Don’t be fooled, Entrepreneurship isn’t Personality

abex_img1The prevailing notion of the entrepreneur is the go-getter, fast-talking, outgoing, people-person who shrewdly cuts deals. This person is usually an extrovert, hardly an introvert. For many, they’re unable to describe the art of entrepreneurship beyond this personality trait.

This is a costly misconception.

At the core of entrepreneurship are principles and policies that will help anyone build business systems. I repeat: anyone – quiet, loud, calm, or in-between personality – anyone.

Fortunately, we have enough proof in the corporate world to confirm that successful entrepreneurs come in every personality trait imaginable. They all thrive because each one, personality irrespective, found the principles that make business work.

Every pilot knows that they have to comply with the laws of aerodynamics to enable them fly. Likewise, entrepreneurs have to adhere to the principles of entrepreneurship and the laws of money in order to succeed.

The principles make the professional. That’s the real deal, not personality. No doubt, it helps to have certain personal qualities to help you; however, professional endeavors are built on laws and principles.

As you refine your personality, find the laws that govern entrepreneurship, apply them and success won’t discriminate.

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Value The Process, Enjoy The Journey

Blue-Abstract-painting-by-Simon-Brushfield1Life is rooted in processes. Every aspect is intended to go through stages. We start as babies, then grow and evolve.

Likewise, our ideas are subject to processes. You think it, and then you’re thrown into a tunnel of mixed rationales. You plan, meet people, seek resources, start, almost fail, fail, start again, barely succeed, eventually succeed, start again…get a new idea… and every step is designed to grow an aspect of your mind.

While going through the motion, it’s easy for entrepreneurs to get fixated on the struggles and pain of birthing an idea and that’s not the point.

This is:

The process of an idea is designed to make you better – someone who increases in quality – in an area. Folks who understand this embrace the process because the reward is worth the pain.

The successful is frequently asked for the secrets to success. That’s easy: process! The ups, downs, small and medium wins, setbacks, fights, big wins, joys, sorrows…the unique cocktail that life gives each one.

Richard Branson’s process is the real secret to his success. Oprah Winfrey, President Barrack Obama, Anthony Robbins, Warren Buffet…YOU! Everyone is made by process.

How To Attract, Keep and Deploy Great Talent

GreatalentAs a consultant, I’ve worked with organizations that knew how to attract great talent, but unsuccessful in keeping or putting them to good use.

So, how do you keep good people? Here we go:

  • STRONG VISION

Great talents want to associate with organizations that won’t waste their time because the company knows why it exists. Beyond making money, the company serves a higher, meaningful purpose.

  • GROWTH

To retain brilliant guys, this is huge! You have to create a positive growth environment. Your space must promise and deliver on growth for good people to stay.

The absence of growth means that the organization is beneath the individual’s capacity and that’s not motivating.

Folks will leave a job with great pay because they know that they will not grow there. They’re looking for much more, not just money.

  • RESPONSIBILITY

Great talent wants to fly – always! It’s natural. This individual is constantly seeking higher levels and pushing the limits. Otherwise, boredom sets in.

Creating an environment that’s full of worthy challenges and trusting good people to take them on is fantastic use of their energy. It means they’ve been deployed right!

25 Signs of the #POORLYRICH

PoorlyRichIn society, what’s obvious are the POOR and the RICH. But there’s another group: the #POORLYRICH. This group is generally ignored. Here’s a brief profile of this crowd:

