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What is important to understand firstly, is you must have a product or service that provides significant and perceived value for customer.
What you also need to understand is you don't need to be an IT specialist, sales or marketing expert, professional copywriter, or have an accounting designation to be a successful entrepreneur (unless of course it is service you offer!)
You do, however, need to surround yourself with trusted people who are skilled and knowledgeable in areas you aren't.
It's all about creating a success team and leveraging your time so you are focusing on what is most important and on what you do best.
You've probably heard this many times over, but you need to work "on" your business and not "in" it.
You have vision of where you want to take your business and future you want to create, so don't allow yourself to get bogged down by tasks that take you away from your big picture.
I learned how to do things differently after what some may call dismal failures. (I prefer to call them valuable learning experiences.) I became wiser and put my ego on shelf.
I understood that working alone and trying to be and do everything was foolish and counterproductive. It didn't mean I was weak or lacking in any way.
I learned how to create a success team and a mastermind group. I surrounded (and continue to surround) myself with mentors, coaches and people who are always a step or two ahead of me on life and business success ladders.
I have a Sales Coach who constantly challenges me to expand my thinking, and a Marketing Genius as my mentor who bestows his infinite wisdom on me, and moves me to higher and higher levels of development and achievement.
I have a mastermind group I speak with bi-weekly who share in my wins, explore ideas and opportunities with me, help me analyze results, and hold me accountable to remain in balanced action. I provide same support for them.
Surrounding yourself with people who are as committed to your success as you are and who not only fill gaps, but continuously push and pull you forward is absolutely necessary if you want to achieve business success without paying a heavy price.
This week, take an inventory of where you are allocating your time.
Have you created a healthy balance between life and work to point you are fulfilled in both areas?
If balance is tipped, what activities can be discontinued, delegated or leveraged to regain stability?
What type of people do you need to surround yourself with to ensure smooth, continuous progress without placing entire burden on yourself?
Laurie Hayes works with small and home-based business owners who are struggling to maintain a healthy work/life balance. To receive valuable tips, strategies and techniques designed to grow a successful business without sacrificing quality of life, subscribe to her free bi-weekly newsletter at www.wheretheheartis-lifecoaching.com