Sep 24, 2012

The Monday Pep talk!

It´s great to have role models in life. It can be in any topic like fashion, beauty, self development or business. In the latter I have a handful that I like to read about and take inspiration from. One of them is Reid Tracy, President and CEO of Hay House, the largest self-empowerment publishing company in the world and a great source for wellbeing and personal development. Being a hugely successful business person promoting some of the worlds bestselling authors and having created a widely successful online platform (and a lot more than that), I think Reid Tracys' top ten advices for becoming successful is well worth sharing here. The last one, "success takes time" is an important reminder in a media world mainly focusing on "over night success stories", when for 99% of us it takes a bit longer than that. I think all of Reid Tracys advices are really good, e.g "following your leaders" (we know copy-paste:). Which of them inspires you most on a Monday like this?

10 Ways to Start a Successful Writing,
Speaking or Business Venture

Take Action Today
Stop talking about it and starting doing it! Take action to move your dream forward. It’s never too soon or too late to start making your dream a reality—whether it’s a book you’re writing, a new project you were just assigned, a business you’re now running or a wild idea you’ve always wanted to pursue.

Try Something New
Nothing ever happens when you conduct business the same old way day after day. Try something new!  Try out new ideas and see if you get different results. Remember, everyone benefits from your successes. And the only one who remembers your failures is YOU.

Get Real about Your Finances
One sure thing about your financial projections for your new business is that they won’t be correct. That’s a hard fact to digest, but it’s true. Your business will either do better or worse. Be prepared to emphasize the successes of your product and eliminate or reduce the failures as quickly as you can.

Polish Your Product
The most important thing you can do to insure a successful business is to create a unique “word-of-mouth worthy” product. Make sure that it is the best it can be. Invest in whatever time and tools you need to make it shine.

Power Up Your Platform
Your platform as a writer or savvy businessperson is your direct connection to your audience. It’s as simple as that. For more tips, I highly recommend a very powerful book by Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) called Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. (Read "top ten blog tips" based on this book here).

Learn to Give a Good Speech
Follow the advice of Eleanor Roosevelt when she said, “Do one thing that scares you every day.” One of the biggest fears many people have is speaking in front of an audience. There are two tips I can give you and this is from someone who wasn’t fond of speaking in front of people either.
1: Practice makes perfect.
2: Watch the speakers who move you most and learn from them.

Follow the Leaders
Spend time researching 10 leaders that you admire most in your field. Study their Facebook pages and websites. See if you can incorporate any of their ideas into your platform. I’m not suggesting that you take their exact ideas. But I am saying that it is okay to mimic success. No two people have the exact same way of presenting their message.

The Power of Collaboration
Work together with others in your field or industry to help promote each other’s message. You don’t have to do it alone. Form alliances to mutually benefit you and others.

Be Passionate
The best way to touch the heart of your audience is when they see how passionate YOU are about your message.

Success Takes Time
Give yourself a realistic timetable to be a success and then take action to make it happen. And let me remind you of something that may be hard to hear. But it’s something you must accept as a writer in today’s publishing world. It takes 10 years to be an overnight success.

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