On day one I wish I started to build a quality email list of my ideal customer by spending more time learning about my market and spending time to create killer content.
Scott Voelker – The Amazing Seller Podcast
I wish that I knew truly in my soul how okay it is to ask for help. That’s something that I always struggled with, and I think people do because they think they have a to make everything seem like it’s going great and that you know what you’re doing, and you’re constantly doing things to stay in the know, but sometimes other people have made the mistakes that we don’t necessarily have to make or have the experiences that would be extremely valuable to us.
Amy Schmittauer – Savvy Sexy Social
The importance of building relationships for the long haul. I discovered that if I invested my time in building relationships with lots of various people from various backgrounds, and I focused on providing value and not asking for anything in return, it could be absolutely amazing.
Mike Stelzner – Social Media Examiner
I wish I knew the power of concentrated focus effort. Now we’ve reached a point where there are a ton of business models, various social media platforms, and a variety of traffic generation strategies, so it’s really tempting to try them all. But I’ve found that this is really a really dangerous mindset because you can’t build momentum if you’re just spreading yourself too thin.
Steve Scott – Authority
I wish I knew, when building your business, you have to sell something, and it’s okay to do that. It’s okay the charge people for the value that you provide. I know that sounds super simple, but I think I always looked at selling the wrong way. I looked at it as if I was always thinking about the sleazy salesman.
Leslie Samuel – Become a Blogger
I wish I knew how important networking and meeting other like-minded entrepreneurs is to the success of of your business. I was used to just putting my head down and working by myself. When I started my blog, I had the same the exact same attitude. It wasn’t until I started attending conferences and meeting other entrepreneurs did my business start taking off.
Steve Chou – My Wife Quit Her Job
I wish I knew that you will not be a big hit right away. You will not get rich quick. You are not so special that everyone else will instantly pay attention. Dig deeper, and you’ll usually find people who have busted their butts for years to get into a position where things could take off. Trade the dream of overnight success for slow measured growth.
Cliff Ravenscraft – Podcast Answer Man
I wish I knew that it’s the little things that you do every single day that add up to the success down the road. I struggle for a really long time with a morning routine. I just never had that consistency of getting up and doing six, seven, eight things every single day, just little things, but things that were moving me forward in fitness, in nutrition, and in work.
John Lee Dumas – Eofire
I wish I had known the importance of defining my one perfect customer. It takes a strong foundation to in order to grow an audience and start monetizing. Until you have that foundation, which includes knowing intimately who your one perfect customer is, it’s going to be quite impossible to grow an audience and monetize.
Kate Erickson – Eofire
I wish I had known you are the average of the five people you spend the most conscious, present, intentional time with. This goes much deeper than income. You can have income and zero net worth or negative networth even. It can be the average amount of influence, the average amount of happiness, love, spirituality, empathy, philanthropy, friendships.Those five people really determine what kind of person you become. Positive peer pressure produces powerful people, and poor peer pressure produces pitiful people.
Ray Edwards – Rayedwards
I wish I had known way back in 2007 when I got started is it’s not about the money. You can’t make it all about the money because that puts you in a mindset of finding tips, and techniques, and strategy for extracting money from people. That’s completely backwards, it turns out, from what you need to do in order to be successful in almost any business. Whether it’s a brick and mortar business or an online business, you need to be in the business of creating massive value.
Mark Mason – Late Night Marketing
I wish I’d known the importance and the power behind building a team. Back in late 2009, I hit burnout in a pretty heavy way, which not only put me in the hospital, but two years later the effects were still rolling on my health because I ended up having to have an L5-S1 spinal fusion surgery procedure done. I was wearing so many hats in my business that in 2010 when I put a virtual CEO goal in place to basically remove myself from the business, I had to hire eight people to ultimately replace myself day to day in my business.
Chris Drucker – Chris Drucker
I wish i had known how much my time is worth. I didn’t really know how much my time was worth. I’ve seen this time and time again with other entrepreneurs, especially those who are allowing people to get access to them through consulting,coaching, and whatnot. Too many people are undercharging. Too many people are not truly valuing how much their time is worth, not just to other people but to themselves, too, which goes along with hiring other people, and building your team, and spending a little bit of money, which I know in the beginning it can be tough, especially if you’re bootstrapping.
Patt Flynn – Smart Passive Income