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In a world of #hashtagged holidays and increasing social exuberance – we are exposed to the glamorous side of entrepreneurship and the enchanting life of successful business people.
In stark contrast – rarely do we see the real behind the scenes footage of the long hours, the dead ends, the sweat, tears and backbreaking toil of those just beginning their journey.
The result then is a society obsessed with the results of success, but oblivious to the challenges.
Therefore, most people give up as soon as things get tough or something doesn’t work.
The 10 Commandments of Business, serve as a source of light and strength for every entrepreneur.
“Kill passion, and you kill God. Passion is God wanting to say hi.” Conversations With God Book 1
You have to do what sets your soul on fire – only then can you excel.
Passion is the fuel that will keep you going during the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ times. It’s the magic formula to making hard work, easy.
By following your passion, you will be happy no matter the circumstances, you’ll enjoy the process as you’re pouring your heart and soul into your work, and you will never work a day in your life.
“There is nothing you cannot be, nothing you cannot do, nothing you cannot have.” Conversations With God Book 1
As an entrepreneur, you can have one of two ingrained beliefs; scarcity or abundance.
We encourage you to pursue an abundance mindset.
Believe in a world of limitless opportunities and create audacious goals; have faith in a world that is yearning for your services, a world where there is plenty of resources, love, and wealth.
You must believe it to receive it.
“The race is not for the swift, but for those who endure.” Ecclesiastes 9:11
The journey of a thousand miles begins with that first step; but to complete a thousand miles, one has to keep walking.
The character trait that allows you to keep walking is perseverance. You have to discount the obstacles and keep moving forward.
It’s true, you might have to walk through hell to reach your goals, but if you persevere.. heaven (success) awaits.
Failure is the icing on the cake that is life. Life without failure is just a dry biscuit. Moreover, you have to know failure to know success.
Do not look forward to failure but embrace it, should it come knocking, because failure is the quickest way to improve & succeed.
It might not be the desired result, but you will be wiser for it.
Failure affords you the opportunity to analyze your strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur and gain the experience and knowledge that is vital for success.
It’s natural to desire the fancy titles (CEO or Founder), but be careful not to be stuck in a role.
People want to associate with the real you, and not the role-playing you. Furthermore, intentions will be clear, and any action will be effortless. Authenticity results in more meaningful relationships, and you will enjoy your work.
Also, encourage transparency among your employees to build a more collaborative and creative environment.
Also known as intuition, or premonition, you should always trust your gut feeling.
Hunches are the soul’s compass and will forever lead you in the right direction.
Listening to your gut results in clarity, and insight for more beneficial business choices. If you can’t trust your own judgement, you are doomed to stagnate.
Faith without action is death.
It doesn’t matter how good your ideas are, how strong your belief is, or how authentic of a person you are, if you never pull the trigger..
Action is the keyword.
You have to take the chance, make plans, build the product, and market it aggressively. Gamble on your idea and back yourself 100%.
These actions will bring you closer to your ultimate success.
Success is the product of creative partners and collaborations with highly talented individuals.
Jan Koum had Brian Acton, Bill Gates had Paul Allen, and Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak.
Surround yourself with people with different skills; preferably people on a higher level than. Because, remember you are shaped by the five people you spend the most time with.
“Proper preparation is the key to our success.” George S. Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon
The success you desire is all around.. but disguised as opportunity.
The question is how ready are you to seize it?
Usain Bolt was training to be a 200m expert, but he got the opportunity to be the fastest man alive. His preparation ensured he was equipped to grab the chance. How prepared are you? For when your opportunity comes calling.
Remember, “Success is when preparedness meets opportunity.” Therefore, learn and acquire new skills that have multiple applications.
All businesses be it the local store, a law firm, or the largest tech-startups.. are all for profit.
However, as entrepreneurs, we are emotionally attached to our businesses and are not willing to let them die even when it is best to do so.
Ensure you are making money from the word go, or you have a blueprint for how you are going to monetize. Otherwise, fold up and move on to the next venture.
There is no sure path to success, if something is not working you must be direct enough to take another approach, having a set of core principles will help you navigate the entrepreneurial waters.
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