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Have you ever finished up one project and charged on to the next big thing without a second thought?

 

It happens all the time – we check off our daily and weekly to-do lists with the speed of a cheetah.  You have decide what needs to get done, you do it, and move on!

If you find yourself trapped in this cycle – you are not alone.

 

Successful Entrepreneurs and Puddles

In order to break free of this cycle of tasks and prioritized list you must add another step, the step that unleashes your true power as an entrepreneur.  Wanna know what successful entrepreneurs and puddles have in common.  They both reflect!

Puddles are a collection of water droplets, or ideas that have settled in one central location (for a common purpose).  As the water settles, some things sink to the bottom (the ideas that didn’t work) and other things float to the top (those things that rocked).  Common entrepreneurs walk away from the puddle at this point. What separates the good from the great is what happens next.  The successful entrepreneur peers into the puddles surface and sees a reflection.

Reflection is one of the most important phases of any project.  By truly understanding what did and did not work, you are able to continuously improve your business and professional practice.  Reflecting is the also time that allows you to honestly appraise your own performance.  This is not time to beat your self up, it’s a time to find opportunities to grow and become the best at what you do.

I recently developed and host a summer camp for students in my community in order to introduce them to careers in S.T.E.M. After closing out the program I took time to reflect on the highs and lows of the program.  I learned that I must plan for more parental contact before the camp so that they can play a bigger part in marketing the program.  I also learned that I need to gather as much information about students prior to camps and other activities so that the activities that I select are fun and accessible for all students.

Reflecting is not rocket science, it simply a time to pause and evaluate.  It’s a time to celebrate your hard work and planning.  What you come up with may not be ground breaking, but it could save you time and effort further down the road.

So that’s it,  reflection.  Taking the time to think about what has happened and searching for lessons or take-aways to make you better!  This process is a necessary step for all entrepreneurs to keep in your tool-kit!

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Do you have a masterpiece or talent to share with the world? Do you want customers anxiously awaiting your products launch?

The topic of gaining customers and increasing sales are always hot topics of discussion. The only way to gain customers is for them to know that you exist. One way for this to happen is through a strong online platform. A platform is a network of people who are interested in your business niche.

How do you do that? You create content that draws them to you. You create an online presence that draws readers to your webpage that you have crafted specifically for them. On the website, you offer information and a place for readers to communicate as well as products and services that you have developed to solve their unique problems.

What does the content look like? Content created for your readers (potential customers) can come in a variety of forms. Articles, blog posts, videos, internet radio shows, interviews ….. You are truly only limited by your imagination and budget.

What do you talk about? Topics that your customer is interested in! Share your opinion on issues that your target market is interested in. Share articles and information that will help them. Interact with your readership, give then what they want, and sprinkle in a little of what they need.

How do you get started? Start a blog or website to house your information. Check out Go daddy for cheap pages and domain names. After it’s created, come back to the comment section and let us know how to find you, as well as a little about your business. As others post you can contact those blogs/sites that are similar to yours and reach out. Share content, links, promotions and contests. Build a network that you can leverage to get your name and face out there. (Please don’t get too spammy.)

When you are ready to launch, you will have a network of people who need your product or service on speed dial.  You can build the anticipation for the launch with interviews, virtual tours, and videos that get your customers educated about product/service.  With a well cultivated platform established, you can eliminate the salesy pitches and focus on providing your customers with products that will improve their lives.

It is my vision for DeterminedtoImplement.com to become a community of entrepreneurs that are willing to work together collaboratively for everyone’s common and individual benefit. By truly working together, we can only increase the end result.

Vulnerability in Business

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As I continue my journey towards moguldom, I realized that vulnerability is an important characteristic of entrepreneurship. I created a video for a project that I am working on today. As I began recording I immediately said to myself, “I hope I don’t look silly doing this”. This was followed by, “I hope my face doesn’t look too big”. As I continued on my overcritical tirade, I stopped myself and stood silent. Then I decided that I may look a little silly in the video, but I am trying. I am putting one step in front of another to conquer my dreams.

I believe that aspiring entrepreneurs have to be willing to look silly for their business. We must let go of our fears and reservations. Arriving at our full greatness will require us to step outside of our comfort zone, and live there. Who cares if people think I’m crazy? I think they are crazy for settling for a life filled with lack and dissatisfaction.

Entrepreneurs must be brave enough to do what others will not. We must take risks that others dare not take. In order to act in this manner, you must be prepared. Celebrity actor Will Smith said that his Grandmother always said, “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready”. In order to truly take advantage of opportunities you must be knowledgeable enough to identify them and capitalist upon them. While you are waiting for your ship to sail in, focus on developing yourself and pouring in the positive.

I aspire to be a serial entrepreneur.  Serial in the fact that I want to set ’em up, place ‘em on auto pilot, and move on to the next adventure.  Many call me scatter brained, impractical, and a dreamer.  I prefer to call myself a thinker, a multi-tasker, and a visionary.  I will agree, however, that I am also the serial planner.  I feel like I have been reading, tinkering, internet searching, and jotting down ideas for the last 10 years (at least).  In the end, I know that these things have done nothing but prepare me for the empire that I am destined to build.  I also know that I know need to begin the implementation phase.

This blog serves as a place to chronicle my journey as an aspiring serial entrepreneur.  I am excited to share my ideas, experiences, and learnings along the way.  I would like to welcome you to comment and share your ideas as well.

 

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