Don’t be afraid to be accountable

 

We all like free stuff. Some free things are good. 😎

However, the value of free (or cheap) stuff can come with a catch. It’s like fast food. It’s cheap and fulfilling immediately, but in the long run it will have horrible consequences in your health.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, there is a time to enjoy the free stuff, but at some point you need to put some skin in the game. That will happen in the form of time, effort, or money. It’s the only way to go from a dream to a business.

Having skin in the game makes you accountable. You cannot longer procrastinate because you will start paying for that, sometimes big time!

You will start making new decisions that need to be very well thought out; you will make a plan and will get to work on it right away, making adjustments along the way and handling the bumps in the road without losing focus of the vision that you have set for yourself.

Accountability will make you show up every day, not occasionally, not only when inspiration comes to you. You will seek opportunities to create solutions every day, everywhere, at any time.

The evolution of any entrepreneur starts with a dream, then you start taking baby steps, which includes learning, networking, crafting a solution to a problem, and then launching your business and brace yourself for what’s coming ahead.

In this process, the key component between each phase is this: taking action. Without taking action there is not movement, and without movement there is no momentum, and without momentum there is no growth.

Nothing is guaranteed when you get started.

But if you don’t get started, there is something guaranteed to happen: NOTHING!

So, what’s stopping you from getting started?

If you’re afraid to fail, I understand you, because I was the same way. It’s not your fault. Entrepreneurship goes against a lot of teachings and ideas that we have been exposed for decades during our lives, and it’s not going to be easy to unlearn some old habits.

Remember that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago… but the next best time to do it is… NOW!

I’m still fearful. It’s like public speaking… you never get rid of getting nervous. The difference is that, when we take action, we are OK with being fearful and nervous. We just change our response in such situations to improve the outcome.

I’m sure that you can do great things. I am convinced that you have great ideas, experiences, and a lot of value that you can share to the world.

There’s only one small step to take: ACTION!

I used the course offered in the link below, which put me in a great path to get started with my business online. I acquired so much clarity and the confidence in myself to take the first steps towards financial independence and to control my own working schedule and the projects and ideas that I love. I no longer fear the possibility of getting “streamlined” because I have the skills that will allow me some day to fire my boss and dedicate all my energy to my business.

I know you can do it too. It’s just one small step…

Here’s the link, if you’re interested, and let me know if you want more information.

https://www.alejandroclavelg.com/

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“It’s just like riding a bike”, they said

Life is complicated. It can be full of disappointments and obstacles.

It can be insufferable at times.

Sometimes our current life is the result of our decisions, which get combined with unfavorable conditions, resulting in madness, deceit, sorrow, or even dreadful self-low esteem.

Life is unfair.

However, regardless of your current situation, the little spark inside you is ready to ignite a big fire that will burn every negative feeling and will help you climb that giant mountain that seems unconquerable.

You will raise and will use the failures to your advantage. You will apply the new learnings and will adjust; you will make pivotal changes, new decisions, new ventures.

You will face new challenges, and will meet them head on, ready to jump the hurdles ahead, and using every opportunity to improve, to become wiser, to inspire yourself.wanttolearn2

You will take action, knowing that sometimes you’ll will and sometimes you’ll learn.

You’ll share your journey with others, your successes, and your failures. You will inspire others and support then in their own journey. You will be their guide. But you will keep being inspired by your mentors because you will never stop learning.

You will reach new levels of improvement and your success will be tremendous. You will become a better version of yourself and that will help you create your own legacy.

It might not be like riding a bike, but pretty close…

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5 [Reasons] Excuses that Keep Us from Being an Entrepreneur

You work hard during 40 or more hours per week; you deliver your highest quality in everything you do. However, you don’t feel appreciated, you don’t receive the promotions you think you deserve, and in the worst case, you are deemed disposable, your job is terminated and your time an effort spent in the company is a total waste.

Or maybe you’re still in a job, but the conditions and the stress you’re exposed to are taking a huge toll on your personal life.

It’s not your fault. This is just the result of system that was part of your upbringing, which taught you that you are supposed to walk a straight and pre-defined path: go to school, get good grades, don’t deviate from what the book says and find a job and keep it for the next 30(?) years and then retire and enjoy life.

