WARNING: Entrepreneurs Without THIS Skill Are Destined to Fail

 By Robert Allen

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Let’s face it: being an entrepreneur is tough.

Every day you wake up, it’s a constant grind to get your products, services, and ideas in front of the right people.

There are no shortcuts, and there are a million-and-one different things vying for your attention at any given time.

Because of this, it’s really difficult to know where to focus your energy and effort.

  • Should spend more time on consumer research and product development?
  • Should you polish up your sales pitch?
  • Should you start a Facebook page, an Instagram, a Twitter?
  • Should you buy Google Ads?
  • Should you outsource your marketing to an agency?

Pages upon pages could be filled with things you “should” or “could” do for your business. And it’s a constant balancing act, between taking on new projects and executing to perfection on the old ones.

However, if you truly want to be successful as an entrepreneur and business owner, there’s one thing you MUST do that trumps all else.

And that is to invest in your relationships and your ability to communicate and connect with other people.

Because at the end of the day, it’s the clients you’ve connected to, the employees you’ve hired, the suppliers that depend on you, and the friends you’ve made that REALLY matter.

Beyond money, success, fame, or any “things” you might own, it’s the individuals you surround yourself with that are truly important.

But so often, us entrepreneurial types forget to spend time on this.

As we pursue our passions, we develop tunnel vision for achieving our businesses’ goals. And in the process, we neglect to spend time with the people most important to us.

Here’s the truth: Businesses don’t exist in a vacuum; they thrive because they solve problems for people.

So if you want to start a business, grow you company, or turn your operations around, you need to remember that the foundation of business is relationships and people.

Instead of just drawing attention to this potential problem, I wanted to give you three simple solutions that virtually guarantees every person you meet knows you care about them, you will help them achieve their goals, and you are a person they can trust.

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1. Listen up

Billionaire business mogul, Richard Branson, says:

“If you want to stand out as a leader, a good place to begin is by listening.”

Listening is a skill that many people skip right over. In the midst of our busy lives, it’s really difficult to always be present and listen to other people.

But listening is an all-powerful skill.

Not only is it a great way to show how much you care about others, but also every time you listen to other people is a great learning opportunity.

By taking time out your day to listen to others, you also uncover opportunities to help people.

And as an entrepreneur that should be your sole focus in life: helping people solve problems. Because when you do that, you acquire customers, referrals and employees for life.

People are an organization’s greatest asset. If you invest a few minutes each day into hearing what those people have to say, your business will see huge returns.

 

2. Show genuine interest

“It’s your unlimited power to care and love that makes the biggest difference in your life.” - Tony Robbins

And showing just how much you care about someone begins with truly taking interest in their lives.

As an entrepreneur you undoubtedly have people that look up to you. Showing them that you’re willing to slow down, ask thoughtful questions, and be curious about what they have to say, speaks volumes about your character.

When you do that for others on a consistent basis, you’ll have an endless line of people willing to go the extra mile for you. That could be your employees, colleagues, spouses, children, family, or friends. Whatever the cases, when you take an interest in those around you, you build an army of raving fans who will help you if times get tough, be a source of inspiration if you get discouraged, and be a constant recommendation source to fuel your business’s growth.

 

3. Be accessible

“Being available and approachable is necessary for effective leadership.”

Says Tony Dungy, a Championed, National Football League coach.

People constantly make snap judgments about you and, by default, how you run your company. If you’re always closed off and rude when meeting new people or interacting with clients, that’s going to leave a lasting negative impression.

On the other hand, if you take the time to give a warm greeting, open yourself up, be nice and attentive, people’s impression of you and your business will skyrocket.

This is especially important when you’re talking to colleagues. If you smile, make eye contact and have a positive tone of voice, people will gravitate toward you and respect you.

As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. So even if you’re on your way to a meeting or incredibly busy that day, never ignore others. Even if you just give them a few minutes of your time, those minutes generate huge returns in the long run for you and your business.

Remember as entrepreneurs, we aren’t acting in a bubble. The world is full of people, and those people have the potential to be our customers, employees, suppliers and friends.

Every person you meet represents a new opportunity to showcase not only what you stand for and care about, but also what principles guide your business day-to-day.

Don’t let relationships slip through the cracks. Continue to spend time nurturing the old, acquiring the new, and attracting the best people into your life. And nothing can stop you then!

