Secrets To Being a Successful Entrepreneur

My foray into entrepreneurship came at the end of a four-day, intensive yoga conference in Hong Kong back in 2007. I woke up the last day before sunrise and intuited a calling to create a yoga-inspired clothing brand called Chakras by didi.
With no formal business training – I had dreamed of becoming Broadway’s next triple threat – I threw myself into learning everything I possibly could to equal an MBA in entrepreneurship. After spending more than 80 hours creating a business plan and securing seed money to start, I launched my first business to the tune of a 760% profit margin within just one year!  (They call me Speedy Didi, after all).
[blur]The truth is, I have always had the entrepreneurial spirit within me.  While I’ve certainly experienced many ups and downs through my years in business – ups including speaking at the United Nations and downs including losing over $250,000 in one event – there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. Failures are part of every entrepreneur’s journey. The fact that I have failed actually means I have succeeded! I believe that if you want to be rich and to experience how amazing it feels to receive a big check or acquire great clients, you must also have endured the lows in business: the frustration of being told what to do when you work for someone else and facing rejection time and time again. Financial freedom is great but I believe TIME FREEDOM is even more satisfying. If you don’t have time to enjoy it, what is money good for? Plus, no successful entrepreneur ever has to ask anyone for permission to go on holiday! Being SUCCESSFUL in business requires that you constantly work on yourself because YOU are your own product. You must also make sure that you are always presenting the best version of yourself. And that means learning the art of articulation: being able to win the hearts and minds of your listeners with your use of language and body language. To be a successful entrepreneur is to be able to connect to another human being on a deeper level than just everyday banter. Once you are ready to present yourself and your personal brand to the world, here are the 7 Steps to Successful Entrepreneurship:
  1. Invest in yourself. That could be through training programs, online classes, and (most importantly) hiring coaches and mentors. Even if you deem yourself successful, you should still have a mentor. All top athletes have coaches, all top Olympians have coaches, why would you not need one? These are the BEST dollars I have spent. Warren Buffet says, “Ultimately, there’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself.”
  2. Work on your self-confidence and self-presentation. If you feel insecure and full of self-doubt, it’s time to get mindset coaching so you can realize your true value and self-worth. How you articulate your words will also have an effect on your success. You should always be real and authentic since people can spot fakes a mile away. Small talk isn’t going to get you anywhere. It’s the deeper level conversations that will help you attract the right people and keep them interested and engaged. Are you being succinct? Are you presenting yourself and your ideas clearly? This is one of my favorite topics, so please come to me for help if you need to learn how to articulate better!
  3. Work on your spirituality. Trusting your gut – your intuition – is really important as an entrepreneur. I make many of my decisions based on my intuition. It is also extremely important to have something  much greater than ourselves to believe in. I attribute part of my success to my faith and belief in who I am and what I am called on to do here on Earth. I believe that I am able to manifest what I want in my life because I am deeply connected and I am aware of the frequency, vibrations, and energy of people I meet. When they are misaligned with mine, I stay away. One of my favorite sayings is “your vibe will attract your tribe!”
  4. Be a person of integrity. Your word is everything. When you say you’ll do something and you follow through, not only are you showing others that you have great integrity, but you’re also proving to them that doing business with you is not a risky venture. This includes being punctual!
  5. Accept failures as part of the journey to success. As Oprah has said, Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. Don’t beat yourself up, simply vow to learn from the mistakes and push forward. When I fail, I always sing the song “Pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again” by the late singer Natalie Cole.
  6. Network effectively. It’s vital that you keep your calendar filled with opportunities to meet new people for potential working relationships, collaborations, or friendships. While it’s not possible to meet people face-to-face right now, there are still plenty of opportunities online. When you are networking, be present and use your active listening skills and most importantly, know your Elevator Pitch! Stay tuned for my upcoming four-week group coaching program on this topic. It will make your next meeting with a stranger that much more fruitful!
  7. Surround yourself with people who lift you up. This is last but certainly not least. It’s a surefire way to build your confidence. When you’re with people who make you FEEL good, that will make you do good things and have the right attitude. It will steer you in the right direction toward achieving what you want!

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Didi Wong

CEO of The Yes Academy

Born in Hong Kong, raised in England and now residing in Los Angeles, Didi Wong is an Award-Winning International Keynote Speaker, TV Producer, Business Mentor, Best-Selling Author, and Angel Investor.

Didi is the CEO of The Yes Academy, a results-driven educational mentorship program for entrepreneurs.

She was given the highest level award “Women of the Decade for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital” from the Women Economic Forum as well as an award of Achievements, Recognition and Excellence by the National Council of Women from the Egyptian Government. She has also been honored to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative at the United Nations and she was the resident speaker on the Think and Grow Rich Legacy World Tour 2019.

As a TV Producer, she is the Executive Producer of “In Case you Didn’t Know with Nick Nanton” featuring Robert Kiyosaki of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and another TV show “SpeakUP”, both on Amazon Prime Video. She has starred as a guest judge on the #1 Digital business show “Elevator Pitch” as well as a feature documentary on her journey as a speaker called “Impact.”

Didi was given the Certificate of Recognition by Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles for helping women entrepreneurs succeed. She is featured in the article “Women Who Mean Business” in the current March issue of Oprah Magazine. In Fall of 2020, she will be knighted as “Lady Didi” where she will join the Royal Order of Constantine the Great and St. Helen of Spain to further the Royal initiatives both domestically and internationally.

Her superpowers lie in managing her four children under the age of nine, including a set of identical girl twins and all her projects and clients, always with a smile on her face.

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