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“You can make it, but it’s easier if you don’t have to do it alone.”
– Betty Ford
THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity
Just Do It
We’re sure we’ve heard that somewhere before… There are so many things that we fail to take advantage of. Sometimes because we don’t have an interest, and many times because we were lazy, didn’t make it a priority or just didn’t really want to do it. What’s worse, we often look back and justify to ourselves why we didn’t do something. We were too tired, it wouldn’t have worked anyway, or there were “other things” that were more important.
When setting out to accomplish anything, from painting a wall, doing chores, learning a new skill or exploring a potential business opportunity, the most important first step…is just do it. Don’t hold yourself back by thinking that you may fail, that your work product may not be ideal or that you’ll be bad at it…you probably will be! Almost every time someone starts something new, they’re bad at it! How can you ever become greater if you don’t start somewhere right?
The next time you want to start a project or even get a little something done around the house, don’t think about it and thus talk yourself out of it, just do it. How many guys have talked themselves out of approaching a girl they want to talk to because they didn’t think they would be bad at the conversation? Even if you are, just do it. The missed opportunity will bother you more than any failure you experience.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Online Selling Made Easy
For many achievers who are thinking about starting their own business, one of the biggest hurdles they have to get over is technology. They have a great idea or valuable product, but the thought of creating a website and selling their product online can be scary and overwhelming. As someone who has coached entrepreneurs through this very problem, I can tell you the essential thing to do is just create something simple and improve from there.
LeadPages is the perfect platform for any new small business owner looking to sell products online. They can help you create several valuable digital assets to begin marketing your brand and selling your product.
Code-Free Websites: Choose from pre-built templates that allow you to create your website without having to know how to code
High Converting Landing Pages: Create unique pages to highlight upcoming events, current sales, and company updates
Pop-Ups and Alert Bars: Create eye-catching pop-ups that notify website visitors of sales, discounts, and updates
Watch a LeadPages demo and learn how to use their product here.
SOCIAL CAPITAL: Build a powerful network
Five Things to Consider When Finding Your Perfect Mentor
- Relevant experience. Experience doesn’t just mean success in your industry but your specific business goals. For example, let’s say you’re an entrepreneur with an exit strategy of selling your business for seven figures after a couple of years. Someone who is in the later stages of building their company to sell might make a good mentor, but a better mentor would be someone with several exits under their belt.
- The ability to scale up. Look for someone who’s done something on a scale you haven’t and learn everything you can.
- A holistic vision. Almost everyone feels a pull between professional and personal life. The thinking goes that you can only excel in one or the other. Find a mentor who has similar values and understands that success on the business side doesn’t mean much without success on the personal side (and vice versa). A great mentor will have a positive impact on multiple facets of your life.
- Network alignment. Now that you know how to find a great member forget about them! Kidding, but remember to look beyond the mentor themselves and look at the network they sit within or lead. Simply being top of your mentor’s mind (or even somewhere in their contact’s list) will open doors.
- Can you be their best student? If you’re going to choose a high-performing mentor, you better be ready to put in the work, ask the right questions, and become their best student. Respect their time and advice.
Great mentors won’t just fall into your lap! Go out and look for them- network, join clubs, go to your chamber of commerce, send that LinkedIn message, stake out their usual whereabouts.
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
Regaining Your Childlike Curiosity
If you had a good childhood, you might often find yourself wishing to return to that simpler time. As happy as you may now, you can’t help but miss the days when the world seemed nicer, and your life was much less complex.
While we can’t go back in time, we can make an effort to recapture parts of the mindset you had a younger age. This starts by regaining your childlike curiosity. Specifically, these three childlike thoughts and actions.
- Question The Obvious: When we were younger, we questioned why the sky was blue, and the earth was round. As adults, we seem just to accept things as they are. By questioning the obvious, we are unlocking new ideas and potential opportunities for growth and discovery.
- Learn More About What You Don’t Know: As a child, we were always asking questions to learn as much as we can. Adults tend to pretend they know everything to avoid being embarrassed and looking foolish. If you make it a point to learn more about the things you don’t know, you always have the edge over those who never bothered to ask in the first place.
- Always Be Looking and Moving Forward: In our younger years, we were always on the move. Looking forward to the next adventure filled with wonderment and curiosity. In our older years, we often find ourselves looking back and letting our past prevent us from moving forward. Summon your courage from the younger version of yourself and move forward into your future.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills
3 Tips For Better Virtual Meetings
As America continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, companies will continue to allow their teams to work remotely for the foreseeable future. This means that virtual meetings are here to stay. On paper, transferring a meeting from in-person, to over the internet seems simple. However, as we have learned, this transition can be a bit bumpy.
Here are three tips for hosting better virtual meetings.
- Log On Early: We suggest logging into a meeting at least 5 minutes early for a few reasons. First, there is always a chance of a random software update that will delay you from entering. Second, this gives you a chance to test your mic and confirm that it’s working. Lastly, it allows you to check your camera and confirm your overall presentation looks professional.
- Mute Your Microphone: Unless you are hosting the meeting, please keep your microphone on mute. Even if your surroundings are quiet at the moment, you never know when your phone will go off, the landscapers will arrive, or a family member will start making noise. Keep your cursor over the microphone so you can mute yourself quickly when asked a question.
- Record The Meeting: Most platforms allow you to record your meetings as they happen. This is important in case someone’s internet connection drops out or they get pulled away to deal with an issue in their home. If someone cannot make the meeting, you can send them the recording to catch them up. Be sure to notify all participants that the session is being recorded before it starts.
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NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- Trump administration dropped a plan that would bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US.
- Tuesday, the federal government carried out its first execution in 17 years, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in the 1990s.
- Moderna said its final stage vaccine trial is set to begin on July 27. It will enroll 30,000 adults at high risk of contracting the coronavirus.
1% BETTER: Improve each day
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