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You probably heard the term “spirit of the entrepreneur” uttered from time to time – as I have – in an attempt to define a certain characteristic of an individual. The independent, creative, professional type who relies solely on his/her skills to carve out a special niche and make a life for him/herself without having to rely on someone/something else to provide it.

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The entrepreneur and the independent contractor (known also as commission sales persons in some circles) share many qualities and tendencies. Both take certain risks by foregoing a salary and opt for compensation based solely on performance. Both are relatively independent; and both are creative in their own special way. Having been a commission salesman for most of my adult life probably explains my respect for entrepreneurs and captivation of the entrepreneurial spirit.

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In discussing entrepreneurship and writing articles on the subject, it seems logical to me – or sensible anyway – to begin the discussion by agreeing on exactly what the word or term means to us as participants in the discussion.

Entrepreneurship is the process of creating or seizing an opportunity, and pursuing it…Read more!

Part of that Web experience I referred to earlier is contacts made and relationships formed with other marketing professionals. One such professional is copywriter John Forde of the Copywriter’s Roundtable who sent me a recent article which I found insightful, motivational (especially in a New Year), and humorous.

Here’s an excerpt from that article titled, How To Reinvent Yourself. I hope you get as much enjoyment and insight from it as I did:

Lots of people just seem like they were born great. I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about. From leaving the hospital nursery ward to ovations and tears from the nurses… and graduating summa cum laude from kindergarten…

To catching their own touchdown passes on the playground… papering bird cages with scholarship offers from the Ivy Leagues… and making billion
dollar fortunes selling widgets they dreamed up one morning in the shower. The threads of their very DNA are 24 carat gold fiber… they wrote, direct, and star in their own biopics… and ‘getting the girl?’

Forget about it. The girls get them instead, as buxom beauties with trust funds and graduate degrees line up to be counted. These are the greats. The blessed. The destined that history long awaited and whose legends will be whispered generations hence, into the ears of children.


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And then there’s you. The sad sack whose dropped toast has always hit the ground butter-side down. You, who gulped air at the genetic pool, got dealt
a deck of all jokers, and whose mouth-spoon is plastic not silver. The girl? She laughs at you. What’s the point of trying, you’ve asked. And a
wind echoes back, ‘there isn’t one.’ You haven’t even two sticks to rub together, and even if you did, they would both have short ends.

You’d crawl under a rock and eat mud for breakfast, if you could, but even the bugs won’t have you. I know what you’re thinking…”Hey, wait a minute, you flaming SOB of an e-letter writer — I’m not THAT bad off!” To which I reply…

“MY POINT EXACTLY.”

You’d sock a stranger in the mouth for talking about you like that. So why tolerate it when it’s you kicking at yourself, hobnail boots and all? Point being, you’re probably neither as great or the failure you think you are. And in either case, there’s always an opportunity to change something for the better.

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Mike was cut from his high-school basketball team before he became Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time. Steve got stuck in a learning-disabled class back in junior high school, before he dropped out. But he still grew up to be Steven Spielberg, history’s most financially successful film director.

And I’m sure you’ve heard about N.J. Baker. Talent agents told her she’d be better of as a secretary. She decided to go on to be Marilyn Monroe instead.
Or how about Jerry, who froze up his first night on stage and couldn’t talk, but went on to become Jerry Seinfeld anyway — now worth over $800
million and climbing. All floundered before they flew.

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Is There An Ideal Time To Publish Your Articles?


Today’s post is special for a couple of reasons. First it has brought back some memories about my own early days on the Web; and Second it is a rather inspiring account of the author’s own recollection of his early Web publishing efforts. When you think about it, the vastness of this Internet community/marketplace could be very intimidating.

My memories – as conjured up by the article I’m about to share with you – are vivid and, as a Web marketer going on 5 years with a pretty decent demand for my articles, I share the following article with the knowledge that, in order for any entrepreneur or marketer to be successful on the Web, s/he MUST be able to communicate effectively with the community; and the best way to be effective is to be honest to yourself and your audience.

Here’s the entire article – which was shared with me – authorized for republishing by, and with a few words of introduction from, my reliable copywriting buddy at the Copywriter’s Roundtable:

Today, I’ll share what might be the weirdest (and best) invitation you’ll hear all year. But first, a challenge. This comes to us via our Kiwi pal and fellow copywriter, Sean D’Souza. What’s the challenge? By way of explanation, I happen to know that a lot of you guys are not just aspiring copywriters… but aspiring writers in general. Sean, too, was once in your shoes.

And then he did something about it. Today, he’s going to challenge you to do something about it too. Even if the kind of his writing he’s recommending ISN’T something on your wordsmithing bucket list, I encourage you to read on — simply substitute the kind of writing you want to do with the kind Sean talks about here.

