Author Tonja Demoff has spent years in the trenches as a realtor for Long Beach real estate. Over those years she’s seen both the highs and the lows of what entrepreneurship can bring. She’s experienced great success, bitter failure, triumphant come backs, and even betrayal from people she trusted. But none of that has stopped her, and the lessons she learned are valuable ones that anyone can benefit from. There are many things budding entrepreneurs can learn from Tonja and she’s willing to share a few tips to get you started.
Practice Delayed Gratification
In business, the act of trying to get rich quick often just results in getting poor fast. “Delayed gratification,” that is, the ability to hold off on trying to achieve something good quickly in order to get better results in the long term, is often an important tactic. Few worthwhile things will come quickly in business, and being able to exercise the patience to hold out for success—rather than just quit—is going to be an important trait to develop.
Don’t Multi-Task Too Much
When you’re starting your own business, you’re going to have to wear a lot of hats. Sometimes you may, out of necessity, have to wear a few hats at the same time, such as being your own marketing executive and ad copywriter. However, there is a great danger to multi-tasking too much, too often. There’s the old expression “Jack of all trades and master of none,” and this also applies to multi-tasking. For most people, the more you try to do simultaneously, the lower quality the results are going to be.
Organize Your Schedule
When you’re on a salaried job, you only have a few things to do during the workday, and only five days a week to do it. When you run your own business, you’ll be doing many things, all the time. Cultivate a sense of organization for your schedule. The better you can plan your time, the more you’ll be able to do.
Watch Your Health
When you work for someone else, falling sick only effects the productivity at the workplace that day. When you run your own business, falling sick means you’re not making money that day, so you really feel the lack. You’ll have to work hard when you’re an entrepreneur, but never sacrifice your health to do it, you’re just compromising your own chances at success.
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