Finding success in your business requires many skills and talents. Starting and running a business is like riding a roller coaster, you have to be ready to handle the climbs and drops without losing your lunch. The ten keys to success below apply not only to your business but your life as well. I’m sure you recognize everything on the list, as they are all basic concepts, but do you practice them every day?
You Become What You Think About
If you think positive thoughts, you will start to think and act in positive ways. Same goes when you think negatively. Everything you do and say begins with a thought.
“You become what you think about all day long.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Decide On Your Goals and Put Them In Writing
Decide what you want out of your business and your life, then write out your plan for achieving it. Most goals that haven’t been put to paper are merely dreams.
“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”
Become A Student Of Learning
Most people stop their education when they leave school. Keep an open mind and learn something new every day. Developing a love for learning is key to growing as a person.
“Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
Do Something Now
It’s easy to put off something because the task seems too large to tackle. The best remedy is to take action. Even doing something small will move you closer to your goal and get you in an action oriented mindset.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
– Dale Carnegie
For many successful entrepreneurs, the difference between them and the ones that failed was that they didn’t give up when they met failure. One of the things that most entrepreneurs credit to their success is persistence.
“Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”
Learn from your mistakes. Learn from others mistakes. Opportunities are everywhere, you just have to be on the lookout for them and be ready to grab them when they appear.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Focus Your Resources
You can never get your time back, use it wisely. Focus on the things that will have the biggest impact in reaching your goals. Learn to work with others in helping to achieve your goals.
“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”
Think and Act Differently
Like a three year old, learn to ask the question “why”. Challenge assumptions. Think differently and you will act differently. Don’t be afraid to try something even though others tell you that you are crazy. Maybe they are wrong and you are right.
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Be a People Person
Treat people fairly and with respect. Learn to get along with other people, even if you have differences of opinion. Be helpful to those around you and they will be eager to help you when the need arises.
“I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.”
If you lack integrity, you will lose the trust and goodwill of others. And if you lose that, the rest of the points above don’t really matter.
“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”
– Samuel Johnson
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