Richard Branson Wrote a Letter to His 25 Year Old Self, and It’s Perfect For Every Entrepreneur

Richard Branson Wrote a Letter to His 25 Year Old Self, and It’s Perfect For Every Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs everywhere look up to Richard Branson.

I mean, the guy is worth over $5 billion.

Well, back in 2015, he turned 65. To celebrate, he created the #ChallengeRichard campaign.

This consisted of 65 challenges to be completed through that year.

Four of those challenges involved writing a letter to different ages of his younger self.

One for his 10-year-old self, one for his 25-year-old self, one for his 50-year-old self, and one for his current (then 65 year old) self.

So what kind of advice would he give himself?

Forbes published excerpts of all four of his letters. Here are some of the highlights that Entrepreneurs everywhere should learn from:

In My Letter To 25 Year-Old Me, Branson encouraged his younger self to stick with his new company, Virgin.

 

He warned himself about the bumps ahead, but to focus on his goals – even in the face of adversity.

 

Branson also wrote about the importance of learning from mistakes, and transforming challenges into opportunities.

 

Here is some of his best advice:

 

1. “The road ahead is pock-marked with many bumps, chasms and forks. There will be times where you want to give up and throw everything in. Don’t. By turning challenges into opportunities, you will find success you never realised you were capable of achieving.”

 

2. “But you won’t always succeed. In fact, you will fail time and time again. That’s ok though, because failure is an inevitable part of every personal and entrepreneurial journey.”

 

3. “It’s important to pick yourself up, retrace your steps, look at what went wrong, and learn from your mistakes.

 

4. “Continue to take chances. In the future how ‘lucky’ you are in business will be determined by how willing you are to take calculated risks.”

 

5. “Don’t let the naysayers deter you.

 

6. “Don’t be afraid to delegate responsibility.

 

7. “Your ability to take calculated risks and your incurable optimism will lead to great heights – both in business and in life.

You can read more about the #ChallengeRichard letters over at Forbes.

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3 of the Most Powerful, Life-Transforming Questions Most People Are Too Afraid to Ask Themselves

3 of the Most Powerful, Life-Transforming Questions Most People Are Too Afraid to Ask Themselves

Today, people have never been more connected in history.

But with an abundance of technology and an increasingly fast-paced world, it’s incredibly easy to get swept up in our everyday activities.

We can lose track of what’s truly important in our personal and professional lives.

You know the feeling: head down, buried in your work.

Gotta finish one more thing. Send one more email. Respond to one more text message.

The to-do list can seem never ending.

That’s why it’s critical to develop a practice that reminds us of what’s truly important.

Former NFL linebacker and entrepreneur Matt Mayberry believes we ALL need to sit ourselves down and as these important questions regularly.

Unfortunately, most people will never ask themselves these questions.

They’re too scared.

If you’re willing to ask yourselves these questions, you put yourself in the very small percentage of people who consciously work to improve themselves.

But it requires honesty.

So don’t worry about what you may or may not have accomplished yet. You’ve still got plenty of time.

Start now.

And ask yourself these three important questions:

1. “Where am I?”

Taking the time to ask yourself where you currently are in life is incredibly important. A huge majority of the population never even stops to analyze where they are right this moment and if that’s where they truly want to be.

Please don’t fall into that trap.

Start asking yourself on a continual basis where you currently are in life and answer that question honestly. One of the hardest things to do is to admit that you aren’t where you want to be or that you have been doing it all wrong leading up to this point.

However, do you know what’s even much harder to deal with?

Regret.

2. “Where do I want to be?”

This question is all about digging deep within yourself and discovering what your true passions, goals and dreams really are.

Where do you want to be professionally? Where do you want to be financially? Where do you want to be in your personal relationships? Where do you want to be in your health journey?

3. “How am I going to get there?”

All three of these questions are vitally important to ask yourself, but this last question can exponentially change the game for you. This question also happens to be the one that most people end up never asking because it requires a whole lot of work and actually getting up and doing something after you take the time to answer it.

Everything that I have ever been able to accomplish in my life has been a direct result of constantly asking myself this particular question, writing down every possible thing I can think of, and then taking massive action to execute everything that I wrote down.

You can read more over at Entrepreneur.

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Business: the five key departments (gears)

Business: the five key departments (gears)

Business: the five key departments (gears)

By  on March 10, 2017

By Mark Maes

Success for a business owner can be difficult to achieve. Many business owners don’t fully understand the complexity, opportunity, and responsibility that exists in business.

They didn’t envision being business owners or corporate leaders. They started off simply being good at their craft, or being passionate about the service that lead them in their particular direction in business. Being fully prepared or trained was not even on their radar. Resultantly, many business owners end up on a tread mill, working hard, long hours, day after day, never accomplishing their desired goals and dreams of success. This condition is most often related to misunderstanding of their own capabilities or simply not having mapped out the entire dream, with effective controls and measureable goals for the long range.

