Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week
Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week )
  November 5, 2004 
Contents In This Issue
  • GUEST ARTICLE:
    Top 7 Traits of an Exceptional & Successful Entrepreneur
    by Robert Moment
  • COACHING CALL TO ACTION
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • IDEAS AND INFORMATION
  • ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI
  • PASS IT ON

  • Brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach, Business and Personal Coaching for Corporations, Businesses and Individuals


    QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    "The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen."

    -- Robert L. Schwartz

    GUEST ARTICLE:
    Top 7 Traits of an Exceptional & Successful Entrepreneur
    by Robert Moment


    How often have you either referred to or considered the expression, "Success is a journey and not a destination?" Probably many times, yet often being in a hurry to get there, we forget that success is not an end unto itself, but is instead an ongoing process.

    Though some people seem to have the Midas touch and easily turn everything to gold, most of us have to give our endeavors lots of time, effort and the sweat of our brow before seeing things come to fruition. The simple truth is that the majority of us are simply not born leaders, but become leaders by who we are and the actions we take. Consequently, whether or not you're an established entrepreneur or just starting out on your journey, there are particular traits you'll usually find operating within the exceptional entrepreneur. In fact there are 7 particular traits you'll generally discover deeply embedded within the exceptional and successful businessperson.

    If you've already taken the plunge as an entrepreneur, you know that it takes a great deal of planning, development and strategic marketing to succeed. At any given time, there are changes to be considered and new directions to examine. In which case, whether you're the CEO, CFO, Chief Marketer or Chief Solutions Officer of your company, your journey to success is probably full of trials and tribulations.

    To support you in your journey to success, be willing to open your mind and sense of reasoning as you consider whether these traits are part of your driving force. If they are not yet ingrained within you, I recommend that you give them some thought.

    THE 7 TRAITS TO SUCCESS

    1. Successful Entrepreneurs Gain the Respect of their Peers

    One of the first and most obvious characteristics you'll see operating in an exceptional entrepreneur is an equitable and unbiased disposition. Plain and simple the successful entrepreneur recognizes that no one is above or below. Within an attitude of respect for others, the successful entrepreneur gains the respect from everyone they encounter. Strategies, attitudes and methods filter down to each person and reflect on all actions and activities. A successful entrepreneur gives everyone the space to be great. No matter how effective or beneficial your expertise, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires building up of your character muscles, traits and habits, which correspondingly make your dreams a reality.

    2. Successful Entrepreneurs Believe and Trust in Themselves

    The savvy entrepreneur is good at trusting his or her own ideas and instincts. Starting out as an entrepreneur requires persistence, determination and a high level of self-discipline. Continuing as a successful entrepreneur requires even more persistence, determination and self-discipline. The wise and successful entrepreneur knows this and works hard at developing their level of confidence. If you have a strong code of ethics and believe in yourself, then your ideas can work. Having the desire and passion are the first steps on your journey; getting there requires believing in yourself.

    3. Successful Entrepreneurs Follow a Plan

    The successful entrepreneur follows a plan. Haphazard or trial and error have no place for the triumphant entrepreneur, for no one gets to his or her destination without a map or a guide to follow. That doesn't mean you won't go off course if another road seems better, but it's still more effective to have a plan in place. Most successful entrepreneurs start out by writing a basic business plan that acts as the impetus and guide for their endeavors. It doesn't have to be fancy or lengthy but it should include marketing strategies, goals, intentions, ideas and why you can do better than your competition. A business plan should be reviewed and updated periodically for each new idea stirs and inspires other ideas.

    4. Successful Entrepreneurs Think Creatively

    Successful entrepreneurs are not afraid of thinking creatively. Whether a business idea has already been tried makes no difference to the exceptional entrepreneur. He or she sees better ways of doing things and knows that every idea can be expanded upon, made better, enhanced or broadened. The successful entrepreneur is willing to think outside of the proverbial box, which means using imagination, trying new things and expanding on a vision. The savvy entrepreneur pays careful attention as to whether a particular strategy is working. If after giving it his or her best shot the entrepreneur realizes the particular strategy isn't working, they know there's no point in continuing to invest energy, time and effort in the strategy. They move on to another approach and idea.

    5. Successful Entrepreneurs Explore Their Exceptional Skills

    Successful entrepreneurs realize that we each have our strengths and weaknesses as well as a multitude of skills and talents. Successful people ask themselves often what skills they have that no one shares in quite the same way. An exceptional and successful entrepreneur explores their particular skills until they find the ones that match most closely with their ideal. They don't try to be and do everything. If the successful entrepreneur needs help, they're willing to find someone who can do it better, and allows in the support. The successful entrepreneur stays open to change for they recognize that as they move forward, doors open in unexpected places that carry them to their next level of success.

