In the bustling world of business, success isn’t just about having a great product or service – it’s about having everyone in your team pulling in the same direction.
Starting a business is a monumental endeavour that comes with its fair share of challenges. From securing funding to building a customer base and navigating market fluctuations, the entrepreneurial journey is riddled with obstacles. However, amidst these challenges lies an invaluable tool – the growth mindset.
In today’s society, an entrepreneurial mindset is a valuable asset. It’s the ability to think outside the box, take initiative, and create something out of nothing. This mindset has advantages in many areas, including career, business, education, and personal growth.
Alan Lakein said that “time equals life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.”
In today’s busy world, excessive commitments on our time and energy leave us frazzled and distracted. When we’re overwhelmed, it’s often because we’re swamped with busyness, overloaded with responsibility, and out of control of our time.
Let’s focus on business growth and we discuss how marketing and branding can set you and your business up for success.
Let’s focus on business growth and we discuss the ever-growing business strategy called employer branding. We’ll get to understand what the experts mean when they walk about ‘employer branding’ and why it’s important for business leaders to pay particular attention to this area. We’ll also discuss the benefits of getting employer branding right and we’ll share success stories of businesses that boosted their brand and reaped the rewards.
In honour of Women’s Month, we focus on individual growth and we celebrate everything that it means to be a woman. We discuss the importance of pursuing your goals and dreams and making time to care for yourself while juggling multiple roles.
Let’s look at the journey of two sibling entrepreneurs who run a successful accessory brand. We’ll learn about the highlights, challenges and lessons that they’ve experienced along the way, as well as other amazing initiatives that came about as a result of them building their business.
Michael Phelps said, “I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.” He’s absolutely right. Many studies have shown that majority of success, or lack of success, is attributed to one’s state of mind. This means that you have the ability to achieve your goals and perform at your peak if you’re able to manage your thoughts and your mental attitude.
“If we can see past preconceived limitations, then the possibilities are endless.” ~ Amy Purdy
You might assume that the first year of being an entrepreneur is about refining and implementing business plans, understanding the market, building a strategy, marketing your business, managing operations, etcetera. While these are all important hurdles to overcome in order to build a business, the truth is that there’s an even bigger hurdle that you need to conquer. That hurdle is you.
“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
We all had an unusual year that came with its own challenges. We learned how quickly things can change and impact our lives globally. We experienced change at an unprecedented rate. We’ve overcome hurdles that we didn’t know existed until it raised its head. It’s been an interesting year.
“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” ~ Dave Ramsey
Many people start a business because they have a passion. They want to share this passion with the world and earn a living from it. They can only earn a living from it when it’s in a solid financial position. It can only be in a solid position when its financial activity is well managed.
“Transitions in life can offer opportunities for discovery.” ~ Robbie Shell
It’s commonplace for people to move from being an employee to being an entrepreneur and they do so for different reasons – some pursue their passion and others need a livelihood. Whatever the reason, one rarely comes across an individual who didn’t experience different challenges as they transitioned from employee to entrepreneur.
“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher” ~ Chinese Proverb
The world around us is changing all the time. It may even feel as though it’s changing at a more rapid pace than before. At any given time, changes become a part of our daily lives and we need to adapt to keep going and remain relevant.
“Your goals and the tasks you choose to accomplish your goals either align with dream and core values or they don’t. It’s that simple.” ~ Julie Connor
The Oxford dictionary defines values as the “principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life.” Over time many of us adopt certain values from our parents and others around us. Some of those values remain with us while others don’t. Those that remain often drive many of the things that we do and the decisions that we make.
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely
The entrepreneurial journey is an interesting, exhausting, exhilarating and confusing one. You’ll rarely come across another journey where you learn as much as you do as when you’re an entrepreneur. If you’re engaged and open to learning, you’ll discover something new every single day.
“Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” – Denzel Washington
This year is coming to an end and we’re getting ready to enter a new decade. Every year seems to go by faster than the last and it can easily feel as though we haven’t achieved anything. As we get ready to enjoy the year-end festivities, we may also question if we’ve accomplished anything during the year.
“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” ~ Aristotle
To be effective in any area of life, we must set goals, measure and monitor our progress and make adjustments until we reach our goals.