We would have never imagined that we would have to get on a really long waiting line to get into the grocery store and that when we could finally enter we would find out that there are no more essential things like meat, eggs, vegetables, toilet paper, etc. because a lot of people panicked and made scary purchases. We did not imagine that overnight we would be locked up at home, that all the places we used to go would be closed.
No dining in our favorite restaurant, we can't go to the movies, to the theater, to an open-air concert, schools are closed, kids at home, our spring and summer vacations cancelled, and the news tell us that now that we can't go anywhere If we do not wear a mask and we must also be a meter and a half away from people, we cannot see our family, our parents, our uncles, our close friends. And what about the economy, markets to the ground, closed companies, people without jobs, empty streets, etc. etc.
Ufff just thinking about everything we lost from one moment...
The world is full of entrepreneurs who want to make a difference to make this world a better place, and if you are part of this group of people or are considering to become one of them, it´s very important to remember that being an entrepreneur, does not mean having a huge business project or a multimillion-dollar company, entrepreneurs are those people who seek to create and / or improve through innovation, processes, products or services around them, in order to create a good for their community and solve a problem of it.
These entrepreneurs have a series of qualities that make them achieve what they set out to do in the best possible way. These qualities can be summarized in the following 10:
1. The constant search for opportunities and initiative; This quality is born from curiosity, from knowing, creating, improving, and taking action to create solutions to the challenges you face every day. Sometimes it can be improving a process, innovating a product or a variant that...
Every day thousands of new products and services appear and we feel that we can't compete, but as hard as it is to believe, there is a market for absolutely everyone. If you are thinking of starting a new business or launching a new product, you only need to do it intelligently and create a plan to ensure your success and create a lasting business.
The first thing that we have to take into account when creating an online business is clarity. Clarity in our strengths and weaknesses, in the industry in which we want to focus, in the type of company or business we want to create and how we are going to make our business profitable.
Something very important and that you must take into account is that we should never create a business for the simple fact of generating money ... What?
Yes, thinking only about money is a recipe for disaster.
The reason to create that business should be to solve a problem for others, to add value to your community and your customers and by default the money...
There’s a saying that goes: “the perfect is the enemy of the good”. When we start a new project we want everything to turn out perfect. This is based on the need to perpetuate an image that projects excellence, superiority and perfection and within all this, perfectionism is evident, however, this is one of the main causes that make us feel so stressed, anxious or dissatisfied sometimes. Many times, the search for perfection paralyzes our progress.
It’s very difficult for a new development, be it a product or service, to be perfect. It’s practically impossible for something to turn out perfect the very first time, no matter how much we planned for it.
If we look for perfection above all, some new thing will always come up that will delay us because everything is able to be perfected, everything will turn into an excuse for not launching our projects. It’s also not about jumping into an adventure without considering...
Excuses are lies that our brain tells us to make us feel better, most of the time it’s because we want to feel better at that moment, and our brain tries to convince us with convincing arguments why not to do things.
The truth behind the excuses is that it’s possible we want instant gratification or we are afraid of something, all that is because to postpone something is the easiest solution, especially if there are no immediate negative consequences. This can also lead us to overestimate our future productivity, believing that we will achieve it without any problems and that the reward is still unattainable at this time.
The truth is that nobody knows you better than you do, and the fundamental keys for not falling into the temptation to postpone and create excuses is self-knowledge and self-control, being able to change the why nots to how, if you are a creative person, doing this exercise will not only motivate you to perform certain actions but also...
Would you go see an overweight physician to see about a diet that can help you lose weight?
There are countless examples in which we see that people don’t follow their own advice, however, this can make professionals lose all their credibility with their clients.
These days there is a lot of information and people everywhere trying to be coaches, consultants, create courses and sell services in different specialized sectors, mostly in digital businesses and sales. But many times we encounter people who do not preach by example, they talk about things like getting up early to take full advantage of the day, but you see them on their social networks doing the opposite.
Or when we see a boss talk about how important it is to be committed to the job and arrive early, but they’re constantly late, or have something unexpected come up, or leave early, etc. If we want people to take us seriously as authority figures we must preach by example and this is...
Stephen Covey, in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", one of the best- selling books internationally, talks about the importance of keeping up to date, he calls it: Sharpen the Saw. And now that we have time, what better chance to do so.
What does the concept Sharpen the Saw mean?
I don’t know if you’re familiar with the story of the lumberjack: sharpen the saw, if you don’t, we share it here with you:
There once was a lumberjack who showed up for work in a sawmill. The salary was good and the work conditions even better; therefore, the lumberjack decided to use all his experience.
The first day at work he met the foreman, who gave him a saw and designated a work area to him. The man, excited, came out of the forest and in just one day he had cut down eighteen trees.
- Congratulations, the foreman said; keep it up.
Encouraged by the foreman’s words, he decided to improve his own record, so he went to bed early that night.
Historically, crises have made humanity stronger, people have developed a greater sense of empathy because of what’s happening around them and have developed solutions to common problems in innovative and impressive ways.
One of the most important factors when facing difficult times is attitude. It will help you be able to look at the best of a situation and thus get the motivation to create amazing things.
When we say that attitude is important, it’s paramount to know that by definition it is a series of thoughts, words and actions emitted by a human being when faced with a particular stuation, now, to develop a positive attitude is a comprehensive process, where these 3 attributes must be balanced and fine-tuned so that the empirical reaction before a contingency is positive.
Now, before a contingency of a wide magnitude like the one we are living through, the following is recommended to encourage and develop a winning attitude:
During this time of crisis in which many people have lost their jobs and others have been sent to work from home, it’s important to learn to deal with distractions so that they don’t affect our productivity.
For many companies, this time of quarantine is a test period for working from home, that’s why it’s important that we show them that we can have the same level of efficiency working than when we go into the office, so that in the future when everything has gone back to “normal” we have the possibility of telecommuting some days, having our bosses trust that we will be performing just as we would if we were in the office.
Before going deeper into the suggestions, I want to tell you that not all distractions are bad, and that statistically, distracted people have a greater potential to find unique and different solutions to problems. However, today we will talk about the cost of distractions when we are working.
Distractions can help us or...
It’s undeniable that we are going through times of great uncertainty, just a few weeks ago we were joking about Friday the 13th, we would receive our checks a couple of times a month and perhaps we were making travel plans for Spring Break, Holy Week, Summer, etc.
And suddenly, only a few days after, we are in complete uncertainty. We don’t really know what’s happening, many businesses, especially small ones, are closing, cutting staff, and maybe you’re wondering if you’re going to have a job next month and on top of these questions there’s the stress and even fear about what’s going to happen tomorrow.
Like in any unexpected situation, we go through a moment of shock (we don’t understand what’s happening), after a period of denial ("this is not going to happen to me”) or the opposite, many people panicked and that’s the reason for the incredible lack in the supply of toilet paper (I still don’t have...