Have a Plan, Not a Dream — How to Set Realistic Goals for Your New Business

It’s an exciting time to start a new business, but many people have unrealistic ideas on what it takes. December 18, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the years, many people have spoken to me about their business plans and marketing needs who are almost too early in their thinking to get started. While they may have an idea what they want to sell, and to whom, they haven’t clearly identified what will make them different enough to succeed. They think they can just jump on the bandwagon. Related: 16 Actions to Take to Achieve Any Goal Many of the big success stories out there are also known as “disruptors” — where, through technology and “out of the box” thinking, they invented ways of making people’s lives easier and more convenient. For example, Airbnb allowed people to find accommodation easily in their desired destinations […]

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Will You Go to P.R.O.M. with Me? Lessons Learned in 2018

Pat Flynn: Okay, I’ve been wanting to ask you this for a while. I’m really nervous, I’m sorry. Okay. All right. Get it together, Pat . . . Will you go to prom with me? All right, don’t leave, don’t leave. That was just a little reconstruction of what life was like for me back in high school. I was a very shy, very nervous kid, and that’s kinda what it sounded like most of the time when I asked for something that I was nervous about, but don’t worry. The truth is I am actually going to take you to prom, but not that kind of prom, like a high school dance. I’m going to take you to prom because we’re going to talk about four things today: Planning, Routine, Open Time, and Motivation. That’s your prom right there. Planning, Routine, Open Time, and Motivation. What does all that […]

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How to Plan Anything (So You Actually Get it Done)

My formula for planning anything without getting overwhelmed, plus how you can use it to write the perfect blog post! Pat Flynn May 21, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Have you ever tried to plan something and just gotten completely overwhelmed? Today, I’m going to give you my PAT formula for planning anything—along with the one tool I use to make any planning process dead simple. I’ll dig into the details of the PAT formula in just a minute. But first, the thing I love the most about the PAT formula is it’s applicable to just about anything you might be planning. Maybe you’re building a business, or writing a book. Maybe you’re creating something smaller, like a podcast episode or a blog post. Or maybe you’re planning an event, like a party or a vacation. It could even be something as big as a wedding. Whatever it is, […]

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