How Do You Know If You Have What It Takes To Be Successful In Business?
Do you ever feel like you don’t have what it takes to be successful?
If you are reading this, you may find yourself thinking this way from time to time. Maybe you’ve not taken the plunge into entreprenurship but you know you have that nagging, constant urge to be your own boss.
Sound familiar? …
You May Be Closer to Success Than You Think
The truth is, success is defined in all kinds of different ways and it really boils down to what is most important to you, for you, and about you. You know, it is extremely difficult to view ourselves with perspective because if you’re anything at all like me, then you’ve personally experienced how hard an entrepreneur can be on themselves.
So my goal with this article is to help you understand that chances are, you are headed in the right direction after all. If you have that burning desire and if you truly (truly) want to build a business, then know you are in good company.
I’ve had a very long journey with entrepreneurship. Many, many failures and a few successes later, I’ve finally found a home with Internet Marketing and business management. This may sound massively boring to you, but when you’ve had a whirlwind career working for yourself and other people but never found that sweet spot to call home … well, I can only say it feels good to finally feel comfortable in my own skin.
Can you relate?
To give you an idea of where I’ve been, here’s a listing of some of the industries I’ve worked in:
- broadcasting (newspaper and radio … forever ago)
- television shopping (oops – lost $100K on this one)
- trade shows (loads of fun but too much traveling)
- administrative consulting (way too routine for my taste!)
- human resources (people are finicky and this sort of rolled into the admin consulting)
- Internet Technology (oh – this is so much fun!)
- technical writing (policies, processes and procedures … ugh!)
- insurance (sales and management … but bored out of my skull)
- website design (too fun and I still do this today)
- integrative health (very successful practice but got tired of clients not following protocols; am still huge into holistic health)
- advertising (selling ads for hard print integrative health publication … had more fun designing ads than selling them)
- Internet Marketing and Business (finally, finally, finally … I am home at last!)
Whew – I’ve been a busy lady! But aside from the formal education (I’m a Certified Natural Health Professional, a Naturopathic Doctor and I have an MBA), it was life’s school of hard-knocks that taught me the most. And one thing is for sure … I’ve met thousands of people who wanted to be successful, but I’ve met few people willing to give it everything they’ve got to make success happen.
You see, there’s a fine line between what we say we want and what we’re willing to do to get it. But, there’s also an ocean between what we want and what we’re willing to do to get it. I guess the bottom line is that all talk and no action makes for a good story, but it doesn’t get you closer to your vision of success.
It’s because we are often too close to the situation that we truly have difficulty measuring outcomes and seeing things as they really are. I want to help you see that your vision of success is valid and that chances are, you are closer than you know to embracing your vision.
Let’s Jump in With Both Feet
Here are several things for you to identify with. They are bulleted here so you can know that your general characteristics and personality are geared toward working for yourself and owning your own business … or perhaps not. It’s not science; it’s merely a matter of qualities that entrepreneurs seem to share.
How many of these traits can you identify with? They are clear indications that you have what it takes to be successful in business. And know that not every single trait shared by entrepreneurs is listed here; these are a just a few, carefully chosen traits to get you thinking about success.
Have you failed in the past, but you kept going and moving forward despite those failures?
Failing may really stink, but that didn’t stop some of the most successful and famous people in the world. People like:
- Steven Spielberg: His films have grossed over $9 billion and earned him three Academy Awards. But did you know that he was rejected twiceby the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts?
- Oprah Winfrey: She’s a billionaire with her own TV channel and a penchant for giving away cars. But did you know that she was fired from her first TV job as an anchor in Baltimore?
- Walt Disney: He was told by his boss at the newspaper office that he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas.’ But he moved forward with his vision and billions have visited Walt Disney World over the past several decades (culminating in billions of dollars in sales).
- Theodor S. Geisel: His first book was rejected by 27 differnt publishers. But did you know that Dr. Suess’s books went on to sell more than 600 million copies worldwide?
- James Dyson: He made over 5,000 attempts over a 15-year time period to develop a bagless vacuum cleaner. (You’ve heard of “the Dyson” vacuum cleaner, right?) Sir James Dyson’s invention now has a networth of $4.5 billion.
