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Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read
One of my business mentors recently shared a few books that every entrepreneur should read in their lifetime. A few of them I’ve already read, and a few others I added to my list. There is undeniable value in continuing to learn as a business owner. Since reading is essential to your personal and professional development, be sure to put you on your list this holiday season and invest in a few books.
Influence – Robert B. Cialdini
Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.
You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.
The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker
The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to “get the right things done.” This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results. Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned.
As A Man Thinketh – James Allen
Eminently quotable and full of practical advice for individuals who want to better themselves, As a Man Thinketh is an essential little volume published in 1902 which explains and promotes the direct connection between our thoughts and our happiness. Basically, this book is all about developing the right type of mindset to help you succeed.
The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle is the Way has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do. The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations. This book details the 7 habits you need to develop to become a better leader and to be more successful.
I love this book list and am excited to read the ones I haven’t yet read.
What are some other books that you’d recommend for entrepreneurs?
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Imperfection is acceptable
Well, I’ve been working hard the last few weeks, learning all I can so that I can reach more people and assist them with starting businesses. I launched a website, a new Facebook page, targeted some Fb advertising, attempted two webinars, and been a guest on a business leader’s webinar.
As I prepared to go on the webinar hosted by business leader, I considered promoting and releasing my website, but I decided not to share it because I’m still working on it. It’s not quite ready yet. It’s nowhere near perfect. Honestly, I didn’t feel my new Facebook page was ready yet either, but I knew I had to give the audience somewhere to connect with me for further information.
At the end of the webinar, I thought about the reality that imperfection is totally acceptable. I watched the replay of the webinar, and before doing so, I told myself “I will not critique and criticize my presentation”. I didn’t. I watched and I learned and I know that future presentations I do will be better and stronger. But I did it. Imperfect and all. I want to thank Raeh Williams for her value to the business community, and for inviting me to be a part of her Womanpreneur Spotlight series. I am truly grateful that our paths crossed years ago, and have learned so much from her.
If you’d like to see the webinar, check it out here. “Womanpreneur Spotlight with Raeh Williams”
This is the season for being your own boss.
I made a decision to change my finances and embrace being the CEO of Me. Do you realize that you are the CEO of Y.O.U.? You alone ultimately determine what happens in your life. I’ve decided that it is time, this is the season to be my own boss.
Something started happening to me. I pay rent on the first of the month to a landlord who lives on property in the triplex where I live. Usually one of his two young daughters collects the rent, receipt in hand. I began to wonder what kind of impact that is making on those girls, growing up learning how to COLLECT RENT every first of the month, instead of PAYING RENT. I think that is a powerfully different dynamic that they experience as opposed to the children of parents who pay rent every month. Collecting rent, being the one in charge, is a normal part of life. I can’t see these girls growing up and choosing to accept paying rent monthly as a normal way of life.
I will say that my landlord does have a “regular” job as well. Both he and his wife go out to work for someone else. But look at how great it is that his money then works for him and just shows up every first of the month because he decided to employ his money in creating an asset. Most average people dream of living in their dream home with a mortgage that kills them, rather than considering a mulitplex so one unit is their home, and other units their cashflow. If you’ve read Robert Kiyosaki, you realize his work has influenced my thoughts here, but my goodness people!
IT IS TIME TO DO BUSINESS!! Stop being broke, mediocre- minded and tolerant of not having enough money at the end of the month. Let’s do something to generate CASH FLOW.
The Four Year Career
Maybe a year before I read “The Four Year Career” by Richard Bliss Brooke, I heard myself tell a group of people that I love the products of my company so much that even if I did not financially benefit from sharing the products with others, I would use them. I had so many great experiences and so did my mom. Therefore, I am sold on the fact that my products are incredible!
When I read Brooke’s book, I was pleased about what he shared one should look for in a Network Marketing Company. #1 he said you should find a company whose product or service you absolutely love, something you would buy forever, something that you would recommend to others without reservation. He also said that it’s also important that the product be consumable, something that is purchased regularly. I was ecstatic because I already love my products and they are consumable. Every month we purchase the product and share with others who do the same. We therefore build an organization that is leveraging our income.
