Success is in Your Hands! 7 Keys to Making it Happen

By on August 12, 2011

Chances are that we’ve all known a person who seems like they’ve got some sort of magical touch, because everything they touch turns to success. But that isn’t the case for the vast majority of us. Most people have to put a lot of dedication, time, and effort into something before we can consider it a success. The same can be said for leadership. Some people are born to be leaders while others have become leaders due to the choices they’ve made and the actions they’ve taken.

Once you have established yourself as an entrepreneur, you are aware that a lot of planning, development, and effective marketing have all got to take place, and you need to be prepared for all sorts of changes to come up at any given time. No matter what position you decide to hold in the company, trying times are sure to be had. By ingraining the following traits within yourself, you will stand a much better chance at success in the long-run!

 

1. Gain Respect From Your Peers

One of the strongest characteristics that can be seen working in almost every successful entrepreneur is the attitude that they are no better, nor any worse than anybody else. By possessing this type of attitude, you will gain respect from others. When a person treats another with complete respect, they are bound to receive the same level of respect in return.

2. Believe and Trust in Yourself

Always believe in yourself and trust your instincts as well as your ideas. A successful and wise entrepreneur will know that developing confidence in themselves is very important. When people see that you are very confident in yourself, they are more likely to be confident in you as well.

3. Follow a Plan

Jumping into things without having thorough plans is not something that a successful entrepreneur does. Having a well thought out business plan is very important. The plan doesn’t have to be lengthy, but needs to include things like goals, marketing ideas, your intentions, etc. Make sure to update your business plan once in a while so that it includes any new ideas that you want to implement.

4. Think in a Creative Way

Never let the fact that an idea has already been tried by someone else detour you. A creative entrepreneur knows that there are always better ways to do things – or at the very least, to market things. There isn’t an idea out there that can’t be expanded upon, improved, or enhanced. Making sure that you think outside of the box will ensure that you’re keeping things fresh and unique.

5. Explore Your Skills

Everyone has their strengths as well as their weaknesses. Successful entrepreneurs are always asking themselves what skills they’ve got that nobody else may have. Since the goal is to always be successfully moving forward, staying on top of your skill set is a must. When you’re continuously learning and exploring, you never know – you might find you possess skills that you didn’t even realize you had!

6. Visualize Your Success

Make sure that you take the time to really visualize your business and how you want it to look and function. Picture yourself and your business being truly successful. After all, you have the power to live your life the way that you want to live it, but in order to make your ideas realities, they will need to be visualized first.

7. Never Give Up!

The phrase “I give up” is simply not part of the vocabulary of a successful entrepreneur. Everyone has days when we feel discouraged and down on ourselves. The trick is to not let these times take hold and affect our outlook. In order to stay on the right track, gather support from people who know you and will encourage you through the rough times. Surrounding yourself by people who are enthusiastic about your ideas will not only help to keep your confidence up, but it will also give you a voice of reason and hope when you feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle.

By following general guidelines like the ones above, you will be well on your way to success in the entrepreneurial world! What other insights can you add? Share in the comments!

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Matthew Toren

About Matthew Toren

Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right (Wiley). He's based in Vancouver, B.C.