Although I am concentrating on online businesses, some of these principles can also apply to bricks and mortar businesses.
There are many opportunities out there BUT … many are utter scams and must be avoided at all costs. So, if you are serious about making money online / building a business / being self-employed, here are a number of guidelines to help you make wise and practical decisions.
Three things to remember though is that to succeed, you need to be …
If you find yourself in the position with very little cash … do NOT just dive in. Think carefully and do your research about any company you want to get involved with. There is no such thing as a get rich quick business – so stay away from businesses that promise you the world for little or no investment – those are scams!!
But having little cash can also be a motivator! It can be scary starting out but you need to persevere. BUT … if you are currently in a job, do NOT give it up until you are making enough money to support yourself and your family. One needs to be a risk taker to an extent, BUT be an informed risk taker… NOT an impulsive decision-maker.
For those who do have extra funds available to put into a business of their own, the same applies with regard to doing your research first!!
However, take note that “If you want something badly enough, there is no need to have tons of money”. Start with what you have, but JUST make a START. Always have a “WHY” …. and keep the reason why you started the business as your motivating force.
Remember, there are no real shortcuts in life. Be willing to put in the effort you need to. JUST DO IT.
Ask for help. Remember and understand that YOU don’t know it all. There are always people out there who have been where you are now and are more than willing to guide you. Just ASK!
Last but not least … it has been said that you’re the average of the five people closest to you. Associate with the people you want to become. Amazingly you will soon find that most successful people are only too happy to help.
Avoid those that want you to drop your dream and follow theirs!!
As someone said “Help is always free, courses and tuition are not”.
Never look back … keep moving forward
So if you need some pointers to help you on your journey, please get in touch.
If one has been involved in marketing – especially network marketing – it is possible one has fallen foul to some of these ….
Take action now to change your style and move your business or project to the next and more attractive, consistent, honest and realistic level…
The 4 deadly sins of network marketing include:
I speak to myself as much as to everyone. Enthusiasm can slow down and instead of regular “appearances” on social media, blog, and your advertising or team-building campaigns, you disappear from the scene for a week and come back with gusto. Disappear again for 2-3 weeks and try again to engage. This will not do anything for you or those working with you. Inconsistency will crush all the efforts of any business or project builder. Be consistent.
It is very easy to fall into this trap. When things go differently to what you had hoped for, it is easy to start the blame game. Criticizing and talking negatively about a business, an opportunity or an individual is NOT a solution because that negativity becomes part of your brand. People start seeing you as a negative person. Leaders cannot maintain a negative attitude and still expect to be known as a leader. It doesn’t work. Real leaders and those who would follow you, will in actual fact start avoiding you.
You have a choice to create a negative culture, vibe, posture or mindset — OR – you can present a problem-solving mindset that creates opportunity. You can be negative or you can be positive. That’s your choice.
HYPING UP or OVER-INFLATING YOUR PRODUCT or YOUR OPPORTUNITY
Don’t be tempted to exaggerate what your product or opportunity can and cannot do! Always be in alignment with what your company says you can claim when it comes to your product, making use of relevant disclaimers as appropriate. It will catch up with you and it will also affect your credibility, so do NOT be tempted.
DISTRIBUTORS WHO BOUNCE FROM COMPANY TO COMPANY TO COMPANY
It is really sad when people go from opportunity to opportunity because they’re literally stealing from their future. They’re actually stealing from their residual income as well as their reputation. People like this will lose followers and will find themselves no longer credible until such time as that person is ready and willing to come back, get their teeth into their opportunity, put their shoulder to the wheel and get to work!
I’ve seen this many a time … so many opportunities are simply missed or neglected because it is dressed in overalls and requires work. Work that will pay dividends if persevered with. Remember: every single company in network marketing will have problems. They are going to go through a period of time when it doesn’t have momentum or when it has to go through change. Change is difficult. So hopping from one company to another will not help. At some point or other the next company will face the same challenges. So, decide which company and product line you want to align yourself with and decide that you’re going to go through the problems with them rather than looking for an opportunity where there are no problems. There are none like that! So stop bouncing around and align yourself with a good company and build your business.
So, although this list is not by any means exhaustive, remember …
Strive to become a network marketing professional. Strive to go to the top, to have a well-planned, honest and smooth career journey, and to build something that will indeed last for a long time.
