Being an Entrepreneur, Part II
Our society craves instant gratification -- we want things now and we want them fast.
In truth, there are no shortcuts or magic formulas to make one rich overnight. As the leader of your business, you have to work extremely hard and accept the fact that your success will not come so easily. Your success depends on your hard work, determination and patience. So, to continue with last week’s article, I will add a few more truths and tips on how to become a successful entrepreneur.
Focus on your education and expand your knowledge - A successful entrepreneur is never done learning. They always find the time to read books, network with like-minded people, and establish relationships with mentors. Focusing on your education and taking courses is crucial when it comes to growing your business. Gaining knowledge from other entrepreneurs’ experiences on becoming successful will help guide you throughout your journey. Through experience you learn all the do’s and don’ts. If you ask most successful entrepreneurs how their days looked when they were just starting out, their answer would most probably be that they spent most of their time learning from past successful entrepreneurs, following their steps. Double your efforts - If you think you spend enough time, trying to grow your business, you are wrong! Entrepreneurship is a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. job. Now understandably, most of us do not have the time to sit in an office for 12 hours, but as an entrepreneur you must start with putting in some effort. Take those hours you spend in your office and double it! Instead of 2 hours, make it 4! You will see that the more effort you put in, the more likely you will see a change in your success. You have to be willing to work. Everyone has the time, but not everyone is willing to dedicate it to building a business. If you feel that you don’t have enough time throughout your day to double those hours, wake up earlier. The most successful entrepreneurs know that if they want to see maximum results, then they must put in maximum effort. They are the first to arrive at the office and the last to leave. Put in the effort and stay consistent! Procrastination is your biggest enemy - Every business builder has numerous enemies: competitors, insufficient funds, inadequate willpower, but the biggest enemy of them all is procrastination. It starts as a great idea, some of your biggest investors are willing to invest in your idea. Everything starts off right, but somewhere mid your journey you find that it just isn’t going according to plan. What happened that made your idea stuck in one place instead of growing to its full potential? PROCRASTINATION. You planned out your ideas but did not have the discipline to execute it. Successful leaders that dominate their market are consistent with their work. Nothing is more important than reaching their goal. Procrastination does not exist in their dictionary. They work at it hard, always keeping their goals in sight. They will show up, and follow up every day.
As a leader, you should not let anything get in your way of success. Nothing should be more important than your goals. Always keep them in mind and make it a priority.