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10 Top Tips For Entrepreneurial Success


When I first left my “secure” j-o-b, I was scared and didn’t know where to begin. I also thought that building my dream would be easy, and would only take a matter of time. I was right about the time part, but didn’t realize how much there was to learn.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have many mentors in my life to help me fast-forward my learning curves and to guide me into doing what I love to do, which is to mentor others to create more wealth.

These are some valuable tips I’ve learned along my journey that I would like to share with you, so that you too, can become more successful:

Entrepreneurial Success Tips:

Success Tip #1. Never stop learning.
Educating yourself is so important, and it’s a never-ending requirement for every successful entrepreneur to learn the business, stay ahead and keep up with market and industry changes and demands. Empower your mind.

Success Tip #2. Network.
Network with like-minded people and experts in your field, and surround yourself with positive people. Always look for people and opportunities to network and expand your contacts. Jim Rohn best put it: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

Success Tip #3. Hire A Mentor.
A good mentor can help accelerate your career and support your growth. Most people
underestimate the value of a mentor. A mentor can offer valuable insight to things that only experience can teach, as well as help you define your goals, and improve your accountability.

Success Tip #4. Don’t let fear of failure hold you back.
We often learn best from our mistakes. Failure is an opportunity to learn. Steve Jobs said: “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your innovations.”

Success Tip #5. Believe.
Believe in yourself and your dream. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You have to believe in you because sometimes the only person that does believe in your success is you. You should actively visualize success in your mind that you can almost feel it, or touch it.

Success Tip #6. Take Action.
Don’t wait until everything is just right. If you’re waiting for perfection, you’ll be waiting forever. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. Now’s the time to get started. With each step you take, you’ll gain confidence and knowledge to take you farther and be more successful.

Success Tip #7. Use Affirmations.
The process of properly using affirmations will retrain your mind and create new thought habits to help you stay focused, have faith, and maintain positive feelings. Repeating affirmations will determine how quickly you attain results, big or small. For more details about affirmations, read http://mentoredlife.com/how-to-use-affirmations-to-attract-wealth/

Success Tip #8: Set Goals.
If you have a vision of what you want, setting goals will help you define that faster. Creating goals will give you a target to achieve to, to create your dream and make it a reality. One of my mentors, Raymond Aaron, inspired me with goal setting in his book called “Double Your Income Doing What You Love”.

Success Tip #9: Time Management.
Learning to discipline yourself to stay focused and manage your time is key. You will be more organized, more relaxed, have more freedom and flexibility, and you will certainly be more happy.

Success Tip #10. Give.
Successful entrepreneurs have open minds to give and receive. They have a strong desire to give to others, whether it be money, time, energy, or resources to help give others a little boost. We’ve all learned lessons. Why keep those hard lessons learned to ourselves? Why not pay it forward, share it and help others save time, money and live a fuller and happier life? “A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.” –Mohammed

All of the above key business success tips for entrepreneurs can be learned and developed. No one is great at all of these things. Just as a toddler takes his first step, then falls, then gets up again, then masters and develops his movements into walking, an entrepreneur can learn something new and develop to success. Consulting with a mentor can help you to fast-forward through the learning curve as you seek to invite success into your life.

It is also important to continually fill your mind with inspirational books, stories, articles, and movies, etc. Find out about people who started out with nothing, had incredible setbacks and yet still found a way to win. No matter how bad your circumstances may be, there’s likely someone in a worse position than you. Be grateful for all of the things you do have and for all of the things you take for granted, and you will find that your problems pale in comparison to others.

To your success…

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Design Your Life

A mentor of mine once said “Stop DESCRIBING your life, and start DESIGNING it!”

Those were powerful words that really hit home for me. You see, I’ll bet i’m not much different than you and can find yself in the middle of a pity party before I know it. You know, it’s like those times your day got off to a terrible start and the first chance you get you’re compelled to share your experience with someone else. Can you believe it took me an hour to get here this morning! And then, I finally get here and some jerk is in my parking spot! This whole tirade can carry on and on, and in most cases, what does the other person say in response? You think that’s bad – wait till you hear about what happened to me!

That’s exactly what I mean when I said describing your life. Have you had similar experiences?

My goal today is to persuade you to see that by designing your life rather than describing it, you’ll be able to live happier, healthier and more fulfilled days.