3ca76949baa74e6fd3df1fccab93b1fbRob Allen is an elite communications and influence coach who runs the blog Kick Start Your Dream Life. He trains young professionals and entrepreneurs how to master their social skills, become influential, and instantly intrigue and impress anyone they meet — regardless of where they’re starting from!

Tony Robbins: The Secret to Living is Giving

Tony Robbins shares with us an anecdote about a time in his past that changed his entire attitude about money and scarcity.

 

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Tony Robbins is a life coach and bestselling author who has published five books in 14 languages. He is the creator of the #1 personal and professional development system of all time, Personal Power; more than 40 million audiotapes have been sold worldwide. His best-sellers include Unlimited Power (1987) and Awaken the Giant Within (1991). His latest is Money: Master the Game (2014). Since fathering the life coaching industry, Robbins has produced the #1-selling audio coaching system of all time. He also is a corporate Vice Chairman, and Chairman overseeing five private companies. Robbins has been honored by Accenture as one of the “Top 50 Business Intellectuals in the World”; by Harvard Business Press as one of the “Top 200 Business Gurus”; by American Express as one of the “Top Six Business Leaders in the World” to coach its entrepreneurial clients; by Forbes as a Top 100 Celebrity; by Justice Byron White as one of the world’s “Outstanding Humanitarians”; and by the International Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 10 “Outstanding Young People of World.” Robbins has met with, consulted, or advised international leaders including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Francois Mitterrand, Princess Diana, and Mother Teresa. He has consulted members of two royal families, members of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marines and three U.S. Presidents, including Bill Clinton. Robbins has had the unique opportunity to identify patterns and model the underlying strategies generating consistent results for some of the most successful individuals in the world.

Nicholas Negroponte: Internet Access is a Human Right

 

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Nicholas Negroponte: Internet Access is a Human Right

What constitutes a human right?

Abstractly, a human right is one that is inherent and inalienable to all human beings. They are the elements of social life any individual should reasonably expect to be granted solely for the fact that they are alive. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there exist thirty such elements ranging from the Right to Equality to Freedom of Religion to the Right to Rest and Leisure. Some are more abstract than others, some more integral to survival than the rest. Near the end of the list is the Right to Education, which is the focus of Big Think expertNicholas Negroponte’s recent interview, featured today on this site and embedded below:

      

       

You’ll notice that Negroponte employs the transitive property to include an addendum to the Right to Education. In the 21st century access to the internet is inextricably linked to a proper, thorough education. Therefore the internet is, or should be considered, a human right:

“And Internet access is such a fundamental part of learning that by extension it is almost certainly a human right and within a very short period of time it will be particularly because of those who don’t have schools, those who have to do their learning on their own. And for them Internet access is access to other people. It’s not so much the knowledge. It’s not the Wikipedia but it’s the connection to others, particularly kids to other kids – peer to peer learning. So yes, Internet access will be a human right. At the moment it’s edging up to it and probably not everybody agrees but they will shortly.”

It’s a fascinating argument that would no doubt ruffle the feathers of those who believe a list of essential human rights should be kept brief to preserve its magnitude. But if the avenue to self-betterment is one that mustn’t ever be obstructed, certainly the internet resides there. Negroponte goes on to propose and posit various ways to help people living in remote parts of the world obtain web access by way of geostationary satellites. It would “only” cost a couple billion dollars, which sounds like a lot but Negroponte tosses out the argument that it’s less than what the world routinely wastes for more selfish endeavors. If the U.N. is really that dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights, they may want to look into Negroponte’s altruistic proposal.

 

Sacrifice: The Best Motivational Video Ever

By Darpan Sachdeva

This latest motivational video from SuccessLab is a great reminder that success does not come to you for free. That if you really want something in life you have to go out there and work your ass off to get it.

Sometimes it is hard to find motivation especially when you are feeling down. That is why it is a good idea to watch a visual of motivating clips to stimulate your thoughts and inspire you to chase greatness.It is all about Consistency and persistence what matters.If you can face it and pass through it ,you are sure to get that success.

Checkout the following motivational video by SuccesLab and this motivates you, please share this with your friends and followers.

“When you are not pursuing your goal, you are literally committing spiritual suicide.”

                                                               –Les Brown

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of                                   Nobelthoughts.com With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity. - 

 

7 Qualities Of The Highly Successful

  by Charles Emmanuel - 

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What separates the highly successful from those who are “just getting by“?

