BWM 15/100 – Monday feeling when you are in charge!

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 15
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 15

Monday – for many, many the less loved day of the week …

Why?

Because we have to get back to work.

Because we no longer can do the stuff we enjoy doing.

Because we have pressure and have to get up early and and and ….

Monday the bad boy!  Wait a minute, really?!

Is it the Monday that make things bad? Or are it more the circumstances? The circumstances we pretty often have put ourselves into? The circumstances we don’t like but don’t change? Maybe you are not in the right job or maybe you are currently in a very shitty time of your life. That sucks. Yes, definitely. Totally. But how often non of this is the case and we are just bored? How often are we just unhappy? Unsatisfied? How often would we love to do something totally different but are just to comfortable to stay in our comfort zones? When we are honest with ourselves the answer might be “well, from time to time” or “actually, pretty often”.

Shall I change everything and fall in love with Monday?

Well, if this is what you love, you might like to. Another option is to avoid the Monday blues by

  1. getting aware that this is our life and we can do whatever we want. If we don’t like things we can pretty often change them.
  2. accepting the status quo if we do not want to change things and put the work needed for changes into it.
  3. planning something for Monday evening we very much look forward to.
  4. getting a Sunday routine and doing something enjoyable on a Sunday evening to be ready for the new week.
  5. setting ourselves goals for the week and see the Monday as a change with new goals to accomplish.
  6. writing a “to do” list on Friday evening already before leaving work so we can “switch off” the brain without the fear of forgetting something important.
Alternatively, put in the work and create the life you love!

We all got one shot and I truly believe we should take it. For me it’s being my own boss. This is 100% not the right or ideal way for a whole lot of people but it’s for me. Another dream I had was to move abroad. I got the most amazing chance as my husband lived abroad when we met. So it was kinda easy for me to go this step but I still had to do a couple of changes and maybe sacrifices. Whatever it might you want. Get clear about what you want and what it might take to realise it and create the life you love. Might be worth it.

Btw for me Mondays do not matter anymore – maybe this is why I post the Monday topic on a Tuesday…

BWM – MONDAY as a female founder
BWM – MONDAY as a female founder

Build with me – Day 9 of my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 9
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 9

Do you know this saying “we only regret the things we didn’t do”? Or “I’d rather have a life full of ‘oh, well’ than ‘what if'”.

Do you? I do. And I believe this is pretty true.

When I started thinking about leaving the rat race. Thinking about finding my purpose. Thinking about doing what I love. Thinking about doing work that matters. Thinking about solving a problem I wish would have been solved …  then I thought about a lot of what if?

It were good what if’s though. They have been the first step in the direction to fight regret. Many, many people  have the dream of getting real but can’t fight their excuses. We all know them like “I don’t have time” – although we all have 24 hours a day. 1440 minutes.

How is it possible that some people get over their fears, loose all their excuses and get real? Have they figured it all out? I don’t believe so. I think it’s just a lot of curiosity. Curiosity combined with the knowledge that we will make mistakes. We will probably fail one time or another. Combined with the knowledge that many decisions are not ultimate. There might be a way back. It this “what if I fail? – What if you fly, my darling” kind of thinking.

It’s our life. We all have one shot. We should live it just the way we want it to. And sometimes we haven’t figured it all out but are brave enough to do it anyways. (Btw how boring would life be if we would have figured it all out?! Where would be the fun?). Maybe sometimes we have no idea what to expect. But maybe the pain to remain the same is just bigger than the fear to change?!

How did you fight your obstacles?

Build with me – Day 2 as a full-time entrepreneur

BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1
BWM – Build with me SalesTrainerIn and help me becoming an Entrepreneur – Day 1

This has been day 2 of my journey to become an entrepreneur. I sticked with my tactic to pick my 3 most important things to do, frogs to eat and focus on getting them done. This worked pretty alright. I focused for example on the preparation for my qualification course next week. A lot of reading to do and it got me even more excited to use those tools.

Differences between corporate world and being out there on your own

I have to admit it already does feel super different. And it’s not only easy. Someone like me who has worked in the corporate world for more or less 10 years is definitely used to a different style of working and thinking.

For example working hours – there is of course no one who would dictate me when to work and how many hours to work etc. but it does feel a bit weird to head to the Gym during lunch or any other “unproductive” hour. I am aware that it’s the right thing to do, to make the best use of your own energy level at any given time but it still feels “different”. And even home offices do feel differently than being an entrepreneur.

Another thing is the freedom. As an employee you agree to pre-defined goals and targets. You have regular reviews. Short, you get controlled in one way or another. I have to keep track of myself. Set not only my own targets but also set the targets and mission of a company. I have to keep the bigger picture in mind and am literally my own boss. It does feel good though but it’s really different.