I recently read a quote which stated “Everyone wants to be successful until they see what it actually takes …”
For many the thought of any effort into building a business, making money, being successful is something they simply cannot entertain or accept. They just want things to “happen”. The truth is that without some structured effort, success will not come. This applies in all areas of life.
Of course, there is another aspect to succeeding. Some folk realize it is going to take effort/action but they cannot believe (even if they follow the blue print to success to the very letter) that it can work for them and they shoot themselves in the foot in the process.
Anyone who wants to succeed has got to be aware that it doesn’t “just happen”. If one is buying a product, programme or starting a business or project, you also HAVE to condition yourself! Get your mindset right.
I don’t know about you, but when I started out online some years ago now, there was always an element of doubt in my mind. Would this really work for me? In certain respects I could justify the doubt and because I had tried something in my very early days which didn’t work for me, I had this nagging doubt in my mind. Even when I was succeeding and seeing progress, the element of doubt would always be creeping around in the back of my mind.
That is pretty normal. If one is not seeing real results, the questions always remain. Can I really succeed?
So when an email landed in my inbox this morning, sharing a brilliant short video, I had to share it with you too.
Find out “What it Really Takes to be Successful” by Tony Robbins
Using these principles can bring massive success. So, why not grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee and a notebook and learn from one of the “Masters” of motivation and success.
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Perhaps you started a new program or a new online business or bought into an online “business in a box” and you’ve come to the point where you are saying this … “it doesn’t work for me!”
Don’t Quit … please read on … very important …
A friend and mentor shared this just recently – it is one of the most honest and down to earth posts from a friend about to quit
There is no doubt It will resonate with many people out there and if you recognise yourself in it (we all can) or you know someone who would benefit from reading it please share it. “It seems like it is all there, the dream system, everything you need, right?
So I did some digging to figure out what was missing, that one missing ingredient that caused this massive failure…..and I finally found it.
Its ME! Yep Me!”
For a whole year this person hadn’t done a thing. No solo ads. No FaceBook ads. No email follow up… Nothing, zilch, zero… they were a complete lump on a log, did nothing yet hoped for the best.
“You see there is nothing wrong with this system, the only thing wrong is me.
If you have been struggling with this system, or any system for that matter, then the problem is likely you too.
The thing that is missing is MY ACTION.
No Action = No Results. Duh.
It wasn’t the system’s fault, it was my fault. You see all these other people making sales, doing great, but others not so much. Well I will put money on it that they also took none to very little action. Now I am not saying action would have made me a millionaire over night, but I would have been closer than I am today.
So why didn’t I take any action? Well I told myself all sort of things:
I’m a slave to analysis paralysis, family issues, busy at work, focusing on eCom, no… CPA, no… bitcoin, no… MLM, no.. red-headed chihuahua breeder, no… 2-ring circus promoter…… so many excuses, so scattered, always chasing the shiny object.
Yeah this is what I told myself, but then I dug even deeper ‘cause all that is just excuses. what was the real reason I didn’t take any action?
In reality I have been buying my way through the internet looking for the so-called holy grail for several years. I have spent way more than I want to admit, maybe more than I did for my bachelors and two masters degrees combined. Opportunity after opportunity, training after training, tool after tool. Yet before the ink was dry on the payment I was looking for the next.
Why? Why would I spend tens upon tens of thousands of dollars on all these but not run some simple ads? Good question, i wish there was a Shiny Object Buyers Anonymous support group, … maybe I will start one. But I needed deep introspection, so I dug deeper…..
And I think I finally found it. Ta Da!!!!
Quite simple actually – I was riding high on hope, and protecting myself from failure.
But it isn’t quite what you are thinking. I wasn’t afraid of failure itself, but what failure meant for my dreams. You see I am an eternal optimist, I always believe things will work out in the end, I am a dreamer and see hope in my life and the world. So if I am to actually execute on these systems and trainings, and it doesn’t work, it isn’t just that it didn’t work, but it means my dreams are crushed. And there is nothing worse to an eternal optimist than crushed dreams. So I was buying on the hope that the systems and products promised, but not executing to prevent the hope from being extinguished. This was ever so evident in the fact that I bought a grand worth of solo ads, but never actually sent them. How stupid is that? I got to the point of buying hope of a great solo, but didn’t send anything for fear of it being a dream crusher.
I know it sounds stupid, it is a sickness really. But as they say in every 12 step program the first step is acknowledgement. Now that I really understand and have acknowledged the problem, I can take steps to fix it.
