Judy Robinett is a start-up funding expert, successful author and an international speaker, whose killer networking skills have helped her to become known as “The Woman with the Titanium, Digital Rolodex.” In addition to being profiled by Fast Company, CBS, Forbes, Huffington Post and more, her book, How to Be a Power Connector: The 50+50+150 Rule was named the number one business book of 2014 by Inc. Magazine. She also co-authored a chapter in Crowdfunding for Dummmies. She is a super connector and founder of JudyRobinett.com.
Fear is your enemy. You need to take counsel from your courage not your fear. – Judy Robinett
“If you do not ask, you will not receive.” Judy mentioned that learning to ask is a very important skill to learn when beginning your business. She spoke of her initial difficulties and how they led her to where she is today. You must overcome your fears and insecurities in order to be successful. Success Habit: Think of 6 To-Do’s to get done every day.
Judy’s One Idea
While Judy was giving a speech at MIT, someone gave her a Wall Street Journal copy in which it featured an article on financial stability. She almost went bankrupt as she didn’t have a background or any knowledge of running a business. Eventually she was able to turn the business around, sold it and became heavily involved in start up businesses. It was a difficult road but she was able to figure it out.
Judy loves to teach and learn and loves everything about entrepreneurs. In the early days of her consulting business, she was asked to vet a start-up company called “Skull Candy.” The owner needed assistance in turning around the company so Judy gave him advice, helped him earn credibility and learn the value of his company. She’s also an advisor to Springboard, an organization that assists women in receiving star-up funds.
♦ Network = net worth. A critical skill to learn is to share your story with others and ask:
♦ What other ideas do you have for me?
♦ Who else do you know I should talk to?
♦ Three things to know:
-“Fear is your enemy. You need to take counsel from your courage not your fear.” Step out of your comfort zone.
-Rethink your assumptions. Ask your friends what they think of you. It may differ completely than how you see yourself.
-Change what you’ve always believed. It may not be valid anymore.
5 Moves To Start A New Business
If they were to start another business today, they would concentrate on this key factor:
- Kick fear to the curb.
- More research.
- Work in the industry for a bit and understand the industry.
- Have trusted advisors and take their feedback.
- Work on executing.
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