Are you waiting for your big break? Or are you working your tail off to create your “big break.” There’s a big difference. Business success happens for entrepreneurs when they make it happen. Here’s 11 tips from those who’ve made it big.
- Early to rise. Richard Branson says, “Over my 50 years in business I have learned that if I rise early I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life,” explains the Virgin Group founder. What’s considered early? Before 7 a.m. To get the most out of your day, rise early AFTER sufficient sleep. That means 7-9 hours of sleep for most people in order to feel rested and refreshed. Being early to rise, but still feeling groggy defeats the purpose.
- Do what you need to do to get you in the best possible frame of mind for productivity. Eat a healthy breakfast, exercise, pray, meditate, read something inspiring – whatever it takes to get your day off to a good start, do it. And make a routine of what works for you to increase your productivity every day.
- Richard Branson built eight billion dollar companies in eight different fields. He says that his greatest motivators are challenges. Branson and legendary investor Warren Buffett agree – find your passion and pursue it. Find something that you’re excited about, that gets you out of bed ready to take on the day, and you have a much better chance of success than doing something you really don’t care about. It’s been said that if you can do something you love you’ll never work a day in your life. The hard part can be finding that something!
- Don’t be afraid of risk. Being an entrepreneur, by its very nature is risky. Embrace good risks, eliminate bad risks, and work hard at what you believe in. Fear is a killer, so face into your fears and overcome them through productive work that moves you closer to achieving your dreams.
- Learn from your mistakes. Making the same mistakes over and over again is frustrating and will decimate your forward progress. Learn the lessons from them and move on.
- Set goals, write them down, and create systems that will help you achieve your goals. When you blow through your goals, set new ones. The old saying, plan your work and work your plan, is still good advice. Plan your days and weeks, prioritizing those tasks that are most important for you to meet your goals.
- Make one of your goals over-delivering. That’s how you create “wow” experiences for your customers and clients, and their enthusiasm for what you’re doing will push your business forward like nothing else. Word of mouth and testimonials are the best kind of advertising available to you. Over-deliver and your buyers will become your greatest advocates.
- Hit the ground running. When your workday starts, don’t procrastinate – jump into your work with enthusiasm.
- Don’t quit. Believe in yourself and your goals and work until you achieve what you set out to achieve. Persistence is a common trait among successful entrepreneurs.
- Work according to your strengths, delegate according to your weaknesses. Your strengths are the basis of the best that you have to offer the world. Get better at what you’re already good at in order to make your best efforts for success. Use your strengths, build even greater skills in your strong areas, and delegate what you’re not good at. Whether it’s using Fiverr.com or other sites featuring freelancers, or hiring a Virtual Assistant, there are people good at what you’re bad at, and often you can hire them for cheaper than you may think.
- Take care of your team. If you do hire people for regular work, rather than just freelancers, take care of them. A good team can push you further faster, so take good care of those who help you move forward. it’s a good thing to do, it will have a positive effect on productivity, and it will encourage those on your team to stay with you rather than seeking another position elsewhere.
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