The 8 Steps to Become an Extraordinary Entrepreneur
There are two types of entrepreneurs in the world…,
The average entrepreneurs and the extraordinary entrepreneurs.
And there's a BIG difference between the two, especially regarding how much money you can make and the kind of lifestyle you can achieve.
This post is for entrepreneurs who aren't content to settle for average and don't mind putting in a little elbow grease to become extraordinary.
So, if that sounds like you and you're willing to do whatever it takes, here are the seven steps to help build your network marketing business into something extraordinary.
First, you must decide to become extraordinary.
I know, sounds almost too essential. Yet, most people never make a genuine commitment to excellence.
Now, you're reading this shows you've committed to building your business, but that's only half a step.
The complete step is to make a FULL commitment to become truly great.
If you're going to do something, you might as well be great at it.
What's interesting is that the actions you must take may seem somewhat primary and elementary.
Yet they will make all the difference in whether you become extraordinary or stay average.
You'll see what I mean soon.
But that's the first step: Make the decision and commit. You can only proceed to build your network marketing into a great business.
That is a biggie.
You need to feel GREAT (not just good) about making money.
That is a big sticking point for a lot of people.
Many people develop these weird attitudes around money, success, abundance, and material things.
So you need to ask yourself…,
What's wrong with making a LOT of money?
From my perspective, there's nothing wrong with it!
Money is a tool, just like a flame is a tool. With a fire, you can cook a meal, keep yourself warm, or burn down your home.
It all depends on how you use it.
Or look at a hammer: you can build a house, fix things, or kill somebody by smashing them over the head.
It's all in how you use the tool.
And the same is true of money, which is just a piece of paper you can use to exchange value for value—that's it.
Now, here's how a lot of people think…,
"If I have too much money, what will other people think of me?"
And sure, they might not say that, but they're positively thinking about it.
You can tell how they interact with money because they're holding back even when trying to sell their product or service.
We call it "selling from the heels" because they don't want to be too pushy or aggressive.
And it all stems from a negative, limited attitude toward money.
But if you're going to become extraordinary, you must equate money to service, where you make money by providing VALUE to people.
And if you feel good about providing value to people, then there's nothing wrong with making a lot of money.
So, feel good about it.
In my opinion…,
Money represents freedom and choices.
It allows you to provide opportunities for yourself and your family.
It's not about hoarding it or merely having a big bank account.
So focus on what money can D.O. for you and the experiences you can create in your life and the lives of the people around you.
You will become a much more effective entrepreneur if you feel good about money.
You will have no problem asking people for money in exchange for your product or service, whether in your marketing ads, over the phone, or in your one-on-one communication.
Ensuring you feel good about making a lot of money should be at the top of your list.
It would be best if you felt GREAT about selling.
Many people (erroneously) have this picture in their mind of a used car salesman, which creates an unhealthy attitude towards sales.
You don't have to be slick, pushy, or aggressive to get your prospects to say "yes" and build your business, but you must feel good about network marketing.
Because here's the deal…,
Selling is exchanging value for money.
Somebody will PAY you something for the value you provide for them.
And that's a great thing because none of us would have the luxuries in our lives if selling weren't involved in the process.
Think about it…,
You're reading this either on your computer or on your phone.
Somebody sold that to you.
Now, maybe it wasn't a high-pressure sell.
Maybe you just walked into the store and said, "I want this."
Still, there are sales involved, because how did the idea of getting a computer or a new phone come into your mind?
At some point, you had to be convinced this was a product you wanted.
Somebody sold you on the idea, either through a marketing campaign, online advertising, or face-to-face selling—there was selling involved that got you to buy the computer or phone, and now it makes your life better.
Everything you have in your life right now, all the luxuries you enjoy, somebody had to sell something for it to show up in your life.
Even if you're not selling somebody face-to-face, you must feel good about the fact that you're making a difference in somebody's life because the transaction provides value to them.
That is a trait every ultra-successful entrepreneur who has built a great network marketing business has: they take pride in their selling. They are not afraid to make a sale.
You've got to believe in what you're selling.
Because if you don't feel good about what you provide to people, you will have a tough time coming up with the right words to use in your marketing, your emails, and your ads to sell it effectively.
So get a deep understanding of your product and how it helps people.
Before I started online, I sold financial products and services for eleven years.
I sold insurance, investments, and debt consolidation loans.
I got started when I was 19 and knew nothing about it.
I was intrigued, so I decided to dive into the products and learn everything I could.
I started feeling good about what I was serving people because I knew I could make a difference in somebody's life if they said "yes" to me.
And until I could get myself mentally to that point, I wasn't handy.
But when I started feeling good about what I was doing, I transferred that enthusiasm through my presentation, using my words, to my prospects.
The same happens with whatever you're selling, whether online or off.
There's nothing magical about selling!
If you feel good about whatever you're selling and know that it will make a difference in your prospect's life, then your enthusiasm and belief will transfer.
However, if you don't feel good about what you're selling, you have no business selling it, and you need to go back and either get excited or find something else.
