In life, there are fundamental secrets to success, that are known and put to fair use by only a few making money. According to Jim Rohn, formal education will make you a living, but self-education will make you a fortune. Carrie Wilkerson suggests that the longer you take with no action, the more money you lose while Thomas Jefferson encourages never to spend your money before you have it.
This article will help the unemployed get employment, the employed to get a promotion, idle men and women to start their businesses, entrepreneurs to expand their business territory and those in debt to borrow no more. It unveils the fortune secrets, the ways of making money in business. We hinge the trust of this work on the success stories of prominent business people across all walks of life, who narrated not only their success story but their fresh approach or strategies if they were to start their businesses afresh.
How to get opportunities without hustling
Master the art of distinguishing yourself or your business from the crowd.
Sharpen a microscopic eye and endeavour to see what others cannot see, the potential for increasing sales, new means of profit, and alternative methods of doing things. Millions of people worldwide are looking for jobs, while other millions employed are looking for better opportunities. If you do incredible things that differentiate you from the crowd, you will never look for opportunities because they will seek for you instead. Employers are always on the look-out to secure the highest skill with an unmatched level of reliability. If they fill all positions, employers will still create vacancies to accommodate experts who show unmatched knowledge about their line of business. They will pay any salary cheerfully if they find such.
Show that you mean business at your dream opportunity.
Employers will always engage people who mean business in their actions. If you find your dream workplace, lend them your hand for free to learn and demonstrate capacity. An average employer will always put his eyes on you and later offer you the Job. He or she will prefer to employ a hard-working person in the system than an unknown hand outside. A humble glazier became rich and famous after he fashioned the most acceptable church window in the world, using broken pieces of glass which the workmen from a company which rejected to offer him employment at a church building project had thrown away.
Seek for your work of love
Every man or woman has a niche, a dream work which he or she can work as if doing a hobby. Look for that which you can do best, regardless of nature. By design, God created men and women with a purpose, and everybody is well suited for one Job more than the other and will be at a slight advantage compared to others in doing that specific work. For this reason, nature calls for the survival of the fittest, which should be you in your gifted area. If your gift is in the garden, then do not waste too much time in less related areas, but invest all your time, effort and capital in growing vegetables, fruits and flowers. Before you even notice, everyone in your location, who is not a farmer will come to buy such products from you and your fame will rise to all surrounding areas.
Dedicate time to study your next level
When employed, dedicate time to prepare yourself for the next position above you. Point out new practical methods, ideas, and channels of doing business consistently to your employer, to open up your way to promotion. Find the missing factors, the risks and gaps which need resolution and offer mitigation measures. A typical employer will be indebted to promote you after seeing your effort and in-depth knowledge in his or her business, often beyond his or her capacity. If you are an entrepreneur, you ought to do the same, studying ways to improve your business, as if someone is assessing you for a promotion.
Show commitment to your work even when off duty.
Do not appear to your employer as someone with no interest to his or her business except for money. Show your interest and support by doing extra-curricular assignments for the employers’ business to grow. Customer care not only matters in the shop but in every location that you meet your employer’s business customers, whether on duty or off-duty. If you invest this way, you will be sure that he or she will appreciate it, and one day you will harvest the fruits in the form of promotion, or a token at least. Do not sit watching the clock at work, giving excuses for not starting or finishing work in time. Do not ask leave of absence unnecessarily. Become essential to the business, and you will rise in the industry.
Master every detail
Most workers often go to work to do routine procedures but without knowledge of why the workflows exist. Put on magnifying glasses and mastering every detail, including that which is despised, for it will help you become an expert in your work area because such learning is the critical differentiator of persons. The most excellent preparation to master great things is to master an infinite number of smaller items. Showing your capacity in nearly every piece of work will move your employer to entrust you with greater responsibility because you will resemble the value of an old broom that knows all the corners, despite new brooms that sweep much better. Knowing the minutest point about every part of his substantial business was John Jacob’s secret for success.
Be a man of his word.
To get trust, respect and honour from your employer or business partners, be a man or woman with integrity. Always strive to do your best and tell the truth, even when you fail to do something, do not cover up your fault. Be honest in every situation, for people will account to that as your core value. Reputable core values attract promotion to those employed and big business projects to entrepreneurs because they build confidence in people about your excellent character. A young drayman got $50 000 after being entrusted by Stephen Girard to buy a shipload of tea worth $200 000.
Never dispute your employer.
Treat your employer with the respect he or she deserves and always be polite. Do not cross your employer in any way. Never dispute with her or him. Even if you know for sure you are right, do not say so. There are many acceptable ways to put your idea into consideration, so seek for such and use the best time to approach and present them to your employer. Wrong timing may put a bright idea to waste if you submit it when your employer is suffering from mental stress. Keep yourself from unnecessary disputes about politics, religion or cultural malpractices. Courtesy pays. Two Russian agents awarded Ross Winans of Philadelphia business that netted him $100,000 a year because of her politeness compared to others in the same trade that accorded scant courtesy.
Study the humankind.
Studying the needs, strength and weakness of people is the key to success in the business world. The man or women who can sell the most goods is the one who knows the frailties of human nature, and how to avail himself or herself of them. I have seen good sellers marketing their products attractively that many end up impulse buying in numbers. Interestingly, a Yankee book-peddler sold three copies of the same book to a family in a day, to the husband in the store, wife who was calling at a neighbour’s, and daughter at home, and not one of the family wanted the book.
Principles of success to master
- “Don’t let money run your life; let money help you run your life better.”- John Rampton,
- “Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.” – Timothy Ferriss.
- “Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.” – William Arthur Ward.
- “A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.” – Joe Moore
- “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.”- Jonathan Swift
Examples of people who grew success from discouraging situations:
- By owning a country store and using a cart to transport goods, Lucky Baldwin rose to become a multi-millionaire.
- By making full use of the broom sweeping the store, A. T. Stewart began his business career.
- From a ragged newsboy, James Fisk rose to become the Prince of the Erie.
- John W. Mackay started in life as a shipwright, but later acquired a fortune of $20,000,000.
- Do you despise vile odours? Peter Cooper made $6,000,000 in the glue business.