Business is made up of five key departments (gears). The size and type of a business doesn’t really matter; they all have 5 departments. At Maes and Associates, LLC we take it a step further and teach that business is much like a machine, which requires oil. That oil is your people, and the culture your organization breeds. The five gears/departments are:

  1. Marketing
  2. Sales
  3. Finance & Administration
  4. Operations
  5. Brand and Company Growth Management

When leaders embrace these five departments (gears), the outcome is success and greater control of their business and its management.

The greatest asset a company can ever have, is a passionate work force or team.

When you implement the High Five Priority Business Mapping in your organization or business, you empower your vision, people, and resources, shifting the load of responsibility and performance to the positions and people you intend. This changes the culture (oil) of your business, by your specific design, from reactive management, to proactive management, and increased performance.

Imagine being in complete control of your business, accomplishing the goals and dreams of your desires. You can! We have all we need to accomplish all we desire. We simply need to identify the dots, connect them, and make the effort required. High Five Priority Business Mapping gives you the structure, processes, and methodology with which you can be specific in identifying goals and resources necessary to accomplish them per your plan, on your schedule.

People in general want to succeed. Many just don’t know how, or what their success looks like.  We don’t know what we don’t know, so, many adults stop seeking education and training exactly when it becomes most necessary. You start a business but have never been trained in all the critical factors involved. The CEO Position is the loneliest position of all. No one and nowhere to take your questions, troubles, fears, and concerns to. The buck stops with you. You don’t need to go it alone. High Five Priority Business Mapping is the way. It is the fabric of success. We are tactical and thorough in our assessments. We are strategic, detailed, and service oriented in our implementation and training. We work alongside your people, teams, and leaders, utilizing the product and its great benefits for your business, enhancing both your culture and performance. Every part of the High Five Priority Business Mapping system takes a multitude of flow, condition, and variation of business into consideration in order to align those variables with non-negotiable constants. What gets measured gets improved. Start with the end in mind. Goal. Plan. Execute. Reward Performance.

Be Deliberate! Identify and accomplish your desired goals.

If we may assist, please call on us to help. It’s what we do.

Mark Maes is the Principal at Maes and Associates. He may be reached at mmaes@maesllc.org.

Motivational Mornings With Mark Maes

Motivational Mornings With Mark Maes

Start your day off to a Great start with a motivational “pep” talk from the industry’s leading Business Entrepreneur and organizational guru!

For this limited time offer the Maes and Associates team is giving ten yes 10 Lucky winners a chance to start their mornings off right! This is a once in a life time exclusive offer that your going to enjoy waking up to each and every morning.

Here is what you get: (Valued at $250)

  • 5 days FREE Motivational Morning Secessions
  • Start your day off getting to know what your “Perfect is”
  • 30 Min. phone or Zoom conversation
  • Focus Secession – help you sort thru the manusha, and stay focused on what is real
  • Cause you to start your morning being deliberate and proactive
  • Causing Accountability to be a “Fun” word
  • Most Effective part of your day
  • Creating success of your culture and way of life daily
  • Identify what needs to get done and when
  • We all know “what gets measured, gets improved”!
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Participants must go to the Maesllc.org Raffle Entry Page and fill out our Maes & Associates Motivational Mornings Give-A-Way! Entries will have a chance to win a free 5 day, 30 min. Motivational Secession. (Date & Times are on a first come first serve basis). All Entries will be notified via phone call and email.

It’s The 4th Quarter… Are You Squeezing Every Drop of Copper Out of That Penny!

It’s The 4th Quarter… Are You Squeezing Every Drop of Copper Out of That Penny!

Yes its the fourth quarter and you have the opportunity to cause the success you want instead of ending up with the result of whatever. During this time of year we tend to lose sight of our quarterly expectations because of the many holidays, when in all actuality this is the time of the year where we can make the GREATEST difference of our years performance… Its a choice, so decide what you want and embrace the effort.

Making Sense of Your Business

Making Sense of Your Business

So often business owners are deeply engaged in the now, they don’t have time to get on top of the business and key aspects needed. These are the parts and pieces which keep them from getting over the hump. That place where they know has been a peak performance in their business to reach and unable to overcome or to remain profitable- let alone, embrace the next level of business.

This is the place of realignment, where horsepower and brawn isn’t the main tool anymore.  Now its identifying and managing shared Vision’s, Goals, and Objectives with people and resources. Igniting the Synergy creating a passionate clear culture of winning Teams and People.

Identifying the Gears and Oil of your Business:

How is your business calibrated?

How will you “Nail it”?

What’s your perfect?

What are you doing to accomplish these key items?