COMMUNICATION: Millionaires send out thousands of emails every year. Every email builds your brand. They are also specialists on the phone and meeting face to face. The more effectively you can share your message with the world, the more likely people will want to work with you. The level of your communication determines the level of your wealth.
SALES: In this world, you’re either selling or being sold to. Either way, you have to choose a side. If you seek to understand sales, the highest-paying profession, you will become a millionaire. Those who know how to sell know that it dramatically enhances the life of everyone. After all, everything around you has been sold.
MARKETING AND BRANDING: Your reputation is your best advertisement. Promoting yourself with marketing and branding your company is the cornerstone to any empire. Telling the world what you do in the clearest way possible will allow you to be known in the marketplace and will expand your business in unprecedented ways. Every millionaire has a good brand.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: If you can take care of yourself, you can take care of thousands of people. Knowing human nature is the key to success. Millionaires understand motivation, body language, tone of voice, tact, diplomacy, empathy, and everything related to emotional intelligence. Most of this can be learned by simply paying attention to the people around you. Remember what Theodore Roosevelt said: “People don’t care about what you know unless they know how much you care.”
PRODUCT AND SERVICE INNOVATION: Every millionaire must put a creative spin on the product and service that he or she offers. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, did not invent the hamburger, but he did excel at pioneering core values that helped him catapult the fast-food industry. Innovation will make you immensely wealthy, even if you deliver a product slightly better than your competitors.
ORGANIZING: Every millionaire has a system that works for them. They’re well organized and flexible enough to adapt to their changing environments. Almost every business decision you will ever make will come from your desk. If you’re organized and know how to locate information in the fastest way possible, you will have the skills to become a millionaire.
GOAL SETTING AND PLANNING: Plan your work and work your plan. That’s the motto of millionaires. No one can succeed without a well-defined plan. You must set goals daily and plan years, months, weeks, and days well in advance. Follow the 5 P’s: Proper planning prevents poor performance. Opportunities come only to those who are prepared.
MONEY MANAGEMENT: You can be responsible for a large amount of money ($1,000,000) only if you can take care of a small amount ($10). Millionaires know their bank balances at all times. They record their expenditures. They count their income. They do their own taxes (with a lot of help!). They know their financial standing. You can obtain wealth only if you understand your money.
PHILANTHROPY: Millionaires understand that the secret of living is giving. Many wealthy people give relentlessly. You can be wealthy only by enhancing the wealth of others. However, when it comes to charity, they don’t just drop a check in the pile like most people do. Instead, they participate by knowing exactly where the money is going.
NETWORKING: Building relationships is instrumental in business. You must be a reliable source in order to attract reliable sources. In my network, I have every conceivable skill available. It’s only a phone call or email away. The only way you can get big things done is by employing those who can do the things that you cannot (or don’t want to) do. The people you’re looking for are also looking for you.
LEADERSHIP: Every millionaire is a leader. They understand that they must follow great leaders as they become one themselves. They know when to take responsibility and initiative when tough situations occur. When testing time comes, they pass the test and assure others in a positive way that they are in good hands. A mark of a true leader inspires others that they can do the unimaginable.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Prioritizing is focusing first on what needs to be done most. Millionaires don’t go mowing the lawn when they know they need to do business. Since managing your time is more about managing your energy, you must seek ways to conserve your body and mind to focus on the projects that deserve your utmost attention.
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