Have you thought about the possibility of accumulating as much income in 4 years in a Network Marketing business, as you would accumulate in 40 years in a traditional job? Sounds incredible doesn’t it? When I began my journey in Network Marketing, I had no idea that this business had the power to truly set me free. Time freedom and Financial freedom are two of the main things that people seek.
Brooke’s book is a great place to start if you’re thinking about joining the Network Marketing industry and you want understanding on the industry, as well as guidance in choosing the right company for you.
Purchase your copy of “The Four Year Career” and learn about this option to building the financial life you desire. This is a must read!
I wanna think about it
They are STILL thinking about it…waiting to see YOU do it! Doubting the industry, the company, doubting you, ME and themselves…All the while MONEY is being exchanged, wealth is being created in Win-Win-Win situations!
I appreciate Research AND I applaud Decisiveness!
I know that the bills can’t get paid by thinking about it, the car doesn’t break down week after next when that j.o.b. money comes in, and analysis paralysis can’t feed anybody!
When there’s a WHY, there’s a way to make it happen, and we’re here to help you make it happen right now. All we have is now!
Jesus, Network Marketing Professional
I’ve kinda been thinking about Jesus as a businessman a bit lately, and came across a cool article by Ron Gelok that inspired me to write down a few of my thoughts. I’ll link to Ron’s article below so check it out.
A few of my thoughts:
I feel that Jesus’ disciples and MLM “followers” have both losses and gains in common. For example, the disciples and network marketers both leave their known way of survival/living – it was fishing, collecting taxes, or whatever else for the disciples. It’s the tradition to go to school-get a job-work till you’re sent home-hope you don’t outlive your money- for network marketers.
Both the disciples and network marketers gain a perspective of dominion. The disciples experienced dominion over sickness, demons, a barren fruit tree, a storm, hunger and even death. Nothing was ordinary about how they lived, and they were given the same power and responsibility to duplicate or “Go and Make Disciples”. Network marketers experience the power of community, time freedom, financial freedom, health, travel, luxury, and leisure. Nothing is ordinary about how they live, and they are given the same power and responsibility to duplicate or recruit others into their opportunity.
A great Network Marketing leader is like Jesus – one who serves. Jesus plainly told his disciples he did not come to be served but to serve. He grabbed a towel, washed his disciples feet and demonstrated by his actions how they should treat each other. A network marketing leader serves their organization, unafraid to get their hands dirty and demonstrates the conduct their team should exemplify.
Another truth is that like a lot of Jesus’ disciples and His following beyond the first 12, a lot of network marketers miss the point and fail to live and walk in the power that is available to them. Some disciples saw Jesus walk on the water and said he must not be able to swim. Some network marketers see another one succeed and think that person has more time, money or a better sponsor than they. As a result of missing the point and failing to walk in the power they possess, these people therefore lead mediocre lives as sad, defeated Christians or network marketers and fail to win others -to the Kingdom of God (evangelism)- or the Network Marketing Industry (recruiting). Some also return to the type of life they once lived – backsliding or quitting the business.
One more thing, like Jesus’ following, Network Marketing is pretty forgiving. You can royally mess up, yet still have the opportunity to learn, grow and improve – while earning money (MLM) or winning souls (Jesus following).
Now, here’s that article by Ron Gelok
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What NOT to do on Facebook (Business)
There’s a really long list of things I can include in this post of what NOT to do if you are in business on Facebook, but I will just give a few of the ones that I’ve experienced recently from newbie entrepreneurs, network marketers and even more experienced business owners who evidently just don’t know any better. I’ll admit that when I first started out, I too was guilty of some of these mistakes, but I’ve learned thankfully.
1. Don’t share posts of your Compensation Plan, Opportunity Presentation or anything directly on a friend’s timeline. I was shocked that a friend actually posted a video of their Compensation Plan on my wall. This is rude, unprofessional and one of the best ways to deter people from wanting to talk to you or do business with you. If someone is not directly involved with you business, you have not spoken to them about your product, project, business, etc. please just don’t do this.