What goes along with the freedom is the kind of responsibility. When working in a corporate environment you are mainly at least 2 people if not more than 500,000 people within the same company. Your desk is pretty specialised. It can be a bit more general – depending on the company size but you never need to pay attention to all areas of the business. When you are self-employed you have to. You might outsource some things but you still have to be aware of potential risks.

Thoughts?!

In general I believe it’s a great challenge to become an entrepreneur and I am more than happy I have accepted this opportunity. Let’s roll.

You can read everything about my first day as on my journey here.

“You don’t have the X-factor”

So, today is the day!

After having hired myself I am now out there on my own, taking full responsibility of my life and living my dream. Just while I was about to write this blog post to kick off my series “my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur” I received an email with the content

you are a great presenter, there is no doubt about that, but you don’t have the X-factor in your presentation talent that I am looking for. Please note that this is subjective and specific…“.

OK, so I am lacking the mysterious x-factor, which is subjective and specific… What does this mean? I have no idea. And I am certainly not too sure whether I should care enough to figure it out. Anyways, I decided not to care.

Rejection – now and then

In earlier days such a rejection would have eventually meant that I would think about the meaning of this phrase for ages, eventually would have feed potential doubts whether I am doing the right thing, whether I am the right person to go this step.

Today this message only gave me a massive push! A “watch me do what I was told I couldn’t” kind of push. It’s a subjective way to say “no, you are not the best match for this opportunity”. That’s it and that’s fine.

Actually this message has given me also an amazing intro for the original post topic I had planned to publish – my series “my first 100 days as a full-time entrepreneur”. I truly believe being an Entrepreneur is a lot about being your own biggest believer, knowing about your x-factor, setting goals and smashing them.

Entrepreneurship – less glamour, more hard work

Entrepreneurship combines a mix of rejection, learning not to please everyone, raising up after failure, making mistakes in the first instance, learning, trust and on going hustle and hard work.

So, today is my first “official” day as an entrepreneur. This doesn’t mean I start totally blank and without a plan but I have no longer an employer who is paying for my holidays, my lazy days or anything like this. If I don’t bring enough value, I won’t get paid. As we all know the glorious picture that is painted of Entrepreneurs on Instagram etc. I decided to share my journey, my first 100 days with you. The unglamorous, real world of a startup entrepreneur. I will blog here on MyNutShare in the category “build with me”about how I build SalesTrainerIn.

Come on, and build with me!

Please feel free to join me and leave your feedback. You can also find me on Instagram as MyNutShare and SalesTrainerIn, as well as on Facebook as MyNutShare and SalesTrainerIn.

Getting real – Welcome to the Startup Life!

 

SalesTrainerIn - my new business
SalesTrainerIn – my new business

In case you wondered why I have become slightly inactive on this page here are the reasons:

  1. I got married
  2. I founded my own company – whoop whoop

Exciting times and I want to share my entrepreneurial journey with you! So, please stay tuned and share with me what you want to know and what are you most interested in? I will have a think about the best format either by blog posts or videos or both …

In the meanwhile please feel free to check out my business page here. The company is called SalesTrainerIn and I help reduce the cost of wrong hiring decisions.

MyNutShare’s Key Points – Grant Cardone “The 10x Rule”

Grant Cardone 10x rule
Grant Cardone 10x rule
  • Success is your duty, your obligation AND your responsibility
  • Success is NEVER an OPTION! NEVER EVER!
  • There is no shortage of success
  • You want to cause things, you want to have an internal locus of control. You do NOT want things happen to you. Things happen because of you! You are not an victim of your circumstances. Take on full responsibility for your life, your decisions, your actions and the consequences
  • Middle-class and average thinking is NOT desirable you’d rather want to aim BIG, really Big! Unreasonable BIG!
  • Most people never operate on the biggest level of action
  • Obscurity is your biggest enemy. You do not want to compete. You want to dominate (the market, your industry)
  • People will call you obsessed, unreasonable, maniac – this is your goal
  • Embrace your Haters
  • Embrace criticism – your goal is to take massive action and to fight obscurity. Criticism is attention
  • NEVER contract, rather expand even more! Massively
  • Customer satisfaction must never be the most important goal for any organisation
  • Make your customers to fans and don’t stop
  • Study successful people and do what they do
  • Set massive goals, plan your day and have your goals ALWAYS in mind
  • Forget all your excuses
  • Reduce the time between having an idea or making a decision and ACTION! Do it immediately, massively

And remember, whatever you do – multiply it by 10!