Have you ever wondered what the catalyst or spark is for all of your feelings, actions and results? It’s actually your thoughts. There’s a reason 2 people can experience the exact same event and have 2 completely different reactions to it, and it’s because of the thoughts they attach to it.

Albert Einstein once said the most important question a person can ask is “Is this a friendly universe?” My take on this is that we all have a choice in how we perceive the events and circumstances we face. Another of my mentors Jack Canfield describes himself as a Reverse Paranoid believing that the world is plotting to do him GOOD!

Over the past decade or so I’ve invested a large amount of my time and money into my own self education. In that time I’ve discovered 2 simple ways to more consciously design my life.

The first key is to have goals. Without clearly defined goals you are destined to wander aimlessly through life, or at best play a role in helping fulfilling someone else’s goals and dreams.

In numerous studies, and indeed in my own life, the simple act of putting goals down on paper dramatically increases the likelihood of them being achieved. Tony Robbins says that people will overestimate what they can accomplish in a year, but grossly underestimate what they can accomplish in a decade. So write your goals down, and then make continual small progress towards their achievement.

The second key to designing your life is to feed your mind. If you’ll treat your mind the way you should treat your stomach and give it the right fuel it’ll reward you tenfold. One of the best analogies I’ve ever heard to help illustrate this point came from another of my mentors, Raymond Aaron. He said to think of your mind like a fertile patch of soil. If you want that soil to produce a beautiful flower garden what must you do? You have to plant seeds, and then nurture them with water, fertilizer and ample sunlight. Now let me ask you a question. If you don’t plant seeds and nurture them, is it true that the soil will remain in it’s original state? Anyone who’s ever done any gardening knows that the answer is absolutely not. If you aren’t proactive and look after that plot of soil, before you know it, it’ll be an overgrown patch of weeds. Your mind behaves in much the same way.

That’s why you must continually feed your mind with positive, stimulating, uplifting, thought provoking materials. The 3 best ways I’ve found to do this are:
1) Seek out and surround yourself with positive people
2) Turn your vehicle into a university on wheels. Listen to educational audio programs instead of Talk Radio and Top 40
3) Read more, and watch TV less

An interesting survey conducted in 2003 revealed that one third of high school graduates will never read another book again in their lifetimes! On the flip side, nearly every successful person I’ve studied or met has been a voracious reader.

In closing, I’d like to persuade you to take a more active role in designing your life. If you have goals for this lifetime, and I’m quite sure you do, I want you to take some time in the next 24-48 hours and write down a list of 10 goals you’d like to accomplish in the next 3 years or less.

Second, I want you to carve out a few minutes a week to read a book that can support you in achieving those goals. It can be a biography, a personal development related book, or just a book on a subject that interests you. Did you know that by reading just 10 pages a day, you’ll complete 10-15 entire books in one year. That’s a far cry better than never reading another book again. Learn from the materials you read, and discover ways to implement the lessons in your own life.

It is my wish that from this day forward you seek to DESIGN YOUR LIFE instead of simply describing it!

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How To Use Affirmations To Attract Wealth

What is an affirmation?
Affirmations are simple statements that describe a desired positive situation (also called “positive affirmations”). In “You Can Heal Your Life”, Louise Hay has written an excellent book with appropriate affirmations to cover all aspects of your life. It’s a great book to get started with affirmations however, it is always best to make affirmations personal to you.

How do affirmations work?
The use of repetition is the secret to why and how affirmations work because your mind is receptive to repetition and will adapt to new messages more readily and easily. The repetition process will retrain your mind and create new thought habits. Our mind works on habit, so the repetition process is key to success.

We create our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. If we are experiencing and thinking negative thoughts, we need to shift that change by reprogramming our mind to think and believe positive experiences and thoughts by applying the use of repeated, positive affirmations.

It is important to know that the effectiveness of repeating positive affirmations will only work if you continue to keep them positive throughout the day, rather than repeating positive affirmations for a few minutes, then thinking negatively throughout the rest of the day. You must block out the negative thoughts, if you wish to attain positive results. The more you block out negative thoughts, the easier it is to do this.

How Fast Do Affirmations Work?
They can sometimes appear quickly, but more often, it takes time to create a new habit within our mind. It could take days, weeks, months or more. Staying focused, having faith, maintaining positive feelings, and repeating affirmations will determine how quickly you attain results, big or small.

