I always believe that having a business is similar to living your life every single day. Men and women who engage in different sorts of businesses and succeed seem to have different philisophies in life, though, in my opinion if you look deep into it, they have similarities.
I treat my business like a part of me and thus, to be able to grow it, there are a couple of things you should look onto and develop (just like in life). Here are some of the lessons in life which can be readily applied to your business.
1. Take advantage of your mistakes
As a kid, we are taught at school to avoid mistakes and always seek “perfection”. However, this isn’t always true in the real world and in business. Someone coined this saying: “if you want to succeed in business, make mistakes quickly”. I say, don’t avoid making mistakes, treat them as a learning tool for you to grow. They aren’t bad as you think, in fact mistakes are good if you learn from them.
2. Listen to successful people
Some wise guy said that “you are only strong as your environment” which means that if folks around you are fools then intelligent as you are, eventually you’ll become one of them. Thus, if you want to succeed in business, learn to mingle with successful business people. You’ll absorb their philosophies and learn how are they able to build their wealth. Stay away from negative beings / blockers who only know one thing – the sky is falling.
3. Help Others
Many believe that the word “karma” isn’t true and is based on pure superstition. I don’t put my faith on it entirely either, however, I did experience that the more people I help, the more success I have in my chosen business model. I guess, it isn’t only the satisfaction of having success in life but also the satisfaction of your soul – that you helped someone. Also, I learned new things from my students and they do help me find better deals. It’s a great 2-way transaction.
4. Don’t Cheat
I don’t believe you’ll succeed in life or in your chosen business model if you resort to any malicious means. Again, I don’t entirely believe in Karma but I do believe in conscience. Whenever we did something wrong, and we’re fully aware of it, our conscience will bother us and make us feel guilty.
Also, I don’t take you’ll get away with murder for a long period. One day, someone will figure out your wrong doings and voila! Your business model will be crushed in a snap.
5. Don’t Quit
There are several instances when things aren’t going the way you want them to be, when things look so tough and success seems impossible. This is the time when you should believe in yourself, in your dreams. This is not the time to back out and forget all the things you have made. In business and in life, problems will always occur, they are not catastrophe or insurmountable odds. Think of it as an opportunity to expand your horizon and learn more. If there’s a wall blocking you from your dream, go under, over, side or get through it, do everything except that you quit.