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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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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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Looking For A Mentor Is The Key

In today’s economy everyone is searching for new solutions to old problems that are being amplified by escalating unemployment, market uncertainty, and skyrocketing cost of living. While the majority of the population is struggling and contracting, a small percentage of people are prospering. How is this possible? What’s the difference that enables one or two percent of people to excel while all others are fighting for survival?

Over the past decade I have continually sought out to learn the secrets of success. I have read books, attended seminars and hired mentors and coaches to help me understand what sets the affluent apart from the poor and middle class. In all that I’ve learned there is one common denominator. People who achieve high levels of wealth and success invest in and surround themselves with mentors and coaches. No matter how successful they become, they still recognize the value in having advisors to give them an outside perspective and to act as a sounding board for their ideas.

What common trait do the poor and middle class have? They’re all trying to make it on their own. They’re rugged individualists who say things like “hard to find good help these days” and “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself!” These statements become self fulfilling prophecies in their lives and they end up working harder and getting further behind. Had they spent some of their time looking for a mentor and learning from their mistakes and experiences chances are they’d be making more, and working less as a result.

Mentors can come in all forms from books, to audio programs, to coaches and mentors in the traditional sense. You do want to ensure that who you choose to use as a mentor is able to raise your level of thinking and help you to continually grow. As Albert Einstein once said “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” or as one of my mentors Raymond Aaron says “when you’re in your fog, it’s foggy.” A commitment to continual improvement is a fantastic step in the right direction, but without a mentor to keep you on track, and guide you through your challenges you’ll likely fall back into old patterns and habits.

Do yourself and your family a big favour and put looking for a mentor on the top of your to do list. And once you find one, learn and apply as much as you can.

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Mentors Matter

I just spent another 3 day weekend sitting in a hotel conference room to learn from my mentors. For most people, giving up a beautiful summer weekend to sit in a cold dark seminar isn’t even something they’d consider. One of the interesting facts I learned this weekend is that to be in the top 1% of income earners in Canada you need to make about $250,000/yr and in the USA it’s about $390,000/yr. For most people that is quite a lot of money. For my mentors, they can’t even figure out how to make that little!

Although it may seem like a monumentous achievement to reach that income level for most, the reality is it’s only 1 person, 1 deal or one opportunity that can get you there. The catch is, if you think sitting in a seminar learning from multi-millionaires is too much of a hassle, or cutting into your lifestyle then you aren’t likely to ever get that one opportunity. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, and unless they’re all financially free, you won’t likely be either. Change your circle of influence to people who can challenge you to be, do and have more and you will. As T. Harv Eker says “it’s hard to soar with the eagles, when you’re scratching with the turkeys”.

This weekend I learned a ton about building a successful business and joining the 1% club from my mentors Raymond Aaron , JT Foxx, Greg Habstritt, Les Hewitt and even hockey great Theo Fleury sharing his story of fighting against all odds to become one of the best in the league and his comeback after a long battle with his demons to play in the NHL again at 41 after being out of the league for 6 years.

For me, it’s the constant effort to seek out mentors who I can learn from that is the essential key to my growth. I continually want to learn and grow, and who better to learn from than mentors who’ve reached their ultimate potential.

For more mentoring tips get a FREE copy of "The MENTOR Method to a Wealth Mindset" report here.

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Will You Profit From The Wealth Transfer?

It’s been a while since I’ve put up a post here. I have been having trouble coming up with the right topic to write about, but today it feels like time for an update.

For today, I want to focus on asking who you get your information from? If you’re looking for a mentor, what criteria do you use to determine if they’re right for you or not. Yesterday I spent most of the day with one of my mentors when it comes to investing and finances. He’s a guy that started investing a couple years before me when he was only 16. By 25 he was financially free, and now runs a successful financial services company. We actually first met at a seminar we were both attending. It wasn’t until a few years later that I realized he was such a successful business man, and that attending those events was just his way of ensuring he’s constantly improving.

I’ve kept in touch with him over the past few years, but I haven’t always followed his advice. Back in the summer of 2008 he was telling people to get out of the markets and to invest in silver. I have to admit that at the time most of my retirement savings were in mutual funds, and the idea of cashing them in to buy silver was such a foreign concept to me that I didn’t take any action. The unfortunate part is that he was the 2nd or 3rd person I had heard that from, and I still didn’t do anything about it. In the fall of 2008, I like most other people lost a substantial part of my portfolio when the market crashed. Had I listened to my mentors, I likely would have come out ahead rather than on the end of a big loss.

Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time and money getting educated about how our financial systems really work, and understanding better what’s going on in the world around us. What amazes me is that despite most of the world feeling the effects of a ever escalating fiat currency problem, so few understand why it’s happening. Inflation is a result, not the cause of the problems. I believe we’re about to see another major meltdown in the markets, and yesterday’s dramatic drop may have been the first step. I’m making it my mission to help as many people as I possibly can avoid a repeat of 2008 by sharing what I know, and encouraging everyone to get educated. Being ignorant to these issues can only lead to suffering the consequences. Money doesn’t dissappear, it simply transfers. And if the greatest wealth transfer in history is about to occur, some people are going to profit from it, and the majority are going to lose much of their wealth. I want to see more people profit!

