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.
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.”
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:
Tell us briefly who are you and what you do?
What made you to start your business first place?
What was the biggest challenge your business faced and how did you overcome it?
What’s your target for the company within the next 5 to 10 years?
Name 3 traits every person needs to become an entrepreneur
What’s your biggest regret in life? And how did you overcome it?
What is your greatest strength as an entrepreneur?
If you had to share one life advice, what would it be?
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?
Where can people find out more about you? Website, social media pages?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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?
“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.
“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.
Instagram is considered as the king of social media engagement. It has accumulated up to 1 billion active users and research suggests that the number will continue to grow.
People also spend more of their time on Instagram compared to other platforms. A study by Yotpo found Instagram traffic stays for 192 seconds, which is is considerably longer compared to Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
It’s obvious that brands would want to maximize its growth out of their Instagram strategies. Here are 12 tips you need to follow.
1. Take high-quality photos
This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it.
You don’t need expensive DSLR to make amazing Instagram posts – pay more attention to your lighting and that everything is in focus.
You can achieve these using modern smartphones with capable camera and you’ll start taking amazing photos in no time.
This will help boost your likes and the more engaged your posts become, the higher Instagram will push your posts in feed.
2. Use a consistent filter scheme
This may sound ridiculous, but, it’s also important to create a consistent visual identity of your Instagram posts – and you can achieve this by using set of filters.
By posting updates with consistent color and tone, your audience will be able to recognize your brand instantly on their feeds which helps increase the brand recognition and getting more likes – eventually followers too.
Start selecting a set of filters by Instagram that complement your content and consequently, your brand.
3. Write Great Captions
Agorapulse conducted a research by comparing posts with and without caption. They found that posts with caption have 53.03% more likes – which is not surprising.
They even found the rate of comments almost doubled 0.91 times more than posts with no caption.
In addition, they also found the amount of reach increased for posts with caption up to 873.77 from 678.49.
It is undeniable that caption is a crucial element in order to maximize the potential of every post you make on Instagram.
Caption is something you must not overlook. It’s your opportunity to tell a story about your business and to be able to emotionally connected to the market.
Create a message, provide expertise, or a heart-warming story – become a valuable source to your audience. People will be more incentivized to like your photos and probably to follow you too.
The study concluded that brands with over “100K followers have posted an average of 241 posts this year, while accounts with under 5K followers only published around 50 posts.”
It is obvious this could be related to the resources available to smaller brands versus big brands; however, it’s also important to note that by posting regularly, you ought to gain more engagement and likes – which gets recognized by Instagram algorithm.
In addition, posting content consistently also increases your brand awareness – since more people are engaging your posts on daily basis.
6. Time of Day Matters
It’s also crucial that you pay attention to the time and day you post.
The easiest way to determine the best time of day is to use the existing date from Insight which Instagram provides.
Tap on ‘Audience’ and scroll till you’re at the bottom where you’ll find ‘Followers’.
There are two tabs; Hours and Days. Go ahead and study them.
This is where you find out which days and time most of your Instagram followers are typically online. Schedule your posts based on the information.
Finding the optimal time for your target market takes some research, along with trial and error. Always tweak with every data you obtained to determine the best time to post.
7. Share behind-the-scenes photos
Instagram is another platform to be emotionally connected with your audience at another level.
This is your opportunity to share intimate moments from your business with your fans.
What better way to do this, none other than to share behind-the-scenes of your business. Give your audience a preview of your upcoming product, show off your employees hard at work, or even take your followers on an office tour and how things are done.
These are unique ideas and potentially engaging for the viewers, which would most likely help to attract more people to follow your account.
Just be creative with your content; and try your best to connect with your audience with each post you upload.
8. Run a like-to-enter giveaway
Running a simple giveaway is popular for a reason; it is a great way to encourage your market to participate with your company’s activities.
Everyone loves free items – which you can leverage to your advantage.
Try running a like-to-enter giveaway product which your business offers to attract people into engaging your posts.
Since barriers to entry are low, people are likely to like your posts. Who doesn’t like the idea of getting free item in return for a like?
Take it further by awarding to special winner(s) who leaves a comment related to your post; such a motto, or best caption.
Having lots of engagement will lead Instagram to help push your posts to more people as it is algorithm-friendly.
9. Partner with an influencer
There is a reason why big brands often collaborate with famous personalities to promote their product or service; because it’s considered as an efficient ‘word of mouth’ platform which is able to tap into the vast market.
This method does not only help your business extend your reach in the target market, but also acts a tool to increase credibility through social proof.
Celebrities or even online influencers’ followers will be more open into buying a product from your business – as they trust the people your business collaborate with.
Videos are often more engaging than photos since the feed is saturated with photos.
A study by Hubspot and Mention found that posting videos on Instagram doubles your engagement rate compared to photos.
Posting videos featuring ‘how-to’ of one of your products, a sneak-peek of upcoming event or product; or some other engaging content that you feel represents yours brand has great potential of creating excitement for the audience.
Just keep in mind to create videos with no or little audio – as people often become reluctant to view your videos since they normally browse their feed in public areas.
If you feel the video requires explanation, then, include subtitles so people can watch and understand the video without having to be too concerned about their surrounding.
11. Join Engagement Groups
Engagement groups work similar to support groups.
These are groups who have come together to support each member with likes and comments.
These groups have rules and restrictions which are key for your to abide if you want to be a part of it.
It’s simple but definitely worth the time for you to look into.
The way it works is simple. You just need to share the link to your post on the group, and the members will start pouring into your account – as long as you obey the rules.
When you get an influx of likes, your content is given a boost by Instagram’s algorithm. It’s a win for all members.