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! 😎

 

 

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3 High Paying Skills You Must Learn Today

It’s critical to adapt to the changing times we’re living in right now.

It’s no secret that for many people the skills they have and that have been generating income are no longer useful, at least during these crazy times. Yes, many are hopeful that the jobs will come back, but the waiting time is going to take a huge toll on and the demand for employee is not going to be the same as it was before.

Why?

Because the companies will not simply hire back all the employees they had. It’s a normal strategy to slowly reactivate the jobs and progressively try to go back to the prior levels of productivity. That means that at the beginning only a few people will be employed and for others the situation will get worse.

Learning new skills is a necessity. Here are three high paying skills that you can start learning today.

 

Personal branding

You have knowledge, you have skills, you have experience. All your life you have been doing some things that other people want to learn. Let me give you an example. If you were a cheerleader in your early youth, you have some tricks that you can share with other, and if you put your own spin to the way you explain those, that’s your branding. If you know how to dance, you can help others do the same. If you have kids and have apply some things that helped you raise your kids successfully, that’s a skill other parents need.

Your brand is the particular way you have to demonstrate your skills. It’s unique, it’s not copying anybody else. It’s your own way of presenting a solution to a problem.

You might say that the skill you have is already out there in Google, YouTube, TikTok or Instagram. But such skill with your own signature is not.

I grew up in the 70’s and when I heard on the radio songs like Staying Alive or Night Fever or More than a Woman, I was sure it was a girls’ band. Then I realized that it was a group of bearded dudes with a very special signature: a high pitch voice that presented the songs in a unique fashion that was accepted by millions of people all over the world.

So, your brand is something that you already have, you just need to refine it and make it specific so the people that relate to you can find you and follow you. And that’s the beginning of the journey where you put yourself out there in order to create value.

Branding is not about being a celebrity. It’s about helping people. You need to understand that nobody cares about you unless you care about people.

And to create value to show that you care about people you need to apply the next high-paying skill.

 

Copywriting

Expressing our thoughts and ideas sometimes requires writing them down in an organized way. Delivering a message that describes a real problem and then presents a great solution is a skill that requires practice and constant evolution. The ideas that live in your mind need to be written in such a way that the reader can perceive the benefit of paying attention to your message and to follow your recommendations.

Copywriting can be exhausting or it can be easy. It all depends on the clarity of your business proposition and the power of the solution that you intent to deliver to your audience. Learning copywriting is essential to communicate with your potential clients, and it doesn’t have to be formal or serious. There are plenty of entrepreneurs who’s branding is totally relaxed or casual. Presenting your personality in your writing is a sign of authenticity and allows people to know you better.

 

Sales

Finally, if you want to do business, you need to learn sales.

It doesn’t matter what industry or field you work or worked before, you have done sales.

How’s that?

Have you been interviewed for a job? That’s an act of selling. You’re selling your skills, your experience, your value. All this with the purpose of landing a job. Once in the job, you better be selling yourself highly every day to keep that job.

In your job, in your neighborhood or in your family you have a reputation. They refer to you with labels that describe your personality. Well, for good or for bad, this is the result of you selling your personality to those people.

What I’m trying to say is that selling is not a scary thing, but is a skill that demands rewiring our minds to understand that when we are rejected at the moment of trying to make a sell, we need to treat this as just another step in the process of closing.

Some people say that they are not made for selling, but that is the same as saying that a baby is not made for walking just because a few falls happened during the process.

 

There are millions of people that need help, and your skills are the perfect match for them. But without a branding platform where they can find you, without the right message to present your solution to their problem and the right way to persuade them to buy your solution there is no business. And this can apply to any product, either physical or digital. You can create your own training course, or you can promote products from other businesses, and you can make a commission. You can start with a product and then move to other product. In any case, the common skills to achieve success online are the same: personal branding, copywriting and selling.

Everybody wants to make money online, but learning the core skills is essential and is not that difficult, you just need to invest in yourself and be coachable so you can apply the same steps that other people have applied already.

