VENTURES AFRICA – Success in business doesn’t just happen; it’s not a game of chance or luck, neither is it an overnight thing. The most successful business men in the world would always advice growing entrepreneurs and businesses against the thought of being an overnight success, and to instead follow a gradual process in making the most of their businesses. Part of this ‘gradual process’ is certain habits bound to make you a success.
The world over, most successful businesses are those which challenged the status quo. Individuals who refused to follow business trends or a particular way of doing things the same way over and over. This is a most significant habit of successful business owners. Even though their target business market is saturated, they look for better, faster, and simpler ways of doing things.
“There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson,” says Anthony Robbins, world authority on leadership psychology. To be run a successful business, you must have or real passion and enthusiasm for your business. Passion fuels commitment and is contagious. When you are enthusiastic about what you do, employees and customers take note; this adversely has a positive impact on your business.
Constant Self Improvement
When it comes to running a business, education doesn’t end within the four walls of an academic system. Matter of fact, you can’t and won’t learn everything about business in school. As a business owner, you must constantly study new ideas and methods.
Successful business owners are never comfortable with mediocrity; they are always on a constant quest to be better. For example, in this contemporary tech – social media savvy generation, business owners who don’t seek to improve their tech and social media knowledge would certainly be left behind.
Ingenuity and Resilience
Successful business owners are incredibly resourceful. They never let problems, slow them down or get in their way of achieving a goal. To them, there are no impossibilities. When faced with a difficult situation, they try a variety of solutions until they make headway, they never give up. Simply put, successful business owners are resilient in nature.
“To be successful, you have to be able to relate to people; they have to be satisfied with your personality to be able to do business with you and to build a relationship with mutual trust,” says George Ross, Donald Trump’s right hand man.
Networking is a key activity to grow a successful business. This can be a fun activity, but it’s also critical to your personal growth and business development. Successful entrepreneurs have a habit of building extensive networks of contacts both within and outside their businesses.
As late famous author and politician Thomas C. Halliburton rightly puts it, “Punctuality is the soul of business.” Time is a very important factor in business, a very core element. People would hardly take seriously, an individual who doesn’t keep to time. As a business owner, you must embrace punctuality as it shows respect for yourself, your business, employees and your customers.
By Hadassah Egbedi
Source: VENTURES AFRICA