Beginners Journey Into the Business World

I’ve learned a lot of what I know through my own mistakes, and an equal amount from observing the mistakes of others. Perhaps the best mistake I’ve made was diving head first into the business world as a young man. While the expression “learning things the hard way” has always held true for me, it is by this that I have laid a foundation for myself, and my business ventures.

I often find myself wondering if I made an appropriate business decision, whether in regards to simple things like taking a sick day, or life-changing decisions such as quitting one job for another. I have often acted impulsively in such decisions, but my judgment to base my impulses on is something I have finely tuned. Unfortunately not everyone has good judgment, so impulsive business behavior is probably not a good idea. Either way I have determined that my judgment is based on two things I know to be true about the business world:

1. You may have a hundred competitors in whatever you’re doing, but your biggest competitor is yourself; if you don’t get out of your own way you will never accomplish anything. This is the most important factor in your success in the business world. What this means is that when you have a great idea, it doesn’t matter how great it is if you don’t implement it. If you don’t get the ball rolling no one will do it for you.

2. Opportunity exists everywhere you can possibly look. If you’re struggling trying to determine the best product to sell quit struggling and look around you; Everything is a product! And ALL products sell, which means you can make money with any one of them. If you can’t find your next lead, or make your next sale you need to get out of your chair and go get it, because it you won’t find it sitting around.

5 Animals of the Business World

My dearest friend and up-line from Taiwan, always full of amazing surprises, led a team-building workshop that I had the privilege of attending.

After her TV show in Taiwan as a business Psychology trainer, she sponsored 17 reps in her first month, breaking records in our new MLM business, and making her a new team leader here in Canada.

Kim revealed to me an astonishing secret used in the professional Taiwanese business world. There Kim is in high demand to fix multi-billion dollar companies such as Toyota, during her famous weekend workshops.

While here in North America, we have heard Network Marketing gurus teach us about different personalities, her magic, this secret of hers defies our Western logic.

In China, there are five animals representative of the business world.

1) Tiger: these are the leaders, the action people who know their business and what they want. They are the pace setters, trendsetters and set the stage for success in the industry.

2) Peacocks: These busy people know how to show their colors. Armed with great potential for team working, social networking and marketing, they shine best when they can show their amazing colors.

3) OWL: These people are loyal to the extreme. They know and excel at numbers, too. They are the irreplaceable troubleshooters, forecasters advisers and accountants of the business world.

4) Chameleons: Chameleons instantly adapt to any environment. They blend and truly connect well with anyone, anywhere. Kim says if you haven’t become somewhat of a Chameleon by the time you are 30 – you are dead in this world. They are rather indirect with immense powers of persuasion.

5) Koala bears like consistency and predictability. Hidden in the eucalyptus trees eating all day, these people can work behind the scenes often making great executives. However change doesn’t always come easy and seeing out of the box may require outside help.

Kim’s wisdom went beyond this. She said that while we usually demonstrate strengths in one personality type, many of business associates and fellow networkers have developed traits in 2 or 3 of these personality types.

So when you are recruiting a tiger, GET TO THE POINT. Don’t sell him on “why” they might want to see your business opportunity. They are totally independent and only need the tools you are offering to blaze their path to success. They prefer to sort out and solve their problems alone without outside help. Before you know it, you will be putting your faith in their ability to turn information into profit.

Peacocks do not fear risks and like to keep on the move and explore new horizons. They take on bright new ideas readily and tend to dominate others with their creativeness and originality. Provide them with opportunity to show off their unique amazing colors where they can impress others with their above average leadership qualities. They could well be the marketing guru you follow on you tube, branding themselves well with colorful photos and impressive links to draw your attention to them.

Owls are so loyal and good with numbers that you will just want them on your team, period – end of story! Build their trust and confidence by showing them the numbers IMMEDIATELY. That is all they will base their decision on. If they are asking to be shown them the comp plan get to the numbers right away! They are very success orientated and unwavering in their determination. Persistence pays!

Chameleons are perceptive, adaptive and can be very influential. Remember with Chameleons, while first finding their role and place online, they need to tap into the resources and talents of other marketers in order to brand themselves. Create a solid network marketing atmosphere for them loaded with handshaking mentors, tons of training resources and the very best networking sites they can hang out on and call home. However, the key is not to let them lean too much on others for support or they may not accomplish their goals.