Relax any physical, emotional or mental tension while affirming. The stronger the concentration, the more faith you have in what you are doing, the more feelings you put into the act, the stronger and faster will be the results.

Tips for Writing Affirmations:
• Affirmations are more powerful when they are personal. For example: “I, your name, am successful in what I do.”
• Always phrase your affirmation in the positive. For example: “I, your name, have unlimited abundance” instead of “I, your name, no longer have to worry about having abundance.”
• Don’t get hung up on knowing how your desired situation will appear, set the intention and have faith that
it will manifest and happen.
• Feel and visualize each affirmation, and say them with conviction.
• Make them short and clear, as they are easier to remember.
• You will need to put in some actions, in order to manifest. For example, don’t sit on the couch and watch TV, take action to get the results you desire.

Examples of daily affirmations to attract wealth and all the good you want and deserve into your life:
• I, your name, have endless ways that I can receive money.
• I, your name, have an easy life and I have an abundance of what I need.
• I, your name, have unexpected income flowing to me.
• I, your name, now give freely and receive freely.
• I, your name, am prosperous and wealthy.
• I, your name, have money coming to me easily and frequently.
• I, your name, have wealth pouring into my life.

Affirmation tip:
If you have children, it’s a great idea to introduce affirmations to children while they’re young. Get them going on the same path you are working on now, rather than later. Here’s a good book, also written by Louise Hay for children, “I Think I Am.” Both books, “You Can Heal Your Life” and “I Think I Am” also make a perfect gift for your friends, grandkids, nephews, nieces, colleagues, etc. “When we give, we receive”…

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Accountability Is Key

Do you have an accountability partner? Someone who you check in with regularly to keep on track and to ensure you get done what you say you’re going to do. It could be a coach or mentor, but often is just someone of like-mind who doesn’t allow you to create excuses, and in turn you do the same for them.

Without accountability to yourself and others, is it possible to lead a successful life? I don’t personally believe you can. Anyone I know who has achieved a high level of success not only has a high level of accountability to themselves but they create an environment that keeps them on track even when they start to slip up. An accountability partner that you check in with once a week, or more frequently if you choose, can truly help you to get done all that you set out to do.

I don’t know about you, but when I tell someone else I’m going to do something I’m far more likely to get it done. The fact that I’ve told someone else about my goal gives me the drive to see it through so I don’t let them down. It’s one thing not to complete a task that I wanted to get done, and it’s an entirely different level when I’ve made that commitment to someone else. It’s by continually being accountable to myself and others that I build trust, and trust is an essential element if you ever want to be successful in life.

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In The Presence Of Giants

I just returned from a full 4 days surrounded by some of the brightest, wealthiest and most influential people on the planet. I was at a conference called Mega Partnering put on by JT Foxx and his Top 1 Coaching program. I’m a member of his coaching program, and if you don’t have a coach, you’re doing yourself a disservice!

The list of presenters at theis event included Rudy Giuliani, Nido Quebein, Stedman Graham, Jay Abraham, Raymond Aaron, James Malinchak, Ryan Deiss, Jeff Vacek, MaryEllen Tribby, Brad Smart, Phill Grove, Mike Warren, and many more. The opportunity to attend this event, and learn from the lifetime experiences of these highly successful individuals was something I wouldn’t pass up if you ever get the chance.

I’ve been to dozens of events, and for the most part multi-speaker events like this are pitch-fests. They’re just a steady parade of Gurus selling their books and tapes and courses from the stage. This event was different. None of the speakers were selling – they were all there to teach, guide and inspire. I certainly left there with 2 complete notepads full of notes, and more ideas to improve my business than I would have received reading 20 books. On top of that, I was able to network and connect with the other 550 entrepreneurs and like minded people who attended. I made some great connections and I’m sure I’ll be doing business with a few of the people I met in the near future.

If you get opportunities to be in the presence of giants don’t pass them up. You’re only one deal, one idea, one introduction away from changing your life forever.

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Sharpen The Saw Part 3

The third area of your life that you can sharpen the saw in is mental. Keeping your mind sharp is one of the most important habits you can develop. Many people think that the end of their school days is the end of their learning, and that’s why they end up in the rat race living paycheck to paycheck.

