you are always punctual and on time for every appointment.
  • Always share the credit with your co-workers.
  • Stay positive and be happy. Positive people are generally successful and help others to succeed.
  • Always try to keep smiling. It’s a sign of happiness and will lead to success.
  • If you want to make friends, then never forget their names.
  • If you see trash on the floor, pick it up. Don’t say it’s someone else job.
  • Look at your co-workers when they are talking to you.
  • Never quit on yourself and think you cannot be friendly. Always strive to improve yourself.
  • Always look a the positive in others and assume the best.
  • Make sure you put deodorant before coming to the office.
  • Plan your day and review what did at the end of the day.
  • Stand up and take responsibility if you make a mistake or something goes wrong.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no or disagree. Nothing worse than working with someone who always agrees with you.
  • Make sure you exercise and take care of your health.
  • Avoid all forms of profanity and swearing.
  • Keep an open mind even if you think you might be 100% right. There is always that remote chance that you are actually wrong.
  • When someone does a favor for you, make sure to thank them sincerely and make sure they know you appreciate it.

Have fun and enjoy. Tell your friends and co-workers.


Personal Development Challenges to Make a Better You

Pesronal Development

Two weeks into the new year and how many of you have already broken your new year resolutions? Don’t stress you can still set new goals. To be honest, you can always set new goals at any time to conjure up new aspirations for your personal development and inspire yourself.

Here are a few helpful challenges and ideas for your personal development you can undertake for say the next 30 days.

  • Avoid words like “can’t”, “won’t”, “shouldn’t”.
  • Stop judging your self and others and have no expectations.
  • Avoid procrastination and exercise within two minutes of thinking about (your favorite activity).
  • Set aside time for yourself daily, and you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel.
  • Eliminate sugar from your daily food consumption.
  • Make it a point to read every day.
  • Don’t let your mind wander and listen intently.
  • Create a daily log of how much you give versus how much you get.
  • Make a journal of all the decisions you make.
  • Change your taste buds and eat healthy for performance not what tastes yummy.
  • Build your will power like keeping to your commitments.
  • Increase your happiness and share positive moments.
  • Stick to your exercise regimen.

Never give up. Stay positive and keep moving forward, one step at a time…small steps. You will be surprised how far you get.