A business team consisting mostly of Koala bears could need some spicing and livening up. Their responsible, disciplined and methodical manner can organize and run any business. They make excellent managers and will build solid home businesses. They are wise and prudent but their overly conservative natures, lack of imagination, over-protectiveness of their interests and their unadventurous outlooks on life can lead to stagnation.

Kim taught me to always adjust my training and relationship-building to meet each individual’s personality and needs. This information on personality traits of these 5 animals has been made available for the first time here in North America now in this article.

How Climbing a Mountain Can Prepare You for the Business World

Climbing a mountain can be a soul enriching journey. It provides you with the opportunity to reach a main goal, whilst constantly being faced with obstacles. This is why climbing a mountain can prepare you for the business world. This is not a figurative statement. Climbing a mountain could literally be the boost that you need in order to face and conquer the business world.

Working in business can be extremely tough, especially if you have decided to go down the route of becoming an entrepreneur. You constantly have to fight a battle to make it work. Sometimes you will have good days and other days you will struggle to breathe as a result of the pressure. Summiting a mountain can help you to understand how to face these problems head on. During the climb, you will be faced with many obstacles, most of which have been brought about by your own brain.

The actual climb is a simple task. In reality, all that you have to do is walk. However, walking for long hours at a high altitude can begin to play tricks on your mind. You might start to feel as though you cannot push yourself to reach the next camp and that it is too difficult – which is exactly how it can feel in the business world! Just as you think you have everything under control, you lose faith. You need to know how to push yourself through these situations if you ever want to make a success of yourself. Once you have been able to conquer a challenging climb, you will find the strength to push through even the most difficult of tasks.

Here are some aspects that can be utilized in the business world that you will either experience or need to work through while conquering your climb:

  • Preparation: you cannot just climb mountains on a whim. Similarly, you cannot walk into a meeting or set up a business if you are unprepared. You need to have a strong foundation and feel totally ready for what is to come. Having a solid support system will help you through both of these scenarios.
  • Sensibility: you cannot take unnecessary risks in business – and the same can be said on top of a mountain. Sometimes you will have to make decisions on the spur of the moment, but you will still need to have your wits about you. Don’t put yourself in situations that could be detrimental in the long run.
  • Commitment: once you have decided to take on this journey, there is no turning back. You will have to find the strength to continue up the mountain regardless of how tired and stiff you are. In business, you need to commit to what you want to achieve in the long run, never give up and always have an end goal to keep you motivated.
  • Have a good team: sometimes, in life, you need the assistance of a team. This is important in both business and mountaineering. Having the support of a team will help you to push through and keep you safe. You need to know that you can trust the people who you choose to surround yourself with.

LinkedIn: The Social Media Site That Is Geared to the Business World

LinkedIn is the social media site for professional people. It is excellent for visibility and showcasing your expertise. These professionals will still be wise to use Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube in your business building efforts. Social media sites supply business people with the ability to reach numerous amounts of people quickly and efficiently online. There has never been a better time to build a business. LinkedIn has 44 million people using it representing 170 industries. It is a network geared toward professionals looking to network with others. It is the ultimate online Rolodex.

Professionals reveal their current work status. Where Facebook is happy hour, LinkedIn is all business in a suit and tie. It is probably not the best networking site around, but it still has value when marketing your business. It is probably better for those in the business-to-business world. You can connect with former bosses, clients, and colleagues. You can have a free or paid account on LinkedIn. A paid account allows you to send inmails, which are messages that can be sent to people who are accepting them. This enables you to reach people who may not currently be in your network.

This professional site can be divided into 5 categories: LinkedIn events, Your Profile, LinkedIn Groups, Managing Contacts, and LinkedIn Answers. LinkedIn has a number of advanced applications that allow you to promote your products, services, events, businesses, and brand. You can also drive targeted traffic to your websites. The great power with this social media platform is that it ranks extremely high in Google’s search engine. This gives you another platform to promote your name when someone searches for you online. LinkedIn has professionals from all over joining its powerful platform. If you want to bring your business to the next level, then it is crucial to take action and start optimizing LinkedIn to achieve these goals. Your screenshot is like your online resume. Your prospects and colleagues will be able to see your professional life. This site is focused on helping professional people connect and build their business connections.You want to have a picture on the site with you smiling. You may receive recommendations from clients or colleagues too. You must showcase them on your profile. This is vital to your success for prospects that have not used your services yet. LinkedIn is the social media site that is geared towards the business world of today. You should start building strong business connections immediately.