8 Essential Business Lessons Every Entrepreneur Must Learn

8 Essential Business Lessons Every Entrepreneur Must Learn

Ever wondered what it was like when I was first starting my business?

You know, the NOT so pretty part that most people wouldn’t show on IG?

The part where I legit built my network marketing business with a laptop propped up on a pillow while I breastfed my son? #truestory

Lemme tell you something…I’ve been an entrepreneur for since 2011, and it wasn’t always pretty. More like a roller coaster.

Ever felt that way?

You’re hustling all day and wondering what the heck you got yourself into.

Will this thing ever work??

I’ve 100% been there. I wanted to share with you 8 business lessons I’ve learned on this journey that I hope you find helpful.

Business Lesson #1: Invest in yourself and make personal growth a top priority

I started doing this back when I was 23. I heard Brian Tracy and Darren Hardy say they invested a % of their income back into their personal growth, and I started to do the same.

Income seldom exceeds personal development.” ―Jim Rohn

There are so many books and podcasts that you can read to get started.

Top 5 books for entrepreneurs: https://www.rachelngom.com/female-entrepreneurs/

Bigger list: https://www.rachelngom.com/best-books-for-female-entrepreneurs/

Top podcasts: https://www.rachelngom.com/17-female-entrepreneur-podcasts/

Business Lesson #2 Don’t forget to leave the house

Seriously. Don’t become a hermit. Sign up for things like spin class, toast masters, bible study, salsa class….something to get you around other human beings.

This is essential. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what you’re doing that you forget there are other humans around you.

Sign up for something where you get outside interaction on a weekly basis.

Business Lesson #3: Don’t hustle so much that you forget about what’s truly important

I hustled myself into adrenal fatigue and a 30 pound weight gain back in 2015.

You don’t want to be the richest woman in the cemetery.

Focus on health, family, faith, relationships, etc. in ADDITION to your business.

Why are you building your business in the first place? Remember that.

And then check out some of my productivity tips so you don’t have to work so darn much.

Batching content: https://rachelngom.com/social-media-content

Entrepreneur schedule secrets: https://www.rachelngom.com/entrepreneur-schedule/

Essential business systems: https://www.rachelngom.com/business-systems/

Business Lesson #4: Set boundaries, and keep them.

If you don’t set boundaries, you’ll end up responding to emails and phone calls at all hours of the night and suffer serious burn out.

You teach people how to treat you. So get yourself some boundaries.

Have specific hours when you’re working and honor that time. Let your clients know that you take weekends off so they know what to expect.

If they can’t respect your desire for the weekends off, then they’re probably not the best client to work with anyways. Bless and release.

Business Lesson #5: Pay yourself first

Great book that you should check out– Profit First.

I’m def not an expert when it comes to finances, but I can tell you that if you’re not careful, your hard earned income will disappear if you don’t prioritize profit.

Grab a copy of Profit First so you can understand this essential business lesson.

Business Lesson #6: Hang out with a tribe that elevates you.

There will be people who don’t get what you do, and that’s fine. Hang out with the ones who inspire you to grow!

Our ladies in Activate are seriously the BEST and I’m so grateful I get to lead them.

If you don’t have a core group of other entrepreneurs, you’re missing out and it’s gonna be a hard and lonely ride.

You NEED to know that you aren’t crazy and alone on this journey! Entrepreneurship can be HARD. Really really hard. It’s so important that you have other people there to support you.

Business Lesson #7: Attend events. It’s where the magic happens.

Again, get out of your house, and get to a live event.

I’ve attended dozens of events over the years and can tell you that there really isn’t anything like taking that time for YOU to learn and grow, and to meet other people just like you.

Some of my fave events:

Unleash the Power Within (Tony Robbins)

Date with Destiny (Tony Robbins)

First Steps to Success (Dani Johnson)

Dynasty (Dani Johnson)

You NEED to go to UPW with Tony. It’ll change your life.

Business Lesson #8: Learn how to manage your time and give yourself deadlines.

If you give yourself 24 hours to complete something, it will take that long. Set a timer for an hour when you sit down to work and see how much more productive you are =)

There are MANY more but that’s a good start =)

 

What’s a lesson you’ve learned since being an entrepreneur?

