20 May Wealthy, Healthy, and Wise – Here’s a Resource Guide for Every Entrepreneur
There’s no sugarcoating it, the beginning stages of entrepreneurship….absolutely suck.
Not only are you faced with mountains of uncertainty, but you’re also strapped for cash and oh yeah, you probably haven’t had a chance to hang out with friends for the last few weeks (months?) either.
I honestly don’t think there’s a way around it, but I do know there’s ways to make it better – and here’s the resource guide I wish I had when I started.
The most important part of becoming an entrepreneur is obviously making money.
But that’s also the hardest thing to do.
So instead of figuring this part out, I’ve noticed a lot of new entrepreneurs (including myself) “playing” business.
And by playing business, I mean focusing on logos and business cards before they even figure out how to make money.
Trust me, it’s not as easy as you’d think.
There is a lot of customers out there and you probably have a good product, but those customers are also used to 10,000 other advertisements trying to sell them something.
So here’s a few resources to cut through that learning curve and begin making money:
Zero to Launch – I’ve spent thousands of dollars on courses, but I wish I would have only bought one – Zero to Launch by Ramit Sethi.
And even if you’re not sure, I highly advise signing up for his email list – he seems to send out great information 3x per week.
4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss – I’ve also become a big fan of reading ever since I became an entrepreneur. As the old saying goes, a book is like having a conversation with a great mind – and that’s exactly what the 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss will do for you.
Actionable Tip: Focus on growing your email list. That’s where your good customers go.
This is probably the most important area that I tell every entrepreneur – you are your business.
And if you don’t stay healthy, your business won’t either.
In other words, you can work 24 hours a day and have all the information you need, but if you don’t take care of yourself – your business will never succeed.
So here’s the best resources that helped me turn that around:
Headspace – Call me crazy, but meditation is hands-down the most important thing you can do. Not only does it reduce anxiety, but it also helps you 2x your productivity. Headspace is an app that helps with guided meditation and only requires 10 minutes per day (and no, it doesn’t require yoga).
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – I’ve read a lot of books in my day, and I think this one will always take the cake. This book deconstructs the habits used by industry professionals and top performers, in a way that you can use in your own life.
I started to use some of the techniques in this book and it turned my life around, so I highly advise this book to anybody…. but especially the entrepreneur.
And don’t think it’s just another planner, this one is filled with actionable techniques that’ll actually help improve your productivity…. (the daily motivational quotes don’t hurt either).
Last but not least, wise.
The definition of wise has evolved for me over the years. I used to think it was knowing the most information, now I think it’s self-awareness.
But that’s something that usually comes later on, so in the meantime – here’s a list of resources to help you get started:
(Special mention before we do, Tools of Titans would also fit into this category well…but I didn’t want to mention it twice).
Social Triggers – I recently started to follow Derek and the guy continues to impress. Derek has a great understanding of how online business works and keeps pumping out information that’s relevant to the new entrepreneur.
I guess it makes sense when you really think about it as it is the language of Sales and Marketing, but either way – it takes some time to learn.
And if this is another area you need to learn more about, I advise checking out Copyblogger first. They have a lot of great information on their site and most of it is free.
Quicksprout – Neil Patel is another online great. Specializing in Digital Marketing, I highly advise checking out the Quicksprout blog if you need any help with this area.
Backlinko – It seems like Brian Dean of Backlinko and Neil Patel of Quicksprout work together a lot, but I’ve always liked Brian’s take on SEO. I give him 90% of the credit for helping me get on the front page of Google time and time again.
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The Entrepreneur’s Recap
Being an entrepreneur sucks in the beginning, there’s no doubt about it.
But if people keep doing it, it’s gotta be worth it – right?
That’s for you to decide, but if you do continue to push forward – I highly advise using these resources to help along the way.
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