Sean, take it away…

WHEN’S THE RIGHT TIME TO PUBLISH YOUR ARTICLE?
by Sean D’Souza

Imagine a daughter who’s about to utter her first word. For a long time her expectant parents have been waiting to guess what that first word would be. Would it be ‘dada’ or ‘mama’? Or something else altogether? And then she says it! There are whoops of joy. Except this daughter is not really a baby. She’s a woman at the ‘ripe, old age’ of 35. And there’s nothing wrong with the woman at all.

She was just waiting for the right moment to say her first word. Yes, I know it’s a ridiculous story But it’s not any more ridiculous than you waiting for the right moment to publish your article. As we go through writing articles, we believe that our articles aren’t quite good enough to post on our websites or blogs. So we salt them, in the hope that we’ll write better articles in the future.

If I’d waited for the future, you wouldn’t be reading this article. When I started writing articles way back in the year 2000, I struggled with my articles. I didn’t feel they were good enough. And besides I had one massive problem. I felt like a fraud, because I was a cartoonist and knew nothing about marketing. But I’d read an article in the Reader’s Digest when I was a child. The title of the article was “Be brave and mighty forces will be with you.”

So I gave in to mighty forces. I published my articles. And to my surprise, others not only wanted to read them, but wanted to publish them as well. And while it took us over a year back then, over a thousand people subscribed. One thousand people were reading my ‘crappy’ articles. And it didn’t stop there. I then wrote this document called The Brain Audit. It was only 20 pages long, including some fillers. And at first it was a trickle of customers that bought it, but soon we had hundreds of people buying it.

I’m sure you’ve heard this story before, but we had sold over $50,000 worth of The Brain Audit in that form; And it was only then that it got upgraded. (Today The Brain Audit is 180 pages and far more polished); but what if I had waited for the perfect moment? What if my articles still needed polish? What if I had believed that The Brain Audit was too anorexic to publish?

Be brave! Go ahead and publish your stuff. And then be surprised, just like I was.
The article ends, hope you liked it.

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The Keys To Success In Your Own Entrepreneurship

Success in your own entrepreneurship – or small business – may depend on a lot of different things, and many an entrepreneur would achieve instant wealth if they had the formula that could be patented and sold to other entrepreneurs; but there is no such formula. Many so-called experts will tell you what does NOT work for achieving entrepreneurial success, instead of what does.

It has been said that success in business has nothing whatsoever to do with salesmanship, and little to do with a knowledge of your company’s products or services. That also is incorrect, because the lack of salesmanship or product knowledge will surely be a one-way ticket to the dump heap of so many other once-promising enterprises whose owners didn’t bother to learn how to deal with their market or convey to that market why their product was worthwhile.

While salesmanship and/or product knowledge will not be the only qualities you need to succeed in business, when they are combined with other important and fundamental principles your success or failure at anything you do in life will certainly be determined. Those other principles are your A,B,C’s, Attitude, Belief and Consistency. Let’s take attitude for example.


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Attitude

Possibly the most important of the three principles mentioned above but useless on its own. It’s no good having the best attitude in the world if you sitting on one’s own in a closed room not talking to or exposed anyone else. So what is attitude apart from how one feels about oneself and others. Attitude can best be described as a shining through of your inner self.

Your face is transparent, totally transparent and your attitude shines through whether it’s positive or negative. The instant that a prospective customer sees you maybe even before you see him, your attitude comes through. The customer sees it, maybe only subconsciously and will react accordingly.

We all know that the first thing any salesperson has to sell is his/her self even s/he they begins to talk. If s/he can’t sell the public on who s/he is and what s/he represents then s/he might as well turn round and go home and go back to bed. If salespeople can’t sell themselves they wouldn’t be able to sell an iced cold drink to the most thirsty individual.

So when we get up in the morning and do our consistency things let’s get a really big warm smile from within feeling good about ourselves and keep that all day. When we go about our business we need to keep our good attitude with us. If we can’t also be in the place where we are physically there’s no point being there in the first place. It’s easier to ride a horse in the direction that it’s going.

Belief

An absolute and genuine belief in our business, it’s products and services and the benefits it can provide to ALL customers who use it. Belief is commitment. Total commitment to and in what you are representing to the marketplace. You have to be ready, willing and able to demonstrate to anyone in your presence how your product/service benefits YOU and your family; and why it is without question the best thing of its kind you have EVER seen in your life.

Consistency

We get up every morning, we brush our teeth wash, get dressed have breakfast. We are consistent in our actions. We do it every day. We need to do the same with the tasks associated with our business for the days that we have chosen we are going to work, be it 1 or 7 days a week. We need to take mental notes of each positive action we perform and be prepared to repeat it whenever necessary.

