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8 Lessons From Mama About Success In Life and Business

He comes from a very poor family

They were poor self-sustaining farmers who didn’t have a lot of the luxuries that people had. And he never went to college.

The interesting thing is that he credits all his success to his poor roots.

That’s where he learned all the valuable life lessons that he has used to go from being a poor kid to become a corporate executive, start his own business, run four different successful businesses, and become Amazon’s #1 bestselling author.

His name is Tim Knox. I was honored to interview Tim back in 2007 about his story of success and transformation.

Tim is a sought-after speaker, syndicated business columnist, contributing business writer for Entrepreneur.com, and self-professed Mama’s Boy.

His mother was the most influential person in his life. She taught him the rules of success. And that’s why he named his bestselling business book, Everything I Know About Business I Learned From My Mama, after his mother.

His Mama Taught Him:

1. Figure Out What ‘THAT’ Is

You can do anything you want to do and become anything you want to become, you just need to figure out what ‘THAT’ is. As basic as this might seem, very few people actually do it. Very few people put the effort to find their passion and purpose in life and choose to live intentionally at an early stage in their lives.

2. Personal Responsibility

No one is responsible for you, except YOU. You’ve to take responsibility for your actions and in-actions … your misery and your happiness … you’re solely responsible for your life.

3. Seek Opportunities

If you sit around and wait for opportunities to knock, you’re going to have a very long WAIT! Opportunity doesn’t knock. What you have to do is become a seeker of opportunities! If you’ve your eyes open, you will find opportunities everywhere.

4. Learn to Laugh

Everyone is so serious about life and business. Actually, life is fun and business is fun too. So, learn to look for the humor in everything and every situation. If you keep that good sense of humor, there really is no hurdle that you can’t cross.

Tim has a very interesting point of view about business.

He says, “If business was easy, every body would do it!”

To start and sustain a successful business, there are strict rules you need to follow and mix with passion, patience and persistence.

Here Are Some Business Lessons From Tim Knox (that he learned from his Mama)

1. How To Fund Your Ideas

One Tim’s first business challenges was how to fund his business ideas. He overcame that  challenge through bootstrapping. He started with as little money as he could. He understood that when you first start out, all what you have is time. So, he did much of the work and used time to make money, and as money came into the business, he would invest it back on the business and the business would grow.

2. Outsource

When your business grows, you’ve to hire employees. The challenge is that you might find yourself spending much of your time dealing with these employees and settling arguments without getting anything done! So, in order to fix this issue Tim started outsourcing and went from a dozen employees down to three key employees!

3. Let Go of Total Control

When you first start in business, you want to do everything and be in control of everything. Truth is that you CAN’T do everything … there is just not enough hours in the day. Eliminate or delegate most of the tasks to people you trust and take care of the things that only you can do. Get rid of everything that is not the best use of your time.

4. Become a Creative Marketer

Marketing is probably the most important key to the success of any business. Use very creative methods to market your business and position your brand. Because, without creative marketing you are not going to attract customers. Once your business is up and running, you must focus all your efforts on creative marketing, sales, and networking with other business professionals.

The final lesson I would like to share with you from Tim’s story is:

How To Leave a Legacy In Business

To leave a legacy in business, Tim believes that you should build a business that offers high quality products or services to a large number of people, and then that business could be either sold or passed on to your children. The most important thing is to build a business that doesn’t die, when you die. You need to build a business that can go on without you.

What lessons stood out for you in Tim’s story? Please share in the comments below.

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Mohamed Tohami is a bestselling author and the creator of “The P.A.S. Technique: The World’s Easiest Way To Find Your Passion and Purpose In Life”. Visit his Transformational Motivation blog now to grab your free copy of his special report “4 Steps to a Life of Passion” and enjoy a unique, easy, expansive and lively motivational reading experience.

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  • http://www.ofwnurse.net/ ofwnurse

    thank you very much for sharing this valuable lessons in life…They are indeed essential for success

    • http://www.transformationalmotivation.com/ Mohamed Tohami

      Thanks. I’m glad you like it.

  • MrTravisScott

    Good post. I think this goes w/ seek opportunities, but I think taking risks is essential to success in life and business.

  • http://www.richmeme.com/ Dennis the ‘Richmeme’

    The most important thing is to build a business that doesn’t die, when you die.

    Life and lifestyle is changing too fast nowadays. You are great in 10 years ago won’t guarantee you gonna be awesome in the next 10 years. Let’s see Blackberry and Nokia. They used to be the great but now they are on the losing side.

    Well, I don’t mean that we can’t build a business that will never die. It just that a business must constantly change and improve in order to move forward.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • http://www.stefanparmark.com/ Stefan Parmark

    You are right. So many people don’t know what their dream is, and they haven’t come up with anything, because they don’t think it will be possible to accomplish. Dreams are for successful people, and not ordinary people. You and I know this is bullshit. I think people are afraid to fail, to make a fool of themself, so they don’t even bother to try.

    I love what you say about laughing. Often we forget to have fun, and business becomes so strict and serious. Yet the most successful people are those who choose to have fun.

    The most important thing you need to know to become successful is: Surround yourself with successful people! You will be influenced by their energies and their enthusiasm. You will become one of them, and before you know it you find yourself having success.

    Thanks for an inspiring article, Mohamed!

  • Razalizain

    This is so helpful! I love Tim’s Mama! Awesome… Thanks!

  • Jeanpierresant

    point number 2 is a very powerful one.

  • Never

    trollface

  • Nevergiveup

    you are a troll mother fucka

  • Nevergiveup

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  • berylthomas

    Very thought provoking Mohamed. Stories like this allow us to open up our minds to all kinds of possibilities of which we have no direct experience.  The unconscious is then stimulated and the antenae are  busy working!  Thank you for this post.