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4 Traits Every Entrepreneur Must Have

4 Traits Every Entrepreneur Must Have

Entrepreneurship can be a long windy road filled with obstacles and it is often traveled alone. Since almost no one cares to see you succeed but yourself, it is on you to find the strength needed to go on. Here are four traits every entrepreneur must have in order to get to the finish line.

1. Motivation

There is a reason you got motivated to bring your idea to life. That same factor is the one you need to keep close as no one out there will motivate you better than yourself. You simply have to remember what is that ticking factor that keeps you going. Try to make sure your motive is not driven by money, as many of the failed attempts to monetize your idea will in turn end up de-motivating you, instead of keep you going.

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2. Discipline

Waking up at 7am to go to work is probably not the life you envisioned living, especially if you are an entrepreneur but you will most likely have to wake up at 6am instead when working for yourself. It is ultimately your ability to keep yourself in check to maximize your productivity that will lead you to succeeding. If you worked at about 30% of your potential when reporting to others, you will have to triple up that productivity and do so without any reassurance that you are on the right track.

3. Belief

For every 10 failures, you might have one small victory. Make sure to hold on to that one victory and not allow the proportions of success to failure get to your head. Believing in your idea to the very end is key to succeeding, even if there are more rainy days that bright sunny ones.

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4. Determination

Being determined to win means being willing to do what it takes to win, and more often than not, you will be reminded of a 100 reasons why giving up makes sense.  Being determined means you must have the ability to work your ass off for 100 days in a row only to realize it won’t work and be willing to redo it all from scratch with no one to blame but yourself and no one to remind you that you got ways to go.

Despite having had many successful offline businesses, I hardly considered myself a successful entrepreneur and it wasn’t until I actually started and succeeded with one company that I felt the entrepreneur within me come to life. In 2008, my partners and I launched the business and it wasn’t until two years later that we defined what we wanted to be known for and experienced our hard work turning into what we originally imagined it would be like.  It has been one of the best experiences of my life, and continues to be the reason I work so hard every day.

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The reason I share this with you today is because without the four attributes above, my team and I would have never been able to see our vision come to life.

Without belief, we would have never kept tweaking our brand to keep improving it and without discipline I would have never stayed awake until 2am to start all over at 6am everyday despite not earning any money. It was ultimately our determination and ability to stay motivated that led us to be able to deliver a great all around motivational experience for anyone that visits our site.

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Just remember that you will encounter opposition and disbelief but it is highly irrelevant as others cannot see your vision, your goals, and do not wake up daily with the same feeling of fulfillment, which is ultimately why they don’t understand you and create opposition. People often fear the unknown and disbelief in anything they haven’t seen which is why ideas are attacked with disbelief rather than enthusiasm by others you share them with. I like to think new ideas work somewhat like this.

  • Year 1 – New idea – Everyone Including your family thinks it’s stupid.
  • Year 2-3 – Some traction – Your family still don’t understand what you do and others don’t care.
  • Year 4-5 – People start paying attention and talking about you with mixed feelings.
  • Year 6+ – Your family tells stories of your successful business venture that they still don’t understand, and your enemies join you thinking you won’t notice.

No matter how many businesses I start or work on, those behaviors don’t change and regardless of who you are and what you are doing, you are ultimately the greatest weapon against failure, so don’t give up.

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Published on November 20, 2018

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

Stop manually tracking your spending.

Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

  1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
  2. Only buy nice things after saving
  3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

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