Do Not Try to Go it Alone Seek The Opportunities Out There

By Ange Fonce 

The are a lot of myths and realities of what it takes to run a successful on-line business

We have a myth about the entrepreneur - that he (and in the myth, it is always a “he”) is an insane risk taker, that he has magical powers to see a future no one else can see, and that he listens to nothing and no one just his own gut.

This is about as realistic as telling you you can learn everything about business and marketing by going to Hogwarts. There is no such thing as wizards, magic wands, or cloaks of invisibility. And this maverick go-it-alone entrepreneur is as fictional as Harry Potter.

What it really takes to launch and run a successful business?

If you look around at people who are actually running great businesses (both big ambitious ones and satisfying little side businesses), they do not look much like our mythical entrepreneur. Specifically, they have some skills that our maverick does not have — skills you are going to need if you want to make your business work.

And in this article I want to really get into it and bust those myths and share the realities with you..

The Underrated Business Talent

Look at the people whose businesses do well over the long run, and you will find people who are good at getting along with other people.

They might be opinionated, brash, or outspoken. (They might also be quiet, reserved, and introverted.) Yet they know how to make connections, and they know how to take care of their friends.

What is the most underrated talent in business? 

Good Manners.

Business - all business - is about people.

It is about nurturing prospect trust and letting people know you are one of the good people.  

People are the ones who buy and sell things. 

Product catalogs do not. 

Search engines do not. 

Google metrics do not.

If you do not have the people part right, the rest of it will eventually fall apart, no matter how great your numbers look.

Is it really “who you know” and how you  treat them.

Sometimes people say... 

“It is not what you know, it is who you know.”

And of course it is both.

You need to know enough so you have something to offer. You need to bring something to the table, or why are you there?

This is not kindergarten where you get a gold star just for showing up. You need to provide value, to know your topic, and to be able to genuinely help your customers and partners. And you can have all of those things covered, and still fail.

There are plenty of brilliant failures out there. People who are incredibly smart about their topic, and incredibly dumb about other people. 

No One Builds Success All By Themselves. 

Steve Jobs did not design the iPhone. Brian Clark does not write software. Walt Disney did not animate Snow White.

If you want to go far, go with a group

There is an African proverb...

"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go with a group."

If you are knocking out a great little ebook or a valuable small product, you can absolutely go it alone. Invest in a week, crash through it, and get it done. And if you are building for the long haul - even if it is a simple side business that makes £500 or £1000 a month - find a group to make sure you make it all the way across the desert.

Obviously, I am going to suggest working with me and being a member of the Dynamic Life family is a great way to do that. Yet it is not the only way. Look around in your topic and start making friends who have blogs with a similar-sized audience to yours. (They might be writing in your topic, they might not. Yet look for people who want to create a business, not just a blog.)

Dig Your Well Before You Are Thirsty

That is the title of a networking book, and it is excellent advice.
Do not wait until you lose your job and have to turn your hobby into a thriving business.
Do not wait until you lose your big client and 90% of your revenue.
Do not wait until a Google change cuts off most of your traffic.
Do not wait until you are desperate. Start building your network now.

Mix it up a little

Sometimes I see people who only want to network with big-audience bloggers, or business owners who are already highly successful. It is great to make those connections, yet do not ignore the full range of your network.

Connect with people who are just starting out. 

Connect with people who are about where you are. 
Connect with people in other topics. 
Connect with customers. 
Connect with social media chatterboxes. 
Connect with introverted experts. 

The more diverse your network is, the more powerful it is.

And of course, do not be a mooch. There is nothing that repels connection faster than someone who is always asking and never giving. Be generous, be friendly, be open to unexpected connections, and be a good person.

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, Caring, Prosperious and Dynamic day!

Yours Sincerely

Ange Fonce

Ange is a Dynamic Personal Development, Strategy and Assesment Coach who works with those men and women who want to develop their confidence, influence, relationships, health and wealth! 

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