We all wish there was a magic formula for instant success as an entrepreneur.
However, even the so-called overnight successes worked in the background for months and even years before "hitting the big time". Vanessa Lau spent six months working on her biz
after she quit her 9-to-5 corporate job. She spent a year doing research and planning
before that. She's now a 6-figure entrepreneur. I'm also a bit of a fangirl, in case you couldn't tell.
All of the big names in whatever field you can think of didn't make it without a lot of blood, sweat, tears and long nights. Just like there's no crying in baseball, there's no instant success in the business world. [su_pullquote align="right"][taq] Just like there's no crying in baseball, there's no instant success in the business world. [/taq][/su_pullquote]Not even Gary Vee was a millionaire overnight.
So what's a new entrepreneur to do?
It's not really all that hard. Okay, it is kind of hard, but it's also dead simple. Don't believe me? Here's the list!
Five Shocking Secrets To Entrepreneurial Success
- Have a plan
Shockingly simple, right. However, too many of us (myself included) jump in and throw things at the wall to see what sticks. Don't be like me. That's way too hard. Instead, be like Vanessa! Do your research (yucky, I know!) so you can have a solid plan to hit the ground running. I mean seriously? I want to have a multiple six-figure launch, don't you? But you also have to do the next step!
- Get Off Your Butt and Work That Plan
Shockingly to the point, no? Just my style![su_pullquote align="left"][taq] A plan does us no good if it just sits on a desk or hard drive looking pretty. [/taq][/su_pullquote] Once we have the big plans, let's break them down into yearly, quarterly, monthly --on down to daily goals with tasks and dates and all that good stuff. This is so not my forte! But I do know it works. Any suggestions on how to make this part work better for me and those like me?
- Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People
Shockingly fun! It's super hard getting friends and family to understand. Your best support system will come from other entrepreneurs in your local community. Facebook groups can also be a great source for finding biz besties. This tip is also shockingly short!
- Always Be Failing Foward!
Just plain shocking! Did I say I want you to fail? Technically, I hope you're always successful. Realistically, this is highly unlikely unless you never take any risks. No risks mean you'll never be likely to have big gains or scale your business to more than maybe a comfortable living. I want more than that for you, and I hope you do too! So take those risks, Fail a few times, figure out why it failed and get back up. Without failure, we never learn. When we don't learn, we don't grow. Which brings me to my final secret!
- Always Be Learning
Shockingly less than fun for some of us. Me, I love learning. It's a passion for me, and I hope it becomes one for you. [su_pullquote align="right"][taq] Learning will keep you on the cutting edge of your field [/taq][/su_pullquote]so you can be the leader that others in your industry turn to. It will also keep your mind fresh and active into a nice old age. The great news is there are many free ways to keep learning! My two favorites are the website edX and reading--use your local library and only buy those books that are truly timeless or moving.
Now I want to hear your thoughts!
What shocking secrets to entrepreneurial success do you know? I'd love to hear them in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by.