 

Comment below =)

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Essential Strategies on How to Stay Focused

Essential Strategies on How to Stay Focused

Just can’t stay focused? I totally get you. Being an entrepreneur can be super overwhelming, if you let it be that way.

I’ve learned some awesome strategies over the years that have helped me stay focused, and I want to share them with you today.

You’ve got dreams to catch and people to help. Let’s get to it =)

How to Stay Focused Tip #1: Plan Out Your Week in Advance

Every Sunday I grab my trusted planner and schedule out my week.

I set specific goals for the week that will help me move forward towards my quarterly goals.

Since we are getting ready for the Infinite Growth Challenge that’s coming up, my goals for the week are to write the content for each day’s video and record the videos.

I put all of my appointments/client calls/interviews on the planner so I can see white space is left. Then I fill up that white space with time dedicated to work on that specific goal for the week.

There are also some non-negotiables that are always on the calendar, in addition to my goals.

I workout every day (will get to that later). Also, every Monday I sit down and write a blog post, and every Friday I schedule Instagram posts for the week. Every other Friday I batch 10 videos for IGTV and Youtube.

How to Stay Focused Tip #2: Do ONE Thing

Don’t keep a running to-do list. Rather, write down the ONE THING that needs to happen to help you move forward in your business.

Stop wasting time of stuff that doesn’t matter.

Could my website use some updating? Sure.

But right now, I’m focused on our upcoming challenge. That is my top priority, and I’ll put all other tasks on the ‘later’ list until the challenge is over.

Every week I have ONE thing that I’m focused on, and every day I have one specific task that I need to work on.

Don’t be a jack of all trades and master at none. Figure out the one thing that needs to happen to help you move closer to your goals, and work on that every day.

If you’re struggling with this, def pick up the book The One Thing by Gary Keller.

How to Stay Focused Tip #3: Power Hours

Set aside 1 hour of time in the morning to complete a power hour.

Set a timer, close out all browsers and stay focused for that entire hour.

I never work a full 8 hour day.

I am much more productive when I work in short bursts. I can probably get more done in 4 hours than most people do in 3 full days of work.

I challenge you to star working in 45-60 minute chunks. When you sit down, only have open the one thing you’re working on.

When the timer goes off, get up. Move around, go for a walk, take a 5-15 minute break before you jump into another power hour.

Close all other browsers and turn off notifications on any nearby device. (another pro tip: don’t have notifications turned on for email/social)

When you start doing this, you’ll have much more time for play!

How to Stay Focused Tip #4: Stay Away From Facebook and Email

It’s 6:44am Monday morning as I’m writing this post. I haven’t checked social media or email yet. I won’t check it until later this afternoon when I’ve completed my one thing for the day.

This is a habit, one that when you actually stick with it, will change your life.

When you open up email or social media, all of a sudden you’re bombarded with a million things that are stealing your focus.

You are in charge. You control the day.

Be intentional and don’t open up email or social until you’ve finished your one thing.

How to Stay Focused Tip #5: Exercise Regularly

As a former athlete and fitness coach, I’d be silly not to tell you to workout daily.

Some of the world’s most successful people (Richard Branson, Tony Robbins,

Working out gives you more energy and helps you stay more productive at work.

Think you don’t have the ‘energy’ to workout? Exercise GIVES you energy. Even just 20 minutes of low-to-moderate intensity exercise (like walking) 3 times per week can reduce fatigue by 65% and increase energy levels by 20%, according to a study by the University of Georgia.

Working out daily is a habit, like anything else.

Try to do it at the same time every day and soon it’ll become as routine as brushing your teeth. Put it on your calendar and treat it like an appointment that you wouldn’t dare miss.

Need some inspiration? Here are some inspiring entrepreneurs and their fitness routines.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO: hiking, cycling

Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief at Vogue: tennis

Bill Gates, Former CEO of Microsoft: hour on the treadmill

Evan Williams, Co-founder of Twitter: works out with a personal trainer

Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Square: yoga, runs a 5k daily, 6 sets of 20 squats and pushups daily

Mark Zuckerburg, Co-founder of Facebook: works out with a personal trainer and does walking meetings

Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup: Spartacus workouts

Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group: tennis, bike riding, running, kitesurfing

You do have time to workout. You just need to make it a priority and stick with it.

