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Belief Systems – You Have Been Conditioned To Be Mediocre – Business 2 Community

Belief Systems – You Have Been Conditioned To Be Mediocre – Business 2 Community

You Have Been Conditioned To Be Mediocre

Your belief systems are the result of early conditioning. The educational system in America is responsible for suppressing the flames of entrepreneurship as soon as we enter public school. Our educational systems has taught you to avoid any activity where there is a potential for failure. As a result, you have been conditioned to be mediocre.

As babies, when we learn to walk our first attempts, end in failure. With the encouragement of our parents, we were urged to try over and over again until finally, we manage a single step before crashing to the floor. After a few more attempts we string together 2 steps then 3 and so on until we master walking. As the saying goes “practice makes perfect” right. Then we go to school and are told that failure is bad. When we fail we are conditioned to feel bad and over time we learn to avoid conditions and situations where we might fail.

As adults, most people never try their hand at entrepreneurship because they do not believe it is possible to succeed. They choose to dwell on the small business failure rates as justification for their inactions. Occasionally, some might make a halfhearted attempt at a side hustle and when they experience their first failure they abandon it quickly and settle back into a life of mediocrity. They use the failure of their experience as a reinforcement of their belief system. It has been said that, “Beliefs drive our behaviors and that our behaviors lead to our results.” Beliefs are the cause, behaviors the effect, and success is the predictable result.

Successful entrepreneurs know their behaviors are driven by their beliefs and that it is their behaviors that allow them to succeed.

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Entrepreneurs approach each day with passion, purpose, and excitement, knowing that opportunities are unlimited. This mentality sets off a firestorm of events that lead them to bigger and better opportunities. They walk through life thinking they have the world by the balls and can create their own future that leads to behaviors that support their beliefs and motivates them to take actions that generate results.

“Abundance attracts abundance” the same as “scarcity attracts more scarcity”. As saying goes,

“If you think you can, you can, if you think you can’t, you’re right”.

Mary Kay Ash

If you are afraid of risk failure you will never act. If you believe you will be successful in business your operating with an abundance mentally and you are on your way to being successful.

All of us have everything we need to be successful in whatever we choose, but most people do not know it. Successful entrepreneurs do, that is why they are successful. Being successful is not rocket science. It all starts with what you believe.

Are your belief systems preventing you from being successful?


https://www.business2community.com/workplace-culture/belief-systems-you-have-been-conditioned-to-be-mediocre-02293350

4 Ways Do-It-Yourself Entrepreneurs Can (and Should) Keep Things Simple – Entrepreneur

4 Ways Do-It-Yourself Entrepreneurs Can (and Should) Keep Things Simple – Entrepreneur

If you’re new to the DIY business model, make sure to do things the right way to protect your sanity.

January 30, 2020 5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

The world of entrepreneurship can seem extremely complex. After all, entrepreneurs have a lot of different responsibilities on their plates. From developing products and services to managing contractors and marketing campaigns, the to-do list can seem never-ending.

Despite this, the oft-quoted cliche, “Keep it simple, stupid,” still has great meaning for entrepreneurs — especially those who bring a do-it-yourself attitude to their work. By streamlining your focus and keeping things simple, you will avoid getting stressed out and burned out. Here’s a guide for tapping into your inner DIY entrepreneur.

1. Focus on the one thing your business does best

One of the most common mistakes new entrepreneurs make is trying to be all things to all people. They want to provide an incredibly wide range of products and services in an effort to draw in a huge audience from their target industry. The problem is that this usually results in doing a mediocre job in a lot of areas, rather than doing one thing really well.
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Time Management Is About More Than Life Hacks – Harvard Business Review

Time Management Is About More Than Life Hacks – Harvard Business Review

Executive Summary

There is certainly no shortage of advice — books and blogs, hacks and apps — all created to boost time management with a bevy of ready-to-apply tools. Yet, the frustrating reality for individuals trying to improve their time management is that tools alone won’t work. You have to develop your time management skills in three key areas: awareness, arrangement, and adaptation. The author offers evidence-based tactics to improve in all three areas.


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Project creep, slipping deadlines, and a to-do list that seems to get longer each day — these experiences are all too common in both life and work. With the new year resolution season upon us, many people are boldly trying to fulfill goals to “manage time better,” “be more productive,” and “focus on what matters.” Development goals like these are indeed important to career success. Look no further than large-scale surveys that routinely find time management skills among the most desired workforce skills, but at the same time among the rarest skills to find.