It's a fierce, uphill battle if you don't have a high level of belief in what you do.
I know some people who can fake it for a short period, but long term, you're not going to win or feel good about yourself.
And your customers will not feel good about what you're telling them because they will sense that something is wrong.
So, if you want to build your network marketing business into something extraordinary, you've got to believe in what you're selling.
The next step is…,
I just mentioned that I started in the financial services business when I was 19 years old and knew nothing about insurance, investments, or debt consolidation loans.
I was 19 and sitting down with 45-year-old people, talking to them about their retirement or college education for their kids and their financial future.
I had to get competent for them to take me seriously.
When you become competent, that breeds confidence.
And when you're confident, people begin to say "yes."
When I started, I realized a big brick wall between me and my prospects because of my age.
So I ran to the bookstore; that was the first thing I did. Run the bookstore.
That was 1995 when the Internet started, so you couldn't just download stuff and buy books online.
I started buying books on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, personal finances, investing, and taxes.
I subscribed to Money, Forbes, Fortune, and Kiplinger.
I started to dig in to understand and speak the language of finance.
And within a short time, I started to sound and look like an expert in the eyes of my potential clients.
And remember what I said…,
Competence breeds confidence.
I would sit down with somebody twice my age, and I could talk to them about stuff they didn't know.
Suddenly, age became a non-issue.
So whatever you're promoting, learn the product and the industry.
That way, not only are you going to be competent, but you'll also feel good about selling it.
And when your prospects sense your competence, they're likelier to say "yes" to you.
Extraordinary entrepreneurs are passionate about marketing and dedicate a little time each day to studying effective advertising.
There are classic books like Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins and Tested Advertising Methods by John Caples.
These books were written 50 to 100 years ago, but the principles are as true today and applicable online as old-school newspapers and magazines.
So study them and the ads there, and seek to understand why they are classics.
Also, look at what other marketers are doing online.
How they communicate in emails, what they're doing with their video sales letters, saying in their blog posts, how to post to their Facebook page, and what kind of sales letters they use.
Almost every day, I dedicate some time to studying marketing.
My philosophy has always been that if you invest at least one hour a day to get good at what you do, by the end of the year, that's 365 hours.
I'll give you a couple of weeks off for vacation, travel, whatever, so maybe 350 hours of improvement in one area, such as marketing, advertising, or copywriting.
Imagine if you did that for the next 12 months—one hour every day.
Now, you're not going to become the best marketer in the world in a year, but you're going to be in the top 3-5%.
Your income will reflect that because you'll know more about marketing and advertising and understand what's working.
Is that worth one hour a day?
I think so if this is part of what it takes to become extraordinary.
Finally, here's #7…,
As human beings, we're aiming to seek comfort.
When you're sleeping at night and get a little uncomfortable in bed, what do you do?
You toss and turn until you become comfortable, right?
If you're sitting and you cross your legs and feel some pain, you adjust yourself so that you can get comfortable.
By nature, we seek comfort.
However, as entrepreneurs, we're going against nature because this business is an emotional roller coaster.
Things go wrong all the time.
You run an ad, and it doesn't generate sales.
Or, maybe it starts generating leads and sales, but the next thing you know, it gets disapproved, or your account is shut down.
Or, you make a sale, and everything is lovely, and a couple of days later, they cancel, and there's a refund.
Then they send you nasty emails saying you're a spammer and scam.
These kinds of things will happen, and…,
It would help if you got comfortable with the fact that it will be uncomfortable.
Some people will say "no," and not all your ads will kick butt.
There will be setbacks as you build your network marketing business. You're not always going to make much money from your advertising.
If you're starting to advertise, you'll likely lose some money initially, as you're learning the ropes and gaining experience.
It's an uncomfortable feeling, but you must get comfortable with it.
But if you don't fight it, and if you're okay with being uncomfortable for some time, I promise you that this emotional roller coaster will get much smoother.
Stay resilient and focused, and you will have a much easier time becoming an extraordinary entrepreneur.
Okay, those are the seven things!
But I have one more because, like all extraordinary entrepreneurs, I go above and beyond to deliver value.
Many people say, "take action!" but you must make it a habit.
Anyone can watch a video, Facebook Live, attend a seminar or read a book.
But, most people don't take action on the stuff they learn.
Most people sit back and think about how great it will be when they implement it—but they never do it.
When I was in the direct sales business, my old upline used to tell us this one thing, which I think was brilliant…,
"Any time you go to a meeting, or a convention, read a book, or attend any seminar, you should take notes. But here's what you need to do when you take those notes: have a separate sheet of paper and write down your action items. List what you're going to do. List what action steps you're going to take when done."
That's what makes all the difference.
It's not the number of books you read, the seminars you attend, or the videos you watch.
It's the ACTIONS you take.
One thing that I've noticed is this…,
All extraordinary entrepreneurs make taking action a daily habit.
So commit to taking serious action this week; go out there and kick some butt!
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