Have you ever gotten a piece of advice that was an AHA moment for you? Advice that you decided to follow and has been serving you in business and life ever since?
I’m sure you have. I’ve been blessed to have many people in my life share their wisdom with me, and through it helping me grow. So as a way to give back, I decided to share some of this advice with you in this blog. I hope it brings you as many fantastic outcomes as it has been for me. And that in turn, you’ll connect with me to share your golden nuggets of advice :).
This is the best advice ever that I got from one of my first Canadian mentors. It’s great for any situation and works wonders in interpersonal communication and dealing with issues that involve other people. This advice helped me personally resolve many hairy misunderstandings, untangle snowballing miscommunications, and have better relationships with people in my personal and professional life.
This advice has the art of listening at its core.
When people communicate, they often assume that others know certain things and understand the reasoning behind what’s being said. However, quite often, this is not that case, and such assumptions and lack of attentive listening lead to misunderstandings.
“Never assume” allows you to listen first to understand when you communicate with people.
Understand what are they know or don’t know; understand their point of view. It helps you ask better questions before expressing your opinion and coming to conclusions on the situation.
It’s not an easy nugget to follow, but I saved myself lots of trouble whenever I did.
How this advice can help you in business? Here’s an example from sales.
When you’re having a conversation with your ideal client, never assume that they know something and remember everything you told them. Don’t be scared to ask clarifying questions or repeat anything important a few times.
Patience pays off
This advice doesn’t mean just sitting around patiently doing nothing and hoping that our dreams come true. What it means is that as long as you take action and consistently do the strategic things you need to do to grow your business, you’ll start reaping the benefits of that work sooner or later.
It also applies to relationships and other areas in life (ex. your health).
Strategic, focused actions, consistency, and patience are key to success. I have experienced it many times when following it in different areas of my life. Compared to 2019, in my business, most recently, I have seen exponential growth despite COVID 19.
Do the right thing
This is a hard one to follow, especially in relationships or parenting, when our emotions are involved. I know because I’ve been there.
Being a person that does the right thing and takes a higher road isn’t always popular. It even can make you not so popular having to face other people’s negative emotions towards your decisions and actions.
And very often, this is your duty as a leader of your business or family.
If you’ve ever said ‘NO’ to your child for something they really wanted but wasn’t right for them, then you know what I mean. However, doing the right thing, taking a higher road always wins and pays off (advice # 2😊).
It also saves you energy for bigger and better things. When you get to hang up on little stuff, chasing things, or trying to prove others wrong, you lose time and energy on trivial matters.
People need what you offer.
When I first started my business, I was scared of selling like most of the new entrepreneurs. I didn’t want to be pushy or ‘salesy.’ My whole philosophy and mindset around sales were plain wrong.
Then I read this advice: “there are at least 5 people out there who need what you offer.” They need your help to grow their business, get rid of overwhelm, and lead a balanced life.
And you know what … ? I knew this was true because I was talking to them regularly. I saw their struggles online, yet I was scared to convey how much value working with me can bring them.
And this one piece of advice helped and switch my mindset around sales. It helped me understand that if I’m not the one who will support my ideal client, someone else will. Someone who might not even be as good as me. This was the first steppingstone in reframing my whole mindset around selling.
If you don’t grow, nothing in your life will grow either.
If you were to take out only one golden nugget today out of this entire blog, I hope this is the one. Everything starts with us. If we become better and grow as a person, everything around us will grow as well. Be our relationships, health, self-confidence, and business.
Whenever you want to take things in your business to the next level, you need to get there first.
Conscious self-development and growth have been an essential part of most of my life. It helped me get to where I am now, and it’ll help me achieve the next stage. I made it a point in my business to invest 10% of my income into my strategic self-development. It’s a non-negotiable item baked into my budget.
How about you? Do you treat self-development as a non-negotiable part of your business growth? Or rather a nice to have once you “get more clients” or “reach X$ income”?
If you’re a bit like me, think about how where your business could go if you made self-growth and development a part of your daily, weekly, and monthly routine? Where could you take your marketing, sales, or productivity, or mindset?
And if you decide that you’re ready to take any of these to the next level, then I’m here to help you. How? Schedule a free discovery call with me here, and let’s have an exciting conversation about it 😊