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However, we need to do the same thing for the negative actions we took so we can avoid these kinds of actions at all costs. Developing good habits comes with repetition which means that we need to be consistent in positive actions, and just as consistent in the elimination of negative actions that can take down our enterprises. We need to concentrate on the actions not on the result. I’ll repeat that, we need to concentrate on the actions not on the results.

When we go mountain climbing, if we would continually look at the summit we would soon trip up and fall. We need to concentrate on each small step at a time, one after the other and as surely as the sun goes down we will reach our summit. So the combination of all the important ingredients which determine your success or failure must be taken and utilized together in order to be effective.

Today’s Entrepreneur is Yesterday’s Superstar Employee

Think about this headline for a little bit and then ask yourself this simple question: How did I get the confidence to start my own entrepreneurship? Understanding, of course, that your entrepreneurship is an extension of yourself, it’s reasonable to conclude that you have already proven to yourself that the skills, knowledge and experience needed to operate a business are all a part of your make-up, but had been honed during a former employment position.

You may have used this talent to catapult your employer’s company to super success status; but could not claim any more of the company’s success than what your position commanded, which was somewhat short of the value you added. Now that you are an entrepreneur with your own business that needs to be catapulted to success status, you’re betting on this same talent to take your business over the top; and that is certainly understandable.

However, you need a plan for your business and it cannot be the same plan used by your former employer; although the time and energy you put into it will undoubtedly be the same, if not more. Yes, you need a new plan for your new business. A plan that is just as good as or better than the one under which you became a superstar while carrying out the duties for your former employer. A plan to grow. A success plan.


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Your strategy must be a proven one that has worked for small businesses as well as some of the larger companies; and it must be a strategy that is flexible enough to allow for the kind of adjustments that will become necessary as your business begin to grow and take on additional responsibilities, new staff and renewed objectives. Of this new staff, perhaps the most important part, is the sales staff whose function it is to promote and market your product/service, but also a positive image of your company.

Understand that no matter how small your company is, you can hire a sales force that can catapult company growth like you never imagined. Therefore your plan must supportive of astronomical growth and the strategy employed to execute such a plan must be instructive as well as thorough; taking into account that while you have a natural ability to build your own business, the help you will need to achieve massive success must also have “natural” ability or be capable of being taught to perform at the highest levels of achievement.

In other words, the kind of help you’re going to need is individuals who are considered to fit the profile of top producers in your type of business and you – based on your strategy – must be able to identify this type of individual based on a psychological profile, or the person’s past achievements. This type of person might be someone you can put in a bad situation with poor tools, no training, bad resources and still, within a few months, begin to out-perform any other individual within the same setting.

Since it will be your responsibility to select the kind of superstars you want for your company – as you had been when you were employed – you may be interested to know, if you don’t already, the two things that drive the superstar. They are both critical traits and they work perfectly together when you can find them. The first is empathy and the second is self esteem.

Empathy is described as the need to bond with others; to find something likable about every person. It is a wonderful trait to find in a salesperson and allows that individual to just keep going at the client every which way, trying to find more and more ways to serve that client, to please that client. Empathy is a key trait and part of your interview process – part of your overall strategy – must be specifically designed to find their empathy.

Self Esteem is described as a strong sense of self; and you have to recognize that great sales results come from people with very high self-esteem. Only a person with an extra dose of self-esteem persists with a client time after time even after the client has said no. People with weak self esteem will walk away after only a single rejection, because they fear rejection and therefore never actually close a sale.

Studies show that 48% of salespeople give up after only one rejection. Only 4% will try more than 4 times. Yet it takes 8.4 rejections to get a meeting, and even with eMail Marketing it takes 7 emails to a subscriber before the marketer makes a sale. What makes the difference between someone who will face that rejection one time and quit or 40 times and never quit, is purely personal self esteem.

Another aspect of a strong self esteem is personal ambition. Don’t you love it when you hire someone who innovates, expands upon and improves every single task you assign to them? You were that person with your previous employer, so it stands to reason that you will have a pretty good understanding of this type of individual, and as such will be profoundly empathetic to his/her desire to join your company’s sales staff.

Another characteristic of self esteem can be described as the need to please, which can make some people of this ilk seem overly eager-to-please in a job interview; but you shouldn’t let a little bravado put you off; it is the quintessential trait in every superstar. In an interview, the person is the product, so they must present themselves with confidence to assure you that s/he is the one you’re looking for. Such aggressive behavior will scare some employers, but it is exactly what you need in a salesperson, and something you know only too well.

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