This is a question that a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs have when they are just starting out. You have read all the books and learned all the skills but your mindset and “know how” may not be quite there yet.

Here is a list of the 7 qualities that the highly successful live by.

1. They Are Actors On The Pitch Of Life, Not Spectators

 

The vast majority of people live in Dreamland where they wish, hope and pray that things will turn around in their favor, the highly successful are those who get up and take action! They never wait for a more favorable condition or time. They simply set out to get things done.

 

Nolan Bushnell (American engineer and entrepreneur) once said:

  The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

J.K. Rowling worked on her first ever Harry Potter novel when she was a single mother who just lived off welfare. Yet, she didn’t let that deter her. J.K. finished the book and asked publishers all over town to help get the book published. As you would expect, they rejected her and even criticized her harshly because she wasn’t a well-known author yet.

It appeared like nothing was working out for her but she kept at it. She chose to continue and to push through.

In 2014, she became the first ever billionaire author!

2. They Love What They Do

A very remarkable story that reveals this is that of Steve Jobs (American entrepreneur, marketer and inventor as well as the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc).

In 1976, when he was 21 years old, he and his friend (Steve Wozniak) started Apple Computers from the Jobs’ family garage. Apple went public on Dec 12, 1980 with a value of 1.2 billion dollars on its first day! In the next few years, Apple suffered significant design flaws that resulted in IBM suddenly surpassing Apple in sales. By 1985, Apple forced Jobs to resign from the company he co-founded!

He picked himself up quickly and started a new hardware and software enterprise he called “Next” To cut the long story short, in 1996, Apple purchased  “Next”  for $429 Million and eventually hired Jobs as the CEO.

Today, Steve Jobs’ is quoted to have said:

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.”

Yes indeed, you have to discover what you love to do, and be the best at it.

3. They Don’t Stop Until They Get There

I remember hearing the story of Colonel Sanders (founder of KFC) sometime ago. He drove all over America and offered his fried chicken recipe for a certain percentage of the sales. He knocked on several doors, slept in his car and carried on walking around in his white suit even though he already got 1,009 refusals! On the 1,010th time, he finally got a “yes”es

Thomas Edison on the other hand, had his teacher say to him that he was “too stupid to learn anything”, and was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive”.

As an inventor, he made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

When a reporter asked “How did it feel to fail 1000 times?” Edison replied:

“I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”

Joe Girard said:

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…. One step at a time.”

Simply put, highly successful people have a different understanding of the word “FAIL”. To them, to fail just means “First Attempt In Learning”. So every time they seemingly fail, they consider that to be that they have only found one more way that it didn’t work and then they move on. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas”. He went bankrupt several times before he finally built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on grounds that it would only attract riffraff. Today, the Walt Disney Company has annual revenues of approximately $35 billion!

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4. They Focus On Serving Others Rather Than Being Served

Highly successful people know that true success is about serving others with great value rather than living a self-centered life. They know that being selfish, stingy and money driven can help make you money at first but it’s not really a good plan for long-term success. They focus on serving other people and helping them even if it means giving up some of their own resources!

In most cases, successful people define their success on the basis of their positive contributions to others rather than how much money they make. Incidentally, it is practically impossible to really make a remarkable contribution in the lives of others without making money as well. So the undiscerning are quick to assume that the successful became successful by making more money.

However, it is important to note that it is not that the successful have no care for money. It’s just that money isn’t their focus and priority in life.

5. They Have Clear Cut Visions

A very common factor among the successful is that they all have clarity and certainty about what they want and don’t want out of life. They set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound) goals in line with their vision. They have identified their core values (what is important to them) and go all out to live in line with them. They know exactly what they want to achieve and then they chart their course towards it. Aside from having crystal clear short and long-term goals, the successful also determine exactly what they MUST accomplish each day to bring them closer to their already defined goals. They take full advantage of the “Golden Hour” principle which takes the first hour after you wake up in the morning into consideration. It is assumed that what you do mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually during this first hour, sets the tone for the entire day.

6. They Keep Improving Themselves And What They Do

Not a single one of the success stories you would hear of out there started out successful. In fact, for many of them, they were laughed at or even scorned as they began to dream, plan and take the necessary action towards the accomplishment of their set goals. Through thick and thin, they just kept on improving themselves over and over again. It was this self-improvement over time that impacted on the quality of what they did and made them the success that they eventually became.

