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It Pays… Persistence That Is!

Once upon a time, there was a novice entrepreneur named Rich Now.  He worked as an employee during the day and ran his small business during the evening hours.  Being tired of his day job, he guessed that he would immediately become a millionaire with his small business.  The more he thought about his business, the more excited he became.  Everyday after working his job, he would go home to work his business.  He obtained a list of prospects and sent out 50 emails about his business products everyday.  And, each person would purchase $1,000 worth of his products and services.  Yes, all 50 people would give him business.  Numerically, that totals $50,000 per day.  After 30 days of working his business, Rich earned $1,500,000.  Rich Now lived happily ever after….

 

As you may have guessed, the above story is fictitious.  Although, sometimes we, entrepreneurs, are tempted to give up or get frustrated when our business does not make the revenue that we expect.  Many entrepreneurs anticipate that things will succeed a lot better than the real world, similar to the above story about Rich Now.  We jump into a business thinking everything will be wonderful, similar to the wedding day of a marriage.  Just imagine getting married to the most beautiful and perfect spouse.  You think of living happily ever after, until you encounter reality.  Even the most successful billionaires have personal stories that include plenty of challenges that they endured in order achieve their abundance of wealth.

 

Similar to a marriage, a business requires PERSISTENCE in the real world.  And, persistence pays.  Unlike the story about Rich Now, it may require sending multiple emails to prospects prior to earning the first sale.  You may want to be consistent and send a couple of emails to your prospect list every month.  Keep in mind that one of the reasons that large corporations are successful is because they are PERSISTENT and consistent.  And, it may be easier for them because they pay employees to persistently do the work for them every single day.  As a small business owner, it may be a little challenging to be persistent with running your business because you have less people to manage the business as compared to a large corporation.

 

In summary, persistence is part of the formula of running a successful business.  And, you must avoid dwelling on stories similar to Rich Now, which is totally fictitious.  As entrepreneurs, one of our goals is to determine what pays.  Overall, the real world confirms that persistence pays!

 

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You Always Win the Game You Are REALLY Playing

Do you always get what you say you plan to achieve?  For example, if you say that you want three new clients each month, would you obtain that goal?  Or, if you say you want to earn over $1,000,000 per year with your business, have you achieved that desire?  If the answer is yes, and you have achieved all of your goals in business and in life, then please stop reading this article and go teach others how to achieve 100% of their goals.

 

Some people will say that you always win the game that you are really playing.  To understand this concept, let’s look at a few examples.  Let’s say that you are driving your car in a new town, and you get lost.  After a while, you decide to go back home.  Even though you are lost, you would always find your way back home!  As a second example, what if your car breaks down and the replacement part takes over one month to arrive.  And, you would typically drive to your day job.  Well, somehow you would figure out how to arrive at work each day, even without driving your personal vehicle.

 

In summary, you win the game you are really playing.  In other words, when you are 100% serious about obtaining a goal, then you will DO what it takes to ACHIEVE that goal.  Your state of mind would envelope FAITH and COURAGE.  When you do not achieve your goal, then the game you are really playing may be categorized in the realm of DOUBT and FEAR.  That unaccomplished goal may be too advanced for your skill level, such as earning $1,000,000 in one day, or it may be overwhelmed by your personal doubts and fears.

 

Overall, the key concept is to have FAITH and COURAGE to accomplish your business goals.  Yes, there will be challenges.  And, when you fully see and internalize your vision, you will persist throughout all challenges.  For example, when FedEx started their business, they got ridiculed, because at that time the public believed that NO ONE could compete with the United States Post Office.  And, after years of failures and successes, FedEx has become a first-class competitor of the Post Office.  And, it occurred because of an internalized VISION, along with FAITH and COURAGE.  In other words, FedEx has been winning the game that they are really playing.  And, YOU can too!  Therefore, I encourage you to set realistic goals that you BELIEVE YOU CAN ACHIEVE.  Get rid of Fear and Doubt.  Operate you business with Faith and Courage to achieve your goals!

Find the Voice Within

I went out to the AOL main page today and the first thing I saw was a headline about the Political battle saying “Speeches Take On New Tone”.  It got me to thinking about a book I was just reading, Steven Covey’s The 8th Habit.  Steven Covey just came out with that book a couple of years ago to address something he though needed addressing in today’s world.

 

Now for those of you that don’t know, Steven also wrote the book The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.  This book has been studied in Universities as well as in Corporate America and by individuals around the world.

 

The 7 Habits by the way are

1)   Be Proactive

2)   Begin With the End In Mind

3)   Put First Things First

4)   Think Win/Win

5)   Seek First To Understand, Then to be Understood

6)   Synergize

7)   Sharpen the Saw

 

The 8th habit isn’t a habit that was missed or a habit that needs to be added because it was forgotten.  It’s about seeing and harnessing the power of a third dimension to the 7 Habits.  It’s about tying all the 7 Habits together and maximizing their effectiveness.

 

So the 8th Habit is to “Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs”.

Wow!  Find your Voice!  Find your voice within – what you want to say about yourself and do with your life.  Find that Speech from within that says, “I am Woman or I am Man and this is what I’m all about!  Take Heed, Listen Up!  I am.”

 

As Steven says, “Voice is unique personal significance – significance that is revealed as we face our greatest challenges and which makes us equal to them.

 

What is your unique personal significance?  What's that voice inside of you that's calling out to the masses, nay, yelling out to be heard?  If you don't know what that is, then start going to meetings, attend trainings, meet new people, work a community service project, get out and get busy... these are all things that will help you find your voice – and make it heard!

 

So what are you waiting for?  Go out to that next event, talk to your friends, neighbors, co-workers and get them to attend.  Shout out your voice and then Inspire, Motivate, and Lead others to help them find theirs.

 

Celebrate Life!

Chaffee-Thanh Nguyen