But… where are the jobs? Where is the security? Where is the American Dream? Is life fully enjoyable after 60 or 70?

The conditioning of the educational system puts most of us at odds in these changing times, where all the promises from the past have evaporated like an ice cube hitting a red-hot surface. Industries and markets are changing faster than the school curricula; it’s impossible for them to keep up.

That’s why… now it’s time for you to start “deviating” from what the traditional books say. And for that it’s necessary to get rid of the next five reasons excuses that keep you from being an entrepreneur:

 

Employee Mindset

“Be creative, but don’t be weird, don’t be different”. We have been conditioned to bow our heads and just follow instructions. That’s considered normal… to follow the crowd, to wait for things to happen, to have someone else dictate your fate. But entrepreneurship requires to unlearn this way of thinking and rewire your mind, so you don’t keep waiting for things to happen, for the economy to bounce back, or for the jobs to come back. The job of your dreams exists only in your head, which means you need to create it. You are capable of great things, but it’s only up to you to decide to switch from a victim mentality to a winner mentality.

Beware, the road to success is filled with challenges, but the new mindset will help you conquer any obstacles and to keep grinding until you reap the fruits of your efforts without depending on employment (or unemployment).

 

Lack of Time

Life gets busy, and the workplace keeps demanding more and more from us. Today it is easy to check your email from your phone, even from your wristwatch, which triggers the need of getting online to address the potential request that could be the key to keep your job. Again, it’s not your fault. It’s just too much pressure. And at this point it becomes even more critical to consider starting an online business.

“What?” – you say. “I’m burning the midnight oil as it is!”

One thing is certain: the demand for your time will not decrease when it comes to an employment. It will keep growing. And while becoming an entrepreneur and keeping a job seems like trying to face a tsunami, the advantage is that once you get started, it becomes easier, and the time spent in growing your business will be less over time, and once you are comfortable with the income you are achieving, you can fire your boss and hire yourself full time. Yes, the time required to get started is considerable, but the prize is… well… priceless!

 

I don’t know where to begin!

That’s why you’re here! It’s the same process for a baby to start walking. He has no idea what he’s doing, but getting started, while difficult in the beginning, it becomes easier after some time. So, start with baby steps. Do basic research, consume free online content, read books about entrepreneurship, follow blogs, podcasts, subscribe to newsletters to receive information.

After you use the basic information to decide if this is path you want to follow, decide on a mentor that can guide you on your journey. Find a person that has implemented a successful business online and be coachable. Yes, ask a lot of questions, but also trust the process. Remember, hard work and patience will always lead to good results!

 

I don’t have money to get started

A lot of us have been there, no surprise. After all, you would not be reading this if you were already wealthy. But the key difference between winners and losers is not having resources (money), but instead being resourceful. This includes coming up with creative ways to access financial resources to get the ball rolling. It’s always difficult to reach out to family or friends to come up with an investment, but that’s what being an entrepreneur sometimes mean, to convince others that our business plan is solid and that will be successful. Other resources can be used, like credit cards, loans or savings. Here you need to assess your risk and be mindful that your business needs to start producing results to cover the initial money you used. This puts more pressure on you, but the difference is that the end result will be fulfilling and totally worth it!

Remember, if you’re resourceful, you will make it happen!

 

I’m not sure if I can succeed, it’s too risky

Same as life. Same as your job. Same as every time you drive your car. Risk is part of any business. Without risk there’s no merit because anybody could do it. Any known entrepreneur will validate this… that risk is always an inherent component of any enterprise.

Many businesses will fail. But the main reason for failure is the lack of adaptability and resiliency to keep going while others stop, to keep learning while others thing that there’s nothing more to learn, to look at the business as a living organism that produces value, as opposed to think of it as a cash machine.

In the digital era we don’t need to produce physical products. We live in times where knowledge is the new currency. It’s the most valuable asset that a person can produce. And it’s right there, between your ears. Your brain contains knowledge that would allow you to write thousands of books. And that’s how you succeed.

So, what’s stopping you from getting started?

Check this online course that can show you in 15 daily lessons how to succeed online…

www.alejandroclavelg.com

Take care! 😎