Could This Postcard From The Future Help Shortcut Your Success Story?
If I could write a postcard and send it to my younger self back in time 30 years, it would say:
"You are going to be more successful than you can currently imagine
The world is going to offer you opportunities simply because you are looking for them
Keep on your journey to find the perfect business model - you will find it
Don't be part of the problem, but do be part of other people’s solutions"
Can you imagine getting that through the mail? How inspired would you be? Wouldn't it be worn ragged by a daily read? Wouldn't you just keep on....keeping on?
So now, go ahead and pick up a pen. Copy those four lines onto a postcard or letter, or hotel stationery, and mail it to yourself.
I'll be right here when you get done...
Now that that's on the way, before it lands let's take a look line by line:
"You are going to be more successful than you can currently imagine"
Well, I always had an active imagination. And my dreams were never small. But they were anchored or limited in the reality at the time. Dreaming to start your own business is a big dream when you're a 'graveyard restoration operative.’ Dreaming of an en-suite is a big dream when your reality is a downstairs bath. I simply couldn't have dreamed of living in a six bed, six bath, seven acre farm house while I was living in a terraced house. But maybe if I had I would've gotten there sooner...
"The world is going to offer you opportunities simply because you are looking for them"
I eventually realized that doing the same thing got me the same results. You don't 'find time' and you don't 'make time' - you can only make better use of the time you have. All my breaks came after talking to interesting people who were doing interesting things. These days I call it: "kissing frogs." Pucker up: you gotta kiss a lot of frogs to find a princess!
"Keep on your journey to find the perfect business model - you will find it"
When I left school, I was barely fit for employment. In fact, the career counselor advised I should join the Army! I declined and found my own way and I would go on to consult with over a thousand businesses, from motorcycles, carpets, construction, graveyards, shops, warehouses, factories, door-to-door and direct sales, direct marketing, distance selling, consultancy, web building, internet marketing, membership sites to software-as-a-service.
The business I now run wasn't possible when I left school. First they had to invent the internet! For me, it's the perfect business.
So, let me tell you my shortcut - it could save you 30 years:
Get a subscription website
Whether it's goods or services, newsletter, online coaching or software-as-a-service like eZs3, running an online subscription business is the perfect model for entrepreneurs.
"Don't be part of the problem, but do be part of other people’s solutions"
Perhaps there isn't a shortcut to building character and it's only when you have two guys from the bank call your home and ask for their checkbooks back, that you're part of the problem! You gotta take care of your own bills...
...But never let that stop you from reaching out and helping others.