I was recently at some very active training with a high performance level individual, meaning, he is VERY well known in his area of expertise. Dale Comstock: American Badass. Nationally known. He told us what he wanted us to do, then he showed us or demonstrated what he wanted us to do. But in all reality, these two steps were only half the problem.
While he was giving good advice, I did not take a small portion of what to change because of previous training I had had, i.e. he did not give me a good enough reason to change. However, I did listen and learn from him what he taught.
But what was the problem?
There are generally two ways that you fail at business and both of those reasons rely upon you, your thoughts, and most importantly, your actions. Winston Churchill said it best about business:
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
So let’s take a quick look at the two areas that create a business or create a failure. But the main focus is having a health horse that pulls the wagon of your family’s life.
As with any author, making sales is your secondary objective. But of primary issue is: How has my writing, in this case my book, helped you in your life? Has it made you laugh? Provided a mental vacation away from the trials and tribulations of life? Or did it improve your life in some way so that I motivate you to continue on?
When it comes to book reviews, a writer and author is always looking to see that the efforts that the efforts one puts in one gets positive feedback. Jan Verhoff, Web Designer and Internet Marketer, got a copy of my book and gave her thoughts about how I did.
When you’re working in a job or doing a job, you only see what is in front of you, rarely looking up or taking the time to see what is around you. Here is a perfect example of someone that not only shows, but demonstrates to others the potential and possibilities that are in front of them.
I was recently told that I needed to prove that I was an expert to my audience. Yes, PROVE, that I am an expert at what I do. With that statement I am able to debunk it rather quickly with a real life example. One in which early in my writing career, i.e. my first book, I was able to see past this issue because of this one example.
English: Practice makes perfect (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You’ve heard the saying, practice makes perfect, right? We’ve all head it, but has anyone ever analyzed this saying to figure out what it really means in the working or entrepreneurial world?
Well, I’m going to show you why that statement is wrong and what can be said to make it correct and accurate.
There are three levels of practicing something, they are:
Met with my good friend Jimmy Graham of CQD-Denver yesterday and he introduced me to an individual to share who I am, what I have done, and where I was going. After a brief introduction, the gentleman began to asks lots of questions and took lots of notes (that should have been my first clue).
I shared what I was doing, Jimmy made comments about how we had worked together over the last six months or so to help him with his business, and just had a general discussion around business. But the questions kept coming with him still taking notes.
Hmm, this was not a typical “get to know you” type of meeting over coffee, this is much more involved.
I watch Shark Tank, and this is what the meeting was coming across to me. While I have been searching at how to build my business going forward, primarily I was looking at what the Business Model Generation says to do: Search out a successful business model and then scale it.
Then, it happened.