  1. They have money but have been traumatized or psychologically damaged by poverty.
  1. To this group, their money or possessions – form the core their identity. They’re rich with a deep sense of inferiority complex. Without money they lack effective presence.
  1. They’re not careful to properly heal from the traumatic experiences of the past due to poverty. Eventually, some become oppressors due to past wounds.
  1. They have the ‘messiah complex’ and only lead followers. They’re not secure enough to lead leaders or smarter folks. They’ve got to be the smartest in the group. Great talent can’t thrive in their environment.
  1. They have a vague or no understanding of honor. They display uncouth behavior, believe that having money is grounds for rudeness and are unable to appropriate respect.
  1. They’re always winging it; wealth creation is a gamble. They lack the discipline required to create healthy sustainable systems. ‘As long as we’re making some cash, all is well’ – they think.
  1. They think using people is the same as building relationships.
  1. They ensure you’re ‘baptized’ by their influential network list every time you meet; name-dropping is essential.
  1. They would rather watch the world burn than to admit they don’t know. Extensive enquiry makes them sleepy; they hate questions.
  1. They’re always running from poverty, even with a huge bank balance. They’re never settled or relaxed in their wealth.
  1. They’re rich folks who frustrate great talent due to their trust issues and inability to delegate effectively.
  1. They’re oblivious of their capacity for delivery. They confuse talking big for effective delivery. These guys talk BIG, but deliver SMALL.
  1. They fail to realize that wealth is the THINKING or SYSTEMS, not the cash.
  1. They value money over relationships. Consequently destroying valuable relationships for short term gain. They forget that relationship is currency.
  1. They honestly believe that people are unable to see through the ‘money-noise’ into their emptiness.
  1. The appearance of wealth is more important to them than solid wealth systems.
  1. In their minds, big spending, being loud and noisy equals power and authority. They’re convinced that noise is substance; classic display of poverty.
  1. They help you at the expense of your dignity. Make no mistake, their help is a debt that you must repay
  1. Their self esteem is powered by the inferiority of others. They need you to feel and act inferior in order for them to function properly.
  1. They’re quick to play down your value or out rightly devalue you in order to control you and get your best at no price. Manipulation is natural.
  1. They view being rich as a revenge mission. The world must pay for their past sufferings.
  1. They believe that having expensive taste is the same as being classy. They forget that CLASSY is about HONOR, not pricy possessions.
  1. They believe that money is a defense and almost never see that wisdom is a better strategy.
  1. They focus on DOING and HAVING – and have little or no regard for BEING.
  1. They TALK about change with no plans of changing. They’re heavy on the change rhetoric with no growth plan.

See-Saw

20 Exchange Place, Financial District, New York CityYou did not raise your child – only. Your child raised you too.

I see adults arrogantly talk about how they raised their children. Like they need refund from their kid. I beg to differ. You raised each other. It’s a two-way street.

You see, children start contributing to society the second that they arrive. Your baby gives you joy and bring so much emotional value into your life. For many, the arrival of a child gave them a reason to live. The value is immense. Yet, your kid never gives you an invoice.

As your kid grows, so do you. Folks enjoy personal growth in the process of raising a child. Most likely, you’re more patient, developed greater insight and have become more strategic since your kid appeared.

They don’t have a job yet, raid your refrigerator and play all day…but these little adults are doing their job…usually ‘unpaid’. Kids probably add more value to you than you think you’re adding to them. Children don’t pay the bills, but I believe they contribute greatly to the process. Your child is raising you too.

You should probably write your kid a cheque!

Getting Good

MrsCarterMrs. Carter is phenomenal. I’m never tired of watching her: I AM…World Tour. She delivered consistently in a 108 shows. The woman had fans going wild. I also go wild, but for a different reason – her backstage performance.

I know that the spotlight is merely the result of hours of back breaking work. The best spend a lot of resources, daily perfecting their craft. Now, that process gets me very excited.

The greats are keenly aware about their current level of performance and where they want it to be. Hence, they develop a well structured growth plan to help them get better.

Good mastery of your craft is guaranteed to make the ‘fans’ shout – in any field. It’s a law. It’s automatic. So you need not worry about the ‘fans’…get really good and they will find you. Investing in your craft is good strategy.

I’m always working with the next level in view. I know what I’ve signed up for. It’s going to take time, energy, money, sacrifice, etc…to perfect my craft and I’m ready.

You enjoyed the concert, but putting it together was no walk in the park. Ask Mrs. Carter.

Ping Pong

pingpong2Six frogs sat on a lily pad. One decided to jump off. How many were left?

The first time I heard that, without much thought, my answer was five. I was rightly wrong.

Six frogs is the right answer.

The frog only decided to, but didn’t jump. It had the idea.

When ‘great’ ideas hit our minds and we do nothing about them, guess what happens? Nothing! It becomes only a passing thought. Action is the bedrock of ideas; that’s what makes them great.

Once I was watching a martial arts movie. In one of the fight scenes, one guy started threatening his opponent. “I will destroy you”, he said. The other man replied, “Why don’t you shut up and just do it”.

The journey from idea to reality is often not an easy one. That’s why many enjoy the momentary thrill of day dreaming and promptly forget about the thoughts once the session ends.

Imagine Barrack Obama never acted on his idea to run for the U.S. presidency. We would have lost an important piece of history. It wasn’t a pleasant chat over coffee. He actually did it.