I have been running my coaching business for five years now and I can confidently claim that I helped a lot of people to improve their businesses to receive more profits. As strange as it may sound, I do not consider myself a workaholic, even though I spend seven hours in the office on average. The modern business world is about sacrificing yourself to your business and giving everything you have got to make it successful, even when it means all your time and effort (and being “work crazy” is bad for health and productivity). Well, I guess I am a traditional entrepreneur if judged by modern standards.
An Unexpected Meeting
Let me tell you how I began to think about the secret of my success in the first place. One morning, I was attending a meeting with several clients and it lasted longer than usual. I was very happy and available to work that morning and we really did amazing work with my clients. When we finally finished, I came out of the meeting and met one of my other clients, Mark, who did not inform me about arriving at the office. He realized that I was working for quite a while and said, “Tom, if you do not have time right now, I understand. I know I did not schedule a meeting and you are a very busy person with lots of people to meet every day.”
He was right. But only partially, because I did not have any other meetings that day and gladly invited him into my office to see what he needed help with. What struck me at that moment was that I was not a traditional entrepreneur in the sense that I had a lot of free time during the workday.
Mark obviously thought that I am an extremely busy entrepreneur like many other ones that spend most of their days (and even nights) in the office. However, that was not the case with me because I had a totally different understanding of running a business. First and foremost, I enjoyed staying at home a lot (I was available for calls) to spend quality time with my family and do many other things, such as relaxing, hiking, jogging, and attending events. Life is too short not to enjoy it – that has always been my motto. In my opinion, as soon as one understands this life lesson, the better.
How did I create a successful business and maintan this lifestyle? Most entrepreneurs would see me as a lazy person because of that! Mark’s words certainly made me think about my perspective on life. Well, time has allowed to see what was working for me the best, so I am ready to share the tips that can help you to become a successful but somewhat lazy business owner as well. Sounds interesting? Let’s begin.
Tip #1: Keep Your Business Model Simple
My own business coaching company and the people I am working with have relatively simple business models. That is partly because we are not selling physical products and we can be easily reached online. Moreover, we use one sales channel that has us getting potential customers onto a mailing list, reaching them with an effective message and providing information about how they can benefit from us. And we have one other simple rule: we do not do business with clients who can be perceived as selfish. Even though we know how to deal with them, we just prefer not to deal with them at all.
That’s it. I have always tried to keep the business model simple to avoid being caught in the business and destroy the balance I have.
Tip #2: Work During Peak Productivity Periods
Each person has limited time of brain energy sufficient to perform all tasks for the day. As far as I am concerned, I am a morning bird, so the time between 7 am and 1 pm is the time when I can perform all business tasks remarkably well and without any waste in time and additional resources. After 11 am, my productivity decreases significantly and I cannot work as good as I did before, so I do not even try to engage in complex tasks that require my attention.
Also, I should note that I get a second productivity period around 9 pm, so I can work for an hour or two in the evening. Weekends are working days for me too. Well, weekend’ mornings, that’s for sure. Discover your own productivity hours to start taking advantage of them as well.
Tip #3: Trust And Delegate
I am a CEO of a medium sized business, so I have a lot of responsibilities that should be attended to. In many cases, I would not have accomplished them even if I was a workaholic living in the office (well, that’s the reality of the modern day business), so I found delegation extremely useful. For example, if there was a task that needed to be done, say, on a regular basis, I selected a reliable team member to take care of it and report to me. Now, I delegate almost half of my daily responsibilities to my team, which consists of great professionals willing to accomplish anything that I tell them to do. One client of mine was overwhelmed with his work: he owned a professional writing service and tried to do everything himself. After my consultation, he was able to increase his productivity and improve the management by trusting and delegating as well.
Therefore, in my experience, I found that delegation was a great tool for having more time for myself, motivating and improving the skills of my team. As a result, I am proud to say that my team is professional, efficient, and can tackle any task. The important thing to remember is that you have to trust yourself and your employees equally to succeed here.
