Friday, January 27, 2012
What Does it Take to be a Successful Entrepreneur?
Persistence. Sweat. I was talking to my good friend and amazing real estate agent Jan McNulty the other day -- and we were talking about luck in business. Of course we both concluded that the harder that we worked, the more luck we had. (I think Jan got "lucky" over 40 times in 2011.)
As Thomas Edison famously said: "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward." Hopefully, you won't need 10,000 attempts to find the solution you're looking for, but many people give up after only a few tries.
Whether you own a new company, have been in business awhile, or are an employee with the desire to become successful, the next time you run into a problem, take the initiative to find a solution. Be persistent, and don't give up at the first sign of resistance. Yes, that is easier said than done. There are many entrepreneurs, but not nearly as many successful ones. Those who succeed are champion problem solvers and have the will to not take no for an answer.