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Create the business you want by connecting and collaborating

I was visiting a friend two days back and her 8 year old son asked her innocently – “mom why are you always working”? She just smiled and chose not to answer because it was too hard to explain an 8 year old what it takes to an entrepreneur.  When you are building your own business, there are no perfect times when you need to work; you work every chance you get, at least mentally. Of course it also depends on how badly you want to succeed. In my opinion, if your “WHY”, the reason behind is loud and clear, it does not matter “HOW” much you have to put in.

One of the key traits that every entrepreneur needs is to have the desire to hustle. You need to be able to see things before anyone else sees it and then carve a path for it. Have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and then go after it. You need to have the ability to be uncomfortable and open yourself to vulnerabilities because through that will come your biggest creativity and success.iStock_000012148264XSmall-300x300

You cannot shy away from hustling and networking. These are very crucial elements of your success as an entrepreneur

Here I would like to share a story of personal experience. I landed in Costa Rica in July 2015, after living in Canada for over 14 years. I knew no one in Costa Rica and did not know Spanish as well, which is the language most commonly used in Costa Rica. I had started writing my book before I left Canada and hence I kept myself busy with the book and finished first draft in 7 months. Most often I would work from home and sometimes go over to a cafe to get a change of place. I had learnt how to say my destination to the taxi driver and order my coffee in Spanish. As my book started to get into editing and publishing, I knew that it was essential for me to work on the next steps, which is promoting the book and get myself established as a speaker. I reached out to people through networking, referrals, referral of referral, any chance I got to create an opportunity, and I did.

I could not afford to give the excuse that I am new so I cannot make it because my dream was way stronger than my excuse.

Today, I have over 10 opportunities that I am working on; all are outside of my book promotion. These are actual paid speaking assignments, teaching in university, marketing consulting work. It is not a rocket science, you can do it too. Just have to stay focused, consistent and persistent. You need to have the right mindset and be result oriented than excuse oriented.

If you are an entrepreneur and are struggling to carve a path for your business and need help, feel free to reach out to me. I will teach you how to network, connect and create the results you are looking for.

 

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Learning to unlearn

learn_bayt_medMore than ever in the history of mankind, the time is now to feed your hunger for learning – that is if you even have a hunger for learning. The overflowing information through the digital world has made it easy for all of us to accumulate as much knowledge on any subject of your choice as possible. Technology has truly revolutionized the art of learning.

Today I watch my 11-year-old son, downloading Photoshop, dream weaver, and much other software and sitting for hours and maneuvering his mind and imaginative senses to understand, comprehend and then put it into practice to come up with creative expressions. We as parents take pride in our children who display a larger than comprehensive talent, however, when it comes to us, so few of us are ready to take advantage of the same technology that is equally available to us. Should you make the effort to unlearn so you can learn? Here are some statistics for you to give it a good thought:

  • Adult education experts estimate that up to 40% of what tertiary students are learning will be obsolete a decade henceforth when they are  working in jobs that have yet to be created.
  • The top 10 most in-demand jobs today didn’t even exist 10 years ago.
  • By 2020, there will be more people over 65 years old than under age 15 in the world’s developed countries.

We live in a changing world understates the speed of both the pace and the scope of ongoing change. To add to this the social changes in family structure, the globalization of talent, and continued innovation in technology. It is hard to imagine just what the world, and it’s increasingly mobile workforce will look like 20 years from now. Certainly, nothing like it looked twenty years ago!