Consider this, you are at home in your living room and a friend comes over and decides to redecorate your place, putting up pictures of all the things they love on your wall. Out of order right? They should be at home, decorating their own wall, not yours.
2. A similar no-no, don’t TAG friends in your posts about your business and product. Let’s be clear- this is your post on your profile. Your friend is not there in that picture or video, they are not in your business, they do not buy your product, but you want your post to appear on their profile so their friends can see it and be confused about their involvement with your business. No. Please don’t do this.
This is like your friend using photoshop to place you in a picture at a place you have not been, among people you do not know.
3. Don’t send unsolicited links, videos, photos to a friend’s inbox. Someone did this to me recently, saying “Hey, I think this is something you’d be interested in. Take a look and tell me what you think”. Then they shared their link. I honestly wasn’t sure if this was SPAM, it sure looked like it. I waited to catch the person online and asked if that was really a message from them because it looked spammy. They confirmed it was, and I offered some training because that method is seriously ineffective.
If you want to be a professional, you do not want to spam your friends. If you send unsolicited links, don’t expect your friends to ask if its really you like I did. Expect to be blocked and deleted because they may assume you got hacked, or they may just refuse to tolerate spam.
A second mistake in this example, and the last tip I’ll give is
4. Do not ask a prospect, “What did you think” about a video or whatever material of yours they reviewed. If you did things right, had a conversation, asked permission to send a video or other material, then after they’ve seen it, you do not want to ask “What did you think”. This is a terrible question because it opens up for a potentially negative response. They may really think it sucked or that looks like a pyramid scheme or you’re a fool 🙂 The best thing to ask is “What did you like best”. This guides the prospect to give you positive feedback even if top of mind they had a negative thought. When you know what they liked best, you have information that will help you to serve them with your product or opportunity.
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ASK, Seek, Knock
I literally rolled out of bed with these words in my mind: Ask, Seek, Knock. The bible verse immediately came to my mind. Whether or not one subscribes to Christianity as a way of life, the life applicable Biblical principles are undeniable. The New Living Translation of Matthew 7:7 reads, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Notice how this translation says, “Keep on asking..Keep on seeking…Keep on knocking…”
Business, Network Marketing, Life… is not for the easily discouraged. You have to be willing to ask and ask again, seek and seek again, knock and knock again.
There is hope in whatever you desire to achieve. Matthew 7:8 reads, “For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Wow, powerful!
I believe that sometimes we subconsciously ask, seek and knock on doors of the things we least desire – fear, insecurity, doubt, lack. We may meditate on these things and wonder why we keep attracting those things into our lives. On the other hand, we may ask once for the sale, or seek guidance on growing a business one time. We may knock on the door of a prospect one time- and then give up!
Let me encourage you in your pursuits to continually persist so that you will succeed! Don’t allow one “no” to set you back from asking for the next “yes”. Seek knowledge, and acquire greater skill. Listen to the feedback to understand why you received a “no” and adjust accordingly. Knock on some more doors and again, don’t give up!
I want to see you at the top and at the bank!
“What you don’t have, you do without”
My dad meant well. He meant for us kids to be content with what we had, to not complain about what we didn’t have. I remember hearing him saying, ‘What you don’t have, you do without”.
Unfortunately, what I learned from this statement, was not merely humility or contentment. I learned passivity and tolerance. I’ve passively tolerated too many circumstances as they were, rather than doing something about it. What I didn’t have, I just did without. I didn’t seize the power that I possess to make things happen. I also used to “do without” things that were within reach, because I didn’t understand I could reach for it. Since I didn’t already possess it, I did without it.
So as an adult I decided to unlearn this childhood lesson, and instead – what I don’t have, I get up and go get! I have a strong moral guide, I’m not materialistic, I don’t need a bunch of things, so I trust that my desires – the things I want and don’t yet have – are worthy pursuits.
What is something you don’t have that you are unwilling to do without? A healthy body? financial increase? international travel? It is all within reach. Get up and go get it!