I’m adding on to yesterday’s post about being our most important asset because I feel it is important. As an entrepreneur in network marketing, I reflect on what people think about me sometimes. They don’t understand what I am doing.
Some people around me are telling me to update my resume and get a “real job”. They think I am spending long amounts of time on the computer for no reason…and if I didn’t get the results that I’m proud I’m getting now with my business, I would probably be a little down by what people think about me.
The best thing I ever done to ensure that my business is growing and florishing is investing in myself.
What about you? What are the best investments you have made in business? Were they websites? How about a marketing plan? New business talent? Improvements in the way you do business? Wait! Look in the mirror!
The best investment you will ever make as an entrepreneur is in yourself.
Believe me, successful entrepreneurs have learned to step over several mental road blocks known as the “I CAN’Ts” and “BUT I’M WAITING ONs“. You do not have to figure out HOW but you do need to believe in yourself.
If you are waiting for the perfect time to quit your full time job and jump head first into starting your own business, the perfect time will never come. If you are waiting to reach the perfect income bracket before reaching entrepreneur success, it might not happen if all your energy is sucked away at a 9 to 5 job.
Just a few months ago I was holding down a full time job in addition to working on my network marketing business and taking care of my autistic son. I worked my ass off but through blood, sweat and tears I was able to make the transition to entrepreneur. The hard work I had to endure was a temporary sacrifice. Yes, there were times I wanted to give up. Yes, there were times I doubted myself. But I would have robbed myself of so much reward had I gave in to the fear of failing.
Today, I get to enjoy spending time at home with my son and my daughter, I have flexible working hours (I decide what my hours are), I have flexible income, payday is any day and I look forward to making the daily short trip to the gym everyday.
Remember, entrepreneurs are human. They doubt themselves at times. They reach hurdles. They sort through conflicts. But only the successful entrepreneurs learn to persevere: put one foot in front of the other and take it one day at a time. They learn to kick the excuses in the rear, ignore negative criticism from doubting friends and family and they learn to focus with a laser mind.
Did you notice two reoccurring words? THEY LEARN.
It is important to realize that what you invest in yourself is more valuable than any revenue you earn.
Learn something new today: a different perspective or a different skill. Take time everyday, even if it’s only an hour to invest in yourself. It adds up. But it won’t begin unless you make that commitment to invest in yourself right now, beyond anyone’s doubt, beyond anyone’s criticism, beyond anyone’s misunderstandings and even your own self doubt. Do it right now for yourself. If you don’t, who else will?
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are
omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge
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