3 Keys to Living Your Best Life Now – Kevin Stark
In 2016, I was working at a San Francisco-based software company. It was a “normal” job, typical 9-5. It had great benefits but the downsides were straightforward – I couldn’t take time off to do what I wanted, like play golf or attend my kid’s activities. At least, without worry that I’d get a call from my boss.
One day, I had a conversation with my neighbor, Doug Roberts (of ShipOffers) and we started sharing what we both did for a living. He mentioned he was partners in a products and logistics company with Tony Grebmeier. That conversation piqued my interest, and was the day I was introduced to internet marketing.
I saw an incredible opportunity for me to be successful because of the unique blend of my technical background and other skills I had picked up. I wasn’t in a position to just take the leap full-time — I had a family, mortgage, bills, etc — but I started to explore the path.
Identifying the right partners early on was crucial to my success. I looked for vendors that were true partners, who cared about the longevity of my success and not just their own. My first venture was with a Green Coffee product, and unfortunately it wasn’t really taking off. I talked to the team at ShipOffers, and they immediately said; “Let’s fix this”. Tony helped me make the connections I needed to get the business off the ground. That was the turning point for me.
I didn’t initially recognize how important connections would be in developing a successful business. Networking really pushed me outside of my comfort zone. After my first show, I quickly learned that every time I went to a conference, I would meet someone who could open a door that wouldn’t otherwise be opened or solve a problem I didn’t even know I had.
To those looking to get started or grow their business, my advice is to work with reliable vendors who have your best interest at heart and to cultivate a strong network.
So if you’re an entrepreneur, you’re probably asking, “Now what?”
How do you achieve the success you dreamed of at the start of your journey? Many entrepreneurs struggle with “shiny object syndrome.” They jump from idea to idea and project to project rather than focusing on the drivers that will move their business toward success. However, others have adopted personal traits that allow them to harness their vision and develop a highly successful business. We asked the growth managers at ShipOffers about the most vital traits they’ve observed among the successful business owners they work with. Their response?
Keep your word.
This is plain and simple: if you don’t keep your word, you will lose credibility. It’s easy to make a promise, but if you stop and think before you make a commitment, you’ll maintain integrity. These four traits will help you do just that:
- Be organized! Check your calendar for scheduling clashes and review project lists to make sure you have the time to fulfill a new request. This way, when you say, “I can do it by next Wednesday,” you know that timeframe is reasonable. It’s far better to push a deadline out than to miss a promised date.
- Be motivated! Don’t just agree to something for the sake of pleasing others. Make sure it’s something you believe in and can get behind. If you say yes just to be agreeable, you won’t have the conviction to get it done well or on time. Make sure you ask questions to understand the need behind the initial request. You may find a deeper need that you can relate to.
- Be honest! Just tell the truth – if you can’t do it, don’t say you will. Turning down a request may feel like you’re letting others down, and no one wants to do that. But it’s far better to say you can’t do it than to give someone false hope and then disappoint them.
- Be ethical! When you miss a deadline because you were busy, it doesn’t just affect that project; it affects your reputation as a whole. Be guided by your values and principles, and do as you say you will. Despite our best efforts, sometimes we will disappoint people. When you do – no excuses! Recognize the disappointment and apologize. If you own it, people will give you the benefit of the doubt next time.
Running a business can often feel like a never-ending fire drill, darting from place to place to address the hottest issue. Use these simple ways to slow down and take control of your day.
- Time-blocking. Review your key tasks for each day, week, and month, then schedule time blocks for each of them. For example, set aside two hours every morning for client calls, then one hour in the afternoon for budgeting, and another two hours for special projects. Set aside three hours on the first of each month for business planning. If you schedule each day, you’ll become more consistent in completing tasks. Look back at what you didn’t complete and carry it over to the next day.
- Establish systems. Establishing a consistent process for completing tasks will make the company run more efficiently and give you a truly repeatable business strategy. Your company will be process-dependent; not people-dependent.
- Accountability. Everyone needs help. We entrepreneurs can often benefit from mentoring from others that propels our personal and professional development. Consider a mentor, mastermind group, or accountability partner who can help you stay on track, overcome challenges, and hone your strengths.
Cultivate a vision.
Your vision is a picture of your future that generates passion. What do you want your business to be one year from now? Three years? Ten? If you can paint a vivid picture, you’ll have a clear focus that will steer you in the right direction. Keep your vision next to your bed or on your desk and review it often to make sure you stay on the right track in every choice you make.
Your vision will help:
- Guide your decisions.
- Catalyze long-term thinking.
- Maintain balance in your life.
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