For instance, did you ever read that Michael Jordan and Bob Cousy were each ousted from their high school basketball teams? How does it feel to know that Michael Jordan who later in his life was addressed as the “Best Player Ever” could not be included amongst the 10-best players in a tiny Laney High School in Wilmington? At the time he was simply not good enough or else, he would have been on the team.

Michael, later in his career, went on to say:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot … and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.”

No matter what you have decided to do, be sure to see that you are consistently adding to your personal value as well as to the quality of what you do. Strive to see that you never do things of the same quality twice! Steve Jobs once said: “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

Dare to be different.

7. They Understand The Importance Of Discipline

One other quality of highly successful people is that they understand the importance of discipline and self-control. They have come to know that it is not every route that will lead to their desired destination. Hence, they discipline themselves to follow only the route that leads their way. That is why they almost always come across others as mean people!

They constantly work at educating themselves, either formally (academically), informally (watching, listening, asking, and reading) or experientially (doing, trying)… or all three.

This also translates into their ability to maintain their focus on one thing rather than everything. Whereas the ordinary or general public would have long lost focus and concentration on what really matters.

Through discipline, highly successful people know how to pay attention on the one thing that really matters – their goals!

 

Charles Emmanuel 

7681ab756dddd30dd16fb2928f0ea1f6 Charles Emmanuel is an Author, life coach, ministry consultant, motivator, leadership trainer. He is also the Co-founder of Above & Beyond… a capacity building and personal development outfit.  

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Life’s 6 Rules

By Darpan Sachdeva

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The best body builder of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A little known fact about Arnold Schwarzenegger is that, upon arriving in the USA to compete in professional bodybuilding, he professed to coach Joe Weider that he would one day like to move from bodybuilding into acting, then property and finally politics. While many could have forgiven Weider for not paying too much attention to those pipe dreams, Arnold then went onto accomplish every single one in the exact order he planned to.

Whether you plan to use these 6 rules in the gym, to help you focus more at work to get that promotion or even starting your own business and creating a life of full design.

What we suggest here at Noble thoughts is to actually begin applying these steps to your overall life. The impact and sense of freedom it will have on your everyday life is incredibly positive.

 

 



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Blog Photo Darpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of                                   Nobelthoughts.com With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

Richard Branson Philosophy – Screw It, Let’s Do It! – BBC Interview

By Darpan Sachdeva

Richard Branson has done it all  .                                      .Richard Branson

From quitting school at age 15 to start a magazine company to owning one of the most successful  record labels which produced great artists such as, The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Sex Pistols, Phil Collins, etc.

Richard Branson has always been known to have a fearless attitude towards life and running successful businesses.

In the video below, listen to Richard’s philosophy as he shares his very best pearls of wisdom.

 


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Blog Photo  Darpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of                                   Nobelthoughts.com With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity. -

How to Win In The Gym & In Life – Adam Ali

By Darpan Sachdeva

Adam Ali is in an online fitness personality that motivates his viewers to be resilient and determined to achieve their life goals. Adam has received over 3 million views through his motivational videos online.

His video “Dear Hardwork” has been shared by multi millions over the years.

The exposure from these videos led Adam to endorsement offers from PharmaFreak, a nutritional supplement company, as well as a health initiative called FEELRICH started by Quincy Jones III.

 Blog Photo Darpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of                                     Nobelthoughts.com With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity. 

(Video) Discovering Your Own Dreams & Being Your Own Hero

By Darpan Sachdeva

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This motivational video created by Mateusz M is a goldmine of inspiration for all of those who are struggling right now to find their greatness. To face their fears and follow their dreams.

“Often, our most rewarding dreams are staring us right in the face, but for some reason we focus on how hard things are, how we are scared of the unknown and what would happen if we failed.” -Darpan Sachdeva 

In order to achieve greatness you have to push through the adversity, obstacles and critics if you want to reach the gold at the end of the rainbow.

If you are willing to fight your way through the battles, and break through the fear you will reap the incredible benefits when you reach the other side.

This video is a message for those who are currently struggling and facing adversity and makes for a great reminder of what we can achieve if we just push on and don’t stop when the odds seem to be against us.

Motivational Video – Be A Hero

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

 

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of                                     Nobelthoughts.com With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity. -