Self-Belief & Business Advice

Happy Monday, friends! Welcome back from the weekend. Today I have some encouragement for you (and me) about believing in yourself and your business. If you don't believe in yourself who will??

So a few years ago I went to San Antonio for a Jewelry Trade Show and sales conference with my full-time job, Green Brothers Jewelers. There were over 1,000 jewelry vendors under one roof inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center with probably over a million dollars worth of inventory - it was amazing! I mean let's be honest, it's not every day you get to try on diamond rings on every finger on your hand.

Oh wait, I actually got to do that. ;)

We were drooling over 5ct diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies along with so many other gorgeous stones. And that was just day one. 

The rest of the conference was filled with classes and presentations on running a better business, implementing new marketing strategies, hiring the right sales staff, but my favorite one of all was the keynote speaker, Jeffrey Gitomer. He was honest, straightforward, a true no-BS-kind-of-guy! 

He gave some of the best real-world advice about the business environment I've ever heard. And his advice goes for all industries of business. People are people no matter what industry you're in - jewelry, wedding, oil/gas refinery, education - every industry has people. Some of the quotes he said that day I still remember (and probably will for a very long time).  

"People don't like to be sold, but they love to buy."
"People love to do business with their friends. Be friendly."
"Happiness is a state of mind."

Let's just take a moment to let those sink in... Feel free to read them over again and again. Hell, even write them down or commit them to memory real quick. 

I started reading Jeffrey's book, and I cannot, for the life of me, put it down. It's that good. It's titled The Little Platinum Book of Cha-Ching.

You NEED it.

Go buy it NOW! I'll still be here waiting if you want to hop on over to Amazon and come back! ;)

Here's a little piece from the section that I'm absolutely HOOKED on:

"Self-belief is the fulcrum point of success. It's the bridge between your personal attitude and enthusiasm and your ability to transfer confidence to others. Without belief in what you do and who you work for, your ability to engage others will be low. As you try to grow a career, most people focus on product knowledge, interpersonal skills, maybe some networking-relationship skills, and little else. You leave out one of the two critical success elements for true achievement and fulfillment: self-belief (the other being positive attitude).

"The deeper your belief, the deeper your pockets. Strong belief will make you a more innovative, creative person with a burning drive and desire you help the other person and help them buy. There's a big difference between having a burning drive and having the desire to sell something. People don't like to be sold, but they love to buy."

I promise you will have every page dog-eared and highlighted with scribbled notes in every white space of your margins. And the chapter about self-belief is a AH-mazing. Seriously, if you don't believe in yourself, who will? This is where I want to take my photography business.  I can hear the cash register of my budding business ringing right now. Cha-Ching! That belief that I WILL be successful!! This is MY year!

Ohmygosh, you guys!! I'm so excited to share my goals with you that I have set for the next few weeks and months, and even where I want to be in a year!


Unknown said…
Such wonderful advice. I'll have to check out that book recommendation, thanks!
Unknown said…
Thank you for this!!!! I forget to believe in myself all the time. Definitely needed the reminder!
Unknown said…
A great reminder!! Thanks for sharing!
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