Does your entrepreneurial journey look cloudy? Have you lost hope in what you once longed for? Does achieving success in your career look like a tale?
The truth is that to be a successful entrepreneur isn’t a simple stuff at all; it requires you to undergo a practical study of the journey before you venture into it; either to move multitude, to acquire wealth, make impact, become famous etc. It doesn’t come with simple efforts. But when you come to think of it, the end result is really worth all those struggles!!!
The ultimate goal of every entrepreneur is to be successful and to stand out among your numerous competitors. That’s why I recommend this practical techniques for all entrepreneurs.
Below are my 10 practical steps to stand firm in your entrepreneurial journey.
1. Have Sincere Passion for What You Are Doing
Once you love what you are doing, you’ll be motivated to continually hone your skills in that your field. An entrepreneur who lacks passion for what s/he is doing will end up end up with nothing.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to truly be satisfied is to do what you belief is great work. And the only way to do great works is to love what you do.” ~ Steve Jobs.
Passion is the pillar behind every business plan; once you have passion for what you are doing then your pillar is made strong.
2. Be Optimistic.
An optimist is someone who sees the bright side out of every situation.
“If you think that the future can be positive, you become willing to put time and energy to make that come true” ~ Segerstrom.
As an entrepreneur, no matter what you might be facing, you must always foresee a positive result because without a positive mental attitude you’ll get discouraged whenever you are facing a tough time during your entrepreneurial journey.
For more on optimism, kindly read my 11 steps to build your sense of optimism.
3. Be Disciplined
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and achievement.” ~ Jim Ron.
Self-discipline as thought by many is not a restrictive mode of living, rather it is the ability to control yourself against irrelevant odds which would have resulted into a negative result.
An entrepreneur who lacks discipline will not be able to make the rightful decision and would wreck soon.
4. Distinguish between Short Term and Long Term Goals.
An entrepreneur who wants to be successful should be able to place his orders right. There are “goals” and there are G.O.A.L.S; there are short term goals and there are long term goals.
“The principle of priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important. (b) Do what is important first.” ~ Steven Pressfield.
To become successful in this entrepreneurial journey, you should get your priorities right; chase speedily your short term goals and make sure you achieve them in no time. They will then serve you with the motivation you need to go after the long term goals.
5. Stop Being Scared To Take Calculated Risks.
Fear is the most deadly killer an entrepreneur can harbor; when you are fearful, you tend to ruin your characters and trample on your desires just because you don’t want to be place under the influence of uncertainty.
“You can’t outwit fate by standing on the side lines, placing side-bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can never win.” ~ Judith McNaught.
As an entrepreneur, you shouldn’t be scared to bear specific risks; in as much as it is in line with your goal. Accept uncertainty and be ready to take killer step. Whatever the result may be, make sure you use it to move the business forward; if you fail you learn from your failure and make sure you don’t fail in that way again and if you succeed, use it as your motivation to fuel your gear to achieve better success.
6. Be Reputable
The best attribute an entrepreneur must strive to win is “trust”. Your reputation goes a long way; it speaks for you even in places you have not thought of going to.
“The nicest feeling in this world is to do a good deed anonymously and have someone else find out.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Do whatever you can to build a strong and reputation it give s you a bright and guaranteed entrepreneurial future.
Read my article on; 10 Basic Principles To Easily Persuade Someone.
7. Stay Clinged To The Company Of Successful Entrepreneur
“Look at people for an example and do things your way. Surround yourself with positive and successful people in your field.” ~ Queen Latifah.
Whom you surround yourself with has a stronger effect on determining whom you become. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you need to change your location and move ahead to the company of successful entrepreneurs who will as well gear you up to achieve success in your own field.
8. Be A Lengthy Student
It’s not just enough to move with the company of successors; if fact what is the essence of clinging when you aren’t ready to learn from them?
I first said this in one of my outing early this year when I was invited to be a guest speaker and I’ll say it again. ~ “If I have only 50 years to live, I will rather be a student for 40 years and teach for just 10 years than be a student for 10 years and teach for 40 years.” Here is the reason-; If I learn for 40 years I would have acquired almost all the skills I require and the remaining 10 years will be totally devoted to making impact; I will be a full teacher. But if I learn for 10 years; I’ll have acquired just little skills. So the remaining 40 years will still be for “learning and teaching.”
As an entrepreneur, before you begin to explore that set goal, make sure you have moved close to those who have achieved success in that field and learn what they did.
Read my article on “The Ultimate Acts; What Winners Do To
9. Be Unique And Creative
After you have learnt from successful entrepreneurs in your field, the next thing for you to do is to be creative.
“Insanity; doing the same thing over and over again, then expecting a different result” – Albert Einstein
The only thing that makes you stand out in the entrepreneurial world is if you are unique. Without being unique, you cannot outshine your numerous competitors.
When every entrepreneur are doing the ordinary, you just proceed to do the “extra.” And you come out with the extra-
10. You Can’t Do It Alone; Seek Assistance From Trusted Source.
“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authorities, and don’t interfere as long as the policies you have decided upon is being carried out.” ~ Ronald Reagan.
Most of the time I just wonder why we cannot just have one national leader; the president and that’s all. Why must there be a vice, why must we have other executives? Why must there be the legislative? Why must the judiciary arm be present? Not until I became an entrepreneur and I found the answer in a popular poem; “A stick of broom will easily be broken, but a bunch of broom can only be bent; it can never be broken”
As an entrepreneur, if you try to do it alone you will wear out so soon. The world most famous entrepreneurs; Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, and Steve Jobs and lots more, they didn’t do it alone. Even Bill Gate, the chief software architect of Microsoft corporation has team of more than 55,000 people in a space of 85 countries working for Him.
So if you truly want to stand firm in your entrepreneurial journey and achieve greater success don’t think of doing it alone. You should appoint and delegate some responsibilities to trusted individuals who will help you achieve your goal.
Author: Daniel Moayanda
Dan. is a young strategist, motivational writer and public speaker. He provides entrepreneurs with success strategies and backs it up with the right motivation needed to explore. He also writes about finding a way out of everything in general!