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I’m not sure what is going on with the self-help industry.
It seems like a lot of people are just writing books and telling stories about how they managed to succeed in life, or how they made their first million dollars, or how they’ve overcome some kind of trauma. While that may be great for them, there always seems to be missing pieces to these stories as to what exactly was going on behind the scenes that led them to breakthrough success.
So what’s the truth about succeeding as an entrepreneur that is being left in the dark?
The truth is you’ll have to match your expectations to reality and be persistent in your action taking. If your goal is to be a successful entrepreneur, then you’ll need to start now, even if you don’t know all the answers or have a clear idea of what will happen next.
It also doesn’t matter if you’ve got all the right ideas in the world, or if you’ve got a really good product. The only thing that matters is whether or not you can make it happen—and that depends on whether or not you get up every morning determined to take action and make something happen today (or tomorrow).
Be proactive…Entrepreneurs create opportunities for themselves by being proactive rather than reactive, which means they don’t wait around for someone else to give them permission—they go out there and make it happen for themselves–most of the time leading to messy action-taking, rather than perfection.
But how do we know if we’re doing something well? How do we know if we’re making progress? What does success even look like? That’s where smart entrepreneurs network—and have a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. They know what they’re good at, but also where they need help—and they don’t shy away from asking for it.
That’s why networking is everything. Smart entrepreneurs surround themselves with people who can help them reach their goals faster than if they were doing it alone. And not just because it’s the right thing to do—it’s also the best way to learn about new opportunities and finding potential partners and new investors. Which is another thing self-help gurus don’t teach. They expect you to figure it out alone, to become a “perfect entrepreneur” who has it all figured out. It’s simply unrealistic.
So how do you go about networking? The first step is knowing what kind of networker you are—and letting that guide how much time and effort you put into building relationships within your industry. Some people are more introverted than others; some are more extroverted. Some like formal events with lots of structure; others prefer informal gatherings at local bars or coffee shops.
But most importantly, smart entrepreneurs tend to reach success by actively getting out of their comfort zone. It’s easy to fall into habits when we’re working on our own projects because we know exactly how everything works. But when we start expanding our businesses we’ll need to work with other people or companies. We’ll need to be willing to step outside of our bubble and learn new things every day if we want our business ventures to succeed.
To sum it up, when it comes to business, you can’t rely on luck. You can read every self-help in the world and still be exactly where you were before. It’s all about starting. Once you get the ball rolling and put yourself out there, you’ll be attracting new opportunities and finding support that will help you reach your goals much more quickly than you would achieve on your own.