In the video below, Marie Forleo shares her 4 tips to be more productive…and you guessed it! Exercise was one of them =)

How to Stay Focused Tip #6: Declutter

I don’t know about you, but clutter totally steals my focus. Could be clutter around the house or digital clutter.

For the house, I’ve gotten into a routine of cleaning up every morning so it never becomes unmanageable.

As for digital clutter, I’m kind of OCD about this. My email inbox is always at zero every single day.

Unsubscribe from newsletters that don’t add value to your life or make you want to shop using unroll.me

If you need some help, I love Matt’s youtube channel, as well as following the Minimalists. I’m an aspiring minimalist…I just need to stop buying new stuff 🤣

I hope these tips show you how you can stay focused in your business. If you want to work on making some of them a habit and part of your daily life, I suggest using the app Productive.

Which tip will you implement first?

 

Related Posts:

How to Batch Social Media Content

Learn My Entrepreneur Schedule Secrets

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Sources: http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/low-intensity-exercise-reduces-fatigue-symptoms-by-65-percent-study-finds/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/08/17/the-fitness-rules-of-the-worlds-most-successful-entrepreneurs_a_23117364/

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Join the Free 5 Day Infinite Growth Challenge!

Join the Free 5 Day Infinite Growth Challenge!

I’m beyond excited to kick this FREE challenge off!

You know why?

Because I see so many passionate women really struggling to stand out, get noticed and make a decent living online. You think it’s something to do with your product, your content or your business strategy (it COULD…)

But in reality?

99 times out of 100, it’s got NOTHING to do with any of the above, and EVERYTHING to do with YOU.

YES! YOU.

You’re solely responsible for your growth and how much money comes into your bank account each and every month.

It’s YOU who can choose to be an EXPERT in your niche, take over your market, and smash your income barriers, OR, play safe, be an average entrepreneur, making an average income (or nothing at all).

And if you’re currently struggling with the latter, let’s change that TODAY.

You are created for BIG things and I truly believe that.

I want to help you get insane results in your business. The next 12 months are going to be EPIC. Can you feel it?

 

 

HAVING AN INFINITE GROWTH MINDSET WILL HELP YOU…
  • Set BIG audacious goals for yourself (that the NEXT level requires of you)
  •  Attract the right people and connect with them in a totally oh-she-so-gets-it kinda way
  •  Look at your challenges differently and turn them into life-changing opportunities
  •  Lead & communicate powerfully, and create offers that highlight YOUR zone of genius
  •  Get new customers every single day, in ANY market, with ANY product, at ANY price point

 

If you’re into that kind of thing….then this FREE challenge is for you!

Click here to register!

“To whomever much is given–much shall be required.”

 

Give growing your best so you can become your best <3

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Successful Morning Routine for Entrepreneurs

Successful Morning Routine for Entrepreneurs

Today I want to teach you how to start a morning routine that will set you up for success.

Here’s the deal. Being an entrepreneur can be insane. If you’re not careful, you’ll start your day with emails, dings, distractions, or a kid peeling your eyes open saying ‘mommy mommy mommy mommy mommy mommy’.

What if you decided to wake up intentionally a little bit earlier?

Your day will start off calm instead of stressed.

Want to know the secret to having a super productive day?

It’s in your morning routine.

Your morning routine either sets your day up for success or stress.

Why have a morning routine?

Morning routines are so key when it comes to having a successful day.

In this post, I’ll share with you some of the essential parts of my morning routine, as well as some tips from other successful entrepreneurs.

Morning Routine Tip 1: Start the night before

My morning routine starts the night before.

I go through my day planner and decide what needs to happen the next day. What’s my main focus for the day? The ONE THING that needs to get done to move me closer to my goals?

I write it down, as well as take a look at my calendar to see what appointments I have the next day.

That way, I’m not scrambling to tackle whatever, I have a plan in place and get it done.

I put my planner, my bible, the book I’m currently reading out by my morning chair and I also get my coffee cup and water cup ready.

Also, when starting the night before, that includes getting enough sleep. If you’re going to start waking up earlier, you need to go to bed earlier too.

