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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 September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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