Business Mentor - Jon Bowtell

ASK JON – Weekly Q & A with Jon Bowtell, Business Mentor

Running my own successful online business hasn’t always been easy. There were times when I really could have used a business mentor, someone I could rely on for sound advice and guidance.

Over the years through trial and error I have learnt a tremendous amount, I know what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t. I want to be able to share my knowledge and help you solve the problems that are stopping you from fulfilling your full business potential. Whether you are running an established business or you’re a complete newbie, I want to help you succeed.

Each week I will put on my “business mentor” hat and answer a question put forward by the public, members and non-members are welcome to submit their questions using the contact form below.

I have paved a pathway to success, let me guide you down it…..

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Confessions of An Over-Active Mind

Do you find you think yourself out of action?

Are you paralyzed by decision?

Would of, could of, should of – sound familiar? – Spending hours thinking about how things could have been different…….

All symptoms of a classic over-thinker.

But, it’s hardly surprising when we live in a world crammed full of overwhelming choices.

Self examination and self awareness is healthy, and should be encouraged, whilst ruminating or obsessing over a problem can be detrimental to our health, both physically and mentally.

When Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” he wanted us to challenge our beliefs and take the time to examine and reflect upon our lives. However spending hours creating a distorted reality in our minds is counter-productive.

 

Luckily there are ways to help……

Build a Business, Not a Financial Machine.

You know what’s a disruptive idea? Building an actual business that has investors coming to you, not you chasing them. – Gary Vaynerchuk

The following article from Gary Vaynerchuk arrived in my inbox this week and it really resonated with me, especially after recording this week’s “Ask Jon” video.

Far too often I am contacted by enthusiastic wannabe entrepreneurs with “an idea”, who as soon as they realize the work involved with making their dreams a reality – quit!  They mistakenly think that if I throw some money their way they will be a huge success overnight.

Accountability versus Responsibility or How Dave Got The Job!

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition of Accountability

: the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.

Many of you would class yourselves as responsible people…..

But are you accountable?

These words are often used interchangeably, however whether you are a responsible person or an accountable person can have a huge impact on your life.

And just a subtle change in mindset can help you achieve your goals.

A buddy of mine, Steve, was interviewing potential candidates for a position within his company. His offices are city center based, and that particular day there was a multi-vehicle accident that caused gridlock just before the interviews were due to begin. Immediately he started receiving very apologetic phone calls from people stuck in the traffic asking to reschedule their appointments.

Avoiding Litigation And Creating A PR Dream

These days people are so quick to jump to the law to solve their problems. Great for lining the lawyers pockets but not so great for most involved in litigation. This article is an inspiration showing us how a little creativity, compromise, and charity avoided spending millions and led to a PR Dream . – Jon

In the ’90s, two companies were using the same motto. They arm wrestled to see who got to keep it.

 In October of 1990, Southwest Airlines unveiled a new slogan: “Just Plane Smart.”

Southwest Airlines was founded in 1967 by Rollin King, an investment consultant, and Herb Kelleher, an attorney. Kelleher served as the company’s CEO from 1981 until 2001 and oversaw many different initiatives during his tenure.