Tip #4: Do Not Use Email All Day
Emails are certainly important for business but they can be very bad for those CEO’s that wish to be productive and efficient. It is a known fact that they can destroy or severely decrease both individual and group productivity because they can be a great distraction. When I started my business, my phone was ringing and vibrating a hundred times a day, which was a challenge because I had other responsibilities. Instead of turning off the sound, I turned off the notifications, which prevented the phone from making any sort of noise. To ensure that all letters are answered, I checked it once in three or four hours.
As a result, the noisy smartphone was not a problem during meetings or on typical days when I had to concentrate on a project. I certainly suggest that you should do the same.
Tip #5: Avoid Day-To-Day Operations
These operations should be done by your employees because your role as the owner or manager is to propel the company and improve it. I found that if I focused on doing everyday tasks, such as preparing reports, I had less time to think about how I could grow my business more effectively. To ensure that I have time for that, I designated daily operations to my reliable employees and focused on doing what is strategically important. This scheme has been working for quite a while now and I can say that it is successful.
However, I need to confess that avoiding daily operations was not my idea, but Michael Gerber’s who is an excellent business writer. His book The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work And What To Do About It, helped me to get this one right. Do not be afraid to do the same and read business literature to become a smarter entrepreneur!
These tips that I have shared with you are great for implementing into your business regardless of the size. They have been helping me for years to balance my professional and personal life, so I can stay a little bit lazy and have down time once in a while. There is certainly nothing wrong with being reasonably lazy, which I prefer better than staying in the office until the sun is replaced with the moon in the sky.
How To Achieve Success?
How To Achieve Success?
Success can be defined in many ways; it can be happiness for one person and wealth for another. It can be peace for one and respect for another. Everyone can define success in their own way, but in general, it is a feeling of satisfaction and happiness.
Throughout life, we have a hunger to achieve greatness. The more we achieve the better life becomes. There are plenty of opportunities in this world. If you have a dream to succeed and achieve something special in this life, you need to put in the work, because without action, nothing is possible. The majority of people only dream to succeed, while a small minority work hard to achieve their dreams. To attain success, you need to sacrifice many things, this is how the successful people in this world achieved their greatness.
We need to understand how to achieve success. To do this, we need to break down what success means. The best way to do this is by understanding and analyzing successful people. Successful people in this world emulated and followed the footsteps of other successful people. For example, there is a pattern with successful people. Many successful people wake up early. They spend their time wisely throughout the day, reading and gaining knowledge. This is key to success, while keeping a good balance in life is also vital in achieving success.
Quotes On Success
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” Steve Jobs
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” Bruce Lee
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohn
5 Great Pointers On Achieving Success
Follow Your Passion
Success does not come overnight, it takes a lot of hard work and passion to reach the desired goal and dream. It requires strong dedication, hard work, constant improvement, and sometimes luck. If you are not doing what you love, then you are bound to give up and fail. Only those who have a great passion for something they love, will continue, and strive hard to move on and achieve greatness. It should be something you are willing to sacrifice and dedicate your life to. Every day, every week, and every hour of the day should be dedicated to achieving your goals and dreams.
Find The Correct Balance
Life is all about finding the right balance. When you find the right balance, only then will you see success around you and within you. Balance your time, spend time with your family and friends. Allocate time to achieving your goals and targets. Look after your health, exercise, and eat well. Life is all about finding a balance. Do not sacrifice one thing for another. It is important to find the right balance in life.
Establish A Routine
Routines are vital when you are trying to succeed. We are taught from a young age the importance of keeping a good routine in life because without a routine you will be a mess and it will become harder for you to do well in achieving your goals and targets. For example, people who have a job, working for a company, these companies have strict routines in place. The reason for this is so that the company performs well and becomes more successful. Even in our daily lives, without routine we will be all over the place. It is proven that a person who has no routine in life, is a person who is very lazy, a time waster and someone who has no goals and ambition in life. Therefore, we should strive to have good routines in our life, as this will lead us to have a better life.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Successful people have failed many times. It is inevitable unless you are an extremely lucky person, where everything works out for you. But, when starting off, the first few steps are the hardest. Many people who have achieved great things have failed on many occasions. There are many obstacles in front of you that blocks you from reaching the next stage of success. For example, there are many entrepreneurs who have failed in many businesses, until that one business that has made them successful. Without failures and mistakes, we as humans will never learn, therefore make as many mistakes as you can, as these mistakes will lead you to gain more experience and knowledge in achieving your goals and dreams.
