These aren’t just the best business tips, these business tips piss people off because they are too real.
1. Visualize your success
There is an opinion: to become successful, it is enough to visualize your success in detail. Business coaches teach how to create dream collages, write down goals and wait for a certain day to happen.
Why doesn’t it work? Achievement in business can be compared to sports. The State University of New York conducted a study in which they divided 120 basketball players into four groups:
- In the first, the players imagined making shots;
- in the second, they practiced;
- in the third, they both visualized and practiced;
- In the fourth, they did nothing.
The players in groups two and three made the most progress in throwing. There was little change in the first, and nothing happened in the fourth. The scientists concluded: without practice, visualization doesn’t work well.
What to do? Visualization should motivate, inspire and complement real action. The more practice, the better the results.
Paula Radcliffe, a former long-distance record holder, and world champion say in her book How to Run that she visualizes crossing the finish line. She imagines faces of friends and family congratulating her on her victory and so on. In doing so, she has been training since 1988 and runs 233 kilometers a week.
2. Write down your business goals
Many of us periodically get caught up in brilliant ideas for our businesses. Admittedly, you once couldn’t sleep because it suddenly dawned on you how you would make your first million.
Why doesn’t it work? Cause after a couple of days, your enthusiasm began to wane, you saw the obstacles to realizing your dream, and you found yourself at a fork in the road: one way is the straight road of your usual life, and the other is an ornate narrow path with holes, bumps and other dangers to your health.
What to do?
Writing a business plan is the first step from concept to implementation of the idea. While everything in your head is just thoughts that disturb your sleep, on paper, it is a map with a marked arrival point and flight time.
Pranav Kothari, CEO of Educational Initiatives, says ” The most important step for me was to pay someone to write my research paper and let someone edit my business plan.
3. Hurry to make mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes in life and business. Many people learn from them, but that doesn’t mean you have to make mistakes on purpose.
Why doesn’t it work? People don’t always learn from their mistakes. The psychology department at George Mason University explains: when a person makes a mistake, he feels either guilt or shame. Guilt means that he regrets his actions; shame means that he thinks he is bad.
In the first case, people try to rectify the situation. In the second, they deny responsibility and blame the circumstances. Only people in the first category can learn from their mistakes.
4. The customer is always right
Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of Selfridges, a London department store, made this phrase famous in the early twentieth century. It was his way of trying to create a sense of quality customer service. But many entrepreneurs agree that the phrase is now outdated.
Why does it not work? Many entrepreneurs, believes that the philosophy of “the client is always right” has grown into consumerist terrorism when customers take out their frustrations on employees. This approach demotivates the team. And sometimes the client can be objectively wrong.
What to do? Professors of Stanford University say that you should act according to the situation. If the client is right, the employee must have the authority to make decisions. For example, to offer compensation, and so on. You can discuss with the team the amount they can offer, and so on.
5. Maintain a work-life balance
The myth that there is a work-life balance makes many people doubt themselves.
Why doesn’t it work? Conrad Cornell, the founder, and CEO of the fitness company Press Sports believes that if in the busiest period at work, she starts to devote time to the family, it will not help her to achieve the goal and does not make her happy. Although from the outside it will seem that she lives a fulfilled life, she will be exhausted. But if she removes unnecessary things from her schedule, she can save energy.
What to do? Advice is convinced that there is no work-life balance. It is a question of priorities: what she is ready to pay attention to. She has reduced her social circle and meets with close friends every Friday and has breakfast with her mother every Sunday.
Mita Wangapalli advises looking at life holistically rather than dividing it into areas. Sometimes she takes her kids with her to a meeting or, like many, works from home. Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, may also leave the office early, but continue working from home.
6. Think positively
Norman Peel created the theory of positive thinking in the 1950s. Since then, the phrase “think positively” has become a slogan for many entrepreneurs. But they’re not always right.
Why doesn’t it work? Dreaming that everything will be okay does not equal solving real problems. People who think positively have the same or worse results than others. Getting to the top doesn’t help.
What to do? Thinking positively is necessary, but not to the detriment of yourself and your business. Harvard Business Review article suggests using the technique WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan. – Editor’s note). Need to think about the desire and imagine the result. Then think about the obstacles that may arise. In the end, you have to make a plan with them in mind.
7. Get up at 6 a.m. to be successful
There’s nothing wrong with waking up early. But it doesn’t help everyone be successful.
Why doesn’t it work? Not everyone can wake up early. Dr. Nathaniel Watson believes: if owls want to get up early, they have to fight their DNA. Owls also have advantages:
- they’re better at absorbing information;
- they’re more open to new knowledge;
- get more done in a day.
If you fight nature, you will not only lose these advantages, you will have reduced immunity and may start health problems.
What to do? A stable routine is more important than an early rise. You need to understand your comfortable time when it’s convenient for you to wake up. It’s different for every person.
Amanda DoAmaral, the co-founder of Fiveable, says that early risings help one to be alone with herself. At other times she is distracted by calls and meetings. She wakes up at 6:00 to meditate, exercise, read business literature, and so on.
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