The Secret Ingredient to A Successful Online Business

Every year I participate in business challenges that help propel my online business forward.  I sometimes take the same challenge for several years in a row because this allows me to enter new niches or, as in the the case with The 2015 Quick Start Challenge, revisit a niche that I want to grow.

As this year’s Quick Start Challenge gets underway it’s refreshing to see the enthusiasm and hope among the participants.  All of us are here to scale a mountain.  For some it’s because they want to make their first dollar online.  Others, like me, are participating to push ourselves to the next level in our online journey.    Dean, Craig and Robert have put together a stellar program that, if followed, will result in members making money.

The formula for the Quick Start Challenge is tried and true…it works.  Still, in spite of having the exact same recipe, some will be successful while others will fail.  Why is this?  I propose that it comes down to “Teachability,” or what some would call “Coachability.”

Teachability is nothing more than your willingness to learn, grow and adapt.  It’s your ability to put aside what you think you already know and jump in with both feet, wide eyed, excited, open, and ready to learn and take action.  When you’re teachable you allow yourself to get the most of this challenge and anything else that you do.

I got to thinking about what it takes to be teachable, and I’ve outlined below what I think are The 6 Secrets to Teachability:

1.  Show up On Time and Participate:  Showing up on time allows you to honor the commitment to yourself.  The world of online marketing can be a lonely one, so show up and be part of the community, make some connections and enjoy being part of something that is bigger than you.   The live calls for the Quick Start Challenge take place on Mondays at 6:00 Eastern, make a commitment to be there.   Yes a replay will be available, but showing up live gives you the chance to ask questions and, well, participate.  Participate is pretty self explanatory, but make it a point to join in.  Write the blog posts, share them in the Facebook group.  Be part of the discussions!  It matters.

2.   Follow Instructions:  In today’s world we are all so busy that most of us forget to “read the manual.” Or, if you’re like me, you want to just throw the manual to the side and start pushing buttons until it works. Don’t do this! Take the time to watch and listen to the videos, even if you think that you know everything.  When you follow instructions you won’t skip steps and this increases your chances of success.  Your mind will come up with a million excuses as to why you don’t need to follow the instructions.  Do it anyway.

3.  Set Aside What You Think You Know:   One of the reasons that children learn faster than adults is because they don’t already think they know it all.  They are willing to learn and listen.  Conversely, experts are slow learners because they think that they know a lot.  So forget what you think you know and open yourself up to growth.

4.  Be Clear on Your Why:  What’s your why?  On a scale of 1 – 10 how important is it to you to succeed at what you’re doing?  If’s you tell yourself that it’s a 10 then what are you willing to give up to make it happen.  Do It!

5.  Stop Complaining and Stop Making Excuses:  Very powerful and successful people do not complain and they certainly don’t make excuses.  You have a choice, you can either live the life of your dreams or you can continue to struggle.  You choose.

6.  Be Honest with Yourself:  Chances are you have other things going on in your life.  Jobs, school, family can easily get in the way.  It might be easy to say, “I don’t have time to do this today.”  More likely, the truth will be that you don’t choose to take the time because something else was more important to you.  Acknowledge and accept that truth in all that you do.

Allowing yourself to be teachable can and will make a huge difference in your online business (or any business).  It doesn’t matter if you’re taking part in the 2015 Quick Start Challenge or some other coaching program, let yourself be teachable.

What else makes someone teachable?  Leave me a comment below and let me know.

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Kate

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17 comments
Ngwa Winston - July 9, 2015

Reading some of these points from this blog and reading it from someone who has been taking the Quick start Challenge really shows how simple but effective the steps to success really is. But again as Dean H.rightly said in the first webinar “when you see something is too simple that is when you stop giving it
the attention it deserves”

I guess that is why I will like to thank you for bring this up again.

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The Great Gordino - July 10, 2015

This is a great post! As soon as you asked at the end to think of something to add when it comes to teachability, I couldn’t! There are some key, key points in here, and anyone following them *will* see results.
Thanks for the reminder,
cheers, Gordon

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Kate - July 11, 2015

Thanks for the kind words Gordon. Personally, I think that these tips transcend the Quick Start Challenge while being a perfect complement to it. Good stuff!

