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A graduate in Mechanical Engineering with MBA UK. Now, I mostly consult & work with content creators & influencers to grow their presence online.

6 Signs You’re Going To Be Successful

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1.) You hate average

When you hate being an average person, then, the only way is to go ‘up’. This mentality sets yourself to higher standards in terms of the way you look at life.

It shapes the way you think when faced with adversity. You start to enjoy what life throws at you because you know,

While most would succumb to difficult challenges – like every average person does, you don’t.

Instead,

2. You practice discipline and self control

No matter how smart or brilliant your ideas are, if there is no self-discipline, nothing can be gained.

Discipline is important, but to become a successful entrepreneur, discipline becomes essential to ‘survival’.

Once you’re the owner of a business, there will be no one to tell you what to do, or what you need to get done.

You have to constantly find that motivation and eagerness to get things done; and without discipline, you’ll end up a failure.

It’s all on you now.

3. Failure doesn’t scare you

Let’s be honest, the fear of failure gets to you as an entrepreneur. There’s no denying.

What you do instead is, to manage that fear.

Elon Musk has a great strategy when managing fear. He always create a contingency plan in case things go bad.

When he started SpaceX, Musk set a target of $100 million for the rocket launch. If he fails, he’ll bail out of the space venture.

What’s so great about this move? It sets Musk’s mind that failure is a viable option. This helps managing that fear.

He also knows when to quite, which is also important for every entrepreneur so not to get dragged into much higher debt.

4. You wake up early

Most successful people love to start their days early.

This is because, they find mornings are the best time to get as many difficult tasks done as the brain is fresh and able to perform at higher degree.

If you start in the morning, you’ll also find that you get to get things done earlier – so you can spend the rest of the day doing other activities.

5. You surround yourself with great people

You are who you surround yourself with.

I believe this makes sense just by reading the title.

If your friends like to talk or do things that waste time; you’ll end up like one.

If your friends like to talk about ideas, opportunities, or investment; you’ll end up like one.

Start networking with people who are better than you today to get started.

6. You don’t complain

Complaining or whining is a waste of time and breath.

And yet, people still do it – because some supposedly experts on mental health issues say that it’s actually a good thing to vent your anger or frustration.

Guess what? This makes people who listen to them more of a whiner.

By the way, if these mental health experts are correct, then, how come we’re seeing increase in chronic mental health problems – whereas the mental health experts are at its most advanced stage in human history.

My advise? Stop complaining and carry on with life. You need to do something to take your mind off your worldly problems. Everyone’s got problems – deal with it like every other human being in mankind’s history.

There’s a saying “An idle mind is the devil’s playground.”

What are some common mindset of every entrepreneur?

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The common mindset of an entrepreneur for their business how they can accomplish goals and maximize business growth. It is important for every entrepreneur to remember that the ways they can accomplish their business goals and achieve the targets.

Sell dreams, not products

What is the first reaction of people when they see you trying to sell you something? Most would reject you but that’s okay – it’s part of sales process.

But what if you come to a person with an idea or a dream of how you can fix his or her life. What if you tell her that you have a solution to our everyday lives?

Your chances of grabbing people’s attention are much higher isn’t it?

People are tired of sales people. Quite frankly, sales often get the bad rep despite of its importance to every company.

But, if you come with a solution, people might perceive you differently and become more accepting of what you have to say.

So, stop selling your products. Sell a dream.

Planning

What is the important equipment or technology that is important to manage the information? Efficient business can always qualify to give better results. Make sure to manage CRM, communication, data, inventory, and more in an automated way, minimizing the mistakes and maximizing efficiency.

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Expense

Before moving ahead you need to be clear in your budget and what are the important financial planning. Make sure the budget and technology have a good balance. Deploying the technology can be one time investment for your business and using it a efficient way can give long term benefits.

Implementation

Implementation of the techniques or plan for your business. The implementation of technology efficiently can help to improve your business performance. This stage you check how your business is performing, this way can calculate the changes before and after implementation.

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Manage your business with good Ideas

Now you can manage your business, and apply ideas to get better results. Keep doing quality work and get quality results with upgrade technology.

Upgrading your business e.g retail business, hotel management, Restaurants operation, eCommerce and more with technology is always the best idea to grow your business ahead

Want to be video featured on our site? use the 10 questions below to record yourself & send it to us!

Hi! We keep getting emails and messages to be interviewed and featured on our platform. In response, we have listed down 10 basic questions below for you to record yourself and send it to us to be featured on our website, Youtube & Facebook pages! That simple!

Here are the 10 basic questions:

  1. Tell us briefly who are you and what you do?
  2. What made you to start your business first place?
  3. What was the biggest challenge your business faced and how did you overcome it?
  4. What’s your target for the company within the next 5 to 10 years?
  5. Name 3 traits every person needs to become an entrepreneur
  6. What’s your biggest regret in life? And how did you overcome it?
  7. What is your greatest strength as an entrepreneur?
  8. If you had to share one life advice, what would it be?
  9. Being an entrepreneur, many suffer from demotivation or lack of self discipline to work, do you have any tips to share to overcome the problems?
  10. Where can people find out more about you? Website, social media pages?

