Testimonial letter from Henry Scadding (1883) (Photo credit: Toronto Public Library Special Collections)
One of the factors of any entrepreneur starting a business is getting testimonials, those comments from customers that tell others of the value of your work.
What most budding entrepreneurs do not understand is that the relationship between both business and their customer and vendors is essential, and missing this vital aspect of building a business becomes missed opportunities for future business and growth.
Too often budding entrepreneurs act like sponges, willing to take as much free stuff as possible with little to give back or share. One of the simplest acts to get noticed for your business is….
Have you ever been online or on Facebook and someone asks a question of you and you have this SMH (Smack My Head) moment and wonder: “You mean with the best search engine in the world, Google, and you want ME to look it up for you?”
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” -Winston Churchill
“Be prepared at any given moment to give up your job to do what is right, you have to stand up for what is right.” – ID State Rep. Matt Shea
I “called out” politely a reputation expert’s viewpoint about reputation. A “call out” is calling out something negative versus a “shout out” is shouting out something good. What was her point that I countered her position? You have “One Shot.”
When it comes to producing a product or service, there’s a viewpoint that comes about that really shows differences, of what has been showcased in various forms: An orchestra or a Jazz Ensemble.
Here Walt Disney in this video talks about the various artists he employes to draw his animations, as well as their personal views and talents painting the same item. But of what is most important is what Disney quotes of an artist telling first time artists what they should do in the very first part of the video.
It’s good advice, not only for artists, but for entrepreneurs, too. Enjoy, as the info is still relevant for today after may decades.
Here’s a 6:14 minute video about being motivated. It’s not about practice makes perfect, because you can do wrong things and practice them until you’re perfect at doing wrong things. You must learn what are the great attributes and elements to doing a great job and then practice them until you’re perfect. You must practice perfect things to make perfect.
You might find this blog post about entrepreneurship different, but it needs to be discussed, because entrepreneurship is about life and all that it means to each of us.
As entrepreneurs, we face challenges throughout our days, some are simple, some are critical, and others like today’s terrorist event tasks our very nature as human beings. But something like today should not be taken lightly, both as individuals and as a nation. We must face the event head on and not hide our heads under our pillows, just as any entrepreneur does when faced with uncertainty about their business.
Early in my writing career, i.e. when all I had was an idea and just started writing not knowing where it would lead, I thought I was thinking big enough.
Little did I know that I did not think big enough, but that’s par for the course when you start down a new path of your talented life. You mostly can only see just a little bit down the road of life, but you can believe further down that road.
So, what was this “not thinking big enough” problem and my book and blog?