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Kate - July 11, 2015

People definitely try to make this harder than it is. Internet marketing is simple but it’s not necessarily easy. Lots of moving parts so it requires a winners mindset. Good luck on your journey!

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Barbara Dowling - July 11, 2015

I think you hit the nail on the head! Excellent advice to anyone doing the challenge and especially those starting for the first time (like myself!) The only thing I might add would be….be patient and persistent and if you do all the steps the results will come!

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Kate - July 12, 2015

Thanks Barb. These words are from the heart and for me are words to live by. Thanks for stopping by.

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Rex - July 14, 2015

Great post Kate. I really like your point number 3. Someone once told me “the most dangerous people in the world are the ones who think they know something”. If you shut your mind to new ideas, ideas that might contradict what you think you already know, you are locking the door to learning. If you’re participating in a training course, it’s wise to accept everything at face value and see if it works before you make judgements.

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Gill Watkins - July 14, 2015

Great points in your post. Teachability – great one. We all assume we know things that perhaps we don’t. I have joined the QSC and I am forgetting all of my previous belief’s and starting from scratch.

I have to admit my previous knowledge has been helpful when setting up my domain and website but all of my other preconceived ideas about internet marketing are being left behind.

Like many others I have wasted a lot of time and money trying to succeed but it stops now. It is all about accountability – to yourself and your commitment to the program. TAKE ACTION!!

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Mark Myers - July 15, 2015

Really impressive website you have here. Looks like you know what you are doing. I am sure this will help build trust and confidence with the people that visit here. I will favorite and visit your website occasionally.

I too am going down the Quick Start Challenge path. And we are all learning how to make a list together.

All the gurus say, and probably for good reason, “the money is in the list.” Building and growing a list is something I have always wanted to do but had never gotten around to it. So now I will.

I wish you good luck with the QSC and I look forward to following your progress.

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Richard - July 16, 2015

Great tips for us al Kate. Thanks.

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Annette Eckelt-Toussaint - July 17, 2015

Great post ! Being teachable is a very important part to be successful… i never thought about that… i always love to learn… but applying what we have learnt can be much harder… that is where most are failing i guess…
being around likeminded and successful people will also make it easier than trying to be successful in an environment full of negativity…

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Steven Lucas Marketing Mentor - July 18, 2015

Ah, the willingness to learn. Something I wish more of the people I tried to coach had. I would add, the willingness to believe to that. So many people seem to think you are hiding the real secret from them, the one that will bring instant riches and have the world pounding on their door. We know it doesn’t happen, but convincing them can be so difficult.

But we’re here in Quick Start Challenge, experienced and newbie alike – enjoying the group vibe as well as the homework. I’m sure it will bring us all a great deal of success and that we’re all looking forward to participating together.

Regards,

Steven Lucas

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Brice - July 18, 2015

Great! “Showing up”! I hate this one! I saw 15 min of the first webinar and i didn’t show up at the second… And reading the instructions… It’s so hard! For that i love videos… You just press play! =)

I don’t like this article because it is so true….
Well done! 😉

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Colin Eade - July 19, 2015

Hi Kate
I really have enjoyed visiting your blog and reading your post about business challenges. Thank you for the information which I found personally very helpful.
Kind regards
Colin

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Simon Narracott - July 20, 2015

From the blogroll it looks like there were over 350 of us that actually made it this far. I am looking forward to seeing how we progress over the next 3 weeks, especially the part that wants us to write a good post every day. And as for doing a video? still it looks like you are off to a good start here.
Simon

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Steven Brough - July 21, 2015

Hi, its Steven here from QSC,

Great post. Thanks for these awesome tips. Keep it up.

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Nicolas - July 23, 2015

Hello Kate,
I really enjoyed reading your 6 secrets to teachability. All those statements are so true and the beauty of it is that we should apply this in our lives. You know, to be committed, to listen to others, to learn something everyday and just to trust ourselves and step up in that direction.

It really inspires me!! Thanks!

All the best to you

Regards 🙂

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