We’ve all seen the memes. The ones where ruddy-faced millionaires tell us how easy it is, to “click the link”, believe in yourself, and all in good time, you’ll be sipping Chardonnay by a cliffside lagoon surrounded by A-listers. Let’s be real—that’s complete bull. I don’t know about you guys, but I was raised on a ramshackle basement in the slums of Jersey City, New Jersey. People like me had to start so far down the ranks and I sure as hell am not taking advice from a guy who kickstarted his business with a “small loan of a million dollars.” They just don’t know what real people, people like you and me, who still put on our JC Penney pants one foot at a time, deal with just to get out of bed in the morning. For some of us, we question the purpose of rolling out of bed. What’s the point? I’m never going to be successful? There’s always someone better than me. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret, my friends, attentiveness in yourself is the most worthwhile investment you can make.
Here we are again with another gem from Darren Hardy that I would love to share with you all. As a lot of my readers are first-time entrepreneurs, this is going to be beneficial to a lot of you. For this post, I’m going to be writing about 4 characteristics of high-performing teams. I believe this is going to be valuable because as you scale your business, you’ll have to learn how to develop teams.
I know firsthand how a bad team can affect your progress; Your environment really does make a difference and birds of the same feather do flock together. When you’re on a team where they glorify “just try” instead of “actually do,” you’re in big trouble. You start accepting the mentality that even if you don’t get result, it’s okay as long as you try. This is a complete personal opinion of mine, but if you try and do something and you don’t achieve the results you should be getting, something is amiss. We make things happen. I don’t think it’s good thinking to feel good because you “tried” when what’s needed are results.
So, to help pave the way a bit, here are the 2 characteristics of high-performing teams yours should have:
I’ve been on a hunt for a mentor for quite some time now. That little tidbit is actually quite surprising given I find it extremely hard to defer to someone else. In this post, we’ll talk about finding the right mentor for your business goals. Even though I haven’t found one yet, I still understand the importance of having a mentor. Through failed mentor/mentee relationships, I think I’ve figured out what works for me and I’d like to share them with you. It might save you some time in finding the right mentor for you and your business.
A week ago, in honor of Women’s Day, I posted a picture of our creative director because I wanted to show how much I appreciate her commitment to Breaking Boundaries. Because of all the appreciation going around, I got to thinking how I can effectively demonstrate gratitude to those around me. I didn’t want to be one of those people who forget those who have helped them along the way.
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton
I’ve written multiple posts about having the courage to step out and follow your own path. I know many of you are well on your way or are already on journeys of your own choosing. I am also aware that some might be hesitating because they’re worried about what others might think. For some, having to fight off bad vibes might be too much to deal with, so they choose to not create waves.
Anytime we go against the grain, we risk ridicule, criticism, and well-intentioned people discouraging us from forging our own path. Sometimes they’re so loud, it’s like they’re protesting. However, just bare in mind that it most likely has nothing to do with your limitations; it’s their limitations being imposed on you.
I have been looking for different ways to physically challenge myself for the past two months. Cold showers based on the recommendation of Joel Runyon was my first challenge. Currently, I’m training for a 5k. I haven’t done one in years so I think it’s time for me to get back into it.
The reason I’m doing this is simple: physical limits usually stem from mental limits. I figured that if I break through my physical limits, that must mean I won the battle against my brain saying “I can’t.” I have always been very active (except for a 2 year stint) so I know how much our mind affects what we can accomplish physically.
I’ve been hearing some talks on courage for the past two weeks. People from the likes of Darren Hardy to marketing gurus have stressed about the importance of this one quality. Apparently, even Aristotle think it’s the most important trait to have.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer
I have been making it a priority to meet people who are stepping out of their zones of comfort to make epic things happen. I have also been to a few startup events to get myself up to date with the startup scene. We have a few events lined up for the rest of February so it’s going to be a busy few weeks of being around new people in different environments.
Being of Filipino descent, I’m used to hearing about the glorification of formal schooling. It’s almost as if your worth is decided on the premise of whether or not you graduated from college. Take it a step further: your major is of no value unless it’s in medicine (read: doctor), law, or engineering. Their advice usually falls along the line of “Do well in school so you’ll have a great life.” This means a degree 100% equals a great life. I beg to differ.