Entrepreneur – Tapping into your Hidden Reserves

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You the Entrepreneur

The life of an entrepreneur, is the tale of many triumphs and long hard work. Knowing how to push past the negativity and find your hidden reserve of strength is a valuable tool in your struggles for success.

We as entrepreneurs are a unique breed. We thrive in challenging situations and we seek out the difficult. This can often put us in a place seemingly impossible to succeed. Pushing past your own limits to find greater heights is often the only way out, well that or giving up, but you wouldn't be a true entrepreneur if you seriously considered that.

In this podcast I talk with serial entrepreneur Murray Smith. This is Part 2 of the Podcasts series with Murray Smith co-author of "the Answer". Which you can win a copy of my joining Success U for free:


 

The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life

Here are some of the direct links that Murray had referenced during the many podcasts we recorded with him;  The free PDF’s downloads (see below), links to the business growth makeover contest with millions in prizes, and Get the Answer site that references more about Murray and the business growth system he built called Attract more Clients. This system is the summation of 30 years of his life’s work and everything he learned about growing business put together in a simple, user friendly format.

-       http://gettheanswer.com

-       http://www.businessgrowthmakeover.com

-       http://accessmainstreet.com

-       The Test your EQ button on the Mainstreet website will have the following Free PDF Downloads for your listeners:

  • Unique Selling Proposition Examples from many industries
  • Client Profile – Match what you want with what your clients want
  • 3 Ways to make money in business
  • Map the Gap – Helping business owners map the distance from where they are to where they want to be
  • How to think like a Business Millionaire – Vision, Focus and Action

More Resources for you the entrepreneur

Small Business For Dummies

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

More Entrepreneur Podcasts

Entrepreneur.com Podcast Directory

Entrepreneur, Work Smart, with Murray Smith

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How to Work Smart as an Entrepreneur

Serial entrepreneur Murray Smith co-author of "The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life" shares the secrets to his success in this Success U podcast. His book is a best seller and  Stephen R. Covey says it is "Brilliant!" you can add my personal endorsement to that. Murray, joins me in a series of podcasts as he describes the lessons he has learned in the last 20 years of being a successful serial entrepreneur and his quest to unlock the secrets to success. This podcast is part of the series with this brilliant and very successful serial entrepreneur.

Entrepreneur Success Plan

In this podcast we talk about how to work smarter not harder and Murray explains many of the tricks he has learned that allow you to change your habits into ones that will lead to your success. His long career as a serial entrepreneur has been marked with a long string of success. He has taken the time to codify this knowledge and experience gained over the years. He shares that with us in these podcasts, but in greater detail in his book "The Answer".

You can enter to win a hardbound copy of "The Answer" by joining Success U today, it is free as always 😉


 

Here are some of the direct links that Murray had referenced during the many podcasts we recorded with him;  The free PDF’s downloads (see below), links to the business growth makeover contest with millions in prizes, and Get the Answer site that references more about Murray and the business growth system he built called Attract more Clients. This system is the summation of 30 years of his life’s work and everything he learned about growing business put together in a simple, user friendly format.

Great Resources for the Entrepreneur

-       http://gettheanswer.com

-       http://www.businessgrowthmakeover.com

-       http://accessmainstreet.com

-       The Test your EQ button on the Mainstreet website will have the following Free PDF Downloads for your listeners:

  • Unique Selling Proposition Examples from many industries
  • Client Profile – Match what you want with what your clients want
  • 3 Ways to make money in business
  • Map the Gap – Helping business owners map the distance from where they are to where they want to be
  • How to think like a Business Millionaire – Vision, Focus and Action

Let us know your story as an Entrepreneur, maybe even join us for a podcast to share with the world! You might also be interested in our other posts and podcasts about being an entrepreneur.

Life Lessons – Example of a Success Plan

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Life Lessons - Develop a Success Plan

One of the more important life lessons I have discovered as an entrepreneur is to develop a success plan. Rich Harshaw from MyMEssentials.com gives a great example of a Success Plan in his post World's Greatest Car Salesman. The steps he identifies, unique to the market and opportunity, are easily adapted to most traditional sales channels. This post by Rich is one of the better examples of a good business, sales or marketing plan for success that I have come across.

