Male-run businesses are 3.5 times more likely to surpass $1 million in sales than female-run businesses. Only 2% of women-owned companies ever break the million-dollar mark, according to Ernst and Young.
I am one of the 2% that has built a business, in fact, two businesses to break over a million in sales. I want to share with you a few of the things that I did that helped me to accomplish this.
Paint your vision in living color and share it with the world. Remember you already have the NO so don't be afraid to ask for the YES. Remember also, somebody knows what you need to know so don't be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for help. Entrepreneurs are willing to share their knowledge and help you along the way.
Nothing is worth more than this day. You will miss 100% of the shots you don't take so make the most of every hour in every day. You can be, do or have anything you want if you watch your minutes as well as your hours. Turn off the TV, close the social media and focus with laser sharp focus on your big goals.
You have to love what you do and be very passionate about it. My business was my passion, my hobby and where I wanted to spend my time when I wasn't with my family. 87% of people hate their jobs and more heart attacks happen on Monday, make sure that doesn't happen to you.
Always Read, Listen and Learn
I turn my car and downtime into Drive Time University and listen to book and podcasts. Always be learning....never quit learning and reading.
Have a Mentor
I always had somebody that knew more than me that I could pick up the phone and call. The person can and will change over time, however, you have to have someone you can talk to that has done what you are trying to do.
It doesn't happen if you don't make it happen. Too many people have big dreams and that is all they are....dreams because they never do anything with it.
Don't Take Things Personal
Feedback is good and you need to listen to it and not take it personally. The people and customers in the trenches are your best source of information. LISTEN and don't get offended, its business...not personal.