3rd November
By Jason Daly

5 Success Principles Every Entrepreneur Needs

Success leaves clues. If you look at some of the world's most successful people, you'll notice that they all share a few characteristics. It doesn't matter what field they're in or where they started... they all adhere to the five success principles listed below.

If you want to create your own business or grow your current one, you should follow the principles outlined below.

1. Have A Good Plan

"Plans are nothing," stated Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States. "Preparation is everything."

He implies that you must lay out your goals and the path you will take to achieve them.

What are your plans? What resources do you require?

You must plan everything. Life, on the other hand, has a habit of tossing us curve balls.

You can't foretell what is going happen, so you may have to change your plans... BUT... before you go into fight, you must have a strategy.

And, yes, reaching your objectives will be a challenge. So make sure you have a good plan in place and make changes as needed.

2. Helping Others

"You can have whatever you want in life if you simply help other people obtain what they want," Zig Ziglar once stated.

This is particularly true in business, where you must sell something in order to turn a profit. If your items solve a problem meet a need, or satisfy a demand, you can bet you'll sell a lot of them and make a lot of money.

It all starts with thinking about other people. You'll have a profitable business if you help people (and charge them for it).

3. Always Do The Best You Can

The most successful people are always willing to go the additional mile. They work more, train longer, and are continuously striving to surpass expectations. They understand the formula for success.

"Don't wish it were easy," motivational expert Jim Rohn once advised. "Wish you were better."

And that is exactly what the best of the best do. They are constantly striving to improve.

4. Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing

If you want to be successful in life, you must concentrate on what is important. Your energy follows your focus, and you only have a certain amount of energy each day. Individuals with exceptional performance are usually extremely focused.

They are rarely couch potatoes that spend all day watching TV. You won't find them wasting time Tweeting or screaming on Facebook. They have more important tasks to complete.

If you want to become successful, you must concentrate on actions that will lead to success. It's really that simple.

5. Be Accountable

People that are successful hold themselves responsible for all they do. They believe they are solely accountable for their own lives... and they will not cede control of their destiny to the government or anyone else.

A sense of entitlement is the last thing you'll find in most great achievers. They understand that the world doesn't owe them anything. So they attack their goals with a desire and drive that millions of people lack because they expect success to be delivered to them on a silver platter.

The five principles listed above are only the tip of the iceberg, but they're as good a place to start as any. Learn the fundamentals and gradually enhance both your life and business by eradicating procrastination, adopting healthier habits, and setting even larger goals. 

“Achievers - whether in business, sports, or the arts — are committed to continual improvement.” 

– Jack Canfield

How To Develop Grit

Grit is a character trait that reveals itself when one is faced with challenges, obstacles, etc. and he/she perseveres with steely resolve. It’s almost a stoic type of heroism that keeps you going despite all odds.

Grit is what you see in a Rocky movie when he keeps standing up despite getting beaten and knocked down repeatedly. 

When Greg Louganis hit his head on the springboard during the 1988 Olympics diving preliminary rounds and injured himself, he did not quit. Instead, he pressed on and won the Olympic gold. This is grit.

In order to succeed in business, you’ll need grit. Anyone can decide on a goal. Anyone can come up with an idea or start a project. But to go from conception to completion will require grit.

The good news is that grit can be developed. While some people are naturally born with such a trait, most of us can learn how to stay true to ourselves and fight for what we want.

Like they say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Here are a few ways to muster up that grit…

Know Your Why

If you hate starting over, then you should not quit. When the situation you’re in seems to be wearing you down, it’s important to know why you started.

In business, there will be times when sales may slow down to a crawl. Or maybe a marketing campaign does not work. Or you took a financial hit because you misjudged a situation.

All these setbacks are merely set ups for a comeback. But if you let these situations get the better of you and quit, that will be the end of it. You won’t progress further and your goals will never materialize.

So, spend time rewriting your goals and know why you’re doing what you’re doing and you’ll develop the grit to persevere.

Practice Makes Perfect

Grit is like a muscle. The more you train it, the stronger it gets. The more obstacles and struggle you overcome, the more grit you’ll have. 

You’ll have more confidence that arises from the knowledge that you’ve overcome previous difficulties and will have no problems steamrolling over the current obstacles in your way.

Do What Scares You

Set bigger goals. Take on more daunting challenges. The more adversity you overcome the more determined you’ll become. The toughest steel is forged in the hottest fires.

Push Yourself Every Day

When you’re on a quest to achieve a goal, there will be a plethora of tasks you’ll need to complete. You’ll often find that you tend to want to shirk the most important tasks.

This is your mind trying to protect you from ‘hard work’. It’s a form of self-preservation. This is why millions of people procrastinate and don’t do what they need to. Their minds don’t want them to be outside the comfort zone.

Make it a point to complete your most important tasks of the day first. By stepping outside your comfort zone on a daily basis, you’ll develop a stronger resolve and more grit.

After a certain point, you’ll have more self-discipline and will be unstoppable.

Try Kaizen

Kaizen is a Japanese practice of continuously seeking improvements regardless of how small the improvement is. It could be a 0.1% improvement daily, but that’s fine too. It’ll all add up over time.

You’ll be raising your standards and asking more of yourself. You’re ‘sharpening your sword’ daily. A few months from now, these daily improvements will transform your life for the better.

Never, Ever Quit

Finally, grit might mean just NOT quitting no matter how tough it gets. There may be times when success in business may come down to you withstanding the constant onslaught of obstacles that life throws at you.

When you can’t withstand and you’re tired of fighting, then just stand. Sometimes doing nothing and just staying calm is all you need to do – instead of quitting.

When you collect yourself, you can summon the courage and fortitude to keep going. That’s what grit is all about. 

Just take one step after another gingerly no matter how steep or precarious the slope may be. Progress may be slow… but it’s still progress. That’s how you do it.

“True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done.” - John Wayne

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