Don’t be afraid of the old axiom “Fake it till you make it.” Many powerful people you know weren’t always that way. They strengthened their power quotient by pretending to be confident, and they headed right into the very projects from which others shied away.
People shy away from opportunities because they think they don’t know enough, or because they’re afraid of a bad outcome. From applying for a loan for our business to negotiating with a customer or supplier, we should use our best acting skills to portray a strong and confident person, even if we feel like Jello inside.
“But Lee,” you say, “that’s not being who I am.” Confidence is not automatic in our growth process. We become more confident by having good outcomes. If you’re holding yourself back by not going for the truly important outcomes because you think you are not worthy, try going for them anyway. You’ll make those good outcomes happen.
Griff and Lee warned eBay Main Street members about new Internet sales tax legislation called the Remote Transaction Parity Act. To make your voice heard, go to eBayMainStreet.com; hover over the Action Center tab, then click on “Oppose New Internet Sales Taxes”. From there, you can tweet and email your representatives with just a couple of clicks. Join eBay Main Street to stay informed about this and other issues affecting your business.
eBay UK has teamed up with Time Inc. to launch “Shop the Celebrity Look” at ebay.co.uk/cdp/CelebrityStyle. Griff and Lee read “5 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Know That You Don’t” by Shane Barker for Inc.com.
Join eBay in contributing to hurricane relief efforts in Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico through eBay for Charity. Go to http://www.ebay.com/charity and click on Charity Shop in the left-hand sidebar, then click on the blue box that says “Make a Difference in Hurricane Relief”.
Lupe, Reston VA (hapachico), had a compliment for Lee and shared her entrepreneurial story. Rich, Elk Grove IL (appealingsigns), thanked eBay for their support of eCom Chicago, coming up October 19-21 in Elk Grove, IL; register now at http://www.ecomchicago.com. Ron, Birmingham AL (oilerman2), achieved an eBay milestone.
Lee opened the show in Griff’s absence and introduced the latest entrepreneurial tip from ReplyManager (http://www.replymanager.com), then asked listeners to call in with their entrepreneurial story. eBetsy, Dallas TX, called in to share a heartwarming only-on-eBay story from eBay’s corporate blog (http://www.ebayinc.com). Lee talked about the ways and reasons people become entrepreneurs.
Rich, Chicago IL (appealingsigns), called in to share his entrepreneurial history along with the details about the upcoming eCom Chicago conference (http://www.ecomchicago.com) on October 19-21, including a discount code for eBay Radio listeners. Robbin Levin, Rye Beach NH (beadsshine), called to tell her entrepreneurial backstory as well as her experience with Guaranteed Delivery (http://www.ebay.com/guaranteeddelivery).
Robbin Levin, Rye Beach NH (beadsshine), stayed on to discuss Guaranteed Delivery (http://www.ebay.com/guaranteeddelivery). Lee announced that Santa’s elves have delivered new eBay-branded holiday shipping supplies to http://www.ebay.com/supplies.
Ron, Birmingham AL (oilerman21), called in to discuss his experience with Promoted Listings (http://www.ebay.com/promotedlistings) and other eBay successes. Mark, Huntington Beach CA (guppy64), called in to talk about his most recent entrepreneurial experience. Patty, Miami FL (theshoppingmom2), told us about her eBay sale to a celebrity.
Lee reminded listeners that next Tuesday’s eBay Radio broadcast will be an encore presentation of a previous live show, but we return live to the airwaves on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, with eBay Radio show number 700. Mark your calendar and get ready to celebrate!
Kathy, New York NY (nycfamilyfitnessfinds), called with marketing and product sourcing advice. She and Lee also discussed listing through eBay for Charity (http://www.ebay.com/charity).
Tt’s true: The best careers are spent living one’s passion. What I wish for you is that you find entrepreneurialism to be your great passion. That means you can sell shoes or shingles, jewelry or jars, with the same gusto.
Newer online sellers haven’t yet reached the stage where entrepreneurialism becomes their passion. Many have an epiphany when a supplier of their “passion” dries up, and they need to switch to another product. Once you realize the spark in you that is entrepreneurialism, you can have a lifetime of independence.