His approach to the car sales experience disaster, that he identifies because of the poor service he received while looking for a new car, is brilliant. The Life Lesson is extraordinarily valuable. In fact it is what we should all strive for when we find that troublesome experience or opportunity in front of us.

He clearly identifies the missing pieces in the sales funnel of his competition and identifies a way to create a strength in his brand from those opportunities.

Recommended books and training about the sales plan and sales cycle:

Platinum Advanced Entrepreneurship Training Library (14 DVDs + 4 Audio CDs and Manuals)

Get Clients Now!(TM): A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals, Consultants, and Coaches

The Ultimate Marketing Plan

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Building Trust as an Entrepreneur

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How to Build Trust as an Entrepreneur

As an Entrepreneur it is imperative that we build trust. We need team members, clients, investors and colleagues to believe in us. Trust is more than a soft, unknown, feel good, fuzzy thing. It is a measurable and quantifiable asset that is one of the most important to you the Entrepreneur regarding the speed of your business and the overall success of your enterprise. In this Success U Podcast we discuss how taking the time to build trust actually saves time and in the end increases profit.

We started discussing this topic thanks to Steven Covey's Book "The Speed of Trust". This is a must read book for an Entrepreneur. It is not a topic I would normally have sought out, but it came recommended highly from those I trust... So I read it, and now I think every entrepreneur, manager, marketer or sales professional should also read it.

If You are an Entrepreneur You Should Read These Books:

The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust

Tell us your story as an Entrepreneur in the comments and maybe we will have you on a future podcast!

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Generating Great Unique Content

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The most difficult aspect of running a blog or podcast is generating great, unique content on a regular basis. This issue is the primary reason most bloggers eventually fail. In this podcast I give you several ways to create more ideas than you can handle.

You'd be surprised by the sheer amount of great concepts you have during the day if you just keep tabs on them, and the simplest way to do that is to keep a notebook. In mine I jot down any random thought that seems interesting at the time. I write down magazine articles that I came across, or radio interviews or conversations I have. Just quick notes that remind me later.No need to keep a detailed account of every moment in your life.

Interviews and questions from your audience are also very helpful. In fact this topic is a direct result of a question from one of our listeners. Of course you have to have an audience, already, to get questions from them, but interviews on the other hand, are simply a matter of asking questions of others. It helps to have an existing relationship, but you'd be amazed at how open most people are to being interviewed. Especially when it is on a topic they are selling themselves as an expert on.

Freemind - This is the open source software I mention, that will help you generating and organizing your great content ideas.

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Focus or Fail

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The biggest risk to your venture is your inability to focus. By allowing yourself to be distracted by new opportunities you fail to capitalize on the one right in front of you. It can often be difficult, as each new idea has potential, but remember that every time you deviate from the path you have already developed, you are delaying your own ultimate success.

Keep a notebook of ideas you develop along the way, but leave them there. Get your current project through to completion, optimize it, reiterate through it until it succeeds. Then choose the next most viable opportunity and do the same. Many entrepreneurs are fearful of passing on the “Golden Opportunity” and along the way that might happen, but if you try to develop each one you will never complete any of them. So stay focused, keep on the road map that you have developed, and give it everything you’ve got.

Visualize Success

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To become and act successful often the first person we must convince is ourselves. I have not yet met an entrepreneur who reached a high level of accomplishment without first being confident in what they were doing and what they were capable of.

It is often amazing how much influence in others we can create by exuding inner confidence. But to look at the inverse, if you do not believe in yourself why would anyone else? Putting it that way it is very clear that you are destined to fail if you do not completely buy-in to your own product.

This sense of self-confidence is often hard to imagine after you’ve been denied, or stalled on one front after another. A simple way to regain your inner strength is to visualize the positive outcome. It might sound silly but it actually works. See yourself reaching the goals, see the hurdles and see yourself overcoming them. See the end positive outcome. Not only does this help you gain confidence it can also point out the pitfalls you might face in getting there.