Let me know if I can help. I know a thing or two.

I wish you the best of success!

10 reasons to read daily

The amount of reading we do is directly proportional to the knowledge and the kind of mind we have and live by. There are scientific studies that suggest that our brain will not deteriorate in our late years if we keep learning new things frequently.

Here are 10 reasons to keep reading:

  1. The more you read, the more intelligent you become. In every book we can find new words or expressions that enhance our vocabulary. Applying those new words in the daily conversations helps our brain to create new connections between the neurons, reinforcing our brain health.
  2. You learn to focus and concentrate. It’s a challenge to read a book from cover to cover. Sometimes reading a chapter gives us a lot of value in our learning journey. The special time devoted to read can be very important, so focus… focus… focus…
  3. You can travel. Yes, reading makes your imagination fly and it transports you to remote places. This is the reason why many people state that reading a book was better than watching the respective movie. That’s because the visual image they created is the result of their own creativity and mindset towards the story in the book.
  4. You can improve your verbal abilities. By increasing your vocabulary, you can speak about the topics you read with fluency and with references to the source of the topic you talk about. If the topic is related to your job or other person situation, you will be able to drive the talk…
  5. It can be relaxing. Reading before going to bed can help you to transition smoothly into a good sleep. Also, if you read early in the morning before doing other kinds of information intake, it can be beneficial in your learning.
  6. It can make you interesting. When you’re know as an avid reader, people will want to talk with you. This turns into a positive cycle to keep gathering more knowledge by keep reading. It is a good problem to have!
  7. It boosts your memory. As opposed to watching videos or listening to audio books, engaging the eyes in this active interpretation of the text forces your brain to ingrain the knowledge in a more effective way. The attention needed for reading is higher and will produce better results.
  8. It’s entertaining. Reading about the themes you love will keep you busy while reaping all the benefits enlisted here. That increases you skills and make you a source of information for other people.
  9. It enhances your creativity. You can always improve what you learn. That applies to what you read. Like when reading this article, you have the power to make it better.
  10.  It makes you appreciative of the arts. You will likely pursue additional knowledge related to what you read in other venues, like museums, the internet or any event related to your passion.

I love reading. Here are some of the latest books I’ve read. I think you can find these interesting.

Happy reading!

 

From typewriters to a cloud world

When I was in junior high, back in Acapulco, Mexico, a friend and I were sitting on the sidewalk talking about what the next prank was going to be. I don’t remember the details, but such idea soon changed because suddenly through the corner of my eye I saw an unidentified flying object (UFO) coming out of a moving car. It landed roughly a hundred yards from where we were plotting some childish joke.

As any young curious people would do, we rushed to see what the UFO was, which landed on the same side of the street where we were discussing our very important endeavour. It was a science-fiction book named The Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. The cover of the book was different back in 1983, and it was in English. My friend showed no interest in the book, so I decided to keep it because at the moment I was taking additional English classes to the ones from school, so I though I could eventually read it. Later, Isaac Asimov would write several Foundation books, and now you can have the entire collection, if you enjoy this kind of reading.

As time passed, I kept learning English but still could not comprehend the book. So I took on the goal of translating the book to Spanish, so I could read it. It was a daunting task considering that the book had almost 400 pages, with no images. So I bought a couple of dictionaries and used the typewriter and some paper at home and started typing.

Hold on… if you are 30 years old or younger you might have have not seen a typewriter. Such device was not kept at my parents’ house or mine, so I can’t take a picture of it, but I’ll give you an approximation of it with a cute picture of a vintage, emotionally charged fake typewriter that I got last year (it’s actually a bank).

Vintage Typewriter

Vintage typewriter, no electricity or Wi-Fi required

Also, if you did not use a typewriter, you should know that there was no “Delete” key to correct a mistake. If you made a mistake, that implied to start the page all over again, until a marvelous thing was created: liquid eraser, a white coating that covered the wrongly typed word and allowed to write on top of it (awful when used on non-white paper).

