One of the important lessons in entrepreneurship and business my Father taught me ☝️.
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He was a man of few words (this is ironic given he was a successful salesman). This quiet personality stood out from the pack of fast talking, gabbing salespeople.
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I interviewed him for a school paper, when he shared the above quote with me. He taught me that very few people have resilience, and most people give up after being told NO or not getting what they want right away. He said if you stick in there and keep showing up, eventually you are the last one standing.
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My Father (AKA Papa Bear) did not fit the mold of a entrepreneur. He wasn’t charismatic or charming, and bought his sport coats from @sears. He was a true introvert, with a love for reading history books, listening to jazz and bluegrass, and cooking authentic worldly cuisine. YET, he was incredibly successful in business.
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His own uniqueness was refreshing to people. Particularly the Asian culture. They loved doing business with an American who was soft spoken, a good listener, who showed up early, and had a deep respect for their food and customs.
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I share this story for any of you who feel you don’t fit the standard mold of a entrepreneur, or of someone in your particular industry. THIS IS ACTUALLY YOUR BEST ASSET.
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Some people don’t feel they can have a business around health and wellness because they don’t have perfect abs and maybe wear a size 12. NOT TRUE. There are clients out there who would relate to you more because of this uniqueness.
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This is why on my new podcast, ProjectME with Tiffany Carter, that I bring on guests from all stages in business development, from all walks of life, and income. We can learn great things from uber successful people, but we can learn more practical and relatable things from people working towards their next goal.
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My Father was the exact opposite of a salesman/entrepreneur, and became the highest volume importer/exporter of mid-level gift items (ie watches, engraved pen sets) in the US.
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