Know When To Walk Away

Kevin Willett knows that sometimes it is hard, be we need to let go in order to move forward

I have two events that are just not going the way I need them to and I know I need to walk away from doing them. However; I am struggling with this decision. Because I am stubborn and super competitive, I think I can simply work harder and things will work out. As I continue to grow my business and take on more responsibility, I have learned that I have to be super focused, which is something that I just don’t like to do. When I spend too much time focusing on these events that are not working, I find myself letting other things slip, which causes my stress level to rise. I have learned to accept that I need to let things go in order to grow as a business owner and as a person.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

Our Accountability Group

Kevin Willett wants you to stay accountable and reach your goals.

Last week I was speaking to one of my friends and he told me that one of the struggles he has, as a small business owner, is staying motivated and doing the daily marketing tasks that he knows he has to do to be successful.

I think most people can relate to this comment. Often I see my friends get discouraged because their marketing efforts are not producing the results that they want, so they give up. In other cases their efforts are working and they become busy, so they stop marketing themselves and then of course their business slows down.

The goal of the group is to simply serve as accountability partners for each other. Each week you will send us a list of what your goals are for the week. The following week you will report on your success in achieving your goals. Sometimes just knowing that you will be held accountable for your goals is enough to achieve them.

Are you interested in joining our free accountability group? If so send me an email to Kevin@newenglandb2bnetworking.com

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events

Are Your Dreams Big Enough?

Kevin Willett reminds you that your dreams are important.

I have been working on some new ideas for networking events, such as Speed Networking. I am amazed by how many people tell me “nobody wants to attend speed networking events, it is a horrible idea”. What I have found is, if someone does not like my idea, they will expand their opinion from they do not want to attend to nobody wants to attend.  Well, the first two speed networking events have sold out. So far, so good.

When someone offers me an opinion, I typically listen to it and then ask myself do they have any valid points? Just because someone does not like your idea does not mean that it is not a good idea.

I learned this lesson teaching entrepreneurship this semester. A student would tell me their idea and right away I would hear another student say ‘no, that is never going to work’. But they said it because; they personally, don’t need or wouldn’t use the idea. Please remember not everyone is going to like or need your idea. So don’t be discouraged when someone jumps in right away and puts it down.

I think there are two parts to this tip. First, please do not let people discourage your ideas simply because they don’t like your idea. Secondly, be careful with your words. Please do not discourage people. When someone tells me an idea they have for a product or service, I try to start with why I like the idea and then I mention concerns I have about it, to see if they have considered them. In some cases they have considered these concerns and do not feel it will be an issue. In other cases they have not, so we talk about how we can make sure their ideas will be successful. No matter what, keep dreaming.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events.

Yes, But

Kevin Willett says to find the courage to do something and then be proud of it

I recently had a friend send me an invite to like her business page on Facebook. When I did, I sent her a message congratulating her on her new business. She replied ‘yes I do have my own business, but it’s just a corner in another store’. I quickly called her and said please do not say ‘yes but’, you should be proud of yourself for actually starting a business. I see this happen all the time, I have friends who start businesses and when I ask them about it they say things like “yes, but it’s small and I only have one client” or “yes, but I am only doing it part time”. My friends, being small or doing it part-time is ok because you actually started a business. Do you know how many people are reading this who would love to start a business but won’t? I guarantee it is a lot of people.

Now, I understand that many of us have responsibilities and families that we have to support, so we need a steady job with benefits. For people wanting to start their own business but think they can’t, when I suggest that they start it as a side hustle by getting up earlier or staying up later they laugh and say they need their sleep. I always smile and say well maybe you don’t really want to own your own business then. If you want to start a business you have to ask yourself what you are willing to give up to find the time to start it. Are you willing to sleep less, watch less TV, or spend less time with your friends? If the answer is no then entrepreneurship is not for you. I hope this tip gives you the courage to start today.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events.

Are You Settling?

Kevin Willett explains why you should never settle for less than 100% of your goals.

This morning I was reviewing the registration page for my event tonight and I saw that 28 people had registered. My registration goal for events is 30 people. I started to say to myself ‘well that’s close enough’ but I caught myself and said no it’s not. As a business owner it is a horrible idea to settle for less than your goal, even if it is just a small amount. Once you do, it’s easy to keep settling for less and soon it will have a negative impact on your business.

If I was being honest with myself, I would have realized that I was being lazy and I didn’t want to put in the work to find two more people to attend. There is never an excuse for being lazy and not working hard enough to reach your goals. So please don’t settle for less because that is exactly what you will get.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events.