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Five top tips to starting a successful business


The fastest way to receive is to give, because giving starts the reciprocal action of receiving. We all receive according to how much we give. Give the best of you everywhere you go. Give a smile. Give thanks. Give kindness. Give love. Your giving should be a giving without expectation of return – a giving for the sheer joy of it. May the joy be with you, Rhonda Byrne The Secret… bringing joy to billions

This message is from one of the greats in the world of successful business people Sir Richard Branson

As LinkedIn is a business that started in a living room, much like Virgin began in a basement, I thought my first blog on the site should be about how to simply start a successful business. Here are five top tips I’ve picked up over the years.

1. Listen more than you talk

Busy-more-than-one-phone_thumb3We have two ears and one mouth, using them in proportion is not a bad idea! To be a good leader you have to be a great listener. Brilliant ideas can spring from the most unlikely places, so you should always keep your ears open for some shrewd advice. This can mean following online comments as closely as board meeting notes, or asking the frontline staff for their opinions as often as the CEOs. Get out there, listen to people, draw people out and learn from them.

2. Keep it simple

You have to do something radically different to stand out in business. But nobody ever said different has to be complex. There are thousands of simple business solutions to problems out there, just waiting to be solved by the next big thing in business. Maintain a focus upon innovation, but don’t try to reinvent the wheel. A simple change for the better is far more effective than five complicated changes for the worse.

3. Take pride in your work

Believe-with-all-of-your-heart-that-[2]Last week I enjoyed my favourite night of the year, the Virgin Stars of the Year Awards, where we celebrated some of those people who have gone the extra mile for us around the Virgin world. With so many different companies, nationalities and personalities represented under one roof, it was interesting to see what qualities they all have in common. One was pride in their work, and in the company they represent. Remember your staff are your biggest brand advocates, and focusing on helping them take pride will shine through in how they treat your customers.

4. Have fun, success will follow

If you aren’t having fun, you are doing it wrong. If you feel like getting up in the morning to work on your business is a chore, then it’s time to try something else. If you are having a good time, there is a far greater chance a positive, innovative atmosphere will be nurtured and your business will flourish. A smile and a joke can go a long way, so be quick to see the lighter side of life.

5. Rip it up and start again

If you are an entrepreneur and your first venture isn’t a success, welcome to the club! Every successful businessperson has experienced a few failures along the way – the important thing is how you learn from them. Don’t allow yourself to get disheartened by a setback or two, instead dust yourself off and work out what went wrong. Then you can find the positives, analyse where you can improve, rip it up and start again.

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A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off.
Many years ago, the commencement speaker at a prestigious university asked all members of the graduating class who had a definite plan for their lives to hold up their hands. As he looked around the room, only three hands were raised. Twenty-five years later, when the class held a reunion, the combined net worth of those three individuals exceeded that of the remainder of the class. People who know where they are going, always achieve far greater levels of success than those who merely drift through life, expecting circumstances to create opportunities for them. Successful people create their own opportunities by focusing on goals with an intensity that borders on obsession. In this way, every action moves them toward their goal. Napoleon Hill

Gray Lawrence

Successful Networker

"Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day. -Will Durant

Successful Networker 14 Lessons on Life, Love, Career and Pursuit of Personal Fulfilment


I am doing the best i can with what i have at the moment

14 Lessons on Life, Love, Career and Pursuit of Personal Fulfilment If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to others…

Life isn’t searching for perfection Life is perfection in itself.
Awareness, truth and introspection Are keys to learning that yourself.  *****

Any profession that you choose Can make you rich someday From selling stock to shining shoes White collar, blue or grey Profession is the recipe You are the secret sauce Love what you do and you will see The money will come forth.
What you believe tends to transpire So choose whichever takes you higher!
The search for Love cannot succeed By looking outside Love is within, it is a seed
So water it with pride!

