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By Michael Sterling
It’s tough to make it in business today. The methodology has changed so drastically even within the last five years that it’s hard to keep up with your peers who are equally as passionate and equally as talented as you. To thrive high in this world, the last thing you want is to compare yourself to others. Instead, take is some time to reflect on your strengths. That is where all success lies.
#1) “You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs
Here’s what most businessmen fail to understand. There’s a difference between your intellect and your intuition, and frankly you’ll find a hell of a lot more success if you follow your intuition because it is fueled by your life force, whereas your intellect is fueled by your brain. Sometimes our brain causes us to overanalyze things, eventually filling us with fear.
#2) “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway” – John Wayne
Those who are fearless are likely to be reckless. Fear should never be kept at bay, it’s more dangerous when it is. Instead, find the bravery and courage to enter your projects despite the fear of losing. We’re always going to carry our fear with us. Even the bravest of warriors enter battle with fear at his side.
#3)“If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you.” – Robert Collier
The biggest mistakes most businessmen do is what for someone else to take the risk, then, decide for themselves if it’s worth the dive. Though it’s understandable why this kind of logic can sound foolish, in retrospect, having the courage to be first is what separates you from the pack.
#4)“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business”. – Henry Ford
Obviously a must-have for all businesses is to make money, but the funny thing about the universe is that it gives us exactly what we’re focusing on. When we’re focused on nothing but making money, that is where our hearts and souls are. Soon, you’ll lose rationality for your customers and your product.
#5) “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden
Not everything is going to happen easy, to think that would be foolish. Some of the most successful companies in the world started from a single computer and an idea. Not all startup companies require thousands of dollars of equipment and costs. Make the most out of what you have, and you’ll be shocked at how fast you can flourish.
#6) “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
Whenever you’re in the darkest of times, there’s nowhere to go but up. This saying applies to business like you wouldn’t even believe. When you’re in a bad situation and you feel like there’s no way out, you’re unknowingly in the middle of the biggest lesson you can possible learn. Take advantage of it. Keep going.
#7)“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
Right out of business school, you’re likely to be intimidated by hard-hitting giants. But here’s a secret: most of them are disingenuous. The real giants don’t feel the need to prove how great they are because it lies within their work itself. Your moneymaker isn’t just your image, it’s the work and ethics you put into every project.
#8)“Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick B Wilcox
Staying stationary should never be settled. Even if your goals aren’t to become a multimillion international company, your business should always take risks. Times are consistently changing, your demographic is always getting older, and your strategies should be moving just as quickly.
#9)“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson
Never settle for delivering what everyone else is. Go the extra mile, even if it means staying overtime for a couple days out of the week. These are the years you need to prove yourself, not fight for money. Earn your reputation for delivering quality material, and the rest will follow.
#10) “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” – Sam Walton
One of the things that’s missing from most business schools isn’t a great business plan, it’s a genuine vision for where you want your company to go. In most cases, a lot of business owners are near sighted and try to stay afloat the best they can. But in order to achieve goals, or get out of messes, you need a vision. Otherwise you’ll have no excuse to build the steps towards it.