If You Don’t Make Mistakes, You Aren’t Really Trying

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Businesses have their ups and downs; just like life. There will be times when us, as entrepreneurs will make a mistake and encounter challenges.

But you must not be discouraged by these mistakes. Instead, we must view them as proofs that we are on our way to become successful. Coleman Hawkins said, “If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.”

Trying is a big part of being successful. It is when we go and take the risk for the sake of our goals and our dreams. There will be times when we fail and succeed in certain tasks; either way each act brings us closer to our goals.

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There Are Only Two Times In Life, Now And Too Late

There is a fine line between later and now. Often that small difference can have a big impact on our life.

What we decided to do now rather than later will affect our future. Just like what the quote above says, “There are only two times in life, Now and Too Late.”

We don’t always get the ideal timing or window of opportunity; there are times when we have to create the opportunity for ourselves. The more crucial aspect here is whether you will grab that opportunity or set it for another time. Both taking action immediately and setting it aside for later can have great benefits and downsides.

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Every Sale Has Five Obstacles

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These days, it’s not so easy to be an entrepreneur. There is a lot of competition and you really need to step it up. You don’t just market a product; you have to offer it to your customers instead.

In order to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to make sales. Selling can be challenging due to numerous factors. According to Zig Ziglar, “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” These are the obstacles entrepreneurs must go through.

When it comes to “no need and no hurry”, an entrepreneur must offer a valuable product. He must be able to show the need to get the product and that it is a worthy investment. Sometimes it’s not that our clients have no money, it’s just they prefer to use it elsewhere. Buying a car and a home is not really that cheap. But most of us save up and acquire them anyway. Why? Because we need them and we believe they are worthy investments. Offer the value of the product and remember not to sell it, simply offer.

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Do It From The Heart Or Not At All

What happens when we do something out of compliance? Often times, the result is not too great and only for short term.

When you do something you really want it turns out better. But when you put your heart into every labor, the results are great. It also makes the hard work worthwhile.

Success can be achieved by a lot of hard work, but our main drive comes from our passion. It is that indescribable feeling you get at the end of the day that would tell you all the hardships and challenges are worth getting through. And you know what else would tell you it’s coming from the heart? It’s when you achieve something and don’t care what’s in return.

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Money Follows Passion

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Being passionate about what we do is the first step to be successful. Our passion and commitment are what makes us go the extra mile. It lets us push ourselves more without thinking of being tired or the what’s in return.

But there will be times when we question if our passion is worth all the challenges and would often even think of quitting. The truth is you need to focus on your passion first and money and success would eventually follow. It’s just like what David Garland, “Money follows passion – not the other way around.”

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Just For Fun Fridays: Integrity…Really?

That’s what we call integrity, right?

But seriously, integrity is very valuable especially in an online business where we can’t really talk to people in person. Customers rely on us to deliver what we promised when we said we will. We must always value our customers’ trust, for this can make them loyal customers or not.

Next time, if you think you’ll have a problem with a purchase or product, better let your customers know or better yet, offer an alternative.

And tell your spouse where you really are.

Don’t Think Of Pitching, Think Of Offering

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Landing a sale is a major concern in any business; and it starts with how you market and offer your product.

Some businessmen believe in pitching. More often than not, this strategy doesn’t work long term. Why? Well, people don’t really like being sold things, but they do love to buy. Also, they want to believe in the product or the brand behind it before even acquiring it.

The best way to market a product is by offering it to your customers. Offering is better than pitching. Just like what Sonia Simone said, “Don’t think of pitching. Think of offering… The offer is better than a pitch.”

This is more effective because offering something shows your genuine intention of helping rather than selling. Such act earns your customers’ trust, making them loyal customers in the end.

Offering lets customers see the value of your product and brand. It is the very reason why they must buy it without you telling them to. This is also what will bring them back for more. Saying how good and valuable a product is won’t cut it. Your customers must realize this without bluntly telling them. You can do this by offering a solution. Let your customers know how important they are to you by thinking of them first rather than thinking of how you can gain from a sale.

Put your customers first by making an offer and helping your customers; don’t just pitch a sale. People will trust you more and they will see the value of your brand. Thus, helping your business grow.

The 9th Philippine Blogging Summit Begins

As you all can tell, I am very excited about this year’s iBlog not only because it is THE blogging event in the Philippines but also because I want to make more friends in the blogging community. Here’s a short list of what you can expect for the next two days – topics and their respective speakers.

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