That’s it! You can email to zannfauz@gmail.com

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How can you learn faster?

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  1. Stay single. Let’s be honest, you can can get more things done without getting distracted from being in a relationship. Relationships can be emotionally and physically tiring – an energy which you could save and be invested into learning instead. I know this is not for everyone – move on if feel so!
  2. Start your day early. I always find the most productive time to get most things done are in the mornings. Our brains (and body) are fresh from hours of sleep raring to start the day. If you had a good deep sleep, your performance in the morning is going to be much better.
  3. Put your mobile phones on silent mode when working. How often do you check your phone during work? Often. Remove the distraction by putting it on silent mode while at work and you’ll see the level of productivity will improve.
  4. A nice trick I’d use to stay focus is to simply have a pen or pencil in your hand – ready to take notes of what you’re reading. The pen acts as a focus point for you to not easily get distracted by your surroundings. It sounds trivial, but it’s not. Try to give it a shot.
  5. I used to think that I’m able to work well with accompanying music. I was wrong. It started off well, at first. But as years go by, I began to realize some of the things I read did not really materialized. As it turns out, our brain is only able to process limited amount of info at a time. In short, try to minimize the distractions around you to ensure your brain processes what you’re reading or studying.
  6. Don’t rely on video lectures or tutorials completely. Don’t get me wrong. Videos are great – for introductory levelled people. To become a learned person, you still need to go the old fashion way – which is to read books or e-books. In fact, audio books are great too if you prefer it that way. I know I do.
  7. Again, who you associate yourself with plays important part here. Try to avoid or minimize contact with people who you feel demotivate you from studying or working. Peer pressure or their influence can be very dangerous. It’s infectious.
  8. Don’t be discouraged when a person is able to read 30 pages in an hour. Most of these people are able to do so due to constant training of reading. So, start spending more time reading – give it some time.
  9. Visit Quora.com to enhance your knowledge further. Quite frankly, it’s one of the best sites to keep your knowledge up to date. Most people there prefer discussions – not argument which I find very rare these days.
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4 Ways to Increase YouTube Watch Time

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Structure Playlists to Drive a Linear Viewing Experience

Create playlists for your Youtube videos in order to guide future viewers toward more viewings and longer watch time.

Organize your playlists to covers topics of your niche.

First, create a playlist that demonstrates all your top-performing videos. By focusing all your best videos in one playlist, audience retention is more likely to occur and eventually, they will subscribe.

You should also create more playlists that fit well with more specific topics in your niche. For example, let’s say you own a channel that focuses on online marketing. Create playlists that focus on subtopics of ‘online marketing’ such as ‘youtube marketing’, ‘instagram marketing’, ‘twitter marketing’ and so on.

Don’t forget to fully customize each playlist that fit the subtopics; add suitable thumbnail, edit the description focused on keywords etc.

When you organize the videos in such sequences, viewers will more likely to watch other videos to find out what more you have to say. Ultimately, this will boost your watch time, which helps elevate your ranking on Youtube.

Choose Titles and Thumbnails That Accurately Reflect Your Content

The combination of titles and thumbnails can potentially impact your views and rankings on Youtube. Both act as the main trigger for people to click on your videos.

YouTube’s Creator Academy offers these suggestions for creating clickable thumbnails:

  • Choose an image that accurately reflects the content of your video so viewers know what to expect when they click. It’s important not to mislead viewers, because they’ll be more likely to be disappointed and stop watching.
  • Design an image that will compel viewers to click and see more.
  • Use both the thumbnail and title to tell an intriguing story.
  • Make sure your thumbnails will work effectively on both mobile and desktop.
  • Look at the Audience Retention reports for your videos to measure the effectiveness of your thumbnails. If you see a sharp drop off in the first 10-15 seconds, your video may not be delivering on the expectations suggested by the title and thumbnail.
  • Your thumbnail, title, and description should give potential viewers a good reason to watch your video over others in your niche.

Use Cards Throughout Your Videos

Cards are useful to keep viewers engaged by linking to other videos on your Youtube channel that they might be interested in.

For example, you can add cards exactly before the time in the video when viewers are most likely to drop off. You can figure out when exactly viewers drop off using Analytics.

Create Content Based on Long-Tail YouTube Keywords

Focusing on long-tail Youtube keywords can help you gain more viewers to watch your videos.

Initially, you can start researching for keywords by using Youtube’s suggestions feature in their search box. All you need to do is to type in a word your audience is interested, and a list of dropdown suggesting related keywords come up.

Then, take down these keywords so you can add later in your video tags when you upload content.