Morning Routine Tip 2: Start Small

If right now you typically wake up at 8, don’t try to wake up at 5 and do 3-hour morning routine #insane

Wake up 10 minutes earlier and read a few pages of a good book and jot down a few things you’re grateful for.

Once that feels good, you can try waking up 20 minutes earlier and sneak in a bit of meditation or stretching.

Morning Routine Tip 3: Eat Your Frog

One of the first personal development books I read was Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.

Brian talks about getting your most important task done and out of the way before you move onto any other task that you want to do.

Try this and you’ll be so much more productive, procrastinate less, and actually get results in your biz.

Morning Routine Tip 4: Stick with It

Developing new habits take time. Be patient with yourself and stick with it.

Here’s my full morning routine:

Step 1: Positivity In

I usually wake up between 5 and 6 (my alarm is set for 6, but often I wake up before) and start by putting on my headphones and listening to a sermon or inspiring video (Elevation Church, Dani Johnson, Tony Robbins, etc).

Step 2: Hydrate/Caffeinate

Then I go downstairs and drink about 16 ounces of water, then make coffee.

You’re so dehydrated when you wake up so your body needs water stat!

Step 3: Read

Then, I light a candle and head on over to my morning chair and start reading while I drink my coffee.

I have the One Year Bible for Women, so I start with the content for the day, then I move onto the book I’m reading at that time.

Currently reading: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and The One Thing by Gary Keller

Step 4: Pray/Meditate

After reading about 10-20 min, I do prayer/meditation.

If you’re new to meditating, download the apps Calm or Headspace.

Step 5: Journal

I take notes on anything that sticks out to me during my reading and prayer time, write out a few things I’m grateful for plus my top goals for the next 90 days.

Typically by this point, my son is awake and I help him get ready for school and we’re off.

Step 6: Move

After I drop him off, I move my body in some way (walking our dog, yoga, weights, etc).

Step 7: The ONE THING

Then work on my ONE THING that needs to get done for the day.

Notice that I didn’t include checking email or Facebook at all—because I don’t do it until my one thing is complete.

In fact, my phone is charging in a completely separate room and I don’t even grab it until I’m done with my morning routine.

I am not perfect with my routine, but I do this 80-90% of the time, and notice the times I don’t I don’t have as much patience and I’m not in as good of a mood.

I crave my morning routine.

Here are some other morning routine tips from successful entrepreneurs:

Tony Robbins’ Morning Routine:

Tony has a practice called ‘priming’, which is a part of his morning routine.

Priming includes:

If you’ve ever been to a Tony event, he walks you through this entire thing. If you want to use his guided meditation (it’s great), you can check it out here: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/priming-exercise/

Also included in Tony’s morning routine is jumping into a cold plunge, working out, and eating a healthy breakfast.

Mark Sisson’s Morning Routine:

Mark (founder of Primal Kitchen and author of the Primal Blueprint) starts his day by taking a cold plunge in his pool, then does the LA Times crossword puzzle to work on his brain.

Steve Job’s Morning Routine:

Back in 2005 during a commencement he gave at Stanford, Steve revealed this profound part of his morning routine:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like:

‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’

It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself:

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Arianna Huffington’s Morning Routine

Arianna, founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global has said:

“A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do: when I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.”

Tim Ferriss’s Morning Routine

Tim Ferris, the author of the 4 Hour Work Week, has interviewed thousands of successful entrepreneurs on his podcast and has adapted his own morning routine based on what he’s learned.

Tim starts his morning by making his bed. Then, he meditates for 10-20 minutes. Then, he works out for at least 30 seconds before making tea.

He finished his routine by journaling for 5-10 minutes.

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Top 5 Books for Female Entrepreneurs

Top 5 Books for Female Entrepreneurs

I’m an avid reader. Like I’m reading all the time. I’ve read about a book a week for the past 8 years #insane so when I tried to narrow down this list for the top FIVE books for female entrepreneurs, honestly it was hard!

But I think of what I struggled with most when I was first starting my business, and also what my clients struggle with most.

And when it came down to it, the biggest things I see female entrepreneurs struggle with are:

Mindset, consistency, fear of failure, organization/goal setting, and success habits.

 

So there is a method to my selection here. Each of these books will dive into this specific struggle.

