When Jay-Z rapped on his Grammy nominated 4:44 album that he bought some artwork for $2 million and couldn’t wait to give it all to his children, His daughter Blue Ivy took that to heart. Instead of waiting until the art was passed down, she decided to try to buy her own. Blue Ivy bid $19,000 on art at the Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles which was hosted by her grandmother, Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson. During the live auction, Blue raised her paddle to make a $17,000 and then a $19,000 bid on a painting of a young Sidney Poitier. Unfortunately, she didn’t take home that painting, because according to Vanity Fair, Jay-Z jokingly grabbed her paddle from her before she could place a higher bid. Instead, young Blue made the winning $10,000 bid for piece of art composed of deconstructed law and medical.
Now that she has won the bid, what does the business transaction look like? How can we get people to bid on the things that we have for sale? Have you ever taken into account the idea of buying and selling? We conduct business on a regular basis; at Dunkin Donuts ordering a hot cup of vanilla chai; at your favorite food truck; at the theater for the 5th time watching Black Panther with an entirely different group of friends; at the salon and barbershop. We take part in this enormous economic system and the life of billions of dollars on a regular basis yet few of us actually understand the power of selling. We are far too involved with the consumption of goods and services that we overlook the craft of supplying stuff for profit (and then wonder why money is lacking). Even if you loathe salesmen, here are a few tips everyone should know about selling.
Product or Service. What do you have to offer? Think about it. If you’re a teacher, you sell instruction, if you’re a nurse you sell medical attention, if you’re an artist, you sell art. You get my point? We all have something to sell as it is not only designated for car dealers and real estate agents. When you apply for a 9-5 you are a salesman.
Marketing Mix. The 4Ps has transformed into about 7 and counting. Product, Place, Price, and Promotion are the basic elements. Once you determine your product or service, marketing plays a huge role. Your appearance, body language, tone of voice and even your scent are all functioning as part of the deal. The same, of course, applies to packaging the physical product. Your wage or consulting fee, positioning and location make a difference. Promotion is how others hear about you. How organized and charming are your resume and cover letter, online store, and LinkedIn profile?
Sell Without Selling. Do you like it when that car salesman tries to force your purchase, or the pushy sales associate seeking to get you to sign up for every offer available? Chances are you don’t. Your product should be good enough to sell itself. Your part is to be personable, find out the needs and wants of the customer and do your best to provide a memorable experience. It doesn’t matter the industry, people are not numbers, they are human beings. Keep this in mind at all times.
Go out there and put your selling abilities to the test. If you are able to sell stuff, you’ll never be broke another day in your life.
T-Mobile’s Dream of Telecommunications Domination Gets the OK + How to Create Mental Toughness While Pursuing Your Dreams
T-Mobile’s $26 billion takeover of Sprint finally got approved by a federal judge, a move that will leave most wireless consumers with three major operators to choose from, including Verizon and AT&T. More than a dozen attorneys general had sued to block the merger that had already been approved by the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission. The administration has required T-Mobile and Sprint to sell some units to pay-TV operator Dish Network as part of the deal.
Dream chasing isn’t for the faint at heart. It can take years before one sees the financial payoff of what was once an idea. T-Mobile is probably patient on the outside, but internal it is jumping for joy. It took them a few years to get to this point, but I’m sure they will be relieved at the fruits of their patients.
When building a business, your goal has to be more than money, or you will ultimately fail. Your drive has to be based on principle, change, and something greater than yourself. Here is how to stay mentally tough while pursuing your dreams.
Personal Development. The road to success is paved with character and growth. Personal development is one of the key drivers that sustain you on the path of your dreams. Trustworthiness, keeping your word, and dependability are imperative to any industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician or painter, lawyer or doctor, these traits and non-negotiable and forever transferable to success.
Take Breaks. To get there, you must rest one mile at a time. The grind is overrated. Reflecting on how far you’ve come energizes you for the road ahead. Burnout is a danger to your accomplishments and leads to a failure by default.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Steve Jobs popularized this quote from an ad in The Whole Earth Catalog. It read Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. We come to a point when we are happy with a level of progress and think we’ve learned everything. Accepting the truth that we never stop growing, and there is no limit to our success gives us the ability to keep going. To continue, you must never settle. You must always seek new ways of fixing things and solving problems. Discover new opportunities and be open to learning more.
