One of the great things about running an online business is that there are so many opportunities to help others reach their goals.
With that said there are a ton of “experts” who claim to know the secrets and strategies to do business successfully. Now don’t get me wrong there is plenty of great advice out there, but I don’t know about you. It’s just hard to find.
That’s why I think it’s important to make your own rules in business. Bring something different to the table that’s unique, that actually helps someone and makes you happy.
One of the first things about making your own rules in business to…
Stop Listening to Everybody and The Dog
In fact, the dog might have better advice, lol.
Seriously, how many times have you heard similar thoughts when it comes to business:
- Start a blog
- Create a YouTube channel
- Start a podcast
- Post on social media 8 times a day and go live.
Now there is nothing wrong with that advice. Creating valuable content is important and needed. It’s just that there are some important facts missing from that advice.
Such as, create content in the format that you enjoy doing. If you don’t like video but prefer writing then maybe a blog is best or even a podcast.
And you don’t have to create for “all” the content formats. JUST PICK ONE.
Yep, I said it: “pick one content format and stick to it.”
When you look at the successful people in your life, or those you admire in business, the one thing they all have in common is consistency.
Consistency will win in a heartbeat and in order to be consistent at doing something you have to enjoy doing it in the first place. Hence, why I said to pick one content format and stick to it.
Start listening to the people that make the most sense for you and stick to them. Pick maybe 3 and then get laser-focused on working on your goals.
You don’t need to follow the latest person if you don’t resonate with their message or style of teaching. If they are constantly pushing formats you don’t enjoy creating content for then you know that there will be a disconnect.
Do things your way
I don’t care if it isn’t traditionally done that way or if you’ve never seen it before. If it feels good and makes sense to your business try it.
If you need permission, I am giving it to you.
Doing things your way just means you are bringing your own mix and perspective to the table. If you can make something better for someone else. Then don’t be selfish and hoard it to yourself, they need your unique view.
Some people may think you’re crazy and that you’re silly. Move forward anyway.
Remember when the iPhone was being introduced, people thought the name was funny.
Or how about when they released the iPad…the jokes that were made were hilarious.
They thought Steve Jobs had lost his mind. Now, look what has a huge market share and a proud community of fellow iPhone & iPad fans.
It’s normal to be challenged when you break the norm, it doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong.
Be Proud Of What You’ve Accomplished
The great thing about social media is building connections, the not so great thing is comparisonitis.
You get to see all the curated posts of others “wins” that can at times, make you feel like you haven’t accomplished much.
Trust, I’ve been there.
I am actually happy I didn’t grow up as a teenager with social media, living life offline is easier. The need to share parts of your life to tell the world “your successful” just needs to stop.
Instead be proud of what you’ve accomplished. You started a business, you helped another business owner reach a goal. You’ve inspired your kids and family. You’ve made your best friend proud and you did all that without leaving your coach. LOL
That’s some epic stuff right there! Haha
Definitely, celebrate your wins more often. I can almost guarantee you aren’t doing it enough.
At the end of the day no matter what the most sought after guru says. You have to make your own rules in business and lead the way. I’m not saying it’s easy but it will be more in alignment of who you are and what you stand for.
And who wouldn’t be proud of that!
I’m curious how are you doing business your way? What advice have you heard time and time again that just doesn’t work for you?