Closing deals and getting more business is the lifeblood of any business. I recently came across a great infographic on "How to Close 95% of Your Leads." It is excellent and gives you the path to more sales - as long as you are willing to put in a little work and effort. Happy selling!
I was recently watching a really heartwarming documentary about the 9/11 tragedy called "Boatlift." I have placed it at the end of this post for you. The 11 minute video chronicles the largest boatlift/mass-evacuation in history.
To put things in perspective, the largest rescue and one of the most famous boatlift rescues up until 9/11 was at the battle of Dunkirk where over 300,000 men were rescued by boat from almost certain death by the Nazi's. This was done over a couple days and saved the allies chances to win the war.
When 9/11 happened, ordinary citizens - ferry operators, tug boats, commercial boats, and people with boats all came together and evacuated over 500,000 people off of Manhattan and did it in less than
9 hours! It is truly an amazing story that not many people have probably ever heard.
There is one part, at the very end of the video where one of the commercial boat operators talks about how he has one philosophy in life that he follows and has taught his kids.
That philosophy? "Never go through life saying I should have..."
He's right. When your life comes to an end, all of the "should haves" will come into focus. All of the things that you wanted to do, but never took the time or chance to do will be forefront. This has been studied many times and it's always the same. People wished that they did their "should haves."
Never go through life saying I should have...
Don't put off the things you know you should do and want to do with your life. If there is something you know you should do, do it. If you give it a shot and fail, at least you will know that you gave it a shot...and if you succeed, well, even better.
Does this mean you have to do something radical? No, but it does mean you have to take some chances, get out of your areas of comfort, and push yourself in ways that you haven't before. If you do, you'll be better for it.
The only things you miss in life are the shots and chances you don't take. It may sound like a platitude, but it is true and has been since man has existed.
Get out there and turn your "should haves" into "I dids!"
I was recently asked on Quora "What were the most Important things learned when starting your business? Good question and there are about a 1000 things to answer with. I thought about it and narrowed it down to these 4 as a starting point.
There are a ton of other things I could give you, but if you can put these 4 into practice, you will have a good foundation to take on the challenge of starting a business, persevere, and succeed. Now, go make it happen!
The difference between those that succeed and those that don't is that they don't give up. It sounds simpler than we know it is. But at it's core, the truest path to succeed in anything is to keep going.
But all of us have points in our life where we have to choose. Does this sound familiar? You have put what you believe is your life and soul into something, spent countless hours toiling away at it, sacrificed many things for it, but you still haven't reached what you consider success. You still haven't broken through and hit the levels you know (or think) you should be at. At this point, the thoughts and doubts start to come into your head. Why am I doing this? Why do I continue day after day? Will I ever get the results I should? Should I even continue doing this?
Maybe you start to feel dejected and like a failure. You think about giving up - and it doesn't sound so bad. You gave it your best right?
Everyone goes through times like this in their lives. It is not that we go through them that matters. It is how we respond to them.
So, what do you do when you feel like giving up?
Don't ever give up or give in on your life's pursuits!