How to be a Success: Master Networking

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One of the many skills that is needed for success in the world is networking. Our ability to create working relationships with other people, and within organisations of people, is essential for our success, not only in business but in our everyday activities.

However, networking is not something that comes naturally to everyone. I know, I for one am absolutely terrible at networking. I don’t like ‘bothering’ people and I don’t like having a list of contacts that I feel pressured to maintain. I like to do things on my own and feel the freedom of being self-reliant. However, lately I’m starting to see that I need people around me and I need people to help me.

Here’s the initial lessons I’ve learned on how to be a successful networker and how to network your way to success.

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How to Choose a Business that can bring you Success

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Businesses fail at a high rate. We’ve all heard the hard to believe statistics. However, people take on the challenge to defy these staggering odds all the time. So, how do you choose a business that has a chance of winning?

Why start a business to begin with?

We start businesses because we want to be our own boss. Or we want to create something. Or we know it is the only way we will get life satisfaction.

At the end of the day, I think we look to build a business for two reasons.

Firstly, we want to build the type of work place we dream about and do the type of work we want to do, so that we ‘never work a day in our lives’. We dream of creating a machine that lets us live the inspirational life of being innovative pioneers and entrepreneurs.

On the other hand, we build a business because we look to make as much money as we can, so that we can live like kings and queens and do whatever we want.

The dangers

Whichever way motivates the innovative entrepreneur, it is still a risky and incredibly tough road from initial decision, to taking on the challenges, to the eventual moment of business success.

Given these difficulties, how do we chose a business right for us?

How do we take on the challenge, and ensure we are on the right path and have a fighting chance of success?

There may be no definitive answer, but read on to find out my study of the subject and the path I’ve chosen to follow going forward.

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How to be a Success: Learn from your Failures

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Four Things I Learned from my Latest Failure

 

It’s coming on a year since I started on my journey to achieve success. It’s been a big and challenging year. While I’ve made a lot of great progress, I have to admit I’ve had two big failures.

My first failure I’ve written about before. My wife and I first started our journey to achieving financial freedom by investing. At the start we didn’t know what we were doing and it cost us. However, we learned from our mistakes and we learned from the experience. Now we are back in the game and doing much better.

Our second venture towards this goal was to start a part time business; a part time hustle to compliment my job, free up my wife and build a passive revenue stream.

Again, I didn’t really know what I was doing. It fell apart after just 4 months. However, I know this is another important piece in my plan for success. So I’ve decided again to learn from my lessons and get back to it and do it right next time.

This seems to be a trend. The path to success, so far, runs along the lines of: try, fail, learn, try again. But I’m warmed by the lessons of others:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

In the search of great success, failures are inevitable. No one can win all the time. The trick is not to never fail, it’s to face failure and overcome.

So here are the major lessons I’ve learned from my latest failure.

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