There is a quote I have taped on the veneer panel of my desk near my computer screen. I look at it often, especially when I want to blame someone else for a problem I am trying to solve. It reads, “I got myself into this mess, and it’s up to me to get myself out. I’ll observe my actions, my thoughts, my feelings and then I’ll look for a solution. I’ll seek advice if necessary, but I know it’s not up to an advisor to overcome my problems; it’s up to me.”
There is a lot of mental fortitude that is required of any entrepreneur. Mental fitness and alertness is more important than physical fitness when it comes to running a business and succeeding in anything, be it getting through the first grade or graduating at the top of the class of an Ivy League college. Even the physically fit athlete relies on mental fitness and alertness for success.
I sat next to a man at breakfast this morning who had been stricken with polio at the age of 4. He proceeded to graduate from a top-notch school, passed the bar exam, married, raised a family, and has enjoyed a successful career for more than 40 years. He didn’t lay down his spirit of enthusiasm for life just because he couldn’t walk and run like everyone else. He saw that it was up to him to overcome his problems. He did and does.
I know people who are better at a lot of things than I am. For example, I perform poorly when it comes to accounting, web production, and social media and to tell the truth, I perform poorly at much of what it takes to operate my business successfully. For the things that I am not good at, I hire people to do them for me.
Here are 10 things that will make you successful as an entrepreneur:
- Be an educated risk-taker in a field of great interest to you and become passionate about succeeding. Live with enthusiasm and focus on delivering quality service.
- Accept that you are not the smartest person in the world, and hang around people who are smart in the field of your entrepreneurial endeavor.
- Find people to do what you can’t do well and find people that will do what you don’t enjoy doing. Let these people do their special work for you.
- There is an attitude that goes along with having people do the work you can’t do well and the work you don’t want to do. Its essence stems from a vision of seeing and treating these special people as working with you and not working for you.
- Seeing to it that everyone works in one accord for the common good is the successful entrepreneur’s greatest accomplishment.
- The entrepreneur’s attitude and knowing that people are the most important elements of successful entrepreneurship, is paramount, whether co-worker, client or customer.
- All entrepreneurs should be driven by service. A service-driven entrepreneur is the most successful kind of entrepreneur. Service is about serving people. People love to be served. Think about your last visit to a nice restaurant when you were served magnificently. At the end, you likely paid handsomely for a wonderful meal and then gladly forked over a nice tip. TIP is an acronym for “To Insure Promptness”.
- People will live up and perform according to the entrepreneur’s belief in them. Give people every opportunity to succeed with you by training and providing a proper work environment. Praise the people working with you. Recognize them for all that they accomplish. With honest praise and recognition, you will see nothing but good coming from the people that do your work.
- An entrepreneur evaluates continually and knows instinctively when operations are running smooth or askew. Instinct is a time-honed skill developed from many successes and even more failures. Instinct is akin to character and is transferable by association to the people the entrepreneur works with. Transfers can happen in the contrary. Choose carefully with whom you associate.
- A successful entrepreneur is comfortable making decisions that have been thought through by questioning within himself the impact the decision will have on those with whom he works. The true entrepreneur endeavors not to make a decision that wills adverse effects on him and especially his co hearts at work. A true entrepreneur is thoughtful.
In summary, the true entrepreneur accepts that he does not know everything. He knows how to get things done through the people with whom he chooses to work. The entrepreneur allows others to do their special work without interference and heartily offers praise and recognition.
The entrepreneur takes educated risks and is not afraid of failure. It often takes many failures to find the right path of endeavor for the entrepreneur. Education is important, but action with a vision, passion and enthusiasm is more important. The true entrepreneur will do what it takes, get the education and learn anything that his true passion directs and he will do it all with enthusiastic service in mind.
Until next time,
“My endeavor is to never live a day without enthusiasm and to always serve without thought of self.”