Many of you out there have a college degree, and probably some student loans to pay off as well. I also received a degree, but mine was free. No loans for me to pay back, but there was a price to pay when you are graduating from the school of hard knocks.
Maybe some of you have taken a few courses from this very prestigious school. I’ve seen lots of friends there, but it has been some of the hardest training that I’ve ever had to endure.
Coming out of Ford Motor Company after thirty-five years of successful service, I was looking for a new career. I didn’t want to go back to school, but I eventually signed up for some classes from the University of Hard Knocks.
I want to give you five pointers, that I learned during my time there, so that you won’t ever have to take the same courses that I did.
1. Do One Step at a Time
When I left Ford Motor Company and decided to change the direction of my life, the one thing that I didn’t want to do was flip burgers at the local MacDonalds, nor did I want to be a greeter at Walmarts.
I was introduced to network marketing and discovered the power of large numbers, and leveraging through a network. It’s a 120 billion dollar a year industry and many people are starting to discover this, “Business of the Future,” as Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump have labeled it.
But the first thing that happens is you get bombarded with business offers and solutions to help you in your business, and it can be very overwhelming to the newbie, such as I was.
Fortunately, I got introduced to some of the top marketers in the industry and I have learned so much from them.
Focus on one strategy until you master it and then use it in your pursuit of growing your business. Don’t try to spread yourself out to doing fifteen things all at once, like I did. You will just get frustrated and want to quit, it won’t work, so don’t even try it.
2. Pick a Strategy That is You
Find a marketing technique that fits you. One that your comfortable with and you can use to produce results.
Believe it or not, the best marketing strategies are free. Don’t get sucked into paying hundreds of dollars for stuff that you will never use and it will just sit as an empty desktop icon staring at you when you get on your computer.
You will go down this road, I did, we all did, it’s a class that they offer at the school of hard knocks. Learn this lesson well and as fast as you can, because you don’t want to have top repeat this class again, it can become very costly.
3. Put a Plan Together and Follow It
This was another hard lesson for me to learn. I was all over the map, because I didn’t have a blueprint mapped out to follow.
Find your one or two marketing strategies, master them and then put a daily and weekly plan of action into action, and implement your plan to success.
4. Keep Track of Your Results
Another class that is offered at the hard knock school, that I failed over and over, because I didn’t keep track of my results, whether they are good or bad.
You need to know if what you’re doing is working or not, otherwise you maybe walking down the road to failure and not even know it.
5. Make Changes When Necessary
If you aren’t getting the results that are leading you to success, then don’t ever be afraid to make changes. I was always afraid to make changes.
I’m a very patient person, and sometimes I can walk down the wrong road for a lot longer then I should, before I realize this isn’t working. I’m always trying to squeeze out every single drop of use from what I’m doing, before I abandon it.
Learn to follow your results and only do the things that are producing. Don’t be afraid to make the changes when they need to be done.
It’s all a part of the classes offered at the school of Hard Knocks, which are not all bad, as long as we learn and grow from them.
Just because it’s Christmas, I’m going to give you a free strategy that I use all the time. It’s seven videos that will explain free strategies that will get you up and running your business on the road to success, and avoid any classes in the school of Hard Knocks.
God bless your endeavors and have a Happy and prosperous New Year.