Success is inevitable if you will only do the right things. On the other hand, failure is also expected to happen if you will become reckless and will ignore the right steps. That is why if you are planning to enter in the business arena or even if you are already inside the world of business and entrepreneurship, you have to be prudent and must ascertain a successful business or enterprise.
An entrepreneur should take the risks to succeed, but he must also learn how to calculate those risks. Success also comes in many forms. It can be long-term or temporary. It can be obvious or can be hidden. There are also some successes that are actually disguised as distractions that will lead us to failures. Thus, we need to know what success really is to learn how to really succeed in our business, whether small or big.
Choose success and reject failure. The following are 5 success tips for aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs.
1. Success starts in your mind
Your business doesn’t start at the time you register it or at the time you start selling products to customers. Business starts at the time you conceptualize it. It begins from the time it become an idea. Thus, if you want a successful and lasting business, you have to come up with a business idea that will be built to last. Also remember that business failure can already happen right on your mind. Bad idea can lead to business disaster, but a great idea leads to successful business.
Business success can already be established in the mind by doing the following:
a. Having a mission and vision. You should have an executable mission that you believe you can accomplish. You should also have a clear vision of what your business will become in a certain future.
b. Acquiring the right knowledge. A careful research should be conducted to support your business idea.
c. Self-assessment. Do you have what it takes to run your business successfully? Do you have the skills, qualities and financial resources to carry out that business idea?
d. Having the right business principles. Principles are very important because they are the ones that will shape your business through its life. Principles are acceptable truths, such as “honesty is the best policy” and “patience is a virtue”.
e. Strategic planning. We need something that will give us both direction and destination. We need something that will determine our objectives and procedures. We need a strategic plan that we will stick at until we achieve final success.
2. Success is strengthened in your heart
You’ve got to be passionate with your business. It must be something that is very important in your life. You have to put your business, not only on your mind, but also inside your heart.
If you want to ensure longer life and lasting success for your business, you have to set your values. Values are things that are very important to you that you are willing to stand and fight for amidst troubles and difficult challenges. The following are samples of business values you might want to consider for adoption.
a. Integrity. Honesty and integrity is so important for us to have a clear conscience, to gain trust and confidence from customers, and to have good night’s sleep.
b. Quality and excellence. These are important to ensure that our customers are getting what they expect from us or even wowing them by giving what are beyond their expectations. These also encourage good word-of-mouth marketing and help our revenues grow.
c. Accountability. This is to ensure that we are always responsible for our actions that influence our customers, employees, and even the public people.
d. Respect. This value is vital to everyone and everything, including your consumers, workers, the community, the environment, and yourself.
e. Passion. Everyone wants to do what they love, right?
3. Success is realized in your hands
A great plan and a strong desire will be futile if you will not put them into action. Hence, you’ve got to move and take the steps set out in your strategic plan. You have to burn your passion and desire to create a fire. This is the time that you should walk your direction and reach your destination. This is also the time that you will face the entrepreneurial challenges and battles the tough business competition. If you have the right business plan, skills, principles, habits, and values, this is the moment that you are supposed to see them in action.
4. Success is completed in your life
There are failures that you will encounter while doing business. However, they won’t become final as long as you don’t quit. This is also the same with success. Success is never final. You have to continue working to reach ultimate success. That is why you need patience and persistence to keep your mindset, desire, and actions towards hitting that final goal.
Moreover, remember that big success comes from several little successes. Hence, don’t ignore your little successes and achievements. I personally don’t buy the sayings that “success comes from failures” and “it’s okay to make mistakes”. Perhaps, some successes come from the lessons we learned from our previous mistakes, but the smoother and more efficient successes come from tiny successes that we gather from time to time. Therefore, be careful and don’t waste your time lingering on your mistakes. Take note that we have the planning phase to progressively achieve success step by step.
Success, to be complete, should not only happen in your mind, heart or even in your hands. Your business success should create a great impact in your life. In other words, you must have both business growth and personal growth. Your business success should be seen both in your enterprise and in your personal life.
5. Success is multiplied in the lives of other people
Success should be reproduced. It must be shared to other people. If you want fulfillment and real happiness in business and in life, you’ve got to pass the torch of success to your customers, employees, to the community, and to the next generation. In other words, you have to create your legacy.
If you want to achieve real business success, you have to see to it that your success is found in your mind, heart, hands, life, and in the lives of other people. In other words, it must be strategically planned, passionately desired, diligently executed, patiently lived, and cheerfully shared.