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"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you." 

After about a month of being self employed, I hit my stride. This past week was great, and am starting to see some momentum. Initially working on your own business is difficult, especially if this is your first one.  It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day operations for a week or two. Rather than achieving growth, you only sustain your business. 

During this past week I took time to really work ON the business and not in it. This allowed me to really look at the business as a whole. What were we doing daily, why were we doing what we were doing, and how can we make it all more efficient. 

Rather than accomplishing task after task from the never ending, “To Do” list, I spent my time  assessing where we were headed, where we wanted to go, and what different things we needed in order to do that. 

This was a great exercise and after a week of reflection and working on the business we have developed a few different strategies to accomplish a few key goals; first we are focusing more energy on developing and implementing passive selling strategies such as forum sponsorships and more online marketing.

This coupled with expanding our catalog with specialized niche products will enable us to add more value to our future clients as well as cross sell to our existing clients. 

We have been spending to much time on trying to compete with everyone else and playing their game. I have made a conscious decision to create and compete in our game and thus have far less competition. 

Now we know where we want to go. It’s up to me to portray that to the team to ensure that we stay focused and persistent to get there. Much to do, but we are focusing on the customer and enjoy the journey to 10,000 hours. 


 
 
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"Effort only fully releases it's reward  after a person refuses to quit" - Napoleon Hill 

Focus on one task, one day at a time. Keep your “eyes on the prize,” work daily to move a little closer to your goals. Soon you will find yourself taking action and living a life of purpose. 

I challenge you to do 1 or 2 action items a day in your personal life, business life and see what results. 

Rome was not built in a day, nor was anything great accomplished over night. Even the “overnight success stories” normally are a result of many setbacks, long nights and small successes that appear to happen overnight. 

It is important to not feel overwhemled, if you are anything like myslef, you set very high goals that might seem impossible to achieve. If you aren't in the habit of setting high goals (or any for that matter), there is little chance that you will do what is necessary to accomplish your dreams in life. DREAM BIG. Set yourself high goals like you did when you were a child.

The road ahead is not going to be easy, it is going to want to make you quit, but it is in those moments that we find out who we are and what we are made of. At the end of the day all that matters is “How bad do you want it?” 

Impossible is nothing, stay organized, focused and GO GET IT! 


 
 
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“The Thousand Mile Journey Begins With The First Step”

So you quit your job and you're working for yourself, now what?

Awesome! So you decided to believe in yourself, and have now eliminated one of the biggest obstacles in your life... your job. Now you are really in the “real world.” 

This is a very exciting yet scary time for you (and for me). For years I have been waiting for this moment, dreaming about it, and now that it is finally here it is almost serial. There is so much going through my mind, What to do first? What if I fail? Did I make the right move?  All of your insecurities, self doubt and worry come up the first week and you experience almost jobless remorse and start second guessing yourself. 

The good news is that this shows that you are human. What you do in the face of fear in the next few months is what is going to define you as a person. Hopefully you thought out your situation, and now with a little organization, you can layout your days, weeks and set in place a plan on how you are going to make things work. 

Organization and persistence are two qualities that are essential when you are embarking on this journey to work for yourself and be your own boss. Over the past few weeks I have done a few things that enable me to be organized and help me cope with the frightening realization that I am fully responsible for my future. 
  • List Out Your Responsibilities- this includes but is not limited to all personal goals and all business goals for one or many businesses. I like to write everything down, this helps me think, puts everything that I am thinking about on paper and allows me to look at it objectively. I recommend making a separate sheet of paper for each section of your life, Personal, Family, Business 1, Business 2, Ect.
  • Set Goals for Each Area-Write down your goals for each section, and your current status of the section as well. This will give you a great baseline for where you are and where you want to go. This is an important step and cannot be skipped. This exercise is continuous so don't feel like it needs to be perfect, you can always add, revise and change it as you and your goals progress. 
  • Set 3 Priority Goals From This Section- Once you set your goals for each area, I recommend setting 3 high priority goals in each section that you will focus on.

 
 
My Name is Zach Tibbs And I Have Been Living The Double Life! 

As a 25 year old ambitious entrepreneur living in San Diego, I have been working in corporate America and burning the midnight oil working on my own companies for the past 3 years. After doing both half- ass, I have decided to take the leap of faith and begin doing whatever it takes to succeed in business by working for myself.

Recently I resigned from my "safe and secure" fortune 500 job with great benefits in order to pursue my true passion. How it's going to work out, or what exactly I am going to do, I don't know yet. What I do know is that I will not subject myself to fear, and become one of those people who go through life wondering, "What if?"

After many months of self reflection I have come to this conclusion: Life is too short not to enjoy what you do. Starting today, I will face my fears and see what this world has to offer. 

Come along with me on the journey to success while I discover why I am here, and how I can positively affect the most people in this world. I am excited and eager to learn more about myself, about business and what is really possible in this world. 

I am confident that the 4 months of savings along with my burning DESIRE and FAITH will allow me to accomplish anything I put my mind to. I have one chance at life that I will not waste.