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Chapter 18: Education versus Academics

In my first year of studies, I was told a shocking statistic. 90% of business owners do not hold tertiary qualifications. I was studying to skill up and hearing that my chosen path doesn't align with where I wanted to be made me question the education system. The...

Chapter 16: Annual Perspective

A huge shift in mindset is quantifying operations.  What do I mean by this?  How do you measure your businesses progress? When business owners talk to other business owners, they talk about gross turnover.  More importantly, they talk about the years’ performance. ...

Chapter 15: CMA – Competitive Market Analysis

The content is slowly gearing up to starting a business.  Once you have identified a model that works for you, the next important step is CMA. From my experience, every time I identify a business model that interests me, I google search the business I want to start. I...

Chapter 16: Annual Perspective

A huge shift in mindset is quantifying operations.  What do I mean by this?  How do you measure your businesses progress? When business owners talk to other business owners, they talk about gross turnover.  More importantly, they talk about the years’ performance. ...

Chapter 15: CMA – Competitive Market Analysis

The content is slowly gearing up to starting a business.  Once you have identified a model that works for you, the next important step is CMA. From my experience, every time I identify a business model that interests me, I google search the business I want to start. I...

Chapter 14: Observe Business Models

There are so many opportunities. So many ways to approach the self-employment model. Using observation, you need to identify what works for you. I am personally chasing after passive income streams. This means I want to live in a world where I make money while doing...

Chapter 13: Money From Nothing

In a world of unlimited opportunities, making a profit is so easy and exciting. To me, the beauty of the profit model is that you can literally make a profit out of nothing. Before I tell you of how I have made money from nothing, I first need to tell you are the...

Chapter 12: Making Money Is Easy

By now you can see I have referenced some commonly heard of sayings or philosophies.  A saying I came across is that: "Making money is easy". Hey!?! What? If it is easy, then I want to quickly make some. What the author was actually saying was: John McAffee makes the...

Chapter 11: Continual Improvement

The mind shift continues to go deeper into this chapter. Using observation as a tool for improvement, identifying systems that exist and knowing that there are endless opportunities, this next chapter really drives forward motion. A challenging thought that I...

Chapter 10: Ultra Rich Think Differently

I have drawn this conclusion based on my observations of the super-rich. This chapter has the purpose of asking you to question your wants. What do you want? Why do you want it? What do the rich want? Why do they want it? The basics of economics teach us about supply...

Chapter 9: Self Educate

You are the gatekeeper of your mind. You control what sticks and what gets tossed out. No one else can teach you. There is an old saying: "you can lead the horse to the water but you can't force the horse to drink". You are the horse. You can be stubborn and not learn...

Chapter 8: Tool of Observation

Now that I have hopefully got my mind ticking over. Dream more and eager to chase opportunities, this chapter changes gear.  This is a tool I use when dealing with opportunities. The foundation of this tool comes from this statement: "A clever man learns from his...

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I remember it clear as day, finishing high school and knowing I wanted to be my own boss. 

Whilst chasing tertiary education, I wanted to start a side business and earn cash.

My friend and his Dad were repairing commercial printers on the side and they asked me if I would like to help them get more business.

We came up with a business name, a logo, we created an office in his garage and got business cards printed. 

Got out local telecommunications provider to set up a dedicated landline.

We had the infrastructure that local businesses need to operate.

The phones didn’t ring.

We were encouraged to cold call and drop off business cards at prospective businesses.

I didn’t have the business acumen or experience to handle myself in the business world. I didn’t know business etiquette or minimum expectation for professional conduct.

I didn’t know enough. I didn’t have enough experience to be able to be my own boss (yet).

When it comes to product knowledge, I didn’t understand our limitations. I didn’t know the boundaries of our limitations.

Without thorough understanding or having the skillset myself, I didn’t have confidence in my product. Without product confidence, my selling abilities were dismissal.

Years later, I entered the workforce as a sales consultant. First on a commission basis only and then progressed to the security of salary employment.

Both sets of employment had different product offerings. I had to learn about each one’s value proposition. In knowing my product thoroughly, I could sell easily.

I learnt business etiquette. I worked on my grammar and professional presentation. I learnt how the business world works. I then understood how things are done.

I skilled up and understood what it takes.

Getting the experience of client dealings is crucial.

This is where I have had to learn, I need certain skills before I step out.

If you find a product or service you are passionate about, it’s a start.

You need to have strong product knowledge. Know the insides and outs of how it works and more importantly why customers would want it.

You need to then have the ability to handle the product on a professional level (if you want to go big). 

I didn’t have the skills or abilities to handle business operations (first time around). 

I learnt that I needed to know more and that having the basics of business infrastructure alone is not enough to bring business in (and get that phone ringing).