I wrote more about this here: How To Find The Right Keywords

You can also visit your competitors’ channels and pay attention to their top performing videos. Take note of the keywords and replicate the videos that fit to your audience.

10 Entrepreneur Quotes You Must Know

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Entrepreneurial quotes are often overlooked these days. We always become at awe whenever we hear a quote but never take it to heart, eventually. Back in my early days, I often use some business quotes from my favorite entrepreneurs as mantras to continue my momentum of working hard to achieve success.

So, without much time wasting, let’s have a look at some of my favorite quotes:

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

Its pretty straightforward. You have to be chasing success like you need air to breathe. Your life depends on it. That is how a lot of successful entrepreneurs succeed. They don’t work 9-5pm. They work whenever and wherever. They are constantly hustling. Take billionaire Mark Cuban for example. At the age of 12, he started selling garbage bags. Then, he started bar-tending

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” — Ray Goforth

This is especially true. How often do you hear the naysayers whenever someone tries to create or make a living? How often do you always hear people telling you that you’re not going to make it? Ignore them! These people are just noises. Truth is, they simply envy you. They are afraid that you’re gonna make it. And they are afraid that you’re going to succeed. Nuff said.

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”Albert Einstein

Einstein is brilliant for saying this. It’s true, success does come in many forms – some from good business, some from bad business. I’m not saying it’s ideal, but it’s just the way the world is. However, Einstein did believe in adding value to society. This benefits not only civilizations but also his or her good name for a long time. On the other hand, people who make ‘bad’ money (or ‘blood’ money), well, their success is often shortlived. Just look at the break up of Standard Oil when they monopolized oil industry in US, or the Sackler family during Opioid crisis. They were considered as successful people, but lacked the standard values and went down with it.

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“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”— Tony Hsieh

Mr Hsieh wasn’t the first one to come up with this. I’m probably wrong about this but the point is, while chasing money is good, it rarely lasts very long. You ever heard the expression ‘quick buck’, ‘get rich quick scheme’ and so on? Well, the majority of people who say these are the ones who chase money at all cost – no matter what. They lack the moral values in running business. It’s a short term kind of thing.

However, when you chase your passion, you’ll start to do great things. Your product becomes an ace. Your service is top-notch. People love your business/service. This happens simply because you fell in love with your business. You are passionate about it.

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”— Winston Churchill

Elon Musk struggles with SpaceX can be perfectly summed up using this quote by the popular former British Prime Minister. SpaceX failed several launches in its early days. In fact, at one point, Elon Musk was thinking of selling Tesla to fund his rocket projects. Each crash taught his team what flaws needed correcting. They kept learning from the mistakes, and eventually, they succeeded. Now, Space X is one of the largest, if not the biggest private rocket company in the world. They continue receiving project from government space agencies to launch satellites and even resupply the ISS.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”– Jim Rohn

This is about similar to the infamous line “Fortune favors the bold.”

Most people give up on their dreams because they don’t want to risk getting out of comfort zone. If you look at successful people (the self-made ones), you’d rarely hear how often they sacrifices in order to become a success. In fact, some even became homeless before they strike gold. It’s all about risking. Are you all in?

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“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”– Anonymous

I love this quote. It completely separates the real entrepreneurs than the rest of the society.

Successful people tend to look at things differently. They often look at opportunities behind every problem they see unlike the general populace.

Just look at people like Steve Jobs. While most so-called experts of the early days of Apple claim there is no need for a smartphone (people already have computers), Jobs wasn’t bothered by it. He knows his idea is revolutionary – and he was right. He became successful because he saw something that no one else could. He was crazy enough to change the world.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”– Anonymous

If you’re looking for the first step to becoming an entrepreneur, this quote fits in well.

Entrepreneurs face challenges every day. They solve problems all the time. If you’re looking to become one, you need to start train yourself by doing things that scare you more often.

By constantly facing things that scare you, you’ll start to transition yourself

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”– Michael John Bobak

The people who take the ‘road less traveled’ are the ones who succeed.

Innovation occurs not by working hard in and out – but to also challenge everything we know through experimenting with different ideas. Failure is a possibility but without pushing yourself beyond the limit, you’ll never be able to see the other part of that struggle.

Yes, the success rate is very low – but if you take the easy way out, there is no way you’re going to succeed at all.

Nobody said it’s easy. If it was, everyone would already be doing it.

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“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”– Estee Lauder

This is where so called entrepreneurs fail to realize before quitting their 9-5 jobs. Running a business requires your utmost attention, not lesser.

This means, it requires more work, responsibilities and stakes are higher. If you feel entrepreneurship is a way to get out of the 9-5pm job, you’re mistaken.

It’s about hard work and much more. What’s worse, most times, it does not even pay off.

Unlike working for a job, your business might still not make any money despite long hours of work. On top of all that, you are also under the pressure of still having to pay everyone in the supply chain.