[su_dropcap style=”flat”]I[/su_dropcap] WROTE A previous article about finding clues for success as an entrepreneur. I can’t stress enough the importance of this simple but powerful concept.
I went to an appointment recently, and there were two great clues I picked up from the entrepreneur I was meeting with. Nothing earth shattering, but when you combine all the clues that are around us every single day, it makes our lives easier, and it creates more success. Successful entrepreneurs are aware and pick up these type of clues regularly.
[message type=”custom” width=”100%” start_color=”#F0F0F0 ” end_color=”#F0F0F0 ” border=”#BBBBBB” color=”#333333″]Clue #1 – As I was sitting in the waiting room for my appointment, I noticed a clock. This clock had 24 hrs. on it. I am in Canada, so we are on a 12 hr clock. However, I do business internationally, and when I am speaking with people in EU, I am constantly converting the time difference in my head. Not only is there a time difference, but I need to convert times such as 18:30 to 6:30 pm my time, and then do the time difference calculation. I have been doing this for years in my head, and never thought of getting a 24 hr clock. Actually, I wasn’t even aware there was such a thing. I came home, googled a picture, and printed it off, promptly sticking it on my office wall. What a simple solution![/message]
Before we have an awareness of doing things in a better way, we struggle along with outdated ideas, and solutions. Many times solutions are right in front of us, but if we are not open to learning, and taking ideas to make them our own, we miss so many great solutions. This is such a basic idea, it doesn’t take away from the other professional, yet was incredibly helpful for me.
[message type=”custom” width=”100%” start_color=”#F0F0F0 ” end_color=”#F0F0F0 ” border=”#BBBBBB” color=”#333333″]Clue #2 – I arrived at this office and there was no one else in the waiting room. The professional I was there to see, walked into another area of the office and didn’t come back for 15 min. By then, there were 4 other people waiting besides me. I had now waited 20 min over my scheduled appointment time. When I was called in for my appointment, there was no apology or mention that he had kept me waiting. When we have appointments with those that consider themselves professionals, we are conditioned to be early and not keep these “important” people waiting. We are all important, and we all have commitments. No one’s time is more important than anothers. As a business owner, remember this. Don’t keep your clients waiting. Be on time and respect other people’s time just as much as you do your own. If something comes up, have the courtesy to either let your client know, or address it when you connect. Don’t act like it didn’t happen! It builds respect, trust, credibility and loyalty. [/message]
As I mentioned, everyone and everything is our teacher. The more we observe from others, and the more we share ideas, the more we help ourselves and others move forward to create success. Don’t underestimate the difference you can make in assisting others to achieve success. Share below a recent clue for success you have experienced. Very often it is the simplest of ideas that can make the biggest difference to someone.