Entrepreneurship And Success: The Key To Success (Always Keep It With You)
A “key ring of success”, you dreamed of it? We made it for you. Forget your plastic Eiffel Tower. Here’s a precious ally: the 8 essential attitudes of the accomplished entrepreneur. To undertake and succeed.
To undertake and succeed: how to have the state of mind of the accomplished entrepreneur.
Do you dream of entrepreneurship and success?
Would you like a “key to success”?
We did it for you!
Forget about your plastic Eiffel Tower. Here’s a precious ally that will open a maximum number of doors for you.
Keep it preciously, like a gri-gri!
It’s worked on other accomplished entrepreneurs, so it’s likely to work on you.
You’ll see that success isn’t a matter of superstition. It is above all the result of a concrete attitude, which goes hand in hand with the right frame of mind.
It is not necessarily innate like everything else, this state of mind and these attitudes can be learned.
Learn how to use the keys to success!
And to continue learning, find all the keys to starting a business in our ultimate guide to becoming an entrepreneur and succeeding.
Key ring n°1 – The Swiss Army Knife: be multifunctional through training
There is no mystery, the main keys to your success are your skills. Your knowledge and skills are your best asset.
But it is cultivating and deepening them that will take you to another dimension.
First key: curiosity
By cultivating your curiosity, you will broaden your perspectives on what it takes to succeed in different areas of your business.
By taking an interest in certain books, web content, or simply by exchanging with people in your network, you will discover the range of skills you can acquire that you might not even have thought of.
It’s up to you to choose what you want to focus on: it’s partly what will determine your added value. For example, your negotiating skills, your talent for sales, your deep understanding of the market… economic, sociological or technological, or even legal issues…
In reality, the subjects are almost infinite. So go deeper into those that interest you most.
Second key: exhaustiveness
For everything directly related to your business, and everything you’ve decided to bet on, train yourself thoroughly.
Once you’ve introduced yourself to the basics of a subject, choose content, training, quality service… and invest. Your gain in productivity will be well worth the time and money you put into a good training course, provided it is really what you are looking for for you and your business.
Books, videos, training, coaching, seminars… again, there is no shortage of material. Make use of it!
Key ring n°2 – The bottle opener: let the possibilities burst forth
Say goodbye to your limiting beliefs, think “out of the box” … say it any way you want, but let your potential unfold to its fullest.
Learn to “think entrepreneur”.
You don’t think the same way if you’re an entrepreneur or an employee. And once you’ve crossed over to the “other side”, it’s hard to go back and give up the independence of mind and body that you’ve gained through your determination.
“Thinking entrepreneurial” is actually implementing a bit of everything we’re already talking about. But it is necessary to insist that it is not just a sequence of actions, it is a real state of mind.
This state of mind is characterized by an ability to take risks, and to be very flexible (both in learning and in implementation). This flexibility applies to the least of your tasks: as a self-employed person, you must remain humble and be prepared to consider that no task is beneath you… especially if you have no choice but to do it yourself.
Finally, such a mindset cannot be cultivated without a strong dose of optimism. And that optimism you’ll need to take risks.
Take calculated risks
What is a calculated risk? It is a risk that we have taken the trouble to analyse; for which we have asked ourselves a number of questions.
- What is the profit/cost ratio of my project?
- How will its success help me achieve my objectives?
- What can I gain from a possible failure?
- How can I bounce back if it doesn’t work?
- What is the alternative to this project? (What else can I do? What will happen if I don’t implement it)?
- What is the worst thing that can happen to me if it fails?
- What is the best thing that can happen to me, now and in the distant future, if it works?
- Can I move forward with a specific project while reducing its risk?
Assume that what you are looking for is a benefit, a reward – a reward for your actions.
This is the foundation of the company, since “undertaking” is committing oneself, making projects, efforts, attempts, in short… it is, by definition, a path more than an end.
Risk taking is therefore fundamental, because any project will have a financial and human cost, and none is 100% sure, failure representing an additional cost. Simply determine whether the reward is greater, in case of success AS in case of failure. And you will see that this will often be the case.
Cultivate your creativity
A small piece of advice that you rarely hear, and yet is very pleasant: take breaks!
There’s nothing like a little reading, a walk, a meditative or creative activity to refresh your ideas and bring new ones to your brain.
Just as sleep allows our brain to sort through the day’s information, any break from work allows certain issues to “work” on their own. Taking a step back allows us to have a more global vision and, in the long run, to organize our ideas with a minimum of effort.
Making your creativity work also means learning to improvise. Because you won’t always have the time to know everything in depth, to prepare everything, and to polish everything down to the smallest detail… know that your creativity will express itself in action. If mistakes and stumbling blocks are not immune to happen, beautiful things can come out of your improvisation moments.
Key ring n°3 – The carabiner: be strong… and hang on!
Don’t take criticism personally
What does that mean? Quite simply, if a criticism, however unpleasant, is made of your company, your performance, your offer, and any of your ways of doing things… it does not mean that it is directed at you personally.
The more you manage not to feel insulted, the easier it will be for you to distinguish between “good” and “bad” criticism (meaning: the good ones and the bad ones). Once you’ve made an objective selection, you’ll be able to question your work and build on this feedback.
By the way! If these well-meaning critics are partners and collaborators, think of one thing: you have to pamper your network. You are not as alone as you think you are in this adventure, and even if you lead the boat, it is also teamwork.
Forget about small problems
Perhaps your uncompromising perfectionism has brought you to where you are today. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Thanks to your desire to do well and share your skills with the world, you probably have a unique offer.
One problem, however, is that very often the company stagnates because its manager would like to be able to… manage everything. But if you focus your attention and give time to every detail, there’s no mystery: you’ll never get away with it.
With this state of mind, even what is successful can become problematic, because of a desire to do more and more, always better. This may be the mindset of the engineer, or the university researcher… but it is not that of the entrepreneur.
Don’t go back on your decisions
Competence, taste and risk analysis, creativity, listening… : you already have a number of tools in hand to make good decisions efficiently. Your choices will be a clever mix of rationality and intuition, because little by little you will have learned to weigh these two models in the balance.
Once you have leaned towards such and such a choice, it is important that you be firm in your decision, made within a predetermined time, and that you get into the habit of sticking to it.
Don’t allow yourself to be parasitized by a bunch of questions. If questions arise, they should only concern the implementation of your action plan: keep your eyes on your objective.
The ability to make quick decisions is an essential quality of a good entrepreneur, especially when the business is in its infancy and time is short. You’ll see it very quickly: after one decision has been made, the need to make another quickly arises, then another… everything moves very quickly, but it’s a sign that your business is on the move.
Entrepreneurship and success is above all a state of mind, hard work and perseverance.
With this article, know how to have this state of mind and cultivate the inescapable attitudes of the accomplished entrepreneur.
With a key ring in hand and a goal in mind, you are well equipped to succeed.