Your mind is your most valuable asset, and that’s why you need to nourish it just like you do your physical body. Have you heard the quote “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”? Truer words have never been said. So how do you sharpen your mental saw? Any practice that keeps the mind active is beneficial. You can learn a new skill, read a success book or autobiography, teach someone else something you know, write a book or article.

One of my favorite ways to sharpen my saw and keep my mind sharp is to read regularly. I used to read primarily for pleasure reading novels, and legal thriller type books. Thankfully, for the past few years I’ve now taken to reading books that open my mind to new possibilities, give me ideas to implement in my own life, and teach me skills I wouldn’t otherwise learn. I still read novels from time to time as a form of entertainment, but it’s the practice of reading investment, business, personal development and autobiography books that has helped sharpen my saw immensely.

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Mentors Say Sharpen The Saw!

I have a daily calendar on my desk with short messages taken from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book by Stephen R. Covey. I’m sure you’ve heard of the book, but perhaps you’re not that familiar with the contents.

The seventh habit in the book is to Sharpen The Saw, or developing a balanced program for self renewal. This program of self renewal is designed to focus on the 4 areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental & spiritual. In order for you to perform at your best, you must take time to renew and recharge in each of these areas. I’m going to outline some of my practices to regularly sharpen my saw, starting with physical.

There are a number of things you can do to revitalize your physical self, including taking in the right nutrition, exercising regularly and getting adequate rest. I admit, this can be a bit of a roller coaster for me. At times I get gungho and work out every day for a month or more, or I get up early and go for a run every day and then all of a sudden I fall off the wagon and it takes forever to get any sort of routine going again.

One of the simplest solutions to this that I’ve found was to make a small enough commitment that I couldn’t fail. Let me give you an example. Almost 3 years ago now, I was at an all day workshop and heard a number of my mentors speak. One of them, Lee Brower (the gratitude rock guy in The Secret) explained a system he had used to keep commitments to himself (and he learned it from one of his mentors). At the time, he wanted to read more, but was having trouble finding the time. His mentor explained how he made time to read from the bible every single day. Lee asked him how that was possible, and what happened if he missed a day. He said he never missed a day, because his commitment was only to read one sentence (or maybe it was even just one word) and there was always time to do that.

I started the next morning by committing to doing one push-up everyday, and kept that commitment for about 2 years. I don’t think I ever did just one, and it wasn’t long before I was doing 50 or more, and sometimes with my kids sitting on my back! Here’s my challenge to you. What’s one “sharpen the saw” practice you can implement today? Make a commitment to yourself to make it non-negotiable and the secret is to make it something you know you can commit to. Exceeding it every day will just help to boost your belief in yourself, but missing just once can be very detrimental to your self confidence. Start with one commitment, and add a new one every 60 or 90 days. At the end of the year, you’ll be a whole new better version of yourself.

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What Are Your Goals?

Do you have clearly defined goals? Are they material goals, or emotional goals? Do you write them down, and put them somewhere that you can review them regularly (ideally daily)? It’s been said that until a goal is written down it’s just a dream or a wish. How many of your dreams have come true that you’ve just thought in your head, and not written down or declared to others that you would achieve?

I have a vision board in my office that my wife and I created with our children. It is on the wall directly in front of me when I’m sitting at my desk. I can see it in my peripheral vision right now. It’s not just a collection of photos of THINGS I want to acquire though. I’m really not that materialistic. I’m much more motivated by creating the experiences I want, than to have the flashy cars, clothes and jewelery that may motivate others. We’ve also scattered words like FUN, and FAMILY, and FEEL THE LOVE throughout to remind us why we want to attain everything we’ve chosen. It’s not really going to Egypt, or Venice that excites me, it’s taking my children there with me and creating memories that fires me up.

I was on a webinar the other night, and this subject was being discussed. The mentor on the call was explaining why it’s important to ensure the photos on a vision board have an emotional appeal. That connecting the emotions behind why you’ve chosen those images is the fuel that will propel you towards your goals. Without emotionally engaging in your desires, you’re likely to fall of the wagon, or at the very least not go after them without getting stopped at the first challenge. People who achieve their dreams have a “No Matter What” attitude. They go after them knowing that if they perservere they can create their dream life, and the primary reason is they know WHY they want it. Do you know your WHY?

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