For the three-plus billion people in the workforce, it’s not just about keeping up with the rate of change and the nature of the work we do, but how we do it and where. When anyone can work from anywhere, it changes the nature of work everywhere. Traditional boundaries disappear, and the global talent pool becomes more skilled and mobile, which presents a challenge for people in developed countries to adapt faster to stay competitive. Your ability to adapt to changing face and proactively make changes in your career is what will make a crucial difference to where you find yourself even just five years from now. To quote Mr.  Darwin: ”It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

We are all born with an intense desire to learn, somewhere along the line many of us lose our passion for learning. The pressure to excel in school with its ever-pressing emphasis on test scores can rob the enjoyment from the process of learning. Whatever the reasons, once the basics are covered, many people tend to stick with what they know and avoid situations or challenges where they may mess up or be forced to learn something new, thus creating a safe, secure and comfortable (and confining) world for themselves. Most say they’re open to change, but actually do their best to avoid it. It’s time you wake up and smell the coffee.

Learning agility is the name of the game. Where the rules are changing fast, your ability to be agile in letting go of old rules and learning new ones is increasingly important. Learning agility is the key to unlocking your change proficiency and succeeding in an uncertain, unpredictable and constantly evolving environment, both personally and professionally. There are countless things you may have to unlearn in your job, business and career, even throughout  the next 12 months.

  • Unlearn the designs you use.
  • Unlearn the methodology you use.
  • Unlearn the technology you use.
  • Unlearn the way you approach your brand.
  • Unlearn the way you communicate your value.
  • Unlearn the way you deliver your value.
  • Unlearn the skills and knowledge needed to get to the next level.
  • Unlearn who your target market is, what they want and why.
  • Unlearn how to get the most from your employees.

Unlearning is about moving away from something—letting go—rather than acquiring. It’s like stripping old paint. It lays the foundation for the new layer of fresh learning to be acquired and to stick. However, like the painter who needs to prepare a surface, stripping the paint is 70% of the work while repainting is only 30%.

As the global economy evolves and market forces drive competition for jobs to new levels, it’s the people who have proactively worked to expand and diversify their skill sets that will be the best placed. The New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote, ‘Everyone had to bring something extra; being average is no longer enough. Everyone is looking for employees who critical thinking and problem solving can do, just to get an interview. What they are really looking for is people who can invent, re-invent and re-engineer their jobs while doing them.’

People who find opportunities in a changing environment are those who are actively looking for them. The choice is simple: act or be acted upon. Since change is the only constant, you can truly rely upon, learning to navigate and adapt to it is not just important to your survival, it’s essential for you to thrive in the bigger game of life.

As futurist and philosopher Alvin Toffler once wrote: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Think about it – think rich, think different.

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Do you have a reference point?

 

4156-4b6ab1d7077d5b3ecf879bf63a69ec6fAs the month is drawing to a close, my heart is sinking. I wish time would go by slowly, and August  would never end. The reason being, our daughter is heading off to University on the first week of September. She will now have to live on her own and far away from us. I know she is probably so excited about her new journey and the chance to be away from home. We as parents, especially a “mom” cannot stop worrying about our children.

The more I think of it, the more my heart sinks and dollops of tears swell up in my eyes. I am fighting very hard to not get emotional as I am penning down my thoughts even now. It is just too many memories, too much time spent together and the amazing bond we share. I cannot imagine my house without my girl – she, and I are like long lost friends to whom I can open up my heart and talk without being ever judged. So you see, it is one of the hardest things I am fighting with. As I spent few days getting emotional and crying my heart out, I saw a post from one of my friends who lives in India on Facebook. The post was about her daughter who studies in USA wishing her well for the upcoming year.

Suddenly, I felt so small. Here I was, living in Costa Rica and getting all emotional about my daughter going back to Canada for her studies, which is a few hour’s flight, and on the other hand, I see a person who is miles apart putting up a brave front. I reached out to her and expressed myself and thanked her for giving me strength. Her response to my message just blew me apart. Suddenly, my reference point changed.  Up until now, I was only thinking of my friends who live in Canada, and their kids were going to Universities in Canada. Hence, to me my challenge seemed way bigger. In other words, my reference point was so small. As soon as my reference point shifted, I could handle my situation way better.