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You Can’t Make a Fortune Doing Minimum Wage Work

One of the surest ways to inhibit and slow your progress on the path to success is to continue to do things you don’t want to do. You can try to learn everything there is to know, and practice and struggle to learn a skill, but all you’ll end up doing is stifle your progress, and be mediocre at best in the end. For every one of us there are things that we’re great at, and things that we stink at. The beauty of the world we live in today, is that you can get access to people who are excellent at the things you hate almost instantly, and often for a few dollars. Our world is rapidly shrinking as a result of changing technology making it easier than ever to connect to people around the globe.

There are dozens of websites set up specifically for the purpose of connecting you with people who can do things for you faster and cheaper than you could ever do it yourself. (check out Elance.com, oDesk.com, VA4U.com, Fiverr.com just for an idea) One of the keys to success, is to only do things you love to do. If you hate doing something, find someone who loves to do it, and let them do it. You’re much more productive and valuable when you’re doing something you actually enjoy doing. Your greatest work will not be the result of doing something you hate.

Another key to wealth is to eliminate minimum wage tasks if you want to earn maximum wages. Everything you do that is considered a minimum wage task, actually reduces the value of your time. If you want to earn hundreds, or even thousands an hour, you can’t spend your time doing the things that pay minimum wage. Delegate those tasks to others, so you can spend your time delivering your highest value services.

One of the greatest programs I have found to explain this concept and help you achieve your goals “Automagically” is Raymond Aaron’s Monthly Mentor Program. It is one of the finest goal achievement programs on the planet, and it was instrumental in me leaving a job I didn’t like, and getting on a path of success.

One lesson from this program that I’ve implemented is to regularly identify a task that I can delegate to someone else. This does not mean they have to do it for me. Some things you just have to do for yourself. You cannot delegate someone else to do your sit-ups for you, but you can get them to remind you to do them, or hold your feet while you do them etc. Start picking tasks that always seem to remain on your to-do list, and figure out what part and who you can delegate that to.

No matter what your income goals may be, it is important to ensure the majority of your time is spent doing things that deliver the most value. Focus the majority of your time on those tasks, and you’ll see the results.

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Reward Your Own Progress

One great way to ensure you keep making progress is to actually recognize all of the progress you’ve made. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks and objectives, and we’re prone to forgetting just how far we’ve come. I’m reminded of this concept in a round-about way every time my parents come to see their grandchildren. Every time they see them, they comment about how much they’ve grown. I see my kids every day, and while I know how fast they’re growing (it’s not just a trite saying), for me they don’t look much different day to day. My parents only see them every few weeks, or sometimes months so in their eyes, our kids have grown a lot since they last saw them.

Apply this to your growth on your path of wealth and success. Take time to make note of your accomplishments and review them periodically. If you don’t do this regularly, those big steps you took will seem small in the grand scheme of things, and you’ll miss a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge yourself for your triumphs and put wind in your sails to take the next big step. The more you can feel good about the progress you’re making, the more inclined you’ll be to make more progress. We all love to be acknowledged for our accomplishments, and if we wait for that praise to come from others, we’re often setting ourselves up for disappointment. No-one else knows what these leaps mean to you, and to be frank, no-one else cares nearly as much as you.

Set up a system to reward yourself for the progress you’re making, and then keep making progress. One way to do this is to just start a log or journal of your goals, and then review it regularly and note the date that you accomplish them. Seeing the accomplished column fill up with dates will give you great satisfaction and remind you that you are making progress and to keep moving forwards. Give yourself rewards for each one you complete. They don’t need to be big, just be sure to acknowledge the accomplishment. Treat yourself to a movie, a new outfit, a day of pampering, or something big like a vacation – whatever feels appropriate to you. Just ensure the incentives move you forward, and don’t set you back.

Don’t expect others to acknowledge your progress. You’re the only one who truly knows how far you’ve progressed.

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Coaches, Teachers and Mentors

One thing I’ve discovered to be true for me, is that the more I learn, the more there is to learn. I’m always reading, researching and studying about how to better myself, and grow my wealth. The interesting part, is that the more information I find just leads to more I still don’t know.

This is one of the reasons I’m regularly looking for mentors, coaches and teachers who can help me sift through all of the information that is so easy to get overloaded by, and pick out the most relevant information for me at the time. There’s no point in learning about advanced options trading strategies, if you don’t at least have a basic understanding of stocks and options. There’s no point in learning how to do lease options, or vendor financing if you don’t at least understand the basic principles of real estate investing. Having mentors who are experts in a particular field at your side is invaluable, especially when you’re just getting started. I find you can either learn from making your own mistakes, or you can learn from the mistakes and experiences of others. It takes much less time, and likely will cost you much less to learn it from someone else, rather than go through the pain and challenge of making the mistakes for yourself.

There are mentors all around you if you’re looking for them. Really anyone with a little more experience than you in a particular area of expertise can mentor and guide you to your next level. Likely, all you have to do is ask for their help, and find a way to support them in return. As long as you’re both getting something from the interaction, mentoring is a great way to accelerate your progress.

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