Updated: July 9, 2020
One day, a friend asked me what’s the secret to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” was my initial reply.
I don’t consider myself an expert on entrepreneurship and I don’t even have a degree on Business. That’s why I didn’t have a concrete answer to his question.
However, after some careful thought, I said that I’d be willing to share with him the most important things I learned through the years as an entrepreneur — hoping that maybe, he’d get something valuable from them.
And these are what I’m sharing with you today, and I’m likewise hoping that you would be able to find value in them.
These are not sage advice but simply off-the-top-of-my-head lessons which has helped me reach where I am now. And so here they are… my seven “secrets” to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Realize that you are the one who is truly in control of your life
When you want to achieve something, then it’s only you who can make it happen. Stop blaming other people, stop waiting for things to change – when you want to reach your goal, then you need to act and take the first step.
Learn to be decisive and always follow through with action
There will be many forks on the road to success. When faced with a crossroad, choose the path which you believe is the best for you and start walking. Don’t look back and waste time on “what-ifs”.
Believe and trust in yourself
There will be people who will put you down, who will love to see you fail. Don’t let them get to you. Throw away self-doubt. Have faith in who you are and what you can do.
Always focus on the task at hand
Life is full of distractions. Don’t let temptations and obstacles veer you away from your path to success. Keep your momentum running and direct your vision straight ahead.
Never stop learning
Knowledge and information is power. Continuous education is key to discovering new opportunities. Believe that there’s always something new to learn every day.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Failure is part of success. It happens to everyone and you shouldn’t fear it. Instead, take each one as an opportunity to learn and become better.
Take others with you
Work with people who will provide the strength for your weaknesses. Learn to trust and delegate. Duplicate yourself in others so you can grow your business beyond yourself. Remember that success is a TEAM sport and “Together, Everyone Achieves More”.
How about you? What do you think are the secrets to becoming a successful entrepreneur? Share them below as a comment.