A few weeks ago I talked about the traits that I think every entrepreneur shares. I had some interesting and uplifting responses from you and it got me thinking about other key components to success. So I’ve put together my top six things that I know from experience make a big difference to success levels if you practise them regularly. I know it’s a little early for making New Year’s resolutions, but practising any of these more in 2016 will definitely give you a life advantage – so which one will you be focusing on this coming year? I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave me a comment or tweet me.
Put setbacks in perspective
Setbacks are not the end of the world, so be prepared for them and undaunted when they inevitably do happen. When something goes wrong, find the root of the problem and start fixing it straight away. You can learn something from every failure, and in doing so you really will come back stronger, smarter – and in the end more successful.
Say yes to every opportunity
This is key – you never know where things are going to lead, so be open to everything and say yes to every positive opportunity. Take in as much as you can from each experience, and acquire new skills and knowledge. I agree with Richard Branson on this. He once said, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”
Yes, you need to make profit to be successful, but there are many different forms of success – and being in a position where you can help other people reach their own successes in life is a very powerful place to be. You could give your time, as a mentor, your expertise as a speaker – or your money, investing in small enterprises or even setting up apprenticeships for those who want to learn skills. Supporting causes that are close to your heart, volunteering or just being generous with your time and talents will all reap rewards in terms of your own wellbeing.
Go against the grain
Progress and development in business – and in life in general – are all about trying out new things. And you have to be prepared to try something different or come up with something original to make a mark. All inventors at some point get told they are crazy. But without them, where would we be? We’d never get anywhere. So be brave, bold and follow your instinct. Step out of your comfort zone and you’ll always feel invigorated.
Build up a support network
No matter how well-informed or educated you are, you can’t know everything and it’s critical that you surround yourself with people who can provide help and advice when you most need it. You are much more likely to be successful when you know people are there to support you. Don’t let your ego convince you that you can do it all alone.
Set challenges for yourself
It’s important to push yourself and have goals to focus on. When you achieve these, you should not be complacent. Always set new ones – and write them down. Remember, if you set your goals too low, you won’t achieve great things. Setting ambitious targets may be daunting, but if you are motivated and hungry for success you will achieve them. Dream big.
Appreciate your family and friends
Don’t make the mistake of being so busy with your business that you feel that you have little time for anything else. Spending time with family and friends is vital, in order to keep you on an even keel. The old dichotomy of work and “life” is collapsing fast in the digital age and I would argue that you don’t need to choose one or the other – you need to find the right balance between work and home life. Make it a priority to speak to those who are close to you on a daily basis to keep yourself anchored in your personal life.
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This week I…
Thought about…..whether calm or stress is the more productive state?
Read…..Bill Bryson’s African Diary
Listened to…Ella Fitzgerald
Booked tickets to see….Andrea Bocelli, what an amazing voice!