Entrepreneurs quickly realize that one of your biggest ways to measure the ROI of an investment isn’t the price of the product or service – it’s how much time you get back.
Ever get so caught up looking for how you can save time, make more time and stretch the little amount of time you do have…? Welcome to the life of a seasoned entrepreneur.
In every business, there are things and tasks you do over and over again.
Free is too expensive, and I’ll tell you why. I originally published the following blog way back in 2011 and revisited it in 2017, but it is easily my most popular post I’ve made – and for good reason.
Now, in 2020, at the start of a new decade – I want to remind you again that you don’t need to work for free.
Let’s revisit the subject of free services for those who have yet to encounter this article, and for those who have forgotten this important lesson. This is timeless advice and here is a stern look at why free can sometimes be way too expensive.
So, you want to build your influence, thought leadership and business? Glamorous selfies along with quotes said by other people will do absolutely nothing to help you build any of that.
If you want to build real influence, show people your mind – not your selfie.
Instead, show people how you think, what you think, and how those thoughts can make a difference. Seek to influence others by adding value, instead of trying to be an influencer.
There are three key problems that every entrepreneur faces when it comes to building a successful business. They may not be your usual suspects, but, guaranteed, you’ll be able to relate to at least one of these problems– if not all three.
It doesn’t matter if you’re in start-up mode, out of the gate trying to make your first sale, or if you’re a pro who has crossed over the 7-figure mark. These problems will continue to haunt you in your business and should be considered regularly.
So, you want to be brave and change your life?
In Shad Helmstetter’s book, What to Say When You Talk to Your Self, he shares a model on how your life experiences shape your beliefs. Those beliefs, he says, are attached to attitudes that create a set of feelings that either inspire us to take action – or stop us in our tracks.
Are you the kind of person who waits around for the perfect time to get things done?
Recently, I sat in an airport, two hours before a flight to Florida, and decided to haul out my laptop and get some work done. I was already waiting at the gate for them to call for pre-boarding, typing away at one of those high top tables.
I’ve been in the coaching and consulting business for over 10 years now, and I’ve worked with hundreds of people, from the “starting a business” stage to the “multiple seven-figure profits” stage. I’ve seen it all. But more importantly– I’ve done a lot of things during that time to grow my own business too.
Before we go any further, know this: the grind is not always sexy.