There are many benefits of good leadership that once acquired become the guiding principle of success to those who receive it. Sir Isaac Newton in a letter addressed to fellow scientist Robert Hooke once quoted. ‘If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants’.
Newton was simply saying that his discoveries were based on the knowledge that he had acquired along the way from those who had come before him.
The same holds true in entrepreneurship. To succeed in business, it’s important to surround yourself with people who share a similar vision like you do. You have heard the saying that two heads are better than one. I will tell you what’s better than two heads. Hundreds of them.
When starting on your entrepreneurial journey, one thing that you have to take into account is the amount of work that lies ahead of you. It is often for this reason that most people would rather not start a business.
What many people don’t realize is that you don’t need to re-invent the wheel to succeed. Most of the work has already been done for you. All you need is to position yourself and leverage on what others have achieved.
I am not saying that you don’t need to work hard. Oh yes, you need to work very hard, but also be smart. Nothing good in life comes easy. Persistence pays off in the end.
If you are thinking of going down the entrepreneurial route, understand that it’s not as hard as you would imagine. I will give you a few tips from what I have learned from others.
Use your time well. People sometimes complain of lack of time. We all have 24 hours a day. We spend vast amounts of time on facebook and Tv. Unfortunately, there no value in watching a grumpy cat on your timeline. Use your time wisely. You spend 8 hours a day on a dead end job, why not dedicate an hour or two a day to building something that could eventually set you free financially for the rest of your life.
Seek opinions from the right people. A common mistake that people make is seeking an opinion from the same people they hang out with. What does your work colleague know about success in business? Opinions are a cheap and many people will have one readily for you. People who are unsuccessful will tell you it can’t be done. On the other hand, successful people are always eager to share their ideas with you. Seek them out and let them show the way.
Ideas are more important than money. A common excuse as to why people don’t go into business is lack of money. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook as a Harvard college student. He didn’t have billions stashed in his bank account back then. He certainly had the right idea. Acquire knowledge and the money will come.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Fear of failure can be a stumbling block for success. Along with your entrepreneurial journey, you can be guaranteed that you will make mistakes. Don’t hold back. Mistakes are there to help us learn. Warren Buffet talks about how sometimes he lost millions on investments that did not work out. He is still one of the wealthiest men in the world. Quitters are not winners and winners are not quitters.
Pay it forward. It’s good to sit back and ask yourself why you are going into business. For many people, they want more money so that they can live the life they desire. That is a good thing. Along with your journey, you will also discover that it has a lot more to do with creating value for others as opposed to the money itself. It feels good to know that someone has benefitted from your efforts. There is no price tag to that.
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