Find Support And Resources
Find yourself a mentor, you need someone who can point you in the right direction to achieve greatness. With the correct help and support, you can achieve even better than you would do by yourself. If a mentor is not available, try reaching out to others in your field. Find people who have already achieved what you plan to achieve, and try and get as much information from them as possible so that you can reach that level of success one day. Networking is important to become successful and bigger in what you are trying to accomplish. Reaching out to people will allow you to grow further. It will allow you to find out information that you did not even know you needed. Therefore, speaking out and finding the right support and resources will push you to the next level.
To summarize, to achieve success, you must be wise and bold. A person who does not try and is lazy in life will go nowhere. You cannot just dream and expect everything to fall perfectly in front of you. You must work hard to get results. We should analyze those who have achieved greatness, by following in their footsteps. Only then can we crawl, walk, and then achieve our own success. Remember, success does not come overnight, it begins with baby steps, and when you are established, you will see the greatest successes.
How To Switch To Self-Love – Your Secret SuperPower
How To Switch To Self-Love – Your Secret SuperPower from Ralph Smart of Infinite Waters (Diving Deep). This was an excellent talk about the importance of self-love and it’s relevance to success. Take this information and implement it so that you can live life a life of self-love.
1. Self-love is the secret gateway to becoming your greatest version.
2. Without self-love you won’t go far.
3. Self-love has changed my life in a phenomenal way. It’s helped me connect with millions of people living infinite abundance.
4. And there was a time when I didn’t love myself, look, nobody teaches us how to love ourselves, why it’s important to love ourselves, what are the benefits of loving yourself. No, they don’t teach you that, that’s why a lot of us are really confused.
5. Practicing the art of self-love is a lifelong process. I mean every single day.
6. And it starts with this, stop caring what other people think.
7. We want to be accepted so therefore we spend our whole entire lives trying to conform to other people’s standards instead of creating our own.
8. Other people’s beauty standards. Their body standards – I want to look like that Ralph, it’s not fair.
9. So, what helped me along my journey was to stop trying to live by other people’s standards.
10. Instead, I had to learn how to live by my own standards and you do this simply by surrendering, it’s not about competing – I want to be like them, that’s a disrespect towards yourself.
11. You want to become your greatest version, your, not me, for you. Do it for you. Right, and it’s such a weight off your shoulders.
12. I just started to realize I’ve got to start creating my own standards. Living in my own standards of beauty. Accepting my body how it is, the shape of my face. I love it all. And that’s how to begin to love yourself.
13. Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out.
14. Ok, how many weird people do you know? That is how to switch to self-love. Weird people aren’t weird, that’s just what we call them. Weird people are unique. That’s why they stand out.
15. And have you ever noticed that when you find someone who is very unique, it almost allows you to be yourself? You feel comfortable around them because you’re like they’re so weird well I’m going to be weird anyway. Then you fall into the true authentic you.
16. Spend time with unique people who don’t care about copying other people, they are original, they love who they are 100%. And I do it all the time, I meet a lot of very very weird people every single day, well, I’m Diving Deep and it’s beautiful.
17. I have to always honor my uniqueness. You won’t find another Infinite Waters, if you do, they’re a clone.
18. When we talk of Self-love, I’ve realized this that you’ve got to go to the place where you find your greatest power, that’s what helped me along my journey.
19. I realized, for a long time I was living a very very harmful lifestyle because I wasn’t practicing self-love, I wasn’t doing what I love every single day, I was in the wrong environment, the wrong friends, I was following the wrong crowd. If you’re doing all of that it’s going to be very hard to love yourself
20. But when you go to the place where you find your greatest power. Skate every day like me. You’re in the seat of your power, you are in the throne. Whether you be a makeup artist or scientist, you do that every single day, go into the lab, you are in the seat of your power. That’s how to practice the art of self-love.