Whether we are consciously aware of them or not, we all have reference points.  These points dictate what we do in our life and who we become.  We have reference points for every area of our existence.  They are what we look up to and what guides us.  These reference points play a very critical role in shaping our path or towards fulfilling our own destiny. Our mind is so much more capable than what we think. The only difference between a successful person and who is not is the way they think and act.

The key to increasing your performance, in whatever area it might be, is to alter your reference points.  You want better grades in school?  Don’t study for a C+ or a B, study for an A.  You want to be in better shape?  Work out to have the best body, not just enough to get by.  You see; most people simply want to “get by.”  This is why they struggle along that line.  For example, people that make an insane amount of money have a vastly different reference point than people just getting by when it comes to money.  Success is all about having greater reference points.  There is a big difference between someone who just wants a job to make some money and someone who wants to be rich.  The point of reference is what can help you unravel this enigma.

If you want to be successful and want to create massive changes within your life, you have to change what is acceptable to you.  Increase the threshold to a level where you will experience enormous improvements.  Alter what is considered OK for you and aim higher.  People that lose weight or stop smoking dramatically are people that have drastically changed their reference points.  No longer is it acceptable for them to be out of shape and in poor health.  They now have a point of reference that challenges them to be that much better.  It is via changing what you are comfortable with and what is acceptable to you that you will achieve significant milestones within your existence.

Change your reference, change your life!

 

 

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Connecting the dots with networking

As I sat to write my post for the blog, huge surges of thoughts are running through my mind. It is like a slide show going through my head, images after images and memories that have been created and cherished over period of time. Each moment, image, time spent is like a drawing carved on a stone which is here to stay, and the best part is each one is created with so much heart, love and heart. It is amazing how our life shapes up over a period of time. Never thought like a child that one day I will be able to create so many memories over so many places around the world. As I run my slide show in my head, I have the only word – which is gratitude. Every incident in life happens for a reason, there are no accidents. Each one is there for a purpose, either to make us stronger, to appreciate what we have, to learn from it or just simply cherish every bit of it. We always hear the hind side is 20/20 – indeed it is. If you ever take the time to look back at your life and the things that happened and if you were to connect the dots you will realize that each one of them had to happen for you to move to the next one. It is amazing how it all takes shape. To summarize one thing that is a common thread is creating lasting relationships.

I come from a very humble background where my father did his best to provide the best, and my mother stayed at home. Money ran out before the month and every day my parents worried how they will provide the best and fulfill their duties as good parents. They had to sacrifice a lot to provide us the best education, and I made sure that I never let them down. I was constantly resourceful, consistently figured out a way to get what I wanted. I guess I understood the power of networking at a very early stage of my life. I am a people person so creating lasting relationship with people was never a challenge. I believe that you got to be genuine, and that’s the only way to create lasting relationships. More than ever, now is the time to network and collaborate. Gone are the days where you need to know everything to be successful. Today’s mantra is collaboration and networking. Collaborate and work together and march forward.

We often consider “networking” as a taboo. What we fail to recognize is all great organizations are constantly collaborating. Even within the same industry, companies are networking and collaborating with each other because that’s the only way you can offer better product to the consumer. That’s just the reality, whether we like or not. If you are a new entrant to the business ownership world, you need to learn this art quickly if you already do not possess. This is one art that will take you a long way. Not only will your learning curve will be short, but you will meet some amazing people who will be there with open arms to help you and give you that initial break that every fresh entrepreneur is looking for. Above all, in order to grow your business, you will need to reach out to people and make meaningful connections. Hence, it is in your best interest that you learn this skill quickly. Soon there will come a time, when people seek you out to network and that will be your way to give back to the community.

A great book that can help you is called “Never eat alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. This book will help you understand that your network is your net worth. Imagine if you had a network like Facebook, would your business be successful? Shun the prejudices you have grown up with – adapt to the new business techniques and soar to success. As I said in my previous post, the only thing that is the truth is “change.” We all can make a change for a better future, so do not limit yourself. Open your mind for new ideas and thoughts and keep digging deep!

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