10 Things To Know Before Going Into Business

By Ange Fonce

A few weeks back I had been asked to attend an event designed to provide mentoring to young people. 

Which was cool as I had spent 12 years working as a full time youth worker with young people.

The format of the event puts me at a table with 2 to 3 young people for 20 minute sessions to answer questions and share ideas and advice.
It got me thinking... what would have been helpful to know before I started my business career as a professional coach? 

My first thought was everything! 

Yet that is not really true as some of the fun in life is the journey. 

Without the ups and downs I would not be the person I am today yet there are a lot of things that would have been useful to know so I decided to jot down a few ideas based on my own experience. 

Some items from this list are things that would have been helpful to have known and some are things that would have been helpful if other people would have known. 

By all means please add to the list if you think of something I have missed.

1... Listening is the most important tool in the business arsenal... before you give your opinion ask others for their opinion first and when you are going to agree it makes it easy and if you are going to disagree you will know before they do and be able to change your delivery to sell your idea to others and when you ask a question be patient as you wait for an answer. 

Knowledge is power and your goal should be to get as much as you can while giving out only what is absolutely necessary.

2... Patience is a prerequisite to success... everyone is looking for the quick buck yet no one wants to earn it... okay I understand yet it just does not work that way and if you are going to be successful you are going to have to resign yourself to the fact that it is going to take hard work and a lot of it!

3... 40 hours a week will not create or make you wealthy... think about it you cannot expect to work the same hours as 95% of the population and somehow be in the top 1% of incomes and if your main goal is financial in nature you are going to have to really work in the same general percentage of the bell curve as you want to be rewarded.

4... Do not judge a book by its cover... the only thing that matters in a business setting is how much a person contributes to the overall cause and it does not matter how they look or if they boast about how great they are as the only thing that counts at the end of the day is if they are continuing to move the business forward.

5... Whoever said... 

“I did not learn anything useful in school.” 

Is an idiot and it is true you cannot learn everything in school some things only come with experience and you are going to have to learn everything so get yourself a huge head start by learning it early and you will leapfrog all the other people who are sitting around wondering... 

“Why do I need to know this?”

6... Whiny angry people are destined for failure... and if you have a bad temper or if you find yourself complaining a lot you need to work on that because no one in a work environment wants to see either of those things... you have to be calm cool and collected to solve problems and problem solving is what business is all about. 

Do not even bother pointing out problems unless you plan on being part of the solution.

7... Work harder than anyone around you... arrive earlier take shorter lunch breaks and leave late... not only will you get more actual work done than your peers the people in charge will love you and consider you for advancement.

8... Keep your personal and work life separate... you need to be friendly at work and never forget it is a competitive environment and tell people you have problems at home and everyone will soon think... 

“It is affecting your work.” 

Tell people things are going great and they think... 

“It is affecting your work.” 

You need to craft your work image carefully and protect it like your reputation counts on it! 

Oh and do not drink as getting drunk around people you work with is a recipe for disaster.

9... Take calculated risks as Risk generally speaking is a bad thing... calculated risks however can leapfrog a career and a business as a calculated risk is one you feel has been thoroughly investigated has a reasonable chance of success and most importantly leaves you with viable options in case of failure and I have seen too many people take huge risks and fail because they simply lack the patience to wait for the success that comes from hard work.

10... Do not be so certain you are right... as every day I see people assert things they know to be true only to be proven wrong as the world is not black and white so keep your ego in check and constantly challenge your own assumptions and do the research to back up your opinions and remember that the research could be flawed and do not be afraid to try things and do not be too proud to admit when it does not work.


I have some really good people who read my articles so even if you have never left a comment before now is a good time! 

Got anything to add to the list? 

It is for the kids!

Have you any thoughts or comments you would like to share with me on what I have written?

I would love to hear from you.

Thank you and may you enjoy a Loving... Prosperous and Dynamic day!

Yours Sincerely

 Ange Fonce

1... A person with a penchant for Science... creativity... books... writing... communication... fitness... women... sexing... sexuality... human relationships... psychology... physiology and any other area involving heavy use of the Intellect.

2... A bright person and glamorously Intelligent!

3... Ange is an Author... Speaker and Dynamic Peak Performance Personal Development Coach... Psychosexual Therapist who works with those men and women who desire to personally develop themselves and their relationships to become creators of their own life... relationships and wealth! 

4... As ever always leave a man or a woman all the better for knowing you. 

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