The world is a big wonderful place full of exciting, beautiful and wonderful things. But, without the freedom to explore it, what’s the point?
Most people agree, but a very small number stop and say, “Wait a minute, I’m going to do EVERYTHING I can to make sure I get to explore the world on MY terms. Those people are Lifestyle Entrepreneurs.
Back in April, I launched the “How to Quit Working Show,” which features the most amazing Lifestyle Entrepreneurs in the world! Each one of them is an inspiration. Each week, I interview another one and find out what they are doing that makes them successful and what they would tell other people who want to do the same.
This week marks the 25th episode and after that many interviews, there are very clear common themes. Seven of them to be exact! Let’s get to it:
7 – Be 1000% Dedicated
This can’t be a hobby; it must be a dedication. It can’t be something you do only when there is time. It has to be something you do ALL THE TIME. Everything thought that goes through your head, every decision you make and every action you take has to be about Lifestyle. Make the decision that you deserve it.
6 – Fight the Fear Monster
Your biggest enemy is not money, customers, marketing, technology or lack of business accumen. It is FEAR. Fear is the number one thing that holds potential Lifestyle Entrepreneurs back. What if I can’t pay the bills? What if I can’t get any customers? What if nobody likes me? It’s your survival instinct kicking in. Human minds evolved to be fearful to protect us. But, fear does not serve us in business.
5 – Don’t Focus on Money
Focus on doing something you care about. Devote yourself to it. Once you’ve done that, layer good business smarts on top of it. Then you will make money. And don’t worry about where to get the business smarts. We’re talking about simple principles that are learnable and readily available on the Internet, in books and classes.
4 – Never Regret Anything
Approach decisions and new situations knowing that it’s entirely possible (in fact overwhelmingly likely) that you will make mistakes. Mistakes are progress. They are good. Embrace them. Never say, “I shouldn’t have done that” because next time you do something or make a decision, you’ll hesitate, afraid to make another mistake. When you don’t regret, you don’t fear being wrong and you can confidently move forward.
3 – Consistency, Consistency, Consistency
Everything you do, you must do consistently. Whether it is your morning routine, content publishing, following up with prospects or clients, or daily meditation, consistency is critical. In fact, doing things consistently is more important than doing them perfectly. Consistency is what separates the real entrepreneurs from the talk-epreneurs. Unfortunately, there are a lot of want-to-be entrepreneurs who simply don’t make it because they don’t keep at it.
2 – Do Something You Care About
Whatever you do, don’t start a business about something you don’t care about. There are enough challenges and hurdles without making it harder than it needs to be. If you are really devoted to what your business is about, then you’ll have the motivation you need to push through the difficult times. And there will be difficult times.
1 – Listen
This is the most important. Forget your agenda and listen to what your audience (customers, prospects and followers) tell you they want. There is one mistake that almost everyone makes and that is creating the wrong product. They create a product that they think will sell, but it doesn’t. It doesn’t sell because it was the wrong product. If you first build a following, and then ask them what they want, you have the perfect product — the product that is guaranteed to sell.
That’s it. The 7 most important lessons from 25 successful lifestyle entrepreneurs. Listen to the entire show with more on each at:
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