You aren’t here to be a student Life’s not a school you must complete Your judgment won’t be always prudent And there’s no prize in this track meet What’s there – unlimited potential. All-you-can-eat journey buffet Pick one or all – that’s not essential, Experience is why you stay!
Though truth sometimes is hard to hear Please listen to its verse It tends to trigger those deep fears In which you are immersed But if you choose to hear truth’s sound It will reverberate Allowing you to find new ground And lessen fears’ weight.
ALife is a roller coaster with ups and downs thought’s – a moment of creation And if that moment is allowed It can turn into inspiration And manifest to make you proud.
To have a happy lasting marriage Both mustn’t hide from who they are.
They need to speak each other’s language And place the other as the star.
Strive fully to pursue your essence Align with it to find your way Fulfilment, happiness and presence Will follow you starting that day!
No accident is ever random Coincidence is just a word Cause and effect’s – a real tandem No matter what you may have heard
Kids are a blessing, treat them so Thank them for choosing you to lead Remember that for them to grow Your words must match your every deed You’re not their boss, do not command Just love them, show them every day That you are here to understand And help them in whatever way They aren’t you, do not compare
Your thoughts to those they may possess They’re their own people meant to share Your world, which they are here to bless!
Careers selected for reward May bring a hefty sum But no amount that you can hoard Will ever overcome The feeling that you sold your heart, That you are here for more And knowing if you press re-start You’d do what you adore!
Regardless of what Facebook shows True friends are hard to find A real friend already knows Whatever’s on your mind. When you’re in trouble they will aid
When you’re in luck – rejoice True friendship’s measured by who stayed For it is not a choice.
What’s here today is shortly gone Enjoy it while it lasts Do things to which you’re feeling drawn And let go of the rest!

We try all of we try

There are no misunderstandings; there are only failures to communicate. — Senegalese Proverb

Gray Lawrence

Successful Networker

Successful Networker be Inspired

Once again a wonderful passage from a well-known lady not altered just added quotes. enjoy!

Inspired Quote of the Day

You may encounter situations where you need to compromise, but never compromise your standards. ~ Carol Roth

Today’s Inspiration

Carol Roth

Carol is an investment banker, business strategist, author and dealmaker who helps companies grow and make more money.

If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to others…

The most important thing to me is to always have pride in yourself and be authentic, whatever that means to you personally. If everything else in the world were to go away- the money, the titles, the material possessions- make sure that you can stand behind your name and your decisions.

Your name and the way you act are your legacy. If you do something, do it 100%. If you say something, stand behind what you say. Be willing to tell someone the truth that they may not want to hear (if asked and it comes from good intentions). You may piss off some people along the way but that is fine – everyone with a strong point of view does!

I also think it is incredibly important to be driven to fulfil your needs and goals based on your own circumstances and opportunities. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should and that the rewards will justify the risks for you. You will be happiest if you live your life based on your own wants, needs and opportunities, not someone else’s. It is very difficult to be happy if you are chasing someone else’s goal!

Balance that by ensuring that you are realistic and also truthful with yourself. Your point of view and circumstances will shift and evolve, but as long as you make the right decisions for you in that moment, know you have done your best. As fitness guru Tony Horton says, "If you do your best, it is always enough".

Also, don’t hold yourself back from being everything that you can be. Sometimes, the best and brightest people can be held back by being too smart for their own good. I too have been guilty of this- I call it being a "successful underachiever". I have learned that we can be our own worst enemies. There is nobody who will be harder on you or more critical of you than you, yourself.

Faith is not something to grasp it is a state to grow intoWe, as smart and driven people, will always be successful if we are pursuing something that is important to us, so don’t let your ego prevent you from taking a step or two backwards if it will allow you to take 25 steps forward down the line. Plus, be willing to take a shot if the risks aren’t prohibitive. As hockey great Wayne Gretzky says, "You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take".

Finally, make as much of your own luck as you possibly can. Preparation, passion and perseverance help create a bridge to success. If you fail to prepare, you will prepare to fail. I can’t think of too many bad things that came from solid preparation.

So, (borrowing another Tony Horton-ism here), do your best and forget the rest. If you are authentic, engage with pride, standards and preparation, and make the best decisions that you can for yourself in each moment, you will not have any grounds for regrets.

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." —Mahatma Gandhi

Gray Lawrence
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Success doesn’t come to you – you go to it. — Marva Collins

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