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Service is your secret to financial freedom

Service means you utilize every opportunity to give your talent, gift, and everything you have to the good of others. When you serve, you attract the best things in life. It’s not about money all the time. When you go through the biography of some successful men and women, one thing that stands out is the desire to serve. They didn’t put money at the front burner. When they served faithfully, other benefits began to flow in naturally.

When a business is set up primarily for profit-making, it becomes extremely difficult to achieve success. I love what Richard Branson the CEO of the Virgin Group said: “Never go into business purely to make money. If that’s the motive you’re better off doing nothing”

One of the primary reasons for going into any business is to fill a need. People have needs for different things. Whether its the need for food, the need for clothing or shelter, the need for education, or the need to have a hair cut.

These are specific needs, and they require specific services. If you see a need within your immediate environment that can be filled, all you can do is create a business out of it.

The intention may not necessarily be to make money but to provide value-added service for people. The money will flow in naturally as a product for services rendered. What we must understand about business is that without service, there can be no business. When you can serve people, they would be more than willing to pay you above what you would have charged.

The idea is to avoid greed for making quick money which oftentimes motivates certain individuals into specific businesses. Such businesses don’t last for long, as they soon fade away due to low patronage as a result of poor services been rendered to customers.

You may want to ask why virtually all companies have customer care service? The answer is simple. They value their customers and would be more than willing to satisfy them by providing a platform where they can channel all their complaints. This is a medium through which services can be improved and a relationship can be fostered.

Another vital reason why a business is created is for customers. Without customers, there can be no business. The secret of retaining customers is to provide them with service that would motivate them to keep coming back.

The market is becoming so competitive that businesses are looking for ways to improve their service delivery. Any single lapse by customer service may spell doom for any business that is aiming for the top.

Most businesses succeed via referrals from satisfied customers. The opposite is the case, as an embittered customer can tell a couple of friends about his or her experience in terms of service delivery. Those friends will end up telling their other friends and so the chain reaction continues.

Some amazing benefits of adopting value-added service to clients include: customer retention, increased productivity, increased profitability, and loyalty from customers. It may cost you a little to implement, but the benefits far outweigh the initial cost at the end of the day.

Business success

Business Success requires these six secrets

Business success is always one of the often most searched items on the internet. Everyone wants to succeed in business but success is not something that will come without little work. To truly succeed in business you need to cultivate good habits, develop a strong work ethic, and adjust your overall mindset.

Apply these six points to become successful in business;

mindset.

Know what you want

Most often than not, a lot of folks who go into business don’t know what to expect from the business, because they don’t know what they want. When you have a clear vision about what you want from a particular business, it becomes a lot easier for you to achieve business success.

Be willing to do whatever it takes 

Starting a business is a lot easier than managing it successfully. Thousands of businesses pack up after a year or two of been formally launched. Achieving business success requires a whole lot of sacrifice. You must be prepared to be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed in your business. Some go the extra mile to get additional knowledge in the business. If the business requires you to undergo further training, then you must be willing to do exactly that.

Get a mentor

A mentor is a guide that helps you along the entrepreneurial journey. One of the advantages of getting a mentor is the fact that your failure rate is greatly reduced. They help ensure you avoid certain potholes that may lead to the collapse of your business.

When you are going into a business that you don’t have so much knowledge about, a mentor will no doubt help you not to make obvious mistakes. Right from the business planning stage up to the actual implementation, a mentor will help to increase your rate of success.

Forge your path

It is always common to see people trying to copy what their competitors are doing. Though there is nothing bad in emulating some positive aspects of your competitor’s business, you must learn to carve a niche for yourself. Get an identity. A brand that is unique and different from the average businesses within your circle.

Learn from criticism 

There is positive criticism and there is negative criticism. Learn from the positives and always ignore the negatives. There is always room for improvement in every business. Something to be added and some aspects of the business may need to be restructured. Have an open mind that is void of rigidity.

Business success is not for those who are not flexible. Businesses are evolving and those who are willing to learn from their mistakes are always ahead of their competitors.

Keep going

The journey towards achieving business success is a rough one. Along the way, there are moments of doubts and challenges like lack of funding, logistics, bureaucracy, lack of sales, future uncertainty, and increased competition in the market. Each of these challenges is unique in their sense and require different approaches.

You must keep going when the race becomes intense. That is what makes successful entrepreneurs unique. They overcome hurdles and achieve business success even in the most unfriendly market environment.

success

Success is always intentional

In whatever you do in life, always do something intentional every day to create the success you want and deserve. Success is not accidental, it is intentional. Often, we describe successful people as individuals who have a good job, ride good cars, are happily married with kids, dress cutely, live in their own home, etc.

While to some, when they think of success they imagine wealth, others want power while others want to make a positive impact in life. All these are perfectly valid because success is a concept that means different things to different people but, no matter what success means to you, it is not something that will certainly come easily.

There is no single right way to be successful in life because what works for you might not work for someone else. Success is personal and unique to each individual.  It is the ability to reach your goals in life whatever these goals might be.

 You are the only person who intimately knows what you want to accomplish in life. There are certain achievements and milestones you may wish to attain. It is all about making maximum impact that brings fulfillment to  your life.

Identifying what makes you special and who you truly are is the best you can do for yourself if you want to be successful in life. Stop looking to others for validation that you are on the right track. The first step in your journey to success is to have a clear definition of what success means to you. Knowing your destination will keep you traveling on the right path even when the temptation to go off track comes along.