So I am turning off almost all emails, leaving tons of FB groups, focusing on taking action on all the systems and tools in my arsenal. Any new ideas will be tabled, until current projects are fulfilled. I will be reaching out on those solos I bought to send them to our promotions.
In conclusion. I re-state my first Statement.
The System doesn’t work for me! Because I don’t work the System.
Systems don’t fail, people do, and I did. If you are struggling look in the mirror before you blame the system”
I am sure many of you out there can identify with the story above. I certainly can. If we are honest, we all can in one or other way.
So, today I urge you to take constructive and positive action to achieve the dream you have. You can do it!
The Myth – “I can make money online without investing time, effort and/or money”
The Reality: It Takes Money To Make Money
We are still very early in the new year, 2017 and this will help you to cut through all the rubbish info out there about having a successful business / being an entrepreneur.
Recently I read a post from my friends and mentors about an extremely successful entrepreneur (whom they know personally) and who also gets the same kind of messages emails common to successful entrepreneurs. Messages like this …
“Can you give me some tips and show me exactly how to get the results you get in your business? If you could just hold me by the hand and show me what you do, I’m willing to do whatever it takes…..”
Here’s what he said (some really straight talking!!) ….
“Okay, ready for THE TRUTH? Don’t expect to be able to do what I do until you’re willing to:
Invest in your education as we have and continue to do. If one is not willing to purchase education on how to successfully market on the Internet, then one cannot expect others who are successful to invest time (their most valuable asset on the planet) in teaching one the things the products are designed to teach one….the products which people refuse to buy . If someone seriously wants results in one’s business but has no clue how to get them, … then investment in ONESELF is a must. It’s the smartest investment a human being/entrepreneur can make.
Work hard. If one is under the impression that success comes easily without any persistent hard work, then you’re in for a rude awakening this year. There is NO easy button and probably NEVER will be. If one is looking for a get rich quick scheme, there are plenty of those to choose from online but, … if it’s a long-term sustainable result being looked for, one had better be prepared to develop one’s business and marketing muscles….starting today!
Take RISK!No risk, no reward! If one is looking to make money as an entrepreneur in 2017 but unwilling to take any significant risk, then …..don’t quit the day-job because there’s unlikely to be a single entrepreneur who doesn’t take big risk to achieve their goals. This will require one to step up outside one’s comfort zone and do things one would normally NEVER dare dream of doing. If one is looking to start a legitimate online business without investing a single dime until a profit is seen ….guess what? We highly doubt a single dime of profit will ever be seen because one is approaching being in business with the mindset of an employee…. or the question has to be asked, is that person really in business at all. Maybe they’re just a “wannabe” with a hobby
This is a brilliant challenge and is absolutely true!
Now that I’ve got all that out of the way here’s my tip for you:
“You can create RESULTS or you can create EXCUSES but you cannot create both. Which will you choose to create this year?”
If you have questions or comments, get back to me. But one thing is certain … if you are serious about making a difference, you need to make the choice.
Speak again soon
(A word of thanks to Chris, Susan and Justin for sharing this advice and saying it as it is and thank you for being an inspiration to so many)
Tips to help you progress and succeed in your project or business:
be curious and find out as much as you can
have an insatiable appetite for learning and …
start putting things into action
Without taking action, all the curiosity and learning will not get you anywhere!
Lo and behold …
Later this morning I saw a post by friends and mentors of mine who had a similar message to share …
3 Powerful Words
Two of them can be provided by someone else but there is ONE you have to do yourself!
We were clearly on the same wavelength – how about you?
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Just this morning I read a brilliant article by Richard Branson (the famous English Business Magnate, Investor and Philanthropist), entitled “5 Skills and abilities successful entrepreneurs share” (1)
Richard Branson, who has been an entrepreneur for at least 50 years, highlights the fact that no two successful entrepreneurs are ever the same and it is that very fact which makes them successful. In his long career he has met so many incredible leaders and has come to realize that these leaders and successful entrepreneurs share at least 5 distinct abilities and skills.
Here is a brief summary…
This is what they do …
They are not afraid to take calculated risks RB states that the “luckiest people in business are those that are prepared to take the greatest risks”. As individuals we sometimes need to take a calculated risk in order to open doors that can lead to “change, progression and success”.
They learn from failure It is important to remember that nobody gets everything right the first time round. One does make mistakes. The secret is to learn quickly and as successful entrepreneurs have done, don’t fear failure, simply learn from your mistake and move on!
