Hard work will pay off when you are really onto something. It really does. But, you have to work smarter, not harder. It’s what I tell my kids. And, it’s true. My whole life I’ve wanted to be in business. I didn’t care what business, as long as I could be my own boss. That was a dream of mine for many years. Now, I’m working on making that dream come true. I have mentors and people in my life that are giving me the guidance, education, skill sets, and tools. Everything I need to take it to the next level. I couldn’t have gotten to this place without the belief of those closest to me. Support and encouragement go a long way in business, but so does networking.
No one has ever made it to the next level without help. There is really no such thing as a self made millionaire. Anyone that has made it will tell you that. It took a team of people to help them to get to where they are today. If asked, they will tell you all about the people in their lives that helped them with what they needed to succeed. And, how grateful they are that they were there. Believers, mentors, teachers, spouses, kids, friends, and colleagues that were there during the dark times. The ones that didn’t give up on them, and challenged them to get to the next level. Even when they didn’t believe that they could.
So what happens when you have to start at the bottom like I did? You make sure you follow those who have what you want and learn from them. I’ve been to seminars, watched webinars ( my personal fav ), listen to conference calls, read books, watched DVD’s and listened to CD’s in my car. Now I’m working with leaders that I wouldn’t have had access to without those first steps. I’m networking. In other words, I’m finding a way, and making it work. You don’t know, what you don’t know, until you venture out of your comfort zone. Look for opportunities to learn everywhere. What may seem like a challenge is usually just an opportunity in disguise. If you know what to look for.
Why people live in a comfort zone is beyond me. It’s boring, doesn’t challenge you, and keeps you stuck. The comfort zone is where most spend their lives, and then resent others who venture out and find a whole new existence. It’s refreshing outside the comfort zone. It’s also where you can stretch and grow. But, make sure you take the right people with you. Not everyone who claims they want the best for you does. You find out who they are the minute you leave their comfort zone. So be careful.
You don’t have to know everything to make your goals come alive. You just need a nudge in the right direction. Then forge ahead and work with what you’ve got. It really is a waste to see people doing very little with their lives. They mistakenly believe that what they have is all there is. Shame really. I wonder how many great people are just existing without living out their real destiny. Most likely millions. Don’t be one of them. Get rid of anyone that tells you that you can’t do something. The same with people who belittle your dreams and goals. They don’t deserve to be there for the successes, if they are the ones smashing your dreams and effort.
I started with reading, moved on to seminars and then coaching from professionals. Today it’s much easier. Facebook is advertising people who want to teach you just about anything in business. Even Youtube is putting out great content. Don’t forget blogs and websites. Getting what you need doesn’t have to be expensive any longer. There are lots of people in business out there trying to pay it forward. Learn all you can from them. Pick something that resonates and go from there. Stay on your path, focus, learn, keep it simple and don’t forget to have some fun.