To be successful in anything – you really do need all three:
- Teachers (Mentors)
- Partners (For idea sharing and accountability)
- Students – To keep you sharp and on your toes
You would be surprised at how much you know. I’m often amazed when someone asks me a question and I will “chat on and on” with answers. They often are amazed at my knowledge of a subject, and I look at them like they are “nuts”. Why? Because I don’t ever think I know much… I never feel like a know it all… I’m always learning.
Be a teacher! Offer your wisdom whenever someone asks for specific help on something you have some “grasp” of the topic. Don’t throw out random thoughts or lead someone astray. A teacher is always helpful, and offers suggestions for other resources when we don’t know all the answers.
At times we refer to our teachers as Mentors. A Mentor is really a guide who has your best interests in mind. Once you feel your Mentor or Teacher is not serving you well… Drop Them Like A Hot Potato!
On the flip side… if you are trying to be a Teacher and the student is constantly arguing with you and not following any of your guidance… then you are the wrong Teacher for that student.
I‘ve been on both sides of this coin… sigh…
Having “students” (even those friends or other online sellers that ask random questions) really does keep you sharp – in tune – and it also let’s you know where you are lacking knowledge.
Be a partner! Get yourself an accountability partner. Trust me when I say that you will NOT get as much done without one. Being accountable keeps you on task and on target to reach your goals.
I’ve had friends (the online ones that I share lot’s of things with) and I’ve had acquaintances who don’t give a rip if i get anything done “on time”. I have two “problems” with friends and acquaintances – they aren’t helping me reach my goals. I love all of my online friends and acquaintances… don’t get me wrong.
Problem #1 – I get a “pass” from them when I don’t follow through or focus. In fact I’ve had to train my own accountability partner to never say “That’s Okay Debra” whenever I miss a date or goal. Most of us who don’t have an investment in helping someone else succeed – don’t care if the other person reaches any goal – EVER.
Problem #2 – Problem number 2 is an add-on to #1… Friends and Acquaintances are often happy (inside) that you didn’t meet your goals. They aren’t meeting theirs either and you have made them feel better about themselves.
Everybody’s just freaking happy…. right? Not really.
I can tell you right now – today – I’ve never been happier with my progress in business (and I’ve been at this for years) than I am right now – this minute! I have an accountability partner who rocks! She is on the same level of success as I am in her own business… and she is really knowledgeable about things that I am not. We help each other so much to reach goal after goal.
The beauty of it all… it’s entirely FREE. We aren’t charging each other a thing… why would we?
We have one call a week… scheduled. These calls last about 3 or 4 hours and we are both drained and invigorated after each call. During the week we never ‘talk” to each other on Skype. We email each other almost everyday with lists of goals met… questions… ideas… and of course we share immediately when something really cool has happened in our respective businesses. In fact we often email many times a day.
Be a Student – Always keep learning! I don’t mean that you should buy new products. Don’t be a shiny-object-follower.
Choose a Business Plan – and then keep learning (and asking questions) constantly. Hone your skills, seek out best practices, find the best time saving tools, be a team player (NO I in TEAM). For years I thought I could work from home alone… and grow my business without any “help” from others. I was wrong. Sooooo Soooo Wrong.
Where can you be a teacher – a partner – and a student?
Inside the Public Domain Treasure Hunter Forum – others are asking real questions, getting real answers, listing their goals and finding some accountability.
If you have been the least bit curious about what others are doing to grow their business with public domain content… this is the forum for you…
If you have ever thought that you needed a place to ask a ton of questions and not feel “silly” about it… this is the forum for you…
If you have been looking for ideas to use public domain content, images, film or anything… this forum is filling up with great ideas that just might be the key to what you are searching for…
All I can say is this forum is NOT all about me… I’m so grateful to all that have joined and are sharing so freely… I’m amazed and humbled that such a fantastic group has decided that this is their home. It’s their forum and I’m just a small part of the equation.
Thank you to all of you on the “inside” and Welcome to all of you who are taking the leap…