So how do we become better time managers? There is certainly no shortage of advice — books and blogs, hacks and apps, all created to boost time management with a bevy of ready-to-apply tools. Yet, the most frustrating reality for individuals trying to improve their time management is that no matter how effectively designed these tools might be, they are unlikely to work. Simply put, these tools presume a person’s underlying skill set, but the skills comprising time management precede the effectiveness of any tool or app. For example, would anyone seriously expect that purchasing a good set of knives, high-end kitchen equipment, and fresh ingredients would instantly make someone a five-star chef? Certainly not. Similarly, using a scheduling app without the prerequisite time management skills is unlikely to produce positive time management outcomes.
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‘I Never Thought It Could Happen to Me’ — How to Avoid Business Fraud – Entrepreneur

‘I Never Thought It Could Happen to Me’ — How to Avoid Business Fraud – Entrepreneur

Pyramids, Ponzis and beyond; beware the things we don’t think about that can do us in.

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and former CEO of Theranos.

January 27, 2020 14 min read

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It began with a private note from a dear woman friend who was more than 70 years old and recovering from the most recent of several hospital stints. I checked in on her, as I often do. When she responded, she gave me shocking news I would have never suspected. She had invested $300,000 in a program to create authority websites through a friend and his family who we have both known and worked with at various levels since roughly 2014.

“It’s awful,” she said. “Rapid growth, lack of communication. I invested $300,000, and it could all go down the drain.”

She suggested I write an article, not about the individual or company (plenty is being written by the traditional press). She wanted me to give insights on ways for people to protect their investments, especially when investing with someone they know and trust. This is that article, along with my thoughts on how to protect yourself as an entrepreneur from ever becoming guilty of getting into a situation like this yourself.

In the days since my friend’s email, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a complaint to the aforementioned company on December 27, 2019. All assets in this particular company are now frozen. The doors are locked, its 100 employees were dismissed without warning or severance in the final days of the year, and its assets are now in receivership. So, what went wrong?

Related: This Startup Raised $30 Million. Now, It’s Founder Is Accused of Fraud.

The company had assisted investors (some 500, to the tune of at least $75 million, according to the SEC) in buying or creating revenue-creating websites the company would build, maintain and host. The company would advertise and grow the Google authority and revenue of the sites at its own cost, and outside of a $1,000-a-month service fee to the investor, pledged to return either 50 percent of the revenue or, if revenue was insufficient to meet the return, guarantee the investor an annual return of 13-20 percent of initial investment, paid monthly.
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The rise of extra-small businesses and the end of corporate jobs – Quartz

The rise of extra-small businesses and the end of corporate jobs – Quartz

Silicon Valley is obsessed with billion-dollar businesses. We are constantly hyping our unicorns—there are now more than 200 of them. As a result, it is easy to forget that 99.9% of US businesses are, in fact, very small. The US alone has more than 20 million XSMBs (extra small businesses). Firms with fewer than 20 employees are growing faster than any other category of small business, which together employ nearly 50% of the private workforce, and the ranks of the gainfully self-employed are swelling. Collectively, they are a force to be reckoned with.

As we transition to a more digital, distributed, and data-driven world, the future of work will be built not by the largest companies in the world, but by the smallest. If the past decade in tech was defined by unicorns, here are five reasons why the next decade will be shaped by XSMBs.

1. Working a regular job is no longer a reliable way to create wealth—but starting your own business is

Despite America’s reputation as a land of opportunity, social mobility is on the decline, with people born into low socioeconomic status more likely than ever to become stuck there. In 1940, 90% of young adults earned more than their parents. Today, only 50% of adults make more money than their parents.

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The Top 5 Big Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Buying a Business – NuWire Investor

The Top 5 Big Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Buying a Business – NuWire Investor

If you’re looking to buy a business but new to the entrepreneurial way of doing things, buying a business can seem daunting at the very least. As a result, many buyers are prone to making mistakes with potentially serious consequences.

So to keep you heading in the right direction with your feet firmly on the ground, let’s look at the top five mistakes entrepreneurs are likely to make when buying a business.

  1. Overextending on finance to purchase

The lure of becoming your own boss can induce people to make bad decisions. It’s a common mistake to take on a serious debt commitment when buying a business. But you should never agree to buy any enterprise you cannot afford. Statistics suggest this is often the main reason for a business failure. After all, if you are overextended, you’ll have no operating cash to advertise and meet the everyday cost of running the enterprise. Consequently, you don’t secure enough customers to support your cash flow requirements and closure soon becomes the only option.

If you can’t afford to buy and run a business, it’s better to wait until your prospects improve or develop some kind of team strategy to share the financial burden.

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How entrepreneurship can make you happier – The National

How entrepreneurship can make you happier – The National

There are certain things in my life that I like done my way, and one of them is how I manage my businesses. I like to start my day before sunrise, with a run and meditation exercises, followed by going over my to-do lists, checking emails and then meeting up with my clients. I’m also the type of person who performs extremely well under tight deadlines. I can wrap up my whole work day in just three hours if I had to and still accomplish everything I planned on doing that day. This simple control over my routine and how my work is conducted contributes greatly to my happiness.

Entrepreneurship can contribute positively to our overall well-being. One study… found that counties with a high concentration of small businesses have healthier populations than those who rely on large companies

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A 2012 study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, found that graduates of their MBA programme, who started their own businesses, ranked themselves happier than those from other professions, regardless of how profitable their ventures were. Their work routines have a lot to do with it.