21. You go to the place of your greatest empowerment every single day. I’m always in nature. I’m in the art gallery. I’m doing what I love. I get to wake up and do whatever I want and live in infinite abundance. You think I’m complaining?
22. You can’t love other people until you love yourself. And not caring what other people think is the greatest form of self-love.
The above information was just over 7 minutes of the video.
This is amazing information from Ralph.
Check out the full video:
5 Powerful Things Successful People Do Differently
Many people believe that a successful life is just a matter of luck, and leave everything to their destiny to decide whether or not they will be successful.
On the other hand, what many people are unaware of is that successful people have certain habits that separate them from ordinary people.
These people are more aware of their strengths and weaknesses. They are self-conscious and know how to turn a losing moment into a winning moment. They are motivated, disciplined and consistent. Above all, they are not made through just a matter of luck.
Here are five powerful things successful people do differently.
1. Turn Their Passion Into A Full-Time Profession
It’s obvious that if you are doing the things that you don’t love you soon get fed up with your work and fail to give your maximum at your workplace. You will be less focused, procrastinate more, feel tired, make more excuses and hence your input will reflect your output.
Successful people do what they love. They give priority to their interests over wealth or respect. Almost all the artists, sportspersons and entrepreneurs are underpaid at first. No matter how bad the circumstances, they worked consistently and devoted their heart and soul into their work. They looked for ways to increase their revenue and transformed their passion into a full-time profession.
If you want to be successful, give priority to your passion and think of ways to make it your full-time job. Then you will be happier and have a more meaningful life.
2. Setting Priorities
Millions of people fail every year not because they do not have aspirations but because they fail to set priorities. They try to do a lot of things at once, rather than focusing on one important task. They are brilliant at achieving not-so-important goals, and poor at reflecting on the necessary task.
Successful people think otherwise. They cut-off all the distractions and pick the toughest task first. They work outside their comfort zone to complete the difficult tasks.
3. Continuously Reinforce The Foundation
Every profession has some key skills which form the foundation. If the skills are not harnessed continuously, it will affect your whole business career. Successful people are smart enough to find the key skills of their profession and spend the maximum amount of time and money in developing those areas.
They read books, attend seminars, and meet like-minded people. Some top performers also hire a coach to become exceptionally good at what they love to do.
To get the maximum output you can follow the 3% rule of investment. The rule says that if you spend 3% of your income in self-education, you will see yourself outperforming 90% of the people around you.
4. Goal Setting
Everyone talks about goal setting. Why is it so? Because it’s a roadmap. If you do not know how to reach your destination then most certainly you will never be able to reach it. Goal setting works as a roadmap to success, and it’s the common trait that all successful people follow. Here are the phenomenal benefits of goal setting.
- You’ll have a clear vision on what to do today, tomorrow, and next month if you already know about your destination in detail.
- Clarity in decision-making abilities.
- You will start finding new ways to reach your goals in the minimum amount of time and money.
- Studies have shown that reviewing your goals every day improves motivation in an unexpected way.
- People who have goals have a high self-image of themselves. High self-image results in increased productivity and confidence.
- Goal setting leads to a more meaningful life.
5. Dealing With Uncertain Moments
Where people are afraid of taking risks, successful people not only take risks but also develop their risk-taking muscle within themselves so that they can fight against the uncertain moments (fight or flight).
A successful life is not determined through massive luck but through the courage to take big risks. Challenges and opportunities come along with a certain amount of risk.
While ordinary people avoid risk due to ‘fear of failure‘, successful people continuously overcome one uncertain moment after another to achieve personal and professional excellence.
The biggest enemy or obstacle on your path to success is a negative mindset or the perception that you need to be born into wealth, and extremely lucky. Well, that is not the case. Most successful people are not born into wealth or born lucky. They tried new things, made mistakes, learned and made their way through the journey to success.
If you want to be successful, make sure that you are doing what you love, setting priorities and removing clutter and distractions from your everyday life, enhancing your key skills, setting clear and in-detailed goals, taking risks and dealing with uncertain moments with a positive mindset.
What’s your mindset towards a successful life? Share your views in the comments below.
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