To be successful, you need to dream big, plan and prepare then put in effort and time. Research and find out what you need to do to achieve your goals in life, then aim to be the very best that you possibly can be based on your concept of accomplishment.

Everyone’s path to great accomplishment is different hence when you are pursuing your goals/ dreams, acknowledge that you might make mistakes and fail. Things will not always go according to your plans. Challenges will come but know that the challenges won’t last forever.

There will be mistakes and failures along the way. Mistakes and failures are the bridges you cross on your way towards success. There would be moments when you feel like the end goal is so far away or the process is different. Don’t worry these circles of discomfort are part of the success package. Acknowledge what you are feeling but don’t let it hold you back.

There are no shortcuts to accomplishing great results in life. A building’s foundations go down before the building goes up. It takes sacrifice, patience, time, a passionate desire to succeed, and a strong will to win. Learn from others’ mistakes and you don’t have to reinvent mistakes that others have already made.

Nobody wakes up to become successful in life. Success is always an intentional act. True success comes from work. You will never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it!!!

Don't Give up

Don’t ever give up on yourself

Have you stopped believing in yourself because of a failed business, relationship, or career?

Feeling dejected that things are not working out the way you want?

Are you questioning yourself if you have what it takes to achieve your goals?

Are you giving up on love because you can’t seem to find the right person?

You might feel like you are never going to stop making mistakes, you are not going to get it right, everyone you love is going to leave you and you have nothing to offer this world. Those are fears, they are not facts. Your worst moments don’t define you.

As humans, we are naturally wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. When given a choice most of us will seek out short cuts and choose the easier path. Unfortunately, you will not get to where you want to be in life by dabbling. Almost everything that creates value in life requires intense effort, focus, and hard work.

The road to success is paved with obstacles but you have to persist, keep learning, and never give up. Refuse to give up. Keep going and when you get knocked down, just get back up and keep moving towards your goal. Most successful people in the world were not handed a great life on a silver platter. They were persistent and keep trying even when life got them down.

Abraham Lincoln had several failed elections campaigns before becoming one of the most influential presidents. J.K Rowling was a jobless single parent when she wrote Harry Potter. Walt Disney, owner of the world-famous Disney world filled for bankruptcy seven times and suffered two nervous break downs, but later he became a billionaire. Albert Einstein failed his university entrance examination before becoming a noble prize-winning physicist.

Each of these people could have given up but they kept trying and that determination ultimately allowed them to achieve success. Accept that you will experience failure, criticism, and ridicule. Some people may even try to stop you, others will give up on you but just don’t give up on yourself.

Just because you cannot see anything yet, although you have been working on your goals for a while doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. You may be closer to achieving your dream than you think. Don’t give up, when you could be just moments away from succeeding. 

Refusing to give up does not mean that you should simply keep doing the same thing over and over again. If the approach that you are currently using is not working try a different approach. Continue this way until you find a strategy, technique, or method that will work.

The most successful people in this world never gave up and neither should you. Decide today that you are going to be the best that you can be. Even when your closest friends don’t believe in you and even walk away, don’t let it stop your fight. Keep going through till you succeed!!

dream

Your Dream must be well articulated

How can you achieve it if you don’t know what it is? Be very specific. If you hate your job and you want to change jobs, do some serious soul searching and figure out what your dream job would look like.

Where would you be? What would your office look like? Who would you work with? What would you do? What would you wear to work? How often would you be working? What would you eat for lunch? Be as detailed as you possibly can.

You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn just by asking yourself these questions. Write down your answers, so you can reference them later.

Plan your dream

Every aspiration must take the form of a plan. The old saying that you “get what you plan for” is so true. Your aspiration won’t just happen. You need to sit down, regularly, and plan out your strategy for achieving the dream. Think through all of the details. Break the whole plan down into small, workable parts. Then set a time frame for accomplishing each task on your “dream plan.”

Share your dreams with others

Tell it – One reason many dreams never go anywhere is that the dreamer keeps it all to himself. It is a quiet goal that only lives inside of his mind. The one who wants to achieve their plan must tell that plan to many people.


One reason: As we continually say it, we begin to believe it more and more. If we are talking about it then it must be possible. Another reason: It holds us accountable. When we have told others, it spurs us on to do it so we don’t look foolish.
Note: Be very discrete about who you share your aspirations with. Not everyone will be happy to hear your amazing dreams. Some will want to either steal or destroy it.

Believe your dream

Yes, your ambition in life, needs to be big. It needs to be something that is seemingly beyond your capabilities. But it also must be believable. You must be able to say that if certain things take place if others help if you work hard enough, though it is a big dream, it can still be done.

Act on your dreams

All the intelligence in the world will go to waste unless you act on your dreams. Bill Gates knew how to act. He saw a gap in the market that no one else did and put his plan in motion, which made him one of the most famous entrepreneurs of the home computer revolution.

Taking action isn’t as simple as it sounds. Procrastination or fear can easily paralyze you, but it’s important to remember that nothing great ever happened on its own. Connect with the present, block out emotional resistance, and carefully time your next move. Knowing the best time to act is something most successful people have mastered. “Having a dream you don’t pursue is like buying an ice cream cone and watching it melt over your hand.” – Frank Papasso



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