Fast-forwarding to 1988, at my last year of High School, and after five years and countless nights of typing, along with trying to decipher the idiomatic expressions in order to translate them in a way that made sense in Spanish, I was able to complete the task.  A lot of effort went in it, and it allowed me to dive deep into the intricacies of translation. By the time I finished it there was no need to read it, because I became very familiar with the story both while translating the easy parts, as well as when trying to fill the gaps. At the end, the stack of paper that the book formed was higher than the typewriter (letter size).

In our current world, the typewriter can only be found in museums, or the basement or garage of highly sentimental people who like to hold on to these things. But I doubt they keep using it. New devices have taken over, so fast, so radically. Change is a wave so powerful that nobody can stop.

The rapid pace of change produces such an incredible tale of two realities. That from two o three decades ago, and the one from today. Stories like these seem themselves like science-fiction, but they’re not. Here’s today’s tale:

During the past few months I have translated two books from English to Spanish, and I’m on my way to finish the third one. Of course I’m leveraging the experience (gay hair) and the tools I didn’t have back then. I use the website Babelcube to find the books that I want to work on, and after a quick handshaking process I’m typing, proof-reading, editing, and submitting the work, without using a single sheet of paper, or liquid eraser. The best part is that I’ll get paid for, based on royalties. I like to plant seeds for the future…

The books I refer to are:

It’s a whole new world we live in. Distance, language, culture and other barriers are quickly fading, and those who refuse change will eventually end up in a museum, like the old typewriter.

Adios!

P.S. If you want to check the books in Spanish, here are the links:

Use your language skills

Learning a new language is a challenge, but the reward is that a person who learns it becomes smarter. It wires the brain so the linguistic capabilities are sharp, ready for a new learning journey, and that goes beyond languages, because learning how to communicate in other tongue increases the curiosity about the countries that speak it, making the person’s appetite for knowledge grow bigger.

If there’s an opportunity to become bilingual or multilingual, any hurdles become part of exciting times that will pay big time in the long run. The opposite of this is when a couple in which the spouses speak different languages don’t push their children to communicate in both, for the sake of comfort. In my case I see the fact that my kids speak both English and Spanish as an advantage, for many reasons, one of them being that I won’t have to pay for additional classes in the future (that sounded cheap, but many of you will agree with me at some point).

Here’s one example of the benefits.

I found Babelcube, a publishing portal where author publish their books in their native language, and then you or me can offer to translate them to our own language, with a compensation model thru royalties. It’s pretty straightforward if you are committed to deadlines and can produce a high quality work. Translation is not easy, especially when it comes to convey the ideas in a way that makes sense in the translated piece. Translation tools are awful, and there’s no replacement for the human interpretation.

If you can translate, use the link above, it will be a great experience! I translated one book already, and I’m waiting for others to come. If you’re interested in it, it’s accesible in the next links.

Channel Status Info
Barnes & Noble
Published
View the book here
Apple
Published
View the book here
Kobo
Published
View the book here
Scribd
Published
View the book here

Good readings!

 

 

Education for entrepreneurs

“Any person can produce a lot of ideas in a day, there’s no merit on that. Investing time and effort to transform one idea into something meaningful is what makes the difference between average and awesome!”

Learning from other bright minds is a double benefit for those who decide to invest in their own education. It provides an outside approach to problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration that will always result in new knowledge and ideas that fuel the innovative brain with a cornucopia of possibilities. Also, it helps to learn not only from their successes, but also from the failures, which can prevent the wanna-be entrepreneur from making the same mistakes.

A great resource at the perfect time in Cincinnati is the creation of the local chapter of the Founders Institute, The World’s Premier Idea-Stage Accelerator and Startup Launch Program, with the mission to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and help promising entrepreneurs launch companies that create one million new startup jobs.

The brain power found within this organization is truly amazing, and the expectation for the Queen City’s new FI alumni is really interesting and promising.

The deadline for application is August 7 for the current year.

Do you think you have great ideas? Find out if one of them is worth one million dollars!

I signed up for the program and will be sharing my experience as I become a better entrepreneur.