I really wanted to get rid of the choices and just tell you these are the books you should start with so you aren’t left wondering which one is best to start with. You’ve got them right here =)

If you want an even bigger selection, then you can check out this post: Best Books for Female Entrepreneurs

Let’s dive into my top 5 books for female entrepreneurs!

#1 Book for Female Entrepreneurs: Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

Read now if you’re struggling with: mindset

Mindset is probably the #1 thing that holds female entrepreneurs back from success. We have so much crap that is going through our heads that are limiting us.

Full disclosure: This is a Christian book. Even if you’re not a Christian, I think you will appreciate the principles that Joyce teaches within this book.

About this book:

Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If readers suffer from negative thoughts, they can take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles. In her most popular bestseller ever, the beloved author and minister shows readers how to change their lives by changing their minds.

She teaches how to deal with thousands of thoughts that people think every day and how to focus the mind the way God thinks. And she shares the trials, tragedies, and ultimate victories from her own marriage, family, and ministry that led her to wondrous, life-transforming truth–and reveals her thoughts and feelings every step of the way.

People living in the vanity of their own mind not only destroy themselves, but far too often, they bring destruction to others around them.” 

#2 Book for Female Entrepreneurs:  The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Read now if you’re struggling with: success habits

This book, if you implement it and make it a part of your life, is life changing. My morning routine is an essential part of my day and my success, and Hal really breaks down how you should spend your mornings to set up your day. EVEN IF you’re not a morning person.

About this book:

What’s being widely regarded as “one of the most life-changing books ever written” may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you’ve ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible.

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any—or EVERY—area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.

Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life—the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined—is about to begin. Buy the book and WAKE UP to your full potential!

“How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days—which inevitably create a successful life—in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life. By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.” 

#3 Book for Female Entrepreneurs: Failing Forward by John Maxwell

Read now if you’re struggling with: fear of failure

I love John Maxwell. I’ve had the honor of meeting him and seeing him speak several times. He’s written over 90 books, which is insane. There are so many that I could choose, but I believe that the fear of failure is what holds so many female entrepreneurs back from going ALL IN.

Failing Forward will help you redefine failure, so it’s no longer something you fear, rather something you pursue.

About this book:

The major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure. John C. Maxwell takes a closer look at failure-and reveals that the secret of moving beyond failure is to use it as a lesson and a stepping-stone. He covers the top reasons people fail and shows how to master fear instead of being mastered by it. Readers will discover that positive benefits can accompany negative experiences-if you have the right attitude. Chock full of action suggestions and real-life stores, Failing Forward is a strategic guide that will help men and women move beyond mistakes to fulfill their potential and achieve success.

The essence of man is imperfection. Know that you’re going to make mistakes. The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does. Wake up and realize this: Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.”

#4 Book for Female Entrepreneurs: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Read now if you’re struggling with: consistency

The Compound Effect is one of the first personal development books I read when I started my first business at age 23. It really helped me set myself up with small, seemingly insignificant actions that have led to my success today.

I remember reading 10 pages a day, as he suggested, and thinking: will this REALLY make a difference?

Looking back 8 years later, I can say that it ABSOLUTELY has and I’m so grateful for this book.

About this book:

No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire. If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want. You will find strategies including:

  • How to win–every time! The No. 1 strategy to achieve any goal and triumph over any competitor, even if they’re smarter, more talented or more experienced.
  • Eradicating your bad habits (some you might be unaware of!) that are derailing your progress.
  • The real, lasting keys to motivation–how to get yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing.
  • Capturing the elusive, awesome force of momentum. Catch this, and you’ll be unstoppable.
  • The acceleration secrets of superachievers. Do they have an unfair advantage? Yes they do, and now you can too!

 

“It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.” 

#5 Book for Female Entrepreneurs: The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran

Read now if you’re struggling with: organization/goal setting

I used to set yearly goals. And it would overwhelm me and throughout the year I’d lose sight of that big goal.

After reading the 12 Week Year, I learned how to chunk down my big goals into smaller, quarterly goals, then into monthly, weekly, and daily goals.

Results? INSANE. You need this book!

About this book:

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn’t enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.

  • Explains how to leverage the power of a 12 week year to drive improved results in any area of your life
  • Offers a how-to book for both individuals and organizations seeking to improve their execution effectiveness
  • Authors are leading experts on execution and implementation

Turn your organization’s idea of a year on its head, and speed your journey to success.

