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3 Steps to Become a Successful Person Everyday

3 Steps to Become a Successful Person Everyday

When people are asked what makes a successful person, successful, most believe that there’s it’s consisted of all work and absolutely no play. You can even say that the entrepreneur has the typical stereotype of a nerdy looking person sitting behind their desk, typing away while everyone else is having their time in the sun.

Most of that is true, though.

Being a business owner is not a job for the faint of heart. Not only are you constantly working on your business, you’re also learning about it, too, whether it’s the latest in the social media universe to networking with others in your industry. Cardinal J. Gibbons sums up the busy life of an entrepreneur nicely: “There are no office hours for leaders.”

Let’s face it. You are a leader, and it’s not because of your company. You’re also a leader of your life.

Having been in the business for several years now, I know what it’s like to have to be a leader of both work and life. Being a mother, a wife, as well as a business woman, you can imagine how hectic it can be. Yet despite all of this, I can say that I’m successful in all parts of my life and you can be, too.

1. The Myth of the Entrepreneur Life

There is no such thing as a balanced life when you’re an entrepreneur, especially if you have a family. Thanks to life throwing lemons at you, you never know when you have to end up making lemonade a lot longer than you usually would. Sometimes, you need to research some new recipes to create new types of lemonade, too.

If you’re wondering what on earth I could possibly be talking about, let me tell you a brief story.

2008 was one of the worst years of my life. Not only was I out of a job and homeless, I was also in the midst of a divorce. Being a newly single mother who felt like she had lost everything, I fell into a state of despair. Life had thrown a few of its lemons in my life, and I felt so helpless.

Even though life had thrown me off track, my eldest daughter put me right back through her words of encouragement. Because of this, I was able to get back on my feet even though I needed to take a new approach. To this day, I’m still grateful for her and those words because I wouldn’t have been the person I am today.

This concept also applies to everyday life as well. There are times when you get put behind schedule. Maybe you got stuck in traffic unexpectedly or maybe someone canceled plans at last minute- life doesn’t follow your calendar at all.

Instead of trying to schedule everything to be the stereotypical image of an entrepreneur, try using autonomy instead. Defined as freedom of external control or influence, don’t limit yourself to a strict schedule. Not only will you lose interest in having to do the same thing every single day, you’ve become a remorse prisoner to your job.

Now, autonomy isn’t exactly the same as freedom because with autonomy, I choose what I need to do. From spending time with my loved ones to working on a new product, I’m being productive in a way that’s healthy, which brings me to the next step.

2. Spend Time with your Loved Ones

In order to make your business work, you’ve probably spent some time with other business owners. This doesn’t mean you should shun out your family and friends, too. You need to take a breather and go out every once in awhile. Your family and friends are your biggest support system after all.

It might seem counterintuitive to take a day off to hang out with your friends at your favorite coffee shop, but it’s really not.

Sometimes, the best ideas come forth when you’re not working 24/7.

Like every muscle in the body, your brain needs to relax after a huge workout. Otherwise, you might be setting yourself up for failure.

3. Know When to Ask for Help

Possibly one of the most difficult out of the three, asking for help is tough. Sometimes, ego gets in the way or maybe it’s a lack of finances.

But the most successful people always ask for help.

The reason why is because they need to focus on one or two things, not five or ten. There is no shame in asking for assistance in something, especially if you’re not an expert at it. Not only are you wasting time, you’re also wasting money, especially if you’re buying tons of programs you eventually won’t use.

It’s okay to not be the person who knows it all, and it’s just as okay to get help.

The interesting thing about receiving help is that there are many different types. For example, there are grants for small business owners to help kickstart their business. There’s also hired help and of course, the free help that your family and friends offer you.

By letting go of having to do it all, you can get where you need to be.

Which ones do you need to do?

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