Separate Yourself From Your Competition

When you look at your business, separating yourself from your competition is one of the most important things you can focus on.  Ask yourself, “what can I be doing to stand out from the competition and dominate my industry?” These 7 Tips will help you start seeing yourself and business in a new light!! 1.  Stop focusing on competition Too many entrepreneurs worry about  their competition. They’re constantly focusing on what new products their competition is coming out with, how much they’re charging and how they’re delivering their products/services. Rather than focus on your competition, start developing a mindset of domination. Strive to be number one in your industry. Your goal is to dominate your space, not compete in it. 2.  Become hyper niched You’ve heard the saying, ‘If you try to please everyone, you’ll end up pleasing no one.’ Most entrepreneurs feel their products/services are so amazing, that everyone needs them. While this may be the case, your goal should be to own your niche. Get crystal clear on exactly who you are, what clients you serve, and what problems you solve for your clients.   You will know exactly where your ideal clients are, where they hang out and who they hang out with. Once this happens, you will attract them to you effortlessly because you will be seen as the go-to person in your industry. 3. Start a podcast I will never forget the day that a mentor of mine said to me, “Scott, I know you want to empower and impact people in their lives and business. You should start a podcast.” He said, “Great, what’s a podcast?” I had no idea what...

4 Reasons Why Success is Your Responsibility

What is success? Coming up with one definition can be tricky. Sure, money is a large indicator; few would call a millionaire a failure. However, there’s more to success than accumulating wealth: It is also about other people. Here are four reasons why as an entrepreneur, achieving success isn’t just a personal goal but a responsibility. 1. Other people are counting on you. It should go without saying, but entrepreneurship isn’t a path meant to be travelled alone. Few successful person can truly say that they found success without any help, and you owe it to the people who generously provided you with their time, advice or money to work hard to get what you set out to achieve. In addition, success allows you to pay the favor forward by offering mentorship to the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs. Starting a business can be a lonely road, and as an experienced entrepreneur you’re in the unique position of being able to off not just advice and mentorship, but genuine empathy. 2. Your business is counting on you. As an entrepreneur, developing a well-respected and established personal brand can directly boost the success of your business. What’s more, how successful you are at growing your company — by hiring the right people, developing the right marketing strategy etc. — has a wide impact. If your venture fails, many people will likely be out of work. It’s not enough to want success for yourself; you should also want it for your business and employees. 3. Passion is contagious. It’s inspiring to hear about people going after what they love, and entrepreneurs...

Sharing Some Birthday Wisdom

Does the time go by faster and faster, as we get older and older?? I cannot believe another year has gone by.  Yikes! When most people think of their birthdays, they sorta grin and twinge at the same time. Like, it’s cool that people are saying, “Happy bday”, but then again, I am one year older, don’t move quite as good as I used to, and that damn thing called gravity! Although, I’m realizing that with every year, my hair gets a little more gray, and it takes my body twice as long to bounce back from any sort of physical activity,  I also realize that life is truly precious and fragile, and that every day, every month, and certainly every year we are on this planet is a good thing. I get the opportunity to spend alot time around successful entrepreneurs.  I’m fortunate enough to have one of the fastest growing podcasts on Itunes, called Success Hackers where I interview really successful business owners/entrepreneurs on how they got to be so successful, and then, for them to share their success strategies or “success hacks” with my listeners. I’m also a contributing writer for Entrepreneur, and, I have a coaching practice where I work with individuals, helping them play bigger in life and business. A few of my tag lines are, “Be Great Today”, or “Keep Hustling”. Being around these successful individuals, I have to constantly stay on top of my game; continuing to sharpen my ax, and growing myself into the leader that these folks want to do business with. As much as I’m all about, climbing your success mountain, reaching for the brass ring, making more money, creating more wealth, and having more influence,...

You’re Not Being Loud Enough

You’ve heard the saying, “people do business with other people they know, like and trust”.  That’s a very true statement.  It’s common sense. If I know you, and I know your reputation,your previous work, and your character, I’m more likely to refer you business to other people that I know…   But here’s the question:  What if they don’t know who you are? How do you stand out from the rest of your competition? As a high performance coach, I get the pleasure of helping people transform their lives and business.  I help them double and even triple their business, as well as helping them get unstuck to create massive results. The question I always get is this: “Scott, how do I stand out from my competition?” There’s a few ways I’m going to share with you right now… Shift Your Mindset Rather than thinking how do I compete against my competition, I want you to start thinking in terms of DOMINATING, not competing. There’s a huge difference between, just getting by, and being another business in your industry, versus being the best in your industry.. It starts with looking at yourself and your business in a new light. “Scott, I’m only a small business owner. Who am I to think that I can dominate?”   Rather than saying to yourself and other people, I’m just a small business owner; start classifying yourself as a CEO. Rather than saying, I’m a financial planner. Tell people you change the lives of business owners forever by helping them protect the biggest assets of their life. …..do you see the difference?  It’s a complete mindset shift. If...

3 Productivity Tips to Get More Done

Have you ever said to yourself, “there’s not enough time in the day to get done everything that I really need to get done?”   Of course you have! Everyone has said this at one time or another. I wanted to share (3) Productivity Tips that I use with my business clients that have helped them become more productive, efficient, and more profitable in their life and business. 1. Clarity   Most people are “busy”, but they’re not very productive. There’s a huge difference between the two. If you were to ask 100 people, “how many of you are busy?” What do you think the answer would be? Everyone’s hands would go up!  Me, Me, Me…I’m busy! Busy people have very “busy” calendars filled with coffee meetings, lunch meetings, regular meetings, phone calls, picking up the kids from daycare, etc, etc. Productive people are also busy, but they are crystal clear on which activities drive the majority of results in their business. They actually turn meetings down, and say NO to coffee requests if it’s not 100% congruent with their vision, beliefs, and end goals. Knowing exactly what you want your business and life to look like over the next 90 days t0 6 months is critical. Rather than having a “bunch of stuff” on your calendar, ask yourself, are these activities moving me closer to the results I want. If not, move these things off of your plate! 2. Being SOLO Focused   It’s been proven that for ever minute of distraction, it takes 7 minutes to “get back on track” with what you were doing prior to this distraction....

The 5 Biggest Reasons People Remain Stuck

In the entrepreneurial world, being stuck is one of the most frustrating situations imaginable, especially for entrepreneurs. By nature, these folks are eager to push the boundaries and work towards the future so being in a rut is a nightmare for many. Here are a few common underlying themes when people feel like they are at a dead end and how to become unstuck.   1. Lack of motivation For better or for worse, the entrepreneurial life is romanticized and glamorized to an incredible degree, drawing in a lot of excited minds who are eager to make their mark. While it’s a definitely a riveting path, people tend to glaze over the sheer amount of work required. A nine-to-five workweek simply isn’t an option for entrepreneurs. In fact, that’s practically a vacation for them. A lot of people lose motivation upon realizing how much work it takes, which unfortunately causes them to stay at square one. One way to reenergize yourself is to remember all the exciting reasons why you became an entrepreneur in the first place. Staying focused on these reasons will create new momentum in your business.   2. Poor daily habits Every entrepreneur will attest to how important it is that they follow a certain ritual each day to get in the right frame of mind. Some do yoga, others read personal development books while still others like to write each day. Whatever it may be, these routines set the tone for their day. Ignoring this step in the entrepreneurial process is common, which is a shame as it’s one of the most important things a...