Is there one formula to success? No. But there certainly are skills shared by successful entrepreneurs.
Beyond the usual habits of working hard and keeping your customers happy, people like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and other prosperous individuals all share lesser known traits that made them outstanding. Here are some of the more hush-hush qualities you can imitate for a more profitable business:
Have an accountability companion in your life. The 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous requires the aid of a sponsor, a sober person the alcoholic can talk to (usually anytime of the day and night). This sponsor keeps the recovering person in check. It is a highly successful system. People tremendously increase their chances of staying sober when they keep in close contact with an experienced sponsor they have good rapport with.
What, you may ask, does Alcoholics Anonymous have to do with you as an entrepreneur? A lot. Whether we admit it or not, we all have bad work habits that need to be polished or completely erased, much like an addiction. Having a fellow entrepreneur who can act as your accountability companion can help you fine-tune your work habits. Pick someone you admire and trust. Be each other’s accountability partner. Detail your business goals together with this person and keep regular communication, a minimum of once a week. Help each other stay on track and provide constructive criticism to help you both propel your businesses forward.
Create an environment conducive to success. There are many ways you can accomplish this. Remove distractions in your office during your peak working times and be very strict with yourself. If you find yourself spending too much time on Facebook, don’t just rely on your willpower. Block access to distracting and unproductive websites at specific times during the day. Anything the gets in the way of your work on a regular basis should be removed.
Surround yourself with people and things that help you be more productive. If a negative friend likes to call or drop in whenever she pleases, be firm about your need to concentrate on work. Spend time with positive people who make you feel energized instead of drained. Bottom line, we all want our environment to be a product of ourselves but let’s be realistic. It’s in our nature as human beings to be affected by our environment. Focus on cultivating that specific environment that turns you into a more dynamic entrepreneur.
Think “flower by flower”. If you had to write a 500-word article on each flower found in the whole world, it would be normal to feel absolutely overwhelmed. Why wouldn’t you be? There are over 250,000 flower varieties! So how would an ingenious person tackle this problem? Simple, flower by flower. It’s easy to feel stressed especially on bad days, with the amount of work facing you as an entrepreneur growing her business. Take a deep breath and remind yourself castles are built brick by brick.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao-tzu
Be consistent in following these tips and you will find your business growing steadily. A little bit of change can lead to huge growth.