    6. Successful Entrepreneurs Envision Their Success

    The successful entrepreneur gives time to envisioning how they want their business to look and how they want it to be. Intention is a powerful and dynamic tool. For those who are not inclined towards intention and visualization, talk to a successful athlete and you'll discover that before each sporting event, the successful athlete envisions exactly how he or she wants things to turn out. Imagine what it will feel like when you've reached a particular set of goals. Get in touch with the feelings, you'd have as a successful entrepreneur. Practice and conceive of the sense of empowerment and the joy of having succeeded. The successful entrepreneur knows they have the power to live life the way they want, but to make it a reality, they know it has to be seen first.

    7. Successful Entrepreneurs Never Give Up

    Giving up is never in the vocabulary of the successful entrepreneur. Of course there may be days when a successful entrepreneur feels discouraged or disappointed, but giving up is not an option. Having faith, trust, confidence and determination are the qualities needed for the successful entrepreneur. To keep their focus on track, they seek out the support of those that know them, encourage them and bring out their natural enthusiasm. The smart and successful entrepreneur realizes that there will be good days and not so good days. Being a successful entrepreneur requires accepting the ebbs and flows of business for it is in fact what separates the exceptional and successful entrepreneur from the one who gives up far too soon.

    Robert Moment, author, business coach and success strategist can be reached at www.sellintegrity.com.

    COACHING CALL TO ACTION

    Robert said it well in his opening paragraph, I am going to repeat it as your Call to Action this week:."
    "Be willing to open your mind and sense of reasoning as you consider whether these traits are part of your driving force. If they are not yet ingrained within you, I recommend that you give them some thought."

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

    November 10, 2004
    Empowering Ourselves at The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

    Andrea will provide her 5 step program for gaining control of your life to the Route 128 Chapter of the IAAP -- the world's leading organization promoting the education and recognition of the office professional. www.route128iaap.org/pages/1/index.htm.

    November 18, 2004
    Pounce on a Project VIII (Last time in 2004)

    This is the last offering of Pounce on a Project in 2004. Join us in November to complete the project that will result in the biggest positive impact on your life or business between now and the end of the year. Come to Pounce on a Project VIII. Here's what participants are saying:

    "I have so much going on! Pounce helped me focus and come up with new methods to focus, too."
    -- C.M., Business Owner, IL

    "It's hard to keep deadlines by yourself. Pounce on a Project keeps the pressure on in a fun way."
    -- C.S., Business Owner, England

    "I 'got off, putting it off'"!
    -- M.W., Higher Education Professional, WV

    "I accomplished a big section of my newsletter re-design that had been stalled on my 'to do' list for many months. Having the support of the group helped me bypass my procrastination and tackle my project with energy."
    -- D.W., Certified Financial Planner, MA

    "I had to get all of my marketing material organized and sent to my advisor. Where was I going to find the time? Pounce on a Project gave me 4 hours of uninterrupted time to easily complete my plan!"
    -- A.N., Business Owner, MA

    "Pounce on a Project enabled me to fulfill a long time goal of mine, while energizing me to undertake other projects that I had been putting off."
    -- L.W., Software Test Engineer, MA

    "I learned I can use this time to accomplish many small projects I've been putting off. Hooray!"
    -- A.P., Freelance Writer, MA

    Did you know that incompletions and clutter can drain your energy? As we begin the holiday season, are there projects or spaces you need to "clean up" to feel successful?

    Join Coach Andrea on Thursday, November 18th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and delcare what you want to accomplish: planning your next marketing piece, backing up your computer before you buy a new one, fininshing your website, making those cold calls, organizing your office, simplifying your filing system, or cleaning under your bed.

    During the morning, the group will gather by phone a few times to check progress and get any support needed to finish with a bang. At noon, the group will celebrate their accomplishments. Who says projects have to be boring and tedious? Bring your lightness and fun and join us for the energization.

    To sign up or learn more, call or e-mail Andrea by noon on November 17th. Feel free to share this with friends and co-workers, the more the merrier. (Cost of the program is only the cost of long distance phone calls.)

    IDEAS AND INFORMATION
    Turn the Tide

    The Center for a New American Dream offers nine "Actions for the Planet" that you can take today to halt energy waste and its damaging environmental consequences. And their Web site has built-in "calculators that tally and track our individual and collective impact." To see the nine actions, go to www.newdream.org/turnthetide.

    Source: Hope Magazine, September/October 2004

    ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI

    Coach Andrea's Coaching Tip of the Week is brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach who provides Business and Personal Coaching to Corporations, Businesses, and Individuals. Andrea is a professional coach who partners with people to set goals and create momentum to produce effective results in their business and/or personal lives.

    Andrea is available for individual coaching. If you are serious about reaching your goals and living with greater fulfillment and satisfaction, consider using a coach. To schedule a COMPLIMENTARY initial consultation, send an e-mail to Andrea at
    andrea@coachandrea.com.

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