‘It is not resources but resourcefulness that ultimately makes a difference’ – Tony Robbins
What Is Resources Vs Resourcefulness?
Before looking into resources versus resourcefulness, let’s look at the meanings of the words.
Looking at the definitions, a resource is something one uses to obtain an outcome or objective, whereas resourcefulness is the ability to use resources to overcome difficulties.
There is a difference between entrepreneurship and small business owner. As much as small business owners and entrepreneurs are interchangeable, entrepreneurs have a different leadership style, different mindset and different way of taking action. However, both entrepreneurs and business owners are resourceful and create opportunities with the resources they have.
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Resourcefulness when starting out as an entrepreneur.
If one of your life goals is to be an entrepreneur or start an online business, you will need to be resourceful. In short, resourcefulness helps you find solutions to problems. Resourcefulness also helps with time management and skill building. Being resourceful means you do what you can with the tools that you find or have.
For example, if your goal is to go for a 30 minute walk. Naturally, you would not need to go and buy the latest walking shoes and active gear. As you would be able to walk in clothes you already own with shoes you already have.
No matter your goal, depending on where you are at and what resources you have you may only see obstacles. Yet by being resourceful, the obstacles can be overcome. So often, the lack of resources is given as an excuse not to do something. Yet by being resourceful, you can normally start to take steps towards the goal you are putting off.
What is some lack of resources excuses?
Entrepreneurs and small business owners give the excuse of a lack of resources for not taking action.
- Lack of skill
- Lack of training
- Lack of technology
- Lack of people
- Lack of money
- Lack of time
Lack of money and lack of time are the biggest excuses by those who wish to start a business and by those in business for not taking action towards a vision or a goal.
Ways to overcome the lack of resources.
However, other entrepreneurs and small business owners say it is being resourceful that helped them grow their businesses. In fact, it is being resourceful in multiple ways to resolve the lack of resource.
- Lack of skill. Be resourceful and learn the skill or outsource to someone.
- Lack of training. Be resourceful and find online courses or find a mentor.
- Lack of money. Be resourceful and get a 2nd job or learn skills that you can utilise and implement in your new business. Like building websites or promoting businesses or coaching.
- Lack of time. Be resourceful and prioritise your day. Outsource some tasks and collaborate with others.
I never thought I’d find the time to blog as it takes 2-3 hours a day. However, after assessing where I spend my time, I realised it was possible to sacrifice scrolling the web and watching TV. I realised I could prepare meals for the week to save time and delegate tasks to family members. As mum taught me ‘where there is a will there is a way’.
When entrepreneurs have hurdles to jump over they are generally resourceful.
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Having resources may give you access to tools but it is being resourceful that expedites personal and business growth.
Mentor – find a mentor.
Many people have mentors at different stages of their business life. However, some people have multiple mentors in specific areas of their lives. After all, having a mentor helps you keep accountable so why not have one for more areas of your life.
At present, I am learning to blog and learning how to write messages. Being relatively new to building an online business, I reach out to mentors in different niches for guidance. I ask questions, buy courses and learn from those who have already built online businesses. I find that by reaching out and asking questions I come to a quicker result.
Mentors are accessible in most areas of interest. On the whole, mentors readily share their knowledge, discuss ideas, give guidance and suggest additional resources like marketing tools, training, webinars and books.
Join a networking group
Networking is a fantastic way to build relationships, share knowledge and learn new skills. Due to the skills developed when networking confidence increases, your profile is raised and you develop as a leader. Networking results in opportunities and friendships as your networking group usually has similar interests to you.
Jim Rohn said ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’
Over the weekend I took part in an online seminar and was introduced to a wonderful group of people. Everyone on the leadership call had found each other via the online community and became friends. Some of the group of people rented a holiday home for a weekend and spent time in each other’s company. The bonds that they have formed has helped every one of them grow their businesses to the next level, by sharing their knowledge and skills with others and helping each other step through their challenges.
Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich, talks about ‘mastermind alliance’. He defined the group as ‘a friendly alliance with more than one person who encourages one to follow through with a plan and a purpose’.
The power of a network group and community is amazing. In general, most online network groups are free to join and there are network groups in many areas to assist with personal and business growth. Everyone can achieve more.
Know your ‘why’
Why are you in business? Why do you want to start a business? Why learn digital skills for an online business?
I read a story in ‘The Compound Effect’ by Darren Hardy.
The story was of two tribes, one lived in a valley, one in the mountains. One evening the mountain tribe came into the valley and stole a baby and took the baby back up the mountain to their home. Naturally, they wanted to rescue the baby so the valley tribe sent their best men to climb the mountain as to bring the baby back.
The valley men tried to climb the mountain taking first one path, then another, then another, but they were unsuccessful. It was tiring trying to climb the mountain so valley men rested on the mountain. Despite the mountain tribe climbing the mountain easily, the valley men were having problems climbing to the village to rescue the baby. They could not see a way. While they were resting, the mother of the child walked passed them carrying the child. She had rescued her child. She had found a way up the mountain to the village to get her child when the best village men could not. Why? It was her baby.
It is important to know ‘your why’ as when you know ‘your why’ will you find the resources to stride towards your goal.
Keep your why written down in front of you. Pictures, images, sentences, a future ideal day.
Tony Robbins says it best in this video one minute video below.
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