You see … when you fail but you keep on going anyway, then you are demonstrating the grit and tenocity these successful people exhibited.
You do not criticize, condemn or complain.
You know what it’s like to have other people (even people who profess to care about you) criticize or condemn you. These may even be the same people who complain that you aren’t doing enough to meet the criteria of their agenda.
It’s like Benjamin Franklin said, “Any fool can critize, condem and complain … and most fools do.”
It’s just not in your nature to do any of these because you understand that when you build up other people, you are infusing energy into your own life. You know that nuturing healthy relationships is important because having the right people with the right attitudes around you helps you not only build your business, but it helps you be a better person.
You know the importance of letting things go.
Sometimes, we look at other people and things seem to always be perfect for them. But the truth is, we’ve never walked a mile in their shoes and things aren’t always as they appear.
In life, people come and go, friends embrace us and friends deny us, we are used, abused and hung out wet to dry. But you have the resilency and the stamina to overcome and let it go.
You understand that you can’t control other people. You also understand the only person you can control is yourself … your emotions and your reactions to people and situations.
Sure, sometimes the things that happen cut us deeply and it takes time. But we know that we can’t travel back in time to change things … so we move forward.
You know that letting those hurts go (and the people that caused the pain go) can only move you move you forward. And, you have the firm conviction that you will come to know the right people when the time to know them is right. After all, this is how life works.
You know that you can’t move on to the next good thing in life until the negatives from the past are let go because we can’t hold on to poison and allow goodness to somehow seep in. So, you’ve learned how to just let it all go.
You are patient and you know that eventually, you’ll get there.
Sure, you may not yet know how you’ll get there, but you know it will happen. It’s that gut feeling and it is very difficult to describe to people who don’t have the same entrepreneurial spirit as you have.
This is likely the most difficult trait of a successful entrepreneur, wouldn’t you agree?
But still, you are steadfast, you are loyal to your clients and your business because you see the potential and the meaning behind what you do.
Which brings us to the next trait of successful entrepreneurs:
You have a burning desire to help other people.
After all, why did you decide to work in your field? Chances are, it wasn’t for the fast money or the calming work environment, right? Instead, most people in this industry want to help other people. Our biggest challenge is educating them on why they need us.
But you don’t let challenges stop you from moving forward. Instead, you have a tendency to embrace them and step out into territory your peers may question you about. And you do this because you know, deep inside you, that what you do matters and that what you do really, really helps your clients.
- Your work helps relieve stress, pain and muscle tension.
- Your work helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Your work helps improve range of motion.
- Your work helps ease medication dependence.
- Your work helps lessen depression and anxiety.
This list could go on and on and on … but you already know how beneficial your expertise is and how you help people feel better. You can’t help yourself and you aren’t conceited about your expertise; it’s in your bones to want to help people.
Where Do You Stand, Right Now?
You, like many others, may still need to define exactly what success means to you. Take some time and do this. Whether it means driving a Bentley you paid for with cash or whether it simply means having a dependable but steady clientele, your success can only be defined by you.
In my experience, having worked with some of the most brilliant people who have attained their own sense of success (and me, having attained my own sense of success), I can tell you some of the everyday habits we share. We are:
- Not afraid to speak our minds
- Always learning
- Constantly looking for advice from more successful people
- Assertive (but not aggressive)
- Embracers of failure so we can know what not to do again
- Calm and sincere
How many of these characterics do you share with me?
Take stock of where you’ve been and where you want to go. Even if you’re not 100% sure of how to get to your destination, you know that standing still is not an option.
Go ahead… take that first step and start your path. Or, you may just simply need to veer from your current direction. Chucks, you may have this whole “successful entreprenurial” thing down and can help the rest of us as we travel down our own success road.
Let us know where you are at and keep us updated on your journey by leaving a comment below. I love to hear from you and enjoy talking with you … and I always respond to your comments.
Many Blessings and Happy Trails!
Like most other entrepreneurs, we seem to always be working. Drop us a line anytime.
St Francisville LA 70775
(North of Baton Rouge)
(225) 784 – 2168