They look at and see the bigger picture Because RB put this so well, I will quote his own words. “When we began Virgin, I didn’t see it as an end in itself, a noun; I saw it as the beginning of a whole range of services, an adjective.” He then points out that successful entrepreneurs grab hold of an idea and let it “fly”!
They delegate very wisely RB points out that in order for your business to succeed, it is vitally important to realize that one cannot do everything oneself. If there is something that needs to be done and you are unable to do it or do it effectively, delegate it to someone who can. This will help you achieve things quicker within that “bigger picture” of where you want your business to go.
They communicate effectively RB believes that communication is the most important skill any entrepreneur could ever possess. Communication is a two-way thing. It does not merely involve reading or speaking. It involves understanding what is being said what is NOT being said! Communication is that which enables one to learn, to grow and to progress!
So whether or not you are in a work from home business, an online business or a small to medium bricks and mortar business, the principles shared by Richard Branson can be applied one way or another.
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Just recently two successful internet marketers and mentors known to me shared some valuable information which I want to share with you today.
The challenge that came and I pass on to you is … WHY IS MINDSET SO IMPORTANT?
Research has shown that the Psychology of Today’s High Achievers really has not changed much over the years.
There are 3 things that are potentially stopping you from being a high achiever:
It is what you believe (your mindset/how you think).
It is your ability to do things correctly (your skillset).
It is what you do everyday, day by day (your habits).
So, for one to become successful in business and life in general, the most effective way, is to follow today’s high achievers. Emulate them. Follow them closely. Get to know what makes them successful … understand their mindset, skillset and their habits. By doing that you will get to understand why they are high achievers.
Just take a quick look at some well-known high achievers from the past and the present.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator)
He needs no introduction. He had a few rules for success. There were two of his quotes I would like to share with you: “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent” and “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”
Dwayne Johnson (The Rock).
With only $7 in his pocket at age 23 he said he knew two things… “I’m broke … and one day I won’t be”. He also said: “I like to use the hard times in the past to motivate me today”. His secret to success was to “Show up and outwork anyone”. “Be consistent …. Earn respect”.
Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Companies)
“Enjoy what you’re doing. Be visible and standout. Create something you’re proud of”.
Oprah Winfrey. (The Queen of Media)
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” Have a “Clear sense of purpose. Make excellence your goal. Empower those around you. Be thankful for what you have”.
There are so many others I could have shared with you, but …
What do you think?
Do you think that we, the ordinary people, can learn from the psychology, the mindset of today’s high achievers?
I think so!
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Write down a daily plan of action to work towards achieving your goal/s
– Spend time daily on Personal Development – Always be learning and growing
– Learn something new daily
– Put what you learn into practice
– If you are building your online business, you need to network/connect with others.
Learn from and network with those people who have achieved what YOU want to achieve.
In future posts, I will be dealing with some of these points in more detail.
Network Marketing … Online Marketing … Is there a difference?
Things can be so confusing when starting or building an online business or
There is a HUGE difference!
Ultimately it is the way someone chooses to market their product or service. But let us look a little closer. Ryan Cody McMorris, an internet marketer with years of experience explained it like this …
A network marketer is someone who takes a product or service & markets that product or service through other people’s networks. That means – for example, I know Mary and I would love for her to buy or try this product or service and then when she does have a good experience with that product or service, she can go out and share that product or service with her network and they in turn can go out and share that product or service with their network …
This is strictly about sales. No multi-level to it. Moving a product into someone else’s hands and making the sale.
This means being an excellent network marketer but knowing how to use the internet and leverage the internet in a way that one can build a network marketing business.
In other words, a network marketer should know how to use the internet effectively to build their business. They need to provide value. They need to reach out to others.
In years gone by, the internet marketer could possibly get away with marketing in one or two specific styles. Not today anymore!
Successful Marketers today need to be hybrid marketers. It is necessary to integrate the old and new marketing methods or channels and blend them into an effective dynamic marketing strategy.
To be successful online, you need to learn new skills. Many of theses skills are easily learnt, particularly if one has access (often at no cost) to excellent training. This can be done at home in your spare time.
Stay up to date with how the internet its moving forward – new ways of marketing- more effective ways. People today want their information quickly!
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Not sure how to?
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To your success
DAILENE ASHTON (aka DAY ASHTON) Internet Marketer & Coach