Starting a business is one of the most exciting and scariest decisions of our lives.
It’s a lifelong commitment we’ve agreed to go on, and along our journey we receive a plethora of advice – some good, some bad. Earlier today in our weekly meeting, we were all asked to share the most important piece of single business advice we received in business. Here’s what was shared in no particular order…abbreviated…kind of:
Read any document thoroughly before you sign on the dotted line.
Get out of your own way.
Do not spend time with people that are willing to waste your time.
Do not stand still. If you do, your competition will see you in their rear view mirror.
Never go through the front door. Use the back entrance, especially when “cold calling”.
If you help people, the rest will follow.
Have a handshake that leaves a positive impression. Firm, with a smile, eye contact, and shoulders back. Leave a positive footprint.
LISTEN! Know your clients’ needs.
Never forget the Golden Rule.
Change your thoughts, change your life.
Allow it to happen, do not chase.
Charge for your time when appropriate.
Tell the truth, it’s always easy to remember.
Treat each home as if it were your own.
Never do a half-assed job and always be prepared.
Be a part of a well rounded team.
Break in and hammer out!
Do the right think for the right reason.
Do not live in fear! Change is uncomfortable, however, worth it in the end.
Do not be fearful. Take stock in what is happening around you. What is your intention?
Stop. Think. Breathe.
Remember to address individuals by their names. Make it personal.
Do not set a limit on your income and/or potential earnings.
If someone is unpleasant to you, take the high road. Who knows what happened in their life before they met with you.
It’s not about you. LET IT GO!
Do not work so hard that you forget to take care of your HEALTH. Remember to laugh! (Blue Hair)
ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL!
Pave the way for someone.
BE PROMPT. GIVE BACK. BE HUMBLE.
Do what you LOVE!
ACT, do not REACT!
Never apologize for price.
Positive reinforcement goes a long way! GOOD JOB! WELL DONE!
Failure paves the way to success.
Two ears, one mouth, use then in that proportion.
SAY “Thank You.”
What do I want to communicate? YOU MATTER!
Listening is an act of LOVE.
This post would never have been possible without the help of Jane Weeber writing down all of the awesome business advice shared today. Thanks for keeping notes! And thank you all for participating and making this a very memorable meeting.