 

“We mistakenly believe that there is a lot of time left in the year, and we act accordingly. We lack a sense of urgency, not realizing that every week is important, every day is important, every moment is important. Ultimately, effective execution happens daily and weekly!”

BONUS book for Female Entrepreneurs: Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie

Yup, there’s a bonus! It was too hard to come up with just 5!

Read if you want to make a bigger impact on the world

I truly believe that being an entrepreneur is special and that we have certain gifts that we can use to serve others and make an impact. And that our businesses can and should be used to bless others and have a purpose BEYOND just making money.

Blake is the founder of Tom’s Shoes and shares how he started his FOR PURPOSE business, and how you can infuse more purpose into your business.

About this book:

The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good

“A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall Street Journal

Why this book is for you: 

• You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job.

• You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world—all at the same time.

• You’re inspired by charity: water, method, and FEED Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start. 

• You’re curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away.

• You’re looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community.

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5 Essential Entrepreneurial Mindset Shifts to Help You Reach 6 Figures and Beyond

5 Essential Entrepreneurial Mindset Shifts to Help You Reach 6 Figures and Beyond

Today, I want to talk about developing an entrepreneurial mindset. This is a topic I LOVE to talk about because mindset truly is everrrrrrrything when it comes to building a successful business.

If you’re mindset isn’t right, you won’t succeed. Plain and simple.

There are some essential shifts that I went through to develop an entrepreneurial mindset which helped me to develop two 6 figure businesses.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Shift #1: Your Success is Inevitable

You have to be stubborn in the fact that you’ll never give up, but flexible in your approach and keep trying UNTIL you succeed.

When I was in my network marketing company as a young and naive newbie entrepreneur, I knew my success was inevitable. So I acted as if my success was inevitable and did whatever it took to succeed.

That meant that I showed up every day, not just when it was convenient.

That also meant that I tried a whole bunch of strategies to reach that success.

I went to events. I read books. I did push groups with my mentors. I bought leads. I did cold calling. I learned how to FORM. I created hundreds of youtube videos. I invited every single day. I learned how to work with people.

Recommended reading: How to Win Friends and Influence People, and GEMS by Dani Johnson

I’m trying to think if there’s anything I DIDN’T try when it came to my network marketing business.

I mean, I sucked for quite a few years but I was really freaking stubborn, and I knew that I was getting close and there was just ONE STRATEGY that I was missing.

Most people would’ve given up. I saw tons of people on our team that started at the same time as me and gave up.

I didn’t.

This is a core belief that you must develop.

Repeat after me: MY SUCCESS IS INEVITABLE.

This short video (especially the beginning) sums this up really well =)

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

― Babe Ruth

Entrepreneurial Mindset Shift #2: You MUST Invest in Yourself

This is a biggie. You must be willing to put some skin in the game and invest in attending events, reading books, and hiring a mentor.

The first big investment I made in myself was when we were broke and on food stamps. It was a 6 months social media training program back in 2013 for $455 per month, which might as well have been a MILLION dollars for us at the time.

But I had that gut feeling that this program was going to be the thing that changed my business—and I was right.

So What Happened?

I learned how to use Facebook, back when Facebook pages actually worked. I grew my Facebook fan page to over 50,000 followers, and my income went from $20,000 per year to $80,000 per year within 1 year.

Last year I was ready to do something new. I’d been in network marketing for 6 years at the time, and while I had a ton of success in the company, that company restructured and my income was cut in half.

I hired a business coach for $2,000 per month when at the time, I was earning about $4,000 per month.

Talk about a scary investment. But again, I followed my gut feeling.

Do you know what happened? I had the strategies I needed to make my new business work, and within 7 months had a multiple 6 figure business. This is our first year in business and in 9 months we hit a quarter of a million dollars. That NEVER would’ve happened if I didn’t make that investment.

If you don’t invest in yourself, why would someone invest in working with you?

Yea, I know you ‘can’t afford it’. Which is another mindset block we could talk about. But you can’t afford NOT TO.

When you have skin in the game, you bet you show up differently.

You can compress DECADES of learning into DAYS when you have the right mentor.

