What are the Secrets of Success??
I am sure we all have views on this subject, however If there was just a simple answer we would all be highly successful. That is quite impossible as we can each only succeed if others fail – one winner with many others losing out, some by a mile some by a whisker.
Using the most appropriate resources together with the best processes is a great start. The critical information you need is to understand what are your customers require. Why is your proposition attractive in terms of quality, delivery and indeed price? Where are you better than other suppliers? What from your customers’ viewpoint are the risks of trusting you to deliver your promises?
A very important aspect is ensuring that your human resources are the best you can afford in terms of knowledge, experience and commitment. Your employees’ values need to be close to the values and philosophy that you have in place or working to bring into the business.
Many highly successful people, talk freely about employing people who are better than you especially in those areas where you are in need of improvement. Make sure you pick a team that is a blend of all the skills, characteristics and experience that is capable of blowing your competitors out of the water as you delight your customers.
It is crucial that once you have good people in your team you retain them by trusting them and treating them well. It is important that you develop a trusting relationship with each of them and in addition to trusting them you will benefit from showing everyone that you support those working with you.
This will ensure that you have a strong and determined team more than capable of achieving all established and meaningful goals – success.
Having started on the route to success there is no room for complacency as you set about building the business. Perhaps Networking is an option. Many people network because that is how they meet more people turning acquaintances into friends and friends into clients. It does not happen overnight, you need to work on your approach to networking and have patience.
Do not be afraid of making mistakes as that is where we all learn. Making the same mistake a second time is very foolish, making it a third time could be suicide in business terms. A good approach is to ensure you have understood the facts as well as the risks and consequences of getting it wrong.
Concentrate on one thing at a time to maintain your productivity, prioritise all your tasks and delegate where sensible. Ensure that you have sufficient energy to perform at a high level; hunger and sleep deprivation kills performance. Doing the most important task before less vital work seems sound advice (If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first. Mark Twain)
Obviously with space limitations I can only scratch the surface but needless to say grit, determination, a burning desire, skills and knowledge are all vital as is proper planning. Not taking on much more than you can chew whilst being prepared to perform outside your comfort zone seems sensible. Working with others who have an abundance of skills that you might be short of might help with that differentiation factor and increase your confidence.
Many successful people have ample portions of self-belief and are not constricted by negative thinking.