“There’s a sense that they have control over their own time, even if they’re putting in a huge number of hours,” Ethan Mollick, one of the participating researchers in the study, said.

Entrepreneurship can contribute positively to our overall well-being. A study by sociologists from Baylor University and Louisiana State University published, exploring 3,060 counties and parishes in the US, found that counties with a high concentration of small businesses have healthier populations than those who rely on large companies.

From my experience, I found that there are several factors that, when incorporated into your daily routine, will help you maintain satisfaction levels with your entrepreneurial experience:

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Why Social Entrepreneur Kuda Biza Defines ‘Now’ as ‘No Opportunity Wasted’ – Entrepreneur

Why Social Entrepreneur Kuda Biza Defines ‘Now’ as ‘No Opportunity Wasted’ – Entrepreneur

Here’s how he’s fulfilling the purpose of entrepreneurship: to solve problems and improve lives.
January 24, 2020 7 min read

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In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Kuda Biza, co-founder and CMO of Nunbelievable, co-founder of #ThisIsMyEra, and founder of the Amani Hope Foundation. It was condensed by The Oracles.

Who are you?
Kuda Biza: I build companies to solve the world’s biggest problems: education and hunger. My calling is to use business to impact lives.

My entrepreneurial journey began at 9 years old, cleaning my neighbors’ windows in Harare, Zimbabwe. In college, I launched a socially conscious clothing line with only $150, which has educated hundreds of African children. After college, I spent 10 years working for a Fortune 500 firm, bringing disruptive business opportunities to market and managing multimillion-dollar business lines. I also launched  #ThisIsMyEra, a social enterprise focused on personal development.

Today, as co-founder and CMO of Nunbelievable, I’m working with our customers to end the hunger crisis in a delicious way. Nearly 40 million Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. So, for every batch of cookies we sell, one of those Americans receives a meal.

Share an interesting fact about yourself that not many people would know.
Kuda Biza: I learned Arabic for a bracelet brand I launched in Saudi Arabia years ago. During a visit to Guatemala, I saw these beautiful handmade bracelets and wanted to bring them to the United States. But they already had a U.S. distributor, so I asked their CEO if I could open doors for them in Africa and the Middle East.

My intern was from Saudi Arabia, so I bought 400 bracelets, and he moved home to sell them. In less than 48 hours, we sold every last bracelet at a bazaar. That’s when we knew we were on to something big. A few months later, we opened a store in the largest mall in Jeddah.
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10 Great Leadership Skills For Project Management – Irish Tech News

10 Great Leadership Skills For Project Management – Irish Tech News

Stepped into a new leadership role? Want to make the most of your opportunity to lead a project team? Read about the 10 great leadership skills for project management.

A great number of projects fail. Among the many reasons, lack of effective leadership is one important reason. Before we dive into the 10 great leadership skills for project management, let us look at the statistics to understand the gravity of the situation.

As per the Project Management Summit survey, the failed projects cost Euro 580,000 on an average in Ireland alone. This research, involving 407 professions from various sectors, found that one-fifth of the projects taken by Irish organizations have failed recently.

Now, every failing project means a lot of hard work, money and time going down the drain. The above mentioned survey also highlighted the loopholes. The major reasons for failure are communication and organizational problems, scope changes, poorly defined objectives, etc.

Poor resource planning and lack of involvement of team members are other important causes.

The question arises, what difference can the right leadership skills make?

Well, a great leader can change the game because he believes in inspiring and not controlling. A leader works for passions and not for a paycheque. A leader works with a vision.

You might think but I am already passionate enough but still failing. What about that?

Well, the right intentions have to be matched with the right skillset. This is what I am going to reflect upon in this article. The objective is not to stay a manager but to become an effective leader to take every single project to success.

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6 skills required to be an effective entrepreneur – Josep Vinaixa

6 skills required to be an effective entrepreneur – Josep Vinaixa

Becoming a successful entrepreneur is no easy-feat. In fact, it’s an industry and career that is often tainted with failure and misfortune. This is because a lot of people get into the world of entrepreneurs for all the wrong reasons. If you think this type of life is all about the luxuries, success, opulence and fancy venues, then think again. There’s a hell of a lot of hard work, dedication, long days, fatigue and, at times, burnout. So, if you think you want to become an entrepreneur, here are several skills you should master and hone, in order to get the most out of your chosen career.

Dedication

You can’t be a successful entrepreneur without being completely dedicated to your cause. There are no two ways about it. There are many great examples of real entrepreneurs that reflect such sentiments. Indeed, Amel, a young entrepreneur from Norway, has hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers, all because of his dedication to his business ideas.

There will be long days, a lot of meetings and a lot of backpedalling in order to achieve your goals. But at the end of the day, if you are dedicated to your goals and understand how to achieve them, you will find success.
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