If you found this summary of “The 10x Rule” by Grant Cardone useful please share my post so that others can benefit as well.

Formal education will get you only so far…

We all know the “cinderella” stories of college dropouts who became billionaires and super successful entrepreneurs – yes, might have happened. But I don’t buy too much into these stories. I believe former education is important, I believe learning is important and I believe learning doesn’t stop after school. Ideally it will never stop. There is this saying – formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune.

We spend roughly 8-10 years at school, some of us spend 3 years at University to get an undergrad degree, further 1-2 years to get a Master’s and some even a couple of more years to do a PhD.

By the time we enter the workplace we have to completely restart and start learning again. This time the stuff we really need for the workplace. Whatever we learnt in school or University will only get us that far. We will be compared with people who have worked in the job, the industry, the company longer and got therefore more on-the-job experience.

I am wondering isn’t it finally time to revolutionise, to disrupt formal education? Rather learning how to interpret a poem, how to tell people in english and french what’s in my pencil case or what someone’s pet is named shouldn’t our formal education help us better

  • how to set goals and how to achieve them
  • how to believe in ourselves
  • how to be grateful
  • how to be mindful
  • how to push our boundaries
  • how to create a brand
  • how to deal with money and how to make a tax refund
  • to learn cross-cultural competence
  • to embrace change, curiosity and challenges
  • why self education is essential and we must never stop learning
  • ….

Which things are you missing?

 

MyNutShare Book Recommendation: Grant Cardone – If you’re not first, you’re last

MyNutShare - Book Recommendation Grant Cardone
MyNutShare – Book Recommendation Grant Cardone

Yes, this months it’s a lot Grant Cardone related stuff, however, I am currently consuming all the Audiobooks and some Videos – this is why.

My key take aways from “If you’re not first, you’re last”:

  • Play to win. Competition is for Sissy’s, you want to dominate your market
  • Obscurity is your biggest enemy – make sure you stick
  • Your second biggest enemy is white space on your calendar
  • There are no bad times to make business – go, build value and rock economic contractions
  • Don’t take the economy as an excuse
  • Money finds perceptions of value – not the lowest price. Decreasing your price is not the answer. The price is a myth. Increase the value and show the prospect, how you solve a problem
  • Value your power houses, go the extra mile, value your existing and future customers
  • Counter intuitive behaviour to cut edge
  • Taking massive action is what you want – and need
  • Think outside the box – who has set the rules anyways?
  • Customer Satisfaction is not the primary goal! Dominate, generate new customers and wow your customers is your goal! Earn the business
  • Sales people are made, not born. Learn to sell and keep your pipeline up. In fact, teach and invest in the sales skills of your workforce. Everyone needs to know how to pitch your business and how to sell.
  • Having trouble selling a first product with a budget? Ask for the second sales as well! Advance and conquer, cross-sell
  • Value add proposition – know your USP
  • Always stay hungry! Everything healthy grows

Being myself a sales professional I can say there is a lot to take away from this book re getting the right mindset and also taking action by getting hands-on best practice advice. But this book is also essential for every employee who cares about job security – it’s a great way to develop an intrapreneurial mindset and become a super valuable asset for every employer.

For every business owner and manager this book is a must! Essential survival guide for succeeding in tough times and slow markets.

MyNutShare book recommendation: Grant Cardone – The Secrets of Selling

Audiobook Grant Cardone - The Secrets of Selling
Audiobook Grant Cardone – The Secrets of Selling

Do you consider yourself a sales person? No? Then you need to check out this short Audiobook – everyone is selling ALL THE TIME! Always. Relationships are selling yourself to someone, being an entrepreneur means selling your products. We are selling ourself all the time to everybody in every interaction.

For all the sales people out there who know sales and am professional this book probably won’t bring to many new insights but it’s a nice refresher – and it’s short, so no huge time investment. Nice read for a commute and a bit of a motivational kick to all sales heroes out there.

Thumbs up, Grant Cardone.

Time Value Matrix

I found this graphic today on Instagram (check out the page of entrepreneurstories here) and had to share it with you guys as I think it’s awesome. Have you already identified your sweet spots and the tasks where the magic happens? We are talking about the tasks that leverage your value and create an amazing output. As a rule of thumb you can also keep in mind to focus on the 20% that create 80% of your outputs rather than your 80% tasks that create just 20% of measurable results. While doing so you can easily leverage your results and create a lot more value. Focus is key as we all just have 24hrs a day – time to be used wisely. Happy Friday everybody.

Source: Instagram @entrepreneurstories
Source: Instagram @entrepreneurstories