We live in results driven economy. Employers, clients, and people–at the end of the day–are interested in one thing: results. The days are gone when hard work for the sake of hard work mattered. It’s now all about producing; not so much about the style of performance, rather the outcomes of it.
This article is about better understanding your value in this results-based economy. Specifically, the focus is about the idea of hard work and the misconception that it’s a major factor of one’s value, because that’s simply not the case.
Hard work is important and should be the foundation to our unique skills…but it’s our unique skills that make us valuable.
Hard Work isn’t Enough
Work ethic is like gasoline to a car; it keeps it going. A cars overall performance has very little dependency on the gas. Gas is needed in order for a car to perform at any level…but gas isn’t the distinguishing factor that differentiates the performance between a Beetle and a Bentley. Even if it is your first car and you bough it by taking a student loan, you have a vehicle that can help you to get from a point A to B.
So we can say that gas plays a foundation-level role in a cars performance. On the other hand, it’s the engineering sophistication that really separates the average vehicle from a high performance one. And what do we care most about? PERFORMANCE…it’s all about the results (horse power, speed, safety, capacity, etc). Continue Reading
We have been examining what it takes to be a success in home Internet businesses. This post focuses on mastering what we have come to know as the ‘Slight Edge philosophy’.
Mastery in personal development
So you have started a work from home career and you have begun your personal development and you think how am I ever going to master this business?
Well I have news for you if you have started a business opportunity, and you get to the point where you have become regular improvements then you have become a ‘master’. Continue Reading
In this article I examine how to become a fisherman rather than a hunter in networking
Work from home careers operate best when fishing
There are two basic styles to trying to get leads when you have a network marketing or direct sales business opportunity as your work from home career. These two styles are; ‘hunter’ or ‘fisher’. First we define a ‘lead’ as someone who is showing a definite interest in your business opportunity.
‘Hunting’ – this is where someone aggressively seeks leads. They are always on the lookout and will chase down anyone relentlessly to get them to say ‘yes’.
‘Fishing’ – this is where someone sets out to ‘lure’ or attract someone who is already interested in your type of business to join you.
Hunting a poor way to earn extra money
There are two systems in which you can be successful; the wage system and the profit system. As you are a visitor to this Blog I am assuming you are interested in home Internet businesses, which is the ‘profit system’. What is special about these types of internet based businesses?
The problem with the wage system
Out of interest the only truly successful people in the wage system are Sports Superstars. So unless you can play tennis like Roger Federer the profit system is the only system where you can make money for yourself instead of, ‘the boss’, and where you can control your future.
As ways to earn extra money on the Internet of the three mentioned above I would venture MLM has attracted most criticism. The main problem with MLM’s is it is possible to make money fast however they miss an important element the other two have. This is called the ‘invisible profit system’. Also many MLM’s do never sell an actual useful product or service. They simply rely on recruiting more people. This can only go on for so long, people loose interest and ‘drop out’ so you have to keep recruiting.
The story of the black pearl
With the outbreak of WW II, James Assael an Italian diamond dealer left Europe for Cuba. He made a good living supplying the US Army with good quality watches because he could source the diamonds from Switzerland.
At the end of the war the US Army no longer had the same demand for watches, so Assael found himself with a stockpile of watches. Japan wanted watches however had no money, so they bartered with pearls which they had by the thousand.
Eventually Assael became known as the “pearl king”. He met someone who had purchased an atoll where the Oysters produced black pearls. This person had tried to sell them but said there was no market. Assael waited a year until some better specimens came along and contacted Harry Winston the famous gemstone dealer. Harry Winston agreed to put them in his 5th Avenue Store with a ridiculously high price tag. They were strung along diamond, rubies and emeralds. At the same time Assael ran a glossy magazine advertising campaign. The pearls were soon seen round the necks of the wealthiest women in Manhattan. Assael had taken something of questionable value and turned it into an object of desire. [From Dan Ariely's Book, Predictably Irrational] Continue Reading
This post looks at the second of four excuses people often use for their lack of success – intelligence. People worry whether they are clever enough. This article explains why some of the most successful people have been the least educated.
In his book The Magic of Thinking Big David Schwartz starts with the four main excuses people use as reasons for accepting their position in life. Once you accept these excuses they become like a disease, you begin to believe your own press and stop trying. Many people feel they lack the “intelligence” to be successful. However what many people do is confuse education with intelligence.
An educated person is different from an intelligent person. To be very educated you need to be of average intelligence only. However you can be very intelligent and have little or no education. This is because education is about learning a skill or facts and memorizing them. As long as you are of average intelligence you can learn most skills, provided you decide to and stick at it and become an expert.
Intelligence is about the ability to think creatively and see a solution to a problem. In fact some people say very clever people see problems other people fail to see and they see the solution. So what you need to concentrate on is your ability to identify a problem your customer has and give them a solution. Continue Reading
Today’s advice on how to be a success is the simplest of the five pieces of advice I will be giving in this series. in addition from personal experience I can tell you it works.
How can moving faster improve my self employment and work from home?
What’s interesting about this piece of advice is that I discovered it by people watching. I admit to being an avid people watcher when I am taking time out especially when on holiday.
During the day when the weather permits I like to eat my lunch in a large square in front of where I work. About 10 years ago I noticed something about all the Directors of my organization had in common, they walked across the square considerably faster than every one else. Then I noticed people who you would class as ‘rising stars’ also did the same thing.
I mentioned this to my work colleagues and they laughed off my suggestion of a common link. However I was convinced there was a link. I faced an interesting dilemma, ‘How does a disabled person who already walks slower than average begin to walk faster than average?’. Then I realized what the actual effect of of walking faster was. The person walked more upright, made more eye contact and appeared to be confident. Continue Reading
Everyone needs a PSI. The question is why and how good is yours? It will directly impact on your financial planning and budgeting.
A major part of financial planning and budgeting is being successful. Success involves three major areas; health, wealth and wisdom.
Under the wisdom area you need a good PSI. So what is a PSI? It stands for Positive Self Image. An important question to ask is why do so many people have a NSI – Negative Self Image? Once you understand this you can work on strengthening your PSI.
PSI is belief in yourself. It is so important that the experts on thought and personal performance say success is impossible without it.
PSI is rooted in whether you believe you deserve success. Interestingly most people believe they can achieve success however far more lack the belief they deserve it.
PSI is rooted in your emotions and what you believe about yourself? It is difficult to improve your PSI by logical and rational argument. In his bookThe Midas Method, Stuart Goldsmith gives an example conversation of what we say as opposed to what we mean? Continue Reading