Faith. Steve Jobs also mentioned faith throughout his journey. Believing so deeply in an idea that you make it come to life. Belief takes ideas and materializes them; and when you realize you can actually make something come to life, the sky becomes your launching pad, not the limit.
Amazon Plans to Add 15,000 Jobs + How to Prepare for the Job You Want
Amazon says it will hire 15,000 more people at its Bellevue, Washington, campus, as part of the company’s effort to allocate new workers after it abandoned its plans for New York City. The e-commerce giant had issues in New York trying to open a facility there, called Bellevue, where 2,000 employees are already located, a “business-friendly city.” It’s also close to the company’s Seattle headquarters. This is good news for those in the job market but if this isn’t what you are looking to do then how do you make yourself valuable in the job market?
Here are four ways to prepare for the job you want no matter your age:
1. Focus on Your Strengths, Not What You’re Lacking
Whether you are 20 years old or over 40 instead of focusing on your age, you need to focus on your strengths. Many young people with limited experience or older people who may not be up to date with the latest technologies focus on what they’re lacking, and this is a big mistake. Do you have the qualifications for the job? Can you bring value to this position? Whatever your strong suits are you should play that up in your resume, cover letter or communications with the recruiter. It’s easy to focus on why you can’t get the job, but the trick is not to let that get to you. Focus on your value!
2. Attack Your Job Search from All Angles
Networking, Answering ads and/or working with recruiters are the most effective ways to land a job. It is important that you just don’t focus on one method but all three. Networking obviously is the ideal way because it allows you to communicate your value directly, but the other methods have their benefits as well. Be proactive and use each method effectively.
3. Show/Explain Your Leadership Abilities and/or Innovation
Leadership and taking the initiative have nothing to do with age. Young leaders and old leaders can be more or equally effective as those who have the “ideal” age. Focus on your leadership abilities and be sure to display this to your current or potential employee. Also, make sure you are keeping up to date with current trends in your industry. This will allow you to show your innovation and add more value to your company.
4. Ask For What You are Worth
Lastly, ask for what you are worth. Don’t let being “too young” or “too old” deter you from asking for a salary you deserve. In fact, trying to downplay your worth may very well backfire on you. Also, if you have been with a company for a long time and your salary outpaces what the position is worth making sure you are adding to your skill set and not staying complacent.
Following these four tips can help you gain or retain employment. What are some other ways? Comment below>>>
New Survey Says that Young People Don’t Like Job Hopping + How to Get Paid What You’re Worth
Contrary to popular belief young people are not keen on job-hopping as most people think. According to a new survey, U.S. millennials and Gen Zers want to stay at their current companies for an average of 10 years and six years, respectively. Additionally, they say work is a major part of their lives, with 65% of people in Gen Z and 73% of millennials saying it’s part of their identities, according to a Zapier-sponsored poll. The age groups’ actions reflect the findings: Seven in 10 say they constantly check work messages outside the office. This is great for corporations but what does that mean for business owners?
If you are a freelancer or entrepreneur you know all too well the fight to get what you are worth. You will constantly be bombarded with offers to work for less or even for “exposure” as many like to call it now. But how do you gain the confidence and know how to charge and get what you’re worth? Here are 3 tips:
Build Your Resume. It’s said that if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. Pursuing your passions and getting paid for it is the ultimate professional dream. You may have to start by working for free or at a discount rate to builds skill, ability, and your resume but once you have some stats under your belt its time to get that money… Keep in mind that if you are only in it for the money it will be difficult to experience long term financial gains so make sure you are pursuing your passion not only the paycheck.
Set a Standard. Pioneers have the ability to set standards. And even if you are providing services already in the market, no one can deliver them quite like you. Style and quality set you aside from others opening up a field of buyers seeking exactly what you offer.
Don’t Give In. A colorist (a person who literally adds color by hand or digitally in films and visual media; yes, there is a path for everyone) from Brooklyn, NYC once told me he had to be firm with pricing because he didn’t want to become that guy who works for free. After you have put in the work and set a standard you must not give in to fees below your ability. Yes, flexibility is key but don’t short change yourself. Getting paid your worth is ultimately the result of you believing in your ability and knowing there are people who will pay for it.