Pull up your big girl panties and make that scary investment.

Recommended reading: You’re a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero.

“The walls of your comfort zone are lovingly decorated with your lifelong collection of favorite excuses.” Jen Sincero

Entrepreneurial Mindset Shift #3: The Best is Yet to Come

What if it doesn’t work? What if I make that investment and it doesn’t happen? What if?…..

What if it DOES work and your level of success is beyond your wildest dreams?

A core belief that you need to develop is: THE BEST IS YET TO COME.

Yes, you’re going to go through a sh*t storm of emotions as an entrepreneur. One day you’ll be on top of the world. The next day the sky is falling.

But you have to have faith in yourself that you WILL get through it and the best is yet to come.

Keep the faith…that the best is yet to come. 
Keep the faith that the next extraordinary version of you is being crafted even now…that nothing can deter you from keeping your commitment to achieving your goals set for today…that you can better your best! 
Keep the faith. 
Move forward in spite of your fears and despite any evidence to the contrary. 
Believe that IT’S POSSIBLE!!

Les Brown

Entrepreneurial Mindset Shift #4: Failure is Just Feedback

Can I tell you something? Failure isn’t something to shy away from. It’s something to pursue.

In fact, the faster you fail, the faster you’ll succeed. So fail fast.

When you see KFC, you DON’T see that Colonel Sanders got rejected over 1,000 times before he had his big break.

Or that Walt Disney’s first venture, Laugh-o-Gram Studios, went bankrupt due to his lack of ability to run a successful business.

Or that Vincent Van Gough only ever sold one painting in his life, pinning him a failure as an artist.

Like Albert Einstein said, “failure really is just success in progress. If you’d rather not to fail, you will probably never succeed.”

You really need to reframe the way you see failure.

“Would you like me to give you a formula for… success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all… you can be discouraged by failure — or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side.” Thomas J. Watson

“My dad encouraged us to fail growing up. He would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome–failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.”

-Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx)

Entrepreneurial Mindset Shift #5: Consistent Action is Key

One of the first personal development books I read was the Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen, and then The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

Darren says, “It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.” 

Kind of like you’re not going to get healthy by working out for 5 hours today, you need to consistently move your body to reap the rewards.

The same thing is true in business. Success isn’t sexy. It’s pretty boring. It’s having a routine and doing it over and over and over and over and over again.

Consistent actions that I take that have made a massive difference for me:

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” 

― Darren Hardy

I truly believe that having an entrepreneurial mindset is what separates the wannabes from the ones who actually make it. That’s why the VERY first video inside the Impact Blogging Academy is about mindset.

If you want some homework to really work on this stuff, I encourage you to grab a journal and write out the following:

What’s been holding you back from achieving the business of your dreams? What limiting beliefs are you believing about yourself?

Examples of Limiting Beliefs:

  • I don’t understand
  • I’m scared of rejection
  • I don’t have what it takes to succeed
  • I could never do that
  • I don’t have the skills
  • Successful people are just lucky
  • I’ll never make enough money

NOW, write out the TRUTH. Turn those limiting beliefs around.

  • I don’t understand = All that I need is within me now.
  • I’m scared of rejection = Rejection is essential on the path to success

 

Who do you need to BE to create the business of your dreams?

Examples:

  • Creative
  • Focused
  • Confident
  • Organized
  • Committed
  • Teachable
  • Leader
  • Energetic
  • Follows Through
  • Wakes up early
  • Avoids email first thing
  • Adds value to others consistently
  • Invests in themselves
  • Has boundaries
  • Takes responsibility
  • Meditates

Write it out! Take massive action!

I believe so strongly that having these entrepreneurial mindset shifts are essential to your success, that this December I’m doing a challenge solely on mindset. It’s going to be transformative, so don’t miss it!

Recommended podcast: Episode 21 of the She’s Making an Impact Podcast with Kathrin Zenkina

Remember,

“The only thing keeping you from what you want is your story about why you can’t have it.” — Tony Robbins

Ready to take your biz to the next level? Get free instant access to my online vault of videos, worksheets, and more for female entrepreneurs!

 

Rachel Ngom

Entrepreneur, Author, Pinterest Strategist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Email: clientcare@rachelngom.com

 

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” Tony Robbins

 

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