4 Main Goals to Help the Business of Self Survival in Times of Crisis
“If you don’t have strong purposes for the future, it’s easy to get swallowed by a bad day. It’s easy to be almost annihilated by a poor month. And it’s easy to almost disappear beneath the waves of a year that goes backwards, if you don’t have something to pull you beyond that year.” Jim Rohn
No disagreement, our society is plodding through unprecedented times with bent backs and broken spirits. Mutual social fabric is fraying, jobs are locked down, small businesses face extinction, unemployment is a stark reality, educational system lies shattered, and sickness waits within an arm’s reach or hug as a sentence of death.
What can anyone do? Where can you stretch safely with some guarantee of return? What is within reach that will breathe some relief, some hope until better times? How can you grow the business the Self?
On one hand, you may watch a flurry of entrepreneurial programs but what if social economic circumstances due to the pandemic restrictions are not viable because entire industries have minimized, and the supply demand interplay has dried up. There doesn’t seem to be a rapid recovery in sight for expendable income or earning a living wage as a job.
Is starting a home business a possibility?
Is investing in some online opportunity for a price plausible at this time when cash shortages will continue to plague the economy and monopolistic companies provide all the stuff and services we need, or not?
No disagreement, when personal stability and economic cycles are so unsettling, be aware of any virtual swamp breakthrough drawn from desperation and faith in promised intentions. Life choices can be misdirected and easy to be taken advantage of when in a vulnerable state of powerlessness.
As a home-based business entrepreneur who has walked the extra distance to gain a few dollars, determined to make the system right enough to work regardless of time and money factors, I can only pass on this advice in good faith. Your desperation will not change market forces until the time evolves to open their necessary mandated channels again. In my opinion, do not spend money on ventures online or otherwise, thinking, they could be soon be the links to open your cash flow.
In times of great uncertainty, work on yourself as the main business you want to support and develop to be the best business model you can be. Make yourself be as strong and well informed to be better prepared to meet new opportunities to which a changing workplace may be amendable to.
Get to Know Jim Rohn’s 4 Main Lessons for Self-Development
Jim Rohn was a successful business entrepreneur and ambassador for self-development for forty years. He spent his early years in direct sales, developed a talent for public speaking and changed his average life at the age of 25 by investing in himself. He became a world renowned motivational speaker and a mentor of successful mentors like Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield and Darren Hardy of Success magazine. His philosophy has impacted millions of people with his seminars, books and personal development material.
Jim did not have to face the current volatile circumstances when even entrepreneurial possibilities are faint on the horizon. Out of hundreds of pieces of advice or quotes, these four main goals stand out to help anyone to develop their own business of self survival first.
1. Face the reality that your life may never be the same again
“I’ll tell you what changed my whole life: I finally discovered that it’s all risky. The minute you got born it got risky. If you think trying is risky, wait until they hand you the bill for not trying.
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”
2. Only you are responsible for developing your character
“Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing.”
3. Become an advocate for life-long learning and self-education. Keeping a journal is important.
“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”
“There are a million of books, so you can’t read all the books. But read all the books that you need to read. To make you as wealthy as you want to be, as healthy as you want to be, as prosperous, as productive, as unique a human being as you want to be”
Would you spent $26 for a blank book?
“I am a buyer of blank books. Kids find it interesting that I would buy a blank book. The say, ‘Twenty-Six dollars for a blank book! Why would you pay that?’ The reason I pay twenty-six dollars is to challenge myself to find something worth twenty-six dollars to put in there. All my journals are private, but if you ever got hold of one of them, you wouldn’t have to look very far to discover it is worth more than twenty-six dollars.”
4. Practice your Communication Skills
“Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.”
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.
“Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”
In other words, the skill of “mental rehearsal” can be used to improve any performance … assertive communication, interviewing, sports or other endeavors. It helps to come to terms with yourself, your strengths, weaknesses and values.
With such an uncontrollable future, the strength of self-belief is necessary for everyone … medical professionals, front line workers, care aides, truckers, waitresses, clerks. We all need to keep in touch with our “true self,” stand up, stand out and persevere with our integrity to learn and grow our own Business of Self until more manageable times.
Self-belief and motivation may be the only sparks that can inspire your potential in times of great uncertainty when the future cannot be casually taken for granted. Self-delusion or fear will not magnify your skills.
Along the way your new “radical self-acceptance” will locate the differentials in people and places that will welcome your qualities and aspirations.
Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is tragedy. You got to know, or you are going to get hurt.” Jim Rohn
Which lesson do you think will be he most helpful in building your Business of Self-Survival?
Please share other self-belief skills that have been helpful to overcome any challenges. We can all learn together.
Read more by Jim Rohn: Motivational speaker, entrepreneur and author of the best selling book Seven Strategies for Successful Living
NOTE: The one Jim Rohn quote I regret not paying more attention to that I hope you won’t also regret:
There are 3 things to leave behind: your photographs, your library and your personal journals. These things are certainly going to be the more valuable to future generations than your furniture.
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