Happy Saturday, Mompreneurs!
I stumbled upon a set of small business resources, tucked away in my garage for “safe keeping.” Instantly, the warm memories started to flow…
…Remember my college mentor, Lolalisa D. King, that I mentioned to you all in an earlier post about my journey? Well, she gave this set of books to me, during one of our many mentoring sessions together. Many life changes, many moves, yet I held on them for all these years knowing one day, one season in my life they’d come in handy.
I guess this is the season, huh? :)
Let me tell you how old these books are…they were published in 1996 (I was 16 years old then!). She gave them to me in 1999/2000.
I’m 32 years old now…
…these books are 16 years old.
What I’m discovering in these four books is certainly nothing new or profound, but it is priceless.
Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s outdated – certainly rings true here.
While many people will pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars on a course, session, or seminar for these Golden Nuggets of business success, I have them right here at my fingertips!
All I have to do is read and apply them to my business. How wonderful is that!
I wonder how many of us are looking to be coached/mentored by some of the “greats” in industry or desiring to attend a course, session, or conference (that’s entirely out of our budget), thinking that we will have a competitive edge on the market, when really and truly we have valuable resources right at our finger tips.
They could be books, tapes, cds, videos, friends, family, other business owners, and certainly the internet.
Start there first.
Get your footing.
Get some knowledge.
Then reach out.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t attend a conference or have someone coach you. Those are certainly worthwhile activities that can take your business to the next level. What I am saying is this…
…You should be selective in what you attend and who you allow to mentor/coach you. You can only be selective when you have a good foundation for yourself.
You’ll know whose message sits well with you.
You’ll know who has genuine success and is not exaggerating.
You’ll know who to trust and if, in fact, what they are saying are true, sound business practices.
You’ll know where you need to invest you money, resources, and time to grow and become inspired in your business.
I found a single piece of paper, inserted in the front cover of one of these books. This is what it says:
20 Things That Successful People Do
It’s not looks, background, or education; it’s
1. Willing to accept responsibility for the task or job undertaken.
2. Has the habit of recognising merits and abilities of others.
3. Has written goals.
4. Always has a plan.
5. Successful people learn from people who are already successful.
6. Willing to risk failure.Remaining in any sort of comfort zone is a change for the worse because you’re not growing.
7. Habit of daily, deliberate, dedicated care of her mental resources by a program of reading and listening.
8. Person of action, personal initiative, does more than expected.
9. Develop fiscal and financial responsibilities.
10. Has developed an abiding sense of the positive in everything.
11. Is cooperatively independent.
12. Accepts criticism without resentment.
13. Understands the nature of problems and dwells on the solutions.
14. Is as excited about the growth and development of others as about her own.
15. Has patience.
16. Willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
17. Truth, honesty, integrity.
18. Is persistently persistent.
19. Realizes the secret of giving.
10. Believes in herself.
Looks like I have my work cut out for me! And so do you! :)
What about you?
What tools or resources have you overlooked that you can use and apply to your business?
What are you currently using that you found yourself, was given to you, or you paid pennies for?
What are you using to grow your business?
Dance with the King!