As I know from my own experience -starting, running and growing a business is a lot of hard work. Along with long hours, sacrifice, and a ton of stress, each day brings new obstacles to overcome. Simply put, entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone.
Success doesn’t happen overnight. A business takes time to start and grow. And even more time to be successful.
Although there isn’t a secret formula for success, but there are common traits that successful entrepreneurs share. For those of you who are also aspiring to succeed as an entrepreneur, let me share with you my 8 favorite methods that work in order to become successful.
1. It all starts with an idea
The most successful entrepreneurs started out with having an idea in mind. Whether it is a kind of product or a service you want to create, everything starts with an idea. Your Idea cannot be vague. It needs to be developed, detailed and definite. It needs to be clear. As the creator of a brand, you must possess a clear vision of what you want your brand to be. So, explore. Be creative and innovative. Your vision defines who you are, what you want to do and where you want to go.
2. Love what you do
Passion is key to keeping a business strategy moving. Success will only come if you believe in and are excited about your product or service or mission . Let´s be honest, when you start a new business, the work will be hard, the hours will be long, and the pay will be low. And to top it all off, there is no guarantee of success!
But your passion will motivate you through the tough times and it needs to come from inside of you. Your energy will inspire potential investors and partners, and help you grow your business. Passion is fuel for successful entrepreneurship. Don’t count on money to be your motivating factor, if you don’t have desire, you won’t give anything your best efforts.
3. Take baby steps to identify and mitigate business risk
Starting anything new is risky and jumping all in is rarely ever successful. Sure, they are success stories about people who invested everything once and came out winners after few months, but those are rare. Risk management is an essential factor in any startup, and balance is vital. Begin by taking a small step toward your goal, you can absorb losses more easily if you take smaller risks in the beginning.
But as an entrepreneur, you must be comfortable with risk at all. Playing it safe almost never leads to success as a business owner. It’s not about taking just any risk, though. If something feels risky, do you focus on the likelihood of failure? Or the potential for reward? Most people sense risk and stop. They never find out how many opportunities lie on the other side of that risk. Understanding calculated risks that are more likely to pay off is an important part of being an entrepreneur. You’ll need to be willing to take a few risks to succeed.
4. Do not be afraid of failure
In running a business, you will encounter a series of ups and downs. There will be difficult times. Things will look impossible. You will want to give up and throw in the towel. But you need to fight off those urges and press forward. Do not let your fear of failer come to mind. Once failure sets in, you will never be able to have the courage to pursue what you have always wanted to do. Successful entrepreneurs are not afraid of failure. Get comfortable with the idea to fail. It will happen to you. No matter how great your business idea is, things don’t always go to plan, but do not be defeated. Successful entrepreneurs see failure as an opportunity – a chance to learn from their mistakes. So when you get knocked down, you must get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. – Paulo Coelho
5. Learn from others
The best way to learn how to become an entrepreneur is to actually learn from an entrepreneur. Investigate how other entrepreneurs have found success. Think about how you can incorporate their ideas, methods, or techniques into your own entrepreneurial activity. Read their books and articles. If possible, network with them. Being around these people will help you grow, learn, and see what it takes to be successful.
Since I can remember, I have always felt that I needed to surround myself with people who had more experience than I. I am very fortunate to have many mentors and role models who help me not only with my career but also my personal life. And who also challenge me to reach my full potential.
One of my favorite sayings is that you are the average of the five people you spend most time with. So, find someone willing to teach and surround yourself with the best people!
6. Constantly take action
There is one thing that all the successful entrepreneurs have in common. All of them have achieved their success by working hard.
If you really want to make it big and succeed in your business venture, you should be ready to give it your all and never complain. When you want to succeed, you need to be able to push yourself. There is no place for procrastination in a startup. It’s a 24/7, no-vacation-or-sick-days kind of job that demands constant forward momentum.
7. Be flexible
As an entrepreneur you need to be flexible – able to adapt to the changing demands of your business. Sometimes, you also need flexibility in your thinking. This is an essential part of problem-solving. You want to be able find unique and effective solutions to issues. Successful business people stay agile. They adjust to new information and developing circumstances. Stay on top of your industry and be ready to adopt changes in processes and product as they are needed. Learn to act quickly before new ideas and opportunities lose their spark.
8. Be mindful of your attitude
One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in business is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you. The attitude of the founder will set the tone for the business. If you maintain a positive attitude, this will be infectious and those around you will pick up on your positive energy. Everyone in your company will feel positive and customers will want to do business with you. This in turn will lead to you maximizing the performance of your business. If you maintain a negative attitude, the opposite is likely to happen. Negativity, laziness and entitlement waste time and money while they tarnish your reputation. People will not want to be around you and customers will not want to buy from you. The result will be that the performance of your business will deteriorate.
While all the above tips are necessary for success, taking care of yourself mentally and physically is also imperative. Exercise, sleep and a healthy lifestyle play a central role in ensuring you implement these policies successfully. All of them drive attitude, motivation and relationships.
As you can see, becoming a successful entrepreneur can be challenging. Set a clear path to success for yourself by deciding on your goals, grow your enterprise by working hard and surrounding yourself with great people. Passion, perseverance and a positive attitude tend to set successful entrepreneurs apart.
What do you think really makes an entrepreneur? Which of these rules do you have and which ones do you want to have? Please leave a comment below.
Until next time,