MOBE Review: Monty Python’s Guide to Entrepreneurial Success
MOBE Review: I am a great believer in this mantra, especially since staying positive in the face of ongoing challenges is what got me where I am today. In 2008, I quit college and cancelled my government assistance so that I was forced to focus on making my business work.
Despite concerned phone calls from family members, no backup income, and no sales for the first nine months of my career, I have always looked on the bright side of life. I was sure that as long as I believed in what I was doing, and myself and I worked hard, success would come.
And it did!
When You’re Chewing on Life’s Gristle, Don’t Grumble, Give a Whistle!
Nobody’s life is perfect, and there’s no way to avoid pitfalls and setbacks in business, either. Whenever something bad happens in my company, I ask, “How can I turn this into a good thing?”
The best way to deal with problems is to face them head-on, and turn the negative into a positive. Not long ago, I encountered a problem at MOBE that cost the company a few hundred thousand dollars. As you may imagine, I was quite upset and unsure how to proceed. I’m not the sort of person that stays down in the dumps for long though, so soon I was asking myself what I could learn from that mistake. I wanted to know how that major problem could become something productive and positive.
So what did I do? I offered advice on how not to make the same mistake to my customers. I turned my problem into valuable information and used it to leverage sales.
You can do the same thing. Offer customers the value of knowing how to avoid the mistakes you’ve made. You could create a video to your list explaining to them what the problem was, what you’ve learned from it, and how it can be sidestepped. Be sure to end with a call-to-action, encouraging them to purchase your product or service that will help them avoid even more mistakes.
And This’ll Help Things Turn out for the Best
Maintaining a positive attitude isn’t just good for sales and your financial success; it’s good for your health, too.
Research published at BioMed Central says that health care expenditures for employees with high levels of stress are almost 50 percent higher than those who report low stress levels. Furthermore, The American Psychological Association has estimated that more than $500 billion is spent on health care in the United States each year because of stressful working environments.
I’m not saying you won’t encounter stress in your work life, but you should always approach it as manageable stress. You’re the one in charge of the problems, not the other way around.
You Know, You Come from Nothing—You’re Going Back to Nothing. What Have You Lost? Nothing.
Monty Python said it best in The Life of Brian: In the end, you’ve got nothing to lose, so why let the tough parts of life get you down? Focus on what you’re achieving and working towards, not what’s holding you back.
Entrepreneurs in 37 of 38 countries surveyed by Amway approached their business from a fundamentally positive mindset right from the start believing that successful business leaders are made, not born. Always keep this in mind as you tackle challenges and celebrate business successes!
Confidence and a positive attitude are the most important attributes a budding entrepreneur can have—I’m living proof.